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The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #4: Claudia and Mean Janine

Age: Ages 9-12 | Grade: Grade 4
Summary: Claudia and her sister, Janine, may as well be from two different planets. Claudia, who pays more attention to her art than her grades, feels she can't compete with her perfect sister. Janine studies nonstop, makes straight As, and even takes college-level courses. The girls are nothing alike, and they can't agree on anything. While Janine devotes all her time to working on her Web site, The Baby-sitters Club is busy with their new summer play group. But when something terrible happens to their grandmother, Mimi, the two sisters discover they're more alike than they originally thought.

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Bone #5: Rock Jaw: Master of the Eastern Border

Age: Ages 9-12 | Grade: Grade 4
Summary: In this fifth volume of the BONE saga, Fone and Smiley Bone strike out into the wilderness to return a lost rat creature cub to the mountains. It doesn't take long before they run smack into Rock Jaw, "Master of the Eastern Border," an enormous mountain lion with a none-too-friendly disposition. Life gets even more complicated when they befriend a group of baby animals who are being orphaned by rat creature attacks. Everything comes to a head in an earth-shattering clash between Rock Jaw and Kingdok, the leader of the rat creatures.

Learning Curve
"Graphic novel" is a term used by librarians, educators, and booksellers to indicate a publishing format--books written and illustrated in the style of a comic book, consisting of "sequential art"--a series of illustrations which, when viewed in order, tell a story. Although today's graphic novels are a recent phenomenon, this basic way of storytelling has been used in various forms for centuries--early cave drawings, hieroglyphics, and medieval tapestries like the famous Bayeux Tapestry can be thought of as stories told in pictures. The term graphic novel is now generally used to describe any book in a comic format that resembles a novel in length and narrative development.

School librarians and educators have reported outstanding success getting kids to read with graphic novels, citing particularly their popularity with reluctant readers, especially boys--a group traditionally difficult to reach. At the same time, graphic novels with rich, complex plots and narrative structures can also be satisfying to advanced readers.

Want to learn more about graphic novels? Check out our discussion guide here .

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Tales From Outer Suburbia

Age: Ages 9-12 | Grade: Grade 4
Summary: An exchange student who's really an alien, a secret room that becomes the perfect place for a quick escape, a typical tale of grandfatherly exaggeration that is actually even more bizarre than he says... These are the odd details of everyday life that grow and take on an incredible life of their own in tales and illustrations that Shaun Tan's many fans will love.

November 2, 2009 - The following title has been named Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2009.

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A True Book: The Sense of Hearing

Age: Ages 8-10 | Grade: Grade 3
Summary: Part of Scholastic True Book series about our five senses.

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Pandemonium

Age: Ages 8-12 | Grade: Grade 3
Summary: Acclaimed author Chris Wooding's first graphic novel-fun fantasy-adventure with a macabre twist!

Seifer's life is about to become a royal pain... As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more - of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains.

He just never dreamed it would happen like this. Knocked unconscious and abducted, Seifer awakens in the royal palace to learn that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing. And since Seifer is a ringer for Talon, it's his duty to replace the missing royal in his roles of diplomat, warrior, and Lord Defender of the Realm.

He might fool Talon's sisters. He might fool Talon's army. But Seifer has little hope of fooling Talon's enemies...


Chris Wooding and debut artist Cassandra Diaz team for a classic tale of mistaken identity set against the breathtakingly original backdrop of the Darkling Realm.

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Bone #6: Old Man's Cave

Age: Ages 9-12 | Grade: Grade 4
Summary: The thrilling BONE saga continues in book six. As war spreads through the valley, the Bone cousins join Gran'ma Ben and Lucius at Old Man's Cave to make a stand against the rat creatures. But not everything goes as planned. By the end of the book, Phoney Bone is strapped to a stone altar and about to be sacrificed; Thorn is lying lifeless nearby; and the rumblings of an earthquake suggest that the Lord of the Locusts is about to be released. Fone and Smiley Bone must do something drastic to save their friends.

Learning Curve
"Graphic novel" is a term used by librarians, educators, and booksellers to indicate a publishing format--books written and illustrated in the style of a comic book, consisting of "sequential art"--a series of illustrations which, when viewed in order, tell a story. Although today's graphic novels are a recent phenomenon, this basic way of storytelling has been used in various forms for centuries--early cave drawings, hieroglyphics, and medieval tapestries like the famous Bayeux Tapestry can be thought of as stories told in pictures. The term graphic novel is now generally used to describe any book in a comic format that resembles a novel in length and narrative development.

School librarians and educators have reported outstanding success getting kids to read with graphic novels, citing particularly their popularity with reluctant readers, especially boys--a group traditionally difficult to reach. At the same time, graphic novels with rich, complex plots and narrative structures can also be satisfying to advanced readers.

Want to learn more about graphic novels? Check out our discussion guide here .

Dork Diaries 7: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star

Age: Ages 9-13 | Grade: Grades 4-8
Summary: Pre-order now - - this book will be available June 03, 2014.

Everyone?s been rooting for Nikki Maxwell and her crush, Brandon?and fans will finally learn if they had their first kiss in this seventh book of the New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Nikki?s juggling a lot this month. A reality TV crew is following Nikki and her friends as they record their hit song together, plus there are voice lessons, dance practice, and little sister Brianna?s latest wacky hijinks. Nikki?s sure she can handle everything, but will all the excitement cause new problems for Nikki and Brandon, now that cameras are everywhere Nikki goes?

The Dork Diaries series has more than 13 million copies in print worldwide!

Contributors:

Rachel Renée Russell is an attorney who prefers writing tween books to legal briefs. (Mainly because books are a lot more fun and pajamas and bunny slippers aren?t allowed in court.) Rachel lives in Chantilly, Virginia.

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Black Lagoon® Adventures #25: Friday the 13th from the Black Lagoon

Age: Ages 6-9 | Grade: Grades 1-3
Summary: Another year, another birthday for Hubie. What could possibly go wrong? Well…maybe no one will come to his birthday party. Or maybe everyone will buy him the same present. Or maybe he won't get any presents at all!

As if he weren't worried enough, Hubie has to deal with the fact that his birthday this year is on Friday the 13th. How will he pull off a party on the unluckiest day of the year?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel (eBook)

Age: Ages 8-13 | Grade: Grades 3-7
Summary: For a limited time only, when you purchase Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel as a Storia eBook, you'll automatically receive an EXCLUSIVE video author interview with Jeff Kinney!

The Saturday Triplets in Lost in the Leaf Pile

Age: Ages 4-6 | Grade: Grades Pre-K-K
Summary: Triplets Ana, Bella, and Carlos are always looking for adventure. And they seem to find it every Saturday morning!

This Saturday, the triplets are racing to rake the biggest leaf pile ever when their cat, Boo, goes missing. They think they know where he must be…but they're in for quite a surprise!

The Lost Boy

Age: Ages 8-12 | Grade: Grades 3-7
Summary: Some mysteries are too dangerous to leave alone.

Nate's not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, he's thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago. Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe, and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy.

Contributors:

Greg Ruth has written and drawn stories for Dark Horse Comics, DC/Vertigo, Fantagraphics, and the New York Times. His first picture book, OUR ENDURING SPIRIT, was written by Barack Obama. He is currently working on a graphic novel by Ethan Hawke. THE LOST BOY is his debut graphic novel for Scholastic. He lives and works in western Massachusetts. Visit his website at www.gregthings.com.

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Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space

Age: Ages 7-10 | Grade: Grades 3-5
Summary: When Principal Krupp hires disguised space aliens to serve up the cafeteria slop, can his alter ego Captain Underpants save the day with fourth-grade pranksters George and Harold's help? Introduce your child to wordplay with a potty humor and pun-filled adventure. Flip-animation pages and cartoons keep your impatient reader engaged. A hardcover edition of the series' third epic.

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