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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (2013, Sep 24th).
Theo Rollins is starting eighth grade six inches taller, and his new height is making everyone expect more from him. Coach Mandrake wants to transform him from invisible science geek into star basketball player, even though Theo has little experience with the game. When Theo tries to hone his skills by playing pick-up ball in the park, kids are eager to include him at first; then they quickly see that he has no control of his gangly body. A girl named Rain even dubs him "Sasquatch." To make matters worse, all his time spent on training is starting to hurt his science club's chances of winning the "Aca-lympics," the school's trivia competition. Just when Theo thinks he can't handle any more pressure, he's accused of stealing. Can he find the real thief before he is kicked off the basketball and science club teams, or will his attempt at sleuthing be yet another air ball? Loosely based on challenges that NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar faced while growing up, Sasquatch in the Paint is a slam dunk for fans of basketball action and absorbing mysteries. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kirby Larson
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2013, Aug 27th).
A poignant World War II story about a boy and his dog and his dad, and the many meanings of bravery, from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson.With World War II raging and his father fighting overseas in Europe, eleven-year-old Hobie Hanson is determined to do his part to help his family and his country, even if it means giving up his beloved German shepherd, Duke. Hoping to help end the war and bring his dad home faster, Hobie decides to donate Duke to Dogs for Defense, an organization that urges Americans to "loan" their pets to the military to act as sentries, mine sniffers, and patrol dogs. Hobie immediately regrets his decision and tries everything he can to get Duke back, even jeopardizing his friendship with the new boy at school. But when his father is taken prisoner by the Germans, Hobie realizes he must let Duke go and reach deep within himself to be brave. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Susan Cooper
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (2013, Aug 27th).
From Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper, a story of adventure and friendship between a young Native American and a colonial New England settler.On the winter day Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone, he can take only a bow and arrows, his handcrafted tomahawk, and the amazing metal knife his father traded for with the new white settlers. If Little Hawk survives three moons by himself, he will be a man. John Wakely is only ten when his father dies, but he has already experienced the warmth and friendship of the nearby tribes. Yet his fellow colonists aren’t as accepting of the native people. When he is apprenticed to a barrel-maker, John sees how quickly the relationships between settlers and natives are deteriorating. His friendship with Little Hawk will put both boys in grave danger. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Thyra Heder
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers (2013, Nov 5th).
It’s a great day to go to the zoo! As her family hustles to get out the door, Little T lags behind. She’s afraid to go back to the zoo; the only trouble is, she can’t remember why. As an ingenious solution to help her remember, her mom, dad, and sister construct homemade costumes and act out zoo animalsin alphabetical order, no less! The costumes and scenes grow increasingly elaborate and breathtakingly creative. An umbrella and bubble wrap magically transform into a jellyfish, bath towels and a can of soda become a parrot, and many, many more. At the end of the day, Little T has conquered her fear and no longer feels like a fraidyzoo.” In this charming, witty picture book debut, Thyra Heder honors the bravery it takes to face your fears, and the loving people who help you do so. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Phoebe Bright
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (2012, Aug 1st).
A magical new series -- each book comes with a special collectible charm!Cassie doesn't know what her new magical charm does yet, but she's excited to find out. And when a new girl comes to town, Cassie may have her chance! Sita is visiting with her pony, Sunbeam. They're hoping to win first place in a pony show . . . until Sunbeam disappears. It's up to Cassie and Alex to track him down, and make Sita's wish of winning a blue ribbon come true. But where do they start?Luckily, Cassie's new charm -- and some friendly animals -- might be able to help!This book comes with a beautiful butterfly charm, just like the one Cassie earns in the story! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Julianne Moore
Publisher: Chronicle Books (2013, Aug 27th).
Bestselling author and award-winning actress Julianne Moore pays homage to all the Muttis, Mammas, and Mamans who are from another country. A foreign mom may eat, speak, and dress differently than other moms— she may wear special clothes for holidays, twist hair in strange old-fashioned braids, and cook recipes passed down from grandma. Such a mom may be different than other moms, but...she is also clearly the best. Vividly illustrated by Meilo So, this funny and heartwarming picture book about growing up in multiple cultures celebrates the diverse world in which we live. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Isobel Harris
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (2013, Nov 5th).
Illustrated by the famous graphic artist André François, Little Boy Brown is the greatest book about childhood loneliness of all time. It is also a classic that is ripe for rediscovery because of the lost New York City that it invokes and its contemporary feel. Little boy Brown loves elevators, tunnels, and subways. His friends are doormen and waiters. This is his own account of the wonderful day that he spends with Hilda, his family's maid, and her family in the country. The character of little boy Brown is completely real and moving, and his story lingers long after the last word has been read. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Amy Herrick
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (2013, Aug 27th).
Edward picks up what he thinks is a rock. He doesn’t know it is a sleeping Time Fetch—and touching it will release its foragers too soon and alter the entire fabric of time and space. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it has begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel. To try to stop the foragers, Edward must depend on the help of his classmates Feenix, Danton, and Brigit—whether he likes it or not. They all have touched the Fetch, and it has drawn them together in a strange and thrilling adventure. The boundaries between worlds and dimensions are blurred, and places and creatures on the other side are much like the ones they’ve always known—but slightly twisted, a little darker, and much more dangerous. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Brian James
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (2007, Apr 19th).
While on watch in the crows nest, the pirate kids spot something gaining on their ship: a ghost ship! Rotten Tooth refuses to believe them, so the kids know that they have to solve this mystery themselves. They spend a night on deck waiting for the ghost ship to approach, and then they plan to board it. But is it even possible to step onto a ghost ship? And if it is, is it possible to get off of it? moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Adam Rex
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (2013, Sep 3rd).
What do you do when the moon lowers itself into your backyard? When mornings are replaced by perpetual night, and people sigh-sleep in their eyes. What do you do when the tide comes in, and all the neighborhood dogs won't stop howling?You take the moon for a ride. Adam Rex creates a fantastic tale that is both imaginative and beautiful; one that blurs the line between dreams and reality. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability