A diverse group of 11-year-olds arrives to spend six weeks playing sports at Camp Avalon--which they affectionately call Camp Average, because they never win at any sport. And that's the way they like it. But this summer, new camp director Winston--who hates losing--has some hyper-competitive ideas about how to improve their performance, whether they want to or not! Led by main character Mack and his friend Andre, the boys of Cabin 10 decide to reclaim their summer and revolt by losing spectacularly at every game they play, and especially at the big baseball tournament coming up with three nearby camps.
A Dog’s Purpose Puppy Tales: Toby’s Story
W. Bruce Cameron
(Series) Toby, an unusually calm beagle puppy, finds his purpose when Mona and her mother adopt him and teach him to be a therapy dog at a nursing home.
(Graphic Fiction) Got a problem? At Vulcan's Celestial Supply Shop, you can find the magical merchandise to set things right. The seasoned staff--a kid named Nico Bravo, a sphynx named Lula, and a unicorn named Buck--pride themselves on providing "legendary service and expertise in all areas of the arcane."But Nico's world is about to be turned upside down, and it's all thanks his latest customer: Eowulf, the pint-size descendant of the monster slayer Beowulf. Determined to carry on the family business, this would-be warrior plans to slay Cerberus, the terrifying, three-headed hound of Hades.There's just one problem--Cerberus is the only thing preventing the hordes of the Underworld from entering the land of the living. Can Nico stop Eowulf from unleashing a zombie apocalypse?
Game of Stars
Sayantani DasGupta, illustrations by Vivienne To
(Series) When the Demon Queen shows up in her bedroom, smelling of acid and surrounded by evil-looking bees, twelve-year-old Kiranmala is uninterested. After all, it's been four months since she last heard from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternate dimension where she was born as an Indian princess. But after a call to action over an interdimensional television station and a visit with some all-seeing birds, Kiran decides that she has to once again return to her homeland, where society is fraying, a reality show is taking over, and her friends are in danger.
Dragons in a Bag
Zetta Elliott, illustrations by Geneva B.
A witch neighbor enlists young Jaxon, a brown-skinned boy, and his friends to help deliver a clutch of baby dragons to the safe magical world where they belong, a quest that is thrown into chaos by the trio's inability to follow strict dragon-care rules.
I am Hermes
(Graphic Fiction) A laugh-out-loud graphic-novel rendering of the story of Hermes, the fun-loving messenger of the gods, whose mischievous antics led to the invention of music.
Last Last Day of Summer
Lamar Giles, illustrated by Dapo Adeola
Otto and Sheed, African-American cousins, are the local sleuths in their zany Virginia town, masters of unraveling mischief using their unmatched powers of deduction. And as the summer winds down and the first day of school looms, the boys are craving just a little bit more time for fun, even as they bicker over what kind of fun they want to have. That is, until a mysterious man appears with a camera that literally freezes time. Now, with the help of some very strange people and even stranger creatures, Otto and Sheed will have to put aside their differences to save their town--and each other--before time stops for good.
Corey Ann Haydu
The world tilted for Elodee, a white girl, this year and now it's impossible for her to be the same as she was before. When Elodee's mom gets a new job in Eventown, moving seems like it might just fix everything. Life in Eventown is comforting and exciting all at once. Everything and everyone is seemingly perfect. Every blueberry is perfectly ripe, the grass is perfectly cut, and everyone’s memories of feeling embarrassment, sadness, and anger are all locked away. Sure, there are a few odd rules, and the houses all look exactly alike, but it's easy enough to explain until Elodee notices the imperfections in her perfect environment. For example, there are only three ice cream flavors in Eventown and they play only one song in music class. Everything may be "even" in Eventown, but is there a price to pay for perfection?
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe
When Cuban-Americans Sal Vidon and Gabi Real meet for the first time, it isn't under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal's office for the third time in three days, and it's still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany's locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess...except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he's capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken--including his dead mother--and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There's only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.
Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm
(Graphic Fiction Series) Fans of the original Babymouse series will love reading Babymouse as a tween in Babymouse Tales from the Locker series. The sound of texting is in the air. Everyone at school has a cell phone. Babymouse just has to get one, too. But having a phone is a lot of work! Building up a following on SoFamous, learning text lingo, keeping up with all the important koala videos, Babymouse is ready to tear her whiskers out. Why does it suddenly feel like she has no friends? Somehow, Babymouse needs to figure out how to stop worrying and love her smartphone...if Locker doesn't eat it first.
Emiline Knight in Training
(Graphic Fiction) Emiline, a brown-skinned girl, is learning how to be a knight. There are many skills that knights need: sword fighting, unicorn riding, and PB&J eating! While Emiline is very good at these, she has a hard time reading. But when fixing a dangerous situation means Emiline must read some magic words, she discovers that with practice, curiosity, and help from her friends, she can improve at reading and save the day! The author/illustrator designed this book to be easier to read for children with dyslexia, including a dyslexia-friendly font and low-contrast art.
My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder
(Graphic Fiction) In a collection of four short stories, readers will follow Yu'er and her grandpa as they live in a small neighborhood in Beijing. In one tale, Yu'er, a Chinese girl who has limited mobility, wants to swim in the Special Olympics. However, Yu'er and her grandpa don't have a pool! Their trick to help Yu'er practice wows the whole neighborhood. In another story, a friend takes Yu'er to a wild place full of musical insects. Later, Yu'er hears a special story about her grandparents. And in the final story, Yu'er and her grandpa show a cranky painter the sweet side of life.
Step Up to the Plate Maria Singh
Maria, her younger brother, Emilio, and the rest of her close-knit brown-skinned community are adha-adha (“half and half”), with fathers from India (mostly Sikh or Muslim) and mothers from Mexico. Maria Singh learns to play softball just like her heroes in the All-American Girls' League, while her parents and neighbors are struggling through World War II, working for India's independence, and trying to stay on their farmland.
Yoon Ha Lee
The author infuses Korean lore throughout this science fiction adventure. Thirteen-year-old Min comes from a long line of fox spirits but you'd never know it by looking at her. To keep the family safe, Min's mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. She would like nothing more than to escape Jinju, her neglected, dust-ridden, and impoverished planet. She's counting the days until she can follow her older brother, Jun, into the Space Forces and see more of the Thousand Worlds. Fans of Rick Riordan’s Presents books will love this action packed story.
Cat and her brother Chicken, who are bi-racial (half white, half African American), have always had a very special bond. Cat is one of the few people who can keep Chicken, who has special needs, happy and can help him calm down when he becomes upset. Since their mom has had to work double-hard to keep their family afloat after their father passed away, Cat has been the glue holding her family together. But even the strongest glue sometimes struggles to hold. When a summer trip doesn't go according to plan, Cat and Chicken end up spending three weeks with grandparents they never knew. For the first time in years, Cat has the opportunity to be a kid again, and the journey she takes shows that even the most broken or strained relationships can be healed if people take the time to walk in one another's shoes.
(Graphic Fiction Series) Olive and Willow are happy campers! Or are they? Olive is sure she'll have the best time at summer camp with her friend Willow but while Olive makes quick friends with the other campers, Willow struggles to form connections and latches on to the only person she knows--Olive. It's s'more than Olive can handle! The stress of being Willow's living security blanket begins to wear on Olive and before long the girls aren't just fighting, they may not even be friends by the time camp is over. Will the two be able to patch things up before the final lights out?
No More Poems!: A Book in Verse that Just Gets Worse
Rhett Miller, illustrated by Dan Santat
In the tradition of Shel Silverstein, these poems bring a fresh new twist to the classic dilemmas of childhood as well as a perceptive eye to the foibles of modern family life. Full of clever wordplay and bright visual gags-- and toilet humor to spare-- these twenty-three rhyming poems make for an ideal read-aloud experience.
Parker Bell and the Science of Friendship
Cynthia Platt, illustrated by Rea Zhai
Budding scientist Parker Bell, a white girl, really wants to win the school Science Triathlon and follow in the footsteps of her idols, chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall and astronaut Mae Jemison. She's sure that if she teams up with her trivia whiz BFF, Cassie, a brown-skinned girl, they will dominate the Science Bee, Egg Drop, and Animal Adaptation Presentation. When Cassie invites her new friend, Theo, a white boy, to join their team, Parker is worried that Theo won't help them win and might steal her best friend. As the three work together, Parker learns that you don't have to be the best to be a real scientist and a good friend.
Everybody Needs a Buddy
James Preller, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin
(Series) Deon, Kym, Lizzy, and Connor, a diverse group of friends, set out to convince the PTA to use their fundraising surplus to put a 'buddy bench' on the playground.
Joanne Rocklin, illustrations by Lucy Knisley
Penny, a white girl, is excited to welcome her new sibling, so throughout her mom's pregnancy she writes letters to it. She introduces herself and their moms. She brags about their home city, Oakland, California and shares the trials and tribulations of being a fifth-grader. Penny asks little questions about her sibling's development and starts to ask big questions about the world around her, like if and when her moms are ever going to get married "for real." Honest, relatable, and full of heart, Love, Penelope explores heritage, forgiveness, love, and identity through the eyes of one memorable 10-year-old in a special year when marriage equality and an NBA championship made California a place of celebration.
To Night Owl from Dogfish
Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
Avery Bloom, who's white, Jewish, bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's African-American, fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads. When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends--and possibly, one day, even sisters. But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?
Ck Smouha, illustrated by Eleonora Marton
(Graphic Fiction) It's Phil and Dale's favourite time of the week - the WASH! The two socks impress each other with their acrobatics; flipping, spinning and shrieking, much to the disapproval of the other clothes in the washing machine. But why should they care? They've got each other and that's all that matters... right?When Phil goes missing, Dale is left contemplating life in solitude. After a brief encounter with a red shirt, he finds himself alone in the washing machine, lost and pink. When he is finally reunited with his buddy, Phil fails to recognize him and the socks must decide what being a pair means if one of you has changed.
Priya Sridhar, illustrated by Meg Owenson
(Series) Kelli talks to objects, and the objects talk back. However, Kelli has kept her powers of ESP and telekinesis hidden until a psychological study notices her potential. Kelli agrees to the psychologist's program, interested in learning more about her abilities. She also meets other people with powers of their own. But when test subjects begin to disappear, Kelli discovers the curious psychologist is much more like a mad scientist eager for power.
A Kind of Paradise
Amy Rebecca Tan
Thirteen-year-old Jamie Bunn, a white girl, made a mistake at the end of the school year. A big one. And every kid in her middle school knows all about it. Now she has to spend her summer vacation volunteering at the local library--as punishment. What a waste of a summer! Or so she thinks.
How to Spot a Sasquatch
J. Torres, illustrated by Aurélie Grand
(Graphic Fiction) On a camping trip with the Junior Rangers, Jay, an Asian boy, feels like the odd one out. He's determined to get a photo of Bigfoot-but none of his friends believe Bigfoot exists. But if there's no such thing as Bigfoot, why is there a giant footprint? And who is stealing all the snacks? Meanwhile, Sass the Sasquatch and her curious forest friends are playing practical jokes on the campers. On the last day of camp, disaster strikes when Jay falls into a rushing river. Sass comes out of the woodwork-despite her parents' warnings to stay away from humans!-just in time to save his life. Soon after, Jay and Sass become fast friends, proving that nothing is impossible when it comes to friendship.