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April 2014

Starring Jules (in drama-rama)
Ain, Beth Levine.
New York : Scholastic Press, c2013.
J FIC AIN
Jules, excited and nervous about her part in a sitcom pilot, is also concerned about her class moving up ceremony and her touchy relationships with ex-best friend Charlotte and new best friend Elinor–it is almost too much drama for one seven-year-old New Yorker to handle.

Princess Labelmaker to the rescue! : an Origami Yoda book
Angleberger, Tom, author, illustrator.
New York : Amulet Books, 2014. .
J FIC ANGLEBERGER
One month before the state standards test are to take place, the Origami Rebel Alliance has found powerful allies in unexpected places in their fight against the FunTime test preparation program, but Principal Rabbski has not yet declared her allegiance.

Benji Franklin : kid zillionaire
Bean, Raymond, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Stone Arch Books an imprint of Capstone Pr Inc c2014.
J FIC BEAN
Rewritten for a new audience, this compilation of two separately published works tells the story of Benji Franklin, a twelve-year-old genius who becomes an overnight zillionaire after writing a computer application that generates excuses–and soon discovers that a lot of people want him to solve their problems.

The water castle
Blakemore, Megan Frazer.
New York : Walker Books for Young Readers/Bloomsbury, c2013.
J FIC BLAKEMORE
Moving into an inherited mansion in Maine with their mother and stroke-afflicted father, three siblings uncover a mystery involving hidden passageways, family rivalries, and healing waters.

Mousemobile
Breitrose, Prudence E.
New York : Disney-Hyperion Books, 2013.
J FIC BREITROSE
“Eleven-year-old Megan and her cousin Joey have a summer job working with computer-savvy mice to spread the word about climate change. But when there’s trouble at Headquarters, Megan and Joey find themselves on a cross- country journey to save Mouse Nation, and the planet, from a mysterious enemy”

Cheesie Mack is not exactly famous
Cotler, Stephen L.
New York, N.Y. : Random House, ©2014.
J FIC COTLER
“Cheesie and Georgie unearth an artifact from Colonial times and become middle school celebrities”

Five, six, seven, Nate!
Federle, Tim.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2014.
J FIC FEDERLE
Now on Broadway as second understudy for E.T., Nate Foster keeps in close contact with his best friend, Libby, as he faces his nemesis, Jordan Rylance, and his own insecurities as the cast member with the least training and experience.

Hunt for the Hydra
Fry, Jason, 1969-
New York, NY : Harpercollins Publishers, c2014.
J FIC FRY
“A family of space privateers becomes embroiled in a solar system- wide conspiracy, all while the three siblings compete to determine who will become the next captain of the ship when their mother steps down”

Jack Strong takes a stand
Greenwald, Tom.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, c2013.
J FIC GREENWALD
Tired of being forced to participate in sports and take extra lessons and tutoring to become well-rounded in anticipation of college, middle- schooler Jack Strong stages a sit-in on his couch until his parents ease up.

Handbook for dragon slayers
Haskell, Merrie.
New York : Harper, c2013.
J FIC HASKELL
Yearning for life in a cloistered scriptorium, thirteen-year-old Princess Matilda, whose lame foot brings fear of the evil eye, escapes her scheming cousin Ivo and joins her servant Judith and an old friend, Parz, in hunting dragons and writing about them.

Sargasso skies
Jones, Allan Frewin, 1954-
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2013.
J FIC JONES
Embarking on a latest journey with Esmeralda Lightfoot and Jack Nimble, Trundle Boldoak endeavors to retrieve the legendary Crown of Wood from an island bordered by a deadly skyreef that has caused numerous shipwrecks, a quest that is further challenged by murderous pirates.

The spotted dog last seen
Kerrin, Jessica Scott, author.
Toronto, ON : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, c2013.
J FIC KERRIN
When a new book arrives at the library with a secret code written inside, Derek, with the help of his friends, follows the clues from one novel to the next and makes a discovery that may help him get past a terrible loss.

Duke
Larson, Kirby.
New York : Scholastic Press, c2013.
J FIC LARSON
In 1944 Hobie Hanson’s father is flying B-24s in Europe, so Hobie decides to donate his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to Dogs for Defense in the hope that it will help end the war sooner–but when he learns that Duke is being trained for combat he is shocked, frightened and determined to get his dog back.

Heavy hitters
Lupica, Mike, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2014.
J FIC LUPICA
Ben and his friends, the Core Four Plus One, are so excited to play in their town’s All-Star Baseball league. But in the first game of the season Ben gets hit by a pitch. It’s never happened to him before and it shakes him up. Another player on Ben’s team, Justin, is acting really weirdly. Ben has known Justin for a while and they’re friendly but he’s not one of Ben’s closest “boys.” Justin is the team’s best hitter but his behavior on and off the field is erratic. Ben discovers that Justin’s parents are getting a divorce and Justin is thinking about quitting the team. Like good teammates do, Justin helps Ben deal with his issues at bat while Ben is there for his friend while his family is struggling.

Mister Orange
Matti, Truus, 1961-
New York : Enchanted Lion Books, c2012.
J FIC MATTI
When Linus Muller takes over making deliveries for his family’s Manhattan grocery store in 1943, including bringing a crate of oranges every other week to an artist from Europe, the two become friends as they discuss war, the future, freedom, and imagination.

Binny for short
McKay, Hilary.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, c2013.
J FIC MCKAY
Eleven-year-old Binny struggles to cope with her father’s death and the loss of her beloved dog while she adjusts to a new home that might be haunted by her horrible Aunt Violet.

Sylva and the Fairy Ball
McNamara, Margaret.
New York : Balzer + Bray, 2013.
J FIC MCNAMARA
Sylva Bell is not old enough to attend the Fairy Ball with her sisters Clara, Rosy, and Golden, but when a horde of trolls crashes the ball, Sylva bravely comes to the rescue.

Sky Raiders
Mull, Brandon, 1974-
New York, N.Y. : Aladdin, c2014.
J FIC MULL
Whisked through a portal to The Outskirts, an in-between world, sixth-grader Cole must rescue his friends and find his way back home–before his existence is forgotten.

Going green
Pakkala, Christine, author.
Honesdale, Pennsylvania : Boyds Mills Press, c2013.
J FIC PAKKALA
Lola Zuckerman hates being last for everything. If only she were Lola Adams or Lola Appleby or anything but Z for Zuckerman. And she is having a particularly hard time right now. Her best friend Amanda Anderson is now her ex- best friend. Her grandparents have moved back to Texas, and her mother is launching a new career. Why is everything always changing? What would make things much, much better is if Lola were to win the Going-Green Contest at school and beat Amanda Anderson, who is determined to win first place too. How can Lola, who is always last, prove that she’s not least?

Mistakes were made
Pastis, Stephan.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2013.
J FIC PASTIS
Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1, 500-pound polar bear.

Big Nate in the zone
Peirce, Lincoln, author, artist.
New York, N.Y. : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014. .
J FIC PEIRCE
Stuck in a rut of bad luck, Nate Wright gets a boost from Chad’s lucky foot and suddenly, good luck is everywhere he turns.

Nick and Tesla’s robot army rampage : a mystery with hoverbots, bristlebots, and other robots you can build yourself
Pflugfelder, Bob, 1967- author.
Philadelphia, PA. Quirk Books, c2014.
J FIC PFLUGFELDER
After a series of robberies strike Half Moon Bay, sibling sleuths Nick and Tesla build robots out of household objects in order to catch the culprits.

The secret box
Ringwald, Whitaker, author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
J FIC RINGWALD
“On her twelfth birthday, Jax Malone receives an odd, locked present from an estranged aunt. When Jax and her cousins Ethan and Tyler go on a quest to open the box, they uncover a mystery with magical consequences”

Monkey me and the golden monkey
Roland, Timothy, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2014].
J FIC ROLAND
Clyde is a hyperactive kid, and his twin sister, Claudia, does her best to keep him out of trouble–but after a class field trip to the science museum, and a zapped banana, he suddenly finds that excitement transforms him into a real monkey, which may help him catch the thief who took the golden monkey.

Frosting and friendship
Schroeder, Lisa, author.
New York : Aladdin, c2013. .
J FIC SCHROEDER
“Twelve-year-old Lily finds herself knee-deep in sugar and sheet music as she tries to juggle her responsibility to her bandmates and give her friend the best Sweet Thirteen party every”

The case of the time-capsule bandit
Spencer, Octavia.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2013.
J FIC SPENCER
Twelve-year-old Randi, unhappy about moving from Brooklyn to Deer Creek, Tennessee, after her mother’s death, soon finds new friends and a case to solve surrounding a stolen time capsule and rumors of a centuries-old treasure.

The ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Turnage, Sheila.
New York : Kathy Dawson Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., c2014. .
J FIC TURNAGE
“When Miss Lana accidentally buys a haunted inn at the Tupelo Landing town auction, Desperado Detectives–aka Mo LoBeau and her best friend Dale–opens up a paranormal division to solve the ghost’s identity before the town’s big 250th anniversary bash”

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