Julian Rodriguez has had it with his mission on earth. “Outrageous! That is the only word that can possibly describe the treatment I have received on this pathetic little planet!…For eight long years I have been disguised as an Earth juvenile. I have never complained, despite the mistreatment, deprivation, insults, and disrespect I have endured at the hands of these primitive life-forms. But this is the last straw!” Yes, he just can’t stand another day of standardized tests, carrot stick snacks and no cartoons. This time, his maternal unit (mother) has gone too far. She has actually insisted that he “dispose of a large canister filled with humanoid refuse.” Yes, now she’s really done it, his spaceman temper is really hot – she’s demanded that he take out the trash! If you’ve ever felt mistreated, overworked, and direspected, Julian knows what you mean. And in the end, he’ll make you laugh so much you forget about it! Author: Alexander Stadler
We first met Theodosia Throckmorton in Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. She still spends her time in the museum where her parents work, skillfully using her curse removing kit on suspicious artifacts. Her parents are still obsessed with their work and therefore clueless to the dangers lurking in their museum. To keep Theo out of trouble and out of their way, they give her an assignment, cleaning and cataloging the artifacts in the basement of the museum… hundreds upon hundreds of forgotten, dusty artifacts. Forgotten, dusty, and chock full of dormant curses just waiting to be released.
As if all those old curses aren’t enough to deal with, mummies from all over London begin mysteriously appearing in her Dad’s museum. Theodosia puts aside her cleaning job to help her father, who is suspected in the thefts. When mummies continue to show up in her Dad’s museum night after night, he is carted off to jail. It is up to Theo and her old friend Sticky Will to find out who is behind the mysterious behavior of the mummies who are, in fact, making their way to her Dad’s museum in the dead of night…on their own! Who has the power to re-animate long dead mummies? And why would they want to? Author: R.L. LaFevers
Read Chapter One: Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris
If it’s possible, this might just be too much information about frogs…but that’s not possible, right? This book has the information and really stellar photos too. In it, you can learn about the Australian Spadefoot Toad that survives when it’s dry by digging down into the ground where there is moisture. It can stay buried for months…even years! When it rains, hundreds of these guys can pop out of the ground at once. And here’s a survival tip the next time you get caught unprepared in the outback – the indigenous people of Australia know how to find these frogs and gently squeeze them for a drink. Mmmmm. Then they let them go of course. I think gently is a really important word in those directions! Author: Nic Bishop
A car accident has left Emily and Navin without a father. In an effort to start fresh and ease financial pressure, the kids’ mom moves them all to a new city to a mysterious old house that has been in their family for many years. It is the home of their Great Grandpa Silas, a man who locked himself up in the house many years ago…and was never seen again. (Can you say haunted?)
Inside the house the kids find blueprints and interesting looking machines…robot looking machines. On their first night, with the power out and unusual noises coming from the basement, the kids’ mom ventures into the basement to find out what is making such a racket. “Ill be back quickly. I promise.” Huh. Famous last words.
When their mother does not return quickly, Navin and Emily follow her into the basement and are lead into a new world that includes a tentacled creature that his kidnapped their mom. To get her back, the kids team up with some of Great Grandpa Silas’s creations – the robots Miskit, Morrie and Cogsley. Annnd, they have at their disposal a house built by Grandpa Silas…a house that is in fact a transformer. It can transform into a giant robot and move on their command!
The Stonekeeper is the beginning of a great adventure story pitting good against evil – using their wits, relying on their new friends and learning how to use Grandpa Silas’s eccentric and imaginative mechanical creations is all part of the fun. Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Getting locked out of a hotel room wearing only underwear…hanging from a tree and having your pants fall down…could these two things actually happen to the same person in the same year? Yes, if that person is Greg Heffley! That wimp can’t catch a break. He gets deodorant, a travel dictionary and a laundry bag for Christmas. The cute girl at school does finally write in his yearbook, “I don’t really know you all that well, but you seem O.K., I guess.” Which isn’t bad, until you read what she wrote in Greg’s best friend Rowley’s yearbook “You are so adorable & funny! I hope we have the same homeroom next Year. Stay cute!” Whew. It’s tough being Greg! Author: Jeff Kinney