The Jazzman's Trumpet: A Kit Mystery
American Girl Publishing.
February, 2015. Ages 8-12.
Kit can hardly believe her luck when she wins tickets to a sold-out jazz concert, and a chance to write a news story about it! But when sinister pranks threaten to cancel the show, Kit's research turns into an investigation. Then a valuable trumpet goes missing, and Kit herself is accused of theft. Can Kit prove her innocence and put a stop to the mayhem before the real thief sends the band packing? Includes an "Inside Kit's World" essay about the popularity of jazz and swing music during the Depression.
Secret of the Mountain Dog
October, 2014. Ages 8-12.
Just when she needs it most, a little excitement comes to Jax's mountain. First, a beautiful and giant dog appears at her doorstep. The Tibetan mastiff doesn't act like a stray - and he seems determined to stay with Jax. Then lights appear in the old abandoned monastery up the mountain. The dog leads Jax up the mountain, where she meets a boy her age. Yeshe has come all the way from Tibet with his teacher to reopen the abandoned building - and to search for a long-lost statue, possibly hidden away in the monastery. But someone else is searching for the statue too, and the situation takes a dramatically dangerous turn, Jax must count on her new friend and the mysterious, faithful dog to keep her safe from whoever - or whatever - is trying to find the statue first.
Little, Brown and Company
September, 2014. Ages 8-12
The Boxtrolls dwell in the vast and intricate caverns under the cobblestone streets of Cheesebridge. Human legend has it the creatures are carnivorous monsters. In reality, they're just misunderstood oddballs who've raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs. When Eggs discovers his true identity, he finds himself at the very center of the ongoing struggle between his Boxtroll family and the cheese-loving villains above-ground. It will fall to a special human girl to teach both Eggs and the people of Cheesebridge what it truly means to be human. An original novel based on the major motion picture from Laika Studios.
A Taste of Freedom: Gandhi and the Great Salt March
Walker Books for Young Readers
February, 2014. Ages 6-9. Illustrations by Giuliano Ferri
"If you saw him even once, you would remember him for as many years as you are blessed to live..." A young boy living in India witnesses the arrival of the Mahatma, the Great Soul, who has proclaimed he is fighting British rule--not with weapons or violence, but with salt. How can salt set his people free? The boy is determined to find out, and together with his older brother, joins the Mahatma on a life-changing journey to the sea. By the time they reach the ocean the world is watching-as one small man takes a lump of sea salt in his hand, and brings the mighty British Empire to it's knees.
Legend of the
Scholastic, November 2012. Ages 8 and up
in the Alaskan wilderness, where the trees grow thickest and the
northern lights shine their brightest, a ghostly animal haunts the
woods. Locals call it a phantom, a wraith, or simply "Shadow".
12 year old Tee didn't believe in ghosts until a walk in the
Alaskan woods changes her mind. There's something out there
- and it's not of this world... Read
Little Brown, June 2012. Ages 8 and up up
the hit movie from Laika Studios: In a quaint New England town
with a history of witches and pilgrims, misunderstood eleven-year-old
Norman Babcock can see and talk to ghosts. No one believes him,
of course-everyone just thinks he's weird (including his parents).
But when a local legend about a witch's curse turns out to be true,
it's up to Norman to save the town from pilgrim zombies! He'll also
have to take on a very angry witch, an annoying sidekick, his boy-crazy
teenage sister, and dozens of moronic grown-ups who get in his way.
This young ghoul-whisperer finds his paranormal talents pushed to
their otherworldly limits in this hilarious and spooky adventure! Read
forever four - Books 1-4
Grosset & Dunlap, January 2012. Ages 8 and up
"Four very different girls: The Brain, the Actress, the Prom Queen, and the New Girl. When they are grouped together on a school project, it seems like they'll never agree on anything. But when they get together, big things have a way of happening"... Read
OF MOXIE ROOSEVELT
Dial Books for Young Readers, June 2010. Ages 10 and up.
Roosevelt Kipper has endured thirteen years of being an ordinary
girl with an unordinary name. Now that she’s going to boarding
school, she’s determined to reinvent herself. But who will
she be? Mysterious Earth Goddess? Hale and Hearty Sports Enthusiast?
Detached, Unique, Cooly Knowing Individual? Moxie tries them all,
with hilarious and near disastrous results." Read
#4: crossing over
Little Brown Books, May 2010. Ages 8 and up.
Roberts and her best friend, cello prodigy Jac, are excited to be
visiting Old Montreal on a school trip, but when both of their mothers
come along as chaperones, things get complicated. To make matters
worse, Kat is suffering in silence with a big crush on one of her
classmates. Everytime he’s around, another ghost seems to
come out of the woodwork! Are the spirits of Old Montreal going
to ruin Kat’s life?" Read
#3: UNHAPPY MEDIUM
Ages 8 and up. Little Brown. April, 2009
Kat thought she had overcome her fear of communicating with ghosts.
When she and her best friend Jac visit the Whispering Pines Mountain
House, Kat takes on the challenge of
helping a spirit haunting her hotel room realize it is time to move
on. But a darker force reveals itself, a malevolent cloud of evil.
Once it has Kat in its sights, it is determined not to let her leave
the Mountain House alive. Can she join forces with a ghost to fight
the evil?" Read
BOY ON THE LION
THRONE: THE CHILDHOOD OF THE 14TH DALAI LAMA
Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Ages 10 and up. Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan. March, 2009
"In 1937 monks on a secret mission identify Lhamo Thondup as
the 14th reincarnation of Tibet’s most revered lama. From
his simple life in a mountain village to the thousand-roomed Potala
Palace where he is worshipped as a god-king, and his perilous escape
into exile, this dramatic narrative follows the remarkable childhood
of the Dalai Lama, one of the most loved and honored spiritual leaders
in the world.." Read
#2: SCAREDY KAT
Ages 8 and up. Little Brown. February, 2009
that she’s acquired her Spirit sight, Kat discovers being
followed around by a bunch of dead people can be pretty scary. So
when Kat and her best friend explore an abandoned old house that
leads to a search for a missing boy, Kat’s not sure if she
wants to help – or even if she can. And when evidence surfaces
that spirits are following Kat, even into her own room, she has
to face down her own fear. Can Kat keep the undead in control?"
PENGUIN OSBERT IN LOVE
Ages 4-8; Candlewick Press; January, 2009
long awaited sequel to MY PENGUIN OSBERT! When Osbert and friends
stage a zoo-break and show up on Joe’s doorstep, they want
some assistance getting to the South Pole to see the glorious southern
lights. Yet when they arrive in Antarctica Osbert meets a penguin
named Aurora Australis and the fireworks begin. Will Joe have to
fly home in his new helicopter without his best penguin friend?"
Ages 4-7. Hyperion. October, 2008
"Harriet the Hamster has a problem. All around her at Hamster
World, hamsters are being adopted. She can’t even get noticed.
Then one day after reading a hamster fashion magazine, she finds
the answer. She will follow Ten Simple Steps and go from hamster
to glamster..." Read
#1: School Spirit
Ages 8 and up. Little Brown Books for Young Readers, June
"What happens when the supernatural and the seventh grade meet?
Kat's mother is a medium, and NOT the kind that fits between small
and large. She sees spirits and communicates with them. And even
worse, Kat has just discovered that SHE can see spirits too."
SPIN THE BOTTLE
Ages 10 and up. Dial Books for Young Readers, April 2008.
School is an Entirely New Planet. All Phoebe wants is to hang out
with her ever dependable best friend and join the famous Drama Club,
where there are real parts in genuine plays that don't involve food
groups or dancing chickens. But then Phoebe hears about the Drama
Club's opening night tradition: Spin the Bottle. Eek. Things are
suddenly a lot more complicated." Read
ON HER OWN
Ages 9 and up. HarperCollins, January 2008.
Ingalls lost her sight after a devastating bout of scarlet fever.
Now for the first time readers will get a glimpse of what Mary's
first months at the Iowa College for the Blind might have been like,
where Mary gets a new beginning. Readers will discover a whole
new side of this Little House sister they know through Laura Ingalls
Wilder's classic Little House books."
THE TOP JOB
Illustrated by Robert Neubecker.
Ages 4-8. Dutton Children's Books, July 2007.
mother is a jeweler. Emma's dad is a UFO hunter. Aidan's mom is
a racecar driver. Why would anybody at school be interested in one
dad's boring job of changing a light bulb? Because that light bulb
happens to be at the top of a very tall building - and
changing it is one very big adventure!" Read
B. ON THE BRINK OF PARIS
Ages 9 and up. HarperCollins. December 2006.
Lily and friends are off on a school trip to Paris, where Lily vows
to pen the great Parisian novel while simultaneously investigating
Bonnie's past medieval life, refusing to purchase an Eiffel Tower
snow globe, and solving the riddle of the Mysterious Tim. Lily
manages to become hopelessly lost with only a cryptically vibrating
cell phone to aid her. Read
WAR: Cope and Marsh's Fossil Feud.
Ages 9 and up. Random House.
The true, fascinating story of the bitter feud between paleontologists
Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh and their epic race to discover dinosaur
bones that would make them famous and revolutionize the field of
American paleontology. Includes period photographs, drawings
and historic documents. Read
First: 40 Daring American Women Who Were Second To None.
Ages 10 and up. National Geographic Children's Books.
Who was the first woman to row across
the Atlantic? Or to swim the English Channel? Or to
graduate from medical school? A rich source of educational
and historic material for students, the book also highlights inspirational
role models for girls... Read
B on the Brink of Love
Ages 9-13; HarperCollins;
Lily B. is back... and she's on the Brink
of Love! Twenty feet may not seem that high to you.
But go outside, find a big rock, measure twenty feet up, then picture
The Boy Who Is The Center if Your Universe climbing to that place,
looking resplendent in climbing shoes. Then you'll know what
I mean.... Read more
Penguin Osbert Plush
Your very own Penguin Osbert,
8" plush doll, suitable for all ages, Candlewick Press.
It's just what you wanted -- it's just
what you asked for! But this irresistible penguin won't ever have
to go back to the zoo. Complete with his very own nametag, this charming plush Osbert will delight children just as the popular
picture book, My Penguin Osbert, did.
Buy My Penguin Osbert Plush now.
Ages 4-8; Candlewick Press; September
This year, Joe is really careful when
he tells Santa what he wants for Christmas. They've had some misunderstandings
in the past. On Christmas morning Joe finally gets what he wants!
But he learns to be careful what he wishes for... Read
Look-It-Up Book of Explorers
Ages 9-12; Random House; July 2004
From ancient mariners to modern astronauts,
follow these explorers’ courageous and sometimes controversial
journeys into the great unknown. Entertaining and packed with facts,
making it simple to unearth the past, present and future of exploration!
B. on the Brink of Cool Ages 9-13; HarperCollins;
Lily is having the most boring summer
EVER. Her best friend has abandoned her for Young Executives
Camp, and there is nothing to do but go on family outings with her
parents. Then Lily meets the coolest girl, Karma, and her incredibly
cool parents. And guess what? They're her relatives! This summer
is looking up, and Lily thinks she just might be on the brink of
cool. Read more
Do You Dream? Ages 4-8; Candlewick Press;
Presents a circle of dreams that
leads from a child to a flower to a butterfly and eventually up
to the moon and back to the earth, which is dreaming of a child.
on the Wagon Train: The Adventures
of Young Buffalo Bill Book 4
The train stretched out like a white snake in front
of him, twenty-five wagons rolling forward, dipping and leaning
over the uneven prairie ... The year is 1857, and Bill Cody's pa
has recently passed away. Now eleven years old, Bill takes a job
as an extra hand on a wagon train headed west to help raise money
for his family. It is a dream come true for Bill, and he is determined
to be the best hired hand Lew Simpson has ever known! Read
The Eye of the Storm: The Adventures
of Young Buffalo Bill Book 3
Things have changed dramatically for nine-year-old
Bill since his father left home. He is suddenly the man of the house
and must help his family survive the bitter-cold winter. And to
top it all off, he now has to go to school! But with his new responsibilities
come nightmares and worries. Bill has never felt more alone. Even
his favorite sister, Julia, doesn't seem to understand him anymore.
Sky Above Us: The Adventures of
Young Buffalo Bill Book 2, Ages 8 and up; HarperCollins;
Now that they'd crossed two states in a covered wagon,
claimed their land, and built a cabin, Bill had thought the hard
part would be over. But life in Kansas Territory is anything but
easy, and for all their goodwill, the Codys have made some ruthless
enemies. Read more
The Frontier: The Adventures of Young Buffalo Bill Book
1, Ages 8 and up; HarperCollins; May 2002
When young Bill Cody leaves his hometown in Iowa in
1854, he can't wait for all the excitement to begin. But there is
serious trouble brewing in the west, and Bill and his family get
more than they bargained for as they try to stake their land claim
in Kansas Territory. Read
Far as the Eye Can Reach: Lewis and Clark's Westward Quest
Ages 9-12; Random House; January 2003
In 1803, Captains Lewis and Clark set
out to explore beyond the newly purchased land of the Louisiana
Territory. By the time the Corps returned years later, everyone
believed they were dead. But the men had survived and with their
long journey, they staked a claim to the West for the new country,
America. Read more
Wagon Will Take Me Anywhere illustrated by Tom Newsom Preschool;
Dutton Books; March 2002
What begins as a walk with Mom and Dad turns into
an world-wide adventure as a child's imagination combines with the
wonder of a red Radio Flyer wagon. Read
Columbus: The Leif Eriksson Expedition
Ages 9-12; Random House Books for Young Readers; Available
Five hundred years before Columbus, a
young Viking named Leif Eriksson crossed the Atlantic and became
the first known European to set foot in North America. The tale
of the crossing and the brief Viking settlement in North America
has been passed down for a thousand years. Read
and the Great Race Ages 8 and up; Random House; 1999
Heading bravely into a brutal blizzard, Balto leads
the race for life. The true story of the heroic sled dogs who in
1925 were the only hope to transport medicine to the desperately
sick children of Nome, Alaska. Read
Miss Caples Ages 10 and up; Dial Books; 2000
A young girl is assigned to read aloud to a reclusive
elderly woman. She discovers that there is a story behind Miss Caples,
and an ancient wrong that might still, seventy years later, be righted.
Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition Ages 10 and up; Clarion;
A tightly woven, suspenseful book about the true events
that transpired on the ill-fated Endurance voyage of 1914, when
Ernest Shackleton and his crew were stranded on the Antarctic pack
ice for over a year with virtually no chance of rescue or survival.
The Stone Circle
Ages 9 and up; Scholastic; 1998
Part ghost story, part historical novel, In the
Stone Circle is a riveting novel about the summer an American
girl and her father spend in a sixteenth century stone cottage and
are haunted by a ghost from many centuries past. Read