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Newest Children's Book:
The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos
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The fifth and final book in the groundbreaking Joey Pigza series brings the beloved chronicle of this wired, wacky, and wonderful boy to a crescendo of chaos and craziness, as everything goes topsy-turvy for Joey just as he starts to get his feet on the ground.

With his dad MIA in the wake of appearance-altering plastic surgery, Joey must give up school to look after his new baby brother and fill in for his mom, who hospitalizes herself to deal with a bad case of postpartum blues. As his challenges mount, Joey discovers a key that could unlock the secrets to his father's whereabouts, a mystery that must be solved before Joey can even hope that his broken family might somehow come back together: if only it doesn't pull him apart first.


More New Children's Fiction:
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
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Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual.

After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring two of Frank's inventions, the robots Klink and Klank, to life. Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor, until Frank's archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan.

Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction, an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm
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Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer. Science can change the world... but can it go too far?

Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He's bossy. He's cranky.

Weirdly enough, he looks a lot like Ellie's grandfather, a scientist who has always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality, and possibility.

Double Play by Sara Cassidy
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Allie loves baseball. It's the one thing that has been consistent in her lately complicated life.

Allie's father left recently, and now Allie has a new family: her mother's new girlfriend, Phyllis, and son Miles have moved in. It's taking some adjustment, mostly because Miles seems determined to get under her skin. Things start looking up when Allie gets invited to join the boy's baseball team as their new pitcher.

Then Miles announces he's quitting the boy's team and tries out for Allie's old team -- a girl's team! Allie is sure he's doing it just to annoy her, but Miles insists that he just likes the girls' style of play better. As Allie struggles to find her place on the boy's team, she starts to see that Miles is just trying to fit in as well, and that it may be even harder for him than it has been for her.

Minion by John David Anderson
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Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy.

When you live in New Liberty, known across the country as the City without a Super, there are only two kinds of people, after all: those who turn to crime and those who suffer. Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes, special devices with mysterious abilities, which they sell to the mob at a price. They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they'd never betray each other.

Then a Super comes to town, and Michael's world is thrown into disarray. The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they've made for themselves. And now Michael and his father face a choice: to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.

Let's Get Cracking! by Cyndi Marko
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Gordon Blue and his brother Benny, unlikely superheroes, must save Fowladelphia from Granny Goosebumps, who has filled the city with cookies that cause innocent chickens' feathers to fall off.

A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
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Conner Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him, until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm.

With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a two-hundred-year-old code. Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother, but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?

When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. Nothing can prepare them for the coming battle or for the secret that will change the twins' lives forever.

The third book in the bestselling Land of Stories series puts the twins to the test as they must bring two worlds together.

Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan
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Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia's most prized artifact, the Andomal.

With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud, leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal's constant opponent, has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Araluen villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action, with the help of one of Araluen's finest Rangers.

In this fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, a new battle unfolds as old rivalries are renewed, peace treaties are put to the test, and the action builds to a pulse-pounding finale.


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