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Even More Kids Books!

April 30, 2012 - Amy Phelps
Here's more kids' books to enjoy!

A group of "troublemaker" teens set out to make trouble for some evildoers in "Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers" by Chris Grabenstein.

Riley is the brains behind the group of Briana the actress, Jake the tech wiz, Jamal the lockpicker and Mongo, the brawn. Their adventures will lead them to a bank robbery and a bunch of puppies and of course, plenty of trouble!

Kids who like mysteries should check out this humorous adventure!

"Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers" is published by Harper. It is $16.99 and is for ages 8 to 12.


A young boy gets ready for a new year and a new grade in "Mason Dixon: Fourth-Grade Disasters" by Claudia Mills with illustrations by Guy Francis.

Every year has been a series of ups and downs for Mason, and fourth grade is sure to be no different. His parents assure him it will be the best ever. And he will be in Coach Joe's class with his best friend, Brody. Unfortunately, so is bully Dunk. And so far, fourth grade seems like a lot of writing. Maybe staying home with Dog would be more fun... The next thing Mason knows, he's involved with the school's choir, The Platters, having Dog eat the school mascot's tail and all sorts of crazy, everyday adventures for a fourth grader. Will this year really be the best?

This is a warm and funny story about a relatable kid who has to deal with everyday issues like bullies and homework, and adds humor to the mix. Middle-grade kids will enjoy this one.

"Mason Dixon: Fourth-Grade Disasters" is published by Alfred A. Knopf. It is $12.99 and is for ages 8 to 12.


In a style reminiscent of "The Wimpy Kid" series comes "Big Nate Goes for Broke" by New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Peirce.

Based on the popular comic strip, this novel with plenty of cartoon illustrations follows fourth-grader Nate as he faces off against rival school Jefferson Middle. But when the competitive Nate ends up breaking a bone, is all lost? There's also snowball fights, a cartooning club, and plenty of other misadventures for the funny kid. Those who enjoy the comic strip should enjoy this mix of graphic novel and novel with plenty of laughs.

"Big Nate Goes for Broke" is published by Harper. It is $12.99 and is for ages 8 to 12.


The world of 1888 Russian nobility takes on a paranormal twist in "The Gathering Storm" by Robin Bridges.

Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, attends Smolny Institute for Young Noble Maidens, which purportedly educates young women of royal blood, but really prepares to marry them off to other nobles. Katerina would rather be a physician like her father, but that is not work for a proper young lady. But something else courses through the blood of the nobles, something otherworldly. Katerina is also a budding necromancer, something that she has tried to keep hidden. But her powers attract the attention of the school's notorious Montenegrin princesses, who are renown for their beauty and for their powerful magic. The Montenegrins seem to want to use Katerina's power for their own means, including their handsome brother, Prince Danilo. But the dark prince isn't the only man Katerina is attracting. The Tsar's middle son, George Alexandrovich, is attracted to her, despite being frightened of her power - and what it could do to him.

As political wars are waged and could turn deadly, Katerina must decide which side she is on and whom she will entrust her heart to.

This is a novel full of political intrigue, dark magic and lush romance. Both teens and adults will enjoy the story of a Russian court mixed with magic.

"The Gathering Storm" is published by Delacorte Press. It is $17.99 and 386 pages long.


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