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One Shadow on the Wall

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | June 12, 2018 | 448 pages
An orphaned boy in contemporary Senegal must decide between doing what is right and what is easy as he struggles to keep a promise he made to his dying father in this “stirring” (School Library Journal) debut novel laced with magical realism. Eleven-year-old Mor was used to hearing his... More Info

Wild Blues

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | June 5, 2018 | 336 pages
The threat of two escaped convicts and a missing friend lead Lizzie on a harrowing journey through the wilds of the Adirondacks in this stunning novel from National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart. Thirteen-year-old Lizzie’s favorite place in the world is her uncle’s cabin. Uncle Davy’s... More Info

What I Leave Behind

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | May 15, 2018 | 208 pages
After his dad commits suicide, Will tries to overcome his own misery by secretly helping the people around him in this exquisitely crafted story made up of one hundred chapters of one hundred words each, by award-winning and bestselling author Alison McGhee. Sixteen-year-old Will spends most of his... More Info

The Honeybee

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | May 8, 2018 | 48 pages
Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. Bzzz… What’s that? Do you hear it? You’re near it. It’s closer, it’s coming,... More Info

Lulu Is Getting a Sister

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | April 10, 2018 | 184 pages
Lulu is getting the sister she never asked for in this hilarious illustrated chapter book filled with hilarious hijinks and fiesty twists from Judith Viorst. Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She’s getting…a baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she’ll tell... More Info

Running through Sprinklers

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 17, 2018 | 224 pages
Two life-long best friends grow up and begin to grow apart in this honest, deeply felt middle grade debut. Sara and Nadine. Nadine and Sara. It’s only ever been the two of them. Two halves of the same person. Best friends forever—until they aren’t. Everything has changed this year. Nadine has... More Info

People Don't Bite People

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 3, 2018 | 40 pages
Lisa Wheeler and Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Molly Idle remind overeager little biters that biting is for food in this hysterical read-aloud picture book. Learning good behavior has never been so fun! It’s good to bite a carrot. It’s good to bite a steak. It’s bad to bite your... More Info

Sam the Man & the Rutabaga Plan

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 27, 2018 | 144 pages
Sam the Man has a new school project. He’s got to “babysit” the—eep!—worst vegetable ever this second hilarious chapter book in a new series from Frances O’Roark Dowell. Sam the Man is back, and he needs a NEW plan. Sam has already solved a chicken problem, but this time, he’s having... More Info

Teddy's Favorite Toy

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 27, 2018 | 40 pages
A mom goes to great lengths to rescue her son’s favorite doll in this delightful tribute to treasured toys—and mothers. Teddy has a lot of cool toys. But his very favorite doll has the best manners, the sickest fighting skills, and a fierce sense of style. Then one morning, something truly... More Info


Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | February 6, 2018 | 400 pages
From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata comes a brilliantly realized sports novel about a hockey player who must discover who he is without the sport that defines him. Hockey is Conor’s life. His whole life. He’ll say it himself, he’s a hockey beast. It’s his dad’s whole life too—and... More Info

Pablo and Birdy

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | August 22, 2017 | 304 pages
A boy who drifted into the seaside town of Isla as a baby searches for answers about where he and his parrot came from in this charmer of a tale laced with magical realism from New York Times bestselling author Alison McGhee. The seaside town of Isla has many stories, the most notable being the... More Info

Super Manny Stands Up!

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | July 4, 2017 | 40 pages
New York Times bestselling author Kelly DiPucchio and illustrator Stephanie Graegin bring a lionhearted new hero to life in this tender, sparkling story about standing up for what’s right—and finding your inner superpowers. Every day after school, Manny saves the world from formidable foes. I... More Info

Afternoon of the Elves

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | May 16, 2017 | 128 pages
Janet Taylor Lisle’s captivating Newbery Honor book explores how, like friendship, magic can emerge when you least expect it—and when you need it most. All you have to do is look deep. Anything might happen in Sara-Kate’s backyard. For that matter, anything was happening. For nine-year-old... More Info

As Brave As You

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | May 9, 2017 | 432 pages
Kirkus Award Finalist Schneider Family Book Award Winner Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally—in this “pitch-perfect contemporary novel” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by the winner of the Coretta Scott... More Info

Olivia the Spy

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | April 4, 2017 | 40 pages
Everyone’s favorite pig is about to have a birthday…but will her penchant for eavesdropping lead to more than presents? Olivia’s birthday is days away. Plans must be made. Who makes plans? Moms! Who simply must know the plans? Olivia, who is NOT above eavesdropping. But when she... More Info

Dark Shadows

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | March 14, 2017 | 128 pages
The Chicken Squad is back for their fourth (mis)adventure, and this time they’re facing their darkest mystery yet: shadows! A hilarious, “easy to read” (Booklist) chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens. There’s a big, SHADOWY, mystery... More Info

This House, Once

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 28, 2017 | 40 pages
Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world. Before there was this house, there were stones, and mud, and a colossal oak tree— three hugs... More Info


Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 21, 2017 | 40 pages
Antoinette—a very special poodle—learns to follow her heart and be herself in this charming companion to Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson’s beloved Gaston. Antoinette’s three burly brothers each have a special talent. Rocky is clever. Ricky is fast! And Bruno is STRONG. Mrs. Bulldog... More Info

The Youngest Marcher

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | January 17, 2017 | 40 pages
Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference. Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else. So when she heard... More Info

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

Atheneum | June 19, 1972 | 32 pages
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.  More Info

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 13, 2016 | 40 pages
With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind toy: the Slinky! One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s... More Info

The Snurtch

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 30, 2016 | 40 pages
"Ruthie has a problem at school. It is the Snurtch. The Snurtch is a scribbly, grabby, rude monster who follows Ruthie around and gets her into all sorts of trouble. It seems Ruthie will never be rid of the Snurtch. But eventually, she realizes she's not the only one... George has one too"--  More Info

Be the Change

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 30, 2016 | 48 pages
In this breathtaking companion to the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, tells a poignant, personal story of the damage of wastefulness, gorgeuously illustrated by Evan Turk. At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset,... More Info

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | May 3, 2016 | 112 pages
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The Sword in the Stove

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | May 1, 2016 | 40 pages
"A quirky picture book in the spirit of Monty Python about two bumbling knights who keep finding objects in a stove (a sword, a shield, a helmet)...objects that ominously belong to their missing friend Harold"--  More Info

Imagine a Day

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 1, 2005 | 40 pages
Imagine a day when your swing swings you higher than the highest treetops. Imagine a day when you can ride your bike up a path of falling leaves into the very tree they are falling from. Imagine a day when you release a handful of blue balloons into a cloudy, gray sky to create a postcard-perfect... More Info

Stella by Starlight

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books | March 29, 2016 | 352 pages
When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era “novel that soars” (The New York Times Book Review) that School Library Journal called “storytelling at its finest” in a... More Info

The Chicken Squad

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 29, 2015 | 112 pages
They might be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken, and they’re on a mission. And on this, their first (mis)adventure “in this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series” (Kirkus Reviews), the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar,... More Info

A Pocket Full of Murder

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 8, 2015 | 352 pages
A determined young girl joins forces with an adventure-loving street boy to solve a magical murder mystery—and save her father’s life—in this action-packed novel with classic mystery appeal. In the spell-powered city of Tarreton, the wealthy have all the magic they desire while the working... More Info

Sail Away

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 1, 2015 | 40 pages
A celebration of mermaids, wildernesses of waves, and the creatures of the deep through poems by Langston Hughes and cut-paper collage illustrations by multiple Coretta Scott King Award–winner Ashley Bryan. The great African-American poet Langston Hughes penned poem after poem about the majesty... More Info

A Shiloh Christmas

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 22, 2015 | 256 pages
A rescued beagle and his boy owner seek love and understanding for their troubled small town in this holiday companion to the Newbery Medal–winning Shiloh, from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Christmas is coming and Marty and his rescued pup Shiloh are sure glad about that—for their town is sure low... More Info

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 22, 2015 | 40 pages
Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Peep! It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is... More Info

Simon's New Bed

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 25, 2015 | 32 pages
Simon’s new dog bed has been claimed by…a cat?! Laughter, scheming, and cuddles ensue in this fun naptime tale you’ll want to share, from debut author Christian Trimmer and illustrator Melissa van der Paardt. Simon’s been looking forward to trying out his brand-new dog bed all day. He may... More Info

Firefly Hollow

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 18, 2015 | 304 pages
Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel oh-so-big? Delve into this lush, unforgettable tale in the tradition of Charlotte’s Web and The Rats of NIMH, from the author of the New York Times... More Info


Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 1, 1998 | 112 pages
From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words. Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of... More Info

Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 5, 2013 | 128 pages
In this irresistibly charming chapter book, the charismatic Violet Mackerel knows how to stay upbeat—even when her throat feels as if there’s a cactus in it! Seven-year-old Violet Mackerel has a new theory: If someone has a problem and you give them something small, like a feather, or a pebble,... More Info

I Don't Like Koala

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 14, 2015 | 40 pages
What’s not to love about a cute, cuddly...creepy toy koala? This is the story of a boy and the stuffed animal he just can’t seem to shake. Adam does not like Koala. Koala is a little creepy. Adam tries explaining this to his parents. He tries putting Koala away—far away. He tries taking Koala... More Info

Also Known as Elvis

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 14, 2015 | 304 pages
Skeezie Tookis navigates a pivotal summer of first crushes and tough choices in this conclusion to the bestselling and acclaimed quartet that began with The Misfits. Skeezie Tookis, also known as Elvis, isn’t looking forward to this summer in Paintbrush Falls. While his best friends Bobby, Joe,... More Info

Lulu's Mysterious Mission

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 7, 2015 | 192 pages
This irresistible illustrated chapter book starring Judith Viorst’s Lulu is full of hilarious hijinks, delightful twists, and a top-secret mission! Eeny meeny miney mo, That babysitter’s got to go. Lulu has put her tantrum-throwing days behind her. That is, until her parents announce that they... More Info

Yeti and the Bird

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 24, 2015 | 32 pages
Even hairy, scary monsters need friends! This heartwarming tale of unlikely playmates features bright artwork and a sweet message from the author-illustrator of Hey, Presto! and Good Little Wolf. Deep in the forest lives the biggest, hairiest, scariest yeti anyone has ever seen. And he is also the... More Info

Zombie in Love 2 + 1

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | December 30, 2014 | 32 pages
Mommy, Daddy, and a new baby makes three! A heartwarming—and hair-raising—tale of undead parenting from the bestselling author and illustrator of Zombie in Love, which Kirkus Reviews called “clever and delightfully gross.” Happily married zombie couple Mortimer and Mildred are thrilled to... More Info

The Wainscott Weasel

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | November 11, 2014 | 208 pages
True love, undying loyalty, and a daring rescue fill the pages of Tor Seidler’s beloved tale, rightfully compared to Charlotte’s Web by The New York Times. Bagley isn’t your typical trouble-making weasel—and he doesn’t mind if his non-weaselly ways prompt teasing from his friends. For... More Info

Mean Margaret

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | October 7, 2014 | 176 pages
Unconditional kindness is the key in this National Book Award Finalist from the author of The Wainscott Weasel about nontraditional families, adoption, love—and a little peace and quiet. Margaret is a mean, cranky human toddler from a family of nine. She is such a pain that her beleaguered... More Info

A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | October 7, 2014 | 56 pages
When a king’s pinky grows stinky, it is up to a smallish boy and a smallish pea to come up with a GIANT plan to save the kingdom—a fractured fairy tale from William Joyce and Moonbot Studios, the masterminds who brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. You might think you... More Info

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 30, 2014 | 112 pages
The Chicken Squad is back for their second (mis)adventure, and this time they’re solving the mystery of a kidnapped…HOUSE? A hilarious chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens. Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy are the four members of The Chicken... More Info

Half a World Away

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 2, 2014 | 240 pages
A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. Eleven-year-old Jaden is adopted, and he knows he’s an “epic fail.’ That’s why his... More Info

Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 2, 2014 | 128 pages
In this sixth story of the Violet Mackerel series, Violet and Rose start a very small protest to make a very big impact. Violet and Rose have shared their best secrets under the big oak tree in Clover Park. And they have found some very good small things there too. So when Johnson’s Tree Services... More Info

Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 26, 2014 | 40 pages
Alexander tries his hand at behaving in this hilarious companion to the bestselling classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Last night somebody ate a whole box of jelly donuts. That somebody woke up with a terrible bellyache, and that somebody’s mom found the empty... More Info


Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 26, 2014 | 48 pages
Meet Moses, an orphaned elephant baby from Malawi, Africa, who is curious, loving, and full of mischief! This nonfiction picture book bursts with fun facts and adorable photographs. Moses is a little elephant who lives at the Jumbo Foundation, a home for orphaned animals in Africa. Like all... More Info

Hug Machine

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 26, 2014 | 40 pages
Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet tale. Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine! Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED! This endearing story... More Info