Blue Ethel by by Jennifer Back Reinhardt
(Farrar Strauss Giroux/Macmillan Childrens Books , May 2017)
Ethel is an old, fat, black and white cat who’s very set in her ways. When she rolls in some sidewalk chalk and turns blue, she’s taken aback. A charming story that will help readers realize that being different from what you expected can be a very good thing.
Be Quiet by M.T. Higgins
(Disney Hyperion, April 2017)
The three mice from HOTEL BRUCE are trying to write a picture book without words, but they can’t stop talking. Hilarious dialogue and clever drawings allow readers to explore the concept of wordless picture books and literary terms in a very fun way.
Claymates by Dev Petty and Lauren Eldridge
(Little Brown Books for Young Readers, June 2017)
An artist makes two creatures from clay and leaves. When the coast is clear, the creatures come to life and have a fine time transforming into a variety of other creaturese. Lots of fun for all to share.
May I Have A Word by Caron Levis
(Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, May 2017)
The consonants rule in this sly picture book for beginning readers. By learning your letter sounds, you get to help solve the main problem in the book: K does not appreciate C stealing his “sound.” By the end, every letter is happy, and you are too!
Explorers: The Door In The Alley by Adrienne Kress
(Delacorte Press, May 2017)
Sebastian is used to predictability and order, but things are about to change when he walks down the street and sees a small pig wearing a hat who leads him to the Explorers Club. He soon joins forces with Evie, who is searching for her grandfather, an explorer himself. Full of humor and wonderful illustrations, it’s a great summer read.
Posted by John David Anderson
(Walden Pond Press, May 2017)
Shortly into the year, cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School. Students take to communicating via low-tech sticky notes, and soon both positive and cruel messages are papering the school. A powerful novel of the power of words, true friendship, and standing up for what is right.
The One Memory of Flora Banks
(Penguin Books For Young Readers, May 2017)
Flora Banks is seventeen, but still feels like a ten-year-old because of short-term memory loss, a complication of a brain tumor removal surgery. Flora is mostly confined to her house, only let out for brief periods to be with her friend, Paige. Then she kisses a boy for the first time. And remembers it. After her parents are forced to travel to France, Flora decides to chase down the boy whose kiss she can remember
Midnight At The Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
(Harper Collins Teen, June 2017)
Three young girls from three completely different places and decades are all connected through history. Before she’s to be sent to colonize Mars in the year 2065, Adri goes to stay with her only living relative, her Great Aunt Lily, near the launch site in Kansas. There she finds a series of letters written from Catherine in 1934 Oklahoma and Lenore in 1919 England to her best friend Beth, who has just moved to America. The end of the book reveals how all their stories connect.