Ivy + Chase book series about friendship, silliness, pranks, adventures and… getting in trouble.  They are written by Annie Barrows who pairs a quiet reader who loves to wear dresses with a wild tomboy who is very mischievous.  Ivy, this quiet reader,  is actually studying to  become a witch and with Bean’s knowledge of how to move through the neighborhood via backyards these two colorful seven year-old’s form a very eventful friendship.  Here a couple of trailers that might strike your interest:

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is a new Rick Riordan series.  This time we enter the realm of Norse Mythology.   Viking Gods, intriguing villains, instantly likable heroes, and insane action are all found in his first book of the series, The Sword of Summer.  Best selling author Cassandra Clare states: This is “one of the funniest books- everything from the chapter titles to the wry humor of Magnus Chase will have you chuckling, even as the plot races along a breakneck speed.  Check me into the hotel Valhalla, please.  I’ll be staying.”

The Trials of Apollo another new series by Rick Riordan.  This time it the god Apollo who has angered Zeus.  How do you punish a god……. you make him human.  Apollo god of archery and music….. well he used to be, now…… well let’s just say he’s working on it.  “After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.” Rick Riordan

Click here to visit Rick Riordan’s website on the Trials of Apollo

The Wings of Fire is another new Rick Roirdan series:

The dragon tribes of Pyrrhia have been at war for years, locked in an endless battle over a powerful throne and a lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a cryptic prophecy. Five dragonets are chosen, raised in a hidden cave, and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny… (Tui T. Sutherland)

Visit Scholastic’s webpage on to find out more about the books and the characters, play the games and watch the videos: Scholastic’s Wings of Fire Webpage

The Unwanteds a new intermediate student series Kirkus reviews says is Harry Potter meets The Hunger Games.

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, the Necessaries are keep to do manual labor and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their graves….. or are they?

Tombquest is a new series by Michael Northrop we have in the library.  A boy brought back to life with ancient Egyptian magic but there are consequences…….mummies are awakening everywhere and his mom has disappeared.  *Interesting Fact: Michael Northrop is dyslexic and repeated second grade, and now has several well loved books and book series to his credit.

A New Graphic Novel Series You Can Find in the Library 🙂

You asked for the book trailer for Diary of a Wimpy Kid Old School so here it is 🙂

Katherine Applegate provides us with two very inspirational and touching stories, Crenshaw and The One and Only Ivan.  Watch their book trailer below.

An other link to The One and Only Ivan  and a link to a video of the gorilla who inspired the story and who did get his happy ending in real life too. 🙂

Flora and Ulysses a truly touching story of children dealing with divorce, but told in a manner that will have you laughing all the way through