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Short teasers for all new releases that kids won't be able to resist, prepared by library professionals.




Lacey, her dad, and two brothers leave the house just like every other Saturday to go eat breakfast, when a crazy woman hits their car and Lacey's life forever changes when her father dies....

The Chamber of Five

By: Michael Harmon

In Jason’s world, money equals power and power equals control.  He easily climbs the ladder to success at theLambertSchoolfor the Gifted and is invited to join the exclusive ruling club,...

Under the Bridge

By: Michael Harmon

Visiting Cutter’s grave is the only time Tate Brooks feels peace. At home, his younger brother, Indy, and his father are at war. Under the Bridge with his skating crew, Hole in the Wall,...

Bad Hair Day

By: Carrie Harris

Kate Grable looks forward to her stint with Future Doctors of America and hopes to intern with a surgeon.  After successfully finding a cure for the zombie virus, she finds herself assigned...


By: Rachel Hartman

An uneasy peace penetrates the land of Goredd.  For forty years humans and dragons have lived together, with some of the dragons assuming their saarantrai (human-like) form, but with the...

Alice-Miranda at School

By: Jacqueline Harvey

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Alice-Miranda is so full of energy and kindness that everyone at Winchesterfield-Downsdordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies falls in love with her immediately; everyone, that is, except...

Alice-Miranda on Vacation


After her first term at Winchesterfield-Downsdordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, Alice-Miranda takes her friend Jacinta home for the holiday break.  The girls have great plans and...

The Magic Cake Shop

By: Meika Hashimoto
illustrated by: Josee Masse

Imagine a world with no sugar—no cakes, no pies, no candy.  Well, for Emma, this is reality.  Her oh-so-perfect parents refuse to even allow sugar to enter into their home. ...


By: Deborah Heiligman

Feeling confused is a just part of being a teenager, right?  All of a sudden everything seems to be changing in Rachel’s world. Her parents are always arguing but when she heads to Temple...

Your Own, Sylvia

By: Stephanie Hemphill

Pull back the curtain on the very private thoughts of Sylvia and her family and friends. This beautifully written poetry collection covers it all, from the hopes and fears of...

Sisters of Glass


Can you ever imagine being told to marry a person you do not love, twenty years your elder ,  someone your parents choose for you simply because he has money and political power?  In fifteenth-century...

Kiss of Death

By: Lauren Henderson

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Scarlett Wakefield is dying to blend in.  Life’s been hard since her kiss killed Dan McAndrews, and other bodies kept piling up. She’s hoping a Wakefield school field trip to Scotland...

Flirting in Italian


Who can resist the beauty of the Italian countryside... or the wealth of gorgeous Italian boys it has to offer?  Certainly not Violet, who finds herself drawn to the country by an 18th...

10 Lucky Things That Have Happened to Me Since I Nearly Got Hit by Lightning

By: Mary Hershey

So my Dad was sent to prison, big deal. It's not like he killed someone or anything. He just stole some money. Okay, a lot of money. Even so, that doesn't mean me, Maxey, or my mom had anything...


By: Carl Hiaasen

Wahoo Cray’s father, an animal wrangler, hasn’t worked since a dead iguana fell from a tree and hit him in the head, causing a concussion. Now, Expedition Survival, the famous reality-TV...

1001 Cranes

By: Naomi Hirahara

Angie was looking forward to a summer of fun in the sun with friends, lazy days at the beach, and ice cream cones. Unfortunately, Angie's mom has different plans for her daughter. Angie...

The Whole Story of Half a Girl

By: Veera Hiranandani

Life is good for fifth grader Sonia Nadhamuniai. There are only two weeks until summer, when she can spend more time with best friend, Sam, and they can plan for next year’s play at their...


By: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

When Kat suddenly finds herself an orphan, she is forced to leave her friends and the life she knows and loves in California to join a grandfather she barely knows in Arkansas. ...

Squish #1: Super Amoeba

By: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Book Talks
It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!  No, it’s…it’s…it’s Squish, Super Amoeba!  Join Squish, his amoeba friend, Pod, the very cute paramecium, Peggy, and the most evil amoeba of...

Babymouse #12: Burns Rubber

By: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Are your ready for something interesting, sports fans? It's our cupcake fanatic Babymouse, and this time she's doing something that has never been done before, something that is unheard...

Babymouse #6: Camp Babymouse

By: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Babymouse is at it again, and this time she's going to camp. Welcome to Camp Whiskers, a "Place where girls go to get lost"! With cupcakes in tow, Babymouse will join her cabinmates (the...

Babymouse #13: Cupcake Tycoon

By: Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

When the school’s library has a major flood and all of the books are ruined, they hold a school fundraiser to replace the books and you wouldn’t believe what they’re selling? Could...

Eighth Grade Is Making Me Sick

By: Jennifer L. Holm
illustrated by: Elicia Castaldi

Ginny has big plans for eighth grade, and none of them involve her stepdad losing his job or a new baby on the way.  She's going to try out for cheerleading, join the Virtual Vampire Vixens,...

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

By: Mrs. Bunny (translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath)
illustrated by: Sophie Blackall

When Madeline’s flighty parents are kidnapped, Madeline goes to her even crazier Uncle with the ransom note.  He tries to solve the secret code in the ransom note, but has no luck. ...

One Year in Coal Harbor

By: Polly Horvath

Primrose Squapp has her hand in just about everything that happens in Coal Harbor, including the romance between her uncle and the beautiful Miss Bowzer, the arrival of Ked, the new foster...

Like Mandarin

By: Kirsten Hubbard

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At age seven, Grace Carpenter was already a beauty pageant has-been. Seven years later, it’s her kindergarten-aged sister, Taffeta’s, turn to occupy her pageant- crazed mom’s time....

Paper Covers Rock

By: Jenny Hubbard

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Four boys. A bottle of vodka. A forbidden river spot. The combination proves deadly. Alex Stromm begins his junior year at the all-boys Birch School by witnessing the death of his friend,...

The Hunt of the Unicorn

By: C.C. Humphreys

Book Talk
Her family legend is familiar to Alice-Elayne; she’s heard it since she was small. Generations before, her great-great-something expert-weaver ancestor tumbled from France to Goloth, Land...

Calli Be Gold

By: Michele Weber Hurwitz

Book Talks
Have you ever felt like your best just wasn’t good enough?  Calli sure has.  The youngest in a family of three kids whose motto is “Be Gold,” Calli just doesn’t fit in.  Her...

The Year of My Miraculous Reappearance

By: Catherine Ryan Hyde

Cynnie thinks her life can?t get any worse than it already is. She has an alcoholic mother, a younger brother with Down?s syndrome, and a father who is dead. Even though it?s...