Keep Your Series Current: November 2017

Update your popular series with these books that will be published in November. Enjoy!

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Caterflies and Ice (Zoey and Sassafras, Book 4) by Asia Citro (ill. by Marion Lindsay). 9781943147342. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Classes Are Canceled! (Eerie Elementary, Book 7) by Jack Chabert (ill. by Matt Loveridge. 9781338181838. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Cosmic Blackout! (Galaxy Zack, Book 16) by Ray O’Ryan (ill. by Jason Kraft. 9781481499903. 2017. Gr K-2.
Cowboy Pug : The Dog Who Rode for Glory (Adventures of Pug) by Laura James (ill. by Eglantine Ceulemans). 9781681198248. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Crystal Caverns (Last Firehawk, Book 2) by Katrina Charman (ill. by Jeremy Norton). 9781338122527. 2017. Gr 1-3.
The Ice Castle (Daisy Dreamer, Book 5) by Holly Anna (ill. by Genevieve Santos). 9781481498937. 2017. Gr K-2.

        
Lola’s Rules for Friendship (Lola) by Jenna McCarthy (ill. by Sara Palacios). 9780062250186. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Out of Remote Control (D.A.T.A. Set, Book 7) by Ada Hopper (ill. by Graham Ross). 9781481491921. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Pigsticks and Harold Lost in Time! (Pigsticks and Harold, Book 4) by Alex Milway. 9780763681869. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Red Again by Barbara Lehman. 9780544818590. 2017. Gr K-2.
A Song for Snow (Hoot and Peep) by Lita Judge. 9781101994511. 2017. Gr PK-1.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Charlie Numbers and the Man in the Moon (Charlie Numbers, Book 2) by Ben Mezrich. 9781481448475. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Designed by Lucy (Kindness Club, Book 2) by Courtney Sheinmel. 9781681191171. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Digging for Trouble (Devlin Quick Mysteries, Book 2) by Linda Fairstein. 9780399186462. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse (Doldrums, Book 2) by Nicholas Gannon. 9780062320971. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Dolls of War (Friendship Dolls, Book 3) by Shirley Parenteau. 9780763690694. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Dragon Spies! (Ella and Owen, Book 6) by Jaden Kent. 9781499804768. 2017. Gr 2-4.
George and the Blue Moon (George, Book 5) by Stephen & Lucy Hawking. 9781481466301. 2017. Gr 4-6.

          
The Great Unravel (Riddle in Ruby, Book 3) by Kent Davis. 9780062368409. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Horrible Harry and the Field Day Revenge! (Horrible Harry) by Suzy Weaver Kline. 9780425290361. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Magic Fox (Secret Rescuers, Book 4) by Paula Harrison. 9781481476201. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Phone-y Friends (Project Droid, Book, 4) by Nancy Krulik & Amanda Burwasser. 9781510726628. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Piper Morgan Plans a Party (Piper Morgan, Book 5) by Stephanie Faris. 9781534403864. 2017. Gr 2-5.
The Splendid Baron Submarine (Bizarre Baron Inventions, Book 2) by Eric Bower. 9781944995256. 2017. Gr 4-6.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Addison Cooke and the Tomb of the Khan (Addison Cooke, Book 2) by Jonathan W. Stokes. 9780399173783. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The Caldera (Brotherband Chronicles, Book 7) by John Flanagan. 9780399163586. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Darkest Night (Warriors : A Vision of Shadows, Book 4) by Erin Hunter. 9780062386496. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 12) by Jeff Kinney. 9781419725456. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, Book 6) by Shannon Messenger. 9781481497404. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Seriously Hexed (Seriously Wicked, Book 3) by Tina Connolly. 9780765383778. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Whichwood (Furthermore, Book 2) by Tahereh Mafi. 9781101994795. 2017. Gr 4-7.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Final Fall (Lock & Mori, Book 3) by Heather W. Petty. 9781481423090. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Flashtide (Flashfall, Book 2) by Jenny Moyer. 9781627794831. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Follow Me (Amateurs, Book 2) by Sara Shepard. 9781484742280. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Hellwalkers (Devil’s Engine, Book 3) by Alexander Gordon Smith. 9780374301743. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Into the Black (Beyond the Red Trilogy, Book 2) by Ava Jae. 9781510722361. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman. 9780544918887. 2017. Gr 7-12.

   
Run Away with Me (Come Back to Me, Book 3) by Mila Gray. 9781481490962. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Siege of Shadows (Effigies, Book 2) by Sarah Raughley. 9781481466806. 2017. Gr 8-12.
The Speaker (Sea of Ink and Gold, Book 2) by Traci Chee. 9780399176784. 2017. Gr 9-12.

Great New Nonfiction Titles for October 2017

There are lots of exciting nonfiction titles published in October. Enjoy and learn!

PRIMARY NONFICTION

          

Alphamals : A-Z by Graham Carter. 9780763695576. 2017. Gr PK-2.
This abecedarian picture book of animals combines lyrical text, stylized animal prints, and information into a solid selection.

Bertha Takes a Drive : How the Benz Automobile Changed the World by Jan Adkins. 9781580896962. 2017. Gr K-3.
In 1888, Bertha Benz, determined to prove that the motorcar is the future, sets out on a sixty-mile journey at a time when this was unheard of.

A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider : The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert (ill. by Lauren Castillo). 9781627792455. 2017. Gr PK-3.
An excellent picture book biography of a popular author and why he came to write about such beloved characters as a mouse and a spider (and a pig).

Home Sweet Home by Paula Blumen (ill. by Mia Cassany). 9781786031136. 2017. Gr K-3.
Readers can check out homes from all over the world and the people who live in them.

How the Cookie Crumbled : The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie by Gilbert Ford. 9781481450676. 2017. Gr K-3.
Everyone agrees that Ruth Wakefield invented chocolate chip cookies at her Toll House Inn, but not everyone agrees on just how she did it. Readers can check out the different versions of the story, and then make cookies using the recipe provided.

My Journey to the Stars by Scott Kelly (ill. by Andre Ceolin). 9781524763770. 2017. Gr K-3.
Read about the story of an ordinary boy who became an astronaut. In 2016 he returned from spending almost an entire year (340 consecutive days) in space.

      

Song of the Wild : A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies (ill. by Petr Horacek). 9780763691608. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Poems and illustrations reveal the behavior and beauty of animals around the world.

That Is My Dream! by Langston Hughes (ill by Daniel Miyares). 9780399550171. 2017. Gr PK-3.
An African American boy faces the bitter realities of racism in his daily life while dreaming of a world where he is not judged by the color of his skin. Based on the celebrated poem written by the author.

Vincent Can’t Sleep : Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock (ill. by Mary Grandpre). 9781101937105. 2017. Gr PK-3.
This picture book of the beloved artist Vincent Van Gogh focuses on how he had trouble sleeping and would love to wander under the stars. When he began painting, he drew on his memories of the night sky, especially for his famous “The Starry Night.”

The Way Downtown : Adventures in Public Transport by Inna Gertsberg (ill. by Mike Lowery). 9781771385527. 2017. Gr K-3.
In the big city of Zoom, millions of citizens use the public transit system with its buses, subways, light rail, ferries, and trains every day. The people who live there, including the Zanies, Agent Rybka, Dr. Brody, and Boris the dog, use the transit system and city maps, and readers will learn about ticket types and fares, transfer stations, cargo and cruise ships, and bike shares.

 

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

          

Animalsaurus : Incredible Creatures from Prehistoric and Modern Times by Tracey Turner (ill. by Harriet Russell. 9781681195445. 2017. Gr 4-6.
The creators of this book use illustrations, facts and stats, and scale diagrams to compare fascinating prehistoric creatures with close modern relatives.

Crafty Gifts by Jane Bull. 9781465461223. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Need a gift for someone? These twenty step-by-step projects are perfect for gift-giving, and all can be personalized. Clear photographs make this accessible even for elementary students.

Fallingwater : The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece by Marc Marshmann & Anna Egan Smucker (ill. by LeUyen Pham). 9781596437180. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Not just a simple biography, this book explains how Frank Lloyd Wright went about designing his most famous building, Fallingwater, in Pennsylvania.

History’s Mysteries : Curious Clues, Cold Cases, and Puzzles from the Past by Kitson Jazynira. 9781426328725. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Many of history’s most interesting mysteries are discussed, including Stonehenge, the dancing plague, the lost colony of Roanoke, and the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels. This is the first in a series.

A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman. Isabel Greenberg. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Simple text and illustrations introduce the concept of very large numbers through a variety of examples and scenarios, from the 300 teeth of a great white shark, to the estimated number of total stars in the universe.

If Picasso Painted a Snowman by Amy & Greg Newbold. 9780884485933. 2017. Gr 2-5.
A charming hamster with a paintbrush explains how seventeen famous artists would have painted a snowman. Text and short bios will teach readers about different schools of art, and the colorful illustrations will give them a visual introduction to the various styles.

         

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malal Yousafzai (ill. by Kerascoet). 9780316319577. 2017. Gr 3-5.
As a young woman, Malala Yousafzai used her pen and her writing to speak out for the right for girls to get an education in Afghanistan.

Mama Africa! : How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine (ill. by Charly Palmer). 9780374303013. Gr 2-5.
This biography highlights the life, career, and social activism of Miriam Makeba, known to many as Mama Africa who used her voice and song to fight racial segregation in South Africa.

Miguel’s Brave Knight : Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote by Margarita Engle (ill. by Raul Colon). 9781561458561. 2017. Gr 2-6.
Read the story of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes’ childhood and how his experiences influenced him to grow up and become the famous author of “Don Quixote.”

Spiders! : Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle (ill. by Meryl Henderson). 9781629793214. 2017. Gr 3-5.
This latest entry in the Strange and Wonderful series presents information on the physical characteristics, behaviors, habitats, and types of spiders, accompanied by full-color illustrations.

Trickiest! : 19 Sneaky Animals by Steve Jenkins. 9780544937161. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Read about animals with incredible abilities to trick each other and humans. From animals using trickery to catch their prey to those trying to avoid being prey themselves, these animals use their talents to deceive in order to survive.

Unstoppable : True Stories of Amazing Bionic Animals by Nancy Furstinger. 9780544879669. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Many animals have been helped by prostheses and other devices. This book tells the stories not only of the “bionic” animals, but of the inventors, caretakers, vets, and scientists who use their expertise on anatomy and behavior to make the lives of these animals more enjoyable.

Why Don’t Fish Drown? : And Other Vital Questions about the Animal Kingdom by Anna Claybourne (ill by Claire Goble). 9780500651261. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The study of nature poses many questions, even for experts in their fields. This book answers some of those questions, and explains why the questions are tricky. It also encourages children to ask questions themselves and try to come up with their own answers.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION

            

Basketballogy : Supercool Facts You Never Knew by Kevin Sylvester. 9781554519323. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Cartoon-style illustrations, graphs and charts, and trivia help young basketball fans to understand the history, rules, players, facts, and other aspects of the game.

Bizarre Space : A Kid’s Guide to Our Strange, Unusual Universe by Jenn Dlugos & Charlie Hatton. 9781618216892. 2017. Gr 4-7.
People have always had questions about the sky above, and many of those questions have been answered. The authors explain these discoveries, as well as describing many oddities the universe that we still don’t have answers to.

The Elephant Whisperer : My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony. 9781627793094. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Lawrence Anthony took in a herd of “rogue” elephants at his game reserve in Zululand in order to save them from being killed. Through the following years, he bonded with the elephants and discovered they could teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

A Fair Deal : Shopping for Social Justice by Kari Jones. 9781459810433. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Exploring what fair trade around the world looks like, from Colombian coffee plantations to basket weavers in Vietnam, this new Footprints title highlights why fair trade is important.

Fault Lines in the Constitution : The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today by Cynthia Levinson & Sanford Levinson. 9781561459452. 2017. Gr 6-8.
Take an in-depth look at the U.S. Constitution and issues that have risen out of its application through history, from the electoral college and filibusters to voting eligibility and presidential succession. Explore how the Constitution has evolved over time and learn how it can be further improved to keep it relevant and efficient.

Kid Authors : True Tales of Childhood from Great Writers (Kid Legends) by David Stabler (ill. by Doogie Horner). 9781594749872. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Our most beloved authors were all once kids with the same kid problems that their readers have, and their struggles with these issues helped mold their characters and talents. Biographies are included for diverse authors, and are fun and funny and touching.

The Man Who Knew Everything : The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher by Marilee Peters (ill. by Roxanna Bikadoroff). 9781554519736. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Living in the 17th century, Kircher was a German Jesuit and scientist with an insatiable curiosity. Though he really didn’t know everything, he did question everything, including volcanoes, dragons, Atlantis, and the earth’s core, and he had theories (not always right) about many of them. Kircher’s life should encourage the same type of curiosity in readers.

          

More Girls Who Rocked the World : Heroines from Ada Lovelace to Misty Copeland by Michelle Roehm McCann. 9781582706405. 2017. Gr 5-8.
This follow-up to Girls Who Rocked the World offers profiles of forty-five more women who made a difference in the world before they turned twenty.

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani. 9781626720879. 2017. Gr 5-9.
Priyanka Das, an Indian girl living in America, has always wondered why her mother abandoned her home in India years ago, taking Priyanka with her, and why she still refuses to tell Pri anything about India or her father. One day, Pri finds one of her mother’s pashminas in a forgotten suitcase, and, putting it on, finds herself transported to a place that very much resembles India—however, it may be another world altogether, and there is danger.

Pele : The King of Soccer by Eddy Simon & Vincent Brascaglia. 9781626729797. 2017. Gr 4-8.
This graphic novel biography tells the story of Pele, the famous soccer superstar, from his boyhood.

Rewilding : Giving Nature a Second Chance by Jane Drake & Ann Love. 9781554519620. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Naturalists speak of rewilding, or restoring habitats to their natural state to help native species. A successful and famous attempt at rewilding was the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park. Readers can learn of other attempts, both big and small, as well as some that were not effective, and might get ideas for their own projects.

Science Comics : Dogs : From Predator to Protector by Andy Hirsch. 9781626727670. 2017. Gr 4-8.
In this nonfiction graphic novel, a friendly mutt discusses everything canine, including genetics, history, anatomy, behavior, and breeding.

Sinking the Sultana : A Civil War Story of Imprisonment, Greed, and a Doomed Journey Home by Sally M. Walker. 9780763677558. 2017. Gr 6-9.
In 1865, Civil War Confederate soldiers were paroled and sent home. Some went aboard the “Sultana,” a steamboat headed for the south. The greedy captain, who was paid by the passenger, didn’t do the necessary repairs to the ship and packed in too many people, and on April 27, 1865, the boat exploded, leaving nearly 2,000 people dead. This book follows the story of five soldiers aboard the “Sultana.”

    

Survivors : Extraordinary Tales from the Wild and Beyond by David Long & Kerry Hyndman. 9780571316014. 2017. Gr 5-8.
These nearly two dozen true stories tell of survival around the world, featuring classic and contemporary tales of people who have survived airplane crashes, hurricanes, avalanches, quicksand, and blizzards, among other dangers.

Thrilling Thieves : Liars, Cheats, and Double-Crossers Who Changed History by Brianna DuMont. 9781510701694. 2017. Gr 4-8.
History has its share of heroes, but none of them are in this book. Instead readers will find scallywags, con artists, and even some famous people that underneath used nefarious methods to obtain their fame. The world would be a much different place without them!

Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag. 9781338089523. 2017. Gr 4-8.
In a forest settlement, girls are taught to be witches and boys to be shapeshifters. To the consternation of his family, Aster, however, hangs around the girls who are learning their spellcraft. When two village boys disappear, Aster’s magical abilities might just save the day.

 

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

             

The 57 Bus : A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater. 9780374303235. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Sasha and Richard, two teens from Oakland, California, never would have met if not for the 57 Bus which they both were taking home one day. Richard, an African American boy, had a lighter; Sasha, a white boy, wore a skirt. A dare to use the lighter changes both boy’s lives forever.

Because I Was a Girl : True Stories for Girls of All Ages by Melissa de la Cruz. 9781250154460. 2017. Gr 7-12.
This collection of stories is from women who share their personal struggles and the barriers they’ve had to overcome to achieve their dreams. Personal accounts come from best-selling authors, civil rights, activists, entrepreneurs, and even young women, and their stories span the decades from the 1920s to the present.

Building Amazing Creations : Sean Kenny’s Art with LEGO Bricks by Sean Kenney. 9781627790185. 2017. Gr 5-12.
LEGO aficionados will pore over these 800 LEGO art works created by artist Sean Kenney. He includes color photographs of his creations along with narratives describing his process.

Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab & Jackie Roche. 9781770859821. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Following current events in the Middle East, this graphic novel follows a fictional family in Aleppo, Syria, from when the violence started in 2013. Intense and hard-hitting, the story should help readers better understand the plight of these refugees.

Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt & Isabelle Arsenault. 9781554988594. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Louis and his brother have to go back and forth between their parents’ homes where both deal with the divorce in their own way. His father’s way tends to be drinking too much. And while Louis tries to cope with his own sadness over the brokenness of his family, he also tries to work up his courage to talk to Billie, the girl he’s secretly in love with.

Now or Never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard. 9781629793405. 2017. Gr 7-12.
George Stephens and James Henry Gooding were two African American soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War. They were also writers who spoke out against the inequalities between white regiments and their own 54th Massachusetts regiment, as well as the racism and brutality they endured.

The Raftsmen by Ryan Barnett & Dmitry Bondarenko. 9781770859784. 2017. Gr 8-12.
During World War II, four French expatriates had escaped from the Nazis to find safety in Canada. After the war, they set sail on a raft with minimal supplies, hoping to be the first crew to cross the Atlantic Ocean by raft. They were successful, but it took 88 excruciating days until they arrived. Readers will be enthralled by this true adventure story.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER NONFICTION

      

American Wolf : A True Story of Survival and Obsession by Nate Blakeslee. 9781101902783. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
The story of the reintroduction of the wolf to Yellowstone National Park focuses mainly on the life of one wolf, an alpha female known as O-Six, and the people who watched her, hunted her, and mourned her death. American Wolf is excellent narrative nonfiction for animal lovers.

Blockbuster Science : The Real Science in Science Fiction by David Siegel Bernstein. 9781633883697. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Hard-core science fiction fans like to know how scientific their favorite books and shows are, but even those who don’t care about the science will enjoy this book. This accessible and entertaining book debates whether popular sci-fi concepts (such as time travel, cyborgs, black holes, aliens, wormholes, zombies, and more) are achievable or fantastical, and will engage and inspire readers.

The Code Girls : The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II by Liza Mundy. 9780316352536. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Recently unclassified documents reveal the true story of American women who served the U.S. Army and Navy as code breakers during World War II. Tens of thousands of women were recruited by the U.S. military to work as cryptanalysts, and their contributions helped save lives and end the war.

Soonish : Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly & Zach Weinersmith. 9780399563829. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
The authors use text and comic illustrations to explore the future of certain technologies that don’t exist but are logically possible and are a natural extension of current technological breakthroughs. They feature ten technologies such as asteroid mining, fusion power, synthetic biology, bioprinting, and brain-computer interfaces and the practical applications of each.

Using Classcraft for Gamified Motivation and Formative Assessment

Every teacher in this day and age must be able to juggle 3 to 45 things at any given moment. There are days when I feel that my head might spontaneously combust because, quite simply… Nothing. Else. Will. Fit. Classcraft, however, has proven to be a tool with which I can most effectively lead with the least amount of disruption, in a way that is both engaging and motivating for students of all ages. Gamification is a research-based way to take the fundamental appeal of play and apply it to non-game activities such as schoolwork and classroom management. My first experience with the game came at a Google Summit session I attended this summer. At first, I was curious, although admittedly skeptical. How effective could a game really be? However, upon signup and the interactivity provided during that session, a fire was lit. I signed up for the free version and experimented with it throughout the summer. It didn’t take long to see that this was the real deal. Since then, we have been able to successfully incorporate Classcraft into our at-risk room, elementary classrooms, as well as my middle-high school technology team, with more sure to follow!

What sets Classcraft apart from other forms of gamification is the fact that it is grounded in actual classroom behavior and accomplishments. There is the ability to create teams within Classcraft, which, I have found, adds a particularly effective form of peer motivation. Teachers can and should be the creators of their own environment and should adapt the experience to fit their own classrooms. There is a preset list of items for which students can receive or lose points, but they are completely customizable. While these are touted as “classroom management” points, I have found that with a little ingenuity, I was able to tie points to anything, including other types of formative assessments I do in classrooms like Kahoot, Wizer, and Quizzizz. These points can be divvied out to individuals or teams as desired.

There are five different point types found in the game. There are HP (Health Points), XP (Experience Points), AP (Action Points), GP (Gold Pieces), and PP (Power Points). Each serves a distinct purpose that helps maintain student interactivity and success. Additionally, there is a parent connection, where you open up the ability for them to award GP to their child for good deeds done at home. Within Classcraft, students have the capability to completely customize their own avatars and select from the role of Warrior, Mage, or Healer. Each role comes with a certain set of skills that can be advantageous for their team. With a coordinating Classcraft app and a Chrome Extension, you are able to manage your class with ease. This video helps describe a typical day in Classcraft.

A Typical Day in Classcraft from Classcraft on Vimeo.

Classcraft does offer premium access to their site for a minimal cost of $12 a month, discounted to $8 per month if you pay for 12 months up front. There is also a school/district account package available. If you should decide to upgrade, all data will be carried over into your premium version. The paid account allows for additional features such as linking to Google Classroom, analytics, gamified curriculum, extra gear/pets to earn, as well as several interactive class tools like the volume meter. The school/district package adds those plus admin controls and security features.

Classcraft has a unique penchant for encouraging positive behavior and deterring negative through common sense cause and effect. Their continued goal of using gamification for good has resulted in a recently published online guide for using Classcraft to prevent bullying.

Classcraft has been a fun adventure that has the kids abuzz and showing real progress and teamwork. Give it a shot! Before you know it, you will have the power to encourage continued learning, accountability, collaboration, and ownership through gamification, leaving you to do the one thing you never seem to have enough time for….teach.

Great Speculative Easy/Fiction Titles for October 2017

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles that were published in October.

As promised, today’s recommendations are for speculative fiction, which includes horror, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian and post-apocalyptic.  Enjoy!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

Accident!  After the Fall  Fox and the Bike Ride  Giant Pants  Good Day, Good Night

Accident! by Andrea Tsurumi. 9780544944800. 2017. Gr K-2.
By accident Lola the armadillo knocks a jug of juice all over her parents’ favorite chair. Alarmed. she flees to the library, setting off a chain of events leading to the library and a group of equally alarmed friends in similar pickles—all of whom need to find a way to just say sorry.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again!) by Dan Santat. 9781626726826. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Humpty Dumpty is an avid birdwatcher who loves to be up high on the city wall. After his famous fall, however, he’s now terrified of heights and can no longer do the things he loves best—until one day when he must summon the courage to face his fear.

Fox and the Bike Ride by Corey R. Tabor. 9780062398758. 2017. Gr K-2.
It is time for Fox and his friends’ annual bike ride. Fox is not looking forward to it because his friends like to take everything slow and steady, and he wants something more exciting, adventurous, maybe even with a bit of danger! His friends have no idea what they’re in for!

Giant Pants by (Ye Olde) Mark Fearing. 9780763689841. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Where are Belbum’s pants? After a frantic search for his pants, the giant visits all his friends to ask if they have any pants he can borrow. Finally, the embarrassed giant has to go to town in his underwear to ask the tailor to make him some new pants—only to get a big surprise when he gets back home.

Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown (ill. by Loren Long). 9780062383105. 2107. Gr PK-1.
What happened to Margaret Wise Brown’s bunny from Goodnight, Moon? Loren Long illustrates a previously unpublished story about a bunny’s activities from morning until night.

Great Big Things  Great Puppy Invasion  I Want That Nut!  I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today  Library Book

Great Big Things by Kate Hoefler (ill. by Noah Klocek). 9780544774773. 2017. Gr K-2.
A little mouse goes on a difficult journey just to bring a small gift to a friend.

The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim (ill. by Kim Smith). 9780544999176. 2017. Gr K-2.
A young boy named Teddy lives in a town where cuteness is forbidden. So when the town is invaded by adorable puppies, everyone panics. But they soon realized the puppies are harmless and lovable.

I Want That Nut! by Madeline Valentine. 9781101940372. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Mouse and Chipmunk both want the same great big beautiful nut, and they argue about who deserves it more…until the nut’s real owner comes to claim it. This story provides a good lesson in sharing and friendship.

I’m Afraid Your Teddy Is in Trouble Today by Jancee Dunn (ill. by Scott Nash). 9780763675370. 2017. Gr PK-2.
When a child returns home from school, the youngster is greeted by the police. He learns that the his teddy bear invited all its friends over for a wild party and the stuffed animals got into trouble writing on the walls, jumping on the bed, and having a dance party.

The Library Book by Tom Chapin (ill. by Michael Mark). 9781481460927. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Using the lyrics to Tom Chapin and Michael Mark’s “The Library Song,” this picture book celebrates the magic of reading and of libraries.

Lumberjack's Beard  Meow!  Milo  No Room for Baby!  Pigeon P.I.

The Lumberjack’s Beard by Duncan Reedie. 9780763696498. 2017. Gr K-3.
Jim the lumberjack is good at his job:  cutting down trees in the forest. But he doesn’t realize that those felled trees were home to many animals and birds. Where are they going to live now? He offers his beard, but soon it is just too much. He needs to think of a better solution.

Meow! by Victoria Ying. 9780062440969. 2017. Gr PK-1.
In this almost wordless book (the only word is “meow”), a kitten tries unsuccessfully to get her family to play. Even small children will be able to read this book with expression.

Milo : A Moving Story by Tohby Riddle. 9781760111632. 2017. Gr K-2.
Milo is an average dog living in an ordinary house with a fairly ho-hum job as a messenger and a few friends. But one day, after an argument with a friend, a crazy wind blows his kennel to the top of a skyscraper. Following the advice of a migrating bird, Milo sets off on an adventure to find his friends.

No Room for Baby! by Emile Jadoul. 9781771388412. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Leon worries that there is no room in his house for a new baby penguin—not in his room or on Mama’s lap or on daddy’s shoulders. Leon’s place is between Mama and Daddy, so there’s no room there either. So where is a little brother penguin to go? No worries. Leon comes up with the best answer—in big brothers arms!

Pigeon P.I. by Meg McLaren. 9781328715616. 2017. Gr K-2.
A yellow canary named Vee comes to the office of pigeon private investigator Murray, who has been unwilling to work since his partner skipped town. But Vee insists that the detective find two of her friends who have been birdnapped! The investigation leads Murray into shady areas—and trouble. Fortunately, help comes in the form of a small but brave yellow canary who might make a perfect new partner.

Rapunzel  Shelter  Where Are You, Wilbert  Winter Dance  Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse

Rapunzel by Bethan Woollvin. 9781682630037. 2017. Gr K-3.
In this retelling of the familiar fairy tale, Rapunzel rescues herself from the witch that imprisoned her and becomes a witch hunter.

Shelter by Celine Claire (ill. by Qin Leng). 9781771389273. 2017. Gr PK-2.
When a terrible snowstorm rolls into the forest, two strangers, a tall bear and a shorter bear, arrive seeking shelter. One animal family after another turns them away. However, one young fox shows them kindness by offering them a lantern, and when danger comes to the fox’s den, the bears return his kindness by saving his family.

Where Are You, Wilbert? By Bardur Oskarsson (ill. by Marita Thomsen). 9781771473019. 2017. Gr K-3.
When a rat has trouble finding his big gray friend while playing hide-and-seek, he asks a crocodile for help in this hilarious story of failing to see something that’s right in front of you.

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer (ill. by Richard Jones). 9780544313347. 2017. Gr K-2.
A fox watches the other animals prepare for fall, but he doesn’t know what he should do. The others advise him about their own innate behaviors, but he doesn’t like any of them. Finally, he meets another fox who has be perfect suggestion—to watch “a million snowflakes fill the air” and dance!

The Wolf, the Duck, & the Mouse by Mac Barnett (ill. by Jon Klaasen). 9780544313347. 2017. Gr PK-3.
When a mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he learns that a duck devoured earlier has set up a table to enjoy the food the gluttonous predator eats.

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

Adventurers Guild  Girl Who Saved Christmas  Have Sword, Will Travel  Nutcracker Mice  Peculiar Incident on Shady Street  Princess Imposter

The Adventurers Guild (Book 1) by Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos. 9781484788011. 2017. Gr 4-7.
In one of the last cities still populated after the world fell victim to monsters, Zed and Brock are best friends, with high hopes for the future. Their plan is for Zed to join the Mages Guild, and for Brock to join the Merchants Guild, and together they will work to make the city thrive. All their plans are upended when they both find themselves in the Adventurers Guild instead, and must defend against the Dangers that threaten them all.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig. 9781524700447. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Amelia’s hope and belief in magic gave Father Christmas the magic he needed to make his first Christmas journey around the world. But now Amelia is imprisoned in a workhouse and no longer believes in magic. Father Christmas can’t make his trip without her faith, so he heads off to London to find her.

Have Sword, Will Travel by Garth Nix & Sean Williams. 9780545259026. 2017. Gr 4-7.
When friends Odo and Eleanor discover a sword in the dried-up river, Odo pulls it out of the mud and it starts to talk! It is enchanted and has been lost for many years, but now it claims that Odo is its new master—and a knight! And knights and enchanted swords—and their squire—must go on a quest to slay the dragon that must be interfering upstream and release the river again.

The Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup. 9780763685195. 2017. Gr 2-5.
While the human dancers are practicing for the premiere of “The Nutcracker” in 1892 St. Petersburg, Russia, the secret mice ballet company is rehearsing for their own performance below the stage. But the ballet is full of evil mice; will rodents even come to the show?

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street by Lindsay Currie.  9781481477048. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Leaving behind her life and friends in Florida to move with her family to Chicago isn’t exactly Tessa Woodward’s idea of a good time. But she finds herself with bigger problems than homesickness when she realizes her new house is haunted. With the help of her three new friends, she’ll need to get to the bottom of what happened at her house a hundred years ago so the spirit haunting her can finally rest in peace.

The Princess Imposter by Vivian Vande Velde. 9781338121476. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The mischievous fairies have hatched a plot—Princess Gabriella, used to castle life, wakes up in a crowded fairy hut on the other side of her kingdom, while Fairy Phleg has replaced Gabriella and is enjoying all sorts of new luxuries. Gabriella finds that the trade is for a bet she has gotten caught up in, and now she must figure out how to pass the ultimate princess test of the fairies, while Phleg’s antics may thrust the kingdom into a war.

Race to the Bottom of the Sea  Ruby & Olivia  Snow & Rose  Watchdog  Wizards of Once

Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar. 9780763679231. 2017. Gr 4-6.
After her parents, both famed marine scientists, are killed in a tragic accident, Fidelia Quail is kidnapped by the pirate Merrick the Monstrous who wants to use Fidelia’s marine knowledge to find his treasure that is lost on the ocean floor. Fidelia guesses there is something Merrick isn’t telling her, and she must use all her wits to navigate the ocean without her parents and figure out Merrick’s mystery before she runs out of time.

Ruby & Olivia by Rachel Hawkins. 9780399169618. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Twins Ruby and Olivia are very different. Ruby is quiet and considered a good girl, while Olivia is loud and overbearing. When Ruby takes the blame for Olivia’s misbehavior, they are both sent to a summer camp for troublemakers. Their job is to sort through the contents of an old abandoned house, but as they work, they realize that the house might still be inhabited—but by who? The girls will need to work together to solve the mystery.

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin. 9780553538182. 2017. Gr 4-7.
After their father disappears into the woods and their mother becomes lost in her own grief, sisters Snow and Rose find themselves facing mysteries they never imagined and curses they must work together to break. This is a reimagining of the classic fairy tale “Show White and Rose Red.”

Watchdog by Will McIntosh. 9781524713843. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Vick and Tara are thirteen-year-old twins living alone on the streets of Chicago in the near future. Tara built a robot dog they call Daisy to be their companion and protector. But Daisy isn’t an ordinary robot dog—she’s something quite special. And when the local mob boss, Ms. Alba, notices how special Daisy is, she’ll stop at nothing to take her from the twins.

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell. 9780316508339. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Young wizard prince Xar, who has no magic, and warrior princess Wish, an outcast, team up on an adventure that brings them to witches long believed to be extinct.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

 Belle Sauvage  Better Off Undead  Dragonfly Song  Haunting the Deep  Polaris  Tentacle & Wing

La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Book 1) by Philip Pullman. 9780375815300. 2017. Gr 6-10.
Malcolm listens to everything that happens at his parent’s inn on the bank of the Thames. He becomes embroiled in intrigue, however, when he comes across a message which warns of a dangerous substance called Dust. Suddenly, the people he spies on seem to have much different motives, all related to a mysterious and powerful baby girl named Lyra, and Malcolm must do anything to make sure Lyra stays safe from those who want to harm her.

Better Off Undead by James Preller. 9781250066480. 2017. Gr 4-7.
After dying in a bad bike accident (wear your helmets, folks!), Adrian has returned from the dead—and must now go back to middle school. Not much has changed there; he’s still unpopular. But he notices plenty of things that are happening in the world—scary, apocalyptic things. And when his new allies notice that drones have been secretly following Adrian, they find that powerful villains want him. They need to find the creeps and save not only Adrian, but maybe even the world.

Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr. 9781760290023. 2017. Gr 5-7.
An abandoned baby is left outside the Great Hall, and is taken in to be a slave. Mute and from unknown parents, she is called No-Name until she discovers her real name is Aissa. Every year two tributes—one boy and one girl—are subjected to the bloody bull dances; if they survive, their communities will no longer have to pay tribute to the king. No one has ever survived. But at twelve, tired of being abused and rejected, Aissa volunteers to dance with the bulls.

Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather. 9780553539516. 2017. Gr 6-8.
Samantha Mather, fifteen, is having recurring dreams of the Titanic. But while she is awake, she receives strange missives and visions of those who went down with the ship.

Polaris by Michael Northrop. 9780545297165. 2017. Gr 5-8.
On a scientific expedition on the shore of the Amazon rainforest, the crew of the Polaris mutinies after some botanical discoveries are brought on board the ship.  Six of the youngest crew members had been locked in the captain’s quarters during the mutiny. The crew had tried to blow up the ship, but the children saved the ship, planning to sail back to civilization. But they don’t realize that what was brought on board will reproduce and try to kill them.

Tentacle & Wing by Sarah Porter. 9781328707338. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Ada was born a chimera, possessing both human and animal DNA. She was determined to keep her secret, but is accidentally outed at age twelve and sent to live in a quarantine for other chimera’s—called “kimes”—where she meets others like herself. She soon suspects that the facility designed to keep her safe might have a secret agenda that could start a war between humans and kimes.

Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic  Trials of Morrigan Crow  Lumberjanes 1

Timeless : Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic (Timeless, Book 1) by Armand Baltazar. 9780062402363. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Diego was born into a world were the past, present, and future exist in one space. When his father is kidnapped, Diego and his friends will stop at nothing to save him. Not only does Diego need his father, but the future of the world depends upon his father’s safety.

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, Book 1) by Jessica Townsend. 9780316508889. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Morrigan was born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, so she is blamed for everything that goes wrong. She is also cursed to die on her eleventh birthday. She has accepted her fate until a strange man named Jupiter whisks her away to the city of Nevermoor. Jupiter tells her that, to find a home in the city, she must compete in four dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, but to win she must find her own extraordinary talent. But Morrigan is sure she has no such talent.

Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes, Book 1) by Mariko Tamaki & Brooke Allen. 9781419727252. 2017. Gr 5-8.
The five scouts in Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summer camp for “Hardcore Lady Types”. They especially love the supernatural adventures. But their hike up the mountain doesn’t go as planned, because…well, unicorns! This new series is a novelization of the graphic novels.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

All the Crooked Saints  All the Wind in the World  Beasts Made of Night  Book of Lies  Dare Mighty Things  Devils & Thieves  Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvatter. 9780545930802. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Beatriz, Daniel, and Joaquin are three cousins in the Soria family; all the members of the family have the ability to perform miracles of unexpected and unusual natures—Beatriz feels nothing, Daniel makes miracles for all but himself, and Joaquin runs a renegade radio station as host Diablo Diablo. All three cousins want to change the family for the better, but when they wish for that miracle, they get something none of them expected.

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry. 9781616206666. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt fall in love, but working in the endless fields of a drought-stricken Southwest in the near future, they must hide their love from those who would use it against them. Quietly, they save money for a house on the coast until tragedy sends them both on the run to another ranch, possibly cursed, where the balance of their lives tilts and their love may have a higher price than they ever imagined.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi. 9780448493909. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Taj is an aki, a sin-eater. When mages call forth sin from people, these sins come out as beasts that the aki must battle, defeat, and consume. Each time he does, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin, and the guilt of the sin stays in his mind. When Taj is summoned to eat the sin of the king, he discovers a dark conspiracy that might destroy both him and the kingdom.

The Book of Lies by Teri Terry. 9780544900486. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Quinn and Piper are twins separated at birth, and who meet for the first time at their mother’s funeral. No one else realizes that they have met, and so they decide to trade places to learn about the other’s life. As they struggle to learn the truth, they realize that a dark spell causes them to run at night with a pack of ghost hounds—and that a dark inheritance will end up destroying one of them.

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski. 9780062479860. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Cassandra Gupta, eighteen, has long been preparing for the most important and secret competition on Earth—the chance to go to space. To secure her spot on the mission, she must compete against the best and smartest of her peers. Along the way, she makes friends out of people who were her competitors, but soon she begins to suspect that the true purpose of the mission is being concealed from them.

Devils & Thieves (Book 1) by Jennifer Rush. 9780316390897. 2017. Gr 10-12.
In the town of Hawthorne, magic users are called “kindled,” and Crowe is the dangerous leader of a kindled motorcycle gang named the Devils’ League. When the entire kindled motorcycle community arrives in town for an annual festival, rumors fly that someone is practicing forbidden magic—and people are going missing. Jemmie is forced to tap into her own magical abilities and team up with Crowe to find their loved ones and stop an evil spell before it can be fulfilled.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Book 1) by Julie C. Dao. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Beautiful eighteen-year-old Xifeng, raised by a cruel aunt who says the stars have destined her to be Empress of Feng Lu, must decide if she wishes to exploit the dark magic that can make her dream real. If she does, she will have to spurn the man who loves her.

Glass Spare  Hollow Girl  Innocence Treatment  Last Namsara  Last Star Burning  Memory Trees  Power

The Glass Spare (Book 1) by Lauren DeStefano. 9780062491282. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Wilhelmina, the fourth child and only daughter of the king of Arrod, discovers to her horror that she has the ability to turn what she touches into rare jewels. Fleeing from her father, who wishes to use her power for his never-ending wars, she runs into Loom, a crown prince exiled from his kingdom. He wants her help to save his country. Their ability to find common ground might be the only thing that can save them.

The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan. 9781524701864. 2017. Gr 9-12.
After she is attacked by five boys—one of which is Silas, the son of her Welsh Romany chieftain—and her friend, the half-Roma Martyn, is killed, Bethan, apprentice to the green healer Drina, asks her mentor how to bring Martyn back from the dead. Learning of the gruesome ritual that can do this, Bethan gives the five boys an ultimatum—apologize, or else become the ingredients for her dark spell.

The Innocence Treatment by Ari Goelman. 9781626728806. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Born with a disorder that causes her to believe everything she is told, Lauren opts for an operation to fix her condition. But within months, she has become paranoid and violent, and becomes convinced that is has been genetically engineered as an experiment to test a chemical that the government wants to use on disobedient citizens. This story is told through Lauren’s journal entries and medical records, which were compiled and annotated by her sister years after the events.

The Last Namsara (Askari, Book 1) by Kristen Ciccrelli. 9780062567987. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Asha is her father and king’s dragon slayer. She has agreed to destroy the First Dragon in exchange for not having to marry the cruel commandant of the army. But the Old One, a god, tells her she must instead protect dragons. But can she discover the secrets that have been kept from her and escape her bondage? Will she be a weapon or a hero?

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster. 9781481486132. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Sixteen-year-old Sev’s mother betrayed their city and has been displayed in a state of eternal sleep above the Traitor’s Arch. Sev has been branded as the daughter of the traitor and must work extra hard to prove her value. But when she is blamed for a bombing, Sev and a boy named Howl go on the run in search of the truth.

The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace. 9780062366238. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Sorrow Lovegood’s life has always been influenced by tales of women who have come before her, strong ancestors who long ago settled an unusual apple orchard in Vermont, renowned for its strange history. One winter night, everything changes—her sister, Patience, is tragically killed, her mother breaks down, and Sorrow is sent to live with her father in Miami. Years later, Sorrow returns to the orchard determined to get answers.

The Power by Naomi Alderman. 9780316547611. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
One day a new force gives teen girls and women immense electrical power that allows them to cause pain and even death, drastically upending society. After the power is awakened, the lives of a rich Nigerian boy, a foster kid, an ambitious American politician, and a tough London girl converge with devastating consequences.

Satellite    Strange FireThat Inevitable Victorian Thing  Wild Beauty

Satellite by Nick Lake. 9781524713539. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Teens Leo, Orion, and Libra have been born and raised on “Moon 2,” a satellite orbiting Earth. It is the only home they have ever known, and their only parents have been a team of astronauts training them to become strong enough—in mind and body—for a dangerous trip to Earth, their first trip to the planet in their lifetimes.

Strange Fire (Anchor and Sophia, Book 1) by Tommy Wallach. 9781481468381. 2017. Gr 9-12.
After an apocalypse was brought on by the greed of man, the survivors band together and form a new religious civilization called the Descendancy. Clive and Clover, sons of a well-respected Descendant minister, discover a scientific community intent on reintroducing the blasphemous technologies of the past, setting into motion a holy war between the two civilizations that will endanger their relationship and humanity itself.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston. 9781101994979. 2017. Gr 9-12.
In a near-future Toronto where the British Empire never fell, Helena, August, and Margaret are caught off-guard by the discovery of a love so intense they are willing to change the course of the monarchy to keep it.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. 9781250124555. 2017. Gr 7-12.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, hiding a terrible legacy, until mysterious Fel arrives and Estrella helps him explore his dangerous past.

Great Realistic Easy/Fiction Titles for October 2017

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles that were published in October.  This month is even busier than last, so I’ve again divided the easy and fiction titles into two posts. This one contains anything realistic, including mystery, historical, and adventure.  Check back later for my lists of speculative titles.

Happy reading!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

Alfie  Book for Benny  Draw the Line  Fort-Building Time  La La La

Alfie : (The Turtle That Disappeared) by Thyra Heder. 9781419725296. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Both Nia and her pet turtle, Alfie, describe what happens when he disappears on the eve of her seventh birthday to find her a special present.

A Book for Benny by Judith Koppens. 9781605373522. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Sam wants to read her book. Her dog Benny wants to play. So off they go to the library to find a book for Benny. But Benny isn’t so sure that he wants to read. Maybe he just needs to find the right book!

Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi. 9781626725638. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Two boys, both drawing lines, happily realize that they can connect their lines, until conflict erupts.

Fort-Building Time by Megan Wagner Lloyd (ill. by Abigail Halpin). 9780399556555. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Whatever the season, kids find many materials they can use to make many different types of forts. Because what kid doesn’t like to make a fort!

La La La by Kate DiCamillo (ill. by Jaime Kim). 9780763658335. 2017. Gr K-3.
A lonely girl sings all by herself. Deciding to look for someone to sing with, she gathers her courage and steps outside into the world, singing to trees, ponds, and reeds, but none sing back—none but the moon when she wakes from sleep to a beautiful starry night.

Little Girl Who Didn't Want to Go to Bed  Lovely  Night Out with Mama  Nile Crossing  Sam & Eva

The Little Girl Who Didn’t Want to Go to Bed by Dave Engledow. 9780062425379. 2017. Gr PK-2.
This hilarious live-action picture book about a girl, who can find many things to do besides going to bed, was created by her photographer dad.

Lovely by Jess Hong. 9781939547378. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A wide variety of diverse people celebrate how every human being, regardless of individuality, can be lovely.

A Night Out with Mama by Quvenzhane (ill. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton). 9781481458801. 2017. Gr K-2.
The author, who at nine was the youngest nominee ever for a Best Actress award, tells of a young girl who is getting readied for her appearance at an awards show.

Nile Crossing by Katy Beebe (ill. by Sally Wem Comport). 9780802854254. 2017. Gr 1-3.
There are plenty of books about the first day of school, but this one takes place in ancient Egypt, where a young boy puts away the fishing pole he uses every day in the Nile River with this father so that he can go to school.

Sam & Eva by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. 9781481416283. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Sam and Eva disagree about everything when it comes to their art, but when their drawings come to life and create mayhem, they will need to learn how to cooperate.

Singing in the Rain  Thousand Billion Things  Windows

Singing in the Rain by Tim Hopgood. 9781250127709. 2017. Gr PK-2.
This picture book adaptation of the song “Singing in the Rain” celebrates the glory of clouds and rain.

A Thousand Billion Things (And Some Sheep) by Loic Clement (ill. by Anne Montel). 9781910277423. 2107. Gr PK-2.
A young girl enjoys the choices she can make throughout the day and invites the readers to search and make their own choices on the busy pages. However, she doesn’t like bedtime, because there are no choices—the only thing to count is sheep!

Windows by Julia Denos (ill. by E.B. Goodale). 9780763690359. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A boy walking his dog through his city neighborhood wonders about the people he meets and the things he sees and the homes that are inside the lighted windows.

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

Ahimsa  Chocopocalypse  Fire the Depths  Incredible Magic of Being  Marge in Charge  Mustaches for Maddie  Notations of Cooper Cameron

Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar. 9781620143568. 2017. Gr 4-6.
In 1942, ten-year-old Anjali finds her life completely turned upside down when her mother answers Mahatma Gandhi’s call to practice “ahimsa”—non-violent resistance—against the British government. The family must trade in their fine goods for more homely wares and clothing, and then Anjali must get past her prejudices when her mother reaches out to the Dalit community of “untouchables” for further help. When her mother is jailed, Anjali must take her place.

The Chocopocalypse by Chris Gallaghan. 9781524719159. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Jelly is trying to think of a good idea for a science project when she hears the news that the world is going to run out of chocolate—in SIX days! While everyone else panics, she thinks something is a bit fishy about the upcoming disaster. With her gran along to help, she aims to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Fire the Depths (Max Tilt, Book 1) by Peter Lerangis. 9780062441003. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Max discovers the unfinished and unpublished manuscript of his great-great-great-grandfather Jules Verne, which reveals that everything he wrote was not fiction but fact. Together, Max and his cousin Alex set about finding the treasure in this last manuscript of Verne’s, but they have a rival in the strange man Spencer Niemand, who has spent his life working to unlock the clues in Verne’s fiction.

The Incredible Magic of Being by Kathryn Erskine. 9781338148510. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Julian lives large in eternal optimism, while his sister Pookie and his parents seem to be falling apart now that they are moving from Washington, D.C. to Maine. Julian is excited to use his telescope without the city’s light pollution, and thinks that if he can discover a comet and name it, then his family will see how they are all connected—If only Mr. X, their neighbor, would stop trying to undermine his parents’ opening of a B&B.

Marge in Charge (Book 1) by Isla Fisher. 9780062662187. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Upon her arrival, Jemima and Jake Button’s new babysitter Marge seems like a short and serious grandmother-type. But as soon as Mr. and Mrs. Button leave, Marge lets her true colors shine. With her rainbow hair and fun-loving attitude, she shows Jemima and Jake one hilarious adventure after another.

Mustaches for Maddie by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown. 9781629723303. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Maddie loves making her friends laugh by putting on fake mustaches and being funny—even if it means alienating class queen bee Cassie by making her jealous. But after Maddie is cast in the sixth-grade play of “Romeo and Juliet” as Juliet—alongside the cutest boy in class—she is diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O’Reilly. 9781512404159. 2017. Gr 4-6.
At the family cabin by the lake where his grandfather died two years ago, eleven-year-old Cooper Cameron spends the summer trying to rid himself of the rituals that allow him to cope with his grief and fear.

Open If You Dare  Paper Chains  Player King  Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl  Secret of Nightingale Wood  Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg!  Sink or Swim

Open If You Dare by Dana Middleton. 9781250085726. 2017. Gr 4-6.
When Birdie and her friends find a box that says “Open if you dare” written on it, of course they dare…and find themselves in the middle of a 40-year-old mystery.

Paper Chains by Elain Vickers. 9780062414342. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Katie has lately been wondering about her Russian birth mother. Though she shares everything with her best friend, Ana, whose family is also Russian, Katie worries talking about the subject could throw off the balance of her happy family. Meanwhile, Ana struggles to adjust to the changed dynamics in her own family after her father moves out to pursue a professional hockey career, leaving her mother in a depressive slump.

The Player King by Avi. 9781481437684. 2017. Gr 4-6.
In 1486 England, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is told by a mysterious friar that he, Lambert, is actually Prince Edward, the true King of England, setting him on a dangerous course to regain the throne. Avi’s latest novel is based on a true story.

Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl by John Demos. 9781419726040. 2017. Gr 4-6.
After Eunice is adopted by the Mohawks and brought to Canada. Adopted by the tribe, she learns their ways and traditions. When her father and brother beg her to return to her old home, she must decide where she really belongs.

The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange. 9781338157475. 2017. Gr 4-6.
It’s after World War I, and Henrietta feels all alone at her new home, Hope House. She doesn’t know who to confide in when she thinks she sees…something…in the shadows of the nearby wood. Should she follow that beckoning light?

Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! by Quvenzhane Wallis. 9781481458825. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Best friends Shai and Emmie, two third graders, are shocked when Shai doesn’t get the lead role in the class musical. Instead, the part goes to Gabby, the new girl. Then, Mr. Martinez actually asks Shai to help Gabby in her part, and Gabby won’t make it easy, even when Emmie joins Shai in her task.

Sink or Swim : A Novel of WWII by Steve Watkins. 9781338057904. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Colton and his older brother Danny are fishing when a German U-boat hits their boat. Danny, who had just enlisted in the Navy, is badly hurt, so twelve-year-old Colton steals his papers and goes to boot camp instead. This novel is based on a true story.

Sven Carter & the Trashmouth Effect  Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City  VanderBeekers of 141st Street  Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid  Zach and the Turkey Attack!

Sven Carter & the Trashmouth Effect by Rob Vlock. 9781481490146. 2017. Gr 3-6.
After being caught eating a moldy muffin, Sven thought his biggest worry was being nicknamed Trashmouth. But when his arm falls off and reattaches itself to his body, he discovers that he’s actually a humanoid designed to destroy the human race. The only problem is, he doesn’t want to. And now he and his human friends will have to band together to stop a plot that would have Sven aiding in the annihilation of humanity.

The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall. 9780062484536. 2017. Gr 4-6.
On Thanksgiving Day, Josie’s older brother Tom rescues a piglet from a nearby farm and brings it home. He names the piglet Hamlet, and Josie form an instant bond with her. But Josie’s family is too big and their cramped city house is no home for a growing pig. As Josie and her family and friends race to find a forever home for Hamlet, Josie learns about belonging and believing in herself.

The VanderBeekers of 141st Street by Karina Van Glaser. 9780544876392. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Told that they will have to move out of their Harlem brownstone just after Christmas, the five Vanderbeeker children, ages four to twelve, decide to try to change their reclusive landlord’s mind. But nothing seems to go the way they plan.

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy. 9780062342454. 2017. Gr 3-6.
When Charlie sees a group of pickpockets stage a brash robbery in Marseille, France, he is intrigued. This is the most exciting thing to happen in his privileged but boring life as a diplomat’s son. When Charlie defends one of the young thieves to the police, he asks for a reward:  to be taught how to pick pockets as well—and now he can’t complain of life being boring!

Zach and the Turkey Attack! by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. 9781481437790. 2017. Gr 3-5.
While helping on his grandparents’ farm, Zach, his best friend Matthew, and neighbor Josie try to outsmart a tormenting turkey and, in the process, just might solve a mystery of missing jewelry.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

 Greetings from Witness Protection!  Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life  Not on Fifth Street  Perfect Score  Saturdays with Hitchcock  Sit

Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt. 9781250107114. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Nicki has been in and out of foster homes and always finds her way back to the center with the other orphans. So when a marshal sets her up with a family living in the witness protection program as a means of fooling any criminals on their trail looking for a family of three instead of a family of four, she looks forward to the challenge. But maintaining a B-minus average while keeping her new family safe from hitmen is harder than she imagined—especially when her own past comes back to haunt her.

Laura Ingalls Is Ruining My Life by Shelley Tougas. 9781626724181. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Charlotte’s mom is such a fan of the Little House books that she moves her family all the way out to the author’s home in Walnut Grove. She is hoping for inspiration as she writes a book, but Charlotte knows her mom is just running away from her problems. Charlotte just wants to get away from this good-for-nothing town. But maybe Walnut Grove does have some redeeming qualities, if Charlotte is willing to see them.

Not on Fifth Street by Kathy Wiechman. 9781629798042. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Pete and his brother Gus have been struggling lately to get along. But all the things that seemed to matter don’t anymore when the waters of the Ohio River rise and flood their city. Separated from one another, the boys have to find a way to survive, forgive, and find the true meaning of brotherhood and being a family.

The Perfect Score by Rob Buyea. 9781101938256. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Randi the gymnast, Gavin the football fanatic, Trevor the tough guy, Scott the brainiac, and Natalie the know-it-all are all in Mrs. Woods’s sixth-grade class. When the time for statewide assessment tests arrives, these unlikely friends band together to put in motion a big idea that will have huge consequences.

Saturdays with Hitchcock by Ellen Wittlinger. 9781580897754. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Maisie feels that she has enough complications in her life: her father is not pleased that her uncle has moved in with her family while he recovers from an accident; her grandmother is slipping into dementia but wants to remarry; her mom has been laid off.  Now her best friend Cyrus, with whom she spends Saturdays watching classic movies, has revealed that he is gay—but Gary, the boy he has a crush on, seems more attracted to Maisie herself.

Sit by Deborah Ellis. 9781773060866. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Each of these eleven short stories begins with a child sitting and about to experience a traumatic event, which they must overcome.

Summer of Owen Todd  Theory of Hummingbirds  Touchdown Kid

The Summer of Owen Todd by Tony Abbott. 9780374305505. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Owen is excited to spend the summer hanging out with his best friend Sean. But Sean’s mother’s new job throws a bit of a wrench in their plans when she hires a babysitter, Paul, to look after her son. When Sean confides in Owen that Paul has started to do things to him, he makes Owen promise not to tell anyone. Now Owen doesn’t know what he should do—keep his friend’s secret, or tell someone so they can stop the abuse.

The Theory of Hummingbirds by Michelle Kadarusman. 9781772780277. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Alba is strengthening her left leg after a final surgery to correct her congenital clubfoot. Her friendship with intellectual classmate Levi is threatened when he scoffs at Alba’s plans to run in an upcoming cross-country race, and she responds by scorning his theory that the school librarian has discovered a wormhole in her office. The friends soon learn how much they need each other.

Touchdown Kid by Tim Green. 9780062293855. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Liam is offered a scholarship to an elite private school with an amazing football team. But after an injury leaves his position open, his best friend Cory steps in to take his place—with great success. But now Cory is faced with challenges on and off the field as he struggles with being a “scholarship kid” from the wrong part of town at a rich private school.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

Among the Red Stars  Bad Girls with Perfect Faces  Calling My Name  Dear Martin  Everything Must Go  Far from the Tree

Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz. 9780062642745. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Pilot Valka joins an all-female aviation group in Russia during World War II, while the boy she grew up with fights for his life on the front lines. As the war rages on, Valka must decide what she is willing to risk to defend her homeland.

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten. 9781481418607. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Sasha is angry with Ivy for repeatedly breaking Xavier’s heart, because her own feelings for Xavier have grown past friendship. So she pretends to be a guy online to try to get Ivy to cheat on Xavier. But nothing goes as she planned; in fact, they go terribly wrong. Readers won’t be able to put down this psychological thriller until the last page!

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani. 9780062656865. 2017. Gr 9-12.
This novel follows African American Taja Brown from her middle school years to her final year of high school in Texas as she experiences best friends, first love, school, church, betrayal, self-doubt, and new dreams while trying to stay true to herself.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone. 9781101939499. 2017. Gr 9-12.
As he writes letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis. 9781250119766. 2017. Gr 9-12.
At sixteen, Flora leaves behind life as she knows it at her Manhattan prep school to follow Elijah, the boy she’s fallen hard for, to a remote Quaker boarding school. Whether she is successful in her goal of making Elijah fall in love with her or not, it will be a year to remember.

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway. 9780062330628. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Grace, Maya, and Joaquin are biological siblings who never knew they were siblings until they became teens, having all been sent into either adoptive families or the foster care system. When Grace finds out she is actually a middle child, she searches for Maya, her younger sister, and Joaquin, the older brother. However, all three have a lot of built-up anger, and maybe getting together and trying to be a biological family is not the best idea after all.

Hanging Girl  Librarian of Auschwitz  Long Way Down  Munro vs. the Coyote  Protected  Sidekicks

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook. 9780544829824. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Skye uses her tarot card reading and paranormal abilities to help the police investigate the disappearance of town golden girl Paige Bonnet. However, Skye actually set the kidnapping up in order to get money from the police to finally move out of her small Midwestern town. When the kidnappers go beyond what Skye wanted, she realizes they may be willing to kill to get what they want. She will have to use every ability she has to find out their true identities and rescue Paige.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. 9781627796187. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Fourteen-year-old Dita and her parents have been taken from their home in Prague and imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Inside the camp, Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz when Jewish leader Fredy Hirsch tasks her with guarding the eight precious books they have managed to smuggle into camp.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. 9781481438254. 2017. Gr 8-12.
As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator with Will and reveal truths that he needs to know.

Munro vs. the Coyote by Darren Groth. 9781459814097. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Haunted by a taunting voice he calls “the Coyote,” Munro is filled with anger and grief after the death of his sister. He signs up for a student exchange program in Australia, where he volunteers at an assisted-living facility for special-needs adults. Though Munro begins to feel a sense of purpose, will “the Coyote” allow him to forgive himself and move on?

Protected by Claire Zorn. 9781492652137. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Nearly a year after her popular older sister’s accidental death, Hannah meets Anne, a guidance counselor, and Josh, a potential new friend, who offer her the chance to move forward.

Sidekicks by Will Kostakis. 9780373212620. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Though Ryan, Harley, and Miles don’t care much for each other, they hang out because of their mutual best friend, Isaac. But when Isaac dies in a tragic accident, the boys come to realize that more than just their mutual friend holds them together.

Sparrow  Things I’m Seeing Without You  Turtles All the Way Down

Sparrow by Sarah Moon. 9781338032581. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Sparrow has always preferred reading books to playing with friends (not that she has many of those), and the one person who seemed to understand her was Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian. After Mrs. Wexler is killed in an accident, Sparrow’s world comes apart. When Sparrow is found on the edge of the school roof, everyone assumed that it is a suicide attempt, and though Sparrow denies it, she cannot find the words to explain.

Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni. 9780735228047. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Tess drops out of high school after Jonah, a boy she only knew through emails and texts, commits suicide. Tess and Jonah had both said they loved each other. Tess continues writing Jonah’s Facebook page and finds solace in her father’s alternative funeral service for people’s pets. Then, Tess receives a message she thoughts he would never get, and her world turns upside down.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. 9780525555360. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Aza Holmes, a high school student with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire.

 

Keep Your Series Current: October 2017

Update your popular series with these books that will be published in October. Enjoy!

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

Bear on the Loose  Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny  Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy  Chirri & Chirra The Snowy Day  Claude on the Big Screen  Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package

Bear on the Loose (Hilde Cracks the Case, Book 2) by Hilde Lysiak (ill. by Matthew Lysiak). 9781338141597. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Bunjitsu Bunny vs. Bunjitsu Bunny (Bunjitsu Bunny, Book 4) by John Himmelman. 9781627797337. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy (Charlie & Mouse, Book 2) by Laurel Snyder (ill. by Emily Hughes). 9781452137483. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Chirri & Chirra : The Snowy Day (Chirri & Chirra, Book 3) by Kaya Doi. 9781592702039. 2017. Gr K-2.
Claude on the Big Screen (Claude, Book 7) by Alex T. Smith. 9781682630099. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package (Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Book 4) by Kate DiCamillo (ill. by Chris Van Dusen). 9780763678814. 2017. Gr 1-3.

Fox and the Bike Ride  Hello Ruby  Henrietta and the Perfect Night  Journey to the Crystal Cave  Little Penguin and the Lollipop  Mystery Mountain Getaway
Fox and the Bike Ride (Fox) by Corey R. Tabor. 9780062398758. 2017. Gr K-2.
Hello Ruby : Journey Inside the Computer (Hello Ruby, Book 2) by Linda Liukas. 9781250065322. 2017. Gr K-3.
Henrietta and the Perfect Night (Henrietta) by Martine Murray. 9781760290245. 1027. Gr 1-4.
Journey to the Crystal Cave (Adventures of Sophie Mouse, Book 12) by Poppy Green (ill. by Jennifer A. Bell). 9781481499866. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Little Penguin and the Lollipop (Little Penguin) by Tadgh Bentley. 9780062560780. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Mystery Mountain Getaway (Rider Woofson, Book 9) by Walker Styles (ill. by Ben Whitehouse). 9781481498968. 2017. Gr 1-3.

Not-So-Pretty Pixies  Sail Away Dragon  Santa Rex  Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever  Trucks Galore  Wacky Winter Wonderland
The Not-So-Pretty Pixies (Daisy Dreamer, Book 4) by Holly Anna (ill. by Genevieve Santos). 9781481498883. 2017. Gr K-2.
Sail Away Dragon by Barbara Joosse (ill. by Randy Cecil). 9780763673130. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Santa Rex by Molly Idle. 9780425290118. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) by Julie Falatko (ill. by Tim Miller). 9780425288658. 2017. Gr K-3.
Trucks Galore by Peter Stein (ill. by Bob Staake). 9780763689780. 2107. Gr PK-1.
The Wacky Winter Wonderland (Hubble Bubble, Book 3) by Tracey Corderoy (ill. by Joe Berger). 9780763696245. 2017. Gr 1-3.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

Changer War  Disaster Diaries Spiders  Dog Day After School  Frank Einstein and the Bio-Action Gizmo  Girl Who Knew Even More  Harper and the Circus of Dreams  Invasion of the Scorp-lions

The Changer War (Hidden World of Changers, Book 8) by H.K. Varian. 9781534401464. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Disaster Diaries : Spiders! (Disaster Diaries, Book 5) by R. McGeddon. 9781250135650. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Dog Day After School (Crimebiters, Book 3) by Tommy Greenwald). 9780545784023. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Frank Einstein and the Bio-Action Gizmo (Frank Einstein, Book 5) by Jon Scieszka (ill. by Brian Biggs). 9781419722974. 2017. Gr 3-5.
The Girl Who Knew Even More (Menchem Academy, Book 2) by Commander S.T. Bolivar III. 9781484778579. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Harper and the Circus of Dreams (Harper, Book 2) by Cerrie Burnell (ill. by Laura Ellen Anderson). 9781510715677. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Invasion of the Scorp-lions (Monstertown Mystery, Book 3) by Bruce Hale. 9781484713235. 2017. Gr 3-6.

League of Unexceptional Children  Little Bigfoot, Big City  Lucky and the Mustangs of Miradero  Maggie and the Flying Pigs  Miss Tracy Is Spacey  Night of hte Living Zombie Bugs  Piper's Apprentice
The League of Unexceptional Children : The Kids Who Knew Too Little (League of Unexceptional Children, Book 3) by Gitty Daveshvari. 9780316405768. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Little Bigfoot, Big City (Littlest Bigfoot, Book 2) by Jennifer Weiner. 9781481470773. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Lucky and the Mustangs of Miradero (Spirit Riding Free, Book 2) by Suzanne Selfors. 9780316506236. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Maggie and the Flying Pigs (Magic Animal Rescue, Book 4) by E.D. Baker. 9781681194899. 2017. Gr 2-5.  (Also Book 5, Maggie and the Unicorn, 9781681191454)
Miss Tracy Is Spacey! (My Weirdest School, Book 9) by Dan Gutman. 9780062429360. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Night of the Living Zombie Bugs (Speed Bump & Slingshot Misadventure, Book 3) by Dave Doverly. 9781250114006. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Piper’s Apprentice (Secrets of the Pied Piper, Book 3) by Matthew Cody. 9780385755306. 2017. Gr 4-6.

Predator vs. Prey  Rescue Mission  Revenge of the Space Pirates  Search for the Lost Prophecy  Stick Cat Two Catch a Thief  Stinky and Successful  Super Turbo Protects the World
Predator vs. Prey (Going Wild, Book 2) by Lisa McMann. 9780062337177. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Rescue Mission (Hero Dogs, Book 3) by Jennifer Li Shotz. 9780062560476. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Revenge of the Space Pirates (Galactic Hot Dogs, Book 3) by Max Brallier, Rachel Maguire, & Nichole Kelley. 9781481424981. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Search for the Lost Prophecy (Horace J. Edwards and the Time Keepers, Book 2) by William Meyer. 9781585369829. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Stick Cat : Two Catch a Thief (Stick Cat, Book 3) by Tom Watson. 9780062411044. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Stinky and Successful : The Riot Brothers Never Stop (Riot Brothers, Book 3) by Mary Amato (ill. by Ethan Long). 9780823438679. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Super Turbo Protects the World (Super Turbo, Book 4) by Lee Kirby (ill. by George O’Connor). 9781481499941. 2017. Gr 2-4.

Team BFF  Twelve Pets of Christmas  Voyage to Avalon  Waylon Even More Awesome  Who Gives a Hoot  Wildcat's Claw
Team BFF : Face to the Finish ! (Girls Who Code, Book 2) by Stacia Deutsch. 9780399542527. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Twelve Pets of Christmas (Celebrate the Season, Book 2) by Taylor Garland. 9780316472517. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Voyage to Avalon (Mice of the Round Table, Book 2) by Julie Leung. 9780062404022. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Waylon! Even More Awesome (Waylon, Book 2) by Sara Pennypacker (ill. by Marla Frazee). 9781484701539. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Who Gives a Hoot? (Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet, Book 3) by Jacqueline Kelly. 9781627798730. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Wildcat’s Claw (Spirit Animals : Fall of the Beasts, Book 6) by Varian Johnson. 9781338116670. 2017. Gr 4-6.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

Applewhites Coast to Coast  Baylor's Guide to Dreadful Dreams  Black Moon Rising  Class Joyride  Dork Diaries 12  Downward Spiral  Fourth Ruby

Applewhites Coast to Coast (Applewhites, Book 3) by Stephanie S. Tolan & R.J. Tolan. 9780062133205. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Baylor’s Guide to Dreadful Dreams (Beyond Baylor, Book 2) by Robert Imfeld. 9781481466394. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Black Moon Rising (Library, Book 2) by D.J. MacHale. 9781101932575. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Class : Joyride (Class, Book 2) by Patrick Ness. 9780062666208. 2017. Gr 7-9.
Dork Diaries : Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe (Dork Diaries, Book 12) by Rachel Renee Russell. 9781534405608. 2017. Gr 5-7.
The Downward Spiral (Lock and Key, Book 2) by Ridley Pearson. 9780062399045. 2017. Gr 5-7.
The Fourth Ruby (Section 13, Book 2) by James R. Hannibal. 9781481467124. 2017. Gr 4-7.

Ghosts of Greenglass House  In a Dark Land  Magical Match  Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race  Never Say Die  Red Moon Rising  Reign of Outlaws
Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House, Book 2) by Kate Milford. 9780544991460. 2017. Gr 4-7.
In a Dark Land (Changelings, Book 2) by Christina Soontornvat. 9781492634218. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The Magical Match (Fairy-Tale Matchmaker, Book 4) by E.D. Baker. 9781681191393. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race (Mr. Lemoncello, Book 3) by Chris Grabenstein. 9780553536065. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Never Say Die (Alex Rider Adventure, Book 11) by Anthony Horowitz. 9781524739300. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Red Moon Rising (Survivors : The Gathering Darkness, Book 4) by Erin Hunter. 9780062343451. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Reign of Outlaws (Robyn Hoodlum Adventure, Book 3) by Kekla Magoon. 9781619636576. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Ryan Quinn and the Lion's Claw  Shanghai Incident  Silver Mask  Spy School Secret Service  War I Finally Won
Ryan Quinn and the Lion’s Claw (Ryan Quinn, Book 2) by Ron McGee. 9780062421692. 2017. Gr 5-8.
The Shanghai Incident (Master Diplexito and Mr. Scant, Book 2) by Bryan Methods. 9781512405804. 2017. Gr 5-8.
The Silver Mask (Magisterium, Book 4) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare. 9780545522366. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Spy School Secret Service (Spy School, Book 5) by Stuart Gibbs. 9781481477826. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. 9780525429203. 2017. Gr 4-7.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

Ally  Before the Devil Breaks You  Enhanced  Going Viral  Into the Bright Unknown  Knowing

Ally (Nemesis, Book 1) by Anna Banks. 9781250070180. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners, Book 3) by Libba Bray. 9780316126069. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Enhanced (Flying, Book 2) by Carrie Jones. 9780765336583. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Going Viral (Potion Diaries, Book 3) by Amy Alward. 9781481443845. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Into the Bright Unknown (Gold Seer Trilogy, Book 3) by Rae Carson. 9780062242976. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Knowing (Forgetting, Book 2) by Sharon Cameron. 9780545945240. 2017. Gr 7-12.

Last Chance  Monster  Reaction  Ringer  Scarecrow Queen  Seize Today
Last Chance (Rains Brothers, Book 2) by Gregg Hurwitz. 9780765382696. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Monster (Gone, Book 7) by Michael Grant. 9780062467843. 2017. Gr 7-12.
The Reaction (Wars of Angels, Book 2) by Helena Coggan. 9780763689735. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Ringer (Replica, Book 2) by Lauren Oliver. 9780062394194. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Scarecrow Queen (Sin Eater’s Daughter, Book 3) by Melinda Salisbury. 9781338192957. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Seize Today (Forget Tomorrow, Book 3) by Pintip Dunn. 9781633758186. 2017. Gr 7-12.

Strange Lies  Sun Warrior  Tool of War
Strange Lies (Strange Truth, Book 2) by Maggie Thrash. 9781481462037. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Sun Warrior : Tales of a New World (Tales of a New World, Book 2) by P.C. Cast. 9781250100757. 2107. Gr 9-12.
Tool of War (Ship Breaker, Book 3) by Pablo Bacigalupi. 9780316220835. 2017. Gr 9-12.

Great New Nonfiction Titles for September 2017

These exciting nonfiction titles were published in September.

PRIMARY NONFICTION

Big Machines  Doctor with an Eye for Eyes  Dumpling Dreams  Good Night, Planet  Hello Autumn! 

Big Machines : The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker (ill. by John Rocco). 9780544715578. 2017. Gr K-2.
This picture book biography of author and illustrator Virginia Lee Burton describes how she created magical illustrations of big machines for her sons, Aris and Michael. These included her now-famous storybook characters Choo Choo the train, Mary Anne the steam shovel, Katy the crawler tractor, Maybelle the cable car, and Little House. Includes an afterword with biographical information on Burton and black-and-white photographs.

The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes : The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath by Julia Finley Mosca (ill. by Daniel Rieley. 9781943147311. 2017. Gr K-3.
Dr. Patricia Bath overcame racism, poverty, and sexism to achieve her dream of being a doctor and pioneer in the field of laser eye surgery.

Dumpling Dreams : How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge by Carrie Clickard (ill. by Katy Wu). 9781481467070. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Follow the life of Joyce Chen from her childhood in China, through her marriage and her move to the United States, where she introduced and popularized the dumpling in her new country.

Good Night, Planet (Toon) by Liniers. 9781943145201. 2017. Gr 1-3.  (Spanish: Buenos Noches, Planeta). 9781943145218.
A girl’s favorite stuffed animal, Planet, gets up at night and meets Elliot the dog and together they find a cookie to eat. But then Bradley the mouse tells them of an even bigger cookie, the moon, and asks Planet to help bring it out of the sky.

Hello Autumn! by Shelley Rotner. 9780823438693. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Colorful photographs introduce the fall season, with its changes in nature, harvest, and holidays, to young readers.

Her Right Foot  Imagine That!  It Starts with a Seed  Living Things and Nonliving Things  Melvin the Mouth

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers (ill. by Shawn Harris). 9781452162812. 2017. Gr K-3.
This introduction to the Statue of Liberty tells young readers all they need to know—and a whole lot more! Eggers also gives his opinion of why Lady Liberty’s right foot is raised, as if it is in midstride—she is on the move to welcome all who come to her land.

Imagine That! : How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra (ill. by Kevin Hawkes). 9780553510973. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Take a look at the creative process of Theodor Geisel, or Dr. Seuss, when he was asked to create a funny, interesting first-grade reader to get children to read. Geisel loved inventing nonsense words, but he was told he could only use words from a very strict list! Geisel accepted the challenge and used the rhyme of “cat” and “hat” as a starting point to write his most famous book, “The Cat and the Hat.”

It Starts with a Seed by Laura Knowles (ill. by Jennie Webber). 9781910277263. 2017. Gr 1-4.
A single seed transforms into a giant tree that is home to many animals over the course of several seasons and years.

Living Things and Nonliving Things : A Compare and Contrast Book by Kevin Kurtz. 9781628559859. 2017. Gr K-3.
On the surface, it seems like a simple matter to distinguish between things that are living and not living. Living things grow, reproduce, and move—but sometimes nonliving things can do these, too. Beautiful photos help readers to compare and contrast.

Melvin the Mouth by Katherine Blanc (ill. by Jeffrey Ebbeler). 9781580897143. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Young readers may not think they know who the Melvin in the title is, but if they have ever watched Looney Tunes cartoons, they have heard him speak. Mel Blanc was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, and about 1500 other characters. This fictional biography by his daughter-in-law describes a typical day in the life of young Melvin.

Once Upon an ABC  Read! Read! Read!  See What We Eat!  Shape of the World  When Planet Earth Was New

Once Upon an ABC by Sophie Masson (ill. by Chris Nielsen). 9781760128432. 2017. Gr PK-2.
This rhyming picture book gathers 26 folk and fairy tale characters together to teach the alphabet. Most references are well known, but Masson includes some unfamiliar characters as well.

Read, Read, Read! by Ryan O’Rourke. 9781590789759. 2017. Gr K-3.
This collection of over twenty illustrated children’s poems depicts the joy of reading.

See What We Eat! : A First Book of Healthy Eating by Scot Ritchie. 9781771386180. 2017. Gr PK-1.
A diverse group of children search for the ingredients to make an apple crisp for their community’s Harvest Festival. Readers will learn where the items come from as the children visit a farm and a store. The children prepare and bake the apple crisp (a recipe is included), compost the apple peelings, and attend the Festival.

The Shape of the World : A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright by K.L. Going (ill. by Lauren Stringer). 9781442478213. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Read about the life of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, from his inquisitive childhood through his innovative career. Includes a key to the illustrated images depicting his designs used throughout the book.

When Planet Earth Was New by James Gladstone & Katherine Diemert. 9781771472036. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Simple text and illustrations walk readers through the formation of planet Earth and its development from a molten ball of rock through the earliest stages of evolution up to the present.

 

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

42 Is Not Just a Number  Crazy about Cats  Dam Keeper  Dangerous Jane  Dazzle Ships  From Here to There

42 Is Not Just a Number : The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by Doreen Rappaport. 9780763676247. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Learn about the life and career of baseball icon Jackie Robinson, who in 1946 became the first African American baseball player in the league’s history.

Crazy about Cats by Owen Davey. 9781911171164. 2017. Gr 2-6.
This illustrated nonfiction book describes the natural history of cats, and offers information on the physical traits and behaviors of various breeds. Read about the mythology of cats and the conservation of big cats.

The Dam Keeper (Book 1) by Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi. 9781626724266. 2017. Gr 3-6.
A young pig toils at maintaining the dam and its windmill that keeps a black fog away from creeping back over his town. The unpredictable fog comes in waves, and one day it sweeps away the pig, his fox best friend, and the bully from school. They have only nine days to cross unfamiliar territory before the next wave engulfs the town.

Dangerous Jane by Suzanne Slade (ill. by Alice Ratterree). 9781561459131. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Jane Addams fought for peace through her creation of Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago that welcomed those from all countries and helped them live at peace. Her ideas were dangerous when war broke out. Jane won a Nobel Peace Prize for her activist work.

Dazzle Ships : World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton (ill. by Victo Ngai). 9781512410143. 2017. Gr 2-5.
British lieutenant-commander Norman Wilkinson had a great idea. Known as “dazzle,” it was a scheme to paint warships in bright colors and patterns designed to puzzle German U-boat torpedo gunners.

From Here to There : The Story of How We Transport Ourselves and Everything Else by H.P. Newquist. 9780451476456. 2017. Gr 4-7.
From sandals that made walking easier to rocket ships and driverless cars, humans have devised many ways to get themselves and their goods around faster and more efficiently.

How to Be an Elephant  I'm Just No Good at Rhyming  Revolutionary Rogues  Schomburg  Sergeant Reckless

How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy. 9781626721784. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Follow a newborn elephant calf as it grows and learns how to be an elephant. The author draws on the latest scientific research and her expedition to Kenya to discusses the elephant’s habitat, family, physical traits, behaviors, and development. The book also includes an author’s note on the conservation of African elephants.

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming : And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris (ill. by Lane Smith). 9780316266574. 2017. Gr 3-8.
As I was reading these silly poems, I thought often of Shel Silverstein. From the topics to the vocabulary and even to the page numbers, this book of poetry is just what the title says.

Revolutionary Rogues : John Andre and Benedict Arnold by Selene Castrovilla (ill. by John O’Brien). 9781629793412. 2017. Gr 3-6.
During the Revolutionary War,  British major John André and American major general Benedict Arnold came up with a scheme that almost succeeded in capturing Commander-in-Chief George Washington and the Continental Army, which would have changed history.

Schomburg : The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford (ill. by Eric Velasquez). 9780763680466. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Arturo Schomburg worked during the Harlem Renaissance to raise awareness of Afro-Latin American and African American achievements and the contributions they made to society.

Sergeant Reckless : The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick (ill. by Iacopo Bruno). 9780062292599. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Read the true story of a brave little mare who carried artillery shells into battle numerous times with the U.S. Marines she supported throughout the Korean War.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION

All's Faire in Middle School  Biometrics  Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters  Bound by Ice  Castle in the Stars  Engineered!

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamiesen. 9780525429982. 2017. Gr 4-8.
After being homeschooled her whole life, Imogene, whose parents work at the Renaissance Faire, is about to enter the epic adventure of middle school. There she will face dragons, ogres, and mystifying creatures—otherwise known as teachers, bullies, and fellow classmates—and must quickly find a way to triumph.

Biometrics : Your Body and the Science of Security by Maria Birmingham (ill. by Ian Turner). 9781771471930. 2017. Gr 6-9.
This simple, illustrated look at the benefits and challenges of biometrics highlights several examples of biometrics today—including fingerprint, retinal, and voice recognition. It describes each one’s history and development, practical use, and drawbacks, and also discusses the future of the field.

The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters : 33 Thrilling Experiments Based on History’s Greatest Blunders by Sean Connolly. 9780761183945. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Explore thirty-three different instances of architectural disasters throughout history, from the Colossus of Rhodes that collapsed in 226 BC to the infamous London “Fryscraper” constructed in a shape that concentrates sunbeams into harmful heat beams. This book also offers hands-on experiments illustrating what went wrong in each of these architectural disasters.

Bound by Ice : A True North Pole Survival Story by Sandra Neil Wallace & Rich Wallace. 9781629794280. 2017. Gr 5-8.
In 1979 an American expedition to the find the North Pole ended in disaster. Information for the narrative was pulled from journals and letters from the crew as well as official documents and archival records from the time.

Castle in the Stars : 1 : The Space Race of 1869 by Alex Alice. 9781626724938. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Searching for the element known in the 1800s as aether, Claire takes her hot air balloon to the edge of Earth’s stratosphere—and never returns. Her engineer husband fears she is gone forever, but her son still has hope. A year later, he finds a letter from someone claiming to have Claire’s logbook, sending both on a mission to a Bavarian castle, where they find a king who wants to fly a ship powered by aether—at any cost.

Engineered! : Engineering Design at Work by Shannon Hunt (ill. by James Gulliver Hancock). 9781771385602. 2017. Gr 4-8.
This book presents an illustrated exploration of what it is like to be an engineer. It discusses the steps of the engineering design process and covers nine stories of real-world engineering ingenuity. Engineering problem-solvers have sent rovers to Mars and made computer circuits small enough to fit in the palm of one’s hands.

Older Than Dirt  Poison  Red Bandanna  Shadow Warrior  Shoe Dog

Older Than Dirt : A Wild But True History of Earth by Don Brown & Dr. Mike Perfit. 9780544805033. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Using a graphic novel format, a talking beaver gives a biography of Earth’s formation, taking the reader through billions of years of history.

Poison : Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines by Sarah Albee. 9781101932247. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Read about poisons and their uses from ancient times to today. This illustrated nonfiction title explores various poisons and who created them, how they were used, and their antidotes. It features profiles of poisons, factual sidebars, and black-and-white photographs.

The Red Bandanna : Young Readers Adaptation by Tom Rinaldi. 9780425287620. 2017. Gr 6-10.
Welles Crowther grew up in Upper Nyack, New York, and always had in his back pocket a red handkerchief his father had given him one Sunday before church. When Crowther grew up, he got a job on the 104th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, and, according to witnesses, he died there saving the lives of others while wearing that handkerchief.

Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (ill. by Celia Krampen). 9781554519668. 2017. Gr 3-6.
In 1558, as Japanese warlords battle for territory, the stories of three girls intertwine: a young woman who wants to be a ninja but is doomed to an arranged marriage; a warlord searching for a new weapon to use to battle his enemies, and an orphaned tavern girl. These three become key players in an all-female ninja network in this tale based on a true story.

Shoe Dog : Young Readers Edition by Phil Knight. 9781534401181. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Phil Knight, cofounder of the Nike corporation, offers a young readers edition of his memoir. He describes the many early obstacles to building his brand, and the luck, faith, relationships, and determination that helped him rise to fame and fortune.

Speaking Our Truth  Women Who Dared

Speaking Our Truth : A Journey of Reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith. 9781459815834. 2017. Gr 4-8.
The Residential Schools system created a fissure in the relationship between Canada and its Indigenous people. This history explores the past and current impact of this system, and highlights how lack of understanding and awareness hinders healing as survivors and their families move forward in repairing the relationship between themselves and their country.

Women Who Dared : 52 Stories of Fearless Daredevils, Adventurers & Rebels by Linda Skeers (ill. by Livi Gosling). 9781492653271. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The fifty-two adventurous women profiled here overcame barriers throughout history. The women include swimmers, parachutists, stuntwomen, acrobats, race car drivers, explorers, scientists, cosmonauts, and police officers.

 

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

 Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary  Lighter Than My Shadow  M.F.K. 1  Marco Polo  Obsessed  Spinning

Alexander Hamilton, Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough. 9781250123190. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Brockenbrough offers an examination of Alexander Hamilton by describing his political contributions to the founding of the United States, as well as his complex and sometimes scandalous personal life. Read about his birth out of wedlock, teen years as an orphan, rise to power, untimely death, and legacy.

Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green. 9781941302415. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The author provides an honest and unflinching account of her battle with anorexia.

M.F.K.: 1 by Nilah Magruder. 9781683830047. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Abbie, a young deaf girl, is on a mission to scatter her mother’s ashes. After being lost in a sandstorm, she is rescued by a family in the small desert town of Little Marigold. The town, bullied by ruffians with superhuman powers, is in need of a rescuer and Abbie, who has her own secret powers, might be the answer.

Marco Polo : Dangers and Visions by Marco Tabilio. 9781512430691. 2017. Gr 9-12.
This graphic novel biography is the coming-of-age tale/travelogue of Marco Polo. As a teenager, he journeyed east on the Silk Road with his father and uncle to Khanbaliq (Beijing today), met the young Kublai Khan, and lived there for twenty years before returning to Europe. This story, as well as many others about Marco Polo, is based on his Il Milione, or The Travels of Marco Polo.

Obsessed : A Memoir of My Life with OCD by Allison Britz. 9781481489188. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The author shares her spiral from popular, active teen to obsessed, social outcast when, at the age of fifteen, her mind became fixated with the idea that she was going to be diagnosed with brain cancer. When her fear became an obsession, life as she knew it changed drastically. But when Allison finally accepted that she needed help and learned she had obsessive-compulsive disorder, she was able to start rebuilding the life that had crumbled around her.

Spinning by Tillie Walden. 9781626727724. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Author Tillie Walden offers a graphic novel memoir about her childhood years in figure skating, illustrating how skating helped her escape stress from school, bullies, and family. However, as she came of age, she began to have other passions for art and for another girl, and wondered how figure skating would fit in with her life. When her senior year arrived, Tillie was forced to make important decisions about her future.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER NONFICTION

Darwin's Backyard  Disappearance in Damascus  Where the Animals Go

Darwin’s Backyard : How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory by James T. Costa. 9780393239898. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Explore the life and work of Charles Darwin against the backdrop of his roles as husband and father of ten children—three of whom died in childhood. Readers can also explore his love of science and the studies he conducted within his own home enlisting the help of his family, friends, and servants as he searched for understanding.

A Disappearance in Damascus : Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell. 9781250147875. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Journalist Campbell’s “fixer” in Damascus was Ahlam, an Iraqi refugee who provided her with contacts and information while she was undercover, reporting on the Iraqis who fled to Syria after the fall of Saddam Hussein. After Ahlam disappeared, she was presumed captured by the Syrian government. Here Campbell tells the story of her attempts to rescue her friend.

Where the Animals Go : Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics by James Cheshire & Oliver Uberti. 9780393634020. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
The technology to track wildlife has advanced swiftly in recent years, and we are able to follow their signals from farther afield and in more detail. The authors explain how this technology works and have used the information to create maps that show the wanderings of a variety of animals in the wild.

Great Speculative Easy/Fiction Titles for September 2017

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles that were published in September.

As promised, today’s recommendations are for speculative fiction, which includes horror, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian and post-apocalyptic.  Enjoy!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

Baabwaa & Wooliam  Chicken in the Kitchen  Frank the Seven-Legged Spider  Give Me Back My Book!  Hamsters Don't Fight Fires!

Baabwaa & Wooliam : A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship by David Elliott (ill. by Melissa Sweet). 9780763660741. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Baabwaa is a sheep who loves knitting. Wooliam is a sheep who loves reading. it’s a bit boring one day so they decide to go on an adventure and meet a third sheep—a strange-looking sheep, with a raggedy wool coat and long, disgusting teeth. Fortunately, Wooliam recognizes the wolf in sheep’s clothing straight away!

Chicken in the Kitchen by Nnedi Okorafor & Mehrdokht Amini. 9781911373155. 2017. Gr PK-2.
When a crazy chicken wreaks havoc in the kitchen there is just one thing to do—prepare a nest so that she will settle down.

Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi. 9781632171283. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Frank loves making beautiful webs, scaring humans, running, and scurrying, but after waking up one morning missing a leg, he wonders if he still is a spider.

Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster & Ethan Long. 9781452160405. 2017. Gr K-3.
Monster friends Redd and Bloo argue over who exactly owns a very beautiful green book, until the Bookworm comes and yanks it out of their hands and hides it. The friends decide to create a decoy book to get theirs back.

Hamsters Don’t Fight Fires! by Andrew Root (ill. by Jessica Olien). 9780062452948. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Hugo longs to become a firefighter, but he is just a tiny hamster. Can he prove his worth during an actual emergency call?

Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike  Little i  Littlest Train  On the Night of the Shooting Star  Princesa and the Pea  Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken

Henny, Penny, Lenny, Denny, and Mike by Cynthia Ryland (ill. by Mike Austin). 9781481445238. 2017. Gr K-3.
Five guppies love their life in a little girl’s fish tank until some new additions shake things up.

Little i by Michael Hall. 9780062383006. 2017. Gr K-2.
When Little i loses his dot into the sea, he sets off on an adventure to find it. Along the way, Little i encounters waterfalls of exclamation marks, gardens of commas, and other wonders until he finally finds the dot. However, the journey has matured Little i and he decides to return home without the dot, now as Big I.

The Littlest Train by Chris Gall. 9780316392860. 2017. Gr PK-2.
After being accidentally knocked off a table, a toy train travels to the outside world and meets a variety of life-size trains. It is a fantastic adventure, but how will the littlest train get home again?

On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest (ill. by Jenni Desmond). 9780763691547. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Though Bunny and Dog are neighbors, their solitary natures have kept them from meeting. But one night, the two both see a shooting star, an event which leads to a smile and a friendship.

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya (ill. by Juana Martinez-Neal). 9780399251566. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A prince is enchanted by a mysterious woman, but he cannot marry her unless she can pass the queen’s test and prove that she is a real princess by feeling a pea placed under twenty mattresses while she sleeps. However, the prince has a secret, sneaky plan of his own to make sure the princess will be his bride.

Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, the Very First Chicken by Douglas Rees (ill. by Jed Henry). 9781627795104. 2017. Gr PK-3.
All the other dinosaurs are scared of the loud, fierce, stomping T-rex. But not Edna, the very first chicken. Her beak may be mighty and her flapping wings strong, but will they be a match for T-rex’s claws and jaws? Well, which contestant is still around?

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

Ben Franklin's in My Bathroom!  Crash Course  Marvelwood Magicians

Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom! (History Pals, Book 1) by Candace Fleming. 9781101934067. 2017. Gr 2-5.
When Benjamin Franklin mysteriously time travels to the twenty-first century, it is up to ten-year-old Nolan and his little sister Olive to introduce Ben to the modern time, prevent his cover from being blown, and try to help Ben find a way back home.

Crash Course (Project Terra, Book 1) by Landry Q. Walker. 9780515157918. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Life at the Seven Systems School of Terraforming Sciences and Arts is more of a challenge than Elara ever imagined. But her determination to become a top planetary designer will keep her powering through the school year despite feeling out of place, having to learn to share a room with an intergalactic sponge named Clare, and living down the fact that her last experiment accidentally blew up the moon.

The Marvelwood Magicians by Diane Zahler. 9781629797243. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Mattie Marvelwood comes from a family with special abilities, and they use those to perform at Master Morogh’s circus. But the circus ringmaster is hiding a secret that could mean disaster for the Marvelwood family, and Mattie may be forced to use her powers to defeat Master Morogh.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

 Elizabeth and Zenobia  Glass Town Game  Wishtree  Wonderling

Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller. 9781419727245. 2017. Gr 4-7.
When timid Elizabeth’s father takes her and her fearless friend, Zenobia, to his family home, Zenobia becomes obsessed with finding a ghost there, and then Elizabeth learns she had an aunt who disappeared from the house years ago.

The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. 9781481476966. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Charlotte and Emily Brontë are traveling to a boarding school when the train magically whisks them to an imaginary land called Glass Town, a land that existed only in the games they played as children. And as their imaginations come to life, they learn that their other two sisters have been abducted. Charlotte and Emily must race to rescue them and keep the evil Napoleon from escaping Glass Town and taking over England.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate. 9781250043221. 2017. Gr 4-8.
An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree’s trunk.

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok. 9780763691219. 2017. Gr 5-8.
At Miss Carbunkle’s home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, a fox-like eleven-year-old with no name lives as an orphan in the miserable conditions of “the Home.” But when he meets a young bird named Trinket, who finally gives him the name Arthur, he escapes “the Home” with the help of an invention of Trinket. Together they set out on an adventure to see the world for the first time.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

Enchantment of Ravens  Freefall  Invictus  Landscape with Invisible Hand  Murder, Magic, and What We Wore  Odd & True

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. 9781481497589. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Isobel paints portraits for the fair folk, who crave human Crafts because they can’t do it themselves. But when she paints her first royal portrait—of Rook, the autumn Prince—she paints a weakness in him that puts him in mortal danger. Rook kidnaps Isobel to put her on trial, but they are waylaid and must learn to trust each other in order to survive.

Freefall by Joshua David Bellin. 9781481491655. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Cam is eager to leave Earth with the rest of the elite 1% until he connects with one of the 99%, Sofie, and joins her in the fight for Lowerworld rights.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin. 9780316503075. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Farway was born outside of time—his father was a Roman gladiator, his mother a time traveler from the year 2354 AD. Failing to get into a government program, he must settle for a black-market position as captain of a crew that steals important valuables from history. On a routine heist, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot, who seems to be a step ahead of him at all times. Armed with the knowledge that history is not quite what it seems, Far and his team are led by Eliot on a race through time to save history.

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson. 9780763687892. 2017. Gr 9-12.
When the alien vuvv invaded Earth, the squat, coffee table-shaped beings brought free advanced technology and cured every illness imaginable. Nevertheless, their technology eliminated most human jobs, putting Adam’s parents out of work. Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, decide to feed the vuvv’s love for what they think of as “classic” Earth culture from the 1950s. However, when Adam and Chloe’s relationship disintegrates, Adam has to decide how much he is willing to give the vuvv what they want.

Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones. 9780553535204. 2017. Gr 9-12.
In 1818 London, after learning that her father has been killed and all his money gone missing, sixteen-year-old Annis decides to become a spy and find out who killed him and where the money went. She uses her rare magical ability to sew “glamours,” garments that completely disguise their wearers.

Odd & True by Cat Winters. 9781419723100. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Odette always told her sister Trudchen that their mother slayed monsters and that one day they would, too. When Od vanishes, reappearing in Tru’s life two years later in 1909 and carrying a suitcase of weapons, she promises to protect Tru from an approaching darkness full of monsters. The sisters set out to find their long-vanished mother and encounter the stuff of nightmares.

They Both Die at the End  Warcross

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera. 9780062457790. 2017. Gr 9-12.
In a near-future New York City where a service alerts people on the day they will die, teenagers Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio meet using the Last Friend app and are faced with the challenge of living a lifetime on their End Day.

Warcross (Book 1) by Marie Lu. 9780399547966. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Warcross is an online video game phenomenon. Impoverished teenage hacker Emika is a bounty hunter who tracks down players who place illegal bets on the game. However, when she tries to hack the opening international game to make some quick cash, she accidentally glitches herself into the game. An overnight sensation, Emika is sure she will be arrested, but then she gets a call from the game’s creator who offers her a job as an undercover security agent. Whisked off to Tokyo, Emika quickly uncovers a sinister plot that could bring down the whole Warcross empire.