Kathy's Korner April: New Juvenile Chapter Books

Sydney and Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World by Jacqueline Davies 

Taylor, a hedgehog, and his friend Sydney, a skunk, set out from their comfortable burrow under Miss Nancy's potting shed on an expedition to see more of the "Whole Wide World." Great for fans of the Mercy Watson series. 

Into the Game! by Nick Eliopulos 

Newest entry in an official Minecraft chapter book series.  Minecraft players turn into characters, transported into the game they love. 

Unicorn Island by Donna Galanti 

Sam, arriving in Foggy Harbor, sees it as nothing but a small boring town until she discovers a hidden trapdoor leading to a room full of strange artifacts and an island of unicorns. 

The Babysitter’s Club: Claudia and the New Girl by Ann Martin 

Newest entry into the graphic novel version of the beloved series. 

Houdini and Me by Dan Gutman 

Harry Mancini, who lives in the house where Houdini spent his final years, is contacted by the famous escape artist from beyond the grave. 

Ghosted by Michael Fry 

Light-hearted fare for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Timmy Failure.  Larry is “haunted” by his best friend, Grimm, as they try to figure out why he is unable to move on from mortal existence. 

Thieving Collectors of Fine Children’s Books by Adam Perry 

A pair of book collectors infiltrate the mind of ten-year-old Oliver Nelson, the last person to read a rare recently destroyed book, which thrusts Oliver into the story where he helps the characters reach the ending before the collectors steal it. 

The In-between by Rebecca Ansari  

Cooper and his sister Jess delve into an unsolved true-life mystery of never identified victims from a train wreck from the past, seeing a connection with their mysterious, creepy neighbor. 

A Place to Hang the Moon by Kathleen Albus 

For fans of The War That Saved My Life, a similar story of WWII London children seeking refuge outside a blitzed London, told in an old-fashioned voice. 

The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan 

Desperately missing her mother who has returned to Turkey to resolve an immigration problem, sixth-grader Sila welcomes a very large distraction in her life when she helps a surprising new friend rescue a circus elephant. 

Wild River: a novel by Rodman Philbrick 

When a dam fails and rushing waters sweep away their adult supervisors, five middle schoolers on a white-water rafting adventure are left alone with few supplies and the opportunity to forge powerful bonds as well as develop dangerous disagreements. 

Cathedral of Bones by A.J. Steiger 

Simon, an Animist with mediocre magical powers, and Alice, a young girl transformed into a monster, work together to discover a cure to her enchantment and uncover secrets of their pasts as they respond to a hamlet’s plea for help. 

Ancestor Approved edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith 

 An anthology of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers, centering on gathering for a Pow-wow, exhibiting bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride.