Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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Dragon Pearl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368013352
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 15th, 2019

Yoon Ha Lee has drawn on her Korean culture and folklore to create a wonderfully, unexpectedly grand tale set in outer space. When Min, a fox spirit and shapeshifter, hears that her brother Jun has been branded a deserter from the Space Forces, she goes in search of him. Jun is supposedly seeking the Dragon Pearl, an artifact that can build or destroy worlds. But Min knows in her heart Jun would never abandon his job and something is amiss. Deceptions and surprises abound in this lively book and I found it impossible to do anything but read, read, read until it was done!    

— Susan

 


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Missing Mike Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781772780451
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Published: Pajama Press - September 14th, 2018

What happens when a sheriff shows up at your front door and tells your family they have 10 minutes to evacuate and escape wild fires getting dangerously close to your home? Cara and her family pack some belongings in a back pack and go- but Mike, Cara’s beloved rescue mutt has run off nervously and they don’t have time to look for him. Written in flowing prose, this story examines the meaning of family, the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of community in times of disaster. We are left with hope and strength in this beautiful and timely story.

— Tonya


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The Secrets of Winterhouse Cover Image
By Ben Guterson, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250123909
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - December 31st, 2018

I did not think it was possible for book two in a series to better than the first, but Ben Guterson has nailed it! Elizabeth is now living permanently at Winterhouse where new mysteries abound for her and Freddy as well as wonderful word play and puzzles. I was absolutely inspired by Elizabeth’s personal journey and you will be too. Just a wonderful story!

— Susan


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Monstrous Devices Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451478580
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2018

A creepy mystical thriller that leaves 13-year-old Alex with more questions for his mysterious grandfather than he is willing to answer. Fantastic debut with dangerous mechanical creatures and original characters that at first feel familiar, but become so much more. Although perfectly ended, I cannot wait for book two!

— Jamie


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The Adventurers Guild #2 Twilight of the Elves Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484788608
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 13th, 2018

Just as the Harry Potter series grew darker before the conclusion, so does book 2 in The Adventurers Guild trilogy. The saga of Zed, Brock and friends continues with far more difficult quests and challenges; betrayals and mistrust abound and it all has me super curious to see what will happen in the final installment. And again, what a wonderful cast of characters with a great balance of guys and girls. I do suggest, however, re-reading book 1 to refresh your memory of details before starting this latest tale of fast-paced, high energy adventure that will leave you reeling with surprise.

— Susan


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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
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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