Great New Nonfiction Titles for May 2017

These exciting nonfiction titles were published in May.


Around the World Right Now  Different Same  Electricity in Your Life  Go, Green Gecko  If Sharks Disappeared

Around the World Right Now by Gina Cascone & Bryony Williams Sheppard (ill. by Olivia Beckman). 9781585369768. 2017. Gr K-3.
Travel on a journey around the world for each of the day’s twenty-four hours. See what people might be doing, from six in the morning in San Francisco, California, all the way across the world to Bangkok in Thailand, where it is already nine o’clock at night.

Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec (ill. by Pippa Curnick). 9781771385657. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Two animals can be different, but at the same time they can be the same! Zebras, bumblebees, lemurs, and tigers get around in different ways—but they all have stripes. The author contrasts other groups of four animals, only to look at them again to show off their similarities.

Electricity in Your Life by Bo-Hyun (ill. by Sung-Hua Kwak). 9781939248169. 2017. Gr K-2.
A young girl realizes all the ways electricity impacts her life, and how different her world would be without electricity.

Go, Green Gecko! by Gay Hay (ill. by Margaret Tolland). 9781760360337. 2017. Gr K-2.
Follow a little green gecko around the backyard to learn about its behavior, life cycle, and habitat.

If Sharks Disappeared by Lily Williams. 9781626724136. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Sharks are very important to the health of oceans. Read about what might happen if they all disappeared.

Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective  Long May She Wave  Margaret and the Moon  Maya Lin  This Is How We Do It

Kate Warne, Pinkerton Detective by Marissa Moss (ill. by April Chu). 9781939547330. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Read this picture book biography of the first woman to be a detective at the prestigious Pinkerton Detective Agency.

Long May She Wave : The True Story of Caroline Pickersgill and Her Star-Spangled Creation by Kristen Fulton (ill. by Holly Berry). 9781481460965. 2017. Gr K-2.
Read the true story of Caroline Pickersgill and her family. They made the United States flag that was waving at Fort McHenry when the British attacked it in the War of 1812, the flag that inspired the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Margaret and the Moon : How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins (ill. by Lucy Knisley). 9780399551857. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Pioneer scientist Margaret Hamilton was fascinated with stars as a young girl. As an adult, she eventually convinced NASA scientists to use computer software to send the Apollo missions to the moon.

Maya Lin : Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey (ill. by Dow Phumiruk). 9781250112491. 2017. Gr PK-3.
This picture book biography of the famous architect describes her childhood, explaining how her love of nature inspires her buildings. Maya Lin’s design for the Vietnam War Memorial won even though she was still in college at the time.

This Is How We Do It : One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt Lamothe. 9781452150185. 2017. Gr K-3.
Learn about life in seven countries from real kids living in Italy, Japan, Iran, India, Peru, Uganda, and Russia.  They explain that, though their activities are different from each other, their daily routines are very similar.

Three Billy Goats Gruff  Up Up Up Skyscraper  Wordplay

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney. 9780316341578. 2017. Gr PK-3.
When two small hungry goats trot across a bridge that separates them from a lush green valley, the troll guarding the bridge has other plans. The goats will have to outsmart the troll if they hope to make it safely to the other side. This familiar fairy tale is illustrated by the award-winning Jerry Pinkney.

Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper by Anastasia Suen (ill. by Ryan O’Rourke). 9781580897105. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Kids learn the process of building a skyscraper from the construction team as they dig, pour, pound, bolt, and more. Sidebars add more information to the rhyming text.

Wordplay (Toon) by Ivan Brunetti. 9781943145171. 2017. Gr K-2.
This humorous, cartoon introduction to compound words follows a young student named Annemarie who learns how to have fun with language.



Chasing Space  Cricket in the Thicket  Grace Hopper  Meatless  Real Friends  Seven Wonders of the Solar System

Chasing Space : Young Readers’ Edition by Leland Melvin. 9780062665928. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Leland Melvin, a former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver, adapts his adult memoir for young readers.

Cricket in the Thicket : Poems about Bugs by Carol Murray (ill. by Melissa Sweet).9780805098181. 2017. Gr 2-5.
The poems in this collection feature different insects, and fact boxes for each insect are also included.

Grace Hopper : Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark (ill. by Katy Wu). 9781454920007. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Grace Murray Hopper coined the term “computer bug” and invented the programming language that taught computers how to recognize English words, which is the basis for all modern computer software.

Meatless? : A Fresh Look at What You Eat by Sarah Elton (ill. by Julie McLaughlin).9781926818436. 2017. Gr 3-6.
This interesting history of meat-based diets explores why and how people choose a vegetarian lifestyle.

Real Friends by Shannon Hale (ill. by LeUyen Pham). 9781626724167. 2017. Gr 3-6.
(Graphic novel) Author Shannon Hale writes about her experiences from kindergarten through fifth grade as she tried to make and be a friend and how difficult it was for her.

Seven Wonders of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar. 9780451476852. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Take a trip around the solar system to discover seven amazing sights, from the largest volcano (on Mars) to the deepest oceans (on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons) and beyond to check out if Planet 9 really exists. David Aguilar, an astronomer, is the navigator on our exciting journey.



Be the One  Brave  How to Keep a Werewolf  Magellan  New Ocean  Philanthroparties  Science Comics Flying Machines

Be the One : Six True Stories of Teens Overcoming Hardship with Hope by Byron Pitts. 9781442483828. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Read the stories of six kids who, despite bullying, abuse, war, drug addiction, mental illness, and violence, overcame their problems and now offer hope to others.

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova. 9780316363174. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Jensen dreams of being a brave hero, but his reality in middle school is very different. Will he be able to find real solutions to his problems? This graphic novel is by the author of Awkward.

How to Keep a Werewolf : And Other Exotic Pets Which May or Not a) Exist or b) Eat You by Fiona Bowron & Tom Jennings. 9781911042266. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Before I let my kids have a pet (and we had plenty!), I always made them read a book on taking care of it. This book is for those who want to get a cryptological or mythological pet, such as a sea monster, phoenix, yeti, werewolf, or more.

Magellan : Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen. 9781626721203. 2017. Gr 7-10.
This adaptation of Bergreen’s adult best-seller follow the historic voyage of Ferdinand Magellan—the first to circle the world. Thrills, danger, mutiny, murder, and tragedy—an exciting adventure and great addition to a course on early explorers.

The New Ocean : The Fate of Life in a Changing Sea by Bryn Barnard. 9780375870491. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Examine the potential fate of six ocean creatures—jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, tuna, corals, and blue-green algae—and learn how their fate could ultimately affect mankind.

Philanthroparties! : A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back by Lulu Cerone. 9781582705873. 2017. Gr 6-8.
The seventeen-year-old author provides ideas on how to combine fun with social activism in this party planning guide. The book includes party ideas, games, recipes, crafts, as well as personal stories and suggestions for causes.

Science Comics : Flying Machines : How the Wright Brothers Soared (Science Comics) by Alison Wilgus & Molly Brooks. 9781626721401. 2017. Gr 4-8.
A graphic novel biography of the innovative Wright brothers.



 Chasing Space  Deep Water  Double Cross  Factory Girls  How Dare the Sun Rise  Queer, There, and Everywhere

Chasing Space : An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances by Leland Melvin. 9780062496720. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Leland Melvin, a former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver, tells his amazing life story.

Deep Water (Simon True) by Katherine Nichols. 9781481481076. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Nichols tells the true story of Eddie Otero who, wanting a chance at the good life, agreed to smuggle illegal drugs from Mexico by swimming them at night past the border patrol. This one bad decision led to more crimes until he was caught. Also published in May is One Cut by Eve Porinchak, in which a neighborhood fight between teens led to murder convictions.

Double Cross : Deception Techniques in War by Paul B. Janeczko. 9780763660420. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Enemies have always strived to win battles through deceit; they only difference between now and ancient times is the methods. Janeczko, author of The Dark Game (about spies), tells the stories of deception from the Biblical story of Gideon to the disinformation and duplicity of today.

The Factory Girls : A Kaleidoscopic Account of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by Christine Seifert. 9781942186458. 2017. Gr 7-12.
In the early 20th century, teen immigrant girls labored in factories, making clothes under brutal conditions set by greedy factory owners. The turning point was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in 1911, in which over one hundred people died because they had been locked in. This book looks at how the history of fashion, the desire for goods, and the advances in industry fostered a culture of greed.

How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana. 9780062470140. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Sandra was ten years old when rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo killed her mother and sister. She managed to escape and found refuge in the United States through a refugee program. However, in middle school in New York she realized she needed to overcome her ethnic disconnect and give voice to her people.

Queer, There, and Everywhere : 23 People Who Changed the World by Sarah Prager. 9780062474315. 2017. Gr 8-12.
These twenty-three men and women throughout history are considered to be part of the queer community, as well as openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Included are the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Lili Elbe, and Alan Turing—all people who have greatly influenced history and paved the way for the modern gay and transgender rights movement.

Shattered Warrior  Spill Zone  Tuesday's Promise  We Have No Idea

Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn & Molly Knox Ostertag. 9781626720893. 2017. Gr 8-12.
(Graphic novel) Eight years after the alien Derichets conquered her world and killed her family, Colleen exists alone, far from the city in a Derichet family, with only her human coworkers and, unlikely as it sounds, a Derichet factory overseer. Then the recklessly brave Jann and his rebel Chromatti invade Colleen’s village, and start a revolution.

Spill Zone (Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland. 9781596439368. 2017. Gr 10-12.
(Graphic novel) Three years after an inexplicable event in upstate New York destroyed Addison’s hometown, the Spill Zone has become a waking nightmare of unearthly and lethal dangers. To make money, Addie risks capture by sneaking into the Zone to take pictures and sell them. But one day she ventures in too far, where something sinister is calling her name.

Tuesday’s Promise : One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives by Luis Carlos Montalvan. 9780316314411. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Luis Montalván writes again about his service dog, Tuesday’s, and their mission to help soldiers, veterans, and others with disabilities in their search for healing and peace. Luis had to make a hard decision on whether or not to live his life in a wheelchair at the same time that he was trying to make room in his life for another furry friend.

We Have No Idea : A Guide to the Unknown Universe by Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson. 9780735211513. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
There are lots of books that explain what we know and how we know it, but this one does the opposite. Using infographics, cartoons, and a witty, conversational tone, Cham and White try to explain what science doesn’t know and why we don’t yet know it.


Great New Easy & Fiction Titles for May 2017

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


7 Ate 9  And the Robot Went  And Then Comes Summer  Ben's Revolution  Cinnamon  Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool

7 Ate 9 by Tara Lazer (ill. Ross MacDonald). 9781484717790. 2017. Gr PK-1.
The number six hires the letter Private I to investigate whether or not the number seven really ate nine, as the old joke goes. Wordplay and number puns abound before Private I cracks the case.

And the Robot Went… by Michelle Robinson (ill. by Sergio Ruzzier). 9780544586529. 2017. Gr K-2.
Animal builders, including a Fox, Bear, and a Gnu, team up to assemble a Robot. Each step of the process has its own accompanying sound effect that listeners can repeat until the surprising end of this cumulative tale.

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner (ill. by Jaime Kim). 9780763660710. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Celebrate the changes that come around during summer time, such as people wearing flip-flops, kids playing hide-and-seek outdoors, and ice-cream trucks bringing happiness to neighborhoods.

Ben’s Revolution : Benjamin Russell and the Battle of Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick (ill. by Wendell Minor). 9780399166747. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Twelve-year-old Benjamin Russell of Boston experiences the Revolutionary War from the Boston Tea Party of 1773 through the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman (ill. by Divya Srinivasan). 9780062399618. 2017. Gr 1-4.
A long time ago a princess in a small hot country will not talk, no matter what her teachers do. Can anyone make her want to talk?

Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool by Courtney Pippin-Mathur. 9781481461382. 2017. Gr K-2.
Two extremely dangerous creatures have just invaded Dragon’s territory. Dragon is fierce; will he use his fire breathing or his sharp claws to defeat this scourge of…princesses?

 Firefighter Duckies  Go Sleep in Your Own Bed  Green Green  Hattie and Hudson  Hop Up Wriggle Over  I Got a New Friends

Firefighter Duckies! by Frank W. Dormer. 9781481460903. 2017. Gr PK-1
You might not pick ducks as your first choice when you need are in trouble, but these firefighter duckies are brave and strong, no matter who or what needs to be rescued!

Go Sleep in Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming & Lori Nichols. 9780375866487. 2017. Gr PK-2.
When Pig tries to go to bed in her sty, Cow is there. “Go sleep in your own bed!” scolds Pig—and the humor begins. Cow kicks Hen out of his bed; Hen shoos her own interloper out of hers; and on it goes. This would make a great read-aloud and a wonderful bedtime book—and even parents should get a laugh out of it!

Green Green : A Community Gardening Story by Marie & Baldev Lamba (ill. by Sonia Sanchez). 9780374327972. 2017. Gr PK-2.
In the city an abandoned lot squeezed between two buildings becomes a community garden.

Hattie & Hudson by Chris Van Dusen. 9780763665456. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Hattie’s sweet singing draws a sea monster to the surface of the lake she’s paddling across. The two quickly form a friendship, and Hattie is determined to help the locals, who fear the monster, see past his enormously frightening size.

Hop Up! Wriggle Over! by Elizabeth Honey. 9780544790841. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Follow a diverse family of animals from morning until night in this great read-aloud packed with onomatopoeia and fun illustrations.

I Got a New Friend by Karl Newsom Edwards. 9780399557002. 2017. Gr PK-1.
A young girl gets a new puppy and learns what it means to have a dog.

Jabari Jumps  Queen's Handbag  Secrets I KNow  Stack the Cats  That Neighbor Kid

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall. 9780763678388. 2017. Gr PK-3.
After Jabari completes his swimming lessons and passes his swim test, he’s ready to jump off the diving board—well, very nearly ready. He just needs to work up his courage first.

The Queen’s Handbag by Steve Antony. 9781338032932. 2017. Gr PK-1.
When a thief steals the Queen of England’s handbag, she and her guards are led on a merry chase to and around the landmarks of Great Britain. (Also check out The Queen’s Hat.)

Secrets I Know by Kallie George & Paola Zakimi. 9781101938935. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A young girl spends a day in her yard discovering secrets only she can know.

Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani. 9781419723490. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Watch and count cats of all shapes and sizes as they do all sorts of cat-ty activities—including dozing off on cute furry stacks.

That Neighbor Kid by David Miyares. 9781481449793. 2017. Gr PK-2.
When young boy meets a girl, together they decide to build a tree house.

There Might Be Lobsters  Thing Lou Couldn't Do  Toad on the Road  Trains Don't Sleep

There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi (ill. by Laurel Molk). 9780763675424. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Sukie, a small dog, i’s afraid of being on the beach where the waves are big and there could be lobsters. After being carried to the sand by her girl Eleanor, Sukie watches fearfully, worrying about all the things that could go wrong. But when her toy monkey floats out to sea, can she overcome her fears?

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires. 9781771387279. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Young Lou is fearless, willing to run, build fortresses, rescue wild animals, and do anything her friends can do—except climb a tree. Lou has to learn to face her fears and find her courage to join her friends on this fun adventure.

Toad on the Road : A Cautionary Tale by Stephen Shaskan. 9780062393470 2017. Gr PK-2.
Squatting in the middle of the road, a toad watches a buzzing fly. When a bear on a bike, a crocodile in a car, and a vole in a van all come down the road, they swerve to avoid him, and then crash. They admonish the little toad to get off the road, but he doesn’t listen until someone special arrives. (Hint: Stephen dedicated this book to his mom.)

Trains Don’t Sleep by Andria Rosenbaum (ill. by Deirdre Gill). 9780544380745. 2017. Gr PK-2.
This tribute to trains blends onomatopoetic text and a sweet bedtime story for young railroad enthusiasts.



Crash  Dog Trouble  Dragon with a Chocolate Heart  Georgia Rules  Gnome-a-geddon  Great Treehouse War

Crash! (Kid from Planet Z, Book 1) by Nancy Krulik. 9780448490120. 2017. Gr 1-3.
When alien kid Zeke Zander and his family accidentally crash their spaceship on Earth on their way to Planet Z, Zeke must blend in with Earth kids until the ship is fixed. It will be mighty tricky, though, to keep his talking cat, antennae, and power of invisibility secret.

Dog Trouble! by Galia Oz. 9780399550201. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Julie has a new dog, Shakshuka, who is always getting Julie in trouble, but when Shakshuka goes missing, Julie and her friends must use some detective work to find her again.

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis. 9781681193434. 2017. Gr 3-6.
After drinking enchanted hot chocolate, a brave and feisty young dragon is transformed into a twelve-year-old human girl with a passion for chocolate.

Georgia Rules by Nanci Turner Steveson. 9780062374578. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Maggie only met her father once when she was just four years old. When he dies, he leaves his 2,000-acre farm in Vermont to her with one rule—she must live there for one year before she can sell it. So Maggie and her mother leave their lives in Georgia behind and try to adjust to their new surroundings.

Gnome-a-geddon by K.A. Holt. 9781481478458. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Buck is a huge fan of a popular fantasy series (think: Harry Potter). But when the author goes missing, and Buck’s little sister, Willy, disappears, Buck realizes the series is not merely fiction. He finds himself racing through a terrifying (and hilarious) world he thought was only make-believe with his best friend, Lizzie. Together, they hunt a mythical weapon in order to save Willy and the author—and the world in the process.

The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff. 9780525514503. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Fifth-grader Winnie writes of turning her treehouse into an embassy after her newly-divorced parents become unreasonable. Things are peaceful until nine of her friends, also with complaints about their families, decide to move in, too.

Keys to the City  Lemons  Lost Legacy  Magnificent Flying Baron Estate  Moon Platoon  Quicksand Pond

Keys to the City by Lisa Schroeder. 9780545907385. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Lindy’s homework assignment for the summer is to explore different pursuits to find what she is passionate about. Invited by a neighbor and her grandson to visit New York City, she hopes to find her “true passion” but is afraid that she isn’t good at anything.

Lemons by Melissa Savage. 9781524700126. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Lemonade’s mama told her to make lemonade out of the lemons life sends her way, but when she has to move to California, to live with her grandfather after her mother dies, Lem struggles to find the good in any of it. Then she meets Tobin, who invites her on an adventure to capture Bigfoot on film.

The Lost Legacy (Supernormal Sleuthing Service, Book 1) by Gwenda Bond & Christopher Rowe. 9780062459947. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Stephen’s dad has just gotten a new job in New York City as the head chef in an exclusive hotel. When they arrive, Stephen realizes how exclusive—and monstrous—the “supernormal” clientele at their new home is! He also is shocked to discover that he is part supernormal himself. When he is framed for the theft of a magical artifact, he and his friends search for the missing item—or else he will be punished according to monster law. (You don’t want to know!)

The Magnificent Flying Baron Estate (Bizarre Baron Inventions, Book 1) by Eric Bower. 9781944995133. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Waldo’s parents, both inventors, have turned their home into a flying machine and entered a race across the country. However, they are kidnapped by a notorious villain’s sister who has her own plans for the prize money.

The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, Book 1) by Jeramey Kraatz. 9780062445971. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Benny is excited to be chosen for a scholarship program to Lunar Taj, the first resort on the Moon, with other bright kids. But when they arrive, they find that they have not been told the whole truth about their expedition.

Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle. 9781481472227. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Jessie isn’t thrilled to be spending the summer in a small town in Rhode Island with her professor father, her annoying younger brother, and her too-perfect older sister. When she meets a local girl, Terri, out on Quicksand Pond, the two become fast friends. But the lingering effects of a past tragedy hang like a dark cloud over the town. And when another crime is committed, the girls’ friendship is put to the ultimate test.

Roll  Three Pennies  William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle

Roll by Darcy Miller. 9780062461223. 2017. Gr 4-6.
When Ren sees birds plummeting to the ground, he thinks something is wrong, until he finds out that his new neighbor is training these pigeons for a competition. With no friends around, Ren starts learning to train the birds with his neighbor. It won’t be an exciting summer—or will it?

Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder. 9781481471879. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Marin has only known life in the foster care system. Her constant companions have been the Chinese “I Ching,” the “Book of Changes,” and three pennies always in her pocket. Lately, though, she feels like she has found a place she could stay forever—but she still dreams of finding her birth mother and hopes to convince her that they belong together. Then Marin gets unwelcome news.

William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle by Bobbie Peers. 9781481478250. 2017. Gr 4-6.
William is a genius at solving puzzles, but eight years ago his family picked up stakes from England and moved to Norway. He has no idea why they had to move, why they changed their last name, or why he has to keep his puzzle-solving talent a secret. But when an exhibit called the Impossible Puzzle comes to the local museum, William can’t resist trying to solve it.



Beyond the Bright Sea  Brave New Girl  Bubble  Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora  Finding Mighty  Girl Who Wouldn't Die  Go-Between

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. 9781101994856. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Crow has no memory of her mother. Her life with Osh, the man who found Crow as an infant washed ashore in a small boat near his island home, is all she’s ever known. But when she spots a fire across the sea on a nearby deserted Island, it ignites a flame inside that propels Crow on a journey to discover her roots.

Brave New Girl (Book 1) by Rachel Vincent. 9780399552458. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Dahlia 16 is one of five thousand girls created from the same genome, identical to every one of her “sisters.”  However, for some reason, a boy named Trigger 17 says she is beautiful and unique. That, of course, means Trigger is flawed, but if he sees something unique about her that means she is flawed as well, and if anyone finds out, their genetic line will be exterminated.

Bubble by Stewart Foster. 9781481487429. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Eleven-year-old Joe lives in a hospital due to his auto-immune disease, interacting only with his sister, the medical staff, and an American boy with the same illness. He can’t leave his room due to the risk of life-threatening germs, but when a new nurse offers Joe the possibility of going outside, Joe must decide if the adventure is worth the risk.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. 9781101997239. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Arturo Zamora must save his family’s restaurant before a land developer destroys it. He teams up with the funny, cute new girl, Carmen, to thwart the developer’s plans and help bring the community together.

Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari. 9781419722967. 2017. Gr 6-8.
Two things are missing: Myla’s necklace and Peter’s brother Randall. As the two try to solve the mysteries among the grit, graffiti, and parkour players of New York City, they find their families share a secret history that endanger them all.

The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die by Randall Platt. 9781510708099. 2017. Gr 7-10.
In 1939 Poland, it is dangerous to stand up for anyone, especially the Jews. So Arab, a young Jewish girl, disguises herself as an Aryan boy and leads a street gang, doing everything she needs to stay alive. But her plans go awry when a stranger asks for help.

The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers. 9781101930953. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Every girl envies Camilla in Mexico City; she lives a life of luxury with a father who does voice-overs for American movies and a glamorous mother who acts in telenovela films. When her mother is cast in an American television show, they have to move to Los Angeles and, for the first time, Cammi meets with racism at her posh, private school, where the white students assume she is a poor scholarship student.

Lost Kingdom of Bamarre  Posted  Restart  Shadow Cipher  This Would Make a Good Story Someday  Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts  Washed Ashore

The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (Enchanted) by Gail Carson Levine. 9780062074669. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Princess Peregrine has always striven to be the Lakti people’s ideal woman, to impress her parents, and to become the best warrior she can be, never giving any thought to the castle’s Bamarre servants. One day, just as she is about to join her father in battle, the fairy Halina reveals Perry is actually of Bamarre birth, and challenges her to rise up against the Lakti and free her people from tyranny.

Posted by John David Anderson. 9780062338204. 2017. Gr 5-8.
After cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost, Deedee, Wolf, and Bench decide to start communicating with each other through sticky-notes instead of text messages. It quickly catches on in the rest of the school, but for every nice note there is a mean, bullying one. Then, when new girl Rose sits down at Frost’s lunch table, her presence threatens to unravel Frost’s circle of friends, and the sticky-note war escalates.

Restart by Gordon Korman. 9781338053777. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Chase does not remember falling off the roof; in fact he does not remember anything about himself. When he gets back to middle school, he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids—trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that he was. But can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?

The Shadow Cipher (York, Book 1) by Laura Ruby. 9780062306937. 2017. Gr 5-8.
In an alternate New York City, three kids race to solve a puzzle that will save their homes from a land developer by finding clues hidden in the buildings of the city.

This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy. 9781101938171. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Sara is not thrilled when her summer plans are upended for a surprise cross-country train trip with her family, and she is embarrassed because one of her moms is writing a tell-all book about the trip. Then she finds herself changing along with the landscape outside the train windows.

The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi. 9781616205645. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Oliver wakes up to find his father missing and his home flooded in the seaside town of Melcombe Regis, England, 1724. With no money, Oliver decides to loot a wrecked ship, which is illegal. After getting caught and escaping from the poorhouse, he discovers his father has gone to London to look for his sister, who is in some kind of trouble.

Washed Ashore by Kerr Thomson. 9780545904209. 2017. Gr 6-8.
After a furious storm, the bodies of a whale and a man washed ashore on an island off the coast of Scotland. Two young teens get caught up in the mystery surrounding these bodies—and in the discovery of another man who also secretly washed ashore that night.



Antisocial  Crossing Ebenezer Creek  Dark Breaks the Dawn  Dreamfall  Eliza and Her Monsters  Fashion Committee  Flame in the Mist

Antisocial by Jillian Blake. 9781101938966. 2017. Gr 9-12.
After students’ phones are hacked at Alexandria Prep, Anna Soler tries to figure out who is releasing secrets and private information.

Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden. 9781599903194. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Freed from slavery, Mariah and her young brother Zeke join Sherman’s march through Georgia, where Mariah meets a free black named Caleb and dares to imagine the possibility of true love, but hope can come at a cost.

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson. 9781338068696. 2017. Gr 9-12.
This magical struggle between the forces of light and darkness is a reimagining of Swan Lake (first of a duology).

Dreamfall (Book 1) by Amy Plum. 9780062429872. 2017. Gr 9-12.
When seven teenagers agree to take part in an experimental new procedure to cure their insomnia, their worst nightmares come true. Thrown into a dreamworld, they must fight to defeat their dreams if they ever hope to wake up.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. 9780062290137. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Eliza has an alternate persona online, LadyConstellation, through her popular webcomic. Her work is a worldwide sensation. But in her daily life, Eliza is awkward, shy, and not exactly popular—In fact, she’s utterly friendless. That is, until Wallace comes into her life. Now she wonders if real-world interactions might be worthwhile after all. But when Eliza’s secret is revealed to the world, her life falls apart.

The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby. 9780451468789. 2017. Gr 9-12.
While trying to win a scholarship to Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design, Charlie and John compete in a fashion competition while trying to keep their personal lives together.

The Flame in the Mist (Book 1) by Renee Ahdieh. 9780399171635. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Mariko is the only daughter of a prominent samurai, which means her only future is marriage. However, on her way to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed for the first time, Mariko’s caravan is attacked by the Black Clan, who were hired to kill her. Escaping and disguising herself as a boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan with the intention of getting revenge, but that may not be in her future.

Ginny Moon  Grace and the Fever  Grit  I Believe in a Thing Called Love  Just a Normal Tuesday  Lines We Cross  Names They Gave Us

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig. 9780778330165. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Recently adopted autistic teenager Ginny does everything she can to return to her former life with her birth mom because of a traumatic event in the past. In the process, she discovers that going back is not what she really needs.

Grace and the Fever by Zan Romanoff. 9781524720841. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Grace is still obsessed with the boy band, Fever Dream. When, shortly after graduating high school, Grace meets Jes, the band’s lead singer, she finds herself inside the private lives of the band. And while she juggles her secret fan-girl persona with the cool girl she wants the boys to see, she learns the media portrayal of the band she loves doesn’t necessarily match up with reality.

Grit by Gillian French. 9780062642554. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Darcy has gained the reputation of “town slut,” just because she likes to have a good time with the boys on hot summer nights. In reality, she does it because she needs to get her mind off her secrets, including the secret she shares with her cousin Nell. When someone anonymously nominates Darcy for the Bay Festival Princess, she finds her past secrets coming to light in ways she doesn’t know how to handle.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo. 9780374304041. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Desi Lee is smart, practical, and very successful in school—except in romance. She decides to use the techniques she learned from watching Korean dramas with her father in snagging a perfect boyfriend.

Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi. 9781771387934. 2017. Gr 9-12.
After her sister commits suicide, sixteen-year-old Kai loses herself in a world of alcohol and drugs until her parents send her to grief camp where she learns to live and love again.

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah. 9781338118667. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Michael likes playing with graphic design software. He often gets dragged to his parents’ anti-immigration rallies, where he meets Mina, a beautiful Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. Funny and smart, Mina challenges everything Michael has been taught to believe.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. 9781619639584. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Lucy is the daughter of a preacher, so when her mother’s cancer returns, she’s not supposed to lose faith in God—but she does. Lucy agrees to work as a counselor at a nearby camp for troubled kids, and there she finds a diverse group of people who quickly become her friends, and one who becomes something more. But family secrets come to light, shaking Lucy to her core, and testing the limits of her love and faith.


Noteworthy  One of Us Is Lying  Pearl Thief  Traitor's Kiss  When Dimple Met Rishi  Windfall

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate. 9781419723735. 2017. Gr 9-12.
When Jordan Sun is rejected from the school musical because of her low singing voice, she disguises herself as a boy to join the elite all-male a cappella group. In the process she learns what it means to be a girl AND a boy in a male-dominated society.

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. 9781524714680. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Smart Bronwyn, beautiful Addy, drug-dealer Nate, athlete Cooper, and class outcast Simon—creator of the notorious school gossip app—all walk into Bayview High on a Monday afternoon for detention. The four other students know that Simon plans on publishing juicy gossip about all of them on Tuesday. Before Monday detention ends, Simon is dead, and the others are lying about who killed him.

The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein. 9781484717165. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in a hospital not knowing how she was injured, and soon befriends Euan McEwen, the Scottish Traveller boy who found her. Later, when a body is discovered, she experiences the prejudices his family has endured and tries to keep them from being framed for the crime.

The Traitor’s Kiss (Traitor’s Circle, Book 1) by Erin Beaty. 9781250117946. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Sage has a quicksilver tongue and an unruly temper, and she is definitely not a proper lady. That means she will not be married off herself, but is apprenticed to a matchmaker, helping her country wrangle other young ladies into marriages for political alliances. Then Sage meets a handsome soldier, who recruits her to infiltrate and spy on enemy ranks inside a secret political uprising in their own military.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. 9781481478687. 2017. Gr 9-12.
When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents’ obsession with “marriage prospects” but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. 9780399559372. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Alice has been pining for her best friend, Teddy, for some time now, and it seems like they are about to start something romantic. But when she buys him a lottery ticket for his eighteenth birthday and his number wins, the money changes both their lives forever—and may ruin any chance they had of becoming more than friends.


June Current Series

Keep Your Series Current: June 2017

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


Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show  Chicken in School  Chirri & Chirra, in the Tall Grass  Curse of Einstein's Pencil  Dragon Tamers

Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show (Andy & Sandy Book, Book 4) by Tomie de Paolo (ill. by Jim Lewis). 9781481479479. 2017. Gr K-2.
Chicken in School (Chicken) by Adam Lehrhaupt (ill. by Shahar Kober). 9780062364135. 2017. Gr K-2.
Chirri & Chirra, in the Tall Grass (Chirri) by Kaya Doi. 9781592702251. 2017. Gr K-2.
The Curse of Einstein’s Pencil (Bea Garcia, Book 2) by Deborah Zemke. 9780803741553. 2017. Gr 1-3.
The Dragon Tamers (Dragon Brothers, Book 2) by James Russell (ill. by Link Choi). 9781492648642. 2017. Gr K-3.

Gum Luck  Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy  I'm Smart  March of the Vanderpants  Perfecto Pet Show

Gum Luck (Gum Girl, Book 2) by Rhode Montijo. 9781423161172. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Magic Puppy (Heidi Heckelbeck, Book 20) by Wanda Coven (ill. by Priscilla Burris). 9781481495226. 2017. Gr K-2.
I’m Smart! By Kate & Jim McMullan. 9780062449238. 2017. Gr PK-2.
March of the Vanderpants (Notebook of Doom, Book 12) by Troy Cummings. 9781338034530. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Perfecto Pet Show (Bobs and Tweets, Book 2) by Pepper Springfield (ill. by Kristy Caldwell). 9780545870733. 2017. Gr 1-4.

Pig the WInner  Raybot and Weebot  Seven Rules  Zombelina School Days

Pig the Winner (Pig the Pug) by Aaron Blabey. 9781338136388. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Raybot and Weebot by Adam F. Watkins. 9780843183016. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Seven Rules You Absolutely Mus Not Break If You Want to Survive the Cafeteria by John Grandits (ill. by Michael Allen Austin). 9780544699519. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Zombelina School Days by Kristyn Crow (ill. by Molly Idle). 9781619636415. 2017. Gr PK-3.



Agatha Parrot and the Thirteenth Chicken  Binny Bewitched  Bow Wow  Door Before  Escape from the Great Earthquake  Giant's Seat

Agatha Parrot and the Thirteenth Chicken (Agatha Parrot, Book 5) by Kjartan Poskitt. 9780544509092. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Binny Bewitched (Binny , Book 3) by Hilary McKay. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Bow Wow (Bowser and Birdie, Book 3) by Spencer Quinn. 9781338091342. 2017. Gr 4-6.
The Door Before (100 Cupboards, Book 0) by N.D. Wilson. 9780449816776. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Escape from the Great Earthquake (Ranger in Time, Book 6) by Kate Messner. 9780545909846. 2017. Gr 2-5.
The Giant’s Seat (Extraordinary Journeys of Clockwork Charlie, Book 2) by Dave Butler. 9780553512991. 2017. Gr 4-7.

Glam Opening  Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong  Maya's Story  Mrs. Master Is a Disaster  Peter Powers and the League of Lying Lizards

Glam Opening! (Sparkle Spa, Book 10) by Mill Santopolo. 9781481463966. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Hamstersaurus Rex vs. Squirrel Kong (Hamstersaurus Rex, Book 2) by Tom O’Donnell. 9780062377562. 2107. Gr 3-6.
Maya’s Story (Backyard Witch, Book 3) by Christine Heppermann. 9780062338440. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Mrs. Master Is a Disaster! (My Weirdest School, Book 8) by Dan Gutman. 9780062429346. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Peter Powers and the League of Lying Lizards! (Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers, Book 4) by Kent Clark. 9780316546409. 2017. Gr 4-6.

Princess Juniper of Torr  Tournament of Champions
Princess Juniper of Torr (Princess Juniper, Book 3) by Ammi-Joan Paquette. 9780399171536. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Tournament of Champions (Rip and Reed, Book 3) by Phil Bildner. 9780374305079. 2017. Gr 3-5.



Benjamin Franklin You've Got Mail  Book of Shadows  Frog Princess Returns  High Note  Keeper of Myths  Legendtopia The Shadow Queen

Benjamin Franklin : You’ve Got Mail (Benjamin Franklin, Book 2) by Adam Mansbach & Alan Zqeibel. 9781484713051. 2017. Gr 6-8.
The Book of Shadows (Book of Storms, Book 3) by Ruth Hatfield. 9781627790031. 2017. Gr 6-8.
The Frog Princess Returns (Tales of the Frog Princess, Book 9) by E.D. Baker. 9781681191379. 2017. Gr 5-7.
The High Note (Girl vs. Boy Band, Book 2) by Harmony Jones. 9781619639492. 9781619639492. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Keeper of Myths (Secrets of Valhalla, Book 2) by Jasmine Richards. 9780062010117. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Legendtopia : The Shadow Queen (Legendtopia, Book 2) by Lee Bacon. 9780553534061. 2017. Gr 4-7.

Lord of Monsters  Middle School Mayhem  Quest to the Uncharted Lands  Rogue World  Silver Moon of Summer

Lord of Monsters (Out of Abaton, Book 2) by John Claude Bemis. 9781484707418. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Middle School : From Hero to Zero (Middle School, Book 9) by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts. 9780316346900. 2017. Gr 5-7. (Cover photo not released yet.)
Middle School Mayhem (Misadventures of Max Crumbly, Book 2) by Rachel Renee Russell. 9781481460033. 2017. Gr 5-7.
The Quest to the Uncharted Lands (World of Solace, Book 3) by Jaleigh Johnson. 9781101933121. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The Rogue World (Dark Gravity Sequence, Book 3) by Matthew J. Kirby. 9780062224934. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The Silver Moon of Summer (Silver Sisters, Book 3) by Leila Howland. 9780062318756. 2017. Gr 5-7.



 Bone Queen  Fallen Kingdom  Firebrand  Julia Defiant  Midnight Jewel  Nothing Left to Lose
The Bone Queen (Pellinor, Book 5) by Alison Croggon. 9780763689742. 2017. Gr 7-12.
The Fallen Kingdom (Falconer Trilogy, Book 3) by Elizabeth May. 9781452128832. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Firebrand (Steeplejack, Book 2) by A.J. Hartley. 9780765388131. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Julia Defiant (Witch’s Child, Book 2) by Catherine Egan. 9780553533354. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Midnight Jewel (Glittering Court, Book 2) by Richelle Mead. 9781595148438. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Nothing Left to Lose (John Cleaver, Book 6) by Dan Wells. 9780765380708. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Now I Rise  Obsidian and Stars  Our Dark Duet  Reign of Serpents  Thief's Cunning  Toni

Now I Rise (And I Darken, Book 2) by Kiersten White. 9780553522358. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone, Book 2) by Julie Eshbaugh. 9780062399281. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, Book 2) by Victoria Schwab. 9780062380883. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Reign of Serpents (Blood of Gods and Royals, Book 3) by Eleanor Herman. 9780373212330. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Thief’s Cunning (Assassin’s Heart, Book 2) by Sarah Ahiers. 9780062363831. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Toni (Blacktop, Book 4) by L.J. Alonge. 9780515158014. 2017. Gr 9-12.

Hooked on Space

Hooked on Space

Some people who are interested in astronomical events will stay up late at night, maybe huddling in winter jackets, just to watch a meteor shower or a lunar eclipse. Eclipse chasers, on the other hand, often travel the world and spend oodles of money just to experience the few moments of a total eclipse first-hand.

I wrote a post about eclipses on the Mackin Books in Bloom blog (including a list of books), but here I wanted to expand the field and recommend books on astronomy in general.  Most of the books focus on the solar system, but there are some that go beyond and into deeper space.

Share and enjoy!


Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors  Exploring Comets and Asteroids  Planets  Stargazing  Stars and Galaxies

Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors (Fast Track : Our Solar System) by Mary-Jane Wilkins. 9781781213681. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Other titles in the series include Earth, Inner Planets, The Moon, Outer Planets, and The Sun.

Exploring Comets and Asteroids (Journey Through Our Solar System) by David Anthony. 9781534522756. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Other titles in the series include one book for each planet, as well as The Sun, and The Moon.

Planets (Explore My World) by Becky Baines. 9781426323232. 2016. Gr PK-2.

Stargazing (Out of This World) by Alex Kuskowski. 9781624037467. 2016. Gr 1-3.
Other titles in this series include Astronauts, Moons. Planets, Space Travel, and The Universe.

Stars and Galaxies (Dorling Kindersley Readers) by James Buckley, Jr. 9781465458650. 2017. Gr K-2.



Cosmic Catastrophes  Exploring Beyond Our Solar System  Planets  Space  Star Light, Star Bright

Cosmic Catastrophes : Seven Ways to Destroy a Planet Like Earth (Smithsonian) by David Aguilar. 9780451476845. 2016. Gr 4-6.

Exploring Beyond Our Solar System (Wonders of Space) by Patricia Hutchinson. 9781634074759. 2016. Gr 3-6.
Other titles in the series include The First Moon Landing, The International Space System, The Mars Rovers, Space Missions of the 21st Century, and The Voyager Space Probes.

Planets (Exploring Our Universe) by Lauren Kukla. 9781680784060. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Other titles in this series include Galaxies, The Moon, Space Exploration, Stars, The Amazing Universe, The Sun, and Asteroids, Comets, and Meteoroids.

Space (Know It All!) by Moira Butterfield. 9781502608840. 2016. Gr 3-5.

Star Light, Star Bright : Exploring Our Solar System by Anna Prokos. 9781634401524. 2017. Gr 2-4.



Astronomy  Destination Space  Night Sky  Sailing the Solar System  Seven Wonders of the Solar System

Astronomy (Cutting-Edge Science and Technology) by Liz Kruesi. 9781624039133. 2016. Gr 6-9.

Destination : Space by Christoph Englert & Tom Clohosy Cole. 9781847808400. 2016. Gr 4-7.

Night Sky : Find Adventure! Go Outside! Have Fun! Be a Backyard Stargazer! (Ultimate Explorer Field Guide) by Howard Schneider. 9781426325472. 2016. Gr 4-8.

Sailing the Solar System : The Next 100 Years of Space Exploration by Nel Yomtov & Giovanni Pota. 9781491482650. 2017. Gr 4-7. (graphic novel)

Seven Wonders of the Solar System by David Aguilar. 9780451476852. December 2017. Gr 4-8.



Experiments for Future Astronomers  Exploring the Mysteries of Astronomy  Universe to Scale  Vacation Guide to the Solar System

Experiments for Future Astronomers (Experiments for Future STEM Professionals) by Robert Gardner. 9780766082007. 2017. Gr 2012.

Exploring the Mysteries of Astronomy (STEM Guide to the Universe) by Patrick Moore. 9781499464115. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Series also includes Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe.

The Universe to Scale : Similarities and Differences in Objects in Our Solar System (Space Systems) by Fiona Young-Brown. 9781502622891. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Other titles in this series include The Big Bang Theory and Light Spectra; The Composition of the Universe; Gravity, Orbiting Objects, and Planetary Motion; and Telescopes, Probes, Spacecraft, and The Future of Space Exploration.

Vacation Guide to the Solar System by Olivia Koski & Jana Grcevich. 9780143129776. 2017. Gr 9-Adult.



How to Make a Spaceship  Packing for Mars  Space Traveler's Guide to the Solar System  Spaceman  What's It Like in Space

How to Make a Spaceship : A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight by Julian Guthrie. 9781594206726. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach. 9780393068474. 2010. Gr 10-Adult.

A Space Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System by Mark Thompson. 9781681772394. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

Spaceman : An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino. 9781101903544. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

What’s It Like in Space? : Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There by Ariel Waldman. 9781452144764. 2016. Gr 8-Adult.


GooseChase Scavenger Hunt App Review

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IMG_0893Part of what I love about my job is my interaction with our student-based tech team known as the TEACH Team (Tech Experts and Computer Helpers). This group is a compilation of 25 of the most creative, technology savvy thinkers in our middle/high school student body. I have the privilege of leading this group through trainings, activities, and the daily grind of working our Help Desk. They are our testers, our drop-everything-and-go fixers, and our guinea pigs. The most recent guinea pig extravaganza involved the testing of a scavenger hunt app that I’ve researched and played with but had never had the chance to implement.

The app is called GooseChase. This is where formative assessment meets mobility and creativity! The premise of the app is to serve as a host for scavenger hunts of any kind, and it truly does deliver. Claiming to be a “scavenger hunt for the masses,” GooseChase makes it very easy to add what it calls “missions,” both of the pre-made and self-made variety. It could easily be used for the standard youth group or party game scavenger hunt. That use alone would make it a worthwhile download. However, it’s the way that it can be used in education as an assessment tool that really gets me pumped!

IMG_0896I wanted a way to formatively test my students on their tech skills, ability to adapt to a challenge, and problem solving techniques. Hence, the birth of the RV TEACH Team Test of Wits and Wisdom scavenger hunt. By creating a free account online here, and downloading the coordinating app here or here, I was able to easily create a game that assessed the various skills I needed to, while offering a fun, movement-filled way in which to do it.

IMG_0899The game consisted of several of the pre-made missions and a large collection of my own missions that really put my kids to the test (pun intended). There were silly missions that had students challenging others to arm wrestling matches and capturing video of the event. There were missions that checked for tech prowess by using Google Advanced Search options to locate images with noncommercial reuse licenses. There were audio missions, social media missions, text missions, and physical missions. There were dance missions, interview missions, selfie missions, and photoshop missions. As you can see, GooseChase offers such freedom to create exactly what you want.

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 12.43.54 PMTo get a hunt going, you must give it a start and stop time when setting it up. You can opt to password protect your game as well (definitely a suggestion when you’re doing this for an assessment such as this). Students then go onto the app, which is available for any mobile device, and create a log in. They are then allowed to sign into the game. In the free version, you are allowed up to 5 teams. This worked perfectly for my small group.

The real beauty of GooseChase, though, is found in the real-time uploads and points tracker. When creating a GooseChase mission, you can assign points. There are some recommended point values or you can select a custom point value. Within the Mission List Stats on the right (see photo), you can see how many questions and to what value you have assigned them. As the game is progressing, I can stay at “home-base” and watch the activities/submissions roll in. I have the ability to decline any that don’t fit the bill, so the speak. I may or may not have had to wipe tears generated by hysterical laughter from my cheeks more than once.

IMG_0897This really is an app you have to try! It is suitable for any age as long as they can read the missions. It makes learning and assessment engaging and enjoyable for everyone (including the teacher). And, frankly, once the end of May rolls around, we are all feeling it… that mental struggle.

Give this a shot! Go on a wild GooseChase with your students. Literally. I promise that it will not disappoint.

Persistent Women

Persistent Women

At our Mackin Books in Bloom blog, I posted a list of recently published picture books on women trailblazers. (Check it out here.)  Below is a continuation of that list, but for older students. These women blazed the trail because they were persistent–a quality that has not always been admired in the “fairer sex”.

Let’s celebrate all these women who, despite warnings and explanations, nevertheless persisted!


Ada Lovelace and Computer Algorithms  Amazing Women  Astronaut Mae Jemison  Book of Heroines  Fannie Never Flinched

Ada Lovelace and Computer Algorithms (21st Century Junior Library) by Ellen LaBrecque. 9781634721776. 2017. Gr 2-5.

Amazing Women (Dorling Kindersley Readers) by Caryn Jenner. 9781465457684. 2017. Gr 3-5.

Astronaut Mae Jemison (STEM Trailblazer Bios) by Allison Lassieur. 9781512413113. 2017. Gr 2017.
Series includes titles about Jane Goodall, Jean Bartik, Rachel Carson, Grace Hopper, Chien-Shiung Wu, Ada Lovelace, and Pearl Kendrick and Grace Eldering.

The Book of Heroines : Tales of History’s Gutsiest Gals) by Stephanie Warren Drimmer. 9781426325571. 2016. Gr 4-6.

Fannie Never Flinched : One Woman’s Courage in the Struggle for American Labor Union Rights by Mary Cronk Farrell. 9781419718847. 2016. Gr 4-7.

Ladies of Liberty  Legendary Miss Lena Horne  Madam C.J. Walker and Her Beauty Empire  Wilma Rudolph

Ladies of Liberty : The Women Who Shaped Our Nation by Cokie Roberts. 9780060780050. 2016. Gr 2-4.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford (ill. by Elizabeth Zunon). 9781481468244. 2017. Gr 2-5.

Madam C.J. Walker and Her Beauty Empire (Great Entrepreneurs in U.S. History) by Catie McAneney. 9781499421330. 2017. Gr 4-6.

Wilma Rudolph : Track and Field Champion (Remarkable Lives Revealed) by Adrianna Morganelli. 9780778726890. 2017. Gr 2-5.



 Champions for Women's Rights  Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition  Hillary Clinton  Kids’ Guide to America’s First Ladies  Life in Motion

Champions for Women’s Rights : Matilda Joslyn Gage, Julia Ward Howe, Lucretia Mott, and Lucy Stone (Heroes of the Women’s Suffrage Movement) by Lynn Barber. 9780766078918. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Series includes titles about Elizabeth Blackwell, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony.

Hidden Figures : Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shutterly. 9780062662385. 2016. Gr 5-8.

Hillary Clinton : Groundbreaking Politician (Essential Lives) by Judy Dodge Cummings. 9781680783018. 2017. Gr 6-9.

A Kids’ Guide to America’s First Ladies by Kathleen Krull (ill. by Anna Divito). 9780062381071. 2017. Gr 4-8.

Life in Motion : An Unlikely Ballerina : Young Readers Edition by Misty Copeland. 9781481479790. 2016. Gr 4-7.

Rad Women Worldwide  Sarah Winnemucca  Serena vs. Venus

Rad Women Worldwide : Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz. 9780399578861, 2916, Gr 7-12.

Sarah Winnemucca : The Inspiring Story of the Activist and Educator (Inspiring Stories) by Mary Green. 9780756551674. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Series also includes titles about Madam C.J. Walker and Phillis Wheatley.

Serena Vs. Venus : How a Photograph Spotlighted the Fight for Equality (Captured History : Sports) by Danielle Smith-Llera. 9780756555290. 2017. Gr 5-9.



Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights  Bad Girls Throughout History  Brenda Laurel  Florence Nightingale  Game Changers  Girl Code

Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights by Deborah Kops. 9781629793238. 2017. Gr 9-12.

Bad Girls Throughout History : 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World by Ann Shen. 9781452153933. 2016. Gr 7-12.

Brenda Laurel : Pioneering Gaming for Girls by Carly A. Kocurek. 9781501319778. 2016. Gr 9-Adult.

Florence Nightingale : The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse by Catherine Reef. 9780544535800. 2016. Gr 7-12.

Game Changers : The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot. 9781501137099. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Girl Code : Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser. 9780062472502. 2017. Gr 9-12.

Hidden Figures  Hillary Rodham Clinton  How Dare the Sun Rise  Meaning of Michelle  Rise of the Rocket Girls  Wonder Women

Hidden Figures : The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. 9780062363596. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Hillary Rodham Clinton : A Woman Living History by Karen Blumenthal. 9781250060143. 2016. Gr 10-12.

How Dare the Sun Rise : Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwringiyimana. 9780062470140. 2017. Gr 7-12.

The Meaning of Michelle : 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own edited by Veronica Chambers. 9781250114969. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Rise of the Rocket Girls : The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt. 9780316338929. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Wonder Women : 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs. 9781594749254. 2016. Gr 8-12.


Keep Your Series Current: May 2017

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


Amy on Park Patrol  Annie and Simon  Baxter Is Missing  Case of the Stinky Stench  Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover  Dragons Love Tacos 2

Amy on Park Patrol (Critter Club, Book 17) by Callie Barkley (ill. by Tracy Bishop). 9781481494335. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Annie and Simon : Banana Muffins and Other Stories (Annie and Simon) by Catharine O’Neill. 9780763674984. 2017. Gr K-2.
Baxter Is Missing (Owl Diaries, Book 6) by Rebecca Elliott. 9781338042856. 2017. Gr K-2.
The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, Book 2) by Josh Funk (ill. by Brendan Kearney). 9781454919605. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover by Audrey Penn (ill. by Barbara L. Gibson). 9781939100115. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Dragons Love Tacos 2 : The Sequel by Adam Rubin (ill. by Daniel Salmieri). 9780525428886. 2017. Gr PK-3.

Enzo and the Fourth of July Races  Howl at the Moon  If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t!  Ladybug Girl’s Day Out with Grandpa  New Friend  Noggin and the Moon Mouse
Enzo and the Fourth of July Races by Garth Stein (ill. by R.W. Alley). 9780062380593. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Howl at the Moon (Haggis and Tank Unleashed, Book 3) by Jessica Young (ill. by James Burks). 9781338045260. 2017. Gr K-2.
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! (Magnolia Says Don’t!) by Elise Parsley. 9780316376617. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Ladybug Girl’s Day Out with Grandpa (Ladybug Girl) by David Soman & Jacky Davis. 9780803740327. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A New Friend (Tales of Sasha, Book 3) by Alexa Pearl (ill. by Paco Sordo). 9781499803983. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Noggin and the Moon Mouse (Noggin the Nog, Book 5) by Oliver Postgate & Peter Firman. 9781405281416. 2017. Gr 1-3.

Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie  Queen's Handbag  Sam Battles the Machine  Sprout Street Neighbors Bon Voyage  Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt  Zach Hangs in There
Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie (Pete the Cat) by Kimberly & James Dean. 9780062404343. 2017. Gr PK-2.
The Queen’s Handbag by Steve Antony. 9781338032932. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Sam Battles the Machine (Eerie Elementary, Book 6) by Jack Chabert (ill. by Sam Ricks). 9780545873796. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Sprout Street Neighbors : Bon Voyage (Sprout Street Neighbors) by Anna Alter. 9781524700546. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (Narwhal and Jelly Book) by Ben Clanton. 9781101918296. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Zach Hangs in There (Zach Rules) by William Mulcahy (ill. by Darren McKee). 9781631981623. 2017. Gr K-2.



Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten  Bayberry Island  Beach Party Surf Monkey  Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur  Bring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket  Code Name Flood  Disaster Diaries Robots

Anna, Banana, and the Little Lost Kitten (Anna, Banana, Book 5) by Anica Mrose Rissi. 9781481486705. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Bayberry Island : An Adventure about Friendship and the Journey Home (Brambleheart, Book 2) by Henry Cole. 9780062245519. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Beach Party Surf Monkey (Welcome to Wonderland, Book 2) by Chris Grabenstein. 9780553536102. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur and the Attack of the Mysterious Lunch Meat (Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur, Book 12) by Luke Sharpe. 9781481479103. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Bring Me the Head of Ivy Pocket (Ivy Pocket, Book 3) by Caleb Krisp. 9780062364401. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Code Name Flood (Edge of Extinction, Book 2) by Laura Martin. 9780062416254. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Disaster Diaries : Robots! (Disaster Diaries, Book 4) by R. McGeddon. 9781250135629. 2017. Gr 4-6.

Hamster Princess Giant Trouble  Hang Ten for Dear Life  Heart of the Land  Hurricane Rescue  Knights vs. Dragons  Knock about with the Fitzgerald-Trouts  Mia Measures Up
Hamster Princess : Giant Trouble (Hamster Princess, Book 4) by Ursula Vernon. 9780399186523. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Hang Ten for Dear Life! (In Due Time, Book 6) by Nicholas O. Time. 9781481496551. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Heart of the Land (Spirit Animals : Fall of the Beasts, Book 5) by Sarah Prineas. 9781338189810. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Hurricane Rescue (Hero Dog, Book 2) by Jennifer Li Shotz. 9780062560445. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Knights vs. Dragons (Ella and Owen, Book 3) by Jaden Kent (ill. by Iryna Bodnaruk). 9781499804102. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Knock about with the Fitzgerald-Trouts (Fitzgerald-Trouts, Book 2) by Esta Spalding. 9780316298605. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Mia Measures Up (Cupcake Diaries, Book 30) by Coco Simon. 9781481479042. 2017. Gr 4-6.

P.S. Send More Cookies  Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter  Rise of the Isle of the Lost  Space Taxi Aliens on Earth  Twintuition  Under Pressure
P.S. Send More Cookies (Secret Cookie Club, Book 3) by Martha Freeman. 9781481448246. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter (Pixie Piper, Book 2) by Annabelle Fisher. 9780062393807. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Rise of the Isle of the Lost (Descendants, Book 3) by Melissa de la Cruz. 9781484781289. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Space Taxi : Aliens on Earth (Space Taxi, Book 6) by Wendy Mass. 9780316308427. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Twintuition : Double Dare (Twintuition, Book 3) by Tia & Tamera Mowry. 9780062372925. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Under Pressure (Kicks) by Alex Morgan. 9781481481502. 2017. Gr 4-6.



Beyond  Dark Prophecy  Kingdom Rises  Lost Kingdom of Bamarre  Mermin 5  Only Living Boy 4

Beyond (Broken Sky Chronicles, Book 3) by Jason Chabot. 9781681626079. 2017. Gr 6-8.
The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo, Book 2) by Rick Riordan. 9781484746424. 2017. Gr 5-8.
A Kingdom Rises (Crown of Three, Book 3) by J.D. Rinehart. 9781481424493. 2017. Gr 6-8.
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (Enchanted, Book 1.5) by Gail Carson Levine. 9780062074669. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Mermin : 5 : Making Waves by Joey Weiser. 9781620103944. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Only Living Boy : 4 : Through the Murkey Deep by David Gallaher. 9781629916354. 2017. Gr 4-7.

Sea Creatures in Their Own Words 2  Thick as Thieves  Totally Crushed  Triple Threat  Umberland
Sea Creatures in Their Own Words : 2 : Armed & Dangerous by Christophe Cazenove. 9781629917436. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Thick As Thieves (Attolia, Book 5) by Megan Whalen Turner. 9780062568243. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Totally Crushed (Project (Un)Popular, Book 2) by Kristen Tracy. 9780553510522. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Triple Threat (Lois Lane, Book 3) by Gwenda Bond. 9781630790820. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Umberland (Everland, Book 2) by Wendy Spinale. 9780545953184. 2017. Gr 7-10.



Always and Forever, Laura Jean  Avenged  Battlemage  Court of Wings and Ruin  Crown's Fate  Dove Alight
Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Book 3) by Jenny Han. 9781481430487. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Avenged (Ruined, Book 2) by Amy Tintera. 9780062396631. 2017. Gr 8-12.
The Battlemage (Summoner Trilogy, Book 3) by Taran Matharu. 9781250076328. 2017. Gr 7-12.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 3) by Sarah J. Maas. 9781619634480. 2017. Gr 10-12.
The Crown’s Fate (Crown’s Game, Book 2) by Evelyn Skye. 9780062422613. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Dove Alight (Dove Chronicles, Book 3) by Karen Bao. 9780451469038. 2017. Gr 9-12.

Foretelling of Georgie Spider  Gauntlet  Just Dreaming  Lord of Shadows  Monstrous  Night Magic
The Foretelling of Georgie Spider (Tribe, Book 3) by Ambelin Kwaymullina. 9780763692100. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Gauntlet (Cage, Book 3) by Megan Shepherd. 9780062243126. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Just Dreaming (Silver Trilogy, Book 3) by Kerstin Gier. 9781627790802. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Lord of Shadows (Dark Artifices, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare. 9781442468405. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Monstrous (Savage, Book 2) by Thomas E. Sniegoski. 9781481477185. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Night Magic (Nightstruck, Book 2) by Jenna Black. 9780765380067. 2017. Gr 9-12.

Refuge for Masterminds  Scattering  Seeker
Refuge for Masterminds (Stranje House, Book 3) by Kathleen Baldwin. 9780765376046. 2017. Gr 8-12.
The Scattering (Outliers, Book 2) by Kimberly McCreight. 9780062359124. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Seeker (Riders, Book 2) by Veronica Rossi. 9780765382566. 2017. Gr 9-12.


Great New Nonfiction Titles for April 2017

These exciting nonfiction titles were published in April.


Balderdash  Boys Dancing  Give Bees a Chance  Lines, Bars and Circles  Music of Life

Balderdash! : John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel (ill. by Nancy Carpenter). 9780811879224. 2017. Gr K-3.
This picture book biography of John Newbery, the “Father of Children’s Literature,” describes how Newbery thought children’s books should entertain rather than just educate. His pioneering work in publishing during the eighteenth century changed the perception of children’s literature forever.

Boys Dancing : From School Gym to Theater Stage by George Ancona. 9780763682026. 2017. Gr K-3.
Follow four boys who join their schools’ dance teams and train and rehearse dances inspired by popular books in order to perform them at the National Dance Institute in New Mexico.

Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton. 9780670016945. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Barton uses the same humorous tone as I’m Trying to Love Spiders to encourage readers to see the good qualities of bees and to explain the problems bees face.

Lines, Bars and Circles : How William Playfair Invented Graphs by Helaine Becker (ill. by Marie-Eve Tremblay). 9781771385701. 2017. Gr 1-4.
William Mayfair had tried several careers but never received the fame and success he wanted. Then, when writing a book on the confusing subject of economics, he came up with using a line graph to explain the issue. He later designed the first bar chart and pie chart. These graphs make it easier to understand and remember numerical information.

The Music of Life : Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano by Elizabeth Rusch (ill. by Marjorie Priceman). 9781481444842. 2017. Gr K-3.
Musician Bartolomeo Cristofori was frustrated that keyboards in his day could play either loud or soft, but there was none that could do both. So he created the pianoforte—or, as we know it today, the piano.

On Duck Pond  Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants  Where Will I Live

On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen (ill. by Bob Marstall). 9781943645220. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A boy and his dog take a walk around a pond, taking note of the birds, frogs, turtles, and other denizens of this quiet place.

Thirsty, Thirsty Elephants by Sandra Markle (ill. by Fabricio VandenBroeck). 9781580896344. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Grandma Elephant, matriarch of Little Calf’s family, searches for water for her thirsty herd during a drought in Tanzania.

Where Will I Live? by Rosemary McCarney. 9781772600285. 2017. Gr 1-4.
One of the biggest fears of children who have been forced to leave their homes is where they will live. This book tries to help non-refugee children understand how this must feel—and that they are lucky not to have to experience this.


125 Pet Rescues  Amazing Crafty Cat  CatStronauts  Moto and Me  Newton's Rainbow

125 Pet Rescues : From Pound to Palace : Homeless Pets Made Happy! 9781426327360. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Pet stories are always popular, and especially heart-warming stories of rescued animals. Here are 125 stories of all types of homeless pets that found a home and someone to love them.

The Amazing Crafty Cat (Crafty Cat, Book 1) by Charise Mericle Harper. 9781626724860. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Today is Birdie’s birthday, which means everything at school will be perfect—until it isn’t. Disaster strikes when she trips and crushes her birthday cupcakes on the way to school. Only Birdie’s alter ego, the Amazing Crafty Cat, can save the day.

CatStronauts : 1 : Mission Moon by Drew Brockington. 9780316307475. 2017. Gr 2-5.
World-wide blackouts are plaguing the Earth, and only the CatStronauts—Major Meowser, pilot Waffles, the genius Blanket, and science officer Pom Pom—can make it to the Moon in time to set up a hyper-advanced power plant.

Moto and Me : My Year as a Wildcat’s Foster Mom by Suzi Eszterhas. 9781771472425. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Eszterhas, a wildlife photographer, fosters an orphaned baby serval. Through her story and her photos, she relates how she took care of the small, spotted wildcat and trained him to survive on his own in the wild.

Newton’s Rainbow : The Revolutionary Discoveries of a Young Scientist by Kathryn Lasky (ill. by Kevin Hawkes). 9780374355135. 2017. Gr 3-5.
This picture book biography describes of Isaac Newton describes his boyhood interest in the natural world and his path to become a scientist who changed our view of the world and of science.

Shell, Beak, Tusk  Stormy Seas  Super Women  You Talking to Me

Shell, Beak, Tusk : Shared Traits and the Wonders of Adaptation by Bridget Heos. 9780544811669. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Heos explains the concept of convergent evolution—where animals that aren’t on the same family tree have important survival traits in common.

Stormy Seas : Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale & Eleanor Shakespeare. 9781554518968. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Today they are refugees from Syria. In World War II they were Jews trying to escape the horrors of Nazi Germany. In the 1960s they were running from the war in Vietnam. Stormy Seas tells the stories of five young refugees who took to the seas to try to reach safety.

Super Women : Six Scientists Who Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor. 9780823436750. 2017. Gr 4-6.
These six women not only made scientific advancements, but also became socially significant by creating new pathways into what had formerly been “men only” fields.

You Talking to Me? by Catherine Ham & Anthony Owsley. 9781633221550. 2017. Gr 4-6.
When we talk about communication, we think first of speech, but did you know that there are over 7000 human languages? In addition to explaining how languages develop, this book discusses the many ways humans and animals communicate with each other.



Curious Constructions  De-Extinction  Eye of the Storm  Great American Foot Race

Curious Constructions : A Peculiar Portfolio of Fifty Fascinating Structures (Uncommon Compendium) by Michael Hearst & Matt Johnstone. 9781452144849. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Read about marvelous—as in you’ll marvel at these—structures, from the familiar and old (Great Wall of China) to the lesser-known and contemporary (a life-size X-Wing starfighter built out of Legos). After reading this humorous look at amazing construction, you might want to try the others in the series, Unusual Creatures and Extraordinary People.

De-Extinction : The Science of Bringing Lost Species Back to Life by Rebecca E. Hirsch. 9781467794909. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Hirsch examines the possibility of using DNA of extinct animals to bring them back to life. She explores the pros and cons of “de-extinction” and why some scientists are opposed to it while others think it could be great for the ecosystem.

Eye of the Storm : NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code (Scientists in the Field) by Amy Cherrix. 9780544411654. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Learn how NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission uses a repurposed military drone to fly over hurricanes and learn the cause of hurricane intensification.

The Great American Foot Race : Ballyhoo for the Bunion Derby! by Andrew Speno. 9781629796024. 2017. Gr 6-10.
The Roaring Twenties was a time of excess—dance marathons, pole sitting, and record breaking were popular. After Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight, 100 men set off on a transcontinental footrace from California to New York City.  Speno follows the men who pushed themselves to the limits in what is known as the Bunion Derby.


 Audubon, On the Wings of the World  Double Bind  Racial Profiling  Vincent and Theo

Audubon, On the Wings of the World by Fabien Grolleau & Jeremie Royer. 9781910620151. 2017. Gr 9-12.
This graphic novel biography of naturalist and painter John James Audubon narrates his passion for nature as he travels through the unexplored wilderness of America, studying (mostly) birds both familiar and unknown.

Double Bind : Women on Ambition by Robin Romm. 9781631491214. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Professional women relate their experiences and the lessons they learned as they struggled with their ambition to succeed despite their gender. Romm has included women of color, immigrants, and women who wish to start a career in stereotypical “male” professions.

Racial Profiling : Everyday Inequality by Alison Marie Behnke. 9781512402681. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Research and personal stories explore the history, the many manifestations, and the consequences of racial profiling in the United States.

Vincent and Theo : The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman. 9780805093391. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Drawing on hundreds of letters exchanged between Vincent Van Gogh and his younger brother, Theo, Heiligman presents an intimate portrait of the bond between the two. She uses extensive quotations pulled from their correspondence, combined with black-and-white reproductions of Vincent’s work. I expected to find this book interesting; I did not expect to fall in love with both of brothers. This is an excellent example of narrative nonfiction.