Annette Laing's The Snipesville Chronicles
new: The Unicorn Rescue Society
Elementary , Sci-Fi / July 10, 2018

The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz & Jesse Casey Unicorns are real. (At least we think they are.) Are you ready to protect the creatures of myth and legend? Then you belong in The Unicorn Rescue Society. HURRY–THE CREATURES NEED YOU! Elliot Eisner isn’t exactly thrilled with the first day at his new school. His class is going on a field trip to a creepy forest called the Pine Barrens. The trip is being led by Profess...

Whale in a Fishbowl
Elementary , Fiction , Picture Book / May 1, 2018

Wednesday the whale has spent her entire life in a very large fishbowl in a city near the sea. When she jumps, she can see the ocean, but doesn’t know what it is. One day a girl tells her she belongs in the sea, and Wednesday contemplates this before becoming frustrated, overturning her bowl, and finding her way “home”. This attractive picture book features full-page illustrations in muted colors, with a foldout page n...

Ruby in the Ruins
Elementary , Fiction , Historical , Picture Book / April 29, 2018

A young girl and her mother survive the London bombings during WWII and await her father’s homecoming. When it arrives, Ruby finds him strange–whether because he’d changed a lot or she simply did not remember him, it does not specify. However, when she finds herself in trouble after playing in the fenced-off ruins of a bombed out building, he comes to her rescue. This story recounts the hardships of the war, the losses...

The Chronocar
Fiction , Sci-Fi , Teen , Timeslip / April 25, 2018

This story opens in 1888 with the son of a slave, Simmie Johnson, working his way to Alabama where he hopes to attend Tuskegee College. Simmie is gifted and scientifically inclined, but trouble courts him with every step. Fast forward to 2015, Tony Carpenter, a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology, comes across an old science journal written by a Dr. Simmie L. Johnson more than a century before. Coupled with the teachings of ...

Wolf Hollow
Fiction , Historical , Middle Grade / March 20, 2018

In western Pennsylvania during WWII, there was an area in between farmlands called Wolf Hollow. The name, coined several generations back, originated from the story of a great wolf purge in which Annabelle McBride’s grandfather participated and related to her years later. There were many old secrets in the woods, and for as long as she could remember, a man named Toby had walked the grounds continually. He lived in an old shack behind...

Come Next Spring
Fiction , Historical , Teen / March 19, 2018

Salina Harris is a stubborn, outspoken twelve-year-old from a small mountain town in Tennessee. It’s 1949, and while WWII left scarred lives in the community, life goes on and with it comes change. Salina is fretting over her older brother’s new role as caregiver to a weak foal, as it means he is spending less time with her. Also, her best friend, Mayella, seems to be focusing on her future—without Salina. When the teacher, Miss W...

Lincoln and His Boys
Elementary , Non-Fiction / March 19, 2018

This children’s chapter book, aimed at ages 8 – 12 years, is an easy read at 96 pages and features beautiful full-page illustrations. It begins in 1859 in the voice of one of Abraham Lincoln’s sons, Willie, who has been allowed to travel with his father on a business trip to discuss Lincoln’s running for President of the United States. Later, it follows another son, Tad, when the family is ensconced in the White House. This book...

The Case of the Feathered Mask
Elementary , Fiction , Historical / March 19, 2018

Maisey Hitchens, Victorian sleuth and boarding house maid, is back to solve another case! One of her grandmother’s tenants, Professor Tobin, is donating most of his collection of artifacts to the British Museum. Before everything is packed and ready, a thief breaks in and steals a rare and elaborate South American mask, leaving a few clues behind that Maisey quickly discovers. With her little dog, Eddie, in tow, Maisey and her friend ...

Ghosts of War: Fallen in Fredericksburg
Elementary , Fiction , Historical / March 19, 2018

Fourth in a series about a trio of 6th grade paranormal sleuths, this story finds the protagonists once again on the trail of historical clues. Anderson, Greg, and Julie are practicing songs for their band, Ghosts of War, in the basement of Anderson’s uncle’s old antique store in Frederickburg, Virginia, when a Civil War ghost appears. Something is not quite right about this ghost, and as the friends dig deeper into the mystery, the...

Ghosts of War: AWOL in North Africa
Elementary , Fiction , Historical / March 19, 2018

Friends and band mates Anderson, Greg and Julie are 6th grade students living in modern-day Fredericksburg, Virginia. In the previous two books of the Ghosts of War series, they discovered a trunk in Anderson’s uncle’s junk shop that contained old war relics. Although they had tried to avoid the trunk since the last near-disaster with a hand grenade, there was an emergency that necessitated the use of a medic kit that was inside. As...