Staff Picks

The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan

From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help each other survive loss and recapture love.Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the clicking of a keyboard. Teddy understands words, but Sylvan always told him there’s only two kinds of people in the world who can hear him: poets and children.Then…

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Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

Something strange is happening in Alfie’s town. Instead of shiny coins from the tooth fairy, kids are waking up to disgusting, icky, TERRIBLE things under their pillows. Dead slugs. Live spiders. Hundreds of creepy, crawly earwigs! Who would do something so horrific? It couldn’t be Miss Root, the new dentist in town, could it? Alfie is determined to solve this mystery—but if he wants to stop the demon dentist, he may have to book an appointment with Miss Root! Full…

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Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed”Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen Mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised…

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Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There’s no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again. Crenshaw is a cat. He’s large, he’s outspoken, and he’s imaginary. He has come back into Jackson’s life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything? Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that…

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We Are Made Of Molecules by Susan Nielsen

Thirteen-year-old Stewart is academically brilliant but socially clueless. Fourteen-year-old Ashley is the undisputed It Girl in her class, but her grades stink. Their worlds are about to collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. The Brady Bunch it isn’t. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy, but Ashley is 110 percent mortified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart” could further threaten her position at the top…

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Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins

It’s never easy when your magic goes wonky. For Nory, this means that instead of being able to turn into a dragon or a kitten, she turns into both of them at the same time – a dritten. For Elliott, the simple act of conjuring fire from his fingertips turns in a fully frozen failure. For Andres, wonky magic means he’s always floating in the air, bouncing off the walls, or floating on the ceiling. For Bax, a bad moment…

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Zac And Mia by A. J. Betts

The last person Zac expects to meet in the hospital room next to his is a girl like Mia – beautiful, angry, and feisty, with questionable taste in music. In the real world he could never be friends with a girl like her. But when a knock on the wall leads to a note, it turns into a friendship that surprises them both. Does Mia need Zac? Does Zac need Mia? Or do they both need each other, always? Told…

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier, reviewed by Ian Hidalgo

Drama is a great book if you are into graphic novels. The main character Callie is stage crew with her good friend Liz for the school play of Moon Over Mississippi. When she was pinning the flyer for Moon Over Mississippi on the flyer board two brothers named Justin and Jesse came over to look at the flyer. With Callie, Justin and Jesse becoming friends now and Justin in the play, Jesse joins stage crew. A long time later….It’s the…

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The Day The Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers

Brilliant! Duncan finds a stack of letters next to his crayon box, each one from a different crayon, explaining why they quit. Red feels over-worked, with his all-year-long task of coloring things red – fire engines, valentines, Santas, strawberries, apples…he’s exhausted! Beige feels invisible, with the most boring task of coloring turkey dinners 9yawn) and wheat (seriously??). Green’s happy, but asks Duncan to settle an argument between orange and yellow, who each think they should be the color of the…

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Millie Fierce Sleeps Out By Jane Manning

Millie has a couple of fierce bones in her body – they show themselves when she needs to stand up to bullies, but unfortunately they also emerge when it’s inappropriate – like when things aren’t going her way. Now that she’s getting more control over herself, she decides to invite some friends over for a sleepover. She has everything planned. (Uh-oh. That doesn’t always work out so well.) Will her fierceness spoil the fun and ruin her friendships? Millie Fierce…

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