Super Sniffers


Dog Detectives on the Job


Dorothy Hinshaw Patent Bloomsbury 48 p.




Computers are not our only experts. Super sniffing dogs are hard at work doing amazing things around the world. They perform search and rescue operations and disaster recovery, working off leash in dangerous terrain. Military dogs locate intruders [...]

The Luck Uglies




Paul Durham illustrations by Pétur Antonsson HARPER 387 p.




Drowning Village has its share of trouble. Women and girls are not allowed to read. The Laws of Longchance by the present Earl forbid it. In addition, unjust curfews, fines, and floggings have been levied, and history books such [...]

Remy & Lulu


Kevin Hawkes with miniatures by Hannah E. Harrison Alfred A. Knopf unpaged




Lulu, the dog, lived in a studio with a great portrait painter on the Rue de Rivoli until it was sold. She was starving and wandering the streets when she found a struggling painter named Remy. He uses [...]

The Family Romanov

Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia





by Candace Fleming Schwartz and Wade 292 pages



“Were we all, the whole upper crust of Russian society, so totally insensitive, so horribly obtuse, as to not feel that the charmed life we were leading was in itself an injustice [...]

Forget Me Not







by Nancy Van Laan illustrated by Stephanie Graegin Schwartz and Wade unpaged



Grandma loves forget-me-nots. They spill all over her garden and are embroidered on her table linens. Julia loves spending time at Grandma’s house – Grandma’s eyes twinkle like candles on a cake. They [...]

West of the Moon



Margi Preus Amulet Books 213 p.



West of the Moon is a surprisingly complex but easy to read 5-Star fiction. From Astri’s point of view, her life is intermittently interwoven with thirteen Norwegian folk and fairy tales, including East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which actuates a [...]

Edward Hopper Paints His World


Robert Burleigh Paintings by Wendell Minor Henry Holt and Company unpaged



From a young age, Edward Hopper wanted to be an artist. While other boys played ball or ran races, Edward painted the things he saw. In the early 20th century, he studied in New York and Paris and took a [...]

Ida M. Tarbell


The Woman Who Challenged Big Business – and Won!


Emily Arnold McCully Clarion Books 279 p.



Possessing an innate drive to study nature and science and seeking every opportunity to investigate, experiment, extrapolate and postulate, Ida was raised in a Christian family and enjoyed true bliss during most of [...]

If Only books









Bloomsbury Press




If Only books are true-blue middle grade contemporary romances – or, in modern terms, ultra appealing chick-reads for teenage girls. Readers are taken to a non-typical place for the summer with a typical but rather saucy teenager who [...]

Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits








by Michael D. Bell Alfred A. Knopf 277 p.



Cats have nine lives. Lantern Sam, a rare male calico, has used eight of his. He’s a regular Sherlock Holmes. He calls home the Lake Erie Shoreliner which travels from New York to Chicago, a [...]