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Read something good this summer

May 31, 2017
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

Just because it is summer, doesn't mean it is time to stop reading! Kids can find something to occupy the long summer hours with some new reading material.

A baseball-loving girl finds her best season ever disrupted by a school change in "Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook" by Iva-Marie Palmer (HarperCollins, $12.99, ages 8 to 12.) All-star pitcher Gabby is enjoying her life on and off the field. But when her parents announce a move, her whole life is turned upside down. Will she fit in with the kids at Piper Bell? What will her new team think of her? Can she overcome some unfortunate first impressions? Written like a diary with doodles and notes in the margins, this will appeal to fans of Dork Diaries and sports.

A fantasy world comes to life in the new graphic novel, "5 Worlds:?The Sand Warrior" by Mark Siegel and Alexis Sigel with illustrations by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun (Random House, $24.99, ages 8 to 12.)

On an alien world, the 5 Worlds are in danger unless five beacons are lit. Three kids may have the power to save everything - Oona Lee a clumsy Sand Dancer, An Tzu, a poor boy and Jax Amboy, the athlete. Can they come together to light the beacons and save the world? For those who enjoy The Last Airbender and epic sci-fi adventure, this will appeal.

Before the Disney Channel movie, "Descendants 2" comes out this summer, enjoy a backstory in "Rise of the Isle of the Lost" by Melissa De La Cruz (Hyperion, $17.99, ages 8 to 12.)

King Triton's trident has moved through the barrier that keeps villians in and magic out on the Isle of the Lost. And Uma, the daughter of Ursula, wants it. Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay know they have to get a hold of the trident before Uma does. But Uma has a team of her own - Harry, the son of Captain Hook and Gil, the son of Gaston, to help her win the day. Who will reach it first? An action-adventure pirate story with familiar faces, this will capture fans of the series and maybe draw in some new ones.

A small princess takes on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale in "Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble" by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books for Young Readers, $12.99, ages 8 to 12.) Princess Harriet may not be good at needlepoint like other princesses, but she's good at jousting, rescuing guys in distress and going on adventures. When she climbs a beanstalk and finds a castle on the top, the adventure begins. She finds a giant rabbit, a half-harp, half-hamster and a large goose. And that's just the start of this wacky adventure graphic novel. Young fans will enjoy another tilted take on the fairy tale genre with a larger-than-life princess.

An alternate history story is told in "York" by Laura Ruby (Walden Pond Press, $16.99, ages 8 to 12.) In 1798, twin architects and engineers Tess and Theodore Morningstarr came to New York with their idea of city of skyscrapers and public transportation running on a mysterious technology. 57 years later, they have disappeared and left the Old York Cipher in their place, a never-solved puzzle. Tess and Theodore Biedermann, named after the historic twins, live in Morningstarr apartments with their friend, Jaime. They soon learn a real-estate developer is planning on buying the last Morningstarr properties. That would leave them evicted and the puzzle never solved. And if they want to save their home, that's the one thing they must do - solve the unsolvable.

An epic mystery, this is the start of an atmospheric mystery series that will draw readers in.

Mystery abounds in "The World's Greatest Detective"?by Caroline Carlson (HarperCollins, $16.99, ages 8 to 12.) Toby Montrose is an assistant for his uncle's crime-solving business on Detective's Row. When famouse sleuth Hugh Abernathy hosts a contest to find his successor, neither Toby or his friend, Ivy, are in the running. That is, until a detective is found murdered.

Can these two find out who the killer is amid a bunch of world-famous detectives? Fans of sleuthing detective stories will enjoy this kid-perspective one.

A secret hotel full of monsters surprises in "The Supernaormal Sleuthing Service: The Lost Legacy" by Gwenda Bond and Christopher Rowe (Greenwillow Books, $16.99, ages 8 to 12.)

Stephen finds himself moving to New York City so his dad can be a chef in an exclusive hotel. The hotel caters to a specific kind of client - monsters - or supernormals as they prefer to be called. It turns out Stephen is part supernormal as well. But when he is framed for a magical artifact's theft, he must find a way to prove his innocence and survive the new world he finds himself in.

Fans of Hotel Transylvania who enjoy mystery will like this magical tale.

 
 

 

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