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June-September New Books

These are new books from June to September. I hope you will take time to look through these great books! You might find your next read aloud or the perfect book to recommend to a student. We have several new biographies which are a great source of text features.

The Case of the Vanishing Emerald: The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins, Book Two by Holly Webb

A star actress loses a valuable heirloom necklace, so Maisie not only has a new mystery to solve, she also gets a backstage pass to the exciting world of the theater.

Genre: Mystery/Adventure


Enormous Smallness: The Story of E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess

As a child, Edward Estlin Cummings “loved words. What words say and . . . the way they hum, buzz, pop, and swish.” As an adult, he became “one of the most beloved poets in America.” Chronology. Poems featured in the book.

Genre: Poetry

AR: 5.2

Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins

Sunderbans, Bangladesh: While under pressure to prepare for a scholarship exam, Neel attempts to rescue a tiger cub before the animal is captured and sold on the black market. Author’s note. Lists of organizations working with Bengal tigers and working to improve life in the Sunderbans. Glossary.

AR: 5.1

Krakens and Lies: The Menagerie #3 by Tui T. Sutherland

The basilisk has escaped, the merpeople are on strike, and the Sterlings are planning a mythical-animal theme park. Can Logan and Zoe save the Menagerie? Map of the Menagerie. Guide to mythical creatures, with black-and-white illustrations.

Genre: Mystery/Adventure

AR: 4.9

Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King by Bonnie Christensen

Throughout his hardship-filled childhood, “Elvis held on . . . to music.” From gospel and blues to pop and country, the budding musician “loved it all.” Author ’s note. Time line. Sources.

Genre: Biography

AR: 3.8

The Loch Ness Punster: 43 Old Cementary Road, Book Seven by Kate Klise

In the series’ final installment, Seymour inherits a castle that has clues to Iggy’s past and must keep it from becoming the gaudy tourist attraction “Loch Vegas.” Information on the legend of the Loch Ness Monster and the health benefits of laughter on the endpapers.

Genre: Humorous Stories

AR: 4.8

* We have other books in this series.

William & the Missing Masterpiece by Helen Hancocks

When the Mona Cheesa disappears from a Paris art museum, Monsieur Gruyère calls on William, international cat of mystery, to solve the crime.

Genre: Mystery/Adventure

AR: 4.8

The House that Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone

Jane Addams always wanted to “find a way to fix the world.” In 1889, she founded Hull House, a settlement house in a poor area of Chicago, and helped countless people. Author’s note. Sources. Source notes.

Genre: Biography

The Year of the Three Sisters by Andrea Cheng

Andee eagerly plans to bring Fan, Anna’s friend from China, to Ohio for the school year. But when Fan arrives, Andee is distant, Fan is unhappy, and Anna is caught in the middle.

Genre: Realistic fiction

AR: 4.3

*We have books in this series

Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson

Tabitha Crum receives a mysterious invitation to a mansion that is rumored to be haunted. When other children in attendance start disappearing, Tabitha investigates.

Genre: Mystery/Adventure

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

Lily’s lost dog leads to her friendship with Salma, a young migrant who works in the blueberry barrens near Lily’s home. Lily worries Salma will challenge conventions when she enters a local pageant.

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey

Before Jane Goodall, “no one had ever observed wild chimpanzees for more than two months. [She] would eventually study three generations of chimpanzees over a 55-year period.” Foreword by Jane Goodall. All about chimpanzees. “Gombe Family Scrapbook.“ Time line. Maps of Gombe. Further resources. Notes. Index. Author’s note.

Genre: Biography

The summaries come from our friends at Junior Library Guild. The * notes are from me!