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Keep Your Series Current: September 2017

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

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

Alphabet Book with No Pictures  Bruce's Big Move  Christmas for Bear  Fly Guy's Big Family  Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter

The Alphabet Book with no Pictures by B.J. Novak. 9780803741720. 2017. Gr K-3.
Bruce’s Big Move by Ryan T. Higgins. 9781368003544. 2017. Gr PK-1.
A Christmas for Bear by Bonny Becker (ill. by Kady MacDonald Denton). 9780763649234. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Fly Guy’s Big Family (Fly Guy, Book 17) by Tedd Arnold. 9780545663168. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak. 9781627794169. 2017. Gr PK-2.

 Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown  Heidi Heckelbeck and the Never-Ending Day  How to Catch a Monster  Judy Moody, Tooth Fairy  Max and Bird

Groovy Joe : Dance Party Countdown (Groovy Joe, Book 2) by Eric Litwin (ill. by Tom Lichtenheld). 9780545883795. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Heidi Heckelbeck and the Never-Ending Day (Heidi Heckelbeck, Book 21) by Wanda Coven (ill. by Priscilla Burris). 9781481495257. 2017. Gr K-2.
How to Catch a Monster (How to Catch a…) by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton. 9781492648949. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Judy Moody, Tooth Fairy (Judy Moody & Friends, Book 9) by Megan McDonald (ill. by Erwin Madrid). 9780763691677. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Max and Bird by Ed Vere. 9781492635581. 2017. Gr PK-2.

 Peg + Cat The BIg Dog Problem  Peg + Cat The Pirate Problem  Pig the Elf  Pipsie Nature Detective  Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate  Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent

Peg + Cat : The Big Dog Problem by Jennifer Oxley (ill. by Billy Aronson. 9780763697877. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Peg + Cat : The Pirate Problem by Jennifer Oxley (ill. by Billy Aronson. 9780763697860. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Pig the Elf (Pig the Pug) by Aaron Blabey. 9781338221220. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Pipsie, Nature Detective : Turtle Trouble (Pipsie, Nature Detective, Book 3) by Rick DeDonato (ill. by Tracy Bishop). 9781503950993. 2017. Gr K-3.
The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate (Princess in Black, Book 5) by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale (ill. by LeUyen Pham). 9780763688264. 2017. Gr K-3.
Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent (Princess Pistachio, Book 3) by Marie-Louise Gay. 9781772780215. 2017. Gr K-3.

Roar of the Thunder Dragon  Rufus Blasts Off  Sorcerer's Shadow  Wallace and Grace and the Lost Puppy
Roar of the Thunder Dragon (Dragon Masters, Book 8) by Tracey West (ill. by Damien Jones). 9781338042931. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Rufus Blasts Off (Rufus) by Kim T. Griswell (ill. by Valeri Gorbachev). 9781454920991. 2017. Gr PK.2.
The Sorcerer’s Shadow (Kingdom of Wrenly, Book 12) by Jordan Quinn (ill. by Robert McPhillips). 9781534400009. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Wallace and Grace and the Lost Puppy (Wallace and Grace) by Heather Alexander (ill. by Laura Zarrin). 9781681190129. 2017. Gr 1-4.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

Adventurer's Guide to Dragons  Charlie Bumpers vs. His Big Blabby Mouth  Curse of the Mummy's Tummy  Daybreak Bond  Disastrous Magical Wishes of Classroom 13  Frazzled Ordinary Mishaps

The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me) (Adventurer’s Guide, Book 2) by Wade Albert White. 9780316305310. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Charlie Bumpers vs. His Big Blabby Mouth (Charlie Bumpers, Book 6) by Bill Harley. 9781561459407. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tummy (Spy Next Door, Book 2) by Jay Cooper. 9780545932981. 2017. Gr 2-5.
The Daybreak Bond (Firefly Code, Book 2) by Megan Frazer Blakemore. 9781681194790. 2017. Gr 4-6.
The Disastrous Magical Wishes of Classroom 13 (Classroom 13, Book 2) by Honest Lee & Matthew J. Gilbert. 9780316464543. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Frazzled : Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes (Frazzled, Book 2) by Booki Vivat. 9780062398819. 2017. Gr 4-7.

 Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match  Great Troll Quest  In the Deep Blue Sea  Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid  King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse  Mage  Missy Piggy-Wiggle 2

The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match (Great Shelby Holmes, Book 2) by Elizabeth Eulberg. 9781681190549. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Great Troll Quest (Ella and Owen, Book 5) by Jaden Kent. 9781499804744. 2017. Gr 2-4.
In the Deep Blue Sea (Jack and the Geniuses, Book 2) by Bill Nye & Gregory Mone. 9781419725524. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid (Infamous Ratsos, Book 2) by Kara LaReau. 9780763676377. 2017. Gr 2-4.
King & Kayla and the Case of the Mysterious Mouse (King & Kayla, Book 3) by Dori Hillestad Butler. 9781561458790. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) by Inbali Iserles. 9780545690874. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Missy Piggy-Wiggle and the Won’t-Walk-the-Dog Cure (Missy Piggy-Wiggle, Book 2) by Ann M. Martin. 9781250071705. 2017. Gr 3-6.

Pick the Plot  Pie Girl  Rise of the Jumbies  Shadow of a Pug  Squirmy, Wormy Surprise  Trolled

Pick the Plot (Story Thieves, Book 4) by James Riley. 9781481461283. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Pie Girl (Piper Green and the Fairy Tree, Book 5) by Ellen Potter. 9781101939666. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Rise of the Jumbies (jumbies, Book 2) by Tracey Baptiste. 9781616206659. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Shadow of a Pug (Howard Wallace, P.I., Book 2) by Casey Lyall. 9781454919551. 2017. Gr 3-6.
A Squirmy, Wormy Surprise (Friendship Garden, Book 6) by Jenny Meyerhoff. 9781481470551. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Trolled (Enchanted Files!, Book 3) by Bruce Coville. 9780385392594. 2017. Gr 4-6.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

Against the Odds  Assassin's Curse  Battle for Bearhaven  Children of Refuge  Deadzone  Embers of Destruction  Empty Grave

Against the Odds (Odds, Book 2) by Amy Ignatow. 9781250052186. 2017. Gr 5-8.
The Assassin’s Curse (Blackthorn Key, Book 3) by Kevin Sands. 9781534405233. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Battle for Bearhaven (Secrets of Bearhaven, Book 4) by K.E. Rocha. 9780545813068. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Children of Refuge (Children of Exile, Book 2) by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 9781442450066. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Deadzone (Horizon, Book 2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen. 9781338121414. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Embers of Destruction (Mysteries of Cove, Book 3) by J. Scott Savage. 9781629723396. 2017. Gr 5-8.
The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co., Book 5) by Jonathan Stroud. 9781484778722. 2017. Gr 5-8.

Gabriel Finley & the Lord of Air and Darkness  Horizon  Michael Vey the Final Spark  Mighty Jack and the Goblin King  Portal and the Veil  Quests for Glory  Renegades

Gabriel Finley & the Lord of Air and Darkenss (Gabriel Finley, Book 2) by George D. Hagen. 9780399553479. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Horizon (Bone Universe, Book 3) by Fran Wilde. 9780765377876. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Michael Vey : The Final Spark (Michael Vey, Book 7) by Richard Paul Evans. 9781481497039. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack, Book 2) by Ben Hatke. 9781626722675. 2017. Gr 4-8.
The Portal and the Veil (Keepers, Book 3) by Ted Sanders. 9780062275882. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Quests for Glory (School for Good and Evil, Book 4) by Soman Chainani. 9780062658470. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Renegades (Randoms, Book 3) by David Liss. 9781481417853. 2017. Gr 4-7.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

 Apex  Book of Shadows  Clue in the Trees  Dark Assassin  Equals  Fireblood

Apex (Hunter, Book 3) by Mercedes Lackey. 9781484707869. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Book of Shadows (Diary of a Haunting, Book 3) by M. Verano. 9781481492027. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Clue in the Tree (Enchantment Lake Mystery, Book 2) by Margi Preus. 9781517902193. 2017. Gr 7-12.
The Dark Assassin (Starblade Chronicles, Book 3) by Joseph Delaney. 9780062334596. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Equals (Ones, Book 2) by Daniel Sweren-Becker. 9781250083166. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Fireblood (Frostblood Saga, Book 2) by Elly Blake. 9780316273329. 2017. Gr 9-12.

 Godsgrave  Hunting Prince Dracula  Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions  Night of Cake & Puppets  One Dark Throne  Poison Dark and Drowning

Godsgrave (Nevernight, Book 2) by Jay Kristoff. 9781250073037. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 2) by Kerri Maniscalco. 9780316551663. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions (Kopp Sisters Novel, Book 3) by Amy Stewart. 9780544409996. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) by Laini Taylor. 9780316439190. 2017. Gr 10-12.
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, Book 2) by Kendare Blake. 9780062385468. 2017. Gr 9-12.
A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, Book 2) by Jessice Cluess. 9780553535945. 2017. Gr 7-12.

 Shadowhouse Fall  Submerge  Tower of Dawn

Shadowhouse Fall (Shadowshaper, Book 2) by Daniel Jose Older. 9780545952828. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Submerge (Mer Chronicles, Book 2) by Tobie Easton. 9781945107849. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, Book 6) by Sarah J. Maas. 9781681195773. 2017. Gr 9-12.

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Great New Nonfiction Titles for August 2017

These exciting nonfiction titles were published in August.

PRIMARY NONFICTION

ABCs from Space  Droughts  Full of Fall  Girl Who Thought in Pictures

ABCs from Space by Adam Voiland. 9781481494281. 2017. Gr K-2.
Similar to ABC : The Alphabet from the Sky, Voiland’s book finds the letters of the alphabet in planets, clouds, stars, and anything else you might see when you look up to the sky and beyond.

Droughts (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science) by Melissa Stewart. 9780062386663. 2017. Gr 1-3.
This long-running and ever-excellent science series explains what droughts are, why they happen, how they affect people, and more.

Full of Fall by April Pulley Sayre. 9781481479844. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Fall is a magical time of year. As she did with Raindrops Roll and Best in Snow, Sayre explains the science behind the magic with her simple and graceful poetry.

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures : The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julie Finley Mosca (ill. by Daniel Rieley). 9781943147304. 2017. Gr K-3.
This first book of a new series about the lives of amazing scientists presents the inspiring story of Temple Grandin.  Diagnosed with autism and not expected to ever be able to talk, Temple used her “problem” to help her relate to animals and become a powerful voice for more humane treatment of animals.

Hidden Dangers  I've Got Feet!  Long-Armed Ludy  Masterpiece Mix

Hidden Dangers : Seek and Find 13 of the World’s Deadliest Animals by Lola M. Schaefer (ill. by Tymn Armstrong). 9781452134291. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Readers are encouraged to search through various habitats and find the 13 deadly creatures hidden in them as they learn about the animals’ survival techniques.

I’ve Got Feet! : Fantastical Feet of the Animal World by Julie Murphy (ill. by Hannah Tolson). 9781681521954. 2017. Gr K-2.
Readers will learn about adaptation through the variety of feet throughout the animal world.

Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics by Jean L.S. Patrick (ill. by Adam Gustavson). 9781580895460. 2017. Gr 1-4.
When Lucile “Ludy” Godbold won her college shot put competition, her coach convinced her to try out for the Women’s Olympics team in 1922. Though she won, she knew she could not afford to travel to France for the Games—until her college staff and students all chipped in. This well-done picture book biography covers a little-known athlete who overcame odds to follow her dream.

Masterpiece Mix by Rosie Munro. 9780823436996. 2017. Gr PK-3.
As a fictional author decides what to paint next, she considers 37 great works of art that use a variety of techniques, subjects, and genres. Her pondering leads readers on a search-and-find journey to those paintings and, at the end, to the author’s own cityscape which incorporates what they’ve all learned from the masterpieces.

Meditate with Me  Money Math  World Is Not a Rectangle

Meditate with Me : A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Journey by Mariam Gates (ill. by Margarita Surnaite). 9780399186615. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Many schools are incorporating the practice of meditation into their daily routines. This fun guide can be used as an introduction to students new to the method, either at school or at home.

Money Math : Addition and Subtraction by David A. Adler (ill. by Edward Miller). 9780823436989. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Cartoon versions of U.S. presidents teach readers about money, the values of the different kinds of money, and how to add and subtract with it.

The World Is Not a Rectangle : A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter. 9781481446693. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Zaha Hadid, a Muslim woman who grew up in Iraq, faced many obstacles in her dream of becoming an architect, but she succeeded. Now buildings she has designed can be found around the world.

 

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

Beauty and the Beak  Good Fight  Gross Cookbook  Hedy's Journey  Man Who Loved Libraries

Beauty and the Beak : How Science, Technology, and a 3-D Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle by Deborah Lee Rose & Jane Veltkamp. 9781943978281. 2017. Gr 3-5.
After a wild eagle was shot, she was rescued and named Beauty. Her caretakers were a first worried about her fate, because the bullet had shot her beak off. Experts from several different fields worked together to design and print a 3-D beak. In addition to an account of Beauty’s rescue, this book also talks about the life cycle of eagles and their comeback from near extinction.

The Good Fight : The Feuds of the Founding Fathers (and How They Shaped the Nation) by Anne Quirk (ill. by Elizabeth Baddeley). 9781524700355. 2017. Gr 2-5.
The decision to fight for American independence was not with disagreements, squabbles, and downright feuding—and not just with the British! Besides giving a fresh, interesting, and humorous look at U.S. history, this book is important for teaching that debates—even heated ones—have a positive role in solving problems.

The Gross Cookbook : Awesome Recipes for (Deceptively) Disgusting Treats Kids Can Make by Susanna Tee. 9781492653158. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Especially good for Halloween parties, this cookbook is full of foods that look disgusting but taste surprisingly good. It also describes gross foods (such as fried tarantulas, fish heads, and wasp crackers) that are really eaten around the world.

Hedy’s Journey : The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust by Michelle Bisson (ill. by El Primo Ramon). 9781515769941. 2017. Gr 4-7.
As the Nazi party gains power, Hedy’s Jewish family flees from Hungary. Troubles they encounter force teenage Hedy to travel through Europe alone. This story is based on the problems faced by the author’s mother as she fled to the United States to escape the Holocaust.

The Man Who Loved Libraries : The Story of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Larsen (ill. by Katty Maurey). 9781771472678. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Though a bit romanticized, this picture book biography tells an appealing rags-to-riches tale of a man spent much of his wealth building libraries throughout the world.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg  Strong as Sandow  Water Cycle

Ruth Bader Ginsburg : The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter (ill. by Stacy Innerst). 9781419725593. 2017. Gr 1-4.
R.B.G., as she is fondly known, became the first female Jewish justice on the Supreme Court and is known for her fight against injustices. I have read several biographies recently of this strong woman; this one stands with the best of them.

Strong As Sandow : How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth by Don Tate. 9781580896283. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Friedrich Muller started out life as a puny weakling with a dream of become strong like the gladiators of old. After years of work, he changed his name to Eugen Sandow and became internationally known as the strongest man alive. He inspired people to keep healthy through exercise before it became popular. Author Tate also discusses his own interest in body-building.

The Water Cycle (Let’s Investigate with Nate) by Nate Ball (ill. by Wes Hargis). 9780062357397. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Nate Ball, host of PBS’s Design Squad, is portrayed as a cartoon scientist. He and a crew of curious kids shrink down tinier than a raindrop to explore the water cycle. A worthy colleague of Ms. Frizzle.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION

Don’t Read This Book Before Bed  Exposing Hidden Worlds  Journeys  Magician and the Spirits  Mars Rover

Don’t Read This Book Before Bed : Thrills, Chills, and Hauntingly True Stories by Anna Claybourne. 9781426328411. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Filled with real-life monsters, spooky mysteries, haunted houses, and more, this book is better than a horror story, because it’s all true! Give to those readers who like to be scared.

Exposing Hidden Worlds : How Jacob Riis’ Photos Became Tools for Social Reform (Captured History) by Michael Burgan. 9780756556181. 2017. Gr 6-9.
In his best-selling book, How the Other Half Lives, photographer Jacob Riis focused on the horrible living conditions that immigrants and poor people were forced to endure in the late 1800s. His photos led to reforms which have improved the situation, but have not eliminated the plight of the urban poor.

Journeys : Young Readers’ Letters to Authors Who Changed Their Lives edited by Catherine Gourley. 9780763681012. 2017. Gr 4-8.
In over 50 letters, young people from fourth to twelfth grades describe to authors how their books have changed their lives. The quality of the letters makes this an excellent choice for a creative writing class.

The Magician and the Spirits by Deborah Noyes. 9780803740181. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Most kids have heard about Harry Houdini and his amazing escapes, but most people don’t know about Houdini’s vendetta against spiritualism. Mediums were getting rich off heartbroken families by tricking them into thinking that their dead loved ones could speak through them at seances. Noyes’s story of Houdini’s feud against these fraudulent practices is fascinating.

Mars Rover : How a Self-Portrait Captured the Power of Curiosity (Captured Science History) by Danielle Smith-Llera. 9780756556419. 2017. Gr 5-9.
In the eyes of NASA scientists, the rover Curiosity is more than just a robot; it’s an astronaut. And the photos that it has taken of itself and of the landscape of Mars have raised as many questions as it has answered about the red planet.

Science Comics  Wicked Bugs  Writing Radar

Science Comics : Plagues : The Microscopic Battlefield by Falynn Koch. 9781626727533. 2017. Gr 4-8.
The Science Comics series uses an entertaining graphic novel format to provide information on a number of science subjects. In Plagues, readers will discover what critters have caused history’s worst plagues, how plagues begin and spread, and what can be done to prevent them. Even reluctant readers will be happy to learn from this series.

Wicked Bugs : The Meanest, Deadliest, Grossest Bugs on Earth by Amy Stewart (ill. by Briony Morrow-Cribbs). 9781616207557. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Hilarious illustrations add to the entertaining text about bugs that you really, really, really don’t want to meet and the fascinating (gross) things that they can do. (For adults and older students who want to learn more, check out Amy Stewart’s original adult title, Wicked Bugs : The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects.)

Writing Radar : Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos. 9780374304560. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Using his own background, Gantos encourages aspiring young writers to use their own experiences in finding characters and story ideas. He also provides advice on good writing habits, adding doses of humor to his warnings about the amount of work involved in the writing process.

 

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

 Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution  Human Microbiome  Poe Stories and Poems  Wild Things

Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution by Bernie Sanders. 9781250138903. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Senator Bernie Sanders offers advice and encouragement to would-be activists on making a difference in policy and society. Though the senator ran for president on the Democratic party and his issues are left-leaning, all should be able to learn about making changes.

The Human Microbiome : The Germs That Keep You Healthy by Rebecca E. Hirsch. 9781467785686 2017. Gr 7-12.
Take a tour through the human microbiome from the history of microbial science and the development of antibiotics to the effects of antibiotic overuse and the nutrition on the bugs in our bodies.

Poe : Stories and Poems : A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Gareth Hinds. 9780763681128. 2017. Gr 7-12.
To his graphic adaptions of ancient mythology and Shakespeare, Hinds has now added the gothic poems and stories of Edgar Allan Poe. These even of Poe’s darkest and most well-known creations, as well as a short biography of the writer, should be recommended to fans of horror, of graphic novels, and literature teachers.

Wild Things : The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy. 9781451609950. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Teachers, other adults, and even older teens look fondly back on their favorite childhood books. And all of them should enjoy reading about these books, the back stories of the authors and illustrators, and the reasons why they were motivated to create these particular stories.  A PW review (4/17/2017) compliments the book’s “breezy, friendly style.”

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Great New Easy & Fiction Titles for August 2017

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

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

All the Way to Havana  Bad Seed  Boo Who  Dogosaurus Rex  Invisible Lizard  Knish War on Rivington Street

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle (ill. by Mike Curato). 9781627796422. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Because of their poverty, many Cubans have learned to care for their old cars. In this picture book, a young Cuban boy and his family take their beloved—and old—car into the city to visit relatives. Great for learning about a new culture, great for the lovely verse narrative, and great for the beautiful art.

The Bad Seed by Jory John (ill. by Pete Oswald). 9780062467768. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A sunflower seed is certain that he has become “baaaaaaaaad” after a narrow escape from being eaten. He wants to be good again, but he doesn’t remember how. Preschool and primary students will enjoy listening to this; they’ll appreciate the humor and the dilemma, and might even come up with suggestions to help.

Boo Who? by Ben Clanton. 9780763688240. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Boo is the new kid, and even though the other kids are welcoming, he doesn’t fit in—can’t catch a ball, doesn’t feel a tag—until they find a game that he is great at!

Dogosaurus Rex by Anna Staniszewski (ill. by Kevin Hawkes). 9780805097061. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Ben is thrilled when his mom says he can adopt a puppy. And at the shelter, he finds the perfect dog and names her Sadie. But his new huge pet is a lot of trouble, and the reader will see why—Sadie is a dinosaur!

Invisible Lizard by Kurt Cyrus (ill. by Andy Atkins). 9781585363780. 2017. Gr K-2.
Napoleon the chameleon is trying to make new friends, but how can he meet someone when he keeps blending in to the background? Children will root for Napoleon and cheer when he is finally noticed—and they might have their own stories about feeling invisible.

The Knish War on Rivington Street by Joanne Oppenheim (ill. by Jon Davis). 9780807541821. 2017. Gr K-2.
In New York City, two immigrant families open stores across the street from each other, both selling knishes—ending up in a marketing and price war. Based on a true story (from 1916) and a great example for units on economics.

Mighty Moby  Monster Trucks  Most People  Next Year  Not Friends  Nothing Rhymes with Orange

Mighty Moby by Ed Young (ill. by Barbara DaCosta). 9780316299367. 2017. Gr PK-2.
An adventure based on the classic Moby Dick, with a humorous surprise ending.

Monster Trucks by Joy Keller (ill. by Misa Saburi). 9781627796170. 2017. Gr PK-2.
What do monsters do when they’re not doing Halloween work. Why, they drive huge construction and emergency vehicles, of course. Keller puts a spin on the ever-popular big trucks book, with a fitting match of monsters and trucks (a yeti drives a snowplow). More funny than scary, this will be a lively read-aloud in a classroom, or a quieter bedtime story at home.

Most People by Michael Leannah (ill. by J.E. Morris). 9780884485544. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Kids are warned about strangers from parents and teachers, as well as hearing media reports about immigrants, homeless people, teen boys (especially those of color), and other “dangerous” people. The characters in this book see another side of unfamiliar people as they walk through city streets—they see the kindness and helpfulness within a community.

Next Year by Ruth Vander Zee & Gary Kelley. 9781568462820. 2017. Gr 1-3.
As Calvin grows from childhood to adulthood, he and his parents endure four years of dust storms and drought following “Black Sunday” in 1935, and he becomes determined to preserve the land rather than exploit it.

Not Friends by Rebecca Bender. 9781772780260. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Giraffe and Bird are definitely not friends; in fact, they insist that they really can’t stand each other.  But when they end up alone during a storm, they realize that maybe the other isn’t so bad, even though they really are not friends.

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex. 9781452154435. 2017. Gr K-3.
A bunch of fruit gets together for a sing-along—the theme being how great each one is. But songs rhyme, and Orange is upset when he realizes that nothing rhymes with his name. Or does it?

 One Day House  Only Fish in the Sea  Professional Crocodile  See Fred Run  This Beautiful Day  Waiting for Goliath

One Day House by Julia Durango (ill. by Bianca Diaz). 9781580897099. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Wilson likes his elderly neighbor Gigi, and tells her all the things he wants to do to help her improve her run-down house—all the while secretly recruiting the members of his ethnically diverse community to pitch in and make her house safe, neat, and pretty.

The Only Fish in the Sea by Philip C. Stead (ill. by Matthew Cordell). 9781626722828. 2017. Gr PK-2.
When Sadie finds out that Amy threw her birthday goldfish into the sea, plastic bag and all, she borrows a boat and sets of with friends to rescue the endangered pet. Sadie and friends are all characters from Stead’s Special Delivery.

Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli (ill. by Mariachiara Di Giorgio). 9781452165066. 2017. Gr K-3.
Every morning, Mr. Crocodile gets ready for another day on the job. After his alarm rings, he brushes his teeth, picks out the right tie, boards the train, and finally arrives at his place of work–and his job might surprise you!

See Fred Run by Kevin Bolger (ill. by Ben Hodson). 9780062286024. 2017. Gr K-2.
Dangerous animals chase Ed and Fred through the jungle in this easy reader companion to Fun with Ed and Fred. Ed is narrating, and readers will soon see that he also controls the action. When Fred realizes he is a pawn, he demands to be let out of the book.

This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson (ill. by Suzy Lee). 9781481441391. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Usually people expect a beautiful day to be warm and sunny, but a rainy, stormy morning doesn’t dampen the spirits of the three children in this picture book. On the contrary, they find plenty of rollicking adventures both inside and out.

Waiting for Goliath by Antje Damm. 9781776571413. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Bear waits on a bus station bench for his friend, Goliath. Though seasons pass and other animals tell him Goliath isn’t coming, Bear remains faithful. Readers will be delighted to see what Goliath is when he finally shows up!

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

Adventures of Caveboy  Ban This Book  Forest World  I Survived the American Revolution  Last Panther  Losers Club

The Adventures of Caveboy (Caveboy, Book 1) by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. 9781619639867. 2017. Gr 1-3.
The first in a humorous series of early chapter books about a Stone Age boy, his family, and his pet rock.

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz. 9780765385567. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Amy Anne’s favorite book is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, so when it is removed from the library shelves, she is ready to do battle and stand against censorship!

Forest World by Margarita Engle. 9781481490573. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Edver barely knows his father who lives in a remote village Cuba, so he is not happy when the travel ban is lifted and he is sent there to visit. He expects a boring summer, but doesn’t expect to meet a sister he never knew about! Realizing that both of them love nature and want their mom to come to Cuba, they post a message about finding a new butterfly species—but they attract danger instead.

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived) by Lauren Tarshis. 9780545919739. 2017. Gr 2-5.
An eleven-year-old boy, on his way to visit his father, is trapped in a bloody battle between American and British troops.

The Last Panther by Todd Mitchell. 9780399555589. 2017. Gr 4-7.
A young girl discovers a family of Florida panthers that were thought to be extinct. She sets out into the wilderness to find a way to keep them safe from poachers who want to sell them and conservationists who want to put them in a zoo.

The Losers Club by Andrew Clements. 9780399557552. 2107. Gr 3-6.
When Alec’s teacher warns him about reading his book and not paying attention in class, Alec decides to create a club after school for the express purpose of silent reading, calling it the Losers Club. He doesn’t expect anyone else to join, and is surprised at its popularity…and at how much he enjoys interacting with others.

Mort Ziff Is Not Dead  Olive and the Backstage Ghost  Pablo and Birdy  Properly Unhaunted Place  Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade  Summer on Earth

Mort Ziff Is Not Dead by Cary Fagan. 9780143198475. 2017. Gr 3-5.
When Norman wins $1000 in a contest, his parents let him decide how to spend it. They want him to buy a new car for the family (it’s 1965), but he decides that the family needs a vacation in Florida. At their hotel, he finds out that a once-famous comedian has just lost his job, and he determines to help save the old man’s career.

Olive and the Backstage Ghost by Michelle Schusterman. 9780399550669. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Olive’s mother had been a star in the theater as a child, and Olive wants to follow in her footsteps. Disheartened by her mother’s critical comments, Olive stumbles into Maudeville, a beautiful old theater, and the proprietor gives her a starring role. She likes her castmates, though they aren’t all quite human anymore, until she starts to realize that something is not quite right about the theater.

Pablo and Birdy by Alison McGhee. 9781481470261. 2017. Gr 4-6.
As a tiny baby, Pablo was found floating in an inflatable raft, alone except for a protective bird. Pablo is frustrated that no one knows where he came from. Birdy might know, but she doesn’t talk—or fly. And as Pablo’s tenth birthday nears, questions again are repeated. Why was Pablo in the boat? Is he a pirate baby? And could Birdy be a legendary Seafaring Parrot? And will the predicted winds of change bring fortune gained—or fortune lost?

A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander. 9781481469159. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Ingot is the only unhaunted town in the world, and Rosa is not happy to be moving somewhere without ghosts. Jasper has always lived in Ingot and never seen a ghost. When an evil spirit attacks during a local festival, Rosa and Jasper must combine forces to find out what is happening in Ingot—and why.

The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick. 9780545863209. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Maverick decides to model himself after his favorite superheroes. One of the last things his father gave him was a toy sheriff’s badge, and he decides to wear it to remind him to help make school a better place—since he isn’t doing very well at improving his home situation.

Summer on Earth by Peter Thompson. 9781943978304. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Things are pretty depressing at Grady’s farm after his father died, and they worry about money as they mourn his dad. But things start to look up the day after Grady wished on a shooting star, and handyman Will shows up. Will is actually Ralwil Turth, an extraterrestrial whose ship crashed on their land, and at first he just wants to fix his ship and leave. But soon everyone is in trouble, and Grady needs to find a way to help both his family and Ralwil.

Tumble & Blue  Van Gogh Deception  Wedgie & Gizmo

Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley. 9780525428442. 2017. Gr 4-6.
When two people in 1817 two people came upon the golden gator during the blood-red moon, neither one received the legendary gator’s single wish. Instead, one family ended up with the gift of good luck, while the other one was cursed with bad fortune. Generations later, another blood-red moon is predicted, and Tumble and Blue are determined to find the gator and reverse the curse.

The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks. 9780544759275. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Who is the boy found wandering in the National Gallery in Washington, DC? He has no idea who he is or how he got there, but he does know a lot about art. It turns out that he is being pursued by a gang of criminals who want to stop him from telling what he knows and ruining their scheme. But what does he know? He doesn’t remember that either!

Wedgie & Gizmo (Book 1) by Suzanne Selfors. 9780062447630. 2017. Gr 2-5.
We hear a lot about the problems faced by kids in blended families, but what about their pets? Gizmo the (evil genius) guinea pig is not happy in this new situation, and he is VERY unhappy having to share his person’s attention with Wedgie, the dog. Gizmo and Wedgie take turns narrating in this hilarious chapter book for newly independent readers.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

Best. Night. Ever   Countdown Conspiracy  Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw  In Some Other Life  Laugh Out Loud  List

Best. Night. Ever. : A Story Told from Seven Points of View by Jen Malone. 9781481486606. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Seven middle school students narrate the hilarious experiences leading up to and on the night of their first school dance. Each voice is written by a different middle grade author.

The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky. 9780062462558. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Miranda and five other kids from around the world have been selected to go on the first manned mission to Mars. During training, they must learn to do scientific tasks and get along, despite being attacked and receiving death threats. While heading to Mars, they realize that there is more to this mission than they were told, and the crew will need to work together to save not only themselves but many people back on Earth.

Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw (Sam London Adventure, Book 1) by Todd Calgi Gallicano. 9781524713652. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Recruited by Dr. Vantana, an eccentric zoologist—to do what? he wonders—Sam is sent on an expedition around the world. On the way, Vantana tells him that mythical creatures are real, including the gryphon that has been frequenting Sam’s dreams. Their task is to make sure that Gryphon’s Claw, which keeps mythical creatures hidden from people, is safe. This series opener is fast-paced and exciting, and readers will be excited for more adventures.

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody. 9780374380762. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Kennedy is glad that she decided not to go to a renowned academy and attend the public school with her new boyfriend; three years later, they are still together. But when Kennedy walks in on him kissing her best friend, she wonders if she made the right choice—and she’s about to find out. The next morning, she awakes to find herself a popular student at the academy, and everything is terrific. So why isn’t she as happy as everyone thinks she is?

Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein. 9780316431460. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Jimmy wants to start a publishing company run by and for kids. Though he is ridiculed by adults, he is determined to realize his dream. Jimmy’s hilarious story has some autobiographical aspects (one of his associates is named Chris Grabbets), and has a positive message for readers: Dreams can come true!

The List by Patricia Forde. 9781492647966. 2017. Gr 7-10.
After the catastrophic Melting, the survivors live in the city of Ark. Life there is difficult, with many things either restricted or downright forbidden. Even speech is limited; only 500 words are allowed, and anyone who uses words not on the List are severely punished. Letta, the new Wordsmith, can read all the words ever written, but now the leaders of Ark tell her she must trim the List. Letta must decide if she will comply or refuse to lose more words.

Patina  Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things  Things That Surprise You  Thornhill  Us, in Progress  Whole Sky

Patina by Jason Reynolds. 9781481450188. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Four kids are chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that might even make it to the Junior Olympics if they can learn to work together. But they come from very different backgrounds and have wildly different personalities that often clash. Patina runs to get away from her problems at home, but can she learn to control her anger enough to work as a team?

Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things by Betsey Aldredge & Carrie DuBois-Shaw. 9781507202807. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Samantha’s embarrassing family secret? Her parents hunt for Wood Apes—or sasquatches, as most people know them. And now they are one of two teams on national TV racing to be the first to find one. To make it worse, one of the other team is a prep-school snob who doesn’t hide his disdain for her family. The friction and attraction between Sam and her adversary (reminiscent of Pride & Prejudice) threaten to distract them from the fact that there really might be a sasquatch out there.

Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari. 9780062438928. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Emily doesn’t like the changes that are happening during her first year of middle school. Her parents have just divorced, her sister is living at a treatment facility to learn to handle her anorexia, and her best friend Hazel has new interests and friends. Emily just wants things to be the way they were—or at least be able to keep up.

Thornhill by Pam Smy. 9781626726543. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Two interweaving stories are set in the same place at different times. In 1982 Mary’s diary tells of the bully that makes life miserable at Thornhill, an orphanage. As Thornhill is about to close, all the other girls have left, leaving Mary alone with the bully. Ella’s story is told in pictures; in 2017 she has just moved into a house next to Thornhill. When she sees a girl at the window of the abandoned house, she decides to befriend her. Readers who like suspense and the supernatural will love this book.

Us, in Progress : Short Stories about Young Latinos by Lulu Delacre. 9780062392145. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Young Latinos living today are the focus of this collection of 12 short stories drawn from current headlines. The protagonists are from diverse cultures and geographic populations. These stories describe what it is like to be Latinx in the United States today.

The Whole Sky by Heather Henson. 9781442414051. 2017. Gr 4-8.
A young horse whisperer is determined to find out what has caused the mysterious illness that is attacking pregnant mares and killing their foals at horse farms in Kentucky. At the same time, she is dealing with her mother’s death and her father’s grief and alcoholism.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

All Rights Reserved  Arsonist  Backfield Boys  Epic Crush of Genie Lo  Hearts We Sold  In Other Lands

All Rights Reserved (Word, Book 1) by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. 9780373212446. 2017. Gr 9-12.
In Speth’s world, everyone 15 and older must pay for the words they speak as well as gestures they communicate with. When her boyfriend commits suicide rather than pay off his family’s huge debt, Speth decides to rebel by going silent. Others are inspired to follow her lead—but the government and large corporation that benefit from speech are not pleased.

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes. 9780803740716. 2017. Gr 9-12.
German dissident Ava Dreyman left only a diary when she was killed in an East Berlin prison, but, years later, that diary might hold the answer to the disappearance of Molly’s mother. She’ll gets help from Pepper, a Kuwaiti American; they fly to Germany looking for answers, but find secrets, lies, and danger in this suspenseful mystery.

Backfield Boys by John Feinstein. 9780374305925. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Jason, a wide-receiver, and Tom, a quarterback, make an impressive team, and are thrilled to be given full-ride scholarships to an elite boarding school. But when they arrive at school, the discover that the football program is deeply racist, as the coach makes Jason the quarterback, while Tom, who is black, is given the receiver position. They protest, but, among the rising tension, are they willing to give up their scholarships?

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee. 9781419725487. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Perfectionist Genie is in control of her life, until she finds that she is the reincarnation of the  legendary weapon of the Monkey King. And demons have escaped from the Chinese hell, and she is the only one who can stop them. Only by training with Quentin Sun, teen manifestation of the Monkey King, will she learn to master her powers and save the world. She also needs to finish her homework and maintain her grades so she can get into Harvard!

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones. 9780316314596. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Dee trades her heart and two years of labor to a demon in order to escape her alcoholic parents. She finds herself in a group of other “heartless” teens, doing the demon’s bidding. The group works well together and becomes close, and soon Dee wishes that she still had her heart.

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan. 9781618731203. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Elliot is small for his age and can’t keep his smart mouth shut, both of which make him a target for bullies. During a class trip, he somehow finds himself in a magic land of elves and other fantastical creatures—and is loudly unhappy to be in a land of no technology where everyone trains for war. His inability to keep his mouth shut and general grouchiness makes this a hilarious and irreverent fantasy.

Little & Lion  Lost Boys  Mr. 60%  Secret History of Us  Solo  Truthers

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. 9780316349000. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Suzette is glad to be back home after attending a year of boarding school, but she is worried that her stepbrother Lion will still be angry with her. Breaking her promise, she had told their parents that his bipolar disorder was getting worse. She’s trying to get him to trust her again, when he starts to lose control again. And she is also worried about her feelings for her old roommate.

Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt. 9781627797580. 2017. Gr 7-12.
During the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s, boys as young as twelve were conscripted as soldiers. Raza, at the urging of family and friends, enlists in the Iranian army with his friend Ebi, only to discover that boy soldiers are used as cannon fodder. Raza ends up in an Iraqi POW camp; only his passion for music and his strong friendships will help him to survive the cruelty and danger.

Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith. 9780553534665. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Matt—a.k.a. Mr. 60%–does just enough in school to keep from being expelled. He is also the school’s drug dealer. No one knows that he has no time to study and sells drugs because he is taking care of his uncle, who is dying of cancer. Forced to join an extra-curricular activity, Matt is partnered with Amanda, a friend he never expected to want or need.

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby. 9780062299468. 2017. Gr 9-12.
After a near-fatal car accident, Liv awakens to find that she not only cannot recall what happened during her week-long coma, but is also having trouble remembering anything from high school. Her family and friends try to fill in her gaps, but what they say doesn’t feel right—until she meets the tough guy who rescued her.

Solo by Kwame Alexander. 9780310761839. 2017. Gr 9-12.
In this verse novel, Blade, son of fallen rock star Rutherford Morrison and the late Sunny Morrison, is struggling with his father’s addiction and his girlfriend’s betrayal when he learns he was adopted. He sets out on a coming-of-age journey to find his birth mother who is teaching in a small village in Ghana.

Truthers by Geoffrey Girard. 9781512427790. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Katie is used to her dad being brought home drunk, but she was shocked to find out that he has been put into a mental institution for threatening government leaders and ranting about a 9/11 conspiracy. Hoping to help him, she starts delving into the terrorism which happened when she was a baby, and her research leads her to the secretive world of Truthers. Are they crazy—or correct?

When I Am Through with You  Wicked Like a Wildfire  Wonder Woman

When I Am Through with You by Stephanie Kuehn. 9781101994733. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Ben is in jail, and he has time on his hands. That is why he is writing down exactly what happened on one fateful school camping trip in the mountains, revealing who lived and who died, and especially what happened between him and Rose as he tries to explore the difference between perfect cruelty and perfect love.

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic. 9780062436832. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Like their mother, Iris and Malina have a supernatural “gleam,” a unique ability to manipulate beauty. Their mother demands that they keep their gifts secret and forbids them to fall in love. When someone tries to murder their mother, the girls discover a terrible secret behind her harsh rules:  that one of their ancestors was responsible for a curse on the entire family that could destroy them.  This is the first of a duology.

Wonder Woman : Warbringer (DC Icons, Book 1) by Leigh Bardugo. 9780399549731. 2017. Gr 7-12.
The classic backstory of Wonder Woman has always focused on feminism and equality, but this updated version adds comedy, cinematic action, and a diverse cast of characters for a great read that will have appeal far beyond DC fans.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER FICTION

Burning Girl  Doll Funeral  Luster of Lost Things  Massacre of Mankind  Ready-Made Thief

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud. 9780393635027. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Two young girls, joined at the hip from childhood, gradually grow apart as they grow up.

The Doll Funeral by Kate Hamer. 9781612196657. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
When Ruby finds out that she is adopted, she gathers the courage to run away from her abusive father and is determined to find her real parents. Accompanied by her imaginary friend Shadow Boy, she is taken in by a group of children who live in a rundown mansion. Ruby begins to discover her family’s secrets and to understand what “family” really means.

The Luster of Lost Things by Sophie Chen Keller. 9780735210783. Gr 10-Adult.
A twelve-year-old boy with a motor speech disorder and a knack for finding things heads out into and under New York City with his overweight dog to find his mother’s lost Book, the foundation of her magical bakery.

The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter. 9781524760120. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Thirteen years after the Martian invasion was stopped by Earth’s bacteria, they are planning a new assault. Will humans be ready for them? A sequel to H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds.

The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose. 9780735221833. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Framed by a former friend for a crime committed by that friend, Lee is on the run. She is now on the lam with Tomi, young hacker she met at a home for runaways. They find themselves pursued by a secret society that seems to think she holds the answer to their what they seek. But Lee has no idea what they want, or why she is so important to them.

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Picture Book Biographies

Autumn is a major publishing season, so I have been busy going through the picture book galleys that will be out this fall. I’m always intrigued by the biographies of people I don’t know.  I minored in history in college and have always loved reading about people in the past—both fiction and nonfiction. But picture books authors seem to find the most interesting people that I have either forgotten about or never heard of!

How many of you play the piano? Do you know about Bartolomeo Cristofori?  I took piano lessons in elementary school, then in college, and again as an adult—I even have one in my house—but I didn’t know the name of the man who invented the instrument.

And is there anyone who does NOT like chocolate chip cookies? Who came up with the idea? There are several myths about their creation, but consensus is that Ruth Wakefield had something to do with it. Never heard of her!

Check out the biographies below; even if you know about these people, chances are you’ll find out something new!

Want to know about more fascinating people? Check out my 2016 post on picture book biographies and also one on persistent women.

ARTISTS & MUSICIANS

Americaqn Gothic  Danza!  Fancy Party Gowns  Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos  Keith Haring

American Gothic by Susan Wood (ill. by Ross MacDonald). 9781419725333. September 2017. Gr K-2.
Danza! : Amalia Hernandez and El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico by Duncan Tonatiuh. 9781419725326. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Fancy Party Gowns : The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal (ill. by Laura Freeman). 9781499802399. 2017. Gr K-2.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown (ill. by John Parra). 9780735842694. September 2017. Gr K-2.
Keith Haring : The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring (ill. by Robert Neubecker). 9780525428190. 2017. Gr K-3.

Music of Life  Pocket Full of Colors  Shape of the World  Vincent Can't Sleep  World Is Not a Rectangle

The Music of Life : Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano by Elizabeth Rusch (ill. by Marjorie Priceman). 9781481444842. 2017. Gr K-3.
Pocket Full of Colors : The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire by Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville (ill. by Brigette Barrager). 9781481461313. 2017. Gr K-2.
The Shape of the World : A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright by K.L. Going (ill. by Lauren Stringer). 9781442478213. September 2017. Gr 1-4.
Vincent Can’t Sleep : Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock (ill. by Mary Grandpre). 9781101937105. October 2017. Gr PK-3.
The World Is Not a Rectangle : A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter. 9781481446693. 2017. Gr 1-4.

 

ATHLETES

Long-Armed Ludy  Martina & Chrissie  Strong As Sandow

Long-Armed Ludy and the First Women’s Olympics by Jean L.S. Patrick (ill. by Adam Gustavson). 9781580895460. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Martina & Chrissie : The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports by Phil Bildner (ill. by Brett Helquist). 9780763673086. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Strong as Sandow : How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth by Don Tate. 9781580896283. 2017. Gr 2-4.

 

AUTHORS

Balderdash!  Big Machines  Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider  Imagine That!  John Ronald's Dragons

Balderdash! : John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel (ill. by Nancy Carpenter). 9780811879224. 2017. Gr K-3.
Big Machines : The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker (ill. by John Rocco). 9780544715578. September 2017. Gr K-2.
A Boy, a Mouse, and a Spider : The Story of E.B. White by Barbara Herkert (ill. by Lauren Castillo). 9781627792455. October 2017. Gr PK-3.
Imagine That! : How Dr. Seuss Wrote The Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra (ill. by Kevin Hawkes). 9780375974298. September 2017. Gr 1-4.
John Ronald’s Dragons : The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister (ill. by Eliza Wheeler). 9781626720923. 2017. Gr PK-3.

Miguel's Brave Knight  Someone Like Me

Miguel’s Brave Knight : Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote by Margarita Engle (ill. by Raul Colon). 9781561458561. October 2017. Gr 2-6.
Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan (ill. by Chris Sheban). 9781626723344. 2017. Gr PK-3.

 

FOODIES

Chef Roy Choi  Dumpling Dreams  How the Cookie Crumbled

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin & June Jo Lee (ill. by Man One). 9780983661597. 2017. Gr 1-5.
Dumpling Dreams : How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge by Carrie Clickard (ill. by Katy Wu). 9781481467070. September 2017. Gr PK-2.
How the Cookie Crumbled : The True (and Not-So-True) Stories of the Invention of the Chocolate Chip Cookie by Gilbert Ford. 9781481450676. October 2017. Gr K-3.

 

HUMANITARIANS & ACTIVISTS

Dangerous Jane  Ruth Bader Ginsburg  Schomburg

Dangerous Jane by Suzanne Slade (ill. by Alice Ratterree). 9781561459131. September 2017. Gr 2-4.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg : The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter (ill. by Stacy Innerst). 9781419725593. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Schomburg : The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford (ill. by Eric Velasquez). 9780763680466. September 2017. Gr 3-6.

 

INVENTORS & SCIENTISTS

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call  John Deere, That's Who!  Karl, Get Out of the Garden!  Lines, Bars and Circles

Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call by Mary Ann Fraser. 9781580897211. 2017. Gr 1-4.
John Deere, That’s Who! by Tracy Nelson Maurer (ill. by Tim Zeltner). 9781627791298. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Karl, Get Out of the Garden! : Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything by Anita Sanchez (ill. by Catherine Stock). 9781580896061. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Lines, Bars and Circles : How William Playfair Invented Graphs by Helaine Becker (ill. by Marie-Eve Tremblay). 9781771385701. 2017. Gr 1-4.

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Keep Your Series Current: August 2017

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

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

Ally-Saurus & the Very Bossy Monster  Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys  Creepy Pair of Underwear  Curious Cares of Bears  Dragon Riders  Duck & Goose, Honk Quack Boo

Ally-Saurus & the Very Bossy Monster by Richard Torrey. 9781454921233. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkeys by Ephyr Slobodkina & Ann Marie Mulbearn Sayer. 9780062499882. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds (ill. by Peter Brown). 9781442402980. 2017. Gr PK-3.
The Curious Cares of Bears by Douglas Florian (ill. by Sonia Sanchez). 9781499804621. 2017. Gr PK-1.
The Dragon Riders (Dragon Brothers, Book 3) by James Russell (ill. by Link Choi). 9781492648673. 2017. Gr K-3.
Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! by Tad Hills. 9781524701758. 2017. Gr PK-1.

Duck and HIppo Lost and Found  Here Comes Teacher Cat  Hooray My Butt Left the Bench  Joe and Sparky, Party Animals  Little Elliot, Fall Friends  Monkey with a Tool Belt

Duck and Hippo Lost and Found (Duck and Hippo, Book 2) by Jonathan London (ill. by Andrew Joyner). 9781542045629. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Here Comes Teacher Cat by Deborah Underwood (ill. by Claudia Rueda). 9780399539053. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Hooray! My Butt Left the Bench! (Here’s Hank, Book 10) by Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver. 9781101995877. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Joe and Sparky, Party Animals! by Jamie Michalak (ill. by Frank Remkiewicz). 9780763682064. 2017. Gr K-3.
Little Elliot, Fall Friends by Mike Curato. 9781627796408. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Silly School Mystery by Chris Monroe. 9781512430103. 2017. Gr PK-2.

Mouse House  Nerdy Birdy Tweets  See You When I See You  Sparkle Fairies and the Imaginaries

The Mouse House (Adventures of Sophie Mouse, Book 11) by Poppy Green (ill. by Jennifer A. Bell). 9781481494366. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Nerdy Birdy Tweets by Aaron Reynolds (ill. by Matt Davies). 9781626721289. 2017. Gr K-3.
See You When I See You (My Happy Life, Book 5) by Rose Lagercrantz (ill. by Eva Eriksson). 9781776571291. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Sparkle Fairies and the Imaginaries (Daisy Dreamer, Book 3) by Holly Anna (ill. by Genevieve Santos). 9781481491860. 2017. Gr K-2.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

Bright Lights, Big Kitty  Friday Barnes No Rules  Great Escape  I Survived the American Revolution, 1776  Imagination Box Beyond Infinity  Long Way Home  Lucky Jars & Broken Promises

Bright Lights, Big Kitty! (Animal Inn, Book 4) by Paul Dubois Jacobs & Jennifer Swender. 9781481462334. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Friday Barnes : No Rules (Friday Barnes Mysteries, Book 4) by R.A. Spratt. 9781626726390. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Great Escape (Wild Ones, Book 3) by C. Alexander London. 9780399171017. 2017. Gr 4-6.
I Survived the American Revolution, 1776 (I Survived) by Lauren Tarshis. 9780545919746. 2017. Gr 2-5.
The Imagination Box : Beyond Infinity (Imagination Box, Book 2) by Martyn Ford. 9781101936313. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Long Way Home (Adventures of Henry Whiskers, Book 2) by Gigi Priebe. 9781481465786. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Lucky Jars & Broken Promises (Penelope Perfect, Book 3) by Chrissie Perry. 9781481490887. 2017. Gr 2-5.

Murphy and the Great Surf Rescue  No Way Out  Royal Crush  Sydney & Simon to the Moon  Tiny Tim  Twinsanity

Murphy and the Great Surf Rescue (Puppy Academy) by Gill Lewis. 9781627798006. 2017. Gr 2-4.
No Way Out (Shadow House, Book 3) by Dan Poblocki. 9780545925525. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, Book 3) by Meg Cabot. 9781250111524. Gr 4-7.
Sydney & Simon : To the Moon (Sydney & Simon, Book 3) by Paul A. Reynolds (ill. by Peter H. Reynolds). 9781580896795. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Tiny Tim (Dog Diaries, Book 11) by Kate Klimo. 9780399551314. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Twinsanity (Zacktastic, Book 2) by Courtney Sheinmel. 9781585369362. 2017. Gr 2-5.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

Battlesong  Bones of the Sun God  Forever Court  Middle School  Patina  Patrick Griffin's First Birthday on 1th

Battlesong (Icebreaker Trilogy, Book 3) by Lian Tanner. 9781250052186. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Bones of the Sun God (Pyramid Hunters, Book 2) by Peter Vegas. 9781481445825. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The Forever Court (Knights of the Borrowed Dark, Book 2) by Dave Rudden. 9780553523010. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Middle School : How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill (Middle School, Book 4) by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts. 9780316231756. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Patina (Track, Book 2) by Jason Reynolds. 9781481450188. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Patrick Griffin’s First Birthday on 1th (Patrick Griffin, Book 2) by Ned Rust. 9781626723443. 2017. Gr 5-7.

Thirteen Rising  Vanished  Venturess  Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy
Thirteen Rising (Zodiac, Book 4) by Romina Russell. 9780448493558. 2017. Gr 6-8.
Vanished! (Framed! Book 2) by James Ponti. 9781481436335. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Venturess (Mechanica, Book 2) by Betsy Cornwell. 9780544319271. 2017. Gr 7-10.
The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy, Book 3) by M.A. Larson. 9780399545719. 2017. Gr 5-8.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

 7 Trees of Stone  Black Light Express  Broken World  Crystal Blade  Dazzling Heights  Dire King  Ferocious

7 Trees of Stone (13 Days of Midnight, Book 3) by Leo Hunt. 9780763691738. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Black Light Express (Railhead, Book 2) by Philip Reeve. 9781630790967. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Broken World (Marked Girl, Book 2) by Lindsey Klingele. 9780062380364. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Crystal Blade (Burning Glass, Book 2) by Kathryn Purdie. 9780062412393. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Dazzling Heights (Thousandth Floor, Book 2) by Katharine McGee. 9780062418623. 2017. Gr 10-12.
The Dire King (Jackaby, Book 4) by William Ritter. 9781616206703. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Ferocious (Vicarious, Book 2) by Paula Stokes. 9780765380968. 2017. Gr 9-12.

 Genius the Con  Hawkweed Legacy  Keep of Ages  Orphan, Agent, Prima, Pawn  Reunited  Sparks of Light

Genius : The Con (Genius, Book 2) by Leopoldo Gout. 9781250045829. 2017. Gr 8-12.
The Hawkweed Legacy (Hawkweed Prophecy, Book 2) by Irena Brignull. 9781602863149. 2017. Gr 8-12.
The Keep of Ages (Vault of Dreamers, Book 2) by Caragh M. O’Brien. 9781596439429. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Orphan, Agent, Prima, Pawn (Bolshoi, Book 3) by Elizabeth Kiem. 9781616956554. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Reunited (Reawakened, Book 3) by Colleen Houck. 9780399555688. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Sparks of Light (Into the Dim, Book 2) by Janet B. Taylor. 9780544609570. 2017. Gr 9-12.

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Great New Easy & Fiction Titles for July 2017

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

ELEMENTARY PICTURE BOOKS

Different Pond  Emma's Circus  Giant of Jum  Hello Goodbye Dog  King Louie's Shoes  LMNO Pea-quel

A Different Pond by Bao Phi (ill. by Thi Bui). 9781479597468. 2017. Gr 1-4.
As a young boy fishes with his father in Minneapolis for food to feed their family, his father tells him about fishing in his homeland of Vietnam.

Emma’s Circus by Candace Fleming (ill. by Christine Davenier). 9780374399078. 2017. Gr PK-2.
With her family busy readying their farm for winter, Emma is sad that they can’t take time to see the circus parade. But she is surprised when the circus makes its way to her, one act at a time. This lively read-aloud is a cumulative and counting book all in one.

The Giant of Jum by Elli Woollard (ill. by Benji Davies). 9781627795159. 2017. Gr PK-2.
A hungry giant wants to eat Jack for a snack but is waylaid by other children who need his help.

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari (ill. by Patrice Barton). 9781626721777. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Zara knows that her dog Moose hates to say goodbye to her as she goes to school in her wheelchair—because he sneaks his way to school every day! This becomes a problem, until Moose goes to dog therapy school and is welcomed at Zara’s school as a reading buddy.

King Louie’s Shoes by D.J. Steinberg (ill. by Robert Neubecker). 9781481426572. 2017. Gr K-2.
France’s King Louis XIV wanted to be seen as a great king, so he was unhappy to be so short. He had his royal shoemaker make him high-heeled shoes so he appeared taller. This was a great solution until the king tried to dance—and fell right on his bottom in front of the whole court. Would he become a laughingstock?

LMNO Pea-Quel by Keith Baker. 9781481458566. 2017. Gr PK-1.
The peas have illustrated upper-case letters, colors, numbers, and the months of the year. Now they are back, highlighting hobbies and careers again but this time with lower-case letters.

Marigold Bakes a Cake  Motor Goose  Now  Race  Stay

Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough. 9781524737382. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Monday is Marigold’s favorite day: baking day. But things don’t go well this day when a bunch of birds take over and make a mess of his kitchen. This counting book made me laugh as I recalled baking with my boys and, later, with my daycare kids—and would make an entertaining read-aloud.

Motor Goose by Rebecca Colby (ill. by Jef Kaminsky). `. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Young readers and listeners will love these Mother Goose rhymes retold with vehicle themes.

Now by Antoinette Portis. 9781626721371. 2017. Gr PK-1.
A little girl she describes all of her favorite things from the hole she is digging right now, to the tree branch she is currently swinging on, to the cloud she is watching right this moment.

Race! by Sue Fliess (ill. by Edwardian Taylor). 9781499802375. 2017. Gr PK-1.
In a race between big cars with strong engines, a tiny car squeezes in, hoping for the prize. The ending of this spirited read-aloud will probably surprise young listeners and readers, though adults should see it coming.

Stay : A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List by Kate Klise (Ill. by M. Sarah Klise). 9781250107145. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Eli the dog has been with Astrid since she was a baby. Now that Eli is getting older and slowing down, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him, but knows what is most important to Eli is the time he spends with Astrid.

 

ELEMENTARY CHAPTER BOOKS

Bubbles  Dash of Dragon  Jasmine Togunchi  Monsters Unleashed  Overboard  Pennybaker School Is Headed for Disaster

Bubbles by Abby Cooper. 9780374302900. 2017. Gr 4-7.
While trying to cheer up her depressed mother, twelve-year-old Sophie gets roped into doing a triathlon, as part of a school project on risk-taking, and discovers she can see people’s thoughts in bubbles above their heads.

A Dash of Dragon by Heidi Lang. 9781481477932. 2017. Gr 3-6.
Laila has learned to cook the best monster dishes, and is thrilled when her mentor decides to open a new restaurant and put her in charge. But her mentor had borrowed money from a loan shark and can’t repay it—and is in serious trouble. Laila is determined to raise the money. But her troubles don’t end there!

Jasmine Toguchi,  Mochi Queen (Jasmine Toguchi, Book 1) by Debbi Michiko Florence. 9780374304102. 2017. Gr 1-4.
Japanese-American Jasmine is so sick of her older sister always being able to do things—and Jasmine is told that she is too little, too young. This year her sister gets to help the women make the mochi balls, so Jasmine decides she is going to help the men and boys pound the mochi rice instead.

Monsters Unleashed (Book 1) by John Kloepfer. 9780062290304. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Freddie drew pictures of the biggest bullies in school as monsters, and then used the school 3D printer to make models of them. But the models came to life and are getting bigger and BIGGER. Now he needs to ask those same school bullies for help. This is the beginning of a new series.

Overboard! (Survivor Diaries, Book 1) by Terry Lynn Johnson. 9780544970106. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Travis and his family are watching whales from a boat off the coast of Washington when the boat capsizes. Can Travis and his sister survive the freezing cold water and the powerful waves?

Pennybaker School Is Headed for Disaster by Jennifer Brown. 9781681191744. 2017. Gr 4-6.
After Thomas accidentally makes a bit a magic from his grandfather’s potions, he is whisked away to Pennybaker School for the Uniquely Gifted. When the head of the statue of the school’s most beloved teacher goes missing, Thomas must find someone to help him prove his innocence.

Song from Somewhere Else  True Home  Unicorn in the Barn  You May Already Be a Winner

The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold. 9781681194011. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Frank’s summer couldn’t get any worse, but it does get weird when big, smelly, strange Nick Underbridge rescues her from a bully, and she winds up at his home. There, she realizes there is more to Nick than she thought. Nick and his family have an incredible secret, and they are accompanied by terrible danger. Now Frank has to figure out how to save Nick like he saved her.

A True Home (Heartwood Hotel, Book 1) by Kallie George. 9781484731611. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Mona the Mouse has taken a job working as a maid at the Heartwood Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in Frenwood Forest. When danger arrives, Mona is determined to protect the hotel that has become more than just a place to work and sleep—It’s become her home.

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn. 9780544761124. 2017. Gr 4-7.
One night Eric thinks he has seen the legendary white deer that is supposed to live in the woods. Following it to the neighbor’s barn, he discovers that the creature is a unicorn, and the neighbor is a vet who takes care of animals both real and supernatural. The vet hires him to work with her daughter and help out at the clinic, where he learns more than just animal care.

You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis. 9781101993859. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Twelve-year-old Olivia tries to care for her younger sister, possibly make a new friend in the quirky and secretive Bart, and keep hope alive for her, her family, and her community of quirky neighbors at Sunny Pines Trailer Park.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL FICTION

 Almost Paradise  Apprentice Witch  It All Comes Down to This  Lights, Camea, Middle School  Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls  One for Sorrow

Almost Paradise by Corabel Shofner. 9780374303785. 2017. Gr 4-7.
After her mother is wrongly jailed for helping her boyfriend rob a convenience store, Ruby and her pet pig sneak off to find her mom’s estranged twin, Eleanor. Eleanor is a cantankerous nun living on a peach orchard, and she and Ruby don’t hit it off at first, but Ruby is convinced that with a little bit of patience, she can solve everyone’s problems and reunite her family.

The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol. 9781338118582. 2017. Gr 4-8.
Because she flunked her test to become a full-fledged witch, Arianwyn is sent away in disgrace to a small town, worried that she will always be an apprentice. But her new home is not as boring as it first seemed, as magical creatures both large and small are sighted…as well as a sinister darkness that comes over her when she tries to cast spells. Will she ever get the hang of this?

It All Comes Down to This by Karen English. 9780544839571. 2017. Gr 5-8.
In 1965, twelve-year-old Sophie is the only black child in an all-white neighborhood. Her sister Lily encourages Sophie to make friends, even by doing things she might be uncomfortable with, like playing tennis. But when trouble erupts in a nearby town, Sophie finds out how complicated her life really is.

Lights, Camera, Middle School! (Babymouse Tales from the Locker, Book 1) by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm. 9780399554384. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Middle-schooler Babymouse is tired of materialistic mean-girls who think all girls should be like them, so she decides to join the film club in order to stand out. But making a cinematic masterpiece is harder than Babymouse thought, and her dream may turn into a nightmare.

Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls by Beth McMullen. 9781481490207. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Twelve-year-old Abigail is shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother, who happens to be the spy ring’s top agent.

One for Sorrow : A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn. 9780544818095. 2017. Gr 5-7.
Elsie has a reputation for being a tattletale and liar. So when Annie moves to town in September of 1918, Elsie is determined to make Annie her best friend. But Annie soon joins in teasing and avoiding her. When Elsie dies from the Spanish flu, her spirit lingers on, determined to be Annie’s best friend and get revenge against those who made her life miserable.

Refugee  Spirit Hunters  Trail  What Goes Up  Witchtown  Wrong Train

Refugee by Alan Gratz. 9780545880831. 2017. Gr 5-8.
In his timely novel, Gratz tells the stories of three refugees—a boy and his family fleeing Nazi Germany in the 1930s, a Cuban girl and her family trying to escape the 1994 riots in by taking a raft to America, and a Syrian boy whose family tries to leave the violence behind as they travel to Europe.

Spirit Hunters (Book 1) by Ellen Oh. 9780062430083. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Dangerous ghosts are haunting Harper’s younger brother, and she is determined to do whatever it takes to save him. They have just moved to a new house, and though she has never lived here before, there it something familiar about it—if only she could just remember.

The Trail by Meika Hashimoto. 9781338035865. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Best friends Toby and Lucas had make a list of awesome things they planned to do together, but now Lucas is gone. The only item left on the list is to walk the Appalachian Trail. Lucas is determined to do it by himself, until he comes upon two boys that desperately need his help. Give this book to fans of adventure and survival stories.

What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy. 9781619639126. 2017. Gr 6-9.
Hundreds of teens hope to be chosen for NASA’s top-secret mission, but only two students will be selected. As they go through the trials and competitions to decide the winners, something unexpected is happening that has all the scientists and astronauts worried. Though there is action and adventure galore in this near-future science fiction tale, readers will find plenty of humor, too.

Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes. 9780544765573. 2017. Gr 7-10.
Two witches, Macie nd her mother Aubra, travel from town to town stealing everything they can, then erasing the minds of those they’ve met. Arriving in a community of witches called Witchtown, Aubra promises Macie that Witchtown is the last one. But as she learns more about the town, Macie begins to realize that secrets may have more power than money.

The Wrong Train by Jeremy de Quidt. 9781338121254. 2017. Gr 6-9.
A boy jumps on the train as it pulls away, only to realize that it’s the wrong train. He gets off at the next station to wait for a return train…and waits and waits. A stranger and his dog walk up and the man sits down and starts to tell him stories, eerie tales that make the boy feel more and more worried. Is he doomed to sit here forever? Though these stories are quite creepy and spooky, they are not Stephen King-gory or violent, and middle-schoolers who read scary stories will like them.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FICTION

All the Ways the World Can End  Because You Love to Hate Me  Everything All at Once  Flight Risk  Fragile Like Us  Gork, the Teenage Dragon

All the Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher. 9780374304256. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Lenny, sixteen, struggles to cope with her father’s cancer, her best friend moving across the country, and more, but in a sea of uncertainty, dreams of romance may become her anchor.

Because You Love to Hate Me : 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie. 9781681193649. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Thirteen BookTubers from YouTube challenge 13 YA authors to retell a particular story from the point of view of the oft-misunderstood villains. Baddies include Moriarty (from Sherlock Holmes), Medusa, a psychopath, and more.

Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno. 9780062493095. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Lottie has always been a quiet, cautious girl until her wild and beloved Aunt Helen dies. Aunt Helen was the author of the successful children’s books about Alvin Hatter. She leaves a stack of 24 letters to Lottie, letters that each contain a secret and a task for Lottie. The tasks draw Lottie out of her shell, and the secrets reveal Aunt Helen’s mysterious past and the inspiration for her books. Give this novel to fans of romance, mystery, and books about books.

Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn. 9781626727601. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Everyone knows that Robert has failed at almost everything he has tried. He has been labeled a juvenile delinquent and a loser. So he decides to steal and land a plane, resulting in the crash of not one, but THREE, planes—crashes from which he walked away unhurt. This book is inspired by true events.

Fragile Like Us by Sara Barnard. 9781481486101. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Caddy, the quintessential good girl, and Rosie, a free-spirited extrovert, are best friends whose differences complement one another. When Suzanne joins their small circle of friendship, Caddy decides to embrace the impulsive behavior Suzanne lives by, but her decision leads to an accident that could change Caddy’s life more than she ever imagined.

Gork, the Teenage Dragon by Gabe Hudson. 9780375413964. 2017. Gr 10-12.
As dragons go, Gork is awkward and inept. He tends to faint, he has a huge heart, and his nickname is Weak Sauce. Before he graduates from high school tomorrow, he has to ask a female dragon to be his queen—her answer determines whether they will go to conquer a planet together or he will become a slave. The competition includes all the males in his high school class. Readers just might see their own adolescent behavior in this funny coming-of-age fantasy.

Hello, Sunshine  Lake Effect  Last Magician  Little Monsters  Lucky in Love  No Good Deed

Hello, Sunshine by Leila Howland. 9781484725450. 2017. Gr 9-12.
After being rejected by every college she applied to, Becca decides to move to Hollywood for a year and try to make it as an actress. Then her boyfriend breaks up with her. She’s broke, she can’t find an agent, and she’s working as a waitress to pay the bills. When she and her friends post some short videos to YouTube, Becca is astonished at the outcome.

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan. 9780803740525. 2017. Gr 9-12.
In the summer after his senior year. Briggs leaves behind his family and girlfriend to take a summer job on Lake Michigan. But after arriving, je is subjected to a complicated series of events such as preparing for the death of elderly boss and meeting a curious girl named Abigail who resists Briggs’s charm.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. 9781481432078. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Esta, a talented thief with time-traveling capabilities travels back to 1902 to steal a valuable artifact used by an evil magician, This artifact had caused a rift in modern-day Manhattan which traps magic practitioners on the island. But 1902 is a dangerous time.  Nothing is as it seems, and Esta faces hard truths about her future which may require a betrayal of those in the past.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas. 9780553521498. 2017. Gr 9-12.
When Kacey moves with her father to Broken Falls to live with her new stepfamily, she is grateful for how easily she is accepted by everyone, despite her differences. But suddenly her new friends become distant—and then one of them disappears. As the search for the missing girl continues and suspicions fall on the “new girl,” Kacey discovers some disturbing secrets about the other girls.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West. 9781338058017. 2017. Gr 7-12.
On a whim, Maddie buys a lottery ticket, which is very out of character for her. She knows her family has financial problems, so she has worked hard during school to be eligible for college scholarships. Then she finds out that she has won the lottery! 50 million dollars! No more money worries for her or her family! But there are problems associated with her wealth, and Maddie wonders how to balance who she was with her new life.

No Good Deed by Kara Connolly. 9780385743938. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Ellie must qualify at the trials in England to be firmly on the road to Olympic glory in archery. But while touring Nottingham Castle, she takes a wrong turn and ends up in the Middle Ages. Disguising herself as a boy, Ellie is mistaken for Robin Hood. She searches for a way to return home without accidentally changing history!

Special Ones  Words on Bathroom Walls

The Special Ones by E.M. Bailey. 9780544912298. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Esther, a Special One, lives with three other girls in a farmhouse under constant watch from a mysterious cult leader, who broadcasts their lives to eager social media followers. If she ever forgets that she is Special, Esther knows she will be “renewed,” replaced by a new girl named Esther—and no one knows what happens to the renewed ones. Esther knows she is not special at all, but she vows to survive long enough to escape.

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton. 9780399550881. 2017. Gr 10-12.
Suffering from schizophrenia, Adam lives with a cast of characters who aren’t really there. While on an experimental drug trial, his visions go away, and he begins to hope he might be able to woo Maya, who thinks he is great if only the drug keeps working. When the drug starts failing, Adam will do anything to keep her from discovering his secret.

 

ADULT CROSSOVER FICTION

After Anatevka  At the Table of Wolves  Grace  Hook's Tale  Hum If You Don't Know the Words

After Anatevka : A Novel Inspired by “Fiddler on the Roof” by Alexandra Silber. 9781681774343. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
This novel focuses on Tevya’s second daughter Hodel, first as she gets to know and becomes engaged to the activist Perchik, and then as she searches for him when he is sent to a labor camp.

At the Table of Wolves (Dark Talents, Book 1) by Kay Kenyon. 9781481487788. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
Alternative history meets espionage meets fantasy in this first book of the Dark Talents series. Kim, a young journalist in England, has a psychic gift (after the trauma of WWI, psychic talents suddenly appeared, called the bloom) that causes people to tell her their secrets. The Nazis are better at using these powers for their own ends, and Kim is drawn into a plan to prevent their invasion of England.

Grace by Paul Lynch. 9780316316309. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Cast out by her mother at the height of the Great Famine in Ireland, Grace dresses as a boy and travels with her younger brother, trying to survive.

Hook’s Tale : Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself by John Leonard Pielmeier. 9781501161056. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Captain James Cook, more infamously known as Hook, gives an entertaining and, in his opinion, entirely truthful memoir, letting the reader the real story behind this villain.

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais. 9780399575068. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.
When her parents are killed during the violent days of the 1970s in South Africa, Robin is sent to live with a Xhosa nanny, whose daughter disappeared during a bloody student protest. Though both suffer from the separate tragedies, they start go grow closer to each other despite their racial differences.

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Great New Nonfiction Titles for July 2017

These exciting nonfiction titles were published in July.

PRIMARY NONFICTION

Food Like Mine  Plesiosaur  Someone Like Me

Food Like Mine (Children Just Like Me) by Dorling Kindersley. 9781465461353. 2017. Gr 1-4.
This latest addition to DK’s Children Just Like Me series shows how families all around the world use the same four basic ingredients of rice, wheat, corn, and potatoes to make very different meals. The book also includes recipes for 27 traditional foods from around the world.

Plesiosaur (Ancient Animals) by Sarah L. Thomson (Ill. by Andrew Plant). 9781580895422. 2017. Gr 1-4.
A worthwhile title for budding paleontologists about plesiosaurs and other sea creatures from prehistoric times. It focuses on family life, growth cycle, and food chains.

Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan (ill. by Chris Sheban). 9781626723344. 2017. Gr PK-3.
Beloved author MacLachlan describes the qualities and adventures she had as a child that led her to become a writer.

INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION

Comics Squad Detention  Magic Tricks  Marti's Song for Freedom  Say Yes

Comics Squad : Detention! by Jennifer L. Holm (ill. by Matthew Holm). 9780553512687. Gr 2-5.
As in the earlier two Comics Squad anthologies, various artists present several different stories and views on school life, this time focusing on detention.

Magic Tricks with Coins and Everyday Objects by Jake Banfield. 9781682971512. 2017. Gr 3-5.
Author and magician Banfield shows readers how to do 50 different magic tricks using coins, rubber bands, playing cards, and other household items. He also explains how to put on a magic show and the importance of practice.

Marti’s Song for Freedom = Marti y versos por la libertad by Emma Otheguy. 9780892393756. 2017. Gr 3-6.
This bilingual picture book biography follows the life of Jose Marti. From a young age, Marti saw the slavery and injustice in Cuba. He realized that the island’s only hope for reform needed to begin with getting out from Spain’s rule and became an activist to accomplish this.

Say Yes : A Story of Friendship, Fairness and a Vote for Hope by Jennifer Castles (ill. by Paul Seden). 9781760294670. 2017. Gr 3-6.
This picture book describes events leading up to the 1967 Referendum which changed the laws in Australia regarding human rights.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL NONFICTION

Amazon Adventure  Cells  Our Story Begins  Two Truths and a lie  Women in Sports

Amazon Adventure : How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World’s Largest Rainforest by Sy Montgomery. 9780544352995. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Follow an expedition down the Amazon River as scientists discover how a small fish called the piaba effects the overall health of the river. It also describes the lifestyle of the native people, the wildlife, and conservation efforts.

Cells : Experience Life at Its Tiniest (Inquire and Investigate) by Karen Bush Gibson. 9781619305212. 2017. Gr 7-9.
In this STEM-focused title, readers will learn how scientists study the cell, which is called the building block al life, to learn more about health, forensics, agriculture, and more. The book includes hands-on activities as well as links to primary sources, videos, and websites that provide more information.

Our Story Begins : Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids edited by Elissa Brent Weissman. 9781481472081. 2017. Gr 4-7.
The title pretty much tells it all.

Two Truths and a Lie : It’s Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette. 9780062418791. 2017. Gr 4-7.
We hear a lot these days about people not being able to differentiate real and fake items in the news. This book teaches kids to do just that with stories from science. Each chapter includes three stories on a theme, e.g. plants; two of the stories are true and one is false. Readers can guess which one is false, and the authors explain how to determine the accuracy and show that false statements often have a bit of truth in them. Excellent title!

Women in Sports : 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky. 9781607749783. 2017. Gr 5-9.
Ignotofsky highlights the achievements of 50 female athletes in over 40 sports, from the

1800s to today. She discusses women who blazed the trails for others, those who became Olympic stars and broke world records. Put this title in the hands of young female athletes, but it can also inspire any young person who is fighting their own personal battles.

 

HIGH SCHOOL NONFICTION

 Caesar's Last Breatj  Seized by the Sun  Sons and Soldiers

Caesar’s Last Breath : Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us by Sam Kean. 9780316381642. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Sam Kean is well known for his informative and entertaining accounts of the history of research into DNA, chemicals, and the brain. Here he delves into the science of air and our atmosphere.

Seized by the Sun : The Life and Disappearance of World War II Pilot Gertrude Tompkins by James W. Ure. 9781613735879. 2017. Gr 7-12.
World War II pilot Gertrude “Tommy” Tompkins was the only one of thirty-eight confirmed or presumed dead “WASPs,” female pilots serving to transport planes across the country so they could be shipped out to either the Pacific or European theaters of the war. Her body has still not been found. This biography discusses her life from her early struggles with a stutter through her decision to become a pilot and her last-known location.

Sons and Soldiers : The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson. 9780062419095. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
Almost 2000 young Jews, called the Ritchie boys, were trained in interrogation techniques and sent to every European combat unit. Because of their flawless German, they questioned German POWs, gathering information crucial to the war effort. Most did not know whether their families were still alive, but all knew what would happen to them if they were captured.

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Keep Your Series Current: July 2017

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

PRIMARY SERIES & SEQUELS

Big Bad Woof  Grimelda and the Spooktacular Pet Show  Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream  Mad Scientist Academy  Perfect Pumpkin

The Big Bad Woof (Rider Woofson, Book 8) by Walker Styles (ill. by Ben Whitehouse). 9781481491891. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Grimelda and the Spooktacular Pet Show by Diana Murray (ill. by Heather Ross). 9780062264497. 2017. Gr PK-2.
Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream (Lola Levine, Book 6) by Monica Brown (ill. by Angela Dominguez). 9780316506427. 2017. Gr 1-3.
Mad Scientist Academy : 3 : The Space Disaster by Matthew McElligott. 9780553523836. 2017. Gr K-3.
Perfect Pumpkin (My First I Can Read! : Duck, Duck, Dinosaur) by Kallie George (ill. by Oriol Vidal). 9780062353153. 2017. Gr PK-1.

Pug & Pig Trick-or-Treat  Second Grade Holdout  What This Story Needs Is a Vroom and a Zoom

Pug & Pig : Trick-or-Treat by Sue Lowell Gallion (ill. by Joyce Wan). 9781481449779. 2017. Gr PK-1.
Second Grade Holdout by Audrey Vernick (ill. by Matthew Cordell). 9780544876811. 2017. Gr PK-2.
What This Story Needs Is a Vroom and a Zoom (Pig in a Wig Book) by Emma J. Virjan. 9780062494313. 2017. Gr PK-1.

 

INTERMEDIATE SERIES & SEQUELS

Baby Firebird  Darkness of Dragons  Dragonsitter Trick or Treat  Evil Pumpkin Pie Fight  Gabby Duran Multiple Mayhem  Ghost of a Chance

The Baby Firebird (Secret Rescuers, Book 3) by Paula Harrison. 9781481476140. 2017. Gr 2-5.
Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire, Book 10) by Tui T. Sutherland. 9780545685474. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Dragonsitter : Trick or Treat? (Dragonsitter, Book 7) by Josh Lacey. 9780316555821. 2017. Gr 2-4.
The Evil Pumpkin Pie Fight! (Ella and Owen, Book 4) by Jaden Kent. 9781499803716. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Gabby Duran : Multiple Mayhem (Gabby Duran, Book 3) by Elise Allen. 9781484709375. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Ghost of a Chance (100 Dresses, Book 2) by Susan Maupin Schmid. 9780553533736. 2017. Gr 4-6.

Land of Stories Worlds Collide  Look Out Ghost Mountain Below  Microsaurs  Molly's Story  Sands of Shark Island  Stick Dog Craves Candy

The Land of Stories : World Collide (Land of Stories, Book 6) by Chris Colfer. 9780316355896. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Look Out! : Ghost Mountain Below (Fantastic Frame, Book 4) by Lin Oliver. 9780448480930. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Microsaurs : Tiny-Raptor Pack Attack (Microsaurs, Book 2) by Dustin Hansen. 9781250090256. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Molly’s Story (Dog’s Purpose Novel, Book 3) by W. Bruce Cameron. 9780765394934. 2017. Gr 3-6.
The Sands of Shark Island (School Ship Tobermory, Book 2) by Alexander McCall Smith. 9780399554018. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Stick Dog Craves Candy (Stick Dog, Book 7) by Tom Watson. 9780062410948. 2017. Gr 3-6.

Super Turbo vs the Pencil Pointer  Welcome to Camp Woggle  Wilf the Mighty Worrier

Super Turbo vs. the Pencil Pointer (Super Turbo, Book 3) by Lee Kirby. 9781481494397. 2017. Gr 2-4.
Welcome to Camp Woggle (Oodlethunks, Book 3) by Adele Griffin. 9780545732918. 2017. Gr 4-6.
Wilf the Mighty Worrier : King of the Jungle (Wilf the Mighty Worrier, Book 3) by Georgia Pritchett. 9781681441238. 2017. Gr 3-5.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

Buried Heart  Ends of the World  Monster's Daughter  Serafina and the Splintered Heart  Shadow City  Song of the Dark Crystal  Wandmaker's Apprentice

Buried Heart (Court of Fives, Book 3) by Kate Elliott. 9780316344418. 2017. Gr 7-10.
The Ends of the World (Conspiracy of Us, Book 3) by Maggie Hall. 9780399166525. 2017. Gr 7-10.
The Monster’s Daughter (Ministry of SUITS, Book 2) by Paul Gamble. 9781250076830. 2017. Gr 4-7.
Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina, Book 3) by Robert Beatty. 9781484775042. 2017. Gr 5-7.
The Shadow City (Five Elements, Book 2) by Dan Jolley. 9780062411679. 2017. Gr 5-8.
Song of the Dark Crystal (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal, Book 2) by J.M. Lee. 9780399539817. 2017. Gr 6-8.
Wandmaker’s Apprentice (Wandmaker, Book 2) by Ed Masessa. 9780545861779. 2017. Gr 4-7.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SERIES & SEQUELS

 Ash and Quill  Dark Goddess  Forever in Love  Paradise Valley  Savage Dawn  Silence

Ash and Quill (Great Library, Book 3) by Rachel Caine. 9780451472410. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Dark Goddess (Alpha Goddess, Book 2) by Amalie Howard. 9781510709898. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Forever in Love (City Love, Book 3) by Susan Colasanti. 9780062307767. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Paradise Valley (Highway Quartet, Book 4) by C.J. Box. 9781250051042. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.
The Savage Dawn (Feathers and Flame, Book 3) by Melissa Grey. 9780375991813. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The Silence (Six, Book 3) by Mark Alpert. 9781492648963. 2017. G4 8-12.

 Somebody's Baby  United Continuums  Unraveling  Vanguard  Vindicated

Somebody’s Baby (Losing Gabriel, Book 2) by Lurlene McDaniel. 9780385744232. 2017. Gr 9-12.
The United Continuums (Continuum Trilogy, Book 3) by Jennifer Brodi. 9781681622637. 2017. Gr 7-12.
Unraveling (Unblemished Trilogy, book 2) by Sara Ella. 9780718081034. 2017. Gr 9-12.
Vanguard (Razorland, Book 4) by Ann Aguirre. 9781250089823. 2017. Gr 8-12.
Vindicated (Emancipated, Book 3) by M.G. Reyes. 9780062289018. 2017. G4 10-12.