Starting out novels



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!,  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)


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


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


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



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



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



Sarah Pennypacker’s Completely Clementine (Hyperion)



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