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Tween Reads February 2014
"The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them."  
~ Samuel Butler (1835-1902), English writer
New and Recently Released!
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! - by Tim Federle
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/21/2014
Share Five, Six, Seven, Nate! ISBN-13: 9781442446939
ISBN-10: 1442446935
Fiction. After finally achieving his dream of being cast in a Broadway musical, theater-obsessed eighth-grader Nate discovers that Broadway is a lot "like a junior high school cafeteria but with more glitter." As the understudy to E.T.'s understudy in E.T.: The Musical, Nate's got a lot to prove, not just to the better-looking actors, pushy stage parents, and frustrated choreographers, but also to his loyal best friend, his complicated family, and himself. With snappy dialogue, effervescent humor, and lots of heart, this encore to Better Nate Than Ever will appeal to fans of Raina Telgemeier's Drama.
Fireborn: A Dragonborn Novel - by Toby Forward
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/03/2013
Share Fireborn%3a  A Dragonborn Novel ISBN-13: 9781599908892
ISBN-10: 1599908891
Fantasy. When he stole power from his apprentice, Bee, old wizard Slowin released dark, possibly lethal, Wild Magic into the world. Now it falls to another apprentice wizard, Cabbage, and his friend Perry to search for Bee and restore order to the magical world. Mingling multiple viewpoints and moments of whimsy with breathtaking, high-stakes adventure (including an army of flesh-eating beetles), this character-driven companion book to Dragonborn is "terrifying, moving, inspiring and enthralling" (Kirkus Reviews).  
Hunt for the Hydra  - by Jason Fry
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/23/2013
Share Hunt for the Hydra ISBN-13: 9780062230201
ISBN-10: 0062230204
Science fiction. The Hashoone family used to be pirates, but nowadays they're privateers, capturing enemy spacecraft on behalf of the Jovian Union. Twelve-year-old Tycho Hashoone hopes that one day he'll take over as captain of the family's spaceship, even though it means fierce competition with his brother and sister…and that's assuming that the family survives their current mission to uncover a plot that might lead to interplanetary war. This swashbuckling series debut is bursting with funny, fast-paced action and steampunk flair, making it great pick for readers who like Philip Reeve's Larklight.
The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement - by Teri Kanefield
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/07/2014
Share The Girl from the Tar Paper School%3a Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement ISBN-13: 9781419707964
ISBN-10: 1419707965
Biography. In 1950, Barbara Rose Johns was 15 years old and ready to fight. Like all the African American students in her Virginia town, she attended Moton High School, an overcrowded cluster of leaky tar paper shacks. But she'd seen the clean, modern school attended by the white students. Tired of unfair treatment, Barbara led a strike for educational equality -- a strike that eventually became a part of Brown v. Board of Education, the court case than ended school segregation in the U.S.  If you're inspired by Barbara's story and interested in other outspoken young civil rights activists, check out Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose.
The Right Fight: World War II, Book One - by Chris Lynch
Publisher: Scholastic
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/07/2014
Share The Right Fight%3a World War II, Book One ISBN-13: 9780545522946
ISBN-10: 0545522943
Historical Fiction. Roman Bucyk is a minor league baseball star, but his real ambition is to stand up for his country in the fight against the Nazis. So in 1941, Roman enlists in the U.S. Army and heads off to basic training, and then into battle -- not in Europe or the Pacific as he expected, but in North Africa, where his experiences strain not only his courage and endurance, but also his romance with Hannah, who is back on the homefront. With all the vivid atmosphere and gut-wrenching battle scenes of his Vietnam series, Chris Lynch offers readers "a powerful taste of war on a personal level" (Publishers Weekly).
Books You Might Have Missed
Some of these great reads from 2013 might have slipped under your radar, but it's never too late to check them out.
If I Ever Get Out of Here - by Eric L. Gansworth
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/30/2013
Share If I Ever Get Out of Here ISBN-13: 9780545417303
ISBN-10: 0545417309
Historical Fiction. As the only Native American kid in the gifted program at a mostly white school, seventh-grader Lewis Blake feels like he may as well be from a different planet. He's just about given up hope of making friends when he and new student George connect over their shared love of the Beatles. Still, Lewis is afraid that he can never be honest with George about his messed up family and their life on the poverty-stricken reservation. Set in 1975 against a backdrop of classic rock (there's even a playlist included), If I Ever Get Out of Here is an unhurried, authentic story of unlikely friendship.
The Wig in the Window - by Kristen Kittscher
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 06/18/2013
Share The Wig in the Window ISBN-13: 9780062110503
ISBN-10: 0062110500
Mystery. Witnessing a suspect wielding a red, dripping cleaver is only the beginning of the mystery in this smart crime caper. While honing their spy skills on a midnight mission in their quiet neighborhood, aspiring FBI agents Sophie and Grace are shocked to catch their middle school counselor, Dr. Agford, committing what appears to be murder. Could strange, wig-wearing, annoyingly sweet Dr. Agford really be a killer? If not, why is she acting so suspicious? And with the investigation growing more dangerous, can Grace and Sophie solve the case without losing their friendship -- or their lives?  
Marco Impossible - by Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/19/2013
Share Marco Impossible ISBN-13: 9781596437210
ISBN-10: 1596437219
Fiction. For years, amateur sleuths Marco and Stephen have solved minor mysteries and planned elaborate schemes. Even though Stephen sometimes feels like a mere sidekick to the reckless, super-dramatic Marco, the two friends have stuck together through family problems, bullying, and other tough times.  But now that eighth grade is over and they're heading to different schools, it's time for one final adventure: to infiltrate the high school prom so that Marco can confess his love for British exchange student Benji.  You'll cheer for the wild yet satisfying ending in this quirky, uproarious, and relatable story.
One Came Home - by Amy Timberlake
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/08/2013
Share One Came Home ISBN-13: 9780375969256
ISBN-10: 037596925X
Historical Fiction. It's 1871, and Georgie Burkhardt is sure that the unrecognizable body found by the roadside can't actually be her runaway sister, Agatha. But since everyone else in her family and their small Wisconsin town is convinced, Georgie -- armed with a single-shot rifle and reluctantly accompanied by Billy McCabe, Agatha's former boyfriend -- sets out to learn her sister's fate, whatever it might be. As she faces cougars, counterfeiters, and firestorms, Georgie's fierce, folksy narration will "capture readers' imaginations" and "hold them hostage until the final page is turned" (Kirkus Reviews). For another bold heroine in a frontier setting, try Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson.
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