Category Archives: New Children Books

The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon

by Matthew Burgess

Have you ever seen a curmudgeon that looks like your brother, but is in such a bad mood you hardly recognize him?  You can try all the peanut butter sandwiches and brownies you have, but he is not moving.  Nothing works, especially nudging, and he just makes you so grumpy that eventually you have no choice but to fight back–and then…Have you ever become a curmudgeon that just won’t budge?

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Nobody Hugs a Cactus

by Carter Goodrich

Hank is the prickliest cactus in the entire world.  He sits in a pot in a window that faces the empty desert, which is just how he likes it.  So, when all manner of creatures–from tumbleweed to lizard to owl–come to disturb his peace, Hank is annoyed.  He doesn’t like noise, he doesn’t like rowdiness, and definitely does not like hugs.  But the thing is, no one is offering one.  Who would want to hug a plant so mean?  Hank is beginning to discover that being alone can be, well, lonely.

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Charlie & Mouse Even Better

by Laurel Snyder

In this heartwarming follow-up to Laurel Snyder’s award-winning beginning chapter book Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers prepare to celebrate one very special birthday: their mom’s!  Follow along as they choose the best pancakes, hunt for presents, decorate with snakes, and more.  Things don’t go exactly as planned…but with plenty of humor and heart, Charlie and Mouse prove that sometimes when things aren’t perfect, what they turn out to be is even better.

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Bat and the End of Everything

by Elana K. Arnold

Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat) has been the caretaker for Thor, the best skunk kit in the world…but the last day of third grade is quickly approaching, and Thor is almost ready to be released into the wild.  The end of school also means that Bat has to say goodbye to his favorite teacher, and he worries about the summer care of Babycakes, their adorable class pet.  Not only that, but his best friend is leaving for a long vacation in Canada.  Summer promises good things, too, like helping out at the vet clinic and hanging out with his sister, Janie, but Bat can’t help but feel that everything is coming to an end.

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Max and the Midknights

by Lincoln Peirce

Max wants to be a knight!  Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon.  But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act…and fast!  Joined by a band of brave adventurers–the Midknights–Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits!

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Lenny’s Book of Everything

by Karen Foxlee

Lenny Spink is the sister of a giant.  Her little brother, Davey suffers from a rare form of gigantism and is taunted by other kids and turned away from school because of his size.  To escape their cruel reality, Lenny and Davey obsess over the entries in their monthly installment of Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia set.  Lenny vows to become a beetle expert, while Davey decides he will run away to Canada and build a log cabin.  But as Davey’s disease progresses, the siblings’ richly imagined world becomes harder to cling to in this deeply moving and original novel about grief, family, and wonder.

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Fly Girls

by Keith O’Brien

In the year between WWI and WWII, airplane racing was one of the most popular sports in America. Male pilots were hailed as heroes and women who flew planes were often ridiculed by the press, and initially they weren’t invited to race.  Yet a group of women were determined to take to the sky–no matter what.  With guts and grit, they overcame incredible odds both on the ground and in the air to pursue their dreams of flying and racing planes.

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Another

by Christian Robinson

What if you…encountered another perspective? discovered another world?  Met another you?  What might you do?

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