Staff Pick

Hyacinth has done her research and she’s sure that her facts are right: London was built long ago around a seemingly endless series of rivers. When she heads to the city to stay with her aunt, however, Hyacinth learns that maybe there’s more to the story than she realized. Her first clue is the water from the bathroom sink that has, apparently, come to life; then, there’s the mud monster that has kidnapped her mother. Aided by a magical umbrella and a wonderfully quirky cast of characters, Hyacinth embarks upon whirlwind of an adventure that takes her deep below the city streets. Jacob Sager Weinstein’s witty writing makes Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath (Random House, $16.99) a surprising read; you may just close the back cover with a newfound skepticism of everything you thought you knew. Ages 9-12.


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ISBN: 9780399553172
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 23rd, 2017

Staff Pick

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So the saying goes, and so it goes for Lem, a young girl suffering from an unspeakable loss. In Lemons (Crown, $16.99), Lem must adjust to a new life with her grandfather in an unfamiliar town. Adventure awaits her when she meets Tobin and they set out to capture Bigfoot on camera. Whether or not they find their quarry, Lem and Tobin will discover multitudes about themselves and each other. Equal parts funny and sad, child psychologist Melissa Savage’s novel simultaneously explores grief and celebrates life. Ages 9-12.


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ISBN: 9781524700126
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

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Just outside of New York City, neighbors Peter and Myla team up to solve the disappearance of Peter’s brother, Randall. As they try to discover the connection between Myla’s recently purchased necklace and Randall’s disappearance, the two 12-year-olds forge an unmatchable bond. The plot quickly thickens to include the Fencers, a fierce gang of thieves and parkour enthusiasts who turn out to be after the same thing for which Randall has been searching. With a liberal dose of diamond smuggling and a hefty supply of family secrets to round out the mystery, Peter and Myla are in for much more than they expected. Filled with daring and intrigue, Sheela Chari’s Finding Mighty (Amulet, $16.95) is a swift and compelling read. Ages 10-12.


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ISBN: 9781419722967
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 30th, 2017