Category Archives: New Children Books

Maxine

by Bob Graham

Max’s baby sister arrives with two little strands of red hair at exactly the stroke of midnight.  Maxine receives a superhero’s welcome.  Then, just as everyone expects her to, she flies!  But not all superheroes wear masks and capes, and Maxine is determined to be herself, dream big, and fly high on her own terms. 

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Big Truck Little Island

by Chris Van Dusen

That big truck is stuck!  How will the island residents get where they’re going?  A tale of community and ingenuity from the celebrated Chris Van Dusen, inspired by a true story. 

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Sydney and Taylor and the Great Friend Expedition

by Jacqueline Davies

Sydney and Taylor have been best friends since before they can remember.  But how does one make new friends?  Taylor wants to try, so Sydney does what any best friend would do: accompany him on his biggest adventure yet!  When sincere compliments and gifts of friendship don’t lead anywhere, Sydney and Taylor may need to look where they least expect…

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The Tower of Time: Max & the Midnights #3

by Lincoln Peirce

Everyone’s favorite knight-in-training is back…to back!  Max’s twin is public enemy number one, and it’s up to the Midknights to find her before time runs out!  But dangers loom, including bloodthirsty trolls, murderous pirates, and even a ruthless king–or two. 

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Elmer and The Talent Show: Life in the Doghouse #1

by Danny Robertshaw & Ron Danta

Inspired by a real dog from Danny & Ron’s Rescue from the popular Documentary, Life in the Doghouse, this first book in a sweet chapter book series follows an old dachshund who forms an unlikely friendship with the boy in his new family.  

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Just Harriet

by Elana K. Arnold

There are a few things you should know about Harriet Wermer:  She just finished third grade – She has a perfect cat named Matzo Ball – She doesn’t always tell the truth – She is very happy spending summer vacation away from home and her mom and dad and all the wonderful things she had been planning all year.  Okay, maybe that last one isn’t entirely the truth.

Of course, there’s nothing Harriet doesn’t like about Marble Island, the small island off the coast of Californina where her nanu runs a cozy little bed and breakfast.  And nobody doesn’t love Moneypenny, Nanu’s old basset hound.  But Harriet doesn’t like the fact that Dad made this decision without even asking her.

When Harriet arrives on Marble Island, however, she discovers that it’s full of surprises, and even a mystery.  One that seems to involve her Dad, back when he was a young boy living on Marble Island.  One that Harriet is absolutely going to solve.  

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Stuck

by Jennifer Swender

If Austin picked a color to describe his life, it would be tumbleweed brown.  Austin doesn’t like standing out.  He’s always the new kid, and there’s no hiding his size.  Plus, Austin has a secret:  He struggles to read.

Then Austin meets Bertie, who is razzmatazz.  Everything about Bertie is bursting!  But the best part of his newest school is the Safety Squad, with their laser lemon vests.  Their easy confidence and leadership stand out in the coolest way.  Even when things are not so vibrant and life at home makes Austin feel pacific blue, for the first time, he wants to leave a mark.  And the more Austin speaks up, the more he finds he may not be that different after all. 

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The Way I Say It

by Nancy Tandon

Rory still can’t say his r’s, but that’s just the beginning of his troubles.  First Rory’s ex-best friend Brent started hanging out with the mean lacrosse kids.  But then, a terrible accident takes Brent out of school, and Rory struggles with how to feel.

Rory and his new speech teacher put their heads together on Rory’s r’s, but nobody seems to be able to solve the problem of Rory’s complcated feelings about Brent.  Brent’s accident left him with a brain injury and he’s struggling.  Should Rory stand up for his old friend at school–even after Brent failed to do the same for him?

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