THE HIDDEN LIVES OF OWLS - Leigh Calvez
The author is a naturalist who always wondered about the mysterious owl - are they really wise? He probes the forest to comprehend their secret lives. Learn all about the world of owls - owl-watching, avian science, and the deep forest—often in the dead of night. These birds are a bit mysterious, and that’s part of what makes them so fascinating. The author makes the science entertaining and accessible while exploring the questions about the human-animal connection, owl obsession, habitat, owl calls, social behavior, and mythology. A hearty "yes" from our own wise Mr. Gow!
LIBERTY - Kirby Larson
During World War II in New Orleans, Fish, a middle school aged boy who suffers from polio and whose dad is away fighting in Europe, looks up to Mr. Higgins, the inventor of the landing craft and he's thrilled when one of his inventions helps Mr. Higgins's engineers discover a way to improve the boats. Mr. Higgins inspires him to be bold and brave. As Fish enlists the help of unexpected friends and allies to save Liberty, he finds his perceptions of the world -- of race and war, family and friendship -- transformed.
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID - Jeff Kinney
The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his mother wants him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything!—else. When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie . . . and to become rich and famous in the process. But is doubling down on moviemaking a smart plan? Or is it just a recipe for doubling Greg’s troubles?
GHOSTS - Raina Telgemeier
Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own.
BOOKED - Kwame Alexander
The follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. Written in verse.
JOHNNY APPLESEED: THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE AMERICAN STORY - Howard Means
A guy that wanders around the country planting apple seeds - can it be true? What's up with this guy and the apples? This portrait of Johnny Appleseed tells the real story of the man beneath the many myths. It captures the boldness of an iconic American and the sadness of his last years, as the frontier marched past him, ever westward. And it shows how death liberated the legend and made of Johnny a barometer of the nation’s feelings about its own heroic past and the supposed Eden it once had been.
THE IMAGINATION BOX - Martyn Ford
What if there were a machine that could create anything one imagined? Professor Eisenstone has such a machine. And Tim has the imagination. Together they have the ability to create magical, wondrous things. But when the professor goes missing, it is up to Tim and his friend Dee to rescue him and keep the Imagination Box out of the wrong hands. If they fail, the consequences could be disastrous.
PENNYROYAL ACADEMY - M. A. Larson
Evie enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great dangers of the day: witches and dragons. There she endures a harsh training regimen while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As she learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal that she could have ever imagined! This book is so good it deserves a big picture!
BIG GAME - Stuart Gibbs
Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident zoo sleuth when a rhinoceros is at risk in Big Game, the follow-up book to Belly Up and Poached. When someone takes aim at Rhonda Rhino, FunJungle’s pregnant (and endangered) Asian greater one-horned rhinoceros, the zoo steps up security measures in order to protect this rare animal and her baby. But the extra security isn’t enough—someone is still getting too close for comfort. Teddy and company start to suspect that whoever is after Rhonda is really after her horn, which is worth a lot of money on the black market.
For the first time ever, the head of the zoo enlists Teddy for help—for once, he doesn’t have to sneak around in order to investigate—and the results are even more wacky, and even more dangerous, than ever before.
MY BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH - Mo O'Hara
When Tom's big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! But there's something weird about the new Frankie. He's now a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with hypnotic powers . . . and he's out for revenge! We also have three additional books in addition to this first book in the Zombie Goldfish Series - Fins of Fury, Any Fin is Possible and Live and Let Swim.