A life on the prairie is not all it's cracked up to be in this novel where one girl’s mom takes her love of the Little House series just a bit too far.
A collaboration by two talented creators provides the perfect means to delve into Norse mythology and pore over the enthralling exploits of all-powerful Odin; mighty Thor and his hammer, Mjolnir; and Loki, the infamous trickster.
Teen witch Cam has resigned herself to being a witch. Sort of.
After he eats the sin of a royal, Taj, a talented aki, or sin-eater who consumes the guilt of others whose transgressions are exorcised from them by powerful but corrupt Mages, is drawn into a plot to destroy the city, and he must fight to save the princess he loves and his own life.
"Cory has always been passionate about football. But life for him and his single mom has been hard, making it difficult for Cory to play. And though Cory is a good kid, he's constantly surrounded by negative influences. But when the coach from an elite private school with one of the best football programs in the country recognizes his talents on the field, Cory is presented with an unbelievable opportunity. Cory knows that football could be his ticket out. But leaving to attend private school also means struggling to fit into a world where most people look at him and just see a scholarship kid from the wrong side of town. Cory knows that if he can fight hard enough--both on and off the field--he may be able to secure a bright future that looks different from his unpromising past."--Publisher.
In 1486 England, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is told by a mysterious friar that he, Lambert, is actually Prince Edward, the true King of England, setting him on a dangerous course to regain the throne. Based on a true story.
Generation Code by Max Wainewright
"Generation Code is a template for the next generation of computer-savvy creators. This fascinating series examines the skills and know-how involved in computer programming languages. Readers learn the backgound and basics of creating code for developing apps, producing games, building web pages, and more. Full-color images and illustrations will help guide and direct tomorrow's engineers and programmers. Includes hands-on projects and activities to support authentic skill building-content carefully reviewed by consultant and coding activities have been field-tested to ensure accuracy."
Topics: Computer Programming, Digital Literacy
Girls Who Code by Reshma Saujani
Part how-to, part girl-empowerment, and all fun, from the leader of the movement championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai, and John Legend.
Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 40,000 girls across America. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest--sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice--coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you're a girl who's never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, printed in bold two-color and featuring art on every page, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place." -From the Publisher
Topics: Computer Programming, Vocational Guidance, Digital Literacy
What Is Digital Citizenship series by Mary Lindeen
"The information you find online can sometimes feel overwhelming. Which online sources can you trust? How do you know which sites include the facts you're looking for? Learn the basics of how to do an effective online search, what to do if you have trouble finding information, and how to tell whether a source is reliable." -From the Publisher
Topics: Digital Literacy, Internet Research, Online Safety, Social Media
NFL Teams Book Set
"The National Football League (NFL) has a history many decades old, but many teams existed before the NFL! No matter the colors or mascot, every team has star players, wild fans, and memorable moments both to mourn and to celebrate. This action-packed series has a title for every team in the NFL." -From Follett
Topics: NFL, Football, Sports
Every month the SMS Library recieves fifteen new books from Junior Library Guild. This is a subscription service paid for by the SMS Library funds. Junior Library Guild reviews and selects the best children's and young adult new books in many categories. Each month the SMS Library receives books in the middle school categories of advanced readers, fantasy/scifi, graphic novels, high-interest, mystery, non-fiction, realistic fiction, sports, science, and social studies. The library also recieves books from the high school catergories of fantasy/scifi and PG rated fiction.
Be sure to check out the New Books sections for some great reads. There is something for everyone!
New Books - December 2017
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
"With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation." -JLG
Topics: Family Life. Vacations. Humor. Diary.
Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee
"A cancer survivor must readjust to “normal” middle school life in this hopeful novel." -JLG
Topics: Middle schools. Schools. Friendship. Leukemia. Family problems. Social issues. New experiences. Emotions and feelings. Recovery from cancer.
Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus by Dusti Bowling
"It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears, but Aven is about to discover she can do it all—even without arms. Discussion questions."-JLG
Topics: Social issues. Special needs. Friendship. Family. Adoption. Mysteries. Tourette syndrome. Physical disabilities.
Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor
"Nnedi Okorafor merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.
Sequel to Akata Witch." -JLG
Topics: Supernatural. Magic. Secret societies. Albinos and albinism. Blacks. Nigeria.
Slider by Pete Hautman
"Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother's credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother"-OCLC.
Topics: Brothers. Autism. Contests.
The Assassin's Curse: The Blackthorn Key
"In the third heart-pounding installment of the Blackthorn Key series, Christopher, Tom, and Sally face new codes, puzzles, and traps as they race to find the hidden treasure before someone else is murdered." -JLG
"When Christopher Rowe's code-breaking uncovers the true target of an assassination attempt, he and his friends are odered to Paris to investigate a centuries-old curse on the French throne."
Topics: Adventure and adventurers. The supernatural. Friendship. Secret societies. Mystery and detective stories. Apprentices. Pharmacists. Curses. Conspiracies. History of seventeenth-century Paris, France. Louis XIII (1601–1643).
The Thing With Feathers by McCall Hoyle
"McCall Hoyle offers a compelling novel about of overcoming fears, forging new friendships, and finding a first love." -JLG
Topics: Epilepsy. Friendship. Love. Courage. Home Schooling.
Hazardous Tales Series: Raid Of No Return by Nathan Hale
"After Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, a new generation of pilots was recruited to fly bombing missions for the U. S. Sixteen of them were requested for a dangerous secret assignment. Bibliography. Two-color illustrations." -JLG
Topics: World War II (1939–1945). American aerial operations. World War II campaigns in Japan. Tokyo, Japan. Bombardment history, 1942. Pearl Harbor. Twentieth-century American history. Wartime technology.
Chasing Augustus by Kimberly Newton Fusco
"Rosie’s led a charmed life with her loving dad. But now that her father’s had a stroke, Rosie lives with her tough-as-nails grandfather. And her beloved dog, Gloaty Gus, has just gone missing."
Topics: Family life. Family problems. Grandfathers and granddaughters. Dogs. Social issues. Friendship.
Patina by Jason Reynolds
"Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle-school track team." -JLG
"A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons"-Provided by publisher.
Topics: Running. Track and field. Stress. Family problems. Diabetes. African Americans.
Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos
"Jack Gantos shares his advice on how to be the best, brilliant writer in this funny and practical writing guide for children ages 10 and up."
Topics: Authorship. Vocational guidance. Creative writing.
Garbage In Space by Margaret J. Goldstein
"This book explores the problem of space junk that clutters outer space and details the ways in which NASA and other organizations are trying to deal with and solve this problems."
Topics: Space. Space Debris. Pollution.
This book explores the problem of space junk that clutters outer space and details the ways in which NASA and other organizations are trying to deal with and solve this problem.
From Here To There: The Story Of How We Transport Ourselves And Everything Else by HP Newquist
"A history of transportation from primitive technology to driverless cars." -Provided by the publisher
Topics: Transportation engineering. History of transportation.
In the rural community of Creek's Cause, families take care of each other. But when a horrible parasite takes over the town's adults and turns them into zombie-like drones, brothers Chance and Patrick Rains unite with other surviving kids to protect themselves. As teens turn 18 and become zombies, the Rains brothers must race against time and their cruel reality to save humanity. As Patrick's 18th birthday gets closer, the Rains fear losing the only thing they have left - each other.
Available at the Fall 2017 Scholastic Book Fair!
"Sometimes I wish I could trade places with the dogs. They only have to worry about running and eating. They love fiercely and don't worry about things they can't control. And when someone dies, they can sit on top of their house, throw their head back and howl."
That's how 14-year-old dogsledder Victoria Secord has felt ever since her father died. A champion musher, Victoria is independent, self-reliant, and thanks to her father, an expert in surviving the unforgiving Alaskan bush. When an injured "city boy" and a freak snow storm both catch Victoria and her dog team by surprise, however, a routine trip becomes a life or death trek through the frozen wilderness. As temperatures drop and food stores run out, Victoria must find a way to save them all in this high stakes, high adventure middle grade novel of endurance, hope and finding your way back home.
Terry Lynn Johnson is a musher herself, and her crackling writing puts readers at the reins as Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure." -Author's website
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From New York Times bestselling author and former NFL player Tim Green comes a riveting new stand-alone football novel.
When Ryan's estranged father unexpectedly dies, Ryan learns that he has inherited the Dallas Cowboys. With his new role as owner of this NFL team, Ryan has high hopes that he can be more than just a middle-school misfit. Maybe he can even get off the bench and into the starting lineup of his own football team.
With the help of his friends Jackson and Izzy, Ryan takes advantage of his newfound stardom. He convinces his coach to use a tricky passing offense that plays to Ryan's strengths.
But just when things are looking up, Ryan's nasty stepmother makes a legal play to make her own son the Cowboys' kid owner. With drama heating up both on and off the field, Ryan quickly realizes he may lose much more than just the Dallas Cowboys.
Ryan never knew his dad, nor the fact that he owned the Dallas Cowboys. But when his father dies unexpectedly, Ryan is given a rare and amazing opportunity to be the owner of the NFL team. Not only is this a dream come true, but it gives Ryan a chance to make it in middle school without being a total social misfit. It may also help him rise up off the bench of his football team and break into the starting lineup.
With the help of his friends Jackson and Izzy, Ryan quickly takes advantage of his newfound stardom. He convinces his middle-school coach to use a tricky passing offense that's more suited to his own quick thinking and limited arm strength. But just when he thinks things are looking up, Ryan's nasty stepmother appears and makes a legal play to install her own son as the Cowboys' kid owner. With drama heating up both on and off the field, Ryan quickly realizes he may lose much more than just the Dallas Cowboys.
New York Times bestselling author and former NFL defensive end Tim Green delivers a high-energy story that is a sports lover's dream come true. And with gripping family drama and captivating sports action, readers won't be able to stop turning the pages.