Welcome to this month’s eHighlights newsletter for kids and teens. Check back on the second Thursday of every month for a new edition listing some of the best new youth titles added to OverDrive’s Marketplace. The featured titles below are some of the best picks, but don’t miss the rest! Click on the link below to see these and even more great purchases conveniently placed for you into a Marketplace cart.
Nick Bruel – Bad Kitty – Macmillan eBook
Newly available! Kitty is not happy when the only food left is asparagus, beets, cauliflower, dill, and 22 other unappealing vegetables from A to Z. Bad Kitty did 26 naughty things like ate homework, bit Grandma, and clawed the curtains. But then some tasty things arrive like anchovies, burritos, chicken…. Sequels are available in the Marketplace cart as well.
Courtney Carbone, illustrated by Richard Courtney – The Monster of Sodor – Random House eBook
Movie tie-in edition to the Thomas the Train & Friends animated film Tale of the Brave. This picture book can double as an early reader as well.
Peter Sís – Madlenka: Soccer Star – Macmillan eBook
Three-time Caldecott honoree Peter Sís tells the story of Madlenka, a little girl who takes her soccer ball into the street looking for a worthy opponent. Her trip around her multicultural neighborhood is wonderfully illustrated.
Fiction for early readers
Stan and Jan Berenstain – The Berenstain Bears on Wheels – Random House eBook
Step Into Reading Level 1. A unique counting book, as the number of bears riding vehicles with varying numbers of wheels, keeps the young reader entertained.
Annie M. G. Schmidt – The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof – Random House eBook
Tibble is a newspaper reporter, but his boss is upset that all he ever writes about is cats. Cats aren’t news…unless the cat in question happens to also be able to turn into a person.
Mary Tillworth – Howdy-Doodle-Doo! – Random House eBook
Ready to Read Level 1. Julius Jr. and his friends learn that the best inventions are those that help your friends. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with pictures.
Middle grades fiction
A fantasy set in ancient Norway pits Karn, a 12-year-old farm boy who would rather play the strategy game Thrones and Bones, and Thianna, a half-human, half-giant girl who struggles to fit in with the full-blooded giants, against Karn’s evil uncle plotting his death, and enemies of Thianna’s dead mother. The message: accentuate your strengths instead of dwelling on weaknesses, and never stand downwind of flatulent trolls. Publishers Weekly starred review.
Matt de la Peña – Infinity Ring: Eternity – Scholastic eBook
The Infinity Ring allows the young heroes who know about it to travel in time to fix the “Great Breaks” of history. This time, they struggle to figure out what a Chinese alchemist, a Russian dog, and the trial of Galileo have in common. Book 8 in the New York Times bestselling series.
Maggie Stiefvater – The Dream Thieves – Ages 12-14 – Scholastic eBook
Book 2 in the Raven Boys series. Four prep school boys follow ley lines in search of the legendary Welsh king Owen Glendower. Booklist, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal starred reviews. Goodreads Can’t Wait Books of 2014 #24.
Pittacus Lore – Five’s Betrayal –HarperCollins eBook
A prequel companion novella to the bestselling I Am Number Four series. The evil Mogadorians are an alien race who threaten to take over the earth. This is Book 9 in the Lost Files spinoff series.
Richelle Mead – Silver Shadows – Penguin eBook
The latest in the bestselling Vampire Academy Bloodlines series. 250,000 print run. Goodreads Can’t Wait Books of 2014 #10.
Jessica Shirvington – One Past Midnight – Bloomsbury eBook
Sabine has two lives. Each day is lived twice. In one life she has it all—money, popular friends, perfect grades, the best boyfriend. But when she “shifts” at midnight, in her second life her family is struggling, and though she has friends, they are considered rebels.
Candace Fleming – The Family Romanov – Random House eBook – ages 12 and up
In 1918, the Russian royal family Romanov—Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, their four daughters aged 17-22, and their young son—did not know that they were about to be murdered. Fleming uses primary sources to vividly portray the world of the Romanovs and their peasants, and the politics of the day in a riveting story. Horn Book, School Library Journal, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist starred reviews! VOYA called it a Must Have for All Libraries.
Joyce Milton, illustrated by Franco Tempesta – Dinosaur Days – Random House eBook – ages 6-9
The perfect combination of a hot topic for kids with a well-structured treatment aimed at early readers. Step Into Reading Level 3.
Lucille Recht Penner – Ice Wreck – Random House eBook – ages 6-9
The story of Shackleton’s Arctic expedition in chapter book form. Penner manages to translate the excitement of the story of the ship’s entrapment in the ice while using vocabulary that kids can understand, and hooks to keep the pages turning. Illustrations include actual black and white photographs of the expedition, including one of sled dog puppies born on the ship.
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