Black History Month, 2018

Black History month, always celebrated in February, is coming up soon. These nonfiction titles, for students from preschool to adult, were published in 2017 or will be released early in 2018.

PRIMARY GRADES

        

Be a King : Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford (ill. by James E. Ransome). 9780802723680. 2018. Gr K-3.
Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome (ill. by James E. Ransome). 9780823420476. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Between the Lines : How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery by Sandra Neil Wallace (ill. by Bryan Collier). 9781481443876. 2018. Gr PK-2.
How Charlie Took His Shot : How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf by Nancy Churnin (ill. by John Joven). 9780807511282. 2018. Gr K-2.
Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins (ill. by Bryan Collier). 9780316360302. 2017. Gr PK-3.

        
Hidden Figures : The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (ill. by Laura Freeman). 9780062742469. 2018. Gr K-2.
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson (ill. by Frank Morrison). 9780544704527. 2018. Gr K-3.
Libba : The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotton by Laura Veirs (ill. by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh). 9781452148571. 2018. Gr K-3.
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed (ill. by Stasia Burrington). 9780062651730. 2018. Gr K-2.
Midnight Teacher : Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School by Janet Halfmann (ill. by London Ladd). 9781620141632. 2018. Gr K-3.

      
Nina : Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone by Alice Briere-Haquet (ill. by Bruno Liance). 9781580898270. 2017. Gr PK-2.
The Superstar Story of the Harlem Globetrotters! (History of Fun Stuff) by Larry Dobrow. 9781481487498. 2017. Gr 1-3.
That Is My Dream! : A Picture Book of Langston Hughes’s “Dream Variation” by Langston Hughes (ill. by Daniel Miyares). 9780399550171. 2017. Gr PK-3.
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (ill. by R. Gregory Christie). 9780062287847. 2018. Gr K-2.

 

INTERMEDIATE GRADES

          

42 Is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport. 9780763676247. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Blacksmith’s Song by Elizabeth Van Steenwyk (ill. by Anna Rich). 9781561455805. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Born to Swing : Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz by Mara Rockliff (ill. by Michele Wood). 9781629795553. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Chasing Space : Young Readers’ Edition by Leland Melvin. 9780062665928. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Harriet Tubman : Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. 9780062691309. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Here Come the Harlem Globetrotters (Easy-to-Read Level 3) by Larry Dobrow. 9781481487450. 2017. Gr 2-4.

      
Little Leaders : Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison. 9780316475112. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Muddy : The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahn (ill. by Evan Turk). 9781481443494. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Schomburg : The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford (ill. by Eric Velasquez). 9780763680466. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Streetcar to Justice : How Elizabeth Jennings Won the Right to Ride in New York by Amy Hill Hearth. 9780062673602. 2018. Gr 4-6.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

           

Becoming Kareem : Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld. 9780316555388. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Chasing King’s Killer : The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Assassin by James L. Swanson. 9780545723336. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Facing Frederick : The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man by Tonya Bolden. 9781419725463. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Locked Up for Freedom : Civil Rights Protesters at the Leesburg Stockade by Heather E. Schwartz. 9781467785976. 2018. Gr 6-9.
March Forward, Girl : From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine by Melba Pattillo Beals. 9781328882127. 2018. Gr 6-9.
Martin Rising : Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney (ill. by Brian Pinkney). 9780545702539. 2018. Gr 4-7.

  
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by Susan Goldman Rubin. 9781419721311. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Twelve Days in May : Freedom Ride, 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner. 9781629795867. 2017. Gr 6-9.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

        

The 57 Bus : A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Daskha Slater. 9780374303235. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Black Girl Magic : A Poem by Mahogany L. Brown (ill. by Jess X. Snow). 9781250173720. 2018. Gr 7-12.
The Black Lives Matter Movement by Peggy J. Parks. 9781682822852. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Cuz : The Life and Times of Michael A. by Danielle Allen. 9781631493119. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Dream Big Dreams : Photographs from Barack Obama’s Inspiring and Historic Presidency by Pete Souza. 9780316514392. 2017. Gr 5-Adult.

      
A Few Red Drops : The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield. 9780544785137. 2018. Gr 7-12.
I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina (ill. by Stacey Robinson & John Jennings). 9781620142639. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Now or Never! : 54th Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard. 9781629793405. 2018. Gr 7-12.
Racial Profiling : Everyday Inequality by Alison Marie Behnke. 9781512402681. 2017. Gr 8-12.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER

           
Be Free or Die : The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero by Cate Lineberry. 9781250101860. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Chasing Light : Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer by Amanda Lucidon. 9780399581182. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Chasing Space : An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Changes by Leland Melvin. 9780062496720. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
One Goal : A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together by Amy Bass. 9780316396547. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Run for It : Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom by Marcelo D’Salete. 9781683960492. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Three-Fifths a Man : A Graphic History of the African American Experience by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon. 9780809093687. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.

When a Tech Hiatus is in Order

I’m doing this backward. I get it. I’m writing about a tech hiatus after the fact, but I’ve dug deep and realized that I am likely not alone in this. Others may benefit from my special brand of crazy. So, here goes.

I was tired.

It’s such a simple sentence, but it’s profound in meaning. I was tired of being wired. I was heading for burnout and needed an intervention. So many surface-level connections and not enough deep meaning and learning. Thankfully, I’m my own best advocate, and I realized that the person who needed to jerk the plug from the wall was the bleary-eyed brunette staring back at me in the mirror.

To be real, I couldn’t completely disengage from all things technology. I’m a technology integrationist and instructional coach by trade, and I like my paycheck. That said, I know when ancillaries need the ax. I started chopping. But first, let me explain a little of what got me to the point of being an ax-wielding techie.

Platitudes.

Probably the single biggest, growing frustration for me in the last year has been this rapid influx of social media mavens who all claim to be the next big expert in technology and learning. Book tours, keynoting engagements, and images of their airline perils as they dash across the country and world. Now don’t tar and feather me if you’re one of these people. Nothing against you, personally, but I’m tired of platitudes. A great quote made all pretty in the latest “quote cutifying” app does not an expert make. I’ve seen numerous outstanding people leave the profession under the guise of helping even more people. While this is possible, it’s not the pattern I’ve seen. Instead, I see more distance from the trenches. Less applicability and more semantic recipes spun into some sappy sweet quotable Tweet or new book tagline. Everyone trying to make a buck off of those of us still deep in the muddy sludge of the daily grind in a world that has never been more anti-education, anti-teacher, and anti-common sense. Sadly, I was both overwhelmed and underwhelmed simultaneously. So many sites, apps, ideas, and subscriptions and not one of them really made a drastic dent in student achievement. Our schools, teachers, and students are still struggling. It’s a system that needs fixing (and fancy platitudes aren’t gonna get the job done).

It made me sad.

So why do I risk ticking off a number of you? Because I freakin’ care about kids! On the daily, I see hurting families and parents who have lost touch. Kids who have never been more connected but never more unable to effectively communicate in person. I see tugging cords of “back to basics” stretching against those who stress the need for a more modern approach. More and more acronyms are thrown into educational alphabet soup. Kids needing authentic learning need PBL; kids needing behavior intervention need PBIS, giving me more reasons to drown my confusion at the local PUB (see what I did there?!) Twitter is abuzz with chatter of the Next Big Thing and the ever-changing list of what one must do to be successful. It’s crap. The prescription for this sickness isn’t the same for everyone. What troubles a set of students in rural Iowa is not likely the same for the struggles of an inner-city Californian. So why do we claim to be able to deliver inspiration without actual materialization? Show me evidence that this works. Don’t fill me with endorphins and proverbial Kumbayah. Show me. Don’t travel cross-country with your canned keynote. Show me proof that your words will make a difference. Be knee deep in it. “Mike Rowe” it and hike up your waders. Teaching is one of the dirtiest jobs out there. If you aren’t with students and teachers in a non-public speaking capacity, it’s time to get back in. I can stand up and speak about all sorts of feel-good ways to inspire today’s farmer. Does it make me a competent farmer? Ummm no. Even if I actually did farm in my recent past, farming today isn’t the same. Teaching either. Jump back in and reconnect. Talk to me when you are working with kids every day.

My Twitter feed had become a cesspool.

Don’t get me started on the political landscape of our country. Twitter has been filled with verbal vomit for the last year. All the way up to the Commander-in-Chief, we seem to think that what is typed is true. It sounds good, so it must be reliable, right? We are missing the very essence of fact-checking and using our bs radar. The rhythm of our conversations was painfully out of sync and lacking merit and heart. People throwing out ideas and global projects to get themselves on some who’s who list instead of doing it for the right reasons. Check out your Follow habits. Are your followers roughly equal to your follows? If you’re follower heavy, you need to get out there and push to make connections. Return the follow when that person may offer you insight or new perspectives. Don’t be so full of yourself that it becomes a junior high popularity contest. Are you follow heavy? Find lists of teachers in your grade level/content area. Those lists are everywhere! Heed the Twitter suggestions. Those have ended up being some of my favorite Tweeters! And don’t hesitate to weed out those who do not mesh with your purpose, personal or professional. For me, I had become driven by obligation and FOMO (Google it) instead of a desire to push forward for change in these very halls. I was in full V-Tach. Sputtering. Dying. So I pulled the plug and started cleaning my birdhouse.

Clear!

After taking the last year off from non-essential connections, I have been jolted with super-charged paddles and ready to put boots on the ground again. I love technology and learning and all things “school”. My words are my actions, once again, and I expect the same of those from whom I seek information and advice. Let’s be in this together. Truly together. I’m searching for new connections that bring me real ideas, save the pearls of untried or non-applicable wisdom. I’m over it. How about you? Let’s dig in and make our mark. I became a teacher to be a change-agent. It’s my job to ensure that my work will matter to real people long after my epitaph has been written. This blog and my tech connections will once again be a steady place to share real ideas and real struggles of the day-to-day. Join me, will you?

Every day a little better than yesterday.

Keep Your Series Current: January 2018

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

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Bob and Joss Take a Hike! by Peter McCleery (ill. by Vin Vogel). 9780062415325. 2018. Gr K-2.
Chill of the Ice Dragon (Dragon Masters, Book 9) by Tracey West. 9781338169874. 2018. Gr 1-3.
The Clever Friend (Ginger Green, Playdate Queen) by Kim Kane (ill. by Joe Davis). 9781515819516. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Ellie Steps Up to the Plate (Critter Club, Book 18) by Callie Barkley (ill. by Tracy Bishop). 9781534411791. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Fix-It Friends : Eyes on the Prize (Fix-It Friends, Book 5) by Nicole C. Kear (ill. by Tracy Dockrey). 9781250115805. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Fix-It Friends : Three’s a Crowd (Fix-It Friends, Book 6) by Nicole C. Kear (ill. by Tracy Dockrey). 9781250115812. 2018. Gr 1-3.

          
The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School (Gingerbread Man) by Laura Murray (ill. by Mike Lowery). 9781101996942. 2018. Gr K-2.
Hector’s Hiccups (Sofia Martinez) by Jacqueline Jules. 9781515823353. 2018. Gr K-2.
Heidi Heckelbeck Has a New Best Friend (Heidi Heckelbeck, Book 22) by Wanda Coven (ill. Priscilla Burris). 9781534411081. 2018. Gr K-2.
The High Hills (Brambly Hedge) by Jill Barklem. 9780008252663. 2018. Gr PK-1.
Humphrey’s Pet Show Panic (Humphrey’s Tiny Tales, Book 7) by Betty G. Birney (ill. by Priscilla Burris). 9781524737177. 2018. Gr K-3.
Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet (Isadora Moon, Book 3) by Harriet Muncaster. 9780399558290. 2018. Gr 1-4.

      
The Royal Island (Tales of Sasha, Book 7) by Alexa Pearl (ill. by Paco Sordo). 9781499806038. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants (Shai & Emmie, Book 2) by Quvenzhane Wallis. 9781481458856. 2018. Gr 1-3.
Third Grade Mermaid and the Narwhals (Third Grade Mermaid) by Peter Raymundo. 9780545940344. 2018. Gr 1-3.
When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… by Molly Bang. 9781338152982. 2018. Gr PK-1.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Aleca Zamm Fools Them All (Aleca Zamm, Book 3) by Ginger Rue. 9781481470674. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Avalanche! (Survivor Diaries, Book 2) by Terry Lynn Johnson. 9780544970397. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Bad Kitty Camp Daze (Bad Kitty) by Nick Bruel. 9781626728851. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Dark Wyng (Erth Dragons, Book 2) by Chris D’Lacey. 9780545900577. 2018. Gr 4-6.
D-Day : Battle on the Beach (Ranger in Time, Book 7) by Kate Messner. 9781338133936. 2018. Gr 2-5.
Dragon Overnight (Upside-Down Magic, Book 4) by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, & Emily Jenkins. 9781338111156. 2018. Gr 3-6.

          
Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks (Fenway and Hattie, Book 3) by Victoria J. Coe. 9781524737832. 2018. Gr 3-5.
Hamster Princess : Whiskerella (Hamster Princess, Book 5) by Ursula Vernon. 9780399186554. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Hamstersaurus Rex Gets Crushed (Hamstersaurus Rex, Book 3) by Tom O’Donnell (ill. by Tim Miller). 9780062377586. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Hilo : 4 : Waking the Monsters by Judd Winick. 9781524714932. 2018. Gr 3-6.
It’s Not Destiny : An Abby Story (Second Chance Ranch) by Kelsey Abrams (ill. by Jomike Tejido). 9781631631443. 2018. Gr 3-6.
Microsaurs : That’s My Tiny-Saurus Rex (Microsaurs, Book 3) by Dustin Hansen. 9781250090294. 2018. Gr 2-4.

          
Quest for the City of Gold (Treasure Hunters, Book 5) by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein. 9780316349550. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Stormspeaker (Spirit Animals : Fall of the Beasts, Book 7) by Christina Diaz. 9781338116694. 2018. Gr 4-6.
The Terrible Two Go Wild (Terrible Two, Book 3) by Mac Barnett & Jory John. 9781419721854. 2018. Gr 4-6.
Twin Trouble (Ella and Owen, Book 7) by Jaden Kent (ill. by Iryna Bodnaruk). 9781499806113. 2018. Gr 2-4.
The Uncanny Express (Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters, Book 2) by Kara LaReau (ill. by Jen Hill). 9781419725685. 2018. Gr 2-4.
Wolfie and Fly : Band on the Run (Wolfie and Fly, Book 2) by Cary Fagan (ill. by Zoe Si). 9781101918234. 2018. Gr 2-5.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Hermes : Tales of the Trickster (Olympians, Book 10) by George O’Connor. 9781626725249. 2018. Gr 5-8.
The It Girl in Rome (It Girl, Book 3) by Katy Birchall. 9781481463683. 2018.          Gr 5-8.
Phoenix Burning (Phoenix Rising, Book 2) by Bryony Pearce. 9781510716452. 2018. Gr 6-8.
Stone Man Mysteries : 2 : Sanctuary by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple. 9781541510432. 2018. Gr 5-8.
War of the Realms (Valkyrie, Book 3) by Kate O’Hearn. 9781481447430. 2018. Gr 5-8.
A Warp in Time (Horizon, Book 3) by Jude Watson. 9781338187014. 2018. Gr 5-8.
Warrior Genius (Rebel Geniuses, Book 2) by Michael Dante DiMartino. 9781626723375. 2018. Gr 5-8.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Chainbreaker (Timekeeper Trilogy, Book 2) by Tara Sim. 9781510706194. 2018. Gr 10-12.
The Curses (Graces, Book 2) by Laura Eve. 9781419725715. 2018. Gr 10-12.
The Defiant (Valiant, Book 2) by Lesley Livingston. 9780448494722. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Monster (Dark Missions of Edgar Brim, Book 2) by Shane Peacock. 9781770497016. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Naondel (Red Abbey Chronicles, Book 2) by Maria Turtschaninoff. 9781419725555. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Poison’s Cage (Serpent’s Promise, Book 2) by Breeana Shields. 9781101937860. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Purple Hearts (Front Lines, Book 3) by Michael Grant. 9780062342218. 2018. Gr 9-12.

      
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, Book 2) by Neal Shusterman. 9781442472457. 2018. Gr 10-12.
The True Queen (Impostor Queen, Book 3) by Sarah Fine. 9781481490603. 2018. Gr 9-12.
Wires and Nerve : 2 : Gone Rogue  by Marissa Meyer (ill. by Stephen Gilpin). 9781250078285. 2018. Gr 7-12.
You Won’t Know I’m Gone (Black Angel Chronicles, Book 2) by Kristen Orlando. 9781250123619. 2018. Gr 10-12.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER SERIES & SEQUELS

      

Dark State (Empire Games, Book 2) by Charles Stross. 9780765337573. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.
The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 9) by Alan Bradley. 9780345539991. 2018. Gr 9-Adult.
Iron Gold (Red Rising Novel, Book 4) by Pierce Brown. 9780425285916. 2018. Gr 10-Adult.
Still Me by Jojo Moyes. 9780399562457. 2018. Gr 11-Adult.

Great Nonfiction Titles for December 2017

Take a look at these exciting nonfiction titles that were published in December. Enjoy and learn!

ELEMENTARY NONFICTION

      

50 Wacky Things Humans Do : Weird & Amazing Facts about Humans! 9781633223967. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Learn 50 fascinating, goofy, and gross facts about the human body.

Breathe Like a Bear : 30 Mindful Moments for Kids by Kira Willey (ill. by Anni Betts). 9781623368838. 2017. Gr K-4.
Mindfulness is a popular tool for managing one’s body and emotions. Kids can learn 30 short breathing exercises that can be used any time or place to help them become calm and focus.

The Superstar Story of the Harlem Globetrotters (History of Fun Stuff) by Larry Dobrow. 9781481487498. 2017. Gr 1-3.
This easy reader biography will provide lot of interesting fun to fans of basketball and sports stars.

Terrier Trouble! : And More True Stories of Animals Behaving Badly! (National Geographic Kids) by Candice Ransom. 9781426329005. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Dogs aren’t the only animals getting into trouble in this nonfiction, high-interest chapter book. In addition to the troublesome terrier, animal-loving kids can read about a rowdy kitty and a runaway emu.

 

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

     

Heroes of Black History : Biographies of Four Great Americans. 9781683300120. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Read about the lives of four great African Americans: Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama.

Marvel Cinematic Universe Guidebook : The Good, the Bad, the Guardians. 9781302902407. 2017. Gr 8-Adult.
This guidebook brings readers up to date on everything that happened in the Marvel universe from Captain America: The Winter Soldier in 2014 to Galaxy Vol. 2. Read about favorite heroes and their evil foes, as well as the supporting characters.

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018. 9781600572111. 2017. Gr 7-Adult.
The latest Almanac presents thousands of facts about a wide variety of subjects, including the year in review, sports statistics, and a color section of world maps and flags.

Great Easy/Fiction Titles for December 2017

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles published in December. Happy reading!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

          

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal (ill. by Holly Hatam). 9780062422507. 2017. Gr K-3.
Every library should have this empowering book for and about girls.

Groundhug Day by Anne Marie Pace (ill. by Christopher Denise). 9781484753569. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Moose is organizing a Valentine’s Day party and wants to invite everyone. But a friend informs him that if Groundhog sees his shadow, he will stay in bed another six weeks—and miss the party. The friends come up with a plan to stop Groundhog from seeing his shadow.

Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon by Judy Young (ill. by Jordi Solano). 9781585369775. 2017. Gr 1-4.
In 16th-century Beijing, Hu Wan and his grandfather grow gourds and carve them into bowls and ladles to sell. One special gourd each year is made into a cricket cage. This year is Hu Wan’s first time to make the cage, which he carves into the shape of a dragon. When the Emperor dies, he decides to give the cage to the new nine-year-old Emperor.

I Love Cats! by Sue Stainton (ill. by Bob Staake). 9780062438829. 2017. Gr PK-K.
Especially for cat lovers, this book is narrated by a young girl who loves any and all kinds of cats.

Mouseling’s Words by Shutta Crum (ill. by Ryan O’Rourke). 9780544302167. 2017. Gr K-2.
A young mouse takes on the job of word collector, despite the dangers job searching for and scavenging words. Until one day he comes face to face with the library cat, in this version of Aesop’s The Lion and the Mouse.

No Hugs for Porcupine by Zoe Waring. 9780762462254. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Porcupine lives in a forest where all the animals like to hug. But no one wants to hug Porcupine and risk getting stuck by his quills. Lonely, he goes off to sulk—and finds someone who has the perfect solution.

        

The Pink Hat by Andrew Joyner. 9781524772260. 2017. Gr PK-3.
After a feisty kitten swipes a pink hat from a knitting basket, the wind blows it away.  A young girl finds the hat and knows just what to do with it—join the Women’s March!

Rot, the Cutest in the World! by Ben Clanton. 9781481467629. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Rot is a mutant potato and definitely not cute. Despite that, he joins the Cutest in the World Contest. When his competition—a baby bunny, kitten, and little jellyfish—pick on him, he decides to be himself, and a surprising panel of judges (a trio of mutant fruit) awards him the prize!

This Is Not a Valentine by Carter Higgins. 9781452153742. 2017. Gr K-3.
A boy offers non-traditional gifts to his crush, but her reaction to the dandelions, moon-blaster, and other girls shows that he knows just what she really likes.

Valensteins by Ethan Long. 9781619634336. 2017. Gr PK-2.
When Fran K. Stein’s monster friends come across him making a valentine, they are appalled when they finally realize what a valentine represents. What can be more scary—and gross—than falling in love? This humorous tale is a great read-aloud for both Valentine’s Day and Halloween.

The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton. 9781492654452. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Bartelby, a very long sausage dog, causes chaos when walking with his friends until they find a way for him to keep track of his bottom.

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

      

The Crims by Kate Davies. 9780062494092. 2017. Gr 4-6.
The Crims are a family of small-time crooks, and Imogen Crim is glad to have a different future, starting with her acceptance at Lilyworth Ladies College. But she is expelled when her family admits to a really major crime. However, Imogen knows there is no way her bumbling relatives could have pulled off something so complicated—but how can she prove it?

The Haunted House Next Door (Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol, Book 1) by Andres Miedoso (ill. by Victor Rivas). 9781534410398. 2017. Gr 1-3.
When Andres moves to a new time, he becomes friends with his neighbor Desmond, who runs a ghost-hunting business. Thanks goodness—because Andres’s house is haunted! There goes his wished-for normal life!  The first title in this funny supernatural series will be a hit with new chapter readers.

Sink or Swim (Magic School Bus Rides Again) by Judy Katschke. 9781338232141. 2017. Gr 2-4.
This new early chapter book series brings Ms./Professor Frizzle’s younger sister in as a new teacher at Walkerville Elementary. She may be new, but she has the same motto as her older sister: take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!

The Wishing Wings (Butterfly Wishes, Book 1) by Jennifer Castle. 9781681194912. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Magical butterflies talk and grant wishes in this early chapter book series. Human sisters Addie and Clara discover that the butterflies are trapped by an enchantment, and they must figure out how to break it.

 

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

         

Bad Call by Stephen Wallenfels. 9781484768136. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Four teenagers experience terrifying and unexpected difficulties on a camping trip at Yosemite National Park.

Before Now by Norah Olson. 9780062347077. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Atty and Cole have run away from their hard lives in the city. As their old lives threaten to catch up with them, they promise they will stay together forever…no matter what.

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. 9781627799379 2017. Gr 9-12.
Claudia agrees to coach actors in her high school’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” leading to new friendships—and maybe even new love.

Here, There, Everywhere by Julia Durango. 9780062314031. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Moving from Chicago to Buffalo Falls is hard, and Zeus is sure this summer will be the worst—until he meets Rose. He wants a future with her, but her desire is to leave Buffalo Falls to go to a music conservatory, and his mom is talking about moving back to Chicago. Give this book to readers who like a sweet, light romance.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle. 9780544932050. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Lily, who has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Abelard, who has Asperger’s, meet in detention and discover a mutual affinity for love letters—and, despite their differences, each other.

    

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West. 9780062675774. 2017. Gr 8-12.
When Abby is told that her painting has “no heart,” she makes a list of things she’s never done before. She’s also hoping that her best friend Cooper will realize that he feels the same way about her as she does about him. Fans of YA rom-com will be delighted with West’s newest.

Three Sides of a Heart : Stories about Love Triangles edited by Natalie C. Parker. 9780062424471. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Short stories from sixteen YA authors cover love triangles from all genres.

The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy. 9781524700898. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Kayla just wants to run away from the government housing she calls home, her unstable mother, and her job at a food store. Betsy just wants to survive her new rules, a new school, being watched, and the threat of the burner phone under her bed. When Kayla’s and Betsy’s lives collide, it will change both of them.

Keep Your Series Current: December 2017

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

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

            

Battle of the Boss-Monster (Notebooks of Doom, Book 13) by Troy Cummings. 9781338034578. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Caveboy Is a Hit! (Caveboy, Book 3) by Sudipta Bardhan-Qualien (ill. by Eric Wight). 9781681190471. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin (ill. by Betsy Lewin). 9781481444965. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Come Home Already! by Jory John (ill. by Benji Davies). 9780062370976. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Fire! Fire! (Hilde Cracks the Case, Book 3) by Hilde Lysiak & Matthew Lysiak. 9781338141627. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Gimme Shelter : Misadventures and Misinformation (Chicken Squad Adventure, Book 5) by Doreen Cronin. 9781534405714. 2017. Gr 1-4.
The New Kid (Carver Chronicles, Book 5) by Karen English. 9781328703996. 2017. Gr 1-4.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

          

Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman (Captain Underpants : Color Edition, Book 2) by Dav Pilkey. 9781338216233. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Creature Keepers and the Perilous Pyro-Paws (Creature Keepers, Book 4) by Peter Nelson. 9780062236500. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Dionysus and the Land of Beasts (Heroes in Training, Book 14) by Tracey West. 9781481488358. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Fantastic and Terrible Fame of Classroom 13 (Classroom 13, Book 3) by Honest Lee & Matthew J. Gilbert. 9780316464574. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Keep Calm and Sparkle On! (Wish List, Book 2) by Sarah Aronson. 9780545941594. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Medea the Enchantress (Goddess Girls, Book 23) by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams. 9781481470186. 2017. Gr 4-6.
        

Night of the Living Things (Victor Shmud, Total Expert, Book 2) by Jim Benton. 9780545932356. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Once Upon a Winter (Orchard Novel, Book 2) by Megan Atwood. 9780545932356. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Peter Powers and the Swashbuckling Sky Pirates! (Peter Powers and His Not-So-Super Powers, Book 6) by Kent Clark & Brandon T. Snider. 9780316437943. 2017. Gr 4-6.
The Risky Rescue (Key Hunters, Book 6) by Eric Luper. 9781338212303. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Super Turbo and the Fire-Breathing Dragon (Super Turbo, Book 5) by Lee Kirby. 9781481499972. 2017. Gr 2-4.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

      

The Fall of the Readers (Forbidden Library, Book 4) by Django Wexler. 9780399539206. 2017. Gr 5-8.
The Forgotten Shrine (Bounders, Book 3) by Monica Tesler. 9781481445993. 2017. Gr 6-8.
New Creep at School (Creeper Diaries, Book 3) by Greyson Mann. 9781510731127. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The Stolen Crown (League of Archers, Book 2) by Eva Howard. 9781481460408. 2017. Gr 5-7.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

      

Ever the Brave (Clash of Kingdoms, Book 2) by Erin Summerill. 9780544664463. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Freed by Flame and Storm (Bound by Blood and Sand, Book 2) by Becky Allen. 9781101932186. 2017. Gr 8-12.
The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, Book 2) by Katherine Arden. 9781101885963. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
The Mind Virus (Unplugged, Book 3) by Donna Freitas. 9780062118660. 2017. Gr 9-12.

Great Nonfiction Titles for November 2017

Lots of exciting nonfiction titles were published in November. Enjoy and learn!

PRIMARY NONFICTION

        

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome (ill. by James E. Ransome). 9780823420476. 2017. Gr PK-2.
This picture book biography narrates the life of Harriet Tubman, as slave, conductor on the Underground Railroad, Union spy, and suffragist.

Many : The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies (ill. by Emily Sutton). 9780763694838. 2017. Gr K-3.
Every day, more and more living organisms are discovered, and together they form an intricate, interwoven pattern. Human interference disrupts the working of the entire system. Davies and Sutton show how the destruction or extinction of one part has negative consequences for the earth as a whole.

Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton (ill. by Kathryn Mitter). 9780807579435. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Find out how Kelsey, her family, and their friends make maple syrup from the sap of sugar maple trees.

Not So Different : What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability by Shane Burcaw. 9781626727717. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Shane Burcaw, author of a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction honor award, answers direct questions about spinal muscular atrophy and his daily life for young readers.

Pinocchio Rex and Other Tyrannosaurs (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melissa Stewart (ill. by Julius Csotonyi). 9780062490933. 2017. Gr K-3.
The fierce T-rex is one of the most well-known and popular dinosaurs, but he is not the only tyrannosaur. Co-author Steve Brusatte, a scientist, actually studied the Pinocchio Rex in China. This latest in a very worthy series discusses how the tyrannosaurs evolved, where other kinds of tyrannosaurs lived, and what it was like to discover a new dinosaur.

  

Who Am I? : An Animal Guessing Game by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page. 9780544935396. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Use clues about an animal’s characteristics and movements to guess what animal is being described. Then turn the page and find out if you were right! This book provides fun as well as information about animals, and is also a good choice for those learning to read.

Who’s New at the Zoo? by Janik Coat. 9781780554556. 2017. Gr PK-K.
As they turn each page, readers are asked to find the latest addition to the zoo.

 

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

          

A Child Through Time : The Book of Children’s History by Phil Wilkinson (ill. by Steve Noon). 9781465444936. 2017. Gr 4-6.
The lives of 30 children throughout history are portrayed to show readers how life was the same and different in other time periods.

Extreme Survivors : Animals That Time Forgot (How Nature Works) by Kimberly Ridley. 9780884485001. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Readers can discover what makes animals that can survive extreme conditions so similar. Examples include horseshoe crabs, goblin sharks, lungfish, velvet worms, and the teeny-tiny bear-like tardigrades.

Get the Scoop on Animal Blood! : From Great White Sharks to Blood-Squirting Lizards by Dawn Cusick. 9781633222274. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Animal blood is weird and fascinating, and what some animals can do with their blood is gross. Readers will learn about animals that suck blood, squirt blood, or have green blood, and so much more.

Notorious RBG: Young Readers’ Edition by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizbnik. 9780062748539. 2017. Gr 4-6.
This entertaining and inspiring biography of the feisty Supreme Court Justice was revised from the best-selling adult version.

Once There Was a Story : Tales from Around the World, Perfect for Sharing by Jane Yolen (ill. by Jane Dyer). 9781416971726. 2017. Gr PK-4.
More than 30 short fairy tales, fables, and myths from around the world have been collected and retold by Yolen, who has added two of her own original stories.

This Chicken Is a T-Rex! : The Great Big Book of Animal Evolution by Roman Garcia Mora. 9788854411975. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Chickens don’t much look like the mighty T-Rex, but this book shows how the changes slowly happened. Other examples include how an elephant’s trunk came to look like it does, and why horses’ toes now are hooves.

MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION

          

Becoming Kareem : Growing Up On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld. 9780316555388. 2017. Gr 5-8.
In his memoir, legendary basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects on his childhood, career, conversion, and social reform.

Finding the Edge : My Life on the Ice by Karen Chen & Natalie England). 9780062822680. 2017. Gr 5-8.
US national champion figure skater, Karen Chen, shares her passion for skating from her childhood to achieving renowned success on the ice when still just a teenager.

Impact! : Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World (Scientists in the Field) by Elizabeth Rusch. 9780544671591. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Read about the science and scientists who study asteroids and meteors in order to help advance understanding of these space phenomena and to develop better tracking programs for them.

Life on Surtsey : Iceland’s Upstart Island (Scientists in the Field) by Loree Griffin Burns. 9780544687233. 2017. Gr 5-8.
In 1963 a volcanic eruption beneath the ocean created the Icelandic island of Surtsey. Explore the way plant and animal life has started to naturally populate the island, and watch scientists work while making the smallest possible impact on it.

Lifeboat That Saved the World by Irving Finkel. 9780500651223. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Ancient Mesopotamians told this story of a great flood that predates the Biblical story of Noah and the ark. This book not only relates the story but tells about how it was discovered and the ancient writing deciphered.

Maya Lin : Thinking with Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin. 9781452108377. 2017. Gr 6-10.
This biography of artist and architect Maya Lin focuses on her childhood, the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and her acclaimed work since then. It also discusses Lin’s roles as an activist, a woman, and a minority.

  

Raid of No Return (Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales) by Nathan Hale. 9781419725562. 2017. Gr 4-7.
After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor during WWII, young American pilots carried out a dangerous, top-secret mission. Recruited to participate in a raid on Japan, the men didn’t expect to survive the mission. And the already dangerous mission was complicated when they were forced to launch the attack early. Told through graphic novel, this is the true story of the first time Army bombers were launched from an aircraft carrier.

When I Was a Turkey by Joe Hutto & Brenda Z. Guiberson. 9781627793858. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Joe Hutto chronicles how he cared for a clutch of wild turkey eggs until they hatched and imprinted on him, and then raised the flock of nearly two dozen turkey poults for two years. He describes what he learned about wild turkeys, and himself, in the process.

 

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

         

The Green Screen MakerSpace Project Book by Todd Burleson. 9781260019957. 2017. Gr 7-12.
An easy-to-follow guide to using green screens to create movies with professional-looking video effects.

The Newcomers : Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe. 9781501159091. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Follow the lives of twenty-two immigrant teens throughout the course of a year at Denver’s South High School. These students attended a specially created English Language Acquisition class and were helped to adapt through strategic introductions to American culture.

Terrorism : Violence, Intimidation, and Solutions for Peace (Inquire & Investigates) by Carla Mooney. 9781619305922. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Discover the history of terrorism, including various forms of terrorism, its causes and effects, and the recruitment of terrorists. This book also discusses strategies to prevent terrorism and the capacity of people to hope and be kind in the midst of tragedy.

Victoria : Portrait of a Queen by Catherine Reef. 9780544716148. 2017. Gr 7-12.
This compelling biography tells the story of the tough and fascinating Queen Victoria. Her influential reign during a world of changes gave her name to an entire era.

What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis & Thalia Wallis. 9781848193307. 2017. Gr 9-12.
This graphic novel portrays teens—girls and boys—discussing what exactly consent means after one of their fellow students was raped.

Great Easy/Fiction Titles for November 2017

Check out these exciting easy and fiction titles that were published in November. Happy reading!

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

        

Amy the Red Panda Is Writing the Best Story in the World by Colleen A.F. Venable (ill. by Ruth Chan). 9780062338488. 2017. Gr PK-2.
As Amy starts to tell a story, a shower of letters prompts her animal friends to add their own suggestions.

Bear and Chicken by Jannie Ho. 9780762462667. 2017. Gr PK-1.
A bear fins a frozen chicken in the snow and takes it home to defrost it and have it for dinner. When the chicken thaws, he thinks that he is doomed to be eaten, but that’s not what the bear has in mind.

The Best Tailor in Pinbaue by Eymard Toledo. 9781609808044. 2017. Gr K-3.
Industrialization in Brazil has changed Edinho’s town of Pinbaue. His Uncle Flores, a tailor, once sewed beautiful clothing of bright colors, but he had to make gray overalls for workers of the new factory. And now that cheap uniforms are imported from overseas, Uncle Flores has no work—until Edinho comes up with an idea.

The Boy and the Whale by Mordicai Gerstein. 9781626725058. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A young boy defies his father’s instructions and sets out to free a whale caught in their tangled fishing net.

Can’t Catch Me! by Timothy Knapman (ill. by Simona Ciraolo). 9780763694968. 2017. Gr PK-K.
A mouse proud of his speed taunts other animals, boasting that they can’t catch him in this cumulative story with a funny ending.

        

Claudia & Moth by Jennifer Hansen Rolli. 9780425288337. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Claudia loves butterflies but her mother won’t let her take them home, so Claudia paints them instead and hangs her art in her bedroom. But when winter comes, she grumbles that there is nothing left to paint—until a small moth pays a visit.

Here We Are : Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. 9780399167898. 2017. Gr PK-2.
This picture book written for a newborn child introduces what life on Earth is like, covering topics like land and ocean, daytime and nighttime, and what it means to be a person.

How to Find an Elephant by Kate Banks (ill. by Boris Kulikov). 9780374335083. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Head into the wild with a young explorer to search for an elephant. It shouldn’t be difficult, but look out, or he’ll find you first!

I Won’t Eat That by Christopher Silas Neal. 9780763679095. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Cat is hungry, but he’s bored with his dry cat food. Several animals give advice on things they like to eat, but Cat finds something disgusting with all their suggestions. Then someone offers him just the right thing…

It’s Shoe Time! by Mo Willems (ill. by Bryan Collier). 9781484726471. 2017. Gr K-3.
If you choose to wear unmatched shoes, can they still be a pair? Wordplay and some sassy shoes make this an entertaining easy reader.

        

Read the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dyckman (ill. by Zachariah OHora). 9780316343480. 2017. Gr PK-3.
A literate fox attempts to teach a trio of overzealous lemmings to read in order to save them from their habit of jumping off cliffs.

The Scary Wind (Hedgehog and Robbit) by Pablo Albo (ill. by GOMEZ). 9788494597176. 2017. Gr PK-K.
As they eat cabbages and search for snails in their garden, a silly hedgehog and rabbit hear a scary sound and try to find courage to face it.

Snow Scene by Richard Jackson (ill. by Laura Vaccaro Seeger). 9781626726802. 2017. Gr PK-1.
The author and illustrator walk readers through winter scenery and festivities, up into the first changes into spring.

Snowball Moon by Fran Cannon Slayton (ill. by Tracy Bishop). 9781499804959. 2017. Gr PK-1.
After the lights go out one snowing evening, several children meet outside to have fun in the snow. Then they go back inside to warm up before heading off to bed and dreams of more fun tomorrow!

Through with the Zoo by Jacob Grant. 9781250108142. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Tired of putting up with the young visitors to the petting zoo, Goat escapes into the main zoo, but he finds different problems there.

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

          

Goldeline by Jimmy Cajoleas. 9780062498755. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Goldiline, a girl with hair as white as summer snow, with eyes flecked with gold, travels the Hinterlands—where magic and stories are just as real as each other—together with Gruff and his bandits, living off of what they steal. However, when the man who convinced the townies to kill her mother because she was a witch starts targeting Goldiline as well, her life becomes that much more complicated in her search for a place to call home.

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe (and Put It Back Together Again) by David Teague. 9780062377494. 2017. Gr 3-5.
When the star of his baseball team gets injured, Oscar needs to fill in—though he’s quite inept at the game. Fortunately, Oscar has a secret weapon: a watch that can stop time. He uses it to make a home run, win the game, and become a town hero. But there are unexpected consequences to stealing time. Oscar has broken the universe, and if he doesn’t return the time he stole, the universe will be destroyed. In addition to being an enjoyable read, this book offers up some valuable life lessons.

In the Country of Queens by Cari Best. 9780374370527. 2017. Gr 4-6.
In 1961, shy and over-protected Shirley must begin speaking up if she is to do what she wants, including talking about her beloved, deceased father.

The Magic Misfits (Book 1) by Neil Patrick Harris. 9780316391825. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Street magician Carter runs away to a quite little town, only to have things change for the worse when Bosso and his thieving carnies show up. He teams up with five other illusionists, and they come up with a plan to use their magic skills to defeat the Bosso gang. More than a fantasy adventure, this book offers codes and ciphers and tricks.

Monster Nanny by Tuutikki Tolonen. 9780544943544. 2017. Gr 2-5.
A nanny shows up to stay with the Hellman children while their mom goes to a spa. They’ve had nannies before, but none like this! Grah is a real monster! Really, he’s a dirty, hairy monster! When the Hellmans find out that all the neighborhood kids have monster nannies as well, they band together to figure out what’s going on.

Mr. Gedrick and Me by Patrick Carman. 9780062421609. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Since Stanley’s dad died, their house—and their lives!—have been a mess, and his mom is grateful to hire Mr. Gedrick as a temporary nanny and housekeeper. But the family needs more than just a clean house and a child minder, and Mr. Gedrick has plans. But just where did he come from—and how did he know they needed help? Kids dealing with grief and loss should be steered toward this funny and touching book.

        

Mutant Bunny Island by Obert Skye. 9780062399120. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Perry, comic-book aficionado, knows just what to do when he receives a coded message for help from his Uncle Zeke. It must have something to do with evil newts! With a supply of junk food, he heads off to Zeke’s home on Bunny Island (where only healthy food is allowed)—but his uncle has disappeared! Perry will need the help of a couple of island locals to solve the mystery of his uncle’s disappearance and foil the evil forces behind it.

Oddity by Sarah Cannon. 9781250123282. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Ada and her friends face zombie rabbits, alien mobs, and Puppet Cartels as they explore their small New Mexico town, where what’s strange is normal and vice versa. They are seeking clues to the mystery of what happened to her twin sister.

Penelope March Is Melting by Jeffrey Michael Ruby. 9781524718282. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Glacier Cove sits atop an iceberg, where nothing bad ever happens. But when the glacier starts to melt, Penelope is determined to find the cause…and stop it. With her younger brother and a weirdo from school, she’s off to solve the mystery. They might need some help from some penguins, too!

The Real McCoys (Book 1) by Matthew Swanson & Robbi Behr. 9781250098528. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Ten-year-old detective Moxie McCoy investigates the disappearance of Eddie the Owl, the school mascot, with the help of her annoying little brother, Milton.

The Road to Ever After by Moira Young. 9781250117298. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Davy is an orphan and lives by his wits. When he and a stray dog run afoul of the town’s top brass, the skip to the edge of town. There they meet grouchy and reclusive Miss Flint; she plans to die on her 80th birthday and wants to do it in her childhood home, but she needs someone to drive her there. She recruits Davy, and off they go on a journey of mystery and adventure.

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

             

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer. 9780763684426. 2017. Gr 7-10.
A hardened seventh grade girl changes her name to Fishkill Carmel after her abusive grandfather dies and her drug-addicted mother leaves. She moves to a new school in order to toughen up her image but meets Duck-Duck Farina who, along with her mother, teaches Fishkill what family can truly mean.

Lily’s Mountain by Hannah Moderow. 9780544978003. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Unable to believe their father died while climbing Mount Denali, twelve-year-old Lily and her older sister, Sophie, climb the mountain in order to rescue him.

The Lost Frost Girl by Amy Wilson. 9780062671486. 2017. Gr 4-7.
A girl named Owl finds out she is the daughter of the legendary Jack Frost, and heads out on a quest to meet him. Embarking into a world of winter and magic, Owl starts to wonder if she has powers of her own, and what that means.

Martha and the Slave Catchers by Harriet Hyman Alonso. 9781609808006. 2017. Gr 6-9.
In 1854, Martha is desperate to find her little brother Jake and bring him to the safety of the abolitionist community she has found refuge in. But to do so, Martha will have to allude slave catchers and risk her own life.

The Relic War (Daniel Coldstar, Book 1) by Stel Pavlou. 9780062126054. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Daniel’s memory has been wiped clean, like the other boys around him, and he’s forced to search through an old mine on a forgotten planet for relics of the aliens who once lived there. When he finds a relic that possesses incredible power, he must decide if he’ll hand it over to the Overseers or use it to escape. His decision could change the galaxy forever.

Sisters of Glass (Shard, Book 1) by Naomi Cyprus. 9780062458476. 2017. Gr 4-7.
A legendary mirror unites two girls, one a non-magical princess from a long line of powerful magi, and the other a pauper’s daughter who possesses a powerful magic force.

The Wild Book (Yonder) by Joan Villoro (transl. by Lawrence Schimel). 9781632061478. 2017. Gr 5-8.
After Juan’s parents separate, he is sent to life with his weird Uncle Tito for the summer. The whole summer! His uncle’s residence is a huge, dusty library, and when Juan discovers that the books can move by themselves, Uncle Tito declares that he is a Lector Princeps: a reader to whom books will tell their secrets. Juan joins his uncle in his quest to find the The Wild Book, which has never been read yet, before the wicked Pirate Book does.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

            

Alone by Cyn Balog. 9781492655473. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Seda, sixteen, feels her invisible childhood nemesis, Sawyer, growing stronger just as a group of stranded teens takes shelter from a blizzard in the dilapidated mansion Seda’s mother inherited.

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew. 9780763691257. 2017. Gr 10-12.
In 2014 Nazi England, Jessika Keller is a dutiful daughter of the Greater German Reich, but her best friend and first love Clementine is a dangerous radical who has caught the attention of the regime. Now Jess must choose between her perfect, loyal life and what she knows to be right.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody. 9781481499187. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Ryn is still devastated by her best friend’s death, and she can’t even read the last text her friend sent to her. She plans to spend anniversary of her death alone, but finds herself trapped by a blizzard at the Denver International Airport. There she meets Xander, who might get Ryn to face her problems and get on with her life.

The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves. 9780062488534. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Marcos Rivas is a Florida street kid with an abusive home life and a desire to be more than he is. When he is placed in an after-school program for troubled teens with promise, his new friends help him see that he has more of a future than being a street kid forever.

Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan. 9780062571731. 2017. Gr 9-12.
On the very same day, Matty’s dad leaves and Priya shows up. Priya is a strange girl who claims to be waiting for her spaceship to show up and take her home. Matty doesn’t believe her, of course; he and his dad used to search the skies for UFOs, but Dad is gone and there is no life on other planets. But what is the truth about Priya? Readers who suspend disbelief just a little will find Matty and Priya enchanting and hopeful.

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza. 9781250142993. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Frankie doesn’t know why she always seems to be angry, until Xavier, her younger half-brother, shows up. Her mother abandoned her when she was four and he was one, and she’s not sure she wants to open that can of worms. Until Xavier disappears, and she frantically starts searching for him. But finding her brother could change her life, and Frankie needs to decide if she wants to learn to love again.

Good and Gone by Megan Frazer Blakemore. 9780062348425. 2017. Gr 10-12.
After months spent moping on the couch, Lexi’s brother decides to go on a search for a missing rock musician, and she decides to join him, hoping that it will clear her mind after her boyfriend dumped her. Along the way, she begins to see the truth about that relationship—and the real reason why her brother has been so withdrawn.

            

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga. 9780062324702. 2017. Gr 9-12.
While her mother is out of town, Taliah accompanies her estranged father—a famous rock star who one day appears on her doorstep—to Indiana to meet his dying father and the rest of his family. On the way, Taliah learns about how her parents met and separated, her mother’s experience as a Jordanian immigrant, and her own ability to accept change and open up to others.

I Never by Laura Hopper. 9781328663788. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Janey King has never been in love—maybe never even in like—with a boy. She is perfectly fine with that, considering she has her newly split-up parents, school, and track to worry about. Then on the flight back from vacation she meets Luke, and everything changes.

Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl. 9780374306281. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Martin, an American autistic teen, is living in France for the summer. His mother has enrolled him in summer. When he falls for a girl in his class, in his mind she becomes linked with the main character in his favorite novel. He struggles to fit in and to understand his new social relationships.

No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear. 9781616956837. 2017. Gr 9-12.
This fictional reimagining of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” deals with the real-life quadruple murders of the Clutter family in 1959.

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson. 9781250142108. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Ellie loves science fiction, and her dream is to attend Rayevich college and major in science fiction lit. When she finds a summer camp that offers its competition winners a full scholarship to Rayevich, she adopts an alias and sneaks off to join the other nerds. However, she doesn’t expect her genius cousin to show up and threaten to blow her cover. This story is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Now Is Everything by Amy Giles. 9780062495730. 2017. Gr 9-12.
On the outside, the McCauleys look like the perfect family, but on the inside Hadley knows it is a fake. She has to be perfect at everything in order to protect her sister Lila from her father. However, when she starts dating Charlie in secret, it leads to an explosive accident at home. At the hospital, Hadley then tries to take her own life, and no one but she knows the real reason the accident happened.

Ready to Fall by Marcella Pixley. 9780374303587. 2017. Gr 9-12.
After Max’s mother dies of cancer, he imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his own body. Obsessed with the tumor getting control, Max finds his grades plummeting, and his father transfers him to a progressive arts school. The geeks in the theater department become new friends, helping Max learn to deal with his grief and fear.

   

Renegades by Marissa Meyer. 9781250044662. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Renegades are prodigies with extraordinary abilities who’ve established peace in the city. But Nova hates the Renegades for what happened to her family ten years earlier, and now, at sixteen, Nova befriends a Renegade boy named Adrian with the intention of infiltrating the Renegades and exacting her revenge.

Rosemarked (Book 1) by Livia Blackburne. 9781484788554. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Zivah recovered from the rose plague, but she now wears its rose markings on her skin and is highly contagious—ending her calling as a healer. Dineas, a young rebel warrior, also survived the plague, but his umber markings prove that he is now immune and does not carry the disease. Many rosemarked people in the capital city are isolated in ghettos, and since Zivah and Dineas cannot catch the disease again, she plans to volunteer at the ghetto hospital while Dineas hopes to infiltrate the empire’s military forces. They will need to trust each other if they hope to succeed.

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada. 9781481496339. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Before he died at the hands of the evil Cartaxus organization, Cat’s geneticist father encoded a message for his daughter, entrusting it to Cole, one of his captors. Though she has been hiding from Cartaxus, Cole manages to find her and give her the message: her father had made a vaccine for the terrible plague that threatens to destroy all of mankind, and Cole needs her help to release it. But can she trust him?

ADULT CROSSOVER FICTION

    

Artemis by Andy Weir. 9780553448122. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Jasmine “Jazz” Bashara is a small-time smuggler living in the moon colony of Artemis. One day, she stumbles across the possibility for a huge score, which requires her specific skill set. But during the job, Jazz realizes she has stumbled into a conspiracy much larger than just money; and soon the fate of Artemis is at stake.

Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren. 9780765386281. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
With a deaf stepbrother and a genius little sister, Freddy is afraid people will think her family is weird. Then two bizarre neighbors move next door to her family. Their house starts to do weird things, too—and suddenly Freddy and her neighbors have fallen into a time portal and find themselves hundreds of years in the past. Now she needs to figure out just how she fits in to this mystery.

Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier. 9781481448970. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Princess Kehara’s country is vulnerable, situated as it is between the lands of Mad King of Emmer and those of the ruthless King of Pohorir. She will do anything to buy time so her people can prepare for a possible war. In Pohirir, the Wolf Duke hopes to be able to break away from his hated king. Both are at a loss, until fate throws them together.