Category Archives: New Children Books

Megabat is Fraidybat

by Anna Humphrey

Megabat and his best friend, Daniel, go to sleepaway camp for the first time.  Another hilarious chapter book in this laugh-out-loud series for fans of Dory Fantasmagory and Narwhal and Jelly.

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Bloom

by Kenneth Oppel

The invasion begins–but not as you’d expect.  It begins with rain.  Rain that carries seeds.  Seeds that sprout–overnight, everywhere.  These new plants take over.

Or are they?  Three kids on a remote island seem immune to the toxic plants.  They each have strange allergies–and yet not to these plants.  What’s their secret?  Can they somehow be the key to beating back this invasion?  They’d better figure it out fast, because it’s starting to rain again…

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The Old Truck

by Jarett Pumphrey

When is an old truck something more?  On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family’s young daughter. 

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Wild Honey From The Moon

by Kenneth Kraegel

On a cold winter’s eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets about her sick young son.  His head is cold and his feet are hot, and there is only one thing that can cure him: wild honey from the moon.  Mother Shrew does not stop to wonder how she will make such an impossible journey.  Instead, she grabs her trusty red umbrella, gives her darling son a kiss, and sets out into the unknown. 

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The Nest That Wren Built

by Randi Sonenshine

In the rhyming style of “The House That Jack Built,” this poem about the care and specificity that Carolina wrens put into building a nest is at once tender and true to life.  

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Wonderous Rex

by Patricia MacLachlan

Grace’s aunt Lily is a writer.  She works with words every day and teaches Grace interesting words like “melancholy” and “delirious.”  But Lily is often “flummoxed” by her own writing.  Her stories don’t go anywhere, her desk is a mess, and her writer’s group can’t help.  So Lily posts and ad for assistant. 

The next day, Grace opens the door, and there is Rex: a Labrador Retriever who will change Grace’s life, and Lily’s.  The word “amazing” is an everyday word for Rex, who inspires Lily, and helps Grace find the words to write her own story. 

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Here In The Real World

by Sara Pennypacker

Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”–dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone.  but then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do.  

On his first day Ware meets Jolene a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to camp.  Soon he starts skipping rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot.  When their sanctuary is threatened, Ware looks to the knights “Code of Chivalry” and vows to save the lot. 

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The Queen Bee and Me

by Gillian McDunn

Meg has been best friends with Beatrix forever.  Everyone at school wants to be like confident decisive Beatrix, and Meg has always felt the same.  But this year, Meg wants to take a science course instead of dance class.  She’d rather do what makes her happy–not what Beatrix wants.

When a quirky girl named Hazel moves to town, Meg is partnered with her on a science project about bees.  Meg learns a lot about being Queen Bee–in a hive and in middle school.  As Beatrix is less than welcoming to Hazel, Meg feels her loyalty fraying.  Choosing Hazel could mean ending her oldest friendship–a choice more difficult than Meg ever expected. 

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Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The body Under the Piano

by Marthe Jocelyn

Aggie Morton lives in a small town on the coast of England in 1902.  Adventurous and imaginative but deeply shy, Aggie hasn’t got much to do since the death of her beloved father…until the fateful day when she crosses paths with twelve-year-old Belgian immigrant Hector Perot and discovers a dead body on the floor of the Mermaid Dance Room!

As the number of suspects grows and the murder threatens to tear the town apart, Aggie and her new friend will need every tool at their disposal–to solve the case. 

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