Kids

The cool bean book cover

The cool bean

Jory John

eBOOK
Kids, Picture Books

Everyone knows the cool beans. They're sooooo cool. And then there's the uncool has-bean ... Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd--until one day the cool beans show him how it's done.

Paul's picture

Another in the series of picture books that includes The Good Egg and The Bad Seed. Looking at what it means to be cool from very superficial aspects to truly meaningful ones. Well told with a very good message. -Paul

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The one and only Ivan

Katherine Applegate

eBOOK
Kids

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Becky's picture

This is a story about animal treatment, friendship, integrity, and the power that comes with words and art. -Becky

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The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales

Jon Scieszka

eAUDIO
Kids, Picture Books

Madcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

Lauren's picture

Comical illustrations accompanies the silly stories in the physical copy of the book, while eAudio edition entertains listeners with a variety of character voices. -Lauren

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The Westing game

Ellen Raskin

eBOOK
Kids, Mystery

The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.

Lauren's picture

The circumstances change from one page to the next and critical thinking is required to keep up with the cleverly written clues. A must read for anyone who thinks they can solve this 200-million-dollar contest. -Lauren

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Over and under the pond

Kate Messner

eBOOK
Kids

Casey's picture

This is a great early nonfiction picture book that can spark all sorts of conversations about “the hidden world, beneath the pond” and the animals that make its waters their home. -Casey

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The worst class trip ever

Dave Barry

eBOOK
Kids

When the eighth grade civics class of Miami's Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend, Matt, has decided the men sitting behind them are terrorists and it is up to the boys to stop them.

Paul's picture

A funny and quite well paced action and misadventure tale of a group of eight graders during a class trip to Washington DC. Centered on Wyatt Palmer and his various personal anxieties, the tale follows him, his nerd buddies, and assorted other classmates as they deal with teacher chaperones, a pair of menacing and creepy strangers they meet during their plane ride, and a series of mostly bad and ill-informed choices made not only by Wyatt but others as well. Make no mistake, things get quite dangerous and potentially quite fatal for several of the characters along the way. -Paul

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Pax

Sara Pennypacker

eBOOK
Kids

"After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back"--

Becky's picture

This is a beautiful story about a twelve-year-old boy named Peter and his fox, Pax. With the onset of war, Peter is forced to leave home and release Pax back into the unfamiliar wild. That separation fills Peter with remorse, and he makes the decision to prepare for a journey to reunite with Pax. Chapters alternate between the viewpoints of Peter and Pax, and through their parallel adventures, you can see the power of friendship and devotion, as well as the power that comes from self-discovery, survival and peace. There are so many powerful messages to be gained through this story and I highly recommend it! -Becky

Pie book cover

Pie

Sarah Weeks

eBOOK
Kids

After the death of Polly Portman, whose award-winning pies put the town of Ipswitch, Pennsylvania, on the map in the 1950s, her devoted niece Alice and Alice's friend Charlie investigate who is going to extremes to find Aunt Polly's secret pie crust recipe. Includes fourteen pie recipes.

Anne W's picture

In this historical mystery set in 1955, Alice’s beloved Aunt Polly dies suddenly, taking with her the secret recipe for her world-famous pie crust that has put tiny Ipswitch, Pennsylvania on the map and won her thirteen Blueberry Medals (for best pie in the nation) running. Polly operated PIE, a charming cafe where customers flock from near and far to partake in familiar favorites like buttermilk and apple pie as well as more creative concoctions like green tomato and Concord grape pie. After Polly’s death, Alice is told that Polly left the pie crust recipe to her cat, Lardo, and Lardo has been left to Alice. How does one leave a recipe to a cat? The whole town is desperate to uncover the recipe and win this year’s Blueberry Award - by any means necessary. It’s up to Alice and her new friend Charlie to piece together the mystery and keep their town intact. Bonus: there are twelve delectable pie recipes woven throughout, in case you feel inspired! -Anne W

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New kid

Jerry Craft

eBOOK
Kids

After his parents send him to a prestigious private school known for its academics, Jordan Banks finds himself torn between two worlds.

Karen's picture

This is an honest look at how Jordan feels around mostly white and wealthy kids. It is also about Jordan’s journey in navigating his new school and friendships. Craft does a wonderful job weaving in lots of heart and moments of humor. -Karen

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The fourteenth goldfish

Jennifer L Holm

eBOOK
Kids

Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Anne W's picture

This is an offbeat science fiction story in which 11-year-old Ellie’s scientist grandfather, Melvin, discovers how to reverse aging and becomes, essentially, a cranky elderly man trapped in the body of the 13-year-old boy. Melvin begins living with Ellie and attending her middle school, and, despite the deep weirdness of the arrangement, she loves getting to spend time with her grandfather. Ultimately, he teaches her about how possibility, wonder, observation, discovery, and persistence are important in science and in life. But will she be able to stop him when she thinks he’s gone too far? -Anne W