Thanks, Scholastic! The publisher sends a family reading festival on wheels our way on Saturday, May 13, from noon - 2 pm. You’ll love the bus, but all events are in our store. Crafts & activities, costume characters (!) , photo ops, promotional giveaways, and author signings for ages 0-12. We know Alan Gratz, Audrey Penn, and Lindsay Eyre join us, as will Geronimo Stilton and Clifford the Big Red Dog (costume characters)!
Alan Gratz is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers, including Prisoner B-3087, which was named to YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults list; Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick; Projekt 1065; and The Brooklyn Nine. We can't wait for his upcoming book, Refugee, to be published in August. For ages 9+.
Audrey Penn is the author of the beloved picture book, The Kissing Hand, and follow-up adventures featuring Chester the Raccoon. Her latest book is Kai to the Rescue, about a fearless little pumper truck trying to fit in with the big red fire trucks at his new station. Audrey celebrates how our differences make us stronger. Ages 3+.
Lindsay Eyre is another NC author, whose Sylvie Scruggs series charmed us from the start. The first three books of the series are already out, including the most recent, The Spelling Bee Scuffle. For ages 6+.
Kai is a small green-and-white pumper truck who moves into Firehouse #10. Firehouse #10 has some of the biggest, reddest fire trucks around. So how can Kai fit in with the other fire trucks?
When a big fire breaks out, it's Kai who saves the day
School is starting in the forest, but Chester Raccoon does not want to go. To help ease Chester's fears, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret called the Kissing Hand to give him the reassurance of her love any time his world feels a little scary.
The Kissing Hand, used by millions of parents and children starting school or facing separation, is now brought to life in audio form. Package includes a paperback book and a reading of the story on CD, with and without page-turn signals. Also included on the CD, on a separate track, is the new, original "Chester's Song" with lyrics by Audrey Penn and set to beautiful music.
10 concentration camps.
10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.
It's something no one could imagine surviving.
But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.
Kamran Smith has it all. He's the star of the football team, dates the most popular girl in school, and can't wait to join the Army like his big brother, Darius. Although Kamran's family hails from Iran, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted.
And then everything implodes.
Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage.
World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth.
But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies.
Cherry Hill Elementary has always had two baseball fields, one for Sylvie Scruggs's fourth-grade-and-under friends, and one for Jamie Redmond's fifth-grade crew. When Jamie's field is demolished for a kindergarten playground, the fifth graders want to take over the fourth-grade space. Finally, Sylvie and Jamie make a bet: Whoever wins the school spelling bee wins the baseball diamond too.
Sylvie Scruggs doesn't like Georgie Diaz. He always calls her Scruggs. He always beats her in baseball. He didn't invite her to his party. Plus, he's a boy.
Sylvie Scruggs is finally in fourth grade, and that means she's old enough to join her town's junior ice-hockey team. Sylvie is thrilled to discover her years of skating pay off, as she quickly becomes one of the best players on the squad. But someone else is still better: Jamie Redmond, a fifth-grader who notoriously doesn't like fourth-graders.