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Secret Friends book
#1
Secret Friends
Written by Elizabeth Laird
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-11

What's the good in keeping secrets? Secret Friends is a heartbreaking story about friendship and bullying from the multi-award-winning Elizabeth Laird. Rafaella doesn't find it easy to make friends. She looks and feels different from the others at school. And Lucy is the first to tease, the first to call her 'Earwig', until they get to know one another and Lucy sees that Rafaella is full of hopes and ideas, just like she is. Lucy loves keeping her own secret friend, until tragedy strikes and secrets can't be kept any longer. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Children's Book Award and reissued with new illustrations, more than twenty years after first publication, Elizabeth Laird's moving and unflinching novella brings home the crucial importance of cultivating empathy in young people. '[A] humane and honest story. It conveys so much, so simply and so well' Scotsman '[A] fine weepy with a moral, about the dangers of playground cliquishness and cruelty' The Sunday Times

Babysitting Nightmares: The Twilight Curse book
#2
Babysitting Nightmares: The Twilight Curse
Written by Kat Shepherd
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The Baby-Sitters Club meets Goosebumps in the third book of this series about a group of girls who face down supernatural threats on their babysitting gigs. Anchored by a strong friendship between smart, savvy girls, this fun adventure story is filled with “safe scary” jump scares that will appeal to contemporary readers as well as fans of mysteries. When the town's old movie palace is converted into a theater, Maggie is thrilled to get a job helping with the first production. She may just be babysitting the director's kids, but Maggie is determined to learn everything she can about acting. Unfortunately, a devilish ghoul seems to have other plans for the performance! It’s up to Maggie and her three best friends to vanquish the threat in time for opening night.

Scary Stories for Young Foxes book
#3
Scary Stories for Young Foxes
Written by Christian McKay Heidicker and illustrated by Junyi Wu
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Christian McKay Heidicker draws inspiration from Bram Stoker, H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe for his debut middle-grade novel, a thrilling portrait of survival and an unforgettable tale of friendship. The haunted season has arrived in the Antler Wood. No fox kit is safe. When Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they discover a dangerous world full of monsters. In order to find a den to call home, they must venture through field and forest, facing unspeakable things that dwell in the darkness: a zombie who hungers for their flesh, a witch who tries to steal their skins, a ghost who hunts them through the snow . . . and other things too scary to mention. Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen hauntingly beautiful illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes contains the kinds of adventures and thrills you love to listen to beside a campfire in the dark of night. Fans of Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Auxier, and R. L. Stine have found their next favorite book.

The Cryptid Keeper book
#4
The Cryptid Keeper
Written by Lija Fisher
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In this second book in a monstrously funny middle-grade duology, Clivo Wren continues searching for the immortal cryptid as the evil resistance gets more dangerous. Clivo Wren and the Myth Blasters are back in this concluding high-octane adventure in the Cryptids duology! The search for the immortal cryptid is still on—Clivo is determined to fulfill the mission left to him by his cryptid-catching father. But as the evil resistance grows ever more gnarly, and the creatures themselves grow more dangerous, Clivo and his crew are facing trouble at every turn. It's going to take all they have to keep the immortal cryptid from falling into the wrong hands in this exciting sequel to The Cryptid Catcher.

The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times book
#5
The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times
Written by Jonathan W. Stokes and illustrated by Xavier Bonet
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The kid-friendly series that makes history approachable, engaging, and funny! From the publishing house that brought you the Who Was? books. The Thrifty Guide to Medieval Times: A Handbook for Time Travelers is a snappy, informative, illustrated travel guide with everything the sensible time traveler needs to know, like: * Where I can find the best hovel? * What are my healthcare options if I catch the Black Plague? * How can I avoid being attacked by pillaging Huns? * And most importantly, why on earth would anyone want to travel back to medieval times? This book is designed as a parody of Fodor’s guides, complete with humorous maps, reviews of places to stay and top attractions (don’t miss a jousting tournament . . . but watch out for lances!), and tips on whom to have lunch with (murderous Queen Olga of Kiev, naturally–just don’t eat or drink anything around her!). If you had a time travel machine and could take a vacation anywhere in history, this is the only guidebook series you would need.

  1. Rachel's Roses - Rachel Berger needs twenty-five cents to make her dream come true. But for Rachel, twenty-five cents is a fortune--and she's running out of time. Third-grader Rachel Berger longs to be different. At the very least, she'd like to be set apart from her copycat little sister, Hannah. The second Rachel spots the glass rose buttons at Mr. Solomon's button shop, her heart stops. They'll be the perfect, unique touch on the skirt her mother is making her for Rosh Hashanah. There's just one problem: Rachel can't afford them. With her focus set on earning enough to buy them before the holiday, will Rachel lose sight of what's really important? Themes of sisterhood, sibling rivalry, and strong family values are organically woven in to this charmingly illustrated chapter book set on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early twentieth century.

  2. The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns - From cuddly pool floats to rainbow-colored toast toppings, unicorns--the darlings of Instagram--have never been more exciting or more popular. Are unicorns real? Their popularity and enduring role in human culture certainly is. How can you win a fight against a unicorn? Why do some unicorns have wings? Why are unicorns often pictured with rainbows? Get answers to these questions and more in this fun look at unicorns throughout history. This four-color, fully illustrated book provides everything you always wanted to know about the myths, science, and history that surround the unicorn, a creature that has grown even more popular in the twenty-first century. With its stylish design and fresh, captivating illustrations, The Very Short, Entirely True History of Unicorns will appeal to readers--children and adults alike--who can't get enough of the world's most elusive animal.

  3. The Curse of the Werepenguin - If Mel Brooks directed a gothic satire about evil werepenguins, it would be this wacky and hilarious middle-grade novel! Orphaned as a toddler by parents who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, all Bolt Wattle has ever wanted was to find his true family. When a mysterious baron in far-off Brugaria abruptly sends for Bolt, he wonders if he's getting closer to finding his parents. But Baron Chordata appears to be a twelve-year-old boy who wears tuxedos all the time, shouts at everyone, and forbids Bolt from asking questions. Things couldn't get any worse...until midnight, when the Baron bites Bolt and turns him into a half boy, half penguin. Then things really couldn't get worse...nope, wait, they get a lot worse. A plucky girl who just might be the world's greatest bandit, a whale cult led by a man whose weapon is a stale loaf of French bread, and a sinister but friendly fortune-teller who can't stop cackling are just a few of the characters who help (and hinder) Bolt on his journey to reverse the curse, return to human form, and stop the Baron from taking over the country of Brugaria with his army of mind-controlled penguins in what might be the weirdest--and funniest--middle-grade novel you've ever read.

  4. Amelia Earhart (First Names #2) - See how Amelia Earhart went from a little Kansas tomboy to a high-flying feminist icon Before Amelia Earhart (1897-1939) became a world-famous pilot, she was a little tomboy from Kansas with a taste for adventure. When she visited an airfield and took a short plane ride, she knew she had to be a pilot. She signed up for flying lessons and cropped her hair short so that the other pilots would take her seriously. She became the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. With each flight she took and each record she broke, Amelia became more and more of a celebrity. Her final flight was intended to be a trip around the whole world, but her plane disappeared after takeoff--and her disappearance is still a mystery today. Inspirational, highly illustrated, and full of adventure, Amelia Earhart tells the story of the feminist icon who changed the world of aviation. It includes a timeline, glossary, and index.

Princess Ponies 10: The Pumpkin Ghost book
#10
Princess Ponies 10: The Pumpkin Ghost
Written by Chloe Ryder
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Enter a land of magical ponies in this chapter book series that features illustrations throughout and comes with a collectible charm! The enchanted island of Chevalia, where ponies rule, has finally had its magic restored, thanks to human Pippa and pony Princess Stardust. Her task complete, Pippa returned to our world . . . but her friends in Chevalia are never far away. It's Halloween, and Pippa can't wait to go trick-or-treating. But before the festivities get underway, Cloud appears to tell Pippa that, back in Chevalia, a mysterious pumpkin-headed ghost is haunting Stableside Castle! Pippa joins forces with her best friend, Princess Stardust, to figure out if the fabled pumpkin ghost is real . . . or if someone is up to a little bit of Halloween mischief! Can they get to the bottom of this spooky mystery? Pippa's adventures in magical Chevalia continue, brought to life with delightful illustrations--and the book includes a special collectible charm. Collect all of the books in the Princess Ponies series: A Magical Friend A Dream Come True The Special Secret A Unicorn Adventure! An Amazing Rescue Best Friends Forever! A Special Surprise A Singing Star The Lucky Horseshoe

It Rained Warm Bread book
#11
It Rained Warm Bread
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-14

Moishe was thirteen when the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939 and he was sent to Auschwitz. His home was ravaged, his family torn apart by illness and abduction. Years of brutality drew on as Moishe moved from one labor camp to the next. Finally, towards the end of the war and at the peak of Moishe’s deepest despair, a simple act of kindness by a group of courageous Czech women redeemed his faith that goodness could survive the trials of war: That was the day it rained warm bread. Deftly articulated and beautifully illustrated, this is a strong addition to the ever-important genre of Holocaust testimonies.

Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy book
#12
Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy
Written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Four hilarious stories, two inventive brothers, one irresistible beginning chapter book—now in paperback! In this heartwarming follow-up to Laurel Snyder's award-winning Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers enjoy a special visit from their grandpa, Grumpy. Follow along as they discuss being medium, pounce each other, sing the wrong songs, build blanket forts, and more. Paired with effervescent illustrations by Emily Hughes, this touching, funny celebration of imagination and bonding will enchant readers young and old.

Harry Houdini (First Names #1) book
#13
Harry Houdini (First Names #1)
Written by Kjartan Poskitt and illustrated by Geraint Ford
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Discover the man behind the magic and see how Houdini pulled off his most daring escapes Before Harry Houdini (1874-1926) became the greatest magician in the world, he was just little Ehrich Weisz, a Hungarian-born immigrant who moved to America with his family and performed stage tricks for a little extra cash. He started off with card tricks and then eventually began performing the escape acts that would make him famous. Known for his daring and death-defying illusions, he would do some of the greatest tricks ever: escaping from a milk can, being buried alive, and being locked inside a crate and thrown into a river. He conquered each of these seemingly impossible feats and showed the world the power of a little magic. Fun, fast-paced, and highly illustrated, Harry Houdini tells the story of the curious boy who became the world's greatest magician and reveals how Houdini did some of his most stunning escapes. It includes a timeline, glossary, and index.

Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo book
#14
Fabio The World's Greatest Flamingo Detective: The Case of the Missing Hippo
Written by Laura James and illustrated by Emily Fox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

This hilarious, brightly illustrated chapter book starring Fabio the flamingo detective and his sidekick Gilbert the giraffe is perfect for fans of CatStronauts and The Bad Guys. In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives the world's greatest flamingo detective. His name is Fabio. He's not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And he's very, very clever. When Fabio and his giraffe associate Gilbert drop in to the Hotel Royale for a relaxing glass of lemonade (pink, naturally), Fabio is persuaded to judge the hotel's talent contest. But when the most promising contestant--Julia the jazz-singing hippopotamus--goes missing, Fabio must put his thinking cap back on and solve the mystery! Don't miss these other books from Laura James! The Pug series Captain Pug Cowboy Pug Safari Pug

  1. Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Vanishing Painting - Featuring friendship, school, family, and a diverse community, these early illustrated chapter books from James Preller have it all. It's the biggest—okay the most stressful—night of the year . . . Parents' Night! And Geetha Nair's painting has just gone missing. The stakes are high, but Jigsaw Jones and Mila Yeh have never encountered a mystery they couldn't solve. Can they track down their friend's art in time for the most important show of the year? James Preller's wry, witty, Jigsaw Jones books are once again available to inspire the next generation of young readers, featuring both new titles and classroom classics!

  2. Polly Diamond and the Magic Book - The first in a delightfully funny and magical chapter book series perfect for fans of Ivy + Bean, Amelia Bedelia, and Dory Fantasmagory! Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing!

  3. Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Hat Burglar - Jigsaw Jones is back! A brand new original mystery, The Case of the Hat Burglar is the newest installment of the Jigsaw Jones chapter book series by James Preller. Someone’s been stealing from the lost and found. But the strangest part of this mystery is what they’ve been stealing. Not mittens, or books, or water bottles—only hats! Just when Jigsaw comes up with a plan to catch this hat burglar in the act, the mystery thief strikes again right under his nose! Will this be the first case Jigsaw and Mila can’t solve? Sure to delight and intrigue young minds in equal measure, this never-before-published mystery chapter book is full of charming illustrations and James Preller's signature humor and warmth.

  4. Scallywag on the Salish Sea - The Greasy Lobster, a pirate ship run by the notorious Captain Gallows, is no place for a kid. But when a young orphan arrives on board, the boy has no choice but to take the captain’s orders and get to work gutting fish in the galley. Without family, freedom or even a name to call his own, the boy thinks his fate is sealed until fortune appears in the least likely of places. Can he really turn his luck around in this ship full of thieving pirates, and does one of those pirates hold the key to his mysterious past?

Rise of the Dragon Moon book
#19
Rise of the Dragon Moon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The princess of a frozen queendom fights to free her mother from the clutches of terrifying dragons in this middle grade fantasy debut. Princess Toli may be heir to the throne, but she longs to be a fierce hunter and warrior. Alone in a frozen world, her queendom is at the mercy of the dragons that killed her father, and Toli is certain it’s only a matter of time before they come back to destroy what’s left of her family. When the dragons rise and seize her mother, Toli will do anything to save her— even trust a young dragon who may be the only key to the Queen's release. With her sister and best friend at her side, Toli makes the treacherous journey across the vast ice barrens to Dragon Mountain, where long-held secrets await. Bear-cats are on their trail, and dragons stalk them, but the greatest danger might be a mystery buried in Toli’s past. An Imprint Book

Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of the Dark book
#20
Sam Wu Is Not Afraid of the Dark
Written by Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang and illustrated by Nathan Reed
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-12

Sam Wu is NOT afraid of the dark. But it's hard to prove you're brave when you're about to face your greatest challenge: camping. That means confronting terrifying things like grizzly bears, vampire bats, aliens, and the worst person in the WHOLE UNIVERSE--Ralph ZInkerman! When something starts haunting the woods, can Sam and his crew band together to become Masters of the Dark? And could they even have . . . FUN?

Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Haunted Scarecrow book
#21
Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Haunted Scarecrow
Written by James Preller and illustrated by R.W. Alley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Featuring friendship, school, family, and a diverse community, these early illustrated chapter books from James Preller have it all. Jigsaw Jones and Mila Yeh have solved many cases involving stolen or missing items. But when the search for Kim's necklace turns up more than they bargained for, Jigsaw can't trust his eyes. Did the scarecrow on Ms. Rigby's lawn just . . . move? Find out more in The Case of the Haunted Scarecrow. James Preller's wry, witty, Jigsaw Jones books are once again available to inspire the next generation of young readers, featuring both new titles and classroom classics!

Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Golden Key book
#22
Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Golden Key
Written by James Preller and illustrated by R.W. Alley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Featuring friendship, school, family, and a diverse community, these early illustrated chapter books from James Preller have it all. When a new kid moves into town, he brings with him a mystery as big as his house! Reggie Armitage the III has found a box with a list of codes and a golden skeleton key—but he has no idea what the key opens or how to crack the code. It's a good thing 2nd-grade sleuths, Jigsaw Jones and Mila Yeh, are investigating The Case of the Golden Key. James Preller's wry, witty, Jigsaw Jones books are once again available to inspire the next generation of young readers, featuring both new titles and classroom classics!

Epic Athletes: Serena Williams book
#23
Epic Athletes: Serena Williams
Written by Dan Wetzel and illustrated by Sloane Leong
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

An inspiring middle-grade biography of the most celebrated women's tennis player ever, Serena Williams, from acclaimed sports journalist Dan Wetzel! Serena Williams is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. From growing up in a tough neighborhood to combatting racism to weathering severe health issues, there is no challenge she can't defeat, no hurdle that will get in the way of her unwavering desire to be the best tennis player in the world. As a little girl, Serena spent years training at her local court with her father and older sister, Venus, dreaming of one day winning Grand Slam titles and earning the number one ranking in the world. In this exciting biography, young readers will discover what it takes to become a champion. Bestselling author Dan Wetzel brings to life the story of an athlete and trailblazer who broke records and racial barriers. Publishing right between Wimbledon and the US Open, and featuring action-packed comic-style interior art, this uplifting biography of the most celebrated women's tennis player of all time is sure to be a hit with young sports fans across the country.

  1. Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Bear Scare - Featuring friendship, school, family, and a diverse community, these early illustrated chapter books from James Preller have it all. Is there a bear loose in the woods by Jigsaw Jones' town? For once this second-grade detective and his partner Mila Yeh might be out of their depth! One way or another, these too young sleuths will get to the bottom of who, or what, is growling and snapping in those woods. James Preller's wry, witty, Jigsaw Jones books are once again available to inspire the next generation of young readers, featuring both new titles and classroom classics!

  2. Epic Athletes: Tom Brady - Bestselling author Dan Wetzel delivers an action-packed biography of legendary quarterback and Super Bowl champ, Tom Brady! Throughout eighteen incredible seasons, Tom Brady has led his team to five Super Bowl championships and earned three Most Valuable Player Awards, cementing his status as one of the best quarterbacks ever. Only one question remains unanswered--is he THE greatest of all time? From the moment Tom Brady stepped on the gridiron wearing a New England Patriots jersey, the National Football League was forever changed. A star, a legend, a future hall-of-famer was born. Over the years, he's mounted comeback after comeback win, finding the open man for a touchdown just when victory seemed out of reach. In this inspirational biography of a living legend, acclaimed sports writer and bestselling author Dan Wetzel chronicles Tom Brady's rise from a backup quarterback at the University of Michigan to an MVP on the biggest stage in sports--the Super Bowl. This fantastic biography also includes vibrant comic-style interior illustrations.

  3. Super Turbo and the Fountain of Doom - Turbo battles an overflowing water fountain of doom in the ninth Super Turbo book! The Superpet Superhero League has finally figured out how to reach the water fountain all the students use. This is so much easier than battling Whiskerface and his Rat Pack every time they go to the cafeteria to quench their thirst! But as soon as the last superpet has taken their turn at the drinking fountain, they all realize they have a big problem. The water won’t stop flowing. Is this actually a terrifying Fountain of Doom?! How will the superpets stop the fountain from flooding the school? And which of the pets can even swim?! Find out in Super Turbo’s latest adventure! With easy-to-read language, illustrations, and comic panels on almost every page, the Super Turbo chapter books are perfect for emerging readers!

  4. Could You Escape the Tower of London? - Could you escape the Tower of London? You became the hero of your own adventure the moment you crossed the castle gate. Will your choices lead to freedom, or will you be sent to the gallows?

Courage on Ice book
#28
Courage on Ice
Written by Jake Maddox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Late for practice at the ice arena, thirteen-year-old Eva Chen neglects to warm up and suffers a concussion when she falls during a difficult jump; frustrated at missing practice time, and worried about doing her routine at the family showcase, in front of a full arena, her parents, and her grandmother, Eva does not need any extra threats to her confidence--for instance, discovering that some of the other girls are laughing at her Chinese heritage.

The Unbreakable Zamperini book
#29
The Unbreakable Zamperini
Written and illustrated by Nel Yomtov
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-14

In the 1930s Louis Zamperini was a promising Olympic track athlete. But when World War II broke out, he enlisted and served as a bombardier with the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1943 Zamperini miraculously survived when his bomber crashed in the Pacific Ocean. But that was just the beginning of his ordeal. After surviving for more than six weeks on a raft at sea, he was captured by Japanese forces and sent to a POW camp. For the next two years Zamperini endured brutal treatment at the hands of the Japanese officer who chose to make an example of him. But no matter how horrible things things became, Zamp refused to be broken. Learn all about Louis Zamperini and his unbreakable spirit as a prisoner of war in World War II.

If the Hat Fits book
#30
If the Hat Fits
Written and illustrated by Erica-Jane Waters
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

It's a new school year with the same old problems: the school is going to run out of money! A local engineering competition might just keep them funded for another year. Can Millie and her friends Pearl and Halinka invent a way out of the mess? With some guidance from their eccentric headmistress Miss Bunsen, anything seems possible.

Swim Or Sink book
#31
Swim Or Sink
Written by Jake Maddox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Although only in eighth grade Baxter Reilly is an important member of the Edgeview High School in Tempe, Arizona, and lately the pool has been his place of refuge from the stress of his parents' separation--but now, between the pending divorce, his father's miserable apartment, his mother's new boyfriend, and the resentment and bullying from his older teammates, it is getting harder to focus on his role as the anchor of the 4 x 400 freestyle relay in the upcoming races.

Could You Escape Alcatraz? book
#32
Could You Escape Alcatraz?
Written by Eric Mark Braun
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Could you escape Alcatraz? You became the hero of your own adventure the moment you set foot on The Rock. Will your choices lead to escape, or will you be locked up forever?

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