Saturday, May 13, 2017

Massachusetts Children's Book Award (MCBA) Nominees 2017-2018 Master List Announced

The new MCBA 2017-2018 Master List just announced.

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award
Sponsored by Salem State University
Master List 2017 Nominees

Abbott, Tony, The Forbidden Stone
Angelberger, Tom, Inspector Flytrap
Baptiste, Tracey, The Jumbies
Bradley, Kimberley Brubaker, The War that Saved My Life
Camper, Cathy, Lowriders in Space
Draper, Sharon M., Stella by Starlight
Gibbs, Stuart, Space Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel
Hilton, Marilyn,  Full Cicada Moon
Hunt, Lynda Mullaly,  Fish in a Tree
Jamieson, Victoria, Roller Girl
Jennings, Ken, Maps & Geography
Levy, Dana Alison, Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
MacLachan, P.atricia, The Truth of Me: About a Boy, His Grandmother, and a Very Good Dog.
Milford, Kate, Greenglass House
Nye, Naomi Shihab,The Turtle of Oman
Oppel, Kenneth, Nest
Pearsall, Shelley, The Seventh Most Important Thing
Perkins, Lynne Rae, Nuts to You
Sands, Kevin, The Blackthorn Key
Shurtliff, Liesl, Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
Spinelli, Eileen, Another Day as Emily
Stroud, Jonathan, Screaming Staircase
Wicks, Maris,  Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean: Science Comics
Woods, Brenda, The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond
Woodson, Jacqueline, Brown Girl Dreaming 

How many books have you already read?

Remember you need to read or listen to at least 5 of the nominated books in order to vote for your favorite.  

Click below to download a Master MCBA list and List by grade level:
Massachusetts Children_s Book Award Master List for 2018(pdf) 

MCBA 2017-2018 Nominated Book List by Grade Level

Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

Another Day as Emily
Eileen Spinelli

Eleven-year-old Suzy just can't win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees a kindred spirit in Emily Dickinson, the subject of her summer project. Suzy decides to escape from her disappointments by emulating the poet's life of solitude: no visitors or phone calls (only letters delivered through her window), no friends (except her goldfish, Ottilie), and no outings (except church, but only if she can wear her long white Emily dress).

But being a recluse is harder than Suzy predicted. Will she find a way to fold Emily into her life while also remaining true to herself?

Written in a free verse poetry format. Young fans of Emily Dickinson will enjoy the many references to the poet, and readers new to verse will still find much to love in the humor and fun of

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The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

The Blackthorn Key (#1)
Kevin Sands

Following a series of murders, an apothecary's apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in this suspenseful debut novel.
Christopher Rowe, apprentice to master apothecary Benedict Blackthorn, is learning all his master's secrets - like how to decipher complex codes and puzzles and how to transform simple ingredients into powerful medicines, potions, and weapons.
Christopher's beloved master guides him with a firm, steady hand - a confidence even more vital as Christopher learns of a mysterious cult preying on London's apothecaries. The murders grow closer and closer to Blackthorn's shop - until Christopher is torn from his home with only a cryptic message and a warning from his master: "Tell no one what I've given you".
Aided by his best friend, Tom, Christopher must race to decipher his master's message - and follow a trail of deceit toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in Kevin Sands' suspenseful debut novel, 'The Blackthorn Key'.

Other books in the Blackthorn Key Series:

Mark of the Plague (#2)

Christopher Rowe is back and there are more puzzles, riddles, and secrets to uncover.
The Black Death has returned to London, spreading disease and fear through town. A mysterious prophet predicts the city’s ultimate doom—until an unknown apothecary arrives with a cure that actually works. Christopher’s Blackthorn shop is chosen to prepare the remedy. But when an assassin threatens the apothecary’s life, Christopher and his faithful friend Tom are back to hunting down the truth, risking their lives to untangle the heart of a dark conspiracy.

And as the sickness strikes close to home, the stakes are higher than ever before…

Join host Becky Anderson as she talks to author Kevin Sands about his new book, Mark of the Plague.

The Assassin's Curse (#3) 

Christopher Rowe is back and there are more puzzles, riddles, and secrets to uncover in this third novel of the award-winning Blackthorn Key series.

Wherever Christopher Rowe goes, adventure—and murder—follows. Even a chance to meet King Charles ends in a brush with an assassin.

All that’s recovered from the killer is a coded message with an ominous sign-off: more attempts are coming. So when Christopher’s code-breaking discovers the attack’s true target, he and his friends are ordered to Paris to investigate a centuries-old curse on the French throne. And when they learn an ancient treasure is promised to any assassin who succeeds, they realize the entire royal family is at stake—as well as their own lives.

Click here to visit the author's website. 

Reading book guide by Simon and Schuster 

The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

The Blossoming Universe or Violet Diamond
Brenda Woods

This is an uplifting story of a girl finally meeting the African American side of her family explores racism and how it feels to be biracial, and celebrates families of all kinds.

Violet is biracial, but she lives with her white mother and sister, attends a mostly white school in a white town, and sometimes feels like a brown leaf on a pile of snow. Now that she’s eleven, she feels it’s time to learn about her African American heritage, so she seeks out her paternal grandmother. When Violet is invited to spend two weeks with her new Bibi (Swahili for "grandmother") and learns about her lost heritage, her confidence in herself grows and she discovers she’s not a shrinking Violet after all.

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s poetry reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Jacqueline Woodson reads from her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming 

Jacqueline Woodson Brown Girl Dreaming Author Video 


Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean: Science Comics by Maris Wicks


Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean: Science Comics  

by Maris Wicks 


In this nonfiction comic learn all about these tiny sea animals! This look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance.  


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Learn why coral reefs are so important!

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Hello! I'd like to introduce you to my habitat. The Coral Reef.




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Is coral a plant or an animal? I think the answer will surprise you.

There's so much to learn about these tiny, adorable sea animals.  


Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree
Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt Book Trailer

Click here to read Chapter One.

Printable Teacher's Guide (pdf)

Click here for frequently asked questions about Fish in a Tree.

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The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott

The Forbidden Stone (The Copernicus Legacy #1)
Tony Abbott

The Copernicus Legacy, begins with The Forbidden Stone, a thrilling adventure packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action.

Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.

The Copernicus Legacy by Tony Abbott | Official Book Trailer

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Full Cicada Moon by Marlyn Hilton

Full Cicada Moon
Marilyn Hilton

It's 1969, and the Apollo 11 mission is getting ready to go to the moon. But for half-black, half-Japanese Mimi, moving to a predominantly white Vermont town is enough to make her feel alien. Suddenly, Mimi's appearance is all anyone notices. She struggles to fit in with her classmates, even as she fights for her right to stand out by entering science competitions and joining Shop Class instead of Home Ec. And even though teachers and neighbors balk at her mixed-race family and her refusals to conform, Mimi’s dreams of becoming an astronaut never fade—no matter how many times she’s told no.

This historical middle-grade novel is told in poems from Mimi's perspective over the course of one year in her new town, and shows readers that positive change can start with just one person speaking up.

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Marilyn Hilton has published numerous short stories, poems, essays, and two previous children’s books. She lives with her husband and three children in Northern California.

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Book Club Discussion Guide - (pdf)

Tiny Tips  


Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Greenglass House
Kate Milford

It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.

About the author
Originally from Annapolis, MD, Kate now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Nathan and son Griffin and their dogs, Ed and Sprocket. She has written for stage and screen 

Skype visits:

15 minute Q&A: Free to classes in which every student has read the book, and for which students have prepared questions. I have limited availability for these. Please email for available times.

Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger

Inspector Flytrap (Secretly titled The DaVinci Code) Book #1
Tom Angleberger
Illustrated by Cece Bell

Inspector Flytrap in the Da Vinci Cold introduces kids to the humorous and wacky world of Inspector Flytrap’s Detective Agency, home to the world-renowned solver of BIG DEAL mysteries. The plant detective works tirelessly with his assistant Nina the Goat on his community’s unsolved cases. There’s no case too big, but there are definitely cases too small for this endearingly self-important plant detective.

Celebrating the disabled yet enabled, the character of Inspector Flytrap is wheeled everywhere (on a skateboard, of course) by his goat sidekick as this mystery-solving duo.

On his first caper, Inspector Flytrap heads to the Art Museum’s Secret Lab to discover what important message lies in a mysterious glob on a recently discovered Da Vinci flower painting.

Included in these books are some graphic novel–style pages.

Audio Name Pronunciation with Tom Angleberger created by 

Other books in the series:

Inspector Flytrap: The President's Mane is Missing - (Book#2)

Inspector Flytrap: The Goat who Chewed Too Much - (Book#3)

Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesel Shurtliff

Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk
Liesel Shurtliff

All his life, Jack has longed for an adventure, so when giants turn up in the neighbor's cabbage patch, he is thrilled! Soon Jack is chasing them to a land beyond the clouds, with his little sister, Annabella, in tow. The kingdom of giants is full of super-sized fun: puddings to swim in, spoons to use as catapults, monster toads to carry off pesky little sisters. . . .

But Jack and Annabella are on a mission. The king of the giants has taken something that belongs to them, and they’ll do anything—even dive into a smelly tureen of green bean soup—to get it back.

Book Trailer - Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk

Other Fairy Tales written by Liesel Shurtliff:

Book Trailer - Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Rump Reader’s Guide             

Rump Trivia

Book Trailer - Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood

Reading Jack, Rump or Red in a classroom or book club?
Liesl offers FREE 20 minute Skype Q&A sessions for groups who are reading her books. Click HERE to schedule your FREE 20 minute Skype Q&A.


The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies
Tracey Baptiste

Corinne La Mer claims she isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters made up by parents to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her to the edge of the trees. They couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger at the market the very next day, she knows something extraordinary is about to happen. When this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne's house, danger is in the air. Severine plans to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn't know she possessed to stop Severine and to save her island home.

Click here to visit the author's web page on The Jumbies 

What is a jumbie? Find out in this four-part web series: Jumbies a Field Guide.

Episode 1: Douens

Episode 2: Lagahoo 

Episode 3: La Diablesse
La Diablesse, a devil woman with a cow foot.

Episode 4: Socouyant 
The kids explain the scariest of all jumbies: the soucouyant!


For Teachers:
Jumbies a Field Guide: How to Recognize, Trick, and Outmaneuver Them

The Jumbies Reader’s Guide

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

Lowriders in Space (Book #1)
Cathy Camper
Illustrated by Raul the Third

Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love working with cars. You name it, they can fix it. But the team's favorite cars of all are lowriders—cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito. The stars align when a contest for the best car around offers a prize of a trunkful of cash—just what the team needs to open their own shop! ¡Ay chihuahua! What will it take to transform a junker into the best car in the universe?

The story is sketched with Spanish and inked with science facts.

There is a glossary at the back to provide definitions for Spanish and science terms.

Book Trailer

Author Interview Video

Illustrator Interview Video

Teacher Resources:

Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book #2 )

Maps and Geography by Ken Jennings

Maps and Geography (Junior Genius Guides)
Ken Jennings
(Jeopardy Champion)

Discover the fun facts about the world and become a master of geography with this interactive trivia book.
Did you know that the biggest desert in the world is actually covered in snow? Or that Christopher Columbus wasn’t the first to think that the Earth was round? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time!

Other books in the Junior Genius Guides by Ken Jennings:

Greek Mythology
With this Junior Genius Guide to Greek mythology, you’ll become an expert and wow your friends and teachers with all the best ancient stories: how Prometheus outsmarted the gods, how Achilles’s heel led to his death, and how we mere mortals always seem to get mixed up in so many misadventures. With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time!

U.S. Presidents
Become a presidential pro with this interactive trivia book.
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday? Or that Jefferson introduced the first French fries at a fancy state dinner? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this patriotic genius guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time!
Outer Space
Let your inner astronaut explore outer space with this interactive trivia book.
Did you know that Mars has a volcano bigger than the state of Arizona? Or that there’s a star with a diamond the size of our moon at its core? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time! 

The Human Body
Unveil the impressive mysteries of your own body with this interactive trivia book. Did you know that your hair is as strong as copper wire? Or that if you could spread them out, your lungs would have the surface area of a tennis court? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time!

Ancient Egypt
Travel back in time to the age of the pyramids with this interactive trivia book.
Did you know that some Egyptians used to shave their eyebrows whenever a cat died? Or that some people worshiped a god of lettuce? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time.

Travel back in time to the dinosaur age with this interactive trivia book.  Did you know that dinosaurs skin was more like bump bird skin than modern snake or crocodile scales? Or that the Tyrannosaurus Rex might have croaked like a frog instead of roaring? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time.

Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher
Dana Alison Levy

The start of the school year is not going as the Fletcher brothers hoped. Each boy finds his plans for success veering off in unexpected and sometimes diastrous directions. And at home, their miserable new neighbor complains about everything. As the year continues, the boys learn the hard and often hilarious lesson that sometimes what you least expect is what you come to care about the most.

Meet the Fletchers: four boys, two dads, and one new neighbor who just might ruin everything.

Sam, age 12
Mostly interested in soccer. And food. And his phone.

Jax, age 10
Psyched for fourth grade. Thinks the new neighbor stinks, and not just because of the skunk.

Eli, age 10 (but younger than Jax)
Delighted to be starting this year at the Pinnacle School, where everyone’s “the smart kid.”

Frog (not his real name), age 6
Wants his new friends at kindergarten to save a seat for his invisible cheetah.

Companion book to The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher.

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island 
Dana Alison Levy

The Fletchers are back on Rock Island, home of all their best summer memories. Romping in the surf, biking the windy shore roads, and catching crabs are just a few of the island’s delights. And best of all is the Rock Island Lighthouse, right next door and theirs to explore, year after year. But from their first day on the island it’s clear that this year, things have changed. And Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog Fletcher can’t quite believe their eyes.

FIRST, a giant fence is blocking their beloved lighthouse, which has always been open to the public. Why is it closed? And what is the For Sale sign doing there?

SECOND, there are new neighbors, Valerie and Alex Gallindo. Kids next door might be okay, if they’re not totally annoying. But first impressions are not looking good…

THIRD, who the heck is Chase Kark and why does he want to buy the lighthouse? (And why does he wear such weird green shorts all the time)?

And FOURTH, there’s now an ice cream truck on Rock Island! (Okay, that one’s pretty awesome. But still, it’s totally different).

Add a dose of Shakespeare, a very tippy kayak, a video camera, and (maybe, possibly, or not) a swimming cat, and the recipe for a crazy summer is complete. Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog’s time on Rock Island is not at all what they expected. Can Rock Island remain the same, even with all these transformations? For the Fletcher boys, and even for Papa and Dad, the summer brings new changes, both in themselves and the island they love.

Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel 
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain?

For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

Book Trailer 

Reading Guide - (pdf)


Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide, and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn was winner of a Michael L Printz Honor Book Award, and the Canadian Governor General's Award for Children's Literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children's Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, The Boundless, and The Nest, winner of the CLA Book of the Year for Children. His latest book is the YA novel EVERY HIDDEN THING. Born on Vancouver Island, Oppel has lived in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, England, Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

Nuts to You
Lynne Rae Perkins

How far would you go for a friend? In Nuts to You, the funny and moving illustrated novel by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins, two squirrels go very far indeed to save a friend who has been snatched up by a hawk. Nuts to You “begs to be read aloud . Nuts to You features black-and-white art by the author on every page, as well as exclusive material original to this edition.

Jed, TsTs, and Chai are the very best of friends. So when Jed is snatched up by a hawk and carried away to another realm, TsTs and Chai resolve to go after him. Mysteriously, the hawk has dropped him. They saw it. Jed could be alive. New communities are discovered, new friends are made, huge danger is encountered (both man-made and of the fox and bobcat variety) and the mysteries of squirrel culture are revealed.

Includes an introduction, epilogue, and footnotes throughout, as well as original exclusive material from the author.


Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of three other novels—All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.

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Nuts to You Discussion Guide

This discussion guide for Lynne Rae Perkins's Nuts to You aligns with Common Core standards for grade 4 and contains discussion questions and extension activities. It addresses such concepts as characterization, reading comprehension, figurative language, analyzing word choice and meaning, perspective, and point of view.
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Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated. Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

How does the illustrator use pictures and details to develop the characters, setting, and events in the story? How do the illustrations contribute to the meaning of the text? Give examples. RL.4.1,7

How does the author use point of view to create suspense and humor? RL.4.1,4; W.4.2,9

Identify one of the themes in the story. What can the theme teach you about your own life? RL.4.2; W.4.2; SL.4.1,4


Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Roller Girl
Victoria Jamieson

For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid's life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school… in short, strong enough to be a roller girl.

In this graphic novel debut that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power!

Click to download a free ebook on the Making of Roller Girl (pdf)

This e-book is for kids, teachers, librarians, caregivers... really, anyone who would like to know more about the writing process and creating graphic novels! Victoria Jamieson talks about some of the real-life inspiration behind ROLLER GIRL, and even interview some junior derby skaters from around the world. 

Preview book 

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Victoria Jamieson is a children's book author and illustrator. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to receive her MA in Museum Studies at the University of Syndey. After living in Rome, Montreal, and Australia, she moved back to the United States, where she began working as a designer with a children's book publisher in New York City. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and young son. Along with writing and illustrating, she teaches children's book illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

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The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase 
Jonathan Stroud

A sinister problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren't exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see-and eradicate-these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

In The Screaming Staircase, the plucky and talented Lucy Carlyle teams up with Anthony Lockwood, the charismatic leader of Lockwood & Co, a small agency that runs independent of any adult supervision. After an assignment leads to both a grisly discovery and a disastrous end, Lucy, Anthony, and their sarcastic colleague, George, are forced to take part in the perilous investigation of Combe Carey Hall, one of the most haunted houses in England. Will Lockwood & Co. survive the Hall's legendary Screaming Staircase and Red Room to see another day?

Watch videos by Jonathan Stroud about The Streaming Straircase and the Lockwood Co.

Why is Lockwood & Co. set in London?

The Problem' in Lockwood & Co. 

My favorite scene in The Screaming Staircase

 Does mixing scary stuff and humor really work?

Lockwood & Co. - in one sentence!

Characters in Lockwood & Co.

About Lockwood & Co. - Book Two!

Jonathan Stroud answers fan question.

Other books in the Lockwood & Co. Series:

Listen and watch the first Chapter read by Jonathan Stroud

The Hollow Boy - #3

  • Download the first chapter (pdf )

The Creeping Shadow - #4

Join host Becky Anderson as she talks to author Jonathan Stroud about his book, "The Creeping Shadow," book four in the Lockwood & Co. series.
Click here for a sneak preview of the first chapter. Look out for the fifth Lockwood book, The Empty Grave, publishing in September 2017!

Click here overview of the author's other books.