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From David Barclay Moore Comes a Heartbreaking Tale of Grief and Courage

As Christmas nears, 12-year-old Lolly Rachpaul uses Legos to come to terms with his older brother's death and his life in Harlem.

THE WONDERLING is a Magical Tale of Courage

When a fox-like creature takes steps to leave his abusive orphanage, he discovers his true destiny and the joys of magic.

A 9-Year-Old Reporter Cracks a Local Case in HERO DOG!

From real-life reporter Hilde Lysiak comes a female sleuth young readers will adore!

Tamara Ireland Stone Makes her Middle Grade Debut with CLICK'D

When Allie attends CodeGirls camp and her app goes viral, she learns a ton about friendship, loyalty and responsibility.

Alexandra Bracken Delivers a Tale of Betrayal and Revenge

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history --- that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him.

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!

December's Features and Contests

In this month's series update, we have some great additions to our favorite series! First is SERAFINA AND THE SPLINTERED HEART by Robert Beatty. In the third book in the Serafina series, Serafina must uncover the truth about what has happened to her and the Biltmore Estate and find a way to harness her strange new powers before it's too late. Next is THE ZODIAC LEGACY #3: The Age of Bronze written by Stuart Moore and illustrated by Paolo Henrique. The next part of the Zodiac Legacy follows Steven Lee and his teammates as they fight against Maxwell, the head of the Vanguard organization, and the army of robots he sent after them! And finally, we have KATANA AT SUPER HERO HIGH by Lisa Yee. In the fourth addition to the DC Super Hero Girls series, a mysterious force gives Katana the responsiblity of guarding a hundred ancient Samurai swords, and now Katana must use the help of her super classmates to find out why she was chosen and for what reason.


Latest Reviews

The Magic Misfits Written by Neil Patrick Harris with illustrations by Lissy Marlin - Fantasy
When street magician Carter runs away, he never expects to find friends and magic in a sleepy New England town. But like any good trick, things change instantly as greedy B.B. Bosso and his crew of crooked carnies arrive to steal anything and everything they can get their sticky fingers on. After a fateful encounter with the local purveyor of illusion, Dante Vernon, Carter teams up with five other like-minded illusionists. Together, using both teamwork and magic, they'll set out to save the town of Mineral Wells from Bosso's villainous clutches. 

Josie Shilling’s family is too big, their cramped city house is too small and she feels like no one’s ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey --- a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet. The minute Josie holds Hamlet, she feels an instant connection. But there’s no room for Hamlet in the crowded Shilling household. And whoever heard of keeping a pig in the city? So it’s up to Josie to find her a forever home. 

Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi - Fantasy

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way) and she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days scrubbing the skins and souls of the dead in preparation for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore not only her ever-increasing loneliness, but the way her overworked hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair. But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appear, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship. 

The Flash: Hocus Pocus by Barry Lyga - Science Fiction

In a timeline where Flashpoint never happened, The Flash (aka Barry Allen) must face a mysterious villain who can control the minds and actions of citizens. But when Hocus Pocus, as he calls himself, takes control of Barry, it’s up to Team Flash to help the Scarlet Speedster before he’s forced to do the unthinkable. Written by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga, this is one adventure fans of the TV series won’t want to miss!

Our Founding Fathers created the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as a blueprint for American government and the rights of American citizens. This document is not merely a piece of parchment but a living, breathing promise of our deepest democratic values. Khizr Khan is deeply passionate about the Constitution: the guarantees and protections it provides for each and every person and the beacon of light it shines throughout the world. THIS IS OUR CONSTITUTION is a personal journey that Khizr Khan is taking with our nation’s young people.

In 1865, the Civil War was winding down and thousands of Union soldiers, released from Confederate prisoner-of-war camps, were to be transported home on the steamboat Sultana. With a profit to be made, the captain rushed repairs to the boat. More than 2,000 passengers boarded in Mississippi...on a boat with a capacity of 376. The journey was violently interrupted when the boat’s boilers exploded, plunging the Sultana into mayhem. Although rescue efforts were launched, the survival rate was dismal --- more than 1,500 lives were lost. In a compelling, exhaustively researched account, renowned author Sally M. Walker asks who (or what) was responsible for the Sultana’s disastrous fate?

When Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan who can help manage their family farm, they have no idea what delightful trouble awaits them. With flame-red hair and an unstoppable imagination, 11-year-old Anne Shirley takes Green Gables by storm. Anne’s misadventures bring a little romance to the lives of everyone she meets: her bosom friend, Diana Barry; the town gossip, Mrs. Lynde; and that infuriating tease, Gilbert Blythe. From triumphs and thrills to the depths of despair, Anne turns each everyday moment into something extraordinary.

Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough?

Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani - Graphic Novel

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? Who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions --- the topic of India is permanently closed. For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background?

The Glass Town Game Written by Catherynne M. Valente with illustrations by Rebecca Green. - Fantasy & Magic

Children Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school. But on the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, exactly like they envisioned it…almost. When Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings.

Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music. For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name --- a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck --- it is the only home he has ever known.

It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly’s always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.