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    guardian

    From the Publisher

    Fairies, dragons, wizards, and more await Geronimo on every magical Kingdom of Fantasy adventure!

    During Geronimo's training on the Balanced Path, he learned that Queen Blossom has had a baby! The Kingdom of Fantasy had a new princess named Winglet!But just after she was born, the princess was kidnapped from her crib in the castle. Geronimo must travel to the castle to help figure out who took Princess Winglet and return her to her loving parents as quickly as possible. Will his training be enough to get me up to the task?

     

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.3; AR Pts.: 1.0)

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    island

    From the Publisher
    When a family takes a boating trip, the last thing they expect is to be shipwrecked on an island-especially an island with weird, otherworldly plants and animals. Now, what started out as a bad vacation turns into a terrible one as Lyle, Karen, and their two kids, Janie and Reese, must find a way off the island while they dodge its strange and dangerous inhabitants. Is the island alive? Is it from another world? In this rousing, Swiss-Family-Robinson tale with a twist, the answers to these questions could save them... or spell their doom.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.3; AR Pts.: 1.0)

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    ship

    From the Publisher

    Fairies, dragons, wizards, and more await Geronimo on every magical Kingdom of Fantasy adventure!

    I, Geronimo Stilton, was called to the Kingdom of Fantasy for the tenth time! A fairy princess had called me there. She needed my help: The most powerful and dangerous wizard in the realm wanted to capture her - and conquer the entire kingdom!

    The wizard was hunting for special magical objects to increase his powers - fairy dust to make him fly, the precious gold of the gnomes, the dazzling egg of fire, and more. It was up to me to foil his plans, with the help of magical friends new and old. Could we save the Kingdom of Fantasy?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.3; AR Pts.: 3.0)

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    bone

    From the Publisher
    Return to the enthralling world of BONE with a new trilogy of novels, illustrated in full-color!

    Twelve-year-old Tom Elm is just an ordinary turnip farmer from the Valley, but he's always felt destined for something bigger. So when he discovers everyone in his village is asleep and plagued by nightmares, he assembles a band of unlikely heroes. They must fight to preserve the Spark-a divine light born at the core of a vast, dark nothingness called the Nacht. The Nacht is trying to permeate the Waking World with nightmares of the Dreaming, and it's Tom's mission to defeat the Nacht and its most loyal follower, the Constable. If he fails, his family-and everyone-might never wake up again.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.4; AR Pts.: 6.0)

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    cleo

    From the Publisher
    A funny, action-packed graphic novel featuring fifteen-year-old Cleopatra - yes, THAT Cleopatra - who's transported to the future and learns it's up to her to save the galaxy!

    When fifteen-year-old Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian.

    She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo's style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, while trying to figure out how she's going to get her homework done, make friends, avoid detention, and everything else that comes with being the future queen of the universe!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 3.0; AR Pts.: 0.5)

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    jacky

    From the Publisher:

    James Patterson's newest hilarious heroine returns in Jacky Ha-Ha: My Life Is a Joke, the sequel to the smash hit Jacky Ha-Ha---a #1 New York Timesbestseller!

    Jacky Hart has found a hidden talent in the performing arts, and she's a triple threat onstage! She wants nothing more than to act and sing all summer--but her parents have other plans for her. Jacky reluctantly signs up for a summer job in her resort town of Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where tourists come to enjoy the beach and fun carnival atmosphere.
     
    Now she has serious responsibilities like her job and babysitting her younger sisters, but Jacky longs to perform in the summer stock performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Can she handle all of her important commitments and still have fun with her friends--or will she learn that juggling isn't one of her many talents?
     
    James Patterson's middle grade jokester Jacky returns in this wild romp through summer in the Jersey Shore, featuring lively illustrations by French artist duo Kerascoet.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.3; AR Pts.: 6.0)

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    team

    From the Publisher

    Cassie must learn that you can't "fix" someone else after a girl with Aspergers joins her softball team in the fourth and final book of the Home Team series from New York Times bestselling author and sports-writing legend Mike Lupica.

    Cassie Bennett is great at being in charge. She always knows what to do to lead her teams to victory, keep her many groups of friends together, or fix any problem that comes her way. So when Sarah Milligan, an autistic girl with unreal softball skills, joins Cassie's team, Cassie's sure she can help her fit in with the team.

    But before long it's obvious that being around so many people is really hard for Sarah, and the more Cassie tries to reach out and involve her, the more Sarah pushes her away, sometimes literally. It doesn't help that Cassie's teammates aren't as interested in helping Sarah as they are in making sure they make it to the new softball All-Star Tournament that'll be televised just like the Little League World Series.

    Soon no one seems to even want Sarah on the team anymore besides Cassie, and the harder Cassie tries to bring everyone together, the worse things seem to get. Cassie Bennett never backs down from a challenge, but can she realize that maybe the challenge isn't fixing a problem in someone else, but in herself? Or will her stubbornness lead her to lose more than just softball games?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.9; AR Pts.: 8.0)

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    hello

    From the Publisher:

    Winner of the Newbery Medal

    "A charming, intriguingly plotted novel."--Washington Post

    Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

    Told from four intertwining points of view--two boys and two girls--the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). "Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits."--Booklist

    In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball.

    They aren't friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

    The acclaimed and award-winning author of Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls writes with an authentic, humorous, and irresistible tween voice that will appeal to fans of Thanhha Lai and Rita Williams-Garcia.

    "Readers across the board will flock to this book that has something for nearly everyone--humor, bullying, self-acceptance, cross-generational relationships, and a smartly fateful ending."--School Library Journal

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.7; AR Pts.: 6.0)

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    kids

    From the Publisher

    With more than 100 step-by-step recipes shown in full-color photographic detail, Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook will prove that healthy food can be fun! This cookbook is a lively collection of recipes for kids that encourages healthy eating and asks kids to consider what they eat and how it affects their bodies.

    Featuring everything from pizzas and burgers to tofu kebabs and seafood salads, each dish in Kids' Fun and Healthy Cookbook has been developed by an award-winning food writer to both nourish the body and tempt the taste buds. Step-by-step photographs help junior chefs through each recipe, and food fact sections highlight specific ingredients and detail what makes them nutritious.

    The recipes in this book will take kids through their day from start to finish. Make nourishing breakfasts like breakfast tortillas, fruit smoothies, and banana pancakes; create light meals like turkey burgers and minestrone; move on to main courses like chicken drumsticks and pesto pasta; and top it all off with desserts like tropical yogurt ice, apple muffins, cherry pies, and sunflower seed rolls. A fact-filled introductory section introduces concepts like fruits and veggies, starches, proteins, and fats and sugars, while a handy glossary at the end clarifies all the terms and phrases kids need to know.

    Get ready, get healthy, get cooking!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Not In AR Program)

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    harriet

    From the Publisher

    This special 50th Anniversary Edition of the classic and ground-breaking coming-of-age novel, Harriet the Spy, includes tributes by Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, Lois Lowry, Rebecca Stead, and many more, as well as a map of Harriet's New York City neighborhood and spy route and original author/editor correspondence.

    Using her keen observation skills, 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch writes down in her notebook what she considers the truth about everyone in and around her New York City neighborhood. When she loses track of her notebook, it ends up in the wrong hands, and before she can stop them, her friends read the sometimes awful things she's observed and written about each of them. How can Harriet find a way to keep her integrity and also put her life and her friendships back together?

    "I don't know of a better novel about the costs and rewards of being a truth teller, nor of any book that made more readers of my generation want to become fiction writers. I love the story of Harriet so much I feel as if I lived it." --Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.4; AR Pts.: 4.0)

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    hero

    From the Publisher

    James Patterson's bestselling Middle School series is now a major motion picture! Catch up with everyone's favorite troublemaker Rafe Khatchadorian when he gets lost in London on the worst field trip EVER!

    After a mostly-successful stint at Hills Valley Middle School, Rafe is excited to visit the incredible city of London with his class. Sightseeing around a foreign country sounds like a blast, until Rafe finds out his roommate will be none other than Miller the Killer, bully extraordinaire! Then Rafe is forced to work on a class project side by side with his crush Jeanne Galletta and her too-perfect boyfriend, which might be even more torturous than rooming with Miller. And it's no surprise that Rafe's bad luck follows him across the pond, putting him in one crazy situation after another--all under the watchful eye of his bad-tempered principal. Out of all of his adventures, this trip could prove to be Rafe's most embarrassing yet, undoing everything good he has going for him back home!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.4; AR Pts.: 4.0)

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    Aru

    From the Publisher

    Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?
    One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru's doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don't believe her claim that the museum's Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.
    But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it's up to Aru to save them.
    The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.7; AR Pts.: 12.0)

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    serpent

    From the Publisher
    MEET KIRANMALA:

    INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMON SLAYER

    (Only she doesn't know it yet.)

    On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey . . . until her parents mysteriously vanish and a drooling rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents' fantastical stories-like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess and how she comes from a secret place not of this world.

    To complicate matters, two crush-worthy princes ring her doorbell, insisting they've come to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and battle demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld and the Rakkhoshi Queen in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it . . .

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.2; AR Pts.: 10.0)

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    ink

    From the Publisher
    A beautifully written story of friendship, discovery, myths, and magic that the London Times called "reminiscent of fantasy greats such as Philip Pullman and Neil Gaiman." 

    Legends say that the island of Joya was once a place where songbirds sang in every tree and the islanders were free to come and go as they pleased. That was before the harsh-ruling Governor arrived, and ravens drove out the native birds. Now there are no songbirds, and the people are forbidden to travel beyond the forest that separates them from the rest of the island.
    But for Isabella, the legends of her island home have always seemed like more than just stories. And when a series of mysterious events shakes the community, it's Isabella--daughter to the island's only mapmaker--who will lead a party of explorers into the forest in search of answers. As the group ventures deeper and deeper into the island, dark secrets begin to surface, and the legends Isabella has listened to all these years show signs of coming to life.

    Debut novelist Kiran Millwood Hargrave draws on the cultural folklore of the Canary Islands in this richly told story of a girl's quest to map her own place in a world that legends alone have shaped.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts.: ) Coming soon to AR.

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    burning

    From the Publisher:

    The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.
     
    With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor--and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles--somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know.They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts.: ) Coming soon to AR.

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    between

    From the Publisher:

    Discover the remarkable true story of NFL star Ernie Barnes--a boy who followed his dreams and became one of the most influential artists of his generation--with this beautiful and fascinating nonfiction picture book illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier.

    "An artist paints his own reality." --Ernie Barnes

     Ernie Barnes was an NFL football player who longed to make art. Finally his dream came true.

    When Ernie Barnes was growing up in North Carolina in the 1940s, he loved to draw. Even when he played as a boy with his friends he drew with a stick in the mud. And he never left home without a sketchbook. He would draw families walking home from church, or the old man on the sofa. He drew what he saw.

    But in the segregated south, Ernie didn't know how to make a living as an artist. Ernie grew tall and athletic and became a football star. Soon enough the colleges came calling. Still, in his heart Ernie longed to paint. Would that day ever come?

    Ernie Barnes was one of the most important artists of his time known for his style of elongation and movement. His work has influenced a generation of painters and illustrators and can be found in museums and collections, such as the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the California African American Museum.

    Between the Lines is a story of inspiration, spirit, and of an American original who pursued his dream. This enchanting picture book includes pieces of artwork created by this little known artist who captured the truth and beauty of the world he saw around him.

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades K-3; Book Level: 4.0; AR Pts.: 0.5)

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    loki

    From the Publisher:
    Calling all fans of myths, action-adventure, and the Percy Jackson series - don't miss this first book in the Blackwell Pages trilogy from bestselling authors K.L. Armstrong and Melissa Marr.
     
    While thirteen-year-old Matt Thorsen has always known he's a modern-day descendent of Thor, he's been living a normal kid's life. In fact, most people in the small town of Blackwell, South Dakota, are direct descendants of either Thor or Loki, including Matt's classmates Fen and Laurie Brekke. No big deal.
     
    But now Ragnarok is coming, and it's up to the champions to fight in the place of the long-dead gods. Matt, Laurie, and Fen's lives will never be the same as they race to put together an unstoppable team, find Thor's hammer and shield, and prevent the end of the world.
     
    In their middle grade debut, bestselling authors K.L. Armstrong and Melissa Marr begin the epic Blackwell Pages series with this action-packed adventure, filled with larger-than-life legends, gripping battles, and an engaging cast of characters who bring the myths to life.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 5-8; Book Level: 4.4; AR Pts.: 10.0)

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    Girls who code

    From the Publisher:

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

    Part how-to, part girl-empowerment, and all fun, from the leader of the movement championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai, and John Legend.

    Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest--sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice--coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you're a girl who's never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, printed in bold two-color and featuring art on every page, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 5-8; Book Level: 6.7; AR Pts.: 4.0)

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    lucky

    From the Publisher:

    Winner of the 2018 Pura Belpre Award!

    "A book for anyone mending from childhood wounds."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street


    In this unforgettable multicultural coming-of-age narrative--based on the author's childhood in the 1960s--a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed. Ruthie's plight will intrigue readers, and her powerful story of strength and resilience, full of color, light, and poignancy, will stay with them for a long time.

    Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro's Cuba to New York City. Just when she's finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English--and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood's hopscotch queen--a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie's world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger and she comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.2; AR Pts.: 7.0)

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     Journey

    From the Publisher:

    The town of Journey's End may not literallybe at the end of the world, but it sure feels like it to Nolie Stanhope. Spending the summer with her scientist father in the tiny Scottish village isn't exactly Nolie's idea of a good time, but she soon finds a friend- native Journey's Ender Bel McKissick. While Nolie's father came to Journey's End to study the Boundary-a mysterious fog bank offshore-Bel's family can't afford to consider it a threat. The McKissick's livelihood depends on the tourists drawn by legends of a curse. Still, whether you believe in magic or science, going into the Boundary means you'll never come back. . . . Unless you do. Albert Etheridge, a boy who disappeared into the Boundary in 1914, suddenly returns-without having aged a day and with no memory of the past hundred years. Then the Boundary starts creeping closer to the town, threatening to consume everyone within. While Nolie's father wants to have the village evacuated, Bel's parents lead the charge to stay in Journey's End. Meanwhile, Albert and the girls look for ways to stop the encroaching boundary, coming across an ancient Scottish spell that requires magic, a quest, and a sacrifice.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 6.3; AR Pts.: 10.0)

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    school

    From the Publisher:

    Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy's older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

    Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it's not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it's strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

    Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

    Rachel Hawkins's delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!

    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and up; Book Level: 5.0; AR Pts.: 9.0)

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    max

    From the Publisher:

    From #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell comes the second book in an all-new series about Max Crumbly and his daily ups and downs in middle school.

    When we last left our hero, Max Crumbly, he had crash-landed on top of a Mighty Meat Monster pizza after taking a late night tumble through the vents at South Ridge Middle School--and he was completely surrounded by three ruthless criminals!

    Will Max be shredded to bits like mozzarella cheese on the hard and crunchy pizza crust of doom?

    Can his friend and sidekick, computer whiz Erin, help get him out of this sticky situation alive?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts.: 2.0)

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    baseball

    From the Publisher:

    Track the facts about baseball--with Jack and Annie!

    When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #29: A Big Day for Baseball, they had lots of questions. When was baseball invented? What are the rules? Who was Jackie Robinson? Who are some other baseball greats? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about America's national pastime.

    Filled with up-to-date information, photographs, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discover in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use the Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet Common Core text pairing needs.

    Have more fun with Jack and Annie on the Magic Tree House website at MagicTreeHouse.com!

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades K-3; Book Level: 5.2; AR Pts.: 1.0)

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    Kelsey  

    Kelsey Green, Reading Queen is the first book in Claudia Mills's Franklin School Friends series.

    From the Publisher:

    Kelsey Kline is the best reader in the third grade - well, maybe tied for best with know-it-all Simon Ellis. When the principal, Mr. Boone, announces a school-wide reading contest - complete with a pizza party for the winning class and a special certificate for the top readers in each grade - she knows she's just the person to lead Mrs. Molina's third graders to victory. But how can they win when her classmate Cody Harmon doesn't want to read anything, and even Kelsey's best friends Annika and Izzy don't live up to her expectations? And could Simon possibly be reading all of those books that he claims he is, or is he lying to steal Kelsey's rightful spot at the top?

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades K-3; Book Level: 4.7; AR Pts.: 2.0)

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    Hawkwing

    From the Publisher:

    An epic stand-alone adventure in Erin Hunter's #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series!

    Set just before the events of the books in A Vision of Shadows, this Super Edition follows Hawkwing, deputy of SkyClan, on a journey that will change the fate of all five warrior Clans.

    The cats of SkyClan are facing a darkness unlike any they have seen before. Their only hope is to seek out the kin of Firestar, the cat who once brought their Clan back from obscurity. But even if they find the other four warrior Clans, SkyClan's time in the gorge territory may truly be at an end....

    Join the legion of fans who have discovered the epic adventures, fierce warrior cats, and the thrilling fantasy world of the mega-bestselling Warriors series. This stand-alone entry is perfect for new readers and dedicated fans alike.

    Hawkwing's Journey also includes an exclusive ten-page Warriors manga adventure!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.6; AR Pts.: 16.0)

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    seventh

    From the Publisher:

    This "luminescent" (Kirkus Reviews) story of anger and art, loss and redemption will appeal to fans of Lisa Graff's Lost in the Sun and Vince Vawter's Paperboy.

    NOMINATED FOR 16 STATE AWARDS!
    AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK
    AN ILA TEACHERS CHOICE
    A KIRKUS REVIEWS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

    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 forever. 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 folk artist James Hampton, Shelley Pearsall has crafted an affecting and redemptive novel about discovering what shines within us all, even when life seems full of darkness.

    "A moving exploration of how there is often so much more than meets the eye." --Booklist, starred review

    "There are so many things to love about this book. Remarkable." --The Christian Science Monitor

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts.: 8.0)

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    refugee

    From the Publisher:
    JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

    ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

    MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

    All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

    This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.3; AR Pts.: 10.0)

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    Woolstonecraft

    From the Publisher:
    History, mystery, and science collide in a new series for middle-grade readers, perfect for fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society and Lemony Snicket!

    Jordan Stratford imagines an alternate 1826, where Ada Lovelace (the world's first computer programmer) and Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) meet as girls and form a secret detective agency!

    Lady Ada Byron, age eleven, is a genius. Isolated, awkward and a bit rude--but a genius. Mary Godwin, age fourteen, is a romantic. Adventurous, astute, and kind, Mary is to become Ada's first true friend. And together, the girls conspire to form the Wollstonecraft Detective Agency--a secret constabulary for the apprehension of clever criminals. Their first case involves a stolen heirloom, a false confession, and an array of fishy suspects. But it's no match for the deductive powers and bold hearts of Ada and Mary.

    Mystery fans will love this tween girl riff on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. History buffs will be delighted to see all the real figures who play a role in this story and appreciate the extensive backmatter that helps separate truth from fiction. Parents and educators hoping to promote the STEM fields for girls will be thrilled to have a series where two girls use math, science, and creative analytical thinking to solve crimes. But most especially--emerging readers will love this series filled with humor, action, intrigue and wonderful artwork from Kelly Murphy.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.6; AR Pts.: 5.0)

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    wishtree

    From the Publisher:

    The New York Times-bestselling story of kindness, friendship, and hope.

    Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.

    You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

    Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times-bestselling author Katherine Applegate at her very best--writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.

    This book has Common Core connections.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.2; AR Pts.: 3.0 )

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    sky

    From the Publisher:
    Adventure awaits in the Five Kingdoms-come and claim it in this start to a new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.

    Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

    After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them-and ends up in The Outskirts.

    The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It's an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

    And once you come to the Outskirts, it's very hard to leave.

    With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it's up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home...before his existence is forgotten.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.4; AR Pts.: 14.0 )

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     HF

    From the Publisher:

    Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award-nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers!

    Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math...really good.

    They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.

    In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.

    "Finally, the extraordinary lives of four African American women who helped NASA put the first men in space is available for picture book readers," proclaims Brightly in their article "18 Must-Read Picture Books of 2018." "Will inspire girls and boys alike to love math, believe in themselves, and reach for the stars."

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades K-3; Book Level: 5.8; AR Pts.: 0.5 )

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    Babymouse 19

    From the Publisher:

    Wanted: Expert babysitter. Babymouse will finally have enough money to buy cool stuff! All she has to do is take care of a few kids. No problem! Who's more responsible than Babymouse? She's practically Mary Poppins! (Okay, maybe that's going a little too far.) Will Babymouse be the ultimate sitter? Or will triplets mean triple trouble? Find out in Bad Babysitter--the nineteenth laugh-out-loud installment of the beloved Babymouse graphic novel series. BONUS PAGE: Learn to draw a character!

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades K-3; Book Level: 2.3; AR Pts.: 0.5 )

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    Babymouse 20

    From the Publisher:

    Babymouse has big dreams . . . and wet whiskers. She has joined the swim team and is ready to dive in. Next stop, the Olympics! But competitive sports aren't really her strong suit. Will hard work and determination earn her a gold medal?

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades K-3; Book Level: 2.3; AR Pts.: 0.5 )

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    Jack And The Geniuses Series: New York Times bestselling authors Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Mone take middle-grade readers on a scientific adventure in the launch of this exciting new chapter book series, Jack and the Geniuses. The perfect combination to engage and entertain readers, the series features real-world science along with action and a mystery that will leave kids guessing until the end, making these books ideal for STEM education.

    Jack1

    Traveling to Antarctica for a prestigious science competition, twelve-year-old Jack and his genius foster siblings, Ava and Matt, become caught up in a mystery involving a missing scientist.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.7; AR Pts.: 7.0 )

    Jack2

    From the Publisher:
    In the second installment of Bill Nye'sJack and the Geniusesseries, Jack, his brilliant siblings, and Dr. Hank Witherspoon go on an adventure to the remote Hawaiian island home of Ashley Hawking, a technology billionaire. Hawking and engineer Rosa Morris have built a revolutionary electricity plant that harvests energy from the deep ocean, but someone has been sabotaging the project. In their search for the culprit, Jack and crew venture 2,000 feet below the surface in a homemade submarine, get trapped in an underwater lab, attend the world's strangest birthday party, and find themselves lost at sea. This fast-paced mystery forces Jack and his siblings to use all their brainpower and cunning to survive and find out who's behind the sabotage. Like volume one, it includes a glossary of terms and inventions found in the book, as well as an experiment that kids can do at home or in the classroom.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts.: 9.0 )

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    amazing

    From the Publisher:

    A behind-the-scenes exploration of a master builder's body of work--for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.

    Internationally celebrated artist Sean Kenney creates his art with LEGO bricks. Acclaimed by PBS Arts and BBC Arts, Sean has five global touring exhibits of his work and is recognized as one of the greatest builders in the world. Here is a personalized compendium that features an in-depth look at Sean's magnificent creations, from animals, vehicles, and architecture to baseball, robots, and much more. This book is for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages.

    Not in Accelerated Reader Program.

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    Dream Jumper

    From the Publisher:

    Ben confronts a whole new nightmare, in this second exciting installment of the Dream Jumper series!

    Ben and Jake are back for more! With the Dream Jumper business making them some serious money, all seems to be going great. But Ben is put to the test in a way he never saw coming when a new and formidable foe invades his nightmares. With Jake backing him up and a mysterious newcomer in the Dream World, Ben may have a chance to overcome this new evil. He just has to keep his friends safe long enough to figure out how!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.6; AR Pts.: 1 ) 

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     code

    From the Publisher:

    Heed the call of the wild...discover the second book in this action-packed animal fantasy series from the #1 bestselling author of Warriors!

    ★ "Deep characters, a complex plot, rich mythology, and a stunning setting. Wild and wonderful." --Kirkus Reviews

    Set in the African savannah and told from three different animals' points of view, Bravelands will thrill readers who love Spirit Animals and Wings of Fire, as well as the legion of dedicated fans who've made Erin Hunter a bestselling phenomenon.

    A baboon who has uncovered an act of treachery.

    An elephant uncertain of her fate.

    A lion poised to strike.

    The code of the wild has been broken. The elephant leader known as Great Mother has been murdered. And Bravelands is on the edge of chaos. Now a young baboon, elephant, and lion must come together to discover the truth--before the fragile balance of Bravelands is destroyed forever.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level:  ; AR Pts.: ) Coming to AR soon.

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    Five

    From the Publisher

    Adventure awaits in the Five Kingdoms-come and claim it in this start to a new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fablehaven and Beyonders series.

    Cole Randolph was just trying to have a fun time with his friends on Halloween (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But when a spooky haunted house turns out to be a portal to something much creepier, Cole finds himself on an adventure on a whole different level.

    After Cole sees his friends whisked away to some mysterious place underneath the haunted house, he dives in after them-and ends up in The Outskirts.

    The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms that lie between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. It's an in-between place. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from our world, or from other worlds.

    And once you come to the Outskirts, it's very hard to leave.

    With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, it's up to Cole and an unusual girl named Mira to rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home...before his existence is forgotten.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.4 ; AR Pts.: 14.0)

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    Swing

    From the Publisher:

    The highly anticipated sequel to the bestselling Sunny Side Up ? full of just as much heart and just as many laughs!

    Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time.

    Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing . . . but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him . . . because he's changed.

    Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.4 ; AR Pts.: 0.5)

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    Hidden

    From the Publisher:

    Now in a special 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. Soon to be a major motion picture.

    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.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 8.2 ; AR Pts.: 6.0)

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    Search For Treasure

    From the Publisher:

    Geronimo's sixth magical expedition to the Kingdom of Fantasy!

    I, Geronimo Stilton, was shocked to find myself back in the Kingdom of Fantasy for a sixth time. I was needed to fulfill the Ancient Gemstone Prophecy!

    The evil empress of the witches was after the Royal Sapphire. If she united it with her Royal Ruby, it would give her immense power. The entire Kingdom of Fantasy was in danger! It was up to me to find the two gemstones first, with the help of new friends - and this time, I had to travel in disguise. Cheese niblets! What an incredible journey!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.9 ; AR Pts.: 4.0)

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    Van Gogh

    From the Publisher:

    Dan Brown meets Jason Bourne in this riveting middle-grade mystery thriller. When a young boy is discovered in Washington DC's National Gallery without any recollection of who he is, so begins a high-stakes race to unravel the greatest mystery of all: his identity.

    As the stakes continue to rise, the boy must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted. Digitally interactive, this breathtaking museum mystery offers QR codes woven throughout the book that bring renowned paintings to readers' fingertips.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.4 ; AR Pts.: 9.0)

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    Malala

    From the Publisher

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

    On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

    Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

    I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

     

    (Interest Level: UG - Grades 6 and up; Book Level: 7.1; AR Pts.: 16)

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     Treasure Hunters

    From the Publisher

    Gear up for an exciting new adventure with the thrill-seeking Kidds as they search for a missing city in South America made entirely of gold!

    When Bick and Beck Kidd find a hidden trove of pirate treasure, it includes a map with clues to an even bigger score: the lost Incan city of Paititi. But treasure hunting is never easy--and when the map is stolen, the Kidds must rely on Storm's picture-perfect memory to navigate the dangerous Amazon jungle. Watch out for that nest of poisonous snakes!

    To save the Amazon rainforest and stop a Peruvian tribe from losing their home, the Kidds must unlock the secrets to the missing map and find the fabled city of Paititi...before the bad guys find it first. The race is on!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.8; AR Pts.: 6.0).

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    Story Thieves

    From the Publisher

    This “clever opener likely to leave readers breathless both with laughter and anticipation” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) is the first in the New York Times bestselling [five book] series from the author of the Half Upon a Time trilogy.

    Life is boring when you live in the real world, instead of starring in your own book series. Owen knows that better than anyone, what with the real world’s homework and chores.

    But everything changes the day Owen sees the impossible happen—his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. It turns out Bethany’s half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

    Bethany can’t let anyone else learn her secret, so Owen makes her a deal: All she has to do is take him into a book in Owen’s favorite Kiel Gnomenfoot series, and he’ll never say a word. Besides, visiting the book might help Bethany find her father…

    …Or it might just destroy the Kiel Gnomenfoot series, reveal Bethany’s secret to the entire world, and force Owen to live out Kiel Gnomenfoot’s final (very final) adventure.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts.: 11)

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    All Four Stars    

    From the Publisher - An Amazon Best Book of the Month: July 2014. An Amazon Editors’ Pick for Middle Grade Summer Reading. 
    “A scrumptious gem of a story!”—Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The False Prince

    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 kitchen 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?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 6.0; AR Pts.: 9)
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    north       From the Publisher - As he continued to stare, I wanted to point to my cheek and remind him, but you were the one who wanted this, remember? You're the one who asked-and I repeat-why not fix your face?

    It's hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

    She's tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably "flawed" face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob's path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?

    Written in lively, artful prose, award-winning author Justina Chen Headley has woven together a powerful novel about a fractured family, falling in love, travel, and the meaning of true beauty.

    (Interest Level: UG - Grades 9-12; Book Level:5.9; AR Pts.: 17)
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    Akex Rider  

    From the Publisher

    The final book in the #1 bestselling Alex Rider series with over 6 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

    Alex Rider’s life changed forever with the silent pull of a trigger.

    When Ian Rider died at the hands of the assassin Yassen Gregorovich, Alex, ready or not, was thrust into the world of international espionage—the world’s only teenage spy. Alex vowed revenge against Yassen and the two have battled ever since.Yet, years ago, it was none other than Alex’s own father who trained and mentored Yassen, turning him into the killer he would eventually become.

    What makes us choose evil? Why did one boy choose to kill while another chose to risk his life to save others? In some ways, Alex Rider and Yassen Gregorovich are mirror images of each other. Yet the paths they traveled turned them into mortal enemies.

    This is Yassen’s story. A journey down a darkened path.

    International #1 bestseller Anthony Horowitz delivers a blockbuster thrill ride in this, his final Alex Rider novel. Perfect for young fans of James Bond.
     
    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 4-8; Book Level:5.4; AR Pts.: 15)
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    The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

    From the Publisher - A modern classic in the making reminiscent of the Penderwicks series,TheVanderbeekers of 141st Street is about the connections we make and the unexpected turns life can take.


    The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 6 and up; Book Level: 5.3; AR Pts: 7)

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    I Survived AR  

    From the Publisher - Hundreds of American soldiers were already dead. Battlefields in Massachusetts and New York were soaked in the blood of American patriots. And 11-year-old Nathaniel Knox was in the midst of it all, trapped in a swamp and fighting for his life.


    The air was thick with smoke and gunpowder. Bleeding soldiers screamed in agony. Through the trees, Nate saw the line of British redcoat soldiers - at least 100 men. Their blood-colored uniforms seemed to glow in the smoky haze. Gunfire blasted all around him. Nate knelt behind a rock, gripping his gun with shaking hands.

    The American Revolution had started as a glorious struggle for freedom. America was determined to tear itself away from England, out of the grips of King George III. The thirteen American colonies would become a brand new country: The United States of America!

    But King George was like a snake with America gripped in his fangs - and he didn't want to let go.

    So now it was war - brutal, bloody war.

     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.6; AR Pts: 2.0 ) 
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    Face Like Glass  

    From Publishers Weekly - An amnesiac girl named Neverfell is thrust into court politics she can't begin to understand in this complex, claustrophobic, and deeply compelling novel, originally published in the U.K. in 2012. The citizens of the maze-like underground city of Caverna have turned the production of food and other goods into decadent art, with "wines that rewrote the subtle book of memory, cheeses that brought visions... perfumes that ensnared the mind, and balms that slowed ageing to a crawl." Additionally, no one born in Caverna has the ability to show natural facial expressions, so Face-smiths teach citizens artificial ones with names like "In Contemplation of Verdigris" or "An Ode to Peppermint." Neverfell's face, however, reveals true, unguarded emotion-something terrifyingly alien in Caverna. Hardinge (The Lie Tree) has created a world of great affectation and pretense, as well as visceral danger; poisonings and blithely ordered executions are persistent threats. Hardinge's characteristically lush and sophisticated language will entrance readers, and she makes wonderful use of her singular setting and wildly eccentric cast to pose haunting questions about reality, artifice, and the things we attempt to conceal.

    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and up; Book Level: 6.6; AR Pts: 23) 

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    Perfect

    From the Publisher - From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt and its sequels comes The Perfect Score, a new middle-grade school story with a very special cast of unforgettable characters who discover that getting the perfect score--both on the test and in life--is perhaps not so perfect after all.


    No one likes or wants to take the statewide assessment tests. Not the students in Mrs. Woods's sixth-grade class. Not even Mrs. Woods. It's not as if the kids don't already have things to worry about. . . .

    Under pressure to be the top gymnast her mother expects her to be, RANDI starts to wonder what her destiny truly holds. Football-crazy GAVIN has always struggled with reading and feels as dumb as his high school-dropout father. TREVOR acts tough and mean, but as much as he hates school, he hates being home even more. SCOTT's got a big brain and an even bigger heart, especially when it comes to his grandfather, but his good intentions always backfire in spectacular ways. NATALIE, know-it-all and aspiring lawyer, loves to follow the rules--only this year, she's about to break them all.

    The whole school is in a frenzy with test time approaching--kids, teachers, the administration. Everyone is anxious. When one of the kids has a big idea for acing the tests, they're all in. But things get ugly before they get better, and in the end, the real meaning of the perfect score surprises them all.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts: ) Coming to AR soon.

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    Heartless

    From the Publisher - Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

    Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

    Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

    In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    (Interest Level: UG - Grades 9-12; Book Level: 5.6; AR Pts: 20) 

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    Darkest

    From the Publisher - Erin Hunter's #1 bestselling Warriors series continues in A Vision of Shadows #4: Darkest Night. 

    SkyClan has returned to its rightful place among the other four warrior Clans, hoping to find a new territory to call home. But not every cat is convinced that this is where SkyClan belongs--and the fate of all five warrior Clans remains uncertain.

    Full of epic adventure and thrilling intrigue, this fifth Warriors series is the perfect introduction for readers new to the Warriors world--while for dedicated fans, it's a long-awaited return to the era of Bramblestar's ThunderClan, after the events of Omen of the Stars.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.2; AR Pts: 10) 

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    Getaway

    From the Publisher - Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.

    With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.

    But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level:5.4 ; AR Pts:3.0 ) Coming to AR soon.

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    Race

    From the Publisher - #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed MR. LEMONCELLO adventure!

    On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO!

    Everyone's favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race--by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello's corporate banana jet!--to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes! But when a few surprising "facts" surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once! Could Kyle's hero be a fraud? It's winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire!

    Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle!), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello's commercials say, IS IT FUN? . . . HELLO! IT'S A LEMONCELLO!

    * "An ode to libraries and literature that is a worthy successor to the original madman puzzle-master himself, Willy Wonka." --Booklist, Starred, on Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

    "Just as much of an adventure as the first." --The Washington Post, on Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.3; AR Pts: 7.0)  

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    Laura

    From the Publisher - A life on the prairie is not all its cracked up to be for one girl whose mom takes her love of the Little House series just a bit too far.

    Charlotte's mom has just moved the family across the country to live in Walnut Grove, "childhood home of pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder." Mom's idea is that the spirit of Laura Ingalls will help her write a bestselling book. But Charlotte knows better: Walnut Grove is just another town where Mom can avoid responsibility. And this place is worse than everywhere else the family has lived--it's freezing in the winter, it's small with nothing to do, and the people talk about Laura Ingalls all the time. Charlotte's convinced her family will not be able to make a life on the prairie--until the spirit of Laura Ingalls starts getting to her, too.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.1; AR Pts: 8.0)

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    Lie

    From the Publisher - Read this thought-provoking, critically acclaimed novel (6 starred reviews!!!) from Frances Hardinge, winner of the Costa Book of the Year, Costa Children's Book Award, and Horn Book-Boston Globe Award.


    Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is reliable, dull, trustworthy--a proper young lady who knows her place as inferior to men. But inside, Faith is full of questions and curiosity, and she cannot resist mysteries: an unattended envelope, an unlocked door. She knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing. She knows that her family moved to the close-knit island of Vane because her famous scientist father was fleeing a reputation-destroying scandal. And she knows, when her father is discovered dead shortly thereafter, that he was murdered.
     
    In pursuit of justice and revenge, Faith hunts through her father's possessions and discovers a strange tree. The tree bears fruit only when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit of the tree, when eaten, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father's murder--or it may lure the murderer directly to Faith herself. Frances Hardinge is the author of many acclaimed novels, including Cuckoo Song, which earned five starred reviews.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 6.4; AR Pts: 17) 

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     disappeared

    From the Publisher:

    Four Months Ago 

    Sara Zapata's best friend disappeared, kidnapped by the web of criminals who terrorize Juarez.

    Four Hours Ago
    Sara received a death threat - and with it, a clue to the place where her friend is locked away.

    Four Weeks Ago
    Emiliano Zapata fell in love with Perla Rubi, who will never be his so long as he's poor.

    Four Minutes Ago
    Emiliano got the chance to make more money than he ever dreamed - just by joining the web.

    In the next four days, Sara and Emiliano will each face impossible choices, between life and justice, friends and family, truth and love. But when the web closes in on Sara, only one path remains for the siblings: the way across the desert to the United States.

    (Interest Level: UG - Young Adult; Book Level: 4.6; AR Pts: 12)  

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     cuckoo

    From the Publisher - Read this thought-provoking, critically acclaimed novel from Frances Hardinge, winner of the Costa Book of the Year and Costa Children's Book Awards for The Lie Tree.

    When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry, her sister seems scared of her, and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out. Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest to find the truth she must travel into the terrifying underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family--before it's too late . . .

    Set in England after World War I, this is a brilliantly creepy but ultimately loving story of the relationship between two sisters who have to band together against a world where nothing is as it seems.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 6.0; AR Pts: 19) 

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    Dork 12  

    From the Publisher

    Nikki Maxwell's adventures continue in the twelfth installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

    In Nikki Maxwell's newest diary, it's the countdown to the end of the school year, and Nikki's juggling some big questions about how she'll spend her summer. She's also facing an unexpected crush catastrophe--there's a new kid interested in Nikki, but the last thing she wants to do is accidentally hurt Brandon! It all comes down to a big decision Nikki has to make, and drama like she's never faced before!

    (Interest Level: MG; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts: 3.0)

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    never  

    From the Publisher - The world's greatest teen spy is back in action in a thrilling new mission: destroy once and for all the terrorist organization SCORPIA. Americans may have purchased more than 6 million copies of Alex's adventures, but now, more than ever, we all need his heroics.


    Following the events of Scorpia Rising, Alex relocates to San Francisco as he slowly recovers from the tragic death of his best friend and caregiver, Jack Starbright, at the hands of terrorists working for SCORPIA. With Jack gone, Alex feels lost and alone, but then, out of the blue, he receives a cryptic email--just three words long, but enough to make Alex believe that Jack may be alive. Armed with this shred of hope, Alex boards a flight bound for Egypt and embarks on a dubious quest to track Jack down.

    Yet SCORPIA knows Alex's weakness. And the question of whether Jack is alive soon takes a backseat to a chilling new terrorist plot--one that will play with Alex's mind as he grasps the magnitude of what is at stake.

    From Egypt to France to Wales, from luxury yachts to abandoned coal mines, Alex traverses a minefield of dangers and cryptic clues as he fights to discover the truth. The #1 New York Times bestselling series, perfect for fans of James Bond and Jason Bourne, is back with a vengeance!

    Praise for Never Say Die

    "Once again amid races, chases, hails of bullets, and increasingly spectacular explosions, the teenage James Bond pulls off one awesome feat of derring-do after another. [This] fresh caper . . . roars along to a (naturally) explosive climax."--Booklist

    "In his usual breakneck fashion, Horowitz whisks Alex from one improbable situation to another . . . this installment is sure to please Alex's legions of fans."--Kirkus Reviews

    (Interest Level: MG+ Grades 6 & up; Book Level: 5.4; AR Pts: 14.0) 

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    ship  

    From the Publisher - Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough?

    Loki is free from his chains. He's readying Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, complete with a host of giants and zombies, to sail against the Asgardian gods and begin the final battle of Ragnarok. It's up to Magnus and his friends to stop him, but to do so they will have to sail across the oceans of Midgard, Jotunheim, and Niflheim in a desperate race to reach Naglfar before it's ready to sail. Along the way, they will face angry sea gods, hostile giants, and an evil fire-breathing dragon. Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god?

    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and up; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts: 15 ) 

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    American  

    From the Publisher - Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

    Jin Wang starts at a new school where he's the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn't want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he's in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee's annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny's reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He's ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there's no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They're going to have to find a way--if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.

    American Born Chinese is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature, the winner of the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album: New, an Eisner Award nominee for Best Coloring, a 2007 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and aNew York Times bestseller.

    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and Up; Book Level: 3.3; AR Pts: 1.0)

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    rules  

    From the Publisher
    This 2007 Newbery Honor Book is a humorous and heartwarming debut about feeling different and finding acceptance. Now in After Words paperback!

    Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"---in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors.
    But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 3.9; AR Pts: 4.0)

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    slacker  

    From the Publisher - Gordon Korman is back, and raising slacking off to a level of high art!

    Cameron Boxer is very happy to spend his life avoiding homework, hanging out with his friends, and gaming for hours in his basement. It's not too hard for him to get away with it . . . until he gets so caught up in one game that he almost lets his house burn down around him.

    Oops.

    It's time for some serious damage control-so Cameron and his friends invent a fake school club that will make it seem like they're doing good deeds instead of slacking off. The problem? Some kids think the club is real-and Cameron is stuck being president.

    Soon Cameron is part of a mission to save a beaver named Elvis from certain extinction. Along the way, he makes some new friends-and some powerful new enemies. The guy who never cared about anything is now at the center of everything . . . and it's going to take all his slacker skills to win this round.

     

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.2; AR Pts: 7.0)

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    valhalla  

    From the Publisher - So you've made it to Valhalla. Now what?

    This "who's who" guide to the gods, goddesses, and other important figures of Norse mythology was commissioned by Helgi, who, after more than a millennium as manager of Hotel Valhalla, became fed up with answering the same questions from newly deceased heroes at check-in. The profiles provide essential stats, interviews, and personal reflections so you can identify the gods and avoid those awkward introductions. Handy facts about other beings round out this go-to tome. You'll never see Ratatosk as a cute little rodent or confuse a dwarf with an elf ever again!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.4; AR Pts: 3.0)

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     miss  

    From the Publisher - The #1 New York Times Best Seller is now a major motion picture from visionary director Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Judi Dench. 

    A mysterious island.
    An abandoned orphanage.
    A strange collection of very curious photographs.

    It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow--impossible though it seems--they may still be alive. ??A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

    (Interest Level: UG - Grades 9-12; Book Level: 5.7; AR Pts: 13.0)

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    hollow  

    From the Publisher - September 3, 1940. Ten peculiar children flee an army of deadly monsters. And only one person can help them--but she's trapped in the body of a bird. The extraordinary journey that began in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children continues as Jacob Portman and his newfound friends journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. There, they hope to find a cure for their beloved headmistress, Miss Peregrine. But in this war-torn city, hideous surprises lurk around every corner. And before Jacob can deliver the peculiar children to safety, he must make an important decision about his love for Emma Bloom. Like its predecessor, this second novel in the Peculiar Children series blends thrilling fantasy with vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

    "A stunning achievement . . Hollow City is even richer than Riggs's imaginative debut, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children"--Boston Globe

    (Interest Level: UG - Grades 9-12; Book Level: 5.7; AR Pts: 15.0)

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    library  

    From the Publisher:

    A New York Times #1 best seller

    A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.

    The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he's diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

    They'll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil's Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It's a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

    (Interest Level: UG - Grades 9-12; Book Level: 5.6; AR Pts: 18.0)

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    camp  From the Publisher - In response to an awful camp orientation video created by the god Apollo, Percy Jackson and other residents of Camp Half-Blood answer such questions as "What is this place?" and "Do I get to keep the T-shirt?" Newbies can check out the section on the Divine Cabins, read up on Magical Landmarks, and consult the chapter of Training Arenas. But Camp Half-Blood Confidential explores much more than just the buildings and grounds. It includes info that can only be learned from those who live there. For instance, campers do not always co-exist in peace and harmony. The camp is not run with superior efficiency. Prophecies do not flow forth with great regularity. Sprinkled throughout are stories from heroes who have called Camp Half-Blood home or just passed through on their way to places unknown. Chiron himself introduces the book with a brief history of training based on his millennia of experience. And, of course, there are divine words of wisdom from the god Apollo himself, because . . . well, because the demigod authors would prefer not to be struck down, thank you very much.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.5; AR Pts: 3.0)

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    infinity  From the Publisher - The New York Times bestselling series returns . . . and so does acclaimed author Matt de la Pena!

    Dak Smyth and Sera Froste are heroes. They fixed the Great Breaks in history, setting the world on its proper course at last. Or did they? Strange things are happening in the present, and it all points to more trouble in the past. But the time travelers have no idea why the SQ is so interested in a Chinese alchemist, the trial of Galileo, or a Russian dog named Laika. With the clock ticking and no Historians to help them, this time Dak and Sera may not be able to fix what has been broken. . . .

    Real history and a daring mystery collide in Matt de la Pena's triumphant return to the series. Can YOU figure out the historical chain of events that has been broken?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.5; AR Pts: 6.0)

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     From the Publisher - The final, thrilling conclusion to #1 New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz's masterful series!

    Matt. Pedro. Scott. Jamie. Scar. Five Gatekeepers have finally found one another. And only the five of them can fight the evil force that is on the rise, threatening the destruction of the world

    In the penultimate volume of The Gatekeepers series, a massive storm arose that signaled the beginning of the end. Now the five Gatekeepers must battle the evil power the storm has unleashed - and strive to stop the world from ending.

    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and up; Book Level: 5.3; AR Pts: 31.0)

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     From the Publisher - In the fourth volume of the New York Times bestselling Books of Elsewhere series, Olive thought she had uncovered all the house's secrets. She was wrong.

    It's Halloween night when strangers come to Linden Street . . . and something absolutely vital to Olive goes missing. To what lengths will she go to get it back? Can she trust the strangers? Will she turn to a new and dangerous magic within the paintings of Elsewhere? Or will Olive put her faith in her own worst enemies to save the people and home she loves?

    The stakes grow higher, the secrets more dangerous, and mystery and magic abound as Olive, the boys, and the magical cats uncover the true nature of the old stone house on Linden Street.

    A must-read fantasy series for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.4; AR Pts: 9.0)

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     From the Publisher - Erin Hunter's #1 bestselling Warriors series continues in A Vision of Shadows #3: Shattered Sky. This edition includes a double-sided jacket with a bonus poster!

    ShadowClan has fallen. A group of rogues now rules the pine forest, and their cruel leader, Darktail, will not stop until he has conquered the rest of the Clans. Alderheart is more certain than ever that their only hope is to find the lost SkyClan and fulfill StarClan's prophecy--before Darktail's vicious reign puts an end to the warrior Clans forever.

    Full of epic adventure and thrilling intrigue, this fifth Warriors series is the perfect introduction for readers new to the Warriors world--while for dedicated fans, it's a long-awaited return to the era of Bramblestar's ThunderClan, after the events of Omen of the Stars.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.9; AR Pts: 11.0)

     

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     From the Publisher - Master storyteller Gordon Korman balances humor and heart in this reinvention story about a bully who must come to terms with who he was and what kind of person he wants to become.

    Chase Ambrose forgets everything after falling off a roof and losing consciousness. He forgets his name. He forgets his parents. He forgets what he was doing up there on that roof. And he forgets that he's the biggest bully at Hiawassee Middle School, along with his two best buddies Aaron and Bear.

    Chase is shocked to learn how he bullied and tormented kids at school. He ruined lives. One kid left town because of him. And worst of all, even his little half-sister is terrified of him. Was he really such a monster? Determined to reinvent himself, Chase joins video club and befriends some of the kids who used to consider him a number-one enemy.

    But some people aren't so quick to forgive and forget. Can Chase really change who he is? Or will the old him merely come back over time?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts: 9.0)

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     From the Publisher - Zeus has punished his son Apollo--god of the sun, music, archery, poetry, and more--by casting him down to earth in the form of a gawky, acne-covered sixteen-year-old mortal named Lester. The only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark. What is affecting the Oracles, and how can Apollo/Lester do anything about them without his powers?

    After experiencing a series of dangerous--and frankly, humiliating--trials at Camp Half-Blood, Lester must now leave the relative safety of the demigod training ground and embark on a hair-raising journey across North America. Somewhere in the American Midwest, he and his companions must find the most dangerous Oracle from ancient times: a haunted cave that may hold answers for Apollo in his quest to become a god again--if it doesn't kill him or drive him insane first. Standing in Apollo's way is the second member of the evil Triumvirate, a Roman emperor whose love of bloodshed and spectacle makes even Nero look tame. To survive the encounter, Apollo will need the help of son of Hephaestus Leo Valdez, the now-mortal sorceress Calypso, the bronze dragon Festus, and other unexpected allies--some familiar, some new--from the world of demigods. Come along for what promises to be a harrowing, hilarious, and haiku-filled ride. . . .
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.3; AR Pts: 14.0)
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     From the Publisher - In a courageous debut novel, Holly M. McGhee explores the loss that shakes one girl's world -- and the unexpected consequences of the things we do for love.

    Sussy and Guy are best friends, fourth-graders who share their silliest thoughts and deepest hopes. One afternoon, the two of them decide they must have something of their very own to love. After a trip to the pet store, they bring home a spotted lizard, the one with the ancient face and starfish toes, and they name her Matylda (with a y so it's all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. But in a startling turn of events, Sussy reconsiders what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda's. By turns both devastating and buoyant, this story is a brave one, showing how far we can justify going for a real and true friend.
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: ; AR Pts: ) (Not yet in AR Program)
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     From the Publisher - Future scientist Madeline Little is dreading the start of middle school. Nothing has been right since her grandfather died and her best friend changed schools. Maddie would rather help her father in his research lab or write Standard Operating Procedures in her lab notebook than hang out with a bunch of kids who aren't even her friends. Despite Maddie's reluctance, some new friends start coming her way--until they discover what she's written in that secret notebook. And that's just part of the trouble. Can this future scientific genius find the formula for straightening out her life?
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.6; AR Pts: 7.0)
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     From the Publisher - From the bestselling author of Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow, the moving story of an orphan, determined to know her own history, who discovers the true meaning of family. 
     
    Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow's only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.

    Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn't until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.

    Vivid and heart-wrenching, Lauren Wolk's Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.8; AR Pts: 9.0)
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     From the Publisher - From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Wonderstruck comes a breathtaking new voyage.

    In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories--the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose--create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

    The journey begins at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.

    Nearly a century later, runaway Joseph Jervis seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale's strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

    A gripping adventure and an intriguing mystery The Marvelsis a loving tribute to the power of story.
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.6; AR Pts: 6.0)

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     From the Publisher - Born in Gary, Indiana, on August 29, 1958, Michael Jackson was definitely not a regular kid. A superstar with The Jackson 5 before he was eight years old, he became the King of Pop as a solo artist. Michael was a creative--yet deeply troubled--genius who always remained devoted to his art right up until his death is 2009 before a much anticipated tour. He had a pitch-perfect voice and footwork that his idol Fred Astaire admired. Who will ever forget the Moonwalk? Kids today who only know Jackson through video performances are nevertheless fascinated by him. Megan Stine provides a sensitive, fair-minded depiction of this unique music legend.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts: 1.0)

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     From the Publisher - "How does a little boy from the London suburbs named Reginald Kenneth Dwight grow up to become one of the biggest pop stars of all time? A lot of talent and a lot of personality! Elton John, as he would later call himself, started playing piano at the age of three. Although he was trained to play classical music, Elton's real love was rock and roll. He cut his first album in 1969 and has dominated the airwaves ever since with songs like Your Song, Crocodile Rock and Can You Feel the Love Tonight. Known for his outlandish stage costumes and giant glasses, Elton John continues to write songs for Broadway musicals, Hollywood soundtracks, and Top-40 hits."

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.4; AR Pts: 1.0)

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     Cast opposite each other when their middle school stages a production of "Guys and Dolls," Jack and Lou find their ambitions of stardom threatened by a mysterious new director, a Broadway-level dance call, and a new stage competitor.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.7; AR Pts: 6.0)

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    2017 John Newbery Award Winner

     “ From the Publisher - Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

    One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge--with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth's surface. And the woman with the Tiger's heart is on the prowl . . .

    The author of the highly acclaimed, award-winning novel The Witch's Boy has written an epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to be a modern classic.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.8; AR Pts: 12.0)
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     From the Publisher - Davis Delaware just moved to a new high school... right in the middle of his ninth-grade year. Great. Now he's struggling to find his place, avoid school bully and general moron Gerald, start a band, and maybe even get the girl. (Too bad it's Gerald's girl he has his eye on... )

    But when he starts writing songs about all the people around him, Davis is suddenly king of the school-and Gerald's next target.

    This illustrated middle-grade novel from CatDog creator Peter Hannan is packed with doodles, song lyrics, notebook pages, a mini-flip book-and lots of laughs.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts: 5.0)
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     Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.9; AR Pts: 9.0)
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     Seventh-grader Ben, always an outsider, is led into a deep friendship with Halley, who is being treated for cancer, by the special dog he and his adoptive mother take in.
     
     (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.1; AR Pts: 7.0)
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     From the Publisher - Join the Kidds on their trek to exotic Russia and the dangerous Arctic as they outrun the bad guys in their search for stolen treasure.
     
    After their adventures in China and Germany, the Kidd family is ready for some rest and relaxation. But when you're an ace treasure hunting team, there's always another adventure waiting around the corner! This time, the Kidds head to Russia where a set of priceless paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt has gone missing. Hot on the trail of the daring thieves, the Kidds race through the sinister streets of St. Petersburg and the wild Arctic tundra to track down the stolen treasure.
     
    The action never stops with more chases, sneak attacks, spy missions, and doublecrossing than anyone can handle...except the Kidds!
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.0; AR Pts: 5.0)
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     1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts: 11.0)
    images  From the Publisher - A New York Times Bestseller!
    This heart-pounding mystery adventure, by the author of the New York Times bestselling series The Mysterious Benedict Society, is laced with magic and humor
     
    A magical watch
    A string of secrets
    A race against time
     
    When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but as one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero.
     
    Now he is on a dangerous adventure--full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes--as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions and save the city from a terrible fate?
     
    In this ingeniously crafted novel, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Trenton Lee Stewart invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.6; AR Pts: 21.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - It's a frenemy showdown in the eleventh installment in the blockbuster #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

    Nikki Maxwell has the worst luck. Of all the schools she could have been assigned to for the student exchange week program, she's stuck at North Hampton Hills, her arch nemesis MacKenzie Hollister's new school. Even worse, there might just be someone at NHH who can out-MacKenzie MacKenzie!

    At least Nikki can write about every moment of drama in her diary, so readers won't miss a moment of it.

    Can the queen of dorks survive a week at the head CCP's new school or will it be a dorky disaster?
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.9; AR Pts: 3.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - So you've made it to Valhalla. Now what? This "who's who" guide to the gods, goddesses, and other important figures of Norse mythology was commissioned by Helgi, who, after more than a millennium as manager of Hotel Valhalla, became fed up with answering the same questions from newly deceased heroes at check-in. The profiles provide essential stats, interviews, and personal reflections so you can identify the gods and avoid those awkward introductions. Handy facts about other beings round out this go-to tome. You'll never see Ratatosk as a cute little rodent or confuse a dwarf with an elf ever again!
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.4; AR Pts: 3.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - Who doesn't love Lucy? The legendary actress, producer, and comedian steps into the Who Was? spotlight.

    Much like her hit TV show, I Love Lucy, Americans in the 1950s fell in love with Lucy. Born in New York in 1911, Lucille Ball was always a natural performer. She danced in the chorus of Broadway shows and acted in small parts in Hollywood movies. But Ball's true gift was comedy. She found a way to showcase her gifts in 1951 when CBS gave her the chance to star in a sitcom. She based the show on her life and called it I Love Lucy. Over sixty years later, it is still one of the most loved television shows of all time. Lucille Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu, and her comedic genius has kept people 
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.7; AR Pts: 1.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - Best known for his screen prints of soup cans and movie stars, this shy young boy from Pittsburgh shot to fame with his radical ideas of what "art" could be. Working in the aptly named "Factory," Warhol's paintings, movies, and eccentric lifestyle blurred the lines between pop culture and art, ushering in the Pop Art movement and, with it, a national obsession. Who Was Andy Warhol? tells the story of an enigmatic man who grew into a cultural icon.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.4; AR Pts: 1.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - "Stevie Wonder is one of the most successful singer-songwriter-musicians of our time. Signing his first record deal when he was only eleven, he had his first No.1 hit when he was thirteen. Since then he has had thirty US top ten hits, won a range of awards for his music and his civil rights work, and created such iconic songs as Isn't She Lovely and I Just Called to Say I Love You. Stevie Wonder is a beloved entertainer who continues to tour and perform around the world."
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 6.1; AR Pts: 1.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - Though she grew up in rural Pennsylvania, Rachel Carson dreamed of the sea. In 1936 she began work with the Bureau of Fisheries and soon after published Under the Sea Wind, her first of many nature books. Her 1962 bestseller, Silent Spring, sent shockwaves through the country and warned of the dangers of DDT and other pesticides. A pioneering environmentalist, Rachel Carson helped awaken the global consciousness for conservation and preservation.
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 6.1; AR Pts: 1.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - "Private and bookish, Jackie Kennedy found herself thrust into the world spotlight as the young and glamorous wife of the President John F. Kennedy. As First Lady she restored the once neglected rooms of the White House to their former glory, and through her charm and elegance became a style icon whose influence is still felt even today. Kids will be fascinated to read about a First Family whose youth, intelligence, and good looks captivated America in the early 1960s."
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.4; AR Pts: 1.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - Not only was Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA," he has risen to become a twenty-time Grammy winner and American icon.

    Bruce Springsteen grew up in a blue-collar New Jersey town, where his parents struggled to make ends meet. Bruce didn't fit in at school but found solace in rock and roll and playing guitar. After the breakup of a local band he'd joined, Springsteen went out on his own and people began to take notice. He signed with Columbia Records and under pressure to come up with a hit, wrote "Born in the USA," which tells the story of America during the years of the Vietnam War. A multi-millionaire and twenty-time Grammy winner, the Boss has remained a working class hero whose music deals with the political and social changes in our country.
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts: 1.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - "The Three Stooges were the hardworking children of immigrants and discovered a love of performing at an early age. Starting out as a vaudeville act, they soon transitioned into movies, becoming a worldwide sensation in feature films and shorts. Never the critics' darlings, audiences loved them for their mastery of physical comedy and their willingness to do anything for a laugh. They remained popular over the years despite several personnel changes that revolved around the three Howard brothers from Brooklyn. Their comedies are still in syndication more than 50 years after they were first shown on TV and continue to delight old fans and attract new ones."
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.5; AR Pts: 1.0)
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    images  From the Publisher - Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. won the world heavyweight championship at the age of 22, the same year he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. He would go on to become the first and only three-time (in succession) World Heavyweight Champion. Nicknamed "The Greatest," Ali was as well known for his unique boxing style, consisting of the Ali Shuffle and the rope-a-dope, as he was for the catchphrase "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." He was an uncompromising athlete who brought beauty and grace to a very rough sport and became one of the world's most famous cultural icons. Read Who Was Muhammad Ali? and discover "The Greatest."
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.8; AR Pts: 1.0)
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    images  Grimmtastic Girls is a middle grade series (ages 8-12) by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams authors of the Goddess Girls. The stories are a fun and girly twist on a super-popular theme: fairy tales! 

    “The tales within the new Grimmtastic Girls series have plenty of momentum as well as appealing heroines…The execution is highly diverting.” —Booklist

    “The books feature a diverse cast and give the fairy tales modern

     makeovers...” —School Library Journal

    There are 8 books in the series. Read them all!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.8-5.5; AR Pts: 6.0)

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    A new (to the SMS Library) middle grade series about four girls who meet at camp. At the end of camp they buy a charm bracelet that they will share. Author Lisa Schroeder has written more than a dozen books for kids and teens.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.3-4.4; AR Pts: 4.0-5.0)

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    images  From the Publisher - Frankie and his soccer team travel to fantastic lands to play some of the wildest soccer matches ever! Frankie and his teammates love playing soccer. They can always find time for a game. But when they win an old soccer ball at a carnival, they're transported to a magical world of soccer that they never knew existed! Can Frankie and his team beat the Pirate Pillagers and make their way home?

    Enjoy the other books in this Series too at the SMS Library!

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 3.8; AR Pts: 1.0)

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    images  From the Publisher - Geronimo Stilton meets outer space in this cosmically fun spin-off series!

    Geronimo Stiltonix and his crew land their space pod on a strange ice planet. It's inhabited by cute aliens that look like colorful puff balls! But the spacemice will have to be careful - are these creatures as harmless as they look?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.4; AR Pts: 1.0)

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    images  The Bad Guys, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha, want to be heroes, and they decide that the way to do it is free the 200 dogs in the city dog pound--but their plan soon goes awry.

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades K-3; Book Level: 2.4; AR Pts: 0.5)

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    images  From the Publisher - Ben's dreams are all nightmares . . . And his nightmares are real!

    Ben has a problem. When he sleeps he dreams, and when he dreams, they're all nightmares! But he can also jump into other people's dreams. So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream-monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them. Easier said than done when dreams can shift and the monster knows his way around the ever-changing landscape of the mind! With help from a talking rabbit-companion who has a mysterious past, Ben might just be able to defeat the monster and save his friends . . . if he can figure out how to use the power within him against his enemies.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.5; AR Pts: 1.0)

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    images  From the Publisher - Perfect for sports-loving kids and fans of books by Mike Lupica, book three in the Triple Threat series by New York Times bestselling sports writer John Feinstein explores what happens when athletes break the rules in this novel of tested friendships and high-stakes baseball.


    Alex Myers's football and basketball seasons were mired in controversy, and his dad's been MIA since his parents split up. All Alex wants this spring is to work on his fastball and hang out with his maybe-girlfriend, Christine. But he runs into unexpected competition.

    Matt Gordon was suspended from sports after he admitted taking PEDs during football season, but the athletic board has decided to give him another chance. So he's on the team--and he's got something to prove. He's also got his eye on Christine.

    The question this season--is all fair in love and baseball? Or are some things truly unforgivable?

    Filled with action, intrigue, and intense rivalries, The DH and the other books in the Triple Threat series follow the ups and downs of one talented kid-athlete's year in sports.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts: 10.0)

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    images  From the Publisher - Fairies, Folklore, magical creatures and more await the stiltons in these fantastical special edition adventures!

    I, Geronimo Stilton, was called to the Kingdom of Fantasy for the ninth time! Blossom, Queen of the Fairies, had disappeared, along with three powerful magical objects: The Book of a Thousand Spells, the Crystal Sphere, and the Whispering Wand. If those objects ended up in the wrong hands, they could destroy the whole realm!

    Accompanied by new, magical friends, I had to cross horrifying kingdoms full of spiders and snakes before facing a terrible evil wizard. Squeak! Could I make it in time to save Blossom - and the entire Kingdom of Fantasy?

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.7; AR Pts: 3.0)

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    images  From the Publisher - Virginia Apgar. Sally Ride. Rachel Carson. These names are etched in history and included here as part of this awe-inspiring collection of profiles of some of the world's most influential women in science. Author Rachel Swaby delves into the minds of thirty-three such women, whose vision, creativity, passion and dedication have helped make important strides in the world of science--who have in fact changed the world.


    Middle grade kids will be fascinated by these snapshot profiles of some of history's most important female scientists. These women have made strides in fields including biology, medicine, astronomy, and technology. In addition, Swaby emphasizes the fact that people aren't born brilliant scientists. They observe and experiment as kids and as adults, testing ideas again and again, each time learning something new. Kids are sure to come away with a renewed curiosity of the world and the realization that the road to discovery can be positively thrilling.

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    images  From the Publisher - Gareth doesn't have nine lives, but he is definitely not an ordinary cat. For one thing, he can talk. For another, he has magical powers that Jason never dreamed of. "Anywhere, any time, any country, any century"—Gareth tells Jason he can take them traveling through time. And in the wink of a very special cat's eye, they're off. From ancient Egypt to Japan, from the land of young Leonardo daVinci to the town of a woman accused of witchcraft, Jason and Gareth are whisked from place to place and friend to foe. This fantastic tale grabs the imagination and takes it far and wide, on the adventure of not one, but nine, amazing lifetimes.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.7; AR Pts: 5.0)

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    images  From the Publisher - "A show-stopping series about life in the spotlight from Broadway actors and internet sensations Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherheada Twelve-year-old Jack Goodrich was a Broadway star-until a sudden voice change cost him his dream role. Now he lives with his parents in Shaker Heights, Ohio trying hard to leave his acting past behind. But his new neighbor, Louisa-a self-proclaimed omusical theater nerdo-won't stop until Jack auditions for a local production of Into the Woods.a Fans ofTim Federle's Nate Foster bookswill rejoice to meet the newest MTN's (musical theater nerds) on the block- Jack & Lou. a "Funny, fabulous, and most of all true, Jack & Louisa are every theater kid's new best friends." - Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever "Theater fans will eat this up" - Kirkus Reviews"

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.7; AR Pts: 6.0)

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    images  Squish Collection - A hilarious, action packed graphic novel series from the award-winning creators of Babymouse, about a twinkie-eating grade school Amoeba trying to find his place in the world (or at least trying to make it through a school day) Filled with superheroes, comics within comics, and gross-out science, Squish is perfect for fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants, Dan Gutman's Weird School, and Jarrett Krosoczka's Lunch Lady.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 2.1-2.8; AR Pts: 0.5)

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    images  From the Publisher - All will be revealed in the fifth book in James Dashner's #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series. This is the story that fans all over the world have been waiting for--the story of how Thomas and WICKED built the Maze. You will not want to miss it.

    Once there was a world's end.
    The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up, and the oceans swelled.
    Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned, and man killed man.
    Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy.
    The boy's name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze.
    Now there are secrets.
    There are lies.
    And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen.
    This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down.
    All will be revealed.
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.3; AR Pts: 13.0)
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    images  From the Publisher: A stunningly rendered mystical novel that blends cultures, magic, and possibilities!

    Nothing exciting happens on the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico in the 1950s. There's no electricity, no plumbing, no cars, just day after day of pasturing goats. Without his sister and mother, eleven-year-old Teo's life feels even more barren. And then one day, the mysterious young Esma, who calls herself the Gypsy Queen of Lightning, rolls into town like a fresh burst of color. Against all odds, her caravan's Mistress of Destiny predicts that Teo and Esma will be longtime friends. Suddenly, life brims with possibility. With the help of a rescued duck, a three-legged skunk, a blind goat, and other allies, Teo and Esma must overcome obstacles-even death-to fulfill their impossible destiny.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.7; AR Pts: 10.0)

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    images  From the Publisher -A brand new fantasy adventure from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen!

    As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor's wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge -and quarantine colony -for the ill. The Scourge's victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn't know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She's been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on.

    But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so?

    The Scourge is an explosively thrilling tale of adventure and intrigue, courage and heart from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.2; AR Pts: 12.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : Lock up your jewels! Bestselling author Jude Watson is back with her gang of kid criminal masterminds.

    Never do a favor for a friend.

    Twelve-year-old March McQuin forgot rule number one for cat burglars, which is how he and his twin sister, Jules, found themselves dangling upside down twenty feet above a stone floor at three in the morning. Their target was a set of stunning diamonds and it should have been an easy job, in and out. Except another thief got there first. March and Jules were lucky to escape with their lives, and one measly stone.

    Now the botched heist has created a world of trouble. The stone they grabbed was the Morning Star, one of a trio of famous sapphires, and it's cursed. The theft put the twins and their friends in the cross hairs of Interpol, the FBI, and a vicious adult gang of international criminals. And worst of all, the only way to break the curse and set everything to rights is by somehow managing to steal the other two sapphires in the set.

    Break out the black gloves. Lay out the masks. There's a full moon coming, and jewels to steal...

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.2; AR Pts: 8.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : Magic, monsters, and mayhem abound when Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase meet Carter and Sadie Kane for the first time. Weird creatures are appearing in unexpected places, and the demigods and magicians have to team up to take them down. As they battle with Celestial Bronze and glowing hieroglyphs, the four heroes find that they have a lot in common--and more power than they ever thought possible. But will their combined forces be enough to foil an ancient enemy who is mixing Greek and Egyptian incantations for an evil purpose? Rick Riordan wields his usual storytelling magic in this adrenaline-fueled adventure.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts: 6.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : Michael and his friends try to recruit Hatch's Electric Youth to their side as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying sixth installment of the New York Times bestselling series!

    (Interest Level: MG+ - Grades 6 and Up; Book Level: 4.4 ; AR Pts: 11 )

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    images  From the Publisher : Magic Tree House is the #1 bestselling chapter book series! In their NEW adventure, Jack and Annie return to Camelot! In this thrilling adventure steeped in history, Mary Pope Osborne introduces readers to classic Welsh legends and continues her own story of King Arthur, Merlin, and the Knights of the Round Table. Have more fun with Jack and Annie on the Magic Tree House website at MagicTreeHouse.com!

    (Interest Level: LG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.0; AR Pts: 5.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : When best friends Carlos and Benny decide to find out why their teacher, Mr. Chu, is behaving strangely, they get caught up in some moonlight madness. What do you do when your favourite teacher starts turning into a were-hyena? a) Flee in terror? b) Try to cure him? c) Bring him carrion snacks? It looks like Mr. Chu isn't the only acting weird! This first entry in a silly, sassy, and suspenseful new series will leave readers howling with laughter.

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.0; AR Pts: 5.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : Sid Fleischman Humor Award Winner!

    Fans of Jeff Kinney's humor and Sharon Creech's heartfelt stories will love this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.

    Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He'll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy's record-breaking plans!

    Told in short, accessible sections, with memorable lists and winning illustrations, Molly B. Burnham's Teddy Mars #1: Almost a World Record Breaker is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy's never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and clamoring to break records of their own!

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.0; AR Pts: 5.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : Fans of Jeff Kinney's humor and Sharon Creech's heartfelt stories will love the second book in this hilarious new series about a ten-year-old boy from a big family who dreams of making it into The Guinness Book of World Records.

    Win or lose, friends stick together. But when Teddy's whole class decides to break a bigger, better world record, friends turn into enemies. And Teddy feels stuck in the middle. To fix this mess, Teddy will have to do something he's never done before—try not to break a record! Can he win at losing before his whole class misses out? And can Teddy be a winner at all without help from his friends? Humor and grit triumph in this story of one boy's struggle to make peace in a class full of record breakers, a coop full of pigeons, and a world full of wonders.

    Told in short, accessible sections with fun lists and highly rambunctious illustrations, the Teddy Mars series is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy's never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and striving to break world records of their own.

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    images  From the Publisher : Jessie and Evan Treski have waged a lemonade war, sought justice in a class trial,unmasked a bell thief, and stood at opposite ends over the right to keep secrets.

    Now they are creating a magic show—a professional magic show, in their own backyard! They practice, they study, and they practice some more. And who shows up? Their father, who has done such a good job of disappearing over the past few years.
    Just as Evan and Jessie took on running a business in The Lemonade War and a court of law inThe Lemonade Crime, in this fifth novel of the bestselling Lemonade War series, they take on the challenges of magic and illusion all while discovering some hidden truths about their own family. Another fresh, funny, emotionally charged novel by the author whomBooks for Kids calls, "one of the best writers for the middle grades around."

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.5; AR Pts: 6.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : "The author of the beloved One for the Murphys gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who's ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn't fit in. Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid. Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there's a lot more to her, and to everyone, than a label, and that great minds don't always think alike."

    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 3.7; AR Pts: 7.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times bestseller Alison McGhee team up to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever.


    Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, better than best friends, they'd be identical twins if only they'd been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn't such a fast—faster than fast—runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they're not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens…and no one ever sees her again. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe, that—like their mother—her sister is gone forever.

    At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born—half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast—faster than fast—and she senses danger. She's too young to know exactly what she senses, but she knows something is very wrong. And when Jules believes one last wish rock for Sylvie needs to be thrown into the river, the human and shadow worlds collide.

    Writing in alternate voices—one Jules's, the other the fox's—Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family's moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and most of all, hopeful.
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 4.9; AR Pts: 5.0)

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    images  From the Publisher : How do you punish an immortal? By making him human.


    After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favor.

    But Apollo has many enemies-gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
     
    (Interest Level: MG - Grades 4-8; Book Level: 5.1; AR Pts: 13.0)

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