Category Archives: Staff Picks

Gertie’s Leap to Greatness

In the history of awesome books there have been some awesome girls: Ramona, Matilda, Pippi and Hermione… to name a few. Let me introduce to you to another great character with awesome girl power. Her name? Gertie! In Kate Beasley’s first novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, you’ll meet Gertie Reece Roy.  She is on a mission. That mission? To be the… Read more »

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life

“Rule#15:Success comes from facing fear, overcoming obstacles, working hard and believing that you’re good enough to win.” In his latest, The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot and Score in This Game Called Life, Kwame Alexander uses the power of verse to create 52 rules to help inspire people with sports and life in general. Under the general headings of grit, motivation, passion,… Read more »

My Weird School Fast Facts Sports

What does Tug-of-war, pigeon shooting and club swinging have in common? They were once an Olympic sport! I’m not kidding, it’s true! In Dan Gutman’s My Weird School Fast Facts: Sports,  My Weird School’s  A.J. and Andrea will introduce you to hundreds of fascinating facts about: baseball, soccer, hockey, golf and other sports. For example in Ancient Rome and Greece,… Read more »

Save Me a Seat

Joe and Ravi are nothing alike, or so it seems. Each boy from a different world with different challenges, but in the course of one week … everything changes. Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan have co-authored a new novel, Save Me a Seat, Joe and Ravi are two unlikely boys that initially are dealing with their own issues. Joe is… Read more »

Mission Mumbai

Dylan Moore, is in for the adventure of his life! In Mahtab Narsiman’s Mission Mumbai, Dylan is excited to join his best friend Rohit on a trip with his family to India. Not only is a chance for him to escape his constantly fighting parents, but for a young photographer it’s a dream come true. Rohit isn’t nearly as enthusiastic… Read more »

Check It Out!: New Non-Fiction

Pink Is For Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals by Jess Keating The zoologist author of How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied presents an introduction to some of the world’s pink-colored creatures, from monster slugs and ultra-intelligent dolphins to naked mole rats and bloated blobfish.     Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights by W.H…. Read more »