Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs by Russell Ginns illustrator Barbara Fisinger from Delacorte / Random House The second book in the Samantha Spinner series, following Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans. Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother Nipper in the second book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! … Continue reading Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs

Dannemora

Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State by Charles A. Gardner from Citadel / Kensington The prison break, the manhunt, the inside story: In June 2015, two vicious convicted murderers broke out of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, in New York’s “North Country,” launching the most extensive manhunt … Continue reading Dannemora

Honeysmoke

Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields illustrator Yesenia Moises from Imprint / Macmillan A young multiracial girl looks around her world for her color. She finally chooses her own, and creates a new word for herself―honeysmoke. Simone wants a color. She asks Mama, “Am I black or white?” “Boo,” Mama says, just like mamas … Continue reading Honeysmoke

We

We: An Adoption and a Memoir by Ben Barnz from Wyatt–MacKenzie Publishing We centers on the story of Barnz adopting a child and the legal battle with the birthfather that began the day after the child’s birth – and two days before 9/11. The book interweaves this narrative with Barnz’s path to parenthood – beginning with his … Continue reading We

How the Internet Happened

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone by Brian McCullough from Liveright / Norton Tech-guru Brian McCullough delivers a rollicking history of the internet, why it exploded, and how it changed everything. The internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we … Continue reading How the Internet Happened

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress by Susan Goldman Rubin from Abrams Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin introduces readers to the most well-known fashion designer in the world, Coco Chanel. Beginning with the difficult years Chanel spent in an orphanage, Goldman Rubin traces Coco’s development as a designer and demonstrates how her determination to be independent helped … Continue reading Coco Chanel

Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans

Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans by Russell Ginns illustrator Barbara Fisinger from Delacorte / Random House Get ready for round-the-world adventure with Sam Spinner and her brother Nipper in the first book in a new hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes. This is … Continue reading Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans

Armstrong & Charlie

Armstrong & Charlie by Steven B. Frank from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Charlie isn’t looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he’ll finish it. And when he does, he’ll grow older than the brother he recently lost. Armstrong isn’t looking forward to sixth grade, either. When his parents sign him up for Opportunity Busing to a … Continue reading Armstrong & Charlie