by Lisa Graff
Have you ever felt like you could never do anythi
ng right? And you spend most of your life trying
to figure out what you’re good at? Albie spends most of his time wondering just that. His new
babysitter, Calista, opens up a world of adventures teaching him new skills and sometimes
getting him in trouble.
All Four Stars
by Tara Dairman
Gladys has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, just don’t tell her microwave-
loving parents! After a small accident involving the
crème brûlée, Gladys is cut off from the
kitchen. But when Gladys is mistakenly offered an opportunity to write for a major newspaper as
a food writer in New York City, she sets off to live her dream and keep her true identity a secret.
Just, still don’t tell her parents!
by Cassie Beasley
Micah’s grandfather, Ephraim, has always s
hared stories with him about Circus Mirandus, a
magical circus. As his grandfather is dying, Micah
realizes the stories are true. Can the magic of
the mysterious circus save his grandfather from dying? Micah is determined to find out.
by Cory Putman Oakes
The summer before he begins fifth grade, Sawyer sprouts a tail with spikes. As a result, he is
bullied in school. When the bullies begin to disappear, Sawyer, his best friend Elliot, and the new
girl in school know they need to get to the bottom of the mystery before it is too late.
Fish Finelli: Seagulls Don’t Eat Pickles
by E.S. Farber
When the town bully bets nine-year-old Norman “Fish” Finelli that he can’t find Captain
Kidd’s famous treasure, Fish and his friends embark on a quest to discover the pirate’s bur-
ied wooden trunk of lost booty.
Eddie Red Undercover: Mystery on Museum Mile
by Marcia Wells
Sixth-grader Edmund Xavier Lonnrot code-name “Eddie Red,” has a photographic memory and a
talent for drawing anything he sees. When the NYPD is stumped by a mastermind art thief, Eddie
becomes their secret weapon, drawing Eddie deeper into New York’s famous Museum Mile. Can
Eddie help catch the thieves in time, or will his first big case be his last?
Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Ally uses her strengths in math and art, along with some behavior distractions, to help her get
through school. When a new teacher discovers Ally’s
dyslexia, he builds up Ally’s confidence, as
well as her ability to read, maybe for the first time ever. With the help of her new friends, Ally
learns that it is not always about fitting in, but about what it means to find a place that fits.
by Ann Burg
Eleven-year-old Serafina’s life in Haiti is filled
with chores and struggle. But she dreams of going
to school and becoming a doctor. She is still
mourning the death of her baby brother when she
learns her Manman is about to have another baby. Ju
st as her dreams may come true, her family
faces natural disasters and separation. This novel, written in verse, weaves a story of Haitian
history, culture, and one girl’s determination to help her family and achieve her dreams.
The Terrible Two
by Mac Barnett and Jory John
Miles moves to quiet Yawnee Valley with plans to make mischief, but he is quickly involved in a
battle to be the best prankster in town. This book is full of many pranks and 1,346 interesting
facts about cows!
The Worm Whisperer
by Betty Hicks
Fifth grader Ellis Coffey wants to win the annual Woolly Worm Race, because the prize is $1,000,
and his father needs just that amount to pay for his back surgery. To win, he must befriend and
train a worm to be the fastest in the race. But will it be enough?
Gabby Duran and the Unsittables
by Daryle Conners and Elise Allen
Gabby Duran, babysitter extraordinaire, has many
celebrity clients all over the country. She
soon finds herself as the newest associate working for the Association Linking Intergalactics and
Earlthlings (also known as A.L.I.E.N.) as a babysitter for the “unsittables” — some of the galaxy’s
Half a Chance
by Cynthia Lord
Lucy’s family moves to a small, lakeside communi
ty in New Hampshire. She and her new friend
Nate secretly plan to spend the summer taking photos for a contest which her professional
photographer father will be judging. To their surprise, they learn that photos can sometimes show
more than people want to see.
Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures
by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
Thanks to a Unicorn Incident at her school, Pip spends the summer with her aunt at a clinic for
magical creatures. It’s fun... until Fuzzles appear and begin bursting into flames. Pip and her
friend Tomas must take quick action to solve the problem before it causes more trouble for all
creatures, magical or not.
The Pet War
by Allen Woodrow
Eleven-year- old Otto’s desire for a dog turns into sibling rivalry when his older sister, Lexi, claims
she wants a cat. Their mother wants neither. The competition is on after their mother gives them
a challenge: whomever can earn $500 in a month will get the pet of his or her choice. As the
competition gets fiercer, the stakes get higher. Let the Pet War begin!
by Ellen Airgood
Prairie Evers has been home-schooled her whole life. After a move up north with her family,
Prairie finds herself going to public school for the very first time. Prairie discovers that between
raising chickens and nurturing a brand new friendship with a girl her age, school and life in
upstate New York aren’t quite as bad as she anticipated.