September/October 2008

Our picks for September and October 2008...
Splat the Cat Cover Image
By Rob Scotton, Rob Scotton (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060831547
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - July 2008

It’s Splat’s first day of Cat School, and he is everything but excited about it. He tries every excuse on his mom. She won’t let him get away with anything, but after his first day, Splat realizes that school may not be so bad after all. He meets a bunch of friends, learns a lot and even teaches the class something new! This is a fun first day of school story everyone can relate to.

Moonpowder Cover Image
By John Rocco, John Rocco (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781423100119
Availability: Special Order
Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 2008

Young Eli Treebuckle is known as the “fixer of all things,” but there’s one thing he can’t seem to fix. He hasn’t had a good dream in months! One night, during an unexpected visit from Mr. Moon, Eli learns that the Moonpowder Factory is on the fritz. Who else could fix it but the “fixer of all things?” Find out if Eli can to restore sweet dreams to the world in this marvelous and magical picture book.

Bats at the Library (A Bat Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780618999231
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 2008

Don’t miss this wonderful follow-up to Bats at the Beach.  What happens when bats are bored and the library window has been left ajar?  Bat Night at the Library of course!  Talking about books they’ve read and making shadows on the wall is just the beginning of the fun.  This is a great story for a dark, fall night.

The End of the Beginning: Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant) Cover Image
By Avi, Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152055325
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 2008

Avon, a snail, has noticed that in all the stories he’s read, once creatures have returned from their adventures, they were always happy. Adventure surely must be the key to happiness. Avon sets out on his voyage with his new friend Edward, an ant. Together they make the journey to the end of the branch and back. Along the way, they meet a snail, who Avon must battle, as well as a caterpillar and even a dragon! This is a fast, clever and wonderful story full of laughs. Also, read the sequel, A Beginning, A Muddle, and an End, in which Edward helps Avon in his attempts to write about their adventures!

Kenny & the Dragon Cover Image
By Tony DiTerlizzi, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781416939771
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 5th, 2008

From one of the creators of The Spiderwick Chronicles comes a heartwarming tale of friendship.  Kenny Rabbit’s best friend in the whole world is a lovable dragon named Grahame and the local townsfolk want to do him in.  What’s a best friend to do?  Stage an epic battle with an unconventional twist, of course.  This a great story for reluctant readers and children who have moved past Magic Tree House, but aren’t quite ready for middle readers yet.

The Calder Game Cover Image
By Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780439852074
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Press - May 2008

The three pals from Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3 are back again in a new and even better mystery. While on a trip with his father in England, Calder and a famous sculpture disappear from a remote English village.  Petra and Tommy fly over to help find their missing friend, but they seem to be thwarted at every turn. Filled with puzzles, anagrams, palindromes, and pentominoes, this story keeps you working for the clues until the very end. I loved it!!!

Peaches Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060733070
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

Peaches is a hilarious and heartwarming story about three extremely different girls. Murphy’s rather rebellious personality got her into some trouble with the law. As punishment for her crimes she is forced to work at the peach orchard that Birdie’s family owns. Birdie is awkward and timid, and rarely goes after what she wants. Her cousin, beautiful, wealthy Leeda is used to feeling inferior to her older, more perfect sister. These three girls find themselves forming an unlikely friendship during a summer spent attempting to save the failing orchard, and solve their own problems.

STORM: The Infinity Code Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803732650
Availability: Special Order
Published: Dial - March 13th, 2008

After losing his father, Will is overwhelmed by grief and a deep sense of loss.  Brilliant and alone, he befriends three other fourteen year olds who have founded STORM: Science and Technology to Over-Rule Misery - their goal is to fight evil head on.  Will is skeptical at first, but joins the fray when he discovers that his mother’s life is endangered.  Fast paced and perfect for boys or girls, this is a book you don’t want to miss, especially if you love technology – the story is loaded with fun gadgets.