“At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with the new baby they’re expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She’s severely allergic to anything with fur! Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet?” ~provided by publisher
“Danny Owens is dedicating his seventh-grade football season to his recently-deceased father, an NFL legend, but the pressure to succeed is magnified by his inability to read.” ~provided by publisher
“After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball. Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team. As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?” ~provided by publisher
“30 dangerous paths. 30 minutes to escape. YOU choose the path to survive! Readers choose their own path as they dodge obstacles like deadly quicksand, giant sea monsters, double-crossing villains, hungry great white sharks, and maybe even a Canadian Bermuda triangle! You’re on a family vacation to the east coast of Canada. While spending the day in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, your parents sign you up for a super boring sightseeing trip on a lobster-fishing vessel. But strangely, you’re the only family aboard the boat. And you soon notice the fishermen are going off course. But where to? And why? And what is that weird high-pitched noise? As it turns out, your father is an archaeologist for a prestigious Canadian museum and has not taken you to the Maritimes just for a pleasure trip. He has been holding on to a map he found that pinpoints the location of a stash of gold, and now he’s hoping to cash in. But others have clearly learned of the maps existence. They’ve taken your parents hostage and will stop at nothing to get the gold, which is apparently hidden just offshore. You’ve got 30 minutes to stop the criminal masterminds, save your family and find the gold or die trying!” ~provided by publisher
“Keiko, Audrey, and Jenna have always been best friends, and Keiko desperately wants it to stay that way, but now they are starting seventh grade, and everything seems to be changing; Audrey is obsessed with the idea of them all securing boyfriends, but when she and Jenna focus on the same boy their friendship starts to break apart–and then Keiko finds herself attracted to Audrey’s brother, Conner (who has generally been cast as the enemy), and suddenly she finds herself having to choose between the two.” ~provided by publisher
“Enduring an isolated existence in hardscrabble Addis Prime, an underground augmented reality gamer finds his small family targeted by city-razing monsters waging a galaxy-spanning war.” ~provided by publisher
“For fans of Amulet and middle grade readers who love sweeping worlds like Star Wars, the first book of the Lightfall series introduces Bea and Cad, two unlikely friends who get swept up in an epic quest to save their world from falling into eternal darkness.” ~provided by publisher
“It is 1805 and Mary Lambert has always felt safe among the deaf community of Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard where practically everyone communicates in a shared sign language, but recent events have shattered her life; her brother George has died, land disputes between English settlers and the Wampanoag people are becoming increasingly bitter, and a “scientist” determined to discover the origins of the islands’ widespread deafness has decided she makes the perfect “live specimen”– and kidnapped her.” ~provided by publisher
“From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWII.
Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set sail for Canada with one hundred children on board.
When the war ships escorting the Benares departed, a German submarine torpedoed what became known as the Children’s Ship. Out of tragedy, ordinary people became heroes. This is their story.” ~provided by publisher
“World War II may be over, but two sisters are far from safe.
Inspired by true events, this is the latest gripping and powerful novel from the acclaimed author of Making Bombs for Hitler.
Sisters Krystia and Maria have been through the worst ― or so they think. World War II ravaged their native Ukraine, but they both survived, and are now reunited in a displaced persons camp.
Then another girl accuses the sisters of being Nazi collaborators. Nothing could be further from the truth; during the horrors of the war, both sisters resisted the Nazis and everything they stood for. But the Soviets, who are now in charge, don’t listen to the sisters’ protests. Krystia and Maria are taken away and interrogated for crimes they never committed.
Caught in a dangerous trap, the sisters must look to each other for strength and perseverance. Can they convince their captors that they’re innocent ― or escape to safety before it’s too late? Traitors Among Us continues the story of sisters Krystia and Maria from Don’t Tell the Nazis and Trapped in Hitler’s Web.” ~provided by publisher
“The earth is old and we are not, and that is all you must remember . . .
Eleven-year-old Willodeen adores creatures of all kinds, but her favorites are the most unlovable beasts in the land: strange beasts known as “screechers.” The villagers of Perchance call them pests, even monsters, but Willodeen believes the animals serve a vital role in the complicated web of nature.
Lately, though, nature has seemed angry indeed. Perchance has been cursed with fires and mudslides, droughts and fevers, and even the annual migration of hummingbears, a source of local pride and income, has dwindled. For as long as anyone can remember, the tiny animals have overwintered in shimmering bubble nests perched atop blue willow trees, drawing tourists from far and wide. This year, however, not a single hummingbear has returned to Perchance, and no one knows why.” ~provided by publisher
Diary of an 8 Bit Warrior series:
“Minecraft meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid in this unofficial Minecraft adventure for middle-grade readers. With over 1 million copies sold, Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior has captivated countless fans around the world. With the Diamond Box Set, readers can enjoy all six installments in this tale of friendship, bravery, and blocks:
- Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior
- Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: From Seeds to Swords
- Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Crafting Alliances
- Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Path of the Diamond
- Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Quest Mode
- Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: Forging Destiny
The series follows the villager Runt as he progresses from utter noob to full-fledged hero: defending his friends from monsters, turning rivals into allies, and mastering the skills required to survive beyond the village walls. And when Runt embarks on a quest to save Minecraftia itself, he begins to unlock his own hidden powers . . . and uncover the astonishing secrets of his world.” ~provided by publisher
Front Desk trilogy:
Volume 1: Front Desk
“Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang’s parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants–not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao’s son, Jason.” ~provided by publisher
Volume 2: Three Keys
“Mia Tang thinks she’s going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she’s finally getting somewhere with her writing! But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic.” ~provided by publisher
Volume 3: Room to Dream
“After years of hard work, Mia Tang finally gets to go on vacation with her family–to China! A total dream come true. Mia can’t wait to see all her cousins and grandparents again, especially her cousin Shen. As she roams around Beijing, witnessing some of the big changes China’s going through, Mia thinks about the changes in her own life, like . . . 1. Lupe’s taking classes at the high school! And Mia’s own plans to be a big writer are . . . stuck. 2. Something happened with Jason and Mia has no idea what to do about it. 3. New buildings are popping up all around the motel, and small businesses are disappearing. Can the Calivista survive? Buckle up! Mia is more determined than ever to get through the turbulence, now that she finally has . . . room to dream!” ~provided by publisher
Volume 1: The Blue Door
“Teenager Prissie Pomeroy, having realized she has the ability to see angels, learns she has an important role in God’s bigger plan and must rely on her faith if she is going to fulfill it.” ~provided by publisher
Volume 2: The Hidden Deep
“Fourteen-year-old Prissie Pomeroy has adjusted to the knowledge that many of the “people” she knows in her town are actually angels, but one of them, Adin, is not what he claims to be–and a new boy named Ransom is not making her life any easier.” ~provided by publisher
Volume 3: The Broken Window
“As the holidays approach, Koji takes seriously his promise to stay close by Prissie’s side and she is eager to share Christmas traditions with him, but Prissie discovers that some gifts are greater than others, and some triumphs come at a great price.” ~provided by publisher
Volume 4: The Garden Gate
“While ranks of the Faithful rally to defend what’s most precious, Prissie discovers that angels aren’t the only ones who are Sent.” ~provided by publisher
Volume 1: Valkyrie
“Although she does not like humans, Freya, a Valkyrie, decides to go to the human realm to help the family of a fallen soldier and discovers what it is like to have friends, but she still must escape the wrath of Odin.” ~provided by publisher
Volume 2: The Runaway
“Freya is a Valkyrie but she has not followed in the footsteps of the legends before her. She has been to the World of Man to befriend humans and not to reap their souls. Now she must return to the human realm on a new quest to track down the runaway Valkyrie of legend.” ~provided by publisher
Volume 3: War of the Realms
“With the rainbow bridge closed, Freya and the Valkyries must find another way to try to stop the war that threatens not just Asgard, but the human world, as well.” ~provided by publisher