by Alex Whitshire Scholastic, $49.99
Genre: Nonfiction, guide to Minecraft
Minecraft is truly one of the best games ever, not only because of battling zombies or whatever monsters appear at random times, but it’s also a puzzle. As you build your world, you discover fantastic secrets and skills that keep you discovering more and more the amazing things possible. Expert, novice or newbie, alone or multi-playing with your buds, this awesome, cube-shaped, keepsake book spills all the secrets on the amazing world of Minecraft.
by Eve Yohalem, Dial, $16.99
Genre: Historical fiction, realistic adventure, pirates, for boys and girls Ages 10+
A girl. A boy. A secret that will change their lives.
Told in their separate voices, twelve-year-olds Petra, who escaped her abusive father’s Amsterdam house in 1663, and a half-Javanese/half-Dutch boy relate their adventures at sea after Petra stows away and Bram, son of the ship’s carpenter, helps her disguise herself as a boy.
the Overlord Protocol
Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway,
By Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire, Aladdin, $13.99
Genre: Humor, comic book style
Middle-grade, humor with comic-book-style illustrations throughout, reminiscent to the Captain Underpants series (though with a step-up in plot—however slight), but seriously the kids will love it! Great for reluctant readers, especially boys, but will appeal to both.
Cosmoe the Earth-Boy, captain of the Neon Wiener, the finest flying food truck in the galaxy. Along with my best bud, Big Humphree, I spend my days cruising the cosmos and staying crazy busy …
The Girl Who Could not Dream,
By Sarah Beth Durst
Clarion Books, 2015, $16.99
Genre: middle grade fiction, mystery, adventure, fantasy
the Higher Institute of Villainous Education
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret
By D. D. Everest, HarperCollins, $16.99
Genre: Mystery, fantasy, magiC
The Higher Institute of Villainous Education or H.I.V.E. is one of the best books I ever read. Harry Potter fans looking for something new to read? Replacing magic with technology these kids go to a "different" school. Otto, Wing, Shelby, and Laura each have been selected to be a student at H.I.V.E., and trouble always seems to follow them where ever they go. Join Otto and friends as they battle numerous enemies and find friends in unexpected places.