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Iggy Peck and the mysterious mansion

by Andrea Beaty

Placement: Fiction 7-9 years

Third book in The Questioneers series.

Iggy is delighted when Ada Twist's Aunt Bernice inherits a mansion featuring his favorite architectural periods, but unless the Questioneers can find its missing antiques, the house may be lost forever. Includes information about Art Deco and Art Nouveau, facts about unusual cats, a recipe for ice cream, and a biographical note on Ida B. Wells.


At last, Jedi

by Jeffrey Brown

Placement: 7-9 years

The epic conclusion to the Starspeeder saga in this 9th volume of Jedi Academy by Jarrett Krosoczka and Amy Ignatow! As told through a mix of comics, doodles, and journal entries, Christina Starspeeder takes us on a new adventure at the advanced Jedi Academy campus! There are unfamiliar faces and old ones too, but one thing remains the same: Jedi Academy is full of laughs and warm moments that fans and readers discovering the series for the first time.

Late lunch with llamas

By Mary Pope Osborne

Placement: Fiction 7-9 years

Magic Treehouse number 34.

The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie away to South America, where they must climb Machu Picchu to save a baby llama.

Call of the Sound Dragon 

By Tracey West

Placement: Fiction 7-9 years

Number 16 in Dragon Masters.

The city of Remus is being torn apart by a duel between two wizards, and Drake, Petra, and Griffith have traveled there to assist a blind dragon master, Tessa, in sorting out the situation; using the sound dragon's unique power to manipulate sound waves, the dragon masters retrieve the Power Crystal which is embedded inside an unbreakable rock, but will it be able to absorb the cloud of uncontrolled magic that is threatening the city before it is too late?


The Chaos Curse

by Sayantani DasGupta

Placement: Fiction 10-12 years

Third in Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond.

Kiranmala must leave the Kingdom Beyond and travel to her hometown of Parsippany to save Prince Lal, who has been spirited to the unlikeliest of places -- a tree in the yard of her best-enemy-for-life. She also faces evil serpents (of course!), plus a frightening prophecy about her role in the coming conflict between good and evil. Most troubling of all, though, is the way reality all around her seems to waver and flicker at odd moments. Could it be that the Anti-Chaos Committee's efforts are causing a dangerous disruption in the multiverse?

 

Sal and Gabi fix the universe

by Carlos Hernandez

Placement: Fiction 10-12 years

Sequel to Sal and Gabi break the universe.

When best friends Sal and Gabi try to repair the damage they created when they altered the universe to help their families, they end up creating even more chaos.

We dream of space

by Erin Entrada Kelly

Placement: Fiction 10-12 years

Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. Cash, who loves basketball but has a newly broken wrist, is in danger of failing seventh grade for the second time. Fitch spends every afternoon playing Major Havoc at the arcade on Main and wrestles with an explosive temper that he doesn’t understand. And Bird, his twelve-year-old twin, dreams of being NASA’s first female shuttle commander, but feels like she’s disappearing. The Thomas children exist in their own orbits, circling a tense and unpredictable household, with little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga. As the launch of the Challenger approaches, Ms. Salonga gives her students a project—they are separated into spacecraft crews and must create and complete a mission. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways. Told in three alternating points of view, We Dream of Space is an unforgettable and thematically rich novel for middle grade readers.

A ceiling made of eggshells

by Gail Carson Levine

Placement: Fiction 10-12 years

From age seven, Loma relishes traveling with her beloved grandfather across fifteenth-century Spain, working to keep the Jews safe, but soon realizes she must also make sacrifices to help her people. Includes historical notes, recipe, glossary, and a link to a bibliography.

Walkabout

by James Vance Marshall

Placement: Fiction 10-12 years

Mary and her young brother Peter are the only survivors of an aircrash in the middle of the Australian outback. Facing death from exhaustion and starvation, they meet an aboriginal boy who helps them to survive, and guides them along their long journey. But a terrible misunderstanding results in a tragedy that neither Mary nor Peter will ever forget+...

Paola Santiago and the river of tears

by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Placement: Fiction 10-12 years

In Silver Springs, Arizona, her mother's stories of the monstrous La Llorona are thrilling but unbelievable to science-loving Paola until she and her best friends Dante and Emma take a walk through a cactus field near the Gila River.

Camp Murderface

by Saundra Mitchell and Josh Berk

Placement: Fiction 10-12

The year: 1983. The place: Ohio. The camp: Scary as heck.

Camp Sweetwater is finally reopening, three decades after it mysteriously shut down. Campers Corryn Quinn and Tez Jones have each had more than enough of their regular lives—they’re so ready to take their summer at Sweetwater by storm.

But before they can so much as toast one marshmallow, strange happenings start…happening. Can they survive the summer? Or will Camp Sweetwater shut down for good this time—with them inside?

Forgotten Fairy tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls

Placement: Fiction 7-9 years

Once known, now largely forgotten, these empowering fairy tales have been brought together to inspire a new generation of readers. Discover heroines who outwit giants, fight evil, awaken sleeping princes and, of course, live happily ever after. With a foreword by Kate Pankhurst, author of Fantastically Great Women who Changed the World.

 

Ghost Squad

by Claribel A. Ortega

Placement: 10-12 years

For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely's firefly spirits before it's too late. With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.

Eva in the Spotlight

by Rebecca Elliott

Placement: Fiction 7-9 years

Eva's class is putting on a play, Snowy White and the seven owlets, but Eva is a little disappointed when she is cast as the Magic Mirror (and Snowy White's understudy); the owl students are making all the sets, props, and costumes, and rehearsal is a little chaotic--but the play is going well until Snowy White hurts her leg and Eva has to fill in for real.

Bird & Squirrel - All or Nothing

by James Burks

Placement: Comics

The dangerous Horned Toad 500 cross-country race is coming up and Bird's father has always won it. But when his dad gets injured, Bird reluctantly joins the race to save the family honor. While dealing with the scorching desert heat and dirty tricks from another team, Bird and Squirrel are put to the ultimate test of endurance and sportsmanship. Along the way, the duo learns that, win or lose, having good friends and family will always get you to the finish line.

The Unremembered Lands - The Courageous Princess volume 2

by Rod Espinosa

Placement: Comics

The smart and plucky Princess Mabelrose has escaped a dragon and freed the people of Leptia from a tyrant.

Alamo all-stars

by Nathan Hale

Placement: Comics

Hazardous Tales #6.

"Remember the Alamo!"

That rallying cry has been a part of Texas lore for generations. But what, exactly, should we remember? Who were the ragtag group of adventurers behind the famous slogan, and how did they end up barricaded in a fort against a Mexican army? Who survived, who died, and how? This sixth book in the bestselling Hazardous Tales series tracks the Lone Star State's bloody fight for independence from the Mexican government. It features the exploits of the notorious Jim Bowie, as well as Stephen Austin, Davy Crockett, and other settlers and soldiers who made the wild frontier of Texas their home--until the bitter end.

Lafayette!

by Nathan Hale

Placement: Comics

Hazardous Tales #8.

Tells the story of the Marquis de Lafayette, both what happened before and during the American Revolution, including all the Frenchman's escapades across France and the colonies.

Major Impossible

by Nathan Hale

Placement: Comics

Hazardous Tales #9.

John Wesley Powell (1834–1902) always had the spirit of adventure in him. As a young man, he traveled all over the United States exploring. When the Civil War began, Powell went to fight for the Union, and even after he lost most of his right arm, he continued to fight until the war was over. He then embarked on the 1869 Powell Geographic Expedition, which became the first official US government-sponsored passage through the Grand Canyon. Over the course of three months, the explorers lost their boats and supplies, nearly drowned, and were in peril on multiple occasions. However, they made it through, and Powell would come to be known as one of the most epic explorers in history! Equal parts gruesome and hilarious, this latest installment in the bestselling series takes readers on an action-packed adventure through American history.

Raid of No Return

by Nathan Hale

Placement: Comics

Hazardous Tales #7.

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, officially bringing the United States into World War II. A new generation of pilots were recruited to fly bombing missions for the United States, and from that group, volunteers were requested for a dangerous secret assignment. For the first time in American history, Army bombers would be launched from an aircraft carrier. Once at sea, they were told their mission was a retaliation strike against targets in Tokyo. But on the day of the raid, a Japanese patrol boat spotted them and they had to launch early, with barely enough fuel to get them past their target.

After the bombing, some pilots crashed, some were captured, and many ended up in mainland China and were carried to safety by Chinese villagers, being hunted by Japanese forces all the while. With tales of high-flying action and bravery, Raid of No Return is a story of heartbreak and survival during wartime.

The Underground Abductor

by Nathan Hale

Placement: Comics

Hazardous Tales #5.

Araminta Ross was born a slave in Delaware in the early 19th century. Slavery meant that her family could be ripped apart at any time, and that she could be put to work in dangerous places and for abusive people. But north of the Mason-Dixon line, slavery was illegal. If she could run away and make it north without being caught or killed, she'd be free. Facing enormous danger, Araminta made it, and once free, she changed her name to Harriet Tubman. Tubman spent the rest of her life helping slaves run away like she did, every time taking her life in her hands.

Apocalypse Taco

by Nathan Hale

Placement: Comics

Sid, Axl, and Ivan volunteer to make a late-night fast-food run for the high school theater crew, and when they return, they find themselves. Not in a deep, metaphoric sense: They find copies of themselves onstage. As they look closer, they begin to realize that the world around them isn’t quite right. Turns out, when they went to the taco place across town, they actually crossed into an alien dimension that’s eerily similar to their world. The aliens have made sinister copies of cars, buildings, and people―and they all want to get Sid, Axl, and Ivan. Now the group will have to use their wits, their truck, and even their windshield scraper to escape! But they may be too late. They may now be copies themselves...

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth

by Ian Lendler

Placement: Comics

The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails.

Queen of the Nile

by Mike Maihack

Placement: Comics

Cleopatra in Space #6.

The time has come for Cleo to fulfill the ancient prophecy that declares her a savior and a hero, a prophecy she still struggles to accept. Cleo is joined by both old and new friends as they fight to defend the galaxy she's come to call home against the evil Xaius Octavian. The Queen of the Nile must summon the strength to face down her enemy one last time, and keep her friends -- and herself -- alive.

Karen's Roller Skates

by Ann M. Martin

Placement: Comics

Baby-sitters little sister #2.

It's going to be a great weekend! Karen has new roller skates and is a very good skater. She's looking forward to trying some new tricks. But, oh no! Karen falls down and has to go to the hospital. Her wrist is broken! Karen is determined to get everyone she knows -- plus someone famous -- to sign her cast. It isn't going to be easy, but she won't give up until the job is done.

ACT

Act

by Kayla Miller

Placement: Comics

Click #3.

Act is the funny and honest follow-up to the middle school graphic novel sensations Click and Camp. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Shannon Hale, and Victoria Jamieson. How do you know when the person who can make the difference... is you? Olive is excited to start sixth grade: new teachers, new experiences, and a field trip to the big city with her best buds! But when Olive finds out that a school policy is keeping some kids from going on the trip, she decides to act. She's prepared to do whatever it takes to be heard--even if it means running against Trent and Sawyer, two of her closest friends, in the student council election! With intense campaign competition and emotions running high, can Olive make a big change and keep her friends? New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Kayla Miller crafts a genuine and inspiring story about evolving friendships, supportive family, and finding out that you--yes, you--have the power to make a difference.

The Shark Attacks of 1916

by Lauren Tarshis

Placement: Comics

I Survived Graphic Novel #2.

Chet Roscow is finally feeling at home in his uncle's little New Jersey town. He has three new friends, and they love cooling off in the creek on hot summer days. But then comes shocking news: A massive shark has been attacking swimmers in the ocean along the Jersey Shore, not far from where Chet is staying. Fear is in the air. So when Chet spots a gray fin in the creek, he's sure it's his imagination running wild. It's impossible he's about to come face-to-face with a killer shark... right? Based on the real life events of the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, this graphic novel brings Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series to vivid life. Perfect for readers who prefer the graphic novel format, or for existing fans of the I Survived chapter book series, these graphic novels combine historical facts with high-action storytelling that's sure to keep any reader turning the pages. Includes a nonfiction section at the back with historical photos and facts about the real-life shark attacks.

Percy's chocolate crunch

Placement: Beginning to read

A collection of stories about Percy, Harold the Helicopter, and other friends of Thomas the tank engine.

It's Okay to be Different

by Todd Parr

Placement: Easy Facts

Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's Okay to be a different color," "It's Okay to need some help," "It's Okay to be adopted," and "It's Okay to have a Different nose."

Uniquely Wired

by Julia Cook

Placement: Picture books

Zak is obsessed with watches. Before that it was trains. He owns hundreds of watches and is quick to tell everyone everything about them. Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unconventional ways. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviors and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance and understanding. Grades K-5.

Birds

by Julie Beer

Placement: Non-fiction 598

A fact-filled guide to common birds of North America includes color-coded maps, identification tips, bird-watching activities, and bird calls.

That's Sneaky!

By Crispin Boyer

Placement: Non-fiction 031

A treasury of facts about strange science, masked history, and amazing phenomena includes entries ranging from hidden treasure stories and dangers in the animal world to the secret work of spies and tips for spotting forgeries.

Berries, Nuts, and Seeds

by Diane L Burns

Placement: Non-fiction 582

Describes a variety of berries, nuts, and seeds that might be found on a nature walk and includes identification information.

Frogs, Toads, and Turtles

by Diane L Burns

Placement: Nonfiction 597

Describes the physical characteristics and habitats of a variety of different frogs, toads, and turtles. Includes related activities and scrapbook pages.

Snakes, Salamanders, and Lizards

by Diane L Burns

Placement: Non-fiction 597

A field guide to thirty species of snakes, salamanders, and lizards to introduce them in nature. Includes blank pages for drawings and notes.

Trees, Leaves, and Bark

by Diane L Burns

Placement: Non-fiction 582

A guide to sixteen trees found in the United States provides information about their lifespans and uses, leaves, bark, and seeds.

Wildflowers, Blooms, and Blossoms

by Diane L Burns

Placement: Non-fiction 582

Identifies thirty popular wildflowers, where they can be found, and what creatures eat them.

Mammals

by Patricia Daniels

Placement: Non-fiction 599

Reference guide to mammals, for children.

The Book of Queens

by Stephanie Warren Drimmer

Placement: Non-fiction 920

They're queens wielding scepters and sitting on thrones, they're revolutionaries on the front lines, they're presidents and prime ministers leading their nations, or they're CEOs, scientists, sports stars, artists, and others who are changing the world. Welcome to The Book of Queens, where being a regal royal doesn't just mean wearing a crown." -- back cover.

All hail the queen! -- Empire builders -- Women of action -- Revolutionary rulers -- Culture shapers -- Monarchs of the arts -- Legendary leaders -- Queens of knowledge -- Queens of adventure.
 

Ultimate Weatherpedia

by Diane Warren Drimmer

Placement: Non-fiction 551

What's the weather? Wake up to this ultimate reference, teeming with fascinating facts, amazing features, the latest science, and tons of close-up images of the wildest weather on the planet.

Did you know that a bolt of lightning can crack through the air at up to 136,000 miles per hour and reach temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun? Or that if all the ice in the Antarctic melted, the oceans would rise by about 65 metres?

Welcome to the amazing world of weather. From how weather happens to the most extreme weather in the world, it's all covered in this easy-to-use reference featuring all the major types of weather and what kinds of weather happen in particular places, from the desert to the tropics to the poles. The main content is highlighted with fun facts, Did You Know? details, and colourful photos and graphics. Thematic spreads cover topics such as climate change, weather survival stories, animal adaptations to weather, and much more.

Fans of other National Geographic Kids Ultimate 'pedias' in the same series-Dinopedia, Bugopedia, Reptileopedia, Oceanpedia, and Predatorpedia-will want to find a place for Ultimate Weatherpedia on their bookshelves.

Guinness World Records: Science & Stuff

Placement: Non-fiction 502

Guinness World Records: Science & Stuff is a whirlwind tour through the astounding, record-breaking world (and universe) around us, with an intro from TV science educator and author Science Bob. Packed with spectacular superlatives, shocking stats, fantastic facts and fun figures, Science & Stuff celebrates the simple joy in finding things out. It tackles the big questions that keep people up at night, such as:

- Can you belch in space?
- What does wooly mammoth taste like?
- How much would the Death Star cost?
- Is the answer to this question no?

Join us as we rise from the depths of the ocean, home to vampire squids from hell, to the dizzy heights of the International Space Station, where scientists unravel the secrets of (pooping in) zero-g. On the way we stop to talk with some of the men and women who are out in the world finding answers and making stuff. Ever wanted to know what it's like to ride a motorized toilet at highway speeds, command a swarm of tiny robots or spend a year in space? Well, you'll find your answers in here.

And that's not all - have a go at ten record-breaking science experiments in the special Make & Break section. Our very own mad professor, Burnaby Q Orbax, and his trusty lab assistant Sweet Pepper Klopek, guide you through at-home challenges, from the greatest height to drop an egg without it breaking to the farthest distance by a Mentos and soda car. It's gonna get messy!

Guinness World Records: Science & Stuff - the grossest, smelliest, weirdest and noisiest guide to, well, science... and stuff.

Atlas of Ocean Adventures

by Emily Hawkins

Placement: Non-fiction 591

Set your spirit of adventure free with this journey to the world’s great oceans, discovering the diversity of life that exists in the deep blue sea. Whether you’re traveling long haul with leatherback turtles across the Pacific, snoozing with sea otters or ice bathing with a walrus, this book celebrates the very prescient topic of the world’s oceans with Lucy Letherland’s animal characters. A natural history lesson in an adventure book, each spread features 10 captions and and facts about every destination. The 5th title in the best-selling Atlas of Adventures series that has now been translated into 31 languages.

Celebrate Hanukkah

by Deborah Heiligman

Placement: Non-fiction 296

With dazzling images and engaging text, readers learn about the historical and cultural significance of Hanukkah and why it is celebrated around the world.

From the lighting of the menorah to the special foods that are shared to the spinning of the dreidels, they'll get insights about this holiday's traditions and the Jewish faith. This book also offers fascinating facts, a recipe, and a Common Core-aligned activities.

Celebrate Independence Day

by Deborah Heiligman

Placement: Non-fiction 394

Strike up the band, pack a picnic, and enjoy the fireworks. Celebrate Independence Day takes nationwide perspective on the joy of America's biggest party.

All the history and culture of Independence Day is here, along with fun facts, an all-American recipe, a locator map for every photo and a complete resource guide. Deborah Heiligman's rich narrative evokes the patriotic flavor of the Fourth and explains its associations with liberty and democracy. The text also looks at how people from other nations celebrate their independence days, and includes an expert consultant's note.

Celebrate Ramadan & Eid Al-Fitr

by Deborah Heiligman

Placement: Non-fiction 297

Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting, and Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the fast's end, are sacred times for millions throughout the world.

Celebrate Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr examines the reasons for the month-long dawn-to-dusk fast and observes some of the wide variety of celebrations at the end of the fast worldwide. Deborah Heiligman's text examines the historical, religious, and cultural aspect of this Muslim holiday. The book's beautiful photographs are complemented with a map pinpointing the exact locations illustrated. The extensive back matter also includes a list of further resources such as books and Web sites, useful for the research student and paper writer in grades one to four.

The book's consultant, Dr. Neguin Yavari gives an explanatory note about the religious and cultural significance of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr.

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

by Deborah Heiligman

Placement: Non-fiction 296

Describes how the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are celebrated around the world.

The Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis

by Natalie Hyde

Placement: Non-fiction 972

Introduction: the past comes alive -- Historical sources: types of evidence -- Analyzing evidence: interpretation -- The story uncovered: the Cold War -- Evidence revisited: different views -- Modern examples: history repeated.

The Book of Kings

by Caleb Magyar

Placement: Non-fiction 920

Mighty monarchs, powerful prime ministers, legendary leaders … discover more than 100 true stories of magnificent men who changed the world.

They're kings wielding scepters and sitting on thrones, they're revolutionaries on the front lines of change, they're prime ministers and presidents leading their nations, or they're CEOs, scientists, sports legends, and artists who rose to the top of their fields. Welcome to The Book of Kings, where being a mighty monarch doesn't just mean wearing a crown. Leaders like these come from all over the globe and have different talents. But most of all? They rule!

Kids are sure to enjoy meeting these mighty men. Some wielded their might for good while others let their power go to their heads. Yet all are (or were) powerful people who changed the course of history. From Henry VIII to Steve Jobs to Lin-Manuel Miranda and more, every regal ruler in this book showcases the kind of guts, smarts, and strength it takes to lead. And while there are some kings who you might recognize, others may leave you wondering why so many brave, smart, and hardworking people have gone unnoticed … until now. Whether real-life royals or average Joes who rose to rule, get ready to be inspired by their stories.

Tales from the Arabian Nights

by Donna Jo Napoli

Placement: Non-fiction 398

Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of princesses, kings, sailors, and genies come to life in a stunning retelling of the Arabian folktales from One Thousand and One Nights and other collections, including those of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, and Al Baba and the Forty Thieves. The magical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes these timeless tales and ignites childrens' imaginations.

Extreme Ocean

by Sylvia Earle

Placement: Non-fiction 551

Discover the most outrageous aspects of the deep blue–from record-breaking depths to towering tsunamis, underwater giants to the tiny sea creatures, and the ocean challenges we face to what you can do to help save it.

Dive into a world of aquatic mystery in this action-packed combination of science and adventure. Famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face to face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom. Extreme Ocean reveals the mystery, majesty, danger, and–above all–the importance of our ocean.

Celebrate Chinese New Year

by Carolyn Otto

Placement: Non-fiction 394

"Celebrate Chinese New Year" continues the spectacular "Holidays Around the World" series by looking at this child-friendly holiday. Using fairly brief text and approximately 25 fabulous photographs, the book gives a flavour for the holiday as it is celebrated around the world. "Celebrate Chinese New Year" focuses on historical and cultural aspects of the holiday: traditions, food, types of celebration. The extensive back matter includes fun facts; a recipe; a map showing the locations of the photographs in the book; a resource list of books, videos, and Web sites; and a note from an expert consultant. This note, aimed at parents and teachers, helps put "Chinese New Year" in a greater cultural and historic context.

Celebrate Kwanzaa

by Carolyn Otto

Placement: Non-fiction 394

Celebrate Kwanzaa continues the spectacular Holidays Around the World series by focusing on this African-American holiday, which falls during the festive, gift-giving season and is celebrated by families, communities, and schools throughout America. With succinct, lively text and beautiful photographs, the book celebrates African-American culture and helps us to understand and appreciate this special holiday.

Over the course of seven days, African Americans, families and friends, come together to light the candles that symbolize their past and future--and their unity. They gather as a community to make music and to dance; to feast on harvest foods and the good things of the earth; and to exchange simple, often homemade, gifts. Readers are introduced to the symbols of the holiday, such as the mkeka (a special placemat), kinara (candleholder), and kikombe cha umoja (unity cup). Important concepts, like the seven principles, are explained. In addition, a note from the book's consultant, aimed at parents and teachers, puts the holiday in its full cultural and historical perspective.

Fantastically Great Women Who Saved the Planet

by Kate Pankhurst

Placement: Non-fiction 920

From bestselling author and illustrator Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, comes another 'smart, informative, inclusive and accessible' book about trail-blazing women (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller). This time, it's women who have been making decisions that have helped protect our natural world from way before it was on a political agenda. Discover their untold stories.

Tackle the plastic problem with Isatou Ceesay by recycling waste into beautiful objects. Marvel at the intelligence of chimpanzees with Jane Goodall. Learn why it's important to shop fair trade and cruelty-free with Anita Roddick and The Body Shop. Resist devastating deforestation and plant seeds of change with Wangari Maathai.

We're in an age when young people like Greta Thunberg are calling for those in power to 'wake up' and take action. But everyone has a part to play. Written with hope and encouragement, this book shows that all actions, big and small, can be powerful in the fight against climate breakdown.

Dog Man: Guide to Creating Comics in 3-D

by Dav Pilkey

Placement: Comics

George and Harold know a LOT about making comic books. (Remember their Captain Underpants comics?) But before they told you that story, first they told you the story of Dog Man -- part dog, part man, and all cop!

Want to know how George and Harold come up with hilarious heroes like Dog Man and Li'l Petey and Chief? And how do they think up such wretched villains, like Petey and Piggy and Philly? Now's your chance to find out! The boys will give step-by-step instructions on how to draw some of their best Dog Man characters. Plus, get advice on how to create your own funny comic-book characters -- and bring them to life in 3-D!

Children and World War II

by Sarah Ridley

Placement: Non-fiction 940

What was life like for children in Britain during World War II? This book, for children aged 6+, explores their lives through photographs and a simple text. It asks children to become history detectives themselves by studying the photographs. Topics include evacuation, school life, the Blitz and rationing.

It is suitable for children studying the Primary History curriculum. Other books in the series include The Seaside, Toys and Games and The Victorians.

Student World Atlas

Placement: Non-fiction 912

From the cartographic experts at National Geographic comes the latest edition of its award-winning student atlas, with everything kids want and need to know about our changing world. Dynamic, user-friendly content includes photos, facts, charts, graphics, and full-color political, physical, and thematic maps on important topics. Completely updated maps and statistics ensure that kids have all the latest information as they learn more about current events and become global citizens.

Crows: Bird Geniuses

by Kyla Vanderklugt

Placement: Comics

Did you know that crows make their own tools, lead complex social lives, and never forget a human face? Scientists are just beginning to unlock the secrets of the crow's brain to discover how these avian Einsteins can be as smart as some primates, and even perform some of the same cognitive feats as human children! Crows have problem-solving skills that will make you you rethink what it means to be a bird brain!

Why Do We Fight?

by Niki Walker

Placement: Non-fiction 303


Battles, protests, standoffs, strikes. We hear about them all the time. On the surface, a battle and a protest don't seem to have much in common, but they're really just two ways of handling a dispute. One uses violence, the other uses signs and picket lines. But both start as a disagreement between two groups of people. Both are conflicts. Using real world examples, Why Do We Fight? teaches kids to recognize the structures, factors, and complex histories that go into creating conflicts, whether personal or global, as well as the similarities between both. They'll be given tools to seek out information, enabling them to make informed opinions while learning to respect that others may form different ones.

Introduction : what is conflict? -- Why do conflicts come up? -- Dividing lines -- Cooperation or combat? -- Making peace -- Making sense of conflicts -- Conclusion : what do you think?
 

The ballad of songbirds and snakes

by suzanne Collins

Placement: Fiction 13-18 years

Hunger Games novel

Revisit the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games, on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games.

Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Placement: Fiction 13-18 years

In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life-and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.

Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words... And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

The Gravity of Us

By Phil Stamper

Placement: Fiction 13-18 years

Cal wants to be a journalist, and he's already well underway with almost half a million followers on his FlashFame app and an upcoming internship at Buzzfeed. But his plans are derailed when his pilot father is selected for a highly-publicized NASA mission to Mars. Within days, Cal and his parents leave Brooklyn for hot and humid Houston.

With the entire nation desperate for any new information about the astronauts, Cal finds himself thrust in the middle of a media circus. Suddenly his life is more like a reality TV show, with his constantly bickering parents struggling with their roles as the "perfect American family."

And then Cal meets Leon, whose mother is another astronaut on the mission, and he finds himself falling head over heels--and fast. They become an oasis for each other amid the craziness of this whole experience. As their relationship grows, so does the frenzy surrounding the Mars mission, and when secrets are revealed about ulterior motives of the program, Cal must find a way to get to the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by Richard Appignanesi (adapted from William Shakespeare)

Placement: MYP Manga

Manga Shakespeare.

 

As You Like It

by Richard Appignanesi (adapted from William Shakespeare)

Placement: MYP Manga

Manga Shakespeare.

Much Ado About Nothing

by Richard Appignanesi (adapted from William Shakespeare)

Placement: MYP Manga

Manga Shakespeare.

This manga recreation of Shakespeare's tricksiest comedy plays out its serial deceptions and counterfeits against the operatic backdrop of a later Italian landscape. But don't believe everything you hear...

Romeo and Juliet

by Richard Appignanesi (adapted from William Shakespeare)

Placement: MYP Manga

Manga Shakespeare.

Shakespeare's famous tragedy unfurls in front of a dramatic manga setting, in which the fair city of Verona becomes a street in the highly fashionable Shibuya district of Tokyo. The swordfights become duals with katanas; the Capulets and the Montagues, opposing Yakuza families. Conflict explodes when Romeo - a bleached-blonde, well-dressed rock star - falls in love with Juliet, the pure and innocent Capulet daughter.

The Tempest

by Richard Appignanesi (adapted from William Shakespeare)

Placement: MYP Manga

Manga Shakespeare.

Illustrated by leading UK manga artists, this series feeds into the growing popularity of manga worldwide, and presents Shakespeare's classic works in a highly visual and dynamic form. Shakespeare's tale of fantasy has fascinated audiences for centuries. The perfect platform for a new generation to fall in love with Shakespeare's genius. Prospero, robbed of his dukedom, is marooned on a wild island with his daughter Miranda. He uses his magic skills to shipwreck his usurping brother and those who exiled him. Prospero calls forth the spirit Ariel to torment the castaways, but it is the greater power of love that triumphs.

When Stars Are Scattered

By Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Placement: MYP Graphic Novels

Omar and his younger brother Hassan live in a refugee camp, and when an opportunity for Omar to get an education comes along, he must decide between going to school every day or caring for his nonverbal brother in this intimate and touching portrayal of family and daily life in a refugee camp.

Space Boy 7

by Stephen McCranie

Placement: MYP Graphic Novels

After the crushing confrontation with Oliver in the last volume, Amy is on the hunt for answers. This leads her to an old, moldy water containment facility, and leaves her with more questions than answers. At the same time, some of Amy's closest friends may be drifting apart.

Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return

by Marjane Satrapi

Placement: MYP Graphic Novels

Here is the fascinating and equally unforgettable sequel to Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi's memoir-in-comic strips of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Persepolis ended on a cliffhanger in 1984, just as fourteen-year-old Marjane was leaving behind her home in Tehran, escaping fundamentalism and the war with Iraq to begin a new life in the West.

Here we follow our young, intrepid heroine through the next eight years of her life: an eye-opening and sometimes lonely four years of high school in Vienna, followed by a supremely educational and heartwrenching four years back home in Iran. Just as funny and heartbreaking as its predecessor - with perhaps an even greater sense of the ridiculous inspired by life in a fundamentalist state - Persepolis 2 is also as clear-eyed and searing in its condemnation of fundamentalism and its cost to the human spirit. In its depiction of the universal trials of adolescent life and growing into adulthood - here compounded by being an outsider both abroad and at home, and by living in a state where you have no right to show your hair, wear make-up, run in public, date, or question authority - it's raw, honest, and incredibly illuminating.

Dragon Hoops

by Gene Luen Yang

Placement: MYP Graphic Novels

Gene understands stories - comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins.But Gene doesn't get sports. As a kid, his friends called him "Stick" and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships.Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realises that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn't know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons's lives, but his own life as well.

Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes

By Lun Zhang

Placement: MYP Graphic Novels

Follow the story of China's infamous June Fourth Incident -- otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre -- from the first-hand account of a young sociology teacher who witnessed it all.

Fast Food Nation

by Eric Schlosser

Placement: MYP Non-Fiction

To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Schlosser, a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, charts the fast food industry's enormous impact on our health, landscape, economy, politics and culture as he transforms the way America thinks about what it eats.


Meeting Wise

by Kathryn Parker Boudett and Elizabeth A. City

Placement: Teacher shelf

What’s the scarcest resource in schools? Almost any educator will answer, “Time.” The lack of time for colleagues to work together is one of the biggest barriers to improving teaching and learning. All too often, educators also say that the biggest waste of time ismeetings. People in schools attend dozens, if not hundreds, of meetings a year. How can that time be used wisely?

This book, by two editors of Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning,attempts to bring about a fundamental shift in how educators think about the meetings they attend. The authors make the case that these gatherings are potentially the most important venue where adult and organizational learning can take place in schools, and that making more effective use of this time is an important key to increasing student achievement.

In Meeting Wise, the authors show why planning meetings is a high-leverage strategy for changing how people work together in the service of school improvement. To this end, they have created a meeting-planning “checklist” to develop a common language for discussing and improving the quality of meetings. In addition, they provide guidelines for readers on “wise facilitating” and “wise participating,” and also include “top tips” and “common dilemmas.”

Simple, succinct, and practical, Meeting Wise is designed to be read and applied at every level of the educational enterprise, from district leadership meetings and professional development sessions to teacher-team meetings and even teachers’ meetings with parents and students.

Managing Conflict Resolution

by Joseph Conrad

Placement: Teacher shelf

Conflict arises in every relationship: within families, partnerships, groups, and nations. Whether a dispute turns destructive or constructive often depends on how it is handled. ""Managing Conflict Resolution"" examines the causes of conflict in homes, schools, and the wider world. It also explores different methods people have developed to guide conflicts to positive 'win/win' resolutions. History and current events topics covered include: the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Laramie Treaty of 1868; the creation of the U.S. Constitution; the relationship between Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda; how leaders such as Cesar Chavez use conflict resolution in labor disputes; and, how former gang members work together to stop gang violence.