Last Updated: Wednesday, December 25, 2013
The Invisible Boy
By Trudy Ludwig
Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or thinks to include him in their group, game or birthday party … until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.
The Nowhere Box
By Sam Zuppardi
George’s little brothers are real pests. They knock over his blocks, demolish his train tracks, and follow him everywhere. George has had enough! He needs to go somewhere the little boys can’t follow. He needs to go … Nowhere. With the help of a cardboard box, George soon manages his escape. But is Nowhere all it’s cracked up to be?
Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War and Peace
By Niki Walker
Good question! Since we are being drawn closer together in this world we can no longer dismiss conflicts and wars on other continents as unimportant because of distance. The importance of understanding history is crucial to knowing the origin of conflicts and global relationships.
By Brian Floca
Hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine and watch the landscape race by while a family travels together on America’s first transcontinental railroad back in 1869. This is a gem meant to thrill train enthusiasts and history buffs alike.
The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas
By David Almond
When ambition and greed prompt Uncle Ernie to dip his fingers into Stanley's bucket of pet goldfish, an angry Stanley leaves home and joins a circus. He is working the hook-a-duck stall when he is discovered by Pancho Pirelli, a man renowned for performing the death-defying act of swimming with piranhas. Pancho, on the verge of retirement, is looking for a replacement, and Stanley just might fit the bill.
The Key to Rondo
By Emily Rodda
There are three rules to the music box: Wind the box three times only. Never shut the box when the music is playing. Never move the box before the music stops. Leo would never break the rules, but what about his stubborn cousin Mimi? She winds the box four times!! Suddenly the paintings on its side come to life and a powerful witch is released. Now it’s up to Leo and Mimi to stop the witch, and return her to the music box.
Love in the Time of Global Warming
By Francesca Lia Block
Los Angeles is a city of ash and rubble following a devastating earthquake in which Pen loses everything. She ventures out into the wasteland with only a tattered copy of Homer’s Odyssey to guide her. There she encounters man-eating cloned giants, finds and loses companions, and must try to outwit a madman who wants her dead, all while searching for her family.
By Aimée Carter
Kitty has a chance to escape her miserable life as a low ranking person when she is given the opportunity to pose as the prime minister’s niece. Lila Hart died under mysterious circumstances. If Kitty takes her place, she will be famous, but she will be Masked (surgically altered), and she will have to stop a brewing rebellion that she believes in, the rebellion that Lila secretly aided, resulting in her death. Will Kitty be more than just a pawn in a game of threats and conspiracies? Pawn is the first book in a new dystopian series, The Blackcoat Rebellion.
How the Light Gets In
By Louise Penny
The season of lights approaches as Christmas nears in Québec, but shadows are falling for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache learns of a missing person in Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache finds he is not only investigating the disappearance but also seeking a safe place for himself.
Tenth of December
By George Saunders
With Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize and Lynn Coady the Giller Prize for their stories, 2013 was big for short stories. So too for Saunders, long admired by many for his writing, who finally had his breakthrough year with this fine collection of humane, funny and sad stories.