Keep Your Series Current: June 2018

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

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Amanda Panda and the Bigger, Better Birthday by Candice Ransom (ill. by Christine Grove). 9781524768195. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Best Frints at Skrool by Antoinette Portis. 9781626728714. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Snoopy Spy (Heidi Heckelbeck, Book 23) by Wanda Coven (ill. by Priscilla Burris). 9781534411111. 2018. Gr K-2.
How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read? by Jane Yolen (ill. by Mark Teague). 9781338233018. 2018. Gr PK-1.
I’m Sad by Michael Ian Black (ill. by Debbie Ridpath Ohi). 9781481476270. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Peg + Cat : The Eid Al-adha Adventure by Jennifer Oxley (ill. by Billy Aronson). 9780763699321. 2018. Gr PK-2.

            
Princess Arabella Goes to School by Mylo Freeman. 9781911115656. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Shai & Emmie Star in To the Rescue! (Shaw & Emmie Story, Book 3) by Quvenzhane Wallis (ill. by Nancy Ohlin). 9781481458887 2018. Gr 1-3.
Showtime! (Tales of Sasha, Book 8) by Alexa Pearl (ill. by Paco Sordo). 9781499806052. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Silverlake Art Show (Adventures of Sophie Mouse, Book 13) by Poppy Green (ill. by Jennifer A. Bell). 9781534417250. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Tie-Dye Disaster (Craftily Ever After, Book 3) by Martha Maker (ill. by Xindi Yan). 9781534417281. 2018. Gr 1-3.
The Truth about My Unbelievable School by Davide Cali (ill. by Benjamin Chaud). 9781452155944. 2018. Gr 1-4.
Waking the Rainbow Dragon (Dragon Masters, Book 10) by Tracey West (ill. by Damien Jones). 9781338169904. 2018. Gr 1-3.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Bites Back (Project Terra, Book 2) by Landry Q. Walker. 9780515157949. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Full-Court Press (Hoops, Book 2) by Elena Delle Donne. 9781534412347. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Hurricane Katrina Rescue (Ranger in Time, Book 8) by Kate Messner. 9781338133967. 2018. Gr 2-5.
The Long-Lost Home (Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 6) by Maryrose Wood. 9780062110442. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The Lost Continent (Wings of Fire, Book 11) by Tui T. Sutherland. 9781338214437. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Mr. Will Needs to Chill! (My Weirdest School, Book 11)4 by Dan Gutman. 9780062429438. 2018. Gr 2-5.

          
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Sea Monsters (Pip Bartlett’s Guide, Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce. 9780545709323. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Smart Cookies (Quinny & Hopper, Book 3) by Adriana Brad Schanen. 9781368019033. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Stand Up (Funny Kid, Book 2) by Matt Stanton. 9780062572943. 2018. Gr 3-5.
The Star Wolf (Secret Rescuers, Book 5) by Paula Harrison. 9781481476171. 2018. Gr 2-5.
The Starlight Slippers (100 Dresses, Book 3) by Susan Maupin Schmid. 9780553533774. 2018. Gr 4-6.
This May Be TMI (TBH, Book 2) by Lisa Greenwald. 9780062689931. 2018. Gr 4-6.

  
The Wizard’s Dog Fetches the Grail (Wizard’s Dog, Book 2) by Eric Kahn Gale. 9780553537406. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The Worst Pet (Ella and Owen, Book 8) by Jaden Kent. 9781499806137. 2018. Gr 2-4.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

          SHADOW THIEVES

Beasts & Geeks (Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting, Book 2) by Joe Ballarini. 9780062437877. 2018. Gr 5-7.
Dork Diaries : Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday (Dork Diaries, Book 13) by Rachel Renee Russell. 9781534426382. 2018. Gr 5-7.
The Exile’s Journey (Survivors : The Gathering Darkness, Book 5) by Erin Hunter. 9780062343505. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The Fallen Star (Billy Smith and the Goblins, Book 2) by Robert Hewitt Wolfe. 9781681626154. 2018. Gr 7-10.
The Selkie of San Francisco (Sam London Adventure, Book 2) by Todd Calgi Gallicano. 9781524713690. 2018. Gr 5-7.
The Shadow Thieves (Rules for Thieves, Book 2) by Alexandra Ott. 9781481472777. 2018. Gr 4-7.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

            

99 Lies (100 Hours, Book 2) by Rachel Vincent. 9780062411594. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas, Book 2) by Zoraida Cordova. 9781492650652. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Court of Shadows (House of Furies, Book 2) by Madeleine Roux. 9780062498700. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Dawn of Legends (Blood of Gods and Royals, Book 4) by Eleanor Herman. 9781335699985. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Eden Conquered (Dividing Eden, Book 2) by Joelle Charbonneau. 9780062453877. 2018. Gr 7-12.
The Emerald Sea (Glittering Court, Book 3) by Richelle Mead. 9781595148452. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Fugitive Six (Lorien Legacies Reborn, Book 2) by Pittacus Lore. 9780062493767. 2018. Gr 9-12.

            
Guardian (Steeplejack, Book 3) by A.J. Hartley. 9780765388155. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Julia Unbound (Witch’s Child, Book 3) by Catherine Egan. 9780553524888. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Nightblood (Frostblood Saga, Book 3) by Elly Blake. 9780316273343. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Rage (Stealing Storms, Book 2) by Cora Carmack. 9780765386366. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Reaper at the Gates (Ember in the Ashes, Book 3) by Sabaa Tahir. 9780448494500. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, Book 2) by Renee Ahdieh. 9781524738143. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Whisper of the Tide (Song of the Current, Book 2) by Sarah Tolcser. 9781681192994. 2018. Gr 9-12.4

Great New Nonfiction Titles for May 2018

Take a look at these exciting nonfiction titles published in May. Enjoy and learn!

PRIMARY NONFICTION

Adventures to School : Real-Life Journeys of Students from Around the World by Miranda Paul (ill. by Baptiste Paul). 9781499806656. 2018. Gr K-2.
This picture book illustrates how thirteen children from different nations travel to school each day by canoe, snowmobile, high-altitude cable car, rickshaw, subway train, horse, and foot. Each two-page spread describes the child’s journey and offers facts about his or her country.

The Brilliant Deep : Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner (ill. by Matthew Forsythe). 9781452133508. 2018. Gr K-3.
This picture book biography of Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation, begins with his love of aquatic life as a child and through his efforts to grow corals in order to keep reefs from dying.

Crash! Boom! : A Math Tale by Robie H. Harris (ill. by Chris Chatterton). 9780763678272. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Elephant is trying to build something as tall as he is out of blocks, but it keeps falling. Kids can count along and cheer when Elephant is finally successful.

A Frog’s Life by Irene Kelly (ill. by Margherita Borin). 9780823426010. 2018. Gr PK-3.
There are many kinds of frogs living in many different habitats, and Kelly explains their life cycles, anatomy, behavior, and scientific trivia. Colorful illustrations are labeled, and back matter includes information on conservation of endangered species.

Fur, Feather, Fin : All of Us Are Kin by Diane Lang (ill. by Stephanie Laberis). 9781481447096. 2018. Gr K-2.
Fact-filled rhyming text offers readers an illustrated introduction to the animal kingdom, from insects to mammals, and through different seasons.

       

A House in the Sky by Steve Jenkins (ill. by Robbin Gourley). 9781580897808. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Steve Jenkins describes all sorts of animal homes, as well as explaining how they compare to homes that people live in.

Little Helpers : Animals on the Job! by Michele Brummer Everett. 9780544879553. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Service animals provide more help than just leading bling people. They comfort people with PTSD or who are sick in the hospital, they warn people of imminent seizures or low blood sugar levels. And not only dogs provide services—monkeys, rabbits, cats, ferrets, llamas, pigs, and even turtles and snakes can be helpers!

Neymar : A Soccer Dream Come True by Mina Javaherbin (ill. by Paul Hoppe). 9780374310660. 2018. Gr PK-1.
This simple biography of a boy who wanted to be a professional soccer player comes out just in time for the 2018 World Cup.

Running on Sunshine : How Does Solar Energy Work? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano (ill. by Giovana Meteiros). 9780062473110. 2018. Gr K-3.
Early readers will learn about the basics of solar power through simple text and colorful illustrations including charts, sidebars, an infographic, and a hands-on activity.

See How We Move! : A First Book of Health and Well-Being by Scot Ritchie. 9781771389679. 2018. Gr K-2.
Five young friends learn all about how exercise can keep their bodies and minds healthy and operating at peak performance as they train to get ready for the school’s swim meet.

Sisters & Champions : The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Howard Bryant (ill. by Floyd Cooper). 9780399169069. 2018. Gr PK-3.
This beautiful biography of sisters and sports stars Venus and Serena Williams will be an inspiration, especially to young girls.

Snails Are Just My Speed! (Toon) by Kevin McCloskey. 9781943145270. 2018. Gr K-2.
Kids will enjoy this illustrated exploration of snails that discusses their unique abilities, like building roads out of their slime like engineers, as well their life cycles, and fun gross-out trivia.

Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer (ill. by Mike Austin). 9781524714642. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Using only words that begins with “s”, this book follows the creation of a family meal from farm to table.

This Is a Taco! by Andrew Cangelose (ill. by Josh Shipley). 9781941302729. 2018. Gr 1-4.
A young squirrel named Taco starts this graphic novel as an informational nature book. But the realistic facts he offers soon turn to a hilarious effort to get tacos, ending with “Taco, the squirrel…is the natural predator of tacos.” Kids will be lining up to read this book.

The Truth About Dolphins : Seriously Funny Facts about Your Favorite Animals by Maxwell Eaton III. 9781626726680. 2018. Gr PK-3.
He’s given us the truth about bears and hippos. Now Maxwell Eaton III provides information and humor about dolphins, using cartoon illustrations and lots of (sometimes irreverent) facts.

 

 

Turtle Pond by James Gladstone (ill. by Karen Reczuch). 9781554989102. 2018. Gr K-3.
A boy and his family visit the local public gardens throughout the changing seasons to spend time with the turtles in the pond.

Water Land : Land and Water Forms Around the World by Christy Hale. 9781250152442. 2018. Gr PK-2.
This book introduces landforms and water masses with minimal text (one word on each spread) and artwork showing diverse people interacting with the environment. Die-cuts add interest, and back matter provides illustrated definitions of each term.

 

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

50 Wacky Things Pets Do : Weird & Amazing Things Pets Do! by Heidi Fiedler & Marta Sorte. 9781633225206. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Check out these fifty seemingly strange behaviors various pets engage in, including a dog’s tendency to eat feces and why hermit crabs trade shells.

Belle’s Journey : An Osprey Takes Flight by Rob Bierregaard (ill. by Kate Garchinsky). 9781580897921. 2018. Gr 2-5.
The author, a scientist, put a satellite transmitter on an osprey named Belle in order to study her movements. He followed her journey from her birth in a nest in Martha’s Vineyard through her first migration, during which she travels alone nearly 4,000 miles from Massachusetts to South America.

Flying Deep : Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN by Michelle Cusolito (ill. by Nicole Wong). 9781580898119. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Check out the deep-sea submersible the Alvin, which is famously credited with finding the Titanic wreckage in 1986. This picture book describes how Alvin works and the experiences scientists have exploring the bottom of the ocean.

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Thermes. 9781419728396. 2018. Gr 1-4.
In 1955, after raising 11 kids, 67-year-old Emma Gatewood decided to walk the Appalachian Trail. She was the first women to complete the 2,160 miles and did it with simple canvas shoes and with few supplies. Back matter gives a more complete story of the difficulties of the Trail as well as the history of its development.

Mason Jar Science : 40 Slimy, Squishy, Super-Cool Experiments by Jonathan Adolph. 9781612129860. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Among the 40 projects and experiments described in this book are goo and slime, tornadoes, stalactites, a water prism, a lava lamp, and a compass. All of the projects are low-cost and can be completed using a Mason jar and a few other simple supplies.

Positively Izzy by Terri Libenson. 9780062484963. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The school talent show brings Izzy and Bri together in an unexpected, dramatic way in this graphic novel.

     

Stinkiest! : 20 Smelly Animals (Extreme Animal Readers) by Steve Jenkins. 9781328841971. 2018. Gr 1-4.
Using illustrations, infographics, and statistics, Steven Jenkins profiles twenty stinky animals and shows how big each animal is compared to humans.

Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word by Sarah Jane Marsh (ill. by Edwin Fotheringham). 9781484781449. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Thomas Paine was supposed to work in the family business making corsets and other ladies’ undergarments. Fortunately, he met Benjamin Franklin, who brought him to the colonies in 1774, right before the American Revolution. He used his gift of persuasion in the pamphlet Common Sense, which advocated independence from England. This is a great biography of a poor immigrant who became what the author calls “America’s first best-selling author.”

The Top Secret History of Codes and Codebreaking by Roy Apps. 9780750298841. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Strange but true facts and real-life stories of codes from ancient times to computer codes today are described.

Write On, Irving Berlin! by Leslie Kimmelman (ill. by David C. Gardner). 9781585363803. 2018. Gr 1-4.
The son of an immigrant family escaping persecution in Russia, Irving Berlin arrived at Ellis Island when he was five and became one of America’s most well-known composers, writing many songs including “God Bless America.”

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION

Bat Citizens by Rob Laidlaw. 9781772780390. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Laidlaw not only explores the biology, history, behavior, and habitats of bats, but also profiles the young people who work to conserve the bats’ environments.

Calling All Minds : How to Think and Create Like an Inventor by Temple Grandin. 9781524738204. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Inventor and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin explains the science behind popular inventions and provides tips and suggestions to help young inventors evolve their thinking and understand what it means to innovate.

Champions of Women’s Soccer by Ann Killion. 9780399549014. 2018. Gr 4-8. (Also Champions of Men’s Soccer, 9780399548987.)
This comprehensive guide gives a look at the history of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team from appearances in the World Cup to the Olympics. It features top ten lists and color photographs, and profiles a number of notable players such as Mia Hamm, Carli Lloyd, and Alex Morgan.

Globalization : Why We Care about Faraway Events (Inquire and Investigate) by Carla Mooney & Samuel Carbaugh. 9781619306646. 2018. Gr 7-9.
Examine the concept of globalization, including how technology, politics, and human rights around the world affect the global economy.

The Hyena Scientist (Scientists in the Field) by Sy Montgomery (phot. By Nic Bishop). 9780544635111. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Join female zoologist Kay Holecamp in Kenya as she presents her pioneering research on the physical traits, behaviors. habitat, and life cycle of the misunderstood hyena. She separates fact from fiction and discusses how the animal is nothing like what is depicted in popular culture.

More Deadly Than War : The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War by Kenneth C. Davis. 9781250145123. 2018. Gr 7-10.
The Spanish flu broke out 100 years ago during the first world war. This global epidemic is described through the words of people who experienced it. Caught up in the war, military and government officials ignored the advice of doctors and scientists, making the flu deadlier than the fighting. The author also explains how a pandemic like this could happen again.

The Space Race : How the Cold War Put Humans on the Moon (Inquire and Investigate) by Matthew Brenden Wood. 9781619306615. 2018. Gr 7-9.
From the rise of Communism and strained relations between the U.S. and Russia through the ensuing competition for supremacy in space to Neil Armstrong setting his boot on the surface of the moon, Wood presents an informative story of the space race. Comics, photos, links to YouTube, and more make this an interesting addition to science and social studies units.

This Moment Is Your Life (And So Is This One) : A Fun and Easy Guide to Mindfulness, Meditation, and Yoga by Mariam Gates (ill. by Libby VanderPloeg). 9780399186622. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Teens and tweens are presented with a hands-on guide to mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.

You Are Mighty : A Guide to Changing the World by Caroline Paul (ill. by Lauren Tamaki). 9781681198224. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Paul teaches younger readers how to be social activists by proving how impactful young people can be. She provides concrete ideas, such as simply changing one’s own habits, to making protest signs, and how to stage a sit-in. She also gives examples of young people who have engaged in each of these activist protests and highlights the potential results.

 

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

            

All the Dreams We’ve Dreamed : A Story of Hoops and Handguns on Chicago’s West Side by Rus Bradburd. 9781613739310. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
Years after Shawn Harrington appeared in the documentary “Hoop Dreams”, he returned to his high school as an assistant basketball coach. He was taking his daughter to school when two gunmen opened fire on his vehicle, and Harrington was struck while trying to shield her. Over the next few years, more basketball players were murdered. Bradburd tells the story of one of America’s most violent neighborhoods.

Birds of a Feather : A True Story of Hope and the Healing Power of Animals by Lorin Lindner. 9781250132635. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
Lorin Lindner wasn’t expecting to adopt a bird, but she did—two, in fact. Learning that many parrots needed new homes, she started a sanctuary for them. She also designed a program for homeless veterans in Los Angeles, many who were suffering from PTSD. She saw that the vets would often talk to the birds rather than to their therapists, and that strong bonds were forming between the parrots and the vets. And one of those vets was Lindner’s husband.

Courageous Women of the Vietnam War : Medics, Journalists, Survivors, and More by Kathryn J. Atwood. 9781613730744. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Read about the lives of sixteen women who served as medics, spies, battlefield helpers, and even disguised themselves as men and fought.

I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing : Star Wars and the Triumph of Geek Culture by A.D. Jameson. 9780374537364. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Geeks were fanatics about fantasy or science fiction or superheroes long before Star Wars premiered in 1977, but they had not yet become as open as they are today. Jameson explains the roots of geekdom, how and why Star Wars was so important to its becoming fashionable, and the spread of phenomena such as cosplay and fan fiction.

The Joe Shuster Story : The Artist Behind Superman by Thomas Campi & Julian Voloj. 9781629917771. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
A graphic novel biography of the friendship between artist Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel, the creators of Superman.

Upon Further Review : The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History by Mike Pesca. 9781455540365. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Mike Pesca takes small events—such as plays, trades, injuries—from sporting events, flips them on their heads, and asks what would have happened if these things hadn’t occurred. The speculative essays in his book come from historians, sports columnists, documentarians, and even fans.

Weather : An Illustrated History : From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change by Andrew Revkin & Lisa Mechaley. 9781454921400. 2018. Gr 9-Adult.
This book examines 100 moments in history when humanity was deeply impacted by forces of nature. Examples range from events from billions of years ago covering theories related to mass extinctions and come forward into modern times as humanity deals with the consequences of global warming.

Great Realistic Easy/Fiction Titles for May 2018

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles published in May. Everything here is realistic, including historical fiction, mysteries, and adventure. Happy reading!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

       

The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen (ill. by Sandy Nichols). 9781771385749. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Every Sunday Eli’s Zaida brings him bagels from the bakery. But one Sunday, after Zaida was injured in a fall, he didn’t show up. When Eli discovers that Zaida had been bring baked goods to all his friends as well, he decides to help.

Dad By My Side by Soosh. 9780316438087. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Instagram star Soosh celebrates the loving bond between fathers and daughters using a larger-than-life father and tiny daughter.

Day at the Beach by Tom Booth. 9781534411050. 2018. Gr K-2.
Every year siblings Gideon and Audrey build a sand castle together at the beach. But this year Gideon wants to make one on his own—with no help from his sister.

Dog on a Digger by Kate Prendergast. 9781536200416. 2018. Gr PK-1.
A dog, riding along with his human at the construction site, realizes that his smaller doggie friend is missing. But how to find him?

Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey. 9780316510318. 2018. Gr K-3.
Charlotte loves tinkering with, coding, and fixing all things electronic. Then Mom gives her a doll. Charlotte is baffled about what to do with the doll, until she discovers its power source and begins to make improvements to the doll’s programming. But problems arise when Charlotte’s little dog gets jealous over the time she spends with the doll.

       

Hazelnut Days by Emmanuel Bourdier. 9789888341542. 2018. Gr K-2.
This picture books follows the story of a boy going to see his incarcerated father on visiting jail.

The Honeybee by Kirsten Hall & Isabelle Arsenault. 9781481469975. 2018. Gr K-2.
Simple rhyming text and colorful illustrations show honeybees foraging for pollen and nectar and making honey at their hive.

A House That Once Was by Julie Fogliano (ill. by Lane Smith). 9781626723146. 2018. Gr PK-3.
A young boy and girl explore an abandoned house and imagine living there, putting together clues from all the items discarded in the house, their own imaginations running wild questioning who used to live there.

I Need All of It by Petra Postert (ill. by Jens Rassmus). 9781250112712. 2018. Gr PK-1.
While doing laundry, a father finds three small objects in Jim’s jeans:  a button, a key, and a stone. Jim insists that he needs them all, telling stories about how he found them.

Let’s Go ABC! : Things That Go, from A to Z by Rhonda Gowler Greene (ill. by Daniel Kirk). 9780802735096. 2018. Gr PK-2.
New and favorite trucks, cars, planes, and more teach the alphabet.

Marwan’s Journey by Patricia de Arias & Laura Borras. 9789888341559. 2018. Gr K-2.
A young refugee boy takes an unknown journey away from his war-torn homeland. And as he reaches the border along with thousands of other displaced people, he doesn’t know if he will find a home in a new country.

One of a Kind by Chris Gorman. 9781524740627. 2018. Gr K-3.
A young boy sighs that it’s not easy being different…until three other kids, also different in their own ways, show up to form an impromptu band. But, he finally decides, “It’s great to be one of a kind together.”

Pet Dad by Elanna Allen. 9780525428268. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Plum wants a pet, but her dad does not. So Plum pretends her dad is her pet, giving him tummy rubs and ear scratches. Her dad plays along, until she tries to teach him tricks (he insists on using the toilet instead of the back yard). This funny book is especially great for Father’s Day or dad’s birthday.

Pie Is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard (ill. by Jason Chin). 9781626725621. 2108. Gr PK-1.
Pie is for sharing, but many other things at this diverse community’s Fourth of July celebration can be shared, including a jump rope, cousins, and the breeze and the sky.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul by Susan Verde (ill. by Matthew Cordell). 9781419728495. 2018. Gr K-2.
A young girl is determined to make her own unique music during a school talent show.

  

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh. 9781338150520. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Rashin, a new immigrant, compares a day at the beach in Iran with her first experience at the beach at Coney Island.

Summer Color! by Diana Murray (ill. by Zoe Persico). 9780316370943. 2108. Gr PK-2.
Two lively children discover the vibrant colors of summer in their backyard.

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

         

Ask Emma (Book 1) by Sheryl Berk. 9781499806472. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Emma had a great idea—she knows it’s great because her fingertips are tingling. She is going to start an advice blog for her school. But she is not prepared for some of the questions—how to get out of detention—or for the negative comments she receives. She learns about dealing with cyberbullying, and the book includes resources for that in the back a well.

Boy Bites Bug by Rebecca Petruck. 9781419721410. 2018. Gr 4-6.
To defuse a situation between his best friend and a new student, Nolan eats a live stink bug, gaining popularity and a class project idea but, perhaps, losing a friend.

The Cure for Cold Feet by Beth Ain. 9780399550843. 2108. Gr 3-6.
Middle schooler Izzy Klein writes free verse poems about her middle school woes, which include a very annoying boy, lunch tables of popular girls, her mom’s new friend and her dad’s remarrying, her overly dramatic brother, and her woes over a ballroom dance.

The Front Desk by Kelly Yang. 9781338157796. 2108. Gr 4-6.
Ten-year-old Mia Tang and her immigrant parents take over management of a rundown motel in Southern California. While her mother cleans rooms, Mia runs the front desk. They also hide immigrants in the empty rooms, which could get them kicked out of the motel if the mean owner ever found out. She also desperately wants to be a writer, but her mother thinks she should stick with math because English is her second language.

The Key to Every Thing by Pat Schmatz. 9780763695668. 2018. Gr 4-6.
When Tash is forced to go to summer camp, she is furious with her Uncle Kevin (her guardian) for sending her and with Cap’n Jackie, her elderly neighbor and friend, for agreeing with him. But after her summer away, Tash is eager to go home, apologize, and have everything back to normal. However, Cap’n Jackie is in a rehab facility after breaking her hip and is uncommunicative after surgery. Tash needs to find a way to get through to her.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty. 9781524767570. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Twelve-year-old Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning and became a math genius. Homeschooled since the incident, and technically ready for college, Lucy’s grandmother insists that Lucy go to middle school for at least one year, make one friend, join one activity, and read one non-math-related book. Lucy then learns that life is more than just numbers.

        

The Missing Baseball (Zach & Zoe Mysteries, Book 1) by Mike Lupica. 9780425289365. 2108. Gr 1-4.
Fourth-grader Zayd has great plans to be a star basketball player when he grows up, as well as being the first Pakistani-American kid in the NBA. And for starters, he wants to make the Gold Team at school. But his parents want him to play violin instead of basketball and threaten to ground him from practicing basketball. He needs to find a way to stand up for his dreams.

Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages. 9780425288597. 2018. Gr 4-6.
In 1957, Katy Gordon is the best pitcher in her neighborhood, and everybody knows it. But when she wants to join Little League, she is told girls can’t play. With the help of some helpful librarians and tenacious research, she learns the history of women in baseball to prove that she should be able to play.

Power Forward (Zayd Saleem, Chasing the Dream, Book 1) by Hena Khan. 9781534411999. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Fourth-grader Zayd has great plans to be a star basketball player when he grows up, as well as being the first Pakistani-American kid in the NBA. And for starters, he wants to make the Gold Team at school. But his parents want him to play violin instead of basketball and threaten to ground him from practicing basketball. He needs to find a way to stand up for his dreams.

Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant. 9781534412774. 2018. Gr 2-5.
In 1972 Indiana, nine-year-old Flora struggles with the death of her dog and the separation of her parents. With the help of her friends, Yury and Nessie, and her newly-adopted stray cat, Flora finds affirming change and strength, made better when her parents reconcile.

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea by Lynne Rae Perkins. 9780062499660. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Alix and her sister Jools are nervous about leaving home to go on vacation to the beach, but once there, the two girls go exploring, meet new people, and discover how exciting the beach can be.  There is a lot of science seamlessly integrated into the story.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

         

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. 9780399544682. 2018. Gr 5-8.
In a Pakistani village, Amal works hard to become a teacher. But after an unfortunate encounter with the son of a corrupt landlord, Amal becomes an indentured servant to the Khan family to pay off her own family’s debt. At the extravagant estate, she learns just how far the Khan’s go to protect their status and realizes that she must work with others to change the status quo.

Confusion Is Nothing New by Paul Acampora. 9781338209990. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Ellie doesn’t remember her mom, but she just found out that she has died. Her mom had been the lead singer for an 80’s tribute band. Ellie wants to find out more about her mom, but her dad is not willing to talk about the woman that abandoned her family.  Learning that her mom’s band will be in town, Ellie decides to talk to the band members and others who knew her.

From You to Me by K.A. Holt. 9781338193305. 2018. Gr 5-8.
A few years ago, Amelia’s older sister Clara died—and that is just enough change for Amelia. Then she finds a letter that Clara had written to herself, in which she had listed all the things she wanted to do before the end of middle school and never got to do. Amelia decides to finish the list. Maybe that will help her stop hurting and start feeling like her old self.

Here Comes Trouble by Kate Hattemer. 9781524718466. 2108. Gr 5-7.
When Flynn comes from New York City to stay with Soren and his family in their small Minnesota town, Soren hopes his cousin will fill the void left after his best friend moved away. But Flynn and Soren have very different ideas of fun. It seems they have very different ideas about most things. Flynn is less than impressed by Soren’s prankster ways. And while Soren was planning to reform himself after his buddy moved, he’s not so sure he wants to give up his jokester lifestyle anymore.

The Length of a String by Elissa Brent Weissman. 9780735229471. 2018. Gr 6-8.
Twelve-year-old Imani, the only black girl in Hebrew school, is preparing for her bat mitzvah and hoping to find her birthparents when she discovers the history of adoption in her own family through her great-grandma Anna’s Holocaust-era diary.

Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker. 9780763692735. 2018. Gr 7-10.
Jay feels that her only talent is understanding and riding racehorses. Leaving home to escape her shady uncle, she starts to work at a racing stable. There she meets Manhattan, a beautiful mare that is as much of a misfit as Jay, a mare no one wants. She is determined to give Manhattan one last chance to be the champion Jay knows she is.

  

Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth. 9781616208196. 2018. Gr 5-8.
After her parents are arrested by Chinese soldiers because of their religious beliefs, twelve-year-old Tash and her best friend Sam travel from their home in Tibet across the Himalayas to India in order to seek the help of the Dalai Lama.

Whatshisface by Gordon Korman. 9781338200164. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Twelve-year-old Cooper Vega and his military family have moved so often that he is used to new schoolmates not knowing his name. At the moment he has a bigger problem—his new phone is haunted by the ghost of Roderick Northrop, a boy from the sixteenth-century, who needs his help to finish a quest, which is somehow tied up in his middle school’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

           

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan. 9781419728587. 2018. Gr 9-12.
After hooking up with her best friend’s ex, high school senior Kendall finds her reputation destroyed. And when her online identity is hacked and she is framed for stealing from a dealer, she is thrust into a world of drugs, detectives, and shady people living in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. She needs to decide if she should lean into her new identity as a bad girl or embrace who she once was.

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong. 9780399550362. 2108. Gr 9-12.
Three years ago, Skye left town after losing her older brother in a high school shooting. Now she’s back, the sister of the boy who participated in the mass murder of his classmates and was shot by police in the process. And while she deals with the sideways glances and outright hatred of her classmates, she reunites with Jesse, her friend whose brother was killed in the shooting. Both are desperate for answers because there’s more to what happened that day than anyone ever imagined.

Airports, Exes, and Other Things I’m Over by Shani Petroff. 9781250130501. 2018. Gr 8-12.
When a bad storm cancels both her flight, Sari is trapped in the airport for hours. And so is Fitz, a hot “Captain America” college guy. But so is Sari’s cheating boyfriend Zev. When the opportunity to take a connecting flight to Boston pops up, she ends up on the plane with both Fitz and Zev in this comedy about forgiveness.

All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor. 9780062673657. 2018. Gr 8-12.
In a story told from different perspectives as interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts, four Long Island teens befriend best-selling YA novelist Fatima Ro, who uses their deepest secrets in her next book, leaving all of the teens feeling betrayed.

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. 9781250167026. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Gay African-American student Moss Jeffries feels stuck in his run-down West Oakland High School. Moss still mourns the death of his father, shot by police years earlier, when a violent incident at his school prompts him to channel his simmering anger into community activism against a corrupt authority system.

The Dead Enders by Erin Saldin. 9781481490337. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Ana, Davis, Erik, and Georgie are bound together by a tragedy from their past and feel trapped in their small tourist town. When an arsonist as well as the return of long-lost family members force them to confront what really happened all those years ago, they learn that someone is keeping a dangerous secret.

Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine. 9781250133427. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Growing up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, best friends Leena and Mishie engage in small rebellions against strict cultural norms, such as no Western clothing, music, and flirtations with boys. But Leena wants to go to college and a live different life than the one she was raised in, leading her to take dangerous risks.

           

Fatal Throne : The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Candace Fleming, et al. 9781524716196. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Seven award-winning young adult authors use different viewpoints to illuminate the lives of Britain’s King Henry VIII and his six wives.

The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian. 9780399538995. 2018. Gr 10-12.
Though her parents expect her to attend college in her hometown where they both teach, Audrey just wants to live in Seattle. So she gets her nursing assistant certificate and gets a job at a nearby nursing home, where classmate Seth also works. On a date at the beach one night, Audrey saves the life of a girl who collapsed. Someone films it, her rescue goes viral, and suddenly she has more options that she knows what to do with.

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon. 9781481495400. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Twinkle Mehra is asked by fellow film geek Sahil Roy to direct a movie for a summer arts festival. She is thrilled to show off her talent. Then a mystery man begins emailing her, causing Twinkle to rethink who and want she wants. And before she knows it, she finds herself falling for Sahil. Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers through text messages, emails, blog posts, and letters, trying to express herself while deciphering what her heart is telling her.

The Game Can’t Love You Back by Karole Cozzo. 9781250163899. 2018. Gr 9-12.
The only girl on her school’s baseball team, Eve knows how to deal with macho athletes and to focus only on being the best pitcher she can. But when her school is merged with a neighboring high school, she finds that most of the men on the new team don’t know how to—or want to—deal with a woman teammate, especially Jamie, their star pitcher. Competition leads to attraction, and readers will enjoy the twist ending.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake. 9781328778239. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Mara’s twin brother Owen is accused of rape, and as close as they are as siblings, Mara seriously questions whether he is capable of sexual assault. To complicate matters, the girl accusing Owen is Mara’s friend Hannah—and Mara is already dealing with one crumbling relationship in her ex-girlfriend Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie face the crime, they are all forced to confront their feelings about family and friends, right and wrong, consent, victim blaming, and past traumas.

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth. 9781338143546. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Carson wants to leave his mark at school by winning the Battle of the Bands, but he doesn’t actually have a band. And his brother was shot in a racist crime.  Maggi and her family, back in the Rez after seven years, work at selling beadwork to tourists, though she would prefer to make high-concept art. Carson is attracted to Maggi, until he finds out she is in a relationship with a white man who doesn’t treat her as well as he should. Gansworth’s novel covers racism, bullying, identity, and the difficulties of reservation life,

Jazz Owls : A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle. 9781534409439. 2018. Gr 7-12.
In 1940s Los Angeles, Navy sailors prepare to ship off to the front lines of World War II. Marisela, Lorena, and other Mexican American girls spend their days working in canneries, then dance with the sailors at night, where they are called Jazz Owls. In May and June of 1943, white teenage soldiers began attacking the Mexican American boys and men for wearing zoot suits—considered unpatriotic at the time, and indicative of criminal behavior—which later became known as the Zoot Suit Riots.

           

The Lies They Tell by Gillian French. 9780062642585. 2018. Gr 9-12.
When her caretaker father is wrongly blamed for a deadly house fire, Pearl befriends its only survivor and his friends in hopes of getting answers about what happened that night. What she uncovers will change not only her life, but the entire town forever.

A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller. 9780062662002. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, a famous author in his time, who went missing years ago and was found dead hundreds of miles away a week later. Due to his Alzheimer’s disease, the journal is filled with dementia-related nonsense, but Arthur decides to follow the journal to try and recreate the last week of his grandfather’s life and discover how and why he died.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. 9780062422675. 2018. Gr 9-12.
When Claudia comes back from summer vacation, her best friend Monday is gone. They’ve been friends since childhood, and now no one can tell her what happened. In fact, nobody even seems concerned about Monday’s disappearance. Claudia is determined to find out where her friend is and what happened to her.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. 9781681193663. 2018. Gr 10-12.
With his older brother on death row awaiting execution in a few weeks, seventeen-year-old Joe Moon is determined to spend as much time with him as he can, no matter the cost or other people’s opinion.

My Name Is Victoria by Lucy Worsley. 9780763688073. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Sir John Conroy instructs his daughter, Miss V Conroy, to become a companion to the young princess Victoria (who will go on to become the famous Queen Victoria). Initially reluctant, Miss V and Victoria eventually develop a close friendship and work to determine if the rules placed on Victoria to supposedly keep her safe, might have more dubious ends.

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma. 9780553523256. 2018. Gr 9-12.
A pandit prophesied that Bollywood fan Winnie would meet her soul mate before her eighteenth birthday, and Raj meets all the qualifications. But when she returns home from summer film camp, she’s shocked to learn Raj hooked up with another girl. She turns to smart charming Dev, a fellow film geek, who tells Winnie to write her own destiny. To live happily ever after, Winnie might need the help of family, fate, and a Bollywood movie star.

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard. 9780763692728. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Alice struggles with words after a brutal assault left her with a serious brain injury.  Manny was a former child soldier from Sierra Leone taken in by a couple in Alice’s home town. Alice has a habit of leaving poems all over town hoping to find a kindred spirit. Manny finds one and explores the town searching for the author. When they find each other, a relationship begins despite the protestations of the community.

        

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis. 9781335994134. 2108. Gr 9-12.
When Tiffany’s mom dies from cancer, she has to move across the country to live with the wealthy father she never met—and his white wife and four daughters. She feels lost in her new elite school with its snobbery and bigotry. And then there’s the fact that another man, also claiming to be Tiffany’s father, will be arriving in seven days to demand a paternity test. The only saving grace seems to be the boy next door, an outcast himself.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo. 9780374304089. 2018. Gr 9-12.
When Clara takes a practical joke too far, she’s sentenced to working in her dad’s food truck, the KoBra, all summer with her uptight classmate, Rose. As the summer progresses, Clara starts dating a boy named Hamlet and becoming invested in her father’s business. She begins to examine her relationships to see if she can let go of the old, irresponsible Clara.

We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos. 9780399175541. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Told in two voices. Nadja grows up in war-torn Bosnia in the 1990s, and in the present, her daughter Zara is traumatized by a terrorist attack in Rhode Island, prompting her to learn more about her mother’s history.

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss. 9780062494276. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Best friends Luke and Toby are looking forward to leaving their small dead-end town at the end of their senior year of high school. Then one action changes everything—and now Luke writes letters to Toby from death row reflecting on where things went wrong.

What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee. 9781481476560. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Sixteen-year-old Will is trying to cope with his dad’s suicide three years ago. Most days he works at a discount store, tries to make his father’s famous cornbread recipe, and wanders the streets of Los Angeles. He begins to come out of his sadness when he starts leaving small gifts for the people he sees every day. This act transforms Will and everyone around him.

Great Speculative Easy/Fiction Titles for May 2018

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles published in May. You’ll find magic, talking animals, dystopian societies, science fiction, and fantasy. Happy reading!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

       

Be Our Guest! by Gray Malin. 9781419729300. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Take a vacation at the Parker Hotel, where all the guests are animals!

Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap (ill. by Greg Pizzoli). 9780399550560. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Crunch, a sweet dinosaur, hides himself in the bushes. He wants to make some friends, but he is too shy. Maybe he just needs a bit of persuasion from the narrator before he gets up the courage to step out.

The Detective Dog by Julia Donaldson (ill. by Sara Ogilvie). 9781250156761. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Peter’s dog, Nell, has an excellent sense of smell and loves the aroma of books. She goes to school with Peter every Monday and listens to children reading. One morning they arrive and discover that all the books are gone. Will Nell’s nose help her to find the missing books.

The Golden Glow by Benjamin Flouw. 9780735264120. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Fox loves plants. When he reads about a rare plant called the Golden Glow (from the Wellhidden family) that is found only in the mountains, he sets off to search for it.

Great Dog by Davide Cali (ill. by Miguel Tanco). 9781101919170. 2018. Gr PK-2.
After a puppy wonders what he will be when he grows up, he and his father look at some of the Great Dogs from his family. Despite the silliness of this book, all young pups will learn that no matter what they become, they will all be “Great Dogs”!

       

Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang (ill. by Max Lang). 9780553537864. 2018. PK-2.
Jim the chimp doesn’t know why he is all out of sorts. Neither do his friends, especially since it is such a lovely day. They give him ideas that make them happy, but that just makes it worse. What is a grumpy monkey to do?

How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell (ill. by Jennifer Hansen Rolli). 9781481467322. 2018. Gr K-2.
Kaylee loves to pull pranks on her family and friends. But one night she goes to far and pranks the tooth fairy, who is quite a prankster herself. The chaos that ensues is hilarious.

The Hugely-Wugely Spider by Ethan T. Berlin (ill. by Karl Newsom Edwards). 9780374306168. 2018. Gr PK-2.
We know how those itsy-bitsy spiders loved to climb the waterspout, but they aren’t very kind when a hugely-wugely spider wants to join them. Well, perhaps he is a bit too big, but when they rain comes, he is the one to save the day.

In-Between Things by Priscilla Tey. 9780763689834. 2018. Gr PK-3.
A dog and cat guide readers on an exploration of all things in-between, including sporks, the color green, and the stuff that lies between the floor and the carpet. Kids will enjoy thinking up their own ideas of what’s in-between!

Night Out by Daniel Miyares. 9781524765729. 2018. Gr PK-1.
A lonely young boy at a strict boarding school has an amazing adventure in his dreams. Equipped with his new stories, he finally has the courage to make new friends.

       

Ocean Meets Sky by Terry & Eric Fan. 9781481470377. 2018. Gr K-2.
Young Finn cobbles together a makeshift boat out of wood scraps and falls asleep inside. He begins dreaming of an amazing adventure to a magical place that his now-deceased grandfather spoke of where the “ocean meets the sky.

The Other Ducks by Ellen Yeomans (ill. by Chris Sheban). 9781626725027. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Two ducks, This Duck and That Duck, try to figure out the best way to be ducks without any help. This Duck has better instincts than That Duck, but by the end, they seem to have figured it out.

The Outlaw by Nancy Vo. 9781773060163. 2018. Gr 1-4.
After terrorizing a small town, an outlaw returns to make amends. The townsfolk, however, are not eager to give him a chance, until a young boy them to leave the outlaw alone. “He’s trying!” This is a beautiful book with a lesson for everyone.

Possum and the Summer Storm by Anne Hunter. 9780544898912. 2018. Gr PK-2.
A possum’s home is washed away by a flood caused by a summer storm, and he gets help from his friends in rebuilding a wonderful new home.

Snail Mail by Samantha Berger (ill. by Julia Patton). 9780762462513. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Four different snails help deliver a letter from a girl to a boy she loves. The cross-country trek is dangerous, but the snails enjoy taking the time to slow down and look at their surroundings. The snails teach young readers that while “snail mail” might slow, the reward is often worth the wait.

   

A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker. 9780763665968. 2018. Gr 1-3.
A young girl mourns the death of her dog while learning truths about the cycle of life

A Storytelling of Ravens by Kyle Lukoff & Natalie Nelson. 9781554989126. 2018. Gr 1-3.
The creators of this delightful book use collective nouns in sentences that are the basis for a quirky story, such as “The memory of elephants knew the peanut field had to be around here somewhere.” The book will be enjoyed through elementary school and beyond.

Whale in a Fishbowl by Troy Howell & Richard Jones. 9781524715182. 2018. Gr PK-2.
A whale named Wednesday lives in a fishbowl in the city, the only home she’s ever known. When a girl tells her that whales belong in the sea, she wonders about this. One day Wednesday jumps high enough out of her bowl to see the water. Her actions lead her to her rightful home, to freedom, and to others like her.

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

             

Bad Mermaids Make Waves (Book 1) by Sibeal Pounder. 9781681197920. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Three young mermaids are spending their summer on land—with legs!—when they get an urgent message to return home. Their queen has been fishnapped and evil mermaids have taken over. Can the girls find their queen and save the day? This is the first in a light fantasy series.

Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead. 9781250166623. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Ten-year-old Livy hasn’t visited her grandmother in Australia in five years, and when she returns, she gets the feeling she forgot something from her last visit. She meets a small green creature named Bob, who reminds Livy that she promised to help him get home, and he’s been waiting for her ever since.

The Boy, the Bird, & the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods. 9780525515210. 2018. Gr 3-6.
In the town of Allora, a magical bird brings together Alberto the coffin maker and a runaway boy named Tito. Both have suffered losses and struggle with loneliness and develop an unlikely friendship.

Evangeline of the Bayou by Jan Eldredge. 9780062680341. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Apprentice Evangeline works with her grandmother to hone her monster-hunting skills. While she waits for the arrival of her animal familiar, she tries to prove that she has heart and can be called a true haunt huntress, like her late mother. However, when Evangeline and her grandmother are called to New Orleans to solve an unusual case, she learns a shocking secret that changes everything.

Float by Laura Martin. 9780062803764. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Emerson, a boy with RISK (Reoccurring Incidents of the Strange Kind), will float away unless he wears a weighted vest and shoes. He’s not thrilled to be sent to Camp Outlier, a summer camp for kids like him, but is surprised when he makes friends and has fun. When he finds out that one of the boys in his cabin has a dangerous secret, he is determined to help—and maybe the things that make them weird will be the only way to save him!

Grump : The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves by Liesl Shurtliff. 9781524717018. 2018. Gr 4-6.
As she did for the characters of Rumpelstiltskin, Jack (of beanstalk fame), and Red Riding Hood, Shurtliff retells the story of Grump, a dwarf who becomes entangled in the jealous Queen E.V.I.L.’s intrigues against Snow White.

The Inventors at No. 8 by A.M. Morgen. 9780316471497. 2018. Gr 3-6.
George is the unluckiest boy in London. Not only is he an orphan, but he is about to lose his house unless he sells all he owns. And then his family’s greatest heirloom, a map to a gem that brings victory in battle, is stolen. But a young countess named Ada promises to help him find the map while searching for her own father. They set off, with an orangutan and the son of an infamous pirate as mates on Ada’s homemade flying machine.

           

The Last (Endling, Book 1) by Katherine Applegate. 9780062335524. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Fearing she may be the last of the dairne—a mythical doglike species hunted nearly to extinction—Byx sets out to discover if there still are other dairnes. She meets animal and human allies, and together they become their own pack. Even though they are together for different reasons, they uncover a secret that threatens every creature in the world.

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book (Polly Diamond, Book 1) by Alice Kuipers & Donna Toledano. 9781452152325. 2108. Gr 1-3.
Polly loves writing stories, and one day, a magic book appears that turns her stories into real life. She soon learns the dangers of making wishes when what she writes isn’t the same as what she means.

The Rose Legacy by Jessica Day George. 9781599906478. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Young, orphaned Anthea dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps and serving the queen, so she is not thrilled when her uncle wants her to live with him at his farm. Especially since his farm is in the dangerous Exiled Lands outside the Wall.  She is even more horrified to find out that her uncle raises horses, those disease-carrying creatures that were thought to have died out long ago. And then she discovers that she has a gift—and can talk to those horses!

The Spirit of Cattail County by Victoria Piontek. 9781338167054. 2018. Gr 4-6.
In the marshes of Florida, Sparrow is shunned because she has the gift (or curse!) of seeing ghosts. When her mother dies, she hopes to be able to send a message to her ghost. With fellow outcasts and new friends, she searches for a way to contact her mother, but they will need to solve a local mystery first.

The Stolen Summers (Time Tracers, Book 1) by Annabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor White. 9780062671424. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Time thieves have stolen Taj’s entire summer vacation—and he is determined to find them and get it back. And he is not the only one. But if Taj can’t get back his summer, the thieves will steal all the fun on earth!

Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School (Two Dogs in a Trench Coat, Book 1) by Julie Falatko. 9781338189513. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Sassy and Waldo are Stewart’s two dogs. They are good dogs who take their job of protecting Stewart and his family from danger. When Stewart starts coming home from school smelling like anxiety and complaining that school is boring, they are determined to save him—by dressing up in a trench coat and pretending to be the new student at school.

A Whale in Paris by Daniel Presley & Claire Polders. 9781534419155. 2018. Gr 4-6.
During the early years of World War II, a young French girl and her father spend their evenings fishing in the Seine. One night she sees a small lost whale, and she names him Franklin after the U.S. president. Fearful for his safety, she sets out to return him to the ocean (and maybe find his parents) and search for her missing father and aunt.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

           

Across the Dark Water (Riders of the Realm, Book 1) by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez. 9780062415394. 2018. Gr 5-7.
On winged battle horses, the army of the Sandwen clan has successfully kept the giant hordes at bay. They think they’ve trained all the pegasi in the land to be their warhorses, and are stunned when a wild herd flies over their city. Having journeyed across the ocean to settle in a new land, the new herd finds itself in conflict with the Landwalkers and their warhorses. But when the giants attack, the humans and the pegasi must become allies, or all will fall at the hands of the horde.

The Boy from Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis. 9781944995614. 2018. Gr 4-7.
In 1915, Josie lives with her sister at 444 Sparrow Street. One hundred years later, Alex lives in the same house. Though living a century apart, the two children connect through a talking-board. When Alex learns the girls are in terrible trouble, he’s determined to help them change their future even though it’s already happened.

The Flourishing of Floralie Laurel by Fiadhnait Moser. 9781499806687. 2018. Gr 5-8.
After Floralie was expelled from her school, her grandmama arrives to take care of her brother. But to save money, Floralie will have to live and go to school in the Adelaide Laurel Orphanage. Hope comes in a hidden box of dried flowers and a letter from her mother, who disappeared mysteriously years earlier. Using the letter and a floriography, a dictionary of flower meanings, Floralie hopes to find not only her mother, but a new life.

The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang. 9781481478656. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Sophia keeps secret her favorite memory of her mother and the cake she made for Sophia’s tenth birthday. Because it didn’t happen. Her mother died when Sophia was six. Two of her classmates, DJ and Luke, also struggle with the loss of family members. They become convinced that, during an upcoming solar eclipse, that they will be able to travel to an alternate universe where their loved ones are still alive.

Nayda Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue by Jeff Seymour. 9781524738655. 2018. Gr 6-8.
Captain Nic is the kind guardian of the orphans who live and help aboard the cloudship Orion. Then pirates attack, taking the crew hostage, but fortunately the orphans escape. Nadya and four of her friends are determined to rescue the only family they have. But why did the pirates attack? What did they want? Could it be Nadya herself?

Peeves by Mike Van Waes. 9780062653833. 2018. Gr 4-7.
On the edge of an emotional breakdown, Steven “Slim” Pickings finds to his horror that his worries—his Peeves—have come alive, and they have been set loose on his town. To save the day, Slim will have to get over his pet peeves and reign them in by facing his fears.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

         

The Gone Away Place by Christopher Barzak. 9780399556098. 2018. Gr 9-12.
After a series of tornadoes flattens her small town, killing 150 people, Ellie begins to see the ghosts of those who died. When she discovers that the ghosts are appearing to others as well, she sets out to find a way to help the ghosts rest in peace.

LIFEL1K3 (Book 1) by Jay Kristoff. 9781524713928. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Eve survived the murder of her family only through the cybernetic implants that her grandfather grafted into her. She has been living in uneasy safety with him for two years when she discovers that she has a power over machines that she never suspected. She and her best friend salvage a LIFEL1K3 robot that reboots and comes back to life. Suddenly the three of them—along with her robot Cricket—are on the run from local gangsters and a murderous preacher. Eve slowly remembers more about the day her family was killed and realizes secrets about herself that will change her future. From one of the co-authors of the Illuminae series, this is the first in an exciting series.

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar. 9781501169038. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Two Syrian girls walk similar paths through the challenging landscape of the Middle East. Nour moves from New York to Syria in 2011 just as the civil war breaks out; finding herself a refugee after her house is destroyed, she journeys across the land trying to find safety. Eight hundred years earlier, Rawiya disguises herself as a boy and becomes an apprentice to a mapmaker; in her journeys, she challenges mythical beasts and fights in epic battles.

Mayfly by Jeff Sweat. 9781250139207. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Years after a disease wiped out all adults, groups of children struggle near Los Angeles. Since life expectancy is only 17, young girls must become Mamas as soon as they are able. Now 15, Jemma wants something more than having a child. She and a few friends flee, hoping to find a cure for the Ending, evading dangerous threats from coyotes, cannibals, and zombielike creatures.

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett. 9780062652669. 2018. Gr 9-12.
After her father tried to assassinate the king of Rime, he was executed—and she is now known as Traitor Kate. No longer part of the nobility, she is a courier through a country prowled by flightless dragons called drakes. Fortunately, she has the magical ability to talk to and influence animals; unfortunately, having this gift is illegal and punishable by death. Coming upon a caravan attacked by drakes, she finds one survivor—the king’s son, who wants her help in battling this threat. However, he is also her first love and the man who sentenced her father.

Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron. 9781250149916. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Winged Beings start falling from the sky, but none survives the fall to Earth. But one day, 16-year-old Jaya witnesses one of them land, injured but alive. Afraid that her father and the authorities plan to exploit the creature, she decides to nurse it back to health, and in the process, begins to understand what it means to come from another world.

   

The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak. 9781624145605. 2018. Gr 10-12.
The city of Yigris is divided into Above and Under. Nobles and aristocrats live Above, while thieves, assassins, and other unsavories live Under. When the rulers of both Above and Under are killed on the same night, the shaky truce between the two domains grows even flimsier. The new monarchs—Under Queen Gemma and Above King Tollan—must find a way to work together. And then people begin to fall into a mysterious sleep.

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold. 9780425288863. 2018. Gr 9-12.
After Noah is hypnotized at a drinking party, he begins to see strange changes in his mother and his friends. He becomes fascinated with the only four things that feel like they haven’t changed. Noah struggles to figure out what has happened to him in what SLJ calls a “weird, compelling teen-angst trip.”

Whisper by Lynette Noni. 9781771389389. 2018. Gr 9-12.
For the last two years, subject Jane Doe has been imprisoned in a secret government facility where she refuses to speak a word. Assigned to her case, kind Landon Ward helps Jane open up about her dark past and the dangerous power she’s hidden for years. She is a Speaker and her voice makes things, good and bad, happen. Soon Jane discovers that there are people who want to use her power for their own purposes, and she is in grave danger.

Favorite Adult Titles for Summer Reading

This post is a fraternal twin to my post for our Mackin Books in Bloom blog. Both posts contain suggestions for adult readers, especially librarians and teachers who might have more time to read in the summer than during the school year. But while the Books in Bloom post provides recommendations of new books, the lists here are full of books two years and older, all of which I have read and enjoyed—some more than once.

Of course, you might already have your own ever-growing TBR stack. Whatever the case, I hope you find many happy hours of restful reading this summer!

NONFICTION TITLES

          

Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. 9781400067558. 2012. Gr 10-Adult.
Birdology : Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur by Sy Montgomery. 9781416569855. 2010. Gr 10-Adult.
Born a Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. 9780399588174. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.
Complications : A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande. 9780805063196. 2002. Gr 11-Adult.
Dead Wake : The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson. 9780307408860. 2015. Gr 10-Adult.
Packing for Mars : The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach. 9780393068474. 2010. Gr 10-Adult.

     
Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. 9780307352149. 2012. Gr 11-Adult.
Stiff : The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. 9780393050936. 2003. Gr 10-Adult.
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons : The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery by Sam Kean. 9780316182348. 2014. Gr 10-Adult.
A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. 9780767902526. 1998. Gr 10-Adult.

 

FICTION – HISTORICAL

     
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. 9781476746586. 2014. Gr 11-Adult.
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka. 9780307700001. 2011. Gr 11-Adult.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. 9781101947135. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. 9780452296725. 2010. Gr 11-Adult.

 

FICTION – MYSTERY & SUSPENSE

The Bat (Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1) by Jo Nesbo. 9780345807090. 2013. Gr Adult.
The Camel Club (Book 1) by David Baldacci. 9781455533404. 2005. Gr 11-Adult.
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, Book 1) by Robert Galbraith. 9780316206846. 2013. Gr 11-Adult.
Dog on It (Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 1) by Spencer Quinn. 9781416585848. 2009. Gr 10-Adult.
Last Words (Mark Novak Novel, Book 1) by Michael Koryta. 9780316122689. 2015. Gr 11-Adult.
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens. 9781616149987. 2014. Gr 10-Adult.

     
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Book 1) by Alexander McCall Smith. 9780375423871. 2005. Gr 10-Adult.
Open Season (Joe Pickett, Book 1) by C.J. Box. 9780399576607. 2001. Gr 10-Adult.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 1) by Alan Bradley. 9780385343497. 2009. Gr 9-Adult.
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta. 9780316122559. 2014. Gr 10-Adult.

 

FICTION – REALISTIC

        

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher. 9780385538138. 2014. Gr 11-Adult.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. 9781476738017. 2014. Gr 11-Adult.
Me Before You (Book 1) by Jojo Moyes. 9780670026609. 2012. Gr 11-Adult.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. 9781616203214. 2014. Gr 11-Adult.
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. 9780316246590. 2013. Gr 10-Adult.

 

FICTION – SPECULATIVE

            

The Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime) by Jasper Fforde. 9780143037231. 2006. Gr 10-Adult.
The Green Rider (Book 1) by Kristen Britain. 9780886778248. 1998. Gr 10-Adult.
Guards! Guards! (Discworld : City Watch) by Terry Pratchett. 9780062225757. 1991. Gr 10-Adult.
The Invisible Library (Book 1) by Genevieve Cogman. 9781101988640. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.
The Natural History of Dragons (Book 1) by Marie Brennan. 9780765331960. 2013. Gr 10-Adult.
The Queen of the Tearling (Book 1) by Erika Johansen. 9780062290380. 2014. Gr 10-Adult.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik. 9780804179058. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

 

FICTION – HORROR & SUPERNATURAL

        

Apocalypse Cow (Book 1) by Michael Logan. 9781250032867. 2013. Gr 11-Adult.
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, Book 1) by Deborah Harkness. 9780143119685. 2011. Gr 11-Adult.
Feed (Newsflesh, Book 1) by Mira Grant. 9780316081054. 2010. Gr 11-Adult.
The Girl With All the Gifts (Hungry Plague, Book 1) by M.R. Carey. 9780316278157. 2014. Gr 10-Adult.
Good Omens : The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman. 9780060853969. 1990. Gr 10-Adult.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. 9780380973637. 1997. Gr 10-Adult.

     

The Ruins by Scott Smith. 9780307390271. 2006. Gr 11-Adult.
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. 9780345806796. 1975. 11-Adult.
The Strain (Strain Trilogy, Book 1) by Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan. 9780062068255. 2009. Gr 11-Adult.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley. 9780142411100. 2003. Gr 10-Adult.

Keep Your Series Current: May 2018

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

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Alien Scout (Alien Next Door, Book 3) by A.I Newton (ill. by Anjan Sarkar). 9781499805819. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Bad Moooove! (Princess Pulverizer, Book 3) by Nancy Krulik (ill. by Ben Balistreri). 9780515158373. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Dig to Disaster (Miss Mallard Mystery) by Robert Quackenbush. 9781534413139. 2018. Gr K-3.
Fairy Chase (Mermaid Tales, Book 10) by Debbie Dadey. 9781481487122. 2018. Gr 1-4.
Froggy’s Lemonade Stand (Froggy) by Jonathan London (ill. by Frank Remkiewicz). 9781101999677. 2018. Gr PK-1.
The Hall Monitors Are Fired! (Eerie Elementary, Book 8) by Jack Chabert (ill. by Matt Loveridge). 9781338181913. 2018. Gr 1-3.
         
I Want My Dad! (Little Princess) by Tony Ross. 9781541514539. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Shark Dog and the School Trip Rescue! by Ged Adamson. 9780062457189. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Splat and the New Baby (Splat the Cat) by Rob Scotton. 9780062133892. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Square by Mac Barnett (ill. by Jon Klassen). 9780763696078. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Surf’s Up, Creepy Stuff! (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol, Book 3) by Andres Miedoso (ill. by Victor Rivas). 9781534418028. 2018. Gr K-3.
The Thirteenth Knight (Kingdom of Wrenly, Book 13) by Jordan Quinn (ill. by Robert McPhillips). 9781534412750. 2018. Gr 1-3.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader (Ada Lace Adventure, Book 3) by Emily Calandrelli. 9781481486057. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Battle of the Bots (Key Hunters, Book 7) by Eric Luper. 9781338212341. 2018. Gr 2-5.
The Bolds on Vacation (Bolds, Book 3) by Julian Clary. 9781541500440. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Born to Be Good (How to Be a Supervillain, Book 2) by Michael Fry. 9780316319157. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Carnival Magic by Amy Ephron. 9781524740214. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Creeper Family Vacation (Creeper Diaries, Book 5) by Greyson Mann. 9781510731158. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Emma Catwalks and Cupcakes! (Cupcake Diaries, Book 31) by Coco Simon. 9781534417366. 2018. Gr 4-6.

          

A Fairy’s Courage (Oakwing, Book 2) by E.J. Clarke. 9781481481946. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Fury on the Dance Floor (Bug Girl, Book 2) by Benjamin Harper & Sarah Hines Stephens. 9781250106636. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The Goo Disaster! (Major Eights, Book 3) by Melody Reed. 9781499805871. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Halfway to Happily Ever After (Wish List, Book 3) by Sarah Aronson. 9780545941624. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Marge in Charge and the Stolen Treasure (Marge in Charge, Book 2) by Isla Fisher. 9780062662217. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Most Valuable Players (Rip & Red, Book 4) by Phil Bildner. 9780374305109. 2018. Gr 3-5.

         

The Penderwicks at Last (Penderwicks, Book 5) by Jeanne Birdsall. 9780385755665. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Roxie and the Hooligans at Buzzard’s Roost (Roxie and the Hooligans, Book 2) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. 9781481437820. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Sandapalooza Shake-Up (Welcome to Wonderland, Book 3) by Chris Grabenstein. 9781524717582. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The Sphinx’s Secret (Supernormal Sleuthing Service, Book 2) by Gwenda Bond & Christopher Rowe. 9780062459978. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Super Dorks (Pack of Dorks, Book 3) by Beth Vrabel. 9781510731448. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Twintuition : Double Cross (Twintuition, Book 4) by Tia & Tamera Mowry. 9780062372956. 2018. Gr 4-6.

    
Ugly Cat & Pablo and the Missing Brother (Ugly Cat & Pablo, Book 2) by Isabel Quintero. 9780545940962. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Whooooo Done It? (Animal Inn, Book 5) by Paul Dubois Jacobs & Jennifer Swender. 9781481499637. 2018. Gr 2-5.
William Wenton and the Secret Portal (William Wenton, Book 2) by Bobbie Peers. 9781481478281. 2018. Gr 4-6.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Al Capone Throws Me a Curve (Al Capone…, Book 4) by Gennifer Choldenko. 9781101938133. 2018. Gr 6-9.
The Alcatraz Escape (Book Scavenger, Book 3) by Jenni Chambliss Bertman. 9781627799638. 2018. Gr 4-7.
The Burning Maze (Trials of Apollo, Book 3) by Rick Riordan. 9781484746431. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The Chosen Ones (Worldquake Sequence, Book 2) by Scarlett Thomas. 9781481497879. 2018. Gr 4-7.
A Dark Descent (Gabriel Gale’s Ages of Oz, Book 2) by Lisa Fiedler. 9781481469746. 2018. Gr 5-8.
From the Kane Chronicles : Brooklyn House Magician’s Manual : Your Guide to Egyptian Gods & Creatures, Glyphs & Spells, and More! By Rick Riordan. 9781484785539. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Hyacinth and the Stone Thief (Hyacinth, Book 2) by Jacob Sager Weinstein. 9780399553219. 2018. Gr 4-8.

            
MiNRS 3 (MiNRS, Book 3) by Kevin Sylvester. 9781501195280. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The Moon Is Up (Lumberjanes, Book 2) by Mariko Tamaki. 9781419728686. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The Nerdiest, Wimpiest, Dorkiest I Funny Ever (I Funny, Book 6) by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein. 9780316349611. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Robin Hood, the One Who Looked Good in Green (Twice Upon a Time, Book 4) by Wendy Mass. 9780545773058. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Ruby Redfort Blink and You Die (Ruby Redfort, Book 6) by Lauren Child. 9780763654726. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Supergirl : 2 : Curse of the Ancients by Jo Whittemore. 9781419728662. 2018. Gr 4-7.
True Storm (True Born, Book 3) by L.E. Sterling. 9781640631762. 2018. Gr 5-8.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

         

Allied (Ruined, Book 3) by Amy Tintera. 9780062396662. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Bright Burns the Night (Dark Breaks the Dawn, Book 2) by Sara B. Larson. 9781338068788. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Court of Frost and Starlight (Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 4) by Sarah J. Maas. 9781681196312. 2018. Gr 10-12.
Cross Fire (Exo Novel, book 2) by Fonda Lee. 9781338139099. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Legendary (Caraval, Book 2) by Stephanie Garber. 9781250095312. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Outcast (Summoner Trilogy, Book 0) by Taran Matharu. 9781250138675. 2018. Gr 7-12.

       
The Plastic Magician (Paper Magician, Book 4) by Charlie N. Holmberg. 9781503951778. 2018. Gr 9-12.
The Queen of Sorrow (Queens of Renthia, Book 3) by Sarah Beth Durst. 9780062413383. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Strange New World (Brave New Girl, Book 2) by Rachel Vincent. 9780399552496. 2018. Gr 7-10.
The Universe Is Expanding and So Am I by Carolyn Mackler. 9781681195995. 2018. Gr 8-12.
War Storm (Red Queen, Book 4) by Victoria Aveyard. 9780062422996. 2018. Gr 9-12.

Great Nonfiction Titles for April 2018

Take a look at these exciting nonfiction titles published in April. Enjoy and learn!

PRIMARY NONFICTION

        

The Funniest Man in Baseball : The True Story of Max Patkin by Audrey Vernick (ill. by Jennifer Bower). 9780544813779. 2018. Gr K-3.
Minor league baseball player Max Patkin joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. While pitching for the Navy against Joe DiMaggio, Patkin earned a reputation as a clown and went on to a long career as a baseball clown, performing for nearly five decades.

How Raven Got His Crooked Nose : An Alaskan Dena’ina Fable by Barbara J. & Ethan J. Atwater (ill. by Mindy Dwyer). 9781513260952. 2018. Gr K-3.
This traditional Native American trickster tale, told by a grandmother to her granddaughter, is of Raven, who lost his nose and makes a replacement to use while searching for his old beak.

Nick the Sidekick by Dave Whamond. 9781771383554. 2018. Gr 1-4.
Nick, with supersized ears that give him powers, is recruited by Super Fantastic Guy as a sidekick. Jumping at the chance, Nick joins up with the crime fighter. However, Nick soon becomes frustrated that while he solves all the crimes, Super Fantastic Guy takes all the credit, and Nick becomes determined to be a true superhero on his own.

Peter & Ernesto : 1 : A Tale of Two Sloths by Graham Annable. 9781626725614. 2018. Gr 1-4.
Two sloths, Ernesto and Peter, look out over the jungle. While Ernesto is happy to see the world from the tree, Peter wants to explore on the ground. Peter leaves and goes on an adventure while Ernesto, worrying about his friend, stays behind. One day, Ernesto can’t wait for his friend any longer and decides to leave the tree to search but ends up having an adventure of his own.

Pride : The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders (ill. by Steven Salerno). 9780399555312. 2018. Gr 1-3.
This picture biography tells the story of how Harvey Milk’s activism led to the creation and use of the rainbow flag to show his dream that all people, even gay people, should have equality.

Terrific Tongues! By Maria Gianferrari (ill. Jia Liu). 9781620917848. 2018. Gr PK-3.
A series of simple, illustrated clues leads young readers to different animals and a description of their special tongue skills. The picture book also includes information on what the human tongue can do.

  

Who Will Bell the Cat? by Patricia C. McKissack (ill. by Christopher Cyr). 9780823437009. 2018. Gr PK-3.
The mice learn that “some things are easier said than done” when they try to get rid of their great enemy the cat.

Whose Baby Butt? by Stan Tekiela. 9781591937838. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Color photographs of animals shown from behind invite young readers to guess what type of animal the bottom belongs to. Typical physical features and behaviors of each animal are also highlighted.

 

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

           

Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words by Donna Janell Bowman (ill. by S.D. Schindler). 9781561458523. 2018. Gr 2-4.
When Abraham Lincoln clashed with political rival James Shields, Lincoln wrote an anonymous letter to the newspaper that criticized and humiliated Shields. When Shields found out Lincoln wrote the letter, he challenged Lincoln to a duel. Lincoln stopped the duel and apologized, learning from his mistake and becoming a better person for it.

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code : A Navajo Code Talker’s Story by Joseph Bruchac (ill. by Liz Amini-Holmes). 9780807500071. 2018. Gr 1-4.
A young Navajo boy named Chester Nez attended a boarding school as a child and was taught that his culture and language were useless. Years later, he was recruited by the US Marines during World War II to use his native language to create an unbreakable military code. This picture book includes a time line, a portion of Navajo code, and provides a glimpse into life as a Navajo code talker.

The City on the Other Side by Mairghread Scott & Robin Robinson. 9781250152558. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The Seelie king is losing the war with the Unseelie court after his daughter and heir disappears. When Isobel is sent from her home in San Francisco to the country to stay with her not-so-observant father, she accidentally slips into the fairy world and is drawn into the fight between the two fairy courts.

The Colors of History : How Colors Shaped the World by Clive Gifford (ill. by Marc-Etienne Peintre). 9781682973400. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Gifford relates stories of how different colors and their shades have affected human history.

The Dragon Slayer : Falktales from Latin America by Jaime Hernandez (ill. by F. Isabel Campoy). 9781943145287. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Three short fairy tales from Latin American folklore are told in graphic novel form.

Fairy Spell : How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real by Marc Tyler Nobleman (ill. by Eliza Wheeler). 9780544699489. 2018. Gr 2-5.
In 1917 England, Elsie took a picture of her cousin, Frances, which captured images of a group of fairies that the girls insisted were real. For over sixty years, people referred to that photo as evidence that fairies exist, until the girls came clean about the hoax. The author examines how easily people can believe what they want to believe when it comes to the supernatural.

       

The King of the Birds by Alexander Utkin. 9781910620380. 2018. Gr 3-6.
In this series of tales from Russian mythology, the King of Birds, injured in a battle, is nursed to health by a merchant, and offers to give the merchant a reward for his kindness.

Look at the Weather by Britta Teckentrup. 9781771472869. 2018. Gr 2-5.
The author provides illustrated, lyrical observations on different aspects of weather—such as sun, rain, ice and snow, and extreme weather—and links together extreme weather with human activity.

Mighty Mission Machines : From Rockets to Rovers by Dave Williams & Loredana Cunti. 9781773210131. 2018. Gr 3-6.
From big rockets to little tools, astronaut Dave Williams takes the reader on a tour of all the equipment needed to help humans travel to and live in space.

Pirates : Dead Men’s Tales by Anne Rooney (ill. by Joe Wilson). 9781783122325. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Read about the lives of some of the most notorious pirates from all the Caribbean to North Africa to the China Seas. This fascinating book includes true tales, maps, and facts from the adventurous—but not very glamorous—lives of pirates.

The Promise by Pnina Bat Zvi & Margie Wolfe. 9781772600582. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Before they were taken away by the Nazis, Rachel and Toby’s parents gave them three gold coins and made them promise to always stay together. As they suffered through life in Auschwitz, they protected one another, until Rachel got sick and was taken away by the guards. To get her back, Toby risked his life and used the three gold coins to rescue her.

 

Trash Revolution : Breaking the Waste Cycle by Erica Fyvie (ill. by Bill Slavin). 9781771380782. 2018. Gr 3-6.
The author explores the life cycle of common items found in a child’s school backpack, breaking things down into categories such as water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, and electronics. She also discusses ways to reduce, reuse, or recycle these items instead of throwing them away.

The Triumphant Tale of the House Sparrow by Jan Thornhill. 9781773060064. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Read about the complex history of the House Sparrow from ancient times to today, especially about its adaptability and how it spread around the world. The bird battled humans for food and because so overpopulated that countries in Europe and North America tried getting rid of it. The number of House Sparrows soon declined, but now there is evidence that the bird may be adapting once again.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION

          

Back from the Brink : Saving Animals from Extinction by Nancy F. Castaldo. 9780544953437. 2018. Gr 5-7.
Humans are responsible for endangering species, but their intervention has also helped to save seven endangered species, including whooping cranes, bald eagles, and wolves. Read about the causes of the dwindling populations, and the various recovery efforts that took place to improve the animals’ ecosystem.

Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol. 9781626724457. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Vera finds it hard to fit in with her well-off suburban friends, because she’s too Russian for them. So when she finds out that there is a Russian summer camp—and her mom can afford to send her there—she is sure she’ll feel comfortable there. But there she finds she’s not Russian enough, and she’s much younger than her tentmates, and the outhouses are atrocious! This graphic novel will resonate with anyone who has ever felt out of place.

Better Together : Creating Community in an Uncertain World by Nikki Tate. 9781459813007. 2018. Gr 4-7.
From childhood people make bonds with others in ever-growing communities.  In this latest book in the Orca Footprints series, Tate talks about different types of families, communities, and cultures, and expresses the need for people to get involved in order to make the world a better place.

Camp Panda : Helping Cubs Return to the World by Catherine Thimmesh. 9780544818910. 2018. Gr 5-7.
Explore the work that people do at Camp Panda to help raise and foster wild panda bears. The scientists and helpers are very careful to raise them as wild pandas so that they can one day return to the wild. The history of panda population and habitat destruction has also affected animals like the snow leopard and the golden snub-nosed monkey.

Crash : The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America by Marc Favreau. 9780316545860. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Explore the history of the Great Depression and the New Deal, with details of the consequences of the stock market crash. Read the stories of people and communities who played a huge part in bringing America out of the Depression, and learn how it led up to World War II.

The Disappearing Spoon : Young Readers Edition by Sam Kean. 9780316388283. 2018. Gr 5-8.
This collection of true stories for young readers is related to chemical elements, including stories of why Gandhi hated iodine, how radium nearly ruined Marie Curie’s reputation, and how a little lithium cured poet Robert Lowell of madness.

          

A Journey Through Art : A Global History by Aaron Rosen (ill. by Lucy Dalzell). 9780500651018. 2018. Gr 4-8.
Go on a visual journey through many different cultures and their histories, investigating art from around the world, from Paleolithic cave paintings in Australia from 35,000 BC to sculptures and architecture in Rio de Janeiro today.

Library on Wheels : Mary Lemist Titcomb and America’s First Bookmobile  by Sharlee Glenn. 9781419728754. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Librarian Mary Lemist Titcomb (1852–1932) worked at the Washington County Free Library in Maryland—only the second county library in the country. Concerned that not enough people in the largely rural community had access to books, Titcomb began the first mobile library, which at her time was a horse-drawn book wagon. By 1922, mobile libraries had popped up all over the nation.

Mindful Me : Mindfulness and Meditation for Kids by Whitney Stewart (ill. by Stacy Peterson). 9780807551448. 2018. Gr 4-7.
The author presents a collection of tips and techniques to engage children in the practice of mindfulness and meditation, and Includes journal prompts and a glossary.

Scarlet Hart : Monster Hunter by Marcus Sedgwick & Thomas Taylor. 9781250159847. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Scarlett is determined to carry on her late-parents’ legacy of being among the best monster hunters of all time, even if the Royal Academy thinks she’s too young for the job. With her butler at her side, she sets out to track down one monster after another. But her parents’ archenemy, Count Stankovic, is determined to stop her or at the very least take the glory for himself.

Science Comics : Sharks : Nature’s Perfect Hunter by Joe Flood. 9781626727885. 2018. Gr 4-8.
Great for reluctant readers, this latest in the Science Comics series goes in the oceans to learn about sharks, their anatomy and behaviors, how they have adapted, and which one is safe to try to pet.

They Lost Their Heads! : What Happened to Washington’s Teeth, Einstein’s Brain, and Other Famous Body Parts by Carlyn Beccia. 9780802737458. 2018. Gr 6-8.
Explore the mysteries surrounding famous body parts in history, including Albert Einstein’s brain, George Washington’s teeth, and Louis XIV’s heart. Read about related topics such as body preservation and death rituals. Black-and-white cartoon illustrations and footnotes accompany the informative and hilarious text.

 

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

          

Boots on the Ground : America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge. 9780670785063. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Eight individuals who were on the ground during the Vietnam War tell their stories, which are accompanied by over 100 photographs that capture the intensity of the fighting, and the lasting impact of the horrors of a war that killed over 58,000 Americans.

H.G. Wells : The Time Machine by Dobbs & Mathieu Moreau. 9781683832010. 2018. Gr 9-12.
A graphic novel adaptation of H.G. Wells’ adventures of a scientist who invents a machine that transports him to the future.

Legendary Ladies : 50 Goddesses to Empower and Inspire You by Ann Shen. 9781452163413. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Stories of goddesses from cultures around the world celebrate strong women and encourage young women to empower themselves.

Life Inside My Mind : 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles edited by Jessica Burkhart. 9781481494649. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Thirty-one YA authors share personal stories discussing their own struggles with mental health issues detailing issues from ADD to PTSD, and how they work through their issues to achieve success.

The Plant Messiah : Adventures in Search of the World’s Rarest Species by Carlos Magdalena. 9780385543613. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Spanish botanist Carlos Magdalena travels the world searching out rare and highly-endangered plants to document and protect them from man-made ecological disaster. From the rainforests to the deserts, Magdelena tells stories from his trips abroad and reveals the secrets from the plants he studies, documenting why these plants are so important to save.

The Teenage Guy’s Survival Guide : The Real Deal on Going Out, Growing Up, and Other Guy Stuff by Jeremy Daldry. 9780316561426. 2018. Gr 7-12.
This humorous guide for boys ages ten to fourteen offers advice on dating, sex, body changes, and social life.

Great Realistic Easy/Fiction Titles for April 2018

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles published in April. Everything here is realistic, including historical fiction, mysteries, and adventure. Happy reading!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

        

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal. 9780763693558. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names. Her father tells stories from their family history to teach Alma that having so many names speaks of a rich family lineage. Alma begins to understand that one days she will have a story of her own.

Bark Park! by Trudy Krisher (ill. by Brooke Boynton-Hughes). 9781481430753. 2108. Gr PK-2.
Dogs have a great day at the dog park in this rhyming and riotous read-aloud.

The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul. 9781250153562. 2018. Gr PK-3.
A young girl doesn’t know how to cope with the reaction of her parents and teacher to disastrous news. When her teacher tells the class to “look for the helpers,” she looks for ways that she can help by showing small kindnesses.

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets : A Muslim Book of Shapes by Hena Khan (ill. by Mehrdokht Amini). 9781452155418. 2018. Gr PK-3.
As she did with colors in Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors, Khan uses Muslim buildings, objects, and traditions to demonstrate geometric shapes and motifs.

Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins (ill. by Emily Hughes). 9781452142555. 2018. Gr K-2.
A treehouse can be built with just a couple of boards and some nails, but for those who want a bit more, check out this lovely picture book.

          

Farmer Falgu Goes to the Market by Chitra Soundar & Kanika Nair. 9788181903129. 2018. Gr K-2.
As Farmer Falgu takes his produce to the market, a series of incidents causes all his eggs to crack. When he reaches the market, he decides that instead of trying to sell his nearly ruined produce, he will use the cracked eggs and sell omelets instead.

The Fishing Lesson by Heinrich Boll (ill. by Emile Bravo). 9780802855039. 2018. Gr PK-1.
A tourist scolds a fisherman taking a nap in his dinghy for his laziness, telling him that if he went out more, he would be more successful. But the fisherman has his own lesson to teach.

Goldfish on Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones (ill. by Leo Espinosa). 9780385386111. 2018. Gr PK-3.
With all their friends on vacation for the summer, three siblings are left with only their goldfish to play with. Then they notice that the old fountain down the street is being repaired, and someone has put up a sign: “Calling All Goldfish Looking for a Summer Home,” and the summer turns out to be not so dull after all. This tale is based on a true story.

Grains of Sand by Sibylle Delacroix. 9781771472050. 2018. Gr PK-3.
A young girl is disappointed that her family vacation to the beach is over. She and her brother collect the grains of sand from their shoes and plant them, imagining all the fun beach things that could grow.

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall. 9780316362382. 2018. Gr PK-3.
This picture book follows the caretaker of an iconic lighthouse as he tends to the light and his family while showcasing the sea, the wildlife, and the changing seasons.

I Got It! by David Wiesner. 9780544309029. 2018. Gr PK-3.
A young boy is in the outfield during a baseball game, and as a fly ball comes towards him, he imagines all the disappointment and humiliation he might feel if he misses it, which makes him determined to succeed.

        

I Really Want to See You, Grandma by Taro Gomi. 9781452161587 2018. Gr PK-2.
Yumi and her grandmother really want to see each other, but when they both set out from their homes at the same time they keep missing each other.

I Walk with Vanessa : A Story about a Simple Act of Kindness by Kerascoet. 9781524769550. 2018. Gr PK-3.
This wordless picture book portrays the helplessness and anger that arises after incidents of bullying, and how an act of kindness can inspire a community.

The King of Bees by Lester L. Laminack (ill. by Jim LaMarche). 9781561459537. 2018. Gr K-3.
Henry is fascinated by the bees his Aunt Lilla cares for and he would love to help with them. But she says he must wait until he is older.

Little Brothers & Little Sisters by Monica Arnaldo. 9781771472951. 2018. Gr K-3.
Four pairs of sibling demonstrate through play and daily life the struggles and joys of being a younger sibling.

Max Explains Everything : Grocery Store Expert by Stacy McAnulty (ill. by Deborah Hocking). 9781101996447. 2018. Gr PK-3.
Kid-expert Max relates everything there is to know about going to the grocery store, from surviving the produce section obstacle course, to grabbing candy at the checkout lane.

       

Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (ill. by Ebony Glenn). 9781534400597. 2018. Gr PK-2.
A young African American Muslim girl tries on her mother’s headscarf, called a khimar or hijab. The yellow khimar means the most and as she wears it throughout the day, feeling the love of her family both Muslim and non-Muslim.

My Teacher’s Not Here! by Lana Button (ill. by Christine Battuz). 9781771383561. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Kitty and her fellow students are worried when they find out that Miss Seabrooke is home sick from school today. They wonder who will sing the class songs with them, who will help them zip up their jackets, and who will remind them all about bathroom time. Certainly not Mr. Omar, the substitute teacher. It is up to Kitty to show Mr. Omar the way.

Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe & Beck Cattie (ill. by Daniel Duncan). 9781499804966. 2018. Gr PK-2.
Nate loves sharks and spends every day reading shark books and watching TV with sharks in it—but he can’t swim. When his brother teases him about this, Nate works hard to be able to swim as fast and as gracefully as a shark and make the swim team.

Ten Cents a Pound by Nhung N. Tran-Davies & Josee Bisaillon. 9781772600568. 2018. Gr K-3.
A young girl loves her family and her village, but she also wants to go to school and see what’s beyond her small community.

What If… by Samantha Berger (ill. by Mike Curato). 9780316390965. 2018. Gr PK-3.
A child who likes to draw and write stories imagines what would happen if there were no pencils, paper, or other tools for being creative.

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

            

Charlie & Frog (Book 1) by Karen Kane. 9781368005821. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Bored at his grandparents’ place for the summer, Charlie worries when a woman who always greets him in sign language disappears. With his new friend Frog (Francine), who wants to be the world’s greatest detective, he is determined to find out what happened.

Class Action by Steven B. Frank. 9781328799203. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Sam is suspended for protesting the amount of homework he is assigned in sixth grade. With the help of his elderly neighbor attorney, he decides to file a class action lawsuit to declare that homework is unconstitutional. Along with a growing group of friends and family, Sam takes his fight all the way to the Supreme Court, learning quite a bit about the justice system along the way.

The Doughnut Fix (Book 1) by Jessie Janowitz. 9781492655411. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Tristan loves living in New York City, where he can try out the foods at the nearby delis and has learned to bake, so he is appalled when his parents move the family to a tiny town with no restaurants or bakeries. Not one! When he finds that the owner of the general store hasn’t made his “life-changing” chocolate cream doughnuts for years, he and his new friends go on a search for the recipe, hoping to start a new business in this sleepy town.

Ebb & Flow by Heather T. Smith. 9781771388382. 2018. Gr 4-6.
In a collection of free verse poems, Jett recounts his horrible year at a new town and school, and his return to his grandmother’s house on the coast for the summer where he tries to come to terms with everything that happened.

The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. 9780553535327. 2018. Gr 4-6.
In 1906, Amihan lives in the leper colony on the Philippine island of Culion. She spends her days taking care of her mother and playing with the island’s butterflies. One day, a man from the health department arrives and announces that all the healthy children will be removed to a different island to help prevent them from getting the disease. When news of her mother arrives on the new island, Amihan is desperate to get back.

The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet. 9780763688042. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Due to World War II, Gusta leaves her parents in New York City for her grandmother’s orphanage in Maine. The only thing of value she brings with her is a beautiful French horn, a gift from her father, which she refuses to sell. As she struggles to adjust, she becomes inspired by a story her mother told her about a coin-like “Wish” that her sea-captain grandfather hid. And as the war rages, she watches patriotism turn to prejudice, and learns about alien registration drives and family secrets.

Rescue by Jessie Haas. 9781629798806. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Animal lover Joni likes her new friend Chess, who is a passionate animal activist. But when Chess “rescues” some miniature horses from a neighbor, Joni needs to find a way to confront Chess without ruining their friendship.

 

The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela. 9781492662112. 2018. Gr 4-6.
India and her family love to watch the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee on TV, and they convince shy India, a terrific speller, to sign up.

You Go First by Erin Estrada Kelly. 9780062414182. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer live across the country from each other and know each other from an online Scrabble game. Although they are different in many ways, the two find friendship and connection as they face family issues and the turmoil of middle school.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

             

Chasing Helicity (Book 1) by Ginger Zee. 9781484780381. 2018. Gr 4-7.
Everyone has a passion, and Helicity’s passion is the weather, as well as science and math, and would love to be a storm chaser. Disappointed when she isn’t placed in honors classes, Helicity goes for a horseback ride and is caught in a tornado.

Deep Water by Watt Key. 9780374306540. 2018. Gr 5-8.
When her scuba instructor father falls ill, Julie takes over, leading two clients on a dive while her father stays in the boat. The reckless clients, a father and son, won’t listen to Julie and get into trouble, and when Julie surfaces, her father and the boat have disappeared. It’s up to Julie to get the injured clients to safety before sharks show up.

Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen & Laurie Morrison. 9781419728648. 2018. Gr 5-9.
Lauren’s brother is at a boarding school for kids on the autism spectrum. After her mother is arrested, Sierra is placed with a foster family in Lauren’s affluent neighborhood. Now fast friends, Lauren wants Sierra’s help with a scheme to raise money for autistic children who can’t afford services like her brother has. But when Sierra finds out that it involves theft, she realizes that she has a lot to lose if she helps Lauren.

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes. 9780316262286. 2018. Gr 4-8.
Jerome is mistakenly shot by a white police officer, and as a ghost, observes the turmoil in his community as a result of his death. The ghost of Emmett Till helps Jerome understand how systemic racism led to his death and how far the effects of his death really go by introducing him to the grieving daughter of the police officer who struggles with her father’s actions.

The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass. 9781419728822. 2018. Gr 5-8.
After Briana’s father dies, she finds no comfort in family or home. She doesn’t even want to try to write for the school literary magazine or pursue the possibility of romance. Briana will need to find a way through the storm of her life by relying on her own inner self.

Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay. 9780062672964. 2018. Gr 5-8.
When his grandfather, Maas Conrad, goes missing during a fishing trip in the ocean outside of Kingston, Jamaica, Lloyd braves the mysteries of the ocean to find him. As he does, he learns that most people in his community make little effort to look, but he finds allies in his friend Dwight and a dolphin researcher named Jules. Together they learn more about the sea and the people who use it.

Love Double Dutch! by Doreen Spicer-Donnelly. 9781524700003. 2018. Gr 4-7.
MaKayla is excited to take her double Dutch team to the national championship at Madison Square Garden, until her mom says MaKayla will be living with her aunt in North Carolina for the summer. With her dreams shattered, MaKayla crossly leaves her home, but then finds that double Dutch is hugely popular in the South—and maybe she can convince her snooty cousin to help her make a team.

      

Rebound by Kwame Alexander. 9780544868137. 2018. Gr 5-7.
In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family’s past.

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor. 9780399161933. 2018. Gr 5-7.
During the Vietnam War, a young girl gets a paper route, hoping to help her family save enough money to send her peace-loving older brother to college and keep him from being drafted. She tries to stay positive with the help of an old man on her paper route, who she has never seen but exchanges letters with. Funny and heart-warming, this book is told only in their letters, and Reenie and Mr. Marsworth have a history that Reenie just might uncover in their letters.

The War Below by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. 9781338233025. 2018. Gr 4-7.
After capture by the Nazis, Ukrainian Luka is forced to work in a labor camp until he smuggles himself out, leaving his best friend Lida behind. He becomes part of an underground resistance force that are fighting both the Nazis and the Soviets. It’s very dangerous, but he hopes both to rescue Lida and get back home to his father.

Without Refuge by Jane Mitchell. 9781541500501. 2018. Gr 4-8.
As civil war sweeps through Syria, Ghalib and his family decide to make a desperate dash toward Europe.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

            

All Out of Pretty by Ingrid Palmer. 9781939547484. 2018. Gr 10-12.
For sixteen-year-old Andrea, beauty and friendships are a liability and academic achievement is the key to her future. But survival becomes paramount after her addict mother claims custody and puts them at the mercy of her drug dealer boyfriend.

Antipodes by Michele Bacon. 9781510723610. 2018. Gr 10-12.
After a mortifying and disastrous birthday week ruins Erin’s reputation, relationship with her boyfriend, and chances for a swim team captaincy, her mother decides that the only chance for an Ivy League future is for Erin to study abroad…in New Zealand. Despite the modest homes and the lack of anything “important” happening in the community, Erin finds that everyone there is happy and wonders how to get that contentment for herself.

Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown. 9780807580851. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Emmie is trying to reclaim her life after a year of dating her mom’s dealer, Nick—a relationship that ended with him in prison after she testified against him. While serving juvenile community service, Emmie meets Max, a boy with anger issues trying to overcome his own troubled past. The two are drawn into a tenuous relationship. But when their pasts come back to haunt them, they’ll have to learn to trust each other.

The Fall of Grace by Amy Fellner Dominy. 9781101936238. 2018. Gr 8-12.
When Grace’s mother is arrested for embezzling money from the hedge fund she manages, Grace searches for clues for her mother’s innocence—or for hidden money that she hadn’t spent. After searching at home and finding nothing, Grace heads out to their Colorado vacation home, followed by Sam, whose family lost everything because of her mother.

Folded Notes from High School by Matt Boren. 9780451478207. 2018. Gr 9-12.
It’s 1991 and Tara is a senior in high school, with a hot jock boyfriend and a fantastic best friend. She’s also poised for the role of Sandy in South High’s production of “Grease.” Her world turns upside down when freshman Matthew has an amazing audition for the role of Danny Zuko. Tara’s outrage that a freshman is in the spotlight turns into something else: adoration. Tara begins to mentor Matthew, but it quickly turns into something more that threatens her social standing.

I Was Cleopatra by Dennis Abrams. 9781773060224 2018. Gr 9-12.
When Shakespeare was writing his plays, it was unlawful for women to act on the stage, so young handsome men played the female parts. One such actor was John Rice, and this fictional biography chronicles both Rice’s career and his off-stage life.

In Her Skin by Kim Savage. 9780374308001. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Jo is a con artist, but now she is planning her biggest con yet: impersonating a missing girl from a wealthy family. It works—the family welcomes her with love. But they are also hiding secrets, and Jo might find her new safe nest to be a dangerous place.

            

Lizzie by Dawn Ius. 9781481490764. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Lizzie Borden is desperate to escape her father and stepmother’s bed and breakfast because of the physical and psychological abuse she suffers. It gets so bad that she has regular blackouts that coincide with her menses, with increasingly violent behaviors. In the months leading up to the legendary murders, Lizzie’s struggles with her illness, her desire to escape the inn, and a growing romance with the maid, Bridget.

Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher. 9780062220066. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Annie cannot seem to get away from her birth family, despite living a moderately decent life with her foster parents. But she keeps getting drawn back into the drama. After an argument at a swim meet, her nephew goes missing, and it takes the combined efforts of everyone to put the pieces of the puzzle together to get him home safe.

Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington. 9780765392275. 2018. Gr 8-12.
Vee (Virginia) is thrilled to have a summer internship touring with bands on a reality show. Then she learns that Cam, her first love—and first heartbreak—will be on the bus, too.

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert. 9781484726020. 2018. Gr 9-12.
At an exclusive Silicon Valley high school, Danny Cheng is an artistic scholarship kid, which makes him stand out from his classmates. After the death of a friend, Danny’s life deteriorates even more when his father loses his job and the family is forced to move. One day he discovers a box in his father’s closet that contains old letters and a file on one of the most powerful families in Silicon Valley, forcing him to confront the secrets of his family history.

Rebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring. 9781525300332. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Jesobel is a no-nonsense girl with a love of cupcakes and great confidence despite being a big girl. But when a wardrobe malfunction puts her in the crosshairs of a mean girl, Jesobel’s confidence is quickly diminished. When a boy she has a major crush on invites her to a party, she wonders if her focus on food is keeping her from a life she really wants.

Relative Strangers by Paula Garner. 9780763694692. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Jules always wanted a tight-knit family, but she never knew her father and isn’t close to her ex-addict mother. When she looks for a baby picture for her senior yearbook, she is shocked to learn that she was in foster care for the first two years of her life. She sets out to learn the truth about her past and to find this loving family who had hoped to adopt her, but when she finds them, what she learns could break her heart once again.

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan. 9780399553844. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Twins Ilsa and Sam are throwing one final dinner party before their grandmother moves to Paris and sells the apartment. The rules of the party are simple: each twin can invite three guests without telling the other who the party-goers are. As the dinner progresses, secrets, old grudges, and sibling rivalry take center stage.

        

Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion. 9781771389310. 2018. Gr 9-12.
A girl from a gritty New Jersey neighborhood becomes enamored with a violin prodigy when her class is taken to a concert at Carnegie Hall. When she tracks him down, they both find something magnetic in the other.

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. 9781481478809. 2018. Gr 9-12.
When teens Zorie and Lennon—best friends once, until Lennon broke Zorie’s heart at homecoming—are stranded in the California wilderness together on a glamping (glamorous camping) trip, they must put aside their differences and come to terms with lingering romantic feelings in order to survive.

The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 9781481417648. 2018. Gr 9-12.
As small children, Avery and Kayla were good friends, but their lives and statuses have changed and pulled them apart. Avery is rich, athletic, and popular, and Kayla is…not. So when Avery’s father decides to invite Kayla to go with their family on a trip to Spain, neither girl is happy. But in Spain, the girls discover a secret both families hid from them—and it may draw them together or push both families apart.

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding. 9781510727663. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Abby lands an internship at her favorite boutique, where she falls for her fellow intern, Jordi, and finds herself competing against him to win a paid job. As Abby begins to feel more confident, her new best friend Jax tries to help her to prove to Abby’s mother that Abby is her own woman. Then Jordi publishes photographs that cause Abby to feel betrayed, and she tries to reconcile her private sense of self-worth with the image others have of her.

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter. 9781512475494. 2018. Gr 7-10.
When east London is targeted by a bomber, Alena, who was raised by her half-brother and his boyfriend, begins researching her long-dead activist mother; and the more she learns, the more rebellious she becomes. Her relationship with her brother becomes strained as Alena learns more about the relationship between her brother and mother.