Staff Suggestions — Kids 10+ Years

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Bones of the Sun God Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481445825
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - August 1st, 2017

Looking for an action-packed adventure that just doesn’t stop? Then this book is for you! I mean it! Once he arrived in Belize,  I don’t think Sam ever got a chance to relax & you the reader will feel the very same way. In fact, I’d be surprised if you didn’t try to read this story all in one sitting. Sam is following another clue about pyramids, with the hope of finding his parents. Once again, he has help from a friend he met when heading to Egypt—Mary. And once again, he has suspicions about her: is she really trying to help him or is she trying to get information from him, to pass on to her father? You won’t know unless you read the newest installment of the Pyramid Hunters! For ages 10 & up.

-Susan


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The Nature Timeline Wallbook: Unfold the Story of Nature--From the Dawn of Life to the Present Day! Cover Image
By Christopher Lloyd, Andy Forshaw (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780993284731
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Published: What on Earth Publishing - July 5th, 2017

Where to start? The detachable 6-foot timeline can easily grace the wall of a bedroom, offering countless hours of facts. But it also shows the relationship between when events occurred, and how the earth looked when those things were happening and when those animals were living. Then, enjoy the lively news articles highlighting the history of natural science, including “American researchers in fossil face-off”. Keep a curious kid happy for hours! 

— Jamie


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York: The Shadow Cipher Cover Image
By Laura Ruby, Dave Stevenson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062306937
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 16th, 2017

This story is set in New York City…but it’s a NYC unlike the one you & I know & love. Set in modern-day, it has inventions we have yet to see in the real world: cobblestones & windows that absorb light, only to be stored in batteries that power the city. Mechanical marvels that help keep the city clean: metal beetles tidy up the streets, snails scrub windows & dragonflies dry clothes, just to name a few. But this city also has a marvelous secret, created by the same people, a brother & sister duo, who long ago built all these wonders. And now, it’s up to another brother & sister duo to solve it. They must if they want to save their home…& quite possibly, the entire city itself. Filled with codes, cyphers & puzzles that challenge the mind, this book hooked & reeled me in, utterly & completely.

 -Susan


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The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship Cover Image
By Philip Pullman, Fred Fordham (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781338149128
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Published: Graphix - May 30th, 2017

It all started with a solar eclipse…. this James Bond-style thriller makes perfect use of the graphic novel format. The plot urges you forward while the gorgeous images draw you in to look at every detail. Time travel and great characters make this a new classic that kids will be collecting. 

- Jamie


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Guts & Glory: The American Revolution Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316312097
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

I loved this book! There was so much history that I didn’t know before. Some parts were even a little funny to keep you interested! The perfect combination. This book teaches you about the Marquise de Lafayette, the legend of Molly Pitcher, the Culper Spy Ring & so many more facts you wouldn’t find anywhere else. I recommend this book for people interested in the American Revolution or just interested in being smarter than their teachers! I love this book! For age 8 and up.

-Kennedy A., age 9


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Orphan Train Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062445940
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Published: HarperCollins - May 2nd, 2017

This Young Reader’s Edition perfectly hits the mark. Reimagined with sixth grader Molly in the present day, whose story is intertwined with Niamh from 1929, historical fiction fans will love the way these two lives are subtly compared, and ultimately reach across the years to help each other out. A beautiful portrayal of difficult circumstances and compassionate understanding.

— Jamie


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Beyond the Bright Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101994856
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

To have such exquisite writing available to middle grade readers is extraordinary. Told in an intimate and determined voice, Crow’s search to find her roots rocks her fragile world, and endangers those around her. Profound yet utterly relatable, I will reread this book many times; destined for the Newbery shortlist.

— Jamie


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The Warden's Daughter Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375831997
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2017

Jerry Spinelli has been a master story teller for a long time…and he still is! The Warden’s Daughter is about a girl struggling to shed the burdens of her childhood and all the messy realities that go along with that journey. In these pages you will meet Cammie, a girl so real in her desires, her mess ups, her attempts to be happy, that you will think you’ve met her before or maybe even you have some of her inside you! Enter the world of the 1950’s and be prepared for some heavy topics and some serious angst. Read this book and give it to someone else so you can discuss!

— Karen


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The Wolf Keepers Cover Image
By Elise Broach, Alice Ratterree (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780805098990
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 11th, 2016

Here's one for the fans of realistic fiction, mystery or adventure. Lizzie lives at the zoo where her father works. Tyler is a runaway taking refuge behind the elephant's house. When their paths cross, a friendship begins. Then one of the wolves dies & they're suspicious. Their curiosity takes them out of the zoo & into the wilds of Yosemite Park, testing their new friendship as well as survival skills. The Wolf Keepers is well-paced, smoothly written & has the markings of a Nutmeg nominee. A story not to be missed for both guys & girls.

— Susan


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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442485068
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2016

On 9/11 all of our lives changed. But on September 9th and 10th four young people were deep in the everyday issues of family, school, and friends. Sergio who lives in Brooklyn with his grandmother and is missing the love and affection of his mom and dad. Will lives in Shanksville, PA; his father was killed in a traffic accident as he stopped to help another driver. Naheed, in Columbus, OH, is a young Muslim girl starting a new school wearing the traditional head scarf of Muslim women. Aimee is also starting a new school, in California, and feeling unsure of her life. All are impacted by the horrific event of 9/11 simply because they are Americans. A great story for Middle School and up. A poignant and sensitive way for young people to experience the impact that day had on everyone. A must read! 

— Gail


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Chasing Space Young Readers' Edition Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062665928
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Published: Amistad Press - May 23rd, 2017

Think you want to be an astronaut? Well, it wasn’t Leland Melvin’s dream. After all, he played football for the Detroit Lions. Until he was injured. But he didn’t let it keep him down. Instead, he went to work in a completely different field…for NASA, where eventually he became an astronaut and so much more! Follow Leland on his journey, where grit has been key to all his successes. Here’s a book sure to set a fire in all of us to dream big and never give in to our fears.  For readers, ages 8-12, and beyond!

—  Susan


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It Ain't So Awful, Falafel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544612310
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Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2016

I do not like this cover. I do not like this title. BUT I DO LOVE THIS BOOK! So you may think you can’t relate to the main character because she’s from Iran; her language is different, her food is different, her culture is different, everything about her is different… or so you think. 

Meet Zomorod (who now calls herself Cindy). She’s just moved to Newport Beach, CA and is starting middle school.  Follow her through the highs and lows of making friends, navigating school and just trying to be “the best version of herself” that she can be and I know you’ll be able to relate to Zomorod’s feelings and emotions. No matter where we come from, no matter how different we look on the outside, we really are all the same on the inside. This well-crafted, poignant and truly funny story is just a terrific read for everyone!

— Susan


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The Unbreakable Code Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627791168
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 25th, 2017

A great follow up to The Book Scavenger, this story features Emily & James trying to solve a puzzle that no one has solved for hundreds of years, plus find out who the mysterious arsonist is, all why trying to figure out more about Mr. Quisling’s past life. I really like this book because it is full of plot twists. I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up! I recommend this book for people who enjoy mysteries & adventure stories.

Lucy F., age 12


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Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763681173
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 12th, 2016

Raymie Nightingale is a sweet and unassuming story. It's a summer in the life of a girl who’s just trying to live and be happy. This book is a good for someone looking for a soft read that deals with some inevitable difficulties in life in an introductory way. 

Raymie’s father has left her and her mother and Raymie wants him back. Then, her voice of reason- an elderly neighbor- passes away. All Raymie wants is to win Little Miss Florida Tire and get her dad back. Despite some difficult happenings, Raymie makes it through her summer, living life big in her small town with her two new friends.

— Sophie


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Hour of the Bees Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763679224
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

How magical is your family? Probably more than you think, Carol’s definitely is. Trapped on her ailing Grandpa Serge’s ranch for the summer, Carol will learn all about the incredible, and real, magic that once made the ranch a lush village.  Grandpa Serge will tell her stories of how her adventurous and beautiful Grandma made the discovery that took the water and life out of the village. He says the return of the bees means rain. Can Carol and her connection to the bees save her Grandpa’s dried up ranch from drought, and ultimately, the love between her family?

— Sophie