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THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE, by Kier Graff

May 22, 2017

The story: Brian is stuck at Uncle Gary’s for the summer, with his cousin Nora who hates him. It seems like it’ll be Death by Boredom when something unexpected happens: the kids get lost in the woods and discover the Matchstick Castle, peopled with a host of famous adventurers, writers, and explorers, who just so […]

UNDER LOCKER & KEY, by Allison K. Hymas

May 22, 2017

The story: Jeremy Wilderson is NOT a thief–he’s a “retrieval specialist”, and he only takes things that someone else took first. So when one of his ventures goes bad, Jeremy feels obligated to fix it, even when it attracts the attention of the school’s self-appointed policewoman and do-gooder, Becca Mills. She wants to see Jeremy […]

SHORT, by Holly Goldberg Sloan

March 2, 2017

The story: Julia doesn’t want to let being short define her, which is why it’s weird when she ends up being cast as a Munchkin in a summer theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz”and finds herself really liking it. ┬áHanging out with theatre folks, learning the slang, and scoring a slot as a flying […]

DREIDELS ON THE BRAIN, by Joel ben Izzy

March 2, 2017

The story: It’s 1971, and Joel is looking for a Hanukkah miracle. Is that so much to ask? He just doesn’t want to end up the loser in his own story. Too bad it seems like God isn’t paying attention right this minute–cuz Joel isn’t picky. The miracle could be a snow day in California, […]

THE EXTINCTS, by Veronica Cossanteli

February 22, 2017

The story: George was just looking for a job so he could save up for a bike–little did he know that working at Wormestall Farm would do more than lead him on a wild goose chase…try a basilisk chase! (Or maybe a unicorn chase–or a dragon chase!?!) Together with Prue, George must work to outsmart […]

DREIDELS ON THE BRAIN, by Joel ben Izzy

February 9, 2017

The story: It’s 1971, and Joel is looking for a Hanukkah miracle. Is that so much to ask? He just doesn’t want to end up the loser in his own story. Too bad it seems like God isn’t paying attention right this minute–cuz Joel isn’t picky. The miracle could be a snow day in California, […]

ME & MIRANDA MULALLY, by Jake Gerhardt

January 23, 2017

The story: Sam (the class clown), Duke (the self-appointed intellectual) and Chollie (the jock) all fall in love with the same girl (Miranda Mullaly) on the same day. Now the competition is on–who will be the one to win her heart? Everyone’s plans go every which way but right, and it’ll take more than just […]

JOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP, by Gavin Brown

January 5, 2017

The story: If Josh Baxter’s life was a video game, he’d be dead. No more lives, no more health points, no new skills unlocked. It’s his third new school in two years, he has zero friends, his grades are terrible, and there’s a bully looking to kill him. But–when Josh goes into hero mode, it […]

JOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP, by Gavin Brown

December 14, 2016

The story: If Josh Baxter’s life was a video game, he’d be dead. No more lives, no more health points, no new skills unlocked. It’s his third new school in two years, he has zero friends, his grades are terrible, and there’s a bully looking to kill him. But–when Josh goes into hero mode, it […]

GOLDFISH, by Nat Luurtsema

November 28, 2016

The story: When Lou misses out on her chance to train as an Olympic swimmer, she feels that life as she knows it is about to end (and she’s right). What she never saw coming was the chance to coach a boys’ synchronized swimming team starring three of the hottest guys at her school. She […]