EXplore 360: Pompeii

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by Peter Chrisp; with contributions from Dr. Hannah Plats

Barron’s, $18.99

Nonfiction book, interactive CD, virtual tour

Coolest series ever! Seriously though, great graphics perfect for kids of the techno-generation. The included CD takes kids (and their parents and teachers) through an interactive, animated, 3D tour of Pompeii, the famous city buried under the ashes of Mount Vesuvius. Other books in series: Explore Titanic

The war that saved my life

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by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Dial, $16.00

Reviewed by my good friend and colleague, Kathy Taber, with Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore in Indianapolis.
“War usually tears families apart and causes heartache, but for Ada, World War II saved her life. Born with a club foot, Ada suffered abuse and ridicule. When she and he bother were sent to the countryside to wait out the war, Ada had to learn to deal with her new life, including how to receive uncondiioal love. Ada’s stoy is a moving and poignant tale of acceptace and how change can be rewarding.
-Kathy Taber
 Kim Bradley was in my writer’s group in Indy! Go Kim! 

the worst class trip ever

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by Dave Barry, illustrated by John Cannell
Disney, Price $13.99
Middle grade, school fiction

When eighth grade civics class of Miami’s Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington D.C., Wyatt Palmer find himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend, Matt has decided that the men sitting behind them are terrorists and it is up to the boys to stop them.

National Geographic Kids Guide to Photography

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By National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths and Nancy Honovic

National Geographic Books

Release date: Agust 4, 2015, Ages 8-12

This photography guide is an excellent introduction to photography for young photographers ages 5-100. With vivid photographs that kids will love and will spark ideas. It's actually quite comprehensive and reader friendly, and covers every facet of photography and equipment, plus how to use smartphone cameras and point-and-shoot. Perfect for children who show an interest in photography, hobbyists who want to learn more, and even professionals, for fun ideas of photographing with kid

Other Notable Books

dirty Gert

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By Todd Arnold

Holiday House, $16.95

Picture book, Ages Pre-K to 6

Ever since she was a little “squirt,” Gert loved to play in dirt, including eating it! One day while snacking on mud in the rain, Gert grows roots! When Hollywood goes haywire over Gert’s earthy transformation, her parents come to her aid. Rollicking rhyme and running commentary made by earthworms add to the humor.

Adult Interest

Wheres waldo? the sticker book

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By Martin Handford
Candlewick Press, Price $12.99
Ages: 5-9
Children’s fiction
​, activity book


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By Naomi Novik

Random House, Price: $25.00

YA, fantasy, folk tales and legends

half a man

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by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Gemma O’Callaghan
Candlewick Press, $16.99

Historical fiction, war, physical and mental scars, family, ages 12+

Welcome to The dark house

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by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Hyperion, Price: $9.99

Ages: 12-18

YA, scary story, horror, suspense

an ember in the ashes

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By Sabaa Tahir

Penguin Random House, Price: $19.95

YA, action/adventure, fantasy, historical saga, internal and political conflict

Mug Meals: delicious microwave recipes

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by Dina Cheney

The Taunton Press, $16.95

​Cookbook, adult interest

The glass sentence

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By S.E. Grove
Penguin Group, Price: $8.99

In 1891, in a world transformed by 1799’s Great Disruption-when all of the continents were flung into different time periods-thirteen-year-old Sophia Tims and her friend Theo go in search of Sophia’s uncle, Shadrack Elli, Boston’s foremost cartologer, who has been kidnapped.

Shaun the sheep movie: timmy in the city

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by Candlewick Press, illustrated by Aardman Animations Ltd.

Candlewick Entertainment, Price $7.99
Children’s Fiction, Ages 2-5

Shaun the Sheep and the rest of the Flock are in the Big City for the first time, and little Timmy couldn’t  be more excited. So many surprises!

The poe estate

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By Polly Shulman
Penguin Random House, Price: $16.99
Ages: 10 and up

Supernatural Fiction, ghosts and haunted houses

Sukie braves the twists and turns of spooky Poe Annex at the New-York Circulating Material Repository to untangle ancient family secrets, hide hidden treasure and help the ghost who are haunting her house.

we will be crashing shortly

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By Hollis Gillespie
Merit Press, Price: $17.99
YA Fiction

A trilling sequel to the hit novel Unaccompanied Minor where April Mae Manning is backing in trouble, but this time she’s running out of chances.

the after-room

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Written by Maile Melony, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr
Penguin Group, Price: $17.99

Ages: 10 and up

​Adventurous fiction, fantasy


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by Kevin Sylvester, Illustrated by Dominic Harmon
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Price: $16.99

Ages: 8-12

Middle grade, action/adventure, scary story, dystopian, sci-fi

My life in dioramas

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by Tara Altebrando, illustrated by T.L. Bonaddio
Running Press Kids, $14.95

(On Sale: May 2015)

Contemporary realistic fiction, coming-of-age, moving, friendship, Ages 8-12


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by Andrew Smith
Candlewick Press, $16.99

YA, humor, rugby, Ages 12+

Fourteen-year-old Ryan skipped ahead and entered an elitist boarding school—two years younger than his classmates. Though selected to play wing on the Varsity rugby team, Ryan is labelled a troublemaker because of his unavoidable placement in the dorm for troublemakers. But when Ryan faces life with his bullying (terrifying) new dorm mates, he may end live up to his label.


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By Carolyn Lee Adams
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Price $17.99
Ages: 14 and up
Fictional story about surviving in the midst of death, scary story

When Ruth is kidnapped, she is determined not to become this serial killers next trophy. After she’s able to escape, the captor begins stalking her through the wilderness.

the story spinner

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By Becky Wallace
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Price: $17.99
Ages: 14 and up
YA fantasy, magic and murder

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are seeking a supposedly dead princess to place her on the throne and end political turmoil, but girls who look like the princess are being murdered and Johann Von Arlo, forced to work for Lord Rafael DeSilva after her father’s suspicious death, is a dead ringer.

Blood And Salt

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By Kim Liggett
Penguin Group, Price: $17.99
Ages: 14 and up

YA, supernatural fiction, love, immortality and the relationship between mothers and daughters, scary story

Seventeen-year-old Ash Larkin finds out her family is involved with a centuries-old saga of love and murder, alchemy and immorality when she follows her mother to an isolated settlement in the cornfields of Kansas.

Action movie kid

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by Daniel Hashimoto and Mandy Richardville, illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti

Keywords Press, $14.99 May 5, 2015

Meet Action Movie Kid, with superpowers limited only by his vast imagination. Known as James to his parents, he’s a science genius with x-ray vision, an animal lover with enough strength to lift an elephant! Though sometimes he needs help, like when aliens come from another dimension through a porthole in their washing machine. But no fear, because Action Movie Kid comes from an Action Movie Family! A must-read for all children and their parents! Created by authors who met at DreamWorks Animation, tightly-written, fast-action adventure with perfect comic-book/cartoon illustrations that further the fun story.