MIDDLE GRADE CHAPTER BOOK DISCOVERIES FOR 2014:
Bot Wars by J.V. Kade
In a futuristic world where humans and robots are at war, a boy goes on a search to find his missing military father.
How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks
In 1870’s London, a young orphan girl becomes the apprentice to a man who traps monsters for a living.
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
At age twelve, Sophie learns that the remarkable abilities that have always caused her to stand out identify her as an elf, and after being brought to Eternalia to hone her skills, discovers that she has secrets buried in her memory for which some would kill.
Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
Phoebe, an awkward and precocious nine-year-old, releases an arrogant unicorn held captive underwater by a magic spell. In exchange for her freedom, the unicorn Marigold Heavenly Nostrils grants Phoebe one wish, namely that the two will become best friends.
Winterling by Sarah Prineas
Spirited young Fer travels through the Way to a magical world in which beings part human and part animal serve an evil ruler known as the Lady, and where she hopes to learn about her long-lost parents and her own identitiy.
MIDDLE GRADE NON-FICTION BOOK DISCOVERIES FOR 2014:
Ellen Prentiss's papa said she was born with saltwater in her veins, so he gave her sailing lessons and taught her how to navigate. As soon as she met a man who loved sailing like she did, she married him. When her husband was given command of a clipper ship custom-made to travel quickly, she knew that they would need every bit of its speed for their maiden voyage: out of New York City, down around the tip of Cape Horn, and into San Francisco, where the Gold Rush was well under way. In a time when few women even accompanied their husbands onboard, Ellen Prentiss navigated their ship to set the world record for speed along that route.
Gravity by Jason Chin
What keeps objects from floating out of your hand? What if your feet drifted away from the ground? What stops everything from floating into space? Gravity, the invisible force that causes objects to attract each other. Here the author has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, innovative, and very beautiful book.
Mr. Ferris and his Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
Examines how the engineer George Ferris invented and constructed the amusement park ride that bears his name for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-LovingWoman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins
Learn about Katherine Olivia Sessions who brought trees to San Diego and created what eventually became Balboa Park.