October Picks - Middle Grade

I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups Cover Image
By Chris Harris, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316266574
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

"I'm just no good at describing how wonderful this book is. Smart and sweet, wild and wicked, brilliantly funny--it's everything a book for kids should be." --BJ Novak, actor and bestselling author of The Book With No Pictures

Meet Chris Harris, the 21st-century Shel Silverstein! Already lauded by critics as a worthy heir to such greats as Silverstein, Seuss, Nash and Lear, his hilarious debut poetry collection molds wit and wordplay, nonsense and oxymoron, and visual and verbal sleight-of-hand in masterful ways that make you look at the world in a whole new wonderfully upside-down way. With enthusiastic endorsements from bestselling luminaries as Lemony Snicket, Judith Viorst, Andrea Beaty, and many others, this entirely unique collection offers a surprise around every corner: from the ongoing rivalry between the author and illustrator, to the mysteriously misnumbered pages that can only be deciphered by a certain code-cracking poem, to the rhyming fact-checker in the footnotes who points out when "poetic license" gets out of hand. Adding to the fun: Lane Smith, bestselling creator of beloved hits like It's a Book and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, has spectacularly illustrated this extraordinary collection with nearly one hundred pieces of appropriately absurd art. It's a mischievous match made in heaven!
 


Wishtree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

An oak tree and a crow help their neighbors embrace their differences in this beautiful, nuanced middle-grade novel from Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Katherine Applegate.

Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . .

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.

Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, this is Katherine Applegate at her very best—writing from the heart, and from a completely unexpected point of view.


The Exact Location of Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681195483
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - September 12th, 2017

Kate Messner pens another heart-warming tale of family and friendship about a tech-savvy boy searching for answers during tough times.

Kirby "Zig" Zigonski lives for the world of simple circuits, light bulbs, buzzers, and motors. Electronics are, after all, much more predictable than people. When his dad's latest visit is canceled with no explanation, and his mom seems to be hiding something, Zig turns to his best friend Gianna and a new gizmo—a garage sale GPS unit—for help. Convinced that his dad is leaving clues around town to explain his absence, Zig sets out to find him. Following one clue after another, logging mile after mile, Zig soon finds that people aren't always what they seem . . . and sometimes, there's more than one set of coordinates for home.
Brimming with warmth and humor, The Exact Location of Home is a must read for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Wendy Mass.