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BL american library association’s Booklist

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MM Group Mystery/adventure Middle & High school,

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SM Group sports Middle & High school, Grades 7–11

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The 100-Year-Old Secret:

The Sherlock Files, Book 1

by Tracy Barrett

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ

Xena and Xander Holmes have lived in London

barely long enough to recover from their jetlag when

they receive a strange note inviting them to join the

Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives.

At their first meeting with the group, the siblings

learn exciting news: they’re related to the celebrated

Sherlock Holmes! Better yet, a book of the detective’s

unsolved cases is entrusted to Xena and Xander . . .

and the brother and sister soon have a lead on one of

the mysteries.

Isbn: 9780805083408 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 160 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 3.7 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 650l

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Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale

(Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) u

by Deborah Hopkinson • illustrated by John Hendrix

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BCCBH, BLH, CL, H, HGs, K, SLJH, WC

In 1816, in a green Kentucky valley lived seven-yearold

Abraham Lincoln and his dear friend ten-year-old

Austin Gollaher. One day they went out together in

search of partridges. They came to the banks of the

swollen Knob Creek. Though Austin thought better

of crossing the rushing waters, Abe—“not a great

leader yet”—pointed to the partridges on the other

side and said, “Let’s go.” Austin got across without

incident, but Abraham fell in. Lucky for the future

of the country, Austin was there to pull him out.

Author’s note. Full-color watercolor and pen-and-ink

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780375937682 • Dewey: e • 11 1/2" x 9 1/2" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 600l

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*NEW* Abigail Spells

written and illustrated by Anna Alter

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, K, SLJ

More than anything, Abigail loves to spell—and she’s

very good at it. She’s excited to show off her skills

at the school’s spelling bee. But things don’t go as

planned, and she’s eliminated in the first round. After

the contest, George reminds Abigail that friendship

is more important than spelling. Full-color acrylic

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780375956171 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 480l

JLG: $13.25 • Knopf: $19.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

About Rodents: A Guide for Children

by Cathryn Sill • illustrated by John Sill

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, SLJ, WC

“Rodents are mammals with special front teeth that

never stop growing.” Some rodents are so small they

can scamper up blades of grass. Others, such as South

America’s capybaras, can weigh up to 145 pounds.

Some rodents live under the ground, while others live

in trees or near water. About Rodents portrays the rich

variety of rodent life with simple text and detailed

paintings. Afterword about the animals depicted.

Glossary. Bibliography. Full-color watercolors.

Isbn: 9781561454549 • Dewey: 599.35 • 10" x 8 1/2" • 48 pp

lexile: 530l

JLG: $9.00 • Peachtree: $15.95 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Abuelos

by Pat Mora • illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

Amelia’s brother, Ray, has been chasing her around

their new home and trying to scare her. “Uuuuu, los

viejos de las montañas pronto vendrán a visitar,” he

says. (“Oooooo, the old mountain men are coming

to visit.”) Amelia soon learns she has nothing to be

frightened of; the impending “visit” is just part of a

winter tradition in New Mexico in which the older

men of the village climb into the mountains, disguise

themselves, and then return to play at scaring the

children. Spanish text. Author’s note. Full-color

illustrations in pastel and colored pencil.

Isbn: 9780888997166 • Dewey: e • 8 3/4" x 10 3/4" • 36 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Groundwood: $18.95 • JlG Month: feb 2009

The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short:

The Knights’ Tales u

by Gerald Morris • illustrated by Aaron Renier

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: HG, SLJ, WC

Givret, a member of King Arthur’s court, is so

short that people often don’t take him seriously. His

braininess more than makes up for his small stature,

however. Using riddles, disguises, and other schemes,

Givret stops knights from engaging in pointless

duels, tricks an enemy army, and patches up a friend’s

marriage. Givret’s clever ploys finally earn him a

knighthood and respect: “. . . his advice was sought

out by all and treasured when received.” Black-andwhite

brush and ink illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618777150 • Dewey: f • 5 1/4" x 7 3/8" • 96 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 2.0 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 730l

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The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great:

The Knights’ Tales u

by Gerald Morris • illustrated by Aaron Renier

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, KH, SLJ, WC

“In no time at all . . . Sir Lancelot became the most

famous of all King Arthur’s knights. . . . No other

knight rescued so many damsels in distress or slew so

many dragons, or for that matter, kept his armor so

tidy.” Though Sir Lancelot’s methods are sometimes

unorthodox—he insists on a daily nap and has been

known to use both bad singing and acorns to defend

himself—he is still “the greatest knight in England.”

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618777143 • Dewey: 398.20942/02 • 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" • 96 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 830l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $15.00 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

Albino Animals u

by Kelly Milner Halls

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, SLJ

Albinism is a rare genetic trait that prevents

organisms from producing melanin. Yet there are

albinos in almost every species on Earth. This

book documents real-life examples of albinos

among reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, birds,

insects, and even plants. The profiles explain the

different dangers each all-white creature faces

in its habitat. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Fullcolor

photographs. Winner of 2005 Benjamin

Franklin Award.

Isbn: 9781581960129 • Dewey: 572.59 • 9 1/8" x 11" • 72 pp

aR level: 7.1 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 7.8 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 1070l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $18.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2004

And Nobody Got Hurt 2!: More of the World’s Weirdest,

Wackiest, Most Amazing True Sports Stories

by Len Berman

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: HG, SLJ

A first baseman who locked himself in the bathroom

during a game; a basketball player who scored a

winning basket while on his back; a soccer fan who

threw live chickens onto the field. These and dozens

of other outrageous stories demonstrate that no

matter what sport athletes are playing, strange rules,

hot tempers, and plain old human error can wreak

hilarious havoc. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780316067065 • Dewey: 796 • 5 1/4" x 7 5/8" • 144 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 820l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $16.99 • JlG Month: feb 2008

The Anne Frank Case:

Simon Wiesenthal’s Search for the Truth

by Susan Goldman Rubin • illustrated by Bill Farnsworth

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BLH, K, SLJ, WC

Having miraculously survived the Holocaust,

Simon Wiesenthal dedicated his life to exposing

the crimes of the Nazis. In October 1958, a

friend told him that neo-Nazi demonstrators in

Linz, Austria, had interrupted a performance of

The Diary of Anne Frank, claiming that Anne

Frank was an invention. Deeply concerned that

many local teenagers considered Anne’s diary a

fake, Wiesenthal set out to prove her existence by

finding the Gestapo officer who arrested her family.

Bibliography. Glossary. Full-color and black-andwhite

photographs. Full-color paintings.

Isbn: 9780823421091 • Dewey: 940.53/18092 b • 8 1/2" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 6.1 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 6.3 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 910l

JLG: $9.00 • Holiday House: $16.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

Annie and Simon

written and illustrated by Catharine O’Neill

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ

Simon may be much older than his sister, Annie,

but that doesn’t stop these siblings—and their dog,

Hazel—from having lots of fun together. In four

illustrated stories, Annie and Simon go on a canoe

ride and look for loons, wait for rain (on a sunny

day), and watch a meteor shower. Plus, Simon knows

just how to treat bee stings and even lets Annie style

his hair! Full-color watercolors.

Isbn: 9780763626884 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 64 pp

aR level: 2.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: 260l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $15.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

Annie and Snowball and the Dress-Up Birthday:

The First Book of Their Adventures

by Cynthia Rylant • illustrated by Suçie Stevenson

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BCCB, HG, SLJ

It’s Annie’s birthday, and Annie is very excited about

her dress-up party. She gets to wear her favorite

things: a satin dress, sparkly pink tights, and little

white gloves with pearls. Her rabbit, Snowball, is

ready for the party, too, with a glittery nose and a

little blue bow on her tail. Even Dad is wearing a

tuxedo. When Annie’s guests Henry and Mudge

arrive, they’re dressed up, as well—although it’s not

exactly what Annie had in mind. Pen-and-ink and

watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9781416909385 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 520l

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $14.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2007

Annie’s Adventures: The Sisters 8, Book 1

by Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Greg Logsted with Jackie Logsted

illustrated by Lisa K. Weber

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: HG, K

After the Huit octuplets’ parents disappear, the eight

girls find an anonymous note that reads, “[Y]ou

must each discover both your power and your gift

in order to reveal what happened to your parents.”

Attempting to keep up appearances, the sisters

assume their parents’ responsibilities. This task

becomes much easier when Annie, the eldest sister,

realizes her power: she’s capable of managing the

household like an adult. Many challenges remain,

though, from learning how to drive to confronting

a horrid neighbor who tries to steal Mrs. Huit’s

scientific research. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780547133492 • Dewey: f • 5 1/8" x 7 5/8" • 144 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 720l

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*NEW* Any Which Wall

by Laurel Snyder • drawings by LeUyen Pham

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, H, K, SLJ

“Everyone agreed: the wall was ‘wow.’ It looked like

something from another place and time, ancient

and mysterious, leaning over them. They just stood.

Gaping. Up.” A boring, hot day in Quiet Falls, Iowa,

has suddenly become interesting for siblings Henry

and Emma and their neighbors Susan and Roy.

Though they’re not yet sure they believe in magic, the

four instinctively know that this structure, standing

free in the middle of a cornfield, is begging to be

claimed. Its purpose, hinted at by a keyhole with

no door, is ripe for discovery. Black-and-white line

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780375955600 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 810l

JLG: $13.25 • Random House: $19.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter

by Kathy Whitehead • illustrated by Shane W. Evans

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, SLJ, WC

“Clementine waited until her work in the Big House

was done and the twinkle of stars filled the night sky

above the Cane River. She was ready to paint, like

the artists she cooked and cleaned for on Melrose

Plantation. . . . Instead of canvas, she used window

shades, glass bottles, black iron skillets, and old

boards—whatever she could find. In the middle of

her hundred years, Clementine Hunter had decided

to paint.” Hunter’s work, inspired by memories of

picking cotton and pecans, wash days, weddings, and

baptisms, now hangs in museums across the country.

Bibliography. Author’s note. Full-color mixed-media

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399242199 • Dewey: 759.13 b • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 870l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $16.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

The Art of Freedom: How Artists See America

by Bob Raczka

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, K

“America is a country. America is an idea. America

is farms. America is cities.” America is a large and

varied nation, full of natural wonders and manmade

marvels, open roads and crowded towns. The

author has selected famous American paintings,

photographs, and sculptures and paired them with

descriptions of the diverse aspects of the United

States. He has included Jasper Johns’s Map, Georgia

O’Keefe’s Brooklyn Bridge, Edward Hopper’s Early

Sunday Morning, and Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of

George Washington, among others. Brief biography

of each artist. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780822575085 • Dewey: 704.9/49973 • 10 5/8" x 8 7/8" • 32 pp

lexile: aD60l

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Awful Ogre Running Wild

by Jack Prelutsky • illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, WC

How does Awful Ogre spend his summer days?

Going on picnics, taking dips in the neighborhood

pond, and visiting his grandmother, just like everyone

else. Except his picnic basket is full of lizard-stuffed

skunk, his swimming partner is a piranha, and

Grandma is two thousand and seventy-three years

old. “She loves to complain of her aches and her

pains / Yet while she’s complaining, she’ll grin. / She

feeds me a snack of dried weasel remains / And tickles

me under the chin.” Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780066238678 • Dewey: 811/.54 • 9" x 12" • 40 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.2 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: nP

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Baby Brains and RoboMom

written and illustrated by Simon James

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, KH, SLJ

When Baby Brains sees how tired his parents are,

he invents the ultimate solution: a RoboMom. She

irons, she cooks, she cleans; she even washes the car.

Soon, she’s bathing Baby and putting him to bed,

too, and Mr. and Mrs. Brains don’t know how to stop

her. “She’s doing too much,” Mrs. Brains complains.

“And what’s all that smoke coming out of her head?”

asks Mr. Brains. Then, one morning, RoboMom

serves nuts and bolts for breakfast—and it’s clear that

Baby Brains’ solution has a problem. Watercolor and

ink illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763634636 • Dewey: e • 9 1/16" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 700l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $15.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

Backbeard: Pirate for Hire

written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: HG, K

Backbeard, the smelliest, hairiest, and most

outrageously dressed pirate who ever lived, is

summoned by the Pirate Council. “Crabcakes!”

he says. They give him an ultimatum: dress like a

normal pirate, replace that pig on your shoulder

with a parrot, or find a new job. Refusing to change,

Backbeard disbands his crew and looks for work.

The fishmonger doesn’t like him and the blacksmith

won’t hire him, but a nice old lady in a tearoom is

hiring. . . . Full-color illustrations done using pencil,

fabric, photography, and digital techniques.

Isbn: 9780802796332 • Dewey: e • 8" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 480l

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Balls!

by Michael J. Rosen • illustrated by John Margeson

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, WC

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Why does a golf ball have dimples? How many little

bumps are on a basketball? How did the football end

up with that funny shape? Turns out that behind

every ball is a great story. Discover the history, trivia,

and technology of eight of the most commonly used

balls on the playing field today. Photographs and fullcolor

illustrations. Suggestions for further reading.

Isbn: 9781581960303 • Dewey: 796.3 • 9 3/8" x 11" • 72 pp

aR level: 6.9 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 7.0 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 1100l

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Balls! Round 2

by Michael J. Rosen • illustrated by John Margeson

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: CL, HG, SLJ

Early baseballs were called “lemon-peel balls”;

bowling was such a popular diversion among

fourteenth-century English soldiers that King Edward

III outlawed it; billiard balls made in the 1800s

sometimes exploded on contact. This book combines

the often humorous and strange history of balls used

in popular sports with facts and figures about how

those balls are made and used today. Includes quizzes

and activities. Photographs and full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781581960662 • Dewey: 796.3 • 9 3/8" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 7.1 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 7.2 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 1130l

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Baron von Baddie and the Ice Ray Incident

written and illustrated by George McClements

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, SLJ

After Baron von Baddie traps his nemesis, Captain

Kapow, in ice, the evil genius can do whatever he

wants. He can eat tons of doughnuts! He can build

huge robots! He can carry out fiendish plans, all

without worrying about going to jail! Unfortunately,

some of the Baron’s favorite plans involve escaping

from jail. Full-color mixed-media collage.

Isbn: 9780152061388 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD320l

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Basketball Bats: Gym Shorts

by Betty Hicks • illustrated by Adam McCauley

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, SLJ, WC

“Henry felt lucky. He had four friends. Exactly

enough to make a basketball team.” When Henry

and his friends from Rockford Road play basketball

on his driveway, they’re unstoppable. Then a group

of intimidating kids who call themselves the Tigers

challenge them to a game on “Tiger Turf.” Without

cool team T-shirts or even a name, how can the kids

from Rockford Road hope to beat the Tigers, who

play at the YMCA and have a player old enough to

shave? Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596432437 • Dewey: f • 5 7/8" x 7 1/4" • 64 pp

aR level: 2.6 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 340l

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*NEW* Bean Soup: A Cooking Poem /

Sopa de frijoles: Un poema para cocinar

by Jorge Argueta • pictures by Rafael Yockteng

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: BL, SLJ, WC

Is it a story, a poem, or a recipe? In the case of Bean

Soup: A Cooking Poem / Sopa de frijoles: Un poema

para cocinar the answer is “yes” to all three. The

bilingual picture book offers free-verse instructions

for the ingredients and the methods to make “the

lovely bean soup.” A note in the front of the book

explains that parts of the recipe requiring adult

participation or supervision are marked with an

asterisk (*). Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780888998811 • Dewey: 861.64 • 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" • 32 pp

sRC level: 1.5 • sRC Points: 1

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Bed, Bats, & Beyond

by Joan Holub • illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: CJ, HG, K, SLJ, WC

The sun is rising and it’s time for bed, but a bat

named Fink can’t sleep. “I know something that’ll

put you right to sleep,” says his brother Fang, “a scary

story.” For some reason Fang’s tale about a swamp

owl who gobbles up bats doesn’t make Fink at all

sleepy. And their brother Batrick’s story about bat

pirates who find a yummy treasure is so exciting,

Fink is sure he’ll never get any rest. What about their

sister Batsy’s love story—will that help him drift off?

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781581960778 • Dewey: e • 6 1/2" x 8" • 64 pp

aR level: 3.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 500l

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Before John Was a Jazz Giant:

A Song of John Coltrane u

by Carole Boston Weatherford • illustrated by Sean Qualls

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, KH, SLJ

“Before John was a jazz giant, he heard hambones

knocking in Grandma’s pots, Daddy strumming

the ukulele, and Mama cranking the phonograph.”

Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a

lot for him to listen to. The everyday sounds of his

North Carolina childhood—from whistling steam

engines and warbling birds to Grandpa’s Sunday

sermons—greatly influenced Coltrane and later

informed his music. Author’s note. Selected listening

list. Further reading suggestions. Full-color acrylic,

collage, and pencil illustrations. A 2009 Coretta Scott

King Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780805079944 • Dewey: 788.7/165092 b • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

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*NEW* Big Wolf & Little Wolf

by Nadine Brun-Cosme • illustrated by Olivier Tallec

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Big Wolf lives a life built on careful routine—until

another wolf arrives. Just as Big Wolf is getting used

to no longer being alone, Little Wolf departs, leaving

Big Wolf lonely and worried until his new friend’s

return. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781592700844 • Dewey: e • 9 1/2" x 11 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD630l

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Bird, Butterfly, Eel

written and illustrated by James Prosek

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

In summer, a barn swallow, a monarch butterfly, and

an American eel live on the same New England farm.

In autumn, all three animals migrate thousands of

miles to places that are warm and beautiful: Bird flies

to the meadows of Argentina, Butterfly glides to the

mountains of Central Mexico, and Eel swims to the

Sargasso Sea. The following spring, Bird flies home to

her nest in the barn, Butterfly returns to her meadow

where soon “her young [will take] her place,” and

“Eel’s young, small as toothpicks and clear as glass,

swim up the creek to the pond.” Map. Afterword.

Full-color watercolor paintings.

Isbn: 9780689868290 • Dewey: e • 10 1/2" x 9 1/4" • 40 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 8.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD1040l

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Birds

by Kevin Henkes • illustrated by Laura Dronzek

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, PW, SLJH, WC

Birds can be yellow or blue or brown or “so black

that you can’t see their eyes or their feathers, just

their shapes.” A young girl shares what she knows

about birds and what she has observed and imagined

about them. She wonders how the sky would look

if birds left a trail of color as they flew and what

birds do if they can’t reach their nests in a storm.

She even pretends that she is a bird. Full-color

acrylic paintings.

Isbn: 9780061363054 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

sRC level: 1.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD410l

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $17.89 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

The Black Book of Colors u

by Menena Cottin • illustrated by Rosana Faría

translated by Elisa Amado

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BLH, KH, PWH, SLJH, WC

How do people who are blind experience color?

According to Thomas, yellow “tastes like mustard,”

green “smells like grass that’s just been cut,” and

black, “the king of all colors,” is silky like his

mother’s hair. Braille and textured illustrations allow

both sighted and non-sighted readers to appreciate

Thomas’s associations. Includes full Braille alphabet.

Raised black line drawings on black paper.

Isbn: 9780888998736 • Dewey: 535.6 • 11" x 6 3/4" • 24 pp

aR level: 2.6 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Groundwood: $17.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

Book Fiesta!: A Children’s Day/Book Day Celebration /

Book Fiesta!: Una celebración de El día de los niños/

El día de los libros

by Pat Mora • illustrated by Rafael López

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: BL, K, SLJ, WC

During the American Library Association’s Children’s

Day/Book Day, kids celebrate by reading with

their friends and family. “We read libros together

in cars and planes and trains. / Leemos libros juntos

en autos, aviones, y trenes.” Inspired by books, kids’

imaginations take them on fantastic adventures:

they travel through the jungle on the back of an

elephant, deep underwater in a submarine, and

in a hot-air balloon with a giraffe. Author’s note.

Ideas for celebrating Children’s Day/Book Day.

Bilingual text. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780061288777 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 40 pp

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of

Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero u

adapted and illustrated by Gina Capaldi

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: CL, BLH, HG, SLJH

In 1871, a five-year-old Yavapai boy named Wassaja

was kidnapped by Pima warriors who planned

to sell him into slavery. An Italian photographer,

Carlo Gentile, paid thirty silver dollars to Wassaja’s

captors and raised the boy, whom he named Carlos

Montezuma, as his son. This is the story of how

Carlos grew up to become a distinguished physician

and Native American activist. The text is based on

a letter Dr. Montezuma wrote at the request of the

Smithsonian Institution. Note on Montezuma’s

activist work. Bibliography. Illustrated with fullcolor

drawings and Carlo Gentile’s sepia-toned

photographs.

Isbn: 9780822576440 • Dewey: 970.004/97 • 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 6.0 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: nC880l

JLG: $9.00 • Carolrhoda: $16.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman

by Marc Tyler Nobleman • illustrated by Ross MacDonald

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HH, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJ, WC

As teenagers, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster enjoyed

reading about heroes like Flash Gordon and Tarzan.

They also made up their own stories. Late one

summer night, Jerry had an idea for a hero who

would be all the strongmen he’d ever heard of, “only

more so.” Before dawn, Jerry ran to Joe’s apartment,

where Joe created sketches. Soon they prepared a

series of comic strips. It took three more years to find

a publisher, but when Superman finally debuted in

1938, the new superhero was an instant hit. Extensive

author’s note. Sources. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780375938023 • Dewey: 741.5092’2 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 5.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 760l

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A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole

written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: HG, SLJ

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One “brand-new day” Mole gets dressed only to

discover a hole in his pants . . . and his shirt . . . and

his extra shirts and pants. “Ratty-rat-rat!” Moths have

ruined all his clothes. The holes remind Mole’s friend

Mouse of Swiss cheese and make her giggle, but she

agrees to help Mole shop for new clothes. In the

store, Mouse picks out lovely purple tops and plaid

pants, but Mole seems reluctant to try something

new. Full-color pictures in litho pencil and gouache.

Isbn: 9780618966769 • Dewey: e • 6" x 8" • 48 pp

aR level: 2.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 350l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $15.00 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

*NEW* Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs:

How They Guard Sheep / Perros guardianes,

perros valientes: Cómo pastorean las ovejas

by Cat Urbigkit • translated by Aída E. Marcuse

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3)

Guardian dogs have been used in Europe and the

Middle East for centuries; now they are doing their

jobs in the Rocky Mountains area of the U.S. These

large, mixed-breed dogs are raised among the sheep

from birth, allowing them to bond with the herds

they protect. Ranchers count on the canines to keep

the sheep, especially the young lambs, safe from such

predators as coyotes, bears, and wolves. Author’s note.

Bilingual text. Full-color photographs.

Isbn: 9781590787465 • Dewey: 636.737 • 10" x 11" • 32 pp

sRC level: 7.9 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: nC1060l

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*NEW* Brenda Berman, Wedding Expert

by Jane Breskin Zalben • illustrated by Victoria Chess

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: K, SLJ

Since she was five, Brenda has dreamed of being a

flower girl in a gold lamé dress. When Uncle Max

announces his engagement, she should be happy that

her big chance has come. But soon-to-be Aunt Florrie

has her own plans, and they include having her niece,

Lucy, as a flower girl, too. Can Brenda and Lucy save

the wedding of their dreams? Recipes. Full-color

watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618313211 • Dewey: f • 7 1/4" x 8" • 48 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 720l

JLG: $13.25 • Clarion: $16.00 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

The Brook Book: Exploring the Smallest Streams

written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, CL, HGs, KH, SLJ

Most brooks are “narrow enough to hop across and

shallow enough to wade in without getting your

shins wet,” but these smallest of streams are filled

with interesting things to see. So put on your boots,

bring a net and a collecting jar, and go exploring.

Maybe you’ll find tiny aquatic insects—don’t worry,

they won’t bite—or salamanders under the leaves

along the bank. This informative guide includes tips

for catching crayfish and watching birds, and animal

tracks are depicted in actual size. Author’s note.

Further reading. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780525477167 • Dewey: 577.6 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.5 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Dutton: $15.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

Bubble Homes and Fish Farts

by Fiona Bayrock • illustrated by Carolyn Conahan

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, K, SLJ, WC

“Bubbles are soft and squishy and full of air. They

shimmer. They float. And they are very handy.”

Bubbles serve many different functions for a wide

variety of animals. Some use them for protection,

some to find food, and others to keep warm. Violet

sea snails sail along the ocean surface on rafts made

of bubbles. Herring use bubbles to communicate,

and water spiders even live in bubbles. End notes

about each animal. Combined glossary and index.

Full-color watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9781570916694 • Dewey: 590 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 48 pp

aR level: 5.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD920l

JLG: $9.00 • Charlesbridge: $16.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

Buffalo Music u

by Tracey E. Fern • illustrated by Lauren Castillo

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, HG, KH, SLJH, WC

Molly and her husband live in the West during the

1800s, surrounded by the sounds of roaming buffalo:

the huff of their breath, the slosh of their wallowing,

and the thunder of their hooves. But within just a few

years, hunters kill nearly all the buffalo. Determined

to save the animals she loves, headstrong Molly raises

two surviving orphan calves. Then nearby cowhands

bring her more. . . . Inspired by the story of Mary

Ann Goodnight, a pioneer who formed one of the

first captive buffalo herds. Author’s note. Full-color

mixed-media illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618723416 • Dewey: e • 10" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: nC860l

JLG: $9.00 • Clarion: $16.00 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

*NEW* Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet

by Graham Salisbury • illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, PW, SLJ, WC

“Go back to your seat, Calvin. See if you can write

one simple paragraph without burning down the

school,” says Calvin’s exasperated fourth-grade

teacher after a series of mishaps, which include

Calvin accidentally releasing a giant centipede

in the classroom and causing a near riot. And it’s

only “meet your teacher” day! Despite his mother’s

frequent entreaties to “pay attention” and “be more

responsible,” Calvin seems incapable of staying out of

trouble. Still, when a teenage girl named Stella comes

to stay with his family, Calvin hopes that her presence

will help him smooth things over with a bully named

Tito. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780385906395 • Dewey: f • 5 3/8" x 7 3/4" • 144 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 2.4 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 410l

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*NEW* Camping Day

by Patricia Lakin • illustrated by Scott Nash

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: SLJ

Sam, Pam, Will, and Jill decide to camp out. Quickly,

they gather what they need—maps, flashlights, a

tent— and they’re off! Little by little, they experience

the ups and downs of camping, including the

awkwardness of putting a tent together. Then comes

night with its shadows and sounds. SCARY! Fullcolor

illustrations using black Prismacolor pencil and

Adobe Photoshop.

Isbn: 9780803733091 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" • 40 pp

aR level: 1.4 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $13.25 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

Camping Day—JLG Activity Guide

JLG Activity Guides give you the tools to use JLG

selections in the classroom or library to meet specific

learning objectives for both whole-class settings and

for individual students. Each guide includes:

• activities based on national and state standards

• reinforcements for reading and writing skills

• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

• and much more!

You will also find the Answer Key at the back of each

JLG Activity Guide.

JLG: $5.00 • Isbn: 9780982350621

Captured Off Guard: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

by Donald Lemke • illustrated by Claude St. Aubin

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Oahu, 1941: Though Hank’s father thinks

photography is a waste of time, Hank loves to use

his camera. He plans to take lots of pictures while

he and his friend James go camping. The boys are

enjoying their campout until they hear explosions.

“It’s the Japanese!” James shouts, seeing a squadron

of planes attacking Pearl Harbor. James wants only

to reach safety, but Hank resolves to show his father

that photography is more than a silly hobby. Text

interspersed with full-color graphic-novel-style

illustrations. Glossary. Facts about the attack on Pearl

Harbor. Discussion questions. Writing prompts.

Isbn: 9781434204431 • Dewey: 741.5/973 • 5 3/4" x 8 1/4" • 56 pp

aR level: 4.3 • aR Points: 1 • lexile: Gn620l

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*NEW* A Carousel Tale

written and illustrated by Elisa Kleven

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, KH, SLJ, PW, WC

Ernst’s favorite carousel animal is the sunny golden

dog with the tail that really wags. Actually, the tail is

not wagging, but loose—so loose that Ernst finds it

on the ground right after the carousel closes for the

winter. He promises the carousel keeper that he will

take good care of the tail until spring, but it looks

lonely on his toy shelf. “Ernst decided to cheer it up.

He gave the tail bright eyes, a smile, feathery wings,

and a big curly tail of its own.” Now Ernst has a new

favorite toy. What will he do when springtime comes?

Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

Isbn: 9781582462394 • Dewey: e • 9" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.6 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $13.25 • Tricycle: $15.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

It’s a joy to read about Ernst,

and the vibrant colors and detailed

illustrations in A Carousel Tale make

it a joy to look at, too.

—Georgia, JLG Assistant Editor

*NEW* The Cats of Roxville Station

by Jean Craighead George • illustrated by Tom Pohrt

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, K, SLJ

When Rachet arrives in Roxville, she is barely more

than a kitten. Wary of humans but instinctively

understanding the ways of cats, she soon establishes

herself in the community of feral cats that inhabit

the area around a crumbling train station. As

Rachet battles for a place in the cat hierarchy and

tries to avoid becoming dinner for larger predators,

she continually crosses paths with Mike, a local boy

who longs for a pet of his own and who is especially

enamored of Rachet. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780525421405 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" • 192 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 840l

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The Cheese

by Margie Palatini • illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ

When a rat sees a poor, lonely piece of cheese sitting

all by itself in the meadow, he can’t resist the urge to

grab his napkin and head down for a closer look. On

the way, he is stopped by a cat that knows exactly

what the rat is up to. Soon the rat, the cat, the dog,

the child, the wife, and the farmer in the dell are all

wondering why the cheese must stand alone. They’re

starting to get awfully hungry. . . . Full-color art

illustrates this humorous story.

Isbn: 9780060526313 • Dewey: e • 8 3/4" x 10 7/8" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 490l

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Cheetah Math:

Learning about Division from Baby Cheetahs

by Anne Whitehead Nagda in collaboration with

The San Diego Zoo

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: HG, K, SLJ

Majani and Kubali are two cheetahs whose mother

became too ill to care for them. They were raised

at the San Diego Zoo and paired with dogs who

taught them to stay calm around people. Their story,

illustrated with photos and graphs, also explains

the fundamentals of division, showing how math is

used in a real-world context. For example: if a baby

cheetah drinks fifteen ounces of milk a day, divided

into five feedings, how much does the cub get at each

feeding? Full-color photographs.

Isbn: 9780805076455 • Dewey: 513.2’14 • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.6 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 990l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2007

*NEW* Chicken and Cat Clean Up

written and illustrated by Sara Varon

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, PW, SLJ, WC

In this nearly wordless book, Cat spends the morning

working for his friend and roommate, Chicken, who

runs a housekeeping service. But Cat doesn’t have

much talent for cleaning houses. When he does the

dishes, he breaks a glass; when he does the laundry,

he adds too much soap, and the washing machine

overflows. The owner of the apartment Chicken

and Cat are cleaning then catches Cat eating a

plant and kicks him out. Sitting on the stoop, Cat

looks despondent—until a thieving mouse runs by,

giving Cat a chance to redeem himself. Full-color

illustrations in ink and Adobe Photoshop.

Isbn: 9780439634083 • Dewey: e • 10" x 8" • 48 pp

JLG: $13.25 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

The Chicken of the Family u

by Mary Amato • illustrated by Delphine Durand

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BCCBH, BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ

“I am not a chicken. I am not a chicken.” Henrietta’s

older sisters, Kim and Clare, always tease her, so

when they tell her she’s a chicken, she knows it can’t

be true. “I don’t even look like a chicken,” she argues.

They point to her “yellow” legs and “long” toes as

evidence, but Henrietta is still skeptical. Then she

wakes up one morning and finds an egg in her bed

and feathers on the floor. Could her sisters be right?

Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780399241963 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 380l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

*NEW* Chiles

by Inés Vaughn

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3)

“Chiles are both hot and good for you! / Pero los

chiles no sólo son picantes, también son muy buenos

para la salud.” Thousands of years ago, Native

Americans first cultivated chiles—not only for

food but also for trade. Today, people all over the

world grow chiles and can choose from a number

of varieties, including poblanos, tabascos, and

habaneros. Here is a history—and a celebration—

of the chile. Glossary. Index. Web sites. Full-color

photographs. Bilingual text.

Isbn: 9781435827257 • Dewey: 641.6’384 • 8" x 8" • 24 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: nC830l

JLG: $13.25 • Rosen: $15.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

*NEW* Chocolate

by Inés Vaughn

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3)

Where does chocolate come from? This book

discusses how chocolate is made and traces the

history of cacao and cacao-based drinks in Latin

American culture. From explaining that “the Mayas

and Aztecs prized cacao and used the drink to honor

their gods and kings / los mayas y los aztecas apreciaban

mucho el cacao y lo utilizaban para celebrar a sus dioses

y reyes,” to describing the present-day popularity

of hot chocolate and chocolate candies, Chocolate

examines a favorite food. Glossary. Index. Web sites.

Full-color photographs. Bilingual text.

Isbn: 9781435827264 • Dewey: 641.6’374 • 8" x 8" • 24 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: nC860l

JLG: $13.25 • Rosen: $15.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

Clancy the Courageous Cow

written and illustrated by Lachie Hume

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HG, K

Clancy’s not like the other cows. The rest of the

Belted Galloways have white “belts” around their

middles, but Clancy is entirely black. He’s picked

on and teased, but one night Clancy discovers an

advantage to being different: he can sneak unseen

into the Herefords’ pasture next door and eat their

rich grass. Soon, Clancy grows bigger and stronger—

so strong that he becomes the Belted Galloways’ best

hope to finally beat the Herefords in the annual Cow

Wrestling Contest. Watercolors and graphite pencil.

Isbn: 9780061172496 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD650l

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2007

Clarice Bean, Don’t Look Now u

written and illustrated by Lauren Child

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: HG, SLJ

Clarice Bean is full of worst worries, such as “strange

things happening to the environment,” “going back

to school after the holidays,” and “largish spiders.”

Then something awful happens that she hasn’t even

thought to worry about: her best friend moves away.

Can her top-secret Ruby Redfort spy training help

her avert disaster? Black-and-white illustrations.

Jacket added to publisher’s edition. A 2008 IRA

Children’s Choices selection.

Isbn: 9780763635367 • Dewey: f • 5 3/8" x 7 5/16" • 256 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 1120l

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Clementine’s Letter u

by Sara Pennypacker • pictures by Marla Frazee

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, KH, SLJH

The principal secretly nominated Clementine’s

teacher, Mr. D’Matz, for the Adventures for Teachers

competition and—surprise!—he’s a finalist and has

a chance to study in Egypt for the rest of the year!

Other kids seem happy about this “tremendous

opportunity” and are eager to write a letter to the

judges about why Mr. D’Matz should win, but

Clementine can’t celebrate. She was just getting the

hang of third grade, and besides, he promised he’d

be her teacher for the whole year. How can she make

sure he won’t leave? Black-and-white illustrations.

Winner of the 2009 Christopher Award.

Isbn: 9780786838844 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2” x 7 3/4” • 144 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 600l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $14.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

Colors! / ¡Colores! u

by Jorge Luján • illustrated by Piet Grobler

translated by John Oliver Simon

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: CRH, BL, HG, SLJ

In these poems about colors, “Yellow / rolls / through

/ the / sky / like / a / warm / gold / coin,” and “The color

pink, / bright as a little girl’s nose, / makes everything /

smell like a rose. / El color rosa, / lo mismo que las rosas,

/ perfuma / hasta alas más pequeñas cosas.” Watercolor

illustrations show amarillo, rosa, naranja, beige, azul,

and six other colors described in English and Spanish.

Isbn: 9780888998637 • Dewey: 861/.7 • 11" x 8 1/4" • 36 pp

aR level: 1.8 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Groundwood: $17.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars:

Space Poems and Paintings u

written and illustrated by Douglas Florian

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HGs, KH, PW, SLJH

“The universe is every place, / including all the

e m p t y space. / It’s every star and galaxy, / All

objects of astronomy, / . . . All persons throughout

history—including you, including me.” These twenty

playful and informative poems about space touch

on everything from constellations that are a “zoo up

in the sky,” to space exploration, to Pluto’s recent

woes: “. . . Pluto was a planet. / Pluto was admired.

/ Pluto was a planet. / Till one day it got fired.” Fullcolor

gouache and collage with die cuts. Glossary.

Bibliography.

Isbn: 9780152053727 • Dewey: 811.54 • 10" x 10" • 56 pp

aR level: 3.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.0 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: nP

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: MaY 2007

Cork & Fuzz: Finders Keepers

by Dori Chaconas • illustrated by Lisa McCue

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: K, SLJ, WC

Cork is a small muskrat who loves to find things such

as rocks, feathers, and stones. His best friend, Fuzz,

is a tall possum who loves to keep things. Sometimes

Fuzz even keeps things that belong to others. One

day, Cork finds a beautiful green stone and then loses

it. Fuzz finds the stone and claims, “Finders keepers.”

Cork is upset and begs Fuzz to give him the stone.

Then the two friends meet a chipmunk who takes it.

Will Cork ever get his stone back? Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780670011131 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 350l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $13.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

Cork & Fuzz: Good Sports u

by Dori Chaconas • illustrated by Lisa McCue

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: SLJ

Cork, a short muskrat, and Fuzz, a tall possum, are

best friends. “I want to have a race,” Cork says one

day. “Me, too!” says Fuzz. “I want to win,” Cork says.

“Me, too!” says Fuzz. They race and play ball games,

but Fuzz wins every time—even when Cork asks him

not to try too hard. Then Cork suggests a race across

the pond. Fuzz doesn’t know how to swim, so Cork is

guaranteed to win, but maybe there’s something that’s

even more important than that. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780670061457 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 310l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $13.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2007

*NEW* Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House

by Erica Silverman • paintings by Betsy Lewin

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: K

Cowgirl Kate is alarmed when she wakes up to find

her horse Cocoa in the house. As Kate gets dressed

and goes through her morning routine, she keeps

telling Cocoa that he has to get out of the house

before her parents return. Cocoa, however, stays

focused on his goal: to explore the house. Room by

room, Cocoa looks around, disappointed by the small

rooms, swirling water (a toilet), and wax fruit. But

will Kate ever get him back to the barn after he finds

the refrigerator? Watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9780152053901 • Dewey: e • 6 1/4" x 8 3/4" • 44 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Harcourt: $15.00 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Rain or Shine u

by Erica Silverman • illustrated by Betsy Lewin

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, SLJ

“‘Cocoa,’ said Cowgirl Kate, ‘it’s time for work.’

Cocoa stuck his head out the barn window. ‘But

it’s raining,’ he said.” Cowgirl Kate’s horse, Cocoa,

doesn’t like to work and definitely doesn’t like to

work in the rain. Will the promise of apples and

timothy grass eventually lure him out? Or will

Cowgirl Kate have to ride Cocoa’s rival, Jumper? In

these four short, episodic chapters, Kate and Cocoa

weather the ups and downs of friendship, as well as

some rotten weather. Full-color watercolor art.

Isbn: 9780152053840 • Dewey: e • 6 1/4" x 8 3/4" • 44 pp

aR level: 2.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.3 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 380l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $15.00 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

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A Crooked Kind of Perfect u

by Linda Urban

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, CL, K, PW, SLJ

“A piano is glamorous. Sophisticated. Worldly. It is

a wonderful thing to play the piano. . . I play the

organ. A wood-grained, vinyl-seated, wheeze-bag

organ. The Perfectone D-60.” Zoe, eleven, wants

to become a musical prodigy, but her distractible

father brings home the wrong instrument. Then her

best friend dumps her for someone cooler. And a

weird boy starts following her home. As Zoe suffers

through lessons in playing “Hits of the Seventies,”

she wonders whether anything in her life will ever be

right. Until then, there’s always the cha-cha setting.

Isbn: 9780152060077 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/2" • 144 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $17.00 • JlG Month: seP 2007

*NEW* Damian Drooth, Supersleuth:

The Mystery of the Missing Mutts

by Barbara Mitchelhill • illustrated by Tony Ross

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

When Mrs. Popperwell’s poodle disappears, Damian

Drooth is sure dognappers are responsible. But for

some reason, when Damian and his friends protect

all the local dogs by hiding them in Damian’s family’s

garden shed, his neighbors—and his mother—don’t

appreciate it. “Damian, listen to me!” his mom

shouts, upon finding one. “Why is this animal in my

yard? And why do I keep getting phone calls from

people accusing me of taking their dogs?” Glossary.

Discussion questions. Writing prompts. Tips for

Internet research. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781434212160 • Dewey: f • 5 1/4" x 8" • 72 pp

aR level: 3.2 • aR Points: 1

JLG: $13.25 • stone arch: $17.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

Dancing to Freedom:

The True Story of Mao’s Last Dancer

by Li Cunxin • illustrated by Anne Spudvilas

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, SLJ, WC

“I was always hungry. At night we slept head to

toe, crammed on a hard bed. . . . And my brothers

and I were luckier than some in our village. We

survived.” Li Cunxin dreamed of seeing the world

outside the small town in China where he was born.

Then a group of government officials visited and

offered him the chance to study ballet in Beijing. It

was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down, but it

would mean leaving his family behind—ultimately,

half a world behind. Historical note. Full-color ink,

watercolor, and oil paintings.

Isbn: 9780802797773 • Dewey: 792.802/8092 b • 9 1/4" x 11 5/16" • 40 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD680l

JLG: $9.00 • Walker: $16.95 • JlG Month: seP 2008

*NEW* The Desperado Who Stole Baseball

by John H. Ritter

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, K, SLJ, WC

1881: After a chance encounter in the California

desert, twelve-year-old Jack Dillon befriends one

of his idols, Billy the Kid, and they ride together

to Dillontown. Billy, wanted dead or alive, only

wants to hide there. Jack, though, hopes to join

the renowned Dillontown Nine baseball team. The

Nine are unbeaten, but their owner, John Dillon,

has wagered the town’s future for a shot against the

best team in baseball, the Chicago White Stockings.

When the ruthless owner of the Stockings orders

his henchmen to undermine the Nine before the

big game, even Jack and Billy, astonishing baseball

prodigies, may not be able to save Dillontown.

Isbn: 9780399246647 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

lexile: 750l

JLG: $13.25 • Philomel: $17.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

“Ritter’s use of vibrant imagery and

musical phrases places this adventure

right square in the annals of the oral

Western tall tales—you’ll want to read

this one aloud, more than once.”

—Children’s Literature

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie u

written and illustrated by Joel Stewart

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PW, SLJ

Dexter is scooting along one day when he bumps

right into a Big Blue Beastie. “I’m bored,” says the

Beastie. “And you look small and tasty. I should

probably eat you up.” Dexter comes up with better

ways to pass the time—they go scooting together,

start a business delivering flowers, and, as detectives,

solve “The Case of the Solid Gold Snowball” and

“The Rubber Glove Affair.” Then—oh, dear—Dexter

runs out of ideas! Full-color artwork.

Isbn: 9780823420681 • Dewey: e • 8 11/16" x 10 7/16" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.8 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD340l

JLG: $9.00 • Holiday House: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2007

Diary of a Fly u

by Doreen Cronin • illustrated by Harry Bliss

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BL, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJH

“June 7: Tomorrow is the first day of school. I’m

so nervous. What if I’m the only one who eats

regurgitated food? June 8: Everyone eats regurgitated

food!” Meet Fly, an average young insect: she has

327 brothers and sisters, she dreams of becoming a

superhero because of her powerful flight muscles,

and she hangs out with her friends Worm and

Spider—while trying to steer clear of Spider’s hungry

grandfather! Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780060001575 • Dewey: e • 7 1/2" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 490l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $16.89 • JlG Month: noV 2007


Dino-Hockey u

by Lisa Wheeler • illustrated by Barry Gott

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ

“They play to win on icy floors—Meat-Eaters vs.

Veggiesaurs!” Two teams of dinosaurs square off in a

wild game of ice hockey as hundreds of their fellow

dinos cheer them on. T. Rex and Triceratops stare

each other down in a fierce face-off. At first, the

ferocious carnivores of the Meat-Eaters take the lead.

But then the wily Veggiesaurs slip the puck past the

Meat-Eaters’ goalie to tie the game. Which team is

hungrier for victory? Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780822561910 • Dewey: e • 10 5/8" x 8 7/8" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD370l

JLG: $9.00 • Carolrhoda: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2007

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime u

written and illustrated by Bob Shea

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCBH, CL, HH, HGs, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

“ROAR! I’M A DINOSAUR! ROAR! NOTHING

CAN STOP ME!” A young dinosaur takes on a pile

of leaves . . . a big slide . . . a bowl of spaghetti . . .

and “wins” every time. Even grown-ups stop talking

and run away when Dinosaur comes along! Dinosaur

displays a comically terrifying set of teeth at each new

challenge and accepts each triumph with a bashful

bow. Then Dinosaur faces the toughest challenge of

all: bedtime. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781423113355 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" • 40 pp

lexile: aD130l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $15.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

*NEW* Dinothesaurus:

Prehistoric Poems and Paintings

written and illustrated by Douglas Florian

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, K, PWH, SLJH, WC

Meet the Micropachycephalosaurus, a very small

dinosaur with a very large name; and the Minmi,

who has the honor of having “the smallest dinosaur

name.” There’s Giganotosaurus, who “opened its

jaws and took giga-bites”; the Ankylosaurus, “Tough

as tanks and hard as nails”; and the mammoth

Barosaurus, with its forty-three-foot tail. Playful

poems and illustrations introduce and describe

eighteen prehistoric reptiles. Pronunciation guides.

Glossary. List of dinosaur museums and fossil sites.

Selected bibliography and further reading. Full-color

illustrations done with gouache, collage, colored

pencils, stencils, and rubber stamps.

Isbn: 9781416979784 • Dewey: 811’.54 • 10" x 10" • 56 pp

sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 1

JLG: $13.25 • atheneum: $17.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

“Florian’s free-flowing, witty

collection of poems and collages

about dinosaurs is a giganotosaurus

delight—perhaps his best work ever.”

—Publishers Weekly H

Do unto Otters: A Book about Manners u

written and illustrated by Laurie Keller

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BLH, HG, K, PW, SLJ

Otters are moving in next door to Mr. Rabbit, and

he doesn’t know what to do. What if they don’t get

along? Well, Owl reminds Rabbit, just follow this

simple rule: “Do unto otters as you would have otters

do unto you.” Great! That means the otters will be

friendly, honest, cooperative, and even share snacks!

Wait a minute—what are those otters eating? Hot

fish sundaes? Maybe they don’t need to share their

snacks after all. Full-color acrylic paintings.

Isbn: 9780805079968 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 40 pp

sRC level: 2.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 460l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2007

Doctor Ted

by Andrea Beaty • illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJ

“One morning, Ted woke up, got out of bed, and

bumped his knee. That’s not good, thought Ted.

I need a doctor.” After finding no doctors nearby,

Ted has another idea: why not become one? But

when Ted starts examining his classmates, his teacher

and his principal don’t seem to approve. “You can’t

practice medicine in the lunchroom!” Mrs. Johnson

says. Doctor Ted points at her cheeks. “You have

mumps. Crutches could help.” Illustrations are

rendered in brush and ink, then colored digitally.

Isbn: 9781416928201 • Dewey: e • 9" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 390l

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $14.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

Dodsworth in Paris

written and illustrated by Tim Egan

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, SLJ, WC

When Dodsworth and the duck arrive in Paris,

Dodsworth explains his one rule: “You can’t cause

any trouble here.” “I wouldn’t dream of it,” the duck

replies. But on the second day, the duck decides to

find out how far a paper airplane can fly from the top

of the Eiffel Tower. He uses paper from Dodsworth’s

bag that—oops—turns out to be money! Neither a

job delivering bread nor Dodsworth’s plan to paint

and sell a picture solves their money woes. Can the

duck get them out of the trouble he got them into?

Full-color ink and watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618980628 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 48 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 340l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $15.00 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

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*NEW* Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready

written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

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Dog and Bear are good at helping each other solve

problems. First, Bear gets a bucket stuck on his head.

Dog tries and tries to pull it loose, but the bucket

seems to have a mind of its own. Then Dog has some

high-flying fun jumping on the bed. Bear warns Dog

that he might get hurt, but he won’t listen. How can

Bear help? Finally, Bear looks around at the mess

of toys Dog has left out. It’s time to help Dog get

organized. This is a great idea until Dog’s favorite toy

disappears. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596433960 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Roaring brook: $12.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Dog and Bear:

Three to Get Ready—JLG Activity Guide

JLG Activity Guides give you the tools to use JLG

selections in the classroom or library to meet specific

learning objectives for both whole-class settings and

for individual students. Each guide includes:

• activities based on national and state standards

• reinforcements for reading and writing skills

• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

• and much more!

You will also find the Answer Key at the back of each

JLG Activity Guide.

JLG: $5.00 • Isbn: 9780982350683

Dog and Bear: Two’s Company u

written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJ

Three full-color illustrated stories depict Dog and

Bear experiencing the ups and downs of friendship.

In “Ice Cream,” Dog is so angry at Bear that he plans

to run away. Yet somehow, Bear makes Dog want to

stick around. In “Happy Birthday Bear!,” Dog can’t

resist a little nibble of the cake he made for Bear . . .

and another nibble, and another. . . . In “Sweet

Dreams,” Dog is feeling very tired. When Bear does

everything he can to help Dog, he starts getting very

tired, too.

Isbn: 9781596432734 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 320l

JLG: $9.00 • Roaring brook: $14.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! u

written and illustrated by Mo Willems

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, PW, SLJH

It’s bedtime, but the Pigeon isn’t at all tired. He’s

in the mood for a hot dog party or some TV—

educational, of course—or a chat about your day.

Besides, studies show that pigeons hardly need any

sleep at all. “YAWN! Okay, that was not a yawn!

I was just stretching. . . .” Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780786837465 • Dewey: e • 9" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 1.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD270l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $12.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2006

*NEW* Duck! Rabbit!

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal • illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BLH, H, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

Two friends spot an animal in the distance. Is it a

duck or a rabbit? Is it flying or is it hopping? Is it

wading through a swamp or hiding in the grass? A

simple optical illusion encourages and redefines the

double-take. Full-color art in ink, watercolor, and “a

wee bit of colored pencil.”

Isbn: 9780811868655 • Dewey: e • 9" x 9" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Chronicle: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

I love this book! Though its subject

might be up for debate, what is certain

is that Duck! Rabbit! is great fun.

—Liz, JLG Senior Editor

Duel!: Burr and Hamilton’s Deadly War of Words u

by Dennis Brindell Fradin • illustrated by Larry Day

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, SLJH, WC

“As the sun rises on a July morning in 1804, two men

stand ten paces apart on a New Jersey cliffside. One

is Alexander Hamilton, a signer of the Constitution.

The other is Aaron Burr, the vice president of

the United States. They are risking arrest—and

their lives—to fight an illegal pistol duel.” Both

Hamilton and Burr fought heroically during the

Revolution, and both had worked for General George

Washington. But a conflict between them led to

a duel that only one survived. Note on history of

dueling. Bibliography. Further reading. Full-color

ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations.

Isbn: 9780802795847 • Dewey: 973.4/6092 • 9 5/8" x 10 3/4" • 40 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 6.3 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 910l

JLG: $9.00 • Walker: $17.85 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

The Dumpster Diver

by Janet Wong • illustrated by David Roberts

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, KH, SLJ

“Anyone knows you can dive for treasure in the

ocean, but our neighbor Steve the Electrician

dives for buried treasure right smack here in our

backstreet alley.” Steve and his helpers are wizards

at transforming trash. An old blender can become a

lamp. An old lamp can become a table. And an old

table plus two banged-up skateboards plus a handheld

shower plus thirty-two screws and a roll of duct

tape can become just about anything! Watercolor and

ink artwork.

Isbn: 9780763623807 • Dewey: e • 9 3/4" x 11 5/16" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.9 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD920l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2007


Durinda’s Dangers: The Sisters 8, Book 2

by Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Greg Logsted with Jackie Logsted

illustrated by Lisa K. Weber

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: HG

The Huit octuplets are facing big problems. Not

only are the sisters’ parents missing, but evil neighbor

Helena Wicket has been snooping through their

mother’s top-secret scientific files. Fortunately, the

second-oldest octuplet, Durinda, has just discovered

her special power—the ability to temporarily freeze

people. If Durinda freezes “the Wicket” (as the Huits

call her), the girls can snoop through her uninviting,

fruitcake-scented house to learn what she has stolen

from their mother’s files. Black-and-white drawings.

Isbn: 9780547053394 • Dewey: f • 5 1/8" x 7 5/8" • 128 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 5.2 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 790l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $15.00 • JlG Month: feb 2009

*NEW* The Dust Bowl:

An Interactive History Adventure

by Allison Lassieur

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL

In 1929, the United States entered the Great

Depression. Now it is 1931, and the southern Great

Plains is experiencing a tremendous drought. What

will you do? Stay on your Kansas farm? Become

a migrant worker? Or choose to be a government

photographer, documenting life in the Dust Bowl?

This interactive history adventure contains three

separate fact-based storylines, with fifty-three choices

in all and nineteen different endings. An introduction

and conclusion provide context and additional

information. Time line. Further reading and Internet

sites. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Map. Black-andwhite

and color photographs.

Isbn: 9781429623438 • Dewey: 978/.032 • 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" • 112 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Capstone: $20.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

*NEW* Dying To Meet You:

43 Old Cemetery Road, Book 1

by Kate Klise • illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, H, K, PW, SLJ

Children’s author I. B. Grumply desperately needs

to write his next Ghost Tamer book, but for years

he has been suffering from crippling writer’s block.

Thinking a change in surroundings will do him good,

he rents an old Victorian mansion for the summer.

But how can he possibly concentrate on writing

when he discovers that the supposedly quiet house is

inhabited not only by eleven-year-old Seymour Hope

and his cat (Grumply despises children and is allergic

to cats), but also by the ghost of Olive C. Spense, the

home’s original owner? Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780152057275 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $13.25 • Harcourt: $15.00 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know

She Was Extinct u

written and illustrated by Mo Willems

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCB, H, HGs, K, PW, SLJ

Edwina the dinosaur is the most popular gal in town.

She plays with the kids, helps little old ladies cross

the street, and bakes the best chocolate chip cookies.

Everyone loves her . . . except for Reginald Von

Hoobie-Doobie, who has persuasive evidence that

dinosaurs are extinct. Reginald does all sorts of things

to prove his argument—he gives a report, hands out

flyers, stages a protest—but no one cares. Is anyone

willing to listen? Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780786837489 • Dewey: e • 12" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD500l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2006

Elizabeth Leads the Way:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote u

by Tanya Lee Stone • illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BLH, H, HGs, PW, SLJ, WC

Elizabeth Cady Stanton grew up in the nineteenth

century, when women did not have the same rights as

men. From an early age, she thought this inequality

was unfair. Why couldn’t women go to college, own

property, or vote? In 1848, realizing that “if women

could vote, they could help change all kinds of laws,”

she set out to obtain women’s suffrage. Stanton’s

battle cry spread like wildfire across the country:

“Have it, we must. Use it, we will.” Author’s note.

Bibliography. Full-color illustrations done in gouache

and color pencils.

Isbn: 9780805079036 • Dewey: 305.42092 b • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD700l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

Emma’s Turtle u

by Eve Bunting • illustrated by Marsha Winborn

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ

Emma’s turtle loves it when Emma reads him stories

about far away places. “She shows me pictures of

elephants in Africa and kangaroos in Australia. There

are tigers in India and panda bears in China. It is all

quite amazing.” So amazing that Turtle digs out of

his pen and goes to see for himself. After walking for

what feels like forever, he’s sure that frog hopping

by must be an Australian frog and those chimes are

Indian temple bells. How will he find his way home?

Watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9781590783504 • Dewey: e • 10" x 8" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 430l

JLG: $9.00 • boyds Mills: $15.95 • JlG Month: noV 2007

Emmy and the Home for Troubled Girls

by Lynne Jonell • art by Jonathan Bean

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: CL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

Emmy is an ordinary girl—almost. Because she

has been bitten by Raston the Rat, she can talk to

rodents—and they talk back. With the help of a

second bite from Raston, Emmy and her friend

Joe can also shrink down to rodent size. These

capabilities prove useful, since the children must

try to stop Miss Barmy, Emmy’s horrible former

nanny. Now a rat, Miss Barmy is keeping five little

girls hostage and has a plan to steal Emmy’s family’s

jewels. . . . Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805081510 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 368 pp

aR level: 5.1 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 770l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $17.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

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Encyclopedia Brown Cracks the Case u

by Donald J. Sobol • illustrated by James Bernardin

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: K, WC

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“For more than a year, no grown-up or child in

Idaville had gotten away with breaking the law. . . .

What was the secret? Only three people knew the

answer to that question, and they weren’t telling:

Mr. Brown, Mrs. Brown, and their only child, tenyear-old

Encyclopedia, America’s best crime-buster.”

Encyclopedia—and readers—have ten new mysteries

to solve, including “The Case of the Counterfeit

Dough,” “The Case of the Astronaut Duck,” and

“The Case of the Stolen Confederate Stamps.”

Black-and-white illustrations. A 2008 IRA Children’s

Choices selection.

Isbn: 9780525479246 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 128 pp

aR level: 4.8 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 3.6 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 750l

JLG: $9.00 • Dutton: $15.99 • JlG Month: seP 2007

Eoin Colfer’s Legend of the Worst Boy in the World

by Eoin Colfer • illustrated by Glenn McCoy

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: HG, SLJ

Will likes to tell Grandad his problems, but Grandad

always outdoes his stories. No fair! Will wishes

something really horrible would happen to him,

too. Then he wonders whether something terrible

happened when he was a baby. Good news: his father

tells him how Will’s older brother Marty once tried

to get Will to leave home forever: “It was dangerous,

and it was terrible, but best of all; it was true.”

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780786855032 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 112 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 770l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $12.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2007

*NEW* Extreme Scientists:

Exploring Nature’s Mysteries from Perilous Places

by Donna M. Jackson

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BLH, K

Not all scientists spend their days in laboratories;

many are out in the field doing exciting research.

Among those are “extreme” scientists, like Paul

Flaherty, who flies a plane into hurricanes in order

to study them. Deep within the earth, Hazel Barton

looks for microbes in caves, including those under

the sea. Stephen Sillett scales the world’s tallest trees,

giant sequoias, to find out what lives and grows at

the top. An interview with each scientist is included.

Resources for further research. Glossaries. Source

notes. Index. Full-color photographs.

Isbn: 9780618777068 • Dewey: 509.2/2 • 11" x 9" • 80 pp

aR level: 7.6 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 9.7 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: nC1130l

JLG: $13.25 • Houghton Mifflin: $18.00 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

*NEW* An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers

by Natasha Wing • illustrated by Julia Breckenreid

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Josef Albers had a gift for seeing art in the most basic

places: painted doors, scrap yards, and buildings.

He taught his students to open their eyes to “watch

what’s going on and capture the accident.” Albers

spent much of his career using different-colored

rectangles and squares to study and present the

way colors interact with one another. In doing so,

he changed the art world forever. Author’s note.

Biographical note. Glossary. Selected bibliography.

Activities. Full-color gouache illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805080728 • Dewey: 709.2 • 8" x 10" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Holt: $16.96 • JlG Month: seP 2009

OK, I admit it. I didn’t “get” Joseph

Albers’s work before reading this book.

Now I’m amazed by it. This book is a

pleasure to read and view, and I enjoyed

the personal insights the author

offers in the afterword.

—Susan, JLG Editorial Director

*NEW* The Fastest Game on Two Feet and Other

Poems About How Sports Began

by Alice Low • illustrated by John O’Brien

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Sports have origins in all kinds of activities, such as

playing with sticks and stones, running from threats,

and taking part in religious ceremonies. Skiing may

have started when people strapped big bones to

their feet to help them walk in the snow. Bowling

was a way to “strike out” sins. Using conjecture

and historical facts, this book of poetry and prose

relates how nineteen sports got their start and grew

into the games we know today. Author’s note.

Anecdotes. Time line. Full-color watercolor-over-ink

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780823419050 • Dewey: 811/.54 • 10" x 10" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Holiday House: $17.95 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Football Double Threat

Matt Christopher

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

In a locker room accident, Rocky’s friend Bobby slips

and breaks his leg. Rocky feels terrible—after all, if

he had just let Bobby try his new MP3 player, Bobby

wouldn’t have gotten hurt. Now Bobby is out for

the entire football season, and Coach asks Rocky to

take Bobby’s position on defense. As Rocky practices

overtime to play his position and Bobby’s, Bobby

plays on Rocky’s guilt; soon Rocky is selling Bobby’s

fundraiser chocolate bars for him and managing

Bobby’s campaign for school president. Rocky starts

to lose sleep, miss practice, and wonder if he’s Bobby’s

friend or his butler.

Isbn: 9780316043021 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/2" • 128 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 2.0 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $15.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008


*NEW* For the Duration: The War Years

written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

From gas rationing to air-raid drills, life is going to be

different “for the duration.” That’s what the grownups

tell second-grader Tomie. As long as the war

lasts, things are going to be different, and sometimes

different is hard. Fortunately, Tomie still has school

and his family and the things he’s good at to carry

him through. Author’s note about gas rationing.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399252099 • Dewey: 813/.54 b • 5 7/8" x 8 7/16" • 112 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Putnam’s: $15.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

Fortune’s Magic Farm

by Suzanne Selfors • illustrated by Catia Chien

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, SLJ, WC

Ten-year-old Isabelle has a dreary life in perpetually

rainy Runny Cove. She lives with her elderly

grandmother in a boardinghouse and works at an

umbrella factory—the town’s only business. After

one particularly awful day, Isabelle goes to the beach,

where a boy named Sage rides in on an elephant

seal. Sage whisks Isabelle away to Fortune’s Farm, a

delightful, magical place where Isabelle finds joy. But

when Isabelle thinks back to Runny Cove, she wishes

all the miserable people there could be as happy as

she is. Black-and-white drawings.

Isbn: 9780316018180 • Dewey: f • 5 1/4" x 7 5/8" • 272 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 4.2 • sRC Points: 13 • lexile: 680l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $15.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich u

written and illustrated by Adam Rex

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BCCB, HG, KH, SLJH

The Creature from the Black Lagoon goes swimming

too soon after lunch. Dracula doesn’t know he has

spinach caught between his teeth. And the Phantom

of the Opera can’t get “It’s a Small World” out of his

head. Frightening, indeed! From a zombie samba to

the Invisible Man’s haircut, this collection of funny

monster poems sends up the spooky. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780152057664 • Dewey: 813 • 10 3/4" x 9 3/4" • 40 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.8 • sRC Points: 2

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: seP 2006

Frankenstein Takes the Cake

written and illustrated by Adam Rex

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: HG, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

Frankenstein is getting married! Too bad his motherin-law

doesn’t approve of the nuptials: “I’m an

open-minded person. I’m not trying to be mean,

but I never thought my little girl would marry

someone green.” Frankenstein’s not the only one

with troubles. In this collection of poems and

vignettes, the Headless Horseman is finding it

problematic to have a pumpkin for a head (and he’s

blogging about it). Edgar Allan Poe has writer’s block

and can’t figure out what word to rhyme with “rose.”

And why has tourism dropped off at Skull Island?

Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780152062354 • Dewey: 811/.6 • 10 3/4" x 9 3/4" • 48 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 3

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: seP 2008

*NEW* Friend or Fiend? with the

Pain & the Great One

by Judy Blume • illustrations by James Stevenson

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, SLJ

“‘The name of this story is Ben,’ I said. I cleared my

throat twice. ‘Ben is my fiend.’ Maggie laughed. I

didn’t know why. So I kept reading.” Jake makes an

embarrassing mistake during reading circle; Uncle

Phil and his children are openly hostile during a

visit from Jake and Abigail’s family; Abigail shares a

secret, but her good friend steals the story. Small but

important moments are highlighted in this appealing

chapter book. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780385903271 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 128 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 360l

JLG: $13.25 • Delacorte: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

Fun with Roman Numerals

by David A. Adler • illustrated by Edward Miller

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

With many illustrations and examples, this book

clearly explains how to use Roman numerals. It

teaches readers when to add numerals together, as

in the number VII, and when to subtract one from

another, as in IX. This is contrasted with the way

Arabic numerals work. The design helps reinforce

the lessons; for example, each Roman numeral

consistently appears in its own color. Fun with Roman

Numerals also depicts many instances—from watch

faces to the Super Bowl—where Roman numerals are

used in everyday life. Conversion chart of Arabic and

Roman numbers. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780823420605 • Dewey: 513.5 • 8 1/2" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: 860l

JLG: $9.00 • Holiday House: $16.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

Galileo’s Leaning Tower Experiment

by Wendy Macdonald • illustrated by Paolo Rui

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, K

Pisa, Italy, 1589: Every market day, Massimo drops

lunch down to his uncle from a bridge, timing it so

the food falls into his uncle’s boat. Professor Galileo,

passing by one day, notices that the loaf of bread and

wheel of cheese land in the boat with a single thud.

But how can that be? Aristotle had said that heavy

things fall at a faster rate than light ones. Will Galileo

and Massimo be able to prove Aristotle’s theory

wrong? Author’s note. Full-color illustrations done in

acrylic on canvas.

Isbn: 9781570926502 • Dewey: 531’.5 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD560l

JLG: $9.00 • Charlesbridge: $16.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

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Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude Is Gertrude

by Jonah Winter • illustrated by Calef Brown

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Reviews: BCCBH, BL, KH, PWH, SLJ, WC

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“Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude. And

Alice is Alice. And Gertrude and Alice are Gertrude

and Alice.” Echoing Gertrude Stein’s playful writing

style, this book describes Gertrude Stein’s and Alice

B. Toklas’s lives in Paris. Gertrude and Alice have

tea with Pablo Picasso, throw a party attended by

Ernest Hemingway, go to a museum with their

poodle, Basket, and even drive out to the country for

a picnic. End note. Full-color illustrations rendered

in acrylic.

Isbn: 9781416940883 • Dewey: 818/.5209 b • 11" x 9" • 40 pp

sRC level: 1.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD390l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

Giant Meatball

written and illustrated by Robert Weinstock

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: CL, HG, K

A giant meatball lives on the outskirts of a snoozy

little town. “For years and years, the giant meatball

bompled and bounced his way along the old

riverbeds in total bliss.” But the townspeople aren’t

nearly as happy: The meatball churns through the

pastures, terrifying cabbages and disquieting cows.

He sullies the marmalade maker’s jellies, and he

romps and rants just outside the library. The town

tries to provide some helpful tips for neighborly

living, but is this disruptive meatball willing to listen?

Black Prismacolor pencil illustrations colored in

Adobe Illustrator.

Isbn: 9780152055950 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 7.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 940l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

A Girl, a Boy, and Three Robbers

by Gail Gauthier • illustrated by Joe Cepeda

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: H, HGs, SLJ, WC

“I would have been very happy to watch TV on

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons when

I had to go to Hannah’s house. . . . But oh, no.

Hannah always had an idea.” Brandon does not

like that he “never gets to be anything good” when

playing Hannah’s elaborate, inventive games, or

that her ideas often involve tea parties and fairies.

But when the bratty Sunderland kids start plotting

to steal Hannah’s oversized cat, an exciting real

adventure begins! Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399246906 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 96 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 590l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $14.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal:

A Worldwide Cinderella u

by Paul Fleischman • illustrated by Julie Paschkis

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJH

A beautiful, mysterious girl appears at the king’s ball,

wearing a golden sarong . . . a cloak of kingfisher

feathers . . . a red kimono. She dances with the

headman’s son until the first rooster crows, and then

she runs away, leaving a dainty glass slipper . . . a

golden shoe . . . a straw sandal. With thousands of

versions from many cultures, Cinderella is one of the

world’s best-loved stories. This tapestry-like retelling

stitches together elements from many of these

versions. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805079531 • Dewey: 398.2 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 700l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2007

Go Long!

by Tiki and Ronde Barber with Paul Mantell

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, WC

Thirteen-year-olds Tiki and Ronde like Coach

Spangler and love winning football games, so

they’re upset when he leaves to take a coaching

spot on the high school team. Then school officials

choose a seemingly odd replacement: Tiki’s former

science teacher, Mr. Wheeler. Though Tiki and

Ronde discover that Wheeler played professional

football until an injury forced him to retire, he has

no coaching experience, and his clumsy efforts to

unify the team backfire. Soon the arrogant new

quarterback, Cody, is leading an open mutiny against

Wheeler, and it’s up to Tiki and Ronde to make sure

the team doesn’t fall apart.

Isbn: 9781416936190 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 160 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 770l

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $15.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Gold Medal for Weird u

written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Both the winter and summer Olympics have given

us amazing stories of achievement and success.

“If you want those, go get a different book.” This

compilation of Olympic mishaps and unusual

anecdotes documents strange events such as a hotly

disputed tug-of-war, a Swedish bronze medalist

who was only twelve years old, and a swimming

event held in shark-infested waters. Black-and-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781554532537 • Dewey: 796.48 • 7" x 7" • 112 pp

aR level: 5.8 • aR Points: 2

JLG: $9.00 • Kids Can: $14.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2008

Good Boy, Fergus! u

written and illustrated by David Shannon

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BCCBH, HG, K, PWH

Fergus—a.k.a. Fergie, Mr. F, Mister itchy bobo

scratchitty man—is a very special dog. He knows

how to sit up, roll over, and stay down (just not in

that order). He never makes a mess (at least not on

purpose) or begs (too much). And, he always eats all

his dinner (as long as there’s whipped cream on top).

What a good boy! Full-color pictures.

Isbn: 9780439490276 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 40 pp

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $15.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2006


Goof-Off Goalie: Gym Shorts

by Betty Hicks • illustrated by Adam McCauley

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: H, HGs, SLJ

Goose loves being on a soccer team, but he hates all

that running. Maybe, he thinks, he could play goalie:

“Goalies didn’t run as much. They got to stand still a

lot. And dive into the dirt.” Goose quickly learns that

becoming a good goalie is hard work and requires

something he doesn’t have: focus. So Goose’s friends

draw up a detailed plan guaranteed to make him a

better goalkeeper—if they can make him stick to it.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596432444 • Dewey: f • 5 7/8" x 7 1/4" • 64 pp

aR level: 2.5 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 1.7 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 280l

JLG: $9.00 • Roaring brook: $14.95 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Granddad’s Fishing Buddy u

by Mary Quigley • illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ

Sara visits her grandparents’ lake cottage and doesn’t

want to miss a thing. Though the sky is still dark,

she’s awake when Granddad gets up to meet his

fishing buddy. “Ooooo . . . fishing . . . Can I come

too?” she asks. Granddad eyes her skeptically.

“Can you keep real quiet so the fish don’t know

we’re there? Can you row the boat without making it

turn in circles? Can you put a worm on the hook?”

Sara agrees and “YIPPEE!” is allowed to go. Then

she remembers the rules. “Yippee,” she whispers.

Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780803729421 • Dewey: e • 10 1/2" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.6 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: aD700l

JLG: $9.00 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2007

Grumpy Bird u

written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCB, CL, HGs, K, PW, SLJ

Bird wakes up in an awfully grumpy mood. He’s too

grumpy to play. He’s even too grumpy to fly. “Looks

like I’m walking today,” he says. But his friends won’t

let him walk in peace. As he passes them one by one,

Sheep, Rabbit, Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox all want to

know what he’s doing. When he says he’s walking,

they think it looks like fun and want to come along!

Why do they have to be so cheerful ? Full-color ink

and collage illustrations. A 2008 IRA Children’s

Choices selection.

Isbn: 9780439851473 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

sRC level: 1.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 280l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $12.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2007

*NEW* Gullible Gus

by Maxine Rose Schur • illustrated by Andrew Glass

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Cowboy Gus has a terrible problem. He believes

everything that people tell him, even when they’re

fibbing! As a result, he’s earned the nickname Gullible

Gus. Gus doesn’t want to be gullible anymore, so

his doctor sends him to the town of Fibrock to meet

Hokum Malarkey, the biggest liar in the universe. If

Gus can see through even one of Malarkey’s stories,

he’ll be cured. Full-color illustrations in oil crayon

and turpenoid.

Isbn: 9780618927104 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 48 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Clarion: $15.00 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Gully’s Travels

by Tor Seidler • pictures by Brock Cole

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BLH, CL, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJH, WC

Gully, a Lhasa apso, enjoys a cushy, quiet life. He

lives with his kind owner, a professor, at One Fifth

Avenue in Manhattan. He eats Prime Premium and

spends summers in Paris. Then the professor becomes

engaged to a woman who’s allergic to long-haired

dogs, so he reluctantly gives Gully away—to his

doorman. Suddenly Gully’s refined life is turned

upside down. He is thrown into a crowded Queens

house with the big, raucous Montoya family, who

also own three mutts. Convinced this new situation is

all a mistake, Gully forms an escape plan.

Isbn: 9780545025065 • Dewey: e • 6 3/4" x 8 7/8" • 192 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 890l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Gus, the Pilgrim Turkey

by Teresa Bateman • illustrated by Ellen Joy Sasaki

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, K

In spring, Gus the Turkey looks stunning in his

Easter hat. In summer, Gus dons patterned shorts

and dances in the sprinklers. Now it’s autumn, and

he’s already talking about wearing his tuxedo on New

Year’s Eve. So Gus’s friends decide it’s time to tell him

about Thanksgiving. “They told him about Native

Americans who helped the Pilgrims. No problem.

They told him about the big feast. No problem.”

And then they tell Gus what’s on the Thanksgiving

Day menu. BIG problem! Full-color art done in

watercolor, colored pencils, and pen and ink.

Isbn: 9780807512661 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD470l

JLG: $9.00 • albert Whitman: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

The Heart of the Beast:

Eight Great Gorilla Stories

by Nancy Roe Pimm

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, CL, V

What goes on in the heart of the beast? Gorillas have

long been misunderstood as ferocious, unfeeling

animals, but we now know them to possess a wide

range of emotions: grief, love, fear, anger, sadness.

Meet eight gorillas, from sign language–using Koko

to Snowflake, the only albino gorilla ever seen, who

demonstrate just how much we humans have in

common with our primate cousins. Black-and-white

photography. Time line. Bibliography. Index.

Isbn: 9781581960549 • Dewey: 599.884 • 7 3/8" x 5 5/8" • 112 pp

aR level: 7.5 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 8.7 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 1100l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $18.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2007

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Help!: A Story of Friendship u

written and illustrated by Holly Keller

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, H, PW, SLJH

Hedgehog finds Mouse hiding in the leaves, scared of

their old friend Snake: “Fox told Skunk and Skunk

told me that snakes are very dangerous to mice.”

“That’s silly gossip,” Hedgehog says. “You know

Snake would never hurt you.” He urges Mouse out

of the leaves to take a walk. Mouse is so busy looking

for danger that he falls into a deep, narrow hole—and

can’t get out. The hole is too dark for Squirrel, too

deep for Rabbit, and Hedgehog is too prickly, but

Snake is willing to help. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780061239144 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: aD450l

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $17.89 • JlG Month: seP 2007

Henry’s Freedom Box:

A True Story from the Underground Railroad u

by Ellen Levine • illustrated by Kadir Nelson

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, KH, PW, SLJ

After Henry Brown’s wife and children are sold at

the slave market, Henry knows he’ll never see them

again. The only thing left to live for is freedom.

With help from a white man named Dr. Smith,

Henry mails himself from Richmond, Virginia, to

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, inside a wooden box.

“Dr. Smith begged the clerks to be careful. But they

didn’t listen. They threw the box into the baggage car.

Hours passed. Henry was lifted up and thrown again.

Upside down!” Author’s note. Bibliography. Fullcolor

illustrations created with pencil, watercolor, and

oils. A 2008 Caldecott Honor Book. A 2008 IRA

Teachers’ Choices selection.

Isbn: 9780439777339 • Dewey: f • 9" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.8 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: aD380l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2007

Here’s Looking at Me:

How Artists See Themselves u

by Bob Raczka

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG

If you were going to paint a picture of yourself,

how would you do it? Artists answer this question

in different ways. Sofonisba Anguissola painted a

portrait of her teacher painting a portrait of her;

Marc Chagall painted himself with seven fingers

on his left hand; and Jacob Lawrence painted

himself in his Seattle studio with Harlem showing

out the window. By the choices they made, we can

learn about where and when these artists lived and

what they thought about themselves. Full-color

reproductions of the works of sixteen artists.

Isbn: 9780761334040 • Dewey: 760 • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 940l

JLG: $9.00 • Millbrook: $23.90 • JlG Month: JUn 2006

*NEW* The Hermit Crab

written and illustrated by Carter Goodrich

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: K, PW, SLJ

Down on the sea floor, a mysterious contraption has

just landed on the flounder. It smells like a restaurant,

but it looks like danger. Wait! Who is this mysterious

purple stranger trying to lift the trap? “That,” cries

the lobster, “THAT is our brave champion! Our

HERO, come to save us!” Or maybe it’s just the shy,

un-heroic hermit crab in his fancy new shell, looking

for some dinner. Full-color colored pencil and

watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9781416938927 • Dewey: e • 12" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD680l

JLG: $13.25 • simon & schuster: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

The Hermit Crab—JLG Activity Guide

JLG Activity Guides give you the tools to use JLG

selections in the classroom or library to meet specific

learning objectives for both whole-class settings and

for individual students. Each guide includes:

• activities based on national and state standards

• reinforcements for reading and writing skills

• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

• and much more!

You will also find the Answer Key at the back of each

JLG Activity Guide.

JLG: $5.00 • Isbn: 9780982350652

Hey Batta Batta Swing!:

The Wild Old Days of Baseball u

by Sally Cook and James Charlton • illustrated by Ross MacDonald

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, H, K, PWH, SLJ

“What was the game of baseball like in earlier times?

Was it easier? Probably not! Different? You bet!” Way

back when, you could get a runner out by soaking

him (hitting him with the baseball). Fly chasers

(outfielders) used to patrol the pasture (play the

field) bare-handed. It took nine balls for an Annie

Oakley (a walk). Despite all the changes, one thing

has stayed the same: almost from the very beginning,

baseball has been “America’s game.” Full-color art.

Isbn: 9781416912071 • Dewey: 796.35 • 11" x 9" • 56 pp

aR level: 5.8 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 6.9 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: aD1050l

JLG: $9.00 • Mcelderry: $17.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2007


The Higher Power of Lucky u

by Susan Patron • illustrated by Matt Phelan

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BCCB, HGs, KH

“The difference between a Guardian and an actual

mom is that a mom can’t resign. A mom has the job

for life. But a Guardian like Brigitte could probably

just say, ‘Well, that’s about it for this job. I’m going

back to France now. Au revoir.’” Lucky has lived with

her guardian, Brigitte, since her mother died, but

lately it seems Brigitte may be thinking of leaving

their home in Hard Pan, California (population 43).

Rather than be left behind, Lucky decides to be the

first one to go. Black-and-white illustrations. Winner

of the 2007 Newbery Medal.

Isbn: 9781416901945 • Dewey: f • 6 1/4" x 8 3/4" • 144 pp

aR level: 5.9 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 1010l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.95 • JlG Month: feb 2007

*NEW* Highway Robbery

by Kate Thompson • illustrated by Jonny Duddle and Robert Dress

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, KH, PWH

A young lad, down on his luck, unexpectedly meets

a mysterious stranger who hires the boy to watch his

horse. The stranger disappears, and passersby stop

to offer the boy money for the magnificent steed.

He’s sorely tempted but refuses. When soldiers come

looking for the infamous highwayman Dick Turpin,

the lad realizes he’s in possession of a legendary horse:

Black Bess. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780061730344 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 128 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Greenwillow: $15.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

“A suspenseful and tautly written story.”

—Publishers WeeklyH

Home on the Range:

John A. Lomax and His Cowboy Songs u

by Deborah Hopkinson • illustrated by S. D. Schindler

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJH, WC

“John Avery Lomax grew up singing. Why, he

probably knew more folksongs, tunes, and ballads

than there were cattle in the great state of Texas.” As

a child, John loved the songs he heard the cowboys

singing along the nearby Chisholm Trail. He

began writing them down at an early age. As John

grew older, he traveled the country collecting and

recording cowboy songs, helping to preserve such

favorites as “Sweet Betsy from Pike” and “Home on

the Range.” Author’s note. Source note. Bibliography.

Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399239960 • Dewey: 782.421642092 b • 10 3/4" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD890l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $16.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

Hooray for Reading Day!

by Margery Cuyler • illustrated by Arthur Howard

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: HG, SLJ, WC

In first grade, Jessica has a BIG worry: reading. Other

kids laugh when she reads c-c-c-cat for cat and d-d-ddish

for dish. Then her teacher announces that Friday

is Reading Theater day and all the parents are invited.

Read out loud? Wear a costume? She’d rather get a

splinter in her tongue than do that! But that night

when she can’t sleep, she practices reading The Hot

Pot to her dog, Wiggles. She thinks it’s pretty silly,

but Wiggles snuggles close and doesn’t seem to mind.

Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780689861888 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 380l

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $15.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

*NEW* Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk

by James Howe • illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, K, SLJ

Houndsley enjoys canoe rides so quiet he can hear

the plink and plunk of the paddles. Unfortunately,

whenever his best friend Catina climbs into the boat,

she spoils it by talking nonstop. Bike riding is one of

Catina’s favorite things to do, but when Houndsley

receives a bicycle as a gift, he is reluctant to go for a

ride with Catina—even though the two have never

ridden together. Why do these friends behave in such

puzzling ways? After a bike ride, a picnic, and some

time to talk, the two friends discover the reasons.

Full-color watercolor, pencil, and collage illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763633851 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 48 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.6 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 480l

JLG: $13.25 • Candlewick: $15.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

I like how seriously this book treats

its characters and their feelings.

Fear, shame, and friendship are all

dealt with in a way that is refreshingly

honest, and the resolution is hopeful

and entirely plausible.

—Dan, JLG Assistant Editor

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The House in the Night u

by Susan Marie Swanson • illustrated by Beth Krommes

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BLH, HG, KH, PWH, SLJH

“Here is the key to the house. In the house burns a

light. In that light rests a bed. On that bed waits a

book. . . .” As evening falls, a young girl gets ready

for bed and opens a book. A bird emerges and takes

her on a journey through the night skies and back

home, to where there is a “book on the bed, bed

in the light, light in the house . . . the house in the

night.” Inspired by a traditional poem. Author’s note.

Scratchboard and watercolor illustrations. Winner of

the 2009 Caldecott Medal.

Isbn: 9780618862443 • Dewey: e • 7 5/8" x 10" • 40 pp

lexile: 60l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $16.00 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

How to Heal a Broken Wing u

written and illustrated by Bob Graham

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HG, K, PW, SLJH, WC

“High above the city, no one heard the soft thud of

feathers against glass. No one saw the bird fall. No

one looked down . . . except Will.” On a crowded

city street, a young boy crouches by a fallen pigeon

and persuades his mother to let him take it home

with them. Together, the boy’s family tends to it,

hoping that “with rest . . . and time,” the bird may

fly again. Full-color art includes wordless sequences

that advance the plot. Winner of the 2009 Charlotte

Zolotow Award.

Isbn: 9780763639037 • Dewey: e • 8 1/8" x 11 13/16" • 40 pp

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $16.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.

written and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, SLJ, WC

“In the mood for a cherry pie? Let’s get started. First,

mix flour and salt in a bowl. What, no bowl? You

will definitely need a bowl.” Finding the Cook Shop

closed for the July 4th weekend, a young girl and her

dog crisscross the United States in search of the raw

materials they need to make a bowl, a pie pan, and

other cookware. Includes a map of the United States

and a recipe for cherry pie. Full-color art, created

using gouache on hot-pressed watercolor paper.

Isbn: 9780375912559 • Dewey: e • 8 1/4" x 9 1/2" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD680l

JLG: $9.00 • Knopf: $19.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again

written and illustrated by Dave Horowitz

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, SLJ

Humpty Dumpty used to love to climb—but

after his infamous fall, his confidence is shattered.

Nowadays, he mopes around his house and watches

television in his underwear. Whenever All the King’s

Horses and All the King’s Men pass by, they chant,

“Humpty Dumpty / Sits in a chair, / He used to climb

rocks— / Today he won’t dare.” How will Humpty

ever summon the courage to climb again? Full-color

art, done in black pencil and charcoal on newsprint;

color was digitally added.

Isbn: 9780399247736 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 570l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

I’m Just Like My Mom; I’m Just Like My Dad / Me

parezco tanto a mi mamá; Me parezco tanto a mi papá

by Jorge Ramos • illustrated by Akemi Gutierrez

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: CR, BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

“My mom and I like to write letters to our friends,”

a young girl says. “We both like to draw pictures on

our letters, too. / A mi mamá y a mí nos gusta escribirle

cartas a nuestra familia y a nuestros amigos. Y a las dos

nos gustos ponerles dibujos a las cartas.” Flip the book

over, and a young boy explains: “My dad and I like

reading before we go to sleep. Sometimes we read

about faraway places. / A mi papá y a mí nos gusta leer

antes de irnos a dormir. A veces, leemos sobre lugares que

quedan muy lejos.” Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780061239687 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.2 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Rayo: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008


I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean

written and illustrated by Kevin Sherry

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: HG, SLJ

A cheerful giant squid paints all his favorite

underwater animals: fish, crabs, manta rays, jellyfish.

“I can draw ANYTHING!” he declares. When a pair

of grumpy fish asks him what he’s doing, the squid

is oblivious to their disapproval. “I’m making my

MASTERPIECE!!” he says, continuing to display

his artistic range. At last, a fierce shark yells at the

squid to stop. “YOU are making a mess!” the shark

says. “You mean a MESS-terpiece!” the squid happily

corrects him. After all, the squid’s canvas doesn’t seem

to mind. . . . Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780803732551 • Dewey: e • 11" x 11" • 32 pp

JLG: $9.00 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

In a Blue Room u

by Jim Averbeck • illustrated by Tricia Tusa

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJH

Alice insists that everything in her room be blue,

but when she can’t fall asleep, her mother brings

in a succession of items that aren’t blue: lilacs and

paperwhites, orange tea, a red and green quilt,

and yellow lullaby bells. Will Alice accept these

cozy offerings or stay true to her all-blue color

scheme? Full-color art. A 2009 Charlotte Zolotow

Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780152059927 • Dewey: e • 9" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 410l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

*NEW* Into the Deep:

The Life of Naturalist and Explorer William Beebe

written and illustrated by David Sheldon

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: K

When William Beebe was born in 1877, scientists

had only begun to explore the natural world, a world

that fascinated Beebe even as a child. He studied

migratory birds, rainforest canopies, and ocean

depths. He soon realized that collecting animal

specimens—live ones for zoos and dead ones for

taxidermy—was not the best way to learn about

them. Beebe was a pioneer of ecology, observing

wildlife in their natural habitats. Explorer, inventor,

and conservationist, Beebe continues to inspire

naturalists today. Afterword includes quotes from

Beebe’s writing. Glossary. Resources. Full-color

illustrations in acrylic, gouache, and India ink.

Isbn: 9781580893411 • Dewey: 508.092 b • 8 1/2" x 11" • 48 pp

aR level: 6.2 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $13.25 • Charlesbridge: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

It’s Probably Penny

written and illustrated by Loreen Leedy

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HG, K, SLJ

When Mr. Jayson gives Lisa and her classmates

probability homework to do over the weekend, Lisa

thinks that she’ll probably use her Boston terrier

Penny to help. Lisa knows Penny will want to go for

a walk and might bark at a squirrel. There’s a chance

that Penny could unearth buried treasure, but there’s

no chance that Penny will turn into a cat. What

are the chances that Penny will cause some kind of

trouble? Full-color artwork.

Isbn: 9780805073898 • Dewey: 519.2 • 9" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 600l

JLG: $9.00 • Henry Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2007

*NEW* Joe and Sparky Get New Wheels

by Jamie Michalak • illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCB, KH, SLJ, WC

Friends Joe the giraffe and Sparky the turtle live

in Safari Land, “the famous cageless zoo.” Joe is

adventurous, always wanting “to see the world.”

Sparky, on the other hand, prefers to stay close to

home and spend time in his pond. One day, Joe sees

a yellow car and assumes it’s the prize for a contest he

entered. He and Sparky hop in and drive to the mall,

a burger joint, and a theme park, causing a hubbub

everywhere they go. After all the excitement outside

the zoo’s gates, home starts to feel more inviting than

ever. Watercolor and Prismacolor pencil illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763633875 • 6" x 9" • 48 pp

aR level: 2.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.1 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 330l

JLG: $13.25 • Candlewick: $15.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

*NEW* Joey Fly, Private Eye, in Creepy Crawly Crime

by Aaron Reynolds • illustrated by Neil Numberman

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, PWH, WC

Delilah, a beautiful butterfly, brings Joey Fly

his latest assignment. “I was having a party and

somebody stole my diamond pencil box,” she tells

Joey. “I’m sure it was Gloria. She’s this ladybug I

know.” What seems like an open-and-shut case soon

becomes complicated. Not only do party guests

contradict Delilah’s statements, but Joey’s bumbling

new assistant, Sammy Stingtail, taints the only piece

of evidence. Graphic-novel format. Hidden picture

game. Four-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805082425 • Dewey: 741.5’973 • 8" x 10" • 96 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Henry Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

John, Paul, George & Ben u

written and illustrated by Lane Smith

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCBH, H, HGs, K, PWH

Once there were four lads: John Hancock, Paul

Revere, George Washington, and Ben Franklin.

Oh, yes, there was also Tom Jefferson—but he was

annoyingly independent and hardly ever around.

Those lads were always getting into trouble for

one reason or another. In other words, they took

a few liberties. This is the story of five little boys

before they became five really big Founding Fathers.

Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780786848935 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD660l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2006

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Julia Morgan Built a Castle u

by Celeste Mannis • illustrated by Miles Hyman

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, HG, SLJ

Julia Morgan was the first woman to receive an

architecture degree from the prestigious École des

Beaux-Arts in France. She had completed over 450

projects in her own practice in San Francisco by the

time William Randolph Hearst walked into her office

in 1919. “Miss Morgan,” the famous newspaper

publisher said, “I would like to build a little

something.” His magnificent estate in the hills of San

Simeon would take the architect twenty-eight years to

complete. Full-color art. Author’s note.

Isbn: 9780670059645 • Dewey: 720 • 9 3/4" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.6 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 930l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $17.99 • JlG Month: feb 2007

*NEW* Just the Right Size:

Why Big Animals Are Big and Little Animals Are Little

by Nicola Davies • illustrated by Neal Layton

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: K, PW

Why aren’t insects the size of dogs? Why are ants

stronger than humans? Why couldn’t Superman

really exist? It all comes down to a rule of geometry:

“If you double the length of something, its surface

area and cross section go up four times, while its

volume and weight go up eight times!” Fascinating

examples and funny illustrations demonstrate how

this rule governs the size of every creature on Earth.

Index. Glossary. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780763639242 • 9 7/16" x 5 7/8" • 64 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Candlewick: $14.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Now I can stop wondering why I

can’t have superpowers! The answers

are all here and presented in a

funny and appealing way.

—Susan, JLG Editorial Director

Katie Loves the Kittens u

written and illustrated by John Himmelman

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ, WC

“AROOOOO! AROOOOO!” A dog named Katie

is very excited when Sara Ann brings home three

adorable little kittens. She loves them so much that

she howls with happiness—and scares the kittens.

“No, no, no, Katie,” says Sara Ann. “You stay away

from them until they get used to you.” Katie tries.

She REALLY tries, but she just makes one mistake

after another. Katie is so sad that she retreats to her

bed and eventually falls asleep. When she wakes up

she is not alone—can she contain herself this time?

Full-color pencil and watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805086829 • Dewey: e • 8" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.2 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD330l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: noV 2008

Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up

by Melissa Thomson • illustrated by Frank Morrison

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCB, HG, SLJ

Keena thinks she’s going to hate second grade: she and

her best friend, Eric, are in different classes. But, it

turns out, Keena loves it! Her teacher, Ms. Campbell,

is so cool! One of the first projects is to decorate a

paper birthday cake. Keena mistakenly writes her

birthday as 9/2 instead of 2/9, making Ms. Campbell

think that Keena’s birthday is the next day. Keena

means to correct her teacher, she really does, but she’s

so excited about the birthday crown, and she loves

chocolate cake. . . . Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780803732636 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7" • 112 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 620l

JLG: $9.00 • Dial: $14.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

Keep Your Eye on the Kid:

The Early Years of Buster Keaton u

written and illustrated by Catherine Brighton

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJ

“On the night I broke into the act, Dad threw me

across the stage shouting, ‘Keep your eye on the kid!’

and the crowd went crazy.” From the age of three, Joe

“Buster” Keaton traveled the country as a vaudeville

performer. He didn’t attend school, but learned from

the comedians, musicians, and dancers around him.

When movies became popular, many vaudevillians

feared that their way of life was threatened by the

new medium, but Buster Keaton was fascinated by

the moving images. . . . Author’s note. Bibliography.

Filmography. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596431584 • Dewey: 791.4302/8092 b • 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: 560l

JLG: $9.00 • Roaring brook: $16.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

Keeping Score

by Linda Sue Park

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BL, HGs, KH, KL, PWH, SLJ

Nine-year-old Maggie becomes fast friends with a

firefighter named Jim when he teaches her how to

keep score during baseball games. The system for

tracking plays may be complicated, but Maggie loves

how it succinctly captures her favorite sport. Then Jim

is suddenly shipped off to the Korean War. The letters

they send to each other help Maggie understand the

unfamiliar, faraway life her friend now leads. When a

tragic accident gives Jim severe depression, though, his

letters stop coming. Maggie wonders if she can help

Jim, though he seems so distant.

Isbn: 9780618927999 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 208 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 12 • lexile: 770l

JLG: $9.00 • Clarion: $16.00 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

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Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity u

written and illustrated by Mo Willems

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCBH, BL, H, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJH

Trixie can’t wait to show off her one-of-a-kind

Knuffle Bunny at school, until she sees Sonja—and

Sonja’s Knuffle Bunny. The girls argue: “Kuh-nuffle!”

says Trixie. “Nuffle!” says Sonja. They squabble so

much that Ms. Greengrove has to take the bunnies

away until the end of the day. That night Trixie is

tucked in at “half-past bedtime,” but for some reason

she can’t sleep. At 2:00 am she discovers a problem

with Knuffle Bunny that can’t wait until morning.

Digitally colored ink sketches on photographs. A

2008 Caldecott Honor Book.

Isbn: 9781423102991 • Dewey: e • 12" x 9" • 48 pp

aR level: 2.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 690l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2007

Lacrosse Firestorm

Matt Christopher

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

At sleepover lacrosse camp, Garry Wallis is stuck with

his bullying teammate, Michael, all day and night.

Michael trips him in the cafeteria, and Garry, angry

and embarrassed, runs outside. He finds a pack of

matches in the woods and strikes one, but does so

carefully, on a boulder away from the bushes. Soon

he hears a boy call out from the river and runs to

rescue him. When a forest fire blazes and is quickly

extinguished, Garry doesn’t know whether he’s

responsible, but Michael is ready to accuse him unless

Garry helps him become high scorer.

Isbn: 9780316032773 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 3/8" • 128 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $15.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

Leaves u

written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, KH, PWH, SLJH

“It was his first year. Everything was going well until

the first leaf fell.” A puzzled young bear is worried

about that leaf, and soon he sees red leaves and yellow

leaves falling all over his island. “He sat beneath a

tree, and watched them go, all around. But he grew

sleepy and so he found a hole and filled it with

leaves, and went to sleep. . . .” Full-color watercolors

illustrate this tale of the changing seasons. Winner of

the 2008 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award.

Isbn: 9780399246364 • Dewey: e • 8 1/4" x 9 1/2" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.2 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $15.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2007

*NEW* Let’s Do Nothing!

written and illustrated by Tony Fucile

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BCCB, K

Frankie and Sal have gone through every game, book,

and activity they can think of. Nothing is left. So

they decide to do exactly that: nothing! As it turns

out, doing nothing is not so easy. How long can two

boys sit still, especially when pigeons want to land

on them and huge gorillas want to climb on them?

Eventually, the boys discover that it’s really impossible

to do nothing if you have a good imagination. Fullcolor

ink, colored pencil, and acrylic illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763634407 • Dewey: e • 9 3/4" x 11 5/16" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Candlewick: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

*NEW* Life in the Boreal Forest

by Brenda Z. Guiberson • illustrated by Gennady Spirin

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

The northern, or boreal, forest makes up more than

one-third of the Earth’s forests. Within this gigantic

area, an amazing variety of wildlife can be found,

from Tennessee warblers and endangered whooping

cranes to howling wolves and stealthy lynx. Season

by season, animals are born and grow. Some migrate,

but most remain in the wintry forest throughout

the year, surviving within the dramatic landscape.

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805077186 • Dewey: 578.73/7 • 10 5/8" x 11" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Holt: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Lightship u

written and illustrated by Brian Floca

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, KH, PWH, SLJH

“Here is a ship that holds her place. . . . She does not

sail from port to port. She does not carry passengers

or mail or packages. She holds to one sure spot as

other ships sail by. She waits.” But when it gets dark

or when the fog comes rolling in, the lightship’s

crew knows just what to do. They sound her horn

and shine her light bright so that other ships can sail

home safely. Full-color illustrations. Author’s note

about the history of lightships. A 2008 Robert F.

Sibert Honor Book.

Isbn: 9781416924364 • Dewey: 387.2 • 9" x 10" • 48 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD600l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2007

*NEW* The Lion’s Share

written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, KH, PW, SLJH, WC

When an ant is invited to the lion’s dinner party,

she is nervous about making a good impression on

her royal host. When she arrives, she is surprised by

the other guests’ terrible manners. When dessert is

served, the greedy elephant takes half the cake, then

passes it to the hippo, who takes half of what’s left.

By the time it finally reaches the ant, there is only

a crumb to share with the king. The ant offers to

bake another cake to share with him, but the other

guests quickly try to outdo her generosity. Full-color

illustrations in watercolor and ink.

Isbn: 9780802797698 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD550l

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Little Blue Truck

by Alice Schertle • illustrated by Jill McElmurry

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJ

“Horn went ‘Beep!’ Engine purred. Friendliest

sounds you ever heard.” As Little Blue Truck leisurely

drives down a country lane, he makes sure to greet all

his animal friends, from a little toad to a big horse.

The dump truck that screeches past Little Blue has

a very different attitude: “I haven’t got time to pass

the day with every duck along the way!” he yells.

But when the Dump gets “sunk down deep in muck

and mire,” only Little Blue and his barnyard pals can

rescue him. Full-color gouache paintings.

Isbn: 9780152056612 • Dewey: e • 10" x 8" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 580l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing

by Guo Yue and Clare Farrow • illustrated by Helen Cann

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, CL, H, HGs, SLJH, WC

Little Leap Forward is excited about the yellow bird

his friend has caught for him. “I’m going to make a

house for her in the courtyard, and give her grain to

eat, and I’m going to write down the notes she sings

and whistle them so she will answer me.” Hoping

to entice her to sing, he even learns to play the

bamboo flute. Days pass, and the caged bird remains

silent. Then the Red Guard arrives, imposing more

restrictions to life in Beijing, and Little Leap Forward

wonders if freedom will help his bird sing. Afterword.

Full-color watercolor and mixed media illustrations.

Isbn: 9781846861147 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 7/8" • 128 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 810l

JLG: $9.00 • barefoot: $16.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

The Little Yellow Leaf

written and illustrated by Carin Berger

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

Leaves swirl through the air, pumpkins ripen, and

geese take flight. But one lone yellow leaf clings to

its branch and thinks, Not yet. Not yet, as the harvest

moon blooms “amber in the starry sky.” Not yet, as

the nights grow long. Not yet, when there’s a dusting

of snow. Then, high on an icy branch, there is a flash

of scarlet—another leaf is still holding tight. “Will

you?” Little Scarlet Leaf asks. “I will!” says Little

Yellow Leaf. “And one, two, three, they let go and

soared.” Full-color collages.

Isbn: 9780061452246 • Dewey: e • 7" x 11 1/4" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.3 • aR Points: 0.5

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Living Color u

written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJH

From the yellow mongoose and the blue morpho

butterfly to the lesser green broadbill and the pink

fairy armadillo, animals come in a rainbow of strange

and wonderful colors. “If an animal is colorful, it

is likely that its brilliant skin, scales, or feathers

somehow help it stay alive.” The blue-tongued skink,

for example, “startles attackers by suddenly thrusting

out its huge, shockingly blue tongue.” Includes a

chart that describes the size, habitat, and diet of each

animal mentioned, along with facts about its life

cycle. Full-color cut-paper illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618708970 • Dewey: 591.47/2 • 9" x 12" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.8 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 950l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $17.00 • JlG Month: DeC 2007

Look Out, Suzy Goose u

written and illustrated by Petr Horáček

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, WC

Honk! Honk! Honk! “It was a beautiful afternoon. All

the geese were honking . . . except for Suzy Goose.”

Suzy is different; Suzy longs for peace and quiet. So

she sets off for the woods to find some. Meanwhile, a

stealthy fox sets off to find some dinner. . . . And on

the fox’s heels is a hungry wolf, followed by a hungry

bear. Full-color mixed media art.

Isbn: 9780763638030 • Dewey: e • 9 5/8" x 10 5/8" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 290l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $14.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Looking for a Moose u

by Phyllis Root • illustrated by Randy Cecil

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BCCBH, HG, K, PW

“Have you ever seen a moose—a long-leggy moose—

a branchy-antler, dinner-diving, bulgy-nose moose?”

No? Let’s go! Four explorers put on their hats, pull on

their boots, and set off on a moose-spotting journey.

First they try the treesy-breezy woods. Then they look

in the sloppy-gloppy swamp. Finally they search the

brambly-ambly bushes—but it’s just no use! Where

are all the moose? Full-color oil paintings.

Isbn: 9780763620059 • Dewey: e • 10 5/8" x 9 1/4" • 40 pp

aR level: 1.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: aD480l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $15.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2007

Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes /

Muchas, muchísimas rayas de cebra

written and photographed by Stephen R. Swinburne

translated by Aída E. Marcuse

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: HG

“Los diseños son líneas y formas que se repiten. Patterns

are lines and shapes that repeat.” From a spider’s web

to the spots on a giraffe, a pansy’s colors to a turtle’s

shell, this book shows many naturally occurring

patterns in plant and animal life. “Encontrar diseños

es divertido. Finding patterns is fun.” Bilingual text.

Illustrated with full-color photographs.

Isbn: 9781590786413 • Dewey: 778.9 • 10" x 8" • 32 pp

sRC level: 1.8 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 70l

JLG: $9.00 • boyds Mills: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008


*NEW* Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott

by Yona Zeldis McDonough • illustrated by Bethanne Andersen

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Louisa May Alcott grew up in a loving, progressive

family that cared about nature, education, and those

less fortunate than themselves. Louisa and her sisters

loved to write and act out plays. Later, Louisa’s

stories began to be published in magazines. Her most

famous work, Little Women, gained her a permanent

place in children’s literature. Quotes from Louisa

May Alcott. Two poems. Interesting facts. Recipe.

Chronology. Bibliography. Full-color gouache and

pastel illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805081923 • Dewey: 813/.4 b • 7" x 11" • 48 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Holt: $17.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

*NEW* Lucky Breaks

by Susan Patron • illustrated by Matt Phelan

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, K, PW, SLJ, WC

Life in Hard Pan, California (population 43),

feels a bit ordinary to almost-eleven-year-old

Lucky. Her best friend, Lincoln, is a boy, and his

preoccupation with tying knots seems, well, boring.

Then Lucky meets Paloma, who is visiting Hard Pan

with her geologist uncle, and Lucky realizes that

what she wants is a girl best friend, an adventurous

girl. “And without even knowing that she’d been

looking, now Lucky longed for that girl to be

Paloma.” Unfortunately, Paloma lives two hundred

miles away, and her mother is so overprotective she

might not let Paloma return to Hard Pan. Black-

and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781416939986 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

aR level: 6 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 7.5 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 960l

JLG: $13.25 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

*NEW* Luke on the Loose

written and illustrated by Harry Bliss

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, SLJH

Luke is walking through the park with his father

when he notices the cooing of a nearby flock of

pigeons. While his father is lost in “blah-dee boring

blah blah” dad talk, Luke cries, “Yaaah!” And just

like that, Luke is on the loose, chasing pigeons all

over New York City while his dad, the police, and a

crew of firefighters scramble to catch up. But Luke

is determined to catch the pigeons—even if it means

climbing to the roof where they roost. Full-color,

comic-book style illustrations.

Isbn: 9781935179009 • Dewey: 741.5/973 • 6" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.4 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $13.25 • Toon: $12.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

“Luke’s a splendidly admirable

little juggernaut.”

—The Bulletin of the Center for

Children’s Books

*NEW* Maggie’s Monkeys

by Linda Sanders-Wells • illustrated by Abby Carter

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BCCB, K, SLJ

“Last week, a family of pink monkeys moved into

our refrigerator. At least that’s what my little sister,

Maggie, said. Nobody else could see any monkeys,

but that didn’t seem to matter to anyone but me.”

Jack is annoyed at how his family plays along with his

sister’s imaginary monkeys. His father is careful not

to shut the refrigerator door on their tails, his mother

dishes out pudding for them, and his older sister

helps dress the monkeys in invisible clothes. Why

can’t they see that the monkeys aren’t real? Full-color

illustrations in black colored pencil and gouache.

Isbn: 9780763633264 • Dewey: e • 8 7/16" x 10 1/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD710l

JLG: $13.25 • Candlewick: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

Maggie’s Monkeys—JLG Activity Guide

JLG Activity Guides give you the tools to use JLG

selections in the classroom or library to meet specific

learning objectives for both whole-class settings and

for individual students. Each guide includes:

• activities based on national and state standards

• reinforcements for reading and writing skills

• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

• and much more!

You will also find the Answer Key at the back of each

JLG Activity Guide.

JLG: $5.00 • Isbn: 9780982296462

Magical Kids:

The Smallest Girl Ever; the Boy Who Could Fly

written and illustrated by Sally Gardner

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ

Ruby’s mother is a magician, and her father is a

genie, but it takes Ruby a while to embrace her own

abilities. Meanwhile, she just keeps getting smaller

and smaller. . . . Read Ruby’s story, then flip the

book over for another magical tale, in which a most

unusual fairy grants Thomas Top a birthday wish.

Imagine Thomas’s surprise when he discovers that the

wish actually came true—and he can fly! Black-andwhite

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780803731592 • Dewey: f • 5 1/8" x 8" • 224 pp

aR level: 4.8 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

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A Man for All Seasons:

The Life of George Washington Carver

by Stephen Krensky • illustrated by Wil Clay

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: HG, K, SLJ, WC

“No man has enough learning,” George Washington

Carver once said, “and me, I’m still trying to find

out what makes it rain and why sunflowers grow so

tall.” Born into slavery and orphaned before he was a

year old, Carver went on to become the first African

American graduate of a white college, and its first

African American teacher. As a botanist, he brought

supplies and new ideas to poor farmers, helping

them to grow a greater variety of crops. Time line.

Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780060278861 • Dewey: 630.92 • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

Manfish: The Story of Jacques Costeau u

by Jennifer Berne • illustrated by Eric Puybaret

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BLH, HG, SLJ, WC

“From the very beginning little Jacques loved water—

the way it felt on his hands, his face, his body.”

Jacques Cousteau dreamed that one day he would be

able to breathe underwater. He also was fascinated by

machines and by movies and cameras. As an adult,

he pursued his dream, co-inventing the aqualung.

He then spent most of his life filming and exploring

a vast and mysterious underwater world that no one

had seen before. Includes an author’s note. Acrylic on

linen full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780811860635 • Dewey: 551.46092 b • 10" x 9 5/8" • 38 pp

aR level: 4.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.7 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD800l

JLG: $9.00 • Chronicle: $16.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

Marco Flamingo / Marco Flamenco

written and illustrated by Sheila Jarkins

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3)

Marco Flamenco is happy to see the snowbirds arrive

at his tropical home, as they do every year. He is

curious about why they fly south every winter, but

there’s one question he can’t get an answer to: what

is snow? “No quieras saber,” they tell him, “You don’t

want to know.” So Marco decides to fly north to find

out for himself. There Marco discovers many fun

winter activities—and also runs into an old friend.

Bilingual text. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780979446252 • Dewey: e • 9" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.1 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD220l

JLG: $9.00 • Raven Tree: $16.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

Martin Bridge: In High Gear!

by Jessica Scott Kerrin • illustrated by Joseph Kelly

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, SLJ

Martin is not feeling very lucky. First his teacher

assigns Gibson to Martin’s group and tells the class

that for this year’s science project they will be graded

on hard work and team effort. “Hard work” and

“team effort” are not terms that Martin would use to

describe Gibson. Then Martin finally gets a brandnew

bike, only to have it stolen the very first time he

rides it. And if that isn’t bad enough, Aunt Laverne is

visiting, and the bike just gives her another thing to

complain about. . . . Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781554531561 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7 1/4" • 112 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 700l

JLG: $9.00 • Kids Can: $14.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

Masterpiece u

by Elise Broach • illustrated by Kelly Murphy

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BL, CL, H, HGs, K, KL, PWH, SLJH, WC

Discovering an open ink bottle in eleven-year-old

James’s room one night, Marvin, a young beetle,

is overcome with the urge to draw. James’s father,

an artist, sees the resulting drawing and likens it

to the work of Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer.

Thinking James is the artist, he whisks James, the

drawing, and—unwittingly—Marvin off to the

Dürer exhibit at the Met. Then, surprisingly, the

curator asks James to make a decoy drawing to help

catch a thief with a penchant for stealing Dürers.

Fortunately, Marvin is willing to help. Author’s note.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805082708 • Dewey: e • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 304 pp

aR level: 4.8 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 6.1 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: nC700l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Maybelle Goes to Tea u

by Katie Speck • illustrated by Paul Rátz de Tagyos

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

Because the Peabody house is kept JUST SO, the

bugs at Number 10 Grand Street have rules to keep

the Bug Man from coming. When Mrs. Peabody

hosts the Ladies’ Spring Tea, Maybelle faces an

unexpected dilemma. She really wants to discover the

“surprise” in the Chocolate Surprise Cookies, but the

Three Cockroach Rules—“When it’s light, stay out

of sight; if you’re spied, better hide; never meet with

human feet”—stand in her way. Should she try out

Maurice the fly’s rule of “Go for it!”? Black-and-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805080933 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" • 64 pp

aR level: 3.3 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 550l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $15.95 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Me and the Pumpkin Queen u

by Marlane Kennedy

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, K, SLJ

Mildred, eleven, is not interested in boys or clothes.

She prefers giant pumpkins, the kind her mama used

to love, and she is an expert. Mildred knows to plant

Howard Dill’s Atlantic Giant seeds. She knows to

hand-pollinate the blossoms. She knows to cull the

weakest pumpkins, one at a time. Growing a giant

pumpkin is a lot of work. Unfortunately, Aunt Arlene

keeps interrupting Mildred’s horticultural efforts with

shopping trips and visits. Who cares about bras and

earrings when the Pumpkin Show awaits?

Isbn: 9780061140235 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 144 pp

aR level: 4.8 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 790l

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $16.89 • JlG Month: feb 2007


Mercy Watson Fights Crime u

by Kate DiCamillo • illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: HG, KH, SLJH

Diminutive Leroy Ninker dreams of being a cowboy,

but for now he’s a thief. One night he enters the

Watson household—“Yippie-i-oh, everything must

go!”—and clannngggg, tosses their toaster into his

bag. Awakened by the noise, Mercy, the Watsons’

beloved pet pig, rushes to see who is making toast—

her favorite snack. When it’s only a small man in a

cowboy suit, she loses interest and falls asleep in the

doorway. Leroy thinks he’s saved, but then it dawns

on him: how will he get away? Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780763625900 • Dewey: f • 6 3/8" x 8 3/16" • 80 pp

aR level: 2.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.9 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 390l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $12.99 • JlG Month: seP 2006

Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig

by Kate DiCamillo • illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

Eugenia and Baby Lincoln may live next door to a

pig, but that doesn’t stop them from living a gracious

life. They even beautify their yard with pansies.

But when “porcine wonder” Mercy Watson notices

a delicious flowery smell coming from next door

and eats all the pansies the Lincoln sisters have just

planted, Eugenia Lincoln is ready to take “extreme

measures.” She calls Animal Control. Will Officer

Francine Poulet be any match for this buttered-toastloving

pig? Full-color gouache illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763632656 • Dewey: f • 6 3/8" x 8 3/16" • 80 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 380l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $12.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

*NEW* Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story

of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame,

Fortune & Swimsuit History

by Shana Corey • illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, CL, KH, PW, SLJ, WC

As a child in early-twentieth-century Australia,

Annette Kellerman dreamed of being a dancer, but

her legs were so weak she could barely stand. To

strengthen them, her father taught her to swim.

Soon Annette was winning races, demonstrating

diving skills at a local aquarium, and creating a new

sport: “It wasn’t quite ballet, and it wasn’t quite

swimming—it was water ballet!” To show girls

around the world what they could do in the water,

Annette and her father sailed to England, where

Annette’s daring swims of the Thames and the

English Channel earned her the name “Mermaid

Queen.” Author’s note. Historical background.

Acknowledgments. Full-color digital media

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780439698351 • Dewey: 797.2/1092 b • 8 1/2" x 12" • 48 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD650l

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“The book radiates excitement.”

—Children’s Literature

Mighty Monty

by Johanna Hurwitz • illustrated by Anik McGrory

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HG, K, SLJ

Monty is nervous about his class play. “It meant he’d

have to stand on a stage in front of an audience of

students, teachers, and parents. Everyone would be

looking at him. Suppose he made a mistake. Suppose

everyone laughed at him.” He is relieved that at least

he can hide behind his apple tree costume. But what

about his karate class exhibition? He won’t have a

costume to hide behind then. Plus, what if his asthma

acts up? Black-and-white watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763629779 • Dewey: e • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 112 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 610l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $15.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

Mo and Jo: Fighting Together Forever

by Jay Lynch and Dean Haspiel

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, HG, K

Mona and Joey, sister and brother, have two things

in common: a favorite superhero, Mojo, and a

favorite enemy, each other. One day, their mailman,

Mr. Mojoski, reveals his secret identity: he’s Mojo!

He tells them he’s retiring and gives them the

costume that grants him his powers. Mo and Jo fight

over it and rip it in half, but their mother fashions

two new costumes from the material. When they put

on the costumes, Mo gains super-stretchiness, while

Jo obtains powerful magnetic boots. Then Mojo’s

nemesis, Saw-Jaw, attacks the city, and Mo and Jo

have to fight together to thwart him. Graphic-novel

format. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780979923852 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 1.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.6 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: Gn240l

JLG: $9.00 • Toon: $12.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Mogo, the Third Warthog u

by Donna Jo Napoli • illustrated by Lita Judge

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

“Sensible sows never stand in the way of nature’s

rules,” says Mother. So when it’s time for Mogo

and his brothers, Kebiro and Mathani, to leave the

burrow, she won’t listen to their protests. The three

try to stay together but bicker about where to make

a burrow, how to avoid predators, and when to

eat. Soon they go their separate ways. While Mogo

worries that his brothers may not have what it takes

to survive, he finds a way to make a new life—even a

happy one. Black-and-white art.

Isbn: 9781423108160 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 208 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 2.6 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 480l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $15.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Money Madness

by David A. Adler • illustrated by Edward Miller

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, K, WC

“If you were hungry and there was no such thing as

money, how would you buy a loaf of bread?” From

bartering to early forms of currency (including

dried fish, rocks, and camels) to the invention of

coins and paper money, here is a clear and thorough

introduction to money. Includes a discussion of credit

cards, digital payment, currency used in different

countries, and how and why money values fluctuate.

Full-color digital artwork.

Isbn: 9780823414741 • Dewey: 332.4 • 8 1/2" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.7 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD770l

JLG: $9.00 • Holiday House: $16.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

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El monstruo del Lago Ness:

Una misteriosa bestia en Escocia

(The Loch Ness Monster: Scotland’s Mystery Beast)

by Jack DeMolay

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3)

Legend has it that Loch Ness, Scotland, is home to

a strange beast—“una extraña bestia”—and over the

years, many people have claimed to have seen it.

Sightings from the sixth century through the 1930s

are depicted in colorful, graphic-novel format. This

book also considers various scientific explanations

for the phenomenon and describes expeditions

that have attempted to answer once and for all the

question of whether Nessie truly exists. Fun facts.

Glossary. Index. Web sites. Spanish text. Full-color

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781435825383 • Dewey: 001.944 • 6 1/2" x 10" • 24 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Rosen: $17.95 • JlG Month: noV 2008

Mouse Shapes u

written and illustrated by Ellen Stoll Walsh

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, H, K, SLJ

Three mice named Violet, Martin, and Fred escape

from a big, scary cat by hiding in a pile of shapes.

“Look,” says Violet, once the coast is clear, “we can

make things with them.” The mice use the circles,

triangles, and squares to create all sorts of pictures: a

house, a tree, a book, and a fish. And then they begin

work on something that might just scare away the

cat. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780152060916 • Dewey: e • 8 3/4" x 7 1/8" • 40 pp

aR level: 1.7 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: JUl 2007

Mr. Karp’s Last Glass

by Cary Fagan • illustrated by Selçuk Demirel

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: HG

Randoph’s father was fired from his job at a general

goods store for allegedly stealing a Barbie camper

van and five bags of red licorice, among other things.

While Randolph’s father fights the dismissal, the

family, short on money, takes in a tenant. Randolph

isn’t thrilled to have a stranger in the house, but

then he discovers that Mr. Karp is a collector,

too. Randolph collects beer bottle caps, writing

instruments, and words. Mr. Karp’s collection arrives

in wooden crates marked “fragile” and “perishable”—

words that make Randolph want to learn more.

Black-and-white art.

Isbn: 9780888997906 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/2" • 96 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 2 • lexile: 860l

JLG: $9.00 • Groundwood: $15.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race

by Cynthia Rylant • illustrated by Arthur Howard

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ

Mrs. Teaberry suggests that she and Mr. Putter run

a marathon, but it sounds like too much effort. Mr.

Putter does not want to work out—he wants to eat

muffins with his cat, Tabby. Then Mr. Putter learns

that second prize is a train set! Besides, Mrs. Teaberry

is busy getting in shape. “So Mr. Putter had to work

out, too. He decided he would touch his toes thirty

times every day to make up for the thirty years he’d

forgotten to run.” Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780152060695 • Dewey: e • 6 1/4" x 8 3/4" • 44 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 620l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $14.00 • JlG Month: MaR 2008

Mr. Putter & Tabby Spin the Yarnu

by Cynthia Rylant • illustrated by Arthur Howard

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: HG, SLJ

Mr. Putter is worried that he’s not a good neighbor.

“All I do is eat Mrs. Teaberry’s food,” he tells his

cat, Tabby. “I should do something nice for her.”

He decides to serve tea to her knitting club, but

sometimes even the best intentions go awry. Tabby

just can’t resist the sight of all that yarn. Then Mrs.

Teaberry’s dog, Zeke, goes after the plastic potato

on Gertrude’s hat, and things start to unravel very

quickly. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780152050672 • Dewey: e • 6 1/4" x 8 3/4" • 44 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.0 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 580l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $14.00 • JlG Month: seP 2006

*NEW* Muktar and the Camels

by Janet Graber • illustrated by Scott Mack

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) * Reviews: BL

“Muktar gazes out of the window, across the dusty

landscape, remembering a time before drought and

war engulfed his homeland. A time when his family

roamed Somalia, their worldly possessions strapped

to mighty camels.” Muktar should be learning the

new ways in his classroom at the orphanage, but

instead he daydreams about his old life. One day, a

visitor arrives with a small library. Muktar’s friend

Ismail is excited about the books, but Muktar is

excited about what carries the books—camels!

Author’s note. Full-color oil paintings.

Isbn: 9780805078343 • Dewey: f • 9" x 10" • 32 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Holt: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

The Mutiny on the Bounty u

written and illustrated by Patrick O’Brien

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, K, SLJ

“Captain Bligh came on deck and gazed ahead. There

it was at last—Tahiti. The sailors had heard fantastic

stories about this island paradise on the far side of

the world, and they were eager to see if the tales were

true. Bligh had been there before, and he knew what

to expect. But there was trouble brewing below deck,

and what happened on the Bounty was something

Bligh never expected.” This fascinating historical

adventure is illustrated with full-color watercolors.

Includes a list of resources. A 2008 IRA Teachers’

Choices selection.

Isbn: 9780802795885 • Dewey: 910.4’5 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 1 • lexile: aD930l

JLG: $9.00 • Walker: $18.85 • JlG Month: MaY 2007


My Dad’s a Birdman u

by David Almond • illustrated by Polly Dunbar

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, K, SLJ, WC

The Great Human Bird Competition has arrived,

and Lizzie’s dad is sure he can win. After all, he’s a

Birdman—he caws, has wings he made himself, and

even eats bugs! “Yum-yum!” he says. “A man like me

needs bugs and flies and centipedes.” Lizzie wishes he

would eat toast for breakfast and shave like a normal

person, but it’s fun making Birdgirl wings and a crest

with her dad’s help. Auntie Doreen is determined to

bring the Birdman down to earth, but is it so bad to

reach for the sky? Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763636678 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 128 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 2.4 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 420l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $15.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

My Dog May Be a Genius

by Jack Prelutsky • illustrated by James Stevenson

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HGs, PWH, SLJ

“I’m Crumbo Crumme, I’m always glum, / that

simply is my style. / I sit and mope, and there’s no

hope / I’ll crack the slightest smile.” With poems

about underwater marching bands, invisible dragons,

and lemonade-drinking robins, as well as about

creatures such as Zeenaleens, Luffers, and Probbles,

laughs are guaranteed for everyone (except Crumbo

Crumme!) in this collection of poems and wordplay

by a Children’s Poet Laureate. Black-and-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780066238630 • Dewey: 811/.54 • 7 1/4" x 9" • 160 pp

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $19.89 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

*NEW* My Name Is Sangoel

by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed

illustrated by Catherine Stock

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

When Sangoel’s family leaves the refugee camp

for their new home, the Wise One tells him,

“Remember, you will always be a Dinka. You will be

Sangoel. Even in America.” For Sangoel, America is

big and different and cold. No one can pronounce

his name—not Mrs. Johnson, who meets his family

at the airport, not the teacher, and not his classmates.

Mama tells him, “America is our home now. Perhaps

you need an American name.” But Sangoel cannot

forget the Wise One’s words. Full-color mixed-media

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780802853073 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

JLG: $13.25 • eerdmans: $17.00 • JlG Month: seP 2009

This is one of my favorite picture books.

It’s wise and touching—relying on small,

everyday details to elicit big emotions.

—Nathalie, JLG Editorial Assistant

*NEW* My Uncle Emily

by Jane Yolen • illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, K, PWH, SLJH

Six-year-old Gib and “Uncle” Emily (Dickinson)

explore the world of insects and small things and

share Emily’s poems, which Gib doesn’t understand

but loves just the same. When Uncle Emily asks him

to share a poem about a bee with his class, Gib is

afraid his classmates will laugh at him—and they do.

Afterward Gib fights a boy who calls Uncle Emily a

name. He gets in trouble with the teacher and tells

only part of the truth at home. How can he be honest

when the truth might hurt Uncle Emily’s feelings?

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399240058 • Dewey: e • 10" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.7 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD770l

JLG: $13.25 • Philomel: $17.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

*NEW* Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

written and illustrated by Mo Willems

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

“For this story, you need to know only three things

about naked mole rats:

1. They are a little bit rat.

2. They are a little bit mole.

3. They are all naked.

Well, they were, with one exception. . . . Wilbur.”

Wilbur likes to get dressed so he can be fancy, funny,

cool—or even an astronaut. Can the other naked

mole rats convince him to be like everyone else? And

what will Grand-pah—“the oldest, greatest, and most

naked mole rat ever”—have to say about it? Fullcolor

art.

Isbn: 9781423114376 • Dewey: e • 10 1/2" x 7" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD470l

JLG: $13.25 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed—JLG Activity Guide

JLG Activity Guides give you the tools to use JLG

selections in the classroom or library to meet specific

learning objectives for both whole-class settings and

for individual students. Each guide includes:

• activities based on national and state standards

• reinforcements for reading and writing skills

• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

• and much more!

You will also find the Answer Key at the back of each

JLG Activity Guide.

JLG: $5.00 • Isbn: 9780982296431

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*NEW* The Name Game: A Look Behind the Labels

by Donna M. Jackson • illustrated by Ted Stearn

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BCCB, K

“We all have names, whether we like them or not,

but have you ever stopped to think about where

names come from, and just how important they

are?” This illustrated investigation looks at how

people get their names in various cultures and at

what some of those names mean. It also discusses

unusual names, nicknames, the names of pets,

companies, and hurricanes, and much more. Further

reading. Glossary. Sources. Index. Black-and-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780670011971 • Dewey: 929.9/7 • 7" x 9" • 48 pp

aR level: 7.1 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 10.5 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: nC1150l

JLG: $13.25 • Viking: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

Name That Style: All about Isms in Art

by Bob Raczka

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, WC

Name That Style introduces readers to fourteen

different schools of painting, from Mannerism to

Romanticism to Surrealism. Each section includes

a reproduction of a painting that embodies that

school’s most important characteristics, as well as an

explanation of which elements in the painting are

paradigmatic. Readers learn where and when the

school was popular, who painted the most famous

examples, and, in some cases, which techniques

were used to attain the style’s particular effects.

Introduction. Full-color reproductions of paintings.

Isbn: 9780822575863 • Dewey: 709 • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.7 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 7.6 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 1020l

JLG: $9.00 • Millbrook: $25.26 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

Nancy Drew, Girl Detective:

Graphic Novel #13, “Doggone Town”

by Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney • illustrated by Sho Murase

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

When a lost dog finds its way to Nancy Drew’s

house, the girl detective resolves to return the pup

to its rightful owner. Nancy’s good intentions aren’t

easily carried out, however. She and her boyfriend,

Ned, drive to the town named on the dog’s tags only

to find a seemingly deserted hamlet. Thankfully,

though, the dog’s owner is at home. But something

fishy is going on. The woman who “owns” the dog

doesn’t even know its name! Presented in full-color

graphic-novel format.

Isbn: 9781597070997 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/2" • 112 pp

aR level: 3.2 • aR Points: 1

JLG: $9.00 • Papercutz: $12.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

Nancy Drew, Girl Detective:

Graphic Novel #14, “Sleight of Dan”

by Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney • illustrated by Sho Murase

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

When Nancy Drew and her best friends Bess and

George attend Dan Deville’s magic show, Nancy is

bored, because she knows the secrets behind most

magic tricks. The show does hold one surprise,

though: Dan makes his assistant and fiancée, Tina,

disappear, but he never makes her reappear. The

girls—and some reporters—question Dan about

this unusual occurrence, and he claims it’s all a

publicity stunt. Nancy, however, suspects that Dan

is lying—and that he is desperate to discover Tina’s

whereabouts. Graphic-novel format. Full-color

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781597071420 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/2" • 112 pp

aR level: 3.3 • aR Points: 1

JLG: $9.00 • Papercutz: $12.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

*NEW* Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths

written and photographed by Nic Bishop

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCB, BLH,CL, SLJH

“There is no mistaking a butterfly. Its colorful

wings skip in the air. . . .” Did you know that the

world’s largest butterfly and largest moth both have

wingspans of almost a foot? Or that one type of moth

feeds on the tears of sleeping animals, while others

eat nothing at all? (The luna moth doesn’t even have

a mouth!) Butterflies visit dozens of flowers a day,

and some fly hundreds of miles to migrate. Clear

text and bold, full-color photographs combine for a

lively portrait of some amazing insects. Author’s note.

Glossary. Index. Gatefold.

Isbn: 9780439877572 • Dewey: 595.78/9 • 8" x 11" • 48 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: nC890l

JLG: $13.25 • scholastic: $17.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

Nic Bishop Frogs u

written and photographed by Nic Bishop

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, HGs, KH, SLJH

Did you know that the world’s biggest frog, the

Goliath frog, is as heavy as a newborn baby? Or that

nearly half of a frog’s 159 bones are in its feet? And

that the African bullfrog will try to scare people and

even lions away from its eggs and tadpoles? With

informative text and bold, full-color photographs

of the amphibians gliding, sitting, swimming,

and leaping across the page, the author takes an

up-close look at frogs big and small—and in a whole

rainbow of colors. Includes an author’s note, index,

and glossary. A 2008 Boston Globe–Horn Book

Honor Book. Winner of the 2009 Gryphon Award.

Isbn: 9780439877558 • Dewey: 597.8/9 • 8” x 11” • 48 pp

aR level: 4.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 890l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $17.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2008

Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues

by Karen English • illustrated by Laura Freeman

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCB, K, SLJ, WC

Third-grader Deja has been talking about her eighth

birthday for weeks and planning all the details for

her party with her best friend, Nikki. Then Deja’s

class rival, Antonia, hands out invitations for her

“Just Because” party—to be held on the very same

day as Deja’s. Suddenly all the girls in class are talking

nonstop about Antonia’s party and acting as if

Deja hadn’t even given out invitations of her own!

Black-and-white digital illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618977871 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 80 pp

aR level: 4.3 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 700l

JLG: $9.00 • Clarion: $15.00 • JlG Month: feb 2009


No Babysitters Allowed

by Amber Stewart • illustrated by Laura Rankin

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, K, SLJ

Hopscotch is a brave bunny when he finds a spider in

the house and when he falls off his tricycle, but when

his parents leave him with nice Mrs. Honeybunch

for the evening, he doesn’t feel brave at all. He hides

in his “No Babysitters Allowed” camp and won’t

come out. Then Mrs. Honeybunch reads Hopscotch’s

favorite books to his stuffed toy, Rabbity, and gets

them all mixed up! By the third story, Hopscotch

can’t stand it anymore. He leaves his camp to set

Mrs. Honeybunch straight. Full-color illustrations in

acrylic and pen and ink.

Isbn: 978159990313X • Dewey: e • 9 5/8" x 10 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD740l

JLG: $9.00 • bloomsbury: $17.89 • JlG Month: feb 2009

No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as

Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

by Susan Hughes • illustrated by Willow Dawson

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, KL, SLJ, V

In ninth-century Scandinavia, Alfhild, a princess,

became a Viking raider. In France in 1738, Esther

Brandeau, a Jew, posed as a Catholic boy to gain

passage to America. In nineteenth-century Scotland,

a woman practiced medicine—as a man called

James Barry. These and four other true stories of

women who didn’t allow gender inequality to stand

in their way are presented in graphic-novel format.

Afterword. Further reading. Black-and-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781554531776 • Dewey: 806.77’80820922 • 6" x 9" • 80 pp

aR level: 3.9 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 5

JLG: $9.00 • Kids Can: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

No Talking u

by Andrew Clements • illustrated by Mark Elliott

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, KH, PW, SLJ

The boisterous fifth graders of Laketon Elementary

School have made a pact: “No talking at all. And it’s

a contest—boys against the girls.” Except for a threeword

limit for responding to adults at school, they

will not speak for forty-eight hours. What starts as a

rivalry becomes a silent collaboration, as the students

try to maintain the competition in spite of adult

disapproval. After all, without speaking, how can they

participate in class, do homework, or rehearse for the

school assembly? Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781416909835 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 820l

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $15.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2007

Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a

(Somewhat) Brave Shrew

written and illustrated by Ursula Vernon

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, WC

Although Nurk wants to be like his fearless (but

long-lost) warrior grandmother, he’s not a very brave

shrew. He worries about going on adventures: what

if he spends his time “wet and cold and hungry and

without clean socks”? Then a mysterious letter arrives

with a desperate plea for help. It is meant for his

grandmother, but Nurk decides that he has no choice

but to go in her place. Before long, he finds himself

on a dragonfly-prince-saving mission that would

intimidate even the biggest, baddest, and bravest of

adventurers. Black-and-white art.

Isbn: 9780152063757 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 144 pp

aR level: 5.8 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 6.4 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 920l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $15.00 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

On the Court with . . . LeBron James

Matt Christopher

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Today, LeBron James is a world-famous NBA

superstar. When he was very young, though, he and

his mother lived in crime-ridden neighborhoods in

Akron, Ohio, where Gloria James struggled to earn

money and keep her son safe. LeBron didn’t take

his household responsibilities seriously and often

ignored his schoolwork. Realizing LeBron’s difficult

home life was putting him on the wrong track, Gloria

James agreed to let some generous family friends take

him in. The Walkers taught LeBron discipline and

focus—and how to play basketball. Includes NBA

statistics and career highlights. Black-and-white

photographs.

Isbn: 9780316043762 • Dewey: 796.323092 b • 5" x 7 1/4" • 128 pp

aR level: 6.8 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 7.5 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 990l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $15.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

*NEW* One Giant Leap

by Robert Burleigh • illustrated by Mike Wimmer

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, SLJ

“July 20, 1969. Seventy miles up, the two spaceships,

Eagle and Columbia, separate . . . then the Eagle

begins to descend—to where no human has ever

been. To the moon.” Astronaut Neil Armstrong lands

the craft carefully. He and Buzz Aldrin put on special

gear, such as air tanks and helmets with sun visors.

Then they step onto the moon’s finely dusted surface.

In vivid detail, here is the story of the historic moon

landing. Author’s note. Full-color oil paintings.

Isbn: 9780399238833 • Dewey: 629.45’4 • 10" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 470l

JLG: $13.25 • Philomel: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

*NEW* Open the Door to Liberty!:

A Biography of Toussaint L’Ouverture

by Anne Rockwell • illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, SLJH, WC

Toussaint L’Ouverture was “one of the most

extraordinary people of the eighteenth century—and

one of the forgotten heroes of history.” Growing

from a weak baby and bookish boy into the driving

force behind the first successful slave revolt in history,

L’Ouverture became governor-general of the island

St. Domingue, now called Haiti. His victory shook

the foundations of slavery around the world, and

his example inspired his people to fight for their

independence from French rule. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780618605705 • Dewey: 972.94’03092 • 7" x 9" • 80 pp

aR level: 6.2 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 8.5 • sRC Points: 1000l

JLG: $13.25 • Houghton Mifflin: $18.00 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

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*NEW* Orangutan Tongs:

Poems to Tangle Your Tongue

written and illustrated by Jon Agee

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HH, KH, SLJH, WC

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In this collection of thirty-four tongue-twisting

poems, a round-bellied boy in a belt thinks about

his hat: “I used to wear a felt hat, and I felt the hat

felt right, but I swapped it for a belt, although I felt

the belt was tight.” A rude customer named Walter

Witter whines, “Bring me wetter water, waiter.”

When you read these poems out loud, start slowly,

otherwise you may need to see a doctor about

untangling your tongue! Index of titles. Full-color

artwork.

Isbn: 9781423103158 • Dewey: 818/.5402 • 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 32 pp

sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 2

JLG: $13.25 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

The Origami Master

by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer • illustrated by Aki Sogabe

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

One morning Shima the Origami Master wakes up

to find a beautiful paper elephant on his desk. The

next day he finds a magnificent dragon. Both of

them surpass his own creations, so Shima decides

to hide and catch the intruder who can best him.

To his surprise, the intruder is a warbler, which he

easily captures and locks in a cage. He offers the bird

nuts and berries, and—hoping to learn its secrets—

origami paper. Includes instructions for making an

origami bird. Full-color art, created with cut paper

and watercolor.

Isbn: 9780807561348 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 630l

JLG: $9.00 • albert Whitman: $16.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Oso panda, oso panda, ¿qué ves ahi?

(Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?)

by Bill Martin Jr • illustrated by Eric Carle

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3)

In this Spanish translation of Panda Bear, Panda Bear,

What Do You See? Panda Bear answers, “Veo un águila

calva que se eleva sobre mí.” That bald eagle sees un

carabao, a water buffalo, who sees un mono araña,

a spider monkey, who sees una tortuga verde, a sea

turtle. . . . All these endangered animals are watched

over by a dreaming child, who sees them running

wild and free. Author’s note. Full-color hand-painted

paper collage.

Isbn: 9780805083484 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

sRC level: 1.8 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: nP

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $15.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

Our Library

by Eve Bunting • illustrated by Maggie Smith

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

According to Miss Goose, the library is “too old.

It needs a new roof. And new paint.” Could it be

true? Is the town library really closing? Raccoon

and his friends—Mouse, Skunk, and Rabbit— are

determined to save it. After reading How to Lay

a Perfect Roof and Library Painting for Beginners,

they’re ready to get started. Acrylic and watercolor

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618494583 • Dewey: e • 8" x 9 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 390l

JLG: $9.00 • Clarion: $16.00 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

*NEW* The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes

by Kelly Easton • illustrated by Greg Swearingen

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: PW

“Aside from curiosity, Libby had hope. Hope is, of

course, the belief that if you are patient and trusting,

terrible times will pass and the future will be bright.”

Libby endeavors to live up to her true name, Liberty,

despite a mean existence as life-long servant to her

evil father, Mal, and disillusioned mother, Sal. With

the help of some magic potions, Libby manages to

break free of her dingy home and sets out to find

her promised land, the illustrious Sullivan Boarding

School. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780375937712 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Wendy lamb: $18.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship u

by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu

illustrated by Peter Greste

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, K, PWH, SLJH

A young hippo, Owen, was rescued after the tsunami

of December 2004 and brought to an animal

sanctuary in Kenya. There he struck up a surprising

friendship with a 130-year-old tortoise named Mzee,

who had been a loner for years. The two animals

have created a unique language of nips, nudges, and

noises with which they communicate, and they seem

happiest when they’re together. But is it healthy—or

possible—for them to remain best friends? Full-color

photographs. Background information. Winner of

the 2008 Christopher Award.

Isbn: 9780439899598 • Dewey: 599.63/5139 • 10 1/2" x 9 1/2" • 40 pp

aR level: 6.0 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 980l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2007

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*NEW* Panda & Polar Bear

written and illustrated by Matthew J. Baek

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: PW

Panda bears and polar bears live side by side in two

different—and separate—climates. A little polar bear

becomes curious and slips off his icy ledge down into

a patch of soft mud. He emerges looking a lot like

the little panda bear who arrives and quickly becomes

his friend. After a swim, the polar bear is all white

again and tells the panda bear about his world of

snow. Together, they find a way to share each other’s

homes and remain friends. Full-color watercolor

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780803733596 • Dewey: e • 9 7/16" x 10 1/2" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.5 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $13.25 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day

by Kate McMullan • illustrated by R. W. Alley

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, SLJH

Wagner is having a bad day. He oversleeps and has

to rush to school. He falls for his friend Pearl’s April

Fools’ joke—and his teacher’s (and the librarian’s).

Just when he thinks he’s catching on, he finds out

that the math test isn’t a joke. It’s for real! Then Pearl

chooses someone else as a partner for a dance contest,

and she’s not kidding around. It is one unfunny day

for Wagner—until he comes up with a way to get the

last laugh. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9780803730854 • Dewey: e • 6" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 210l

JLG: $9.00 • Dial: $14.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

The Pencil u

by Allan Ahlberg • illustrated by Bruce Ingman

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, HH, HGs, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

“Once there was a pencil, a lonely little pencil, and

nothing else.” One day, that little pencil begins

to draw—first a boy, then a dog, then a cat—and

an entire world slowly emerges. But the pencil’s

drawings have complaints: “This hat looks silly,”

one person says; “My ears are too big,” says another.

So the pencil adds . . . an eraser. Soon, however, the

eraser is rubbing out everything in sight—and the

pencil, to save its world, must figure out how to erase

the eraser. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780763638948 • Dewey: e • 10 5/8" x 9 7/16" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 540l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street u

by Jeanne Birdsall

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BLH, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJH

It has been four years and four months since the

Penderwick girls’ mother died. Aunt Claire says it’s

time for Daddy to start dating. Daddy doesn’t seem

so sure, and Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty are

positive it can only mean disaster. They come up with

the Save-Daddy Plan, a scheme to make their father’s

dating experiences so horrible that he’ll never date

again (and they’ll never end up with a stepmother).

Library edition with trade jacket added.

Isbn: 9780375940903 • Dewey: f • 5 5/8" x 8 1/4" • 320 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 850l

JLG: $9.00 • Knopf: $18.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

A Penguin Story

written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BL, CL, H, K, PW, SLJH, WC

All her life, Edna the Penguin has seen only three

colors. “‘There is white ice for sliding,’ says Edna.

‘There is black night for seeing stars. There is blue sea

for hunting fish. But there must be something else.’”

None of the other penguins share Edna’s curiosity,

so she sets off alone to find that something else. She

walks and walks and walks, and one tumble and an

“OOF!” later, she finds it: a color so new, so different,

that she feels compelled to show it to her friends.

Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780061456893 • Dewey: e • 10" x 8" • 40 pp

aR level: 1.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 220l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

*NEW* Pharaoh’s Boat

written and illustrated by David Weitzman

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BLH, H, KH, SLJH

In 1954, workers digging at the base of the Great

Pyramid at Giza made a surprising discovery. Kamel

el Mallakh, the supervising Egyptologist, recalled,

“I smelled incense. . . . I smelled time, I smelled

centuries, I smelled history. And then I was sure the

boat was there.” Ancient Egyptians had built it to

carry the Pharaoh Cheops to the afterlife. Fortyfive

hundred years later, reconstructing Pharoah’s

boat became an incredible puzzle. Afterword.

Acknowledgments. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780547053417 • Dewey: 932/.012 • 11" x 9" • 48 pp

aR level: 7.4 • aR Points: 1

JLG: $13.25 • Houghton Mifflin: $17.00 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

“Both ship and story are a mastery

of precise craftsmanship.”

—Kirkus ReviewsH

Pictures from Our Vacation u

written and illustrated by Lynn Rae Perkins

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HH, HGs, KH, PW, SLJH

“The tiny cameras took tiny pictures that shot out

right away. We could watch the pictures appear, then

peel off the backs. . . . Our mom gave us notebooks

to stick them in.” A brother and sister try to

document their trip to the family farm, but when

they look at their photographs—of the back of

Dad’s head, a green hill, sitting in a chair in the

rain—they realize the photos didn’t really capture

their whole vacation. What about how it felt to roll

down the hill or to listen to all those family stories?

Full-color illustrations. A 2008 Charlotte Zolotow

Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780060850982 • Dewey: e • 9" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD650l

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $17.89 • JlG Month: JUn 2007

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The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! u

written and illustrated by Mo Willems

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HG, K, SLJH

The Pigeon really, really, really wants a puppy! And

he has wanted it FOREVER . . . or at least since last

Tuesday. By turns charming and demanding, the

Pigeon tries to persuade the reader to give him one,

even promising to water the puppy once a month.

But what happens when—woof! woof!—the Pigeon

actually gets what he wants? Full-color artwork.

Isbn: 9781423109600 • Dewey: e • 9" x 9" • 40 pp

sRC level: 1.1 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: bR

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $14.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

Pip & Squeak u

written and illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, H, K, PW, SLJ

As Pip and Squeak scurry across the snowy yard to

get to a birthday party, they discover a problem:

they’ve forgotten to bring the cheese! “Now what will

we give to Gus?” The pink flamingo doesn’t seem

quite right, and neither does the birdhouse. Then Pip

spots something. It is big. It is orange. It isn’t cheese,

but it may be the perfect gift for their friend. Fullcolor

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780060872540 • Dewey: e • 9 1/2" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 1.8 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $17.89 • JlG Month: feb 2007

Pippo the Fool u

by Tracey E. Fern • illustrated by Pau Estrada

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BLH, SLJH, WC

In fifteenth-century Florence, the massive Cathedral

of Santa Maria del Fiore was a marvel of engineering,

but it lacked a dome. Filippo Brunelleschi, a

goldsmith known as “Pippo the Fool” for making

peculiar machines, entered a competition to design

one. Pippo proposed to build two domes—one

inside the other—with hidden chains for support.

The judges were impressed with Pippo’s ingenious

plan, but they insisted he build it with the help

of the arrogant Lorenzo Ghiberti, the most famous

sculptor in Italy. Based on a true story. Author and

illustrator notes. Resources. Full-color watercolor

and gouache illustrations.

Isbn: 9781570916557 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 48 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.7 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: nC770l

JLG: $9.00 • Charlesbridge: $15.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

Pocket Babies and Other Amazing Marsupials u

by Sneed B. Collard III

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BLH, H, HGs, KH, SLJH

What defines a marsupial? Living in Australia? No:

although many marsupials are native to Australia,

there are many other species in the Americas and

several Pacific islands. Having a pouch? No: although

many marsupials, like kangaroos, have pouches,

some small marsupials are pouchless. A marsupial, by

definition, is a mammal that gives birth to partially

formed young. Here is a guide to the great variety of

animals in this fascinating mammalian order. Fullcolor

photographs. Further reading. Bibliography.

Glossary. Index. A 2007 Booklist Editors’ Choice.

Isbn: 9781581960464 • Dewey: 599.2 • 9 3/8" x 11" • 72 pp

aR level: 7 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 7.6 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 1030l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $18.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2007

Pteranodon: The Giant of the Sky

by David West • illustrated by Terry Riley and Geoff Ball

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Sixty-nine million years ago: A baby pteranodon

is born. Its mother hunts for fish to feed it and the

other hatchlings while its father fights off predators.

As the baby pteranodon grows and learns to fly, it

learns to fend for itself, narrowly avoiding hungry

elasmosaurs that stretch up from the water. Having

survived into adulthood, the pteranodon must avoid

even greater dangers, including lightning storms, a

T. rex, and an active volcano. Graphic-novel format.

Additional information on pteranodons and fossils.

Size comparison of dinosaurs and other animals

that appear in the story. Glossary. Index. Full-color

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781404238954 • Dewey: 567.918 • 9" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: Gn740l

JLG: $9.00 • Rosen: $18.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

*NEW* Put It on the List!

written and illustrated by Kristen Darbyshire

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, PW, SLJ, WC

First it’s pancakes, but no syrup. Then it’s macaroni,

but no cheese. Don’t even ask about the toilet paper!

When everyone in a family of chickens ignores the

shopping list hanging on the refrigerator, Mom has

no way of knowing what items the family needs

when she’s at the store. The family finally sits down

for a meeting, where they remind one another to

use the list and help with the shopping. In case of

emergency, however, they still call for pizza! Fullcolor

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780525479062 • Dewey: e • 11" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.1 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD530l

JLG: $13.25 • Dutton: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

The Puzzle of the Platypus and

Other Explorations of Science in Action

by Jack Myers • illustrated by John Rice

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ, WC

A research team uses an infrared video camera to

find polar-bear dens under the snows of Alaska.

Scientists teach dolphins how to play a game in order

to study the dolphins’ sonar. A researcher watches

wild macaw parrots at a bend in southern Peru’s

Manu River. In this book, scientists travel the world

to study eleven intriguing animal mysteries, including

those of elephants, crows, wild horses, honey-guide

birds, cliff swallows, and rattlesnakes. Introduction.

Bibliography. Index. Full-color watercolor

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781590785560 • Dewey: 590 • 7" x 10" • 64 pp

aR level: 6.4 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 5.8 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 970l

JLG: $9.00 • boyds Mills: $17.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2008


*NEW* The Puzzling World of Winston Breen:

The Potato Chip Puzzles

by Eric Berlin

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, K

Twelve-year-old Winston Breen loves making and

solving all kinds of puzzles. So when Winston gives

his little sister, Katie, an empty keepsake box for her

birthday, she’s sure there must be more to the present.

To Winston’s total surprise, she’s right! Katie discovers

that the box has a secret compartment, and inside

are wooden pieces inscribed with random words and

letters. Now Winston has three puzzles to solve: Who

put the pieces in the box? Why were they put there?

And what on earth do the inscriptions mean?

Isbn: 9780399251986 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.2 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 670l

JLG: $13.25 • Putnam’s: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

Quest for the Tree Kangaroo:

An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea u

by Sy Montgomery • photographs by Nic Bishop

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, HGs, KH, SLJH

It looks like a bear and climbs like a monkey, but

it isn’t a bear or a monkey. It has a pouch like a

kangaroo, but what’s a kangaroo doing up in a tree?

Meet the Matschie’s tree kangaroo, which lives in

the dense canopy of Papua New Guinea’s cloud

forest—and is one of the most endangered species

in the world. A group of scientists venture into the

Matschie’s native habitat to study and track these

rarest of creatures. List of Web sites. Glossary of Tok

Pisin words. Index. Winner of the 2007 NCTE Orbis

Pictus Award. A 2007 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780618496419 • Dewey: 599.2 • 11" x 9" • 80 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 20 • sRC level: 6.2 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 830l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $18.00 • JlG Month: Jan 2007

Ray & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

by Dan Gutman

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Joe “Stosh” Stoshack has the ability to travel through

time, and he’s used his gift to meet legendary baseball

players and to try to change history for the better.

When he hears the story of Ray Chapman, he knows

he must use his talent again: in 1920, before batters

wore helmets, Chapman was struck in the head by a

wild pitch and died soon afterward. Stosh arrives in

the past, but his plan to interrupt Chapman’s deadly

at-bat comes to ruin when Stosh is handcuffed and

detained by a ballpark security guard. Can Stosh

escape and save Chapman’s life?

Isbn: 9780061234811 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 590l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $15.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

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written and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCB, CL, H, HGs, K, SLJ

“Where are you going in such a hurry, Turtle?”

asks Mrs. Raccoon. “I am off to see something red,

red, red,” says Turtle. Is it Mrs. Raccoon’s red roses?

No. Is it Rabbit’s red tomatoes, red cherries, or

red watermelon? No. Is it the red smokestack on

Captain Dog’s boat? “No, no, no.” What could it be?

Follow along with the rest of the town and find out!

Pen-and-ink and watercolors.

Isbn: 9780399246289 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD720l

JLG: $9.00 • Philomel: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2007

*NEW* Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors

by Joyce Sidman • illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, KH, PW, SLJ

Every color has a role to play in this poetic journey

through the seasons. The shouting yellow of spring

becomes the melting yellow of summer. In fall,

“Yellow grows wheels / and lumbers / down the block,

/ blinking: / Warning—classrooms ahead.” In winter,

yellow and her brilliant sisters have all gone home,

and gray and brown are the only beauties left. Fullcolor

mixed-media paintings on wood with computer

illustration.

Isbn: 9780547014944 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.3 • sRC Points: 1

JLG: $13.25 • Houghton Mifflin: $16.00 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

“The book has a freshness and

visual impact all its own, and it

will inspire a rainbow of uses.”

—The Bulletin of the Center for

Children’s Books

Red Sings from Treetops—JLG Activity Guide

JLG Activity Guides give you the tools to use JLG

selections in the classroom or library to meet specific

learning objectives for both whole-class settings and

for individual students. Each guide includes:

• activities based on national and state standards

• reinforcements for reading and writing skills

• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

• and much more!

You will also find the Answer Key at the back of each

JLG Activity Guide.

JLG: $5.00 • Isbn: 9780982296493

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*NEW* Redwoods

written and illustrated by Jason Chin

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BLH, HH, K, SLJ, WC

A young boy enters the New York City subway,

bringing along a book that, as he reads it, takes him

through history and to a redwood forest. He stands

among the world’s tallest trees and reads the facts

about their size, growth cycles, and challenges. At the

end of his journey, he leaves the book for the next

reader to find, and the vicarious experience begins

anew. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596434301 • 7 1/2" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 9.5 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: nC1100l

JLG: $13.25 • Roaring brook: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

“A contagious celebration of the

relationship between information and

imagination, the pure joy of learning.”

—The Horn Book MagazineH

The Retired Kid

written and illustrated by Jon Agee

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, PWH, SLJ, WC

It’s hard work being a kid: going to school, taking

music lessons, eating vegetables. After eight years,

Brian has decided it’s high time to retire. So now it’s

off to the Happy Sunset Retirement Community in

Florida, with its promise of long days spent by the

pool and watching movies. Or talking about hip

replacements and drinking prune juice smoothies.

Full-color art.

Isbn: 9781142310314 • Dewey: e • 9 1/4" x 11 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 560l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

*NEW* Rhyming Dust Bunnies

written and illustrated by Jan Thomas

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, K, SLJ, WC

Four dust bunnies love to rhyme.

“Hey! What rhymes with car?” says Ted.

“Far,” says Ed.

“Jar,” says Ned.

“Tar,” says Ted.

“LOOK!” says Bob. The other dust bunnies are

dismayed: “No, Bob . . . ‘LOOK!’ does not rhyme

with car!” Is Bob confused about rhyming, or is

he trying to tell the other dust bunnies something

important? Full-color digital artwork.

Isbn: 9781416979760 • Dewey: e • 9" x 9" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • beach lane books: $12.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

“The bright colors, rhymes,

and simple humor will tickle children

and encourage reading.”

—Children’s Literature

A River of Words:

The Story of William Carlos Williams u

by Jen Bryant • illustrated by Melissa Sweet

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BL, CL, HG, KH, SLJH, WC

“There is a bird in the poplars! / It is the sun! / The

leaves are little yellow fish / swimming in the river.”

William Carlos Williams grew up in Rutherford,

New Jersey, and later became a family doctor in his

hometown. “Willie” discovered his love of poetry

in high school. At first, he imitated the formality

of traditional verse, but he gradually developed a

distinctive style that let “each poem find its own

special shape on the page.” Includes poems and

excerpts. Time line. Author’s and illustrator’s notes.

Further reading. Black-and-white photograph of

poet. Full-color watercolor, collage, and mixed-media

illustrations. A 2009 Caldecott Honor Book and a

2009 Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780802853028 • Dewey: 811.’52 • 9" x 10" • 34 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: aD820l

JLG: $9.00 • eerdmans: $17.00 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

The Robe of Skulls

by Vivian French • illustrated by Ross Collins

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, K, PW

Lady Lamorna wants a new gown, but has no gold

to pay for it. Gracie Gillypot wants to leave her

cruel stepsister and stepfather, but is locked in the

basement. Gracie’s stepsister, Foyce, wants money,

but has no legitimate way to acquire it. The Ancient

Crones want Foyce for a slave, but must resort to

trickery to ensnare her. Scruffy prince Marcus wants

to go exploring, but the king and queen won’t allow

it. And Marlon, a wisecracking bat, wants to give

them all exactly what they deserve. Black-and-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763635312 • Dewey: f • 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" • 208 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 740l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $14.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Robert Smalls, the Boat Thief u

by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. • illustrated by Patrick Faricy

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HG, KH, SLJ, WC

At 3:30 am on the morning of May 13, 1862, the

Planter, a Confederate ship, loosed its lines and

left its spot at the wharf in Charleston harbor.

Confederate guards on patrol expected the ship’s early

departure and did nothing. Fortified Confederate

checkpoints in the harbor heard the Planter sound

the correct coded signals and did nothing. Piloting

the ship was Robert Smalls who, along with fourteen

other slaves, escaped to freedom and, in the process,

stole a ship carrying thousands of pounds of

ammunition and six cannons. The rest of Smalls’s life,

told in this detailed biography, is equally impressive.

Map. Bibliography. Full-color and black-and-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781423108023 • Dewey: 973.7092 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 48 pp

aR level: 8.6 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 13.9 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: nC1260l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008


Robots: From Everyday to Out of This World

by the editors of Yes Mag

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, CL, K

Robots: they might be big or small. They might be

toys or parts of a game. Or they might work—to

assemble cars, explore Mars, roam oceans, or assist

surgeons. In fact, any job that is too dangerous,

dirty, or repetitive for a human may be just right

for a robot! This informative book traces the history

of the robot back to Leonardo da Vinci’s latefifteenth-century

mechanical lion, describes the basic

parts from which robots are built, explains various

situations in which robots might be used, and talks

about the future of robotics. Glossary. Index. Fullcolor

illustrations and photographs.

Isbn: 9781554532032 • Dewey: 629.8’92 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 48 pp

aR level: 6.8 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 8.5 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 1000l

JLG: $9.00 • Kids Can: $16.95 • JlG Month: noV 2008

*NEW* Roman Diary:

The Journal of Iliona of Mytilini, Who Was Captured

and Sold as a Slave in Rome, AD 107

by Richard Platt • illustrated by David Parkins

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: K, SLJ

Iliona and her family have just set sail from Greece

to Egypt when pirates attack their ship. Suddenly,

Iliona and her brother, Apollo, are orphans. Sold as

slaves in Rome, the two children are both bought by

Gaius Martius, a senator. This doesn’t save them from

being separated, however, as Iliona must work in the

master’s house, while Apollo becomes a laborer in

the vineyards on the senator’s faraway country estate.

While she misses her brother terribly and hopes for

their freedom, Iliona begins to enjoy the excitement

of her new Roman life. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780763634803 • Dewey: f • 9 15/16" x 13" • 64 pp

aR level: 6 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 7.3 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 940l

JLG: $13.25 • Candlewick: $18.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

*NEW* Ron’s Big Mission

by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden • illustrated by Don Tate

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: SLJ, WC

Ron is on one of his usual trips to find airplane books

at the local library, but today is different. Today

Ron will try to check out books for himself, and he

knows it’s not going to be easy. Sure enough, Ron

encounters trouble at the checkout desk. “You know

you can’t check out books, Ron,” says the clerk.

“That’s the rule. Only white people can check out

books from the library.” Based on an incident from

astronaut Ron McNair’s childhood. Author’s note.

Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780525478492 • Dewey: e • 8 1/4" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.9 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 440l

JLG: $13.25 • Dutton: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

Rufus the Scrub Does Not Wear a Tutu u

by Jamie McEwan • illustrated by John Margeson

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: HG, SLJ

Rufus is the biggest kid on the football team, but he’s

also the clumsiest. So when his mother suggests ballet

lessons as a way to improve his balance, Rufus decides

to give it a try. Soon, his coach, his teammates, and

even his fellow Scrubs are giving him a hard time

about it—Clara thinks it’s “strange,” and Dan thinks

it’s “incredibly wacko-strange.” Will Rufus quit?

Or will all those pliés and pirouettes pay off on the

football field? Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781581960600 • Dewey: f • 6" x 8 1/2" • 64 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 2.9 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 570l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $14.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2007

The Runaway Dolls

by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin • illustrated by Brian Selznick

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BL, CL, HG, KH, PWH, SLJ, WC

Doll friends Annabelle and Tiffany discover that

there’s a teensy voice coming from the mysterious

package that has arrived at the Palmers’ house.

Annabelle is sure that the voice belongs to her

long-lost little sister, but her parents don’t believe

her. So Annabelle runs away with her newfound

sister, Tilly, and Tiffany decides to go with them.

They soon realize, however, that leaving the Palmers’

house was a big mistake. By then, they are far away

and thoroughly lost. Plus, their brothers Bobby and

Bailey have followed them! How will the dolls find

their way home? Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780786855841 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 352 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

Sabertooth

written and illustrated by Patrick O’Brien

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ, WC

From thirteen million to ten thousand years ago,

sabertooths lived throughout the world. They were

ferocious hunters named for their two canine teeth,

which could grow to eleven inches in length. Heavy

and strong, sabertooths probably attacked their

prey in groups—they even may have hunted early

humans! No one knows exactly why these large

cats disappeared, but some scientists believe that

sabertooths died out when a warming climate caused

their large prey to become extinct. Cat family tree.

Watercolor and gouache illustrations.

Isbn: 9780805071054 • Dewey: 569/.74 • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: IG930l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder u

by Tanya Lee Stone • illustrated by Boris Kulikov

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, HGs, KH, PW, SLJH, WC

“A friend wound up the gramophone to start the

music. Sandy boomed a greeting to his audience in

the voice of his wire ringmaster Monsieur Loyal,

announcing the performance was about to begin. On

his knees, this bear of a man worked the springs and

strings and levers of his clever creations, making them

leap, run, and dance.” With colorful illustrations and

accessible text, this book tells how Alexander Calder

came to build and perform his miniature circus.

Author’s note. Sources. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780670062683 • Dewey: 730.92 • 9" x 10 5/8" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: aD750l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

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Santa Duck

written and illustrated by David Milgrim

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, SLJH, WC

40 www.juniorlibraryguild.com

It’s Christmas Eve, and Nicholas Duck doesn’t

understand why everyone’s chasing him down to

recite their (long! very long!) Christmas wish lists.

Could it have anything to do with the “genuine,

official Santa hat” which mysteriously appeared on

his doorstep that morning? Just in case, Nicholas

takes off his new hat, but animals still call him “Santa

Duck.” Finally, Nicholas makes a run for it—and

runs right into Santa. Full-color art, in digital ink and

digital oil pastel.

Isbn: 9780399250187 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD470l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $16.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

Satchel Paige: Don’t Look Back u

by David A. Adler • illustrated by Terry Widener

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BLH, HG, K, PW

Satchel Paige may have been the best pitcher ever,

but he didn’t get a chance to show it in the Major

Leagues until he was forty-two years old. Paige was

African American and, like so many others, was

denied the chance to compete on the game’s biggest

stage. He became a legend in the Negro Leagues, and

when he finally made it to the “big show,” he proved

that he could still get batters out. Career highlights.

Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780152055851 • Dewey: 796.357 • 9" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.1 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: aD840l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: Jan 2007

*NEW* Saxby Smart, Private Detective:

The Curse of the Ancient Mask and Other Case Files

by Simon Cheshire • illustrated by R. W. Alley

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, PW, SLJ

When things go wrong, kids have someone to call on:

Saxby Doyle Christie Chandler Ellin Allan Smart.

Kids just call him Saxby, and they call him whenever

there’s a mystery to solve. Working from his Crime

Headquarters, the shed in his backyard, he tracks

down clues, puzzles out problems, and figures out

just what went wrong. Saxby invites the reader to

help solve three mysteries in this first book of a

new series. Line drawings.

Isbn: 9781596434745 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7 5/8" • 176 pp

aR level: 5 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $13.25 • Roaring brook: $13.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

jlgguides

*NEW* Scaredy-Cat Catcher: Gym Shorts

by Betty Hicks • illustrated by Adam McCauley

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: SLJ

Rocky loves to play baseball. He’s the best catcher in

his league—or at least he was, until an out-of-control

runner broke his arm. Now his arm is healed, but he

has a new problem. Every time a baserunner heads

toward home, instead of tagging the runner out,

Rocky jerks his arm out of the way. His friends tell

him he just needs practice, but in the meantime, his

team is losing games. Rocky doesn’t want to quit, but

he wonders if that’s the only way to save his team.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596432468 • Dewey: f • 5 7/8" x 7 1/4" • 64 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 2.3 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 380l

JLG: $13.25 • Roaring brook: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

*NEW* Scaredy Squirrel at Night

written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PW

Scaredy Squirrel never sleeps. Even though it makes

him forgetful and moody, Scaredy Squirrel would

rather be tired than risk having a nightmare about

ghosts—or vampire bats—or unicorns! So when

Scaredy’s horoscope says that all his dreams are

about to come true at midnight, he decides to draw

up a battle plan. Will a spotlight, cupcakes, and a

fire extinguisher be enough to keep his nightmares

at bay? Full-color art, digitally rendered in Adobe

Photoshop.

Isbn: 9781554532889 • Dewey: e • 8" x 8" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD430l

JLG: $13.25 • Kids Can: $16.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach

written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ

“Scaredy Squirrel never goes to the beach. He’d

rather vacation at home alone where it’s safe than risk

being surrounded by the wrong crowd.” But, when

Scaredy builds a fake, private beach, he realizes that

he needs a seashell from a real beach if he wants to

hear the ocean’s soothing sounds. So, armed with

protective beachgear—an eye patch to fool pirates,

a french fry to distract seagulls, and a helmet for

falling coconuts—Scaredy sets off to find the perfect

seashell. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9781554532254 • Dewey: e • 8" x 8" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD580l

JLG: $9.00 • Kids Can: $15.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

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Science Warriors: The Battle Against Invasive Species

by Sneed B. Collard III

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, SLJ, WC

What do the brown tree snake, red imported fire

ant, melaleuca tree, and zebra mussel have in

common? They are invasive species—non-indigenous

plants and animals that can wreak havoc on the

environment. To combat invasive species, scientists

study the organisms, then work on ways to prevent

their continued spread. Science Warriors presents the

four species above as case studies. Tips for stopping

invasive species. Glossary. Web resources. Index.

Full-color photographs.

Isbn: 9780618756360 • Dewey: 578.6/2 • 11" x 9" • 48 pp

aR level: 7.6 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 10.5 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 1110l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $17.00 • JlG Month: feb 2009

The Scrambled States of America Talent Show u

written and illustrated by Laurie Keller

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ

The fifty states are excited about the talent show:

Iowa will perform stand-up, Pennsylvania will play

a peppy tune on the Liberty Bell, and Georgia will

join California, Idaho, and Massachusetts as one of

the Jolly Jugglers—or will she? Every time she starts

to rehearse, she gets a bad case of the shakes. After

finding that Georgia’s square miles, temperature, and

average yearly rainfall are normal, Dr. Globe makes a

diagnosis: stage fright. Will imagining the audience

members in their underwear calm Georgia’s nerves?

Full-color acrylic paint and collages assembled in

Adobe Photoshop.

Isbn: 9780805079975 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD720l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Scrubs Forever!

by Jamie McEwan • illustrated by John Margeson

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: HG, SLJ

“Being a Scrub is a state of mind. It means we don’t

care what anybody else thinks.” Dan is a longtime

member of the Scrubs, a group of best friends

who play sports but try to minimize the stress of

competition. When Dan loses a critical wrestling

match, though, his athletic ambition goes into

overdrive, and he starts to think he’s outgrown

silly nicknames and kid sports. Pretty soon Dan’s

attitude threatens to break up the Scrubs . . . forever.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781581960693 • Dewey: f • 6" x 8 1/2" • 64 pp

aR level: 3.3 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 500l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $14.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2008

The Sea Serpent and Me

by Dashka Slater • illustrated by Catia Chien

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: HG, K, SLJ, WC

“On Tuesday, as I was about to climb into the bath,

a sea serpent dropped out of the faucet and into the

tub. He was a very beautiful sea serpent, so small

I could hold him in my hands.” As rainy day after

rainy day passes, a girl and her serpent friend sing

songs, take baths, and talk about the sea. But little

girls live on land, and a growing serpent needs wave

upon wave of water. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780618723942 • Dewey: e • 11" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.8 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD660l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $17.00 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

Seabiscuit: The Wonder Horse u

written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HG, K, SLJH, WC

During the Great Depression, millions of Americans

were down on their luck and hopeless. “Going to

the racetrack was the perfect escape. People came

from far and wide to watch their favorite horses race.

The horses were sleek, elegant, muscular, well-bred,

and fast. REAL FAST. Except one. His name was

Seabiscuit. He loved to eat and sleep but hated to

run.” And yet this lazy, funny-looking horse went on

to inspire an entire nation. Author’s note. Sources.

Full-color acrylic paint illustrations.

Isbn: 9781416933601 • Dewey: 798.40092’9 • 9" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 480l

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $15.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

Seasons of the Year / Las estaciones del año

by Margaret Hall

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: CL

“Summer will come again. Then autumn, winter,

and spring. / El verano volverá. Luego el otoño, el

invierno y la primavera.” This book explains what the

seasons are and why they change. Glossary. Internet

sites. Index. Bilingual text illustrated with full-color

diagrams and photographs.

Isbn: 9781429623735 • Dewey: 508.2 • 11" x 9" • 24 pp

aR level: 1.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: 270l

JLG: $9.00 • Capstone: $15.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election

Schemes, and the Race to the White House

by Susan E. Goodman • illustrated by Elwood H. Smith

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: K, SLJ, WC

What is democracy? Why is it important to vote?

And how does a presidential candidate become

elected, anyway? This never-boring, informationpacked

book explains the (often confusing) American

political process, from its infancy to the present

day. Includes sections on political parties, the

electoral college, primaries, the ins and outs of the

campaign trail, “dirty” politics, and much more.

List of presidents and presidential facts. Glossary.

Bibliography. Further reading. Index. Photographs

and full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781599902852 • Dewey: 324.973 • 8 1/2" x 11" • 96 pp

aR level: 6.2 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.8 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 870l

JLG: $9.00 • bloomsbury: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

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A Seed Is Sleepy u

by Dianna Aston • illustrated by Sylvia Long

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BL, PW, SLJH

42 www.juniorlibraryguild.com

“It lies there, tucked inside its flower, on its cone, or

beneath the soil. Snug. Still. It does not reveal itself

too quickly.” Sleepy, secretive, adventurous, and

inventive, a seed can wait years before sprouting,

travel great distances as parachutes on the wind, or

hitch a ride on a child’s shoestring to find a place

to grow. Then, when conditions are right, the seed

sprouts, but its job doesn’t end there. The generous

seed offers a protective coat to warm the new plant

and also provides its first meal. Scientifically accurate

full-color illustrations. A 2008 IRA Teachers’

Choices selection.

Isbn: 9780811855204 • Dewey: 581.4 • 9" x 11" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.7 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: aD750l

JLG: $9.00 • Chronicle: $15.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2007

The Seer of Shadows u

by Avi

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, KL, PWH, SLJH, V

When Olivia Von Macht requests a portrait of herself

to put by her beloved daughter Eleanora’s graveside,

Enoch Middleditch—a professional photographercum-swindler—decides

to take advantage of the

situation and create a “spirit photograph.” He

dispatches his young assistant, Horace, to photograph

a picture of Eleanora, which he will then insert into

the background of Mrs. Von Macht’s portrait. But,

upon developing his pictures, Horace discovers he has,

in fact, photographed Eleanora’s ghost. And, far from

being “beloved,” Eleanora was the victim of abuse and

is now a furious spirit desperate for revenge.

Isbn: 9780060000165 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 208 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 720l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

Sergio Makes a Splash!

written and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

Sergio the penguin lives in Argentina. “When he’s

around water, Sergio can be: relaxed, happy, funny,

playful, and silly. All of which makes him thirsty—

for more water, of course! But sometimes, he can

be scared of water, especially the very deep kind . . .

because Sergio can’t swim.” What will Sergio do

when his class goes on a field trip to the ocean? Fullcolor

oil-based art, combined with digital media.

Isbn: 9780316066167 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.6 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD490l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $15.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

*NEW* Sergio Saves the Game!

writen and illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: PW

“Sergio loves soccer. He kicks, jumps, defends, heads,

butts, knees, shoots . . . and scores! A true star . . . in

his dreams.” Sergio, the persistent penguin, is back,

and this time he’s on the soccer field (or the soccer

ice sheet, as the case may be). Unfortunately, he’s so

clumsy that none of the other penguins want him

on their team—they’d rather have the fish! Maybe a

little practice will help. Full-color woodblock-ink and

digital illustrations.

Isbn: 9780316066174 • Dewey: e • 8" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD460l

JLG: $13.25 • little, brown: $15.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

The Sign of the Sinister Sorcerer:

A John Bellairs Mystery Featuring Lewis Barnavelt

by Brad Strickland

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: HG, SLJ, WC

Lewis lives with his uncle Jonathan, a sorcerer, so he’s

used to unusual occurrences. But lately there have

been a few too many strange happenings. Both Lewis

and his friend Rose Rita see a mysterious cloaked

figure appear from thin air and vanish the same

way. In a streak of bad luck, Lewis gets two black

eyes, loses his allowance, and twists his ankle. Then

Jonathan’s magic wand disappears. Lewis and Rose

Rita resolve to discover the magical forces behind

these incidents, but before they can solve any of these

mysteries, Uncle Jonathan disappears. . . .

Isbn: 9780803731516 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 176 pp

aR level: 6.0 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 6.6 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 930l

JLG: $9.00 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

Silent Music: A Story of Baghdad u

written and illustrated by James Rumford

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HGs, K, PWH, SLJH

Ali lives in Baghdad. He loves to play soccer, listen to

music, and dance. Most of all he loves writing Arabic

in the ancient art of calligraphy, making “the ink

flow . . . gliding, sweeping, leaping” across the page.

As bombs fall and war and devastation envelop the

city, Ali fills his room with pages of beautiful writing

and fills his mind with peace. Full-color, computerenhanced

pencil and charcoal illustrations. A 2009

Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and a 2009 Jane

Addams Honor Book.

Isbn: 9781596432765 • Dewey: e • 11” x 8 1/2” • 32 pp

aR level: 3.8 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 830l

JLG: $9.00 • Roaring brook: $17.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2008


*NEW* Un sillón para siempre (A Chair for Always)

written and illustrated by Vera B. Williams

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3)

Rosa is awakened by people scrambling to her aunt

and uncle’s room. “¡Tú tía Ida está dando a luz! ”

(Aunt Ida’s baby is starting to get born!) Rosa waits in

her lucky chair, imagining what her tiny cousin will

be like. Soon after Baby Benja arrives, Grandma and

Mama want to replace that old chair, but Rosa won’t

allow it. Spanish text. Full-color watercolor paintings.

Isbn: 9780061722837 • Dewey: e • 9 7/8" x 8" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Greenwillow: $17.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

Sisters of Scituate Light

by Stephen Krensky • illustrated by Stacey Schuett

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PW, SLJ, WC

Rebecca and Abby Bates grew up helping their

father care for the Scituate lighthouse, located on

the rocky shoreline south of Boston. One September

night during the War of 1812, Rebecca and Abby

are tending the lighthouse while their family is away.

They see a British warship lowering barges and sailors

heading toward shore to attack. “We cannot stand

idly by,” says Rebecca, but what chance do they have

against trained soldiers? Based on the true story of

how the Bates daughters prevented a British attack

using a fife, a drum, and the song “Yankee Doodle

Dandy.” Author’s note. Full-color paintings.

Isbn: 9780525477921 • Dewey: f • 8 1/2" x 10 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 720l

JLG: $9.00 • Dutton: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

*NEW* Skater’s Secret

by Jake Maddox • illustrated by Tuesday Mourning

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Maggie may be two years younger than her sister,

Shannon, but she wants to be the better figure skater.

Shannon’s technique is graceful and flawless, while

Maggie’s style is more athletic and dynamic. So

why does Maggie want to skate like her sister? After

practicing a secret skating program only to discover

that Shannon has chosen the same classical music,

Maggie discovers that if she listens to the music in

her heart and performs in her own unique style,

she will shine, too. Glossary. Note about famous

female figure skaters. Discussion questions. Writing

prompts. Internet sites. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781434212122 • Dewey: f • 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" • 72 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 460l

JLG: $13.25 • stone arch: $17.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

Snow White / Blancanieves

adapted by Miquel Desclot • illustrated by Ignasi Blanch

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: HG

The queen asks, “Mirror, mirror, in my hand / Who’s

the fairest in the land?” “Todavía eres hermosa, reina

y señora, / pero Blancanieves es más linda ahora,” the

mirror answers in this bilingual retelling of the classic

fairy tale. Snow White manages to escape the furious

queen and hides in a cabin. “Soon the owners of the

cabin arrived home. . . . Pronto llegaron los dueños de

la cabaña. . . .” Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780811860307 • Dewey: 398.2 • 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 820l

JLG: $9.00 • Chronicle: $14.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

Soccer Hero

Matt Christopher

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

When Rob saves his soccer coach’s life by using CPR,

his teammates are in awe. “I’m not a hero!” Rob says,

but after reading the story in the local newspaper,

the town disagrees. Now the star player, Dmitri,

thinks all the attention has gone to Rob’s head, and

the team starts to fall apart, especially with their

bumbling substitute coach in charge. Can Rob figure

out a way to save his team and go back to being just

a regular kid?

Isbn: 9780316023610 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 3/8" • 128 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 3.9 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 790l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $15.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2007

Sparky’s Bark / El ladrido de Sparky

by Mimi Chapra • illustrated by Viví Escrivá

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ

On Lucy’s first visit to Tío John’s farm in Ohio,

everything seems so different from home. Where

are the banana groves? Where are the flamingos and

lagoons? Even her cousin’s friendly dog, Sparky, is

foreign: he doesn’t understand when Lucy tells him

déjame and por favor. Soon Lucy realizes that she

must learn English to be able to communicate with

him—and enjoy the summer with her relatives.

Bilingual text and full-color art.

Isbn: 9780060531737 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.0 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD740l

JLG: $9.00 • Rayo: $17.89 • JlG Month: seP 2006

*NEW* Sparrow Girl

by Sara Pennypacker • illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, K, PW, SLJ

China, 1958: “Sparrows are our enemies! They eat

too much grain. We must drive them from the land!”

The Great Leader has declared war on sparrows, and

the people of Ming-Li’s village are joining in. With

their cymbals and firecrackers, the villagers form a

“noise parade” intended to frighten all the sparrows

to death. Ming-Li cannot bear to watch the birds

perish. She rescues as many sparrows as she can and

hides them in the village barn, which is empty for the

season. But soon the summer harvest will begin, and

the farmers will discover her secret. Author’s note.

Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781423111870 • Dewey: e • 9" x 9 1/2" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.3 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD590l

JLG: $13.25 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

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Spuds u

by Karen Hesse • illustrated by Wendy Watson

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

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No matter how hard Ma works, Maybelle and her

younger brothers never have enough to eat. So they

decide to help out—by sneaking into Mr. Kenney’s

field next door and digging up potatoes. Working

by moonlight, they go “creepin’ over the clawed-up

earth, [their] hands feelin’ for night spuds.” But

when they arrive home and empty their sacks on the

kitchen floor, they’re surprised by what they find.

They didn’t bring home spuds—they brought home

stones! Full-color art, created using pencil, colored

ink, watercolor, and gouache on watercolor paper.

Isbn: 9780439878993 • Dewey: e • 9" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 810l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Stand Tall, Abe Lincoln

by Judith St. George • illustrated by Matt Faulkner

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, KH, SLJH

What kind of a boy was Abraham Lincoln? In Knob

Creek, Kentucky, young Abe climbed trees and went

fishing, helped out on the family farm, and studied

in a one-room schoolhouse. He was frustrated when

school closed for spring planting: “How could

Abe ever learn everything he wanted to know if he

went to school ‘by littles’?” Abe’s troubles worsened

when his mother died and he had to take on new

responsibilities while shouldering his grief. Full-color

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399241741 • Dewey: 973.7092 • 9" x 11" • 48 pp

aR level: 4.1 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 3.8 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 660l

JLG: $9.00 • Philomel: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2008

Stolen u

by Vivian Vande Velde

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, HGs, K, SLJH, V

“She was a girl with no name running through a

forest she didn’t know, for a reason she couldn’t

remember.” When a strange girl is found in the

woods, Mady and Frayne are certain it’s their

daughter Isabelle, who was stolen by a witch years

ago. The girl, though, is less sure of her identity

and doesn’t remember her parents at all. In fact, she

doesn’t remember much of anything—including her

sister, Honey, who insists that Isabelle is an impostor.

Isabelle’s mind is filled with questions: Who is she?

How did she lose her memory? And why does Honey

seem to hate her?

Isbn: 9780761455158 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 5.6 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 860l

JLG: $9.00 • Marshall Cavendish: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

Substitute Groundhog

by Pat Miller • illustrated by Kathi Ember

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: HG

“Weather teller wanted. No experience needed.

Apply at Groundhog’s Hole.” Groundhog is too

sick to work, but tomorrow is February 2. Can he

find someone to fill in for him? Mole is comfortable

underground, but he can’t see well enough to find his

shadow when he climbs out. Eagle has keen eyesight,

but he’s bothered by Groundhog’s small, dark space.

Then along comes Armadillo, a stranger from far

away. She seems to have all the qualifications, but

does she know about the weather up north? Fullcolor

pictures.

Isbn: 9780807576434 • Dewey: e • 9" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD510l

JLG: $9.00 • albert Whitman: $15.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2007

Swimming with Sharks: Gym Shorts

by Betty Hicks • illustrated by Adam McCauley

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, WC

“The worst day of Rita’s life was the day she became

a dolphin.” When Rita and her friends try out for

swim teams, Rita’s friends all end up on the best

team, the Sharks. But because Rita can’t do a flip

turn, her time is slow and she only qualifies for the

Dolphins. Determined to become a Shark, Rita

practices her flip turns, but water goes up her nose

every time. Rita decides to quit swimming. Then

her friends give her a pep talk—and a nose clip.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596432451 • Dewey: f • 5 7/8" x 7 1/4" • 64 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 360l

JLG: $9.00 • Roaring brook: $15.95 • JlG Month: noV 2008

*NEW* Swish: The Quest for Basketball’s Perfect Shot

by Mark Stewart and Mike Kennedy

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, SLJ

In the early days of basketball, players used only one

shot—the set shot, taken from a stationary position

with two hands—to score points. But rule changes

and advances such as the shot clock led players to

attempt a variety of shooting techniques. These

modifications have resulted in memorable, nailbitingly

suspenseful game finishes and have inspired

generations of players, male and female, to try new

shots while mastering the old. Who were the leading

lights of the past, and who might take the game to

the next level in the future? Full-color sports-action

photographs.

Isbn: 9780822587521 • Dewey: 796.3230973 • 9" x 9" • 64 pp

aR level: 5.9 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 6.2 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 900l

JLG: $13.25 • Millbrook: $18.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

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Take Care, Good Knight u

by Shelley Moore Thomas • illustrated by Paul Meisel

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG

The old wizard has asked the three little dragons to

take care of his cats for a few days. The dragons don’t

know anything about cats, but the wizard has left

them detailed instructions. There’s only one problem:

the dragons can’t read. Their guesswork leads to

some very silly situations, as the dragons take the cats

swimming, go camping with them, and put them in

the cupboard. Luckily, the Good Knight is around to

check up on them. Will he finally realize something is

amiss? Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780525476955 • Dewey: e • 9" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.9 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD570l

JLG: $9.00 • Dutton: $15.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2007

Tales of the Cryptids:

Mysterious Creatures That May or May Not Exist u

by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, and Roxyanne Young

illustrated by Rick Spears

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: HG, SLJ, V

A foul-smelling, nine-foot-tall ape. A long-necked

or possibly serpentine sea creature. A horned,

dinosaur-like reptile that hunts elephants. Could

any of these fantastic-sounding animals really exist?

Legend says yes, and many researchers agree. Here

are several mysterious species and the cases for—and

against—their existence. Glossary. Bibliography.

Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

A 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist.

Isbn: 9781581960495 • Dewey: 001.94 • 11" x 9 3/8" • 72 pp

aR level: 8.0 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 9.5 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: IG1160l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $18.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2006

Tasmanian Tiger / El tigre de Tasmania

by Janet Riehecky

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: CL

“About 30 million years ago, a weird, fierce beast

prowled the wild lands of Australia. / Hace cerca de 30

millones de años, una bestia extraña y feroz merodeaba

por las tierras salvajes de Australia.” It looked like a

mix of tiger, wolf, and kangaroo, and was una de los

marsupiales carnívoros más grandes: the Tasmanian

tiger. The last member of this species died in captivity

in Australia in 1936. Glossary. Internet sites. Index.

Bilingual text. Full-color illustrations place these

animals in their natural habitat.

Isbn: 9781429601184 • Dewey: 599.2/7 • 7" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: 780l

JLG: $9.00 • stone arch: $16.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

Team Moon:

How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon u

by Catherine Thimmesh

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCBH, H, HGs, KH, SLJ, V

In 1961, President Kennedy announced the

challenge: land a man on the moon and return him

safely to Earth. By July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11

mission was complete. From the seamstress who

sewed twenty-two layers of fabric for each space suit,

to the creators of the lunar module whose motto

was “there is no such thing as random failure,” to

the navigators, parachute designers, and telescope

crew—here is the story of the people who made this

extraordinary achievement possible. Photos. Source

notes. Suggestions for further exploration. Glossary.

Full-color photographs. Winner of the 2007 Robert

F. Sibert Award. A 2007 NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor

Book.

Isbn: 9780618507573 • Dewey: 629.45 • 10" x 11" • 80 pp

aR level: 7.5 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 7.8 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 1060l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $19.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2006

*NEW* Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt

written and illustrated by Don Brown

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, H, K, SLJH

As a young boy, Theodore “Teedie” Roosevelt was

“[s]mall for his age, [and] he had weak eyes and

frail muscles. Sickly lungs left him gasping.” But

Teedie was also inquisitive, brave, and self-sufficient.

Determined to overcome his childhood ailments,

Teedie changed from a “timid homebody” into an

adventurous man. He explored the Wild West, fought

in the Spanish-American War, served as president

of the United States, and helped build the Panama

Canal. Author’s note. Bibliography. Illustrations

rendered digitally, in pen and ink, and in watercolor.

Isbn: 9780618179992 • Dewey: 973.91/1092 b • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: nC860l

JLG: $13.25 • Houghton Mifflin: $16.00 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

Terror Bird / El pájaro del terror

by Carol K. Lindeen

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: CL

Standing eight feet tall, with a top speed of fifty

miles an hour and un pico enorme, phorusrhacos,

also known as the terror bird, was a ferocious

predator. About 27 million years ago, “phorusrhacos

ruled South America. No creature stood a chance

against this meat-eater. / Ninguna otra criatura

podía enfrentarse a este carnívoros.” A land bridge

between North and South America later allowed

other predators to compete for food with the terror

bird, causing phorusrhacos to become extinct.

Glossary. Internet sites. Index. Bilingual text.

Full-color illustrations show terror birds in their

natural environment.

Isbn: 9781429601160 • Dewey: 568/.3 • 7" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: 770l

JLG: $9.00 • stone arch: $16.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

That Book Woman u

by Heather Henson • pictures by David Small

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, HGs, K, SLJ, WC

Cal’s sister “would keep her nose a-twixt the pages

of a book daybreak to dusky dark if Mama would

allow.” Not Cal, though. He can’t read; he doesn’t

see any use for the “chicken scratch” that appears

in books, and he has no interest in sitting “stoneystill.”

But then the Book Woman starts coming

’round, riding up the steep Appalachian mountain

on horseback. Every two weeks she brings books for

Cal’s family—traveling through rain, fog, cold, and

snow. Author’s note. Ink, watercolor, and pastel

chalk illustrations. Winner of the 2009 Christopher

Award.

Isbn: 9781416908128 • Dewey: e • 10” x 8” • 40 pp

aR level: 4.3 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: 920l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

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Those Darn Squirrels! u

by Adam Rubin • illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: CL, HG, KH, SLJ, WC

Old Man Fookwire is a grump. “He hated pie. He

hated puppies. The only thing he liked was birds.” In

particular, he likes painting birds. But every winter,

the birds fly south and leave Old Man Fookwire

feeling lonesome. This year, though, he has a plan:

he’ll put out “beautiful birdfeeders” and fill them

with “delicious seeds and berries,” and maybe the

birds will stick around. The birds, however, aren’t the

only ones who notice the new snacks in Fookwire’s

yard, and the old man soon finds himself in a battle

of wits with a band of crafty squirrels. Full-color

watercolor, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations.

Isbn: 9780547007038 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD680l

JLG: $9.00 • Clarion: $16.00 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

*NEW* The Time Book:

A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks

by Martin Jenkins • illustrated by Richard Holland

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL

The Time Book examines the history of timekeeping

from the first primitive calendars and clocks to

the standardized, atomic methods of today. Early

humans created sundials, water clocks, and lunar

calendars in order to divide, measure, and make

sense of the passing of time. Political and religious

agendas influenced the eventual development of the

Gregorian calendar that is widely used today. Readers

learn why we have leap years, where August got its

name, and why time isn’t measured in “neat, round

numbers.” Index. Mixed-media collages.

Isbn: 9780763641122 • Dewey: 529/.7 • 8 1/8" x 11 13/16" • 64 pp

aR level: 6.7 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 11.4 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: nC1200l

JLG: $13.25 • Candlewick: $18.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

*NEW* Tiny & Hercules

written and illustrated by Amy Schwartz

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, K, PW, SLJ

Tiny and Hercules are invited to a skating party.

Tiny is dismayed: “What will I do? I can’t iceskate

my way out of a paper bag!” Can Hercules

teach him? Hercules takes an art class. His teacher

tells the class, “Art is GRAND. Art is BIG. Art is

STUPENDOUS.” But Hercules’s paintings aren’t

grand at all. Maybe Tiny can help. Two good friends

share trouble, fun, and laughter in five humorous

stories. Full-color ink and watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596432536 • Dewey: e • 8 3/4" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 2.3 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $13.25 • Roaring brook: $16.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

Too Many Toys u

written and illustrated by David Shannon

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HG, K, SLJH, WC

Spencer has hundreds of toys: big toys, little toys,

electronic toys, pull-toys. He has so many toys that he

can arrange them into a parade stretching “from one

corner of the house to the other and back again.” But

one day, Spencer’s mother decides that Spencer has

too many toys. “Pick out which toys you don’t want,”

she orders, “and put them in this box.” But how can

Spencer bear to part with Mr. Fluffers, or Alien Space

Ninja, or Johnny Choo-choo? Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780439490290 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.4 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD600l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

*NEW* Tortuga in Trouble

by Ann Whitford Paul • illustrated by Ethan Long

P GROUP (GRADES K–1) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, SLJ, WC

Tortuga wants to take a basket of ensalada, tamales,

and flan to Abuela. His friends decide to follow

him—just in case the basket falls off his back (yum!).

Along the way, Tortuga meets Coyote, who peeks

inside the basket and then runs off, claiming he

has an “appointment.” But when Tortuga arrives at

his grandmother’s house, it is Coyote who answers,

disguised as Abuela. Fortunately for Tortuga, his

friends think of a way to frighten Coyote away, and

everyone sits down to a tasty dinner. Glossary of

Spanish words. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780823421800 • Dewey: e • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.8 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $13.25 • Holiday House: $16.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

Toy Dance Party: Being the Further Adventures

of a Bossyboots Stingray, a Courageous Buffalo,

and a Hopeful Round Someone Called Plastic u

by Emily Jenkins • pictures by Paul O. Zelinsky

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, KH, SLJ, WC

Lumphy, a stuffed buffalo, StingRay, a stuffed

stingray, and Plastic, a bouncy rubber ball, all

love Honey. But Honey is growing up. She’s

spending less time with them and more time

playing with Barbies and going on sleepovers.

The toys are largely left to fend for themselves.

Together, they brave a snowstorm, make a new

shark friend, visit the basement, rescue a toy

mouse from a vacuum cleaner, and have a dance

party. At the same time, though, they can’t

help but wonder: does Honey still love them?

Note on textual references. Black-and-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780375939358 • Dewey: e • 6 3/4" x 8 1/4" • 176 pp

aR level: 3.9 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 4.2 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 680l

JLG: $9.00 • schwartz & Wade: $19.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

*NEW* Track Attack: Gym Shorts

by Betty Hicks • illustrated by Simon Gane

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Jazz is a born runner who loves being on the school’s

track team. Her biggest fan is her dad—and that is

a problem. He gets over-involved in her training,

talks too much to the coach, yells at the track ref,

and cheers way too loudly during the meets. How

can Jazz tell him to stay away from the track without

hurting his feelings? Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596434882 • Dewey: f • 5 7/8" x 7 1/4" • 64 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Roaring brook: $16.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2009


Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the

Science of Ocean Motion u

by Loree Griffin Burns

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HGs, KH, SLJH

Hundreds of sneakers wash onto the beaches of

Canada, Washington, and Oregon. An Alaska-sized

patch of floating garbage collects in the middle of the

Pacific. Abandoned fishing nets drift through the sea,

trapping animals and debris. Floating trash is a big

environmental problem, but it also helps scientists

conduct Earth-sized science experiments. By tracking

the movement of floating garbage, oceanographers

can learn more about ocean currents. Full-color

photographs and diagrams. Glossary. Suggested

reading. Index. A 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book

Honor Book. Winner of the 2008 IRA Children’s

and Young Adult’s Book Award.

Isbn: 9780618581313 • Dewey: 551.46’2 • 11" x 9" • 64 pp

aR level: 8.5 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 10.9 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 1200l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $18.00 • JlG Month: JUn 2007

Trainstop u

by Barbara Lehman

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, HGs, K, PWH, SLJ

Why is the train stopping in the middle of a field?

Why don’t the grown-ups notice? Who are those

tiny people?! In this wordless book, what should be

an ordinary journey home turns into a fantastic,

dreamlike adventure for one young girl, as a group

of miniature humans urges her to perform a tricky

rescue. And the excitement doesn’t stop when the

girl leaves her new friends. Full-color watercolor,

gouache, and ink illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618756407 • Dewey: e • 11" x 7 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 0.0 • sRC level: 0.0

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $16.00 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

*NEW* Tricking the Tallyman

by Jacqueline Davies • illustrated by S. D. Schindler

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, H, K, SLJH, WC

The villagers of Tunbridge, Vermont, have heard bad

news about the upcoming census: “The more people

he counts, the more money our town will have to

pay.” So when Phineas Bump, Assistant Marshal of

the United States of America, rides into Tunbridge,

he receives a cold welcome: “Begone, Tallyman. For

we are a town that won’t be counted.” Indeed, except

for the stubborn Mrs. Pepper, Tunbridge seems to be

empty of citizens. But “count them [Phineas] must

and count them [he] will.” Introduction. Author’s

note. Full-color ink and watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9780375939099 • Dewey: f • 10" x 8" • 40 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.8 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD660l

JLG: $13.25 • Knopf: $20.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

“All told, it is a slice of

engaging history—told with a

bracing comic flourish.”

—Kirkus Reviews

Trolls on Vacation

by Alan MacDonald • illustrated by Mark Beech

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Mrs. Priddle is determined that her family’s vacation

will take place at a five-star hotel by the sea. She is

not pleased to learn that her husband has bought

a second-hand camper and booked a campsite.

Meanwhile, the Priddles’ neighbors, the Trolls, are

curious about this human habit called “vacation.”

When the Trolls unexpectedly turn up on the

camping trip, the Priddles decide to make the best of

a not-so-pleasant surprise. Until, that is, a wild beast

is said to be on the loose near their campsite. . . .

Black-and-white art.

Isbn: 9781599902043 • Dewey: e • 5 1/16" x 7 3/4" • 128 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 550l

JLG: $9.00 • bloomsbury: $14.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

*NEW* Tsunami!

by Kimiko Kajikawa • illustrated by Ed Young

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, KH, PWH, SLJH, WC

Ojiisan, a wise rice farmer, lives on a mountain

overlooking his village and the ocean. On the day

of the rice harvest festival, something does not seem

right, so Ojiisan stays home and views the celebration

from afar. As he watches, an earthquake—itself not

unusual—rumbles beneath him. Then “Ojiisan

turned his keen old eyes toward the sea. It had

darkened suddenly and was moving against the

wind. THE SEA WAS RUNNING AWAY FROM

THE LAND! . . . But none of the villagers realized

the danger they were in.” Full-color mixed-media

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399250064 • Dewey: 398.20952 • 9 1/2" x 10 1/2" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: nC620l

JLG: $13.25 • Philomel: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

“It’s hard to imagine a better

introduction to those collisions

between humans and ‘our’ world

that we call natural disasters.”

—The Horn Book Magazine

Twenty Heartbeats

by Dennis Haseley • illustrated by Ed Young

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: HG, K, PWH, SLJ

A wealthy man wishes to have a painting of his

favorite horse. He commissions Homan, whose

paintings of horses were so lifelike that “real horses

whinnied if they saw them; flies tried to land on the

brushstrokes of their skin.” The wealthy man expects

results quickly, but weeks, months, and years pass

with only one vague reassurance: “I am progressing

well.” After eight anxious years, the wealthy man

confronts Homan, demanding his painting. What he

sees changes his life. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596432383 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD500l

JLG: $9.00 • Roaring brook: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

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Twenty-Odd Ducks:

Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts!

by Lynne Truss • illustrated by Bonnie Timmons

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: HG, SLJ, WC

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In an illustration in Twenty-Odd Ducks, guests sit

around a dinner table in formal attire, yelling and

throwing wine at one another in the queen’s absence.

The accompanying caption reads: The queen: without

her, dinner is noisy. In the adjacent illustration, the

queen screams, jumps on the table, and waves her

cutlery in the air as she awaits her meal. The caption

reads: The queen, without her dinner, is noisy. These

and other humorous examples demonstrate how

punctuation can dramatically change the meaning

of a sentence. Introduction. Detailed explanations of

each example. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399250583 • Dewey: 429.2 • 10 1/2" x 7" • 32 pp

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $16.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina,

Friendship, and Survival

by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery • illustrated by Jean Cassels

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: CL, BL, HG, SLJ, WC

Bobbi, a dog, and Bob Cat, a cat, survived Hurricane

Katrina and endured four months on their own in the

devastated city of New Orleans. The animals’ survival

and devotion to each other were remarkable, but

when they were brought to a shelter, the volunteers

discovered something even more surprising: “Bob

Cat was blind! All that time on their own, Bobbi had

been Bob Cat’s seeing-eye dog.” After the story was

reported on national television, one woman traveled

all the way from Oregon to adopt them. Includes a

photograph of the Two Bobbies. Full-color gouache

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780802797551 • Dewey: 636.08’32 • 8 1/2" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD810l

JLG: $9.00 • Walker: $17.89 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

Tyrannosaurus: The Tyrant Lizard

by Rob Shone • illustrated by James Field

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4)

The Cretaceous period, seventy million years ago:

A tyrannosaurus hatches from his egg. He joins his

siblings, living and hunting with them as a pack until

nearly grown. Then the tyrannosaurus wins his first

fight and claims his own territory. But what will he

do when a fire threatens to destroy his terrain—and

him? Graphic-novel format. Includes additional

tyrannosaurus information and fossil evidence, as

well as a comparative size chart of dinosaurs and

other animals that appear in the book. Glossary.

Index. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781404238978 • Dewey: 567.912/9 • 9" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.1 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: Gn480l

JLG: $9.00 • Rosen: $18.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

United Tweets of America:

50 State Birds; Their Stories, Their Glories

written and illustrated by Hudson Talbott

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5)

Reviews: BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJH, WC

Did you know that the northern cardinal is the state

bird of seven U.S. states? Or that the nene, the state

bird of Hawaii, is the rarest state bird? Have you

heard the call of the American goldfinch—Iowa,

New Jersey, and Washington’s state bird? It sounds

like “po-ta-to-chip”! This uproarious and informative

nationwide bird pageant involves every state from

Alabama to Wyoming. The book also contains

additional state facts, including capitals, nicknames,

flowers, and more. Full-color illustrations in

watercolors, colored pencil, and ink.

Isbn: 9780399245206 • Dewey: 973 • 9" x 10 1/2" • 64 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 1 • lexile: aD940l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $17.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole u

written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PW, SLJ

“Did you know that when you sweep, all your dirt

goes down into my hole?” Mole asks Mouse, who

lives in the tree above his home. Mouse agrees that

this does not seem fair. The two work out a way to

make both their houses tidy and clean in half the

time—but that’s not the end of their troubles. In this

short chapter book Mole and Mouse discover that

being neighbors and best friends is a lot of hard work.

Full-color pictures.

Isbn: 9780618473137 • Dewey: f • 6" x 8" • 48 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 510l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $15.00 • JlG Month: DeC 2005

*NEW* The Vermeer Interviews:

Conversations with Seven Works of Art

by Bob Raczka

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: SLJ, V

Bob Raczka conducts imaginary interviews with the

subjects of seven paintings by seventeenth-century

Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. Figures including

the eponymous milkmaid and the geographer answer

questions about their lives and about the paintings

in which they appear. For example, Raczka asks

the geographer, “Were the maps in this painting

made in the Netherlands?” The geographer replies,

“Most definitely. Master Vermeer painted his maps

so accurately that historians can identify their

publishers.” These interviews shed light on Vermeer’s

technique and point out interesting details about the

paintings’ compositions and histories. Bibliography.

Full-color illustrations and reproductions.

Isbn: 9780822594024 • Dewey: 759.9492 • 8" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.1 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 740l

JLG: $13.25 • Millbrook: $25.26 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

Bob Raczka draws attention to many

fascinating details I had never noticed

before in Vermeer’s paintings: a cracked

window, the repetition of a color or a

shape, or a shadow where the artist

corrected a gesture. I learned a lot from

this book, and kids will, too.

—Dan, JLG Assistant Editor


Vinnie and Abraham u

by Dawn FitzGerald • illustrated by Catherine Stock

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BLH, K, SLJ

Vinnie Ream was born with a talent for sculpting,

but as a poor, artistically untrained post office

employee during the Civil War, she knew she had

to make her own opportunities to create art. She

was not yet sixteen when she convinced a famous

Washington sculptor to let her be his apprentice.

Soon congressmen were coming to her to get

their likenesses made—but there was one very tall

man with a craggy, lined face whom she longed

to sculpt more than anyone else. Author’s note.

List of resources. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781570916588 • Dewey: 730.92 • 10" x 8" • 48 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 880l

JLG: $9.00 • Charlesbridge: $15.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2007

*NEW* Voyage to the Pharos

by Sarah Gauch • illustrated by Roger Roth

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3)

Dino, a boy in ancient Rhodes, is thrilled to make

his first voyage, all the way to Alexandria! There,

he will see the Pharos, a great lighthouse “so high it

touches the sky.” However, Dino soon learns about

the Mediterranean’s hazards: brigands, storms, and

the rocky coastline. He is eager to help and soon

finds himself atop the mast as the ship’s lookout on

a dangerous night. From there he watches for the

Pharos’s great bonfire in hopes of finding safety.

Author’s note. Full-color illustrations and limitedcolor

vignettes in watercolor and colored pencil.

Isbn: 9780670062546 • Dewey: f • 9 1/4" x 6 1/4" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Viking: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Vulture View u

by April Pulley Sayre • illustrated by Steve Jenkins

P GROUP (GRADES K–1)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, K, PW, SLJ

“Vultures smell the air. They sniff, search, seek for

foods that . . . reek.” Held aloft on warm currents of

air or scavenging for carrion, vultures are strange and

majestic birds. Illustrated with full-color cut-paper

collage, the text describes the fascinating lives of

vultures, from the way they wash themselves in rivers

to how they sleep in trees. Includes an appendix with

facts about vultures and resources for further study.

A 2008 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780805075571 • Dewey: 598.9’2 • 10" x 10" • 32 pp

aR level: 1.1 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2008

Wanda Gág: The Girl Who Lived to Draw u

written and illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJ, WC

“I can’t help it that I’ve got to draw and paint forever;

I cannot stop. . . .” Born in Minnesota in 1893,

Wanda Gág drew from a young age. When her

father died, teenaged Wanda supported her mother

and six younger siblings by selling handmade cards

and submitting stories to magazines. When she was

finally able to devote herself to her art, she attended

art school and moved to New York City. At a 1928

exhibition of her work, an editor suggested that she

write for children. Author’s notes. Bibliography.

Photo of Wanda Gág. Full-color paintings.

Isbn: 9780670062928 • Dewey: 741.6/42092 b • 10 1/4" x 9" • 40 pp

aR level: 6.0 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 7.6 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 1010l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $16.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa u

written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, HG, PWH, SLJH, WC

The Kenya of Wangari’s childhood was a place of

green trees, forest birds, and plentiful crops. However,

when Wangari returned from studying abroad, barren

land greeted her. There were no trees, no crops, and

no birds. She decided to plant nine seedlings in her

backyard. Soon, the village women were planting

trees, too, and as word spread, so were women in

other parts of Kenya. Wangari Maathai was awarded

the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contribution

to world peace through the Green Belt Movement.

Author’s note. Full-color acrylic illustrations.

Isbn: 9780152065454 • Dewey: 333.72092 b • 8" x 10 3/4" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD730l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $17.00 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Way Up and Over Everything u

by Alice McGill • illustrated by Jude Daly

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, HH, HGs, SLJH

Jane is a slave on a Georgia plantation in 1842.

One evening, five newly enslaved Africans suddenly

disappear from the slave quarters. Jane follows the

overseer and master and finds the slaves in the field,

whirling rapidly around in a circle. One by one, they

step up in the air, move their arms like wings, and

rise into the sky. A tale about the power of and desire

for freedom, when “Africans could fly like birds—way

up and over everything.” Author’s note. Full-color

watercolor illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618387960 • Dewey: 398.2 e • 10" x 9 5/8" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • Chronicle: $16.00 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

We the People: The Story of Our Constitution

by Lynne Cheney • paintings by Greg Harlin

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: CL, HG, SLJH, WC

“I almost despair,” said George Washington of the

Constitutional Convention in 1787. The bickering

between small and large states about how each

would be represented in a new government seemed

insoluble. The bigger states believed that states with

larger populations should have more power; smaller

states argued that all states ought to be represented

equally. Some representatives even suggested that

the matter would be determined by force. This is

the story of how the representatives arrived at a

compromise. List of sources. Full-color illustrations

in various water media on watercolor paper.

Isbn: 9781416951487 • Dewey: 342.7302/9 • 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" • 40 pp

aR level: 8.0 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 8.6 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 1120l

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $17.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

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Whaam!:

The Art & Life of Roy Lichtenstein

by Susan Goldman Rubin

BE GROUP (GRADES 2–6)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, SLJ, V, WC

50 www.juniorlibraryguild.com

“One day in 1961 Roy Lichtenstein had a crazy idea

for a painting. Why not use comic book characters

for his subjects? . . . Almost overnight Roy became

a leading figure in the new movement called Pop

Art. No one was more surprised at his enormous

success than he was.” Roy Lichtenstein was thirtyseven

when he had his breakthrough. He went on

to produce thousands of works, in which he often

hand-painted dots to mimic mechanical printing

methods. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. List of places

to view Lichtenstein’s art. Index. Black-and-white

photographs and color reproductions.

Isbn: 9780810994928 • Dewey: 709.2 • 10" x 10" • 48 pp

aR level: 6.9 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 7.7 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 1030l

JLG: $9.00 • abrams: $18.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

*NEW* What Can You Do with a Rebozo? /

¿Qué puedes hacer con un rebozo? u

by Carmen Tafolla • illustrations by Amy Córdova

PS GROUP (GRADES K–3) • Reviews: CL, H

“What I like to do most with a rebozo is DANCE! /

¡Lo que más me gusta hacer con un rebozo es BAILAR! ”

A little girl describes the many uses her family has

for Mamá’s rebozo, a traditional Mexican shawl.

Mamá uses it as a sling for baby brother; big sister

wraps it into her hair; Tío uses it to wipe up a spill.

The rebozo becomes a blindfold, a blanket fort, and

a superhero’s cape before the day is done. Author’s

note. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic on

paper. Bilingual version of the 2009 Pura Belpré

Honor Book.

Isbn: 9781582462707 • Dewey: e • 9" x 10 1/2" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • lexile: aD670l

JLG: $13.25 • Tricycle: $14.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything u

by Elise Broach • illustrated by David Small

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K)

Reviews: BCCBH, BL, KH, PWH, SLJ

A boy is unhappy about running errands with his

mother until he discovers that if they buy a dozen

donuts, he can have a triceratops for free! When he

gets a haircut, he can take home a pterodactyl! That’s

right—for one day and one day only, dinosaurs come

with everything! While the boy is ecstatic, his mother

is a bit concerned. What will the dinosaurs eat, and

where will they stay? Full-color watercolors. Winner

of the 2008 E. B. White Read Aloud Award.

Isbn: 9780689869228 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" • 40 pp

aR level: 2.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.2 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: 380l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2007

When I Grow Up: A Young Person’s Guide to

Interesting & Unusual Occupations

by Jessica Loy

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: HG, K

“How do we decide what we want to be when we

grow up?” Jessica Loy asks in her introduction.

Fourteen professionals, including an entomologist,

a video game designer, a chocolatier, and a guitar

maker, answer this question. They explain how

they became interested in such unusual fields and

introduce readers to what their jobs entail. Resources.

List of career-oriented summer camps. Full-color

photographs and drawings.

Isbn: 9780805077179 • Dewey: 650.1 • 8" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 6.3 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 8.5 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: IG1000l

JLG: $9.00 • Henry Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: feb 2009

When Is a Planet Not a Planet? The Story of Pluto u

by Elaine Scott

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, SLJH

For years, students used the mnemonic My Very

Eager Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas to remember

the names of the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth,

Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. But

on August 24, 2006, the phrase became obsolete

with the announcement that Pluto was no longer

considered a planet. How did this happen? What

does it mean to be a planet, and who decides?

And what is Pluto now? Full-color photographs

and illustrations. Glossary. Suggested additional

reading. Index.

Isbn: 9780618898329 • Dewey: 523.48 • 10" x 10" • 48 pp

aR level: 6.6 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 6.5 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 980l

JLG: $9.00 • Clarion: $17.00 • JlG Month: feb 2008

When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

by Muriel Harris Weinstein • illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

E GROUP (GRADES 1–3) • Reviews: BL, K, PW, WC

As music ripples out of the radio, Momma kicks

back her chair and grabs her daughter’s hands.

“Let’s dance, Sugar,” she says. “Can’t waste good

music.” The girl chomps Double Bubble and lets

her legs fly as she and Momma waggle their heads,

wiggle their hips, and sing “Doo-blee-ooo-doo” along

with Louis Armstrong. Then bedtime interrupts the

fun—but only temporarily. Louis Armstrong visits

the girl in her dreams, and together they scat about

bubble gum: “Chew-itee / Chewi-itee / Chew-itee

CHOP / Crackity / SNAPPITY / POPPITY! POP!!!”

Notes about Louis Armstrong and scat. Full-color

acrylic illustrations.

Isbn: 9780811851312 • Dewey: e • 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" • 36 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 1.7 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: nP

JLG: $9.00 • Chronicle: $16.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

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A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk:

A Forest of Poems

by Deborah Ruddell • illustrated by Joan Rankin

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, KH, SLJH, WC

“Coyotes in the falling snow / are singing all the songs

they know— / the good old-fashioned favorites /

and all the big coyote hits.” In this collection of

twenty-two humorous and thoughtful poems about

forest-dwelling creatures, a toad gets a nasty surprise

in his lunch, a badger writes a love poem, and an

opossum dreams of its marsupial cousins in Australia.

The rhyming verse is written from the perspectives

of humans, an omniscient narrator, and the animals

themselves. Full-color watercolor paintings.

Isbn: 9781416942115 • Dewey: 811/.6 • 10" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 0.5

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $16.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Who Lives in an Alligator Hole?

by Anne Rockwell • illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

When an alligator finds a damp spot in muck, it

digs and digs until it hits a wet layer. It settles in as

the hole fills up with water—and then a lot starts to

happen. Fish and insects come to lay eggs; birds come

to eat the eggs; seeds in the bird droppings sprout;

and more creatures arrive. An animal we know as a

scary sharp-toothed predator is actually a “keystone

species” that allows a whole ecosystem to survive.

Activity and facts about alligators. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9780060285302 • Dewey: 597.98 • 10" x 8" • 40 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.8 • sRC Points: 2 • lexile: aD780l

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Who Made This Cake? u

by Chihiro Nakagawa • illustrations by Junji Koyose

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, CL, HH, K, SLJ, WC

“Please make a very good one,” a mother says, calling

in an order for a special birthday cake. Soon a team

of tiny construction workers are hard at work. They

drive loaders that scoop up dry ingredients, crack

eggs using a hydraulic hammer, “cccccRash,” and use

diggers with special attachments—giant beaters and

a claw—to stir the batter and lift the pan into the

oven. The golden cake is decorated with whipped

cream and topped off with an iced cookie lowered

by helicopter. The mother then presents it to the

birthday boy as the tiny workers crowd together to

watch from the window. Full-color artwork.

Isbn: 9781590785959 • Dewey: e • 11 3/4" x 8 1/4" • 32 pp

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*NEW* Wild River

by P. J. Petersen

ME GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: K

Ryan’s older brother, Tanner, still wants to go

kayaking after his buddy has backed out, so he presses

Ryan to go instead. Ryan doesn’t like the cold water

or camping, but somehow he finds himself waving

good-bye to his computer games and saying hello to

a rain-swollen river and two days of adventure. An

accident during the trip leaves Tanner unconscious

and Ryan with some difficult decisions to make.

Isbn: 9780385906562 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 128 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Delacorte: $17.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs

by Charles R. Smith Jr.

SE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: BL, SLJ, WC

The sound of popping popcorn inspires a gymnast to

complete a perfect back handspring; a boy gathers the

courage to show up a group of older, taller basketball

players; the hapless Eagles fight against the clock to

avoid a scoreless football season. Every sport presents

unique challenges, but the threat of failure is always

intimidating. In this collection of six exciting stories,

young athletes confront their fears and strive for

victory. Full-color sports action photographs.

Isbn: 9780763614454 • Dewey: f • 7 1/2" x 9 1/16" • 80 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 620l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $17.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

The Wolves Are Back u

by Jean Craighead George • illustrated by Wendell Minor

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BLH, HGs, SLJ

Many years ago, national parks’ directors thought

that only gentle animals should roam the wilderness.

“By 1926, there were no more wolves in the fortyeight

states. No voices howled. . . . The wolves were

gone.” Peace reigned, but without the wolves, other

aspects of nature were negatively affected. Over time,

people’s viewpoints about the wolves changed. In

1995, ten adult wolves were brought from Canada to

Yellowstone. The animals thrived, and “the broken

parts of the wilderness were tumbling into place. The

wolves were back.” Sources. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780525479475 • Dewey: 599.773 • 11" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 1 • lexile: aD630l

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The World According To Kaley u

by Dian Curtis Regan

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, PW

In her notebook for Mr. Serrano’s world history class,

precocious fourth-grader Kaley Bluster gives her own

unique take on ancient civilizations. Who really ruled

Memphis—King Menes or Elvis? Was the Stone

Age the birth of “rock guitar”? Kaley gets into some

trouble for being too creative in these humorous,

off-the-cuff essays and ink doodles . . . but why use

facts when you can use your imagination? A 2006

Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist.

Isbn: 9781581960396 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7 5/16" • 112 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: 910l

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The Worry Tree

by Marianne Musgrove

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, SLJ

Juliet has a lot to worry about. Her younger sister,

Oaf, won’t stop following her around. Her dad is

always lost in scientific thought, her mom works

long hours, and her grandmother refuses to wear her

medical safety alarm. Plus, Hugh Allen, “famous for

being the biggest bully at Wattle Street Primary,”

won’t leave her alone, and Juliet’s two best friends

are competing over her. Luckily, Juliet has the Worry

Tree painted on the wall in her room—she can

“hang” her worries on the tree every night so they

won’t keep her awake.

Isbn: 9780805087918 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 3/4" • 144 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 3.6 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 640l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $15.95 • JlG Month: feb 2009

*NEW* Yes Day!

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal • illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

K GROUP (GRADES PreK–K) • Reviews: BL, K, PW, SLJ

What would you do if for one whole day the answer

to all your requests was yes? A boy has the best day

ever during the annual “Yes Day” at his house. Can I

clean my room tomorrow? Yes. Can we get ice cream?

Yes. Can we stay up really late? Yes. But, like any day,

this one eventually has to come to an end—until next

year! Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9780061152603 • Dewey: e • 9" x 9" • 40 pp

JLG: $13.25 • HarperCollins: $14.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

*NEW* You Are Weird:

Your Body’s Peculiar Parts and Funny Functions

by Diane Swanson • illustrated by Kathy Boake

A GROUP (GRADES 3–5) • Reviews: BL, K, WC

“If you like mysteries, take a look at your own weird

self. There’s a bundle of puzzles within your body.

What exactly do your sinuses do? When are ear

muscles useful—if ever? Why are there arc-shaped

folds in the corners of your eyes? How does body

hair help you . . . or does it?” You Are Weird explores

these questions and many others by presenting

theories about how the human body has evolved

and by comparing the systems and appendages of

humans to those of other mammals. Glossary.

Index. Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781554532827 • Dewey: 612 • 8 1/2" x 10" • 40 pp

aR level: 6 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 6.4 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 920l

JLG: $13.25 • Kids Can: $16.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

*NEW* Your Body Battles a Broken Bone

by Vicki Cobb • photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel

illustrated by Andrew N. Harris

NE GROUP (GRADES 2–6) • Reviews: SLJ

“A broken bone happens quickly, and it’s a nasty

surprise. . . . The good news is that you will recover.

Different parts of your body work as a team to put

your broken bones back together. . . . Meet the

superheroes of your own body.” Cartoons and

full-color photomicrographs tell the story of

the body’s ability to repair its own broken bones.

Glossary. Further reading. Web sites. Index. Fullcolor

artwork.

Isbn: 9780822574682 • Dewey: 617.4’71044 • 9" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.6 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 870l

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*NEW* Your Body Battles a Skinned Knee

by Vicki Cobb • photomicrographs by Dennis Kunkel

illustrated by Andrew N. Harris

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, CL, SLJ, WC

A skinned knee is more than just a minor injury—it’s

a battleground! This book takes the reader through

all of the body’s behind-the-scenes work that prevents

harmful germs from entering the body through the

scrape. For example, nerve cells send a message to the

brain to report the injury. Platelets bind together, and

fibrin threads form a clot to help stop the bleeding.

Gradually, skin cells make new skin to replace the

skin that was injured. Glossary. Further reading. Web

sites. Index. Photomicrographs. Full-color artwork.

Isbn: 9780822568148 • Dewey: 617.5’82044 • 9" x 9" • 32 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: 800l

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Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers

by Gloria Whelan • illustrated by Yan Nascimbene

I GROUP (GRADES 2–4) • Reviews: BL, HG, KH, SLJ

In seventeenth and eighteenth century Japan,

provincial governors traveled between Edo (today’s

Tokyo) and Kyoto. When Yuki’s father is called to Edo

to see the shogun, Yuki and her mother accompany

him. They are part of a royal procession—with one

thousand men carrying their belongings—on a threehundred-mile

journey snaking around mountains,

rivers, and the sea. Along the way, Yuki records her

thoughts in haiku: “Today the way home / as close as

the way to Edo, / tomorrow, further.” Author’s note.

Full-color illustrations.

Isbn: 9781585363520 • Dewey: f • 9" x 11" • 32 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 0.5

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*NEW* 11 Birthdays

by Wendy Mass

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, PWH, WC

Amanda and Leo, best friends born on the same

day, have celebrated their birthdays together since

they were babies. On their tenth birthday, however,

Leo said something unforgivable, and Amanda

stopped speaking to him. A year later, they still aren’t

talking, and they hold their eleventh birthday parties

separately. But the next morning, Amanda wakes to

find that it is still her birthday. Both she and Leo are

destined to relive the day over and over.

Isbn: 9780545052399 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" • 288 pp

aR level: 4.1 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 3.7 • sRC Points: 12 • lexile: 640l

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*NEW* Absolute Pressure

by Sigmund Brouwer

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

“Things like broken valves don’t happen to scuba

diving tanks by accident. If it wasn’t an accident,

that left two questions. Who had wrecked the valve?

And why?” Although it was Ian who almost died, he

suspects that the true target of the attack was Uncle

Gord. Word around Key West is that Uncle Gord

has been searching for a sunken pirate ship full of

treasure. Could he be close enough to a major find

that someone is trying to silence him? And if so,

who? To uncover the mystery, Ian stows away on the

GypSea for his uncle’s “weekend fishing trip.”

Isbn: 9781554691647 • Dewey: f • 7 1/4" x 4 1/2" • 176 pp

aR level: 3.9 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: Hl570l

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian u

by Sherman Alexie • pictures by Ellen Forney

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HH, HGs, KH, KLH, PWH, SLJH

The Wellpinit reservation is a rough place to grow

up, but to Arnold, it’s home. So he feels torn when

he begins attending an affluent high school off the

reservation. Things only get worse when Arnold’s

new basketball team returns to play the team from

Wellpinit, and he must face his best friend and

all his former teammates on the court. Could the

crowd really be booing him? “I felt like one of those

Indian scouts who led the U.S. Cavalry against other

Indians.” Illustrated with Arnold’s cartoon drawings.

Winner of the 2007 National Book Award and the

2008 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award.

Isbn: 9780316013680 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 13 • lexile: 600l

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Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back!

by Michael Winerip

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WM

A street in Adam’s town is going to be renamed

for Martin Luther King. To celebrate, local real

estate honchos, the Bolands, are sponsoring a

big multicultural ceremony, complete with sushi

and burritos. So why is there no date set for

such a carefully planned event? Adam smells a

rat. Meanwhile, there are a zillion other stories

to investigate: the school-wide bully poll, the

insidiousness of parental help on science fair projects,

the possible demise of a beloved climbing tree. But

how can Adam get the scoop when it seems like

everyone, from Bolands to bullies, is out to get him?

Isbn: 9780763623418 • Dewey: f • 5 1/8" x 7 5/8" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.8 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 730l

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Agnes Parker: Keeping Cool in Middle School

by Kathleen O’Dell

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, CL, KH, KLH, SLJ

Agnes has a strategy to survive seventh grade: hang

out in the art room, avoid the leering eighth-grade

boys—in short, remain invisible. But staying under

the radar turns out to be tricky. Agnes’s outgoing best

friend decides to stand up to the boys with a run for

class president, and she appoints Agnes campaign

manager. Then Agnes tentatively befriends a short,

nerdy, and wonderfully quirky boy—who seems to

pay her a little too much attention.

Isbn: 9780803730786 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 630l

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Alexander the Great Rocks the World u

by Vicky Shecter • illustrated by Terry Naughton

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: HG, SLJ, V

“When Alexander was sixteen, his father left town

on business for a month and put him in charge—not

of the house, of the whole country.” From his start in

Macedonia, Alexander went on to rule all of Greece

by the time he was twenty. At twenty-five he had

conquered Persia and Egypt and had come to believe

he was a god. At thirty-two, he was king of the entire

known world—but Alexander the Great still wanted

more. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index. Black-andwhite

art.

Isbn: 9781581960457 • Dewey: 938.07 • 7 3/8" x 8 5/8" • 128 pp

aR level: 6.4 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 5.9 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 900l

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All About Sleep from A to Zzzz

by Elaine Scott • illustrated by John O’Brien

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ, WC

On average, people spend one third of their lives

asleep. But what is sleep? In the sixth century BC,

it was thought that people fell asleep because all the

blood had drained from their heads. Scientists have

come a long way since then, but many mysteries

remain. For example, what causes narcolepsy? And

how can someone get out of bed, leave home, walk

to a nearby construction site, and climb a 130-foottall

crane, all without waking up? Introduction.

Afterword. Annotated list for further reading. Index.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780670061884 • Dewey: 612.8/21 • 8 1/2" x 9 1/4" • 48 pp

aR level: 6.9 • aR Points: 2.0 • sRC level: 10.4 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: nC1050l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $17.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

All-In

by Pete Hautman

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, KL, SLJ, WM, WS

Denn has been on a hot streak: playing poker with

Vegas’s highest rollers and winning every time.

But that all changes when he gets involved with

a redheaded card dealer named Cattie. Soon, his

bankroll’s down to almost nothing, he’s playing in

games with little old ladies, and a powerful rival has

shown up. Denn is left with doubts about just whose

side Cattie is on. He’ll bet everything on one final

game to learn the truth.

Isbn: 9781416913252 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 760l

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All Shook Up

by Shelley Pearsall

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: HG, K, SLJ, V

When Josh learns he’s moving to Chicago to live

with his divorced dad, he figures he’ll keep a low

profile and try to blend in at his new school. At least,

that’s the plan before Josh learns his dad has become

a hip-gyrating, sideburn-sporting Elvis impersonator.

Now, Josh’s plan goes more like this: stop his dad

from performing at his school’s upcoming concert, no

matter what the cost . . . or die from embarrassment.

Library edition with trade jacket added.

Isbn: 9780375836985 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 5.7 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 890l

JLG: $9.00 • Knopf: $18.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

*NEW* All the Broken Pieces: A Novel in Verse u

by Ann Burg

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, KH, PWH, SLJ

Two years ago, Matt Pin was airlifted from Vietnam.

Now living in America, twelve-year-old Matt tries

to lead a normal life; he plays baseball, takes piano

lessons, and spends time with his family. But he

also faces racist comments at school, has nightmares

about the war, and feels guilty and worried about his

mother and brother, who are still in Vietnam. Worst

of all, he believes that his adoptive parents want to

get rid of him.

Isbn: 9780545080927 • Dewey: f • 5" x 8" • 208 pp

aR level: 4.1 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 5.2 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: Hl680l

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*NEW* Alligator Bayou

by Donna Jo Napoli

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, K, PW, SLJ, V

Tallulah, Louisiana, 1899: Fourteen-year-old

Calogero is a recent emigrant from Sicily. He lives

with his uncles and cousin, who are greengrocers and

the only Sicilians in town. The white townspeople

resent Calo and his family for their business success

and for the fact that they treat customers equally,

whether they’re black or white. Through a series

of misunderstandings, the Sicilians anger their

white neighbors, and resentment soon turns into

devastating violence. Based on actual events. Letter to

the reader. Afterword. Notes on research.

Isbn: 9780385908917 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 3.1 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: Hl430l

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*NEW* Along for the Ride

by Sarah Dessen

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, H, PW, SLJH, V

Auden has always been a model student, focusing on

academics to please her demanding mother. When

her happy-go-lucky, globe-trotting older brother

sends her a picture frame that reads, “THE BEST

OF TIMES,” Auden realizes she has nothing to put

in it. So she decides to spend her summer with her

father and stepmother in the beach-resort town of

Colby. There she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and

fellow insomniac. With Eli as her guide (and maybe

more), Auden explores the town’s nocturnal world,

determined to live the carefree teenage life she’s

missed out on—even if just for one summer.

Isbn: 9780670011940 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 384 pp

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*NEW* The Amaranth Enchantment

by Julie Berry

FM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, K, PWH, SLJ, V

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Lucinda’s life takes a perilous turn when her uncle’s

goldsmith shop receives a series of unusual visitors.

First the Amaranth Witch brings in a priceless gem

for a new setting. Later the Crown Prince stops by,

seeking a present for his betrothed. That night a

street ruffian fleeing a pursuer slips through Lucinda’s

window. The next day Lucinda is homeless and

friendless, with nowhere to turn but to the Amaranth

Witch. That’s when she notices that the witch’s gem

is missing. To make things right, Lucinda will have to

befriend a thief, betray the man she loves, and relieve

the suffering of a repentant murderer.

Isbn: 9781599903347 • Dewey: f • 5 1/16" x 7 3/4" • 320 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 16 • lexile: Hl610l

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Antsy Does Time u

by Neal Shusterman

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BLH, H, HG, KH, KL, SLJH, V

When Antsy learns that his friend Gunnar Ümlaut

has only six months to live, he donates a month of

his life to Gunnar as a goodwill gesture. “I tore the

page out of the notebook, held it up, and read it

aloud. ‘I hereby give one month of my life to Gunnar

Ümlaut. Signed, Anthony Bonano.’ I handed it to

him. ‘There. Now you’ve got borrowed time.’” As

word of Antsy’s good deed spreads, donations of time

for Gunnar pour in. But Gunnar’s family doesn’t

seem too concerned about his illness, and Antsy starts

to wonder whether Gunnar is really dying—or just

dying for attention.

Isbn: 9780525478256 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 5.8 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 16 • lexile: 890l

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*NEW* Anything but Typical

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, KH, PW, SLJ, WC

“When I write, I can be heard. And known. . . . But

nobody has to see me at all.” Jason Blake is a sixth

grader with an autistic spectrum disorder. This is

his first year in school without a one-on-one aide

to help him, and each attempt to fit in with his

“neurotypical” classmates seems to go worse than the

last. Jason finds an outlet for his frustration in the

Storyboard Web site where he posts his fiction. There

he finds an online friend who reviews his writing. But

would she still like Jason if they met face to face?

Isbn: 9781416976752 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 208 pp

sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: Hl640l

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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing,

Traitor to the Nation: Volume I, The Pox Party u

by M. T. Anderson

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, KH, PW, SLJH, V

Octavian has spent his childhood in colonial Boston

receiving a classical education from a house full of

scientists. Aside from Greek, Latin, math, and music,

the scholars train him “to be precise in notation,

acute in investigation, and rational in inference.” It’s

the only life he’s known, and he has never thought

it out of the ordinary. As he grows older, however,

Octavian wonders: How is he related to these men?

Why are they interested in his development? And

what lies inside the room he’s forbidden to enter?

Author’s note. Winner of the 2006 National Book

Award. Winner of the 2007 Boston Globe–Horn

Book Award. A 2007 Michael L. Printz Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780763624026 • Dewey: f • 6 1/2" x 9" • 368 pp

aR level: 8.0 • aR Points: 13 • sRC level: 8.3 • sRC Points: 18 • lexile: 1090l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $17.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2006

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to

the Nation: Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves u

by M. T. Anderson

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HGs, K, KLH, PWH, SLJH, V

When Octavian hears that Lord Dunmore, governor

of Virginia, will free all slaves who join his “Ethiopian

Regiment,” the recent runaway gladly signs up. Upon

enlisting, Octavian is reunited with his friend Pro

Bono. The two comrades, who once shared a master,

are thrilled to meet again, but their joy quickly

subsides. For weeks on end, Dunmore’s regiment

sees little to no action. They’re starving and stuck

offshore in boats where many are horribly ill.

Worse yet, it seems Dunmore may not emancipate

the “Ethiopians” after all. Includes a summary of

Volume I. Author’s note. A 2009 Printz Honor Book

and a 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780763629502 • Dewey: f • 6 1/2" x 9" • 592 pp

aR level: 8.1 • aR Points: 22 • sRC level: 10.2 • sRC Points: 26 • lexile: 1060l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $22.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

The Attack on Pearl Harbor:

An Interactive History Adventure

by Allison Lassieur

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

The United States avoided fighting in World War II

until December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked

Pearl Harbor. In this interactive adventure, with more

than fifty choices and nineteen different endings

based on historical fact, three Pearl Harbor storylines

unfold. Readers control their fates—as a Japanese

fighter pilot, a U.S. Navy sailor, or an American

military nurse. An introduction and conclusion

provide context and additional information. Time

line. Glossary. Bibliography. Further reading and

Internet sites. Index. Illustrated with black-and-white

and color photographs.

Isbn: 9781429620109 • Dewey: 910.54/26693 • 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" • 112 pp

lexile: 640l

JLG: $9.00 • Capstone: $20.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2008


The Aurora County All-Stars u

by Deborah Wiles • illustrated by Marla Frazee

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, H, KH, PWH, SLJ

Mabel, Mississippi, is so small that there are only

enough kids for one baseball team, and they only get

to play one real game a year, on July fourth. No one

is looking forward to the game more than pitcher

House Jackson, who has finally recovered from a

broken arm. There’s only one problem: their town

has scheduled the Aurora County Birthday Pageant

for the exact same time as the game—and the All

Stars’ parents have signed them all up to perform! As

usual, it’s up to House to find a solution.

Isbn: 9780152060688 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 240 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 12 • lexile: 750l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $16.00 • JlG Month: seP 2007

Autopsies: Pathologists at Work

by Gary Jeffrey • illustrated by Terry Riley

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Dead men do tell tales, and pathologists interpret

what the dead are saying using post-mortem

examinations. Three stories of actual crimes solved

via autopsies are presented here in full color:

evidence of strangulation proves a woman didn’t die

in the Blitz; a body’s cell structures determine the

victim’s time of death; and follicular analysis gives

detectives a time line of a victim’s poisoning. Includes

overviews of how a crime is investigated and of

how a post-mortem exam is conducted. Additional

case summaries. Glossary. Suggestions for more

information and further reading. Index.

Isbn: 9781404214460 • Dewey: 614/.1 • 6 1/2" x 10" • 48 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 1

JLG: $9.00 • Rosen: $29.25 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

Baseball Crazy:

Ten Short Stories That Cover All the Bases

edited by Nancy E. Mercado

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ, WM

The baseball field is a mythical place where legends

are made. But it’s also a place where a kid can escape

the drudgery of an orphanage, where a deep romantic

feud can find an outlet for closure, and where a boy

can use perfume to confuse a pitcher and get the girl

in the same game. As this collection of ten original

stories shows, tales tall and small are born on the

diamond every day. Features contributions from Jerry

Spinelli, Frank Portman, and Maria Testa. Includes

author “stats” after each story.

Isbn: 9780803731622 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 820l

JLG: $9.00 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2008

*NEW* The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies

and Other Warped and Creepy Tales

by David Lubar

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, CL, SLJ

“It started last week. Though I guess it would make

more sense to say it started next week. . . .” So

begins “Yesterday Tomorrow,” in which time moves

backward before moving forward again—in a most

unpleasant way. In other stories in this collection, an

umbrella eats a boy, a girl casts a spell on herself and

can’t stop talking, and two boys battle it out to see

who can eat the hottest pepper. Thirty-five original

“warped and creepy” tales range from scary to weird

to disgusting to silly. Author notes on story

ideas and origins.

Isbn: 9780765320995 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 590l

JLG: $13.25 • starscape: $15.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

Beneath My Mother’s Feet u

by Amjed Qamar

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BCCB, H, HGs, K, SLJ

Though her parents urge her to, fourteen-year-old

Nazia doesn’t want to get married, as it will mean

leaving school and her hometown, Karachi, Pakistan.

Besides, she barely knows her fiancé, an older cousin.

Then, misfortune befalls Nazia’s family: her father

suffers an injury at his construction job, and Nazia’s

dowry is stolen. Destitute and desperate, Nazia’s

mother pulls her out of school so that they can clean

houses to support their family. With Nazia’s newly

degraded status, marriage seems unattainable, and

education just an absurd dream.

Isbn: 9781416947288 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 208 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 770l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Benny and Omar

by Eoin Colfer

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, KL, PW, WM

No wonder Benny’s grumpy when he moves from

Ireland to Tunisia—he lives on a compound, his

parents are stricter than ever, he has hippies for

teachers, and all his classmates seem to hate him!

Then Benny befriends a local boy, Omar, who

learned English from TV and who takes Benny on

some great adventures. Still, something’s bothering

Benny: “Where’s your family, Omar?” To which

Omar replies, “No Homer. No Marge.”

Isbn: 9781423102816 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 288 pp

aR level: 4.0 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 1.5 • lexile: 600l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $18.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2007

The Big Field u

by Mike Lupica

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BL, HG, K, KLH, PW, SLJ, V, WM

Hutch loves baseball. He knows the stats and the

history, he’s the captain of his team, and he’s the

best shortstop in town. He just wishes his dad, a

former baseball player, would notice. When Darryl,

“the LeBron James of baseball,” joins the team and

takes over at shortstop, Hutch’s dad suddenly starts

showing up at games. Soon after, Hutch finds his dad

practicing with Darryl, something his dad hasn’t done

with Hutch in years. Hutch can’t hide his anger any

longer, but will it ruin the game he loves?

Isbn: 9780399249952 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 240 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 7.6 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 970l

JLG: $9.00 • Philomel: $17.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

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Bird

by Rita Murphy

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: CL, H, HGs, K, WC

Miranda, who lives an isolated life with Wysteria,

an elderly widow, recollects little about the time

before she arrived at Bourne Manor. Blown there

by the wind and pulled from a tree by Wysteria’s

wolfhounds, Miranda says, “I was lost and Wysteria

found me. Or perhaps the Manor itself found

me, beckoning me to its gates.” The Manor is a

mysterious, menacing place, and Miranda is kept

inside its locked doors. Then one day a boy named

Farley appears and inspires Miranda to discover a

destiny beyond Wysteria and Bourne Manor.

Isbn: 9780385905572 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/2" • 176 pp

aR level: 6.2 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 7.5 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 1010l

JLG: $9.00 • Delacorte: $18.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Bird Lake Moon u

by Kevin Henkes

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BLH, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJH

After Mitch’s father leaves the family, Mitch and his

mother retreat to her parents’ house on Bird Lake.

To stave off his misery, Mitch imagines taking over

the abandoned house next door and living a new,

better life there. So, when the house’s rightful owners

show up to claim it, Mitch decides to haunt the

house and “drive the intruders away.” Unfortunately,

only Spencer, the ten-year-old boy next door, notices

the haunting.

Isbn: 9780061470783 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 3/8" • 192 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 740l

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $16.89 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

Black Box u

by Julie Schumacher

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HG, K, KLH, PWH, SLJH, V

Dora and Elena are as different as two sisters can be.

Dora’s tall and theatrical; Elena is short and practical.

“It was as if, growing up, Dora had occupied a certain

space and developed a certain kind of personality,”

Elena says, “and I had taken what was left over. On

a barometer, Dora was a storm on the horizon; I was

the needle that always pointed to steady.” But after

Dora is admitted to the local hospital following a

suicide attempt, Elena finds it increasingly difficult

to remain the family’s “steady Eddie.” Author’s Note.

Resources.

Isbn: 9780385905237 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 176 pp

aR level: 4.1 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 600l

JLG: $9.00 • Delacorte: $18.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

*NEW* The Black Death:

Pivotal Moments in History

by Diane Zahler

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: CL, SLJ

“In 1347 western Europe teetered on the brink

of disaster.” The Great Famine, followed by the

widespread death and destruction of the Hundred

Years’ War, had weakened the population, had

worsened already filthy living conditions, and had

created a breeding ground for disease. When the

bubonic plague arrived in Sicily by trading boat,

it rapidly spread to every corner of Europe. This

“black death” killed an estimated 30 to 60 percent

of the population—devastating and transforming

the continent in just five years. Map. Primary source

research. Time line. Glossary. Who’s who. Source

notes. Selected bibliography. Further reading and

Web sites. Index. Full-color illustrations

and reproductions.

Isbn: 9780822590767 • Dewey: 614.5'732 • 6" x 8 1/2" • 160 pp

aR level: 9 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 10.6 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 1150l

JLG: $13.25 • lerner: $38.60 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

*NEW* Blade: Playing Dead

by Tim Bowler

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, PWH, V

Fourteen-year-old Blade has been on the run most

of his life. A girl from his past gave him his name

because he was so good with a knife. Too good. Now

she’s gone, and he’d just as soon leave all that behind

him, including his name. But he’s been followed to

this new city where he’s been “playing dead” so no

one can find him. This works for a while, until he

meets people he comes to care about, only to watch

them slip into his past, too.

Isbn: 9780399251863 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 240 pp

aR level: 2.9 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 360l

JLG: $13.25 • Philomel: $16.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

Blade: Playig Dead—JLG Reading Guide

JLG Reading Guides give you the tools to use JLG

selections in the classroom or library to meet specific

learning objectives for both whole-class settings and

for individual students. Each guide includes:

• activities based on national and state standards

• reinforcements for reading and writing skills

• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

• and much more!

You will receive both a Student Edition and a Teacher

Edition of the JLG Reading Guide.

JLG: $5.00 • Isbn: 9780982350645

Bog Child u

by Siobhan Dowd

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HGs, KH, KLH, PWH, SLJH, V

Ireland, 1981: Death looms over Fergus’s first

summer out of high school. His brother, Joey, a

convicted member of the IRA, has joined a hunger

strike in prison. That same week, while digging

for peat in the mountains by his home, Fergus

discovers the body of a girl, murdered and buried

hundreds of years ago. Soon, the girl, dubbed Mel,

is haunting Fergus’s dreams, and Fergus is helping

an archaeologist and her teenage daughter uncover

Mel’s story. Author’s note. Winner of the 2009

Carnegie Medal.

Isbn: 9780385751704 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 336 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 530l

JLG: $9.00 • David fickling: $19.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009


Bonechiller u

by Graham McNamee

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, SLJ

Danny and his father have moved from town to

town, trying to stay one step ahead of their grief over

the death of Danny’s mother. Now they’ve landed in

Harvest Cove, tucked away in Canada’s Big Empty,

during an especially severe winter. One night a large,

vicious creature attacks and bites Danny; a couple of

days later, it also crosses paths with Danny’s friend

Howie. Looking through newspaper archives, the

boys discover a pattern: every harsh winter, Harvest

Cove teens begin disappearing. First the teens get

attacked, then they turn delirious, and two weeks

later they vanish into the night. Or, as Danny and

Howie suspect, the creature returns to claim them.

Isbn: 9780385908955 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 304 pp

aR level: 3.8 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 580l

JLG: $9.00 • Wendy lamb: $18.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Book of a Thousand Days u

by Shannon Hale • illustrated by James Noel Smith

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, K, SLJH, WM, WS

“My lady and I are being shut up in a tower for

seven years.” Dashti has sworn to serve Lady Saren

however the Ancestors see fit . . . even if that means

imprisonment. Then Lady Saren orders Dashti to do

something “worse than sin”: Dashti must impersonate

her when her lady’s betrothed, Khan Tegus, crouches

outside the tower for a visit. Worse yet, Dashti falls in

love with him.

Isbn: 9781599900513 • Dewey: f • 5 1/16" x 7 3/4" • 320 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 16 • lexile: 850l

JLG: $9.00 • bloomsbury: $17.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2007

The Book of Mordred u

by Vivian Vande Velde

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, KH, SLH, V, WM, WS

He is known in legend as the traitor who betrayed

King Arthur and destroyed Camelot. Sir Mordred,

however, was once a great Knight of the Round

Table whose exploits have been lost to history—until

now. Mordred rescues Kiera, a young enchantress

kidnapped for her power to see the future, and helps

Nimue, Merlin’s former lover, defeat an evil wizard.

Against the backdrop of a Camelot in decline, a

complex, enigmatic, and ultimately tragic Mordred

is revealed.

Isbn: 9780618507542 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 352 pp

aR level: 5.7 • aR Points: 16 • sRC level: 6.4 • sRC Points: 22 • lexile: 840l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $18.00 • JlG Month: oCT 2005

*NEW* The Book of Tormod: A Templar’s Apprentice

by Kat Black

FM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL

Scotland, 1307: Thirteen-year-old Tormod MacLeod

is one of nine children. “The one who was never

still, never quiet, never listening,” he says. “I was

different.” Tormod is burdened with visions of the

future—visions that always come true. When a

Knight Templar learns of Tormod’s power, he knows

the boy is destined to help the Knights protect a

relic of enormous significance. As the enemies of the

Knights Templar draw closer, Tormod must learn to

control his visions—and his impulsive behavior—or

risk putting himself and his new friends in even

greater danger.

Isbn: 9780545056540 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 320 pp

aR level: 5 • aR Points: 9

JLG: $13.25 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

Box Out

by John Coy

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BLH, HG, KL, SLJ

When a varsity basketball player is injured, Liam

Bergstrom is tapped to move up to varsity from JV.

He’s thrilled and knows that he must stay focused for

the notoriously tough Coach Kloss to keep him on

the team. As Liam learns that Coach Kloss requires

strict adherence to his extracurricular requirements

and overtly religious pre-game rituals, he grows more

and more uncomfortable. Will Liam join the flock,

or will he speak out?

Isbn: 9780439870320 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 3.1 • sRC Points: 12 • lexile: 530l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

The Boxer and the Spy

by Robert B. Parker

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, V

When Terry’s classmate Jason dies in an alleged

suicide from steroid-induced depression, Terry grows

suspicious. Jason, artistic and withdrawn, seems

an unlikely candidate for steroid use. Terry and his

girlfriend Abby’s amateur investigation soon attracts

attention—and threats—from the high school

quarterback and the principal. Scared, but sure they’ve

uncovered criminal activity, Terry and Abby organize

a spy network of classmates. What they find goes far

beyond steroids—all the way to the race for governor.

Isbn: 9780399247750 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 224 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 2.7 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 500l

JLG: $9.00 • Philomel: $17.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

The Boy Who Dared:

A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler Youth u

by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BLH, CL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ, WM

“To break the Radio Law would be a selfish act. It

could endanger our family,” Helmuth Hübener’s

brother tells Helmuth. Defying his brother, his Nazi

stepfather, and German law, Helmuth, a teenager,

listens to Allied radio stations. He is infuriated to

learn that the Nazis are distorting the facts about

the war and is determined to let his fellow Germans

know the truth, even if it means risking his life.

Based on real events. Time line of the Nazi regime.

Bibliography. Suggestions for further reading.

Photographs.

Isbn: 9780439680134 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 128 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 760l

JLG: $9.00 • arthur a. levine: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

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Brooklyn Bridge u

by Karen Hesse • illustrated by Chris Sheban

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, KH, KLH, PWH, SLJ, WC

Brooklyn, 1903: “My life, it’s better than most guys

have it. I got plenty to eat. I got Mama and Papa

both. And they don’t hit,” fourteen-year-old Joseph

Michtom says. Still, Joe feels deprived because he

hasn’t yet visited Coney Island’s new amusement

park. Joe’s parents, though, have just invented the

Teddy bear, and between running the booming

new business, caring for Joe’s sick little brother, and

mourning the death of Joe’s aunt Golda, they have

no time for entertainment. Angry at his parents, Joe

heads to Coney Island alone and quickly discovers

what bad luck really is. Author’s note. Winner of the

2009 Sydney Taylor Award.

Isbn: 9780312378868 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 240 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: nC680l

JLG: $9.00 • feiwel and friends: $17.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

*NEW* The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings u

by Alan Gratz

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, K, PW, SLJ, V, WC

In 1845, Felix Schneider crafts a baseball from the

burned remains of his leather shoes and vows to

“find a way to get back in the game” after damaging

his legs in a fire. His son, Louis, carries this baseball

as a good luck charm throughout his service in the

Civil War, then trades it for a Confederate soldier’s

homemade bat after the two bond over baseball.

The bat will eventually be lost, but a love of baseball

will connect nine consecutive generations of this

Brooklyn family. Author notes.

Isbn: 9780803732247 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 272 pp

aR level: 5 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 16 • lexile: 840l

JLG: $13.25 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

I really enjoyed following this family

through the decades and seeing

characters from earlier stories reappear

years later. And the seamlessly

incorporated, lesser-known baseball

anecdotes and facts were fascinating.

—Lucas, JLG Assistant Editor

The Buddha’s Diamonds

by Carolyn Marsden and Thấy Phâp Niệm

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PW, SLJ, WC

Every day, Tinh goes out fishing with his father to

provide food for the family and to earn money at the

market of their tiny Vietnamese village. Tinh wants

to make Ba proud and hopes that one day he will

inherit the boat. When a terrifying storm hits, Ba

expects him to secure their boat. Instead, Tinh leaves

it on the beach, where an enormous wave has tossed

it, and runs away from the raging ocean. Tinh feels

guilty that he wasn’t more responsible. How can he

regain his father’s trust? Author’s note.

Isbn: 9780763633806 • Dewey: f • 5 1/4" x 7" • 112 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 710l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $14.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

*NEW* Bull Rider

by Suzanne Morgan Williams

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K

Fourteen-year-old Cam O’Mara is a skateboarder,

not a bull rider, despite his family’s long-running

association with the rodeo ring and his older brother

Ben’s bull riding success. But when Ben returns

partially paralyzed from a tour in Iraq, Cam decides

to lift his brother’s spirits by learning to compete in

the sport Ben loves best. Cam is a natural, riding like

a professional after only a few tries. Gifted though he

may be, can he last eight terrifying seconds on Ugly,

the one bull no one’s ever managed to conquer?

Isbn: 9781416961307 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.1 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.2 • sRC Points: 16 • lexile: 650l

JLG: $13.25 • Mcelderry: $16.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2009

*NEW* The Carbon Diaries: 2015

by Saci Lloyd

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, HGs, K, PW, SLJH

The year is 2015, and Londoner Laura Brown just

wants a regular teenage life—to play in her band,

finish her design studies, avoid her self-centered

sister, Kim, and maybe get to know that dishy

boy next door. But huge storms have tipped off

an environmental disaster, causing Great Britain

to institute carbon rationing. Laura struggles to

maintain some normalcy while staying within her

yearly carbon allotment. Her friendships, love

life, and family relations all suffer from living under a

system on the brink of collapse, and she struggles to

keep everything from falling apart in the face of ever

more frightening weather.

Isbn: 9780823421909 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 384 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Holiday House: $17.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

“Gripping, perceptive, and impassioned,

this provocative debut is speculative

fiction at its finest.”

—The Horn Book MagazineH

*NEW* The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline:

An Enola Holmes Mystery

by Nancy Springer

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

“CARRIER PIGEON, DELIVER YOUR BIRD-

BRAINED MESSAGE AT ONCE OR YOU

WILL BE SORRY YOU EVER LEFT SCUTARI.”

Enola Holmes is shocked when her unassuming

landlady, Mrs. Tupper, receives a threatening letter

through the morning’s post. Mrs. Tupper became

a widow during the Crimean War, so Scutari is

familiar to her, but she can’t make sense of the rest

of the message. Hoping to end the matter quickly,

Enola places ads in the local papers noting that

“Mrs. T.” knows nothing and that “further inquiries

are pointless”—only to return home that evening to

find that Mrs. Tupper has been kidnapped.

Isbn: 9780399247811 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 176 pp

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The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan:

An Enola Holmes Mystery u

by Nancy Springer

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

In the eight month period since Enola Holmes ran

away from home, she has rescued three missing

persons and brought three dangerous criminals to

justice. Now, in her toughest case yet, Enola must

save Lady Cecily Alistair from an arranged marriage.

Unfortunately, Enola’s only clue is a message written

in invisible ink on a pink paper fan: “Help! I am

being locked in my room and starved—unless . . .”

Can Enola fill in the blanks and stay one step ahead

of her brothers—one of whom is Sherlock?

Isbn: 9780399247804 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 176 pp

aR level: 7.3 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 9.6 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 1100l

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*NEW* Cat Burglar Black

by Richard Sala

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Bellsong Academy for Girls isn’t what Katherine

“K.” Westree had imagined when she was invited

to live there with her newly discovered aunt who

owns the school. There are only three other girls at

the academy, and classes have been suspended. The

creepy faculty members are plotting to find and

steal a hidden treasure protected by residents of a

neighboring town, and they need K.’s help. K. had

hoped to escape the life of crime she was forced to

lead at her old orphanage. Now she will have to use

all her wits and skill if she is to survive. Full-color

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781596431447 • Dewey: f • 6" x 8 1/2" • 128 pp

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Chains u

by Laurie Halse Anderson

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, KH, KLH, PWH, SLJ, V, WC

1776: Isabel and her younger sister Ruth were

promised freedom upon the death of their owner.

Instead, they find themselves the property of the

Locktons, a cruel Tory couple who bring the girls to

New York City. There, Curzon, a slave boy with ties

to the patriots, approaches Isabel, asking her to spy

on her loyalist masters. Isabel is reluctant at first, but

when she overhears Mr. Lockton’s plot against the

rebels, she informs on him, hoping it will improve

her chances for freedom. Appendix. A 2008 National

Book Award Finalist. Winner of the 2009 Scott

O’Dell Award.

Isbn: 9781416905851 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 304 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 11 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 19 • lexile: 780l

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by Allan Stratton

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HGs, KH, KL, SLJ, WM

As rumors of civil war circulate in Ngala, Chanda

travels to her extended family’s village, hoping to

reconcile with them. Chanda’s family welcomes her

and her younger brother and sister, but soon they

demand she marry a surly (if somewhat charming)

tracker named Nelson. Chanda refuses and prepares

to leave town. Before she can flee, the brutal guerrilla

General Mandiki attacks and kidnaps all the children,

including Chanda’s siblings. Now Chanda and

Nelson must join together to try to save what remains

of their families. Author’s note.

Isbn: 9780060872649 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/8" • 400 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 530l

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Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith

by Deborah Heiligman

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, K, PWH, SLJH, V

Only after writing a list of pros and cons did

Charles Darwin convince himself of the benefits

of marriage. Yet once he’d decided in favor of

matrimony, Charles had another concern: would

his religious doubts cause marital strife? Though

devout, the woman Charles married, Emma

Wedgwood, happily read and edited Charles’s writing

on evolution. She also debated him when she felt it

necessary—and he gave her thoughts considerable

weight. While their marriage was full of hardship,

it was also full of happiness, not to mention

intelligent and interesting discourse.

Isbn: 9780805087215 • Dewey: 576.8/2092 • 6" x 9" • 288 pp

aR level: 7.6 • aR Points: 11 • sRC level: 8.6 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 1020l

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Chase u

by Jessie Haas

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BL, CL, HG, K, KLH, SLJ

When Phin Chase witnesses the murder of a mine

boss, the killers plan to frame him for the crime.

Now Phin is on the run through Pennsylvania coal

country. Once Phin eludes the killers, he thinks his

troubles are over. Then he discovers that a mysterious

stranger is hot on his trail. What he wants, or who

he is, Phin doesn’t know. But he does know that

the man has an unfair advantage in this game of

hide-and-seek: a horse that can track by scent!

Isbn: 9780061128516 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 4.2 • sRC Points: 13 • lexile: 650l

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Chiggers

written and illustrated by Hope Larson

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ, V, WC

Abby is back at camp, but this year things are

difficult. Her friend Rose is busy helping the

counselors, and Abby’s first bunkmate gets sent

home with chiggers. Her new bunkmate, Shasta,

seems great—she’s pretty and fun, and she likes the

same books that Abby does. But Abby’s other friends

think Shasta is snobby and dishonest, and they

can’t stand her. Abby is caught in the middle, and

when she begins spending time with Teal, a boy she

has a crush on, things only get more complicated.

Black-and-white art.

Isbn: 9781416935841 • Dewey: f • 6" x 8" • 176 pp

aR level: 2.2 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 6

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $17.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

*NEW* Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees

by Deborah Ellis

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BLH, KH, SLJ, V

This book features nineteen interviews with Iraqi

children between the ages of eight and nineteen, all

of whom fled Iraq because of the Iraq War. At the

time of the interviews, they were all living in Jordan.

The children describe their experiences, their hopes,

and their feelings about the United States. Michael,

age twelve, says, “I have nothing in common with

American children, except if there is maybe an

American child whose father has died, whose house is

destroyed. . . . Then he and I would have something

to talk about.” Introduction. Glossary. Further

reading. Black-and-white photographs.

Isbn: 9780888999078 • Dewey: 305.23086/91409567 • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 144 pp

aR level: 5.5 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 5.6 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 860l

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*NEW* The Civil Rights Movement:

An Interactive History Adventure

by Heather Adamson

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

It’s the late 1950s, and the civil rights movement is

underway across the United States. Many Americans

are working for change despite the dangers and

difficulties they face. Will you work for or against the

desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock,

Arkansas? Help desegregate bus lines as a Freedom

Rider? Get involved in the Project C protests in

Birmingham, Alabama? Three fact-based storylines

let readers choose a path through one of America’s

most contentious periods. Introduction. Conclusion.

Time line. Further reading and Internet sites.

Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Full-color and blackand-white

photographs.

Isbn: 9781429623452 • Dewey: 323.1196/073 • 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" • 112 pp

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*NEW* Closed for the Season

by Mary Downing Hahn

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: K

All Logan wants out of his family’s move is a fresh

chance to fit in and become one of the cool kids.

No one warned him that his new house would be

a ramshackle cottage in the backwoods of Virginia

where the former resident had been murdered. Living

in the “murder house” next door to fact-spewing

misfit Arthur doesn’t bode well for Logan’s new

beginning. But the closer the boys come to solving

Mrs. Donaldson’s death and the mystery of the

abandoned amusement park at the edge of town, the

more Logan embraces his outsider status.

Isbn: 9780547084510 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Clarion: $16.00 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl

by John Feinstein

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, CL, H, HGs, K, V

Stevie Thomas swears to his dad that his days of

solving international mysteries at major sporting

events are over. But then he and fellow teen reporter

(and girlfriend) Susan Carol Anderson are hired to

work at the Super Bowl. At first, the only problem

Stevie has is figuring out which sports celebrity he’ll

interview next. Then Susan Carol gets word of a

doping scandal that’s being kept under wraps by

cutthroat team owner Don Meeker. Stevie can’t help

himself—he and Susan Carol are on the case again.

Isbn: 9780375942471 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 272 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 18 • lexile: 780l

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Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam u

by Cynthia Kadohata

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, K, PW, SLJ

Cracker is a German shepherd, “born to be a beloved

queen and eat good snacks.” Rick is a teenage soldier

out to have some adventures and “whip the world.”

Both are headed for Vietnam, where Rick will have

to make Cracker the best bomb-sniffing dog in the

Army. If he doesn’t, Cracker and Rick might not

make it home alive. A 2008 IRA Children’s Choices

selection and a 2008 IRA Teachers’ Choices selection.

Isbn: 9781416906377 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 16 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2007

*NEW* Creature of the Night

by Kate Thompson

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, K

Bobby’s mother recently moved the family to a

cottage in the country, far from his “bad influence

friends” in Dublin. Bobby laughs at the simple

country folk, such as old Mrs. Dooley, the landlady’s

mother, with her tales of malicious fairies. When

Bobby steals a car from the cottage and crashes it,

he is forced to pay for it by working at the Dooleys’

farm. There he learns the disturbing history of

the cottage: the previous renter went missing, the

Dooleys say, and a girl was murdered there. And

now that Bobby’s brother insists that a strange little

woman is visiting the cottage at night, Mrs. Dooley’s

tales suddenly seem terrifyingly real.

Isbn: 9781596435117 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 5.2 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: Hl670l

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A Curse Dark as Gold u

by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCBH, BL, HGs, K, SLJ, V

When Charlotte Miller inherits her family’s

troubled woolen mill, she is determined to make

it a success—and to ignore the rumors of the curse

that haunts it. But strange accidents frighten the

workers and threaten to sink the business. One day,

a mysterious man named Jack Spinner arrives and

offers his assistance. “You’d have to be able to make

gold appear from thin air to be much help to us now,

I’m afraid,” Charlotte says. With straw, not air, Jack

Spinner obliges. Though he hasn’t yet named his

ultimate price. . . .Winner of the 2009 William C.

Morris Award.

Isbn: 9780439895767 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 352 pp

aR level: 5.9 • aR Points: 17 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 25 • lexile: 840l

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Darkside

by Tom Becker

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BL, HG, K, KL, SLJ, V, WM

Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Starling isn’t sure

how to help his father, Alain, who suffers mental

breakdowns. Jonathan only knows that Alain’s

sickness originated in Darkside—whatever or

wherever that might be. When a family friend helps

him enter Darkside, Jonathan’s amazed: it’s a seedy

underbelly of London stuck in a Victorian-era

time warp, inhabited by criminals, monsters, and

combinations of the two. Even if Jonathan does

manage to stay alive on Darkside’s mean streets, can

he ever unearth Alain’s secret? And if he does, will

anyone in London believe him?

Isbn: 9780545037396 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 272 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 5.2 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 790l

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Darkwing u

by Kenneth Oppel

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BLH, H, HGs, KH, KLH, SLJ

In the waning days of the dinosaurs, a new world

emerges. Dusk is different from the other chiropters

in his colony. While they glide to get from tree to

tree, Dusk has the urge—and, he soon discovers,

the ability—to actually fly. As the leader’s son, he

is protected for a time, but his father asks him to

suppress his unusual talent to avoid being shunned—

or worse. Then a new threat emerges, when a group

of felids, led by Carnassial, stops eating only fruit,

roots, and grubs to become predators. Black-andwhite

illustrations. Author’s note. A 2008 TD

Canadian Children’s Literature Award Finalist.

Isbn: 9780060850555 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 432 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 14 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 23 • lexile: 730l

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*NEW* Darkwood

by M. E. Breen

FM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, KH

Annie has been raised by a strict aunt and a greedy

uncle in the hardscrabble farming community of

Dour County in Howland. The whole country lives

in fear of the surrounding forest inhabited by fierce

kinderstalk who hunt for children after dark. But

when Annie overhears her uncle preparing to sell

her to the mines, her only chance to save herself is

to escape into the woods. While on the run, Annie

uncovers some surprising truths about the kingdom,

its mines, and the ferocious kinderstalk.

Isbn: 9781599902593 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 288 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 700l

JLG: $13.25 • bloomsbury: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

The Dead & the Gone u

by Susan Beth Pfeffer

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HG, K, PWH, SLJ, V

An asteroid hits the moon, throwing it out of orbit

and causing tsunamis, earthquakes, and general

devastation on Earth. In Manhattan, Alex and his

two younger sisters must fight to survive as their food

supply dwindles and the weather gets increasingly

severe. All the while they pray that their mother,

last known to be at her job in Queens, and their

father, who was visiting relatives in Puerto Rico,

will return home.

Isbn: 9780152063115 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 352 pp

aR level: 4.3 • aR Points: 12 • sRC level: 4.2 • sRC Points: 20 • lexile: 680l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $17.00 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

Death in the Air:

The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 2nd Case u

by Shane Peacock

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: HG, SLJH, V

A famed acrobat nearly dies when he falls—right

at Sherlock Holmes’s feet—during a performance.

Certain the fall was no accident, the teenage detective

investigates. When he links the notorious Brixton

gang to the attempted murder, Sherlock is excited:

evidence leading to the gang’s arrest is worth £500,

enough to finance the education he so desperately

wants. But can Sherlock ever convince the police to

believe a poor, scruffy boy like him?

Isbn: 9780088776851 • Dewey: f • 5 1/8" x 7 5/8" • 260 pp

aR level: 6.2 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 6.3 • sRC Points: 16 • lexile: 910l

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The Devil on Trial:

Witches, Anarchists, Atheists, Communists,

and Terrorists in America’s Courtrooms

by Phillip Marguiles and Maxine Rosaler

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: BLH, HG, K, SLJ

Covering some of America’s most contentious trials—

from the Salem “witches” to the Scopes “monkey”

trial to the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, convicted

for his involvement in the September 11 attacks—

The Devil on Trial demonstrates how “[i]n a

democracy, when the devil goes on trial, the

democracy goes on trial as well.” Introduction.

Epilogue. Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Photo

Credits. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

Artwork and documents related to the trials.

Isbn: 9780618717170 • Dewey: 345.73'02 • 7 1/2" x 10" • 224 pp

aR level: 10.0 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 12.9 • sRC Points: 13 • lexile: 1250l

JLG: $9.00 • Houghton Mifflin: $22.00 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

Diamonds in the Shadow u

by Caroline B. Cooney

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, KL, PWH, SLJ

The last thing Jared wants is a family of refugees living

in his house, but his do-gooder mother has made

up her mind to host a family from Africa. When the

family arrives, they are not what anyone expects: the

father has had his hands amputated, and the daughter

is so traumatized by her experiences that she can’t

speak. Jared senses something else suspicious—these

people do not seem to know each other very well.

He has no idea that both their family and his are

in terrible danger. Winner of the 2008 Christopher

Award. Library edition with trade jacket added.

Isbn: 9780385902786 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 240 pp

aR level: 5.1 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 750l

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid u

written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ, V, WC, WM

“Let me just say for the record that I think middle

school is the dumbest idea ever invented. You got

kids like me who haven’t hit their growth spurt

yet mixed in with these gorillas who need to shave

twice a day. And then they wonder why bullying is

such a big problem in middle school.” In words and

cartoons, middle-schooler Greg Heffley holds forth

on girls, friendship, and the horrors of the “Cheese

Touch.” Black-and-white drawings.

Isbn: 9780810993136 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8" • 224 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 7

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules u

written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJ, WM

In his journal, a mixture of writing and cartoons,

Greg Heffley describes his less-than-ideal family. It

includes his put-upon father and his older brother,

Rodrick, who subjects the family to the “musical”

stylings of his band, Löded Diper. There’s also

Greg’s mother, who insists on joining Greg’s game

of Magick and Monsters, playing a character named

“Mom.” And there’s Greg’s little brother, Manny,

who, Greg writes, has “been telling on me ever since

he could talk. He’s even told on me for stuff I did

BEFORE he could talk.” Black-and-white drawings.

Isbn: 9780810994737 • 5 1/2" x 8" • 224 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 8

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw u

written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, SLJ, WC

From New Year’s Day until the start of summer

vacation, middle-schooler Greg Heffley continues

his cartoon-filled journal. New experiences and

responsibilities include doing his own laundry

(or, rather, not doing it, with some embarrassing

consequences), playing soccer (or, more accurately,

shivering on the sidelines while watching his team

play), and joining the Boy Scouts. Also, Greg is

interested in classmate Holly Hills, but he isn’t having

much success getting her to notice him. And Greg’s

dad is threatening to send Greg to military school—

during summer vacation. Black-and-white drawings.

Isbn: 9780810970687 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8" • 224 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 7.6 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 970l

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The Disappeared u

by Gloria Whelan

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, SLJ, V

In 1970s Argentina, political dissent can be fatal. So

when Silvia’s brother Eduardo is “disappeared” to a

secret jail for speaking out against oppressive policies,

Silvia knows she must do everything she can to save

him. As she begins to date the son of a powerful

politician, she imagines telling Eduardo, “I will make

him care so much for me that he will ask his father

for your freedom.” Will Silvia’s plan cost her and her

brother their lives?

Isbn: 9780803732759 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 144 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 780l

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Dishes

by Rich Wallace

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, HG, K, KL, PW, SLJ

Living with his emotionally distant father for

the summer in the gay resort town of Ogunquit,

Maine, Danny wishes he had “someone to relate

to.” Danny befriends Hector, a coworker at Dishes,

a local bar. Hector has a crush on Danny, who’s

straight, and Danny wants to be clear that he’s not

interested. But when Hector starts hooking up with

Chase, a shameless player, Danny is concerned.

His reaction surprises him and prompts his new

girlfriend, Mercy, to question his sexuality. Danny

wonders: if he and Hector are just friends, why is he

so upset about Chase?

Isbn: 9780670011391 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 3.8 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 620l

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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks u

by E. Lockhart

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Reviews: BLH, H, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJH

Frankie Landau-Banks, a sophomore at the prestigious

Alabaster Preparatory Academy, thought she

had her school’s social dynamics figured out. But

when she begins dating the gorgeous and witty senior

Matthew Livingston and hanging out with his rich,

popular friends, Frankie senses there’s something that

they’re not telling her. She soon discovers that they

are members of an all-boys secret society. Frankie

lets them keep thinking she’s just a cute, clueless girl,

all the while implementing a plan with a seemingly

impossible goal: to take over the Loyal Order of the

Basset Hound. A 2008 National Book Award Finalist.

A 2009 Printz Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780786838189 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 3/4" • 352 pp

aR level: 5.5 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 890l

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Do Not Pass Go u

by Kirkpatrick Hill

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, PW, SLJ, V, WC

“Police blotter, list of arrests, court column. Everybody

read those. Tomorrow maybe, Dad would be in

the newspaper, and everyone would know.” Deet is

stunned to learn that his dad has gone to jail. Now he

has a lot of questions. Is getting arrested scary? Will

his dad be locked up for a long time? And what will

the kids at school say?

Isbn: 9781416914006 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 240 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 850l

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The Door of No Return u

by Sarah Mussi

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: HG, KH, KL, SLJH

Zac, sixteen, lives in Gloucester, England, with

his grandfather. Pops says that he and Zac are

descendents of a Ghanaian king and heirs to a hidden

fortune, but Zac doesn’t believe it. As far as Zac can

tell, the only proof of his grandfather’s claims are a

series of diaries Pops wrote, plus the “tribal marks” on

Zac’s back—scars Pops put there. Then mysterious

attackers kill Pops and steal his diaries, leaving Zac to

solve the mysteries of his lineage and his grandfather’s

murder. Writer’s note.

Isbn: 9781416915508 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 400 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 14 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 21 • lexile: 710l

JLG: $9.00 • Mcelderry: $17.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Dope Sick

by Walter Dean Myers

HI GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, PWH, SLJH

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Lil J is on the run. The police think he shot a cop,

and with no way to prove his innocence, Lil J’s future

looks bleak. Then he stumbles into an abandoned

crackhouse and meets Kelly, a mysterious man who

wants to know everything about Lil J’s life, from

his drug-addicted mother to his failed rap group.

But most importantly, Kelly wants to know this:

if Lil J could go back in time to change one thing

about his past, what would it be?

Isbn: 9780061214783 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 1/8" • 192 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: Hl720l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

Dragon Road: Golden Mountain Chronicles, 1939

by Laurence Yep

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, SLJ

Chinatown, San Francisco, 1939: Calvin Chin is a

basketball hustler who uses a “bumbling immigrant”

act to con prejudiced local teens out of their money.

When a scout sees Calvin and his best friend, Barney,

playing on the streets, he makes them an offer: join

his traveling Chinese American basketball team and

receive a steady salary—and fame. The boys sign up

and hit the road. Calvin’s flashy style distinguishes

him, and the coach pushes him to be the team’s

star. As Calvin’s minor renown goes to his head, the

team falls apart, and so does Calvin and Barney’s

friendship. Afterword. Bibliography.

Isbn: 9780060275211 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 304 pp

aR level: 5.5 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 5.6 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 870l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: noV 2008

The Dragon’s Child: A Story of Angel Island u

by Laurence Yep and Dr. Kathleen S. Yep

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PW, SLJ

After a long, cramped voyage across the Pacific,

ten-year-old Gim Lew must pass a grueling oral test

if he is to join his father in America. It will require

learning every detail of his native Chinese village

(including the number and location of his neighbors’

windows) and, harder still, speaking without a

stammer. “If my memory didn’t fail me, I knew my

tongue would. And then we’d lose . . . everything.”

Based on interviews with Laurence Yep’s father and

research on his family’s immigration history. Author’s

note. Further reading. Bibliography. Black-and-white

photographs.

Isbn: 9780060276935 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 144 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 3.7 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 640l

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*NEW* The Duel: The Parallel Lives of

Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr

by Judith St. George

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, HGs, K

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The most famous duel in American history took

place on July 11, 1804, between two renowned

politicians, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.

Despite many similarities in their lives (they both

were orphaned at a young age, attended the same

college, and served under General Washington),

Hamilton and Burr often disagreed with each other

and sometimes used each other to achieve personal

ends. One final insult led to a duel that immortalized

one man and ruined the other. Bibliography. Index.

Isbn: 9780670011247 • Dewey: 973.4/6092 • 6" x 9" • 112 pp

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The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton &

Aaron Burr—JLG Reading Guide

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Eggs u

by Jerry Spinelli

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, Hs, KH, KL, PW

David, nine, thinks that obeying the rules and never

watching the sun rise will bring his mother back.

Primrose, thirteen, wants to earn enough at the flea

market to create the cozy home her kooky fortunetelling

mother can’t provide. Both are missing their

fathers. After a chance meeting, David and Primrose

are soon spending late nights picking through the

trash and going to the all-night Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s

an unlikely friendship, but they prefer each other to a

meddling grandmother and a needy mother.

Isbn: 9780316166461 • Dewey: f • 5 1/4" x 7 5/8" • 240 pp

aR level: 3.6 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 3.4 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 610l

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Elephant Run u

by Roland Smith

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, SLJ, V, WM

1942: Fourteen-year-old Nick Freestone is glad to

leave war-torn London behind and return to his

father’s teak plantation in Burma, where he lived as a

small child. There he meets Mya, an aspiring mahout

whose family tends the plantation’s elephants, and

Hilltop, a mysterious monk. Then the Japanese army

arrives. Nick becomes a prisoner in his own room,

and his father is sent to a labor camp. With the help

of Hilltop and a rogue elephant named Hannibal,

Nick and Mya must escape and rescue their families.

Isbn: 9781423104025 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 320 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 750l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $15.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2007

Elijah of Buxton u

by Christopher Paul Curtis

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HH, HGs, KH, PW, SLJH

“It ain’t something I ever boast on, but I was the very

first child to be born free in the Elgin Settlement

at Raleigh at Canada West, what we call Buxton.”

Elijah’s small-town life is full of adventures: riding Old

Flap the mule to the secret lake to catch fish, trying

to get a chance to shoot the Preacher’s pearl-handled

mystery pistol, playing pranks with his best friend

Cooter. Then, even though “being fragile’s the biggest

bone Ma’s got to pick with me,” Elijah is given a

serious, frightening responsibility. A 2008 Newbery

Honor Book. Winner of the 2008 Scott O’Dell

Award, the 2008 Corretta Scott King Award, and the

2008 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.

Isbn: 9780439023443 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 288 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 12 • sRC level: 7.5 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 1070l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2007

Elvis & Olive

by Stephanie Watson

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PW, WC

Most people find their neighbors boring.

Neighborhood spies Annie and Natalie—code

names Elvis and Olive—know better. As Annie

puts it: “Even the most dull-looking people do all

kinds of weird, interesting things when they think

no one’s watching.” Clarissa Jackson, for example,

plants fake flowers in her garden; Virginia Brooks,

a former television actress, eats face cream. Spying,

both girls agree, is the most fun they’ve ever had—

until, that is, they inadvertently discover big secrets

about each other.

Isbn: 9780545031837 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 690l

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*NEW* Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love

by Lauren Tarshis

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PWH

Spring has arrived and seventh-grader Emma-Jean

Lazarus is as helpful as ever. This time her friends

need her to solve the mystery of Colleen’s secret

admirer. As she and her friends prepare for the

annual Spring Fling dance, Emma-Jean has her own

mysteries brewing: Why does she feel so strange

whenever Will Keeler is around? Could this be love?

Isbn: 9780803733213 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7" • 192 pp

aR level: 5.5 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 850l

JLG: $13.25 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love—JLG Reading Guide

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Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree u

by Lauren Tarshis

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HH, HGs, K, PWH, SLJH, WM

“Emma-Jean had observed her peers closely over the

years. Her painstaking research had given her a much

clearer understanding of their complex emotional

lives and surprising sensitivities.” A mathematician’s

daughter, Emma-Jean leads a rational life. This means

staying clear of her unpredictable and unhygienic

fellow seventh-graders. Then Colleen Pomerantz

unexpectedly confides in her about a mean girl who is

stealing her best friend. It’s a complicated puzzle, but

if anyone can solve it, Emma-Jean can.

Isbn: 9780803731646 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 7" • 208 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.8 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 830l

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The Entertainer and the Dybbuk u

by Sid Fleischman

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, KH, KLH, SLJH, V, WM

World War II is over, and Freddie, a veteran, decides

not to return to America, but to travel around Europe

as a ventriloquist. The problem is no one wants to

hire him, as his act is mediocre at best. Then Freddie

is visited by the ghost of Avrom Amos, a Jewish child

who saved Freddie’s life during the war. Avrom offers

Freddie a deal: he’ll make Freddie a star if Freddie

helps track down the Nazi who killed him. Winner

of the 2008 Sydney Taylor Award.

Isbn: 9780061344466 • Dewey: f • 4 7/8" x 6 7/8" • 160 pp

aR level: 3.7 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.1 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 610l

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $17.89 • JlG Month: noV 2007

*NEW* The Entomological Tales of Augustus

T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone

by Dene Low

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

“There is something terribly wrong with Mr.

Augustus T. Percival.” He has suddenly developed a

voracious appetite for all things insect! Even worse,

in the eyes of his debutante niece, Petronella Eunice

Arbuthnot, it has happened just in time for her

coming-out party. As Petronella and her close friends,

the Sinclairs, endeavor to sort out an international

intrigue involving kidnapping and land rights in

Panama, she must also try to cover up her uncle’s

ghastly new eating habits.

Isbn: 9780547152509 • Dewey: f • 5 2/3" x 7 3/4" • 208 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Houghton Mifflin: $16.00 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

Eon: Dragoneye Reborn u

by Alison Goodman

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, K, PWH, SLJ, V

For years, Eon—formerly Eona—has been training

to become a Dragoneye, learning how to manipulate

Hua, the natural energy that exists in all things, while

concealing her true identity as a girl. But when her

dreams come true and the Mirror Dragon, the most

powerful dragon in the energy world, selects her as a

Dragoneye, she realizes that she has underestimated

the cost of her deception. Not only would her

secret, if exposed, cost her her life, but it could also

be used to bring down the Emperor. Author’s note.

Dragoneye zodiac.

Isbn: 9780670062270 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 400 pp

aR level: 5.5 • aR Points: 21 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 31 • lexile: 750l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $19.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

*NEW* Ernest Hemingway: A Writer’s Life

by Catherine Reef

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: K

“Hemingway’s passions and his impulses influenced

what he wrote. His stories reflected what he honestly

felt, and not what he had been taught to feel. If he

wrote about war, or big-game hunting in Africa, or

fighting off sharks at sea, he was describing things

that he had done or had seen happen in front of his

own eyes.” This carefully documented biography

discusses Ernest Hemingway’s writings in the context

of his oversized life. Notes. Selected bibliography. List

of Hemingway’s major works. Picture credits. Index.

Black-and-white photographs.

Isbn: 9780618987054 • Dewey: 813/.52 b • 8" x 10" • 192 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Clarion: $20.00 • JlG Month: seP 2009

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Everything Is Fine

by Ann Dee Ellis

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BCCB, SLJ

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Mazzy’s mother refuses to get out of bed.

Nonetheless, when Mazzy answers phone calls

from her father, she tells him everything is fine.

Her father knows as well as Mazzy that this is a

lie, but he avoids the situation by working at an

out-of-state job. A social worker and some curious

neighbors also suspect there’s trouble at Mazzy’s

house, though Mazzy does her best to care for

herself and her mother. As Mazzy copes with

her situation by drawing and painting, she also

recalls the terrible incident that led to her mother’s

depression. Black-and-white images.

Isbn: 9780316013642 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 3.0 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 9

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

*NEW* The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BLH, KH, PWH, SLJH, V

In 1899, just before her twelfth birthday, Callie Tate

decides she wants to read Darwin’s The Origin of

Species. Unfortunately, the library near her hometown

of Fentress, Texas, doesn’t own it. To Callie’s surprise,

her formidable, taciturn grandfather offers her his

copy of the book. Even more surprising, Grandfather

and Callie grow close thanks to their mutual

interest in nature. The more Callie learns from her

grandfather and from her own observations, the more

she wants to be a scientist. But Callie’s mother insists

that she spend less time exploring and investigating,

and more time learning to be a lady.

Isbn: 9780805088410 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 352 pp

sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 20 • lexile: 830l

JLG: $13.25 • Henry Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

*NEW* Extra Credit

by Andrew Clements • illustrated by Mark Elliott

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, PW

When Abby is assigned a pen pal for extra credit,

she leaps at the opportunity to write to someone

in a country with mountains, a place as different as

possible from the Illinois farmland surrounding her

own home. When she finds out something she’s not

supposed to know, Abby discovers just how many

things can stand in the way when you reach out to

someone new. Black-and-white pencil drawings.

Isbn: 9781416949299 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 830l

JLG: $13.25 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

Extra Credit—JLG Reading Guide

JLG Reading Guides give you the tools to use JLG

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• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

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Fairest u

by Gail Carson Levine

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BCCB, BLH, K, SLJH, V

Aza is most definitely not the fairest of them all—but

what she lacks in looks, she makes up for with her

singing voice, a talent highly prized in the land of

Ayortha. Her voice is so magical that the beautiful

new Queen Ivi makes Aza, a commoner, her lady-inwaiting.

All is not as it seems, however. When Aza

happens to look into the Queen’s mirror, she learns

the secret of the Queen’s beauty—and sees a chance

to become the fairest herself.

Isbn: 9780060734091 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

aR level: 4.1 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 6.1 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 590l

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*NEW* Famous Players:

The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor

written and illustrated by Rick Geary

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

When William Desmond Taylor is found dead of a

gunshot wound in his home on February 2, 1922,

the close-knit motion-picture community is thrown

into chaos. At first glance, it seems unimaginable

that Taylor, a “sophisticated director of high-spirited

adventure tales and high-profile literary adaptations,”

could draw the ire of anyone, let alone a murderer.

However, the ensuing investigation reveals that

the well-respected Taylor was not the person he

seemed—and neither were his friends. A number

of suspects for the murder are considered in this

graphic novelization of the homicide case that

shook Hollywood. Ink-on-paper illustrations,

including maps.

Isbn: 9781561635603 • 6" x 9" • 80 pp

JLG: $13.25 • nbM Publishing: $15.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2009


Firebirds Soaring:

An Anthology of Original Speculative Fiction

edited by Sharyn November • decorations by Mike Dringenberg

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, K, SLJ, V

A young girl raised as a mercenary begins to question

the authority of her leader. Two student mages go

on a bender in a world where mythological creatures

use magic like drugs. A girl determined to escape the

cycle of poverty in her rural southern town begins to

fall for a boy who goes to remarkable extremes to get

her attention. This wide-ranging anthology includes

stories set twenty-five million years ago—and far into

the future. Authors’ biographies and notes. Blackand-white

illustrations.

Isbn: 9780142405529 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 544 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 22 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 31 • lexile: 820l

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The Fold u

by An Na

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, PW, SLJ, WM, WS

“John Ford Kang. She was finally going to talk to

him.” Joyce is determined to impress her crush, but

when she gathers the courage to actually speak to

him, he confuses her with another Korean girl, whom

Joyce considers “the ugliest girl in school.” Joyce is

devastated, especially when she discovers John has a

crush on her beautiful older sister, Helen. Then her

aunt offers to pay for cosmetic eyelid surgery. “You

will never be as pretty as your sister,” her aunt says,

“but with my doctor’s help, you can look very nice.”

Isbn: 9780399242762 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 288 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 700l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

Football Hero u

by Tim Green

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: HG, K, SLJ, V, WC

Twelve-year-old Ty is devastated when his uncle Gus

tells him he has to spend afternoons scrubbing toilets

for the family’s cleaning service instead of playing

on the football team. But when Ty’s older brother,

Thane, is selected in the NFL draft, the local mob

boss takes an interest. He persuades Gus into letting

Ty play football in exchange for insider information

about Thane’s team. All Ty wanted was a chance to

succeed like his brother. Now the brothers are caught

in the middle of a Mafia betting scheme, and their

futures are in jeopardy.

Isbn: 9780061122750 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 304 pp

aR level: 5.1 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 840l

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*NEW* The Forest of Hands and Teeth

by Carrie Ryan

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, PWH, SLJH

Mary dreams of a world beyond her village. But she

also knows how impossible that dream is; according

to the Sisters, no other village still exists. The

Unconsecrated, the undead who claw at the village’s

fence, have infected everyone outside it. But one day

the impossible happens: a normal, healthy-looking

young woman emerges from the forest outside the

village. Her presence gives Mary hope. It is hope she

needs when, soon after, the Unconsecrated breach the

village fence. To survive, Mary must escape from the

village into the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Isbn: 9780385906319 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 320 pp

aR level: 5.8 • aR Points: 14 • sRC level: 6.2 • sRC Points: 21 • lexile: 900l

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“Fresh and riveting.”

—Publishers WeeklyH

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Fortune’s Fool

by Kathleen Karr

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, KL, WC, WM

“I shall quest for a new master. An enlightened new

master.” So declares Conrad the Good, court jester

to the cruel Count Otto of Schwarzenberg, who

frequently punishes Conrad with a whip. Conrad

makes good on his promise, stealing away with his

beloved Christa and his trusty horse, Blackspur. As

they travel, their small troupe grows . . . and so do

their problems. For the road brings not only freedom,

but plague, fierce winter storms, and a ruler even

more vicious than Otto.

Isbn: 9780375948169 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 740l

JLG: $9.00 • Knopf: $18.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

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Four Things My Geeky-Jock-of-a-Best-Friend

Must Do in Europe

by Jane Harrington

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: SLJ, V

70 www.juniorlibraryguild.com

It’s Brady’s first trip to Europe, and she’s been given

a strict to-do list by her best friend. One: Write letters

home every day. Two: Wear a bikini. Three: In public!

Number Four is the most difficult assignment of all:

“Meet a code-red Euro-hottie.” Will shy and selfconscious

Brady fulfill her duties? Does she even

stand a chance with an itinerary-obsessed mom as a

travel companion?

Isbn: 9781581960419 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 6.2 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 950l

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The Freedom Business u

poems by Marilyn Nelson • art by Deborah Dancy

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, H, HGs, KH, SLJ

Venture Smith’s autobiography, a slave narrative

first published in 1798, appears on the left-hand

pages of this volume. Smith was the son of a Guinean

prince, then slave to various American men, and

eventually a free man—owner of one hundred

acres of land and three houses. Juxtaposed with and

inspired by his story are Marilyn Nelson’s poems,

which appear on the right-hand pages. Watercolor,

ink, collage, and acrylic paintings illustrate both the

narrative and the poems. Includes a preface to the

poems and an artist’s note.

Isbn: 9781932425574 • Dewey: 811/.54 • 6" x 10" • 72 pp

aR level: 6.9 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 11.4 • sRC Points: 5 • lexile: 1200l

JLG: $9.00 • Wordsong: $18.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

*NEW* The Frog Scientist

by Pamela S. Turner • photographs by Andy Comins

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Dr. Tyrone Hayes has been interested in frogs

since he was a boy. His path from a segregated

town in South Carolina to science labs at the most

competitive universities was not an easy one, but

Hayes’s persistence and dedication to his subject

helped him prevail. Now a professor in Berkeley,

California, Dr. Hayes studies the effects of pesticides

on frog populations. “Even if you don’t care about

frogs, you have to wonder how this affects us, too,”

Dr. Hayes says. Glossary. Ideas for helping local frog

populations. Web sites. Resources for educators.

Full-color photographs.

Isbn: 9780618717163 • Dewey: 597.8/917279 • 11" x 9" • 64 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Houghton Mifflin: $18.00 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

The Frog Scientist—JLG Reading Guide

JLG Reading Guides give you the tools to use JLG

selections in the classroom or library to meet specific

learning objectives for both whole-class settings and

for individual students. Each guide includes:

• activities based on national and state standards

• reinforcements for reading and writing skills

• connections to other content areas

• library applications

• specific correlations to National Standards

• and much more!

You will receive both a Student Edition and a Teacher

Edition of the JLG Reading Guide.

JLG: $5.00 • Isbn: 9780982350638

Frozen Fire

by Tim Bowler

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, KL, V

Late one night, Dusty receives a strange and

frightening call from a teenage boy who says he’s in

trouble . . . and has inexplicably detailed knowledge

about her brother, who ran away two years ago.

Dusty rushes to rescue the boy, but he literally

disappears—as if he were a ghost. Despite threats

from the boy’s enemies and rumors that girls have

been mesmerized by him before, Dusty continues to

search for him.

Isbn: 9780399250538 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 336 pp

aR level: 3.8 • aR Points: 12 • sRC level: 3.1 • sRC Points: 21 • lexile: 520l

JLG: $9.00 • Philomel: $17.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Gabriel’s Journey:

Racing to Freedom Trilogy, Book Three

by Alison Hart

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: HG

After Gabriel wins at the Saratoga horse races, his

dreams of becoming a famous jockey seem closer

than ever. The Civil War rages on, though, and

Gabriel feels compelled to join his parents in the

Union army. “Ma and Pa say I’m too young to

be a soldier. . . . But that don’t mean I can’t fight

for freedom my own way.” Gabriel puts aside his

racing aspirations to join his father’s cavalry unit.

Courageous though he may be, is Gabriel ready to

face the dangers of war?

Isbn: 9781561454426 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 160 pp

aR level: 5.1 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 4.7 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 780l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $14.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008


*NEW* Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Some of the brightest stars of young-adult literature

show their nerdy sides in this anthology of fifteen

stories about being geeky, unhealthily obsessed, or

just slightly out of step with the norm. Offerings

from such luminaries as M. T. Anderson, Libba Bray,

John Green, and Scott Westerfeld cover the range of

geekdom, running the nerd gamut from comic books,

Star Wars, Star Trek, and The Rocky Horror Picture

Show to more specialized areas of geekiness, such as

astronomy, paleontology, and baton-twirling. Blackand-white

comics.

Isbn: 9780316008099 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 384 pp

JLG: $13.25 • little, brown: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

Generation Dead u

by Daniel Waters

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: HG, KH, PW, SLJ

When American teenagers die, some of them don’t

stay dead. No one is sure why, and this strange

phenomenon has led to a growing population of

“living impaired” teenagers who walk, slowly, down

the halls of American high schools. Sixteen-year-old

goth girl Phoebe is fascinated with Tommy Williams,

the undead leader of the town’s “differently biotic”

kids. But not everyone is so happy with the idea of

living with “dead” people. Soon Tommy and his

friends begin to face serious threats, and Phoebe is

caught in the middle.

Isbn: 9781423109211 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 352 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 14 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 22 • lexile: 820l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

*NEW* Gentlemen

by Michael Northrop

HI GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: BLH, PWH

On the same day their friend Tommy goes missing,

Mike, Mixer, and Bones’s least-favorite teacher, Mr.

Haberman, uses a strange teaching aid to start his

unit on Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. He asks

the students to strike a barrel filled with a mysterious

heavy item and guess what is inside. No one guesses

correctly, and Haberman does not reveal the answer.

But when he asks Mike, Mixer, and Bones to help

him dump the item into the trunk of his car after

class, they think that whatever is underneath those

blankets looks a lot like a dead body.

Isbn: 9780545097499 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 6.6 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: Hl860l

JLG: $13.25 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

Girl Overboard

by Justina Chen Headley

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ, V, WM

“All I want is to feel invincible and whole again.”

After Syrah Cheng’s snowboarding accident, her knee

isn’t the only thing that’s shot—so is her confidence.

On top of that, Syrah’s billionaire parents want her to

follow in their footsteps, a path of discipline focused

on global business that doesn’t allow for silly and

dangerous pastimes. As her lifelong nanny leaves and

her best friend grows distant, Syrah wonders if she’ll

ever get back on the board—and if she’ll ever be

more than just “Ethan Cheng’s daughter.”

Isbn: 9780316011303 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 336 pp

aR level: 6.6 • aR Points: 14 • sRC level: 7.4 • sRC Points: 20 • lexile: 960l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $16.99 • JlG Month: feb 2008

*NEW* Girlfriend Material

by Melissa Kantor

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: PW

Kate had been looking forward to a fun summer at

home in Utah taking a fiction writing class, playing

tennis, and hanging out at her best friend’s pool.

Instead, she is on her way to Cape Cod with her

mother. The only saving grace for Kate is the chance

to renew her friendship with Sarah, the daughter

of her mom’s friends. But two things soon become

clear to Kate: Sarah never considered Kate a friend,

and Kate’s mom isn’t just spending time away from

her husband; she is considering a divorce. Could

anything save this from being the worst summer of

Kate’s life?

Isbn: 9781423108498 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 272 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 5.6 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 860l

JLG: $13.25 • Hyperion: $15.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!:

Voices from a Medieval Village u

by Laura Amy Schlitz • illustrated by Robert Byrd

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, KH, PWH, SLJH, WM

Setting: An English manor, 1255. Dramatis personae:

a gentle shepherdess who sings all night to a dying

sheep, a crippled pilgrim who seeks a cure at

Saint Winifred’s Well, a lord’s nephew who dreads

hunting boar with his uncle, a tanner’s apprentice

who defends the stink of leathermaking, and more.

Here are nineteen monologues and two dialogues

full of the intriguing (and sometimes gruesome)

details of medieval life. Full-color ink and watercolor

illustrations. Foreword. Bibliography. Winner of the

2008 Newbery Medal.

Isbn: 9780763615789 • Dewey: 812.6 • 7 1/16" x 10 1/4" • 96 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 7.6 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: nP

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $19.99 • JlG Month: seP 2007

The Good Neighbors: Book One, Kin u

by Holly Black • illustrated by Ted Naifeh

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, KL, SLJ, V

Ever since Rue’s mother disappeared, Rue has been

having strange visions of faeries. Then her father is

arrested both for the murder of one of his students

and as a suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Sure that

her father is innocent, Rue hopes the faeries might

hold the key to the disappearance of her mother and

to the student’s murder. Volume one of a trilogy.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780439855624 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 144 pp

aR level: 2.7 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 4

JLG: $9.00 • Graphix: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

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The Graveyard Book u

by Neil Gaiman • illustrations by Dave McKean

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HH,

HGs, KH, KLH, PWH, SLJ, V, WC

Nobody Owens, better known as Bod, is an ordinary

boy, except he happens to live in a graveyard and has

parents who are ghosts. While other living children

go to school, Bod learns how to Fade, how to Haunt,

and how to open ghoul-gates—skills that prove

useful when Jack, the man who killed Bod’s biological

family, returns to town to finish what he started.

Black-and-white illustrations. Winner of the 2009

Newbery Medal. A 2009 Boston Globe–Horn Book

Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780060530938 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

aR level: 5.1 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 820l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $18.89 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

The Great Adventure:

Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of Modern America

by Albert Marrin

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, SLJH

“His legacy includes a Nobel Prize, the first ever won

by an American. . . . It includes laws to regulate big

business, laws to guarantee the purity of our food and

drugs, national parks, and millions of acres of land set

aside to protect our national heritage. . . . Although

Theodore Roosevelt died nearly a century ago, in a

sense we still live in the America he helped to shape.”

Includes notes and suggestions for further reading.

Illustrated with black-and-white photographs.

Isbn: 9780525476597 • Dewey: 973.91/1092 • 8" x 10" • 256 pp

aR level: 8.0 • aR Points: 15 • sRC level: 7.7 • sRC Points: 20 • lexile: 1000l

JLG: $9.00 • Dutton: $30.00 • JlG Month: feb 2008

*NEW* The Great Death

by John Smelcer

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

The world changes for sisters Millie and Maura the

day three visitors come to their Alaskan village. The

girls are amazed to see that two of the men have lightcolored

skin and blue eyes. The third visitor, from a

neighboring village, has red spots covering his body.

He tells of a great death among his people. Shortly

after this visit, the plague hits Millie and Maura’s

village, leaving no one alive but the two sisters. As

winter sets in, the girls must undertake a dangerous

wilderness trek downriver in search of a new village

and a new home.

Isbn: 9780805081008 • Dewey: f • 176 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Henry Holt: $15.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009

The Great Race:

The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908

by Gary Blackwood

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, V, WM

In 1908, when long distance automobile races were

all the rage, The New York Times and Paris’s Le Matin

cosponsored a race from New York to San Francisco

and from Siberia to Paris. Teams from France,

Germany, Italy, and the United States competed.

They were beset by breakdowns, mud, snow, fog, a

sandstorm, “Chinese brigands, well mounted and

armed,” the Parisian police (who almost arrested the

Americans for driving with a broken headlight), and,

according to one report, a pack of “not less than fifty

wolves.” Bibliography. Index of quotes. Black-andwhite

photographs.

Isbn: 9780810994898 • Dewey: 796.72 • 7" x 9" • 144 pp

aR level: 7.9 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 10.7 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 1130l

JLG: $9.00 • abrams: $19.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

The Hand You’re Dealt

by Paul Volponi

HI GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HG, K, SLJ, V

Each year, the winner of the local poker tournament

in Huck’s town gains the right to wear a silver watch

blessed by the Pope. Last year, Mr. Abbott, “the most

obnoxious poker player anybody had ever seen,”

won the event and swiped the watch right off Huck’s

father’s wrist as he lay dying in the hospital. This

year, Huck is in Mr. Abbott’s precalculus class at high

school. He’s going to study Abbott’s every move,

enter the tournament, and get that watch back.

Isbn: 9781416939894 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 176 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 850l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859,

A Tale of the Old West

by Avi

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BL, CL, HG, K, KL, SLJ, V, WC

1859: A drought has settled on the middle of the

country, and crops aren’t growing. If fourteen-yearold

Early Wittcomb’s family can’t pay the mortgage

on their Iowa farm, the bank will take the land and

sell it to the Chicago and North Western Railway.

Uncle Jesse thinks the answer to their problems

is gold—rumored to be plentiful in the Rocky

Mountains—and heads west. Then he writes that

his life is in danger, and Early sets off on a perilous

journey of his own. Glossary. Author’s Note.

Bibliography. Black-and-white photographs and

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781423105190 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 740l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $15.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

Hattie Big Sky u

by Kirby Larson

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, HG, K, SLJH, WM, WS

“Being of sound mind, I do hereby leave to Hattie

Inez Brooks my claim and the house and its contents,

as well as one steadfast horse named Plug and a

contemptible cow named Violet.” When orphaned

sixteen-year-old Hattie inherits her uncle’s Montana

homestead, she jumps at the chance to finally have

a home of her own. Hattie must “prove up” the

claim, however, by fencing off and cultivating the

land within ten months—or she’ll lose everything.

Recipes. Suggestions for further reading. Library

edition with trade jacket added. A 2007 Newbery

Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780385903325 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 304 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 6.3 • sRC Points: 18 • lexile: 700l

JLG: $9.00 • Delacorte: $17.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2007


Here Lies Arthur u

by Philip Reeve

FM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, HGs, KH, KLH, PWH, SLJH, V

When Gwyna’s village is burned, a bard named

Myrddin takes her in. He immediately puts her to

work helping him invent legends to legitimize the

violent rule of his master. Myrddin serves the same

brutish warlord who burned Gwyna’s village, and

her first job is to present the warlord, who is named

Arthur, with a supposedly magical sword—by

swimming underwater with the sword and holding

it aloft in the middle of a lake. Gwyna enjoys her

adventurous new life but soon grows uncomfortable

with her role in enabling Arthur’s vicious reign.

Winner of the 2008 Carnegie Medal.

Isbn: 9780545093347 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 320 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 11 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 18 • lexile: 890l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

Honeybee: Poems & Short Prose u

by Naomi Shihab Nye

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: HGs, K, SLJH

The newspaper boy delivers tissues instead of

newspapers because the news is too sad; a batch of

cookies brings together strangers at an airport; and

a hopeful explanation for the disappearance of the

world’s bees is offered: “They are sick of the word

‘busy.’ They are on strike.” In these poems and

narratives about contemporary life, assumptions are

questioned, surprises are common, and everything—

and everyone—is interconnected.

Isbn: 9780060853914 • Dewey: 811/.54 • 5" x 7 1/8" • 128 pp

sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 8

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $17.89 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

How to Ditch Your Fairy u

by Justine Larbalestier

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, H, HGs, K, PW, SLJ, V

In New Avalon, almost everyone has a fairy. Most

people love their fairies, but Charlotte, better known

as Charlie, isn’t one of them. While other people

have fairies that give them perfect tennis serves,

blemish-free skin, or enviable wardrobes, Charlie’s

fairy gives her good parking spots. Not very useful

for a girl who’s fourteen, can’t drive, and doesn’t like

cars. So when Fiorenze—a classmate who, thanks to

her every-boy-will-like-you fairy, is dating Charlie’s

crush—suggests that they swap fairies, Charlie

agrees without a moment’s thought. Includes a list of

“known fairies” and a glossary of New Avalon slang.

Isbn: 9781599903019 • Dewey: f • 5 1/16" x 7 3/4" • 288 pp

aR level: 4.1 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 3.3 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 580l

JLG: $9.00 • bloomsbury: $16.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

The Humming of Numbers

by Joni Sensel

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BCCB, KL, SLJ

Quantities of the books in this catalog

are limited. Fax your order to

800.827.3080

Ireland, AD 920. Aidan has an unusual gift: “Others

heard birdsong, windsong, human speech . . .

Nobody else caught numbers with their ears.” Aidan

hopes to gain understanding of his mysterious ability

over years of quiet, solitary contemplation as a monk.

But when a pretty girl named Lana arrives and hums

of eleven, a number Aidan has never heard, he is

enthralled. A devastating attack by Viking raiders

forces the two together, and as they strive to save

their village, they also must struggle to understand

their strong connection.

Isbn: 9780805083279 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 5.9 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 830l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

The Hunger Games u

by Suzanne Collins

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HGs, K, KLH, PWH, SLJH, V

In a post-apocalyptic future, North America has

become Panem—a collection of twelve districts

surrounding a prosperous Capitol City. Each year,

as punishment for a long-ago rebellion, the Capitol

selects one boy and one girl from each district to

compete in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to

the death. When Primrose, Katniss’s younger sister,

is among the two names called from District 12,

Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place. After all,

it’s her skill with a bow and arrow that has put food

on the family table since their father’s death. But

can Katniss, who is willing to risk her life to save

her sister’s, learn to kill humans the same way she

hunts—without mercy?

Isbn: 9780439023481 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 420 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 15 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 23 • lexile: 810l

JLG: $9.00 • scholastic: $17.99 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

I Am Scout: The Biography of Harper Lee u

by Charles J. Shields

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BL, CL, HGs, K, SLJ, WM, WS

As soon as Nelle Harper Lee was old enough to write

stories of her own, her father gave her a rugged,

steel-encased Underwood No. 5 typewriter. She and

her neighbor Truman immediately began writing

stories set on their street, South Alabama Avenue,

casting the residents as characters. “In small town life

and in rural life . . . you know everything about your

neighbors,” Lee later said. She would draw heavily on

this knowledge when writing her masterpiece, To Kill

a Mockingbird. Notes. Bibliography. Media sources.

Index. Black-and-white photographs.

Isbn: 9780805083347 • Dewey: 813/.54 b • 6" x 9" • 256 pp

aR level: 8.3 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 10.6 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 1120l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $18.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

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*NEW* If the Witness Lied

by Caroline B. Cooney

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, K, PW, V

Siblings Jack, Smithy, Madison, and Tris Fountain

are famous—because baby Tris unwittingly caused

both of his parents’ deaths within the same year.

Now Jack and nearly-three-year-old Tris live with

cold, calculating Aunt Cheryl while Smithy stays

at a boarding school and Madison lives with family

friends. It seems that nothing will bring the family

together again until Cheryl sells the family story to

a slimy reality-TV-show producer. The Fountain

children reunite to save Tris from becoming a

documentary subject while learning that perhaps

their father’s death wasn’t accidental after all.

Isbn: 9780385904513 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 5.2 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 670l

JLG: $13.25 • Delacorte: $19.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

“This family-drama-turned-thriller will

have readers racing, heart in throat,

to reach the conclusion.”

—The Horn Book Magazine

I’ll Pass for Your Comrade:

Women Soldiers in the Civil War

by Anita Silvey

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BL, H, HGs, K, PWH, SLJ, V

“One fact about [the Civil War] has rarely been

mentioned until recently. . . . [H]undreds of women

disguised themselves as men so they could fight as

soldiers.” Among them were Sarah Rosetta Wakeman,

who joined the Union army in order to make money,

and Melverina Peppercorn, who enlisted with the

Confederate army to stay near her twin brother.

This book explores the motivations and describes

the experiences of these and other women who

fought in the Civil War. Author’s note. Bibliography.

Source notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs

and time-period illustrations.

Isbn: 9780618574919 • Dewey: 973.7/4082 • 7" x 9" • 112 pp

aR level: 8.3 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 10.7 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 1130l

JLG: $9.00 • Clarion: $17.00 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

In Mozart’s Shadow: His Sister’s Story

by Carolyn Meyer

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: HG, K, V

Nine-year-old Nannerl Mozart is a wonderful

musician, but her brother Wolferl, age five, has

already surpassed her talent. Initially the siblings play

concerts together across Europe, but then their father,

Leopold, decides Nannerl should remain in their

hometown of Salzburg, Austria. Though Nannerl

pleads with Leopold over many years, he never

gives her the opportunity to become a professional

musician. Despite not realizing her dream, Nannerl

sees a chance for happiness: she hopes to marry

retired army captain Armand d’Ippold—if her father

doesn’t stand in her way. Author’s note.

Isbn: 9780152055943 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 272 pp

aR level: 6.5 • aR Points: 12 • sRC level: 7.3 • sRC Points: 19 • lexile: 940l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $17.00 • JlG Month: noV 2008

In the Belly of the Bloodhound:

Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar

Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber u

by L. A. Meyer

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: HG, KL, SLJ, V

When Mary “Jacky” Faber returns to the Lawson

Peabody School for Girls, she has more trouble fitting

in than ever. Then a school field trip goes awry, and

Jacky finds herself trapped on a slave ship with her

classmates. Jacky has survived the streets of London,

pirates, finishing school, and the Battle of Trafalgar—

but can she get thirty teenage girls to listen to

someone they’ve branded a “shameless hussy”?

Isbn: 9780152055578 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 528 pp

aR level: 5.9 • aR Points: 23 • sRC level: 8.1 • sRC Points: 32 • lexile: 1040l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $17.00 • JlG Month: Jan 2007

The Invisible Man

by H. G. Wells, adapted by Rick Geary

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

The stranger who recently arrived in Iping has

begun to raise suspicions: he rarely leaves his

room at the Coach and Horses Inn, and he always

keeps himself covered from head to toe. When the

townspeople question the man after a robbery, he

exposes his terrifying secret and escapes. Impossible

to apprehend, the man wreaks havoc as he attempts

to recover the notebooks in which he has written

the formula for becoming invisible. In this faithful

retelling of H. G. Wells’s famous tale, the invisible

man then makes his way to the home of an old

colleague and tells his incredible story. Full-color

illustrations.

Isbn: 9781597071413 • Dewey: f • 6 1/2" x 9" • 56 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 1

JLG: $9.00 • Papercutz: $15.00 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

The Iranian Revolution:

Pivotal Moments in History

by Brendan January

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ

The 1979 revolution left Iran “torn by drastic

social changes, invasion, bombing, executions, and

assassinations. The Iranian Revolution would also

bring Iran and the United States to the brink of war.”

The events of 1979 were the result of complicated

dynamics, both within Iran and internationally. From

the CIA-engineered overthrow of prime minister

Mosaddeq to the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini to the

hostage crisis, Iran’s revolution is a compelling story.

Maps. Time line. Glossary. Short biographies of key

figures. Notes. Selected bibliography. Further reading.

Index. Color and black-and-white photographs.

Isbn: 9780822575214 • Dewey: 955.05/42 • 6" x 8 1/2" • 160 pp

aR level: 8.0 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 8.6 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 1020l

JLG: $9.00 • Twenty-first Century: $28.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2008


*NEW* Jack Tumor

by Anthony McGowan

HI GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: BCCBH, BL, K, PW

“IN LOVE AND DEATH, THERE ARE NO

FRIENDS.” So says Jack Tumor, the crass inner

voice of an undiagnosed brain tumor forcing itself

upon the consciousness of fourteen-year-old Hector

Brunty. At first, Jack wreaks havoc on Hector’s social

life, causing Hector to speak and act inappropriately.

Over time, though, Jack reveals his actual intention:

to remake awkward Hector and attract the most

beautiful girl in school. Could it be that Jack truly

wants to help Hector? What’s more, could a tumor

have something to teach Hector about life?

Isbn: 9780374329556 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 304 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 890l

JLG: $13.25 • farrar, straus & Giroux: $17.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

Jango: Book Two of the Noble Warriors

by William Nicholson

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WM

Seeker has grown more powerful than he ever

dreamed possible—perhaps too powerful. Some of

the Nomana want to “cleanse” him and erase all that

he has learned. Others believe he is the last and only

hope to save their one true god. As an old enemy and

a fearsome new warlord team up to launch a final

assault on the Nomana’s home of Anacrea, Seeker

is not sure where the real threat lies. Is it from the

outside or from within Anacrea itself?

Isbn: 9780152060114 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 416 pp

aR level: 4.8 • aR Points: 14 • sRC level: 5.2 • sRC Points: 21 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $17.00 • JlG Month: aUG 2007

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life u

by Wendy Mass

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HGs, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

Jeremy Fink doesn’t leave anything to chance—he

eats peanut butter at every meal, avoids the subway,

and reminds his teachers to give him homework.

Then, a month before he turns thirteen, he receives

a surprise package. It’s a wooden box to open on his

birthday, and it’s from his father, who died five years

ago in a freak accident. One more thing: the box is

locked, and the keys are missing.

Isbn: 9780316058292 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 304 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 11 • sRC level: 7.2 • sRC Points: 19 • lexile: 770l

JLG: $9.00 • little, brown: $15.99 • JlG Month: feb 2007

Jim & Me: A Baseball Card Adventure

by Dan Gutman

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: KLH, WM

Stosh has used his unique time-travel abilities to right

many wrongs . . . and to meet some of the greatest

baseball players ever: Jackie Robinson, Mickey

Mantle, Babe Ruth. So why would he want to help his

worst enemy, Bobby Fuller, travel to meet Jim Thorpe,

a player he’s never heard of? Bobby tells Stosh that

Jim Thorpe was an incredible athlete whose career

was ruined when his Olympic medals were unfairly

stripped from him. Now Stosh has one more injustice

to fight . . . and one more legend to meet.

Isbn: 9780060594954 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 208 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 620l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $16.89 • JlG Month: MaY 2008

Johnny and the Bomb: The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy u

by Terry Pratchett

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: H, HGs, K, KL, SLJ, V, WC, WM

Johnny Maxwell is doing a school project on the

Second World War about a German bomb strike

in his hometown: “Nineteen people got killed! In

one night! There wasn’t any warning!” Then, due

to a strange encounter with a mysterious time-filled

shopping cart, Johnny finds himself in 1941, just

before the bomb is about to fall. This leaves Johnny

with a dilemma: Can he save people from the attack?

And should he meddle with history?

Isbn: 9780060541927 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.3 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 3.5 • sRC Points: 13 • lexile: 650l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: aPR 2007

Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

retold by Donald Lemke • illustrated by Cynthia Martin

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Lemuel Gulliver encounters many strange things

during his sea voyages. In the land of Lilliput, he’s

trapped and attacked by tiny humans, then forced

to swear allegiance to their emperor and defend

their country. Banished from Lilliput due to a

misunderstanding, Gulliver eventually finds himself

in a land of giants, where he feels Lilliputian. When

Gulliver finally returns to people his own size, can

he convince them that his adventures were not mad

dreams? Glossary. Additional information about

the original story. Discussion questions. Writing

prompts. Internet sites. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9781434204493 • Dewey: 741.5/973 • 6" x 9" • 72 pp

aR level: 3.2 • aR Points: 0.5 • sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 4 • lexile: Gn470l

JLG: $9.00 • stone arch: $17.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2008

Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

retold by Carl Bowen • illustrated by Jose Alfonso Ocampo Ruiz

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

French oceanographer Pierre Aronnax has agreed to

help the U.S. Navy catch a mysterious sea monster.

What Aronnax, his assistant, Conseil, and the

expert harpooner Ned Land find surpasses their

wildest expectations. Their hunt leads them to the

Nautilus, a remarkable submarine, and the brilliant

but troubled Captain Nemo. As his prisoners, they

explore the wonders of the world’s oceans. But when

Nemo’s ambitions turn deadly, will Aronnax and his

companions be able to escape? Glossary. Note on

submarines. Discussion questions. Writing prompts.

Internet sites. Full-color art.

Isbn: 9781434204479 • Dewey: 741.5/973 • 6" x 9" • 72 pp

sRC level: 2.5 • sRC Points: 3 • lexile: Gn440l

JLG: $9.00 • stone arch: $17.95 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

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The Juvie Three u

by Gordon Korman

HI GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HG, K, KLH, SLJ

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If not for Douglas Healy’s halfway house, Gecko,

Terence, and Arjay would all still be in juvenile

detention. Together they live in an apartment in

New York City, going to school and trying to stay

out of trouble. Then Healy is accidentally knocked

unconscious one night while trying to break up a

fight between the boys. When he wakes up in the

hospital, he doesn’t remember any of the boys, or

even his own name. Now Gecko, Terence, and Arjay

have to pretend that everything’s fine so the halfway

house can pass inspection. Otherwise, their second

chance will be their last.

Isbn: 9781423101581 • Dewey: f • 5" x 7 3/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • Hyperion: $15.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2009

*NEW* Kaleidoscope Eyes

by Jen Bryant

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BL, KH, PWH, SLJ, V

It’s the summer of 1968, and thirteen-year-old

Lyza Bradley has been given an almost impossible

task by her grandfather, who recently passed away.

Famous pirate William Kidd buried his treasure in

Lyza’s New Jersey town four hundred years ago, and

Lyza’s grandfather left a set of maps and information

about the treasure to Lyza. With the help of her

best friends, Malcolm and Carolann, Lyza sets out

to recover whatever Kidd left behind. But as the

Vietnam War reaches its peak abroad, distractions

abound. Can Lyza and her friends find the treasure

before the summer ends?

Isbn: 9780375940484 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 272 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 7.4 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 950l

JLG: $13.25 • Knopf: $18.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

“Readers will fall under the spell of the

delicious plot and race ahead. . . .”

—Kirkus ReviewsH

King George: What Was His Problem?

by Steve Sheinkin • illustrated by Tim Robinson

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, HGs, K, WC

Proving that the truth can indeed be stranger than

fiction, this collection of quirky anecdotes, quotes,

and miscellany guides readers through the American

Revolution—from the Townshend Acts of 1767 to

Britain’s surrender on October 19, 1781. Along the

way, we learn how a wig started the Boston Massacre;

how “Molly Pitcher” got her name; and why a man

in the Continental Army tried to steal a cannonball

(his explanation: his mother could use it to pound

spices). Epilogue. Source notes. Index. Black-andwhite

art.

Isbn: 9781596433199 • Dewey: 973.3 • 6" x 8 1/2" • 192 pp

aR level: 6.4 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 880l

JLG: $9.00 • Roaring brook: $19.95 • JlG Month: aUG 2008

*NEW* A Kiss in Time

by Alex Flinn

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: V

Talia is a beautiful royal princess whose minor

rebellion against her overprotective parents results in

the very thing they fear most. She pricks her finger on

a spindle and sends the entire kingdom of Euphrasia

into a sleep that can only be broken by true love’s

kiss. Jack is a twenty-first-century American slacker

who has been sent by his parents to spend the

summer in “sucky” Europe. Jack has an idea of what

happens when you kiss a sleeping princess, but that

doesn’t mean he’s ready for the result in this modern

take on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Isbn: 9780060874193 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 384 pp

aR level: 3.9 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 19 • lexile: Hl610l

JLG: $13.25 • HarperCollins: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

*NEW* Kiss of Life: A Generation Dead Novel

by Daniel Waters

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: HG, K

Adam’s return from death has made Phoebe’s love

life even weirder. Now she has to choose between

two zombie boys. She knows how Adam needs her,

but she still has feelings for Tommy. Meanwhile,

the zombie population of Oakville, Connecticut,

continues to grow. As their numbers rise, the undead

community is becoming increasingly divided. Some

follow Tommy, who favors working within the

system to gain civil rights for the “differently biotic”;

others prefer the more militant approach of the Sons

of Romero, a zombie segregationist group led by

Takayuki. A sequel to the previous JLG selection,

Generation Dead.

Isbn: 9781423109235 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 416 pp

sRC level: 5.7 • sRC Points: 22 • lexile: 780l

JLG: $13.25 • Hyperion: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

The Knife of Never Letting Go:

Chaos Walking, Book One u

by Patrick Ness

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, H, HGs, KLH, SLJ, V

In a town of men, Todd Hewitt is the only boy.

Everyone is waiting for him to turn thirteen; he

knows because, like everyone else in Prentisstown,

Todd hears Noise—the ubiquitous, audible

thoughts of men and animals. Supposedly silence

hasn’t existed since the alien attack that killed all

women and infected all men with the Noise germ.

But when Todd and his dog, Manchee, discover

a patch of silence in the swamp outside town,

all that Todd knows about his world suddenly seems

false. Confronted with the townsmen’s malicious

plans for his future, Todd flees through the swamp,

where he finds something else that shouldn’t exist:

a girl. Winner of the 2008 Guardian Children’s

Fiction Prize. Winner of the 2008 Booktrust

Teenage Prize.

Isbn: 9780763639310 • Dewey: f • 5 1/4" x 8 1/2" • 496 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 16 • sRC level: 5.6 • sRC Points: 26 • lexile: 860l

JLG: $9.00 • Candlewick: $18.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008


Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories

About Growing Up Scieszka

by Jon Scieszka

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, SLJH, V, WC

With six boys growing up in the Scieszka house in

Flint, Michigan, life was never boring. Jon Scieszka,

the second oldest, says, “I think it was my dad,

finding that his toast tasted like melted green plastic

army man, who first asked the question, ‘What

Knucklehead put an army man in the toaster?’”

(The answer wasn’t Jon—that time, anyway!) The

more Jon Scieszka thought about it, the more he

realized, “I get a lot of my ideas from all the strange

things that happened to me growing up with five

brothers.” Index. Afterword. Black-and-white

photographs.

Isbn: 9780670011063 • Dewey: 813/.54 b • 6 3/4" x 10" • 96 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 750l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $16.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

Laika u

written and illustrated by Nick Abadzis

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, KH, PWH, SLJH

“Gentlemen . . . this will be Laika’s vessel! The first

spacecraft . . . Sputnik II ! There are still problems,

but we’ll solve them. Even on such a tight schedule!”

“How will the satellite return to earth?” “It won’t. . . .

There is no return option.” Here are the intertwined

stories of Korolev, the driven engineer at the top of

the Soviet space program; Yelena, the lab technician

responsible for Laika’s health; and Laika, an energetic,

trusting, and beloved dog chosen for a journey she

will not survive. Full-color illustrations. Afterword.

Bibliography.

Isbn: 9781596431010 • Dewey: 741.5973 • 6" x 8 1/2" • 208 pp

aR level: 2.8 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 5

JLG: $9.00 • first second: $17.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2008

The Landing u

by John Ibbitson

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: CL, HG

Muskoka, Canada, the Great Depression: Fifteenyear-old

Ben wants to be a violinist, but his chances

of leaving Cook’s Landing, the family farm, grow

slimmer every year. Then one day in early summer,

possible salvation arrives in the form of a new

neighbor—Ruth Chapman, a wealthy New Yorker.

Unlike other women in Muskoka, she smokes and

swears—and introduces Ben to Mozart and Sibelius.

Ben’s mother keeps telling him that “things can

happen” if he makes a good impression. . . . But, as

the summer starts to wane, so does Ruth Chapman’s

interest in Ben and, consequently, Ben’s hopes for his

future. Historical note. Note from the author. Winner

of the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award.

Isbn: 9781554532346 • Dewey: 813'.54 • 5 1/4" x 7 7/8" • 160 pp

aR level: 5.8 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 8.6 • sRC Points: 10 • lexile: 1020l

JLG: $9.00 • Kids Can: $17.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

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Larry and the Meaning of Life

by Janet Tashjian

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, K, SLJ

After losing a presidential campaign and his

girlfriend, Josh Swensen (a.k.a. Larry) can’t seem to

get off the couch. His usual overactive imagination

and save-the-world mindset have all but vanished,

and his best friend, Beth, is seriously worried. When

Beth coaxes Josh into taking a walk at Walden

Pond, he meets Gus Muldarian, a spiritual guru

who encourages Josh to join his study group as a

way to find deeper meaning in life. Josh agrees, but

what begins as a harmless Thoreau-esque search

for meaning soon turns into Josh’s most chaotic

and profound adventure yet. Black-and-white

photographs.

Isbn: 9780805077363 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 6 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 760l

JLG: $9.00 • Henry Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

The Last Knight u

by Hilari Bell

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BL, H, HGs, K, KL, SLJ, WM

Michael wants nothing more than to be Sir

Michael. But the knighthood has been dead for two

hundred years, his squire is a rogue named Fisk,

and his damsel in distress turns out to be an escaped

murderess. As Michael says, “The life of a knight

errant wasn’t quite what I had expected.” However,

when Michael and Fisk set out on a quest involving

angry sheriffs, cudgel-crewers, and magical beasts, the

knight and his squire could finally live out their own

legendary adventure—or die trying.

Isbn: 9780060825041 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 320 pp

aR level: 6.1 • aR Points: 12 • sRC level: 5.8 • sRC Points: 19 • lexile: 910l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: noV 2007

The Last of the High Kings u

by Kate Thompson

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BL, HH, HGs, PWH, SLJ, V

“Jenny had never had a friend before . . . There was

the púka, of course, but he was more like a teacher or

a kindly old uncle than a friend.” When the púka—a

large, shape-shifting goat—asks eleven-year-old Jenny

to befriend a ghost, she agrees; after all, the ghost

is sad and lonely. For thousands of years, the ghost

has guarded a mountaintop beacon from horrible

monsters . . . such as the púka, Jenny begins to

suspect. So, she wonders: is the púka actually kind or

just using her to get to the ghost? Glossary.

Isbn: 9780061175961 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 368 pp

aR level: 5.9 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 820l

JLG: $9.00 • Greenwillow: $17.89 • JlG Month: JUl 2008

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Lay-ups and Long Shots:

An Anthology of Short Stories

by Joseph Bruchac et al.

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, HG, SLJ, V, WC

A fourth-string basketball player gets cut from the

team but finds a new way to make his shots count; a

selfish ping-pong enthusiast doesn’t want his friend to

improve at the game, so he practices alone—and gets

a fitting comeuppance; a girl’s spunky dog helps her

cross the finish line and find new confidence. In these

and six other stories, kids find unexpected challenges

and rewards in sports. Includes authors’ notes about

each story and author biographies.

Isbn: 9781581960785 • Dewey: 863/.0108357 • 5 1/2" x 7 5/16" • 112 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 6 • lexile: 760l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $15.95 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

*NEW* Leaving Glorytown:

One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro

by Eduardo F. Calcines

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: BL, K, SLJH

“To an outsider visiting Cuba, there would have

been nothing special about my family. We were

not rich, famous, or politically well-connected. . . .

What made us remarkable is that we survived and

escaped.” When Eduardo Calcines was three years

old, Communists took control of Cuba. Eleven years

passed before Calcines and his family were finally

able to leave the country. Now sixty-three, Calcines,

a successful American businessman, recounts what

it was like to grow up under Fidel Castro’s rule.

Epilogue. Black-and-white photographs.

Isbn: 9780374343941 • Dewey: 972.9106/4092 b • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 240 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $13.25 • farrar, straus & Giroux: $17.95 • JlG Month: MaY 2009

Lifeblood: Darkside, Book 2

by Tom Becker

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: CL, HG, SLJ

In Darkside, “a secret borough of London filled with

evil creatures,” murder is an everyday occurrence.

But the murder of Edwin Rafferty is different. “Of

all the hundreds of corpses I’ve seen, only one body

has ever looked the way this one did,” a reporter tells

Jonathan, a young man new to Darkside. “And that

was James Arkel.” James Arkel was a Ripper, one of

Jack the Ripper’s descendents, and thus in line for

Darkside’s throne. And Jonathan’s mother had been

investigating Arkel’s murder when she disappeared.

Can this new murder lead Jonathan to his mother

before it leads the murderer to him?

Isbn: 9780545037426 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 288 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 810l

JLG: $9.00 • orchard: $16.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

The Lincolns:

A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary u

by Candace Fleming

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, HGs, KH, SLJH

He borrowed nearly every book he read and

claimed that all his “schooling did not amount to

one year.” She attended years of boarding school,

and her “family’s library was filled with leatherbound

books by Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh,

and Plato.” Though Abraham and Mary Todd

Lincoln’s backgrounds differed considerably, both

were intellectuals who shared interests in literature

and politics, as well as a great love for each other.

Photographs, letters, newspaper articles, and many

other primary source materials illuminate this

intimate biography of the Lincolns. Introduction.

Time line. Resource lists. Research notes. Source

notes. Picture credits. Index. Winner of the 2009

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award. Winner of the 2009

Boston Globe–Horn Book Award.

Isbn: 9780237583618 • Dewey: 973.7092/2 b • 9" x 11 3/4" • 196 pp

aR level: 8.1 • aR Points: 14 • sRC level: 8.6 • sRC Points: 19 • lexile: 1050l

JLG: $9.00 • schwartz & Wade: $24.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

The Lindbergh Child:

America’s Hero and the Crime of the Century u

written and illustrated by Rick Geary

GM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, KL, PWH, SLJ

“At 10:00 pm Betty Gow enters the nursery to

check on the baby. She feels a chill in the room and

turns on an electric heater. Finding it strange not to

hear the boy’s breathing, she looks into the crib to

find him . . . gone!” When famous aviator Charles

Lindbergh’s child disappeared in 1932, the nation

was transfixed. This narrative depicts the many

curious characters involved and follows the ransom

demands, false leads, and the final outcome of the

thrilling mystery. Includes bibliography and maps.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781561635290 • Dewey: 364.154092 • 6" x 9" • 80 pp

aR level: 6.5 • aR Points: 2 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 6

JLG: $9.00 • Papercutz: $15.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Lock and Key u

by Sarah Dessen

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BL, HGs, KL, PWH, V, WS

After years of neglect, Ruby’s mother has abandoned

her, and now Ruby has to live with her estranged

sister, Cora, whom she hasn’t seen in ten years. Cora

and her husband offer Ruby a stable home life and a

fresh start at a new school. Ruby’s independent streak

is strong, though, and she attempts to run away the

very night she arrives. A friendly (and cute) neighbor

boy named Nate covers for her when she’s nearly

caught, and suddenly Ruby may have a compelling

reason to stay.

Isbn: 9780670010882 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 384 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 17 • sRC level: 5.5 • sRC Points: 26 • lexile: 840l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $18.99 • JlG Month: aPR 2008


Looking for JJ u

by Anne Cassidy

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Reviews: BL, HG, K, KLH, PW, SLJH, V, WM, WS

The tabloids are desperate for any information they

can find about the recently released Jenny Jones: now

sixteen, she was arrested at age ten for the murder of

another girl. Details about the killing are all over the

papers, and columnists are asking whether she even

deserves a second chance. Jenny follows the story

in the news—she has begun a new life under a new

name and is terrified of being discovered. She finally

has her first boyfriend, a job, and a roommate she

trusts with her secret. Will she lose it all?

Isbn: 9780152061906 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 336 pp

aR level: 4.9 • aR Points: 10 • sRC level: 5.2 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 730l

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*NEW* Lost

by Jacqueline Davies

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: BL, CL, K, SLJ

Sixteen-year-old Essie Rosenfeld of Delancey Street

is working at the Triangle Waist Company when

she meets the newest employee, Harriet Abbott, a

seemingly well-educated, upper-crust young woman

with a big secret. Essie, harboring a few secrets of her

own, is drawn to the mysterious new girl, but their

friendship will be tested as both go to great lengths

to conceal the painful truth about themselves—and

as a series of disasters tests Essie’s fortitude and

compassion.

Isbn: 9780761455356 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Marshall Cavendish: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

The period details in Lost are spot-on

and really brought me into the world of

the story. The book’s many unexpected

twists—both mysterious and tragic—

compelled me to keep reading.

—Georgia, JLG Assistant Editor

Lost and Found u

by Andrew Clements

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, H, HGs, K, SLJ, WC

“From the first moment of their lives . . . the twins

were constantly compared with each other. And

almost no one was able to see any difference at all.

Except Jay and Ray themselves.” When Jay and

Ray are accidentally enrolled as one student in

their new school, the twins decide to play along,

attending—and ditching—school on alternate days.

But can pretending to be one person finally let

them feel like two?

Isbn: 9781416909859 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 780l

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $16.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Magpie Gabbard and the Quest for the Buried Moon

by Sally Keehn

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ, WM

All girls receive magic on their thirteenth birthday,

and Magpie Gabbard is no exception. But magic

might not be enough to help Magpie reunite her

brother Milo with his missing foot, satisfy the

demands of a moody floating head and his wild boar,

best the pernicious Sizemore family, avoid Goblins,

and find the buried moon all by herself—especially

when she has only thirteen days.

Isbn: 9780399243400 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 208 pp

aR level: 4.4 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 770l

JLG: $9.00 • Philomel: $16.99 • JlG Month: MaR 2007

Mao’s Last Dancer: Young Reader’s Edition

by Li Cunxin

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: HG, K, SLJ, V

“Great things don’t come easily!” a ballet teacher

once told Li Cunxin. It was a lesson that Li knew

well. Born to bitter poverty in rural China, he was

chosen by a group of visiting officials to attend the

Beijing Dance Academy. There, Li had to learn

extraordinarily difficult dance moves while also

studying to be a good Maoist. His hard work earned

him the chance to visit the United States—where Li

faced his greatest challenge. Afterword. Historical

note. Time line. Glossary of Chinese words. Blackand-white

photographs.

Isbn: 9780802797797 • Dewey: 792.8/092 b • 5 1/16" x 7 3/4" • 300 pp

aR level: 5.9 • aR Points: 11 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 16 • lexile: 810l

JLG: $9.00 • Walker: $16.95 • JlG Month: seP 2008

*NEW* Marcelo in the Real World

by Francisco X. Stork

YM GROUP (GRADES 11 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HH, KH, PWH, SLJH, V

When Marcelo Sandoval’s father challenges him to

intern at his law firm over the summer, Marcelo is

anxious. He has a condition similar to Asperger’s

syndrome and attends a school that caters to his

needs. Reluctantly, he begins to work at the firm,

where the complications of the “real world” confront

him immediately. Marcelo’s coworker, Jasmine,

is kind and beautiful, but is frustratingly aloof.

Wendell, the son of another partner in the firm,

attempts to use Marcelo’s naïveté to manipulate

him. Then, as Marcelo sorts documents one day, he

stumbles upon a shocking piece of evidence marked

“trash” that seems to incriminate his father.

Isbn: 9780545054744 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.6 • aR Points: 12 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 20 • lexile: Hl700l

JLG: $13.25 • arthur a. levine: $17.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2009

“It is a rare novel that reaffirms

a belief in goodness; rarer still is one

that does so this emphatically.”

—The Horn Book MagazineH

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*NEW* Mare’s War

by Tanita S. Davis

HH GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: KH, V

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Sisters Tali and Octavia want to spend their summer

break relaxing with friends. Instead, their parents are

forcing them to take a road trip with their sportscar-driving,

push-up-bra-wearing Grandma Mare to

a family reunion in Alabama. Luckily, Mare knows

a thing or two about willful teens, having been one

herself: at age sixteen, she ran away from home to

join the Women’s Army Corps during World War II.

As Mare’s story unfolds, Tali and Octavia discover

their family history and heritage—and a lot about

themselves as well.

Isbn: 9780375957147 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 288 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Knopf: $19.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ New World

by Nathaniel Philbrick

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: CL, H, HGs, KH, SLJ, V

“[T]he Indians and English of Plymouth Colony did

not live in perfect harmony. It was fifty-five years

of struggle and compromise—a difficult process of

give-and-take.” From the sailing of the Mayflower to

the first Thanksgiving to King Philip’s War and its

aftermath, Nathaniel Philbrick’s adaptation of his

National Book Award–winning Mayflower describes

the New England colonies’ earliest history. Time line.

Mayflower passenger list. Selected reading. Index.

Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780399247958 • Dewey: 973.2'2 • 6" x 9" • 320 pp

aR level: 8.3 • aR Points: 14 • sRC level: 11.6 • sRC Points: 19 • lexile: 1170l

JLG: $9.00 • Putnam’s: $19.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Mexican Immigrants in America:

An Interactive History Adventure

by Rachael Hanel

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: CL, HG

Struggling to make ends meet in Mexico, you decide

to move to the United States. But as an immigrant,

how will you make a living? Will you work at a

meatpacking plant in Omaha, Nebraska, become

a nanny in New York City, or work on California

farms? This interactive history adventure contains

three separate fact-based storylines with forty-three

choices in all and seventeen different endings. An

introduction and conclusion provide context and

additional information. Time line. Further reading

and Internet sites. Glossary. Bibliography. Index.

Map. Black-and-white and color photographs.

Isbn: 9781429620130 • Dewey: 973/.046872 • 5 1/4" x 7 1/2" • 112 pp

lexile: 570l

JLG: $9.00 • Capstone: $20.95 • JlG Month: MaR 2009

Mexican WhiteBoy u

by Matt de la Peña

HI GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HGs, K, KL, SLJ, V

When Danny can relax, he’s an amazing pitcher.

But he can’t relax. He’s painfully shy, and his mixed

racial heritage makes him feel too pale—“albino

almost”—to fit in with his Mexican relatives. More

than anything, though, the disappearance of his

father three years ago still weighs heavily on Danny’s

mind. Then he meets Uno, a boy with his own

troubles—and a lot of confidence. As Uno takes

Danny under his wing, can he help Danny get his

head back in the game?

Isbn: 9780385903295 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 256 pp

aR level: 4.3 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.2 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 680l

JLG: $9.00 • Delacorte: $18.99 • JlG Month: noV 2008

Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf:

A Year Told Through Stuff u

by Jennifer L. Holm • illustrated by Elicia Castaldi

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, PWH, SLJ, WM

Genevieve “Ginny” Davis is heading into seventh

grade with a big to-do list. Among other things,

she wants to “1. Get a dad. 2. Get the role of the

Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker. 3. Look good

in the school photo for once!!!!,” and convince her

older brother Henry to stop acting like a juvenile

delinquent. The ephemera of her daily life—

including receipts, notes, bank statements, and

school assignments—tell Ginny’s story. Full-color,

digitally-rendered art. A 2008 IRA Children’s

Choices selection.

Isbn: 9780689852817 • Dewey: f • 6 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 128 pp

aR level: 4.7 • aR Points: 1 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 5

JLG: $9.00 • atheneum: $12.99 • JlG Month: seP 2007

The Missing: Book 1, Found

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, PWH

When Jonah gets a letter reading “YOU ARE ONE

OF THE MISSING,” he thinks it’s a prank from

someone who knows he’s adopted. Then Jonah’s

friend Chip receives an identical note, leading

Chip to discover that he’s adopted, too. To learn

more about his background, Chip searches through

his parents’ files. Attached to his adoption papers

is a note with an FBI agent’s name and phone

number. Then, Chip and Jonah receive new letters:

“BEWARE. THEY’RE COMING BACK FOR

YOU.” Can the boys unravel the secret of their past

before it’s too late?

Isbn: 9781416954170 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 750l

JLG: $9.00 • simon & schuster: $15.99 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

*NEW* The Missing: Book 2, Sent

by Margaret Peterson Haddix

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

The abduction of thirty-six doomed children from

the past has caused dangerous ripples in time by

disrupting the past’s effects on the future. An agent

named JB is attempting to reverse the damage

by sending the children back to their rightful

times—and to their possible deaths. Chip and Alex

are the first two returnees, but their friends Jonah

and Katherine defiantly tag along. Now it is 1483,

and Chip and Alex—crown prince Edward and his

younger brother—are in danger from their uncle,

known to posterity as Richard III. How can Jonah

and Katherine save their friends and still set history

back on its proper course?

Isbn: 9781416954224 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 320 pp

JLG: $13.25 • simon & schuster: $15.99 • JlG Month: seP 2009


More Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World

selected and retold by Arielle North Olson and

Howard Schwartz • illustrated by E. M. Gist

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, SLJ, WC

“There, under the rider’s right arm, was a head unlike

any head Morty had ever seen. It was ashy pale, with

skin pulled tight against the skull, huge black eyes,

and a mouth that reached from ear to ear.” These

twenty-two spooky tales, whose origins span the

globe from Iceland to Hawaii, include a vengeful

mermaid, a woman who turns her husband into a

werewolf, and a physician whose severed head can

talk. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9780670063390 • Dewey: 398.27 • 6" x 9" • 176 pp

aR level: 5.3 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • Viking: $15.99 • JlG Month: seP 2008

Morning in a Different Place

by Mary Ann McGuigan

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, SLJ

In the fall of 1963, the United States is at a moral

and political crossroads. So is Fiona. To escape

Fiona’s alcoholic and abusive father, her mother has

temporarily moved the family into Aunt Maggie’s

cramped apartment. Meanwhile, Fiona’s friendship

with Yolanda is causing tension at home and in

school because Fiona is white and Yolanda is black.

Now Fiona must decide what is truly important to

her and then discover within herself the strength to

stand up and fight for it.

Isbn: 9781590785515 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 176 pp

aR level: 4.3 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 13 • lexile: Hl710l

JLG: $9.00 • front street: $17.95 • JlG Month: feb 2009

*NEW* The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

by Rodman Philbrick

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, K, PWH, SLJ, WC

1863: Twelve-year-old Homer Figg and his older

brother, Harold, live with their uncle, Squinton

Leach, “the meanest man in the entire state of

Maine.” When Squinton illegally sells Harold to the

Union Army, Homer runs away to find his brother

and save him from the war. As Homer makes his

way south looking for Harold, he is captured by

slave catchers, stars as the “Amazing Pig Boy” in a

medicine show, flies off in a surveillance balloon, and

is arrested as a spy. Back matter includes glossary of

Civil War facts and slang.

Isbn: 9780439668187 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 192 pp

aR level: 5.6 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 7.4 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 950l

JLG: $13.25 • scholastic: $16.99 • JlG Month: JUl 2009

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The Musician’s Daughter

by Susanne Dunlap

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, K, SLJ, V

Eighteenth-century Vienna: Amid the glamour of

musical court life, fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria

must solve the brutal murder of her father, an

acclaimed violinist. Who stole his violin, and why

was he found near a Gypsy encampment, wearing a

valuable pendant Theresa has never seen before? Her

quest for answers soon puts her in the middle of an

ongoing battle between serf sympathizers and the

Hungarian nobility.

Isbn: 9781599903323 • Dewey: f • 5 1/16" x 7 3/4" • 304 pp

aR level: 6.5 • aR Points: 13 • sRC level: 7.4 • sRC Points: 19 • lexile: 950l

JLG: $9.00 • bloomsbury: $16.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the

Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War

by L. A. Meyer

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, KL, V

At last, Jacky Faber is reunited with her beloved

Jaimy—in a French jail. Though she escapes, he

remains imprisoned. Jacky is forced into a treacherous

deal: the British authorities will trade prisoners and

free Jaimy, but only if Jacky spies for the British in

Paris, the heart of Napoléon’s empire. Jacky’s sharp

mind and stunning looks are more than a match for

the French intelligence service, but then she meets a

dashing Frenchman named Jean-Paul. Will her heart

lead her to ruin?

Isbn: 9780152061876 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 448 pp

aR level: 5.9 • aR Points: 18 • sRC level: 7.4 • sRC Points: 26 • lexile: 950l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $17.00 • JlG Month: noV 2008

My One Hundred Adventures u

by Polly Horvath

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, H, HGs, KH, PWH, SLJH, WC

Jane lives with her poet mother and three younger

siblings in a beach house in a small Massachusetts

town. Twelve-year-old Jane wants “something more

to do . . . than the usual wading in the shallows and

reading and building castles on the shore.” She wants

the “I know not what, which is what adventures

are about” and decides to pray for one hundred

adventures. All summer long, Jane gets her wish—

in one unexpected way after another.

Isbn: 9780375955822 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 272 pp

aR level: 5.0 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 5.3 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 810l

JLG: $9.00 • schwartz & Wade: $19.99 • JlG Month: feb 2009

Mysteries of the Mummy Kids

by Kelly Milner Halls

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, HG, SLJ

Mummies aren’t just artfully preserved Egyptian

royalty. Explorers and archaeologists have discovered

mummies all over the world, from the Andes

Mountains to the deserts of China. Mummies may

be children or adults, wealthy or poor, revered or

reviled members of society, and inadvertently or

intentionally preserved. Looking at child mummies

from different countries and cultures, Halls asks

how these mummies came to exist and why people

find them so fascinating. Full-color diagrams and

photographs. Interviews with specialists.

Isbn: 9781581960594 • Dewey: 393.3 • 11" x 9 3/8" • 72 pp

aR level: 8.1 • aR Points: 4 • sRC level: 8.9 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 1150l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $18.95 • JlG Month: aPR 2007

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Nation u

by Terry Pratchett

FM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BCCB, BLH, CL, HH,

HGs, KH, KLH, PWH, SLJH, V

Mau is canoeing alone when he gets caught in a giant

wave that also hits his home island. He survives to

discover that his entire village has been destroyed

and everyone killed. Ermintrude is traveling to see

her father, heir to the throne of England, when the

wave deposits her ship on Mau’s island; like Mau,

she is the sole survivor. The pair must not only learn

to understand each other and survive together, they

must also make sense of the mysterious, insistent

voices of Mau’s ancestors, which hold powerful

secrets about the island’s past. Winner of the 2009

Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. A 2009 Printz

Honor Book.

Isbn: 9780061433023 • Dewey: f • 6" x 9" • 336 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 16 • sRC level: 6.3 • sRC Points: 23 • lexile: nC790l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: noV 2008

Neandertals: A Prehistoric Puzzle

by Yvette La Pierre

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: SLJ

On a sunny day 150 years ago, workers digging

in a valley near Düsseldorf, Germany, found

some strange bones in a cave. They weren’t animal

bones, but they also differed from those of human

skeletons—they were the bones of Neandertals, early

hominids. The discovery ushered in the new science

of paleoanthropology and began a debate about how

Neandertals lived and how much they resembled

modern humans—a debate that continues to this day.

Glossary. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Suggestions for

further reading. Full-color photographs, chart, map,

and drawings.

Isbn: 9780822575245 • Dewey: 569.9/86 • 7 3/8" x 8 5/8" • 112 pp

aR level: 8.7 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 10.7 • sRC Points: 7 • lexile: 1130l

JLG: $9.00 • lerner: $22.95 • JlG Month: JUn 2008

The New Policeman u

by Kate Thompson

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9) • Reviews: BCCB, BLH, HGs, KH,

KLH, PWH, SLJH, V, WM, WS

When J.J. Liddy asks his mother what she wants for

her birthday, she says, “Time. That’s what I want.

Time.” There never seems to be enough of it in

Kinvara, or anywhere else in Ireland for that matter.

Where does it all go? J.J. is determined to find out.

With the help of a local history expert, he sets out

on an adventure that takes him all the way to the

mythical Tír na n’Óg—the land where time is said to

stand still. Sheet music. Bibliography.

Isbn: 9780061174278 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 416 pp

aR level: 5.1 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 4.4 • sRC Points: 14 • lexile: 730l

JLG: $9.00 • HarperCollins: $17.89 • JlG Month: MaR 2007

Night of the Howling Dogs u

by Graham Salisbury

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7)

Reviews: BLH, H, HGs, K, SLJ, V, WM

After a short drive and a long hike, Dylan and his

Eagle Scout troop reach their campsite, a remote

beach on Hawaii’s Big Island. It has a great view and

a swimming hole, but it also has wasps, stinging ants,

and foul-smelling drinking water. Another problem?

Louie, a tough older boy who bullies Dylan. Then,

a violent earthquake and tsunami rip the campers’

world apart, and all previous troubles are forgotten.

Dylan and Louie, who are the least injured, now

must work together to help themselves and their

fellow Scouts survive. Based on a true story. Library

edition with trade jacket added.

Isbn: 9780385901468 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 208 pp

aR level: 3.5 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 3.2 • sRC Points: 11 • lexile: 530l

JLG: $9.00 • Wendy lamb: $19.99 • JlG Month: noV 2007

*NEW* Night Wings

by Joseph Bruchac • illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HG, K

“In my family, we believe that dreams can be more

than just your subconscious acting out its insecurities.

Sometimes they are warnings.” Paul, an Abenaki

thirteen-year-old, has been dreaming of the winged

monster Pmola. Only Paul’s family knows the exact

location of Pmola’s treasure, which is buried atop Mt.

Washington. But now an opportunistic reality-show

host and his crew want Paul and his Grampa Peter

to lead them to it—at gunpoint. Paul and Grampa

Peter must use their knowledge of the wilderness

and Abenaki mythology to escape their captors and

protect Pmola.

Isbn: 9780061123191 • Dewey: f • 4 1/2" x 7 1/2" • 208 pp

JLG: $13.25 • HarperCollins: $16.89 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

No Choirboy:

Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row u

by Susan Kuklin

HI GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, HH, HGs, K, SLJH, V

“I ask myself, What’s to be done with my life now?”

Until a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2005,

sentencing juvenile offenders to death for their crimes

was still legal in twenty states. In separate interviews,

the author speaks to three young men sentenced to

death prior to the Supreme Court decision. She also

speaks with the family of a teen who was executed,

the family of a murder victim, and an anti–death

penalty advocate. Author’s note. Further reading.

Black-and-white photographs.

Isbn: 9780805079500 • Dewey: 364.66092/273 • 6" x 9" • 256 pp

aR level: 5.2 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 13 • lexile: 690l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

Noman: Book Three of the Noble Warriors

by William Nicholson

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP) • Reviews: BL, HG, K, KL

Seeker’s power has grown immensely, and he has

nearly fulfilled his destiny—to destroy the Savanters,

the sworn enemies of his clan. As Seeker pursues

some of the final remaining Savanters in distant

lands, a charismatic figure, the Joy Boy, rises in

his absence. The Joy Boy’s message of peace and

happiness mesmerizes everyone who comes in contact

with him, including Seeker’s old friends Morning Star

and the Wildman. When Seeker’s destiny places him

at odds with his friends and the Joy Boy, Seeker must

question all he believes.

Isbn: 9780152060053 • Dewey: f • 6 1/8" x 9" • 368 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 12 • sRC level: 3.8 • sRC Points: 20 • lexile: 660l

JLG: $9.00 • Harcourt: $17.00 • JlG Month: seP 2008


Number 8

by Anna Fienberg

C GROUP (GRADES 6–9)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, H, HGs, K, V, WM

Thirteen-year-old Jackson has just moved to the

suburbs with his mother, Valerie, an aspiring singer.

They no longer live in a rough part of the city, and

Valerie has escaped from her drug-dealing boss. Soon

Jackson has a best friend and a potential girlfriend,

and Valerie has a decent new job. Though life

isn’t perfect, it seems nice and normal. However,

when Valerie starts receiving creepy phone calls

and a mysterious blue Mustang appears in the

neighborhood, Jackson wonders if everything is

normal after all.

Isbn: 9780802796608 • Dewey: f • 5 1/16" x 7 3/4" • 288 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 12 • sRC level: 4.5 • sRC Points: 20 • lexile: 740l

JLG: $9.00 • Walker: $16.95 • JlG Month: seP 2007

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers’ Children

by Deborah Ellis

NM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, CL, H, HGs, K, SLJ, V, WC

“Dad is always a little different when he comes

back from deployments because he has to get used

to America again,” says Allison. Her brother Matt

adds, “He’s always overjoyed that he’s in the States

where no one is trying to shoot at him.” In candid

and moving interviews, children of American and

Canadian military personnel who have served in

Iraq and Afghanistan describe their experiences. The

interviews touch on subjects such as the children’s

worries, what it is like when a parent returns from

combat, and whether the children plan to join the

military. Glossary. Further information. Black-andwhite

photographs.

Isbn: 9780888998941 • Dewey: 303.6'6083 • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" • 176 pp

aR level: 5.4 • aR Points: 7 • sRC level: 5.4 • sRC Points: 12 • lexile: 830l

JLG: $9.00 • Groundwood: $15.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

One Good Punch u

by Rich Wallace

Y GROUP (GRADES 9 & UP)

Reviews: BL, HG, K, KL, V, WM, WS

As captain of the track team and a decent student

who’s never been in trouble, Michael Kerrigan is

“almost too good to be true.” He wants to go on to

college and be an inspiration for his aging factory

town, but his bright future is threatened when the

police find marijuana in his locker. When an ex-boxer

tells him all it took was “one good punch” to take

him out of competition, Michael wonders if his

dreams are about to be knocked out for good. Library

edition with trade jacket added.

Isbn: 9780375913525 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 3 • sRC level: 4.6 • sRC Points: 8 • lexile: 790l

JLG: $9.00 • Knopf: $18.99 • JlG Month: Jan 2008

One-Handed Catch u

by MJ Auch

SM GROUP (GRADES 7–11) • Reviews: BCCB, HG, K, SLJ, V

Norm is good-natured about the accident in his

family’s store and the surgery afterward—maybe

when he came into this world, his left hand had a

return-trip ticket for July 4, 1946. But he does have

some questions for the social worker who tells him

about getting a prosthesis: “Can you catch a baseball

with a hook? . . . What about batting? Do they have

special hooks for that?”

Isbn: 9780805079005 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 224 pp

aR level: 4.2 • aR Points: 8 • sRC level: 6.1 • sRC Points: 15 • lexile: 710l

JLG: $9.00 • Holt: $16.95 • JlG Month: Jan 2007

*NEW* The Orange Houses

by Paul Griffin

HI GROUP (GRADES 10 & UP) • Reviews: BLH, PWH, SLJ

Tamika is an insecure, hearing-impaired teenager

with a talent for drawing. Fatima is a refugee from

a war-torn country who creates origami from the

newspapers she sells on the streets of the Bronx. The

two artists are introduced to each other by a young,

traumatized veteran named Jimmi, who instructs

them to create something “beautiful” together.

Through their friendship and their art, Tamika and

Fatima strive to hold off the violence and ignorance

that must inevitably come crashing into their lives.

Isbn: 9780803733466 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 160 pp

JLG: $13.25 • Dial: $16.99 • JlG Month: aUG 2009

“Swift, tense, and powerful.”

—Booklist H

The Other Side of the Island u

by Allegra Goodman

MM GROUP (GRADES 7–11)

Reviews: BCCB, BL, HGs, KL, PWH, SLJ, V

In the eighteenth glorious year of Enclosure, long

after The Flood, a young girl named Honor and her

parents are relocated to Island 365 in The Tranquil

Sea. Life on the Island is Orderly and Predictable: the

government writes (or rewrites) every book, Watchers

patrol every neighborhood, and the Enclosure

regulates the Island’s weather. But Honor’s parents

are Unpredictable; they contradict the lessons Honor

learns in school, regularly break curfew, and hide

writing implements in their house. Honor pleads

with them to be more like her, because she knows

what happens to parents who don’t follow the rules:

they disappear and don’t ever come back.

Isbn: 9781595141958 • Dewey: f • 5 1/2" x 8 1/4" • 272 pp

aR level: 4.5 • aR Points: 9 • sRC level: 4.3 • sRC Points: 17 • lexile: 650l

JLG: $9.00 • Razorbill: $16.99 • JlG Month: DeC 2008

Our Farm:

Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Family’s Farm

written and photographed by Michael J. Rosen

B GROUP (GRADES 5–7) • Reviews: CL, HG, SLJH, V, WC

What would life be like with a herd of cows in

your yard, twenty-four chicks in your living room,

a coonhound and a beagle sleeping on your porch,

and a work-crazed border collie who wants to herd

everything? How long does it take to mow ninety

acres and move five hundred tons of manure? Caleb,

Chase, Cayne, Grey, and Ali, along with their

parents, Becky and Dave, share a year of their life in

this intimate depiction of one family and their small

Ohio farm. Author’s note. Resources. Illustrated with

full-color photographs. Black-and-white illustrations.

Isbn: 9781581960679 • Dewey: 630/.9771/59 • 7 3/8" x 8 5/8" • 144 pp

aR level: 6.0 • aR Points: 5 • sRC level: 7.6 • sRC Points: 9 • lexile: 1010l

JLG: $9.00 • Darby Creek: $18.95 • JlG Month: oCT 2008

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