|The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs, Cylin Busby
The story of cat Jacob Tibbs, runt of the litter, and his exploits on the high seas as a ship’s mouser.
|Beetle Boy, M.G. Leonard
Darkus Cuttle has taken care of his father ever since his mother died, but one day his father vanished from a locked vault at the Natural History Museum. Now he lives with his eccentric uncle. One day he finds a large and unusually intelligent and self-aware beetle, and soon he and his two friends are caught up in a struggle to protect an intelligent super species of insects.
|A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket, Deborah Hopkinson
In March of 1887, Rocco, an eleven-year-old from an Italian village, arrives in New York City. There he is forced to live in squalor and beg for money as a street musician, but he finds the city’s cruelty to children and animals intolerable and sets out to make things better, whatever the cost to himself.
|The Gutsy Girl: Tales for Your Life of Ridiculous Adventure, Caroline Paul
Why should girls miss out on the joy of adventure? They can jump off rocks, swing on ropes, and climb trees just as well as boys can. But girls often allow fear to stand in their way. In The Gutsy Girl, author Caroline Paul emboldens girls to seek out a life of exhilaration. Once a young scaredy-cat herself, Caroline decided that fear got in the way of the life she wanted–of excitement, confidence, self-reliance, friendship, and fun. She has since flown planes, rafted big rivers, climbed tall mountains, and fought fires as one of the first female firefighters in San Francisco. In The Gutsy Girl, she shares her greatest escapades as well as those of other girls and women from throughout history, and offers engaging activities such as confidence-building stances, creating a compass, positive self-talk, and using crickets to estimate outside temperatures. Each section includes a place for girls to “journal” their adventures, thus encouraging a new generation to develop a zest for challenges and a healthy relationship to risk. The Gutsy Girl is Lean In for young girls, a book about the glorious things that happen when you unshackle from fear and open up to exhilaration. Fully illustrated and enlivened throughout by bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton’s whimsical pen-and-ink drawings.
|Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, Carole Boston Weatherford
Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.
|A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young, Michael Rosen
Invites children to celebrate the sounds and versatility of language, presenting nonsense verses in the style of classic nursery rhymes designed to induce giggles and help children recognize their feelings.
|Charcoal Joe, Walter Mosley
Life for Easy Rawlins is surprisingly… easy. He’s living off the proceeds of his last case, trying to keep out of trouble. Of course it’s not going to last. Because Easy’s old friend Mouse, one of the deadliest men in America, knocks on his door. And Mouse wants a small favor. He wants Easy to help a man he says is wrongly imprisoned, a friend of Charcoal Joe. Charcoal Joe is a mythical figure in the LA underworld – he pulls all the strings but keeps out of sight. Reluctantly, Easy agrees – he owes Mouse his life. But this is no small favor. It’s going to be Easy’s deadliest investigation yet, taking him from the beaches of Malibu to the shadiest stretches of Sunset in a frenetic adventure through a wild and unrepentant city.
|Marrying Winterborne, Lisa Kleypas
Achieving wealth and success through his savage ambitions, tycoon Rhys Winterborne resolves to marry shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, who in spite of her gentle upbringing responds to Rhys’ seductions with her own unexpected passions.
|The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North
Listen. All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds. So listen. Remember me. My name is Hope Arden, and you won’t know who I am. We’ve met before – a thousand times. But I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was sixteen years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit – you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. But it also makes me dangerous . . .