The Boy and the Whale

Abelardo defies his father's instructions and sets out to free a whale caught in their tangled fishing net.

Author: Mordicai Gerstein Call Number: E GER

Magic in the Mix

Life seems to be back to normal for "newly twinned" sisters Miri and Molly until their magical house sends them on a new time-traveling adventure to the Civil War, where they must risk everything to save two unusual soldiers and come to terms with the emotional truth about Molly's past.

Author: Annie Barrows Call Number: J FICTION BAR

The Haunted Library

When ghost boy Kaz's haunt is torn down and he is separated from his ghost family, he meets a real girl named Claire, who lives above the town library with her parents and her grandmother. Claire has a special ability to see ghosts when other humans cannot and she and Kaz quickly form a friendship.

Author: Dori Hillestad Butler Call Number: J FICTION BUT

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine Toguchi, eight, decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family gets together for New Year's.

Author: Debbi Michiko Florence Call Number: J FICTION FLO

Eliza Boom series

Eliza Boom is the daughter of a spy gadget inventor who hopes to create a great invention like her father, but first she needs to get a roll of her father's top-secret film back from the class bully Zoe Wakefield.

Author: Emily Gale Call Number: J FICTION GALE

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

Dory Fantasmagory series

Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.

Author: Abby Hanlon Call Number: J FICTION HAN

Super Turbo series

After the last bell, classroom pet hamster Turbo becomes Super Turbo to fight evil, but he soon finds that he isn't the only super pet in town when he is forced to face an evil rat named Whiskerface.

Author: Lee Kirby Call Number: J FICTION KIR

Isadora Moon Goes to School

Isadora Moon, a vampire fairy, has to decided which school she wants to got to--vampire or fairy. This is the first book in the Isadora Moon series.

Author: Harriet Muncaster Call Number: J FICTION MUN

Waylon series

Waylon, a boy with the mind of a scientific genius and the vulnerable heart of an eight year old, is trying to understand his older sister and deal with changes among the kids at school.

Author: Sara Pennypacker Call Number: J FICTION PEN

Spy Toys

Three toys with tiny computerized brains, rejected because they are not good with children, are recruited by Auntie Roz to be spy toys, whose first mission is to save a senator's son from being kidnapped.

Author: Mark Powers Call Number: J FICTION POW

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

Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters

Relates the daily worries and problems of Justin Case as he struggles to survive third grade. This is the first book in the Justin Case series.

Author: Rachel Vail Call Number: J FICTION VAI

Charlotte's Web

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte decides to help him.

Author: E. B. White Call Number: J FICTION WHI

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

Grand Canyon

An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale, as only Jason Chin can illustrate and explain.

Author: Jason Chin Call Number: J557.913 CHI

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

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist

Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963.

Author: Cynthia Levinson Call Number: J BIO HENDRICKS

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

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy

Fascinating is the story of how one boy followed his dreams to become one of the most beloved figures of our time.

Author: Richard Michelson Call Number: J BIO NIMOY

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