Y = books recommended for younger readers; O = books recommended for older readers
Avi, 1937     (O)
Murder at midnight
Falsely accused of plotting to overthrow King Claudio, scholarly Mangus the magician, along with his street-smart servant boy, Fabrizio, face deadly consequences unless they can track down the real traitor by the stroke of midnight.

Collins, Ross     (O)
Medusa Jones
In ancient Greece, Medusa Jones, a gorgon, and her friends, a minotaur and a centaur, are mocked and sneered at by the other Acropolis Academy children whose parents are kings and gods, but when they go on a school camping trip together, the "freaks" become true heroes.

Coville, Bruce     (O)
Hans Brinker
A Dutch brother and sister work toward two goals, finding the doctor who can restore their father's memory and winning the competition for the silver skates.

Fleming, Candace     (Y)
Gabriella's song
A young girl finds music all around her as she walks about the city of Venice, Italy, and she shares her song with everyone she meets.

McGowan, Keith     (O)
The witch's guide to cooking with children
Eleven-year-old inventor Sol must recover his self-confidence if he and his eight-year-old sister, Connie, are to escape the clutches of Hansel and Gretel's witch, to whom they have been led by their new stepmother and the man they believe to be their father.

Morgenstern, Susie Hoch     (O)
Secret letters from 0 to 10
Ten-year-old Ernest lives a boring existence in Paris with his grandmother until a lively girl named Victory enters his class at school.

Riser, Winifred     (Y)
Max moves to Moscow
It can be cold and scary in a big city like Moscow for recent ‚migr‚ Max the Lab. But soon he's making friends with the local dogs and playing ball with them. There's only one problem--Max keeps losing his ball in the park.

Simmons, Steven J     (Y)
Percy to the rescue
A pigeon who loves flying around London enjoying the sights finds a way to help two boys who are stranded on an island in Hyde Park.

Titus, Eve     (Y)
A French mouse decides to earn an honest living by tasting the cheese in a cheese factory and leaving notes about its quality.

Wallace, Barbara Brooks     (Y)
A Scottish sheep's unusual diet causes him to produce multicolored wool, which changes his life and the fortunes of his owners.

Weston, Carol     (O)
With love from Spain, Melanie Martin
While spending spring break in Spain with her family, eleven-year-old Melanie keeps a diary of her experiences improving her Spanish, struggling with her little brother, meeting her mother's former boyfriend, and falling in love with his son.

Wilson, Jacqueline     (O)
Beauty Cookson and her mother run away from her father, whose temper was out of control, and find a new lease on life at a seaside resort where they learn to cook and start to become more self-confident.

  Summer 2011