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8/8/2016 14:08:51Saving Alex: when I was 15 I told my Mormon parents I was gay and that's when my nightmare beganAlex Cooper2016256NonfictionGrades 9-12homosexuality/acceptance/legal issues/parental relationships/taking a standWhen 15, Alex comes out to her Mormon
parents who promptly send her away to the Siales' home for "conversion". The Siales are cruel and abusive. Eventually, Alex runs away with help from Jason (new school friend), a teacher and a lawyer - Alex fights for
LGBT rights in Utah and fights to return to her parents, but upon the stipulation that they accept her and her sexuality/lifestyle (to a point) first.
Well-written and teens will identify with finding your way, becoming your own person and find entire book interesting,
GoodBuy. this book!
8/8/2016 15:11:16The Darkest CornersKara Thomas2016327Fiction- MysteryGrades 9-12trauma, friendship, murder, dysfunctional familiesTessa hasn't been back to her old hometown since she testified in the murder trial of a serial killer who killed her family friend. When she heads home to say goodbye to her father dying in jail, she finds herself drawn back into the old case. OutstandingBuy. this book!Any mystery fan
8/15/2016 20:03:34Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous MemoirStan Lee, Peter David, and Colleen Dorana self-selected title.Touchstone
November 3, 2015
unpagedGraphic Novel, Nonfiction, Nonfiction- Easy, MemoirGrades 9-12Autobiographical Comics; Cartooning; MemoirsThis graphic memoir details Stan Lee's history with and contribution to the comic book industry.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Dare to Disappoint; Filmish; other graphic memoirsFans of the Marvel Entertainment movies will enjoy reading about the infamous Stan Lee.
8/19/2016 14:39:14Let Your Voice be Heard: the Life and Times of Pete SegerSilvey, Anitaprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Clarion Books -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
c2016104Literary Nonfiction, Nonfiction, BiographyGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8, Grades 7 - 9Folk Singers, Musicians, BiographyThis plain-speaking biography emphasizes Pete Seeger's connections with people who made a difference in the mid-twentieth century, which makes this title an excellent companion to biographies of his contemporaries. Each chapter begins with italicized song lyrics. The story begins with a vivid vignette from a moment that changed Seeger's life, and then follows the usual linear biographical format, beginning with Seeger's unusual heritage and father. Events that defined certain moments in Seeger's life are described succinctly in context, yet with more bias than you might find in other historical books. Silvey defines and describes the House Un-American Committee in simple terms without going into unnecessary detail. The real meat of the biography pertains to the 1950's and 1960's. Includes source notes, bibliography, photo credits, and index.OutstandingBuy this book!Home on the Range: John A. Lomax and his Cowboy Songs (Alan Lomax, John's son, befriends and employs Seeger at the Library of Congress)Librarians and archivists may especially be interested in the impact Lomax and Seeger's job at the Library of Congress had on Seeger's career. Seeger, himself, was a veritable archive of folk music, which he played forward. He would not be such an excellent purveyor if he were not also an excellent researcher and collector. Other nice companion books would be The Peter Yarrow Songbook: Favorite Folk Songs, and New Baby Train by Woody Guthrie (illustrated by Marla Frazee).
8/22/2016 10:05:33Three Dark CrownsKendare Blakea self-selected title.Harper Teen9/20/2016416Fiction- Fantasy, Fiction- RomanceGrades 8 - 12Royalty, Contests, RelationshipsEngrossing - this is sure to be the most popular title this fall.

Readers will be so drawn into the myths and rituals of the island that they will question their meals after getting to know poisoner Queen Katherine, think twice about raging thunderstorms after meeting Queen Mirabella, and will wonder just how connected we really are to our pets after learning about the familiar Queen Arsinoe desperately wants to find. These three sisters share a single common task: kill the other two and become queen of it all.

Full of suspense, deep character development, and several intriguing surprises, these strong females are going to but THE topic in YA lit conversations this fall.

Buy multiple copies for your YA collections - this one is a true gem.
OutstandingBuy this book!
8/22/2016 10:12:56Blood Rose RebellionRosalyn Evesa self-selected title.
Knopf Books for Young Readers
03/27/2017416Fiction- FantasyGrades 7 - 9Magic, Rebellion, Dystopian SocietyFrom Edelweiss : Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romani, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.
GoodBuy this book!Red Queen, Kiss of Deception
8/22/2016 16:58:10Pirate LatitudesMichael Crichtona self-selected title.Harper2009312Fiction- AdventureGrades 6 - 8, Grades 7 - 9, Grades 8 - 12PiratesSet in 1665, Captain Charles Hunter sets out to steal a Spanish treasure from a ship setting sail in the Caribbean, bound for Spain. Hunter has the blessing of the Governor of Port Royal as makes his plans. Upon finding the Spanish galleon, he encounters more difficulties than he may have expected. A change in government also complicates his plans.
This manuscript was found posthumously by an assistant to Crichton. It reads quite complete and begs the question, what was he saving it for?
GoodBuy this book!Pirate stories.Fans of the Starz series Black Sails will enjoy this book.
8/22/2016 16:58:30A Murder in TimeJulie McElwaina self-selected title.Pegasus2016498Fiction- SuspenseGrades 7 - 9, Grades 8 - 12, Grades 9-12Murder MysteryThe first of the Kendra Donovan mysteries, this time travel novel is a fun twist on the typical murder mystery. Donovan is a detective with the FBI. While investigating a murder, she's invited to a costume party at a castle in Europe. As she is about to make her move, she ducks into a stairwell to hide and comes out of the staircase in 1815. She is immediately thrust into another murder scene and must use her wits to help solve it. Hobbled by the fact that she cannot explain how she got there and that she's a woman and thereby useless to the investigators, she manages to be heard and seen.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Mystery lovers will enjoy this book, as well as those that are drawn to time travel stories.
8/23/2016 12:50:29The Thank You BookMo Willemsa self-selected title.Disney-HyperionMay 201664Easy Reader, Everybody BookGrades K - 2pigs, elephants, manners, friendshipIn this 25th and final book in the epic Elephant and Piggie series, Piggie is determined to thank everyone she knows, and Gerald reminds her that she keeps forgetting someone very important! In The Thank You Book, readers are invited to reconnect with many (if not all) characters who we've met in the series, and it is a wonderful wrap-up to one of the most outstanding and engaging early reader series'. The Elephant and Piggie series has garnered two Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal awards and five Geisel honors.OutstandingBuy this book!Every elementary school should own all 25 of the Elephant and Piggie series books -- likely multiple copies!Every Elephant and Piggie fan, early readers, K-2 teachers and students
8/25/2016 14:27:30101 Reasons Why I'm NOT Taking a BathStacy McAnultyprovided by publishers via Library Services.Random House201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2Bath Time/ Always Says "NO"Young boy tries to get out of taking a bath. He finds 101 reasons why he shouldn't have to take one. GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
8/26/2016 16:29:51Squish Deadly Disease of DoomJennifer Holmes & Matthew Holmesprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Random House, New York
201596Graphic NovelGrades 2 - 4Science, ChemistryIn school science class Squish learns about what happens when acids and bases react together. Squish gets to experience his own "acid/base" reaction when he eats a twinkie followed by a glass of orange juice at breakfast.

"Squish" is a fun read that will keep upper elementary grade readers engaged and perhaps get them excited about learning science.
OutstandingBuy this book!Baby Mouse, Lunch LadyThis is a great book for readers not ready for longer chapter books.
8/27/2016 12:15:32Sisters in SanityGayle Formana self-selected title.Harper Collins2016304Fiction- RealisticGrades 7 - 9, Grades 8 - 12Incarceration, friendship, coming of ageSixteen year old Brit thinks she is en-route to a family vacation in the Grand Canyon when her father drops her off at an all girls residential treatment facility for her rebelliousness. Brit soon discovers that Red Rock's staff are a bunch of bullies and unqualified counselors claiming to have her best interests at heart. She and four other girls start confiding each other for support and soon realize that their destiny is up to them.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Gayle Forman also wrote If I Stay series which is very popular
8/28/2016 6:52:47ElevenTom Rogersa self-selected title.Alto Nido Press2014193Fiction- HistoricalGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8, Grades 7 - 99/11; Family; Grief; CommunityAlex Douglas wants 2 things for his 11th birthday. He wants to be a hero, and he wants a dog. His parents have told him that he cannot have a dog, and his odds of becoming a hero are not looking too good according to the bullies at his school.
But, all of this changed on his 11th birthday because his birthdate is 9/11/01. Yes, that fateful day changed the world, and it changed Alex's world. In this novel told in different viewpoints, Rogers does a great job of making a tragic event show the hope in humankind that came from the circumstances.
GoodBuy this book!
8/29/2016 18:03:23Chasing SecretsGennifer Choldenkoa self-selected title.Wendy Lamb2015278Fiction- HistoricalGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8The Plague outbreak of San Francisco 1900Lizzie, the 13 yr. old daughter of a doctor, accompanies her father as he makes his rounds in San Francisco. It's 1900 and people are dying of mysterious causes. While the city leaders don't want to acknowledge that the plague has afflicted their city, it becomes undeniable that something must be done. Lizzie befriends the son of a Chinese cook and is swept up in a plan to save her friends in Chinatown and prevent the locals from setting fire to the neighborhood.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Student that enjoy historical fiction will enjoy the details described here. The best part of the book is the author's note where she details each part of the story and explains their historical validity.
8/30/2016 8:05:30Owls! Strange and WonderfulLaurence Pringleprovided by publishers via Library Services.Boyd Mills Press201632NonfictionGrades 2 - 4, Grades 4 - 6OwlsAnother interesting addition to the Strange and Wonderful series by Laurence Pringle and illustrated by Meryl Henderson. Anything you might want to know about owls is described in this edition of Strange and Wonderful. Myths about owls, size and weight of owls, owls in movies, all that and more are represented in this book. In case you didn't know, there are 240 types of owls and they all make a different noise. Habitation and eating habits (eeew!) are also discussed. This is a very interesting, well illustrated book about all things owl. OutstandingBuy this book!
8/30/2016 15:01:08A Night DividedJennifer Nielsena self-selected title.Scholastic Press2015317Fiction- HistoricalGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8Berlin Wall, Cold War, GermanyGerta's father and brother go to Germany's west side to look for work, leaving her mother and older brother behind. Over night the barbed-wire fence is constructed to separate East and West Germany and her father and brother are trapped. Gerta has to find a way to re-unite her family, but will the price of freedom be her life? OutstandingBuy this book!
9/1/2016 11:31:11Queen of HeartsColleen Oakesa self-selected title.HarperTeen2016306Fiction- Fantasy, Fiction- SuspenseGrades 8 - 12Based on Alice and WonderlandBased on Alice and Wonderland, Princess Dinah is waiting her coronation to become the new queen of Wonderland and rule alongside her father. Things change when her illegitimate half sister, Vittiore shows up. Dinah has always longed for her father's love and now will never acquire it with Vittiore in Wonderland. When Dinah learns of a betrayal, she must leave everything behind to save her life and uncover the dark secret of Wonderland.OutstandingBuy this book!sequel coming January 2017 Blood of WonderlandThis book is definitely a page turner...lots of action and suspense.
9/2/2016 16:20:12Challenger DeepNeal Shustermana self-selected title.HarperTeen2016308Fiction- Adventure, Fiction- RealisticGrades 8 - 12Mental illness, adventure, delusionsWe all love Shusterman for his Unwind series. His most recent book is completely different and beautiful in a brand new way. Caden is being led on a strange journey to a very dark and desolate place... the deepest part of the earth: The Marianna Trench. Or is he really? Because maybe he is just dreaming? Shusterman has crafted an elegant and engaging story of a boy experiencing the onset of a mental illness, and he has based it from his own son's diagnosis with schizophrenia. Shusterman's son, Brendan, tours with him and has included some of his own drawings in the book.OutstandingBuy this book!
9/6/2016 10:47:55The Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkinsa self-selected title.Riverhead Books2015323Fiction- MysteryGrades 9-12Murder MysteryIn the vein of Gone Girl, this psychological thriller has plenty of flawed characters and plot twists. Rachel, an alcoholic, is on a downward spiral. As she rides a train into London each morning and back in the evenings, she's intrigued by a particular couple that lives adjacent to the train stop. She witnesses what she believes to be a crime but isn't clear as to what she saw in her altered state. The writing is excellent and you find yourself cringing and cheering with this complex cast.OutstandingBuy this book!While the characters are not YA, any fan of murder mysteries will be satisfied with this one.
9/7/2016 12:43:42Stolen YearsKazia Myersa self-selected title.
Troubador publishing Ltd - Matador
13 Jun 2016397Fiction- HistoricalGrades 9-12Overcoming adversityThis book was fantastic!! Well-written, with strong characters. I couldn't put this book down! I read a lot of WWII historical fiction, but this book tells a version of WWII that I never knew existed, and was a fascinating read.

Synopsis from the publisher:
1940 – Poland is under German and Russian occupation.

Anna is just seventeen when the Gestapo snatch her from her native village. Together with a group of young people she is forced into slave labour at a remote farm in Austria, where their despotic ‘owner’, Herr Holtzman, keeps an ever-watchful eye over them.

For five long years, Anna and her friends are subjected to relentless hard labour and appalling living conditions. Their miserable existence is punctuated by frequent incidents of Nazi cruelty, tragedy and death. Anna’s enforced separation from her beloved Michal is the hardest blow to bear.

Finally, the day of liberation arrives. Will she be reunited for good with Michal? Will she see her lost friends again, those who were her substitute family during her time in this hostile environment? Will she be able to return to her mother, whom she has so desperately missed?

At the end of the war in 1945 Poland’s future is decided by the Big Three: Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. Anna too is faced with having to make momentous personal decisions, such that she had never imagined in her years of slavery when her only desire was to return home.
OutstandingBuy this book!readers who liked "Between Shades of Gray", "Salt to the Sea", "Unbroken"
9/9/2016 12:07:55Long May She ReignRhiannon Thomasa self-selected title.Harper Collins02/21/2017432Fiction- Adventure, Fiction- Fantasy, Fiction- MysteryGrades 7 - 9, Grades 8 - 12Mystery, deception, scientific research, royalty, poisonQueen Freya is a strong female protagonist who uses her wit and intelligence to overcome her obstacles. Of course, Freya's journey to becoming a confidant queen is riddled with lies, deceptions and mistakes. Readers will relate to Freya's compassionate heart and may be just as surprised as Freya when the true villain is revealed.

A solid purchase for YA collections.
OutstandingThis edition could be a good addition.A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas, False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen
9/12/2016 12:26:39Not Me!Valeri Gorbachevprovided by publishers via Library Services.Holiday House201615Easy Reader, Everybody BookGrades K - 2Being a FriendBear and chipmunk discover that friends do things with each other even when they might not always like that activity.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
9/13/2016 15:11:01The OctopuppyMartin McKennaa self-selected title.Scholastic Press201329Everybody BookGrades K - 2Acceptance of others. Individuality.In this story, Edgar asks for a dog for his birthday but instead receives Jarvis, a rather strange octopus. Jarvis tries to change Edgar to be more like a dog, but when Jarvis can't help but be himself in the big dog show, Edgar becomes embarrassed and Jarvis decides to leave. Learning to finally accept Jarvis as he is, Edgar pleads for Jarvis to return. Jarvis does return and they live happily ever after.OutstandingBuy this book!Rawr! & Chicken BigJarvis is hilarious without saying a word.
9/19/2016 13:04:53Circus MirandusCassie Beasleya self-selected title.Dial2015304Fiction- Adventure, Fiction- FantasyGrades 4 - 6Magic, Illness, FamilyMicah grew up with his grandfather tying knots and hearing fantastical stories of the Circus Mirandus. Now Grandpa Ephraim is ill, and mean Great Aunt Gertrude assumes care of the household, insisting on no talk of magic. Ephraim clues Micah in that the Circus Mirandus is actually real, and thus begins Micah's quest (with the help of his scientifically-minded friend, Jenny) to find the real circus, and pull in a favor promised long ago to Ephraim that will hopefully save him.

Fantastical world-building and sensory detail during circus scenes that recall "The Night Circus" (an adult fiction novel) have you craving more, just like Micah!

OutstandingBuy this book!Echo, Savvy by Law, Magician's Elephant by DiCamillo
9/21/2016 16:43:55A Squiggly StoryAndrew Larsenprovided by publishers via Library Services.Kids Can Press2016
1 volume unpaged
Everybody BookGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4Authorship, Creative Writing, Drawing, ImaginationA younger brother is intrigued with how his older sister writes stories. With her help, he's able to start with a single letter, to write a word, to create a sentence, then a story. He was so excited about his work that he showed it to his class the next day. OutstandingThis edition could be a good addition.Ralph Tells a StoryThis would be a great read aloud for young writers beginning writer's workshop, or students that are struggling to finish writing their story.
9/22/2016 17:07:12Red: The True Story of Red Riding HoodLiesl Shurtliffprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Alfred A. Knopf (Random House)
2016242Fiction- FantasyGrades 2 - 4, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8Friendship, Fear, Magic, Red goes in search of a cure to help her sick Granny. She is joined (and mostly annoyed) by Goldie who is missing from her family. The two have many magical and dangerous adventures on their quest to heal physical and emotional hurts.OutstandingBuy this book!Rump, The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin This book was top 10 on the NY Times Best Sellers for Children list Spring 2016
9/22/2016 17:33:52Let's Go to the Hardware StoreAnne Rockwellprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Henry Holt and Company
201632 pagesEverybody BookGrades K - 2tools, hardware store, helping out, movingTwo young children have just moved into a new house with their parents and the new baby. The new home needs many repairs so Dad takes the older children to the hardware stores to get the tools and supplies he needs for the job. The three of them enjoy exploring the aisles of the hardware store and pictures teach readers about different types of basic tools. Images capture young shoppers very well as the children play on the cart, hide under ladders and tape measures and want to be a part of the selection process. The illustrations have many details and the varying perspective throughout the pages keeps it very interesting for readers of all ages. GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Anne Rockwell's 'At the Supermarket' looks like a similar concept, but I don't think the illustrator is the same, so it may not have the same appeal.
9/22/2016 21:09:27Lucy & CompanyMarianne Dubucprovided by publishers via Library Services.Kids Can Press201560Everybody BookGrades K - 2Friendship, Animal Stories, Sharing, Birthdays, HatchlingsLucy (a human girl) and her company of animal friends (a rabbit, turtle, mouse and snail) are in three short stories in this book. The first tells of Lucy finding a tree branch to have her special snack and one and one, her friends join her. In the end, they make one more new friend and enjoy snack time together. The second story tells of Lucy surprising the rabbit with a buried treasure for his birthday, with a cake celebration at the end. In the final story, the snail find three eggs and tries to care for them, but he is too small for the job. Lucy helps and when the hatch-lings are born, a new challenge presents itself and an unexpected forest resident ends up being the answer to their problems.

Each story has a sweet message and the pictures are simple and pleasant (water color), but the stories themselves are rather choppy and lacking much development.
MehNah-- see additional title suggestions...
9/23/2016 11:00:58The Book of HarlanMcFadden, Bernicea self-selected title.Akashic Books2016400Fiction- HistoricalGrades 9-12jazz; musicians; African Americans; racism; WWII; concentration campsDuring World War II, two African American musicians are captured by the Nazis in Paris and imprisoned at the Buchenwald concentration camp.OutstandingThis edition could be a good addition.I found this book to be unique in that it includes the experiences of African Americans held in concentration camps.Definitely for high schoolers and up.
9/24/2016 22:17:10Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book BurglarEmily MacKenziea self-selected title.Bloomsbury201532Everybody BookGrades K - 2humor, rabbits, books, reading, librariesThis a very satisfying beginning-of-the-school-year read-aloud. Children will be wide-eyed as Ralfy turns to a life of crime because of his love of books. The text on each page spread is perfectly paced, so that a little pregnant pause before each page turn can give children a chance to predict or wonder what will come next. The police line-up is wonderfully absurd. Arthur, who also love books, is a believable victim, though, and the story has a satisfying ending in a perfect setting --the library, of course! This book is a guaranteed hit!OutstandingBuy this book!This book will be a hit with fans of Creepy Carrots and Officer Buckle and Gloria.
9/26/2016 13:38:19Owl Sees OwlLaura Godwinprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Random House Children's Books
201640Nonfiction PoetryGrades K - 2PoetryOwl leaves the nest for his first adventure. There are about 3 to 4 words per page. The format of the story become reverso poetry once owls see his reflection, it scares him and he returns home safely. GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Owl leaves the nest for his first adventure. There are about 3 to 4 words per page. The format of the story become reverso poetry once owls see his reflection, it scares him and he returns home safely.
9/26/2016 16:42:02Skating with the Statue of LibertySusan Meyerprovided by publishers via Library Services.Delacorte Press2016304Fiction- HistoricalGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8ImmigrationTwelve-year-old Gustave and his family immigrate to America to escape the Nazi invasion of France. He finds New York City to be a place full of challenges as well such as learning English, making friends, and dealing with racial and religious discrimination. His friendship with September Rose, an African American Girl, and friends in the French Boy Scout troup help Gustave adapt to his new home. The book is based on the author's father's experiences as an immigrant to the United States. Meyer doesn't shy away from the hard realities of life as an immigrant. Gustave is a well-developed character, and reading about his experiences will help readers learn some history and develop empathy for immigrants and those oppressed.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.This book is the sequel to Black Radishes (Delacorte, 2010)
9/27/2016 10:32:13Quick Little MonkeySarah L. Thomsonprovided by publishers via Library Services.Boyds Mills Press201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2Monkeys, Predators, FathersA father and baby marmoset make their way through the jungle avoiding various predators along the way. Baby is kept safe by father.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.see above
9/28/2016 14:13:47Original FakeKristin Cronn-millsa self-selected title.
G. P. Putnam's Sons
April 19, 2016
338Fiction- RealisticGrades 9-12Artists, Family Life, Sibling Rivalry, Street ArtFrankie Neumann is a closeted visual artist and an introvert born into a family of extrovert performers. Frankie’s already colorful existence--living in a sex positive, socially liberal household with Frank Sinatra and Dr. Frank-N-Furter impersonator parents and a tutu-wearing thespian sister--becomes exponentially more interesting when he finds himself caught between the willing David and the wanted Rory. Moreover, helping David and Rory run errands for the mysterious Uncle Epic leads Frankie to a means of exacting oh-so-sweet revenge for a lifetime of torture from his insufferable sister. But, before he knows what’s happening the boundaries between his art and his real life become all too permeable.OutstandingBuy this book!See aboveGet this book in the hands of readers who want to read sequential art (graphic format books), but aren't sure that they'll like it or that they know how.
9/28/2016 15:15:21Charlotte's Very Own DressTrisha Kraussprovided by publishers via Library Services.Random House201640Everybody BookGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4Empathy, Family, Sisters, Fashion Charlotte Bartlett-Kruger is the youngest of six sisters. While she feels that having so many sisters is mostly good, she does not like wearing only hand-me-downs from her sisters. Charlotte is handy at fixing passed-down toys and clothing and tries to be satisfied with them. When her parents announce that they will host a fancy party, though, Charlotte is sad to not have a new dress to wear. Seeing her distress, her sisters work together to make something old new again so that Charlotte will feel like the belle of the ball.
Ms. Krauss' prose uses sophisticated vocabulary to share a sweet story of love and empathy between sisters. The pastel illustrations are whimsical and feature the sisters in vivid fashions from various eras. Though there is no mention of them in the text, illustrations show many house staff shining crystal chandeliers and preparing the house for the party, leaving a reader to wonder why Charlotte must only wear patched hand-me-downs! All-in-all, though, a fun read!

(*A published review can also be located in School Library Journal 9-26-16)
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Charlotte Bartlett-Kruger is the youngest of six sisters. While she feels that having so many sisters is mostly good, she does not like wearing only hand-me-downs from her sisters. Charlotte is handy at fixing passed-down toys and clothing and tries to be satisfied with them. When her parents announce that they will host a fancy party, though, Charlotte is sad to not have a new dress to wear. Seeing her distress, her sisters work together to make something old new again so that Charlotte will feel like the belle of the ball. Ms. Krauss' prose uses sophisticated vocabulary to share a sweet story of love and empathy between sisters. The pastel illustrations are whimsical and feature the sisters in vivid fashions from various eras. Though there is no mention of them in the text, illustrations show many house staff shining crystal chandeliers and preparing the house for the party, leaving a reader to wonder why Charlotte must only wear patched hand-me-downs! All-in-all, though, a fun read!
9/29/2016 11:51:14Panda PantsJacqueline Daviesprovided by publishers via Library Services.Alfred A. Knopf201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4Panda, persuasiveA young panda tries to convince his panda parent to get him some "panda pants". The panda is persistent with reasons as to why pandas need pants, even though the parent repeatedly denies. The ending is a little strange, but the story is still cute. GoodThis edition could be a good addition.A young panda tries to convince his panda parent to get him some "panda pants". The panda is persistent with reasons as to why pandas need pants, even though the parent repeatedly denies. The ending is a little strange, but the story is still cute. This would be a great book to use when introducing persuasive writing.
9/29/2016 22:28:50Among a thousand firefliesHelen Frosta self-selected title.Candlewick Press2016[32]NonfictionGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4, Grades 4 - 6PoetryA firefly sits on a flower and watches all the signals other fireflies are flashing. Finally she see one that is like her own and she answers back, hoping he will see her light.The photography is outstanding and the free verse poem is lovely.OutstandingBuy this book!In an author's note, Frost tells how each kind of firefly has its own pattern of flashes and what causes the flashing.
10/3/2016 15:30:52In the Time Of Dragon MoonJanet Lee Careyprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Kathy Dawson Books
2015472Fiction- FantasyGrades 8 - 12fantasy, dragons, fairies, kings and rulersUma is half English and half Euit and all she wants is to be accepted by her tribe. When her father, the tribe’s healer, is taken by the English queen to cure her infertility, Uma risks her life to go with him. After tragedy strikes, it is up to Uma to continue her father’s work or her tribe will suffer for her failure and Uma will be burned at the stake. She finds an ally in Jackrun Pendragon who is struggling with his own identity as well as a prophecy to fulfill. Full of dragons, fairies, adventure, and romance, In the Time of Dragon Moon is a great addition to collections where fantasy is popular. Though this book is the third in the Wilde Island Chronicles, readers do not have to read the previous two in the series to enjoy it. Recommend to fans of Throne of Glass and Falling Kingdoms.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.For fans of Throne of Glass and Falling Kingdoms.
10/3/2016 15:35:14The NoviceTaran Matharuprovided by publishers via Library Services.Feiwel & Friends2015355Fiction- FantasyGrades 6 - 8, Grades 8 - 12apprentices, demonology, fantasy, schoolsFletcher is a blacksmith’s apprentice when he finds out that he can summon demons – a rare ability, especially for commoners. Running away from a bully, he happens to meet a battlemage who brings him to a school where he can train as a summoner. Fletcher is a likable character, but seems too good to be true. He also has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. The plot is fast-paced, but often relies on the characters to explain what’s going on to the reader. An average addition to the fantasy genre; purchase it as an additional selection where Ranger’s Apprentice, Harry Potter, and Pokemon are popular.MehThis edition could be a good addition.For fans of Ranger's Apprentice and Pokemon.
10/3/2016 15:54:03The Girl I Used to BeHenry, Aprilprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Henry Holt and Company
2016229Fiction- SuspenseGrades 7 - 9identity; orphans; parents; murderFourteen years ago, Ariel''s parents took her to the forest to cut down a Christmas tree—and never come back. When a three-year-old is found at a Wal-Mart, it takes time for authorities to connect her with a missing family over a hundred miles away.

Then Ariel's mother's body is found in the woods. She's been stabbed 19 times. Since she had a rocky relationship with Ariel's father, everyone figures he just snapped. Ariel ends up in foster care, and eventually a failed adoption leaves her with a new name: Olivia.

Now a human bond found in the woods has changed what everyone thought was true about that day. He was killed along with her mother, and it was the killer who took the girl to the Wal-Mart.

Now Ariel/Olivia is determined to uncover the truth.

But can she do that before the killer tracks her down first?
GoodBuy this book!This is very similar to Henry's other books - great for fans of Henry's and reluctant readers in general
10/3/2016 16:28:40Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou HamerCarole Boston Weatherforda self-selected title.Candlewick Press201545Everybody Book, NonfictionGrades 4 - 6Civil RightsThis is a biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist, who was called the "Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement" as she would often sing spirituals at protests. Fannie Lou walked with Dr. King, sat down at lunch counters, was one of the first black voters in Mississippi. The story is important and needs to be told, but I think the audience needs to be more mature - perhaps 4th - 6th grades, or older. She does mention being sterilized against her wishes and unable to bear children because she was poor and black. GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Lillian's Right to VoteImportant reading material alongside anything to do with Rosa Parks, MLK or others in the CIvil Rights Movement
10/4/2016 7:58:25There is a tribe of kidsLane Smithprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Roaring Brook Press
201639Easy Reader, Everybody BookGrades K - 2English languageCollective nouns are everywhere in this beautiful picture book. A young boy joins many different groups of animals in the wild. His childlike imagination takes him from a colony of penguins, a formation of rocks, a flight of butterflies and all the way to a trail of shells. Very informative and imaginative story with superb illustrations!OutstandingBuy this book!
10/4/2016 9:37:07The Missing Magic (Magical Animal Adoption Agency Book 3)Kallie Georgea self-selected title.Disney HyperionAugust, 2016144Fiction- FantasyGrades 2 - 4, Grades 4 - 6Friendship, Imaginary Creatures, Pet Adoption, MagicIn the third installment of this magical series, Cover must work with newcomer know-it-all Oliver Von Hoof when Mr. Jams is called away on yet another important mission. The two must find a way to work together when all of the animals at the agency suddenly start losing their magic, and become "normal."

This series will appeal to fans of the Scholastic Magic Kitten books, but this George's books hold a lot more literary merit. This series is an elementary essential purchase since the story line is unique and engaging while also meeting grade level literary expectations.
OutstandingBuy this book!Book 1: Clover's Luck; Book 2: The Enchanted Egg
10/4/2016 10:14:06Samauri Rising: the epic life of Minamoto YoshitsnuePamela S Turnera self-selected title.Charlesbridge2016236NonfictionGrades 6 - 8, Grades 8 - 12samurai/revenge/Japanese medieval history/legendsFar from a dry re-telling of Yoshitsnue's life, this is the stuff legends are made of. Turner recounts his daring life in vivid detail - revenge, battles, beheadings, power struggles - it's all here. When an infant, Yoshitsnue's father died while trying to overthrow his rival (with ties to the emperor). Although Yoshistnue's brothers were killed, Y's life was spared due to his young age and he was sent to a Buddhist monastery. At twelve, he escaped to live as a samurai to, of course, exact revenge for his father's death. It's nothing but action and battles until his eventual fall. Turner does a superb job with her analogies, relating his live and events to today's culture. Students will eat this up. OutstandingBuy this book!
10/4/2016 16:03:53Little TreeLoren Longa self-selected title.
Philomel Books (Penguin Group Imprint)
201536Everybody BookGrades K - 2Seasons, Trees, AcceptanceThe Little Tree can't bring himself to let go of his leaves even when they become brown and dry. He finds he is unable to grow until he can let go of them and be nourished by new leaves. This book could be discussed as deeply as a reader would like. Seasons can be discussed, as well as feelings such as fear, reluctance, anxiety, acceptance, and what it means to let go. Plant life cycles will also come up in discussion and some reviewers complain about the length of time the tree stays alive without new leaves, but this is just another jumping off point for conversation.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Counselors would love this book.
10/7/2016 10:52:15The ScourgeJennifer A. Nielsena self-selected title.Scholastic Press2016353Fiction- FantasyGrades 6 - 8Government Plots, Friendship, Plague, PrejudiceAni lives in a land where a disease called The Scourge has infected many people except her own, the River People. One day the governor's wardens capture Ani and her friend, Weevil, to test them for the disease. Ani and Weevil escape but are separated, and Ani encounters a town girl named Della trying to run away from home. When the two are discovered together, they are told they both have the Scourge and must be sent to a quarantine island. Ani continues to question the establishment about the disease and the suspicious things happening on the island.GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
10/8/2016 10:58:58These Shallow GravesJennifer Donnellya self-selected title.Delacourte Press2015724Fiction- Historical, Fiction- MysteryGrades 7 - 9, Grades 8 - 12, Grades 9-12Murder MysteryIn 1890's New York City society, few girls are free to make their own choices. When Josephine Montfort's father commits suicide, she is convinced that there is more to the story. Proper young ladies are not allowed to venture outside of their world, much less expose themselves to investigative work. Jo has her work cut out for her in this dangerous adventure. GoodThis edition could be a good addition.fans of historical fiction will enjoy this.
10/11/2016 12:21:45Wet Cement: a mix of concrete poemsBob Raczkaa self-selected title.
Roaring Brook Press
201643Nonfictiongr. 3-6Poetry; Concrete poetryRaczka presents 21 poems that spiral, leap, bend, bounce, and step across the page. Some of the fun offerings are Hopscotch, Crossword, Lightning, Hanger and Pop-up, with the words forming those shapes. Dominoes is especially clever. The lines are parallel, at a slant. The poem begins - Just one push, here we go, follow through, feel the flow.
The poem ends -Don’t be scared, hang on tight, rock ‘n’ roll, what are we? DOMINOES!
GreatBuy this book!In a forward, Raczka talks about poems as word paintings. “A poet uses words like colors to paint pictures inside your head. In concrete poems, or shape poems, the words also paint pictures on the page.”
10/12/2016 10:19:31The Boys in the BoatGregory Monea self-selected title.Viking2015227Literary NonfictionGrades 6 - 8Olympics, Sports & RecreationThis is the story of Joe Rantz, a teenage boy who was literally left on his home's doorstep when his family decided to move on without him during the Great Depression. Despite these hardships, Joe managed to go to college and make the freshman crew team. With rowers who were the sons of blue collar workers, the University of Washington's crew was never expected to defeat the prestigious East Coast teams, yet they did, going on to shock the world by challenging the German boat rowing for Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Olympic Games.OutstandingBuy this book!Unbroken (litnonfic), Berlin Boxing Club (F)Students who enjoy WWII and maybe have read Unbroken
10/13/2016 9:36:13GhostsRaina Telgemeiera self-selected title.
Graphix (an imprint of Scholastic)
2016239Graphic NovelGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8
Cystic Fibrosis, Family, Siblings, Ghosts, Dia de los Muertos
Catrina and her family move to a purportedly haunted town for the health of her younger sister - Maya. Although Cat is not excited about the ghosts, Maya is.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Mercury by Hope Larson
This is a cute, fun read; however, some may take exception with the depiction of Mexican culture an the relationship with ghosts.
10/13/2016 9:36:13That NightChevy Stevensa self-selected title.St. Martin's PressJune 2014370Fiction-ThrillerGrades 9-12
Women ex-convicts/Bullies
A young woman convicted of murdering her younger sister is released from jail twelves years later and seeks the truth about what happened to her younger sister that night.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Still Missing and Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
10/13/2016 10:02:48Nugget and FangTammi Sauera self-selected title.
Harcourt Children's Books
201336Everybody BookGrades K - 2
Friendship-Fiction, Peer Pressure
Nugget and Fang are best of friends, but when Nugget goes off to school and leaves Fang at home the friendship changes. Nugget's new friends tell him sharks and minnows can't be friends. But Nugget and Fang might be different. This is a wonderful story of an unlikely friendship.
OutstandingBuy this book!
This is a great read aloud not only about friendship, but the very simple text allows you to point out fiction story elements to young students.
10/13/2016 11:35:02A Handful of StarsCynthia Lorda self-selected title.Scholastic Press2015192Fiction- RealisticGrades 4 - 6Family & Friendship
A Handful of Stars is a realistic fiction story about two girls from completely different backgrounds who become unlikely friends. Lily grew up in the small town in Maine living above her grandparent’s store. Salma was a migrant worker. They met when Lily’s blind dog Lucky ran into the blueberry fields where Salma was working. Lily and Salma find out they have a lot in common, and soon become friends, but they have different things they want to achieve. Lily wants to save up enough money for an operation on Lucky’s eyes to help him see again, and Salma wants to win the Blueberry pageant. An endearing story of friendship unfolds as they help each other achieve their goals.
OutstandingBuy this book!
10/13/2016 15:13:07Sara Lost and FoundVirginia Castlemana self-selected title.Aladdin2014310Fiction- RealisticGrades 4 - 6
Foster care, sisters, emotional problems
Sara and Anna are sisters; who have been left alone for a few days. Dad is a drummer in a band but often gets into trouble and doesn't come home for days. Even though Anna is older, Sara is the one who takes care of both of them. Now, it's on to another foster home. The fear of not knowing who the foster parents are; will they like them; will they be nice to them? All of these questions are waiting to be answered. But the most important question for Sara is, "will we be together?" She promised her mom that she would always take care of Anna.
OutstandingThis edition could be a good addition.
Fish in a Tree, The war that saved my life
10/13/2016 15:25:12Miss Ellicott's School for the Magically MindedSage Blackwooda self-selected title.
Katherine Tegen Books
March, 2017368Fiction- FantasyGrades 6 - 8
Friendship, Loyalty, Magic, Dragons
A fun fantasy for the middle school set. Themes of friendship and responsibility abound along with a healthy dose of magic.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
10/14/2016 10:21:46Dreidels on the BrainJoel ben Izzya self-selected title.
Dial Books for Young Readers
October, 2016
320Fiction- Humor, Fiction- RealisticGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8
Hanukkah, Family Illness, Magicians, California
Ben Izzy does an excellent job capturing the humor and struggle of growing up Jewish in a California suburb during the early 1970s. Young Joel's character must deal with the largely Christian population's interpretation of his Jewish faith as he also comes to his own religious understandings. Ben Izzy balances the serious with funny much like Jordan Sonnenblick. This is a must purchase title for middle school libraries.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
10/14/2016 16:38:46Nobody Likes a GoblinBen Hatkeprovided by publishers via Library Services.First Second201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4Goblins, skeletons
Goblin and skeleton enjoy life in the castle until they are disturbed by the "adventurers." The "adventurers" take skeleton and Goblin must search far and wide to recover his friend.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
Nice Goblin fairytale. Fabulous illustrations help tell the tale. Students who like Hatke's graphic novels will enjoy this picture book.
Fun story for all.
10/15/2016 14:08:23Before MorningJoyce Sidmanprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
201640Everybody BookGrades K - 2City and Town life, snowA child wishes for a slow, wintry day to spend time with his family.OutstandingBuy this book!
This book is from Newberry winner Joyce Sidman and Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes. The illustrations will remind you of the detail from "The Mitten."
10/16/2016 13:42:46Bubonic Plague: When Plague Invaded AmericaGail Jarrowprovided by publishers via Library Services.Calkins Creek2016200NonfictionGrades 7 - 9
bubonic plague, medical mysteries, biology, history
It's 1900, and the first victim has died in San Francisco's Chinatown. This death will soon be followed by several other sudden, painful and grotesques illnesses and fatalities. Members of the U.S. Marine Hospital service rush to stop this mysterious illness. Initially, progress is made, despite efforts from government officials to cover up the spread of disease and later, the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. This story brings differences between established and sometimes erroneous ideas and new research findings as well as the perspectives between the clinical and the personal points of view and places them under the microscope, examining how medical mysteries such as this one are handled by various organizations and bureaucracies. With an abundance of photographs, extensive research (undertaken by zoologist and former science teacher Gail Jarrow) a Frequently Asked Questions section, glossary, timeline, bibliography, index and source notes, readers will learn a great deal about this interesting and scary time in American history. A time that may very well repeat if we do not learn its lessons.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Red Madness by Jarrow; Fatal Fever by Jarrow
Get this book in the hands of that student who wants to be an epidemiologist or maybe someone who likes mysteries and things that are gross.
10/16/2016 17:11:29School's First Day of SchoolRex, Adama self-selected title.
Roaring Brook Press
32 - Unpaged
Everybody BookGrades K - 2First Day of School
When the first day of school arrives for the new school building, School is just as nervous as the children. Concerned with questions like "Will everyone like me?" and "Will people be nice?" School is just like a lot of students. As teh day progresses School finds that going to school (and being a school) is pretty great.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Could be great for Armadillo! Definitely a great beginning of the year read aloud.
10/16/2016 17:49:58Laura Line, TheCrystal Allena self-selected title.
Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
2013328Fiction- RealisticGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8
geneaology, slavery, middle school, culture
Laura's middle-school universe is inhabited by two primary goals-- get other students to like her and get the cutest guy in school to notice her. Being an overweight girl called "Fat Larda" by her classmates is difficult enough, but, when her 7th grade teacher plans a field trip to Laura Dyson's Lowdown, Dirty, Backwoods Family Secret, the slave shack behind Laura's grandmother's house, Laura is beyond humiliated-- "(H)eck to the hundreth power of no way" that this field trip is happening! Laura plans to derail the field trip, but, along the way, she puts not only the trip, but the shack in jeopardy. Even after her mother and her grandmother, both also named Laura, explain that the shack is a literal reminder of Laura's distinguished and courageous past, Laura struggles with how to deal with the past in her not so comfortable present. All in all, it's a story of our roots and how we reach to the sun by knowing who we are and where we came from, but the message may be a little muddled for some readers.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen; Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
10/17/2016 1:13:55Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) TeenJazz Jenningsprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Crown Books for Young Readers
2016265Literary Nonfiction, Nonfiction, AutobiographyGrades 7 - 9Transgenderism
Fifteen year old Jazz Jennings shares her struggles and joys with transitioning from male to female and how it has led to a life of advocacy.
GoodBuy this book!
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
A valuable resource for transgenderism
10/17/2016 9:20:54On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children's RightsKulling, Monicaprovided by publishers via Library Services.Kids Can Press201632Nonfiction, Nonfiction- EasyGrades 2 - 4, Grades 4 - 6, Grades 8 - 12
Child labor, child labor laws, social justice, American history
In 1903, social activist Mary Harris Jones organized a march from Philadelphia to New York to protest the dangerous conditions faced by children working in mills and factories. On Our Way to Oyster Bay is told from the perspective of a child laborer who joins the march. The picture book format makes this story accessible for upper elementary through high school classes.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Kids Can Press has wonderful titles to explore social justice; check them out!
Get this book into the hands of American history teachers! I wish I had learned about Mother Jones in high school.
10/17/2016 14:48:56School's First Day of SchoolAdam Rexprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Roaring Brook Press
201634Everybody BookGrades K - 2First Day of School
A school is nervous for its' very first ever day of school. Will the students like it? Will the students take care of it? A perfect first-day-of-school or back-to-school read aloud. The beautiful and relatable illustrations by Caldecott-award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson and talented author Adam Rex, this brilliant collaboration is sure to be a staple and immediate classic in your collection.
OutstandingBuy this book!
I love love love this book!!! PERFECT for back-to-school and anyone who is nervous about starting a new school year or being at a new school. HIGHLY recommend!!!
10/18/2016 10:56:00The Girl I Used To BeApril Henrya self-selected title.
Henry Holt & Company
2016229Fiction- SuspenseGrades 7 - 9
Murder; Identity; Parents; Mystery and detective stories
After 14 years, Olivia goes back to the place where her parents were murdered to try to find out what happened. For years, everyone thought is was her father, but now, new evidence shows that her father was also murdered.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
The Night She Disappeared ~April Henry
This book has short chapters and will appeal to reluctant readers.
10/19/2016 10:38:08The Girl in the Well is MeKaren Rogersa self-selected title.
Algonquin Young Readers
2016224Fiction- RealisticGrades 6 - 8
Family, Bullying, Self Esteem
Kammie wants to be part of the popular crowd, and even though she does not particularly like the girls in the popular crowd, she is drawn to them. The 3 girls, Sandy, Mandy, and Kandy, conspired to take her through an initiation to be part of their "club". The first part was for one of them to give her an unflattering haircut. Then, they told her that she needed to sing on a piece of wood on top of a well. Yes, you guessed it. She fell into the well. Kammie tells her entire story inside the well. She quickly realizes just how selfish these girls are when they are staring down at her in the well. Kammie is in the well for a long period of time which gives her plenty of time for self reflection and to let the readers know about why she is in the position to be so hard up for friends in the first place.
Rogers does a good job of making Kammie the type of character that you root for without feeling completely sorry for. Not too many people can say that part of their coming of age journey was in a well, but Kammie does proudly as she lets people know that she is the girl in the well.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
10/20/2016 8:52:57A Northern LightJennifer Donnellya self-selected title.
Perfection Learning
2004396Fiction- HistoricalGrades 8 - 12
1900's women and choices that they make.
Early 1900's and Mattie Gokey finds herself having to choose between her love of writing and desire to attend college and the obligations and expectations that are holding her back at home in the Northern Woods. After finding work at a nearby hotel, Mattie is given a stack of letters by a girl that is soon discovered drowned in lake by the hotel. It isn't until Mattie reads the letters that she finds clarity in the choices that she must make. I listened to the audio version and absolutely loved the reader. I didn't want the book to end.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
students that like historical fiction will enjoy this title.
10/21/2016 11:41:41How to Hang a WitchAdriana Mathera self-selected title.Alfred A. Knopf2016358Fiction- SupernaturalGrades 9-12
witches, Salem witch trials,
Samantha Mather is a descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the instigators of the Salem witch trials. She goes to live at her family's house in Salem after her father falls into a coma. Strange things begin to happen immediately, and Samantha is soon entangled in a twisting plot along with "The Descendants" - a group of high schoolers related to the original accused witches hanged in Salem. Samantha discovers she is part of a centuries old curse, and must try to break it before her father - and possibly she herself - dies.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Picked up this book at the Texas Teen Book Festival - written by Adriana Mather - an actual descendant of Cotton Mather!
10/24/2016 15:00:08The Music In George's HeadSuzanne Sladeprovided by publishers via Library Services.Calkins Creek201632Everybody Book, NonfictionGrades 2 - 4, Grades 4 - 6
music, family, biographies, George Gershwin,
When George's family received a piano, He sat down and amazed his mom with his playing. He had been practicing on a friend's piano. He became a composer and this story describes how he wrote Rhapsody in Blue.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Students who like jazz or kids who love drawing. The illustrations are based on old photographs.
10/26/2016 10:33:34Sophie's Squash Go To School Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Witsdorfprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Schwartz and Wade books
201641Everybody BookGrades K - 2Friendship, school
A sequel to "Sophie's Squash", Sophie has a difficult time making new friends at school because of her attachment to her squash friends. When they go into the ground for winter, Sophie discovers that the boy who has been trying to be her friend is actually a good person.
MehThe book may not make sense to those who have not read Sophie's Squash. Only purchase if you plan to buy Sophie's Squash as well. Sophie's Squash
10/26/2016 10:48:28SplashdanceLiz Starinprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Farrar Straus Giroux
201637Everybody BookGrades K - 2Teamwork
Ursula the bear is training for a water ballet competition with a human when they find out bears are not allowed to compete. The human, Ricardo, finds a new partner and Ursula continues to swim on her own. She meets another group of animals and joins their team. Even though they don't technically win the competition, they are the crowd favorite.
MehCute, but not a literary gem.
10/26/2016 11:37:36Symptoms of Being HumanJeff Garvina self-selected title.Harper Collins
February, 2016
352Fiction- RealisticGrades 9-12
LGBTQ issues, bullying, relationships
High school student Riley Cavanaugh identifies as "gender fluid." Sometimes Riley feels more like a girl, sometimes more like a boy. Riley's therapist is the only person to whom the character is "out." Riley, whose father is a conservative Congressman working on a re-election campaign, has just transferred to a public high school. Bullying at the old school, in addition to the pressure of being in the public eye during the campaign, led Riley to attempt suicide. Public school is supposed to provide a fresh start, but Riley is quickly labeled "It" and harassed by classmates. Riley does make a couple of friends, one of whom Riley sees as more than just a friend. Throughout the book, Riley begins to come to terms with his/her identity and how to handle it.
GoodBuy this book!
With a plethora of recently published YA books featuring transgender characters and issues, Symptoms of Being Human provides a different perspective on gender identity. This title is a recommended addition for high school collections.
10/31/2016 9:50:04Dog on Board: The True Story of Eclipse, the Bus Riding DogDorothy Hinshaw Patentprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Crown Books for Young Readers
201636Everybody BookGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4
Dogs, Friendship, Seattle,
Eclipse, a "Mastador"--lab/mastiff mix, became famous after a Seattle news station featured her as a feel good human interest story. One day, when her owner was busy, Eclipse took the bus all by herself to the dog park. Now, she is a regular on the bus with many friends there and around Seattle. This book includes sparse text, but great pictures of Eclipse and interesting sights in Seattle. It includes website and youtube links to learn more about Eclipse.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Dogs on Duty, Tuesday Tucks me Inany child who enjoys dogs
11/1/2016 14:14:35The Memory of LightFrancisco X. Storka self-selected title.Arthur A. levine2016325 p.Fiction- RealisticGrades 7 - 9, Grades 8 - 12suicide, depression
Vicky wakes up in the psychiatric ward after an attempted suicide. She is not happy about it as the plan was to NOT wake up. She meets and bonds with other teens that have been committed and a doctor who shows her that life can be worth living. Vicky learns that she has chronic depression and that she needs to learn coping skills because it is not going away. This is a beautifully written story based on an experience by the author following his suicide attempt at age 24. It is full of sadness, understanding, acceptance, and hope.
OutstandingBuy this book!
11/1/2016 15:39:05The Best ManRichard Peckprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Penguin Random House
c2016232Fiction- RealisticGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8, Grades 7 - 9
families, humor, weddings, homosexuality
Archer is a kindergartner hiding under a porch deck just before his cue as ring-bearer begins. Lynette, a bit more mature, yet the same age, coaxes him back to the wedding just in time, but with no time to spare to fix a dreadful wardrobe malfunction, which makes a raucously hilarious first scene in The Best Man. Peck manages to weave six more contemporary years of tender and funny scenes together through Archer's point of view so well that you will not want to put the book down until it is finished. Archer's family members are just plain, good people, especially his gay Uncle Paul, who falls in love with his student teacher. Some parts of the book are a bit implausible, but when recognized as the type of hyperbole that makes a feel-good movie just over the top enough to make you cheer, then go ahead... cheer for this boy and his family and community.
OutstandingBuy this book!Children will identify with this book more readily than Peck's other books, which are historical fiction. Once they read and enjoy this book, they will probably been more keen toward his other books.School librarians may be anxious about having a book that deals with homosexuality. The main character, Archer, is not gay. His uncle and his student teacher seem more like best friends, but Archer knows they love each other. This is a very wholesome book that features a mother and father who love each other, very loving grandparents, a best friend who is sort of a girlfriend, and a gay uncle. To paraphrase a favorite part of the book --when schoolchildren are talking about Archer's gay uncle, someone asks "doesn't everyone have a gay uncle?" It's a great book even for 3rd or 4th graders. The pivotal parts of the book are set when the main character is in 5th and 6th grade.
11/2/2016 10:05:57Exit, Pursued by a BearE.K. Johnstona self-selected title.
Dutton Books for Young Readers
2016248Fiction- RealisticGrades 9-12
Cheerleading, Rape, Abortion
High school senior, Hermione attends cheerleading camp with her fellow teammates. While at camp, she is drugged and raped. Afterwards, she can't remember anything, including the guy who raped her. When she returns home, she has to cope with parents, friends, and an unwanted pregnancy.
GoodBuy this book!
This book has an attractive cover and will appeal to high school girls.
11/6/2016 5:58:39GhostJason Reynoldsa self-selected title.
Atheneum Books
2016180Fiction- RealisticGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8
coming-of-age; split families; track; running; family violence
From the publisher:

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.

Ghost wants to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school track team, but his past is slowing him down in this first electrifying novel of a brand-new series from Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award–winning author Jason Reynolds.

Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves.

Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training. If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—and running away from them—until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who blew his own shot at success by using drugs, and who is determined to keep other kids from blowing their shots at life.
OutstandingBuy this book!
In the sense of young African American boys who enjoy sports and deal with family issues, this ties in with Booked and The Crossover by Kwame Alexander.
As a National Book Award finalist by one of the hottest middle grade/young adult authors around, this is a must-purchase.
11/8/2016 15:00:07GhostsRaina Telgemeiera self-selected title.Scholastic2016239Graphic NovelGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8
Day of the Dead, Cystic Fibrosis, Family Life, Ghosts
Catrina and her family move to a coastal town in Northern California because her younger sister Maya has cystic fibrosis. They hope the weather there will help her improve. Catrina is horrified to discover that in addition to humans, the town is inhabited by ghosts. Maya loves the ghosts, and chasing them leads to hospitalization with more breathing problems. Catrina and her family learn about the town's Day of the Dead customs and come to appreciate the ghosts.
OutstandingBuy this book!Smile, Sisters
Kids who love Raina Telgemeier won't be disappointed!
11/10/2016 9:42:15BATGIRL: THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDECameron Stewart; illustrated by Babs Tarra self-selected title.DC Comics
June 16, 2015
unpagedGraphic NovelGrades 9-12
Good vs. Evil, Social Media, Romance, Vigilantism, college, frienship
Looking for a change, Barbara Gordon moves to Burnside, Gotham's trendiest neighborhood. Here, she hopes to get a fresh start, pursue her dreams as a college student, and find new friends as well as romance--all while moonlighting as Batgirl. Unfortunately, putting her past behind her won't be as easy or as rewarding as she'd like. However, Babs manages to get by with more than a little help from friends, both new and old.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.Part-time Princesses
Get this book in the hands of readers who are looking for a topical, updated take on classic caped-crime fighters.
11/10/2016 10:13:47March: Book Three John Lewis, Andrew Aydin (Authors), Nate Powell (Illustrator)a self-selected title.
Top Shelf Productions
August 2, 2016
246Graphic NonfictionGrades 9-12
Civil Rights, Nonviolent Protest, Voting Rights, Activism
This is the conclusion to the March trilogy in which Congressman John Lewis-- one of the key figures of the American Civil Rights Movement--collaborates with author Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell to bring history's lessons to life for a new generation.
OutstandingBuy this book!Drowned City, Boxers & Saints
Get this book in the hands of lovers of history and those who want to learn more.
11/10/2016 12:15:31Field Guide to the GrumpasaurusEdward Hemingwayprovided by publishers via Library Services.Clarion Books201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2
temper tantrums, emotions
This a field guide for the grumpasaurus. This guide tells you how to handle them and deal with cranky kids, I mean grumpasauruses.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
11/10/2016 14:24:15The Lost GiftKallie George & Stephanie Graeginprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Schwartz & Wade Books
201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2
Christmas, friends, caring about others
Four furry friends are waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve on top of a hill. Suddenly they see Santa fly by on his sleigh. But Santa drops a present and the friends run to see what it is. The present, however, is not for them. It's for the new baby at the farmhouse. The furry friends now have to decide if they should deliver the lost present or not.
OutstandingBuy this book!
The Christmas Boot, Stowaway in a sleigh
11/10/2016 14:55:08This Book Is Not About DragonsShelley Moore Thomasprovided by publishers via Library Services.Boyd Mills Press201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2Humor/Dragons
A mouse insists that the book is NOT about dragons, despite all the singed scenes and fire.
MehNah-- see additional title suggestions...
11/14/2016 10:34:44The Glass SwordVictoria Aveyarda self-selected title.Harper Teen2016454Fiction- FantasyGrades 9-12
Blood; Princesses; Teen Girls
In this blend of fantasy and science fiction, Mare Barrow is the people's only hope. She is no longer normal or common. Red is the blood of the common people. Silver is the blood of royals. With the power to wield lightning and destruction, Mare is a new blood, with silver abilities. No one knows where the new bloods have come from, but there are others, and if they're anything as powerful as Mare, King Maven wants all of them annihilated. Prince Cal, half brother of Maven and rightful ruler, is exiled after Maven's mother, Queen Elara, conspired and had her husband and king murdered. Rebellion is inevitable, but can Mare lead the people without becoming the very monster she's trying to destroy. Mare, along with Cal and the Scarlet Guard seek out the other new bloods while recruiting reds and silvers to help defeat Maven.
OutstandingBuy this book!
The Red Queen; Divergent Series, The Luna Chronicles
11/18/2016 12:46:44Girl in the Blue CoatMonica Hessea self-selected title.
Little, Brown and Company
c 2016301 p.Fiction- HistoricalGrades 7 - 9, Grades 8 - 12
Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during WWII
Hanneke is a young woman who procures items for black market sale in Amsterdam during WWII. The Nazis occupy her city and all resources are scarce but she has an ability to find items that are desperately needed and charm her way out of difficult situations. She inadvertently becomes entangled in an underground resistance group through her dead boyfriend Bas' brother when she tries to find a missing Jewish girl, the girl in the blue coat.

SLJ reviews it as 9+ but I do not see any reason it should not be in a middle school collection. The romance is mild and fleeting. Bas' brother reveals that he is in love with another young man; however, it is a discussion lasting less than one page.
OutstandingBuy this book!
anyone who likes holocaust/Anne Frank books.
11/21/2016 18:46:48The Gilded CageLucinda Graya self-selected title.
Henry Holt and Company
2016245Fiction- SuspenseGrades 7 - 9
Historical, Suspense, Romance, Family, England
16 year old Katherine Randolph is whisked away from frontier life in 1820's Virginia when her brother inherits an English estate. Forced to conform to a new way of life, Katherine is finally starting to adjust when her brother dies under suspicious circumstances. Katherine decides to find answers herself, but might suffer terrible consequences as a result.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.The Caged Graves
11/23/2016 11:48:54To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in SpaceCarmella Van Vleet, Dr. Kathy Sullivanprovided by publishers via Library Services.Charlesbridge 201640Everybody Book, Literary Nonfiction, Nonfiction, AutobiographyGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4
Space, astronaut, women in science
A unique look at the life of Dr. Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk In space. The book takes the reader back and forth in time as it reveals how Dr. Sullivan's interests as a child and young adult influenced her path to becoming an astronaut.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Sally Ride (By Erin Edison), I Csn Be an Astronaut (by Alex Appleby)
This book provides opportunities for so many great lessons!
11/23/2016 12:12:32Me First: Prefixes Lead the WayRobin Pulverprovided by publishers via Library Services.Holiday House201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2
Prefixes, leadership, Abraham Lincoln
Several animated prefixes chant cheers and excitedly anticipate the beginning of the school day for their big reveal. They are confused when the teacher shows up dressed as Abraham Lincoln. He starts to give a lesson about leadership until he is reminded by the overeager prefixes to include them. It is a cute idea, but the story is a little choppy in its efforts to combine prefixes, leadership, and Abraham Lincoln. There are great references on the inner covers of the book.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
Although the story was a little choppy, the students will probably love the quirky characters, and it would be easy to set up an activity with prefixes around the room like in the book.
11/26/2016 12:16:55The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the GameNancy Churnina self-selected title.
Albert Whitman & Company
2016[32]Literary Nonfiction, BiographyGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4
Hoy, William, 1862-1961; Baseball players-United States-Biography; Deaf athletes-United States-Biography
William Hoy loved baseball. Even thought he was an outstanding player, playing the game was hard for him because he was deaf. He could read lips and sign, but few people in the hearing world used sign language. He signed with a minor league team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but had to endure players talking with their backs to him and not knowing what the calls were. While reading a letter from his Mom, he remembered how she would wave her arms to applaud him. He began to sketch and scribble and when he showed his notes to the umpire, the man thought his ideas could work. Now that he knew if a pitch was a ball or a strike, his career took off. He played for several major league teams, set records and has been inducted into several Halls of Fame. An author's note and a timeline are included.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Show this book to young sports fans.
11/28/2016 13:44:36IcebreakerLian Tannera self-selected title.
Fiewel and Friends
2013264Fiction- Science FictionGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8Technology, Survival
Petrel has lived in the shadows her entire life, never belonging to any tribe aboard the Oyster, a massive ship that has been circling the Arctic for hundreds of years. But life for the entire crew might change with the appearance of a stranger. Will he help them discover new worlds or destroy theirs?
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.City of Ember
11/28/2016 14:49:38The Haunted House ProjectTricia Clasena self-selected title.Sky Pony Press2016219Fiction- RealisticGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8
Family, Death, Friendship

Andie loses her mother in a car accident. She decides to use a science project at school to try to "haunt" her family by making them think her mother's spirit is alive in their house. All in an effort to bring her broken family back together.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
11/28/2016 16:06:40To Catch a CheatVarian Johnsona self-selected title.Arthur A. Levine2016241Fiction- RealisticGrades 4 - 6, Grades 6 - 8
Friendship; Middle School
Ever since the Election Job, better known as the Great Greene Heist, Jackson Greene has been keeping pranks to a minimum. Now, he and the crew have a problem. They are being blackmailed into stealing a final exam and the forged video is hard evidence against them. Jackson, Gaby, and the rest of the crew must figure out a way to smoke out the culprit and prove their innocence.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
students who enjoyed The Great Greene Heist.
11/30/2016 17:13:40The Water PrincessSusan Verdeprovided by publishers via Library Services.
G. P. Putnam's Sons
201638Everybody BookGrades K - 2
ecology, water conservation, water supply, Africa, service learning, global activism
Gie Gie imagines she is a princess, yet she wakes only to travel for miles with her mother to gather dirty water and return it home. This journey takes most of the day, and then the water is boiled and used back home, yet the next day will require the same journey and tasks again. Verde's prose effectively elicits thirst from the reader, but it doesn't have a smooth enough rhythm. Reynolds' dusty, hazy, smoky watercolor and ink illustrations are perfect, emphasizing land and atmosphere to remind us about ecology by helping us to "feel" it. The book is based on world-famous model Georgie Badiel's youth, and its afterword is a plug for the Georgie Badiel Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps construct water wells in Burkina Faso.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
One plastic bag : Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia, also The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
If you have Trudy Marshall come to your school to promote Libraries of Love, or if you promote other service learning projects, this would be a good addition to your collection.
12/1/2016 11:41:43Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility King, Stacy (author); Po, Tse (illustrator)a self-selected title.
Udon Entertainment Inc.
2016303Graphic Novel, ClassicGrades 6 - 8, Grades 7 - 9, Grades 8 - 12, Grades 9-12
English social life and customs, romance, sisters, young women, love, marriage, social class
Graphic novelization of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility.OutstandingBuy this book!
All of the Manga Classics graphic novelizations are excellent. The Graphic Cannon, vol. 1-3
This book would be great for struggling readers who are assigned classics and pre-twentieth century literature to read for class. It would be an excellent supplement to if not replacement for the original text.
12/1/2016 19:17:34Tell Us Something TrueDana Reinhardta self-selected title.
Wendy Lamb Books
June 14, 2016
208Fiction- RealisticGrades 9-12
Acceptance; Love; Addiction; Friendships
River Dean's is on top of the world until his girlfriend, Penny dumps him. Who hasn't experienced heart-ache? River, that's who! River is becomes so distraught after Penny dumps him! He depended on Penny for everything, especially transportation. River lives in L.A. and in L.A. everybody has a car or drives, right? Nope, not River! Penny is his ride to everywhere. After she dumps him, she has the audacity to offer him a ride home. River's pride will not let him succumb. So he walks and where he ends up is in a neighborhood, unfamiliar to him. While walking, he isn't thinking about getting mugged; he's thinking about his heart and Penny, Penny, Penny! He stumbles upon a support group of teens and he thinks this is a sign. However, this support group is for teens with addictions. Real addictions. River doesn't have an addiction, unless his addiction to Penny counts. He invites himself into this group, faking an addiction to weed. River's life spirals out of control with lie after lie, and almost cost him the most "real" friends he's had in a very long time.
MehThis edition could be a good addition.
12/2/2016 8:48:10Me and My New MomRenata Galindoa self-selected title.Random House3/201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2, Grades 2 - 4
Adoption, Family Diversity, Foster Care
A puppy goes to live with hew new mom, a cat. It shows some great ways they learn to live together and create new ways to interact.
OutstandingBuy this book!
Great for any kids that are new to a family, such as being adopted.
12/5/2016 13:51:50Hill & Hole Are Best FriendsKyle Mewburnprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Feiwel And Friends
201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2
Best Friends, Mountains, Holes
Two fiends Hill and ole wonder about each others lives. They wish they could trade places. They trade and find that being themselves is actually the best.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
12/7/2016 9:55:30Bossy FlossyPaulette Boganprovided by publishers via Library Services.
Henry Holt and Company, LLC
201632Everybody BookGrades K - 2Bossiness, Friends
Flossy is the bossiest kid around - on the playground, in the classroom, at home. Until she meets Edward, who is just as bossy. They will have to figure out how to do things without bossing each other and others.
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Raccoon wants to be first; Manners are not for monkeys
12/7/2016 10:49:29Our Food a healthy serving of science and poemsLin, Graceprovided by publishers via Library Services.Charlesbridge201639NonfictionGrades 2 - 4, Grades 4 - 6Diet & Nutrition; Poetry
Grace Lin and Ranida McKneally team up to explain the 5 food groups to a group of children. Their information is based on the USDA's nutritional information. They use a two page spread and have Haiku poems to pose a question on one side and the answers on the next page.
GoodThis edition could be a good addition.
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