Thursday, July 31, 2014

FUN New Reads for Teens and Tweens

Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life by Rachel Russell
Dork Diaries Series Book # 1

Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki confesses all in her first diary ever: her epic battle with her mom for an iPhone, meeting her new soon-to-be BFFs Chloe and Zoey, falling for adorably sweet crush Brandon, dealing with her zany little sister Brianna's antics, and the immediate clashes with mean girl Mackenzie, who becomes Nikki's rival in a school-wide art competition.

For more information on Rachel Renee Russell and her latest works visit this website.

Nanny McPhee Returns by Emma Thompson

In wartime England, the two very spoiled Gray children are being sent to stay in the country with their very numerous and ill-behaved cousins, the Greens. 

Enter Nanny McPhee, who discovers that Mrs. Green and the children are fighting another war altogether—against scheming relatives intent on taking their farm while Mr. Green is off fighting in the war. 

Nanny McPhee must use her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons, or losing the farm will be the least of their problems… 

For more information on Emma Thompson and her latest works visit this website.

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury by Dav Pilkey
Ricky Ricotta Series Book # 2

Mr. Mosquito lives on Mercury, and he hates it there! The daytime temperature is more than eight hundred degrees, and his flip-flops always melt on the sidewalk. At night it gets so cold that his toothpaste is frozen solid. Imagine his delight when he looks through his telescope and sees Planet Earth, where mice play happily in comfortable weather. So he decides to invade the Earth and take it over!Mr. Mosquito clips his dirty fingernails and zaps them with a powerful ray. Suddenly, his fingernails mutate into massive mosquitoes.

"Mutant Mosquitoes!" he cries. "It is time to conquer Earth. Follow me!"

In this wildly imaginative and highly appealing story, Dav Pilkey and Martin Ontiveros once again create a witty tale of danger and heroism, and at the same time they celebrate the joys of friendship. Here is an action-packed story that will engage even the most reluctant reader.

For more information on Dav Pilkey and his latest works visit this website.

Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley
Critter Club Series Book # 1

Introducing The Critter Club! Amy and her friends solve a canine caper in this start to a pet-friendly illustrated chapter book series.

It's Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans...everyone except for Amy, that is! As her best friends head out of town on exciting adventures, Amy resigns herself to helping out at her mom's vet clinic. At least she'll be around cute animals! But when Santa Vista's cold and elusive millionaire, Marge Sullivan, brings her puppy Rufus for a check-up, Amy encounters an unexpected mystery. After her friends return home, the girls get to the bottom of what happened to Rufus, and discover a way to help other lost and lonely animals in their town.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

For more information on Callie Barkley and her latest works visit this website.

Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty faces her toughest challenge yet . . .
Kitty and Puppy are out of control! They're screaming, fighting, hissing, and drooling all over the house, and all of the commotion is upsetting Baby. Time for school—obedience school, that is. Can Kitty learn to follow the rules and make friends with the other students or will she bring chaos to the classroom? Find out in Bad Kitty's hilarious, new (mis)adventure!

For more information on Nick Bruel and his latest works visit this website.

The Trouble With Tink by Kiki Thorpe
Tale of Pixie Hollow Series Book # 1

Tinker Bell is supposed to be the best there is at fixing pots and pans, but when she loses her hammer, her talent goes with it. Tink is desperate to reclaim her skill. 

But does she have the courage to face up to her past?

For more information on Kiki Thorpe and her latest works visit this website.

Vidia and the Fairy Crown by Laura Driscoll
Tales of Pixie Hollow Series Book # 2

Vidia can be nasty and selfish, but is she a thief? When she is falsely accused of stealing Queen Clarion’s crown, she begins an investigation that leads her on a wild-goose chase to the far corners of the Home Tree. 

Will Vidia be able to clear her name in time?

For more information on Laura Driscoll and her latest works visit this website.

Lily's Pesky Plant by Kirsten Larsen
Tales of Pixie Hollow Series Book # 4

Lily has a talent for making things grow. 

So when she finds a mysterious seed in the middle of the woods, she plants it. But the seedling that comes up is not anything Lily expected. It stinks and it oozes sap. 

Will Lily have to pull up her poor pesky plant?

For more information on Kristen Larsen and her latest works visit this website.

Beck and the Great Berry Battle by Laura Driscoll
Tales of Pixie Hollow Series Book # 3

As an animal-talent fairy, there’s nothing Beck likes better than speaking Bird, or Chipmunk. So when a conflict breaks out between the hummingbirds and the chipmunks, she steps forward to act as a mediator, but nothing she says seems to help. 

Will Beck be able to bring peace to the animals?

For more information on Laura Driscoll and her latest works visit this website.

Rani in the Mermaid Lagoon by Lisa Papademetriou
Tales of Pixie Hollow Series Book # 5

Rani doesn't fit in. Ever since she had to cut off her wings to save Mother Dove, she doesn’t feel like she belongs with the water talent fairies. 

In fact, without wings, she doesn’t feel like she belongs with any fairies at all. Rani sets off on a perilous journey to find a home, a journey that leads her underwater, deep into the lagoon, where the mermaids live. 

Maybe there Rani will discover who her true friends are!

For more information on Lisa Papademetriou and her latest works visit this website.

Tink, North of Never Land by Kiki Thorpe
Tales of Pixie Hollow Series Book # 9

TINK AND TERENCE are best friends. But sometimes Terence, well . . . he gets on Tink's last nerve. 

So when Terence accidentally squashes Tink's favorite bowl, her anger flares up and she lets him have it! But Tink soon realizes she made a mistake. How can she make it up to Terence? 

With a bunch of Never flowers? Or legendary pixie dust? Tink sets off an an epic quest through Never Land. She's never failed before . . . and she's not about to start now!

For more information on Kiki Thorpe and her latest works visit this website.

Beck Beyond the Sea by Kimberly Morris
Tales of Pixie Hollow Series Book # 10

Beck can't help wondering what lies outside Pixie Hollow. 

Then Beck meets a flock of Explorer Birds and has her chance. With Vidia's special pixie dust, Beck can fly faster and farther than ever before. She joins the far-flying Explorer Birds, to see what's beyond the sea. 

But why would selfish Vidia help Beck? Is it possible she just wants Beck to leave Pixie Hollow . . . for good?

For more information on Kimberly Morris and her latest works visit this website.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jim Benton
Dumb Diary Series Book # 1

Read the hilarious, candid, (and sometimes not-so-nice,) diaries of Jamie Kelly, who promises that everything in her diary is true...or at least as true as it needs to be.

School was okay today. Actually, it was better than okay. Angeline got her long, beautiful hair tangled in one of the jillion things she has dangling from her backpack, and the school nurse -- who is now one of my main heroes -- took a pair of scissors and snipped two feet of silky blond hair from the left side of her head, so now Angeline only looks like The Prettiest Girl in the World if you're standing on her right. (Although personally, I think she would look better if I was standing on her neck.)

For more information on Jim Benton and her latest works visit this website.

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

A Mississippi town in 1964 gets riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool.

As much as Gloriana June Hemphill, or Glory as everyone knows her, wants to turn twelve, there are times when Glory wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Jesslyn, her sister and former confidante, no longer has the time of day for her now that she’ll be entering high school. Then there’s her best friend, Frankie. Things have always been so easy with Frankie, and now suddenly they aren’t. 

Maybe it’s the new girl from the North that’s got everyone out of sorts. Or maybe it’s the debate about whether or not the town should keep the segregated public pool open.

For more information on Augusta Scattergood and her latest works visit this website.

Jackson Jones: The Tale of a Boy, a Troll, and a Rather Large Chicken by Jenn Kelly
Jackson Jones Series Book # 2

You never know just where your story will take you. All Jackson had to do was clean the pool. Just that one simple task. It would have been simple, anyway, if that freak storm hadn't come and carried him away. 

Now Jackson is trapped in the branches of a massive tree and he can't seem to find a way out. While he wanders, he meets a flesh-eating hound named Muffy, a hen who wears too much makeup, a million angry squirrels, and a troll with nose hair down to there. 

Before Jackson can go home, he'll have to discover the great task the Author has planned for him and learn what it really means to put down roots.

For more information on Jenn Kelly and her latest works visit this website.