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  • Screaming at the Ump

    Screaming at the Ump

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Audrey Vernick
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    Publisher:   Clarion Books (2014, Mar 4th).
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    Twelve-year-old Casey Snowden knows everything about being an umpire. His dad and grandfather run a New Jersey umpire school, Behind the Plate, and Casey lives and breathes baseball. Casey’s dream, however, is to be a reporter—objective, impartial, and fair, just like an ump. But when he stumbles upon a sensational story involving a former major league player in exile, he finds that the ethics of publishing it are cloudy at best. This emotionally charged coming-of-age novel about baseball, divorce, friendship, love, and compassion challenges its readers to consider all the angles before calling that strike. more

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  • Monkey Me #2: Monkey Me and the Pet Show

    Monkey Me #2: Monkey Me and the Pet Show

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Timothy Roland
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    Publisher:   Scholastic Inc. (2014, Mar 25th).
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    When Clyde gets excited, he brings a whole new meaning to "monkeying around!"This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!Clyde is an energetic student who just can't sit still. When he gets too excited, he transforms into a real monkey! When the class bully challenges Clyde's "monkey me" to the pet talent show, he has no choice but to participate. But when the other pets start to disappear, Clyde uses his inner monkey to save the day. more

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  • Ice Whale

    Ice Whale

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jean Craighead George
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    Publisher:   Dial (2014, Apr 3rd).
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    From the most celebrated children’s nature writer of our time comes a posthumous new novel in the tradition of her Newbery award-winning Julie of the Wolves In 1848 in Barrow, Alaska, a young Eskimo boy witnesses a rare sight—the birth of a bowhead, or ice whale, that he calls Siku. But when he unwittingly guides Yankee whalers to a pod of bowhead whales, all the whales are killed. For this act, the boy receives a curse of banishment. Through the generations, this curse is handed down. Siku, the ice whale, returns year after year, in reality and dreams, to haunt each descendant. The curse is finally broken when a daughter recognizes and saves the whale, and he in turn saves her. Told in alternating voices, both human and whale, Jean Craighead George’s last novel is an ambitious and touching take on the interconnectedness of humans, animals, and the earth they depend on. more

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  • Real Diva/Man Up

    Real Diva/Man Up

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Stephanie Perry Moore
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Saddleback Pub (2013, Sep 1st).
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    Themes: Purity, Self EsteemReal Diva: After some unsettling news for Yaris Fernandez, everyone is up in her business. Her dad forbids her from seeing her boyfriend, Hagen, who is hangin with the wrong crowd. He even threatens to move the family away. Yaris decides to take charge and fight for what s right.Man Up: Hagen Cruz is making some bad decisions. He s hangin with gang members and pressuring his girl, Yaris, to go all-the-way. When she says no, he dumps her and gets a ton of grief from her cheer crew. He s lost so much, but is to too late to rebuild his relationships? more

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  • Paint Me a Monster

    Paint Me a Monster

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Janie Baskin
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    Publisher:   Scarlet Voyage (2014, Jan 1st).
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    Rinnie Gardener’s life looks like a perfect painting from the outside—a loving family and a beautiful house. But when the paint is stripped away, this dream dissolves to dust. Her parents divorce. Her father treats her like a stranger. Her mother, looming like a black cloud, treats her worse. Painful words become painful bruises. Rinnie’s own body becomes a source of self-punishment. As her life seemingly falls apart, Rinnie struggles to find the courage to pick up the pieces. In a brilliantly unique style and voice, Rinnie tells her story—a search for identity, love, and healing. She must look in the darkest places to repaint the canvas of her life. She must face the monster. more

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  • Road Rash

    Road Rash

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mark Huntley Parsons
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    Publisher:   Knopf Books for Young Readers (2014, Feb 11th).
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    A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny, funky, bittersweet debut YA novel. For anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap.After being dropped from one band, 17-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much better band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip. . . .  Zach's in control on the drums, driving the band, keeping things moving at the right pace. But when the show is over, his timing is all off. The jealousies and rivalries within his new group keep him off-balance. The awesome original song he recorded backfires. And the girl he left back home is suddenly talking about this other guy . . .  Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. more

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  • Silver

    Silver

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Chris Wooding
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    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2014, Mar 25th).
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    The final exam is survival.Paul is the new kid at Mortingham Boarding Academy, and he has a dark secret.Caitlyn admires Paul from afar and resents that he only has eyes for Erika.Erika thinks that she and Caitlyn are best friends, but she's wrong.Adam is a bully with a major chip on his shoulder.Mark is outgrowing his old friends but doesn't know how to make new ones.In a few short hours, none of this will matter. Without warning, a horrifying infection will spread across the school grounds, and a group of students with little in common will find themselves barricaded in a classroom, fighting for their lives. Some will live. Some will die. And then it will get even worse.Fast-paced and frightening, Silver is a tale set on the fringes of science and horror - a story about the struggle to survive in the face of impossible odds. more

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  • Storm: The SYLO Chronicles #2

    Storm: The SYLO Chronicles #2

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   D.J. MacHale
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    Publisher:   Razorbill (2014, Mar 25th).
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    From #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale comes STORM—the exhilarating, action-packed sequel to SYLO: "A relentlessly fast-paced, intriguing, expertly-written tale that leaves you breathless and satisfied, yet wanting more. Highly recommended." --James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series  "Absolutely un-put-downable, more exciting than an X-box and roller coaster combined."—Kirkus, starred review "If you're a fan of The Maze Runner and Alex Rider, you might want to pick up SYLO... A fast-paced read and a huge cliffhanger." --EW.com "With this extremely high-octane story that's the equivalent to a summer movie blockbuster, MacHale kicks off an apocalyptic trilogy sure to leave readers demanding the next installment. more

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  • Nearly Gone

    Nearly Gone

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Elle Cosimano
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    Publisher:   Kathy Dawson Books (2014, Mar 25th).
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    Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school--a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her. more

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  • Threatened

    Threatened

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Eliot Schrefer
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    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2014, Feb 25th).
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    Into the jungle. Into the wild. Into harm's way.When he was a boy, Luc's mother would warn him about the "mock men" living in the trees by their home -- chimpanzees whose cries would fill the night.Luc is older now, his mother gone. He lives in a house of mistreated orphans, barely getting by. Then a man calling himself Prof comes to town with a mysterious mission. When Luc tries to rob him, the man isn't mad. Instead, he offers Luc a job.Together, Luc and Prof head into the rough, dangerous jungle in order to study the elusive chimpanzees. There, Luc finally finds a new family -- and must act when that family comes under attack.As he did in his acclaimed novel Endangered, a finalist for the National Book Award, Eliot Schrefer takes us somewhere fiction rarely goes, introducing us to characters we rarely get to meet. more

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