Spring 2022 Elementary Flyer Books Summaries

Picture Books

Nesting  by Henry Cole

With simple text and stunning artwork, award-winning author and illustrator Henry Cole introduces young readers to animal science concepts perfect for young bird-watchers and nature lovers.  The reader will follow two robins as they build a nest with twigs and grass and then lay four beautiful blue eggs.  The birds keep the eggs warm in the nest until they hatch into four baby robins.  The father robin protects the babies until they can fly on their own and learn to avoid perils such as snakes and storms.  A perfect choice for spring!

The Wonky Donkey’s Big Surprise by Craig Smith

“Dinky woke one weekend with wonder in her eyes.  Today her daddy, Wonky, promised such a big surprise…”  Fans of this ever-popular donkey family will delight in this new story about a wonderful  guessing game.  Full of the playful verse and charming illustrations that characterize these books, this book is a great choice for read-alouds. 

I Found A Kitty! by Troy Cummings

In this delightful sequel to the New York Times bestseller Can I Be Your Dog?, Arfy the dog discovers a homeless kitten that needs a forever home.  Arfy’s owner is allergic to cats though so Arfy writes a series of letters that he hopes will persuade prospective owners what a great pet Scamper would make.  This wonderful read-aloud will appeal to animal lovers of all ages, and pet adoption advocates in particular.  The many styles of letters will appeal to teachers and parents looking to inspire students in the skills of written communication! 

 

Early Readers

Who Would Win?  Ultimate Reptile Rumble

In this nonfiction early reader, sixteen ferocious reptiles are compared and contrasted as they battle it out to see who will be the champion.  The book explores the anatomy and behavior of these amazing animals and is full of facts, photos, and realistic illustrations.  A favorite series of young readers!

Angelina Ballerina Loves the Library

Our favorite mouse is super excited to get her own library card from the Chipping Cheddar Library!  How can she decide which books to check out when there are so many that she wants to read?  When she finds out she can only check out five books at a time, it becomes even harder to decide.  Angelina fans will love this newest story of a favorite character. 

Go, Dog, Go! Dogs Clean Up!

Based on the P.D. Eastman bestselling classic Go, Dog, Go! and the Netflix animated series, this Level 2 early reader introduces dog lovers to Tag, Maw, Paw, Scooch and all the dogs of Pawston.  As they show that they care about their community, the dogs entertain young readers who recognize familiar words and are ready to tackle new ones as well. 

National Geographic Readers:  Mythical Beasts

Calling all fans of unicorns, dragons, sea monsters and other mythical creatures!  Packed with over 100 weird-but-true facts and tons of information, this book is perfect for the curious reader.  As it explores animals that are mistaken for mythical creatures, critters that are almost too weird for reality, and other creatures with incredible abilities, this book entertains as it educates.  Learn all about these amazing, unbelievable and downright fantastical beasts!

LEGO City:  Birthday Helpers!

It’s a birthday celebration in LEGO City!  Handyman Harl Hubbs helps people every day and now everyone wants to thank him by making his birthday extra special.  A wonderful choice in the ever-popular LEGO City series. 

Fly Guy and Fly Girl:  Friendly Frenzy

Human friends Buzz and Liz meet Carlos at the park and are curious about Carlos’s new pet, a lizard named Annie.  The kids had hoped that Fly Guy and Fly Girl could make a new friend too but this fun outing may be a quest for survival instead.  It seems that Annie has a taste for flies!  The two fly friends will have to use all of their wits and skills to avoid becoming a snack for this hungry lizard.  A story full of humor and action that Fly Guy fans are sure to love. 

Parker Dresses Up

Parker is playing dress up with her younger siblings, Ava and Cash.  With each costume, she imagines what her life would be like if she were a princess, a doctor, or even a princess doctor!  A delightful story about dressing up and dreaming big! 

Cooking with the Lorax

The Lorax, Dr. Seuss’s beloved icon of caring for the environment, takes kids from the garden to the kitchen in this early reader perfect for showing young readers where our food comes from.  The Lorax picks fresh fruit and vegetables from his garden and prepares himself a healthy and delicious salad for lunch.  A great choice for STEM programs and future chefs!

 

Beginning Chapter

Diary of a Pug:  Scaredy-Pug

Bub the pug, Duchess the cat, and their human Bella are visiting Bella’s grandmother.  It’s so much fun to build forts and play dress-up in her attic ….until Bub and Duchess see a ghost up there!  Now they have a duty to protect their girl.  Can this scaredy-pug and scaredy-cat face their fears to keep Bella safe?  With eye-catching artwork throughout, this diary format early chapter book is perfect for readers who believe a furry pal is the best kind of friend. 

Mindy Kim and the Big Pizza Challenge

Asian-American Mindy Kim loves food – from her favorite Korean dishes to pizza.  When a local pizza place advertises a trivia competition, Mindy is excited to learn that the big prize is unlimited pizza for a whole year!  Mindy is confident that she and her dad can take the top spot but he is worried about understanding the cultural references.  He wants Mindy to know that the most important thing is to always try your best, even if you don’t win.  Can Mindy and her dad have fun together, win or lose?  

Puppy Place:  Sparky 

Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies.  Their family fosters these young dogs, giving them love and proper care until they can find the perfect forever home for each one.  A volunteer at Caring Paws Animal Shelter, Lizzie has always been someone who did a great job matching dogs with just the right new owner.  When a new girl, Harper, begins to volunteer, however, she may give Lizzie some competition.  But when Sparky, a tiny Chihuahua mix with an injured leg, arrives at the shelter, the girls may have to team up to find him a home.  A heart-warming story in a favorite series. 

Owl Diaries:  Eva’s New Pet

Eva the owl can’t wait to get a new pet!  But she can’t decide what kind of pet to get.  Her pet needs to be cute, cuddly, friendly and, of course, get along with her bat, Baxter.  Eva’s friend Lucy has a great idea.  They will pet sit for all of their friends to find out which animal is right for Eva.  Chaos breaks out, however, as they look after a bumblebee, a tortoise, a goldfish and more.  Can Eva figure out which pet is just right for her family?  The easy-to-read text, fast-paced plots and colorful illustrations keep young readers engaged as they boost their reading skills and confidence. 

My Weirder-est School:  Mrs. Barr Has Gone Too Far

After noticing that A.J. and his fellow students need to boost their geography knowledge, Mr. Cooper invites world traveler, Mrs. Barr, to visit the class.  Just the person to help, she speaks seven languages and has been to nearly two hundred countries.  A.J. and his friends wonder, however, why she carries a suitcase everywhere she goes and opens a window whenever she comes into a room.  Does this globetrotter have something to hide?  Perfect for reluctant readers and students hungry for funny school stories, this tale of A.J. and his friends will be a new favorite. 

Jada Jones:  Sky Watcher

Jada is excited to do a school project about a hero and chooses Dr. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut and the first black woman to travel to outer space.  She even gets to pretend to be Dr. Jemison for the presentation in front of her teacher, parents, and friends!  But when Jada’s research reminds her how accomplished her hero truly is, she is suddenly worried that she may have made a mistake in her selection.  How can she portray someone who seems to have everything together when she feels like her world is falling apart?  A perfect title celebrating diversity and the STEM fields. 

Juana and Lucas:  Big Problemas 

Juana’s life is just about perfect.  She lives in the beautiful city of Bogota with her mother, Mami, and her dog, Lucas.  Lately though, things have become a little less perfect.  Mami has been spending lots of  time with a new friend named Luis.  He is kind and teaches Juana about things like photography and jazz music, but sometimes Juana wishes things could go back to when it was just her, Mami, and Lucas.  When Mami announces that she and Luis are getting married and the family will be moving to a new casa, Juana worries that all the changes are more than she can take.  Can she realize that even though many things are going to different, some, like Mami’s love for her, will never change.  Based on the childhood of this Pure Belpre award winning author, this celebration of diversity will resonate with readers of all backgrounds.  

J.D. and the Hair Show Showdown

At only eight years old, J.D. the Kid Barber has already won a local barber contest and begun doing haircuts at a neighborhood shop.  His skills have been noticed and now he’s the youngest barber to ever be invited to the Beauty Brothers Hair Expo in Atlanta.  As a participant, he get the VIP treatment – taking his first trip on an airplane, riding in a limo, and getting gifts from the show’s sponsors.  At the show, there are classes to take, product samples to try, other great barbers to meet and even a chance to demonstrate his own skills before all the participants.  But what J.D. is most excited about, however, is the possibility of meeting  eleven-year old rap sensation, Li’l Eazy Breezy.  Will the show live up to all of J.D.’s expectations or is he in “over his head”?  A series that will resonate with African-American boys in particular. 

Twig and Turtle:  Time for Teamwork

Inspired by helping out at a local business, eight-year-old Twig starts her own business doing odd jobs in the neighborhood.  Her little sister, Turtle, and several of Twig’s friends want to be a part of this new venture too, but Twig is determined to do this all on her own.  She’s getting lots of jobs and is proud of her success.  But success can get tricky, and when Twig overpromises her services to too many people, she doesn’t know where to turn.  Is her business destined to fail or do her sister and a few good friends know the perfect fix for her problem?  This celebration of hard work, determination, and teamwork is an uplifting choice for first chapter readers.  

 

Chapter Books

City Spies by James Ponti

Puerto-Rican born, Brooklyn-raised Sara is a hacker.  She recently broke into the New York foster care system to expose her foster parents as cheats and lawbreaker.  Now facing years in a juvenile facility and a ban from using computers, she agrees to a wild proposition from a mysterious stranger known as “Mother” who takes over as her attorney.  She will join Britain’s secret M16 unit as a kid operative.  Whisked away to a covert facility in Scotland, this computer whiz now known as “Brooklyn” meets the other four children who form a new unit called the City Spies.  When they’re not attending the local boarding school, the five are busy honing their unique skills such as sleight of hand, breaking and entering, observation, and explosives – all key to their missions to go places in the world of espionage where adults can’t.  Before Brooklyn has had a chance to adjust to this new life, however, Mother takes the group to Paris for an international youth summit on the environment .  Posing as one of the teams vying for a prize of a million euros, the spies are actually there to protect the eccentric billionaire sponsor of the event from imminent danger.  Can they unravel the truth behind this threat or are the kids not up to the challenge?  Readers who love adventure and mystery woven into a great plot will love this first in a new series. 

Willodeen by Katherine Applegate

From the author of The One and Only Ivan comes another unforgettable story about a young girl and her unending love for all creatures big and small.  Eleven-year-old Willodeen adores creatures of all kinds, but her favorites are the most unlovable beasts in the land, strange beasts known as “screechers”.  The villagers in her town of Perchance call them pests, even monsters, but Willodeen believes they serve a vital role in the web of nature.  Lately though, nature has seemed angry indeed.  Perchance has been cursed with fires and mudslides, droughts and fevers, and even the annual migration of hummingbears, a source of local pride and income, has dwindled.  For as long as anyone can remember, these tiny animals have spent the winter in shimmering bubble nests perched atop blue willow trees in the area, drawing tourists from far and wide.  This year, however, not a single hummingbear has returned to Perchance and no one knows why.   When a handmade birthday gift brings unexpected magic to Willodeen and her friend Connor, she is determined to speak up for the animals she loves and perhaps even uncover the answer to the mystery of the missing hummingbirds.  This timely tale about our fragile earth and a reminder that no voice is too small to make a difference will captivate young readers.  A must-read story by a favorite author that can’t be missed!

Ash Ketchum, Pokemon Detective/I Choose You 

This special edition is two books in one!  Join Ash, Pikachu and their friends in action packed adventures in both Johto and Kanto regions.  The beloved Trainer and his team take on foes new and old with some amazing Pokemon by their sides.  A perfect choice for young readers who just can’t get enough Pokemon.

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Eleven-year-old Melody isn’t like most people.  She can’t walk.  She can’t talk.  She can’t write.  All because she has cerebral palsy.  Stuck in a special-ed classroom where she spends her day watching cartoons and listening to nursery rhymes, Melody is going “out of her mind”.  Her parents and a caring neighbor have exposed her to a world of knowledge and Melody may very well be the smartest kid in her entire school….but her teachers and classmates don’t know it!  When she is able to get a “talking computer” that allows her to communicate with others, she is moved into a regular classroom and is excited to have the opportunity to make friends, show how much she knows, and learn alongside her fellow classmates.  When she scores well enough on a test to be part of her school’s national quiz bowl team, Melody believes this will be the achievement that finally brings her the acceptance by her peers that she craves.  Her hopes may be dashed, however, when the team’s trip to compete in a national competition doesn’t turn out quite as she had hoped.  Perfect for fans of Wonder, this must-read book will forever change the way we all look at anyone with a disability.  This is one that readers will never forget. 

Out of My Heart by Sharon Draper

In this long-awaited sequel to Out of My Mind, Melody is a year older and a year braver.  With her Medi-talker, she feels nothing is out of reach, including her fervent desire to attend summer camp.  She knows there must be camps for differently-abled kids like her and she’s going to find one.  A place where she can trek through a forest, fly on a zip line, and even ride a horse!  A place where maybe she can finally make a real friend, make her own decisions, and do some things on her own!  When she snags a spot at a camp that she believes will be just perfect for her, Melody learns that some of her dreams may test her courage and strength is ways she has never experienced.  Can she thrive in this new environment or are the obstacles of the past ready to rear their ugly heads again?  

Normal:  One Kid’s Extraordinary Journey by Magdalena Newman

Told in alternating narratives, mother and son Magdalena and Nathaniel tell the true story of Nathaniel’s birth and young life with Treacher Collins syndrome, the craniofacial condition that the fictional character Auggie Pullman has in Wonder.  With deformities affecting his hearing, eating, and breathing, Nathaniel needed a tracheostomy to breathe and underwent over sixty surgeries before he turned sixteen.  When he was 12, he decided to undergo a year long process that involved a massive surgery and wearing a cage around his head for over six months in hopes of closing the tracheostomy and breathing on his own.  The impact of the condition on Nathaniel’s family, especially his younger brother, and the way his life changed after the publication of Wonder are key elements of this nonfiction story of a real-life hero.  Fans of Wonder and those who love to read about amazing young people won’t want to miss this one. 

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth 

Life has gotten complicated for eleven-year-old Jarrett.  He is asthmatic and about to fail summer school and have to repeat sixth grade.  He is used to having the foster children his mother takes care of in his home but the latest may be more than he can handle.  He’s OK with Treasure, a rambunctious toddler, but her twelve-year-old brother, Kevon, is another thing altogether.  Kevon is now sharing Jarrett’s room and has gotten the attention of a girl that Jarrett hoped to impress.  All of Jarrett’s favorite activities – taking step lessons at the community center, making horror movie trailers with his best friend, and playing basketball – are overshadowed by Kevon’s presence.  Determined to get rid of this new boy, Jarrett snoops into Kevon’s stuff in hopes of discovering something that will get him removed from Jarrett’s home.   Will Jarrett’s attempts to humiliate Kevon achieve his intent or will they have consequences he never considered?  This story of two boys who don’t get along but must figure out a way to make it work will resonate with tween boys looking to see themselves in a book.  

Words on Fire by Jennifer Nielsen

Twelve-year-old Audra has spent most of her life on her parents’ farm in Lithuania, trying to steer clear of the Russian Cossack soldiers who have occupied the area for years.  The Russians insist that everyone must become Russian and have banned Lithuanian books, religion, culture and even the language.  Her father is a stage magician who travels to do his shows, but Audra suspects that he is doing more than just entertaining villagers.  In June of 1893, the Cossacks abruptly arrive at their home and Audra’s parents insist she flee, taking an important package and instructions for where to deliver it.  As she hides in the forest, Audra sees her mother and father taken away by the soldiers.  As she embarks on the journey to deliver the mysterious package, Audra finds herself in the midst of an underground resistance movement and discovers what her parents have been doing to defy the Russians.  As she gets to know others working to smuggle Lithuanian books, Audra must decide if she is willing to take the risks involved in these efforts, risks that could put her in danger and sentence her parents to life in the Siberian wilderness.  A captivating story of a time and place few readers will be familiar with.  

My Otter Half by Michelle Shusterman

Oliver, a curious sea otter loves swimming and frolicking in the waters off Washington.  Teased by his playmates for being too cautious, Oliver decides to show his bravery and swims out into Puget Sound where all of the ships and humans are.  That’s when disaster strikes.  An oil spill occurs, threatening the local wildlife and trapping Oliver in the harbor with no idea how to get back to his mother. Franklin, an excitable dachshund is also lost, separated from his owner Lucy when he scampered off to chase a squirrel.  Lucy is working with her marine biologist mother to save creatures in danger from the oil spill and searching for Franklin as well.   When their paths cross, Oliver and Franklin decide to band together as they journey through the Pacific Northwest in search of their families.  A sweet story of an unexpected  friendship for animal lovers of all ages. 

Planet Omar:  Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian

When Omar’s family moves to a new house and this ten-year-old must start the year at a new school, he is nervous because he thinks he will stick out as the new kid, especially since he is Muslim.  Luckily for him, however,  he has a great teacher and makes a new friend, Charlie, right away.  But Omar and Charlie become the target of a bully, Daniel, who seems to dislike Omar for no other reason than he is Muslim.  Worried about Daniel’s taunts such as “You better go back to your country before we kick you all out”, Omar doesn’t tell his mother about the bullying for fear that she will worry about him.  This book highlights the role that religion plays in Omar’s family and discusses their daily prayers, fasting and other rituals of Ramadan, and his mother’s commitment to wearing a hijab.  A wonderful choice that celebrates diversity and the importance of reaching out to others, even those who seem less than friendly.  

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat 

Years ago, the city of Chattana burned to the ground in a Great Fire that threw the region into chaos.  It is now under the strict control of a man known as the Governor, a ruler who restored peace to the city and magically powered it with glowing orbs that give light, heat, and power – orbs that are the only source of these allowed in Chattana.  Young Pong has lived his whole life in Namwon Prison where he was born.  When a chance to escape finds him wandering the city, he realizes that the world outside the prison is no fairer than the one behind bars.  Worst of all, Pong’s prison tattoo marks him as a fugitive who can never be truly free.  Pong’s escape has brought disgrace upon the prison’s warden and his daughter, Nok, unable to bear her father’s shame, embarks on a quest to find Pong and avenge her father’s reputation.  As she searches the alleys and canals of Chattana, Nok realizes that not everyone is happy with the Governor’s rule and she may need Pong’s help if justice is to prevail in their village.  Set in a fantasy version of Thailand, this story which is the author’s twist on Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables will appeal to the mature reader who appreciates a multi-layered tale of mystery and magic. 

The Boy Who Failed Show and Tell by Jordan Sonnenblick

In a hilarious and very relatable story inspired by the events of the author’s fourth grade year, Jordan has more problems than any kid should have to deal with.  His teacher seems out to get him, even when he’s trying to be good and is willing to fail him even on the simplest of things like show and tell.  His asthma keeps acting up, aggravated by the constant presence of the school bullies.  His pet snake has given birth to LOTS of babies and Jordan has to find homes for them.  His efforts to become the world’s best drummer aren’t going well and let’s not even talk about the freak swing set accident or the funniest class presentation ever.  A perfect book for kids who like a fast-paced, laugh out loud account of all that can go wrong in just one school year! 

Confessions From the Principal’s Kid by Robin Mellom

Fifth-grader Allie West feels like she’s living two different lives.  Her mother is the principal of her elementary school and her classmates are wary of letting her know anything she may tattle to her mom about.  After all, she lost a best friend over an incident like that.  After school, however, Allie knows lots of things about the school that most of the students don’t.  She’s friendly with the janitor, knows all the shortest routes around the building, helps the cafeteria ladies when no one else is around, and hangs out with the Afters, a group of kids whose parents are also teachers at the school.  When she decides to do anything it takes to join a popular math team led by her ex-best friend, Allie may have to betray the very students who have accepted her as one of their own.  A delightful look at what it means to be a kid who’s on the inside and outside of school at the same time. 

Crush Stuff by Lisi Harrison

In this sequel to Girl Stuff, Fonda, Drew and Ruthie are still finding their place at Poplar Middle School.  This year, Fonda is determined to get the principal to change the site of the annual seventh grade overnight field trip from a local farm to the more glamorous Catalina Island.  When other students hear of her plan, however, two of them have other options to propose.  Henry prefers Camp Pendleton and Ava believes she can arrange for the students to get on the set of a popular TV show.  When the three find themselves in a competition to get a majority of the seventh graders to back their choice, Fonda finds herself making promises she may not be able to keep.  Drew and Ruthie may be Fonda’s besties but they are distracted by their own issues to help her efforts.  Drew desperately wants to get the attention of a boy named Will.  Ruthie, desperate to get the money to buy a cell phone, takes a job tutoring her neighbor, but realizes he may not really need academic help after all.  Perfect for fans of the Babysitters Club titles, this pop culture story will keep even the most reluctant of readers turning the pages! 

The Amelia Six by Kristin Gray

Eleven-year-old Amelia “Millie” Ashford doesn’t realize how much adventure awaits her when she is selected to join five other inventive, science-minded girls in an overnight stay at the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum.  Once at this childhood home of the famous aviator, Millie stumbles upon a display of Amelia’s famous flight goggles which are soon to be relocated to a museum in Washington , D.C.   Her luck quickly changes, however, when the goggles go missing, and Millie was the last one to see them.  Suddenly, a fun night of scavenger hunts and sweet treats takes a nosedive into mystery and suspicion.  The gruff housekeeper, Edna, who doesn’t seem to know anything about running a household, the tattooed gourmet chef Perry who can’t cook, and the frail-looking Birdie who is the museum’s curator are suspects as are the six girls.  With a blizzard raging outside and a houseful of possible thieves to investigate, the girls must band together to find the culprit and unearth the motive for the theft.  Alongside details about Earhart, this book features female flight pioneers such as African-American Bessie Colman and deaf pilot Nelle Zabel Wilhite.  A perfect historical mystery for young readers. 

Halfway to Harmony by Barbara O’Connor

Ten-year-old Walter Tipple loves living in Harmony, Georgia, which is why he can’t understand why his older brother Tank was so eager to enlist in the Army and fight in the overseas war that took his life.  Now all Walter has to remember Tank by is his prized truck – which Walter runs faithfully for a few minutes each day – an unopened letter, and a strange recurring dream.  With his birthday approaching, Walter welcomes the distraction of new neighbor, a bossy and spunky girl named Posey.  When the two of them venture to a nearby creek to catch minnows, they find a stranger nicknamed Banjo who has been injured when he fell from his hot air balloon.  Banjo enlists the help of the two to recover and repair his damaged balloon in time to compete in a daring hot air balloon race.  As Walter begins to deal with his grief and Posey faces fears she has struggled to hide, the three adventurers are in for the thrill of their lives.  A heartfelt story of healing and friendship by the author of Wish and Wonderland.

The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street by Lauren Oliver

Cordelia Clay lives with her father, believed to be a veterinarian by their Boston neighbors, in a world where monsters are real.  As the two track down injured monsters of all kinds and nurse them back to health, their home on Cedar Street is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, diggles and other mythical creatures.  Knowing they must keep the people of Boston from finding out about these “monsters”, Cordelia and her father love the work they do.  One morning, however, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared – along with nearly all of the creatures!  With only a handful of clues and a cryptic note to guide her, she must set off to find out what has happened to her father and the creatures.  Luckily, she has the help of her new friend, Gregory, an orphan whose zuppy, a zombie puppy, she helped to save.  Joined by a farting filch and a baby dragon, this misfit band of detectives find  themselves infiltrating a traveling circus that may hold the key to the mystery of the monsters!  A fun –filled tale of mystery and adventure. 

My Life in the Fish Tank by Barbara Dee

Twelve-year-old Zinny Manning loves her three siblings, especially her usually lively older brother, Gabe.  But Gabe’s recent rebellious behavior has Zinny confused and even frightened.  When he is in a car accident, his follow-up treatment reveals that Gabe is suffering with bipolar disorder.  When Gabe enters a residential mental health facility, Zinny’s parents tell her that this is “family matter” and should not be discussed with others.  To make things even worse, Mom and Dad spend most of their days visiting Gabe and fighting with insurance companies, leaving Zinny and her siblings to fend for themselves.  Zinny’s friends don’t understand why she keeps pushing them away, and wonder what secret she is hiding.  With the help of a perceptive science teacher, a lunch club for students dealing with family challenges, and the wisdom of a family therapist, Zinny begins to understand the ways mental illness impacts not only the person diagnosed with a condition, but their family as well.  This is a timely story that addresses the prevalence of mental illness in the lives of students and helps them grapple with its effects.  

Stick With Me by Jennifer Blecher

Twelve-year-old Izzy is no longer best friends with Phoebe.  Instead, Phoebe has attached herself to the popular, but not very nice, Daphne.  Daphne makes a point of excluding Izzy who now seems to only have her drawing to keep her company.  To make matters worse, Izzy’s parents inform her that, for financial reasons, they will be moving to the apartment over their garage for a week because they’ve rented their house to a family from out of town.  Talented twelve-year-old figure skater, Wren, had planned to spend her school break focused on practice and private lessons in anticipation of an upcoming competition but must now go with her family to live in Izzy’s house while her little sister is in the hospital for surgery.  Four-year-old Hannah has epilepsy and this specialized procedure could change her life.  When the rental situation throws the girls together and their mothers sign them both up for a weeklong drama camp, these unlikely confidantes discover their unexpected friendship may make a week they had dreaded be pretty great after all.  A celebration of family and friendship perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Barbara O’Connor. 

Of a Feather by Dana Lorentz

Great horned owl Rufus is eight months old and still can’t hunt.  When his mother is hit by a car, he discovers just how dangerous the forest can be.  Rennie is a girl who has given up on adults, trusting no one but herself to get by.  With a mother who can no longer care for her, Rennie is sent to live with an aunt she has never met.  Yet this aunt has a wonderful secret – she’s a falconer who agrees to help her niece catch an injured passenger hawk in the wild and rehabilitate it.  When Rennie traps the bedraggled Rufus instead, his eyes lock onto her heart and they form a powerful friendship.  Can Rufus learn the skills he’ll need to survive in the wild?  Can Rennie love him enough to help him fly free?  This moving story told in alternating perspectives about a down-on-her-luck girl and an injured baby owl will be a perfect choice for lovers of stories about animal friendships and a curiosity about all things that fly. 

The Best of Iggy by Annie Barrows

Nine-year-old Iggy Frangi isn’t a bad kid, he’s really not.  He just lives by the motto “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time” and just doesn’t seem to ever take responsibility for his actions.  Whether it’s persuading Jeremy Greerson to jump off the roof onto a trampoline, raiding the family medicine cabinet for an overzealous prank, or racing classroom desks toward an unsuspecting fourth-grade teacher, all of Iggy’s escapades don’t seem nearly as dangerous to him as they do to his parents and teachers.  This first in a series about a high-energy but lovable troublemaker will keep even the most reluctant of readers reading after bedtime!

Graphic Novels

The Invasion:  Animorphs #1

Sometimes weird things happen to people.  Ask Jake.  He could tell you about the night he and his friends saw a strange light in the sky that seemed to be heading right for them.  That was the night five normal kids learned that humanity is under a silent alien attack and were given the power to fight back.  Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco can transform into some of the most dangerous creatures on Earth, a power they must use to outsmart an evil greater than anything the world has ever seen!  This graphic novel format of a best-selling science fiction series will keep readers in the midst of the action on every page. 

Perspectives:  Cat Kid Comic Club

In this newest book in the graphic novel series by the award-winning author and illustrator of the Dog Man books, learning to work together and appreciate the views of others are the focus.  Flippy, Molly, Li’l Petey and twenty one baby frogs each have something to say.  Naomi and Melvin don’t see eye to eye and Poppy perceives the world very differently than her siblings.  Will the baby frogs figure out how to get along in spite of their differences, both inside and outside the classroom?  A tale certain to be a new kid favorite! 

The Baby-Sitters Club:  Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye

Stacey McGill is moving back to New York!  That means no more Stoneybrook Middle School and worst of all …..no more Baby-sitters Club.  Stacey’s friends are crushed when they hear that Stacey is moving, especially Claudia, Stacey’s best friend.  What kind of going away present is good enough for someone so special?  And how will the Baby-sitters Club go on without Stacey?  Fans of this wildly popular graphic novel series won’t be disappointed in this newest tale.  

Baby-Sitter’s Little Sister:  Karen’s School Picture

In this spin-off of the popular Baby-Sitters Club series and featuring Kristy’s stepsister, Karen, younger readers can enjoy the graphic novel format along with stories perfect for them.  In this story, Karen has to get glasses!  She doesn’t want them, especially because school pictures are going to be taken soon.  When she picks out some pretty pink ones, however, she decides they make her look very grown-up.  But being teased by a classmate who calls her “Owl Girl” and “Googly Eyes” isn’t easy to handle.  Can Karen find the confidence to listen to own inner voice or will she give in to the taunts and ditch the glasses before picture day?  This story about self-acceptance is one young readers can all relate to.


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Food Fun:  An Activity Book for Young Chefs

With over 60 recipes, science experiments, hands-on activities and games all focused on baking, this “kitchen as a classroom” title is perfect for kids who want to explore all the aspects of food.  Does salt make sweet treats taste even sweeter?  Why do you have to let pizza dough rest before shaping it?  Can you tell the difference between cookies baked with white sugar and those baked with brown sugar?  With recipes for yummy treats like spiced applesauce muffins, cake pan pizza, blondies and more, this interactive workbook has the puzzles and word games that will keep kids learning and cooking in the kitchen. 

Who is Dale Earnhardt Jr.?

Rev your engines and get ready for this exciting new look at how Dale Earnhardt Jr. lived up to his family legacy and became one of the greatest professional stock car racing drivers in the world.  No one was surprised when Dale Earnhardt Jr. began his racing career at age seventeen.  His father and grandfather were professional racers, and he spent most of his childhood servicing cars at his dad’s dealership.  Now Dale was ready for his own turn in the driver’s seat.  He started out racing in the Street Stock division but would go on to win several NASCAR championships before retiring in 2017.  This biography explores his passion and dedication to the sport he loves and why he is considered one of the most popular professional drivers in the world. 

Scholastic Book of World Records 2022

This newest in the best-selling Book of World Records series is filled with new entries in pop culture, science, technology, nature, sports, medicine and more.  With hundreds of amazing facts, trends, current events and more, this is a reference book perfect for curious readers who want to know lots of things about lots of things! 

Pocket Genius Sports

Ever wonder which is the oldest sport? Or how the Olympics came into being?  What does a midfielder do in soccer?  The answers to these questions and more can be found in this pocket sized book for children.  With information about over 120 sports from across the world – from mountain biking and water sports to soccer and extreme sports – this sports guide is packed with illustrations, photographs, and text.  A must-have for young sports lovers of every game. 

The Deadliest Diseases:  Then and Now

Packed with graphics, photos and facts for curious minds, this book by award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson is a gripping look at pandemics through the ages.  Deadly pandemics have always been a part of history, from the plague known as the Great Mortality during the Middle Ages which killed over 25 million people to the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918 to the eruption of COVID-19 in our own time.  Many of these diseases might have seemed like events to only read about in the history books, but our experience with COVID has shown us how illness can change the world.  This fast-paced story is filled with facts, pictures and diagrams about diseases such as smallpox, polio and the flu as well as information about how humans fought these deadly epidemics – information that can help us fight the diseases of today.  Perfect for fans of the I Survived series!

Scholastic Year in Sports 2022

This ultimate book for young sports fans is back with the latest top sports stories.  Readers can get up close and personal with top athletes in baseball, basketball, football, soccer and more in this perfect book for sports fanatics of all ages!  The perfect reference book that entertains and educates fact-hungry readers. 

The Who Was? Trivia Book

What do you get when you mix Jeopardy-style fun facts with the subjects in the ever-popular Who Was? Series – The Who Was? Trivia Book!  Jam-packed with brain-busting questions about some favorite trailblazing figures throughout history, this quiz book is perfect for trivia contests, Who Was? super fans, classroom competitions and family fun nights.