Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness

A picture book biography of Dr. William Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read and write and who together with Jim became one of the most famous traveling performance acts around the turn of the twentieth century. Includes afterword and author's sources

Author: Donna Janell Bowman Call Number: J BIO KEY

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little

With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book.

Author: Peggy Gifford Call Number: J FICTION GIF

The Quirks series

With its cookie cutter houses, welcoming committees, and all-town competitions, Normal, Michigan, seems like a perfect fit for nine-year-old new resident Molly, the only non-magical person in her family.

Author: Erin Soderberg Call Number: J FICTION SOD

Sir Reginald's Logbook

A tongue-in-cheek adventure story where fantasy and reality merge finds an armchair explorer on a quest for a Lost Tablet of Illusion--stolen by an elusive beast--which in reality turns out to be Reg's missing TV remote.

Author: Matt Hammill Call Number: J FICTION HAM

Beasts of Olympus series

Eleven-year-old Demon had never met his father, the god Pan, until the day he was whisked away to the stables of Olympus and charged with looking after all of the mythical creatures there, a task which is complicated by the tempestuous gods and goddesses and Heracles, who keeps killing the immortal beasts.

Author: Lucy Coats Call Number: J FICTION COA

Sasquatch and the Aliens series

Nine-year-old Morgan of the Pacific Northwest is fascinated with aliens and the sasquatch, but his real adventures begin when he meets Lewis, whose parents just bought a motel named the Sasquatch Inn.

Author: Cherise Mericle Harper Call Number: J FICTION HAR

Friendship Garden series

Third-grader Anna has had trouble making friends since her family moved from a small town in New York to Chicago, but a group project at school leads to new opportunities, including friendships, a club, and a garden she can work in, just like in her last home.

Author: Jenny Meyerhoff Call Number: J FICTION MEY

Who Wins?

One can read lengthy biographies of historical figures. Or, with Who Wins?, pit them head-to-head in a Ping-Pong match, hot dog eating contest, or a pie bake-off and actually understand firsthand the strengths and weaknesses, the triumphs and losses of the people who have shaped out world. Interactive, die-cut, and fully illustrated, Who Wins? turns history into a compelling game. With mix-and-match die-cut pages (so each make-your-own matchup includes two historical figures and one wild challenge), readers can flip any of the three panels and match 100 historical figures in 50 competitive head-to-head categories, from mini golf to climbing Mount Everest. Each character is given a short bio and ranked in six categories-bravery, leadership, artistry, wealth, wisdom, and fitness. Let's say Charles Dickens challenges Mother Theresa to a lightsaber duel-will his superior artistry overcome her advantage in bravery and leadership? Or who wins karaoke-Nelson Mandela or Jane Austen? They both certainly have a way with words, but Mandela's over-the-top courage might take the day. Actually there are no right answers-the reader decides and must justify the answer based on the rankings as well as facts from short biographies opposite each character's page. History has never been so much fun.

Author: Clay Swartz Call Number: J920 SWA

Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World

Eight-year-old Iva Honeycutt is determined to make her first great discovery this summer--the treasure buried in her small town of Uncertain, Virginia, that her great-grandfather sought for years--if only she can keep her pesky cousin Heaven from interfering.

Author: Candice Ransom Call Number: J FICTION RAN

Gooseberry Park

When a storm separates Stumpy the squirrel from her newborn babies, her animal friends come to the rescue.

Author: Cynthia Rylant Call Number: J FICTION RYL

Stella Batts Needs a New Name

When a classmate makes fun of her name, eight-year-old Stella picks a new one for herself, but discovers that the name she abandoned suits her just fine.

Author: Courtney Sheinmel Call Number: J FICTION SHE

Jack Plank Tells Tales

Jack Plank decides that he is not cut out to be a pirate and searches the town of Saltwash for another profession, but he finds something wrong with every suggested job.

Author: Natalie Babbitt Call Number: J FICTION BAB

Melvin Beederman Superhero: the Brotherhood of the Traveling Underpants

When the three members of the Bad Guy Brotherhood buy a time machine to keep the younger Melvin from gaining his superhero powers, Melvin and his sidekick Candace, disguised as pirates, travel back in time to stop them.

Author: Greg Trine Call Number: J FICTION TRI

EllRay Jakes series

Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge.

Author: Sally Warner Call Number: J FICTION WAR

The Buddy Files series

While searching for his mysteriously lost human family, Buddy the dog is adopted by another family and helps solve the mystery of their missing boy.

Author: Dori Hillestad Butler Call Number: J MYSTERY BUT

Star Jumper

Determined to get far away from his evil little brother, Alex works to design a spaceship that will take him so far away from Earth that not even the NASA experts can find him, yet when his brother catches on to his plan, Alex fears that his nearly finished project may be ruined before he gets his chance to take-off.

Author: Frank Asch Call Number: J SCIENCE FICTION ASC

Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn

Two boys race to get an undercover alien back to her mothership while dodging an oddball group of UFO-chasers, TV newspeople, and Florida retirees

Author: Greg Smith Call Number: J SCIENCE FICTION SMI

Meet the Bigfeet

Meet Blizz Richards! He's a great guy. Oh, yeah...he's also a yeti. But don't tell anyone. He and creatures like him have promised never to be seen by the outside world! But an evil man with an evil plan will stop at nothing to prove Bigfoot really exists. Can Blizz and his devoted team save their furry friend before their secret gets out for good?

Author: Kevin Sherry Call Number: J FICTION SHE

Bird & Squirrel series

A happy-go-lucky Bird and a cautious acorn-collecting Squirrel become unlikely best friends when Squirrel loses his winter stash while saving Bird from Cat, prompting a zany road-trip adventure in search of warm weather and plentiful food.

Author: James Burks Call Number: J FICTION BUR (GRAPHIC NOVEL)

Babymouse series

An imaginative mouse learns life lessons while living her life.

Author: Jennifer Holm Call Number: J FICTION HOL (Graphic Novel)

The McElderry Book of Greek Myths

Explore the myths of Prometheus, Pandora's box, King Midas and the golden touch, Daedalus and Icarus, Theseus and the Minotaur, and much more!

Author: Eric A. Kimmel Call Number: J398.209 KIM

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos

A biography of Carl Sagan focusing on his childhood and culminating in the Voyager mission and the Golden Record.

Author: Sephanie Roth Sisson Call Number: J BIO SAGAN

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

A picture book celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing Civil Rights Movement.

Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney Call Number: J323.119 PIN

X-Treme X-Ray

A visual introduction to the world of x-rays shows the skeletons of people and creatures from the natural world as well as the insides of such everyday objects as a laptop computer and a cell-phone.

Author: Paul Harrison Call Number: J539.722 HAR

First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew

Tells the history of vegetable gardening at the White House, concluding with a list of favorite White House recipes.

Author: Robbin Gourley Call Number: J712.097 GOU

Roller Derby Rivals

In New York's 69th Regiment Armory, the lights are on, the cameras are rolling, and there's about to be plenty of action. Tune in now for the heart-stopping thrills of Roller Derby and the true story of one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of televised sports.

Author: Sue Macy Call Number: J796.2109 MAC

Trombone Shorty

A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.

Author: Troy Andrews Call Number: J BIO ANDREWS

The Starry Night

Vincent Van Gogh befriends a young boy in New York City in this picture book fantasy about art and creativity.

Author: Neil Waldman Call Number: E WAL

Complicated Cast

The detective lay in bed with his eyes closed. But he couldn't sleep. He was thinking. He always thought best in bed. Especially with his eyes closed. Something is going on in the forest: one of the animals is saying nasty things about the other forest creatures. But no one dares make a statement to the police. Who is the culprit? Detective Gordon and his assistant Buffy must investigate! But this is a complicated case. The two police officers split the workload: Buffy questions the suspects, while Gordon stays in bed to think. Once the investigation is over, Detective Gordon plans to go fishing and eat all the cakes he wants to. And maybe then Buffy will be appointed Police Chief! But that won't happen unless this case can be solved...

Author: Ulf Nilsson Call Number: J MYSTERY NIL