The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts

In 1724 England, twelve-year-old Oliver Cromwell Pitts embarks on a journey from his seaside home in Melcombe Regis to London to find his father and his older sister, a journey filled with thieves, adventurers, and treachery.

Author: Avi Call Number: J FICTION AVI

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

The Wild Robot

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

Author: Peter Brown Call Number: J FICTION BRO

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Deaf sixth-grader Macy struggles with resentment as her mother sells their house and prepares to add a stepfather and twin stepsisters to their family. Helping an elderly neighbor who is also preparing to move turns from a chore to an escape as Iris finds ways to communicate with Macy and shares stories that inspire the girl to look at life in new ways.

Author: Shari Green Call Number: J FICTION GRE

Full of Beans

Ten-year-old Beans Curry, a member of the Keepsies, the best marble playing gang in Depression-era Key West, Florida, engages in various schemes to earn money while "New Dealers" from Washington, D.C., arrive to turn run down Key West into a tourist resort.

Author: Jennifer L. Holm Call Number: J FICTION HOL

The Royal Rabbits of London

When shy, quiet Shylo overhears the plan of a band of ratzis to embarrass the Queen, he must travel to Buckingham Palace and convince the Royal Rabbits of London to stop them.

Author: Santa Montefiore Call Number: J FICTION MON

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask about Having a Disability

Not So Different offers a humorous, relatable, and refreshingly honest glimpse into Shane Burcaws life tackles many of the mundane and quirky questions that hes often asked about living with a disability, and shows readers that hes just as approachable, friendly, and funny as anyone else. Shane Burcaw was born with a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy, which hinders his muscles growth. As a result, his body hasnt grown bigger and stronger as hes gotten olderits gotten smaller and weaker instead. This hasnt stopped him from doing the things he enjoys (like eating pizza and playing sports and video games) with the people he loves, but it does mean that he routinely relies on his friends and family for help with everything from brushing his teeth to rolling over in bed.

Author: Shane Burcaw Call Number: SPECIAL NEEDS J BIO BUR

Mr. Lemoncello's Library series

Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape.

Author: Christopher Grabenstein Call Number: J MYSTERY GRA

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

The Creativity Project

A broad and varied collection of creative pieces resulting from a collaborative experiment: forty-four creators responded to a creative prompt provided by a co-contributor.

Author: Colby Sharp, editor Call Number: J STORY COLL CRE

Zita the Spacegirl

When young Zita discovers a device that opens a portal to another place, and her best friend is abducted, she is compelled to set out on a strange journey from star to star in order to get back home.

Author: Ben Hatke Call Number: J FICTION HAT (Graphic Novel)

Anne of Green Tables: A Graphic Novel

Graphic novel adaptation of L.M. Montgomerys treasured classic.

Author: Mariah Marsden Call Number: Y FICTION MAR (Graphic Novel)

Caveboy Dave series

A young caveman named Dave must complete a dangerous rite of passage with his peers.

Author: Aaron Reynolds Call Number: J FICTION REY (Graphic Novel)

Phoebe and her Unicorn

Do you believe in unicorns? Phoebe does. She has no choice. One day she skipped a rock across a pond, and hit a unicorn in the face. Improbably, this resulted in a lasting friendship between Phoebe and the unicorn, one Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Come along for the unicorn ride with Phoebe, as she deals with the usual burdens of childhood (cruel classmates, gym class, piano lessons) and also some unusual ones (magic hair, candy-breathing dragons, and the legendary Shield of Boringness). Can a precocious little girl and a self-absorbed mythical forest creature find common ground? Indeed they can, and that's how Phoebe and Her Unicorn unfolds.

Author: Dana Simpson Call Number: J FICTION SIM (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

Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Maybe you remember when a little robotic spacecraft landed on a far-off planet. On August 6, 2012, the rover Curiosity touched down on the rocky surface of Mars and now she's ready to guide you through her journey firsthand. From idea to creation and beyond, this fact-filled, stylish book introduces readers to Curiosity and her mission: to discover more about the red planet and search for evidence of life.

Author: Markus Motum Call Number: J629.295 MOT

Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs

Shares recipes for young cooks of all skill levels, including options for breakfasts, snacks, beverages, dinners, and desserts, along with step-by-step photographs of tips and techniques.

Author: America's Test Kitchen Call Number: J641.5 COM

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

How to Look after Yout Human: a Dog's Guide

A humorous guide explains the complexities of human behavior from the perspective of a dog, sharing advice for canines on choosing the right human pet, managing its diet, instilling an exercise regime, and deciphering human words.

Author: Kim Sears Call Number: J828.92 SEA

Navajo Code Talkers

Amidst a complicated history of mistreatment by and distrust of the American government, the Navajo people--especially bilingual code talkers--helped the Allies win World War II.

Author: J. Patrick Lewis Call Number: J940.545 LEW

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

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

This one-of-a-kind book explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artists great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith's signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker. This is a story to inspire, and a book for Keith Haring fans of all ages to treasure.

Author: Kay A. Haring Call Number: J BIO HARING

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 Levenson Call Number: J BIO HENDRICKS

Journey of York: The Unsung Hero of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Thomas Jefferson's Corps of Discovery included Captains Lewis and Clark and a crew of 28 men to chart a route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean. All the crew but one volunteered for the mission. York, the enslaved man taken on the journey, did not choose to go. Slaves did not have choices. York's contributions to the expedition, however, were invaluable. The captains came to rely on York's judgement, determination, and peacemaking role with the American Indian nations they encountered. But as York's independence and status rose on the journey, the question remained what status he would carry once the expedition was over. This is his story.

Author: Hasan Davis Call Number: J BIO YORK