Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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Children Just Like Me Food Like Mine Cover Image
By DK
$16.99
ISBN: 9781465461353
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - July 11th, 2017

Picky eaters? Maybe they need to get more involved with the process of cooking—maybe they even need to try out different spices! This fantastic book has lots of fun information about places around the world, and easy delicious new ways to prepare food your kids will recognize. Not too many recipes make this the perfect first cookbook or a second great cookbook for your little foodie.           

- Jamie


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The Unicorn in the Barn Cover Image
By Jacqueline Ogburn, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544761124
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - July 4th, 2017

Eric Harper has lived in his family’s part of the woods his whole life. So, of course, he has heard the stories of a white deer. One night, when he spots a “white some- thing,” he follows it…to his new neighbor’s veterinarian clinic. There he discovers that the creature is a unicorn! And his neighbors take care of magical creatures like this all the time. After swearing to secrecy, Eric begins to work with the stern, but caring, Dr. B, & her not-so-caring daughter, Allegra. Of course, not everything in Eric’s life is as great as a unicorn. I really liked this book because it was sweet & drove home the point that life can get very hectic—something relatable to all of us. And reading it was like a roller coaster ride because I was continually Smacked in the Face with feelings! Obviously, it had magical creatures too…which is always a plus!

- Jenna U., age 13


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14 Hollow Road Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101938751
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 13th, 2017

This fantastic book teaches us that there will always be bumps in the road. At 14 Hollow road, the bump is a tornado that comes through on the same days as Maddie’s 6th grade dance—a dance that Maddie wanted to go perfectly. Through this story we see that good can grow from bad. That bumps can bring us closer to family & friends. Jenn Bishop did an amazing job writing this novel & sending out an important message that we all can benefit from!\

-Emma T., age 11


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Midnight at the Electric Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062393548
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Published: Harper Teen - June 13th, 2017

Imagine living in the year 2065 and discovering letters from the 1900s. Now, imagine that the lives of the people who wrote the letters are somehow interconnected with your own… Midnight at the Electric is not just another book related to time travel. Instead, the novel differentiates itself through Anderson’s eloquent dialogue and through the book's statement on what it truly means to be a living, breathing human being, no matter the era. 

-Nicole 


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Pottymouth and Stoopid Cover Image
By James Patterson, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316349635
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - June 12th, 2017

I’ve always thought that James Patterson understood kids in middle school, but this book took it to a whole other level. David (Stoopid) & his best friend Michael (Potty-mouth) used to be completely normal kids until they both messed up & got stuck with the silly nicknames. Most kids with nick-names like these don’t amount to much, but the names take these two on a wild journey that actually ends up making them famous, thanks to David’s divorced father, who David calls his “ex-dad.” How will Michael & David handle this newfound fame, swearing parents & lifelong bullies? Find out in Pottymouth & Stoopid!

-Quinn D., age 10


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William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle Cover Image
By Bobbie Peers, Tara F. Chace (Translator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481478250
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - May 23rd, 2017

Grab your Rubik’s Cube and your favorite energy drink, and settle in for a fantastic action thriller!

Secrets surround thirteen year old William, but none haunt him as much as his grandfather’s disappearance. Having inherited his code-cracking genius from his grandfather, William will have to use those talents to find him (if he's not already dead) even as he learns that the biggest puzzle is his own story.

— Jamie


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Finding Mighty Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419722967
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Published: Amulet Books - May 30th, 2017

Diamond smuggling. Graffiti. Parkour. What’s that? You’ve never heard of parkour? Look it up because it is so cool.

Along the train lines north of NYC, twelve-year-old neighbors Myla & Peter search for the link between Myla’s necklace & the disappearance of Peter’s brother, Randall. Soon Myla and Peter encounter a band of thugs who are after the same thing as Randall. Can Myla and Peter find him before it’s too late? With highly authentic, relatable characters, this is one book that once you start reading it, you won’t want to stop! This is a great story for both guys and girls.

— Susan


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The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681193434
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 30th, 2017

Have your hot chocolate ready BEFORE you start reading this book, because I guarantee you won’t want to stop reading to make a cup once you’ve begun. In a delightful (and delicious) tale of friendship and growing up, Aventurine is a young dragon whose scales aren’t hard enough to protect her yet.  Tired of being stuck at home, she runs away to prove herself. When she tries to eat a human, the delicious smell of chocolate he is cooking reaches her nostrils first and instead, she drinks his hot chocolate. It is the most wonderful thing she has tasted, and yet when she wakes she finds it was enchanted and now she’s a human girl. Feeling like she has failed her family, Aventurine travels to the closest city in search of more chocolate and, with the help of a new friend and a chocolatier boss, she finds so much more than just chocolate.

— Lindsey


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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, and 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!                    

—Kennedy, age 9


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Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid's Tale Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524701017
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

“Merpups” Lilly and Fin will win your heart. They slip past the boundaries of where they are allowed to go, and meet up with some unsavory characters Roald Dahl might have invented. Lavishly illustrated throughout, with some fun activities suggested when the story is finished, it’s the perfect summer read.

—Jamie


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The Great Treehouse War Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9780525514503
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Published: Philomel Books - May 16th, 2017

Navigating her parents divorce has been quite tricky for Winnie, who honestly is just trying to get through 5th grade. After three days with mom and three days with dad, Wednesday is the only day she gets to herself. When she decides to barricade herself in her treehouse and her friends join her, the epic battle begins. Will the parents listen to the kids' demands? 

— Karen


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The World's Greatest Detective Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062368270
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Published: HarperCollins - May 16th, 2017

What a tremendously entertaining, tightly crafted and just down-right clever mystery. Toby's detective uncle is struggling to make ends meet. So when the famous detective, Hugh Abernathy, hosts a contest to win $10,000, Toby knows he must enter (even if Uncle Gabriel forbids it) or risk being sent to the orphanage. While on his quest, Toby is joined by the slightly odd and difficult Ivy...after all it's her family's home where the contest is being held. But soon he's glad for her help as well as her eventual friendship. Equal time is given to Toby and Ivy which makes this a great read for guys and girls. Caroline Carlson's writing gets better with every book. 

— Susan


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The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate Cover Image
By Avi
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616205645
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - May 16th, 2017

The witty chapter titles alone are reason enough to read this hilarious adventure set in 1724 England. Avi has created a cast of rich and complex characters in a spellbinding tale, with a guaranteed sequel that I am anxiously waiting for.

— Jamie


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Gnome-A-Geddon Cover Image
By K. A. Holt, Colin Jack (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481478458
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - May 2nd, 2017

Buck loves the series: The Triumphant Gnome Syndicate. He knows the trivia, the facts about the Troll Vanquishing Mace & the snack custard the Gnome likes. On the night of the release party, the author goes missing. Everyone goes crazy. Will they ever find the author or will he be missing forever? I give this book 20 trillion stars! Best Book Ever and I recommend you get it!

Jesse, age 9


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Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781419723032
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Published: Amulet Books - April 4th, 2017

In the first book from Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Moan, Jack and his genius foster siblings Ava and Matt travel to Antarctica for a science competition! Jack, Ava, Matt, and their partner Dr. Hank Witherspoon find that a fellow scientist has gone missing, and all her research with her. This science-based mystery, is funny and suspenseful-- great for both reluctant and enthusiastic readers! Each book in the series has a super-cool science experiment project in the back, Jack and the Geniuses has one on density.

— Jana


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Panda-Monium Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481445672
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017

When FunJungle’s latest addition, a giant panda, goes missing, FunJungle goes into a frenzy. Even the FBI show up at the scene of the crime. Teddy Fitzroy is (for once) happy to leave the detective work up to the FBI — that is, until he is black-mailed into working on the case. Full to the brim with twists, turns, and stolen bathing suits, this is sure to be an enjoyable read.

-Matthew X., age 12


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The End of the Wild Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316245111
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 11th, 2017

A young girl, who has lost her mother and baby brother in a tragic accident, helps provide for her struggling family by foraging in the woods – a place of comfort that she used to share with her mom.  When a fracking operation comes to town and plans to use the woods for their wastewater pond, she learns how to see both sides of not only situations and people, but how to forgive and give second chances.

— Terri


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Blooming at the Texas Sunrise Motel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627793247
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 28th, 2017

Thirteen-year-old Stevie loses her parents in a tragic accident and must go live with her estranged grandfather at the Texas Sunrise Motel. What follows is nothing short of miraculous as Stevie changes the lives of everyone she meets! A book filled with love, loss and finding your way, a must read!

— Karen


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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763680947
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

Superb accessible poetry with colorful mix-media images, the incomparable Kwame Alexander delivers a thoughtful collection. Short biographies of the celebrated poets complete the collection.

- Jamie


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Masterminds: Payback Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062300058
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - March 7th, 2017

The Masterminds series has a little bit of everything in it: adventure, sci-fi, humor & more. It follows the perspective of four clones, who soon feel guilty after leaving their other friends back in Serenity, New Mexico. They go through many obstacles, both mentally & physically to help one another. Full of many twists, I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoyed the other two, or are looking for a great adventure story!

 Lucy F., age 12


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Hello, Universe Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062414151
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 14th, 2017

The newest book from award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly is a funny, poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view - -two boys and two girls - Hello, Universe celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). Perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly HuntThanhha LaiRita Williams-Garcia and other realistic fiction authors!

— Jana


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Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781419723032
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Published: Amulet Books - April 4th, 2017

In the first book from Bill Nye the Science Guy and Gregory Moan, Jack and his genius foster siblings Ava and Matt travel to Antarctica for a science competition! Jack, Ava, Matt, and their partner Dr. Hank Witherspoon find that a fellow scientist has gone missing, and all her research with her. This science-based mystery, is funny and suspenseful-- great for both reluctant and enthusiastic readers! Each book in the series has a super-cool science experiment project in the back, Jack and the Geniuses has one on density.

— Jana


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The Gauntlet Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481486965
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 28th, 2017

When Farah’s brother, Ahmad, is literally pulled inside an ornate, antique board game, she knows she must rescue him. Joined by her two closest friends, Essie and Alex, they soon meet a wide array of permanent residents and make the shocking discovery that all were once players who lost to the game.

Can Farah find Ahmed in time and win the three challenges? If not, she along with Essie, Alex and Ahmad won’t ever be able to leave. What a fun read, especially for fans of Book Scavenger and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. What made this story even more interesting is that we’re introduced to Bangladeshi culture. Fantastic!

— Susan


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Short Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399186219
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Published: Dial Books - January 31st, 2017

It's summer, and Julia Marks doesn't have any plans aside from missing her old dog, Ramon. So when she gets roped into auditioning for The Wizard of Oz, she isn't sure she's totally on board.  However, Julia is more suited for her new role than she gives herself credit for, and she may just end up having a great time and learning a lot from some VERY interesting people- including that being short has its own advantages.

— Kelly


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Newsprints Cover Image
By Ru Xu
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545803120
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Published: Graphix - January 31st, 2017

Blue's biggest ambition to help with the war effort is to be a newsboy... but she has to hide the fact that she's a girl to do it!  After she makes friends with a boy named Crow, who has quite a secret of his own, she starts to think more about being honest about who she is, and deciding who she can trust.  An exciting debut graphic novel filled with hard fought friendships and spirited kids who fight to do what's right, even in the face of some tough choices.

— Kelly


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I Am Jim Henson Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780525428503
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Published: Dial Books - January 10th, 2017

Beautifully told and illlustrated, it was the small touches and details that absolutely made this book perfect. A behind the scenes look at one of my favorite artistic minds, by the end I'll admit I cried a bit. And then turned the page and laughed again. 

— Lindsey


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Ticket to India Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481422598
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - November 15th, 2016

When twelve-year-old Maya & her family travel to Pakistan for her grandfather’s funeral, she isn’t expecting a side-trip to India. But her grandmother insists she must go to her childhood home of Aminpur to collect a chest of valuables buried in the backyard. Maya and her sister accompany their grandmother on her secret mission, unbeknownst to the rest of the family.

Once in India, her grandmother falls ill but the girls decide to forge ahead. Eventually, Maya is separated from her sister & must make the difficult decision of finishing what they started alone. While on her journey, Maya learns how India & Pakistan were once one country & what drove them apart. This is definitely a story of Maya’s self-discovery. But I also love how this book introduces us to both India & Pakistan & their AMAZING  cultures & histories. A must read!

— Susan


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The Secret Keepers Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316389556
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

From the same author who wrote The Mysterious Benedict Society, comes a fast-paced adventure about 11 year old Rueben and a mysterious, powerful watch. As Rueben searches to find out the watch’s past, the dangerous Directions are closing in. Who is The Smoke, the Directions’ boss, the gangster who runs the city? Can Rueben avoid them long enough to learn the watch’s secret? A thrilling story I couldn’t read fast enough!

— Jamie


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Ms. Rapscott's Girls Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142425619
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Published: Puffin Books - September 13th, 2016

This wonderful sweet book is delightful.  Like Mary Poppins, Ms. Rapscott is a model of perfection, although you may wonder about some of her methods!  But, the girls have Very Busy Parents and Ms. Rapscott has her work cut out for her.  Endearing pictures complete this gem!                      

~ Jamie


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One Half from the East Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062421906
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Published: HarperCollins - September 6th, 2016

A beautiful novel for young readers that explores a topic previously unknown to me: the Afghan practice of changing the outward appearance of young daughters into sons (bacha posh) to bring good fortune to a family in tough times.  Set in a culture where the issue is a particular problem, the book explores the different attitudes towards how boys and girls are valued, and the lack of opportunities this creates for girls and women, there and around the world.  More than anything, this is a book about friendship, survival and growth, even in circumstances that are hard to control.                 

~ Kelly