Multcolib Northwest Picks: Book 1 of kids series
Annotation:A classic made new. Milton and Marlo are struck down by a freak marshmallow explosion and sent to Heck, a reform school in the afterlife. There, they have strange and silly adventures inspired by the Divine Comedy and Paradise Lost. This book is an irreverent and absurd ride through history and classic literature.
Annotation:EllRay's dad offers him a deal: If he can stay out of trouble for a week, they'll go to Disneyland! But being good for one whole week is not so easy. . . . This humorous and true-to-life story kicks off the EllRay series, which is just right for kids beginning to read chapter books.
Annotation:The third grade has won a weird contest, so they get a field trip to the zoo. That's how they meet Miss Child, the weirdest zookeeper in the history of the world. She thinks animals are smarter than people! And elephants can paint pictures! And she keeps snakes in her pockets! So who winds up in a cage with a lion?
Annotation:Although she doesn't think so, third-grader "Just Grace" is plenty different from the other three Graces in her class. Making lists, drawing a comic strip about not-so-super heroes, and doing good deeds are some of her main activities. But what happens when she secretly tries to cheer up a neighbor and gets accused of kidnapping her cat instead? Cartoon illustrations included.
Annotation:Don't miss the Just Grace website with its superpower quiz, podcasts, excerpts, and downloads
Annotation:Jamie contends with Angeline, the school's prettiest, most popular girl (who Jamie thinks is a goon!) and the impending visit of her troll-like little cousin. Will Jamie survive? Will she go mad? Will she send her mom's nasty casserole to starving children in Wheretheheckistan? You'll just have to read the first installment of Dear Dumb Diary to find out!
Annotation:Penny and Luke aren't sure they want to be apprentice Keyholders. A Keyholder's job is to guard the border between the real world and the magical world. But when they meet their "links" --magical helpers from the other side of the border--they change their minds. Penny's link is a sarcastic unicorn. Luke links with a clumsy baby dragon. And just in time! For the evil Queen of the Boggarts is determined to invade their world--and only the Keyholders and their links can stop her
Annotation:When Lucy Pennykettle suspects there's a monster in her bedroom, her mom knows exactly what to do. She creates a new dragon - Gruffen. But can Gruffen discover the mystery behind the monster?
Annotation:Unicorns are now free, but other magical folk are still in hiding--except for one faerie, Alida, who is a prisoner in Lord Dunraven's castle. That is, until she escapes and a fierce struggle begins. Alida fights to free the faeries from the terrible promise they were forced to make to Lord Dunraven--but Lord Dunraven is desperate to continue denying his people the hope they derive from the existence of magical beings.
Annotation:There's little joy left in the kingdom of Caux: the evil King Nightshade rules with terrible tyranny and the law of the land is poison or be poisoned. 11 year-old Ivy's uncle, has disappeared, and Ivy sets out to find him, joined by a young taster named Rowan. But these are corrupt times, and the children--enemies of the realm--are not alone. What exactly do Ivy and Rowan's pursuers want? Ivy's prized red bettle, a gemstone that appears--impossibly--to be hollow? Is it the healing elixir she mysteriously concocted? Or could it be Ivy herself?
Annotation:His name is King. He's a dog...and a detective. And there's a very big mystery to solve. He's been put in the P-O-U-N-D and doesn't know why his human, Kayla, hasn't come to get him. Things get more confusing when King is adopted by Connor and his mom. They call him Buddy! And just as Connor and Buddy get acquainted, Connor disappears! Can Buddy (aka King) solve these mysteries? Will anyone help him? Or is he on his own?
Annotation:Winston Breen loves puzzles. He finds them everywhere, even on pizzas! But then his sister uncovers mysterious wooden strips with words and letters even Winston can't figure out. Turns out the strips are part of a scavenger hunt set up by a town patriarch for his children. Put all four sets together and they lead to a treasure! Unfortunately, not everyone wants to cooperate to solve the puzzle, Can Winston overcome mysterious threats, mutual mistrust, 25-year old clues, and greedy participants to find and share the treasure?
Annotation:A rather large problem has befallen the Huit octuplets. One New Year's Eve, the girls wait for their parents to bring them hot chocolate but they don't. They've disappeared! Eight little girls on their own is not a good thing. So now these little girls must take care of themselves: get to school, cook, feed the cats and pay the bills. And without asking for help. An adult would surely call social services who would split them up and that would be completely unbearable! Can the Sisters Eight find out what happened to their parents and keep things running? It's a good old-fashioned mystery with missing parents, nosy neighbors, talking refrigerators, foul-smelling fruitcake and even a little magic. Let the fun begin!
Annotation:Meet Ziggy and his friends Rico, Rashawn, and Jerome aka "The Black Dinosaurs". When the boys build a clubhouse in Ziggy's backyard, they decide to bury their secret treasures. When they dig the hole they uncover a box of bones. What kind of bones are they? And who and why would someone have buried them behind their clubhouse?
Annotation:Average fourth grader Owen Brown doesn't know it, but there's something lurking under his school. When his best friend, Dana, disappears right in front of his face through the floor of the school,Owen's average life is turned upside down. He's determined to find Dana -- before anyone realizes she's missing. Owen sets out on a mysterious, mythological rescue mission with his friends Jon and Sydney. But what none of them know is that Dana's disappearance is part of a much larger riddle. And they're at the center of it.
Annotation:The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they're given an incredible power -- they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, they become Animorphs, the unlikely champions in a secret war for the planet. And the enemies they're fighting could be anyone, even the people closest to them. So begins K.A. Applegate's epic series about five normal kids with a limitless amount of forms and abilities.
Annotation:Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold.
Annotation:This website includes character and story descriptions, games, videos, a list of the series, and a list of other titles by Eoin Colfer.
Annotation:From Louis Sachar's Introduction: This book contains thirty stories about the children and teachers at Wayside School... Wayside School was accidentally built sideways. It was supposed to be only one story high, with thirty classrooms all in a row. Instead it is thirty stories high, with one classroom on each story. The builder said he was very sorry... It has been said that these stories are strange and silly. That is probably true. However, when I told stories about you to the children at Wayside, they thought you were strange and silly. That is probably also true.
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Looking for a good fiction series for your child? This is a list of the first book in 18 different series for children ages 3-14. Enjoy!
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