Belly UP

Belly Up  By Stuart Gibbs  12 year old Theodore“Teddy” Roosevelt Fitzroy has got a murder on his hands and trouble on his tail. Henry, the hippopatamus at the brand-new nationally known FunJungle, has gone belly up. Even though it’s claimed he died of natural causes, Teddy smells something fishy and it sure ain’t the polar…

The Mysterious Benedict Society

The Mysterious Benedict Society  by Trenton Lee Stewart “Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?”  Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go…

The Cricket in Times Square

The Cricket in Times Square  by George Selden Tucker is a streetwise city mouse. He thought he’d seen it all. But he’s never met a cricket before, which really isn’t surprising, because, along with his friend Harry Cat, Tucker lives in the very heart of New York City―the Times Square subway station. Chester Cricket never…

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness  by Kate Beasley Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. So when her absent mother decides to move away from their small town, Gertie…

I love my job

I love working at a bookstore. I’m a bibliothecary: someone who collects, maintains and cares for books. I’m also seeing kids and adults come in every day and helping them buy some pretty awesome books. One of the perks of my job is getting to borrow books. I take home stacks of them so I…

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH,…

Two Naomis

Two Naomis by  Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Audrey Vernick “A realistic contemporary story of two girls, both named Naomi, whose divorced parents begin to date—perfect for fans of Lisa Graff, Sara Pennypacker, and Rita Williams-Garcia. Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, and they wouldn’t mind keeping it that…

Ghosts

Ghosts  by Raina Telgemeier Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As…

Backyard Witch: Sadie’s Story

Backyard Witch #1  by Christine Heppermann “Sadie has two best friends: Jess and Maya. But Jess can only take one friend on vacation with her, and Sadie is the one who gets left behind. How will she ever survive the days of loneliness and boredom? But wait . . . what is that in her…

The Kingdom of Wrenly

The Kingdom of Wrenly  by Jordan Quinn “Welcome to the Kingdom of Wrenly, where our main characters—Lucas the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress—reside. Lucas is an only child, and he longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so throughout this series, she and…

Song of the Sea

“An Irish youth (David Rawle) discovers that his mute sister is a selkie who must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess (Fionnula Flanagan).In this enchanting new story from the Academy Award-nominated director of The Secret of Kells, Ben and his little sister Saoirse.” It’s not a book,…

Downside Up

Downside Up by Richard Scrimger “Fred is a sixth-grader reeling from the loss of his beloved dog, Casey. Every day he walks home from school bouncing Casey’s old worn-out tennis ball. One day, the ball falls down a sewer grate, and Fred can’t bear to leave it down there. He pries open the grate and…