Staff Recommendations - Kids' Titles

Eleanor & Park (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 2/2013

"Awkward, redhaired and overweight, Eleanor meets Korean-American Park on the school bus. The two forge a tentative friendship that eventually leads to first love. A tender, funny and heartbreaking story with great nods to awesome 80's music. A great read for fans of John Green! "

--Jannis


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062257246
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 5/2014

"It all starts when Kara is woken up in the night and taken to the village square where she witnesses her mother being sentenced for the worse crime of all...witchcraft! Seven years later, the villagers are still wary and cruel to Kara and her family. They fear Kara is a witch just like her mother. On the outskirts of the village is The Thickety, a magical forest that is home to strange and ferocious beasts and full of secrets, like the book Kara finds there, which may or may not be her mother's grimoire. This book had me in its grips from the very beginning. I can't wait for the sequel!"

--Jen


I Got the Rhythm (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781619631786
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 5/2014
"Nothing captures joyous noise like this new picture book about a little girl in the park with her mom. Every one of her senses speaks to the rhythm that she hears from the neighborhood drummers and a nearby boom box. Her infectious happiness leads to a diverse group of neighborhood kids, and even the adults, breaking out in dance. This is a great book for read aloud, both because of its song-like cadence, and because kids can chime along with our young heroine as she blinks, sniffs, claps, and shakes to the music. Oh, and the illustrations are just as happy!"

 

--Daniel


My Happy Life (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781877579356
Availability: Not Currently in Stock - Usually Ships in 1 to 5 Days
Published: Gecko Press, 1/2013
"Dani is about to start school for the first time and couldn't be more excited. She's even got her brand new book bag ready to go. On the second day of school she meets Ella and the two becomes fast and best friends. Eventually Ella moves away and Dani is heartbroken. This is a beautifully written story of family and friendship with charming illustrations filling each page. This is a unique addition to the shelves of beginning readers and well worth a read."

--Jannis


Ava and Pip (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781402288708
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 3/2014

"The Wren Family are word nerds! Ava loves to write & is far from shy. Her older sister loves to draw & is very quiet & shy. Read along in Ava's diary and find out how Ava plans to help her sister make new friends and learn some palindromes while you're at it!"

--Jen


Zero Fade (Paperback)

$12.00
ISBN-13: 9780988480438
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Published: Curbside Splendor Publishing, 9/2013

"Seventh grade is the worst: Kevin has a wack haircut, a bully problem, and--according to the girl he likes--that mushy tushy. Chris L. Terry's debut coming-of-age novel, Zero Fade, is half "Boondocks" and half "Friday." Nothing is off-limits and everything is smart-mouthed in this young adult novel that takes on race, class, age, gender, and sexuality from the perspectives of a of two generations of Black men in a working-class family in the early 1990's. You'll feel every angsty growing pain and cheer for the tiny triumphs that feel like huge hurdles to a young man figuring out who he is in a world gone crazy."

--Mel


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763666484
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2014

"Where is this kid's dragon? He goes all over the city looking for his dragon but it is SO good at hiding. It hides in the zoo, it hides in the park, and in the architecture. Children and adults will have fun looking for the dragon and counting different pieces of the city in these supercool illustrations. This is one of my favorite picture books of the spring!"

--Hannah


$22.99
ISBN-13: 9780763650797
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Published: Candlewick, 7/2013

"Inspired by Buster Keaton's summer holidays during his childhood. Told in graphic novel form with beautiful watercolor illustrations!!! This book is sweet & charming for people of all ages!"

--Jen


$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781576876800
Availability: Not Currently in Stock - Usually Ships in 1 to 5 Days
Published: POW!, 4/2014
"1 to 20, Animals Aplenty is the followup to Animal Alphabet. Viggers takes it up a notch filling the pages with humor 7 pigs in 7 wigs, 16 chickens reading Dickens! Rich illustrations and lots of animals, this book is a treat!"

--Jannis


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780307978486
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2/2014
"Wasily Kandinsky (nicknamed Vasya) is considered one of the first abstract painters of the 20th century. Before he achieved fame as a painter, he was a boy who loved to paint the colors he heard in his head. Although he loved to paint, he followed a career into the law, but the sounds of the colors never left. Kandinsky left the law and followed his dream as a painter and eventually went on to join the Bauhaus and form the Blue Rider group of painters. Barb Rosenstock's language and Mary GrandPre's illustrations bring Kandinsky's story alive with gorgeous sweeps of words and colors that swirl around the artists. This book makes a beautiful introduction to one of the 20th century's most fascinating artists."

--Jannis


$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

"Beekle waits in the land of imaginary friends to be picked by a friend in real land. After waiting for a really long time, he decides to do something no imaginary friend has ever done and go find his own friend. He ventures to the real world, but none of the children feel quite right. Luckily, his match finds Beekle at a playground and everything is perfect. I adore this fanciful, friendly tale!"

--Hannah


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763666484
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2014

"This picture book has it all. A boy and his dragon! Beautiful splashes of color among black and white pages! Hidden pictures! Counting different items on each page! Follow along and help find the lost dragon. Great fun for everyone! A book to be shared!"

--Jen


Farty Marty (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442439016
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 9/2013
"I love pretty books and I love silly books, and there’s no way around it, Farty Marty is pretty silly. Marty’s a cat with a special talent. At first, Mary Jane is embarrassed when she brings Marty to school, but she soon figures out that feeding Marty French food has him tooting Parisian melodies and a helping of Boston baked beans equals a rousing chorus of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Does it still stink? Of course it does, but even that liability is turned into an asset, with a custom perfume named “Le Farte.” Kellogg’s classic illustrations are filled with crazy details that will entertain a kid for hours, accompanying Ward’s story that demands compulsory giggling."

--Daniel


Noggin (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442458727
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 4/2014
"Have you heard of cryonics? That’s when instead of someone completely dying, science freezes the head and hopes for a cure for whatever ails you, and also hopes to figure out a way to do something with a head. That’s what happened to leukemia patient Travis Coates, only they came up with a solution, attaching his head to the body of another deceased fellow, this one with a brain tumor. It’s only been five years, but a lot has changed. His best friend is in college now, but still hiding a secret. His family, overwhelmed to see him, has their own secret. When it comes to his girlfriend Cate, it’s no secret she’s engaged to another guy. To Travis, it all just happened yesterday, so how is someone expected to grow up in that period of time? Don’t expect a lot of science talk in this follow up to Printz and Morris award winner, Where Things Come Back, as Noggin is more teen angst than tech, but it’s also good natured, funny, and ponders some interesting philosophical questions." --Daniel

Fault Line (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442460720
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse, 11/2013

"This is an important text for all kinds of readers, and I'm so very happy it exists. Narrated by the boyfriend of a teen rape victim, Fault Line brings to life the challenges one faces when they are caught between the desire to rescue and the need to empower someone who has been victimized. Readers experience the ripples of chaos that circle out from one person's tragic moment, shaking the lives of those they love, and how much of a struggle it is to be there for someone who needs to stumble their way through uncomfortable steps on the path to recovery. This debut novel by C. Desir is challenging, yet needed in an age in which someone in the U. S. is sexually assaulted every two minutes, 80% of rape victims are under the age of 30, and 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail."

--Mel


$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780062290366
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Published: Harper, 7/2014
"This book opens with Kelsea, 19 year old Princess, raised in isolation for her protection, as she journeys to ascend her throne, trailed by many who wish her killed. Her only protection is the Tearling Sapphire, a powerful magical jewel and the loyal Queen’s guard headed by stoic Lazarus. During her exile, she was educated but, kept in the dark about the state of her kingdom and the devil’s bargain her ineffectual mother, the Queen made with the neighboring Mortmesne. Upon her arrival, she sets in motion an act that will bring down the wrath of the powerful Sorceress, the Red Queen of Mortmesne. I really enjoyed this novel featuring a young but determined female character who doesn’t know whom she can trust. It is filled with political intrigue, magic and adventure."

 

--Pam


A Snicker of Magic (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545552707
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Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014

"Felicity Pickle sees words and collects them in a blue notebook. Her family just moved to Midnight Gulch, a town that has a history with magic. As she gets to know people in town, Felicity realizes her family might have something to do with the disappearance of that magic. Can she figure out the mystery before her mom decides it's time to move again? This is a tremendous, spindiddly, fabulous tale of friendship and family for fans of Three Times Lucky."

--Hannah


The Baby Tree (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399257186
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 5/2014
"A nameless boy is told that a new baby is coming. He has hundreds of questions about where babies come from and is given varying answers from his babysitter, teacher, grandfather and even the mailman. He checks the doorstep every day, but no baby arrives. He finally asks his parents who give him the age appropriate answers. Sophie Blackall's humorous illustrations of the ideas the boy envisions are fabulous, especially the swaddled babies that leave the hospital on their own. Blackall also provides answers to further questions in the back of the book. There is always a need for picture books to help answer children's questions about reproduction, and this fits the bill for the preschool and kindergarten set."

 

--Jannis


Squirrels on Skis (Hardcover)

$8.99
ISBN-13: 9780449810811
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 9/2013
"Fun turns into chaos in a snowy town when groups of squirrels on skis schuss their way down the mall and over the rooftops menacing the townspeople. To the rescue comes reporter Sally Sue Breeze to unlock the mystery behind all the commotion! Funny and delightful tale filled with rhyming couplets that will capture the attention of any beginning reader."

--Jane


Say What You Will (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062271105
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Published: Harper Teen, 6/2014
"Amy and Matthew have known of each other since elementary school but have never really spoken to one another. That soon changes after Matthew becomes Amy's peer assistant. Amy has cerebral palsy and speaks through a computer. Matthew sees through her cheerful optimism and Amy sees Matthew's quirks for what they really are, OCD. Soon their friendship turns into something more. This is a well told story that gives voice to those not often heard from, teens with disabilities."

--Jannis


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062104922
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Published: HarperCollins, 4/2014

"Just when they thought it was safe to live out their happily ever after, best friends Agatha and Sophie get sucked back into the magical world where the vanquished Evil Headmaster of the School for Good and Evil has been replaced by Dean Evelyn Sader in the brand new School for Girls and Boys. The princes live in squalor as refugees cast out of the castle, the male students and professors have turned Evil Hall into Lord of the Flies, the female students are training for war and learning how to rescue themselves, and the Storian has gone missing. Agatha and Sophie must find the Storian and rewrite their ending to undo the chaos one little wish has caused--a wish that threatens to divide boys from girls forever. Will Agatha and Sophie's friendship survive this dangerous new world where the lines between good and evil, boys and girls is hopelessly blurred? How will they choose between their friendship and the wish for happily ever after? This middle-grade fantasy takes the wonder of Chainani's The School for Good and Evil to new heights."

--Mel


$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780544087088
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books, 9/2013

"10-year-old Birdie McAdam is an orphan who escapes the slums of Victorian London by apprenticing herself to the local Go-Devil Man, Alfred Bunce, the man in charge of exterminating bogles (scary monsters that live in dark places and eat children). Her job is to fearlessly turn her back to the bogle's lair and sing it out into the open so Alfred can kill it with the legendary Finn MacCool's spear. Alfred's lost only one apprentice over the years, and Birdie is a complete professional. But when a nosy socialite, a wicked thief, and a desperate necromancer get involved, sassy Birdie's nerve is shaken and her job is on the line. Birdie must fight for her right to bogle! This flawed and lovable cast of characters will make you tear through the pages of this unique, creepy tale of a plucky young heroine who knows exactly who she is and what she wants to do with her life."

--Mel


$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385376709
Availability: Not Yet Published
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 9/2014
"In this charming follow up to 2013's Dream Animals, children find their imagination taking flight. A boy lies in the grass watching the clouds form into a dragon, only to find himself taking a ride on that very dragon on the next double-page spread. Two friends walk through the halls of a museum past a medieval tapestry of a unicorn, then chase each other on black and white unicorns through the forest. Day Dreamers is a richly illustrated children’s book, and a wonderful ode to the power of children's fantasies and dreams."

 

--Jannis


Being Henry David (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780807506158
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Albert Whitman & Company, 3/2013
"Imagine how terrifying it would be, if as a teenager, you woke up in Penn Station with no memory of who you are or even what you look like. That is what happened to " Hank " and all he has as clues to his dilemma are a tattered copy of Thoreau's Walden, a lump on his head and a certainty that he is on the run from something too difficult to face. After linking up with a couple of street kids and getting involved with some pretty scary characters, he decides to head for Walden, the only place he can think to start reinventing a life. There, he finds an amazing girl, discovers talents he didn't realize he had, and some people he might be able to count on. Gradually, memories return that force him to face who he was in the past and why he ran away in the first place. I found myself drawn into the story and the journey of discovering this along with this intriguing character. I loved the references to Thoreau's writing and the believable, flawed characters in this novel suitable for older teens. "

--Pam


$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781423175117
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Disney-Hyperion, 12/2013
"This novel, set in pre WWI England, features the same upstairs/downstairs vibe as the oh so popular PBS series Downton Abbey. The Earl of Westlake and his family return to their ancestral estate after a decade spent in India amidst gossip that threatens his reputation. His eldest daughter, Lady Ada Averley, dreams of attending Oxford University and has fallen in love with a man unacceptable in her social class. Her father wants her to marry well and her new stepmother, spiteful and jealous stepsister and their conniving lady’s maid have other plans. Downstairs, Rose, Lady Ada’s maid, has dreams of her own of a career in music. This book features political upheaval, secrets, intrigue, romance and blackmail and represents historical fiction at it's best. It is the first book in the planned series At Somerton and I hope the other books follow soon."

 

--Pam