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Staff Pick – The Screaming Staircase

Staff Pick – The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase

Follows three young operatives of a Psychic Detection Agency as they battle an epidemic of ghosts in London.

Could you spend the night in a haunted house? London, England has a problem – unfriendly ghosts come out at night – and only kids have the psychic ability to see and get rid of them. Lucy Carlyle joins the only “ghost-busting” business run by another kid: Anthony Lockwood. With their third partner, George, they take on the biggest case in town. Will they solve the case and get the money, or will the Screaming Staircase get them?

Recommended by: Melissa Wooten – Glendale

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Sidekicked

Sidekicked

Sidekicked

Thirteen-year-old Andrew Bean goes to school, attends after school meetings, does his homework and appears at the dinner table on time. He’s probably a lot like you and a lot like the kid sitting next to you in Math and the girl a couple rows over in English. Drew’s not super smart  – no ribbons for knowing the most answers. He’s not super athletic – no trophies for being fast or strong.

What Drew is…is sensitive. In fact, you might say he is super sensitive. He feels and sees and hears things other people don’t. He also smells things other people don’t…from like, a couple miles away. Because Drew is not ordinary. Drew is extraordinary. He  is not just super sensitive. He is SUPER sensitive…Drew is “The Sensationalist”…Sidekick to the Superhero “The Titan” and owner of the most acute set of five senses on the planet.

The club Drew goes to after school is the Highview Environmental Revitalization Organization (H.E.R.O.), which is top secret and no ordinary club. Drew and the other five members are all Sidekicks, each one matched with a Superhero mentor. Drew’s friends all have super powers too and can do something to help their Super save the day when trouble comes calling. What can Drew do? He can SENSE trouble coming. Which is cool. But not quite as cool as taking care of business once trouble arrives! It’s hard to take on an arch nemesis with super powered tastebuds.

If you could have a super power what would you pick? Great eyesight? Bionic hearing? A super sense of smell? Huh. No. Those are supposed to be EXTRAS to go along with super strength or invisibility or flying! But Drew does his best with what he’s got. He’s got a pretty good utility belt that comes in handy when he doesn’t forget it in his locker. He also has his Super, of course, which is cool…well, it WOULD be cool having a Super except “The Titan” never shows up. Ever. If your Super never shows up…do you really have one?

When a long thought dead super villain returns and Supers begin disappearing, Drew has to pull his middle school self together and figure out what to do. “The Code” says he is a Sidekick with clearly defined rules about how to be hero support for his Super. But his Super has decided to do nothing. If the people who are SUPPOSED to step up when things go wrong…people like “The Titan,”…what if those people can’t or won’t do the work? What should a kid do? Stand around and wait for someone else to show up and save the day?

No. What you can do is try to figure out what the villain is up to as well as what a hero is supposed to do about it. Sound easy? It isn’t. Even if you are a Super. You can’t make somebody else a hero, but you can choose to be one.

If you liked how Drew has to figure out how to step up when it seems like the people in charge are letting him down, try one of these books about other kids in the same situation. They might not have super powers but they know how step up and take care of business.

Waiting for Normal Also Known as Harper Adam Canfield of the Slash

If you like books about superhero – try one of these, or try to draw a hero. Make up your own. What kind of powers would your superhero have?

Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy The Hero Revealed Sidekicks NERDS HIVE
Sky High Heroes Draw Your Own Superheroes How to Draw Justice League How to Draw Comic Book Heroes
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Big Nate Flips Out

Big Nate Flips Out

Big Nate Flips Out

In this latest misadventure, Nate, the all-time record-holder for detentions, gets to see how the other half lives as he follows his best friend Francis’s example and becomes a total neat freak; has Nate totally flipped out?

When Nate makes the worst friend mistake ever and breaks the “secret swear” he made to Francis, he knows he has to make some big changes to earn Francis’s trust back. He decides he can’t do it on his own and turns to Teddy’s Uncle Pedro for help. What good is he? Well, he’s an inventor-magician-handyman-mad scientist. And he hypnotizes people.

Nate doesn’t believe he’s hypnotized until he starts to really act odd. He notices things like Dee Dee’s smudged glasses and a puddle he doesn’t want Teddy to step in. He cleans his room.He rewrites his messy class notes. He cleans his locker. Nate. Cleans. His. Locker. And THEN…Nate gets an A++. Not Gina. Nate! He really has flipped out. But Francis is still mad. It doesn’t matter to him that Nate is trying to change. Lincoln Peirce

Big Nate Series:
1: Big Nate in a Class By Himself
2: Big Nate Strikes Again
3: Big Nate On a Roll
4: Big Nate Goes for Broke
5: Big Nate Flips Out
6. Big Nate In the Zone coming out 2014

If you think Nate is funny, try some of these:
Dog Days Smile Amelia Rules Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday
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