The Fast and the Furriest

by Andy Behrens                                              

Meet Kevin Pugh, 12-year-old couch potato. Now meet Cromwell, his part beagle, part potato chip dog. Kevin’s looking forward to spending his summer doing as little as possible. Unfortunately, Kevin’s father, former Chicago
Bears star player/super-sports fanatic, Howie Pugh, feels differently. So does Cromwell, who has suddenly and mysteriously developed a fascination with agility competitions: running up seesaws, leaping over hurdles, soaring through hoops (sometimes). If he has to do anything, Kevin would rather do something for newly obsessed Cromwell, but dog agility lessons do not constitute a sport in his father’s mind, so football camp it is. Until some well-timed events collide, literally, and soon Kevin’s found a way for he and Cromwell to take classes, and the upstart Team Cromwell is born.

Where Lincoln Walked

by Raymond Bial                           http://www.raybial.com/

Told with a sense of immediacy that helps kids relate to history, this brilliant full-color photo-essay takes readers on a journey over the back roads of Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana, to where Lincoln actually walked and shows them the places Lincoln lived and worked as they are today.

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed
the World

by Laurie Lawlor                               http://www.laurielawlor.com/

Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it," wrote Carson, the pioneering environmentalist and author of "Silent Spring," the book that woke people up to the harmful impact humans are having on the planet.

Charlie Collier, Snoop For Hire: The Homemade
Stuffing Caper

by John V. Madormo    

Charlie Collier is a whiz when it comes to brain teasers and word problems. He's also the go-to guy when friends and teachers find themselves in a pickle, but lately Charlie finds himself yearning for a big score. So he puts up signs around the school and waits in his parents' garage to see what mysteries stumble in. And one does! Soon Charlie finds himself hot on the trail of an evildoer and realizes he'll need more than smarts to solve this case. With the help of his trusty sidekick Henry, new client Scarlett, and codecracking grandmother Charlie puts his reasoning skills to the ultimate test. But will that be enough to unravel this dangerous caper?

Darwin
by Alice B. McGinty                        http://alicebmcginty.com/

Filled with the fascinating words of Charles Darwin—designed as handwritten entries—this picture book biography reveals the assembling of a profound idea: the survival of the fittest. Two hundred years after his birth, more than 150 years after the publication of his Origin of Species, this thought-provoking, splendidly illustrated account invites us into the private thoughts, hopes and fears of a soul who forever changed the way we see the world.

GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys
by Bob Raczka                                             http://www.bobraczka.com/

The wind and I play tug-of-war with my new kite.
The wind is winning.  When you’re a guy, nature is one big playground—no matter what the season. There are puddles to splash in the spring, pine trees to climb in the summer, maple seeds to catch in the fall, and icicles to swordfight with in the winter. Nature also has a way of making a guy appreciate important stuff—like how many rocks it takes to dam up a stream, or how much snow equals a day off from school. So what kind of poetry best captures these special moments, at a length that lets guys get right back to tree-climbing and kite-flying?  Why, guyku, of course!