Here is a list of books that have recently crossed our desks.
"MY BUMBLEBEE FRIEND," by Brooke N. Davie, Tate Publishing (ages 4-8)(f)
Miss Eddy learns to share her garden with a certain bumblebee. Audio book download available.
"ISABELLA: Girl on the Go," by Jennfer Forberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $16.99 (ages 4 and up)
Isabella insists that she is not a little girl, but rather uses her imagination to travel around the world as she pretends in her backyard.
"CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY POP-UP BOOK," by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake, Puffin, $29.99, 24 pages (ages 4 and up)
This retelling of the well-known story of a boy who wins one of a handful of golden tickets visit to the local candy factory and the adventure inside. Although it has a lot of text for younger readers, each page has either a pop-up or pull tabs for an interactive experience.
More picture books recently released:
"LITTLE DOG LOST: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic," by Monica Carnesi (ages 3-5): This is a delightful retelling of a how a dog was trapped on a piece of ice and was rescued by the crew of the ship Baltic.
"THE CONSTRUCTION CREW," by Lynn Meltzer, illustrated by Carrie Eko-Burgess (ages 3-5): With bold colors and illustrations, this book simply goes through what construction equipment, from back hoes to drills, do to help build things.
"SEA OF DREAMS," by Dennis Nolan (ages 3-7): A girl builds a sandcastle on a beach and when the tide comes in swamping the castle, the adventure for tiny family inside is only beginning in this wordless book.
"MAX's CASTLE," by Kate Banks, illustrated by Boris Kulivkov (ages 4-8): What some see as just blocks, Max sees a potential castle and with his friends, their imagination runs wild.
"JACKHAMMER SAM," by Peter Mandel, illustrated by David Catrow (ages 4-7): With rhymes and mimics of jackhammer sounds, Jackhammer Sam gives an entertaining description of what he does.
"CASSANDRA's ANGEL," by Gina Otto, illustrations by Trudy Joost (ages 5-8): Cassandra wants to please, but is told — among other things — she is a mess and has the wrong color hair. She is downcast until she discovers an angel is helping her. This a 10th anniversary reprint.
"GALAXY GAMES: The Challengers," by Greg R. Fishbone, Lee & Low Books, $15.95, 352 pages (ages 10-15)
On his 11th birthday, Ty Sato gets a star named for him by his Japanese cousins, and is recruited by aliens from the planet Mrendaria to help save them from galactic humiliation in the Galaxy Games.
"PIE," by Sarah Weeks, Scholastic Press, $16.99, 192 pages (ages 10-14)
A middle-grade novel about Alice whose aunt, upon her passing, takes the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe with her. Or does she?
More middle reader books recently released:
"AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK," by Don Brown, 64 pages (ages 6-12): The events of September, 11, 2001 is explained for young readers.
"QUARTERBACK SEASON," by Fred Bowen, 144 pages (ages 8-12): Matt is expecting to be named quarterback on his middle-school team. But when a new student arrives, things change.
"DEAR DUMB DIARY YEAR TWO No. 1: School, Hasn't This Gone on Long Enough?" by Jim Benton, 160 pages (ages 8-12): Jamie grapples with school, grades and middle school through this personally illustrated diary.
"THE GAME OF SUKEN PLACES,""THE SUBURE BEYOND THE STARS" and "THE EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE," by M.T. Anderson, 240 page (ages 9-12): The three books of M.T. Anderson's Norumbegan Quartet find Brian and Gregory in suspenseful adventures of murder, mystery and outer space.
"RAIDER'S RANSOM: FLOOD AND FIRE," by Emily Diamand, 368 pages (ages 9-12): A futuristic epic adventure set in the waters that flood England.
"STORM RUNNERS," by Roland Smith, 160 pages (ages 9-12): Chase, a 13-year-old boy and his father are "storm runners," traveling across the country after hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. But Chase finds out the disaster hunters are not what they make themselves out to be.
"ISLAND's END," by Padma Venkatraman, 240 pages (ages 10 and up): A young girl trains to be the new spiritual leader of her remote Andaman Island tribe, while facing increasing threats from the modern world.
"MY BIG MOUTH: 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed," by Peter Hannon, Scholastic, $16.99, 240 pages (ages 12 and up)(f)
When a new boy in school tries to find popularity by starting a band and writing songs, he becomes the target of the school bully. Full of doodles, song lyrics and scribbled notebook pages.
"WHY WE BROKE UP," by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman, Little, Brown and Company, 354 pages, $19.99 (f)(age 16 and up)
Min, a junior in high school, is breaking up with Ed, so she gathers everything in a box from their relationship and writes him a letter, going through it item by item, from tickets to jewelry. Daniel Handler, who also writes under the name Lemony Snicket, tells the tale from the heartbroken Min, who had many firsts with Ed. There is a fair amount of swear words and, although not explicit, Min and Ed sneak away to spend a night in a hotel.
More young adult books recently released.:
"ACROSS THE GREAT BARRIER," by Patricia C. Wrede, 352 pages (ages 12 and up)(f): Eff is an unlucky 13th child who has magical powers as she goes into the wild settlements west of the Great Barrier. This is the second book in the Frontier Magic series.
"DESERT ANGEL," by Charlie Price, 240 pages (ages 12 and up)(f): Angel, 14, wakes up to a dead mother and is running in the desert from the man who is looking to eliminate her as a witness.
"CLEOPATRA's MOON," by Vicky Alvear Shecter, 368 pages (ages 13 and up)(f): The extraordinary tale of Cleopatra Selene, the only daughter of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt and General Marcus Antonius of Rome.
"TRUTH & DARE: 20 Tales of Heartbreak and Happiness," edited by Liz Miles, 384 pages (ages 14 and up)(f): Touching and provocative collection of short stories addressing many different issues of growing up, school, friends, relationships, parents and fitting into society.Comment on this story
"ASHFALL," by Mike Mullin, 476 pages (ages 14 and up)(f):After the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano, Alex must fend for himself as he searches for his family and tries to survive an epic disaster.
"PURPLE DAZE," by Sherry Shahan, 208 pages (mature young adults)(f):A girl has to deal with a boyfriend that has been shipped overseas and an unexpectedly pregnancy. Language may be offensive to some with cautions about themes of promiscuousness and tragic outcomes.
— complied by Marilou Sorenson and Christine Rappleye