The Apprentice Witch


The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol.

After failing to get the silver star of a fully qualified witch, Arianwyn is sent to the distant village of Lull, as an apprentice.  Her chance to prove herself is complicated by new friends, old enemies, and mysterious magical incidents.



Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Elle is a HUGE fan of the cult sci-fic series Starfield.   Winning the cosplay contest, using her deceased father’s old costumes just might be her ticket out of living with her hostile stepmother and stepsisters.  Can she pull it off?

Actor Darien Freeman should be thrilled that he has been cast as Prince Carmindor in the Starfield reboot–he’s a lifetime fan.  The trouble is, the fans just see him as a soap opera actor–not as their hero.

Told in alternating chapters, from Ella and Darien’s points of view; this book chronicles their struggles, sometimes funny, sometimes frustrating, to break free of the restrictions that seem to bind them and live on their own terms.

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean: Stories of imagination and daring edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Shar, and Anita Roy.

Short stories (including some in graphic format).  Little Red Riding Hood is a teen who wears a protective suit and has to fend off a very real wolf, boys and girls walking to school band together to turn the tables on catcallers, and a Master Chef contestant goes time travelling to secure ingredients for her famous recipes.  A collection of Fantasy/Science Fiction stories with something for every reader.


The Girl Who Drank the Moon


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby in woods as a sacrifice to a witch, believed to live in the forest.  Unknown to them, the witch rescues the babies and sees to their safety.  But one year this routine goes wrong and the baby winds up infused with moon magic and too dangerous to be adopted, so the witch takes her to raise.  This sequence of events leads to great changes for everyone–baby, Protectorate, the witch, and her companions.

Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal.

Five Days of Famous


Five Days of Famous by Alyson Noel.

When middle schooler Nick wishes for “a different, better, much cooler life” his wish comes unexpectedly true.  Being a rich, popular, pop star and internet sensation is all he’s ever longed for.  Has to be totally awesome, right?  Not so fast…..

Lost in the Pacific, 1942


World War II, October 21, 1942.

A B-17 bomber drones high over the Pacific Ocean, sending a desperate SOS into the air.  The plane is lost, burning through its final gallons of fuel.

After an emergency water landing eight men, in three inflatable rafts are floating on 68 million square miles of ocean.  Will they make it back alive?

A gripping true story.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read Alikes

Do you love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney?  Can’t wait for the next title to come out?

Here are some authors and series’ that you might enjoy while you are waiting.

Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate series started (and continues today) as a daily comic strip.  Collections of the strips are available in book form.  He has also written funny, heavily illustrated books for young readers.  Titles include:

Big Nate:  In a class by himself

Big Nate Strikes Again

”          on a roll

”          flips out

”         in the zone

”        lives it up.

Janet Tashjian has written five books in the My Life as a…. series.  So far, titles include:

My Life as a Book  (Derek’s summer plans do NOT include “Learning Camp”!

My Life As a cartoonist (Derek’s plans to be a cartoonist are upset by his pet monkey.)

My Life as a joke  ((Turning 12 does not go smoothly for Derek.)

My Life as a stuntboy (Derek has a chance to perform as a stuntboy in a real movie!)

My Life as a gamer (Derek would rather play video games with his tutor than study for the

big state English test.)

Lockwood & Co.

The Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud, follows the adventures of a group of psychic investigators.  The Screaming Staircase, The Whispering Skull, The Hollow Boy, and The Creeping Shadow follow the story of Lucy Carlyle when she joins up with the only psychic agency in London run by a young Sensitive.  Only certain children can sense the presence of the angry dead and contain or destroy them.  Most agencies are run by adults and the Sensitive children are sent to confront the angry ghosts.  Be prepared for spine-tingling suspense!

Middle School: Dog’s Best Friend

Middle School:  Dog’s Best Friend by James Patterson.

Rafe’s career in Middle School is not getting any easier.  In the 8th outing of James Patterson’s popular series, Rafe tries his hand at raising money for his family by starting a dog-walking business.  Does all go smoothly?  You know Rafe, what do you think?


Homer Price

Homer Price

Homer Price by Robert McClockey

Recommended by Jackson M., age 8

Homer and his uncle were making donuts. His uncle left him in charge. When the donuts were done he pressed the off button, but it didn’t shut off. So, he ended up making over 1,000 donuts.

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