|Raymie Nightingale, Kate DiCamillo
Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.
|The Final Kingdom, Michael Northrup
Alex and Ren must confront the Death Walkers, The Order, and an army of the dead in an attempt to save themselves, Alex’s mother, and the world–and hope that Ammit, the Devourer of Egyptian legend, will be able to separate the guilty from the innocent.
|Summerlost, Allie Condie
Following the sudden deaths of her father and autistic younger brother, Cedar Lee spends the summer working at a Shakespearean theater festival, making a new friend, and coming to terms with her grief.
Beginner and Intermediate
|Get a Hit, Mo!, David A. Adler
Mo Jackson is excited for his baseball game, but Coach Marie tells him he is batting last and playing right field, again. Will Mo ever get a hit?
|Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet, Nick Bruel
Even the best bad kitties can get sick, and when it happens, it means just one thing: a visit to the vet!
|Jack and the Snackstalk, Noah Z. Jones
It is scary movie night at Moldylocks’ house; the guests are Princess Pink and Moldy’s cousin Jack, who has brought some nasty-tasting jelly beans for a snack–but when the beans sprout into a pillar of snacks the three friends climb up and find themselves sharing a tasty but dangerous adventure in Snackland.
|The Girl in the Red Coat, Kate Hamer
Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different–sensitive, distracted, with an heart-stopping tendency to go missing. Her mother Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter’s strangeness, especially as she is trying to build a new life for the two of them. When she takes Carmel to a local festival, her worst fear is realized: Carmel disappears into the crowd. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone forever, Beth embarks on a mission to find her. Meanwhile, Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own. But do the real clues to Carmel’s disappearance lie in the otherworldly qualities her mother had only begun to guess at?
|A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, Debbie Macomber
An ex- daughter-in-law and mother-in-law become unlikely best friends and embark on newly single lives together. Nichole, a woman in her early thirties, is recovering from a broken heart after learning her husband was having an affair and separating from him. The twist is that her mother-in-law, Leanne, is the one who told her that her son was cheating. Leanne has looked the other way for decades as her own husband cheated, and can’t bear to see her son repeating the same pattern. In telling Nichole, she also gathers the courage to leave her husband, and the two women – ex- mother-in-law and daughter-in-law – rent apartments across the hall from each other and support one another in rebuilding their lives and embracing surprising new romantic endeavors.
|Girl Waits with Gun, Amy Stewart
Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day a belligerent and powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, and a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past and defend her family — and she does it in a way that few women of 1914 would have dared. (Based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs.)