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By Jeff Kinney. 2019
In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series-from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney-an unexpected… inheritance gives the Heffley family a chance to make major improvements to their home. But they soon find that construction isn't all it's cracked up to be. When things get rough, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they be forced to move?
By Sylvia McNicoll. 2017
Some people count their blessings, but dogwalker Stephen Nobel counts mistakes. Dogwalker extraordinaire Stephen Nobel can get a little anxious,… but his habit of counting the mistakes he and everyone else makes calms him. His need to analyze gets kicked into hyperdrive after two crazy events happen in one day at school: the bomb squad blows up a backpack and someone smashes a car into the building. To make things worse, that someone thinks Stephen can identify them. Stephen receives a threatening text. If he goes to the police, his favourite dogs, Ping and Pong, will get hurt. The pressure mounts when his new best friend, Renée, begs for Stephen’s help. Her brother has been charged with the crimes and she wants to clear his name. Is it a mistake to give in to dognappers? How can he possibly save everybody? To find out, Stephen will have to count on all of his new friends. CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) Selection
By Steven Sandor. 2017
A car accident injures her parents and paralyzes Janine from the waist down. Her best friend and teammate urges Janine… to look into sledge hockey. At first dismissing the sport as being just for the disabled, Janine agrees to play if her friend does too. They both learn that sledge hockey is an accessible sport, with fiercely competitive players, requiring a strength and skill set all its own. Adapting to her new life, Janine meets frustration at every turn. Soon her experiences lead her to speak up about the seeming invisibility of disabled people and their rights, taking her cause all the way to the professional hockey arena.Based on Steven Sandor's real-life experience and research, this story tracks the emotional and physical challenges a young teen faces when first dealing with disability.
By Michelle Mulder. 2019
Thirteen-year-old Chloë left her whole life back in Montreal, including her mom and her best friend. Now she's stuck in… Victoria with her dad and her estranged grandfather, Uli, who recently had a stroke. When Chloë agrees to help Uli look after his garden, she's determined to find out why he and her dad didn't speak to each other for years. For decades Uli has collected seeds from people in the community, distinct varieties that have been handed down through generations. The result is a garden full of unusual and endangered produce, from pink broccoli to blue kale to purple potatoes. But Chloë learns that the garden will soon be destroyed to make way for a new apartment complex. And the seed collection is missing! Chloë must somehow find a way to save her grandfather's legacy.
By Edeet Ravel. 2019
In 1941, life in Natt’s small town of Zastavna is comfortable and familiar, even if the grownups are acting strange,… and his parents treat him like a baby. Natt knows there’s a war on, of course, but he’s glad their family didn’t emigrate to Canada when they had a chance. His mother didn’t want to leave their home, and neither did he. He especially wouldn’t want to leave his best friend, Max. Max is the ideas guy, and he hears what’s going on in the world from his older sisters. Together the boys are two brave musketeers.Then one day Natt goes home and finds his family huddled around the radio. The Russians are taking over. The churches and synagogues will close, Hebrew school will be held in secret, and there are tanks and soldiers in the street. But it’s exciting, too. Natt wants to become a Young Pioneer, to show outstanding revolutionary spirit and make their new leader, Comrade Stalin, proud.But life under the Russians is hard. The soldiers are poor. They eat up all the food and they even take over Natt’s house. Then Natt’s father is arrested, and even Natt is detained and questioned. He feels like a nomad, sleeping at other people’s houses while his mother works to free his father. As the adults try to protect him from the reality of their situation, and local authorities begin to round up deportees bound for Siberia, Natt is filled with a sense of guilt and grief.Why wasn’t he brave enough to look up at the prison window when his mother took him to see his father for what might be the last time? Or can just getting through war be a heroic act in itself?
By Katy Halford. 2019
It's time to celebrate! From Christmas and Thanksgiving, to Diwali and Halloween, kids won't want to miss out on all… the festivities. Embark on an exciting journey through the most interesting and important festivals, celebrations, and holidays enjoyed by people around the world. Stunning original illustrations and fascinating facts will inspire and inform children about cultures and religions from the countries of the world.Witness a camel marathon in a celebration of the Sahara Desert, and devour some delicious dumplings to celebrate Chinese New Year. Discover why skeletons dance at the Day of the Dead in Mexico, and get messy at Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors.Children will love poring over artist Katy Halford's beautiful illustrations, which showcase every celebration in absorbing detail. Engaging factual writing introduce young readers to the most interesting aspects of each celebration, from the costumes worn to the food eaten, and encourage an understanding of other cultures and religions.
By Mario Francis. 2018
Zach est né avec des réflexes extraordinaires. Lorsque Francis Savard, professeur d'éducation physique, constate les prouesses du jeune gardien, il… reconnaît tout de suite qu'il a le potentiel pour intégrer l'Académie de l'Impact. Mais Zach, dont la vie n'a pas toujours été facile, souffre d'un terrible manque de confiance en lui. L'éducateur va tout faire pour le convaincre que son destin l'attend devant le but d'une grande équipe...
By Nadine Poirier. 2018
Jupiter ! Une course à obstacles à la fin de l'année ? Tu y participerais, toi ? Avec Alexis qui… est toujours sur mon dos à m'appeler «Le-nerd», c'est certain que je vais terminer ma sixième année dans la pire des humiliations. Notes à moi-même : Ne pas oublier d'avoir mal au ventre cette journée-là. Mettre la pointe du thermomètre dans l'eau chaude, mais pas trop longtemps : ma mère sait qu'on meurt si la température du corps dépasse quarante-deux degrés et des poussières. Heureusement qu'il y a Alice et Albert, le mystérieux concierge, pour rendre mon année plus supportable. Attention ! Je m'appelle LENNY, le garçon qui possède une carte secrète dans son jeu. Et ce n'est pas le joker ! Une histoire pleine d'humour, de sensibilité et d'intelligence!
By Jessica Wilcott. 2019
Kath et Guillaume visitent le quartier général de la compagnie qui développe Escapades virtuelles. À leur grande surprise, on leur… offre l'occasion de tester un niveau nouvellement conçu. Quelle chance ! Ils plongent... et se retrouvent rapidement pris de court lorsqu'ils arrivent au centre d'un village que les Vikings sont en train de saccager. Le danger semble plus réel que jamais ! Jouer aux jeux vidéo dans son salon, c'est amusant. Se retrouver prisonnier sur un drakkar en pleine mer, en compagnie d'un Viking menaçant, c'est une autre histoire... surtout quand le jeu se dérègle sans crier gare ! Nos héros pourront-ils en sortir indemnes, cette fois ? Après Sueurs froides au pays des momies et Descente aux enfers chez les dieux grecs, Jessica Wilcott nous surprend de plus belle avec cette aventure haute en rebondissements !
By Alain M. Bergeron. 2019
Billy Stuart et ses amis ne rigolent pas quand leur honneur de scouts est en jeu. Pas question de refuser… l'épreuve que leur soumettent leurs rivaux, les Zaventuriers. C'est entendu, les Zintrépides passeront la soirée dans la demeure abandonnée des Scott. Et ce, même si on raconte que l'endroit est hanté...
A girl doesn't have a date for the school dance?until her dad makes one for her in his lab. "Lily?meet… Stitchy." A family enjoys a nice Thanksgiving dinner?until they are interrupted by a torrent of turkeys out for revenge. A princess meets a pea-brained suitor. And the battle of two red hot pepper weenies ends in flames. Critically-acclaimed author and master of the macabre David Lubar returns from a journey into the darkest depths of his brain with thirty-five more warped and creepy tales. And in the tradition of the three previous Weenie collections?In the Land of the Lawn Weenies, Invasion of the Road Weenies, and The Curse of the Campfire Weenies?he reveals the inspiration behind each story at the end of the book. Don't be a weenie. Read these stories...if you dare!
By James Preller. 2020
Jigsaw Jones is back! In The Case from Outer Space, an original mystery from James Preller, Jigsaw and his crew?Mila,… Joey, and Danika?find a clue that implies an alien may be about to visit their school! Can it be true? And what does the Little Free Library have that aliens from outer space might want? (Hint: The school librarian has invited a special guest to talk about space exploration?an astronaut!) Friendship, mystery, and school-day shenanigans are what make the Jigsaw Jones chapter book mysteries beloved and read over and over. Includes a word jumble (names of planets in solar system), writing prompts, and information on how to start a little free library (which are taking hold in many parts of the country)!
By Sarah Jean Horwitz. 2019
The new face of big evil is a little . . . small. Dastardly deeds aren't exactly the first things… that come to mind when one hears the name "Clementine," but as the sole heir of the infamous Dark Lord Elithor, twelve-year-old Clementine Morcerous has been groomed since birth to be the best (worst?) Evil Overlord she can be. But everything changes the day the Dark Lord Elithor is cursed by a mysterious rival. Now, Clementine must not only search for a way to break the curse, but also take on the full responsibilities of the Dark Lord. As Clementine forms her first friendships, discovers more about her own magic than she ever dared to explore, and is called upon to break her father's code of good and evil, she starts to question the very life she's been fighting for. What if the Dark Lord Clementine doesn't want to be dark after all?
By Jody Feldman. 2020
Jody Feldman's popular, award-winning novel about a group of kids playing the Gollywhopper Gamesthe fiercest toy company competition in the… countrywill appeal to fans of The Amazing Race and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Gil Goodson has been studying, training, and preparing for months to compete in the Gollywhopper Games. Everything is at stake. Once Gil makes it through the tricky preliminary rounds and meets his teammates in the fantastical Golly Toy and Game Company, the competition gets tougher. Brainteasers, obstacle courses, mazes, and increasingly difficult puzzles and decisionsnot to mention temptations, dilemmas, and new friends (and enemies)are all that separate Gil from ultimate victory. An interactive and inventive page-turner perfect for young readers who love to solve puzzles!
By Gail Shepherd. 2019
A one-of-a-kind voice lights up this witty, heartwarming debut set in 1985 Tennessee about the power of homespun wisdom (even… when it's wrong), the clash between appearances and secrets, and the barriers to getting help even when it's needed most. Lyndie B. Hawkins loves history, research, and getting to the truth no matter what. But when it comes to her family, her knowledge is full of holes. Like, what happened to her father in the Vietnam War? Where does he disappear to for days? And why exactly did they have to move in with her grandparents? Determined to mold recalcitrant Lyndie into a nice Southern girl even if it kills her, her fusspot grandmother starts with lesson number one: Family=Loyalty=keeping quiet about family secrets. Especially when it comes to Lyndie's daddy. Then DB, a boy from the local juvenile detention center comes to stay with Lyndie's best friend, Dawn. He's as friendly and open as a puppy. There to shape up his act, he has an optimism that's infectious. But it puts Lyndie in direct opposition to her grandmother who'd rather keep up appearances than get her son the help he needs.
By Amy McCulloch. 2019
The Golden Compass for the digital age! When a coding star enters an elite technology academy, she discovers a world… of competition, intrigue, and family secrets?plus a robotic companion that isn't what it seems. Lacey Chu has always dreamed of working as an engineer for MONCHA, the biggest tech firm in the world and the company behind the "baku"?a customizable "pet" with all the capabilities of a smartphone. But when Lacey is rejected by the elite academy that promises that future, she's crushed. One night, Lacey comes across the broken form of a highly advanced baku. After she repairs it, the cat-shaped baku she calls Jinx opens its eyes and somehow gets her into her dream school. But Jinx is different than any other baku she's ever seen...He seems real. As Lacey settles into life at school, competing with the best students in a battle of the bakus that tests her abilities, she learns that Jinx is part of a dangerous secret. Can Lacey hold on to Jinx and her dreams for the future?
By Sophie Kinsella. 2019
Fairies, unicorns and magical wishes combine in this third book of the Fairy Mom and Me series from New York… Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella! Ella's one wish is to become a fairy like her mom. She dreams of the day she will have her sparkly crown and Computwand. Ella even imagines what her first spell would be: a glittery unicorn of her very own. But Ella knows that spells are often harder than they look, even with the special fairy apps available...and being a fairy in waiting is not all rainbows and butterflies. Will Ella learn more magic to help her become a fairy someday? Or will she learn she doesn't need to be a fairy yet for all her wishes to come true?
By Fiadhnait Moser. 2019
This middle grade, magical-realism novel from the author of The Flourishing of Floralie Laurel is about an Irish girl who… is sent to a mysterious town in Virginia to live with her long-lost mother, and is Alice Hoffman's Nightbird meets Claire Legrand's The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls! Amidst the 1971 Troubles between the Irish Republican Army and Northern Ireland, twelve-year-old Finn lives in a world of her own of fairy tales. Raised by her grandmother, Nuala, who is the village storyteller, Finn spends her days playing make-believe in the forest, weaving tall tales to tell her friend Darcy, longing to go to the island of Inis Eala to meet the swans there, and waiting for her father to return from the war. She's long since stopped believing in happy endings and miracles, preferring to believe instead in serendipity, or "happy mistakes." While Nuala revels in the safety and routine of their quiet village life, spunky Finn craves adventure . . . something that comes to her more quickly than expected. When Darcy becomes lost at sea and Nuala suddenly passes away, Finn is shipped off to the affluent town of Starlight Valley, Virginia, to live with her long-lost mother, Aoife, and half-sister, Posy-Kate. Finn is initially excited to get to know her newfound family, but she can't help but notice that things are a bit unusual. The town is encircled by thorn trees, and even stranger is Aoife's house, where the walls are covered with swan feathers and decorated with swan heads--and Aoife's shoes appear to be made out of swan bills. Finn tries to ignore the sinking feeling that something isn't right, but she starts to believe that what's happening isn't random. Instead, it's taken directly from one of her grandmother's famous folktales, The Children of Lir, where a scorned mother turns all of her children into swans. But Finn stopped believing in those stories a long time ago . . . could they actually be true?
By A. B. Greenfield. 2019
A smug royal cat turned detective and his dung beetle sidekick are on the case when a precious tomb gets… ransacked in the Valley of the Kings. Ra the Mighty adores his duties as Pharaoh's cat: naps by the pool and plenty of snacks. Being lazy is so much fun. But when a royal tomb gets robbed, Ra and his hardworking friend Khepri must team up to restore justice. The clues point to a young boy whom Ra admires. Will the Great Detective play favorites, or will he uncover the truth? Mystery awaits! More than thirty wacky illustrations with fun historical details bring these oddball characters to life, along with a glossary, pronunciation guide, and detailed author's note about ancient Egypt. Fans of Bad Kitty will love Ra's witty voice and arrogant antics. Pair with companion, Ra the Mighty: Cat Detective.
By Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams. 2018
After giving Athena a makeover, Goddess Girl Aphrodite learns a thing or two about jealousy! Aphrodite delights in helping mortals… find love, but she is definitely not delighted by the constant attention from the godboys at Mount Olympus Academy. So she comes up with the perfect plan to try and deflect some of that attention: She'll help a fellow goddess girl, Athena, find her very first crush. After giving Athena a fabulous makeover, Aphrodite is suddenly an afterthought as the boys at MOA go gaga for Athena's new look. And Aphrodite is a bit unprepared for just how much attention one of her best friends is now receiving. Can Aphrodite put aside her jealousy and be happy for her friend?