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By Clare Hodgson Meekersoccer-dreams-book-cover

Soccer Dreams: Playing the Sounders FC Way
A free verse illustrated chapter book about a young boy from Kenya who moves to Seattle and helps his coach build a winning soccer team, with inspiring strategy tips and profiles of the MLS Seattle Sounders team. This licensed product of the MLS includes full-color photos of Sounders FC players along with black-and-white illustrations of the story. View the award-winning book trailer here!

“Well-written and touching, Soccer Dreams could serve as a starting point for a conversation about some serious real-world issues, or simply a fun way to share a love of soccer. Either way, it’s a winner.” —Chanti Reviews

“Young readers can immerse themselves in the story.” —Alaska Airlines Magazine  

Lootas_0Lootas, Little Wave Eater
This Smithsonian award-winning book tells the story of Lootas, a sea otter pup who was born in the wild and orphaned in her first month of life when her mother was killed by a fishing boat in Alaska. She was rescued and hand-raised at The Seattle Aquarium. For six months, the author closely followed marine biologist C. J. Casson and his staff as they cared for Lootas and helped her adapt to her new home and new otter family. Color photos and pen and ink drawings by Deborah Cooper illustrate this dramatic story. Lootas is a grandmother now and still lives at the Seattle Aquarium, the number-one breeding facility for sea otters in the world.

By Lisa L. Owens  Earth_webshot

Space Neighbors is a stunning photo-illustrated picture book series about the solar system. Young readers will discover how scientists collect information and what we can learn about Earth from studying the sun, our neighboring planets, and the dwarf planets. Packed with interesting facts and gorgeous photographs, each book also includes a table of contents, glossary, index, and suggestions for further exploration. Series titles: Earth, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Pluto and Other Dwarf Planets, Saturn, The Sun, Uranus, and Venus.

“Owens effectively uses imagery to engage the reader” and “the author’s conversational tone will draw frenemiesin even reluctant readers.” —Booklist

Frenemies: Dealing with Friend Drama
This advice book for middle school girls helps readers learn how to navigate tricky friendship issues and come out the other side stronger and better than ever.

“A worthy read for middle school students and a worthwhile purchase for adults working with this age group.” —Children’s Literature

By David PatneaudeTHIN PB  

Thin Wood Walls
Joe Hanada is like lots of other kids. He likes playing basketball with his best friend Ray, writing plays and stories, and thinking about the upcoming Christmas holiday. But his world falls apart when Japanese planes bomb Pearl Harbor. His country goes to war. The FBI takes away his father. In the eyes of many of his neighbors, he and his family and other Japanese Americans in their community are suddenly the enemy. Then life gets worse. Joe and his family are uprooted and sent to Tule Lake War Relocation Center, where they live under guard and behind barbed wire. And while Joe struggles to endure the hardships of camp and separation from his father and home, his brother Mike volunteers for the army to prove his loyalty to the only country he’s ever known. 
“An important and forceful contribution to the field.”Kirkus Reviews
“Unique.” School Library Journal
*Starred*—Library Media Connection 

Epitaph Road_FINAL COVER_1.14.10Epitaph Road
The setting is Seattle, but it’s 2097 — society has undergone a dramatic and devastating upheaval, and Kellen Dent feels alone. He practically is. Thirty years earlier, an airborne virus nearly caused the extinction of all the males on earth. Now women rule, and poverty, crime, war, and hunger have disappeared. With tight restrictions on men’s behavior, fourteen-year-old Kellen feels he has no say in his future. When a rumored outbreak of the virus threatens Kellen’s outcast father, Kellen knows he must warn him of the coming danger, no matter what the consequences. During his desperate race to find his dad, Kellen uncovers a frightening secret: It isn’t just his dad who’s in danger; at stake is his own life and the future of the world. 

“Will hook readers of The Hunger Games trilogy.”Kirkus Reviews
“A moving sense of loss blankets everything.”Booklist

By Dana Sullivan Ozzie

Ozzie and the Art Contest
Ozzie loves drawing and being an artist more than anything. So when his teacher, Miss Cattywhompus, announces an art contest, Ozzie knows he will win first place. With a little help from Miss C, Ozzie comes to see that he, with his love of art, has won something far more important than a contest. In his picture book debut, Dana Sullivan has used his personal experience with artistic disappointment to create a warm, lovable character whose story will feel familiar to anyone who has followed his or her passion and hit an ever-so-slight bump in the road.

“In “Ozzie and the Art Contest,” Dana Sullivan teaches young readers some very important life lessons: Read the instructions carefully. Winning isn’t everything — just have fun. What great topics for discussion with primary students. This is a perfect read aloud for classrooms from kindergarten through third grade.” —Examiner. 

KayKayKay Kay’s Alphabet Safari
Kay Kay promises the children that he will paint pictures of animals from A to Z on the walls of their new classroom. For inspiration, he takes a walk through the beautiful Kenyan countryside, telling his animal friends he’s too busy to stop and chat. But when Kay Kay returns to the school he realizes his inspiration is all around him!

“The surprise ending is fresh and funny. Back matter enriches this engaging book with a glossary of Swahili terms and photos. There is also an author’s note about the real Kay Kay and the Bungoma school upon which this story is based. Asante sana (thank you) to author/illustrator Dana Sullivan for this entertaining, educational abecedary and for a glimpse at school life on another continent.—Washington Parent

Illustrated by Dana Sullivan
The Digger and Daisy series by Judy Young:dd-garden-cover

  • Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo
  • Digger and Daisy Go on a Picnic
  • Digger and Daisy Go to the Doctor
  • Digger and Daisy Go to the Cit
  • Digger and Daisy Star in a Play
  • Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden

“Artist Dana Sullivan’s characters have big, round, kid-friendly faces and familiar scenarios that children see in everyday life to conjure smiles and even giggles. This book is great as part of a back-to-school package. It’s a great reminder of what it’s like to be a child, when even the smallest things seem big and all you need is your big brother or big sister to make your day sunny again.” 
—Picture Book Depot 

Bob Books: Rhyming Words and First Stories
by Lynn Maslen Kertell
Perfect for beginning readers, these boxed sets include ten mini-books and thirty puzzle flashcards which focus on rhyming words to help students build their reading vocabularies. In typical BOB Books style, these mini-books have friendly illustrations and silly stories.

By Laurie Ann Thompson

Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!twotruthsandalie-hc-converted
Every story in this book is strange and astounding, but not all of them are real! Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true, and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts in this collection of sneaky stories about the natural world that are designed to amaze, disgust, and occasionally bamboozle you. A Junior Library Guild selection.

  • “Considering the fresh attention being paid to teaching a skeptical approach to information evaluation, this series opener couldn’t be better timed.”Booklist (starred review)
  • “An engaging, entertaining compendium that will inform and confound. (photos, maps, bibliography, index)”Kirkus Reviews

5acb1-emanuelEmmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah’s inspiring true story–which was turned into a film, Emmanuel’s Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey–is nothing short of remarkable. Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people–but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Lyrical prose and bold collage illustrations offer a powerful celebration of triumphing over adversity. Winner of the 2016 ALA Schneider Family Award, SLJ starred review, ALA Notable, CCBC Choices, Bank Street Best Books, and more.

f893c-be2ba2bchangemakerBe a Changemaker: How to Start Something that Matters
The days when kids were supposed to be “seen and not heard” are long gone. Today, youth everywhere are rising up, building new organizations, and creating the changes they want to see in their communities and around the world. Be a Changemaker gives readers the tools and confidence they need to effect real change. Readers will learn how to research ideas, build a strong and passionate team, create a business plan, enlist a savvy adult, plan events, work with the media, and more! Plus, profiles of youth-led social organizations show readers that it’s never too early to become a changemaker. A Junior Library Guild selection, Coalition of Visionary Resources Book of the Year Award, Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal, Nautilus Silver Award, and more.

  • “Teens with an entrepreneurial and charitable bent will find this book a trove.” School Library Journal
  • “Teens looking to make a difference will find inspiration as well as real-world strategies for realizing their dreams of being the change they want to see in the world.”Kirkus Reviews

By Trudi Trueit 

My Top Secret Dares & Don’ts
When 12-year-old Kestrel’s grandfather dies, her family heads north of the border to lend a hand at the family ski lodge in Whistler, BC for the summer. However, Kestrel quickly discovers the lodge is in serious financial trouble. Still reeling from her husband’s death, Kestrel’s grandmother stands to lose everything to greedy developers. Kestrel is determined to save the business but to succeed, she’ll have to battle a pair of evil twin sisters, rescue a rock star dangling from a ski lift, and hope a little luck hops her way! Aladdin MIX, ages 9 and up.

The Sister Solution 
Jorgianna and Sammi Tremayne are as opposite as the sun and the moon. Eleven-year-old Jorgianna is brilliant, quirky, and hot-tempered. Her thirteen-year-old sister, Sammi, is striking, soft-spoken, and thoughtful. They’ve gotten along, despite their differences, but when genius Jorgianna gets moved up—not one, but two grades—into the eighth grade with Sammi, their tween universe is in for a big bang! Told in alternating points of view, The Sister Solution explores the intricate, delicate, and often infuriating relationship between sisters. Can two sisters, who are as different as night and day, ever see their way to forging the bond they both long for? Aladdin MIX, ages 9 and up.

 Stealing Popular
Tired of the popular girls at her school ruling the social scene, twelve-year old Coco Sherwood is on a mission to set things right. It isn’t long before this modern-day middle-school Robin Hood is taking from the “Somebodies” to give to the “Nobodies.” Girls who never had a chance with the “in” crowd are now making the cheer staff and becoming beauty queens. But when Coco dares to go head-to-tiara with the most popular girl in school, her quest to fulfill the dreams of others might just turn into her biggest nightmare. Aladdin MIX, ages 9 and up. Click HERE to watch the book trailer.

By Suzanne Williams and Joan Holub (newest titles)

Goddess Girls
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy in this series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths! Aladdin paperbacks, ages 8–12. (22 titles so far)
“A clever take on Greek deities.” —Booklist
“An enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity.”
—School Library Journal  

Heroes in Training Olympian Collection (Bks 1 - 12)
Heroes in Training Olympian Collection (Bks 1 – 12)

Heroes in Training
Terrible Titans dominate the world! Ten-year-old Zeus, and the young Olympians, are on a quest to challenge the Titans’ power. Aladdin paperbacks, chapter books, ages 6–9. (12 titles so far)
“Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake.” —Kirkus Reviews
Book 1: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom nominated for Young Reader’s Choice Awards in Louisiana (2015) and Pennsylvania (2016)

Grimmtastic Girls
A fun and girly twist on a super-popular theme: fairy tales! A Scholastic Books paperback series for ages 8–12. (8 titles in all)
“Plenty of momentum as well as appealing heroines . . . action-packed . . . a beginners’ Hogwarts, in which readers figure out, along with Cinda [Boo
k 1], how the magical school operates and who to trust . . . the execution is highly diverting.”

By Dori Jones Yangxanadu final cover

Daughter of Xanadu
Granddaughter of the Great Khan, Emmajin achieves her dream of joining the Mongol army, but when she meets Marco Polo, a foreigner from a distant land, he shakes up her understanding of her own people and their values. Their adventures involve archery contests, wild beasts, crocodile hunting, gunpowder, and a major battle involving elephants.

“A glorious gripping tale of a fierce girl torn between duty, dreams, and reality, love and war!”
— Tamora Pierce, bestselling author of the Song of the Lioness quartet.

GinafrontcoverThe Secret Voice of Gina Zhang
When twelve-year-old Gina moves from China to Seattle, she discovers with shock that suddenly she cannot speak—any language at all—at school. How will she learn English? How will she make friends? Everyone is frustrated by her silence except Priscilla, a girl with her own need for understanding. Gina wants to trust her, but can she let Priscilla in on her biggest secret, the private fairy-tale world inside her head?

Winner of the 2000 Pleasant T. Rowland Prize for Fiction for Girls
and the Skipping Stones Honor Award, 2001


toothfairyBy Martha Brockenbrough

Inside the Museum of Truly Old Things, The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy (picture book) believes she’s spotted the perfect tooth. She chases it across time and cities—only to find up with something she needs even more. This tale of friendship is illustratedevined by the award-winning Israel Sanchez.

In Devine Intervention (YA novel), guardian angel Jerome accidentally kills Heidi, his struggling human ward. In dying, the teens learn some important truths about life, including but not limited to the best way to occupy the bodies of a small dog and a squirrel.*

*No dogs were harmed in the making of this story. Alas, we can’t say the same for the mental health of the squirrel.

By Erik Brooks

LATER, GATOR! cover artLater, Gator! 

Gator’s moving, and he’s so sad to leave his friends. Worst of all, he doesn’t know anyone in the new neighborhood! But with a little help – and some encouraging letters from the good pals he left behind – Gator realizes what he has to do: just be himself and say… hello!

“Brooks’s endearing characters and illustrations make this book stand out. A fun read-aloud and storytime selection for most children’s collections, especially those with a transient patron base.”  – Celia Dillon, The Brearley School, New York NOV 2016 SLJ


Polar Opposites 
Alex is a BIG polar bear. Zina is a tiny penguin. Alex lives in the Arctic. Zina lives in the Antarctic. Alex and Zina are polar opposites! They live on opposite sides of the world. Their personalities are very different, too. But they find a way to meet in the middle. Erik Brooks’s simple text and vibrant watercolor illustrations bring opposites to life in this lively look at two unusual best friends. Winner of the Washington State Book Award for picture books.

“This lively picture book stars two pen pals who are polar opposites. Alex, a big polar bear in a Hawaiian shirt, lives in the Arctic, while Zina, a tiny penguin wearing a single strand of pearls, lives in Antarctica. Complementing each other well, the simple text and colorful artwork point out a number of differences between the two animals’ qualities, habits, and preferences, such as “Alex gets up late. / Zina rises early. / Alex likes sour things. / Zina likes sweet things.” Meanwhile, in the colorful illustrations, each character prepares for a journey and takes off, Alex by plane, Zina by boat…The cheerful pencil, charcoal, and watercolor illustrations brim with energy and engaging details. Nearly every page or double-page spread features another way that the two are different, setting up opportunities for children to guess the opposites. A natural for story times or as a lapsit with one.” Preschool-Grade 2.  — Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

Books Illustrated by Erik:

Sea Star Wishes by Eric Ode
In these coastal poems for kids, children SeaStar.Cvr_WEBmeet sea lions, starfish, jellyfish, and other animals in the ocean, and dream about sandcastles and other beach activities. This fun, lyrical children’s poetry collection by award-winning children’s singer and songwriter Eric Ode features lively illustrations by Washington State Book Award recipient Erik Brooks.

“Erik Brooks’ whimsical and wonderful illustrations make you feel at one with the nature just bursting out of the pages. Bring out this book the next time you’re yearning for the shore, and you’ll have your little ones dreaming of waves and sandcastles in no time.” – Red Tricycle

By Dor7a2b0-jacket2bhaunted2blibrary2b1i Hillestad Butler  

The brand-new Haunted Library series features a ghost boy and “solid” girl who solve mysteries together.

“This lighthearted tale is the first of a book series. Ideal for early readers, the text is amusing and accessible, and the cartoon-style artwork is winsome.”
—School Library Journal (reviewing Book #1) buddy 1 jacket

Butler’s Edgar Award–winning Buddy Files chapter book series features a school therapy dog who solves mysteries.

“With twists and turns, humor, and a likable canine character, this series should find a wide fan base.”
The Truth About Truman SchoolPhotograph (1)
When Zebby and Amr create the website thetruthabouttruman.com, they want it to be honest. They want it to be about the real Truman Middle School, to say things that the school newspaper would never say, and to give everyone a chance to say what they want to say, too. But given the chance, some people will say anything — anything to hurt someone else. And when rumors about one popular student escalate to cruel new levels, it’s clear the truth about Truman School is more harrowing than anyone ever imagined.

EvaBy Dia Calhoun 

When her family’s farm in Washington State is threatened with foreclosure, twelve-year-old Eva uses the power of her poetry and imagination to try to save it. The contemporary verse novel is sprinkled with Eva’s own poems about her beloved farm — poems such as “Same Old Bear,” “Always Winter,” “The Haunted Outhouse,” and “Harvest Time.”
Dia Calhoun’s in-laws run an orchard in Eastern Washington, which was the inspiration for this book.

By Janet Lee Carey  f6c1a-dwood

In a dark time when girls with powers are called witches, Tess escapes the witch hunter and hides with a mysterious huntsman until magical voices draw her deeper into Dragonswood where she learns the secret of her birth. Caught between love and loyalty, Tess chooses the hardest path of all – her own.

“Painful, cathartic and cautiously hopeful; a fairy tale for those who have given up on believing in them, but still yearn for happily ever after.” —Kirkus starred review 

Stealing stealing_death_paperbackDeath
If you could stop death to save the one you love, would you? After losing his family in a fire, Kipp vows he will never let anyone he loves die again. But how can he keep such a vow? His resolve is tested when the Death Catcher comes after the girl he loves. Ride alongside Kipp in this fast-paced adventure as he tries to outrun the Death Catcher and his shadow pack to save Zalika’s life.

“Verdict: This is quite simply fantasy at its best–original, beautiful, amazing, and deeply moving.”
—School Library Journal starred review
Classroom Discussion Questions

By Joan Holub (2017 titles):
Tool School
(Scholastic, HC picture book);  Vampoodle (Random House, early reader)
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By Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams:

Goddess Girls
Join the class at Mount Olympus Academy in this series that puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths! Aladdin paperbacks, ages 8–12. (22 titles so far)
“A clever take on Greek deities.” —Booklist
“An enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity.”
—School Library Journal  

Heroes in Training
Terrible Titans dominate the world! Ten-year-old Zeus, and the young Olympians, are on a quest to challenge the Titans’ power. Aladdin paperbacks, chapter books, ages 6–9. (12 titles so far)
“Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake.” —Kirkus Reviews
Book 1: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom nominated for Young Reader’s Choice Awards in Louisiana (2015) and Pennsylvania (2016)
Grimmtastic Girls
A fun and girly twist on a super-popular theme: fairy tales! A Scholastic Books paperback series for ages 8–12. (8 titles in all)
“Plenty of momentum as well as appealing heroines . . . action-packed . . . a beginners’ Hogwarts, in which readers figure out, along with Cinda [Boo
k 1], how the magical school operates and who to trust . . . the execution is highly diverting.”

hissy_frontcoverBy Patrick Jennings

Hissy Fitz: Hissy, who lives with the noisy Fitz family, cannot sleep. His humans are driving him nuts with their talking, chasing, carrying, and poor petting skills. The neighborhood is worse: oafish dogs, feral children, cars, raccoons, other cats… All Hissy wants is a nap. Until he gets one, everyone be wise to stay well out of his way.

“With its short chapters, snappy dialogue, and fast-moving plot, this book will be popular with newly independent readers.” —School Library Journal

Odd, Weird & Little: The new boy in Woodrow’s class is kindergarten short and wOWL_jkt_finalears grandpa clothes: suit, tie, hat. He carries a briefcase filled with unusual items. And his head can turn almost all the way around. The class bullies find him more fun to pick on than Woodrow. When Woodrow discovers he likes the Toulouse’s quirkiness, however, he’s not sure if he dares befriending him.

“At last: a humorous, useful and pedantry-free book about bullying! … The rhythm of the prose is perfect for independent readers and for reading aloud; clever art, music and literature references add to the fun. Jennings does not skip a beat as he builds realistic relationships and problem-solving around an outrageously funny premise.” —Kirkus Reviews

GuineaDog3_reviseGuinea Dog 3: In the third story of Rufus and Fido, the guinea pig who acts like a dog, Rufus’s and Murphy’s families go car-camping at White Crappie Lake. Unfortunately, Rufus’s mom also invites Dmitri’s and Lurena’s families to come along. There, Rufus meets Pablo, who claims he saw a Petopia pet store on the way to the lake. Does it sell guinea dogs, too?
“The key to the series’ success is Jennings’s great story-telling skills, with a sly sense of humor that never flounders or fails. Even his least likeable characters are lovable, and the lovable ones are enchanting. Animal lovers will adore the book — lovers of fantasy will appreciate the far-out leaps of faith.”—The Boston Globe


By Deb LundDinoThrillogy

Dinobooks by Deb Lund, illustrated by Howard Fine
The ups and downs of these dinoadventures are sure to keep readers in stitiches! Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ages 2–8 

Dinosoaring — Dino flyers rule the air! They grin and spin without a care. Their daring dinothrills and chills could surely never end in spills—could they? (Let’s hope they packed their parachutes!) 

All Aboard the Dinotrain — Load the cargo, stoke the coal, this dinotrain is set to roll! The hills are steep, the ride is long, but dinotrainers won’t go wrong . . . unless this trainosaurus wrecks! (It won’t, will it?) 

“Laughs and thrills abound in this rip-snorting tale of reckless reptiles and their runaway train.”   —Publishers Weekly 

Dinosailors  — The wind is high, the sea is rough, and dinosailors are dinotough! Aren’t they? 

“An exhilarating dino-cruise.”
Kirkus Reviews

“You can never have too many dinosaur books, and this one’s definitely see-worthy.”  
—The Bulletin     

cards and card setFiction Magic: Card Tricks & Tips for Writers — Fiction Magic is a 3.5 x 5 inch 54-count card deck (and guidebook) with craft “tricks” that help increase the conflict and tension in your writing, and creativity coaching “tips” to decrease those same qualities in your writing life! It’s like having two decks in one! (It’s perfect for writers of all ages—and their teachers.)