YOUNG ADULT (GRADES 8+)
|Wonderful Feels Like This (Sara Lövestam)|
Translated from Swedish. For Steffi, going to school every day is an exercise in survival. She’s never fit in with any of the other groups at school, and she’s viciously teased by the other girls in her class. The only way she can escape is through her music—especially jazz music. Contemporary fiction.
|Max (Sarah Cohen-Scali, Penny Hueston, trans.) |
Nazi Germany. 1936. In the Lebensborn program, Nazi-selected German women give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen. Max is taken away from his birth mother soon after he enters the world. Raised under the ideology and direction of the Nazi Party, he grows up without any family, without any affection or tenderness, and he soon becomes the mascot of the program. That is until he meets Lukas, a young Jewish boy whom he knows he is meant to despise. Instead, the friendship that blossoms changes Max’s world forever. Translated from French. Historical fiction.
|Goodbye Days (Jeff Zentner)|
Wow, is this one necessary: texting and driving. Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. But now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, a powerful judge is pressuring the district attorney to open up a criminal investigation. Contemporary fiction.
|The Great Pursuit (Wendy Higgins)|
Sequel to: The Great Hunt. The kingdom of Lochlanach has traded the great beast that once terrorized the realm of Eurona for something far more dangerous: the ire of powerful Lashed woman Rosaria Rocato. Rosaria demands that Eurona overturn the laws prohibiting magic, or an innocent will be killed each day. Despite the king’s resistance, Princess Aerity believes they must make peace with the Lashed, and though she’s accepted a betrothal to the man who took down the beast, she cannot help thinking about Paxton, the Lashed man who stole her heart and disappeared.
|The Other F-Word (Natasha Friend)|
Milo has two great moms, but he's never known what it's like to have a dad. When Milo's doctor suggests asking his biological father to undergo genetic testing to shed some light on Milo's extreme allergies, he realizes this is a golden opportunity to find the man he's always wondered about. Contemporary fiction.
|You're Welcome, Universe (Whitney Gardner)|
Julia is a deaf Native American teen. When she paints graffiti over a slur about her best friend, her supposed best friend snitches, and Julia is expelled. Julia's two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. Includes illustrations/graffiti. Realistic fiction, art.
|Confessions of a High School Disaster (Emma Chastain)|
I’m Chloe Snow, and my life is kiiiiind of a disaster.
|Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me (Lily Collins)|
Actress Lily Collin--star of Mortal Instruments and Rules Don't Apply--opens a poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating, and so much more. Autobiography, essay.
|The Maddie Diaries (Maddie Ziegler)|
Prior to researching this book today, I had never heard of Maddie Ziegler. But I'm betting lots of tween and teen girls know her name. Maddie Ziegler is a teen dancer who first appeared on the TV show Dance Moms at age 8. She has since gone on to star on So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation as well as music videos and a movie called The Book of Henry. I am really out of the pop culture scene here in China; I've never heard of any of these things! Anyway, this could be a great book to get some girls reading nonfiction or for biography units. Memoir.
|Seven Days of You (Cecilia Vinesse)|
Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything. Give it to Nick & Norah fans. Romance.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 5-8)
|Forever, or a Long, Long Time (Caela Carter)|
Flora and her brother, Julian, don’t believe they were born. They’ve lived in so many foster homes, they can’t remember where they came from. And even now that they’ve been adopted, Flora still struggles to believe in forever. So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past—for only then can they really begin to build their future. Realistic fiction, foster children.
|Fish Girl (David Wiesner, Donna Jo Napoli)|
A young mermaid, called Fish Girl, living in a boardwalk aquarium has a chance encounter with an ordinary girl. Their growing friendship inspires Fish Girl's longing for freedom, independence, and a life beyond the aquarium tank. Graphic novel, fantasy.
|Middle School: Escape to Australia (James Patterson, Daniel Griffo)|
Middle School, book 9. Rafe isn't exactly considered a winner in Hills Village Middle School to say the least, but everything's about to change: he's won a school-wide art competition, and the fabulous prize is getting to jet-set off to Australia for a whirlwind adventure! But Rafe soon finds that living in the Land Down Under is harder than he could've ever imagined. Humor.
|Will Wilder: The Lost Staff of Wonders (Raymond Arroyo)|
Twelve-year-old Will Wilder is back to protect the town of Perilous Falls from another ancient evil the fearsome demon, Amon. When the storied Staff of Moses responsible for summoning the plagues of ancient Egypt vanishes from the museum in Perilous Falls, Will Wilder is suspect number one. Desperate to prove his innocence and stop the thief from unleashing terrors upon the town of Perilous Falls, Will must use his supernatural gift to locate the beast but it's nowhere to be found. Adventure, fantasy.
|Payback (Gordon Korman)|
Masterminds, book 3. After a serious betrayal from one of their former friends, the clones of Project Osiris are on the run again. Now, separated into pairs, Eli and Tori and Amber and Malik are fighting to survive in the real world. Science fiction, mystery.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES K-5)
|Ivy (Katherine Coville)|
Ivy's grandmother is a healer--to mostly four-legged patients of the forest. Although the woodland creatures love her, the residents of Broomsweep grumble about Grandmother's unkempt garden. When a kingdom-wide contest is announced to proclaim the tidiest town in the land, the people of Broomsweep are determined to win. That is, if they can get Ivy's grandmother to clean up her ways.
|Zodiac Legacy: Balance of Power (Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, Andie Tong)|
Steven Lee always thought that having superpowers would make him happy, make life easier, and make everything more fun. He was wrong. Steven, now 16 years old, has spent years living with the power of the Tiger. But now, on the edge of a catastrophe that could destroy not only Steven and his super powered friends, but every Zodiac in the world, Steven will have to decide just how far he'll go to protect those closest to him.
|The Cave of Aaaaah! Doom! (Jaden Kent, Iryna Bodnaruk)|
Follow twin sibling dragons as they head deep into the forest in search of a wizard who may be able to cure Owen of his fiery cold.
|How to Outsmart a Billion Robot Bees (Paul Tobin, Katie Abey, Thierry Lafontaine)|
It's Friday the 13th again, and for sixth grade genius Nate Bannister, that means doing three more not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. But he has bigger problems than his own experiments. His nemesis, the Red Death Tea Society, is threatening to unleash a swarm of angry bees on the city of Polt if Nate doesn't join their ranks.
|My Valley (Claude Ponti)|
A magical journey through an enchanted world inhabited by "Touims" (tiny, adorable, monkey-like creatures), secret tree dwellings, flying buildings, and sad giants.
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PICTURE BOOKS (ALL AGES)
|Goodnight, Numbers (Danica McKellar, Alicia Padron)|
As children say goodnight to the objects all around them three wheels on a tricycle, four legs on a cat they will connect with the real numbers in their world while creating cuddly memories, night after night.
|Emma and the Whale (Julie Case, Lee White)|
Emma lives in a crooked house in an old whaling town, and often takes her dog, Nemo, to the beach. On their walks, they find amazing treasures, like shells and stones and sea glass—and even a loggerhead turtle. But one day, they find something completely unexpected: a baby whale, washed ashore. Emma empathizes with the animal’s suffering, imagining what the whale is thinking and feeling. When the tide starts to come in, Emma pushes as the water swirls and rises, and eventually the whale swims free, back to her mother.
|Feel the Beat: Dance Poems (Marilyn Singer)|
A collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop. The rhythm of each poem mimics the beat of the dances' steps. Together with Kristi Valiant's dynamic illustrations, the poems create a window to all the ways dance enters our lives and exists throughout many cultures. This ingenious collection will inspire readers to get up and move! Includes an audio CD of the author reading each poem accompanied by original music.
|Noisy Night (Mac Barnett, Brian Biggs)|
It's a noisy night in this city building! The residents of each floor can hear their neighbors above them, and are wondering what's going on above their heads. Climb floor by floor and page by page to find out whose singing, dancing, cheering, and cooing are keeping a grumpy old man awake.
|I Promise (David McPhail)|
When Baby Bear asks Mother Bear this important question, she promises her cub that she will feed him, play with him, and do everything she can to keep him safe. But Baby Bear has more questions: What happens if you break a promise? Can his mother promise that he will always be happy?
|Time for a Nap (Phyllis Gershator, David Walker)|
Every day’s a busy day, with places to go, people to see, and things to do. But sometimes all that activity leaves a toddler tired and cranky. What time is it then? NAP TIME!
|Hattie Peck: The Journey Home (Emma Levey)|
Hattie Peck adores eggs of all kinds. However, she cannot make any of her own. No worries—Hattie has collected eggs from all over the world, hatched them, and raised her blended family of cockatoos, storks, owls, anything from an egg—even reptiles.
|The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra (Marc Tyler Nobleman, Ana Aranda)|
Like most goats, Jayna, Bumsie, and Pep's greatest fear is being eaten for dinner by the legendary chupacabra. (It's common knowledge that goats are a chupacabra's favorite food!) One night, tired of living in fear, the impetuous goats whip out their trusty candelabra and head off to find the beast and scare it away before it can find them.
|All Ears, All Eyes (Richard Jackson)|
An homage to the melodies of nighttime, to each critter that sings, hoots, or glows, All Ears, All Eyes takes us on a moonlit journey where the landscape shimmers with Fantasia-like beauty. Where if you look and listen, you might spy an owl, a deer, a chipmunk—or—what else!—before falling asleep.
|Over and Under the Pond (Kate Messner, Christopher Silas Neal)|
In this book, readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the pond is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, tadpoles growing. These and many other secrets are waiting to be discovered...over and under the pond.
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