Robbie Darko is a magician who needs some help. Help arrives in the form of Grandma Melvyn, whom everyone calls “Trixie”. The grumpy grandma knows tons of magic tricks, but will she also teach Robbie bigger tricks like compassion, gratitude and forgiveness? This funny book won’t disappear from your memory even long after you’ve read it.
Zach, Poppy and Alice are childhood friends who are now in middle school. Poppy starts to dream about a doll queen in her cabinet, and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the doll is buried in her empty grave. The three of them set off on an adventure to lay the queens’s ghost to rest, but nothing goes according to plan and their adventure turns into an epic journey where creepy things begin to happen. “Is the doll just a doll or is there something more sinister at work? Has Poppy been telling the truth…and if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?”.
Newbery medal winner, Cynthia Kadohata (Kira-Kira), is back with a new book, The Thing About Luck. Left with her grandparents when her parents have to go away to Japan; Summer, her little brother, Jaz and her dog, Thunder have to help out their demanding, old-fashioned grandparents. The thing about luck is: sometimes it can be bad luck. Summer has to figure out how to change it, even if it means disappointing her grandmother.
It’s World War I and thirteen year old Stanley watches his older brother leave for combat. Left alone with his explosive father and their greyhound puppies, Stanley devotes himself to caring for the dogs-until one morning when he wakes up and his father and the dogs are gone. Joining the army himself, he is given a dog named Bones to train as a messenger dog. Stanley and Bones are sent to France where the war is more brutal than he ever imagines. Will he survive and find his brother with only a dog for help?
Cecilia Wreel has always lived in Wares Grove, New Jersey where nothing exciting ever happens. So when superstar Elvis Ruby arrives to hide from the media and flip some pancakes, will he connect with Cecilia-a girl who definitely marches to her own drummer? Will the town find out they are hiding a star in their midst and will it be Cecilia’s fault? A wonderful book by a talented writer, check this one out!