Marlin is the younger son of the world-famous explorer Ronan Rackham, the owner of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the globe can come to experience the last of the wild left at the end of the nineteenth century. Marlin is a stutterer, is teased or ignored, but talks freely to the animals. In order to impress a powerful duke, Marlin's father ventures into the jungle and brings back a mysterious black jaguar, the only one in captivity. Everyone is terrified of it, including Marlin until one night, when the jaguar’s mystical ways make it possible for the animals to talk back to Marlin. Now Marlin isn't so sure his family's zoo is the best place for them to live.
Seven and a Half Tons of Steel
by Janet Nolan
After the twin towers fell on 9/11, one of the beams recovered from the site was melted in a foundry and used to form the bow of a Navy warship, the USS New York. Nolan treats the attack gently then moves on to the warship’s construction and triumphant launch and Gonzalez’s breathtaking spreads dazzle.
Tiny Titans Series
by Art Baltazar
See what life is like for the very young heroes of Sidekick Elementary and learn what could go wrong when the kids of Sidekick Elementary spend an afternoon in the Batcave in this new graphic novel.
Reading with Pictures
by Josh Elder
This full-color volume features more than a dozen short stories (both fiction and nonfiction) that address topics in Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and Science, while offering an immersive textual and visual experience that kids will enjoy.
Cupcake Cousins (Books 1 & 2)
by Kate Hannigan
With their aunt’s wedding coming up, cousins, Willow and Delia can't wait to spend a week vacationing together. Willow and Delia are hoping their tasty baked goods will be enough to get them out of being flower girls in the wedding. But with a mischievous little brother, a bacon-loving dog, and a misbehaving blender in the mix, their treats don’t exactly turn out as planned.
This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
If only getting a new life were as easy as getting a new notebook. It's the first day of school for all the kids in the neighborhood, but not for Ratchet… she’s homeschooled. That means no new book bag, no new clothes, and no new friends. The best she’s got is a new notebook. She’s supposed to use it for her writing assignments, but instead it’s “Ratchet's Top Secret Plan” to turn her old, recycled, freakish, friendless life into something shiny and new.
Special thanks goes to Jan Dundon, Cathy Askeland, Kathleen March, Terry McHugh, Leslie Forsman, Patti Tylka, Kim McKenna, and Neal McKenna for their help in writing the book descriptions for the 2017 books.