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New Children’s Books — September 2022

Visit the library to grab these new Children’s releases before someone else does! If you see something that interests you, give us a call or visit the catalog to put one on hold.

ALWAYS, CLEMENTINE by Carlie Sorosiak

Clementine is different from other mice: she can calculate the speed of light and she dreams in Latin. The scientists say she’s a genius and put her through test after test. Clementine is proud of being a good lab mouse, but she’s lonely. Her only snatches of friendship occur during her late-night visits with a chimpanzee named Rosie. When a compassionate lab technician frees Clementine, the mouse discovers an outside world full of wonders: Brussels sprouts, games of speed chess, television fame, and a chance for a real home. But for Clementine, it’s not enough to be free when she knows that Rosie and the other mice are not. This tender, lively adventure story, narrated in letters from a mouse to a chimpanzee, shows us that goodness is something we have to define for ourselves—and that courage and wisdom aren’t proportionate to size.

Fiction, Middle Grade

BEST WISHES by Sarah Mlynowski

When Becca’s best friend, Hailey, says she doesn’t want to be friends anymore, Becca is devastated. But then Becca receives a mysterious package in the mail with a beautiful bracelet and a note that tells her to make a wish. So Becca puts on the bracelet—why not, right?–and wishes to have friends. Lots of friends. So many friends.

And just like that, the magic works. Suddenly, EVERYONE wants to be Becca’s BFF, from all the kids at school to the teachers (!) to Becca’s own mom (!!). At first, Becca loves her newfound popularity, but things quickly spin out of control. As thousands of text messages pour in and the lunch lady sobs because she thinks Becca snubbed her, Becca starts to wonder: Is this wish a curse?

Brimming with humor, heart, and adventure, this brand-new series created by the beloved, bestselling author of Whatever After, will grant everyone’s wish for an irresistible, magical read!

Fiction, Middle Grade


Ben Ripley’s longtime nemesis, Murray Hill, has put a price on Ben’s head and accused him of being at the center of a conspiracy on the internet. Now Ben finds himself in his greatest danger yet, on the run from both assassins and conspiracy theorists.

Ben must find Murray before his machinations catch up to Ben—but with so much at stake, even some of Ben’s most trusted friends might not be at the top of their game, leaving Ben to be tested like never before.

Fiction, Middle Grade


As a young WindClan warrior, Onewhisker never thought he would one day become Clan leader. But when he is unexpectedly chosen by Tallstar as his successor, Onestar must learn to guide his Clanmates through the hardships of forging a new life in unknown territory–and face the deadly consequences of a mistake he tried to bury in the past.

Join the legion of fans who have discovered the epic adventures, fierce warrior cats, and the thrilling fantasy world of the mega-bestselling Warriors series. This stand-alone entry is perfect for new readers and dedicated fans alike.

Fiction, Middle Grade


Which dangerous animals would win in a fight? Find out in this awesome bind-up of five books in the popular Who Would Win? series. The collection features a range of mammals, sea creatures, reptiles, and birds to satisfy all kinds of animal fans, including Falcon vs. Hawk, Hyena vs. Honey Badger, Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra, Tarantula vs. Scorpion, and Whale vs. Giant Squid.

Kids will learn about each animal’s anatomy, behavior, and more alongside photos, charts, illustrations, and amazing facts.

Nonfiction, Middle Grade

TRAIN by John Coiley

Full-color photos. Trace the history, development, and far-reaching impact of locomotives and railroads–from early horse-powered railways to today’s high-speed, driverless trains.

Middle Grade, Fantasy

All book descriptions are courtesy of the publisher.