Books Top 5 - July 2018
The following list contains new and years-old book releases, so that those that are starting to read can become bookworms, step by step.
Advanced readers can also choose their pick, because reading a book that is old also has its advantages. Books come with infinite knowledge, remember that!
Growing Readers, 6-8 years old.
1. Julia Jones’ Diary #1, by Katrina Kahler. Its release date was on April 16, 2014, and it has 104 pages.
“Julia looks forward to the most exciting event of the year. As the countdown begins, her world fills with new friendships and surprises, especially when a very pretty girl unexpectedly joins her class and they become great friends. In addition, the cutest boy at school suddenly becomes a part of their group and Julia looks forward to the special occasion that they are all planning for.
But without warning, the events that begin to unfold are not at all what Julia has anticipated. Is there a bully in their midst and is bullying going on around her?
What is in store for Julia and what is the final outcome of her worst day ever?
You are sure to love the first book in the Julia Jones series. It is fast paced and suspenseful and will captivate you from start to finish.
A fantastic book for girls aged from 9 to 12.” – Amazon.
2. Best Friends, by Mary Bard and Nancy Pearl. It was first published in 1955, but it was back to public in November 3, 2015. It has 209 pages.
“Suzie Green has only dreamed of having a best friend. Someone to vent to and giggle with—and someone to help her face the Select Seven at school every day. Those girls are boy crazy, they talk in codes, and they call Suzie “teacher’s pet.” It’s not easy being a teacher’s kid! And it’s not easy being eleven, going on twelve, without a best friend.
Then Co Co Langdon moves in next door. Suzie has never met anyone like Co Co. She’s from France and has traveled all over the world. And she’s never been to school, having been tutored all her life. But now that Co Co is in America, she will go to school for the very first time.
And Suzie will finally have a best friend by her side! First published in 1955, Best Friends follows two girls through one unforgettable school year as they take on mean girls, a cranky neighbor, boys, and the search for a missing neighborhood dog. In the end, they’ll find out what it truly means to be best friends.” – Amazon.
3. Emma Dilemma and the New Nanny, by Patricia Hermes and Abby Carter. It was published on January 5, 2012 and has 115 pages.
“Marmaduke is missing! Once again, Emma has forgotten to put her ferret back in his cage. And with four brothers and sisters and a poodle who chases Marmaduke around the house, Emma finds herself in the middle of this and other family dilemmas. If only she can prove to her parents that she’s responsible, then maybe they’ll let her join the traveling soccer team. When Annie, the new nanny, arrives, Emma feels she’s found someone who’s on her side. Annie’s the coolest nanny ever, but will Mom and Daddy let her stay? Or will they fire her, as they have so many of the other nannies?” – Amazon.
4. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth, by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. It was published in April 3, 2012 and has 144 pages.
“In this first in a series of delightful chapter books, Fancy Nancy takes on the role of detective. When one of Nancy's classmate's most treasured possessions disappear from school, it's up to detective Nancy to solve the mystery and save the day.
With the help of her friend Bree, she follows the clues to an unexpected source. Fans of Nancy Drew's Clue Crew will be among the readers happy to see a new Nancy join the ranks of super sleuths!” – Amazon.
5. Princess Peepers Picks a Pet, by Pam Calvert. It was first published in May 15, 2012 and has 32 pages.
“Everyone at the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses is excited about the upcoming pet show. Everyone, that is, except Princess Peepers. She doesn’t have a pet! Will a bug from her collection work? What about a frog from the royal pond? Can the other princesses accept a pet that is as unique as Princess Peepers is? Princess Peepers makes the pet show an unforgettable one in this sequel about the world’s most lovable princess. Tuesday Morning’s vibrant illustrations using mixed media add to the fun in this quirky read aloud about identity and acceptance.” – Amazon.
Tween 9-12 years old.
1. Sweet Farts #1, by Raymond Bean. It was published on April 3, 2012 and it has 139 pages.
"Someone has been farting up a storm at school and everyone thinks Keith Emerson is to blame. Unfortunately for Keith, it has earned him the nickname “S.B.D.” (silent but deadly). To make matters worse, Keith's dad is a self-proclaimed “Fart Machine” who really stinks it up at home. With the science fair quickly approaching, Keith decides he has had enough. He comes up with a science fair project idea to turn the foul smell of human gas into something sweet smelling. The idea lands him in the principal's office, and in big trouble with his mom.
With the help of his little sister Emma, his dad, his crazy grandma, and Benjamin Franklin (great American scientist), Keith will attempt to make the greatest scientific discovery of all time, the cure for the common fart.” – Amazon.
2. Dork Diaries #1: Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life, by Rachel Renée Russell. It was published on June 2, 2009 and is 352 pages long.
"It’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid for girls in this hilarious novel!
Meet Nikki Maxwell! She's starting eighth grade at a new school—and her very first diary packed with hilarious stories and art in Book One of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series!
New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so I can spill about all of it…
I put a lot of really personal stuff in this diary along with my sketches and doodles.
But, mostly it’s about how TRAUMATIC it was transferring to my new private middle school, Westchester Country Day.
And, how a lot of the CCP (Cool, Cute & Popular) kids were really SNOBBY and made my life TOTALLY miserable. People like, oh, I don’t know, maybe…MACKENZIE HOLLISTER!!
And, it just so happened that I got stuck with a locker right next to hers. I could NOT believe I had such CRAPPY luck. I knew right then and there it was going to be a VERY, VERY long school year!” – Goodreads.
3. Diary of a Super Girl #1: The Ups and Downs of Being Super, by Katrina Kahler. It was published on February 15, 2017 and has 121 pages.
" ... Lia Strong always thought of herself as a normal 12-year-old. She had to deal with the ups and downs of middle school. You know how it goes...hanging out with friends, going to LAX practice, doing massive amounts of homework and dealing with mean girls. Everything changed though, when Lia turned 13!
On her 13th birthday, she found out some very special news...she is the latest in a long line of super women. It seems that Lia is still a normal girl, except for one thing - her super powers. On the up side, she has the strength of 100 people, but on the down side, one of her farts has the potential to knock out 100 people!
Oh, the joys of having Super Powers! A perfect book for girls who love strong female characters. You'll love it!” – Amazon.
4. Mind Reader #1: My New Life, by Katrina Kahler. It was first published on March 26, 2016 and has 108 pages.
"Emmie is a 12-year-old girl who has a special talent. Her mom calls it a gift, but Emmie does not agree. Being a mind reader is not at all what it's made out to be and Emmie constantly finds herself in trouble. The girls at school think she's creepy and try to avoid her. This leads to an ongoing change of schools and a struggle to make friends, leaving Emmie feeling lonelier than ever. However, when Emmie and her mom decide to move to Carindale, Emmie happens to meet a girl called Millie Spencer and everything changes.
Emmie has never had a best friend before and feels that finally her life has turned in a positive direction. Meeting Millie's friend, Jack adds to the excitement, especially when she realizes he is someone she cannot stop thinking about. Then some strange events take place and when Millie's old friend, Julia Jones makes an unexpected visit, Emmie's world turns upside down.
Can she use her mind reading abilities to help her or will she find herself in more trouble than ever before?
If you enjoyed Julia Jones' Diary then Mind Reader is another series that you will love. This exciting book for girls is filled with unexpected plot twists and turns, drama, romance, boy crushes, friendship issues and much, much more. It will hook you in from beginning to end and is sure to become a new favorite!” – Amazon.
5. Class Dismissed, by Allan Woodrow. It’s first reprinted edition was released in June 27, 2017 and has 272 pages.
"Class 507 is the worst class Ms. Bryce has ever taught. And she would know -- she's been teaching forever. They are so terrible that when a science experiment goes disastrously wrong (again), Ms. Bryce has had it and quits in the middle of the lesson. But through a mix-up, the school office never finds out.
Which means ... Class 507 is teacher-free!
The class figures if they don't tell anyone, it'll be one big holiday. Kyle and his friends can play games all day. Samantha decides she'll read magazines and give everyone (much needed) fashion advice. Adam can doodle everywhere without getting in trouble. Eric will be able to write stories with no one bothering him. And Maggie ... well, as the smartest kid in the class she has an ambitious plan for this epic opportunity.
But can Class 507 keep the principal, the rest of the students, and their parents from finding out ... or will the greatest school year ever turn into the worst disaster in school history?” – Goodreads.
Teen, 13+years old.
1. Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale. It’s edited edition was released on February 24, 2015 and has 336 pages.
“Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince will choose his bride from among the village girls.
The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess. Soon Miri finds herself confronted with a harsh academy mistress, bitter competition among the girls, and her own conflicting desires. Winning the contest could give her everything she ever wanted-but it would mean leaving her home and family behind.
Packaged with a fresh cover, this timelessly charming, award-winning story from best-selling author Shannon Hale is sure to enchant a whole new generation of readers.” – Amazon.
2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. It was first published in November 26, 2016 and it has 240 pages.
“The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller. This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.” – Amazon.
3. I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai. This book telling the true story of the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Price was published in June 2, 2015 and it has 368 pages.
"A MEMOIR BY THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE"
As seen on Netflix with David Letterman.
“I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.”
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.
I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.” – Amazon.
4. The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien. This great book’s 70th edition was first published in September 8, 2012 and has 300 pages.
“A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings.
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.” – Amazon.
5. The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkien. This great book’s newest edition was released in February 15, 2012 and has 432 pages.
“The first volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.” – Amazon.
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