Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard

Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard

Feeling wanderlust heading into the summer? Join humble pumpkin farmer and reluctant hero, Bera, the one-headed troll, and her owl pal, Winslowe. The day a human baby mysteriously washes up near Bera’s tiny island, they embark on a quest to return the strange creature to her kind before former Head Witch of the Troll King, Cloote, […]


Compass South (Four Points) by Hope Larson

Compass South (Four Points) by Hope Larson

Hop aboard Hope Larson’s new and exciting high seas adventure series with illustrator Rebecca Mock, titled Compass South (Four Points). Right from the start this author and illustrator pair are in sync, Larson’s way with dialogue and story blending deftly with Mock’s emotional and expressive rendition of the setting and characters. Set in 1860, New […]


Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley

Ashes to Asheville by Sarah Dooley

This heartfelt and quixotic road trip novel finds Fella and Zany on their way to Asheville NC in Mama Shannon’s car to release their beloved Mama Lacey’s ashes. They are grieving more than their mother: since each girl was born to a different mom in the couple, the (pre-June 2015) law separates them at Lacey’s […]


Bravo!  Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle’s insightful poems and Rafael López’s vibrant, soulful illustrations work together to create a memorable poetry collection that celebrates the contributions of a wide variety of Hispanics.  What makes this book special is readers learn about people rarely covered in collective biographies for kids.  Each biographical sketch consists of a double page spread with a […]


The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford

Elizabeth Zunon’s evocative oil paintings and cut paper collages add power to Carole Boston Weatherford’s compelling picture book biography (for grades 2 and up) about the brilliant actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne.  The book whisks the reader along as it shows how Horne, as a child, lived out of a suitcase as […]


The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget

The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget

Many realistic middle grade novels try to tackle complex issues and do it quite well.  Add to the list of successful titles The End of the Wild, a heartfelt look (for grades 4 and up) at an 11-year-old girl named Fern who lives near a forest and loves the animals, plants, and natural foods she finds […]


Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Castle Crenshaw, a middle schooler who calls himself Ghost, knows how to run. But after an Olympic medal-winning track coach recognizes his talent and recruits him, Ghost finds himself facing completely new challenges: a schedule, teammates, and the demands of being on a team. Despite some heavier themes, Ghost is funny, charming, and perfectly captures how huge and overwhelming […]


Short by Holly Goldberg Sloane

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloane

There’s one word Julia, never says out loud anymore.  In fact she tries not to even think it. Short. Julia is tired of being short, called short and excluded because she’s short.   While summer has just kicked off for Julia, she’s not really excited for it.  She’s still mourning the loss of her beloved dog, […]


Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

Wow, what a wildly exciting sci fi action novel (for adrenaline fans starting in Grade 5 and up) this is!  This promising, action-packed start to the Chronicle of the Dark Star series takes us to the year 2213 and introduces us to Liam who lives with his scientist parents on Mars (Earth is no more).  […]


Taking Flight by Michaela dePrince

Taking Flight by Michaela dePrince

By the time she was four, Mabinty Bangura was a war orphan, living in an orphanage constantly threatened by the “debils” who were indiscriminately killing men, women and children. After fleeing to Ghana, Mabinty and her best friend were adopted by an American family. They became Michaela and Mia, the eighth and ninth children in […]