A private school is opening in Horsemouth, N.H.: Kaboom Academy Middle School. The information meeting attracts the attention of the parents of every child in Horsemouth that has had difficulty in the public school, and they all sign their kids up. Kaboom Academy, under the direction of the mysterious Dr. Kaboom, is an unusual place with unusual teachers.
Food plays a very special role in Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s gently satiric sketch comedy Portlandia. In this spin-off, various characters from the show share their recipes (and yes, they are real recipes) from cult-raised chicken and Stu’s stews to pickled veggies and foraged green salads. Imagine an issue of Cook’s Illustrated edited by Patton Oswalt, and maybe you’ll get an idea of the flannel wearing flavor of Portlandia. And yes, there is much more to it than just “Put an egg on it!”
If only all food memoirs were this funny and truly heartwarming! An ode to her childhood and her relationship with food, Kathleen Flinn (author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry) gives loving and hilarious family memories that ring true to those who’ve grown up appreciating the art of food. In 1960s rural Michigan, her family’s struggles to make ends meet on a farm with five constantly famished children strikes a chord of familiarity with many of her Midwestern readers.
Henry Lambert planned a summer vacation filled with lazy days and plenty of video games. Sadly, his father doesn’t agree and makes his own plans for Henry. He thinks that two weeks at the Strongwoods Survival Camp is just what Henry needs to change him from a nerdy geek to a manly man. The only saving grace is that Henry’s best friend, Randy, has also signed on for two weeks in the bowels of wilderness hell with him.
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.
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.
Roan is graduating from primary school, and waiting for his invitation to attend Pilot Academy Middle School. He can’t wait to fly in space! However, he’s rejected by Pilot Academy, but luckily gets a last minute invitation to go to Jedi School on the planet Coruscant. He doesn’t know anything about Jedi’s or the Force, but it’s better than going to the Plant academy.
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?
Carl Hiaasen is most well-known for his wacky novels that take place in Southern Florida. Most of his villains are greedy developers ruining the Florida coastline with their condo developments or tourists who do not respect the ecosystem. However, Hiaasen has been a columnist at the Miami Herald for over 25 years and has used his column to express his disdain for Florida’s crooked politicians and damaging environmental policies, among many other topics.
Flora is a happy, curious pig who lives with her mom and siblings on a farm. She longs for adventure, but there isn’t much going on in the pigpen. One day, she makes an escape and tastes the joy of freedom. When she spies some dogs training for sled-pulling, she dreams of joining the team.