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A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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In the first book, Stick Dog by Tom Watson, the title character is on a quest for hamburgers.  In the sequel, Stick Dog has set his sights higher.  He is in pursuit of . . . hot dogs.  How do I know?  The title, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, is a dead giveaway.  Warning!  Stick dog and his canine companions have some competition this time.  Watch out for rascally raccoons.

No.  No, no, no, and . . . no.  The sixth and final book in Curtis Jobling's Wereworld series CAN'T have been released today.  I am only on book 2!  Let me double check my calendar.  Aarrgghh!  It's true!  How did this happen?  How did I get so behind?  Ok, when you finish Wereworld: War of the Werelords, do NOT tell me anything about it.  I mean it!  Ok, you can say whether or not you liked it, but that's all.  Promise me.  Oh, you're behind too?  That makes me feel better.  We can play catch-up together.
1. Rise of the Wolf
2. Rage of Lions
3. Shadow of the Hawk
4. Nest of Serpents
5. Storm of Sharks
6. War of the Werelords

I first became interested in mythology when my sister and I received Daughter of Earth by Gerald McDermott, a gorgeous picture book about Pluto tricking Proserpina with three pomegranate seeds.  Pretty soon, I was an expert in both Roman and Greek gods, goddesses, and monsters.  Rick Riordan's books have done an amazing job of sparking a similar obsession in today's youth.  He continues to explore both Greek and Roman mythology in his newest Heroes of Olympus title, coming Tuesday, October 8, 2013.  In The House of Hades, Percy and the other demigods must venture into the Underworld and

October is a month devoted to things that go bump in the night -- monsters under the bed, ghosts in the attic, and bats in the belfry.  I prefer nocturnal animals to unexplained phenomena, so let's focus on the bats.  If you're batty for chiroptera, swoop through the shelves for these books.  Practice your echolocation skills while you search.  It might help.

The Bat by James V. Bradley
Bats by Elizabeth Carney
Bats by Michael George
Bats by Ann Heinrichs
Bats Are Night Animals by Joanne Mattern
The Bat's Cave: A Dark City by Joyce Markovics

The fourth and final book in Jon Scieszka's Spaceheadz series came out today.  If you are already one of the 3.14 million Spaceheadz, I know this is stellar news.  If you have no idea what in the world I'm talking about, I have one word for you -- aliens.  Wait!  I have four more words for you -- Major Fluffy the hamster.  Hmm, I thought that would do the trick.  Find all four cleverly-named books in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.
Spaceheadz Book #1!
Spaceheadz Book #2!
Spaceheadz Book #3!
Spaceheadz 4 Life!
(Ok, I admit it -- we don't have this one on the shelf yet.  But it's coming soon!)