Kids' Book Recommendations

Here are some of our favorite recent childrens' and young adult titles, from Bookworks Children's Specialist, Connie Griffin, and our book club for young readers, The Book Testers. For more information on any of these titles, on school events or in-store programming for children and families, please contact Children's Specialist Connie Griffin at kids@bkwrks.com

The Wonder of Us Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545731515
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Published: Point - April 25th, 2017

The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson will sweep you up and into the world of Abby and Riya, two girls trying to repair their friendship while traveling across Europe. Every chapter switches between each girls point of view. You get an insight into their individual problems, and the struggles that come with repairing their friendship. This book is perfect for anyone who loves realistic fiction or traveling in foreign countries, where just about anything can happen.--Bryn


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The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

Don't make the mistake of not buying this book! It is a lovely illustration of imagination. It is also a welcome reminder that some mistakes can lead to unexpected, beautiful changes. The illustrations are gentle, humorous invitations to turn the page. This is Luken's first book. Let us hope she has many more u[ her sleeve.


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The Great Treehouse War Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399175008
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Published: Philomel Books - May 16th, 2017

"I thought it was a good book. I liked the way the kids took action with getting what they wanted. I thought the author’s descriptions were written well. I would recommend this book."--Celeste, age 9


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The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763664329
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - January 10th, 2017

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling is a treasure. It is the type of book that will most likely be kept in the family for generations. It speaks to fear and hope and to the power of love and magnetic pull of family. A storm on the water casts the occupants of a small boat about. It looks bleak until music is heard. This is a delightful book to give to violin players. Timothy Basil Ering is the author and illustrator. Each page is one to ponder. He did the illustrations for the Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo.


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Class Dismissed Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545800723
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 27th, 2017

"I thought that the book, Class Dismissed, was a very funny story. I liked it when the reader found out that the teacher was Franny Bree. But I did not like the ending very much. I think the author should have added more to the ending. Also, I loved that they found Soda after she got lost. All in all, I thought that this book was funny, well written, and was a good story. I hope the author makes a second book of it."--Gigi G.


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Triangle Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763696030
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544876392
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 3rd, 2017

"A heart warming family book with a winter holidays time frame that can be read year round. The story of a family on the cusp of a major change that could take them from their beloved neighborhood. Family members work together to help a landlord deal with a painful accident that left him alone and bereft."--Connie


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Come with Me Cover Image
By Holly M. McGhee, Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524739058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

This is just a must have book for everyone. A beautiful wish for peace that reminds us all that we each have the ability to take tiny steps toward a better world every day. With the repeated phrase, Come With Me, the author and illustrator invite readers on a path of kindness.--Connie


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Nope Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101997314
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - January 17th, 2017

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Cosmic Commandos Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781101994481
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Published: Dial Books - July 4th, 2017

"I thought Cosmic Commanders was a pretty nice book. I don’t know, but I feel like my friends should read it. What I liked about this book is that in the end there’s always a solution. I also really liked the adventure. I thought that was a good thing about the book. Everything was good about it. I didn’t dislike anything. So, to me, overall it was a pretty good book. I think other people other than my friends should read this book. On a 1-5- star percent ration, I would give this book 5 stars."--Nilha


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Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780525428886
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Published: Dial Books - May 2nd, 2017

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And We're Off Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780448493817
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Published: Razorbill - May 2nd, 2017

"And We’re Off follows Nora Parker-Holmes a young artist whose worst nightmare has just become a reality. That’s right her mom, Alicia Parker, decides to tag along on her art inspired European vacation. Now constantly fighting with her mom, Nora’s trip just went from finally having some freedom, to trying not to upset her mom anymore. Although I had a rough time getting into the story, my travel obsessed-self loved imagining a European vacation."--Grace, age 13


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Baylor's Guide to the Other Side Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481466370
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - October 3rd, 2017

"Baylor Bosco can communicate with people that have crossed over. He has a twin sister, Kristina. She died in the womb. One-night Baylor is awoken by something. He sees a man with a sheet on him. Baylor thinks it’s a demon. He found out his name is Alfred. He has two kids. They say, Angela, their step mother didn’t leave them any money. Baylor went to talk with Angela. She said she met a woman named Rosalie. Rosalie wants all his money, because he had so much when Alfred died. Angela said she would do anything for those kids. So, Baylor and Kristina went to Rosalie’s house. Baylor told Rosalie everything. Alfred got free. Baylor told Rosalie up, but Rosalie got free!"--Victoria Thompson, age 11


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The Last Kids on Earth Cover Image
By Max Brallier, Douglas Holgate (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780670016617
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 13th, 2015

"I recommend The Last Kids on Earth, by Max Brallier, because it was really well written. The pictures were really well drawn. The characters are Jack, Quint, Dirk and June. They survived a monster apocalypse but a monster named Blarg tries to stop them!"--Ethan Dudley, age 9


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I'm an Alien and I Want to Go Home Cover Image
By Jo Franklin, Marty Kelley (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544442955
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Published: Clarion Books - November 10th, 2015

"This book was funny. I liked that in the end it was all a misunderstanding. The main characters were interesting. I think kids 9-12 would like it."--Celeste, age 9


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The Unbreakable Code Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627791168
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 25th, 2017

"I thought the Unbreakable Code was...AMAZING! It was probably one of the best books I have ever read. What I liked about this book is that it had codes and tons of adventure. I didn’t dislike anything about this book. I would definitely recommend this to my friends. I could really see the story as I was reading the book. I would actually recommend this to everyone. I really think this book should be published. If this book is for sale…I WOULD BUY IT."--Nilha


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Girl with a Camera: Margaret Bourke-White, Photographer: A Novel Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781629795843
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - April 4th, 2017

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The Wearle (the Erth Dragons #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545900188
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 27th, 2016

"I enjoyed The Erth Dragons so much, it is my favorite book! I enjoyed it so much because it is full of adventure and love and learning. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure and danger."--Syndle


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Roseblood Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419719097
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Published: Amulet Books - January 10th, 2017

"I really liked this book because it was a new take on Phantom of The Opera. I found it slow, but there were unexpected revelations spaced throughout. I think this book is amazing and one I will read over and over again. All in all I would recommend reading this book for any one who likes reading modern versions of fairy-tales."--Anonymous Reviewer


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The Capture Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062216052
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Published: Harper Teen - January 19th, 2016

"This book had a ton of twists and surprises. My favorite character was Cat because he changed so much throughout. I had trouble understanding it without reading the first book in the series. I recommend this book for someone who likes adventures."--Savannah


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$16.99
ISBN: 9780544873315
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 3rd, 2017

Sled Dog School was a great book. It was exciting and funny. It has 198 pages. Sled Dog School is about a boy named Matt; he lives in a house with no electricity. This book is by Terry Lynn Johnson. Terry Lynn Johnson is also the author of Ice Dogs! The business is a school for mushers and dogs. The business is an assignment from Matt’s school! I hope you enjoy this book.--Bryn


Nemesis Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399544934
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - March 21st, 2017

While this book was a cliff-hanger I enjoyed it. The world building was quite good and the entire story kept me enthralled the whole time. While dark it had some humor and let you fill in some of the blanks yourself.--Bryn