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Tracy Barrett

 Dark of the Moon (YA)

Kirkus starred review
"This retelling of the myth of the Minotaur is deft, dark, and enthralling" (School Library Journal)




King of Ithaka (YA)

A Best Book of 2010 (School Library Journal; starred review)
"A rousing introduction to epic characters and mythic creatures of ancient Greece from the perspective of an engaging young hero" (Kirkus)






The Sherlock Files (MG)
Book 1: The 100-Year-Old Secret
Book 2: The Beast of Blackslope
Book 3: The Case That Time Forgot
Book 4: The Missing Heir

"Barrett presents readers with great characters and a believable mystery solved credibly" (Kirkus)


See website for many more titles, reviews, and material for teachers and librarians.



Holly Schindler

A Blue so Dark - YA
 
Fifteen-year-old Aura Ambrose has been hiding a secret. Her mother, a talented artist and art teacher, is slowly being consumed by schizophrenia, and Aura has been her sole caretaker ever since Aura’s dad left them. Convinced that “creative” equals crazy, Aura shuns her own artistic talent. But as her mother sinks deeper into the darkness of mental illness, the hunger for a creative outlet draws Aura toward the depths of her imagination. Just as desperation threatens to swallow her whole, Aura discovers that art, love, and family are profoundly linked—and together may offer an escape from her fears.

Booklist Starred Review 
One of Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels for Youth (2010)
Silver Medal, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year (Young Adult Fiction)
IPPY Gold Medal Award Winner (Juvenile / Young Adult Fiction)


 
 The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky


“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.

August “Auggie” Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” Auggie is determined to prove that she is not as run-down as the outside of her house might suggest. Using the kind of items Gus usually hauls to the scrap heap, a broken toaster becomes a flower; church windows turn into a rainbow walkway; and an old car gets new life as spinning whirligigs. What starts out as a home renovation project becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time. Auggie’s talent for creating found art will remind readers that one girl’s trash really is another girl’s treasure.

 Advance Praise


“Axioms like ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ and ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ come gracefully to life in Schindler’s tale about the value of hard work and the power of community…Auggie’s enthusiasm and unbridled creativity are infectious, and likeminded readers will envy her creative partnership with [her grandfather] Gus.” — Publishers Weekly
 
“…a heartwarming and uplifiting story…[that] shines…with vibrant themes of community, self-empowerment and artistic vision delivered with a satisfying verve.” — Kirkus Reviews


  
 
 Martha Brockenbrough

Inside the Museum of Truly Old Things, The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy (picture book) believes she’s spotted the perfect tooth. She chases it across time and cities—only to find up with something she needs even more. This tale of friendship is illustrated by the award-winning Israel Sanchez.



In 10 Commandments for the Dead (YA novel) guardian angel Jerome accidentally kills Heidi, his struggling human ward. In dying, the teens learn some important truths about life, including but not limited to the best way to occupy the bodies of a small dog and a squirrel*.
*No dogs were harmed in the making of this story. Alas, we can’t say the same for the mental health of the squirrel.







 Eva on the Farm by Dia Calhoun

When her family’s farm in Washington State is threatened with foreclosure, twelve-year-old Eva uses the power of her poetry and imagination to try to save it. The contemporary verse novel is sprinkled with Eva’s own poems about her beloved farm—poems such as Same Old Bear, Always Winter, The Haunted Outhouse, and Harvest Time. Dia Calhoun’s inlaws run an orchard in Eastern Washington which was the inspiration for this book.



Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey 
In a dark time when girls with powers are called witches, Tess escapes the witch hunter and hides with a mysterious huntsman until magical voices draw her deeper into Dragonswood where she learns the secret of her birth. Caught between love and loyalty, Tess chooses the hardest path of all – her own.

"Painful, cathartic and cautiously hopeful; a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing in them, but still yearn for happily ever after."
*Kirkus starred review



Stealing Death by Janet Lee Carey
If you could stop death to save the one you love, would you? After losing his family in a fire, Kipp vows he will never let anyone he loves die again. But how can he keep such a vow? His resolve is tested when the Death Catcher comes after the girl he loves. Ride alongside Kipp in this fast-paced adventure as he tries to outrun the Death Catcher and his shadow pack to save Zalika's life.

"Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best–original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving." *School Library Journal starred review. Classroom Discussion Questions





Hold Me Tight by Lorie Ann Grover, author and co-founder of readergirlz and readertotz

The week Essie's father abandons her family, her classmate is kidnapped. After a startling incident with a family friend, Essie finds the strength to hold on tight to all that she has left. She explores how not to remain a victim when victimized in this story inspired by true events. Available on Kindle and in paperback.



Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Series scoop:
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy with Goddess Girls, a new series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!
Aladdin paperbacks, ages 8 ~ 12. 


“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist
“…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…” ~ School Library Journal

 Heroes in Training by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
A new Aladdin paperback series for ages 6-9.
  Series scoop: The terrible Titans dominate the earth and the world is in chaos. But ten-year-old Zeus, and other young Olympians, are on a quest to challenge the Titans’power. 

"Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake." ~ Kirkus
 


Book 1: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
Book 2: Poseidon and the Sea of Fury
NEW! Book 3: Hades and the Helm of Darkness 
Coming next: Book 4: Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire (Aug. 2013) 




 
Dinobooks by Deb Lund, illustrated by Howard Fine
The ups and downs of these dinoadventures are sure to keep readers in stitiches! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ages 2-8


Dinosoaring  (spring 2012)  Dinoflyers rule the air! They grin and spin without a care. Their daring dinothrills and chills, could surely never end in spills—could they? (Let’s hope they packed their parachutes!)

 All Aboard the Dinotrain  Load the cargo, stoke the coal, this dinotrain is set to roll! The hills are steep, the ride is long, but dinotrainers won’t go wrong… Unless this trainosaurus wrecks…! (It won’t, will it?)
“Laughs and thrills abound in this rip-snorting tale of reckless reptiles and their runaway train.”   —Publishers Weekly
 
Dinosailors  The wind is high, the sea is rough, and dinosailors are dinotough! Aren’t they?
 “an exhilarating dino-cruise.” —Kirkus Reviews
 “You can never have too many dinosaur books, and this one’s definitely see-worthy.”
—The Bulletin



All Bessie wants is to go hiking with her father and brothers. But it’s 1896 and girls don’t get to hike. They can’t vote either, which Bessie discovers when Susan B. Anthony comes to town to help lead the campaign for women’s suffrage. Join Bessie in this historical fiction story based on a real girl in California, as she explores what it means to help win the vote and finds her own voice along the way. 






Lisa L. Owens has recently published Space Neighbors, a stunning, photo-illustrated picture book series about the solar system. Young readers will discover how scientists collect information and what we can learn about Earth from studying the sun, our neighboring planets, and the dwarf planets. Packed with interesting facts and gorgeous photographs, each book also includes a table of contents, glossary, index, and suggestions for further exploration. Booklist says about the series “Owens effectively uses imagery to engage the reader” and “the author’s conversational tone will draw in even reluctant readers.”

Series titles include Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto and Other Dwarf Planets, Saturn, The Sun, Uranus, and Venus.

 
 
Stealing Popular by Trudi Trueit

Tired of the popular girls ruling the social scene, twelve-year old Coco Sherwood is on a mission to take from the mighty and give to the misfits. But when she dares to go head-to-tiara with the queen of the school, this modern-day, middle school Robin Hood may end up losing the things, and friends, she most values.
Simon and Schuster/Aladdin MIX, Ages 9 and up
Click HERE to see the book trailer.



Series Scoop:
Hang on for non-stop laughter and adventure as fourth-grade inventor/daredevil Scab McNally brews up trouble in Secrets of a Lab Rat.
Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, Ages 8 -12
All titles available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book

Book One: No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay) - Scab wants a dog and he's the hatched the perfect plan to get one. Or has he? Before you can say, 'haz mat crew,' it looks as if Scab's dream is about to go up in smoke (along with the entire school!).

Book Two: Mom, There's a Dinosaur in Beeson's Lake - While fishing with his buddies at the local lake, Scab is certain he's spotted a prehistoric creature! But to find out for sure he'll have to overcome his deepest, darkest fear.

Book Three: Scab for Treasurer? - Tired of always being outdone by the brightest girl in class, Scab decides to run against her for president. To win votes, he vows to pull of the most spectacular stunt in school history, but can he do it? Or is Scab doomed to lose again?



Goddess Girls by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Series scoop:
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy with Goddess Girls, a new series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths!
Aladdin paperbacks, ages 8 ~ 12. 


“…a clever take on Greek deities…” ~ Booklist
“…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…” ~ School Library Journal

 Heroes in Training by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
A new Aladdin paperback series for ages 6-9.
  Series scoop: The terrible Titans dominate the earth and the world is in chaos. But ten-year-old Zeus, and other young Olympians, are on a quest to challenge the Titans’power. 

"Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake." ~ Kirkus
 


Book 1: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of DoomBook 2: Poseidon and the Sea of Fury
NEW! Book 3: Hades and the Helm of Darkness 
Coming next: Book 4: Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire (Aug. 2013) 






  







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