. From dinosaurs to the burning of the Library of Alexandra―this thrilling, visually dazzling new series from Matthew Loux is posed to conquer the 21st century. The internship program at the Time Museum is a little unusual. Defending the Time Museum itself! First Second. For one thing, kids as young as twelve get to apply for these prestigious summer jobs.
Star ScoutsFirst Second - Mabel is a scout too―a Star Scout. Is it so weird to think scouting should be about fun and adventure, not about makeovers and boys, boys, boys?But everything changes when Avani is “accidentally” abducted by a spunky alien named Mabel. Avani is the new kid in town, and she’s not happy about it. Collecting alien specimens like Avani goes with the territory, along with teleportation and jetpack racing.
Everyone in school thinks she’s weird, especially the girls in her Flower Scouts troop. Avani might be weird, but in the Star Scouts she fits right in. If she can just survive camp andromeda, and keep her dad from discovering that she’s left planet Earth, she’s in for the adventure of a lifetime. First Second.
Stef Soto, Taco QueenLittle, Brown Books for Young Readers - She wants nothing more than for her dad to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be put out to pasture. In this fun and multicultural middle grade novel, Stef will embrace her identity and discover what matters most. It's no fun being known as the "Taco Queen" at school. First Second. But just when new city regulations are proposed, and her family's livelihood is threatened, she will have to become the truck's unlikely champion.
A heartwarming middle grade about family, friendship, and finding your voice plus, tacos!. Seventh grader estefania "stef" Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family's taco truck.
Chester and GusHarperCollins - When he fails his certification test, though, it seems like that dream will never come true—until a family adopts him. They want him to be a companion for their ten-year-old son, Gus, who has autism. Chester’s not sure how to help gus since this isn’t exactly the job he trained for—but he’s determined to figure it out.
Because after all, Gus is now his person. In the spirit of beloved classics like because of winn-dixie, and Old Yeller, Shiloh, Cammie McGovern’s heartfelt novel—told from Chester’s point of view—explores the extraordinary friendship between a child and a dog with a poignant and modern twist. But gus acts so differently than anyone Chester has ever met.
Chester and Gus - Critically acclaimed author cammie mcGovern presents a heartwarming and humorous middle grade novel about the remarkable bond that forms between an aspiring service dog and an autistic boy in need of a friend. Joyful, and completely winning, ” proclaimed katherine Applegate, Chester and Gus is unforgettable, inspiring, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan.
Chester has always wanted to become a service dog. First Second. He never wants to pet Chester, and sometimes he doesn’t even want Chester in the room.
Time ShiftersGraphix - Now as luke and his new companions are pursued by a bickering trio of bumbling henchmen who are after the strange device locked to his arm, he's forced on a crazy, headlong adventure in a parallel dimension! Will he find his courage in time to save the day and get home or will he be trapped in a weird alternate reality forever? First Second.
But a scientist, a robot abraham Lincoln riding a friendly dinosaur, and a sassy ghost were the last things he could have imagined stumbling upon. When luke investigates an eerie blue glow in the woods behind his house, he doesn't know what he'll find there.
A Long Pitch HomeCharlesbridge - But playing baseball means navigating relation-ships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team—the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with. Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. A sensitive and endearing contemporary novel about family, friends, and assimilation.
First Second. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. Maybe if bilal can prove himself on the pitcher’s mound, his father will make it to see him play. He was a star on his cricket team. While bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league and practicing his English, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia.
Me and Marvin GardensArthur A. Levine Books - His best friend Tommy has abandoned him. No one has seen a creature like this before. The first middle-grade novel from Printz Honor-winning author Amy Sarig A. S. King!washington post best book of the year a new York Public Library Best Book for Kids A Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection Obe Devlin has problems.
One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog. Water bottles, shopping bags. Arthur A Levine Books. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. But to keep him safe from the developers and Tommy and his friends, Obe must make a decision that might change everything. First Second. So obe hangs out at the nearby creek, in the last wild patch left, picking up trash and looking for animal tracks.
Me and Marvin Gardens - And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. Only plastic. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. The animal--marvin Gardens--becomes Obe's best friend and biggest secret.
The Safest LieHoliday House - Informed by the author's interviews with Irena Sendler, the book includes an author's note detailing the research and historical information that brought this story to life. Anna's grandmother always told her that the truth was the safest lie--but in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, the truth about Anna's identity is the most dangerous thing there is.
Whisked out of the ghetto to a Christian orphanage, Anna struggles to hide her true identity. Arthur A Levine Books. Until she slowly realizes that the most difficult part of this charade is not remembering the details of her new life, but trying not to forget the old one entirely. This powerful historical novel sheds light on the hidden children, who escaped the horrors of ghettos and concentration camps only to lose their identity and heritage, living among foreign families to stay safe.
The Safest Lie - First Second. Anna draws the attention of a woman called Jolanta--a code name of the real-life resistance spy Irena Sendler, who smuggled hundreds of children out of the ghetto. Jolanta wants to help anna escape, but first Anna must assume a new identity, that of Roman Catholic orphan Anna Karwolska. A national Jewish Book Awards Finalist.
It's 1940, and nine-year-old anna bauman and her parents are among the 300, 000 Polish Jews struggling to survive the wretched conditions in the Warsaw ghetto.
Amina's VoiceSalaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - A washington post best children’s book of 2017 “For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book. R. First Second. Arthur A Levine Books. J. Amina’s voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani-American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together to love and support each other.
Soojin is suddenly hanging out with emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class, and even talking about changing her name to something more “American. Does amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.
She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Palacio, author of #1 new york timesbestseller Wonder “Amina’s anxieties are entirely relatable, but it’s her sweet-hearted nature that makes her such a winning protagonist.
Amina's Voice - Entertainment weekly a pakistani-american muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school after tragedy strikes her community in this “compassionate, starred review from the award-winning author of It’s Ramadan, timely novel” Booklist, Curious George and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.
Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight.
Nightmare Escape Dream Jumper, Book 1Graphix - So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream-monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them. When he sleeps he dreams, and when he dreams, they're all nightmares! But he can also jump into other people's dreams. Graphix. First Second. If he can figure out how to use the power within him against his enemies.
Ben has a problem. Arthur A Levine Books. Easier said than done when dreams can shift and the monster knows his way around the ever-changing landscape of the mind! With help from a talking rabbit-companion who has a mysterious past, Ben might just be able to defeat the monster and save his friends.
The Marvelwood MagiciansBoyds Mills Press - Eleven-year-old Mattie Marvelwood comes from a family of traveling performers. Arthur A Levine Books. Do they run, leaving bell’s gift behind to save the rest of them, or risk exposure by trying to beat the duplicitous ringmaster at his own game? First Second. Graphix. Her dad is an illusionist; her mom is a fortune-teller; her brother has a vanishing act; and she herself is a mind-reader.
In all their wanderings, the marvelwoods have never met another performer with gifts like theirs—until they join Master Morogh’s Circus of Wonders! But it turns out that Master Morogh’s true talent is stealing the gifts of others. When he steals mattie’s brother’s vanishing ability, the family has a big decision to make.
The Marvelwood Magicians - Their powers are real. But the Marvelwoods have a deep secret. The acts they perform at carnivals, fairs, and circuses are not just acts.