Power of a Princess book
#1
Power of a Princess
Written and illustrated by E.D. Baker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-11

Aislin is more than just a princess—she’s strong, smart, and brave, with magical gifts from both sides of her heritage! Aislin believed the rift between the fairy and human kingdoms was repaired, but soon learns that not everyone is happy living side by side. Out in the mountains, her pedrasi relatives are also on edge, combating trolls who threaten their livelihood. As Aislin learns more about her magical gifts, she knows she may be the only one who can set things right. Will she be able to restore the balance and keep everyone safe?

E. D. Baker, whose books have sold more than 1 million copies, offers a classic, original fairy-tale that celebrates beauty and goodness in all its shapes and sizes which is sure to delight readers who love magic, suspense, girl power, and adventure.

The Castle in the Attic (35th Anniversary Edition) book
#2
The Castle in the Attic (35th Anniversary Edition)
Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Winthrop
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A miniature Medieval castle seems like the perfect gift—and it leads William on the adventure of a lifetime. Presenting the 35th anniversary edition of this beloved adventure. William thinks the miniature castle, complete with a drawbridge, portcullis, and a silver knight, is the perfect gift. But when a problem arises, William finds himself entering the castle and getting caught up on a daring quest, having to face a dragon, and needing to face a few personal challenges, too, before he can save the kingdom.

Bugs in Danger: Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles book
#3
Bugs in Danger: Our Vanishing Bees, Butterflies, and Beetles
Written by Mark Kurlansky and illustrated by Jia Liu
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

By now you’ve probably heard that bees are disappearing—but they aren’t the only species at risk. Populations of fireflies, butterflies, and ladybugs have all been declining in recent years, too. This middle grade nonfiction explains the growth, spread, and recent declines of each of these four types of insects. Exploring human causes, like the Baltimore electric company that collected fireflies to attempt to harness their phosphorescent lighting source, to natural occurrences, like the mysterious colony collapse disorder that plagues bee populations, master nonfiction storyteller Mark Kurlansky shows just how much bugs matter to our world.

Brothers Grimm book
#4
Brothers Grimm
Written by Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Manuela Adreani
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-14

The magical world of the Brothers Grimm comes alive as never before in elegant, cinematic artwork by a world-renowned artist. With their unforgettable characters, the fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm have touched the imaginations and hearts of children everywhere. This stunning collection brings together eight of their most popular stories: The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Briar Rose, Snow White, and The Six Swans. Renowned illustrator Manuela Adreani’s delicate, dramatic art will help young readers fall in love with these powerful tales.

Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight book
#5
Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight
Written by Jackson Pearce
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ellie the Engineer is back in a third charming, hilarious, illustrated story filled with creative, STEM-powered fun! “Look out, Junie B. Jones! Ellie the engineer is thinking, making, creating, and showing enthusiasm and brilliance with her creations!” - School Library Connection on Ellie, Engineer Ellie enters a pageant with her best friend Kit, which means lots of glitter, hairspray, and chances to make new friends. After all, Ellie has lots of engineering ideas to help the other girls with their talents, like building a light-up skateboard ramp for Kit! But one contestant, Kit’s not-so-nice pageant rival Melody, makes fun of Ellie’s tool belt and thinks engineering is messy. And when Melody’s rabbit—part of her magic act—goes missing, Ellie knows that she can build a contraption to catch him. But Melody’s comments have made Ellie start to doubt herself—what if a pageant isn’t a place for engineering? With Ellie’s designs and sketches throughout, and her fun guide to electricity and circuits in the back, the continuation of this delightful series will leave young readers laughing and inspired to create.

  1. The Princess Who Flew With Dragons - Princess Sofia is sick of being used for her older sister’s political gains. At twelve years old, she’s already been a hostage to invading dragons and promised to an evil fairy. Her only comfort lies in writing letters to her best friend Jasper, a young dragon whom she’s never even met. When Sofia’s sister sends her on a diplomatic mission to a far-off land, an accident leads to her exile from the city. For the first time, Sofia can to do as she pleases. Even better, Jasper’s food-mage sister Aventurine turns him into a human boy. Just as Sofia thinks life can’t get any better, the legendary ice giants attack, trying to reclaim the land they lost centuries ago. With the dragons and royals frozen in ice, Sofia and Jasper must save their families and kingdom . . . before it’s too late.

  2. Evolution - With this series, you will be able to impress your friends with extreme facts on all things science. Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gobsmacked!

  3. Habitats - With this series, you will be able to impress your friends with extreme facts on all things science. Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gobsmacked!

  4. Microplastics and Me - Microplastics—the broken down byproduct of plastic items we toss out every day—are choking our oceans. But middle-schooler Anna Du is on the case! Now a top science fair winner, Anna shares her account of how she went from worrying about the environment to designing award-winning solutions. Writing for kids her own age, Anna alerts her readers to the threat of microplastics pollution and urges them to care about the environment. She leads them through the frustrating-yet-rewarding process of design, engineering, and invention. This book could inspire a generation of inventors and engineers!

Brindabella book
#10
Brindabella
Written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

This is a story about a boy called Pender and a kangaroo called Brindabella, about how they became friends, and all the things that happened to them because of it. Pender and his father live in an old house made of honey-colored stone in the bush by the river, with only the company of his father’s paintings and the loyal dog, Billy-Bob. Then, on one winter morning, a gunshot among the trees changes everything. When Pender rescues Brindabella from the pouch of her murdered mother, an unusual friendship blossoms between the lonely boy and the orphaned joey. But Brindabella is no ordinary kangaroo. And though Pender has saved her life, the untameable wildness of the bush—and freedom—call to her . . . Lyrical and unforgettable, Brindabella explores the brutal beauty of the Australian bush.

Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill book
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Something Rotten: A Fresh Look at Roadkill
Written by Heather L. Montgomery and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-11

When Heather L. Montgomery sees a rattlesnake flattened on the side of the road, her first instinct is to pick it up and dissect it—she’s always wanted to see how a snake’s fangs retract when they close their mouths, and it’s not exactly safe to poke around in a live reptile’s mouth. A wildlife researcher with a special penchant for the animals that litter the roadways, Heather isn’t satisfied with dissecting just one snake. Her fascination with roadkill sets her off on a journey from her own backyard and the roadways of the American South to scientists and kids in labs and homes across the globe. From biologists who use the corpses of Tasmanian devils to investigate cures for a contagious cancer, to a scientist who discovered a whole new species of bird from a single wing left behind, to a boy rebuilding animal bodies from the bones up, to a restaurant that serves up animal remnants, Heather discovers that death is just the beginning for these creatures.

This engaging narrative nonfiction is an eye-opening and irreverent look at the dead and dying animals that we pass by without a second thought—as well as a fascinating insight to the scientific research process.

The Dragon Warrior book
#12
The Dragon Warrior
Written by Katie Zhao
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Inspired by Chinese mythology, this high-action middle-grade fantasy follows an outcast as she embarks on a quest to prove herself—perfect for fans of Aru Shah and the End of Time and The Serpent’s Secret. As a member of the Jade Society, twelve-year-old Faryn Liu dreams of honoring her family and the gods by becoming a warrior. But the Society has shunned Faryn and her brother Alex ever since their father disappeared years ago, forcing them to train in secret. Then, during an errand into San Francisco, Faryn stumbles into a battle with a demon—and helps defeat it. She just might be the fabled Heaven Breaker, a powerful warrior meant to work for the all-mighty deity, the Jade Emperor, by commanding an army of dragons to defeat the demons. That is, if she can prove her worth and find the island of the immortals before the Lunar New Year. With Alex and other unlikely allies at her side, Faryn sets off on a daring quest across Chinatowns. But becoming the Heaven Breaker will require more sacrifices than she first realized . . . What will Faryn be willing to give up to claim her destiny? This richly woven contemporary middle-grade fantasy, full of humor, magic, and heart, will appeal to readers who love Roshani Chokshi and Sayantani DasGupta.

The Space We're in book
#13
The Space We're in
Written by Katya Balen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ten-year-old Frank has trouble navigating his relationship with his younger brother Max who is autistic.

Frank loves soccer, codes, riding his bike, and playing with his friends. His brother Max is five. Max only eats foods that are beige or white, hates baths, and if he has to wear a t-shirt that isn’t gray with yellow stripes he melts down down down.

Frank longs for the brother he was promised by his parents before Max was born—someone who was supposed to be his biggest fan, so he could be the best brother in the world. Instead, Frank has trouble navigating Max’s behavior and their relationship. But when tragedy strikes, Frank finds a way to try and repair their fractured family and in doing so learns to love Max for who he is.

In her debut novel, Katya Balen uses her knowledge of autism and experience working with autistic people to create an intriguing and intense yet always respectful family story.

For readers of Counting by 7s and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

Surprise Lily book
#14
Surprise Lily
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ten-year-old Rose’s perfect life is upended when her long-absent disaster of a mother turns up. Can she hold her family together as everything unravels?

Growing up on the farm it was always just Rose and grandma, working the land that had been in the Lovell family for generations. She doesn’t miss her mother, Iris, a bit.

In fact, when Iris shows up, Rose is furious. But when an ugly argument between her mother and grandmother reveals painful truths about their family history, Rose runs away. . . . And inadvertently discovers her secret little sister, Lily.

Generations of whispered secrets and family dysfunction surface as Rose struggles to reconcile the home and life she loves with the history she never knew— and to protect Lily at all costs. Even if it means letting Iris into her life.

In alternating chapters, previous generations of Lovell women narrate their experiences on the farm, adding depth and context to this powerful story of complex families and unconditional love. Moranville’s captivating prose will keep readers turning the pages as Rose grapples with her changing life and learns the truth about her family— mothers, daughters, and women who weren’t ready to be either.

  1. Ra the Mighty: The Great Tomb Robbery - A smug royal cat turned detective and his dung beetle sidekick are on the case when a precious tomb gets ransacked in the Valley of the Kings. Ra the Mighty adores his duties as Pharaoh’s cat: naps by the pool and plenty of snacks. Being lazy is so much fun. But when a royal tomb gets robbed, Ra and his hardworking friend Khepri must team up to restore justice. The clues point to a young boy whom Ra admires. Will the Great Detective play favorites, or will he uncover the truth? Mystery awaits! More than thirty wacky illustrations with fun historical details bring these oddball characters to life, along with a glossary, pronunciation guide, and detailed author’s note about ancient Egypt. Fans of Bad Kitty will love Ra’s witty voice and arrogant antics. Pair with companion, Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective.

  2. Cougar Frenzy - When Cricket McKay and her best friend, Shilo, discover that a cougar has been seen in the town of Waterton, they are thrilled that school closes for a few days as a precaution. The townspeople are worried though. They want the cougar caught and relocated, which could be disastrous for the cougar. Cricket’s dad, the national park’s warden, is receiving reports of the cougar causing all kinds of trouble around town, but it’s the type of trouble it doesn’t make sense for a cougar to get into. Then Cricket and Shilo find evidence that another animal may be to blame. With the help of a visiting researcher who is in Waterton studying cougar behavior, Cricket and Shilo must convince the townspeople, and Cricket’s dad, that they’re after the wrong animal before it’s too late. This is the fourth book featuring Cricket and her friends, following Bats in Trouble, Ospreys in Danger and Salamander Rescue.

  3. What's My Name? - The King and Queen realize they need to call the Little Princess by her real name now that she’s actually not so little any more. But there’s trouble . . . the Princess’s real name is so awful that nobody can pluck up the courage to tell her what it is! The Princess is determined to find out her true name. But what will happen when she does?

  4. Sasha and Puck and the Cure for Courage - The dashing knight Latouche wants to compete in a tournament, but he’s afraid to lose. What he needs is a potion that will make him brave enough to enter! Can Sasha and Puck help Latouche find his courage?

The Kid and the Chameleon Go to School (the Kid and the Chameleon: Time to Read, Level 3) book
#19
The Kid and the Chameleon Go to School (the Kid and the Chameleon: Time to Read, Level 3)
Written by Sheri Mabry and illustrated by Joanie Stone
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Tessy is taking Newton to school, but chameleons have a hard time sitting still. Will Tessy discover there’s more than one way to learn?

The Power Down Mystery book
#20
The Power Down Mystery
Written by Gertrude Chandler Warner and illustrated by Anthony VanArsdale
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

A bad storm hits Greenfield and leaves behind a mystery! With no power or internet, the Boxcar Children will need to put the pieces together the old-fashioned way. It’s been a while since the children have powered down. Can they figure out what’s going on while being unplugged?

Gastronauts book
#21
Gastronauts
Written and illustrated by James Foley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, has an extraordinary new challenge. The brain-enhancing nanobots she is testing have been accidentally swallowed by her baby brother Joe.

The only way to stop Joe turning into a superbaby and wreaking super havoc is to shrink herself and travel inside Joe’s body on a journey to tackle the problem head-on. What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out, this is only the beginning …

Boris and the Dumb Skulls book
#22
Boris and the Dumb Skulls
Written and illustrated by Frank Hinks
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Fed up of being bullied by the witch Griselda, Boris the Skull and the Dim Daft Dwarves decide to form a punk rock band and seek fame and fortune. But just before they leave for their first gig, two of Griselda’s dead ancestors break out of their glass tanks beneath the ruined tower.

Chessy, the Welsh Pony book
#23
Chessy, the Welsh Pony
Written by Kelly Wilson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Seven-year old Amanda Wilson dreams of training her own wild pony, just as her big sisters have done. Then comes the chance - a muster of beautiful Welsh ponies that have run wild in the hills. Among them is Chessy, a striking stallion, and just the right size for Amanda. But small doesn’t equal easy, and first Amanda must prove she has what it takes by training Magic, a stroppy mare from Pony Club. Will Magic and Chessy ever be safe enough to join Amanda on her crazy adventures?

  1. Spycraft - Perfect for kids with a sense of daring and adventure, this book contains all the tips and tricks that readers need to become secret agents. From cracking codes to tailing suspects via the art of cunning disguise, this book is a must for budding Bonds everywhere. This book is part of the Buster Know How series, a collection of books that teaches adventurous and imaginative kids everything they will ever need to know about getting by in this wide, whacky world.

  2. Escape Galapagos - Before she died, Ezzy Skylar’s mother made Ezzy’s father promise to take his two children on trips to some of the world’s most exotic places, starting with the Galapagos Islands. There’s just one problem: while her little brother Luke is in animal heaven, Ezzy has a paralyzing fear of wild animals. That’s why she’s aboard the cruise vessel when hijackers take over. Forced to find depths of bravery she never knew she had, Ezzy has to flee across an island with her brother and seek to rescue a ship full of tourists under siege.

  3. Billy Stuart and the Sea of a Thousand Dangers - What was supposed to be a relaxing ocean crossing for Billy Stuart and his friends after their adventures on the island of Crete quickly transforms into a veritable odyssey. A violent storm throws them off their maritime course and leads to a downpour of events with potentially tragic consequences: mutiny, vicious monster attacks, siren songs and more. The dire situation doesn’t get any better when they finally make it to shore. A thousand dangers make the Zintrepids’ every waking moment seem like a nightmare. And is Billy Stuart still on the trail of his grandfather, the explorer Virgil Stuart who has traveled through time? Or are the Zintrepids forever lost in an unknown age and strange place? This is the third book in the Billy Stuart series.

  4. Big Top Burning - The fire broke out at 2:40 p.m. Thousands of men, women, and children were crowded under Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s big top watching the Flying Wallendas begin their death-defying high-wire act. Suddenly someone screamed “Fire!” and the panic began. By 2:50 the tent had burned to the ground. Not everyone had made it out alive. With primary source documents and survivor interviews, Big Top Burning recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire—one of the worst fire disasters in US history. Its remarkable characters include: Robert Segee, the fifteen-year-old circus roustabout and known pyromaniac; and the Cook children, Donald, Eleanor, and Edward, who were in the audience when the circus tent caught fire. Guiding readers through the investigations of the mysteries that make this moment in history so fascinating, this book asks: Was the unidentified body of a little girl nicknamed “Little Miss 1565” Eleanor Cook? Was the fire itself an act of arson—and did Robert Segee set it? Big Top Burning combines a gripping disaster story, an ongoing detective and forensics saga, and World War II-era American history, inviting middle-grade readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence and draw their own conclusions.

Shadow Island book
#28
Shadow Island
Written by Nancy Deas and Mike Deas and illustrated by Mike Deas
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

With nowhere left to live after losing his parents and working his way through a long list of relatives on the mainland, Ollie finds himself at his grandpa’s house in Sueño Bay, “home of the supernatural.” Miserable and intending to get away from the earthquake-prone, rain-soaked island on the next bus out of town, Ollie’s getaway plans are altered abruptly when he and three classmates discover something they shouldn’t have in a trailer in the woods.

The four unlikely friends come together in a mystery involving supernatural creatures, a ticking clock and one angry gym teacher to save themselves, the creatures and Sueño Bay from a darkness that is infecting the island.

If they succeed, will Ollie finally find a place to call home?

Jazzy Jessie: Going for Gold book
#29
Jazzy Jessie: Going for Gold
Written by Emma Moss
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-11

Jessie has always loved coming from a large family, but things get tough when her father unexpectedly loses his job. Money is suddenly tight and Jessie’s mum has to take on more shifts at the hospital. The one silver lining is that Dad is around to care for Jessie’s younger brothers after school, so Jessie has more time to work on her gymnastics. It isn’t long before her coach persuades her to enter a big competition. He thinks she’s in with a shot at gold - if she puts in the time. But there are only so many hours in a day, and Jessie is constantly running late for either practice or a Girls Can Vlog meeting. Can she fit both gymnastics and vlogging into her busy life - or is she going to have to choose between two very different dreams? An inspirational story about the power of vlogging - complete with tips for making your own vlogs!

Mike's Mystery (the Boxcar Children: Time to Read, Level 2) book
#30
Mike's Mystery (the Boxcar Children: Time to Read, Level 2)
Written by Gertrude Chandler Warner and illustrated by Shane Clester
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When the Aldens visit Aunt Jane, Benny’s friend Mike discovers a new mystery! Adapted from Gertrude Chandler Warner’s story of the same name, this early reader allows children to start reading with a Boxcar Children classic.

Festival Frenzy! book
#31
Festival Frenzy!
Written and illustrated by Emma Moss
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-11

When Lucy’s parents plan a camping trip, Lucy manages to convince them to let her bring the rest of the gang along to attend Chesterbury Music Festival. It looks set to be a summer they will never forget!

Survival book
#32
Survival
Written by Guy Campbell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-11

If you can keep your head, when all about you are losing theirs; if you can meet triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same (and even if you can’t), then this is the perfect book for you. It’s time to take control and be a hero! From how to survive a tornado, carry someone to safety and read an orienteering compass, to how to make a catapult, build an igloo, survive a snakebite or avalanche, and much more. Survival explains all the skills you’ll need to get through the toughest day. This book is part of the Buster Know-How series, a collection of books that teaches adventurous and imaginative kids everything they will ever need to know about getting by in this wide, whacky world.

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