Drop It, Rocket! (Step into Reading, Step 1) by Tad Hills (Schwartz & Wade)
Get ready to learn with Rocket! #1 New York Times bestselling author Tad Hills creates a Level 1 Step into Reading story just in time for back to school.
Rocket, the beloved dog from the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, is back in a Step into Reading leveled reader. Rocket loves to collect words for his word tree with his teacher, the little yellow bird. Watch as the adorable pup finds new words like leaf, hat, star, boot, and many more. With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright colorful illustrations, young readers will love this new Rocket book, which they can read all by themselves!
My Pet Book by Bob Staake (Random House)
Award-winning author-illustrator Bob Staake has created a rollicking picture book about a boy and his most unusual pet!
Most pets are cats and dogs, but what happens when a boy wants a different kind of pet, one that doesn’t meow or bark? Bob Staake’s exuberant tale of a little boy and the pet of his dreams will appeal to anyone whose best friends are . . . books! Books make the perfect pets, the boy decides, and chooses a bright red one. When it goes missing, a lively adventure is in store for readers who love a happy ending. Soon kids everywhere will wish for a pet book of their very own.
Miss Brooks’ Story Nook by Barbara Bottner (Knopf)
A hilarious companion to the New York Times bestselling Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) about the power of stories and storytelling.
When the lights go out and it’s too dark to read, the intrepid librarian Miss Brooks teaches her story hour group how to tell their own stories. She gets them going with great prompts about characters, plot, action, and the importance of a satisfying ending.
Missy, ever the contrarian, has other things on her mind–like Billy Toomey, the annoying bully who needs dealing with. But in a burst of inspiration, Missy realizes that her made-up tale could help solve her real-life problem. And Billy Toomey turns out to be the perfect audience for Missy’s very, very scary story…
Gabriel Finley and The Raven’s Riddle by George Hagen (Schwartz & Wade)
Impress your friends with some riddle knowledge!
A fast-paced, exciting–and emotionally rich–fantasy novel for middle graders that reads like a cross between Harry Potter and The Phantom Tollbooth.
How can 11-year-old Gabriel find his missing father, who seems to have vanished without a trace? With the help of Paladin–a young raven with whom he has a magical bond that enables them to become one creature–he flies to the foreboding land of Aviopolis, where he must face a series of difficult challenges and unanswerable riddles that could lead to his father… or to his death.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (50th Anniversary Edition) by Roald Dahl and Illustrated by Joseph Schindelman (Knopf)
Celebrate fifty years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!
First published in 1964 with whimsical illustrations by Joseph Schindelman, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory became an instant classic. Now this special commemorative edition brings back Schindelman’s beloved original illustrations. Perfect for old fans and new fans alike, it’s sure to become a treasured family favorite.
365 DAYS OF WONDER: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by R.J. Palacio (Knopf)
Inspired by the blockbuster bestseller Wonder, here are 365 precepts that will enlighten, engage, inspire, comfort, and challenge readers every day.
In the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by, and Mr. Browne has compiled 365 of them–one for each day of the year–drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. His selections celebrate kindness, hopefulness, the goodness of human beings, the strength of people’s hearts, and the power of people’s wills. Interspersed with the precepts are letters and emails from characters who appeared inWonder. Readers hear from Summer, Jack, Charlotte, Julian, and Amos.
THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER by Dana Alison Levy (Delacorte)
Fans of The Penderwicks and James Patterson’s Middle School series will embrace this seriously funny, anything but typical adventure about a Modern Family of two dads, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets.
TO: You (who else?)
FROM: The Fletchers–Sam, age 12: mostly interested in soccer, food, and his phone; Jax, age 10: psyched for fourth grade and wants to be as cool as his older brother; Eli, age 10 (but younger than Jax): delighted to be starting the Pinnacle School, where he finally won’t be the brainiest kid, Frog, age 6 (not his real name): wants everyone in kindergarten to save a seat for his imaginary cheetah. Also Dad and Papa.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Knopf)
WONDERing what to read at your desk? August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid–but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include that of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio (Knopf)
Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book’s most controversial character–Julian.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein (RHCB)
It’s the ultimate game! Locked in a library overnight, twelve kids need to solve brain-teasing puzzles in order to escape!
A cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum by Agatha Award-winner Chris Grabenstein.
Kyle Keeley is the class clown and a huge fan of all games–board games, word games, and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!
Uncaged by John Sandford and Michele Cook (Knopf)
Sure to put you on the edge of your desk chair… #1 New York Times bestselling Prey author John Sandford and Michele Cook debut a high-octane young adult thriller series.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Delacorte)
A gripping read perfect for a summer reading book club! Enter the world of the Sinclair family, a family who has every advantage. But all families have secrets–even the Sinclairs. Lives begin to unravel as those involved desperately try to hold on to the traditions that have defined their lives, even as their world falls apart.
The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan (Wendy Lamb Books)
A riveting YA debut: an eco-thriller set in Hawaii full of unexpected twists, terrific action, and big ideas about a terrifying disaster that just might happen…
In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky. Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island. Leilani’s epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways.