All chimney-climber Nan Sparrow has left of her beloved guardian, the Sweep, is a small lump of coal that has mysteriously stayed warm for the past six years. When she is caught in a life-threatening situation at the wrong end of a
chimney fire, the coal roars to life and reveals itself to be a Golem, a legendary protector from Jewish folklore. Together, Nan and her monster create a life for themselves in an abandoned mansion, surviving the harsh realities of Victorian London. Exuberantly joyful and deeply bittersweet, Sweep is a tribute to the power of friendship and family.
Lopside, Champion, Bug, and Daisy are a talented crew of canines. When their expedition to another solar system goes awry and they are separated from their humans, the Barkonauts must use their combined skills and strengths to stay calm and complete their mission. At turns funny, heartwarming, wise, and so suspenseful I tried to read with my eyes closed, this thrilling space adventure keeps you turning pages until Lopside and friends are safe at last. Good dogs!
A story to melt the hearts of even non-animalloving readers! Life at home hasn’t been as bright since Louie’s big brother left to join the Army. But when a newborn mini donkey arrives, things change. Louie has always had a soft spot for small animals in need of help, but hasn’t always had the best of luck. He is determined to nurse Winslow back to health, despite the doubts of friends and family. Possessed with unwavering optimism, unfaltering faith in others, and a big
heart, Louie is an inspiration and example to all in this heartwarming story.
Merci Suárez knows there is no manual for navigating the changes that come with starting sixth grade. New teachers and classes are daunting, and who knows what it means when a boy says he “maybe likes” someone? In the past Merci always depended on her extended family for guidance, but this year her beloved
grandfather’s erratic behavior signals changes at home that leave Merci more confused than ever. This powerful coming-of-age story celebrating the strength of family rings true.
It’s 1946, and Langston and his father have just moved to Chicago from Alabama shortly after his mother died. The city moves quickly, his classmates bully him for being too country, and while he misses his mom, he also misses his grandma and the beauty and calm of the south. When he stumbles upon a library and discovers
that black residents are welcome, things begin looking up. He discovers the poetry of Langston Hughes and what he finds within those poems is unexpected and comforting. A beautifully written story of steadfastness and faith.
After Ok Lee’s father dies in a construction accident, Ok (pronounced like “pork” without the p or the r) feels pressure to help his overworked mother with the bills and to keep his Korean father’s American dream alive. A series of get-rich-quick
schemes (a hair braiding business, tutoring his one-time bully, and a school talent show with a cash prize) meet with little to no success, but do lead to some unlikely but important friendships. As Ok struggles with grief, his mother’s new
relationship, and feeling misunderstood at school, he strays down morally dubious paths, but manages to find his way again with help from his new friends. Funny and touching.
Dashti chronicles her imprisonment in a tower with the highborn lady she serves. In order to save both of their lives, she plans with an unknown ally through the tower walls, hoping she can trust him. She finds strength in herself, but doesn't realize that the fate of a nation rests on her shoulders. This is an adventurous, fresh take on a lesser known Brothers Grimm tale.
‘I was warned’, Charlotte reminds herself.
It is England in 1832, and at the age of 13, a young girl begins the voyage of a lifetime aboard the merchant ship Seahawk based for her home in Rhode Island.
She has no notion of what is to come, but soon enough she questions her own choices and the behavior of those around her. Things are not quite what they seem...and mutiny unfolds!
If you were leaving your home forever, what would you bring in the sack you carried? 12-year-old Nisha chooses a mortar and pestle from her best friend, the family cook, and her journal, where she secretly writes to her dead mother. Inspired by Hiranandani’s father’s experience during the 1947 partition of India, the largest mass migration in history, this harrowing yet hopeful story is unforgettable.
Once a year in the Protectorate, the Elders sacrifice the youngest baby to the evil witch to save their village. Unbeknownst to the people of the Protectorate, Xan, the Witch, is actually good; in fact, she saves each abandoned baby and delivers them to loving homes in the cities across the forest. One year, Xan accidentally feeds the baby powerful moonlight instead of starlight, filling her with magic, and decides to raise this extraordinary baby as her own. As Luna grows up, she begins to discover the truth of her past. You must read this beautifully imaginative fairytale!
What would you do if you picked up an old sword and it started talking to you? If you were Odo, you would reluctantly go on a quest to kill the dragon stopping the river from flowing. Along with his friend Eleanor (who seems much more excited about this whole knight business), boy and sword go on a quest that involves a dwarven forge, a traveling bandit crew, and not a small amount of magic.
Hiccup likes to read, looks out for his clumsy best friend, uses his head to think instead of smashing rocks, and has the world’s most stubborn dragon. The other Vikings are never impressed by his very un-Viking ways. But when a gigantic and clever, Viking-eating dragon comes to shore, they may just start to like his un-Viking ways.
Lisa is about to get a new neighbor - Nilly. Nilly is a little unusual. Meanwhile, their mutual neighbor Doctor Proctor invents a lot of… weird things. But weird things can be very, very useful when trying to thwart the neighborhood bullies.
Follow Francie “Frenchy” Frye as her eccentric great-aunts call her away from the NYC acting scene to investigate a string of suspicious deaths near her family’s Minnesota lake cabin. In this exciting mystery, Francie tries to make sense of the puzzling happenings on Enchantment Lake, including a poisoned hotdish and the legend of treasure under the lake. A fast-moving, humorous story with a delightfully pensive protagonist in Francie, Enchantment Lake will have you reading late into the dark, spooky night and longing for the sound of waves crashing on the lakeshore.
I love Mason Buttle. He’s a twelve-year-old with learning disabilities and synesthesia who experiences incredible loss, does his best to avoid bullies, and is at the center of an unsolved town mystery. Through all of that honest, loyal Mason finds a way to bring his family together and celebrate friendships both old (Moonie, the dog) and new (Calvin, the human). What a beautiful read.
Kiki’s father is a doctor who travels to war-zones to help people. She worries that something will happen to him, but her mother explains that the odds of a father dying are small. When he goes missing, Kiki wants to bolster the odds—if having a dead father is unlikely, isn’t having a dead pet and a dead father twice as unlikely? This spare novel is insightful, heartbreaking, and funny.
Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He’s also her imaginary friend. After a suspicious car accident, Amanda winds up in a coma - and without her to imagine him into being, Rudger begins to disappear! Pursued by the terrible Mr Bunting and his eery imaginary assistant, Rudger must find a way to awaken his best friend or be forgotten forever!
12-year-old Molly doesn't get along with her bratty stepsister Heather, and a move to the countryside only makes things worse. But when Heather makes a ghostly friend, only Molly can see that the ghost's intentions might be dangerous. Mary Downing Hahn is a master of the ghost story, and this is one of her best!
In the excitement of preparing for a three-year move to the United States, only grandfather Sidi seems to understand how lost Aref feels. With only a week before leaving, the two go off on a farewell journey that takes them from desert to seashore, visiting and remembering all the things that make Oman home. Like Aref’s beloved stones, turtles, and especially, his grandfather, this is a story to be treasured.
Fans of Nancy Drew and Lumberjanes, REJOICE! Goldie Vance is here! There's a mystery afoot at the Crossed Palms resort, and Goldie is on the case! Set at a retro-futuristic Floridian resort, this graphic novel is a lively tale of friendship, fast cars, and sharp sleuthing. Readers who enjoyed series such as Hilda, Cleopatra in Space, and the aforementioned Lumberjanes are in for a new and exciting treat!
While reading The Zookeeper's Wife, and noting its recent popularity, I thought back fondly to my mother/daughter book club because one of our favorite books collectively was Number the Stars, the story of ten-year-old Danish best friends Annemarie and Ellen (who is Jewish) who resist the Nazis by pretending to be sisters. Both books give hope that compassion and empathy still exist amidst heartbreaking tragedy.
1950's--an era of paranoia and accusation. Here is a glimpse of the times during McCarthyism according to Avi. He researches and writes in order to describe his personal memories in a way that makes history come to life for young readers. His is the story of regular kid Pete Collison, lover of detective stories and all things baseball. It's a 'twisty' mystery with plenty of room for humor. Don't let this one get away!
Where is that screaming coming from?
Is it too late?
These are the wrong questions. Follow 13-year-old apprentice spy Lemony Snicket as he investigates Stain'd-by-the-Sea, a mysterious town where asking the right questions leads to adventure and danger.
"I'm a dog. I should tell you that right away. I understand words, but there are only two who understand me when I speak." Within the framework of a fierce blizzard, Teddy the dog explains his own rescue and the loss of his beloved poet, Sylvan. But misfortune turns to good when he finds and cares for two children freezing in the cold. Thus the poet's dog has the providence of rescuing 'a jewel or two'. As Sylvan once told him, "When you can't find a poet, find a child. Remember that." Remember that!