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Map to the Stars

by Jen Malone HarperTeen (July 14, 2015)

Can one down-to-earth girl plus a very famous boy and a whole lot of paparazzi ever add up to a perfect Hollywood ending?

Seventeen-year-old Annie Shelton isn't sure why her mom thinks moving to Hollywood will...


Frozen

by Disney Joe Books Inc. (December 16, 2014)

Fearless optimist Anna sets off on an epic journey—teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven—to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle...


The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

by Uma Krishnaswami & Abigail Halpin Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)

Rose petal milk shakes and a world of surprises awaits Dini when her family moves to India in this spirited novel with Bollywood flair.

Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying...


Encore to an Empty Room

by Kevin Emerson Katherine Tegen Books (April 28, 2015)

Kevin Emerson's Exile trilogy combines the swoon-worthy romance of a Susane Colasanti novel with the rock 'n' roll of Eleanor & Park. Filled with infectious music, mystery, and romance, the electrifying Encore...


Girl Defective

by Simmone Howell & Henry Beer Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

In the tradition of High Fidelity and Empire Records, this is the literary soundtrack to Skylark Martin’s strange, mysterious, and extraordinary summer.

This is the story of a wild girl and a ghost girl; a...


Walt Disney

by Marie Hammontree & Frank Irvin Aladdin (August 12, 2014)

Walt Disney’s imagination made him an all-star in American history, and his childhood is where it all began!

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney had a huge impact on the entertainment industry as an animator, film...


Famous

by Todd Strasser Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 25, 2011)

A teenage paparazzo makes a dangerous discovery in this timely look at celebrity “that is likely to be snapped up and make a lasting impression” (School Library Journal).

All Jamie Gordon wants to do is to...


Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

by Tim Federle Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 21, 2014)

“The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it’s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the musical, Hamilton

Winner of the Lambda...


This Is the Sound

by Randi Reisfeld Simon Pulse (June 30, 2008)

From Nirvana and R.E.M. to Green Day and Belly, alternative bands are dominating the airways. This book looks at the hottest bands on the alternative music scene--their history, influences, concert personas,...


VIP Lounge

by Ed Decter & Laura J. Burns Simon Pulse (December 22, 2009)

Chloe Gamble is the hottest thing in Hollywood. But it's only pretty from the outside.

Travis was supposed to have Chloe's back. But the spotlight of fame is very seductive.

Nika's the secret behind Chloe's...


Love on Cue

by Catherine Hapka Simon Pulse (March 10, 2009)

When you have to sing your heart out, it's best to know how....

Maggie Tannery is a true theater girl and a total shoo-in for the lead in this year's school production of Romeo and Juliet. She's seriously...


Claim to Fame

by Margaret Peterson Haddix Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (November 10, 2009)

I have to tell you my secret. I can't go on...without revealing it. I had a pretty good run, hiding from everyone for five years. For five years I was safe. But now...

It was a talent that came out of nowhere....


Corbin Bleu: Up Close

by Dee Scott Pocket Books (December 05, 2006)

Takes you behind the scenes and tells you everything you want to know about your favorite acting, singing, and dancing hottie!

A fascinating must-read biography with never-before-seen photos for all true-blue...


Here's How I See It--Here's How It Is

by Heather Henson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 28, 2009)

here's how i see it

Rave reviews, an endless request for autographs, my name in lights on Broadway.

here's how it is

The audience is half empty, I spend zero time onstage, my dad's midlife crisis is about...


Royally Lost

by Angie Stanton HarperTeen (May 06, 2014)

Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Susane Colasanti, and Jenny Han, Angie Stanton's brand-new romance asks the question, What would it be like to fall in love with a prince?

Dragged on a family trip to Europe,...


Mackenzie Blue #5: Double Trouble

by Tina Wells & Michael Segawa HarperCollins (June 24, 2014)

Mackenzie Blue is a star! Or she will be . . . as soon as she gets the part of an aspiring singer on a new TV pilot! But juggling auditions and the rest of her life turns out to be harder than Zee thought. Zee's...


Exile

by Kevin Emerson Katherine Tegen Books (April 29, 2014)

Kevin Emerson's Exile, book one of the Exile series, combines the swoon-worthy romance of a Susane Colasanti novel with the rock 'n' roll of Eleanor & Park.

Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—minus...


Snapshot

by Angie Stanton HarperTeen (September 24, 2013)

One kiss will change Marti's summer . . . forever.

Marti

Marti just wants a normal life. After dealing with her irresponsible rock-legend father and absentee mother, she only wants some peace . . . and fun. And...


Rock and a Hard Place

by Angie Stanton HarperTeen (September 24, 2013)

When you fall in love with a rock star, anything can happen. . . .

Libby In an instant, Libby's life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her...


The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

by Uma Krishnaswami & Abigail Halpin Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 13, 2013)

Dini is back from India—with Bollywood star Dolly in tow! But life in the States isn’t all rose petal milk shakes…

Dini and Maddie, very best friends, are back in the same country at the same time! Better...


Mackenzie Blue #4: Mixed Messages

by Tina Wells HarperCollins (November 23, 2010)

As a fashionista and future rock star, California girl Mackenzie “Zee” Blue’s life is busy. Zee keeps in touch with all her friends with texts, IMs, and emails—and now, Bluetopia, the coolest social...


Sean Rosen Is Not for Sale

by Jeff Baron Greenwillow Books (March 18, 2014)

Get ready for the sequel to I Represent Sean Rosen, the original and very funny debut novel that has the New York Times–bestselling creator of Big Nate, Lincoln Peirce, proclaiming, "Sean Rosen is my hero!"...


Ballerina Weather Girl

by Shawn K. Stout Aladdin (May 21, 2013)

Fiona Finkelstein was born to be a ballerina—if she can get over her stage fright, that is. The first in the feisty and endearing Not-So-Ordinary Girl trilogy.

More than catching fireflies, more than eating...


Bull Run

by Paul Fleischman HarperCollins (September 24, 2013)

Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction * ALA Best Book for Young Adults * ALA Notable Children's Book

In this brilliant fictional tour de force, which the New York Times called "a deft, poignant...


Panic

by Sharon M. Draper Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2013)

This gripping, chillingly realistic novel from New York Times bestselling author Sharon Draper, “by turns pulse-pounding and inspiring” (Kirkus Reviews), shows that all it takes is one bad decision for a...


On Pointe

by Lorie Ann Grover Margaret K. McElderry Books (February 26, 2013)

For as long as she can remember, Clare and her family have had a dream: Someday Clare will be a dancer in City Ballet Company. For ten long years Clare has been taking ballet lessons, watching what she eats,...


Orfe

by Cynthia Voigt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 26, 2013)

Love stories aren’t about how they end.

A chance meeting on a street corner with her childhood friend Orfe plunges Enny into the tough world of popular music. As Orfe’s business manager, Enny sees Orfe and...


Better Nate Than Ever

by Tim Federle Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 05, 2013)

“The Nate series by Tim Federle is a wonderful evocation of what it’s like to be a theater kid. Highly recommended.” —Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the musical, Hamilton

A New York Times Notable...


Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella

by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson Sky Pony (March 21, 2017)

Once there was a girl named Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain, and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.

Harper lives in the City of Clouds, an enchanting...


Rock Away Granny

by Dandi Daley Mackall & Mike DeSantis Sky Pony (May 02, 2017)

Getting dropped off at Grandma’s house could be a total snooze. Hours of sitting in the rocking chairs. But not this Grandma. Up she hops to wheel out the record player. And then, with kitty as the DJ—a...


Harper and the Fire Star

by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Ellen Anderson Sky Pony (October 09, 2018)

Harper and her friends want to help the Wild Conductor win back his place in the magical Circus of Dreams. They put on a wondrous show, but their plan goes horribly wrong. Instead of the Wild Conductor, the...


Early Man

by Aardman Animation Ltd Sky Pony (January 30, 2018)

The official novelization of the major stop-motion children's movie!

Based on the hotly anticipated new stop-motion feature film Early Man, from director Nick Park (Shaun the Sheep, Wallace and Gromit, Chicken...


Salted Caramel Dreams

by Jackie Nastri Bardenwerper Sky Pony (March 13, 2018)

Friendship without drama? Dream on!

Jasmine has always been best friends with Kiara. They have a secret handshake, plans to open a joint Etsy shop, and even invented a salted caramel drink together at the local...


Frankie Sparks and the Talent Show Trick

by Megan Frazer Blakemore & Nadja Sarell Aladdin (June 18, 2019)

Frankie Sparks uses her inventing skills to help her friend overcome stage fright in this second chapter book in the STEM inspired Frankie Sparks, Third-Grade Inventor series.

It’s time for the annual school...


Showtime (Dance Trilogy, Book 3)

Dance Trilogy #3

by Jean Ure HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (May 03, 2018)

The final instalment in this inspiring series about dancing, friendship and following your dreams.

From best-loved author Jean Ure, whose books are described by Jacqueline Wilson as “funny, funky, feisty...


Let Me Hear a Rhyme

by Tiffany D. Jackson Katherine Tegen Books (May 21, 2019)

In this striking new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly and Monday’s Not Coming, Tiffany D. Jackson tells the story of three Brooklyn teens who plot to turn their murdered friend into a...


Smoke and Mirrors

by K. D. Halbrook Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September 04, 2018)

“Rewarding.” —BCCB (starred review)

A Wrinkle in Time–inspired adventure…Halbrook’s writing is artful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a story to savor.” —Kathi Appelt, National Book Award finalist...


D Is for Drama

by Jo Whittemore Aladdin (August 07, 2012)

A lead role means lots of drama in this sparkling story of one tween’s efforts to shine in the spotlight.

Sunny Kim is done with one-line roles at Carnegie Arts Academy—she’s ready for the lead. But even...


Star Quality

Dance Trilogy #2

by Jean Ure HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (December 28, 2017)

The second story in a new series about dancing, friendship and following your dreams from best-loved author Jean Ure, whose books are described by Jacqueline Wilson as “funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic...


Harper and the Circus of Dreams

by Cerrie Burnell & Laura Anderson Sky Pony (October 31, 2017)

Late one evening as the stars begin to twinkle, Harper and her friends are flying on the scarlet umbrella when they see a girl running on air, skipping along a tightrope. She leads them to the Circus of Dreams,...


Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants!

Shai & Emmie #2

by Quvenzhané Wallis, Nancy Ohlin & Sharee Miller Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 09, 2018)

From Academy Award–nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis comes the second story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third-graders destined for superstardom.

Shai Williams—third-grader...


Sing Like Nobody's Listening

by Allison Gutknecht Aladdin (January 16, 2018)

In the tradition of Pitch Perfect, two best friends battle it out for a capella group supremacy in this hilarious M!X novel.

Wylie Tennyson and Jada Emmett have been best friends forever. They have done everything...


Professor Renoir's Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights

by Randall Platt HarperCollins (June 04, 2019)

A gripping historical fiction friendship story that will grab everyone by the heartstrings and never let go.

A giant, a dwarf, and three doomed circus animals . . .

By her fourteenth birthday, Babe Killingsworth...


Born to Dance

Dance Trilogy #1

by Jean Ure HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (January 26, 2017)

The first in a brand-new series about dancing, friendship and following your dreams from best-loved author Jean Ure, whose books are described by Jacqueline Wilson as “funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic...


Fade Out

by Nova Ren Suma Simon Pulse (June 05, 2012)

Life echoes art in this sassy, heartwrenching coming-of-age story from the author of Imaginary Girls.

It’s summer and Dani Callanzano has been abandoned by everyone she knows. Her dad moved out, her mom is...


Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg!

Shai & Emmie #1

by Quvenzhané Wallis, Nancy Ohlin & Sharee Miller Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 03, 2017)

From Academy Award–nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis comes the first story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third graders destined for superstardom.

Shai Williams was born to...


Seeing Cinderella

by Jenny Lundquist Aladdin (March 20, 2012)

Magical realism and a modern Cinderella story makes for a fun and relatable M!X read.

Sixth grade is not going well for Calliope Meadow Anderson. Callie’s hair is frizzy, her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird,...


Goblin Secrets

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2012

by William Alexander Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 06, 2012)

In the National Book Award–winning Goblin Secrets, a boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.

In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs...


Murder among the Stars

by Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 13, 2017)

A murderer is picking off the young Hollywood starlets gathered at the swanky Hearst Castle, and Lulu Kelly might be next—unless she can find the killer first in this glitzy, glamorous, and cinematic sequel...


Best. Night. Ever.

by Rachele Alpine, Ronni Arno, Alison Cherry & Stephanie Faris et al. Aladdin (August 15, 2017)

Love Actually meets Adventures in Babysitting in this “fun, fresh” (Kirkus Reviews) novel written by seven authors about seven classmates who are preparing for a crazy night at their middle school dance....