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44 TINY SECRETS
by Bishop, Sylvia, author.
CDBK J BIS
Betsy Bow-Linnet is determined to become a world famous concert pianist like her parents. There's just one problem: no matter how hard she practices, she doesn't share their musical talents. So when a mysterious letter arrives from a woman claiming to know of an unusual method that will make Betsy's playing stupendous, Betsy jumps at the chance. There's just one condition: she must keep the method a secret. But it isn't just one secret it's 44 tiny secrets in the shape of a boxful of pygmy mice! Betsy is mystified. How are they going to help her play the piano and, more importantly, how on earth can she keep them all a secret?
ALIEN SUPERSTAR [#1]
by Winkler, Henry, 1945- author.
PLAY J WIN
Buddy Burger escapes his home planet, lands in Hollywood, and is cast in a new television series, but must pretend his six eyes and suction-cup feet are the costume and his human skin, real.
BIG NATE IN THE ZONE
by Peirce, Lincoln.
TALK J PEI
The latest illustrated novel from Lincoln Peirce is a laugh-out-loud must-read starring the one and only cartooning genius, king of detention, and Cheez Doodle connoisseur, Nate Wright. Nate's not having the best of luck...in fact he's not having ANY luck. But with a little boost thanks to Chad's lucky foot, suddenly good luck is everywhere Nate turns! Nate's in the zone! But how long will it last?
BIG NATE LIVES IT UP
by Peirce, Lincoln, author, illustrator.
TALK J PEI
"As his school's centennial is coming up, Big Nate is stuck showing the dorky new kid around"-- Provided by publisher.
CAVERN OF SECRETS
by Park, Linda Sue, author.
PLAY J PAR
Hoping to return home after a winter in the Sudden Mountains so he can join his parents in the fight against the evil Chancellor, Raffa must use his apothecary skills while enlisting the help of human and animal friends to survive the journey.
THE CHAOS CURSE
by DasGupta, Sayantani.
PLAY J DAS
"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? Kiran must grapple with the increasingly tangled threads that threaten to ensnare her.If she fails, it could mean an end to her story . . . and the entire multiverse."-- Provided by publisher
COG
COG
by Van Eekhout, Greg, author.
PLAY J VAN
"Cog looks like a normal twelve-year-old boy. But he's a highly advanced robot and he was built to learn. When a big mistake lands Cog in a strange lab, surrounded by scientists who want to study him and remove his brain, Cog decides to recruit four other robots for a cross-country mission to find a place to call home. Their journey will most likely involve much cognitive development in the form of mistakes, but Cog is willing to risk everything to find somewhere he and his new friends will finally belong."-- Provided by publisher.
DEAR SWEET PEA
by Murphy, Julie, 1985- author.
PLAY J MUR
Patricia 'Sweet Pea' DiMarco wasn't sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. She never could have imagined that they would have the idea to live in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind 'Miss Flora Mae I?' Dividing her time between two homes is not easy. And it doesn't help that at school, Sweet Pea is now sitting right next to her ex-best friend, a daily reminder of the friendship that once was. Things might be unbearable if Sweet Pea didn't have Oscar, her new best friend, and her fifteen-pound cat, Cheese. Then one day Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column. And Sweet Pea happens to recognize the handwriting. What she decides to do with that letter forever changes the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of 'Miss Flora Mae I?'.
DR  DOLITTLE AND FRIENDS
by Lofting, Hugh, 1886-1947, author.
TALK J LOF
It has been three long, boring days in Dr. Dolittle's home, and his animal friends are feeling wilder than usual. The animals cause a ruckus in the house, and Dr. Dolittle declares that they all need a picnic out in the fresh air. But when it is time to go home, one of his animal friends is nowhere to be found! Can Dr. Dolittle find his missing friend?
THE FOURTH SUIT
by Harris, Neil Patrick, 1973- author.
CDBK J HAR
Ridley Larsen is everything any person would want in a friend. She's tough as nails, she's fiercely loyal, and she's smart as a whip. But she can be a harsh critic, which has put her position with the Magic Misfits on the rocks, even as the threat of the group's longtime enemy Kalagan looms large. Ever since his recent appearance in Mineral Wells, the kids know that a showdown with the vicious magician is imminent. They must first deal with a series of odd instances and random attacks, though, all of which they use to bring themselves closer to discovering where Kalagan may be hiding, and the nature of his true identity. But can Ridley finally master her temper and put her essential magical skills to good use?
FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON
by Marks, Janae, author.
PLAY J MAR
"Avid baker Zoe Washington receives a letter on her twelfth birthday from her biological father, who is in prison for a terrible crime"-- Provided by publisher.
THE GARDEN OF ABDUL GASAZI
by Van Allsburg, Chris, author, illustrator.
TALK J VAN
When the dog he is caring for runs away from Alan into the forbidden garden of a retired dog-hating magician, a spell seems to be cast over the contrary dog.
HERE IN THE REAL WORLD
by Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-
PLAY J PEN
Immersing himself in a fantasy world of knights and chivalry, introverted Ware is sent to a summer camp designed around social interactions and begins building a castle-like private space while clashing with a fellow misfit.
HOME GAMES
by Markovits, Benjamin, author.
PLAY J MAR
"Twelve-year-old Ben is a shy, quiet New York City kid. His best friend, Jake, lives a few floors below his apartment, and they both go to a prestigious private school. Ben's life isn't perfect, but he feels at home. When his dad takes a job in London, everything changes. His parents separate, and Ben's mom moves them back to her hometown in Austin, Texas. Ben's simple life has suddenly become complicated. He misses his apartment and Jake, and his dad. Then he meets Mabley, and there is now a bright spot to Ben's day. But when his mom starts working at his new school and making friends with his teacher Mr. Tomski, Ben finds himself at the center of all the problems the adults around him can't resolve -- and some of his own, too. Every lunchtime, he escapes to the old basketball court, where he shoots hoops with the groundskeeper. He dreams of moving to London, but then his mom makes him join the basketball team, where Mabley's best friend, Pete, is the star player. And everything becomes complicated again. After being pushed around, looking for his place, Ben will have to learn how to stand his ground."-- Provided by publisher.
HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA AND THE BIRTHDAY SURPRISE
by Howe, James, 1946- author.
TALK JE HOW
Friends Houndsley and Catina are sad because they do not know when their birthdays are, but they solve the problem in a thoughtful and creative way.
HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA PLINK AND PLUNK
by Howe, James, 1946- author.
TALK JE HOW
Houndsley likes canoeing and his friend Catina likes bicycling, but each has to help the other learn to enjoy these activities in order to do them together.
IGGY PECK AND THE MYSTERIOUS MANSION
by Beaty, Andrea, author.
CDBK J BEA
Iggy Peck teams up with the Questioneers to help investigate a supposedly haunted house and find the treasure that's gone missing in this middle-grade novel!
JABARI JUMPS
by Cornwall, Gaia, author, illustrator.
TALK JP COR
Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He's finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he's a great jumper, so he's not scared at all. "Looks easy," says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can't help but root for.
KICKING & SCREAMING
by Moore, Steve, 1965- author.
PLAY J MOO
Steve is King of the Bench. No brag. It's just a fact. But this season, his soccer-loving pals Joey and Carlos plus soccer superstar Becky O'Callahan are dragging him off the bench to play for the Spiro T. Agnew JV soccer team, even though soccer doesn't exactly fry his burger.
LAMBSLIDE
by Patchett, Ann, author.
TALK JP PAT
Nicolette Farmer is running for class president, and the rest of the Farmer family tells her she'll win by a landslide. A pack of overconfident lambs mistakenly hear lambslide and can't believe there's a slide made just for them. But when they can't find one on the farm, there's only one thing left to do: take a vote! They campaign. They bargain. They ask all the other animals if they, too, would like a lambslide. Will the lambs ever get their special slide?
LATKE, THE LUCKY DOG
by Fischer, Ellen, 1947- author.
CDBK JP FIS
Celebrate Hanukkah with one lucky dog! -- Rescued from an animal shelter on the first night of Hanukkah, Latke the puppy joins the family just in time for the celebrations. Although he has trouble learning the house rules, he is one Lucky Dog! Told from the pup's point of view, this sweet Hanukkah song is perfect for little ones.
THE LIGHTNING THIEF
by Riordan, Rick, author.
PLAY J RIO
After learning that he is the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea, twelve-year-old Percy is sent to a summer camp for demigods like himself, and joins his new friends on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE
by Stead, Rebecca, author.
CDBK J STE
When Bea's parents got divorced, they told her about two big changes: Dad is gay. Mom and Dad will have different apartments, each with a room for Bea. They also gave her a special notebook to record the list of things that will not change. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea and each other. They are still a family, just different. Bea's days are split between her parents school remains the same. She still goes to Dad's family's lake house every summer. Only now, no one mentions Mom. Then, Dad announces that he and his boyfriend Jesse are getting married. Bea is thrilled. She loves Jesse, and he has a daughter her age, Sonia. Bea has never met her, but she's sure that she and Sonia will be the perfect sisters. Behind her joy, though, something she did last summer is haunting Bea.
MANANALAND
by Ryan, Pam Munoz, author.
PLAY J RYA
"Maximiliano Cordoba loves stories, especially the legend Buelo tells him about a mythical gatekeeper who can guide brave travelers on a journey into tomorrow. If Max could see tomorrow, he would know if he will make Santa Maria's celebrated futbol team and whether he'll ever meet his mother, who disappeared when he was a baby. He longs to know more about her, but Papa won't talk. So when Max uncovers a buried family secret -- involving an underground network of guardians who lead people fleeing danger to safety -- he decides to seek answers on his own. With a treasured compass, a mysterious stone rubbing, and Buelo's legend as his only guides, he sets out on a perilous quest to determine if he is true of heart and what the future holds. This timeless tale of struggle, hope, and the search for tomorrow has much to offer today about compassion and our shared humanity." Provided by publisher.
MAX & RUBY AND TWIN TROUBLE
by Wells, Rosemary, author, illustrator.
TALK JP WEL
Max and Ruby are in for a big surprise. Mama has a baby in her tummy and soon the family will be bigger and better. Luckily Ruby knows all about babies: what they eat, how to bathe them, and where they come from. Ruby tells Max all about it. Soon no one will be getting any sleep, but Max has an idea on how to help!
MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL HOW ART TRANSFORMED A NEIGHBORHOOD
by Campoy, F. Isabel, author.
TALK JP CAM
Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.
THE MINOR THIRD
by Harris, Neil Patrick, 1973- author, narrator.
PLAY J HAR
"Theo Stein-Meyer loves being part of the Magic Misfits. Armed with his trusty violin bow, he completes the team with his levitation skills, unflappable calm, and proper manners. But when a girl named Emily begins to spend time with the group, only she seems to understand the pull Theo feels between music and magic, between family and friends. Then a famous ventriloquist arrives in town, and the Misfits are sure he (and his creepy dummy) are up to no good. With their mentor, Mr. Vernon, called away and tension simmering among the friends, can they come together to stop another member of the villainous Emerald Ring?"-- Provided by publisher.
MONARCH BUTTERFLY
by Gibbons, Gail, author.
TALK J 595.789 GIB
Describes the life cycle, body parts, and behavior of the monarch butterfly. Includes instructions on how to raise a monarch.
MY PAPI HAS A MOTORCYCLE
by Quintero, Isabel, author, narrator.
CDBK JP QUI
A beautiful narrative of a young girl's love letter to her hardworking dad and to the memories of home that people hold close in the midst of change.
ON THE HORIZON
by Lowry, Lois, author, narrator.
CDBK J LOW
From two-time Newbery medalist and living legend Lois Lowry comes a moving account of the lives lost in two of WWII's most infamous events: Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima.
PETE THE CAT AND HIS MAGIC SUNGLASSES
by Dean, James, 1957- author, illustrator.
TALK JP DEA
In this hardcover picture book, Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy-nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.
PETE THE CAT AND THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER
by Dean, James, 1957- author.
TALK JP DEA
Presents an adaptation of the "Itsy Bitsy Spider," in which Pete and his friends know just how to help succeed.
PETE THE KITTY AND THE GROOVY PLAYDATE
by Dean, Kim, 1969- author.
TALK JP DEA
Pete the Kitty is super excited to visit his friend Grumpy Toad's house for a playdate! Grumpy Toad has all the best toys: a truck, building blocks, and a superhero cape. Far out! It's going to be cat-tastic!
THE PETES GO MARCHING
by Dean, James, 1957- author, illustrator.
TALK JP DEA
#1New York Timesbestseller James Dean puts a groovy spinto the classic children's song "The Ants Go Marching" with everyone's favorite cool cat. Join Pete the Cat as he rocks out to this classic tune with a supercool twist in this paper-over-board picture book.
PING
by Castillo, Ani, author, illustrator.
TALK JP CAS
Encourages healthy communication and social interaction by reaching out in many different ways through "Pings," and then waiting to receive "Pongs" from others in response.
THE PLUNDER DOWN UNDER
by Patterson, James, 1947- author.
CDBK J PAT
The Kidds' parents are in trouble once again, and the kids must traverse the Australian Outback, recover a pair of stolen gems, and defeat treasure-hunting pirates to save them! The Kidd family is on their way to Australia to find Lasseter's Gold when they are challenged by fellow treasure hunter Charlotte Badger, who challenges them to a race to the gold! But when the Kidds pull into port in Australia, their parents are suddenly arrested they've been framed! It turns out Charlotte Badger is a pirate, and she's planted a priceless stolen black opal on the Kidds' ship, The Lost! Now Bick, Beck, Storm, and Tommy have seven days to traverse the Australian Outback, find Charlotte Badger and her pirate cronies, and bring back the evidence that will prove their parents innocent. If they fail, their parents will be found guilty and thrown in prison forever!
RAGWEED AND POPPY
by Avi, 1937- author.
PLAY J AVI
Adventurous golden mouse Ragweed is on a freight train leaving the city of Amperville. On his journey he meets Lotar, a young, annoying, and lost raccoon who's desperate to reunite with his mother. Though Ragweed doesn't really want to help the raccoon, by doing so he winds up in Dimwood Forest. Ragweed is now ready to strike off on his own, but it's not long before he hears a cry for help. Following the sound of the voice, he finds a cage with a deer mouse trapped inside. When he asks the mouse's name, she replies, 'Poppy.' The way Ragweed comes to Poppy's aid, and how Poppy comes to his, is how their rousing and fateful friendship begins. As for that annoying raccoon, he keeps getting in the way.
ROLL WITH IT
by Sumner, Jamie, author.
CDBK J SUM
In the tradition of Wonder and Out of My Mind, this big-hearted middle-grade debut tells the story of an irrepressible girl with cerebral palsy whose life takes an unexpected turn when she moves to a new town.
THE SCIENCE UNFAIR
by Ball, Nate, author.
PLAY J BAL
Zack McGee gets help from his extraterrestrial best friend, Amp, when he has to create an experiment for the annual school science fair.
THE SECRET GARDEN
by Alcott, Ellyn, author.
TALK J BUR
"Mary Lennox is a sad and sickly girl. She acts bitter to everyone around her and doesn't mind that she doesn't have friends she doesn't need them. When she moves to a dark, gloomy manor to live with her uncle, she has no interest in exploring her new home -- until she learns that there is a secret, locked garden somewhere on the grounds. In this new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved novel, The Secret Garden is a beautiful story of a young girl learning to care for herself by caring for the world around her, and a reminder that the darkest of gloominess can be swept away with a little love and care."-- Provided by publisher.
SECRETS ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
by Birney, Betty G., author, illustrator.
TALK J BIR
Humphrey, the pet hamster of Longfellow School's Room 26, learns that his classroom is full of secrets, the most important of which is that a student will be leaving soon.
SNACK, SNOOZE, SKEDADDLE HOW ANIMALS GET READY FOR WINTER
by Salas, Laura Purdie, author.
TALK J 591.56 SAL
Fact-filled rhymes and evocative natural-world artwork depict a variety of familiar wild animals, from snakes and foxes to hummingbirds and whales, who survive the cold winter season through migration or hibernation.
SORRY (REALLY SORRY)
by Cotler, Joanna, author.
TALK JP COT
Little did Cow know that her bad mood would spread to the whole farm. But it does when Cow passes her anger along to Duck who takes it out on Frog who is mean to Bird who upsets Goat who bothers Pig. Until good-hearted Dog turns things around by showing kindness to Pig, turning not sorry into sorry (really sorry). But will that be enough to mend all of the hurt feelings on the farm? A sweet and thoughtful picture book about how one act of kindness can change the world, written by publishing legend Joanna Cotler and illustrated by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss.
SPRING ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
by Birney, Betty G., author.
TALK J BIR
"To Humphrey and the students at Longfellow School, spring seems impossibly late this year. Fortunately, planning a school Family Fun Night keeps the students (and classroom pets) busy as they look for signs of the changing seasons"-- Provided by publisher.
THE STORY SEEKER
by Tubb, Kristin O'Donnell, author.
PLAY J TUB
"Eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler, proud resident of the New York Public Library, has her sights set on becoming a star reporter. She's thrilled when Miss Hutch announces a story contest where the winner gets their essay printed in The New York Times! But then Viviani gets her first-ever case of writer's block. As she struggles to find inspiration, the library is hit with a strange mystery involving overdue books, secret messages, and perhaps a spy lurking among the shelves. . . . Will Viviani be able to crack the code and find the perfect story worthy of a byline?"-- Provided by publisher.
SUMMER ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
by Birney, Betty G.
TALK J BIR
When summer arrives, Humphrey, the pet hamster of Longfellow School's Room 26, is surprised and pleased to learn that he will be going to Camp Happy Hollow.
THAT
by Barnhart, Cathleen, author.
PLAY J BAR
Told in two voices, middle-schoolers Sammie and David's long-term friendship is endangered when new student Luke begins flirting with Sammie just when David decides to confess his crush on her.
TREASURE ISLAND
by Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894, author.
TALK J STE
When an old pirate gives him a secret treasure map for safekeeping, Jim Hawkins is excited to finally have some adventure in his life.
TWO DOGS IN A TRENCH COAT ENTER STAGE LEFT
by Falatko, Julie, author.
PLAY J FAL
Sassy and Waldo have been cast in the school play and they couldn't be more excited. They love to play! Only this isn't that kind of play.Sassy and Waldo are good dogs. They will do anything for their boy, Stewart. That includes putting on a trench coat and pretending to be a new student named Salty in his class just to make sure he is happy. But this month Stewart's class is going to put on a play. PLAY! There's nothing that dogs love more than to play. Well, except maybe eating hamburgers, napping, and chasing squirrels. But they're all equal. It's a four-way tie! Sassy and Waldo are in for a big surprise when they learn what a school play really is!
TWO SPECKLED EGGS
by Mann, Jennifer K., author, illustrator.
TALK JP MAN
It’s Ginger’s birthday, and she has to invite all the girls in her class to her party, including Lyla Browning. Lyla isn’t like the other girls: she smells like old leaves, doesn’t talk much, and once brought a tarantula to school for show-and-tell. On the day of the party, Lyla is much earlier than everyone else. But even after the others arrive, Ginger’s party doesn’t go quite the way she’d hoped: some of the girls change the rules to the games, and no one likes her silver and gold birthday cake — except Lyla. By the time Lyla gives Ginger her present — a tiny homemade nest with two delicious malted-milk eggs — Ginger begins to wonder: is being different really such a bad thing?
THE UGLY DUCKLING
by Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875.
TALK J 398.2 AND
"When a ginormous egg hatches in Mama's nest, the newborn chick is not like the other ducklings. The other hatchlings make fun of this funny duck -- her size, her beak, and her weird "screak!" Her siblings laugh every time she tries to act more like them. How could Mama love such a strange duckling? Even though Mama does indeed love her very much, the ginormous duckling is still very sad. Will she learn to accept what makes her different? In this colorful, prehistoric retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic story, The Ugly Duckling is a timeless tale of learning to love yourself for who you truly are."-- Provided by publisher.
WAYSIDE SCHOOL BENEATH THE CLOUD OF DOOM
by Sachar, Louis, author.
PLAY J SAC
For the first time in twenty years, all your favorite students and teachers are back in this brand new, fourth installment in the perennially beloved and bestselling Wayside School series! This is a major event!;Follows the adventures and misadventures of students and staff as they cope with the effects of a large, gloomy cloud that has settled over Wayside School.
WE DREAM OF SPACE
by Kelly, Erin Entrada, author.
CDBK J KEL
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 Bird, his twelve-year-old twin, dreams of being NASA's first female shuttle commander. 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.
WEMBERLY WORRIED
by Henkes, Kevin, author.
TALK JP HEN
Wemberly worried about everything.Big things. Little things. And things in between. Then it was time for school to start.And Wemberly worried even more.If you ever worry (or know someone who does), this is the book for you.
YOU MATTER
by Robinson, Christian, author, illustrator.
TALK JP ROB
In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored-from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they're feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.
ZATHURA : A SPACE ADVENTURE
by Van Allsburg, Chris, author, illustrator.
TALK J VAN
Left on their own for an evening, two boisterous brothers find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical space adventure board game.

 


 

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