Motherless Pram has always been able to see and hear ghosts; in fact, her best friend is Felix, a ghost who lives in her yard. When she finally makes a non-ghostly friend - Clarence, who has also lost his mother - she starts to join the land of the living. But there are those who want to use Pram’s abilities for themselves, and she soon finds herself in danger. If you like creepy, mysterious books, this one’s for you.
Flora Belle Buckman uses the life-saving tips from her favorite comic book feature “Terrible Things Can Happen to You!” to save the life of a squirrel that was sucked into a vacuum cleaner. When the experience leaves the squirrel with superpowers, Flora names him Ulysses and takes him home. Just one problem: Flora’s mother hates squirrels! This book is part chapter book, part graphic novel, and all fun.
When Frankie Joe’s mother goes to jail, he is sent to Illinois to stay with a father he only knows from birthday cards, and a step-family he didn’t even know existed. So he decides to ride his bike home to Texas, and opens his own business - Frankie Joe’s Freaky Fast Delivery Service - to pay for the trip. Will Frankie Joe be fast enough to outrun all of his problems?
This beautiful picture book celebrates the Native American food called fry bread not only as a delicious treat to be shared, but also as a cultural tradition, a piece of history, and a symbol of community. The author, a member of the Mekusukey band of the Seminole Nation tribe, includes his own recipe for fry bread in the back of the book.
Sailors have always told tales of terrifying sea monsters, but it took many years for scientists to realize the monsters really exist! The giant squid averages 46 feet long, with eyes as big as car headlights and a beak that can bite through steel. Follow scientist Clyde Roper as he faces the challenge of studying an animal that has hardly ever actually been seen.
Lou loves her big, crazy Filipino family, but she wants a space of her own. So this summer, she is determined to build her very own tiny house - 100 square feet, just for her, on the piece of land her father left to her. But when her mother is offered a job out of state and her ownership of the land is threatened, will the house that Lou built be strong enough to weather the storms?
In this illustrated chapter book, the very important detective Inspector Flytrap solves several “big deal” mysteries involving a kidnapped rose, a stinky bakery, and a mysterious blob. When the Inspector’s assistant Nina (a goat) isn’t busy eating the evidence, she helps him get places by pushing his pot around on a skateboard. What a team!
Cousins and super sleuths Otto and Sheed Alston just want one more day of summer vacation. Then their wish comes true, thanks to a mysterious stranger with a camera that can freeze time, and suddenly the cousins are caught up in an epic struggle between good and evil (and a fuzzy platypus). Now the Alston boys are in a race against time to unfreeze time before time runs out!
This story is based on the author’s own life experience as a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant living in New York in the 1960’s. Fifth-grader Ruth is just starting to feel comfortable with her new home and new language when a car accident traps her in a body cast. Stuck alone in her room, how will she find the courage to meet this new challenge?
In this illustrated novel from the creator of the Big Nate books, Max and the brave band of adventurers known as the Midknights are off on a quest to rescue Max’s Uncle Budrick from the evil King Gastley. There is a dark forest, a bumbling wizard, zombies, an evil sorceress, a terrible troubadour, flying rats, and all sorts of other adventurous stuff.
Max loves the world of Lucha Libre, so he’s excited to go to San Antonio to see his favorite wrestler, the Guardian Angel, take on the ruthless Red Devil. But then Max discovers that he is connected to the Guardian Angel in ways that he never imagined, and his family may never be the same. This is a bilingual book with the text in both English and Spanish.
Remember the story of Jack and the Beanstalk? This isn’t quite it. Instead of trading a cow for beans, Jack trades the family car for some magic seeds. And instead of just one beanstalk, a whole magical garden grows in his backyard! Now it’s up to Jack, his autistic sister Maddy, and their neighbor Lily to keep the mysterious plants under control in this graphic novel adventure.
Fourth-grader Lunella Lafayette is a supergenius, but she also has an “inhuman” gene that could turn her into a mutant at any moment. So when a savage, red-scaled T-Rex from the prehistoric past is suddenly transported to the present, the only logical thing for Lunella to do is to team up with Devil Dinosaur to save the world. Right?
Earth is gone, and the last remaining humans have been invited to live on the planet Choom. But by the time they get there, the insect-like Zhuri have taken over the government and refuse to let the refugees land. Now Lan Mifune’s family - or “human reproductive unit” - has just one chance to show the Zhuri that humans would make good neighbors. Fitting in at school is never easy, but this time the survival of humanity depends on it!