Romance, YA Fiction

August and Everything After by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Grades 9 – 12

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Quinn’s best friend Lynn died in a car crash that she feels responsible for, and feels she should be punished for it. She is eager to get away from her hometown for awhile, and stay with her aunt Annie, whom she affectionately called Antsie, on the Jersey shore for the summer. There she meets Malcolm, a musician who has been dealing with his own issues. Nevertheless, she feels herself falling for him, and wonders if this is the new beginning she’s been looking for all along.

Adventure, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction, Mystery

The Story Collector by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb & Iacopo Bruno

Grades 4 – 6 

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Eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler spent her entire life in the New York Public Library, and knows every inch of it like the back of her hand. Then she becomes convinced that the library is haunted. Merit Mubarak teases her for it, but Viviani is on a mission to find out if the library really is haunted, or if it’s all in her head. This middle grade historical fiction novel was inspired by the true story of Viviani Joffre Fedeler.

Adventure, Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Snazzy Cat Capers by Deanna Kent & Neil Hooson

Grades 3 – 5

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Ophelia von Hairball V is a world famous cat burglar who loves stealing jewels and cracking safes. Then the FFBI (Furry Feline Burglary Institute) offers her a job — to steal the giant Himalayan diamond and win the ultimate prize! The catch is, though, that Ophelia has to work with a partner — something she’s not comfortable with, because she prefers to work alone. Can she find her groove with Oscar Fishgerald Gold or will the heist be a complete disaster?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

 

Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade Fiction

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell

Grades 4 – 6

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The first book in a new middle grade trilogy, The Train to Impossible Places is full of action sure to please readers of all ages. The Impossible Postal Express is a magical train run by trolls that makes deliveries everywhere from the bottom of the ocean to outer space. When the train barrels through Suzy’s living room, she sneaks on board and finds herself in the middle of a grand adventure that she never thought possible.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Animals, Middle Grade Fiction

Thundercluck! by Paul Tillery & Meg Wittwer

Grades 3 – 5

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Filled with action and adventure that is fun for all ages, Thundercluck and the Kitchen of Destiny is about an egg that is accidentally struck by the power of Thor, and it hatches a super chicken. This super chicken must now defeat the villain of the kitchen and prevail over evil. This middle grade animal fantasy is sure to please fans of Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Middle Grade Fiction

Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

Grades 4 – 6

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Twelve-year-old Nora lives in a shanty town in the Philippines with her mother, after she lost her father and her home in a tragedy. The one day, her mother disappears and she’s left alone, with just her friend Jojo and Jojo’s loving grandmother to help her out. Together, they embark on a dangerous journey to find Nora’s mother and bring her back to safety. Can they do it or will they be too late?

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.

Children, Independent Reading

Amira Can Catch, New Kid in School by Kevin Christofora

Ages 5 – 8

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Amira is the new kid in school after moving from her home in Syria over a year ago. She is shy, but is welcomed by her new classmate Nick and the All Star baseball team at school. They quickly learn that Amira has had a lot of practice throwing and catching a ball back home, so she is a great addition to the team. The book is a mix of current events as well as a fun baseball story that all kids will enjoy.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.