|Sisi: Empress on Her Own, Allison Pataki
In imperial Vienna, where the court halls buzzed with waltzes and champagne, as well as temptation, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue, the intensely personal tale of Empress Sisi unraveled. Infamously beautiful, a mother of four, and wife of Emperor Franz Joseph – whom she unintentionally stole away from her sister – Sisi’s reign was anything but simple. Against the backdrop of a rich, romantic, and volatile time period–marked by pivotal events such as the opening of the Suez Canal, Vienna’s World Exhibition, and the lead up to WWI–Sisi, the beloved “Fairy Queen,” was a woman well ahead of her time during a true Golden Age in European history.
|Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones
Set in the deep South, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, and surprisingly funny novel that follows an unnamed narrator as he comes of age under the care of his aunt and uncle who are werewolves.
Poor yet resilient, the boy lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. Always on the move across the South, living a life of late-night exits and narrow escapes, one step ahead of the law. But everything is about to change. The boy will be turning sixteen, and he will need to understand his family and his place in the world. A world that shuns and fears werewolves.
|Transgalactic, James Gunn
When Riley and Asha finally reached the planet Terminal and found the Transcendental Machine, a matter transmission device built by an ancient race, they chose to be “translated.” Now in possession of intellectual and physical powers that set them above human limitations, the machine has transported them to two, separate, unknown planets among a possibility of billions. Riley and Asha know that together they can change the galaxy, so they attempt to do the impossible–find each other.
|Serafina and the Twisted Staff, Robert Beatty
In 1899, when an evil threatens all the humans and animals of the Blue Ridge Mountains, twelve-year-old Serafina, rat catcher for the Biltmore estate and the daughter of a shapeshifting mountain lion, must search deep inside herself and embrace the destiny that awaits her.
|The Day the Mustache Came Back, Alan Katz
When Martin ‘Murray Poopins’ Healey left the Wohlfardt household, all the responsible habits, good manners, and study skills that twins David and Nathan had developed under his less-than-watchful eye went out the window, until Myron, who claims to be Martin’s twin, arrives.
|The Tin Snail, Cameron McAllister
A thirteen-year-old French boy tries to save his father’s job by inventing a special kind of car, but it isn’t easy–especially when the Nazis are planning to steal his design.
|The Blobfish, Jessica Olien
This irresistible book within a book introduces us to Blobfish, known as the “ugliest fish in the sea”…or is he actually the fish who will steal our hearts? Did you know that the deepest parts of the ocean are over one mile deep – too far down for any sunlight to reach? That’s where Blobfish lives. But this book isn’t about Blobfish…or is it? This true, clever story about the misunderstood Blobfish is sure to make you smile. Full of fun facts about sea creatures in the deepest reaches of the ocean, this book is perfect for any science lover.
|Mama the Alien, Rene Colato Lainez
A young girl misunderstands the word alien on her mother’s Resident Alien Card and lets her imagination run wild, coming to the conclusion that her mother is from outer space.
|Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, Susan Cain with Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz
The monumental bestseller Quiet has been recast in a new edition that empowers introverted kids and teens. Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves. The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan realized that a version for and about kids was also badly needed. This book is all about kids’ world – school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. You’ll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way. You’ll hear Susan Cain’s own story, and you’ll be able to make use of the tips at the end of each chapter. There’s even a guide at the end of the book for parents and teachers. This insightful, accessible, and empowering book, illustrated with amusing comic-style art, will be eye-opening for extroverts and introverts alike.