Every month, librarians from Denver Public Library branches get together to talk about new books for school-aged kids. Here are some new books, both sweet and creepy, that we are excited to share with you for fall.
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider. James is a very, very picky eater. His dad has tried everything to get him to eat, but then he starts telling really weird stories about their meals to try to convince James to eat. Did you know that there is a troll who cooks for us and if you don't like his food he'll have to go back to working at the rat circus? This funny book will tickle picky and adventurous readers alike. Recommended by Lisa from the Westwood branch.
Labracadabra by Jessie Nelson and Karen Leigh Hopkins. Zach has always wanted a dog, but when his parents come home with a funny-looking mutt named Larry, Zach isn't very excited about him. Soon, though, Zach begins to notice that Larry seems to have special skills - maybe even magical skills - for keeping Zach out of trouble. Could Larry be a magic dog? Recommended by Gwen, the Children's Collection Specialist.
Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade by Stephanie Greene. Posey is very nervous about her first day of first grade - not only does her mom have to leave her outside of the school, but she can't wear her tutu everyday like she does at home. When the new teacher announces that there will be a parade where everyone can show off their favorite outfits on the first day of school, Posey is reassured that school might be okay. This early chapter book is the first in a new series, including Princess Posey and the Perfect Present and Princess Posey and the Next-Door Dog. Recommended by Sarah from the Children's Library.
The Girl Behind the Glass by Jane Kelley. Eleven-year-old twins, Hannah and Anna, have always been really close. When they have to go live temporarily in a spooky old house in the country, they think they can get through it together. But once they are living there, strange things start happening and the sisters start fighting for the first time ever. It's as if there is something or someone who is trying to get between them. This really creepy story is perfect for Halloween reading. Recommended by Kristin from the Athmar Park branch.
Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Gustafson is another creepy book. Young Eddie is an orphan who inherited his father's mischievous demon and is friends with a talking crow. When he is framed for a late-night prank, Eddie decides to solve the mystery and clear his name. Full of humor and fantastic illustrations, this is a quick and entertaining read. Kids don't need to be familiar with Poe's grown-up horror stories to enjoy this book that lays the groundwork for more gothic reads. Recommended by Gina from the Eugene Field branch.
Bake Sale by Sara Varon. Cupcake owns a bakery and is starting to run out of new ideas for cookies and cakes. When Eggplant offers to take Cupcake along to Turkey to visit the famous baker Turkish Delight (an old family friend), Cupcake is ecstatic. The only trouble is coming up with the money to go on such a big trip. Cupcake has to quit the marching band and start coming up with new business plans to raise some extra cash. This quirky graphic novel really shows the power of friendship and working hard to get what you want. Recommended by Ann from the Children's Library.
A Dog's Way Home by Bobbie Pyron. Abby and her wonderful Shetland sheep dog, Tam, are inseparable. When Abby and her mom are hurt in a car accident, Tam's crate rolls down a hillside and he is swept away in a river. This is the story, told in Tam's and Abby's voices, of their journey to find one another again. Recommended by Dawn from the Schlessman Family branch.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to NOT Reading by Tom Greenwald. As you can probably guess from the title, Charlie Joe Jackson does not like to read. He will do anything, come up with any plot, pay any price, to not read his assignments. His personal record is that he has never read an entire book! When his best friend finally gets tired of covering for him, Charlie has to figure out a new way to live up to his non-reading standards. This hilarious book will definitely appeal to reluctant readers. Recommended by Chufo from the Children's Library.
The Allegra Biscotti Collection by Olivia Bennett. Emma Rose is one of the quiet kids at her middle school and doesn't hang out with the popular girls. At home, though, she has a whole other life - as a fashion designer! When her designs and doodles are discovered and actually made into a real fashion line, her secret identity becomes Allegra Biscotti. Now she has to balance life in middle school with a life in high fashion. This fun read is full of fashionable doodles and a second volume, Who, What, Wear, is also available. Recommended by Jenny from the Schlessman Family branch.
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann. Every year in the land of Quill, the thirteen-year-olds are sorted into two groups: the Wanteds, who are strong and smart, go to university; the Unwanteds, who are artistic, are sent away to die. Twin brothers Alex and Aaron are separated into these two groups and Alex tries to be brave as he is sent away from his twin forever. Shockingly when Alex arrives at the "death farm," instead of dying, Alex discovers that the farm is run by a magician who is protecting and training all of the artistic youths. Such a divided world cannot survive, of course, and soon there is an epic, magical war that will force the brothers to fight against one another. Recommended by Deborah from the Green Valley Ranch branch.