Suggested Reading for Kids & Young Adults

Susan K., our children's book buyer, really knows what kids like to read. She's on top of all the latest excellent titles for kids and young adults. Here, she shares some of her selections  
By Alice Schertle, Stephanie Yue (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545649292
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Published: Orchard Books - March 31st, 2015

“Way down deep in the hole lives a mouse. Such a little mouse, with his smart gray coat, with his ears pink as petals, with three twitchety whiskers on each side of his nose.” With sweet descriptions and beautiful illustrations, a little mouse pops out of his hole in every season and goes out to gather food and to interact with the wider world. (Ages 3-5)

ISBN: 9780803739079
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2015

Mysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. “That’s very odd,” says Mr. Wimbledon each time. But after checking on the sounds, he’s always reassuring: “It’s only Stanley; he’s fixing the oil tank.” “It’s only Stanley; he’s clearing the bathtub drain.” But what Stanley the family dog is actually doing while his oblivious family sleeps is deliciously absurd: he’s turning the house into a rocket ship to zoom them to another planet for an alien encounter. Fans of irreverent tales will love this rhyming read-aloud. (Ages 4-8)

By Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545813877
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Published: Graphix - April 28th, 2015

How to update a classic girls’ series for a new generation of devotees: have Raina Telgemeier adapt it in graphic novel form. This year, graphic novels won both a Newbery Honor award (El Deafo by Cece Bell) and a Caldecott Honor (This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki). Never heard of Telegemeier? Ask your 10-year-old how she (or he) liked her previous books Sisters and Smile. (Ages 8-12)

ISBN: 9780375870774
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

The four sisters are back in a fourth book in this well-loved series of modern classics. As spring arrives on Gardam Street, there are surprises in store for each Penderwick, from neighbor Nick Geiger’s expected return from the war to Batty’s new dog-walking business. But her plans to use her profits to surprise her family on her eleventh birthday go astray. (Ages 8-12)

ISBN: 9780316297790
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

Twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, couldn’t be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war. The battle is fought from the cafeteria of their school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game. Told as a colorful “oral history,” the book including screenshots, chat logs, and digital art. This is a hilarious description of life in a middle school in a digitally saturated world. (Ages 9-12)

ISBN: 9780385389587
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - March 10th, 2015

In her first novel for middle-grade readers, bestselling author Alice Hoffman tells a bewitching story of love and friendship. Twig, the daughter of a baker, is keeping a secret: no one outside the family knows that she has an older brother. James is kept hidden in an attic bedroom because he is cursed with wings—big, crowblack, fully functioning wings. But when rumors of a monster in town threaten to expose the family secret, Twig decides to find a way to break the spell, cast by a witch 200 years ago. (Age 10-13)

By Ted Sanders, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062275820
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Published: HarperCollins - March 3rd, 2015

From the moment Horace F. Andrews sees the sign from the bus—a sign with his own name on it—everything changes. The sighting leads him underground, to the House of Answers, a hidden warehouse full of mysterious objects. But there he finds only questions. What is this curious place? Who are the strange, secretive people who entrust him with a rare and immensely powerful gift? And what is he to do with it? (Ages 8-12)

ISBN: 9780451470775
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 3rd, 2015

After the collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi (aka Mosquitoland), where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and perky new stepmom. But she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland, so she ditches her new life and hops aboard a bus to her former home. But her long journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, forcing her to confront her own demons and redefine what it means to be sane. (Ages 12 & up)

ISBN: 9780525426530
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2015

Skillfully blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, Printz Honor-winning Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith chronicles the story of Ariel, a refugee who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel’s story is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century...and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow. (Ages 14 & up)

ISBN: 9780062320520
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Published: HarperCollins - April 28th, 2015

Since she was a baby, Aza suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it hard for her to breathe, to speak—to live. When Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. As she and her best friend, Jason, explore what it is, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another—Magonia, a world in ships above the clouds. There she has power and can breathe freely for the first time. But in the coming conflict between Magonia and Earth, where do her loyalties lie? (Ages 12 & up)