Young Reader

Organized by the seasons, beginning with spring, this collection of 36 impeccably chosen short poems demonstrates that significant emotional power can reside in just a few lines. In obvious contrast with such small bites of poetry, the large-format design explodes with bright and expressive watercolor, gouache, and mixed-media collages. Colors and shapes with willowy details expertly blur or bring bits of the images into focus to create a magical sense of place, time, and beauty. Grades K–4. —School Library Journal
By Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763648428
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 11th, 2014

Albie is starting a new school for his fifth grade year. Maybe he can do better this time—at least not get an email home alerting his parents that he has an “achievement gap.” Albie knows his parents wish they had a son who shined at something, but Albie doesn’t seem to be much good at anything, except maybe finding the best donuts in Manhattan and entertaining Calista, his new babysitter. (He’s too old for a babysitter, but she’s actually kind of cool.) As if his parents’ disapproval weren’t enough, a kid at Albie’s new school starts picking on him, calling him a dummy, especially when Albie sticks up for Betty, the shy girl in class who stutters. What will it take for Albie to realize he has something special? As Calista puts it, he’s a hero with the superpower of kindness. Perfectly crafted short chapters with lots of humor make this a fun and very touching read. Grades 3 to 5.
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Tera
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ISBN: 9780399164057
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Published: Philomel Books - June 12th, 2014

Twelve-year-old Karn is a master gamer when it comes to playing Thrones and Bones. He’s not so good at striking hard bargains for the sake of his father’s tribe. If only there wasn’t so much pressure on him to be the next leader! Likewise, Thianna is a disappointment to her clan of ice giants, standing at only 7 feet tall, half the size of her peers. The two unlikely friends meet when their different tribes converge on an icy mountain for a tense round of trading. When unexpected enemies attack, they find themselves on the run, outracing wyverns and avoiding avalanches. Pulling on little-known Norse mythology, this brilliantly accessible fantasy really is for all those Percy Jackson fans clamoring for a new series. Grades 4–6.
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Tera
By Lou Anders, Justin Gerard (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780385387781
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 5th, 2014

A warm, rollicking, and beautifully written mystery from Newbery Award winner Sheila Turnage. Spunky Mo LoBeau is back as the unforgettable self-appointed detective of all things strange in Tupelo Landing. This time she goes after a ghost in this witty page-turner that has heaps of Southern charm. Grades 4–6.
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Tera
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ISBN: 9780803736719
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - February 4th, 2014

Wilhelmina’s father calls her “wildcat” and wouldn’t change a hair on the unkempt mane of her head. Will has a life she loves: a best friend in Si, a neighbor boy with a hand for horses; her own horse and a monkey for companions; and the entire mud-baked countryside surrounding Captain Browne’s Zimbabwean farm to explore. The farmhands respect her even though she’s white and a girl. But when her life is shaken up and she’s shipped off to an English boarding school, Will’s gorgeous freedom is threatened. Rundell’s eloquent and perceptive prose keeps you rooting not just for Will’s survival, but for the return of her bright joy. A truly wild ride of a book and the children’s books staff’s favorite of the year. Grades 4–6.
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Tera
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ISBN: 9781442490611
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

Jacqueline Woodson (winner of the Newbery and Caldecott awards) has written a warm, elegant memoir. This was one of my favorite reading experiences this year—through some writing alchemy, her specific story seems like my own. This will probably happen to you as well. Grades 5 & up.

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ISBN: 9780399252518
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2014

Zane flies into New Orleans the day before Hurricane Katrina strikes. To call that bad timing, Zane remarks, “is the understatement of the century.” What happens next is an adventure story amidst chaos and flooding. It includes the plucky mutt named Bandit; new friends like Malvina and her jazz musician guardian Mr. Tru, who pluck Zane off a rooftop in their pliable canoe; and a few sinister enemies. With a light touch, constant bits of humor, and sharp descriptions of the ravaged city, Philbrick pulls you into the experience of being afloat during the greatest American storm of the century. It’s both a gripping survival story and a thoughtful look at the different types of people swirling in the boiling cauldron of New Orleans during the storm. Grades 5–8.
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Tera
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ISBN: 9780545342384
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Published: Blue Sky Press (AZ) - February 25th, 2014

The essence of all Russian mythology is encapsulated on one gorgeous, astronomically expensive Fabergé egg, intended for the prince of Russia. There’s the Firebird, democratic if reluctant granter of wishes, biding his time before going up in a poof of smoke. There’s the Ice Dragon, who snoozes through winter; when he wakes, spring comes. And there’s Baba Yaga, the witchy meddler in destinies, who may or may not eat children, but who certainly lives in a house with chicken legs. If only these creatures existed just in myth, things would be a whole lot easier for Cat and Elena, two girls who happen to look very similar and whose paths coincide one day when a train breaks down on its way to the winter ball in St. Petersburg. Elena is so poor she eats wild turnips and acorns, if she’s lucky. Cat is rich and a little snobby, though she doesn’t know it. And none of their adventures would have happened if it weren’t for the egg (worth more than both their heads) going astray. Gregory Maguire, the creator of Wicked, gives us not just adventure but a memorable coterie of mythological creatures with a whole lot of sass. Grade 6 & up.
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Tera
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ISBN: 9780763672201
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014

I’ve often passed over the plethora of novels set in the 1960s because they did not feel right—they had the facts, but they lacked the truth. In Wiles’ Revolution, photos, newspaper clippings, and song lyrics join a fictional narrative in as perfect a work of historical fiction as I’ve ever encountered in children’s literature. Grades 6–12
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ISBN: 9780545106078
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 27th, 2014

A hopeful, environmental wake-up call for teens ready to act. After finding a dead bee on his doorstep, Fleischman (Newbery Award winner and local author) began extensive research into environmental challenges and changes. Eyes Wide Open is a toolkit for decoding the daily barrage of conflicting information about major issues (population, global economics, water, climate change). This book helps young people learn to look behind the headlines to examine how things got to be the way they are and what can be done about it. I recommend it to every teen, teacher, and parent eager to make the world a better place. Grades 6 & up. --Noreen
By Paul Fleischman, Various (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763675455
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 23rd, 2014

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