Starting out novels


Ballet Cat The Totally Secret Secret


The Totally Secret Secret , Bob Shea  (Hyperion) The path of friendship is never smooth, especially when Sparkles, the Pony is ready for new adventures and the tutu-garbed Ballet Cat only has dancing on her mind.



Lola Levine Is Not Mean!


Lola Levine is not mean!,  Monica Brown (Little Brown) Lola Levine’s life is a mix of culture and emotions. These are captured in her first-person narrative and short diary entries. There’s a lot packed into one short book – Lola’s competitive soccer playing, her upset at being seen as mean, and a happy resolution.


Recommended new sequels:

Karen English’s Don’t Feed the Geckos! (Clarion)

Don't Feed the Geckos!: The Carver Chronicles, Book Three


Abby Hanlon’s Dory and the Real True Friend (Dial)

Dory Fantasmagory: The Real True Friend


Shannon Hale’s The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party (Candlewick)

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party


Grace Lin’s Together in all Weather (Little Brown)


Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather (Ling and Ting)


Hilary McKay’s Lulu and the Hamster in the Night ( (Whitman)


Lulu and the Hamster in the Night


Mary Pope Osborne’s Shadow of the Shark (Random House)


Shadow of the Shark (Magic Tree House (R) Merlin Mission)


Sarah Pennypacker’s Completely Clementine (Hyperion)


Completely Clementine (A Clementine Book)


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