Aggie Morton Mystery Queen Peril at Owl Park

Aggie Morton  Mystery Queen  Peril at Owl Park
Author: Marthe Jocelyn
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780735265516
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Release: 2021-09-07
Editor: Tundra Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, Christmas becomes a lot more exciting when a dead body is found in this second book in the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series, inspired by the life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot. For fans of The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency. Aspiring writer Aggie Morton is looking forward to Christmas. Having just solved a murder and survived her own brush with death inal her small town of Torquay on the coast of England, Aggie can't wait to spend the holidays with her sister Marjorie, the new Lady Greyson of Owl Park, an enormous manor house in the country; Grannie Jane and her fellow sleuth and partner in crime, Hector Perot. Owl Park holds many delights including Aggie's almost cousin Lucy, exciting and glamorous visitors from Ceylon and disguises aplenty in the form of a group of travelling actors, not to mention a secret passageway AND an enormous, cursed emerald. Not even glowering old Lady Greyson (the Senior) can interfere with Aggie's festive cheer. But when Aggie and her friends discover a body instead of presents on Christmas morning, things take a deadly serious turn. With the help of a certain nosy reporter, Aggie and Hector will once again have to put their deductive skills and imaginations to work to find the murderer on the loose. Filled with mystery, adventure, unforgettable characters and several helpings of tea and Christmas pudding,Peril at Owl Parkis the second book in a new series for middle-grade readers and Christie and Poirot fans everywhere.

Aggie Morton Mystery Queen the Body Under the Piano

Aggie Morton  Mystery Queen  the Body Under the Piano
Author: Marthe Jocelyn
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780735265486
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Release: 2021-04-06
Editor: Tundra Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A smart and charming middle-grade mystery series starring young detective Aggie Morton and her friend Hector, inspired by the imagined life of Agatha Christie as a child and her most popular creation, Hercule Poirot. Aggie Morton lives in a small town on the coast of England in 1902. Adventurous and imaginative but deeply shy, Aggie hasn't got much to do since the death of her beloved father . . . until the fateful day when she crosses paths with twelve-year-old Belgian immigrant Hector Perot and discovers a dead body on the floor of the Mermaid Dance Room! As the number of suspects grows and the murder threatens to tear the town apart, Aggie and her new friend will need every tool at their disposal -- including their insatiable curiosity, deductive skills and not a little help from their friends -- to solve the case before Aggie's beloved dance instructor is charged with a crime Aggie is sure she didn't commit.

Hiss s s s

Hiss s s s
Author: Eric A. Kimmel
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780823427284
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Release: 2012-09-07
Editor: Holiday House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Omar wants a snake more than anything, but his mom is unenthusiastic to say the least. However, the family strikes a compromise: Omar can get a corn snake; but it must stay inside his room, where his mom will not have to set eyes on it. So when Arrow escapes, Omar has to keep it a secret. But with an inquisitive little sister and parents mindful of odd behavior, it's not easy.

The Emperor s Ostrich

The Emperor s Ostrich
Author: Julie Berry
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781596439597
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Release: 2017-06-13
Editor: Roaring Brook Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Magic and mayhem abound in this fantasy adventure from the author of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow Alfalfa. So she has set off on a search across the countryside even though she has nothing but a magical map to guide her. Along the way she meets a mother and baby, a woodcutter, a very dirty young man, and an eight-foot ostrich. Meanwhile, the emperor has gone missing from the royal palace in a most mysterious manner. Was it murder? Was it magic? It will take all of Begonia's wits to save the empire and get Alfalfa home safely.

Trowbridge Road

Trowbridge Road
Author: Marcella Pixley
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781536211924
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Release: 2020-10-06
Editor: Candlewick Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In a stunning novel set in the 1980s, a girl with heavy secrets awakens her sleepy street to the complexities of love and courage. It’s the summer of ’83 on Trowbridge Road, and June Bug Jordan is hungry. Months after her father’s death from complications from AIDS, her mother has stopped cooking and refuses to leave the house, instead locking herself away to scour at the germs she believes are everywhere. June Bug threatens this precarious existence by going out into the neighborhood, gradually befriending an imaginative boy who is living with his Nana Jean after experiencing troubles of his own. But as June Bug’s connection to the world grows stronger, her mother’s grows more distant — even dangerous — pushing June Bug to choose between truth and healing and the only home she has ever known. Trowbridge Road paints an unwavering portrait of a girl and her family touched by mental illness and grief. Set in the Boston suburbs during the first years of the AIDS epidemic, the novel explores how a seemingly perfect neighborhood can contain restless ghosts and unspoken secrets. Written with deep insight and subtle lyricism by acclaimed author Marcella Pixley, Trowbridge Road demonstrates our power to rescue one another even when our hearts are broken.

Not As We Know It

Not As We Know It
Author: Tom Avery
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780553535112
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Release: 2016-08-23
Editor: Schwartz & Wade
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For fans of David Almond’s Skellig and Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls, here is a lyrical, atmospheric, and deeply emotional middle-grade novel with a touch of magical realism. Twins Jamie and Ned do everything together, from watching their favorite show, Star Trek, to riding their bikes, to beachcombing after a storm. But Ned is sick with cystic fibrosis, and he may someday leave Jamie behind. One day the boys find a strange animal on the beach: smooth flesh on one end, scales at the other, and short arms and legs with long webbed fingers and toes. Could it be a merman, like in the old stories Granddad tells? Together, the boys name the creature Leonard and decide to hide him in a tub in their garage. But . . . why is Leonard here? Jamie hopes he might bring some miracle that will stop his brother from going where he can no longer follow. But Ned, who grows closer to Leonard every day, doesn’t seem to be getting any better. . . . "An elegant story of courage and loss." —The Wall Street Journal "A heartrending but ultimately uplifting adventure novel." —School Library Journal, Starred "A hauntingly beautiful story about brotherly bonds, wrenching grief, and the untethered hope that everything will somehow work out." —Publishers Weekly, Starred "Captivating." —Shelf Awareness, Starred

Pip The Story of Olive

Pip  The Story of Olive
Author: Kim Kane
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780375853647
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Release: 2009-06-09
Editor: David Fickling Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A story about fitting in and finding the strength to be yourself. Olive is an only child. She lives by the sea in a ramshackle old house with her mother, Mog—successful, busy, and hardly ever at home. Olive is very pale and very quiet and she doesn’t quite fit in. But she has a best friend, Mathilda, and that’s what matters. And then Mathilda decides to be someone else’s best friend. Just as life really can’t get much worse, Pip shows up. Brash, loud Pip, who is everything that Olive is not, and is about to cause Olive a whole heap of trouble—and open her up to a whole world of possibilities.

Disney Alice in Wonderland The Story of the Movie in Comics

Disney Alice in Wonderland  The Story of the Movie in Comics
Author: Disney
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781506717357
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Release: 2020-03-24
Editor: Dark Horse Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this retelling of the fantasy-adventure animated film, you'll follow the white rabbit to a topsy-turvy realm with Alice! While dreaming of a world of her own, young Alice is interrupted by a white rabbit who is very late--too late to say hello or where he is headed. She chases after him and falls down a mysterious rabbit hole that leads to a literal wonderland. As Alice journeys further into this strange and chaotic world, things become curiouser and curiouser, as do the characters she meets. Before she catches up to the white rabbit and finds her way home again, Alice will realize her curiosity should be tempered with a little patience and thinking ahead. Originally released in 1951, the film Disney Alice in Wonderland is based Lewis Carroll's Alice books, classics of English literature. Celebrate all the curiosities with this hardcover graphic novel retelling!

Everything You Need to Know About Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures

Everything You Need to Know About Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures
Author: DK
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9780756688394
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Release: 2011-07-18
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Everything You Need to Know About Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures is a fascinating read - not only do you discover the basics of reptile and amphibian anatomy, you also learn about the lives and times of a great number of creatures: see how they survive in lakes and rivers, forests and deserts, and how they have adapted to the most inhospitable habitats. Everything You Need to Know About Frogs and Other Slippery Creatures provides ideas for things to make, games to play, quizzes, and shocking facts to share with your friends. It's everything you need to know, and everything you WANT to find out.

Raising Lumie

Raising Lumie
Author: Joan Bauer
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780593113226
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Release: 2020-06-16
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A poignant, hopeful story of a girl and her puppy. Olive Hudson desperately wants a dog. But that doesn't seem to be a possibility right now. Newly orphaned, she's moving in with the half sister she hardly knows and their life is too chaotic to include a dog. But then something wonderful happens: Olive gets a chance to raise Lumie, a guide dog puppy. Discipline. Rules. Lots of hugs. Only the best of the best puppies continue on to become guide dogs, and of course Olive wants Lumie to be chosen. But if she is, that means that Olive will lose her. Once again, the incomparable Joan Bauer tells a touching story that is full of heart and warmth and unabashed idealism.

In Todd We Trust

In Todd We Trust
Author: Louise Galveston
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781101610978
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Release: 2015-03-17
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Out of the dirt on Todd’s smelly sock came a race of miniature people who worship Todd as a god. Now, the tiny Toddlians need everyone's prayers! The Toddlians have always believed in the omnipotence of their god, twelve-year-old Todd Butroche. After all, Todd is their creator and they would not exist if it were not for him and his benevolent grossness. But when the Toddlians are confronted with a vile “red thing” (a moldy apple) and its mysterious and horrifying inhabitant (a worm!), they begin to believe Todd has forgotten all about them. There’s only one solution to the Toddlians’ problems: to find a new god! And so they decide to build a raft à la Noah’s ark in order to search for a more thoughtful deity. But who can the Toddlians turn to in their time of despair? And does Todd really not remember the miniature race generated by the dirt on his smelly sock? It will take more than divine intervention to save the Toddlians and mend their relationship with their neglectful creator.

Hey New Kid

Hey  New Kid
Author: Betsy Duffey
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781101142486
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Release: 1998-06-01
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Cody's father is an F.B.I. agent, he's got a pet emu, and he's an ace on Rollerblades. At least, that's what Cody tells his class on the first day at his new school. Being Super Deluxe Cody is great, until someone throws a skating party. And suddenly, the game may be up!

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole
Author: Michelle Cuevas
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780399539152
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Release: 2017-09-12
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A girl's friendship with a lonely black hole leads her to face her own sadness in this original, funny, and touching middle grade novel for fans of Crenshaw and Flora & Ulysses. When eleven-year-old Stella Rodriguez shows up at NASA to request that her recording be included in Carl Sagan's Golden Record, something unexpected happens: A black hole follows her home, and sets out to live in her house as a pet. The black hole swallows everything he touches, which is challenging to say the least—but also turns out to be a convenient way to get rid of those items that Stella doesn't want around. Soon the ugly sweaters her aunt has made for her all disappear within the black hole, as does the smelly class hamster she's taking care of, and most important, all the reminders of her dead father that are just too painful to have around. It's not until Stella, her younger brother, Cosmo, the family puppy, and even the bathroom tub all get swallowed up by the black hole that Stella comes to realize she has been letting her own grief consume her. And that's not the only thing she realizes as she attempts to get back home. This is an astonishingly original and funny adventure with a great big heart.

The Runaway Princess

The Runaway Princess
Author: Johan Troïanowski
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780593118405
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Release: 2020
Editor: Random House Graphic
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This princess can't resist the lure of adventure, but her parents aren't quite on board in this fantastical graphic novel perfect for fans of Princess in Black and Phoebe and Her Unicorn! Robin? Robin? Robin?! Where are you? She couldn't have gone far. . . . Princesses don't run away to have their own adventures. Right? Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives. Not this princess! Adventures await when Robin (bored of princess-ing all the time) embarks on the best adventure of her life--meeting friends along the way as she travels through the magical landscape of her country. But her parents aren't so pleased--and they're coming to find her and bring her back to the castle, no matter how she feels about it!

Chloe in India

Chloe in India
Author: Kate Darnton
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780553535068
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Release: 2016-01-12
Editor: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A poignant and delightful story involving class, race, social customs, and a unique friendship that questions them all. Though they’re divided by class, language, appearance—you name it—Chloe and Lakshmi have a lot in common. Both girls are new to Class Five at Premium Academy in New Delhi, India, and neither seems to fit in. But they soon discover how extraordinary an ordinary friendship can be and how celebrating our individuality can change the world. "Whether describing the heat of a Delhi summer or the emotions of a homesick preteen in a strange land, Darnton gets the details right, bringing characters and story to life and also educating readers about the economic discrepancies rampant in India. Blonde American Chloe's perspective gives Western readers a way into this tale of inequality in a foreign culture."--Kirkus "A solid multicultural offering for middle grade collections."--SLJ "The heart of the story—standing up for others, despite social or economic class—can offer a good discussion for readers and hopefully get them thinking about those around them."--Booklist "An informed and informative work of fiction that incorporates eye- opening facts about poverty and social systems outside of the United States while never losing the protagonist’s authentic and relatable voice. Evocative in setting, sympathetic in character, and noble in intent, this story is for armchair travelers and seekers of fairness and friendship."--The Bulletin

Catch You Later Traitor

Catch You Later  Traitor
Author: Avi
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781101917671
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Release: 2015-03-10
Editor: Tundra Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Collison's are an ordinary family, and Pete's a normal kid... until the FBI show up at his door and accuse him and his family of being Communists. Set in 1951, during the Red Scare - when the cold war was really beginning to solidify - this suspenseful, middle grade novel explores the impact of the War on an average American family. As Pete digs into his family history, using the sleuthing skills he's learned from Sam Spade and radio dramas, his world is rocked. Is his dad really a Communist, and his grandfather too? And what does that make Pete? Is that why his friends won't talk to him anymore? Based on the author's own childhood experiences, CATCH YOU LATER, TRAITOR explores the meaning of belonging, the pain of ostracism and isolation, and the power of paranoia and fear that so easily turns neighbour against neighbour. Written by Newbery winner, AVI.

Where the Woods End

Where the Woods End
Author: Charlotte Salter
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780735229259
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Release: 2018-08-14
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In a forest filled with treacherous beasts, the thing to be most afraid of is closer than you think in this middle grade horror fantasy. Kestrel, a young huntress, lives in a seemingly endless forest crawling with dangerous beasts. But the most dangerous beasts of all are the Grabbers--beings that are born when you are and stalk you throughout your life, waiting for the perfect moment to snatch and eat you. No one has ever defeated their Grabber once attacked, and those that die from accidents or other creatures are considered "lucky." Kestrel has been tasked by her mother, a powerful and controlling spell-caster, to hunt down the Grabbers in an effort to protect their village in the forest. Accompanied by Pippit, a hilariously bloodthirsty weasel, she hones her skills as she searches for a way out of the forest--and away from the judgmental villagers who despise her. But her own Grabber is creeping ever closer, and nothing in this forest is what it seems...including her mother's true motivations.

The Retake

The Retake
Author: Jen Calonita
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780593174142
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Release: 2021-02-23
Editor: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Zoe ... and Laura used to do everything together, from taking silly selfies, to joining all the same clubs together and even throwing surprise birthday parties for one another. But lately things have been weird between them. Now Laura will post a photo of her hanging out with other girls before responding to Zoe's simple text... But then a magical app downloads on her phone--and things get even weirder. Suddenly Zoe can travel back in time to moments where her and Laura started drifting apart. It is like a dream come true. A chance for Zoe to mend their friendship"--Publisher marketing.

Mable Riley

Mable Riley
Author: Marthe Jocelyn
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781770490246
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Release: 2009-06-05
Editor: Tundra Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Winner of the 2005 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award It is 1901 and Mable Riley dreams of adventure and of becoming a writer. When her older sister leaves home to become a schoolmistress in the small town of Stratford, Ontario, Mable is sent along too. Mable hopes her new world will be full of peril and romance. But life at the Goodhand Farm (where the sisters board), is as humdrum as the one she’s left behind. Then Mable encounters the mysterious Mrs. Rattle, a peculiar widow with a taste for upsetting the townspeople with her strange opinions. Mrs. Rattle is a real writer, and Mable eagerly accepts her invitation to a meeting of the Ladies Reading Society. But the ladies are not discussing books at all, and Mable may soon have more peril than she’d bargained for! Composed of the letters Mable sends home, the poems she writes for her classmates, and chapters from her own work-in-progress, Mable Riley is the funny, inspiring, (and reliable) record of a young girl finding her voice, and the courage to make it heard.

Nessie Quest

Nessie Quest
Author: Melissa Savage
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780525645702
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Release: 2021-01-19
Editor: Yearling
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Fans of Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe and Melissa Savage's own Lemons will devour this voice-driven novel packed with humor and heart about two friends who head off on an adventure to find the Loch Ness Monster. Ada Ru thought her parents were finally going to agree to a Fitzhugh family vacation to Disney World the summer before sixth grade. Then her father announces he's taking a teaching position in Scotland, and moving the family there for the entire summer. Obviously, Ada Ru is anything but happy. She doesn't like their new home, she hates haggis, and she certainly doesn't like the idea that she will be away from her best friend all summer. To top it all off, there is said to be a monster in the lake near their house! That's when she meets Hamish Bean Timmy, Hammy Bean for short, captain of the Nessie Quest Monster Chaser boat tour. He knows everything there is to know about the fabled Loch Ness Monster and Scotland. But as the two unlikely friends embark on an epic adventure to spot the lake monster, they end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined.