New Books

This is only a partial list of some of our new favorites. Check the catalog for more. 

Prime Baby by Gene Luen YangPrime Baby
Yang, Gene Luen
ISBN: 9781596436503
Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL YANG TEEN
2010
From the pages of the New York Times and the pen of Printz Award winner Gene Luen Yang comes a tale of math, aliens, and new siblings. Thaddeus doesn't like his new sister (she's not that smart and she gets all the attention). He likes her even less when he discovers that she's an inter-dimensional conduit for peace-loving aliens (who are totally lame-all they want to do is knit socks for the homeless and have sing-a-longs!). But what's even worse is that no one will believe him about any of this! How is he ever going manage to grow up to become the President of Earth? First serialized in the New York Times Magazine, Prime Baby is a laugh-out-loud look at sibling rivalry.
Before they were famous : how seven artists got their start  by Bob RaczkaBefore they were famous : how seven artists got their start
Raczka, Bob
ISBN: 9780761360773
Call Number: J 920 RACZ
2011
This book focuses on the childhood works of seven artists, with lots of interesting facts about who or what influenced them when they were children and young adults. Three works from each artist are included, showing how their style developed and changed over time.
The Ugly Truth by Jeff KinneyThe Ugly Truth
Kinney, Jeff
ISBN: 9780810984912
Call Number: J KINN
2010
Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it's cracked up to be? Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older - all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the 'ugly truth'?
To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard FawcettTo Come and Go Like Magic
Fawcett, Katie Pickard
ISBN: 9780375858468
Call Number: *J FAWC
2010
Told in vignettes and set in 1970s Appalachia, this novel presents the story of Chilli Sue Mahoney, a girl who has never been outside of her small town. When a new world-traveling substitute teacher arrives, Chilli learns about the world--and to appreciate where she lives.
Seaglass Summer by Anjali BanerjeeSeaglass Summer
Banerjee, Anjali
ISBN: 9780385735674
Call Number: *J BANE
2010
While spending a month on an island off the coast of Washington helping in her Uncle Sanjay's veterinary clinic, eleven-year-old Poppy Ray soon questions her decision to follow in her uncle's footsteps.
Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis  by Al GoreOur Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis
Gore, Al
ISBN: 9780670012480
Call Number: *J 363.73874 GORE
2009
In this follow-up to An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Al Gore explores the primary causes of the current climate crisis and what we can do to help solve it.
Eragon's guide to Alagaësia by Christopher PaoliniEragon's guide to Alagaësia
Paolini, Christopher
ISBN: 9780375858239
Call Number: *J PAOL
2009
An introduction to the fictional world of the people, places, and things, of Alagaësia.
Magic Trixie and the Dragon  by Jill ThompsonMagic Trixie and the Dragon
Thompson, Jill
ISBN: 9780061170508
Call Number: J GRAPHIC NOVEL THOM
2009
Thompson, the award-winning illustrator of Neil Gaiman's Sandman books, brings her dazzling talents to this graphic novel series and has created a brilliant, laugh-out-loud confection in lovable young witch Trixie.
Robot City Adventures: Rust Attack!  by Paul CollicuttRobot City Adventures: Rust Attack!
Collicutt, Paul
ISBN: 9780763645946
Call Number: J GRAPHIC NOVEL COLL
2009
The city that never rusts . . . is rusting! The well-loved robotic dance troupe, the Automettes, has been struck down by rust, and who else would they call on but Robot City Confidential Investigations the city's premier private detective agency? Detectives Rod and Mike smell a rat. Can they track down the villain and find a cure before rust panic spreads? This thrillpacked graphic novel will grip readers with its action, adventure, and humor.
Prairie Winter  by Bonnie GeisertPrairie Winter
Geisert, Bonnie
ISBN: 9780618685882
Call Number: J GEIS
2009
The Cresbard school means a lot to sixth grader Rachel Johnson. It means classes with a beloved teacher, important band rehearsals for the upcoming concert in Chicago, and time to hang out with Winnie and Darren and the rest of the town kids. For a twelve year-old living on a remote prairie farm with no phone, school means "connection." And that connection is about to be severed.
American Chillers 27: Kentucky Komodo Dragons by Johnathan RandAmerican Chillers 27: Kentucky Komodo Dragons
Rand, Johnathan
ISBN: 9781893699908
Call Number: PBK J RAND
2009
While hiking in the forest in Paducah, Kentucky, Jason Bradford and his sister, Jillian, spot a lizard in a tree. However, this is a species of lizard they've never seen before. It's nearly two feet long--and vicious.
Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491  by Charles C. MannBefore Columbus: The Americas of 1491
Mann, Charles C.
ISBN: 9781416949008
Call Number: *J 970.01 MANN
2009
A companion book to Mann's groundbreaking bestseller 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, this is a fascinating, full-color journey that presents the Americas as young readers have never seen them before.
A Practical Guide to Vampires by Lisa TrumbauerA Practical Guide to Vampires
Trumbauer, Lisa
ISBN: 9780786952434
Call Number: *J 398.45 TRUM
2009
Sink your teeth into today's hottest fantasy topic with the next book in the New York Times best-selling series... How old is a vampire fledgling? Why do vampires avoid mirrors? What's the best way to slip into a vampire's home? New York Times best-selling author Lisa Trumbauer illuminates the twilight world of vampires in the next edition in the Practical Guide family of fantasy essentials.
Out of This World: The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth by Jacob BerkowitzOut of This World: The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth
Berkowitz, Jacob
ISBN: 9781554531974
Call Number: *J 576.839 BERK
2009
Chances are there's life out there somewhere - and it's possible we'll track down our cosmic neighbors during your lifetime.

January 2010

The Search by Eric HeuvelThe Search
Heuvel, Eric
ISBN: 9780374365172
Call Number: J GRAPHIC NOVEL HEUV
2009
After recounting her experience as a Jewish girl living in Amsterdam during the Holocaust, Esther, helped by her grandson, embarks on a search to discover what happened to her parents before they died in a concentration camp.
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett KrosoczkaLunch Lady and the League of Librarians
Krosoczka, Jarrett
ISBN: 9780375846847
Call Number: J GRAPHIC NOVEL KROS
2009
The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, sets out to stop a group of librarians bent on destroying a shipment of video games, while a group of students known as the Breakfast Bunch provides back-up.
My name is Phillis Wheatley: a Story of Slavery and Freedom by Afua CooperMy name is Phillis Wheatley: a Story of Slavery and Freedom
Cooper, Afua
ISBN: 9781553378129
Call Number: *J COOP
2009
This is the remarkable story of Phillis Wheatley, who is born into an African family of griots, or storytellers, but captured by slave raiders and forced aboard a slave ship, where appalling conditions spell death for many of her companions. Weakened by the voyage and near death in a Boston slave market, Wheatley is bought by a kind family who nurses her back to health and teaches her to read and write. At the age of 12, a torrent of poetry begins to flow out of Wheatley. A book of her poems is published, and she finally gains her freedom. This amazing story, wide in scope, is based on fact and told convincingly from young Wheatley's point of view.
Luv ya bunches by Lauren MyracleLuv ya bunches
Myracle, Lauren
ISBN: 9780810942110
Call Number: *J MYRA
2009
Four girlfriends--each named after a flower--navigate the ups and downs of fifth grade. Told through text messages, blog posts, screenplay, and straight narrative.
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia
Poe, Edgar Allan
ISBN: 9781416950257
Call Number: *J POE
2009
Four short stories, abridged and illustrated, by the nineteenth-century American writer best known for his tales of horror. The tell-tale heart -- The system of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether -- The oblong box -- The facts in the case of M. Valdemar
The Girls' Guide to Rocking by Jessica HopperThe Girls' Guide to Rocking
Hopper, Jessica
ISBN: 9780761151418
Call Number: *J 782.42166023 HOPP
2009
Everything you need to know to turn your love of music--and desire to play it--into something real.
Testing the Ice: a True Story about Jackie Robinson  by Sharon RobinsonTesting the Ice: a True Story about Jackie Robinson
Robinson, Sharon
ISBN: 9780545052511
Call Number: J 921 ROBINSON
2009
As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.
109 Forgotten American Heroes: plus nine or so villains  by Chris Ying109 Forgotten American Heroes: plus nine or so villains
Ying, Chris
ISBN: 9780756654054
Call Number: *J 973.02 YING
9780756654054
 Learn new and amazing stories about the contributions, inventions, wisdom, savvy, courage, and ingenuity of 109 great Americans such as John Russell Bartlett (the first to compile American words and trace their origin), Mr. Charles F. Brannock (who invented the first tool to accurately measure foot size), Cher Ami (a pigeon who effectively saved 194 American soldiers during World War I), and Thomas Jefferson (founding father, author, architect, president, and the man who introduced Americans to macaroni)! Dynamic photographs and funny, ingenious graphics bring the stories to life. Truly meant for the whole family, there is something in here for everyone.

December 2009

Zoobreak by Gordon KormanZoobreak
Korman, Gordon
ISBN: 9780545124997
Call Number: *J KORM
2009
After a class trip to a floating zoo where animals are mistreated and Savannah's missing pet monkey is found in a cage, Long Island sixth-grader Griffin Bing and his band of misfits plan a rescue.
Cupcakes of Doom! by Ray FriesenCupcakes of Doom!
Friesen, Ray
ISBN: 9780980231410
Call Number: J GRAPHIC NOVEL FRIE
2008
It's the ultimate showdown, Our Heroic-ish Pirates versus Those Lousy Vikings to decide the fate of a kingdom! Who will be the victorious, bearded, giant-hat-wearing masters of the sea? Their weapons of choice? BAKED GOODS! Deliciously-Evil Viking Pie, a threat to their homemade pirate cookies, forces Captain Scurvybeard and crew to embark on a quest to find the ultimate pastry: The long lost CUPCAKES OF DOOM!
The 3-2-3 Detective Agency in The Disappearance of Dave Warthog by Fiona RobinsonThe 3-2-3 Detective Agency in The Disappearance of Dave Warthog
Robinson, Fiona
ISBN: 9780810984899
Call Number: J GRAPHIC NOVEL ROBI
2009
On the 3:23 Express to Whiska City, five unlikely friends meet and decide to form a detective agency. There is Jenny the wise donkey, Roger the gourmet dung beetle, Priscilla the theatrical penguin, Slingshot the hyperactive sloth, and Bluebell, the shy but brave rat. With little training but a lot of pluck, they set up shop in Whiska City and soon tackle their first mystery: a rash of disappearances linked to a pink poodle's beauty salon. 
Political Activism: How You Can Make a Difference by Heather E. SchwartzPolitical Activism: How You Can Make a Difference
Schwartz, Heather E.
ISBN: 9781429627993
Call Number: *J 322.4 SCHW
2009
Describes what political activism is and serves as a guide explaining how youth can make a change in their world.
The Lives of Stars by Ken CroswellThe Lives of Stars
Croswell, Ken
ISBN: 9781590785829
Call Number: *J 523.8 CROS
2009
The lives of stars -- Star light, star bright -- The birthplace of stars -- A star is born -- The H-R diagram -- Main-sequence stars -- Brown dwarfs -- Red giants -- Planetary nebulae -- White dwarfs -- Supergiants and supernovae -- Cepheids -- Neutron stars and pulsars -- Black holes -- Double stars -- Type Ia supernovae -- Star clusters -- Nucleosynthesis -- Extrasolar planets -- Life in space? 

November 2009

Sent by Margaret Peterson HaddixSent
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
ISBN: 9781416954224
Call Number: *J HADD
2009
Jonah, Katherine, Chip, and Alex suddenly find themselves in 1483 at the Tower of London, where they discover that Chip and Alex are Prince Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury, imprisoned by their uncle, King Richard III, but trying to repair history without knowing what is supposed to happen proves challenging. Author's note includes historical facts about the princes and king.
Thumb and the Bad Guys  by Ken RobertsThumb and the Bad Guys
Roberts, Ken
ISBN: 9780888999160
Call Number: *J ROBE
2009
In the isolated Canadian fishing village, New Auckland where best friends Thumb and Susan live, mystery abounds. How did an eighteenth-century cannonball wash ashore? Why does the new schoolteacher wear a wig and pancake make-up? And why, when the village's lone "bad guy" sneaks off into the woods at night, do eerie screaming noises follow?
Leo and the Lesser Lion by Sandra ForresterLeo and the Lesser Lion
Forrester, Sandra
ISBN: 9780375856167
Call Number: *J FORR
2009
In Depression-era Alabama, twelve-year-old Mary Bayliss Pettigrew struggles to understand why her beloved older brother, Leo, died and whether she, miraculously, survived for some special purpose.
Is This Normal?: Girls' Questions by American Girl Is This Normal?: Girls' Questions
ISBN: 9781593694838
Call Number: *J 613.04242 IS
2009
Provides answers to letters from real girls with concerns about their changing bodies, plus tips to help readers talk with their parents about puberty and other touchy topics.
The History of Hip Hop  by Melanie J. CornishThe History of Hip Hop
Cornish, Melanie J.
ISBN: 9780778738206
Call Number: *J 782.421649 CORN
2009
Prepare yourself for a fascinating venture into the glamorous world of hip hop music! Learn all about your favorite rap music stars and how they made their way to the top of the charts.
Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life  by Catherine ReefErnest Hemingway: A Writer's Life
Reef, Catherine
ISBN: 9780618987054
Call Number: *J 921 HEMINGWAY
2009
An introduction to the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, one of the most significant and notorious American writers of the 20th century.
Game On!  by David SteinbergGame On!
Steinberg, David
ISBN: 9780448447001
Call Number: J GRAPHIC NOVEL STEI
2009
When Old Fogey escapes from prison and creates a video game that physically sucks the players into the game, it is up to Daniel, aka Loud Boy, and his friends to call upon their superpowers to rescue the captured players. Book three in the Loud Boy series.
The 3-2-3 Detective Agency in The Disappearance of Dave Warthog  by Fiona RobinsonThe 3-2-3 Detective Agency in The Disappearance of Dave Warthog
Robinson, Fiona
ISBN: 9780810984899
2009
On the 3:23 Express to Whiska City, five unlikely friends meet and decide to form a detective agency. There is Jenny the wise donkey, Roger the gourmet dung beetle, Priscilla the theatrical penguin, Slingshot the hyperactive sloth, and Bluebell, the shy but brave rat. With little training but a lot of pluck, they set up shop in Whiska City and soon tackle their first mystery: a rash of disappearances linked to a pink poodle's beauty salon.

October 2009

Rattling Chains and Other Stories for Children  by Nasario GarcíaRattling Chains and Other Stories for Children
García, Nasario
ISBN: 9781558855441
Call Number: SPANISH J GARC
2009
A collection of scary stories based on the lore of New Mexico, in English and in Spanish. Includes both Spanish and English versions published together in a reversible-book format.
Closed for the Season: a Mystery Story by Mary Downing HahnClosed for the Season: a Mystery Story
Hahn, Mary Downing
ISBN: 9780547084510
Call Number: *J HAHN
9780547084510
When thirteen-year-old Logan and his family move into a run-down old house in rural Virginia, he discovers that a woman was murdered there and becomes involved with his neighbor Arthur in a dangerous investigation to try to uncover the killer.
Wild River by P. J. PetersenWild River
Petersen, P. J.
ISBN: 9780385906562
Call Number: *J PETE
2009
Considered lazy and unathletic, twelve-year-old Ryan discovers a heroic side of himself when a kayak trip with his older brother goes horribly awry.
The Little Secret by Kate SaundersThe Little Secret
Saunders, Kate
ISBN: 9780312369613
Call Number: *J SAUN
2009
When she is invited to her new friend's home for summer vacation, eleven-year-old Jane discovers that Staffa and her family are not what they seem to be.
Professor Tuesday's Awesome Adventures in History. Book One: Chief Pontiac's War by Jeffery L. SchatzerProfessor Tuesday's Awesome Adventures in History. Book One: Chief Pontiac's War
Schatzer, Jeffery L.
ISBN: 9781587265518
Call Number: J SCHA
2009
When an eccentric history professor takes the students from Miss Pepper's class back in time to visit Native American peoples of the Woodland tribes, he and one of the students get stuck during Chief Pontiac's uprising in 1763, and the rest of the students must try to rescue them.
Extraordinary People of the Civil Rights Movement  by Sheila Jackson HardyExtraordinary People of the Civil Rights Movement
Hardy, Sheila Jackson
ISBN: 0516254618
Call Number: RJ 323.092 HARD
2007
A look at the lives of some courageous Americans who worked hard for civil rights in America. Each book in the Extraordinary People series brings together sixty to eighty stories of struggle, achievement, victory, and sometimes, loss. By examining the lives of extraordinary achievers through the centuries, a unique history comes alive for the ethnic, professional, or social group covered in each book. This title is shelved in the Central Branch Library Children's Room Referenece Section. You may find a circulating copy in the Teens' section.
Skateboarding Science by Helaine BeckerSkateboarding Science
Becker, Helaine
ISBN: 9780778745532
Call Number: J 796.22 BECK
2009
This book explores the science behind the stunts. Learn how skateboarding has evolved into one of the most exhilarating sports today.
Obama: The Historic Journey  by Jill AbramsonObama: The Historic Journey
Abramson, Jill
ISBN: 9780670012084
Call Number: *J 921 OBAMA
2009
Including his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States, this beautifully designed book tells the extraordinary story of Barack Obama's life and rise to power in both words and photographs. The young readers hardcover edition is specifically written and designed to appeal to and inspire the 8-12 age group, with age-appropriate text and a different selection of photographs and illustrations. 96 pages, with 200 full-color photographs. 
Barbarians! by Steven KrollBarbarians!
Kroll, Steven
ISBN: 9780525479581
Call Number: *J 940.1 KROL
2009
Kroll introduces four notable groups referred to by their enemies as barbarians: the Goths, the Huns, the Vikings, and the Mongols. In each case, he looks at the lives of common people within the group, their religious beliefs, their leaders, their history, and the results of their attacks on other civilizations.