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The Wainscott Weasel

by Tor Seidler & Fred Marcellino Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 11, 2014)

A daring rescue, undying loyalty, and true love fill the pages of Tor Seidler’s beloved tale, rightfully compared to Charlotte’s Web by The New York Times.

Bagley isn’t your typical trouble-making weasel—and...


Lulu and the Brontosaurus

by Judith Viorst & Lane Smith Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 14, 2010)

Now in paperback, an illustrated chapter book from industry legends Judith Viorst and Lane Smith!

I’m gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, gonna, get

a bronto-bronto-bronto-bronto-saurus for a pet!

Lulu is so accustomed...


The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure

Chicken Squad #2

by Doreen Cronin & Kevin Cornell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 30, 2014)

The Chicken Squad is back for their second (mis)adventure, and this time they’re solving the mystery of a kidnapped…HOUSE? A hilarious, “easy to read” (Booklist) chapter book from the bestselling author...


Blair's Nightmare

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 26, 2014)

A giant Irish wolfhound might be the dog of David’s dreams in the third book in the Stanley Family series, a companion to The Headless Cupid, from three-time Newbery Honor winner Zipha Keatley Snyder.

With...


The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure

Chicken Squad #1

by Doreen Cronin & Kevin Cornell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 08, 2014)

They might be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken, and they’re on a mission. And on this, their first (mis)adventure “in this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series” (Kirkus Reviews), the Chicken...


More of Monkey & Robot

by Peter Catalanotto Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 18, 2014)

Monkey and Robot are the best of friends—and they have the best of adventures! This chapter book includes four (more!) playful stories.

Monkey always gets in the wildest messes. And Robot is always there to...


The Big Wander

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 08, 2008)

A Summer To Remember

Fourteen-year-old Clay Lancaster has been dreaming for years of the adventure he calls The Big Wander -- a summer in the Southwest with his older brother, Mike, searching for their uncle...


A Million Shades of Gray

by Cynthia Kadohata Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 05, 2010)

A boy and his elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village immediately after the Vietnam war.


The Sandman and the War of Dreams

by William Joyce Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 05, 2013)

Academy Award winner William Joyce’s Guardians recruit Sanderson ManSnoozy, the sleepy legend also known as the Sandman, to their cause in this fourth chapter book adventure.

When the Man in the Moon brought...


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

by Kathi Appelt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 23, 2013)

“Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is” (The New York Times). Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man...


To Be a Cat

by Matt Haig & Stacy Curtis Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)

When Barney’s feline fantasy comes true, the fur starts flying in this darkly hilarious and heartwarming tale.

Cats have it made. They laze in sun patches, are showered with affection by loving humans, can...


Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat

by Anna Branford & Elanna Allen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 21, 2013)

Violet is back with a little bit of helpfulness and a whole lot of heart in this third book of the effervescent Violet Mackerel series.

Violet is the smallest in her family, and has a special affinity for Small...


Shiloh Season

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 02, 2013)

Marty gets to keep Shiloh! He wasn’t able to rescue all the dogs that Judd Travers mistreated, but at least Shiloh is safe . . . right?

Not necessarily, it turns out. With hunting season approaching, Judd...


Saving Shiloh

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 02, 2013)

Marty Preston wonders why it is that despite Judd Traver's attempts to redeem himself everyone is still so willing to think the worst of him. Marty's friend David is sure that Judd will be named as the murderer...


Monkey & Robot

by Peter Catalanotto Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 29, 2013)

Meet best pals Monkey and Robot. “Good-humored silliness prevails” (Publishers Weekly) in this snappy collection of four stories!

Monkey and Robot are friends—the best kind. They simply belong together,...


Invasion of the Mind Swappers from Asteroid 6!

by James Howe & Brett Helquist Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)

Dear possible reader of this book,

After I wrote my first book, It Came from Beneath the Bed!, my editor asked me to write another one. (Another one! This is hard work! I'd like to see him write another one!)...


The Odorous Adventures of Stinky Dog

by James Howe & Brett Helquist Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)

Dear possible reader of this book,

What’s faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a pound of Gorgonzola cheese? It’s Stinky Dog, the hero of my new book. By a stroke of fate (or is it destiny?)...


Howie Monroe and the Doghouse of Doom

by James Howe & Brett Helquist Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)

Dear possible reader of this book,

My editor asked me to write a third book in my series, Tales from the House of Bunnicula. And did I have trouble getting started! I was afraid I used up all my ideas. But faster...


It Came from Beneath the Bed!

by James Howe & Brett Helquist Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)

Dear possible reader of this book,

I want to be a writer, just like my uncle Harold, who wrote a bunch of books about our friend Bunnicula. So I wrote this story. And boy! Did I ever get into trouble! My friend...


Bud Barkin, Private Eye

by James Howe & Brett Helquist Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)

Dear Reader,

The guy who usually writes these letters asked me to do it instead. Maybe he was having a bad writing day. Maybe he wanted me to play the sap for him. Or maybe he ran into Trouble with a capital...


Screaming Mummies of the Pharaoh's Tomb II

by James Howe & Brett Helquist Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 15, 2013)

Dear possible reader of this book,

I wasn’t sure I'd be able to write a book ever again after Canine Quarterly reviewed my series, Tales from the House of Bunnicula. They said I would never win the Newbony...


Lulu Walks the Dogs

by Judith Viorst & Lane Smith Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 04, 2012)

Feisty Lulu sets out to make some dough in this illustrated chapter book with “plenty of appeal” (Kirkus Reviews) from children’s book legends Judith Viorst and Lane Smith.

The stubbornly hilarious Lulu...


The Very, Very Far North

by Dan Bar-el & Kelly Pousette Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 03, 2019)

An inquisitive polar bear named Duane befriends an array of animals as he discovers where he belongs in this charming classic-in-the making that’s reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

In the Very, Very Far North,...


The Second Life of Abigail Walker

by Frances O'Roark Dowell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2012)

Is it possible to start afresh when you’re thoroughly weighted down? A “timeless and entirely of-the-moment” (Publishers Weekly) novel from the author of The Secret Language of Girls.

Seventeen pounds....


The Underneath

by Kathi Appelt & David Small Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 24, 2012)

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep...


Little Dog, Lost

by Marion Dane Bauer & Jennifer A. Bell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 01, 2012)

A “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) novel in verse starring a boy, a lost dog, and a lonely old man, from Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer

Mark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can’t...


Nighty-Nightmare

by James Howe & Leslie Morrill Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2012)

An overnight camping trip! Not Harold's idea of fun. Too many mosquitoes, ticks and cockleburs. But when the Monroe family set out, their faithful dog Harold was with them, mostly because he remembered that...


Return to Howliday Inn

by James Howe & Alan Daniel Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2012)

First there is the omen: A relentless rain stops suddenly at 3:00 am and Chester shows Harold and Howie a cat carrier, open and waiting, by the front door. Chester, who has been reading avidly about the paranormal,...


The Celery Stalks At Midnight

by James Howe & Leslie Morrill Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 03, 2012)

CHESTER, the cat, Harold, the dog, Bunnicula, the vampire (?) rabbit, and Howie, the wirehaired dachshund puppy, return in this sequel to Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery and Howliday Inn to ask the question:...


Howliday Inn

by James Howe & Lynn Munsinger Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 03, 2012)

Harold and Chester could hardly believe it. The Monroe family was going on vacation without them. Bunnicula, the family rabbit, would be boarded with a neighbor. But they, the family's loyal dog and cat, were...


Beardance

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 08, 2008)

Saving The Last Grizzlies

As this action-packed sequel to Bearstone opens, Cloyd Atcitty and his rancher friend Walter Landis are heading back into the mountains, this time chasing the old man's dream of finding...


Kokopelli's Flute

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 08, 2008)

THE MAGIC HAD ALWAYS BEEN THERE.

Tep Jones has always felt the magic of Picture House, an Anasazi cliff dwelling near the seed farm where he lives with his parents. But he could never have imagined what would...


Bunnicula Strikes Again!

by James Howe & Alan Daniel Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 20, 2011)

"Let's just say the matter is under control," Chester slyly tells his pals Harold and Howie. But what on earth does he mean?

It seems that Bunnicula, the vampire rabbit, is back to his old ways -- or so Chester...


Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow

by James Howe & Eric Fortune Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 20, 2011)

The Monroe house is going mad with excitement. Pete has just won a contest, and the prize is a school visit from none other than M. T. Graves, Pete's idol and the bestselling author of the FleshCrawlers series....


E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core!

by William Joyce Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 21, 2012)

Forget the bunny trail.…In this addition to the groundbreaking series from the legendary William Joyce, Guardian E. Astor Bunnymund is on the warpath.

Pitch, the Nightmare King, and his Fearlings had been soundly...


Dream of Night

by Heather Henson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 04, 2010)

Untamable. Damaged. Angry. Once full of promise and life, now a fiery knot of resentment and detachment. This is the story of Dream of Night, an injured and abused racehorse. It’s also the story of Shiloh,...


Bunnicula

by Deborah Howe, James Howe & Alan Daniel Atheneum Books for Young Readers (December 20, 2011)

This book is written by Harold. His fulltime occupation is dog. He lives with Mr. and Mrs. Monroe and their sons Toby and Pete. Also sharing the home are a cat named Chester and a rabbit named Bunnicula. It...


Waiting for the Magic

by Patricia Maclachlan & Amy June Bates Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2011)

People may drift apart, but love can hold them together. A touching tale of pets and family told in the “venerable spare and moving style” of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain...


Shiloh

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 26, 2012)

Marty will do anything to save his new friend Shiloh in this Newbery Medal–winning novel from Phillis Reynolds Naylor.

When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love...


Wild Wings

by Gill Lewis & Yuta Onoda Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)

This “vividly imagined and well-written novel” (Booklist, starred review) tells a gripping story about a boy from Scotland and a girl from West Africa who join together to save a migrating Osprey—and end...


Chicken Boy

by Frances O'Roark Dowell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 20, 2008)

Tobin Mccauley's got a near-certifiable grandmother, a pack of juvenile-delinquent siblings, and a dad who's not going to win father of the year any time soon. To top it off, Tobin's only friend truly believes...


Bearstone

by Will Hobbs Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 20, 2008)

A Dramatic Tale of Grizzlies and Gold

Fourteen-year-old Cloyd Atcitty has been skipping school for years. He's run away from a group home for Native American boys, and is now being sent to work for Walter Landis,...


Keeper

by Kathi Appelt & August Hall Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 22, 2012)

Keeper was born in the ocean, and she believes she is part mermaid. So as a ten-year-old she goes out looking for her mother—an unpredictable and uncommonly gorgeous woman who swam away when Keeper was three—and...


One White Dolphin

by Gill Lewis & Raquel Aparicio Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 26, 2012)

A mother dolphin and her albino calf are in peril in this heart-pounding adventure from the author of the acclaimed ecological novel Wild Wings.

Kara is not sorry she punched Jake in the nose—she simply couldn’t...


The Beast of Noor

by Janet Lee Carey Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 11, 2010)

Now in paperback along with its sequel, what Booklist calls “an eerie, atmospheric tale, full of terror and courage, set in a convincingly realized magical realm.”

Do not wander in the deeps where the Shriker's...


A Shiloh Christmas

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 22, 2015)

A rescued beagle and his boy owner seek love and understanding for their troubled small town in this holiday companion to the Newbery Medal–winning Shiloh, from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

Christmas is coming...


Firefly Hollow

by Alison Mcghee & Christopher Denise Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 18, 2015)

Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in a world that can feel oh-so-big? Delve into this “wise and lovely reading adventure”...


Old Wolf

by Avi & Brian Floca Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 04, 2015)

Hunting—the predator, and its prey—is at the heart of this riveting and suspenseful novel from Newbery Medalist Avi with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca.

In the computer game world of Bow...


The Christmas Rat

by Avi & Leonid Gore Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 17, 2015)

He is one weird Christmas visitor -- his hair and moustache an unearthly white-blond, his voice a gruff rumble. He fills the apartment doorway. From two metal cases he produces what a boy would expect from an...


Moon Bear

by Gill Lewis & Alessandro Gottardo Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 17, 2015)

Both torn from their homes in Laos, a boy and a moon bear cub form a deep bond in this “moving and memorable” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) tale of impossible odds and resilient hope, based on true and...