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Rick Riordan Returns with the Third Installment of The Trials of Apollo

Lester undergoes his third trial to return to Mount Olympus in Riordan’s adventure-filled THE BURNING MAZE.

Everyone’s Favorite Family Returns One Last Time

Jeanne Birdsall’s fifth installment in The Penderwicks is full of heart and brimming with charm as the family returns to the place it all began.

Two Middle-Grade Fiction Masterminds Come Together to Write Bob

Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead’s BOB brings together a younger girl and an unlikely green friend in this touching tale of family and friendship.

Check Out Some of the Great Series We've Updated this Month!

Whether you love adventures on the high seas, spooky mysteries or fun tales of friendship, there's something for everyone in this month's update!

Newbery Medal Winner Erin Entrada Kelly Returns with YOU GO FIRST

Two highly gifted, lonely friends connect over an online Scrabble game as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school.

THE LIFTERS by Pulitzer-Nominated Author Dave Eggers is Perfect for Any Age

In the magical town of Carousel, Gran journeys to an underground world where adventure awaits and heroes are made.

This Month's Features and Contests

In this month's series update, we have some great additions to our favorite series! Click here to see our full series list.

 

 

 

Latest Reviews

Starting an advice blog for her classmates at Austen Middle may be one of Emma's most brilliant ones yet! Who better to give advice on friendship, style, school and even crushes than someone who's going through it too? But when Ask Emma goes live, Emma is bombarded with peers asking her to help them postpone quizzes, get out of detention and cut gym class short. What's worse, someone is posting hurtful comments, telling her to mind her own business. Despite her good intentions, Emma's blog seems to only be getting her deeper into trouble.

Evangeline of the Bayou written by Jan Eldredge with illustrations by Joseph Kuefler - Fiction

Haunt huntress apprentice Evangeline Clement spends her days and nights studying the ways of folk magic, honing her monster-hunting skills while pursuing local bayou banshees and Johnny revenants. With her animal familiar sure to make itself known any day now, the only thing left to do is prove to the council she has heart. Then she will be declared a true haunt huntress, worthy of following in the footsteps of her female ancestors. But when Evangeline and her grandmother are called to New Orleans to resolve an unusual case, she uncovers a secret that will shake her to the soles of her boots.

As a young man in India, Gandhi saw firsthand how people were treated unfairly. Refusing to accept injustice, he came up with a brilliant way to fight back through quiet, peaceful protest. He used his methods in South Africa and India, where he led a nonviolent revolution that freed his country from British rule. Through his calm, steady heroism, Gandhi changed the lives of millions and inspired civil rights movements all over the world, proving that the smallest of us can be the most powerful. 

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor.

With 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the worst disease outbreak in modern history, the story of the Spanish flu is more relevant today than ever. This narrative, told through the stories and voices of the people caught in the deadly maelstrom, explores how this vast, global epidemic was intertwined with the horrors of World War I --- and how it could happen again. Complete with photographs, documents, modern research and firsthand reports by medical professionals and survivors, this book provides insight into a catastrophe that transformed America in the early 20th century.

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead - Fiction

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited her grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really important about Gran’s house. It turns out she’s right. Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He can’t remember what he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Clue by clue, Livy and Bob will unravel the mystery of where Bob comes from, and discover the kind of magic that lasts forever.

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal's Pakistani village, but she has no complaints, and besides, she's busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when she must stay home to take care of her siblings. Then the unimaginable happens: after an accidental run-in, Amal must work as a servant to the Khans to pay off her family's debt. Most troubling, though, is Amal's growing awareness of the Khans' nefarious dealings. Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

Carrying just a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother are immigrating to England from Poland. Kasienka isn't the happiest girl in the world; at home, her mother is suffering from a broken heart as she searches for Kasienka's father, and at school, Kasienka is having trouble making friends. The only time she feels comforted is when she's swimming at the pool. But she can't quite shake the feeling that she's sinking. Until a new boy swims into her life, and she learns that there might be more than one way to stay afloat.

Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot by a police officer who mistakes his toy gun for a real threat. As a ghost, he observes the devastation that's been unleashed on his family and community. Soon Jerome meets another ghost: Emmett Till, a boy from a very different time but similar circumstances. Emmett helps Jerome process what has happened, on a journey towards recognizing how historical racism may have led to the events that ended his life. Jerome also meets Sarah, the daughter of the police officer, who grapples with her father's actions.

Scarlett Hart, orphaned daughter of two legendary monster hunters, is determined to carry on in her parents’ footsteps --- even if the Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities says she’s too young to fight perilous horrors. But whether it's creepy mummies or a horrid hound, Scarlett won’t back down, and with the help of her loyal butler and a lot of monster-mashing gadgets, she’s on the case. With her parent’s archrival, Count Stankovic, ratting her out to T.R.A.P.E.Z.E. and taking all the monster-catching rewards for himself, it’s getting hard for Scarlett to do what she was born to do. 

In 1917, in Cottingley, England, a girl named Elsie took a picture of her younger cousin, Frances. Also in the photo was a group of fairies, fairies that the girls insisted were real. Through a remarkable set of circumstances, that photograph and the ones that followed came to be widely believed as evidence of real fairies. It was not until 1983 that the girls, then late in life, confessed that the Cottingley Fairies were a hoax. Their take is an extraordinary slice of history, from a time when anything in a photograph was assumed to be fact and it was possible to trick an eager public into believing something magical.

In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today's world. Award-winning author Rob Sanders's stirring text, and acclaimed illustrator Steven Salerno's evocative images, combine to tell this remarkable --- and undertold --- story.