The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Stanley Potts's uncle Ernie has developed an over-the-top fascination with canning fish in the house, and life at 69 Fish Quay Lane has turned barmy. But there's darkness in the madness, and when Uncle Ernie's obsession takes an unexpectedly cruel turn, Stan has no choice but to leave. As he journeys away from the life he's always known, he mingles with a carnival full of eccentric characters and meets the legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims in a tank full of perilous piranhas. Will Stan be bold enough to dive in the churning waters himself and choose his own destiny?

Author: David Almond Call Number: J FICTION ALM

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

Author: Jeanne Birdsall Call Number: J FICTION BIR

Raymie Nightingale

Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, whos determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.

Author: Kate DiCamillo Call Number: J FICTION DIC

Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth

Ten-year-old Mary Mae, living with her parents in fossil-rich southern Ohio, tries to reconcile, despite her mother's strong disapproval, her family's Creationist beliefs with the prehistoric fossils she studies in school.

Author: Sandra Dutton Call Number: J FICTION DUT

Heroes in Training series

When ten-year-old Zeus is kidnapped, he discovers he can defend himself with a magical thunderbolt.

Author: Joan Holub Call Number: J FICTION HOL

The Willoughbys

In this tongue-in-cheek take on classic themes in children's literature, the four Willoughby children set about to become "deserving orphans" after their neglectful parents embark on a treacherous around-the-world adventure, leaving them in the care of an odious nanny.

Author: Lois Lowry Call Number: J FICTION LOW

Tru and Nelle

In their small town of Monroeville, Alabama, in 1930, misfits Tru and Nelle strike up a friendship and find a mystery to solve when someone breaks into the drugstore and steals some candy and a fancy brooch.

Author: Greg Neri Call Number: J FICTION NER

Adventures with Waffles

Hardly a day passes without Trille and Lena inventing some kind of adventure that often ends in trouble. Whether it's coaxing a cow onto a boat or sledding down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken, there is always a thrill--and sometimes an injury--to be had. Trille loves to share everything with Lena, even Auntie Granny's waffles...

Author: Maria Parr Call Number: J FICTION PAR

Lucky Strike

Nathaniel Harlow lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, and he has always been unlucky -- but when he is struck by lightning on his eleventh birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.

Author: Bobbie Pyron Call Number: J FICTION PYR

The Map to Everywhere

Twelve-year-old Fin, a master thief from the pirate world of Khaznot Quay, and Marrill, also twelve, of Arizona, cross paths in the magical world of the Pirate Stream while on a quest for a mysterious map

Author: Carrie Ryan Call Number: J FICTION RYA

Another Day as Emily

Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson

Author: Eileen Spinelli Call Number: J FICTION SPI

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

Crusty dragon Miss Drake's new pet human, precocious ten-year-old Winnie, not only thinks Miss Drake is her pet, she accidentally brings to life her "sketchlings" of mysterious and fantastic creatures hidden in San Francisco, causing mayhem among its residents.

Author: Laurence Yep Call Number: J FICTION YEP

Trash Mountain

When the gray squirrels kill his parents, a young red squirrel vows revenge, finding unlikely allies in the rats and gulls of Trash Mountain.

Author: Jane Yolen Call Number: J FICTION YOL

Nobody's Perfect

Megan, a popular and outgoing fourth-grader, is sure that the "perfect" new girl dislikes her because she is deaf, but persistence and a joint science fair project help Megan see that the two girls have something in common after all.

Author: Marlee Matlin Call Number: SPECIAL NEEDS J MAT

Sleuth on Skates

Precocious eleven-year-old self-made-supersleuth Sophie "Sesame" Seade investigates the disappearance of Jenna Jenkins, a student at Cambridge University, where Sophie's father is chaplain and her mother is Head of Christ's College.

Author: Clementine Beauvais Call Number: J MYSTERY BEA

The Tilting House

When Josh, his parents, grandfather, and eight-year-old brother move into the old Tilton House, they discover such strange things as talking rats, a dimmer switch that makes the house invisible, and a powder that makes objects grow.

Author: Tom Llewellyn Call Number: J MYSTERY LLE

Murder is Bad Manners

At an English boarding school in the 1930s, crime-solving friends Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells struggle to find an exciting mystery to investigate until Hazel discovers the dead body of Miss Bell, the science teacher.

Author: Robin Stevens Call Number: J MYSTERY STE

Frank Einstein series

In his Grandpa Al's garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan.

Author: Jon Scieszka Call Number: J SCIENCE FICTION SCI

Jane, the Fox & Me

Lonely young Helene begins to get out from under her body-image issue with help from a new friend--and Jane Eyre.

Author: Fanny Britt Call Number: J FICTION BRI (Graphic Novel)

Power Up! A Visual Exploration of Energy

It's impossible to imagine our lives without energy, but how often do we really think about where it comes from? With Power Up! discovering what you need to know about energy is easy and fun. Every bright, dynamic double-page spread illustrates cool facts about energy use with colorful infographics, including charts, diagrams, and maps. This is where to find out about: The pros and cons of the top energy sources, like fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and hydropower The straight goods on hot issues like oil sands, fracking, and greenhouse gases Where energy of the future will come from: the sun? tides? algae? or something new? Answers to intriguing questions such as: what's vampire power, and why does it suck? What burning waste can do to reduce all that garbage. Designed to appeal to visual learners, reluctant readers, and anyone who is keen to know more about the world of energy, Power Up! packs an impressive amount of information into a concise, appealing book, and serves as an exciting, accessible introduction to the topic.

Author: Shaker Paleja Call Number: J333.79 PAL

How Do You Burp in Space?

A non-fiction travel guide to space tourism that includes information about accommodations, attractions, and more.

Author: Susan Goodman Call Number: J629.45 GOO

Island: A Story of the Galapagos

Blending meticulously researched facts and vivid paintings, the processes that led to the formation of the Galapagos Islands are related in this work of narrative nonfiction.

Author: Jason Chin Call Number: J508.866 CHI

The School of Art

Five professors provide demonstrations for forty activities that teach the basics of art and design, including composition, color, shape, line, and perspective.

Author: Teal Triggs Call Number: J700 TRI

Super Baseball Infographics

Key facts and fun details about the game of baseball come alive through infographics. The 'data art' provides opportunities for readers to visually take in information about the sport through charts, maps, and illustrations.

Author: Eric Braun Call Number: J796.357 BRA

Hypnotize a Tiger: Poems about Just About Everything

This is the first longer-format, middle-grade collection from #1 New York Times-bestselling author-illustrator Calef Brown. Moving away from the picture book format offers Calef the opportunity to tackle a variety of themes and poetry styles as well as reach a slightly older audience along the lines of Doug Florian and Shel Silverstein. The book is chock-full of Calef's zany black-and-white artwork and features his wonderfully inventive characters and worlds -- from the "completely nonviolent and silent" Lou Gnome to Percival, the impetuous (and none-too-sensible) lad who believes he is invincible, to Hugh Jarm (who has a huge arm, natch!). It's a whimsical world: creative, fun, and inspiring

Author: Calef Brown Call Number: J811.54 BRO

El Deafo

Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.

Author: Cece Bell Call Number: J BIO BELL

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everyone

Sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president.

Author: Maira Kalman Call Number: J BIO JEFFERSON

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise

Biography of a woman who loved books and helped create a library for children.

Author: Jan Pinborough Call Number: J BIO MOORE