Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers by John Dougherty; illustrated by Sam RicksStinkbomb and his sister, Ketchup-Face, with help from King Toothbrush Weasel, go on an adventure to recover the stolen contents of their piggybank from a gang of rascally badgers.
Bursting with cartoony artwork and silly remarks aimed directly at you, the reader, this zany fantasy adventure is just right for readers who love Philip Reeve's Not-So-Impossible Tales series.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean HaleAfter Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers she becomes a full-fledged superhero called Squirrel Girl.
Whether you're a Marvel fan or a newcomer, you'll be nuts about the upbeat energy and quirky humor in Squirrel Girl's leap from comics to chapter books. You may also enjoy Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke.
Hazy Bloom and the Tomorrow Power by Jennifer Hamburg; illustrated by Jenn HarneyWhen third-grader Hazel "Hazy" Bloom begins having visions of trouble that will come within twenty-four hours, she finds that this mysterious power provides her the ability to make things worse.
Can Hazel get a handle on her "tomorrow power" before it messes up her family, her friendships, and the school's spring carnival? Pick up this funny, fast-paced series-starter to find out. If you need more, go for This is the Teacher by Rhonda Gowler Greene.
Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig KingObe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the creek by his home, in the last wild patch left, picking up trash and looking for animal tracks.
Similar to Sara Pennypacker's Pax, this sensitive story of a boy and his unusual companion will make you think about our environment.
The Someday Birds by Sally J. PlaCharlie, twelve, who has autism and obsessive compulsive disorder, must endure a cross-country trip with his siblings and a strange babysitter to visit their father, who will undergo brain surgery.
Charlie's voice is both thoughtful and authentic as he describes the national landmarks, family drama, and desperate hope of this offbeat family road trip. This story will appeal to fans of Rules by Cynthia Lord.
The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham Eleven-year-old Rye O'Chanter and her two friends delve into the secret lore of their village when mysterious creatures of legend reappear on the night of the Black Moon, leading them to the notorious secret society, the Luck Uglies.
Bold characters, brisk pacing, and tons of action combine to make this series opener a wonderful adventure for fans of Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.
A Whole Lot of Lucky by Danette HaworthWhen twelve-year-old Hailee's family wins the lottery, her life changes in unexpected--and not always good--ways.
Warm, witty, and more about friendship than money, this is a great pick for kids who like realistic characters and situations like you'll find in The New Girl by Meg Cabot.
Lucky Strike by Bobbie PyronNathaniel Harlow lives with his grandfather in a trailer park in Franklin County, Florida, and he has always been unlucky--but when he is struck by lightning on his eleventh birthday and survives, it seems like his luck starts to change.
Funny, folksy, and satisfying, Lucky Strike will be a hit with fans of Ingrid Law's Savvy and other realistic books with just a hint of magic.
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly SchindlerAuggie and her grandfather use found objects to transform the appearance of their home and, in the process, change a whole town's perceptions of beauty and art.
If this feel-good story leaves you curious about outsider art, you might also want to try Shelley Pearsall's The Seventh Most Important Thing.
Three Times Lucky by Sheila TurnageWashed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.
Readers who enjoy colorful ways with words, complicated yet compelling plots, and unforgettable characters will also love Wild Things by Clay Carmichael.