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Secret of the Stone Frog

Author/Illustrator: David Nytra Publisher: Toon Books Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters Synopsis: When Leah and Alan awaken in an enchanted forest, they have only each other and their wits to guide them. In a world full of pet bees and giant rabbits, they befriend foppish lions and stone frogs. Learning to overcome danger, they find their way home—and their independence. Newcomer David Nytra’s breathtaking pictures break the boundaries of imagination, sending the reader on a wild flight of fantasy that tells a moving and universal coming of age story. (from the publisher’s site) School Library Journal […] Read More

Goosebumps Graphix series

Author: R.L. Stine Illustrators: Various Publisher: Scholastic Graphix Grade levels: 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Horror Special Attractions: Adaptation, Child Lead Characters, Teen Lead Characters Titles in this series: Goosebumps Graphix: Creepy Creatures (Scott Morse, Greg Ruth, Gabriel Hernandez) Goosebumps Graphix: Terror Trips (Jill Thompson, Jamie Tolagson, Amy Kim Ganter) Goosebumps Graphix: Scary Summer (Dean Haspiel, Kyle Baker, and Ted Naifeh) Publisher’s series page    

G-Man series

Author/illustrator: Chris Giarrusso Publisher: Image Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5 Genre: Superhero Special Attractions: Child lead characters, For adults too G-Man Volume 1: Learning to Fly — Synopsis: When Mikey G unlocks the powers of his family’s magic blanket, he is transformed into G-Man, the newest kid superhero on the block! G-Man joins his superhero friends Billy Demon, Tan Man, Suntrooper, and the Spark on their very first superhero adventure. But what are they to do when their enemy is Kid Thunder, son of the city’s greatest champion, Captain Thunderman? And will G-Man’s big brother, Great Man, prove to be friend or foe? […] Read More

Amulet series

Author/illustrator: Kazu Kibuishi Publisher: Scholastic Grade levels: 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Genre: Fantasy   Special Attractions: Anthropomorphic characters, Child lead characters, Female lead characters Synopsis: Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small […] Read More

Magic Trixie series

Magic Trixie Cover

Author/Illustrator: Jill Thompson Publisher: Harper Collins Grade levels: K-1, 2-3 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters, Social Issues Magic Trixie: Magic Trixie has a problem; everyone loves her baby sister, Abby Cadabra, and no one is paying attention to Magic Trixie! On top of that, she has to come up with a “wow” for show and tell day at Monstersorri School to impress her friends; Loupe Garou, the sassy werewolf girl; Stitch Patch, the sweet Frankenstein’s monster; and Nefi, the beautiful mummy girl. When Magic Trixie finds a way to fix both problems at once, she learns that sometimes […] Read More

Ed’s Terrestrials

Ed's Terrestrials

Author: Scott Christian Sava Illustrator: Diego Jourdan Publisher: Blue Dream Studios Grade levels: K-1, 2-3 Genre: Science Fiction Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters Ed is a dreamer. He loves his comics and make-believe and isn’t really interested in the grown up world. That is, until a space ship full of intergalactic refugee slaves comes crashing down into his tree house. The three aliens quickly set up shop in an effort to teleport their people to Earth, one by one, to save them from their bonds of slavery at the hands of the intergalactic food court. Others have a different idea. […] Read More