children’s

Have You Heard About... Castle Hangnail

… the evil castle that needed a new Master or Mistress? Castle Hangnail has fallen on hard times, and it needs a proper Evil Wizard, Wicked Witch, or Necromancer to take over. Even a Mad Scientist would do! The suit of armor is having trouble getting around due to the rust in its knees, dandelions are growing in the blasted moor, and the Board of Magic … well, it’s better not to talk about that. However, the new Mistress is not exactly what the inhabitants expect.

Have You Heard About... Awkward

… the fight between the art club and the science club? Penelope likes to draw, so she joined the art club when her family moved to town and she started classes at Berrybrook Middle School. However, she starts to get trapped in the middle of the club rivalry when she makes friends with the science nerd assigned to tutor her. Tensions rise as the two groups compete for a table at the school’s club fair. Kids (and adults) on both sides make bad decisions, causing more and more disruptions for the school. Can they find a resolution, or will both clubs get canceled?

Have You Heard About... Nimona

… the supervillain Ballister Blackheart? His new sidekick is the shapeshifter Nimona. She’s a huge fan of his villainy, but she’s actually far more bloodthirsty and amoral than he is. Lord Blackheart is an old-school anti-hero, with style and cunning plans where almost no one actually gets hurt. Ambrosius Goldenloin has been his nemesis since they were in training together at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

Have You Heard About... Hilo

… the boy with super powers? I’m sure you’ve heard of lots of different ones, but none of them are like Judd Winick’s Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. DJ comes from a big family, and all of his siblings are amazing at something. DJ’s the kid in the middle, and he thinks he’s just sort of … boring.

Have You Heard About... Everybody Sleeps

… Fred’s to-do list? Who has time for sleep? While all of the animals, monsters, and other children snooze away, the title character of Everybody Sleeps (but not Fred) is too busy jumping, shouting, and more. Whether they’re in Fred’s room, the jungle, underwater, or an ant cafe, all the other characters in this great picture book just want to rest. Unfortunately, that’s hard to do when a certain someone is testing his horn collection and hunting for Sasquatch.

Have You Heard About... Harriet the Invincible

… the beautiful princess who suffers under a dreadful curse? At her christening, the princess is cursed to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday. You may think this story sounds familiar, but this version was written by Ursula Vernon, who looks at things … differently.

Have You Heard About... Last of the Sandwalkers

… the grand city of New Coleopolis? In Jay Hosler’s Last of the Sandwalkers, five great beetles set out to explore the deadly desert surrounding their home. (Well, ok, four great beetles and one great big jerk.) They are scientists and adventurers, out to discover what they can about the world outside their city’s walls.

Have You Heard About... This is a Moose

… the majestic moose, drinking from lakes, eating leaves, and dreaming of being an astronaut? In This is a Moose, a crew is filming a documentary on moose in the wild. Unfortunately, the director has a very specific idea of what moose do in the wild, and it does not include flying to the moon!

Have You Heard About... The Shadow Hero

… the Green Turtle, hero of Chinatown? His origin story is the focus of Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero. As the son of Chinese immigrants in the early 20th century, Hank never really wanted to be a superhero.

Have You Heard About... The Cat with Seven Names

… the cat who brought together a neighborhood? In The Cat with Seven Names, Tony Johnston and Christine Davenier introduce us to a very social cat. He seems to be a stray as he goes to different houses and apartments begging for food.

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