Mr. Lemoncello, the world famous game maker, has designed a fabulous,high-tech new library for his home town. He’s also having a lock-in with the twelve children in town who win his essay contest, “Why I’m excited about the new Public Library.” Kyle Keely, average guy, loves Mr. Lemoncello’s games, and really wants to win; but his brief essay, “Because there might be balloons,” seems like a loser.
Action & Adventure
Nick’s family moves to Colorado Springs and into a deceased aunt’s home. The attic is full of clutter and Nick decides to have a garage sale to make space for a bedroom. The items turn out to have strange powers which attract a sinister group of scientists who have suspect reasons for wanting them. It is up to Nick and his friends to keep the stuff out of the wrong hands so they can figure out exactly what power this pile of junk holds.
Nancy Turner’s latest is a gripping adventure novel following the tumultuous life of a young woman named Resolute Talbot. At the tender age of 11, Resolute and her sister are snatched from her family’s Jamaican plantation in 1729 by Saracen pirates, never to see their family again. She is forced into indentured servitude by hard-edged Puritans, and finally gains her freedom as a young woman.
Alaskan dogsled racer Victoria Secord takes her dogs out for a routine run and things go terribly wrong. As she tries to figure out her coordinates, Victoria comes across an injured boy who crashed his snowmobile. They become lost and after their first night of sleeping outside, Victoria decides to travel in the direction she believes will lead them to the nearest home. She could not have been more wrong.
The Chickens from The Trouble with Chickens are back in their own adventure! Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy try to help a very scared squirrel named Tail. Tail is afraid of something outside the chicken coop that is Big and Scary. It’s up to the chickens to figure out what the thing is and how to defeat it.
Sloane Emily Jacobs will be attending elite figure skating camp all summer. It is an escape from the spotlight of her senator dad and her family’s issues. Sloane Devon Jacobs is forced to go to hockey summer camp in order to stay on her high school team. She is also looking for an escape from her family as her mom is temporarily is gone from her household.
Finally, it’s the day that Rafter and his brother Benny will get their superpowers! They are both part of the Bailey Family – superheroes that protect their town from the evil supervillains, the Johnsons. However, after all that waiting . . . when they do get their powers, they’re duds. Benny can turn his belly-button from an innie to an outie. And Rafter can make a match light by striking it on polyester. How can they fight evil Johnsons (shake fist) with those powers?
This first book in the Sherlock, Lupin & Me series introduces the reader to young Sherlock Holmes and his two best friends in the summer of 1870. While at a seaside resort town, the three find a dead man on the beach with an apparent suicide note in his pocket. Then a diamond necklace gets stolen and they wonder if there’s a connection. The friends end up in jeopardy more than once as they investigate, and the cliffhanger chapter endings keep the suspense moving.
Call Number: Teen Fiction GAUGHEN, A.C.
(This review is based off an Advance Reader’s Copy)
The Impossible Knife of Memory is the heartbreaking story of a young teen who is struggling to cope with her father’s PTSD. 17-year-old Hayley and her father, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, have been on the move for the past five years trying to escape her father’s demons. When they finally settle down in his hometown, Hayley has a chance at a normal life. But how long will it last? ~Debra Wischmeyer