Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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Inkling Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524772819
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

After reading this, you’re going to want your own Inkling!  Loves books, helps with homework, good with kids…everyone wants it for their own - even stealing to get it.  A story of loss, family, and true friendship, this is also great for anyone thinking about a career as a graphic novelist.

— Terri


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Wicked Nix Cover Image
By Lena Coakley, Jaime Zollars (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419728693
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 9th, 2018

An amazing tale of fairies and magic, family and sadness, and finally of hope and happiness. I want to share Wicked Nix, Rose the Wise, and Mr. Green with children everywhere! A perfect family read aloud.

— Jamie


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Soof Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545846653
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 9th, 2018

Charming honest down to earth Aurora is one other thing:  weird! But she still has the same coming of age problems most 12 year olds have. Although her life is beginning to unravel, I loved her struggle, and the ending is perfect. Heartfelt, and full of mother-daughter AND father-daughter love.

— Jamie


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Time Castaways #1: The Mona Lisa Key Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062568137
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 18th, 2018

Here’s an incredibly amazing, fantasy about three siblings who accidentally board a time traveling ship called the Vermilion and find themselves in the middle of a huge quest to save it. I loved this book because of the extraordinary detail! Liesl Shurtliff made the ship seem like it was alive. She also ended the story on a cliffhanger. I recommend this book for fans of the Unwanteds series.

— ARC REVEIWER Annika L., age 11


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The Storm Runner (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368016346
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 18th, 2018

Look out Percy Jackson, there’s a new kid in town! Meet Zane, a half-blood, whose dad is a Mayan god. This story starts out like a distant storm: soft, rumbling, slowly making its way towards you. Then it explodes into an action adventure that never lets you rest, all while introducing you to a whole new world of gods, demons, and more! I love that Rick Riordan has started this imprint that allows authors of diverse backgrounds to write about their culture and folklore. Great for guys and girls.

— Susan


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Saving Winslow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062570703
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - September 11th, 2018

Here’s the perfect story for your 8-year-old who’s moving out of early chapter books. Also a wonderful read-aloud for the whole family, this sweet story has the flavor of a classic. Louie’s missing his older brother who’s joined the army. But instead of feeling sad and sorry for himself, he puts all his energy into saving a baby donkey—Winslow. With a great cast of characters, this book left me filled with joy and happiness.

— Susan


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Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781426331596
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Published: Under the Stars - September 4th, 2018

Sure it’s action-packed, but what I love is that the cool technology and gadgets they use will probably become available in our lifetime!! Kids who love puzzles, ciphers, science, technology, and conservation will love this thriller.

— Jamie

 


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The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062665584
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Published: HarperCollins - June 26th, 2018

Oh, how wonderful it is to have a new found favorite…and for me, this is it! Whether you’re a fan of fantasy or magical realism in general, or a fan of The Adventurers Guild specifically, this book is for you. With a likeable main character, this is a beautifully written adventure about sword fighting, libraries and evil books! Great for guys and girls.

— Susan


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The Griffin's Feather (Dragon Rider #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338215533
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Published: Chicken House - July 31st, 2018

In book 1, Firedrake, Ben and Sorrel found the Rim of Heaven. Now a year has passed and Ben’s family has set up a rescue center for Fabulous Creatures, and they are hosting a family of Pegasi—winged horses! Then the mother Pegasus dies, and without her the eggs will not grow and then the winged horses will roam the earth no more. But there is hope and so begins the quest for a Griffin feather. Just as good as the first, this story is heartwarming, yet full of suspense! This book will outshine all the boring books on your summer reading list!

— ARC REVIEWER Sofia R., age 10


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Wish Upon a Sleepover Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781250109743
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Published: Imprint - August 7th, 2018

Even though there are some sad parts, I totally recommend this book. I got hooked right from the first page and couldn’t stop reading! I rate this story 10 stars. I know you will enjoy this story as much as I did and have a great time reading it.

— ARC REVIEWR Zoe Dykas, age 9


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The Phantom Tower Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524739522
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 21st, 2018

I'm sure glad I cracked this book open because I was immediately drawn into the story and taken by twin brothers, Colm and Mal. And you will be too, because what’s not to love—this book is one part mystery, one part magical realism and one big part HILARIOUS! Join Colm and Mal along with new neighbor Tamika as they race to save their building, and another building in an alternate universe as well.

— Susan


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The Jamie Drake Equation Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524713614
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - June 26th, 2018

Astronomy takes center stage in this fact-filled story. Do aliens exist? What if one got into your cell phone? Jamie’s not sure who to trust, but with his world crumbling around him, maybe the alien has the answer! 

— Jamie


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The House That Lou Built Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524717940
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - June 12th, 2018

Have you ever wanted to have a space that was all your own? Lou does & she is determined to build her dream—a tiny house on her land that she inherited from her dad. Half Filipino & half American, Lou has grown up surrounded by her huge noisy Filipino family, both loved & suffocated by them. But with the multitude of obstacles that come her way, Lou wonders if her tiny house will ever be more than a wonderful dream in her head. Watch Lou take on riding the city bus, cute boys, rusty metal & building a space all her own in this heartwarming story!

— ARC REVIEWER Hannah C., age 12


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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780823440078
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - June 5th, 2018

A near perfect, whimsical adventure! I loved traveling with Bicycle as she bikes across the country to meet her hero and finally make a friend. A wonderful story about the true nature of friendship, told with pure joy.

— Lindsey


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Wild Rescuers: Guardians of the Taiga Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062796370
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Published: HarperCollins - June 5th, 2018

Stacy was raised by wolves who love & understand her. She knows that her life is great with her pack. They help her rescue animals in need & return them to their families. Everything is running smoothly until Stacy reads a scary newspaper article that claims wolves are eating farm animals & the village is putting a bounty on them. Can Stacy & new found friend—a puppy named Page—save her wolf family? Join Stacy on this epic quest to find out!

— ARC REVIEWER Jane W., age 9


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The Seismic Seven Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062463180
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Published: HarperCollins - June 5th, 2018

Bri has long been fascinated with geology, especially supervolcanos. So when top-of-her-field geologist Dr. Grier invites her to work in Yellowstone, Bri’s ecstatic. Then Bri finds out the supervolcano under the park is about to erupt. The summer of learning & exploration turns into dangerous workdays under the earth for Bri & six other kids. This novel, with all its sharp twists & turns, makes us ask the question: Can the Seismic Seven stop the volcano in time? Or will millions die in its massive eruption? A heart-pounding story that’s even harder to ignore than a supervolcano erupting.

— ARC REVIEWER Hannah C., age 13


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You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World Cover Image
By Caroline Paul, Lauren Tamaki (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681198224
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - May 15th, 2018

Is there something you want to be changed in the world? Whether you are taking the first step or you want to make a bigger impact, YOU ARE MIGHTY will help you make an action plan!.

— Laura


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Riders of the Realm #1: Across the Dark Water Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062415394
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Published: HarperCollins - May 1st, 2018

When Echofrost & other Pegasi fly across the “dark waters,” they think they are free even though their new home is full of land walkers & giants. Then Echofrost gets captured by the land walkers. She meets Rahkki, a boy who understands her & shares a bond. Will he be able to help her escape even though it goes against Rahkki’s people? Find out in their epic adventure.

— ARC REVIEWER Jane W., age 9


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The Alcatraz Escape (The Book Scavenger series #3) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627799638
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 1st, 2018

When Emily & James compete in the latest Griswold Game, "Unlock the Rock," along with the usual puzzle solving, they also uncover an unexpected mystery involving Alcatraz itself. So much thoughtful attention to detail is given in this clever, engaging story. But there is so much more to it, because I'll guarantee that you--the reader--will find one or more characters that are relatable. The plots in this series have drawn me in Every time, but it's Emily, James & friends that hold my attention. This is one you'll read over & over again!


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Lulu Is Getting a Sister: (Who WANTS Her? Who NEEDS Her?) (The Lulu Series) Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481471909
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 24th, 2018

A hilarious tale about expecting a sibling! This chapter book is perfect for those new to the concept of having a brother or sister. They can relate to Lulu and her journey to becoming a big sister!

— Lindsay