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Children & Teen Suggested Reading
Our Children's & Teen sections in the bookstore is packed with great books for Summer Reading. Here's a few for ages 6-16:
Mo Willems’ award-winning Elephant and Piggie series continues to charm readers. Featuring two lovable and funny characters -- an optimistic (and sometimes reckless) pig and a cautious, pessimistic elephant -- these books make reading irresistible to the beginning readers. Children who sat on their parents’ laps to have Pigeon read to them will eagerly take the plunge with these books to start reading on their own. Each book has been vetted by an early learning specialist (and many adorable early learners). In Pigs Make Me Sneeze!, Gerald believes he is allergic to his best friend! Will he have to stay away from Piggie forever? Ages 4-8 Hyperion
Pinkalicious shows off her pluckiness, pizzazz, and penchant for pink in this fun 8x8 storybook!
One hot summer day, Pinkalicious gets an idea that is simply pinkerrific—a pink lemonade stand! But before Pinkalicious can start selling her lemonade, she has to figure out how to make it. Pink grapefruit, pink watermelon, and pink frosting—if it's pink, it's the perfect ingredient!
Ages 3-7 For all little girls loving punk. Harper
The Last Great Wilderness . . .
United at last, polar bears Kallik and Taqqiq, black bear Lusa, grizzly bear Toklo, and Ujurak, the mysterious shape-shifting bear, learn of a place they think must be the destination of their quest: the Last Great Wilderness. But getting there means crossing the burning Smoke Mountains, which hold obstacles more treacherous than anything they've faced so far. Signs and omens point in different directions, but each bear must follow his or her own star, and while one is pushed to the brink of death, another decides to leave the group forever. . . .
The Seekers series is by the same team of authors that is writing The Warriors. Village Square Booksellers carries the series.
From the author of the New York Times bestselling adult novel Very Valentine, this is the first in a fresh new 3-book teen series about a group of boarding school friends navigating the ups and downs of living together, falling in love, and following their dreams.
Left to rot in boarding school . . .
Viola doesn't want to go to boarding school, but somehow she ends up at an all-girls school in South Bend, Indiana, far, far away from her home in Brooklyn, New York. Now Viola is stuck for a whole year in the sherbet-colored sweater capital of the world.
There's no way Viola's going to survive the year—especially since she has to replace her best friend Andrew with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there. She resorts to viewing the world (and hiding) behind the lens of her video camera.
Boarding school, though, and her roommates and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life.
But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.
Ages 12 & up (Teen) Harper
Since the release of Artemis Fowl in 2001, Eoin Colfer’s blockbuster series has sold more than eight million copies in the United States alone. Now, in this second graphic novel installment of the series, fans can follow along as the world’s youngest criminal mastermind rushes to save a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya: his own father.
Eoin Colfer has once again teamed up with acclaimed comic writer Andrew Donkin to adapt the text for this action-packed, brilliantly illustrated adventure in the Artemis Fowl series.
Ages 10 and up. Hyperion
"New York Times"-bestselling author Faye Kellerman teams up with her teen daughter Aliza for this electrifying novel of paranormal suspense. Three teens become trapped in a parallel universe, where survival of the fittest takes on a deadly meaning.
Prism takes us to a slightly alternate universe in which medicine and health care do not exist, and in which sick people are allowed to die without any care. Set in New Mexico and California, the novel features three teens who fall through a cave at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico while on a field trip. They are plunged into a frightening parallel universe—seven weeks in the past, in which their "normal" worlds of family and high school remain the same…except for the fact that no medicine exists and when people die in the street they are picked up and disposed of.
Teen Fiction Harper
The never-before-told stories and strategies behind the most significant battles in Clan history come to life in this companion book to the #1 New York Times bestselling Warriors series. This book features black-and-white spot art and five full color tip-ins.
The Warriors series continues to interest young readers. With a team three authors writing as Erin Hunter, several books come out each year. We try to carry s copy of each of the books in each of the Warrior series at Village Square Booksellers.
Ages 10 & Up Harper
To stop Egyptian god Set from going after their father, siblings Carter and Sadie embark on a dangerous journey across the globe--a quest which brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. Pat's Note: For all of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians Fans. I got to sit with Rick Riordan at the American Booksellers for Children's Tea at Book Expo America in May 2010. Rick was a Middle School History and English teacher, so these books are really up his alley! Ages 10 and Up. Hyperion
In one of Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s most beloved, bestselling mouse books, Wemberly worries about everything—but especially about her first day of school.
Great for any child with first day of school jitters Ages 4-9 Preschool to 4th grade.
Students enjoyed having me read this book aloud during breakfast reading in our local elementary schools.
Hooper and Cooper are ready, but where's Zoomer? Zoomer is waaaaay too busy for school today. Although his dad begs him to get ready, how can Zoomer make time for school with such a full schedule? He has to blow the world's biggest bubble, build a brontosaurus out of sand, launch a rocket ship—and that's just the beginning! Ned Young paints Zoomer's world with fun, detailed illustrations that showcase the silly side of everyday life. Kids and their parents will laugh out loud at the surprise ending that proves Zoomer knows best after all. Ages 3-7, Preschool - 2nd grade. The kids loved the book when I read it to them at school. A lot of reactions to the surprise ending! Harper
After his last adventures, Urchin of the Riding Stars has taken his place as a trusted member of the Circle in King Crispin's court. Life on the island is back to normal, with little Princess Catkin growing up and testing everyone's patience in the process. But daily life is disrupted when Lord Arcneck and other inhabitants of Swan Isle come to Mistmantle asking for help. Their home has been taken over by bloodthirsty ravens that are attacking them and ravaging everything in sight. The brave animals of Mistmantle rush to the aid of their friends, but in doing so, incur the wrath of the invaders upon themselves. The vengeful ravens are powerful and won x2019;t stop until they hunt down and destroy every creature on the island. Only by using all of their courage and cunning will Urchin and his friends stand a chance to preserve life as they know it on their beloved home. This is book 4 of the Mistmantle Chronicles - In the first book, on a night of riding stars, a tiny squirrel is found abandoned and close to death on a distant beach. Adopted and raised by a kindly squirrel, Urchin has no idea of his powerful destiny or of the way he will influence the island of Mistmantle. Book 5 is coming out in July 2010. Ages 8-12 Middle Grade Fiction Hyperion
Gilbert, star of such perennial best-sellers as ROSES ARE PINK, YOUR FEET REALLY STINK, appears in his first I Can Read book, where a fun–filled day at the beach turns hectic.
Gilbert is excited for a perfect day at the beach . . . until Lola is scared of the water and Gilbert forgets his bathing suit! Even after buying a cool new suit that says "Surfer Dude" on it, will Gilbert end up in deep water?
Now if this isn't a beach book... Ages 4-8 K-3 Harper I Can Read Series
In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. “You’ll do,” Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog’s rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time. Mo Willems’ spare, poignant text and Jon J Muth’s expressive watercolors team up to present a reflection on the natural course of friendship--and life--that will resonate with readers of all ages. Age 4-8 Hyperion Press
What better way to fancy Mom up for her birthday than to treat her to a super-deluxe beauty day created by Fancy Nancy herself? It's a pampering paradise, and right in the backyard! With relaxing music, fragrant lotions, colorful nail polish, and foamy mousse, Nancy gives her mom a total makeover. She even treats her to sumptuous refreshments and special entertainment. But when the pampering suddenly goes too far, has Nancy ruined her mom's big day?
Complete with tips and recipes for creating a super-deluxe beauty day of your own, Fancy Nancy: Ooh La La! It's Beauty Day will inspire budding beauty experts to open up shop and join in the deluxe fanciness! Full color.
ages 4-7 Harper Part of the Fancy Nancy series, very popular with little girls.
It's 1901. Molly is now married to George Darling and is raising Wendy, Michael, and John. James, one of Peter's original Lost Boys, tells Molly about the Others, creatures that are determined to find a cache of starstuff hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon. Illustrations. The year is 1901--it's been twenty-three years since Peter and the Lost Boys returned from Rundoon. Since then, nobody on the island has grown a day older, and the Lost Boys continue their friendship with the Mollusk tribe, and their rivalry with Captain Hook. Meanwhile in London, Molly has married George Darling and is raising three children: Wendy, Michael, and John. One night a visitor appears at her door; it's James, one of Peter's original Lost Boys. He is now working for Scotland Yard and suspects that the heir to England's throne, Prince Albert Edward, is under the influence of shadow creatures. These shadow creatures are determined to find a secret cache of startstuff which fell to London many centuries ago. The starstuff is hidden in an underground vault which has only one key: the Sword of Mercy, a legendary weapon kept with the Crown Jewels. Molly is determined to help, but when she suddenly goes missing, it is up to her eleven-year-old daughter, Wendy, to keep the starstuff out of the Others' clutches. She has heard her mother's stories of a flying boy named Peter Pan, and he may be her only hope in saving the world from a shadowy doom... Ages 10-14 Hyperion. This book 4 of the Peter & The Starcatchers series.
Time to gird the loins and pucker up. Blimey O'Reilly's trousers! When Georgia embraced being the girlfriend of a Rock Legend/Luurve God, she thought that was the end of her lovenosity woes. As usual, Georgia is the last to know what she is talking about. Now there's the small matter of a snogging accident involving her matey-type mate Dave the Laugh and some toasted newts in her undercrackers. Can Georgia lock up her red bottom and throw away the key? Louise Rennison is the bestselling and award-winning author of the angst-filled Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. Louise lives in Brighton, the San Francisco of England (apart from the sun, Americans, the Golden Gate Bridge, and earthquakes). The books in this series are funny and irreverent- perfect for Teens for the Summer!
Part Two includes: Book Four: "The Gray-Eyed Goddess," Book Five: "Return toIthaca," and Book Six: "The Final Battle." After twenty years of fighting monsters, angering gods and goddesses, and surviving against the odds, Odysseus is more desperate than ever to return to his family. But first he will have to explore yet another strange land. And when he finally does return home, he will have yet more dangerous enemies to face. This is the exciting conclusion to the series by best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne, retelling Homer x2019;s "Odyssey," one of the most thrilling adventure stories of all time.
Since the Browns found Paddington on a railway platform and took him home to live with them, there has never been a dull moment at number 32 Windsor Gardens. But as he explained to them at the start, "Things happen to me: I'm that sort of a bear." There's the day his basket on wheels mysteriously disappears when he's out shopping in the market. And the time he locks the Browns' grouchy old neighbor, Mr. Curry, out of his house on Halloween night. However, everyone in the family, including Paddington, agrees that a surprise visit from a long-lost relative is the start of his most exciting adventure ever. For the first time in almost thirty years, everyone's favorite bear from Darkest Peru is starring in a brand-new novel—just in time for the fiftieth anniversary of his first adventure, A Bear Called Paddington. Ages 8-12, grades 3-7. Harper
This optimistic volume by the author of the bestselling "Always Looking Up" inspires and motivates readers to work hard, achieve the most they can, and maximize their abilities. Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches — all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor. In A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when "life goes skidding sideways." He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age eighteen and attempting to make his way as an actor. Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how, in his own way, he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus. He learned Economics as a starving artist; an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in Political Science; and his approach to Comparative Literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions. Replete with personal stories and hilarious anecdotes, Michael J. Fox's new book is the perfect gift for graduates.
In this exciting series, bestselling author (Magic Tree House Series) Osborne retells Homer's Odyssey. Giants and Cannibals! Wonders and Witches! One Amazing Hero. Brave Odysseus is far from home, tossed by stormy seas, and cursed by an angry one-eyed giant. If he ever wants to see his family again, he will have to face hungry cannibals, outwit a beautiful witch, and sail past a six-headed serpent. His journey is the ultimate test of endurance and courage. In this exciting series, best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne retells Homer's "Odyssey," one of the most thrilling adventure stories of all time. Part One includes: Book One: "The One-Eyed Giant," Book Two: "The Land of the Dead," and Book Three: "Sirens and Sea Monsters."
The Artemis Fowl series is always a good suggestion for ages 10-12 - this is the sixth book in the series from Hyperion.
When Artemis Fowl's mother contracts a life-threatening illness, his world is turned upside down. The only hope for a cure lies in the brain fluid of the silky sifaka lemur. Unfortunately, the animal is extinct due to a heartless bargain Artemis himself made as a younger boy.
Though the odds are stacked against him, Artemis is not willing to give up. With the help of his fairy friends, the young genius travels back in time to save the lemur and bring it back to the present. But to do so, Artemis will have to defeat a maniacal poacher, who has set his sights on new prey: Holly Short.
The rules of time travel are far from simple, but to save his mother, Artemis will have to break them all and outsmart his most cunning adversary yet: Artemis Fowl, age ten.