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Books for March reading
March 8, 2018

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There are many new books out for all age groups!

For younger kids, two boys go camping and decide to go for a walk in "Bob and Joss Take a Hike!" by Peter McCleery with illustrations by Vin Vogel (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Bob is bored with camping. Joss makes a suggestion to go for a hike, which Bob will do so long as they don't forget the map. So of course, they forget the map. They go off the trail, into the wilderness and see all sorts of sights. Will they find their way back? This is a funny story about the wilderness that will bring plenty of laughs.

Two cats decide to plant a garden in "A Peaceful Garden"?by Lucy London with illustrations by Christa Pierce (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Children can learn how gardens grow as they follow the cats through digging, raking, choosing seeds, watering and more as the cats look for their vegetable garden to grow. This is a pretty book as well as a learning experience.

Girls get a boost from "Dear Girl" by Amy Krose Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal with illustrations by Holly Hatam (HarperCollins, $17.99.) Written like a series of small letters, this book encourages girls to ask questions, feel good about themselves and be brave. It's a positive message that every girl (even adults) need to hear.

Grade school age kids can learn more about the presidents with the start of the new series, "Action Presidents: George Washington" by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (HarperCollins, $9.99.) Through a comic book format, kids can learn about the Founding Father with plenty of history and some funny jokes thrown in. Kids will learn and laugh!

A middle-grade novel explores the life of a movie star dog in the 1920s in "Strongheart:?Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen" by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann (Random House, $17.99.) A movie directors travels to Berlin looking for another star and finds one in Etzel, a 3-year-old German shepherd police dog. Renamed Strongheart, he goes back to Hollywood to become a star with the help of screenwriter Jane Murphin, and eventually finds a leading lady, a German shepherd called Lady Julie. But things turn bad when he is accused of biting a girl. Can he prove his innocence? Based on a true story, fans of reading about larger than life pets will enjoy this look into history.

A sixth grader decides to start his own business ventures and pulls a neighbor into it as his unpaid intern in "Payback on Popular Lane" by Margaret Mincks (Penguin Random House, $16.99.) Rachel would rather be a writer but Peter wants her to be his intern. When things go awry with them, they are soon in a business rivalry that could tear apart the whole neighborhood. Together with Rachel's best friend Clover, a glitter artist and Daniel, Peter's breakdancing little brother, the block will never be the same! With laughs and misadventures, this will appeal to middle-grade readers.

A story of kid scientists and aliens is told in a graphic novel illustrated format in "Olga" We're Out of Here"?by Elise Gravel (HarperCollins, $12.99.) Olga wants to leave Earth to search for Meh's home planet. Olga is working on her astronaut skills, but Meh is acting awful weird. Will she get off planet??Will there be cookies? What is Meh hiding? The secret will surprise you! This is a funny story featuring a cute alien that kids will love.

A girl wants to reinvent herself and makes a wish in "The 11:11 Wish"?by Kim Tomsic (HarperCollins, $16.99.) Megan wants to no longer be a math nerd and wants to be popular with lots of friends. When she's dared to make something exciting happen, she wishes on a cat clock in her classroom and is granted a magical teen magazine that claims it can bring friends, makeovers and crushes. But magic never goes smoothly, and will Megan find her new life to be any better? A cute story of middle-school life with a magical twist, Megan is a relatable character kids will enjoy.

Magic and wishes come true is also the focus of "The Wishmakers"?by Tyler Whitesides (HarperCollins, $16.99.) When Ace opens a peanut butter jar, he actually gets a genie named Ridge.

Ace is now charged with saving the world before all the cats and the dogs in the world become zombies. Ridge can help with unlimited wishes, but wishes always have consequences. Will he be up for the challenge??This is a funny, magical adventure that will be an exciting ride for middle-grade readers.

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