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.

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