Secrets of the Cicada Summer

by Andrea Beaty                                                www.andreabeaty.com

Lily has read every Nancy Drew book in the library.  She’s great at spying clues and keeping secrets. She has to be.  She has secrets of her own that no one can ever find out.  When summer brings lying, stealing Tinny Bridges to town, Lily must depend on her own wits to keep ahead of this sly newcomer.  Tinny takes candy from the general store and blames Lily.  She tries to steal Lily’s friends and even her father’s affection.  Worst of all, she seems to know Lily’s secret.  When Tinny goes missing, only Lily has an idea what happened to her.  But for Lily, finding Tinny means confronting her hidden past.

Frindle

by Andrew Clements                                 www.andrewclements.com

Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school--and he's always had plenty of great ideas. When Nick learns some interesting information about how words are created, suddenly he's got the inspiration for his best plan ever...the frindle. Who says a pen has to be called a pen? Why not call it a frindle? Things begin innocently enough as Nick gets his friends to use the new word. Then other people in town start saying “frindle.”  Soon the school is in an uproar, and Nick has become a local hero. His teacher wants Nick to put an end to all this nonsense, but the funny thing is “frindle” doesn't belong to Nick anymore. The new word is spreading across the country, and there's nothing Nick can do to stop it.

Lowji Discovers America

by Candace Fleming                                            www.candacefleming.com

A nine-year-old East Indian boy tries to adjust to his new life in a Chicago suburb.  While he’s sad to leave his home and friends behind, he’s looking forward to making new friends and getting a pet for the first time.  Unfortunately, many of the neighborhood kids have already made plans for the summer, and their new landlord hates animals.

Everything I Know About Pirates

by Tom Lichtenheld                                      www.tomlichtenheld.com

Why do pirates always wear eye patches?  What are pirates so grumpy about?  Where do pirates go to get their ears pierced?  How do pirates keep their underwear from getting mixed up when they sail off to pirate summer camp?  You're not the only one who wonders about these things. Author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld wondered so much, he had to write a book about them. The result is Everything I Know About Pirates, a hilarious encyclopedia of piratedom. Thoroughly researched using educated guesses and made-up facts, the book reveals everything you'd ever want to know about those notorious bad guys of the high seas

Shipwreck Search:  Discovery of the H.L. Hunley
by Sally M. Walker                                              www.sallymwalker.com

Join divers and archaeologists as they discover and explore the H. L. Hunley, a Civil War submarine.  Learn how the sub operated, why it might have sunk, and who was on board.

Abraham Lincoln:  16th President, 1861-1865
by Mike Venezia                                              www.mikevenezia.com

Part of the “Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents series, this look at our sixteenth president follows his life and political career from his humble beginnings to his assassination.