April 2, 2017

We have exciting news! The Kids Read Across RI Book choice this year is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan. We will host a family book club on Friday, May 5th before the KRARI event at the Rhode Island State House on Saturday, May 13th from 2-4pm. At the event you’ll get a free copy of the book, meet and hear the authors speak, and play fun games around the book. We hope you’ll consider joining us for the family book club!

Save Me a Seat, (2016)

by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajansavemeaseat

Goodreads summary: Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL.

Joe’s lived in the same town all his life, and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own.

Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in.

Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common — but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week.

Watch a Save Me a Seat book trailer.

This next book is a really fun fantasy. I will make it a point to order the next book in the series titled Making Mistakes on Purpose.

Ms. Rapscott’s Girls, (Ms. Rapscott’s Girls #1), (2015)

by Elise Primavera

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Goodreads summary: Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn’t agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.

Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible, richly illustrated story about finding your way.

Dan Santat has illustrated a book published this week. Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Al Capone At Alcatraz series, is the author. I cannot wait to get a copy for our library.

Dad and the Dinosaur, (2017)

words by Gennifer Choldenko and pictures by Dan Santat

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Goodreads summary: A heartwarming father-son story about bravery and facing fears.
Nicholas was afraid of the dark outside his door, the bushes where the giant bugs live, and the underside of manhole covers.


His dad was not afraid of anything.
Nicholas wants to be as brave as his dad, but he needs help. That s why he needs a dinosaur. After all, dinosaurs like the dark, bugs are nothing to them, and they eat manhole covers for lunch (and everything under them for dinner).
With his toy dinosaur, Nicholas can scale tall walls, swim in deep water, even score a goal against the huge goalie everyone calls Gorilla. But when the dinosaur goes missing, everything is scary again.
Luckily, his dad knows that even the bravest people can get scared, and it s okay to ask for help facing your fears. It s just guy stuff.
A family classic in the making from the dream team of Newbery Honor-winner Gennifer Choldenko and Caldecott Medal-winner Dan Santat.

You never know what will make someone turn into a reader. Perhaps someone enjoys a movie and would be up for trying a book series based on it. For those of you who liked the Night at the Museum movie, you might enjoy the series we have in the library.

Watch the Dad and the Dinosaur book trailer.

Night of the Dragons (Night at the Museum: Nick’s Tales #1), (2011)

by Michael Anthony Steele

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Goodreads summary: “Things at the museum just got weirder ”
In the blockbuster film “Night At the Museum “night watchmen Larry Daley learned that every night an ancient Egyptian tablet brought the museum exhibits to life from a mischievous monkey, to a full-sized T-Rex skeleton, to twenty-sixth President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. In “Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian “Larry s adventure continued at the Smithsonian Institute.
Picking up where the movies left off, “Night of the Dragons “is a brand-new novel for middle grade readers, following the adventures of Larry Daley s teenage son Nick as he learns the ropes at the strangest museum in the world. In this story, a new exhibit brings new dangers and unleashes an evil force on the Museum of Natural History. Soon, Nick is up to his ears in trouble. With his father sidelined by a strange new magic, the boy must face giant dragons and an evil sorcerer determined to take over the museum and then the world!

I talked this book up last year but realized there is a whole crop of fourth graders who haven’t heard about it yet. It’s definitely worth a look!

The Seventh Most Important Thing, (2015)

by Shelley Pearsall

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Goodreads summary: It was a bitterly cold day when Arthur T. Owens grabbed a brick and hurled it at the trash picker. Arthur had his reasons, and the brick hit the Junk Man in the arm, not the head. But none of that matters to the judge—he is ready to send Arthur to juvie for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, it’s the Junk Man himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service . . . working for him.

Arthur is given a rickety shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things: glass bottles, foil, cardboard, pieces of wood, lightbulbs, coffee cans, and mirrors. He can’t believe it—is he really supposed to rummage through people’s trash? But it isn’t long before Arthur realizes there’s more to the Junk Man than meets the eye, and the “trash” he’s collecting is being transformed into something more precious than anyone could imagine. . . .

Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton.

Watch a book trailer for The Seventh Most Important Thing.

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March 26, 2017

We have a combination of new and old titles this week.

Towards the end of the summer and into the fall many friends were singing the praises of this next book. Somehow, it slipped past me when ordering new titles for the library. Imagine my chagrin when I realized we did not own it the day of the ALA awards when it received THREE stickers! I’m happy to say we finally own a copy and it’s just as amazing as everyone said.

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan, (2017)

by Ashley Bryan

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Goodreads summary:

Newbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as…a lantern.

You, an object. An object to sell.

In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that CAN’T be bought or sold—dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his “workers”, Bryan has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry he imagines and interprets each person’s life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about—their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you’ve seen.

Watch a Freedom Over Me book trailer.

Learn more about author Ashley Bryan.

Dan Gemeinhart is a librarian who recently stepped away from the position to write full-time. We’ve loved everything he has written. His book, The Honest Truth (2015), was a 2017 RI Children’s Book Award nominee. His book, Some Kind of Courage (2016), made me want a fourth grade classroom again because I think it’s the perfect read-aloud for kids. Can’t wait to read this one too!

Scar Island, (2017)

by Dan Gemeinhart

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Goodreads summary: Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys — an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.

Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he’s willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming.

Just as he’s getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can’t come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety . . . then every boy on the island is doomed.

Watch the Scar Island book trailer.

Learn more about author Dan Gemeinhart.

There is a fifth grade cutie pie who checks out cookbooks every week without fail. I finally asked her about it and she said she plans to be a famous chef someday and cooks for her family most nights. I ordered this book with her in mind and she loved it. We will be ordering Stars of Summer ( All Four Stars #2) and Stars So Sweet (All Four Stars #3) for the library too. If you have a budding chef at your house, keep this series in mind. Also, we have a subscription to Ingredient magazine your child can check out too.

All Four Stars (All Four Stars #1), (2014)

by Tara Dairman

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Goodreads summary: Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.)

Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world.

But in order to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret! Easy as pie, right?

Watch a book trailer for All Four Stars.

Our kids love the Choose Your Own Adventure series. When students started placing their own holds, I was surprised to see this series come in through inter library loan for a student. I immediately placed an order to get the series for our library. They are always checked out!

Summer Freeze! (You Choose Stories: Batman), (2015)

by Brandon Terrell and Ethan Beavers

You Choose Stories: Batman series by various authors

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Goodreads summary: Mr. Freeze blankets Gotham City in a blizzard, turning the city into an enormous snow globe. Should the Dark Knight take the case or turn to the police instead? Will Mr. Freeze go easily or put up a fight? Does Batman use his brains or his brawn to stop the super-villain? In this digital story, YOU CHOOSE the path Batman should take. With your help, hell melt the super-villains Summer Freeze!

I wanted to highlight another hybrid series that students cannot get enough of. The Dork Diaries series is incredibly popular with our students. The 11th book in the series came out this past November. And the best news: there’s a Dork Diaries movie in the works!

Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries #1), (2014)

by Rachel Renee Russell

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Goodreads summary: It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls in this hilarious novel!

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She’s starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so I can spill about all of it…

I put a lot of really personal stuff in this diary along with my sketches and doodles.

But, mostly it’s about how TRAUMATIC it was transferring to my new private middle school, Westchester Country Day.

And, how a lot of the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids were really SNOBBY and made my life TOTALLY miserable. People like, oh, I don’t know, maybe…

MACKENZIE HOLLISTER!!

And, it just so happened that I got stuck with a locker right next to hers. I could NOT believe I had such BAD luck. I knew right then and there it was going to be a VERY, VERY long school year 😦 !

Watch a Dork Diaries book trailer.

Learn about author Rachel Renee Russell.

March 19, 2017

We have some recent additions to our library you might like to know about. This first book is written by Jerry Spinelli, author of popular titles Maniac Magee, Stargirl and Loser. If your child has or had Mr. Farley in fourth grade, chances are they are big fans of Mr. Spinelli’s work due to his amazing read-alouds. This one is a 2018 Newbery contender (in my humble opinion).

The Warden’s Daughter, (2017)

by Jerry Spinelli

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Goodreads summary: Cammie O’Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison–not as a prisoner, she’s the warden’s daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women’s exercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends.
But even though Cammie’s free to leave the prison, she’s still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn’t think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she’s willing to work with what she’s got.
“Jerry Spinelli again proves why he’s the king of storytellers” (Shelf Awareness, starred) in this tale of a girl who learns that heroes can come in surprising disguises, and that even if we don’t always get what we want, sometimes we really do get what we need.

Watch author Jerry Spinelli talk about The Warden’s Daughter.

The Junior Library Guild just sent the latest book in the Tuesday McGillycuddy series (a series new to me) and I scrambled to order A Week Without Tuesday and Blueberry Pancakes Forever.  We now own all three books in the series. Fun fact: Angelica Banks is actually a pen name created by two busy mom co-authors who write the series together.

Finding Serendipity (Tuesday McGillycuddy #1) , (2015)

by Angelica Banks

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Goodreads summary: When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog, Baxterr, discover that Tuesday’s mother―the famous author Serendipity Smith―has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure. In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchanted boat, tangles with an evil pirate, and discovers the truth about her remarkable dog. Along the way, she learns what it means to be a writer and how difficult it can sometimes be to get all the way to The End.

Check out the website of the two authors who created Angelica Banks.

We have a lot of Rick Riordan fans in our school.  His latest series, featuring Norse mythology, is a huge hit with our readers. Our library has The Sword of Summer and The Hammer of Thor. Book three, The Ship of the Dead, will be released on October 3, 2017. I happened to recently come across this companion guide for their reading pleasure.

The Unofficial Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Companion: The Norse Heroes, Monsters and Myths Behind the Hit Series, (2015)

by Peter Aperlo

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Goodreads summary: Fascinating background facts, stories and mythological information for the upcoming Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series.

The much anticipated first book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series is about to be released and long-time fans of best-selling author Rick Riordan can’t wait to follow the adventure of his newest hero—Magnus Chase. However, unlike Riordan’s previous series that placed protagonist Percy Jackson in a magical world based on Greek mythology, these new thrillers follow Magnus’ adventure in an entirely different world, one populated by Norse gods and monsters. Conceived and written specifically for young adult readers, this enjoyable and informative educational companion offers an in-depth look into the exciting stories and characters of Norse mythology. The ancient stories are retold like modern thrillers in this fast-paced and informative primer. Containing over 50 black-and-white illustrations of gods and monsters, it allows eager readers to have fun while becoming experts on the powerful god Odin, his fearless wife Frigg, shape-shifting Loki and hammer-wielding Thor.

Watch the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book trailer.

The Wings of Fire series is well-loved by our fantasy fans. We just acquired book 9 which reminded me to highlight this popular series for those who may not know about it.

Talons of Power (Wings of Fire #9), (2016)

by Tui T. Sutherland

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Goodreads summary: The war is over. The false prophecy has been fulfilled. But the dragonets still have enemies. A dark evil, buried for centuries, is stirring.

And a young NightWing may have had the first true prophecy in generations . . .

Something is coming to shake the earth
Something is coming to scorch the ground
Jade Mountain will fall beneath thunder and ice
Unless the lost city of night can be found.

Don’t miss the next chapter in the epic, bestselling Wings of Fire series!

Watch the Wings of Fire series book trailer.

Ben Hatke is the creator of Little Robot and the Zita the Spacegirl series, graphic novels our readers devour. He has a new series to look forward to.

Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack #1), (2016)

by Ben Hatke

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Goodreads summary: Jack might be the only kid in the world who’s dreading summer. But he’s got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s boring, too, because Maddy doesn’t talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk—to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made.

What starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything…a dragon.

Watch a video of Ben Hatke talking about his work.

March 12, 2017

This year we have started using a portion of our library budget to order books through Junior Library Guild, a company that reviews over 3,000 titles per year and sends only books they think are pretty amazing. I decided to give it a try because as much as I pride myself on staying abreast of current kid lit, sometimes titles slip past me. It has been fun to see what surprises will come each month. I truly hadn’t heard of three March titles so I’m excited to share them with you this week.

For those of you who have read and enjoyed the Alex Morgan biography, Breakaway: Beyond the Goal (2015),  here is another soccer biography to enjoy.

All Heart: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World, (2016)

by Carli Lloyd and Wayne Coffey

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Goodreads summary: In the summer of 2015, the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup behind an epic performance by Carli Lloyd. Carli, a midfielder, scored three goals in the first sixteen minutes–the greatest goal-scoring effort in the history of World Cup finals.

But there was a time when Carli almost quit soccer. She struggled with doubts and low confidence. In All Heart, adapted from When Nobody Was Watching specifically for younger readers, Carli tells the full inspiring story of her journey to the top of the soccer world–an honest, action-packed account that takes readers inside the mind of a hardworking athlete.

Watch a video of Carli Lloyd. 

I’m thinking our Land of Stories fans may enjoy this next series.

Long Live the Queen (Magnificent Tales of Misadventure), (2017)

words by Gerry Swallow and pictures by Valerio Fabbretti

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Goodreads summary: For Elspeth Pule, life is dull and lonely in the real world, where she misses her good friends, Humpty Dumpty, Bo Peep, and Rodney, a giant talking wheel of cheese.

So when she gets a surprise visit and a desperate plea for help from Georgie Porgie and Gene the blabbermouth stick, Elspeth agrees immediately. After holding her breath until she is blue in the face, Elspeth opens her eyes and finds herself back in a land where storybook characters are real.

Here she learns that a horrible witch named Mary Mary Quite Contrary has kidnapped King William the Umpteenth’s wife and taken her into a dark forest. To free her, Elspeth and her ragtag crew will have to pay the witch’s ransom . . . or else. Can Elspeth use her bravery, smarts, and just a little bit of ill temper to thwart the evil witch and rescue her friend?

Told with a hilarious irreverent voice, this rambunctious tale is perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch.

This is a picture book about the atomic bomb.

The Secret Project, (2017)

words by Jonah Winter and pictures by Jeanette Winter

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Goodreads summary: Mother-son team Jonah and Jeanette Winter bring to life one of the most secretive scientific projects in history—the creation of the atomic bomb—in this powerful and moving picture book.

At a former boy’s school in the remote desert of New Mexico, the world’s greatest scientists have gathered to work on the “Gadget,” an invention so dangerous and classified they cannot even call it by its real name. They work hard, surrounded by top security and sworn to secrecy, until finally they take their creation far out into the desert to test it, and afterward the world will never be the same.

Read a School Library Journal review of The Secret Project.

Here is a brand-new graphic novel we are adding to our collection.

Nightlights, (2017)

by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

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Goodreads summary: Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room.

One day, Morfie, a mysterious pale girl, appears at school. And she knows all about Sandy’s drawings…Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Alvarez.

See more of Columbian artist Lorena Alvarez Gomez’s work here.

Our kids are crazy for Pokemon. Here is the latest Pokemon book we have added to our collection.

The Last Pokemon Master – An Unofficial Pokemon Go Adventure, (2016)

by Carol Christo

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Goodreads summary: Life was fun and peaceful for ten-year-old Lucas and his friends, Cora and Samuel. The game-obsessed trio would spend every free second of their time catching Pokémon on their smartphones, trying to get to the next level. But when the digital creatures suddenly escape from their screens and enter the real world, destruction and mayhem follow. Will the three friends be able to defeat the monsters and reclaim their world?

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm; adults and children alike have been captivated as they battle their way to success. The book will appeal to all children who have been part of the recent Pokémon phenomenon. Lucas’s story of adventure brings this popular trend to life as the reader is taken on a highly entertaining journey as they battle to save the world from these digital pocket monsters.

 

March 5, 2017

We recently added new titles to the library. Here are five you should know about.

This series was highly recommended by a fourth grade reader. You may remember Tony Abbott of The Secrets of Droon series. He also has books for the more sophisticated reader. We now have all four in the Copernicus Legacy series.

The Forbidden Stone (The Copernicus Legacy #1), (2014)

by Tony Abbott

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Goodreads summary: Rick Riordan meets Dan Brown in this exhilarating and adventurous new tween series from beloved and bestselling author Tony Abbott.

The Copernicus Legacy has everything middle-grade readers love-an international adventure, a compelling friendship story, and a mission that draws on history and astronomy. Readers who loved Percy Jackson will be eager to follow our heroes on this six-book, six-novella journey and excited to enter a sweepstakes to participate in a real-life scavenger hunt hosted by Tony Abbott that lets the reader become part of the story.

It all began when four friends-Wade, Lily, Darrel, and Becca-received a strange, coded email from Wade’s uncle Henry shortly before the old man’s sudden death. They set off for Germany to attend the funeral with Wade’s father, Roald, and discover that Uncle Henry left them yet another baffling message that they suspect is the key to figuring out how and why he died.

The message leads to a clue, and the more clues they discover, the farther they travel down a treacherous path toward an ancient, guarded secret. Soon they are in a breathless race across the globe, running for their lives as a dangerous shadow organization chases them around every corner. Their only hope of saving themselves-and the world that they know-is to find twelve magical relics from a hidden past that will unlock the Copernicus Legacy.

Watch The Forbidden Stone book trailer.

This next book looked interesting, especially for those of you who liked The Mysterious Benedict Society and A Series of Unfortunate Events.  I will need to order the next two in the series titled The Dastardly Deed and The Witch’s Glass.

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls (The League of Beastly Dreadfuls #1) , (2015)

by Holly Black

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Goodreads summary: A creepy Victorian house, secretive aunties, and a great escape combine in this debut that is part Mysterious Benedict Society, part Roald Dahl. Join the League. . . .

Anastasia is a completely average almost-eleven-year-old. That is, UNTIL her parents die in a tragic vacuum-cleaner accident. UNTIL she’s rescued by two long-lost great-aunties. And UNTIL she’s taken to their delightful and, er, “authentic” Victorian home, St. Agony’s Asylum for the Criminally Insane.

But something strange is going on at the asylum. Anastasia soon begins to suspect that her aunties are not who they say they are. So when she meets Ollie and Quentin, two mysterious brothers, the three join together to plot their great escape!

Watch The League of Beastly Dreadfuls book trailer.

The third book of this next series, Robot Revolution!,  just arrived which reminded me that not every reader knows about this fun hybrid series.

House of Robots (House of Robots #1), (2014)

by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

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Goodreads summary: In this new highly-illustrated series from James Patterson, an extraordinary robot signs up for an ordinary fifth grade class… and elementary school will never be the same!

It was never easy for Sammy Hayes-Rodriguez to fit in, so he’s dreading the day when his genius mom insists he bring her newest invention to school: a walking, talking robot he calls E–for “Error”. Sammy’s no stranger to robots–his house is full of a colorful cast of them. But this one not only thinks it’s Sammy’s brother… it’s actually even nerdier than Sammy. Will E be Sammy’s one-way ticket to Loserville? Or will he prove to the world that it’s cool to be square? It’s a roller-coaster ride for Sammy to discover the amazing secret E holds that could change family forever… if all goes well on the trial run!

Watch a House of Robots book trailer.

This next book was brought to my attention when I discovered that a group of fourth graders was reading it for their book club….a book club they formed themselves outside of school. Be still this librarian’s heart! I am so impressed by the readers in our school!

Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition), (2016)

by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Goodreads summary: New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly’s book is now available in a new edition perfect for young readers. This is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

Watch the Hidden Figures movie trailer.

This highly anticipated book is the ninth in George O’Connor’s beloved Olympians graphic novel series.

Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt (Olympians #9), (2017)

by George O’Connor

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Goodreads summary: Shunned even before she was born and destined to live a life of solitude, Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt, finds power through her skilled hunting ability and mighty bow. She slays those who wish to do harm to the innocent and takes care of the young and helpless. She protects women and young girls, helps in childbirth, soothes, and is unrivaled in her hunting abilities. In the latest volume of Olympians, New York Times–bestselling author George O’Connor continues to turn his extensive knowledge of the original Greek myths into rip-roaring graphic novel storytelling.

Watch an interview with author/illustrator George O’Connor.