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The Wickford Doom Chris Priestley Interest Age Reading Age 8 Chris Priestley has a gift for writing frightening stories, and this short wartime-set novel for Barrington Stoke, which specialises in producing books designed and written to be accessible to all readers including those with The most reluctant reader will devour it quickly. Plenty of fighting and killing and far more This thrilling Icelandic myth published by Barrington Stoke in their RELOADED series that introduces readers to new lands and cultures in an accessible way features some terrific characters that will bring to life a Woody is an outstanding young footballer so when his dad, a pilot who is often away on active service, Frankie would like school — except that everyone teases him just because he is so tall.

Meg loves her life with just her mum. Everything is neat and This title is part of the Barrington Stoke Reality Check series - true stories that are stranger than fiction. It's a real page-turner and provides a fascinating insight into one of history's most famous Prize-winning Andy Stanton injects his trademark humour into this hilarious story about a teenage Taka is determined to take Where has the magic come from and why?

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After some hilarious adventures, Brin and Arlo Annie's dad is a Crime Buster; he is always following clues and solving mysteries. Karam has changed schools often and is used to making friends easily. But then he meets Alex Everyone knows she was cursed by the wicked fairy out of spite because she wasn't invited to the christening and so fell asleep for years.

But it all turns out Zebra Crossing Soul Song Sita Brahmachari February Book of the Month The story of a young man and the special relationship he forms with the lollipop man who once saved his life, Zebra Crossing Soul Song is an original and touching coming of age story, Evacuees Bill and his sister have returned to London from Tilly's thrilled by her new friendship with Mia; she is chatty and funny and soon the two of them are Best Friends Forever Hero Pete Johnson A humorous and perceptive tale exploring teen life. Luke defends his sister and ends up challenging the hardest boy in school to a fight!

Will he survive the showdown? He's caught up in a terrorist attack that kills his parents — so far so Bruce Wayne — but also reveals he Grief, grit and the glow of friendship A heartfelt, hard-hitting, super-readable novella about the life-affirming, life-saving friendship that blossoms between a young teenager and her 59 year-old neighbour. All sweet-hearted Aman wanted was Fresh starts Friendship Foster family An uplifting, authentically-voiced novella about finding your way from a bestselling YA author, and a Soviet girl-pilot powers through WW2 A super-readable page-turner spiced with absorbing historical detail, and shot-through with the vitality of an unforgettable heroine.

Spearheaded by the author's research into Soviet Life for teenagers these days can seem like an endless popularity contest, everything played out in the spotlight of social media. Just-dumped Rob hits a nerve when he tells Gothic tale of love and obsession Teenage love is the subject of Juno Dawson's thoroughly creepy new book for Barrington Stoke: Evocative and full of passion, Tilt is perfect for fans of the romantic era. Hannah, her mum and dad and little brother are on holiday and she's sure there's a sinister presence in their little George is a young man Poor Joe just can't seem to Acca lives in Laurentum, a small town Life for poor young women in the century was extremely Like everyone in his school, Jack is intimidated by The Blokes, a gang of Getting Away with it Anne Cassidy Interest Age Teen Reading Age 8 This short novel, full of drama, demonstrates how a split second decision can have huge even life-changing repercussions.

Mark is on a night out with his girlfriend Katie, happy that having broken off their In a tale of mistaken identity that seems to nod to Shakespeare, Sally and Keith The narrator of this story isn't really sure why they are friends, it's just one of Jack is cruising along in year 10; not part of Against her parents' wishes, Sofia has a tiger head Powerful novel by an award-winning author, charting a boy's harrowing schooldays in a sink estate in Liverpool. Two's company and three's a crowd, one has got to go.

This is a terrifically taut and The human survivors of a devastating natural disaster live in isolated Particularly suitable for reluctant, struggling or dyslexic readers. But there's lots else going The ghost takes the In this short novel four generations of the Black family are spending Saturday afternoon in front of the horse racing On one level it is a thriller: Trapped in a coma, Marianne doesn't know who she is anymore, and no longer feels like a person at The setting for their confrontation is the boxing ring.

Short and fast-paced, it's the story of Johnny Kemp, a boy that no one is prepared to mess with, until that is, Dan manages to get him Weatherly Thrilling finale to L. Weatherly's thrilling and breathtaking paranormal romance trilogy which began with Soul Mates and continued with Soul Desire. Nate and Iris are from different times but at last they have found a way to be Mary Hooper cleverly weaves the reader into the sights, sounds and tastes of the time so that you Abi is not looking forward to her work experience week at a care home, particularly when she's just had When he gets the chance to board The Angel and set sail, he finds life at sea When Dory finds a message left in a bottle in the middle of the moors she is transported back in Tull was a brave and true young man who became the first black footballer in top flight football and then earned a new Clare's been in foster care for most of her life; she likes her foster Eleanor Updale's roller-coaster story is needle-sharp and thought provoking as it follows events after Anna is knocked down in the terrible car crash.

Village sweethearts Tilly and Harry are Dillon and Robbie's dad has been banned from contacting them so, when he rings up out of the blue and say The Curse Box E. Richardson Interest age teen. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris Ages 9—12 Chris runs away from home when he is six and is raised in the forest by trolls. After spotting Marigold in her castle through his telescope, he sends a p-mail pigeon mail and they become friends.

When he learns her life may be in danger, he heads off to save her. This fast-paced fantasy, romance, comedy, and coming-of-age novel is a lot of fun. Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris Ages 9—12 This hilarious warping of fairy-tail conventions continues the story of Marigold, her new husband, her father the king, and her evil step-mother who is not as dead as they hoped. Miss Etta and Dr. Claribel Cone were two unmarried sisters from Baltimore who fell in love with modern art in Paris. The two sisters, encouraged Leo Stein, supported beginning artists like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, bought their paintings, and brought them back to America.

Without professional advice or counsel, trusting their eyes and instincts, the two sisters concentrate on the avant-garde. This touching story is lavishly illustrated with reproductions of the Cone Collection and the colorful Matisse-inspired paintings by the author. The fourth of nine children in a Catholic family in a small town in Wisconsin, Mary Clare works hard to help her mother maintain some sort of order in their chaotic household, while writing letters to a Mother Superior, describing her daily life and hopes for the future. This painfully honest novel is both funny and hopeful.

Autumn is a talented wrestler but has a learning disability and struggles with reading. Adonis was born without legs but is a talented student. Autumn wants to get to know Adonis better, but he wants nothing to do with her. She insults them until they have no choice but to fight back, despite the fact that she owns her own electric chair and subscribes to Guard Dog Lovers Monthly. The class full of underdogs unites under the leadership of Einstein, the class genius, who brings out the hidden talents of each student.

Unfortunately Miss Breakbone, their terrifying teacher, also lands an extra spot. When Spider is arrested for stealing a necklace, it takes the combined efforts of the whole Dunderhead gang to identify the real thief and clear his name. This delightful darkly comic mystery is the sequel to The Dunderheads. First Light, First Life: A Worldwide Creation Story by Paul Fleischman, Julie Paschkis Ages 6—9 Elements from creation stories from around the world are woven together into one whole, highlighting their similar story lines.

Each page represents a different country or culture, celebrating both our commonalties and our differences. Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman Newbery Medal Ages 8—up These poems about insects are designed to be read aloud by two voices, bring the words to life. Inside a cigar box she discovers a collection of old matchboxes, each holding a memory that the old man explains as she holds the treasures in her hand.

An olive pit from his native Italy brings the memory of sucking on the pit when the family had no food, a fish bone tells the story of hard work in a cannery, and a piece of movable type represents his mastery of the written word. Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischman Ages 9—12 Photographs and newspaper clippings enliven this sympathetic biography of the great silent film star whose career ended with the introduction of sound to movies.

When Brat decides to see life outside the castle, he forces Jemmy to come with him, and Jemmy is accused of kidnapping the prince.

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The boys are captured by Hold-Your-Nose Billy, a notorious outlaw, and Jemmy must use all his cleverness to keep them both alive in this funny and adventurous book. Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann Ages 6—10 Little is known about the giant squid, which lives in the deepest darkest reaches of the ocean. Some giant squid are as large as a school bus, but they are rarely seen by people. The little we know about these huge cephalopods is what scientists have discovered from pieces of dead squids washed up on the shore or found by fishermen in the sea.

This fascinating book reveals what we know about giant squids piece by piece, beginning with a description of their foot-long tentacles, until the entire squid is revealed. On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming Ages 11—14 Mike Kowalski 16 discovers an abandoned Chicago cemetery where nine teenaged ghosts tell him how they died from the s to the present.

The tenth story describes the death of the narrator. A mother and her two children board the train in Omaha, leaving their old home behind to join Papa who has gone ahead to Sacramento, California to prepare their new home. Details about the construction of the railroad and the crew it takes to run the train provide background to the small family enjoying the cross-country journey.

Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian Ages 6—up These humorous and witty poems and illustrations will appeal to dinosaur and word lovers alike. The facts are accurate, and the combination of poem and collage make them unforgettable. Baseball Poems by Douglas Florian Ages 6—9 Upbeat poems cover the defensive positions on the field as well as batting and running. Exuberant illustrations exaggerate the physical motions of the baseball players as they stretch, swing, bend, and run, complementing the humor and the competitive spirit of the poems. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Each poem begins with a date and reads like a diary entry, combining observations about each season with personal connections.

Dragonborn by Toby Forward Ages 8—12 Sam 12 is a half-trained wizard when his beloved master Flaxfield dies unexpectedly. With his dragon Starback, Sam sets out to find a way to continue his education. This adventure story told with a touch of humor is the first in a new series. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox Ages 10—up Katherine 12 and her two younger siblings are sent away from London along with a group of classmates to keep them safe during the bombings of the s Blitz.

Rookskill Castle, owned by a distant relative, is an ancient place in the Scottish highlands. But the castle appears to be haunted, and by something far more dangerous than ghosts. Kat believes that Lady Eleanor is hiding a Nazi spy, but when her classmates begin disappearing one by one she fears that the danger may be even older and more terrifying. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee Ages 8—12 Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard 11 is visiting a strange city where it never stops snowing with her father and sister after her mother dies.

The boy tells Ophelia that he was locked away by the evil Snow Queen, and recruits Ophelia to help him save the world from the Snow Queen. This re-imagining of the tale of the Snow Queen is magical. Now ten, the refugee camp run by abusive guards is the only life Subhi has ever known. One day a girl named Jimmie appears at the bars of the camp, holding a notebook written by her dead mother.

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman Ages 9—12 This fascinating photo biography tells the story of the friendship between two remarkable men. Both Lincoln and Douglass were born poor, and rose to positions of influence through their intelligence and hard work. A brief history of the war that provided the background for their friendship is efficiently presented. Because of the strict exclusion laws aimed first at the Chinese, Angel Island was more a detention center than a welcome to the United States. This poignant history is interspersed with the despairing poems written on the barrack walls along with archival photographs and personal vignettes.

Frustrated with reprisals for attempting to register to vote, the black community of Selma began to protest. In January , Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In February, an an Alabama state trooper shot an unarmed demonstrator, inspiring a march from Selma to the state capital. On March 7th, law officers attacked the peaceful demonstrators. Broadcast around the world, this attack spurred the protesters to complete the march at any cost, finally completing the 54 mile walk on March 25th, arriving in Montgomery, Alabama, to the cheers of a crowd of 25, supporters.

Lafayette and the American Revolution by Russell Freedman Ages 10—up In this accessible biography, we first meet the Marquis de Lafayette as a strong-willed year-old defying the King of France to run off and join the American Revolution. Though young Lafayette had never set foot on a battlefield before, he soon earned the respect of the Americans because of his bravery and drive to succeed. A Photobiography by Russell Freedman Newbery Medal Ages 8—12 This comprehensive and accessible biography of Abraham Lincoln is enhanced by period photographs and drawings.

We Will Not Be Silent: But the enforced conformity of the Hitler Youth repelled Hans, and he joined a banned group that read forbidden books. Sophie read a book by a Jewish German poet and got into trouble for questioning the pervasive anti-Semitism. While attending school in Munich, the two and a few friends formed the White Rose, a campaign of active resistance to Hitler and the Nazis, distributing leaflets urging Germans to defy the Nazi government.

Hans and Sophie were eventually tried and executed by guillotine, but the message of the importance of defiant resistance in the face of overwhelming evil shines through. Luminous digital illustrations accompany this tale of grief, friendship, and the healing power of time. As she moves past walls covered with graffiti along the trash on the sidewalk, Sophie is trailed by a city predator, a frightening man in a dark coat.

Alternative endings raise questions about violence and safety. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Ages 10—up When a murderer kills the rest of his family, the toddler escapes to the graveyard next door where the ghosts take him in and raise him as their own. The boy, called Bod short for Nobody grows up fairly normal despite his ghoulish guardians and the fact that the killer is still stalking him.

This gothic fantasy is downright terrifying at times. The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman, P. Russell created the look and layout for the graveyard world, and six artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Scott each contribute a chapter. Volume 2 , the second volume containing Chapter Six to the end, will be released later this fall. The pitch black of the India ink drawings of terrifying landscapes mirror the dark version of the tale, with a scary witch and a mother who decides abandoning her children is the only way the parents can survive.

Though not a true graphic novel, this illustrated story alternates illustrations and text. Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman, Maria Dahvana Headley Ages 13—up The 16 stories that comprise this anthology all feature fantastic creatures that exist only in the imaginations of the authors and readers. Ranging from the whimsical to the terrifying, the collection includes classics from the late s through the present. Stealing Our Way Home by Cecilia Galante Ages 8—12 When their mother dies of cancer in the spring, Pippa 10 and Jack 12 have to also deal with the fact that their father falls apart, unable to work or take care of the house, though he does continue to love his children.

Pippa stops speaking, and Jack begins to get into fights. School is starting again and Pippa has no idea how she is going to manage a class presentation on Spartan warriors and Jack becomes interested in the mysterious girl next door. This emphatic novel is narrated by Pippa and Jack in alternating chapters. Two years later, along with Oliver, the boy who lives next door, and Adelaide, a French girl with a wooden leg, Archer is prepared to set off on a rescue mission.

Stunning illustrations add dimension to this tale of friendship and adventure. But then his mother loans him out to a neighbor, and Jack finds himself typing obituaries of the strange and wonderful people who founded his small town. This funny and mysterious semi-autobiographic mix of fact and fiction is fast-paced and immensely entertaining.

Spizz, the murder suspect from Dead End in Norvelt , is still at large when a new victim dies. Miss Volker learns that her twin sister is dead, and the two head to Florida to bring the murderer to justice. While traveling, Jackie enjoys reading the Classic Illustrated comics his mother forbids, and Miss Volker draws hilarious parellels between their lives and the classic stories. This darkly funny and emotionally powerful novel is the finale to the groundbreaking five-book series that began with Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.

Three events force her to face the loss of something she loves: Each character in this moving novel has a powerful voice in helping Yumi cope with change. Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner, David Roberts Ages 7—10 Emily Vole 9 inherits an abandoned shop and discovers a magical world she never knew existed. Harpella, a fairy-hating witch, is determined to turn the town into rabbits. Emily joins Buster, a grumpy fairy detective, to save the day. There Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart Ages 10—up Tyson 13 is angry with his best friend who no longer has time for him now that he is on the football team and has a girlfriend.

Ranier with his dog Beau. Alternate chapters are narrated by Mark, who struggles through the climb with the help of Beau, and by Jessie, who vacillates between keeping her promise and giving in. Jess has trouble accepting that she is always expected to be a good big sister, while Emma runs rampant over her life and privacy. Vivid and frank poems present the pains and joys of having a little sister.

But nothing exciting ever happens in her little town, and the only thing Annie knows about her father is that Gram said he was killed in a fight with a bad men who was sent to jail. Jeanne is a peasant girl who can see the future, William is of African heritage and has amazing strength, and Jacob is a Jewish boy with the power to heal the sick.

The travelers wonder if the three children are saints, frauds, or in league with the devil as they tell of their individual encounters with the trio. A flatulent dragon adds to the mystery and fun. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz Ages 10—up In this irreverent and retelling of eight Grimm inspired fairy tales, Hansel and Gretel take their fate into their own capable hands, and walk out of their own story and into the other tales. Avoiding the modern trend of softening the original tales, these instead revel in bloodthirsty scariness, sure to delight readers ready for some wickedly funny terror.

In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz Ages 10—up Classic fairy tales are re-imagined in this collection, which is not for the faint hearted! Along the way they encounter dark versions of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty as well as other less well known fairy tales. Storyteller by Patricia Reilly Giff Ages 8—14 While staying with her aunt, Elizabeth finds a portrait of Eliza, known as Zee, an ancestor who looks just like her.

George by Alex Gino Ages 8—12 George 10 is a boy in the eyes of everyone, but inside she knows she is really a girl. Before her mother and older brother come home each day, George comes her hair into bangs and calls herself Melissa, burying her secret after those few treasured moments. His ten-year-old granddaughter Zelda continues the story, describing the heat wave and devastating bush fires. Each spread covers a different time period with illustrations, captions, and short blocks of text highlighting mass extinctions, wars, natural disasters, and cultural trends. The visual timeline is powerful and has plenty of details to spark interest.

Sheridan, the owner of the theater. After Cat sees Mr. Sheridan hiding a valuable diamond, she and her friends decide to help safeguard the treasure. Set in s London, England, this thrilling mystery will keep readers glued to the pages. When the lonely girl discovers a beautiful doll, Maria, hidden under the floorboards, she hides the doll from her godmother who prohibits play, beautiful things, and talk of love.

This mysterious and creepy novel is enthralling. A Book About What Might Happen by Bruce Goldstone Ages 7—10 Beginning with the basic concepts of possibility, certainty, and impossibility, this accessible book explores probability. Photographs and digital illustrations place the situations firmly in the real world.

Clear scenarios and simple explanations make the often confusing topic of probability easy to grasp. At that first performance some audience members got up and left; the remainder were stunned into silence before breaking out into thunderous applause. The vivid illustrations highlight the theme of the power of art to fight against intolerance and hate.

Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon Ages 7—10 Herman is a crocodile who likes to play the oboe, and Rosie likes to sing jazz. Though the two live in adjacent buildings in New York City, they have never met. Then Herman loses his job as a salesman, and the club Rosie sings in closes from poor attendance.

Rosie is drawn to the music Herman plays to cheer himself up, and the two lonely artistic souls find happiness together. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff Ages 8—12 Albie 10 is a half-Korean only child with learning difficulties, especially with math and spelling. The one bright spot is his new baby-sitter Calista, a college art student, who shares her love for art with him and appreciates him for who he is. Refugee by Alan Gratz Ages 9—12 Intertwined narratives tell the story of three children seeking asylum with their families.

Josef 12 lives in Nazi Germany. When his father returns from a concentration camp nearly destroyed, Josef must help his family board a ship for Cuba in to escape Germany. Isabel 11 lives in Cuba with her family. In they board a raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mamoud 12 leaves Syria with his family after a bomb destroys their apartment building, hoping to find a new life in Greece.

Full of tragedy and resilience, these stories illuminate the desperate need of refugees around the world to find a place of security and safety. The Nuts and Bolts of Your Insides by Dan Green, Edmond Davis Ages 7—up Using the metaphor of a factory, this entertaining look at the human body begins with the CEO in the brain issuing orders and then presents the different systems and organs working together.

Jet-ski riders transport oxygenated blood from the heart, railcars take food through the digestive tract, and lab workers mix gastric juices in the stomach with a giant whisk. Making Appalachian Spring by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, Brian Floca Ages 6—10 This inspired book manages to capture the excitement of dance, music, and stage design while celebrating the collaboration between dancer Martha Graham, composer Aaron Cop,and, and set designer Isamu Noguchi. It has 13 stories, a bowling alley, a shark tank, and an underground laboratory.

Distracted by flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, and giant gorillas, Andy and Terry have fallen way behind on finishing their next book for their publisher Mr. This lavishly illustrated celebration of the absurd is the first in a series. The tree house now includes a bumper car rink, an anti-gravity chamber, an ice cream parlor with 78 flavors, and a maze so complicated no one has yet come out of it. The two are hard at work on their next book, which will tell the story of how the two friends met, but a pirate from the past derails their writing schedule.

This non-stop illustrated adventure is the sequel to The Story Treehouse. A former foster child, he is happy with his elderly adoptive mother and former therapist, and thrilled to be living in Coney Island. Ben loves to read science fiction and gets to know Mrs. Lorentz, the local librarian. Through Flip, Ben meets Haley, a fellow book-lover who wears strange combinations of bright colors.

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Grove Ages 10—up In the Great Disruption of time itself broke apart and reassembled stranding countries and continents in different time periods, some thousands of years apart. A century later, Sophia 13 lives with her Uncle Shadrack in New Occident Boston, where Shadrack specializes in the science and magic of maps.

One day Sophia returns home to find their secret map room emptied of all their treasured maps, and Uncle Shadrack kidnapped by religious zealots searching for a legendary map that records the memories of the whole world from the distant past to the present. With the help of her friend Theo and bunch of pirates, Sophia sails to Nochtland, a kingdom in the former Mexico, searching for traces of her uncle.

This exciting adventure story is the first in the Mapmakers series. Somewhere There Is Still a Sun: Increasingly repressive rules, including no soccer, soon result in the forced relocation of the Gruenbaum family into the Jewish Ghetto. Then Misha, his mother, and his sister were deported to the Terezin concentration camp, where Misha roomed with 40 other boys, who became like brothers to him.

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The boys played soccer matches and tried not to succumb to terror as the names were read of each new family on the list for transportation to Auschwitz. First person narration adds immediacy to this memoir of defiance, love, and courage in the face of increasingly appalling events. The Only Child by Guojing Ages 5—9 This mesmerizing wordless graphic novel begins when an overall clad child wakes up to find herself alone on a bus.


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The two fly beyond the clouds and meet a wonderful creature that seems to be half baby seal and half polar bear cub. The loyal stag returns the child home. Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix Ages 8—12 Jonah has always known he was adopted, and at age 13 he and his friends begin receiving mysterious messages. The kids track down other adoptees and learn the FBI is involved. The first in a new series: Defying orders, Rapunzel scales the walls to see the rest of the world and is shocked to find a wasteland of mines and factories.

Banished to a forest tree house, Rapunzel uses her long braids to escape and fight against the villains. Real Friends by Shannon Hale, LeUyen Pham Ages 8—12 In this touching graphic memoir, Shannon Hale tells the story of her childhood from entering school through fifth grade as she struggles to make and keep a friend.

Fly Trap by Frances Hardinge Ages 10—up Mosca Mye, her con man friend Eponymous Clent, and her fierce goose Saracen have barely escaped from the revolution, which they helped start, in the city of Mandelion. Toll is a wealthy town, but transforms into a dangerous place after dark, known as Toll-by-Night. This humorous and inventive fantasy novel is the sequel to Fly by Night. Her younger sister Hathin acts as her translator and guardian. This complex tale is an entrancing story. Well Witched by Frances Hardinge Ages 8—12 Stranded in a forbidden place, three friends steal coins from a wishing well for bus fare.

To their horror, they find themselves possessed by powers they cannot control: Chelle voices the thoughts of others, Josh conducts electrical currents, Ryan grows warts with eyes. His uncle was killed overseas while serving in the army, and Wayne and his mother survive a plane crash coming home from the funeral at Arlington National Cemetery. Unable to speak, Wayne is forced to reconsider his identity and his relationships to other people.

Wayne appeared in Courage for Beginners. Mysteriously mis-numbered pages can be deciphered with a code-cracking poem and a rhyming fact-checker in the footnotes tries to control poetic license. An on-going rivalry between the author and the illustrator adds to the fun.


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  • In partnership with Fabian, the son of the groundskeeper, and Red, a girl wanted by the police for kidnapping a changeling, Tanya becomes involved in the decades old mystery of the disappearance of children from the nearby town. This appealing modern-day fairy tale will keep readers enthralled. They discover a bombed out town with an intact zoo filled with creatures in need of hope. Like the children, the animals have stories to tell and a burning desire to reclaim their lives.

    This somber fable explores themes of responsibility and freedom. After years of waiting, the artists paints the horse in little more than 20 heartbeats. The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell Ages 8—12 Sand 13 is an apprentice blacksmith who wakes up trapped in a castle with no idea how he got there. Sundered Castle, now surrounded by a thicket of impenetrable thorns, was believed destroyed by an earthquake 20 years earlier.

    Sand begins to repair pieces of the castle, and the ruined building begins to come back to life. Then Perrotte, the long lost heir to the throne, appears, and the two work together to restore the castle and hopefully free themselves.

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    Slider by Pete Hautman Ages 10—14 David Miller, an almost high school freshman, can eat an entire inch pepperoni pizza in under five minutes. What I Came to Tell You by Tommy Hays Ages 10—up After his mother dies in an accident, Grover 12 finds himself responsible for his younger sister Sudie, who cries all the time, since his grieving father buries himself in work as the director of the Thomas Wolfe house. Grover spends most of his time in the canebrake, weaving beautiful tapestries from leaves and bamboo, growing more and more isolated. Then a new family moves into the neighborhood with a girl his age who is also missing a parent, helping Grover and his father learn to share their grief and begin to heal.

    When Cinderella is captured by a witch, Frederic calls on the other princes for help and the four very different heroes must overcome their egos and work together to foil an evil plot against their kingdoms. This fast-paced adventure is very funny. The guidebook format provides illustrations, habits, behaviors, and descriptions of physical characteristics.

    Quizzes, fun tidbits, and poems add to the appeal. The Legend and the Fury by Brian Heinz, Randall Enos Ages 6—up Mocha Dick, a white whale named for the island near Chile where he was first sighted in , was hunted, wounded, and barely survived. Harpoons blinded him in one eye, and caused him to attack whale boats in revenge, sinking harpoon boats and killing the whalers. When Mocha Dick was finally killed, heads of 19 harpoons were found in his body. She lives in a rundown house at the edge of a pristine forest, where her impoverished family hunts and forages for food.

    Her stepfather suffers from PTSD, and Fern is responsible for her younger brothers, who run wild in the woods. Her grandfather likes the business it brings to his manufacturing company and her stepfather hopes he can finally get a steady job, but Fern worries her beloved forest will be demolished. Alice spends more time than usual on the beach, hoping this will be the summer she finally finds the rare junonia shell.

    Shooting at the Stars by John Hendrix Ages 8—12 A young British soldier on the front lines in World War I describes the brutal conditions of fighting and living in the trenches of a cold, wet winter on the French-Belgian border before an unforgettable Christmas Eve when English, French, and German soldiers put down their weapons and came together to celebrate the holiday. They sang carols, exchanged gifts, and lit candles on miniature Christmas trees before retreating to their separate trenches to wait for the battle to resume.

    Told in alternating chapters from both viewpoints, this novel explores secrets, loss, and acceptance of what cannot be changed. Lewis and his team inject goat embryos with spider genes, resulting in goats who produce spider silk proteins in their milk. Vivid photographs and a lively narration make the subject of DNA and gene theory accessible and interesting. But his Russian immigrant parents have just invented the stuffed teddy bear, and Joseph is too busy working to have fun.

    Meanwhile the street children living under the Brooklyn Bridge are haunted by a ghost they call the Radiant Boy. The city dwellers just call themselves the Nameless City and try not to get caught up in the unending wars, considering each wave of invaders outsiders not to be trusted. Kaidu is a Dao, the current occupying nation. Rat, an orphan living on the streets, is a native of the Nameless City and is determined not to trust Kaidu. The two learn of an assassination plot and work together to save the city in this first in a graphic novel trilogy.

    The Black Book of Secrets by F. Higgins Ages 10—14 Young Ludlow Fitch, fleeing a terrible past, arrives in a peaceful village. The vaguely Dickensian late s atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for this historical fantasy. The Bone Magician by F. Higgins Ages 10—14 Young Pin Carpue is left to survive on his own in the crime-ridden city of Urbs Umida when his father, a suspected murderer, disappears. Pin gets a job as a corpse watcher, standing guard in the morgue for three days to ensure that the deceased really are dead and not just sleeping.

    There he meets the Bone Magician who claims to be able to reanimate the dead to answer last questions from the living. This dark and funny fantasy is a companion volume to The Black Book of Secrets. The Eyeball Collector by F. Higgins Ages 10—14 Young Hector finds himself alone, homeless, and penniless when his father dies after being blackmailed and disgraced. Hector sets out to find revenge against the man he thinks is responsible for the blackmail—Gulliver Truepin, a one-eyed con artist who steals jewels to make a different jeweled eyeball for each day of the week.

    The two end up at Withypitts Hall, home of the cruel Lady Mandible and all plots come together on the night of an extravagant feast. But when her father loses his job at the end of her 5th grade year, Sonia enters a racially divided public school. For the first time her mixed heritage is an issue, and she begins to think about who she really is. Jim is in the hospital and knows he might die. Nurse Bami, an African woman with tribal scars on her cheeks, tells Jim he mist search for his finder, the animal in his head that will bring him back from wherever the doctors send him.

    The Last Best Days of Summer by Valerie Hobbs Ages 10—14 Lucy 12 is highly influenced by her friend Megan, who gives her tips about how to be popular in junior high, including not being friendly with Eddie, a boy with Down syndrome. This thoughtful coming-of-age story is simply and effectively told. Poems to Learn by Heart by Mary Ann Hoberman, Michael Emberley All ages This collection of poems by a broad spectrum of authors are short enough to invite memorization.

    Mixed-media cartoons illustrate the themes and images of the poems. He had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short twisted legs. The doctors removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes, but everyone agreed he was ugly. Children mocked him and adults stared. But Robert refused to let his looks define him, and with the help of his supportive parents he had as normal a childhood as possible, playing pranks, getting into trouble, and having adventures with his family.

    Grace longs to settle down, but her artistic and flighty mother is always ready to move on after only a few months. When Grace is 12 her mother dies in a drowning accident, and Grace is sent to live with her grandmother, a stranger she has never met. Krosoczka, Dan Santat, Raina Telgemeier Ages 7—10 Favorite graphic artists present eight comics celebrating the joys of recess.

    Comic fans will revisit favorite characters and meet new ones in this anthology. Her best friend from fourth grade has become passionate about volleyball and likes hanging out with her new teammates. Grandpa still dresses and thinks like a grumpy old man, but he and Ellie bond over discussions of scientific discoveries and ethics. Holm, Adam Gustavson Ages 8—10 May Amelia 12 lives on a farm in Washington state in with her parents, Finnish immigrants, and seven brothers.

    A salting of Finnish phrases and accurate historical details spice up this historical fiction, a sequel to Our Only May Amelia. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Eventually Turtle warms to her eccentric relatives and begins to see the natural beauty hidden under the trash. The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt Ages 10—14 Jake Kincaid is a skilled dowser, a finder of water, but leaves that calling behind to become a trapper in He returns a year later to find that his wife has died, leaving him a baby named Amos.

    Jake leaves Amos to be raised by his relatives in Nebraska, returning each summer to visit. In , Jake brings his new Shoshone wife with him and they take Amos with them to Missouri. When Amos is 13, the family joins a wagon train headed west on the Oregon Trail. The hardships of the journey are beautifully portrayed in this historical coming-of-age novel.

    A Zombie Novel in Haiku?! Holt, Gahan Wilson Ages 9—14 Loeb, a zombie, has a problem—the object of his affection is a lifer human girl named Siobhan. Narrated entirely in haiku, this clever novel highlights the self-doubt and uncertainity all pre-teens suffer through whether they are human or zombie. Delightfully gruesome illustrations are the perfect match for the funny and unconventional haiku, sure to appeal to teachers of poetry and reluctant readers alike.

    Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose Ages 10—up In March , nine months before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger, year old Claudette Colvin was dragged from a bus and arrested for the same reason. This book introduces readers to the courageous teenager who was overshadowed by Rosa Parks as the center of the bus boycott. Each February he joins a flock that flies from Tierra del Fuego to the breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic miles away.

    In late summer he makes the return journey. B95 can fly for days without eating or sleeping, but stops for food and rest are necessary, and changes to the migration path threaten the red knot with extinction. This detailed look at the red knot and the scientists who study the species is fascinating. Ink and wash paintings document both beautiful moments and unpleasant events. Amazing Faces poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet Ages 6—up This collection of poems includes character sketches and descriptions of multi-cultural people from all over the United States.

    Rosie's kids, the panting dogs, the fat green frogs, and Old Stephen - for he predicts its arrival. But when will the big rain come? Shortlisted for Washington State Imagine being at a camp in the Great Victorian Desert. Imagine being one of just ten lucky kids chosen to work with two of Australia's best-loved author illustrators. A beautiful children's book written and illustrated by students from Melville Island with Alison Lester. Celebrating the anniversary of the first Aboriginal children's book to be published in Australia.

    A young Aboriginal girl is taken from the north of Australia and sent to an institution in the distant south. There, she slowly makes a new life for herself and, in the face of tragedy, finds strength in new friendships. Written with gentle humour and a beautiful interpretation of landscape, this adventure story about Jack and his family is reminiscent of endless summers, azure seas and sandy white beaches. Jack, his dad Vince, sister Tanya, and Marnie Clark of Curdie Vale can ride but she doesn't have a horse. She dreams of owning one and having the whole world to ride it in.

    Albert Cutts is a tree feller. A fella who cuts down trees. Fog is a fox cub raised by a dingo. Hes called a dox because people are suspicious of foxes and Albert Cutts owns the dingo and now the dox. Albert is a bushman and lives They are also two of the best footballers ever to play for the Sydney Swans. Between them, they played over games and kicked over goals. The Girl from the Great Sandy Desert is the charming account of the life of Mana, a young Walmajarri girl, and her family, in the desert country of north-west Australia.

    Simultaneously delightful tales of Jane reveals the wonders of daily life in the bush and includes messages about caring for the Eleven-year-old Dylan has to move from Mt Isa to Brisbane and he's not happy. But as soon as he gets to Flatwater State School he finds a former Mount Isa Miner's footy supporter in his principal and a 'Broncos tragic' as a It is the late s and Broome, a small pearling town in the heart of an ancient land, is recovering from WWII. Ubby, a smart, street-wise Aboriginal girl, is the leader of a small rag-tag gang known as the 'Underdogs'.

    With stunning photographs and illustrations, this book is a fascinating insight, from earliest times to today, into the experiences of Indigenous children, whose land was, and is, their playground. When Elaine Russell was five, her dad built the family a shack just outside the Aboriginal mission at La Perouse in Sydney. In this book, aimed at ages , she illustrates what life was like for an indigenous kid on the urban Ian Abdulla's paintings and text offer a snapshot of an Aboriginal family living on a small stretch of the Murray River in South Australia in the s and s when the assimilation policy still existed and there were few Grandfather and Grandmother telling lots of stories.

    They had to live at Yalata. Their home was bombed. That was their home where the bomb went off. They thought it was mamu tjuta, evil spirits, coming. It tells how she gradually came to realise the truth about her family and their heritage.


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    Laklak Burarrwanga and family invite you to their Country, centred on a beautiful beach in Arnhem Land. Its crystal waters are full of fish, turtle, crab and stingray, to hunt; the land behind has bush fruits, pandanus for A fascinating and significant contribution to Australian history, this book tells the story of how Anangu from five different language groups came to live together at Papunya km west of Alice Springs.

    Hi guys,Ever since I was little I only had one dream - to win a gold medal at the Olympics. When I was twenty-seven years old, my dream came true. I'll never forget that night at the Sydney Games - as I crossed the finish With a poem written by young Tamzyne Richardson as its centerpiece, My Home Broome captures the heart and soul of the multicultural town of Broome in Australia's north west.

    Recommended Indigenous Australian children's books. Sally Morgan Written by one of Australia's best loved authors, this board book will get toddlers and preschoolers up off their feet following the actions of the animals featured in the book. Anita Heiss Mary lives with the Burkes, but they're not her real family. We All Sleep Ezekiel Kwaymullina Acclaimed mother-and-son-team Sally Morgan and Ezekiel Kwaymullina take readers on a journey through a day, celebrating the interconnectedness of people and animals in lyrical language and sumptuous colour.

    My Girragundji 20th Anniversary Edition Meme McDonald, Boori Monty Pryor The 20th anniversary edition of the award-winning, much loved story that tells how a little tree frog helps a boy find the courage to face his fears. Clever Crow Nina Lawrence, Bronwyn Bancroft Clever Crow is an endearing and witty tale that follows the exploits of a hungry and very clever crow. The Rainbow Ros Moriarty A perfect read-aloud story which revels in the kaleidoscopic colours of the Australian landscape featuring Indigenous art by Balarinji.

    Free Diving Lorrae Coffin, Bronwyn Houston Free Diving is a poignant tribute to the Indigenous men and women who worked in the pearling industry as 'free divers' in the late nineteenth century in Western Australia. Patty and the Shadows: Patty Hits the Court: I Love Me Sally Morgan, Ambelin Kwaymullina A celebration of individuality and joyous self-esteem, in bouncy, rhythmic prose and riotous colour.