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May 2015

New in Paperback

May 2015

In paperback this month we have UNLOCKING THE TRUTH: Three Brooklyn Teens on Life, Friendship and Making the Band by Charisse Jones, the true story of a rock band on the cusp of massive stardom; WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE by Rebecca Behrens, in which First Daughter Audrey discovers Alice Roosevelt’s diary; and URBAN OUTLAWS by Peter Jay Black, the first book in an action-packed series about five extraordinary kids dedicated to outsmarting criminals.

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard - Fiction

January 28, 2014

 

When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

Back Home by Julia Keller - Fiction

May 26, 2015

 

BACK HOME is the story of 13-year-old Rachel Ann "Brownie" Browning, whose family faces a tragic loss. Her father has just returned from the war in Iraq. He has suffered a traumatic brain injury --- and is no longer the father she knew.

Beyond the Door: Time Out of Time Book One by Maureen Doyle McQuerry - Fantasy

May 12, 2015


Beyond the Door, the first in a series from Maureen Doyle McQuerry, weaves a wonderful coming-of-age story with elements of fantasy and mythology. With his love of school and the game of Scrabble, Timothy James feels that the only person who really understands him is his older sister, Sarah, and he’s fairly certain nothing interesting will ever happen to him. But one night, while his parents and sister are away, he sees something that changes everything: mythical creatures in his own living room! Soon, a mystery of unparalleled proportions begins to unfold, and Timothy has to team up with his sister and the school bully, Jessica, in the name of the Light in order to defeat the powers of the Dark. A secret code runs throughout the book that readers can decipher to learn more about their favorite characters and legends.

Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur by Luke Sharpe - Fiction

May 26, 2015

 

Everyone is talking about Billy Sure, the 12-year-old CEO of Sure Things, Inc. and genius inventor of the All Ball, a ball that turns into different sports balls with the push of a button. Now Billy wants to help other kids achieve their inventing dreams just like he has! And that’s not all. Billy also has to keep the secret that could take him from hero to zero in a flash if anyone found out. Can Billy Sure find a way to stay on top of the world and help other kids achieve their dreams at the same time?

Fallout by Todd Strasser - Historical

May 12, 2015

 

What if the bomb had actually been dropped? What if your family was the only one with a shelter?

Loot by Jude Watson - Fiction

May 26, 2015


On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It's Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he's dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: "Find jewels."

Nellie Bly and Investigative Journalism for Kids: Mighty Muckrakers from the Golden Age to Today by Ellen Mahoney - Nonfiction

May 1, 2015

 

Nellie Bly and Investigative Journalism for Kids brings to light the evolving world of American journalism, from the late 1800s to today. Focusing on the bold, audacious investigative reporter Nellie Bly, one of the most famous women in the world in her day, the book presents journalism in a fun, inventive, and exciting way. Budding reporters learn how Bly, who so desired to work in the male-dominated world of reporting, willingly feigned her own insanity to be committed to a mental asylum so she could go undercover and write about it. Providing a comprehensive look at early social reform writers and reporters who helped transform journalism, the book also introduces young readers to four famous  American muckrakers --- Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, Ida B. Wells, and Upton Sinclair --- and concludes with a look at some of the modern era’s most exciting and accomplished journalists. Twenty-one creative activities encourage a new generation to carry on the muckraking tradition as kids learn how to make and keep a reporter’s notebook, write a letter to the editor, craft a “great ideas” box, and much more. Packed with compelling photos and interesting sidebars, Nelly Bly and Investigative Journalism for Kids will get young readers excited about the world of journalism and especially about writing.
Operation Oleander by Valerie Patterson - Fiction

March 5, 2013


Ninth grader Jess Westmark had the best of intentions when she started Operation Oleander to raise money for a girls’ orphanage in Kabul. She named her charity for the flower that grows both in her Florida hometown and in Afghanistan, where her father is deployed. But on one of her father's trips to deliver supplies to the orphans, a car bomb explodes nearby and her father is gravely injured. Worse, her best friend’s mother and some of the children are killed. Is this all Jess’s fault?

The Gift of Charms (The Land of Dragor) by Julia Suzuki - Fiction

May 1, 2015

 

In a secret land, far away from the habitation of man, dwell the world's remaining dragons. In their mystical valley, they live their daily lives, but all is not well and their talents are fading. Things change, however, when, from a strange egg, Yoshiko is born --- a dragon with a unique destiny. Great adventure lies ahead as many challenges must be overcome, leading to a dangerous mission to the human world in attempt to return to the clans their missing magic! 

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier - Youth Paranormal Fiction

May 20, 2014

 

This much-anticipated follow-up to Jonathan Auxier’s exceptional debut, Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, is a Victorian ghost story with shades of Washington Irving and Henry James. More than just a spooky tale, it’s also a moral fable about human greed and the power of storytelling.
The Night Gardener follows two abandoned Irish siblings who travel to work as servants at a creepy, crumbling English manor house. But the house and its family are not quite what they seem. Soon the children are confronted by a mysterious spectre and an ancient curse that threatens their very lives. With Auxier’s exquisite command of language, The Night Gardener is a mesmerizing read and a classic in the making.

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth - Children's Fiction

May 12, 2015

 

Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it’s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Unlocking the Truth Three Brooklyn Teens on Life, Friendship and Making the Band by Charisse Jones - Nonfiction

May 5, 2015

 

A rock band on the cusp of massive stardom, Unlocking the Truth is made up of three thirteen year old African American boys: Malcolm, Jarad and Alec. When not in school they spend their time as rock stars opening for the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Motorhead and Guns N’ Roses and crowd surfing at Coachella. Part memoir and part guide book, the boys share the essential truths and principles, such as faith, determination and friendship, that led to their success and continue to drive them.

Urban Outlaws by Peter Jay Black - Youth Fiction

October 7, 2014

 

Orphans bonded over their shared sense of justice, five kids have formed the Urban Outlaws, a group dedicated to outsmarting criminals and handing out their stolen money through Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.s). But the kids find themselves in serious trouble when they're caught in an epic battle to control Proteus, a genius super-computer. Proteus can crack any code in the world-and steal top-secret documents in nanoseconds. It's down to the Urban Outlaws to use their guile, guts, and skill to destroy the computer, avert world domination . . . and stay alive.
When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens - Fiction

February 4, 2014

 

First daughter Audrey Rhodes can't wait for the party she has planned for Friday night, but the Secret Service cancels it at the last minute because of a security breach. What good is being "safe and secure" if you can't have any fun? Audrey is ready to give up and become a White House hermit, until she discovers Alice Roosevelt's hidden diary. The former first daughter gives Audrey a ton of ideas for having fun… and more problems than she can handle.

Young-Hee and the Pullocho by Mark James Russell - Fiction

May 12, 2015

 

So annoying...In Young-hee's life everything feels wrong. It seemed like only yesterday that her world was just as it should be. But now her dad is gone, her mom is overextended, and Young-hee is forced to move back to Seoul --- and not a nice part of Seoul, either. Then Young-hee stumbles into a magical world, where the fairy stories of her childhood are real and all the frustrations of her everyday life fade away --- until Bum is kidnapped, and the only way Young-hee can save him is by finding the magical pullocho plant.