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Spirit Hunters Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062430083
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

Ellen Oh is really good at showing emotion in SPIRIT HUNTERS. I love how the author has "diary entries" from the main character at the end of every chapter, because it really lets you see her inner thoughts. There is adventure throughout the entire book, and that made the whole story exciting. The book also has a very strong theme of family. I really loved the ending because it made the meaning of the title clear. -Julissa, 12


The Curse of Einstein's Pencil (Bea Garcia #2) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147513137
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Published: Puffin Books - June 6th, 2017

You'll never want to put this book down – the pages even say, “don't close the book!” THE CURSE OF EINSTEIN'S PENCIL is about creativity, braininess and lessons of life. When Beatrice Garcia finds Judith Einstein's magic pencil on the ground she takes it home, but when the pencil breaks and all the magic falls out she is puzzled. I loved this book because I felt like I was in the pages with Bea and Judith. I hope when you read this book you will find yourself crawling into the pages too! -Kate, 8


The Great Treehouse War Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399175008
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Published: Philomel Books - May 16th, 2017

I was instantly swept into the pages of THE GREAT TREEHOUSE WAR by Lisa Graff! I kept feeling laughter coming out as I read this book. It's about a girl named Winnie who stays in a treehouse only on Wednesdays. One my favorite parts of the book was reading about all the hilarious holidays Winnie's mom and dad come up with to compete with one another – like "Hug a Plumber Day" and "National Peach Cobbler Day." This book taught me you don't have to have everything exactly equal to be happy. It was one of the best books I've ever read! -Kambria, 8


Moon Shadow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481475211
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Published: Aladdin - May 16th, 2017

When I read MOON SHADOW, I got pulled into its exciting plot and storyline. Reading this book made me think about the two sides and personalities one person can have. You can be shy on the outside, but deep inside is courage that you have to reach inside to pull out. Moon Shadow made me realize how much I depend on, and need my friends, and how hard it can be to put a friendship back together. MOON SHADOW is filled with friendship, love, anger, and magic. The true meaning that I found in this book was no one can control you because you are your own person and can do whatever you want. -Marina, 12


Agatha Parrot and the Odd Street School Ghost Cover Image
By Kjartan Poskitt, Wes Hargis (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780544935303
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Published: Clarion Books - May 9th, 2017

AGATHA PARROT AND THE ODD STREET SCHOOL GHOST is a great book for kids who love to laugh. This book is an easy read and it will keep your attention till the very end. You will most likely relate to the characters in the book because you probably have some of these characters in your life right now. There are your average mean girls, your best friends, the kind teacher, funny principal, odd janitor and an awesome family. There are also some great pictures in this book. I would recommend this book to all kids who like a little mystery combined with some comedy. -Milan, 11


Going Wild Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062337153
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

I knew I would love this book before I read the first word because Lisa McMann’s books always take me on exciting adventures. I was immediately pulled into the story and given a fresh perspective on extraordinary powers. I admired Charlie for her courage and felt connected to Maria and Max as they encouraged Charlie to explore the range of her powers. I can’t wait to read the second book in this fun trilogy. -Natalie, 10


Island of the Sun (Dark Gravity Sequence #2) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062224910
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 9th, 2017

This book is really exciting to read because the characters are trying to save the earth from climate change before it's too late. I enjoyed reading about how Eleanor and her friends approach problems by working together as a team. Instead of one character dominating the book and insisting that everyone support one perspective, each person suggests an idea and talks about how that idea would work before they decide on a solution together. After I read this book, I felt inspired to think of a solution for global warming. -Natalie, 10


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Lemons Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524700126
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

LEMONS is one of the best books that I have ever read. The whole story is adventurous and funny. I love the unique way that Melissa Savage conveys the emotions, both sad and joyful, of the characters through the way she writes her story. The exciting plot line always has an element of adventure as the characters get to know each other. The ending is satisfying, but it left me wondering what the characters will do next. I highly recommend reading this amazing book of loss and friendship. -Julissa, 12


Time Stoppers Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781681194370
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 2nd, 2017

I liked this book from the start, but I really got hooked after a few chapters when the main characters begin their new lives. This book is fun to read because it incorporates magic with a plan and a quest. The main characters, Annie and Jamie, don’t feel super confident at the beginning of the story and I really wanted to tell them how special, unique, and important they are. When Annie and Jamie were in trouble, I was concerned about them and wished I could help them. My favorite character in the book is Miss Cornelia because she inspired me by being so kind and comforting to Jamie and Annie and helped them feel more confident in themselves. -Natalie, 10


Maybe a Fox Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442482432
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 18th, 2017

This is the story of a girl named Jules and a fox named Senna. Jules lives with her father and sister Sylvie until one unfortunate day when Sylvie drowns. The day of Sylvie's drowning, a fox cub named Senna is born in the forest near Sylvie's home. Senna is born a Kennan -- meaning she is linked to a human she must protect and help. As Jules struggles with the grief of her sister's death, she discovers Senna who seems to understand her sorrows and ultimately helps her accomplish her burning wish. MAYBE A FOX is a book that shows us that even though we may lose someone, we can still move on and ultimately find peace. -Ryanna, 12


Shadow Magic Cover Image
By Joshua Khan, Ben Hibon (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781484737880
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 14th, 2017

Meet Lilith Shadow, a young queen whose life is shattered by tragedy, and Thorn, a peasant boy with shadows and darkness distorting his path. These are two lovable protagonists in a world filled with darkness and conflict. A world that Joshua Khan so beautifully develops into a masterpiece. Can Lilith realize her powers, control her future, and save her kingdom, or will the evil coveting the throne overpower her? Readers will be enraptured for hours, caught in the plot of SHADOW MAGIC. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy mystery, suspense, and fantasy, and fans of Shannon Messenger. -Marissa, 11


The Metropolitans Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101997666
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 14th, 2017

When you walk into a museum and look at the art, you wonder, where did they all come from, what is the meaning behind them, and what if I could touch them?! If only we could walk down an empty museum hallway and feel like we owned the place! Well that is exactly what these four kids do. Each one of the characters are so very different, from their cultures to their personalities and their strengths. Put together they just fit as a perfect team, ready to take on the problems of the world. This magical story is full of mystery, adventure, and history that took place during World War II. -Nirnkarr, 12


Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere Cover Image
By Elise Gravel, Elise Gravel (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062351265
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Published: HarperCollins - March 14th, 2017

I was instantly hooked on OLGA AND THE SMELLY THING FROM NOWHERE! This book is about a girl named Olga who is on a quest to find details about the mysterious animal named "Meh" that she finds. I liked this book because I love animals and I really wanted to find out if Meh was a new species of animal or what she was. This book made me feel like I might find a new animal just like Olga did. If you like animals and adventures you'll love this book. I read it twice it was so good! -Kate, 8
 


Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374305710
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 7th, 2017

This story shredded my heart to pieces. All of the horrible things these people had to go through were evil and terrible and cruel. Yet, even with all of the absolutely messed up things going on in the book, I could not put it down. The author just tells you outright what happened to him and and his family, which is what made this book so captivating and enthralling to me; there was no sugar coating or dumbing down, and this adds another layer to the book. Even though it's a story, Michael's tale is highly informative. I learned so much from this book -- which is why I highly recommend it from the bottom of my heart to you. This story is beautiful and messed up and educational. -Ari, 15


Will Wilder #1: The Relic of Perilous Falls Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553539622
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Published: Yearling - March 7th, 2017

Wow, I really enjoyed this book! This is really a funny and thrilling story. Will Wilder is an awesome, mischievous boy who goes on an adventure that is sure to satisfy your action-fantasy craving. For Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans, meet the new kid . . . but expect so much more! -Sydney, 12


The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780147517135
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Published: Puffin Books - March 7th, 2017

Ghosts, dark magic and disappearing classmates are only a few of the obstacles that Katherine Bateson and her siblings encounter. While their father is away on a secret mission during the war and their mother is in London, the Batesons and an American named Peter are sent off to the mysterious Rookskill Castle in Scotland. The mechanical shrieks and strange teachers lurking the castle aren’t the only things that frighten the children. Katherine becomes very suspicious about Lady Eleanor, a sinister woman who rules over the castle, who might have some secrets of her own. Through thick wool uniforms, magical charms, and secret passageways, the children must uncover an answer to these eerie occurrences. I enjoyed the way the castle was described in the story to really paint a picture in your mind of the time period. I loved how the author combines magic with mystery into a novel that weaves through a dark story about some very intelligent children. -Stormy, 14


See You in the Cosmos Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399186370
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Published: Dial Books - February 28th, 2017

Although this book is for younger readers, it will appeal to a wide variety of ages. The character maintains a unique and youthful voice throughout the entire book, but the reader experiences very complicated and relevant issues that are handled beautifully within this novel, such as mental illness and abuse. Although this story is heartbreaking to read at times, the messages of family, love and coming of age will stick with you forever. -Ava, 16


The Girl in the Well Is Me Cover Image
$6.95
ISBN: 9781616206963
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - February 28th, 2017

THE GIRL IN THE WELL IS ME tells the story of Kammie Summers, an eleven-year-old girl who becomes stuck in an abandoned well during her efforts to join a club of cool girls. While precariously standing on a weak board placed over an old well, she falls and becomes lodged in the very middle of the well with her arms pinned to her sides and her feet dangling in the air. While she slowly slides lower and lower in the well, she contemplates all the bad decisions she and her father have made, and how she would change her life for the better if she could only get out of the well. This book uses powerful and descriptive language not only causing you to feel the physical constriction of the well, but pulling you in so far that you begin to relate to all of Kammie's losses and troubles in life. -Ryanna, 12


The Bad Guys in Mission Unpluckable (The Bad Guys #2) Cover Image
By Aaron Blabey, Aaron Blabey (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780545912419
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 28th, 2017

I couldn't wait to start reading this book because I loved the first one so much – it was captivating! This book is about the "Bad Guys" trying to rescue chickens, but they're not always successful. The five main characters really have a fun time. I can't wait until I see what happens in the next BAD GUYS book because at the end of this book the guys are in a new place that is interesting and scary at the same time! As the book says, you'll wet your pants it's so funny! -Kambria, 8


The Pages Between Us Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062377722
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Published: HarperCollins - February 14th, 2017

THE PAGES BETWEEN US is an interesting and happy story that will have you preparing a "comfy spot" for this sweet read! Curl up with this book and your stuffed animal, pet, or pillow, and get ready to enjoy a great girly adventure with Piper and Olivia in their "French Notebook." -Sydney, 12


The Land of Forgotten Girls Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062238658
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 14th, 2017

THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS is an extraordinary novel about the bond of sisterhood and the strength of imagination. It introduces us to the world of Sol and her younger sister Ming, who live -- and argue -- with their stepmother in a small town in Louisiana. There, Sol learns of unusual friendships, perseverance through hardships, hope for the future, and what it means to be a true sister. Narrated by tough but genuine Soledad, Kelly captures the struggles and blessings of life from a different perspective. -Danielle, 12


Wing & Claw #1: Forest of Wonders Cover Image
By Linda Sue Park, Jim Madsen (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062327390
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Published: HarperCollins - February 7th, 2017

I like this book because I can melt into the world of the characters. The author describes the feelings and emotions of the characters, making me feel as if I were them. Raffa and his friends took me on an avid adventure that had many questions asked and answered, one after another. What I like most about this book is there are a lot of heart stopping moments and lots of twists and turns like no other book. Reading this book was like walking outside of the paths in a forest I’ve never been in, keeping a keen eye out for whatever comes next. -Karli,11


Pilfer Academy: A School So Bad It's Criminal Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142424438
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Published: Puffin Books - February 7th, 2017

George would never have found out about Pilfer Academy if he had been a good and normal child, but George was full of mischief and made the mistake of ordering a Triple-dipple Ultra-dulex Melty Creamy Creamer Rainbow Swizzle Milk Munch ice cream on a cone from the ice cream truck. But instead of receiving a wonderful delicious treat, he is captured and brought to the Pilfer Academy so that he can become an amazing thief. As he gets to know the place he makes friends with Tabitha and they become partners in crime. PILFER ACADEMY is an exciting book that will make you wonder what George will do next as he attempts to get back home and stay away from the horrible punishment of the Whirlyblerg! -Ryanna, 12


Baker's Magic (Middle-Grade Novels) Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781623706432
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Published: Stone Arch Books - February 1st, 2017

A girl named Bee learns that she has a magical power in the kitchen that she can use for either good or evil. In her mission to figure out how to use her power, Bee meets magical creatures and goes on exciting journeys. Along the way, Bee meets a kind and brave princess and an especially prickly hedgehog in a quest to overthrow an evil mage. She learns that the best recipe in life is to use your gifts to help others before you help yourself. I recommend this book to anyone who has a hobby that they love, because you never know where it will take you and what kind of special magic you may have inside. -Jiya, 8


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Elon Musk and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Young Readers' Edition Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062463272
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Published: HarperCollins - January 24th, 2017

I was eager to read about Elon Musk’s life since I am a huge fan of Tesla Motors. I was fascinated that Elon grew up in Africa, had a childhood filled with challenges that people can relate to, and overcame several obstacles to become the successful person he is today. I felt impressed by his lifelong desire to create a positive impact for humanity and help humans become a multi-planetary species. Even though this is a non-fictional story, I was captivated by Elon’s incredibly passionate and creative entrepreneurial spirit that never gives up despite obstacles. -Natalie, 11


Under Their Skin Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481417594
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 10th, 2017

Twelve-year-old twins Nick and Eryn think it's a normal snow day until they see something about their mysterious step-siblings they will never forget. I loved this suspenseful tale of curious, relatable kids who had to be brave to find out the secrets of their past in order to save all of the human race from extinction. This intriguing story kept me up late at night with the pages flying by. Now it's your turn to find out what is under their skin. -Caroline, 11


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The Warden's Daughter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375831997
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2017

I love all of Jerry Spinelli’s books, but I was surprised that this book mesmerized me immediately. Once I started reading this book, the surprises, unexpected “aha” moments, and struggles engulfed me so much that I couldn’t put it down. Cammie realistically portrays the ups, downs, and fast-tempered changes of everyday pre-teen life. I felt nervous, excited, happy, and a little bit sad as I read and reflected. With the constant realizations and plot twists, this book kept me on my toes wanting to read more. -Natalie, 11
 


Midnight Without a Moon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544785106
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2017

I was immediately pulled into this book by the descriptive language and writing style. The main character’s skin is darker than midnight without a moon. Unfortunately she lives in a time when darker skin was not accepted and she faces many challenges due to racism. This book is filled with hope, humor, encouragement, and some disappointments. As I read this book, the main character spun me through a whirlwind of thoughts, feelings, and emotions as her character strengthened and changed throughout the book. I really hope there is a sequel. -Natalie, 11


Prisoner of Ice and Snow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681191317
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - April 4th, 2017

When I read PRISONER OF ICE AND SNOW, I was instantly captivated by how far Valor would go to save her sister. Ruth Lauren fills the pages with depth, color and an amazing plot line. The story is filled with separation; love, courage, joy and betrayal. This book made me realize how much I love my sister, and how grateful I am to have her with me. It shows how hard it can be to bring a family back together. I love this book so much that I could read it all over again. This story is one of those that pulls you straight in and stays with you for the rest of your life. -Marina, 11


The Whole Sky Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442414051
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 22nd, 2017

You'll want to race through the pages of this book about a girl named Sky, a horse named Poppy and other friendly characters! THE WHOLE SKY is an awesomely detailed realistic fiction and is also a science mystery about horses in foaling season based on a real life event. This was one of the most stunning books I have ever read, I loved how everybody teamed up and helped the horses out and leant each other a hand too. I love this book because I LOVE horses! This book made me feel the ups and downs of life but with a happy ending! -Kambria, 8


The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library Cover Image
By Linda Bailey, Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062440938
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Published: Greenwillow Books - June 20th, 2017

You'll whip through THE TINY HERO OF FERNY CREEK LIBRARY in ONE day it's so good! This book is a heroic story about a fascinating and adventurous bug named Eddie and his challenging journey to save his Aunt Min from “the squishers” (humans). I loved how Eddie was always doing all kinds of hidden and adventurous things. This book made me feel like bugs are just like humans with feelings too. I hope you will always remember this book before you are about to squish a bug! -Kate, 8


The Pudding Problem (Lyttle Lies #1) Cover Image
By Joe Berger, Joe Berger (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781481470834
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 9th, 2017

THE PUDDING PROBLEM is half book/half comic. I liked the moral: tell the truth. I would recommend this book because a lot of people can relate to it. The main character lies a lot, but in the book, he has to try NOT to lie. At the end there is a "lying machine" and it's neat how it works. You will get a lot of laughs! I would read THE PUDDING PROBLEM again and again! -Eli, 9


How to Make Awesome Comics Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338132731
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Published: David Fickling Books - May 9th, 2017

HOW TO MAKE AWESOME COMICS was actually AWESOME! Who wouldn't want to learn how to mix a dino and a monkey to make a Dinomonkey, or learn to make them opponents, a team, or in love? This book shows you how to make comic strips. Anybody who likes to write stories would like this book. Once you learn the steps, you can practice a challenge. I loved this book because it's funny and you can learn how to draw while finishing stories. -Eli, 9


Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo Book 1: The Road to Epoli Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9780399556135
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

RICKETY STITCH AND THE GELATINOUS GOO is one of the most exciting and creative graphic novels I have read to date. Its characters, including a singing skeleton and a personified ball of goo, are some of the most fun creatures to follow. In addition, the art style is fantastic, helping characters like these to express specific emotions while at the same time using specific colors and brush strokes to develop mood in the surrounding environments. The plot itself is one of the best in any graphic novel, following Rickety Stitch as he pieces the mystery of his life together in a thrilling and suspenseful quest. -Sam, 15


Pottymouth and Stoopid Cover Image
By James Patterson, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316349635
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Published: jimmy patterson - June 12th, 2017

POTTYMOUTH AND STOOPID tells the story of two best friends named Michael and David. who are given the nicknames Pottymouth and Stoopid in kindergarten and how they are finally able overcome these horrible labels. It is a story for all ages, with tons of pictures for little kids, and plenty of deep messages for older ages. This story makes you laugh out loud while still getting the deep message that people should never be labeled. -Ryanna, 14


The Star Thief Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316348560
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 11th, 2017

I never knew that the constellations were real, but they are! This fantasy novel is full of constellations (mordents) that come to life. Amazing powers and feelings swirl up into a crazy adventure. As the characters sail ships, fight battles, and see new lands, you know you'll never be able to put the book down. Your parents will ask you questions, but you can’t answer because you are reading THE STAR THIEF for hours. The only way to stop the crazy madness is when you finish the story, put the book down and feel sad that it’s over. -Nirnkaar, 12


Karma Khullar's Mustache Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481477703
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 15th, 2017

This book made my eyes race through the pages because I was feeling like I was the main character's imaginary friend, journeying with her on all of her adventures! This book is about how Karma grows an unwanted mustache and loses her BFF. It made me feel sad in a friendship way, connected as her buddy, and tickled pink about the funny parts in the book. It would also be a little fun to grow a mustache and see what would happen in real life. Get ready to read an awesome book! -Kate, 8


The Littlest Bigfoot Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481470759
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Published: Aladdin - August 1st, 2017

Jennifer Weiner’s THE LITTLEST BIGFOOT paints a tale that no one can resist. Sweet, witty, and topped with enough adventure to keep readers in anticipation, it’s definitely a keeper. It tells of two lonely girls: Alice Mayfair, who has a knack for getting in trouble wherever she goes, and Millie Maximus, whose interest in humans has isolated her from the rest of her Bigfoot tribe. Weiner’s novel is simply a lovely story about friendship and belonging. -Danielle, 12


Princesses, Inc. (mix) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481479004
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Published: Aladdin - July 18th, 2017

PRINCESSES, INC. is a great book for kids who love to laugh. You can totally relate to the characters, four girls who need to earn money so that they can go to a local comic-con. While working as princess and pirate babysitters, they learn that life is not always perfect. From whining toddlers to evil siblings, this book will keep you interested and laughing the entire time. You won’t be able to put it down! -Milan, 12


Refugee Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

This book was emotionally gripping. Alan Gratz's writing is incredibly realistic. I felt tense, sad, scared, excited, relieved, and nervous as the catastrophic political situations led to each family’s decision to seek shelter away from their war-torn countries. As the three separate refugees and their families pursue safety, their stories begin to meld together in a heartbreaking way. This book reminded me of a Shakespeare play, because of the multiple narrators, the tragedies, and the storyline interconnections. If I could sum up the entire story with one sentence, it would be: ‘Acceptance is important, because someday you might be in need of it too.' -Natalie, 11


Bones of the Sun God (Pyramid Hunters #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481445825
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Published: Aladdin - August 1st, 2017

I was so excited to write this review because this is one of my favorite books of the year. It is a milkshake of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, a pinch of Tin Tin and a dash of Mission Impossible. Some books are about dragons and princesses and others are about everyday experiences, but the best books have a MYSTERY! This book kept pulling me deeper into the adventure, tossing me clues only to have me reading more just to satisfy my curiosity. The whole time I was on the edge, just waiting, holding on, and trying to figure out what just happened! What will these two ambitious characters do next?! I can’t wait for book three! -Nirnkaar, 13


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The Secret of Nightingale Wood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338157475
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Published: Chicken House - October 31st, 2017

Lucy Strange’s first novel, THE SECRET OF NIGHTINGALE WOOD, is filled with tragedy, mystery, and surprise. I could not put this book down! I loved it because of how close I felt to Henry and her family. This book has so much to it, friendship, locked doors, and mysterious woods filled with mysterious things. I highly recommend this to anybody who is looking for a little sorrow, a lot of adventure, and an amazing story. -Emerson, 11


The Audition (Maddie Ziegler #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481486361
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Published: Aladdin - October 31st, 2017

THE AUDITION is a fun-filled, entertaining book. It is about 12-year-old Harper who has to move to a whole different state, leaving behind her friends and dance squad. She then has to start at a new dance group, who isn’t fond of her at first. She goes through the ups and downs of moving, and she and her team learn to work together and dodge any obstacles life may give them. -Tasha, 13


The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681193434
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens - May 30th, 2017

Here you will find adventure through a land of hidden dragons; forests where food mages hide and a village where chocolate is for the elite and makes people smile just with the thought of it. While reading this book, you will for sure become hungry for chocolate. After reading this book I was enthralled with the author and looked up if she had written any more books. For me that means it a book worth keeping on your bookshelf for a second read. -Nirnkaar, 13


The Lost Frost Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062671486
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - November 7th, 2017

Owl's missing something, her father. She must find out who and where he is to help explain the strange things that are happening to her. I was drawn to this book because of how few twists there are on Jack Frost's story. I had a blanket draped over me as I entered this frosty winter wonderland. This tale is exciting with a thrill around every corner. -Emerson, 11


The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316305310
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

The story begins with three important individuals that are sent on an illegal quest to slay the dragon queen. I enjoyed how the relationships changed during this book . It shows that someone you misjudged could end up being your best friend and fiercest protector, but someone you thought you could trust with your life might end up betraying you. It reminded me that books are sometimes very similar to your own life. One of the best things about this book was the surprise ending. With many twists and turns, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. -Sienna, 12


Halfway Normal Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481478519
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Published: Aladdin - September 5th, 2017

Do you know someone who has had Leukemia? Well I do. Her name is Norah Levy. Norah is so not a normal kid. Why? Because she just finished 2 LONG years of chemo. Now she has to go back to school. She is going into 7th grade. One of her biggest problems is her parents’ strict rules like no “AfterSchool” and no socializing on the weekends. Another problem is that her best friend isn’t her best friend anymore. Norah will make you feel like you can do anything and at the end of the book you will be so close to Norah Levy, it will feel like you were with her every step of the way. -Maggie, 11


Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062418791
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Published: Walden Pond Press - June 27th, 2017

If you like books about weird living creatures then this is the book for you! I really liked the animal section, but there is also a neat part about weird plants and another about humans. Some of the book is a trivia book. It tests you to see if you know which stories are fact and which are myth. This makes it a book you want to read until the end! When I read one chapter I couldn't wait to get to the next. -Eli, 9


Beyond the Doors Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101935828
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

BEYOND THE DOORS was an amazing story full of friendship, memory loss, and suspense all set in a house with no doors! This book is fun, exciting, and will keep you hooked throughout the story. I love how this book shows four siblings working together as a team to solve a huge mystery. Join Janice, Zack, Sydney, and Alexa on an adventure to find out who their family really is. -Emerson, 11


The Witch Boy Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781338089523
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

Aster never got a say in what he was going to be. He wants to be a good witch, not a shape-shifter. He always finds some way to sneak out of his shape-shifting classes, and sneak into the witches classes. When he is getting scolded he is always planning his next attempt to sneak into the witches class. I love how Aster never ever gives up on trying to sneak into the witches class. One thing that I learned is that you should never ever give up something that you believe in. -Maggie, 11


The Notations of Cooper Cameron Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781512404159
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 1st, 2017

THE NOTATIONS OF COOPER CAMERON is a story that is full of adventure and is so exciting. This story is so sad, but humorous. This amazing story seems so real and yet playful, light, and funny. Jane O’Rielly does a wonderful job describing Cooper’s feelings, fears, joys, and his confusion. THE NOTATIONS OF COOPER CAMERON is definitely a must read and a wonderful story that I recommend to all young and imaginative readers. I loved this story, it pulled me in and it will pull everyone else in too. -Lilly, 11


Team BFF: Race to the Finish! #2 (Girls Who Code #2) Cover Image
By Stacia Deutsch, Reshma Saujani (Foreword by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780399542527
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Published: Penguin Workshop - October 31st, 2017

GIRLS WHO CODE is full of drama and excitement throughout the whole book. The main characters are five girls who build a robot that does really cool tricks. From the characters, I learned that working together helps you get things done in a limited amount of time. I enjoyed their adventure because I learned what coding is and how fun that can be to do. I would love to try coding to create robotic elephants, my favorite animal. GIRLS WHO CODE is now one of my favorite books. -Saige, 9


The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544876392
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

I was captivated throughout this book because I wondered if the Vanderbeeker family was going to be able to save their brownstone and ways that they would try to figure out the solution before the story’s ending. I connected to the characters, Isa and Jesse, they reminded me of how twins always help each other, because I have a twin sister. It really struck me when Isa played her violin as hard as she could, then things really started to happen. I would recommend this book to every friend I have! -Kambria, 8


The Someday Suitcase Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062352750
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 27th, 2017

THE SOMEDAY SUITCASE is a heart-wrenching, intense book about love and friendship. When Clover finds out that Danny is sick, she has to go through rough times as she worries and tries to help him. This book made me think that miracles aren't always going to rule out sadness. I liked going through all of the experiences with Clover and and even going through the tunnel of emotions. The friendship in this book is like real life, sometimes people have tough moments but they survive. This story is unique and worth your while to read! -Kate, 8


Sisters of Glass Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062458476
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Published: HarperCollins - November 7th, 2017

Right from the very first page, this book captivated me with all of its magic, mystery, and excitement. I liked the names the author chose for the main characters Halan and Nalah because they reflected each other and their unique personalities of peasant and princess. The choice Halan made at the end of the book surprised me and made me think of the real definition of home. To me, home is wherever your heart wants to be. -Sienna, 12


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316508889
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 2017

Stunning, entertaining, and exciting are all words that describe NEVERMOOR: THE TRIALS OF MORRIGAN CROW. I was pulled into this story about a girl named Morrigian who is doomed to die on her eleventh birthday, but there’s a twist; a strange man named Jupiter North comes and takes Morrigian to a place called Nevermoor. This book will fill your heart with love for a girl who is funny, smart, and amazing. -Emerson, 11


Ghosts of Greenglass House Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544991460
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Published: Clarion Books - October 3rd, 2017

This amazing book is full of one twist after another. You need to be on the ball and read every detail to solve one mystery after another. It is impossible to see what’s coming and take in every detail that solves the overall mystery. As soon as I saw that this was a sequel to Greenglass House, I knew I had to read it. Kate Milford thinks about the impossible, then she makes it possible for young readers to enjoy her ideas. I absolutely loved GHOSTS OF GREENGLASS HOUSE. I would definitely recommend this book to all young readers who love a good mystery and adventure. -Lilly, 11


Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #5): A Graphix Book (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #5) Cover Image
By Ann M. Martin, Gale Galligan (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781338067118
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Published: Graphix - September 26th, 2017

This book is amazing! I wish they made a movie of it. It’s 85% drama and 15% mystery. This book is hilarious, and I love comedy. My favorite character is Dawn because she made it look so easy to take care of the impossible three. She is not the smartest or the funniest, but she was the kindest. I can’t wait to read more Baby-Sitter Club books. I love this book! I rate this book 5 stars! -Laiken, 9


The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481477048
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Published: Aladdin - October 10th, 2017

WARNING: Do you have dolls in your room? If you do, hide them before starting this book. If you enjoy reading about paranormal activity, this book is for you! Tessa has strange things arising in her new home, but the bizarre part is they are only happening to her! This book is fantastic! You will get sucked into this marvelous story just as I did. Tessa needs to find new friends to help her solve the mystery of her new home. This book was incredible, wondrous, and terrifying! Get your nightlights ready for this spooky tale! -Emerson, 11


The War I Finally Won Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525429203
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Published: Dial Books - October 3rd, 2017

This book made my heart overflow with love. The War I Finally Won is a story that you will not forget for quite some time! Ada's foot is getting surgically fixed at last, but World War II is still raging on around her. Ada, her little bother, and legal guardian must find a way to make it through the war. You will experience joy and sadness and many other emotions as you flip through the pages of this terrific, entertaining, and delightful book. I recommend this story to anyone who is looking for a book they can't put down! -Emerson, 11


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$16.99
ISBN: 9781481490207
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Published: Aladdin - July 4th, 2017

MRS. SMITH'S SPY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS is an amazing novel that will suck you into an action-packed vortex. A girl named Abigail Hunter goes to a strange boarding school and from there it gets weirder. She figures out about The Center (a secret organization dedicated to stopping villains), her mother's greatest secret, and terrorists blowing people up! The story includes lots of action and adventure as the characters work to save the day. This is the kind of material in James Bond movies! If you read this book, I guarantee you will not regret it. -Ronan, 10


Pashmina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720879
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Published: First Second - October 3rd, 2017

I really liked the book PASHMINA because it was realistic with a dash of magic and a hint of mystery. When I first read this book, I could picture vividly everything the author described . You should pick this book because it is not too thick, but it is still very interesting. In this captivating book, Priyanka Das faces many challenges while trying to solve the mystery about why her mom left India so long ago. -Niki, 11


Graveyard Shakes Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780545889551
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Published: Graphix - September 26th, 2017

GRAVEYARD SHAKES was really different from any other book I've read. The two main characters go to a school that has a haunted graveyard next to it. Even if you don't like reading creepy books, I think you will enjoy it because it has adventure and ghosts next to normal school scenes. Also, the two main characters are sisters that don't really like each other, and you see how they have to get along even though each one wants the other to be more like them. I liked the book because it's unique and I like the moral: accept who you are even if others don't. -Eli, 10


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Saving Marty Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399539077
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Published: Dial Books - September 19th, 2017

SAVING MARTY is an amazing story about friendship, family, and love. The physical and emotional journey that Marty the pig and his best friend Lorenzo go on to save Marty from being sold will captivate and touch your heart. I especially enjoyed this book because of its unique and soulful songs that are sung and written in this book. -Jessi, 11


Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (A Shai & Emmie Story) Cover Image
By Quvenzhané Wallis, Nancy Ohlin (With), Sharee Miller (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481458825
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

You will love this book full of Shia’s 3rd-grade acting endeavors along with a side of friendship obstacles. I like how Quvenzhane Wallis weaves the moral of the story into the book: you don’t always get what what you want, but you can make the best of what you get and sometimes it turns about better than you expect. I was delighted with this book because I love acting and love books that involve friendship and problem solving. This book is an easy read with some fun illustrations along the way! -Kate, 8


Baylor's Guide to Dreadful Dreams Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481466394
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Published: Aladdin - October 31st, 2017

Baylor Bosco is a thirteen year-old medium, a person who talks to ghosts. He keeps entering Archie's dreams, a boy who has been lost at sea for a week with his friend Helena. With his dead sister, Kristina, Baylor will try to find the kids before it is to late.I would recommend this story to people who like funny books with a touch of seriousness. This book would also be for people who like ghost stories but not scary stories. Get hooked on this thrilling book filled with ghosts and laughs. -Kasia, 12


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