Chet Gecko, 4th grade lizard private eye, can’t resist a mystery. He asks questions wherever he goes. “…if Number 2 pencils are so popular why are they still Number 2?” But on this day, a mystery lands at his feet where he least expects it, in his school library. The school principal and a mysterious Russian guest unveil an amazing machine, the Bibliomalgamator that will do all the work in the library. Tell it what you like to read and the machine spits out a book right into your hands. This means Chet’s favorite teacher, the school librarian Cool Beans, is out of a job. Then things really get weird when the class teacher’s pet starts disrupting class and shouting things like “Make Me, Teach!” Kindergartners are beating up sixth graders and Chet’s best friend suddenly won’t talk to him anymore. There are too many mysteries to count, but as always, Chet is on the case. Author: Bruce Hale
Alec Flint doesn’t go anywhere without his detective tools stuffed into his pockets. Alec doesn’t want to be just any detective, he wants to be a really great detective – a super sleuth. He likes hanging out with his Dad, a police officer, so he can learn about investigations. When artifacts from the Christopher Columbus museum exhibit his Dad is guarding come up missing, Alec pulls out his notepad and gets to work collecting clues.
At school, another mystery develops when Alec’s art teacher disappears. With so many mysterious things going on, Alec decides to take on his classmate Gina as a partner. Two heads are better than one when it comes to unraveling clues.
Alec and Gina head to the scenes of both crimes, the art room and the town museum. They begin searching for clues and collecting evidence, which looks a lot like snooping around! Author: Jill Santopolo
We first met Adam Canfield in Adam Canfield of the Slash, and Adam’s still got a lot going on. He’s a good student, he plays sports and he is co-editor of his school’s newspaper, The Slash, with his friend Jennifer. In Adam Canfield Watch Your Back!, Adam becomes one of the stories he usually writes about. Happy about an unexpected snow day, Adam heads out to shovel snow to make some extra spending money. On his way home, he is mugged by some high school kids and his money is stolen. At school the next day, Adam, Jennifer, and their favorite reporter Phoebe decide to do a story exposing bullies and this time, people are naming names. And if that isn’t enough controversy, they also tackle the unfairness in the school’s science fair and a plan to bulldoze a poor African-American section in their town to build mansions for the rich. These kids are no fluff reporters. They take on serious topics and really try to be journalists who dig out the truth in every situation while trying to be fair to all the parties involved. And they’re funny. Two thumbs up. Author: Michael Winerip
Judy Moody’s having some trouble in math. So much trouble that her teacher has suggested that she get a tutor and work on extra math outside of school. As if doing EXTRA math isn’t bad enough, Judy is sure that tutoring means baby flash cards and counting beads and jelly beans. What Judy doesn’t know is that she’s actually going to College. Her new tutor is a college student named Chloe.
Chloe is like no teacher Judy has every had. She’s groovy! She’s fashionable! She knows how to make math fun! Judy loves Chloe right away, when she can understand her…Judy learns math, and some college lingo too:
the bomb = the best
crucial = excellent!
for your 411 = information
peace out = good=bye
peeps = friends
so money = excellent
uber = way cool
wicked good = better than good
With Chloe’s help, Judy changes her bad mad-itude into a math-itude.
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