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  
ISBN: 9781250043238
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 22nd, 2015

Jackson is a 5th grader; too old, he believes, for an imaginary friend. Especially one as weird as his: Crenshaw, a 7-foot-tall, talking, Harvey-esque tuxedo cat. Jackson is worried because the last time he saw Crenshaw, his dad had just been diagnosed with MS, his mom had lost her job, and the family ended up living in their minivan- his parents called it “car camping.”  Though the family’s finances eventually stabilized, now his parents are whispering about money again. Crenshaw introduces the important topics of food insecurity and homelessness, with humor and insight. (Ages 9-13)

By Brian Selznick, Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545448680
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2015

In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, Selznick gives us two stand-alone stories- the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose. The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past. The Marvels is a gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect. (Ages 9 and up)

ISBN: 9781101916988
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Published: Listening Library (Audio) - October 6th, 2015

Here’s the highly anticipated (just ask your kids!) beginning to a new Riordan series, this one based on Norse mythology. Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows, who tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants, and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. (Ages 9-14)

By Mo Willems, Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484722848
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 13th, 2015

Multiple-award-winning Mo Willems of Knuffle Bunny and Elephant & Piggie fame makes a welcome entrance into early chapter books with this charming story set in Paris. Flea is a large cat of no fixed address who is also a flaneur: one who wanders the streets just to see what he can see. Diva is a small dog who lives comfortably in a grand apartment and “guards” its courtyard, though she is too timid to slip out into the street. Their unlikely friendship results in Diva learning to welcome some new experiences, while Flea learns the joy of a reliable “Breck-fest.” (Ages 5-9)

ISBN: 9780062242914
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 22nd, 2015

The first book in the Gold Seer trilogy introduces Lee Westfall, a young woman who can sense gold the way a dowser can sense water. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and joins the westward migration on the Oregon Trail. Gold has been discovered in California; Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey. (Ages 12-18)

ISBN: 9780553499117
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 20th, 2015

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over the planet Kerenza. Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleets, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. The first book in this high-octane trilogy is told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents including censored emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more. (Ages 13-17)

By Tom Angleberger, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419716508
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 2015

McToad likes Thursdays. Every other day of the week, McToad mows Big Island, but on Thursday, he takes a break and mows Tiny Island. But to transport his shiny red lawnmower there, he needs a truck and a train, a forklift, an airplane, a crane, and a few more of those machines that fascinate kids. Best truck book of the year. Also best lawnmower book. (Ages 3-7)