Dory is back and this time she's ready to start a new school year and make a real friend. Dory's older siblings, Luke and Violet, have convinced Dory that it's time to leave her imaginary friend, Mary, at home for the new school year and leave her crazy imaginings behind. On the first day of school she meets Rosabelle, a girl with an imagination as big as Dory's, but they don't hit it off right away. When she and Rosabelle bump into each other at the park their imaginations collide and send them on an adventure. Now if only Dory could convince her brother and sister that Rosabelle exists and that she has finally made a real true friend! Adorable illustrations add a lot of charm and will entertain young readers. Look for Dory Fantasmagory if you want to start at the beginning. (Grades 2-4 School Library Journal)
Wouldn't it be dull if all the animals were the same? It's time to celebrate all of the wonderful things that make animals what they are. From warthogs' warts to kangeroos' huge feet, every animal has a place in the world.
Wyatt Palmer is an eighth-grader at Culver Middle School in Miami, Florida and along with all his classmates is on his way to Washington, DC. This trip is supposed to be full of museum and monument tours but turns into an adventure that they could never have imagined, and not in a good way. On the plane from Miami to DC Wyatt's best friend Matt becomes suspicious of the strange men sitting in the seat behind them. Determined to find out what they are up to Matt gets a hold of one of their bags and steals a small box that he thinks might be a detonator. The boys draw way too much attention to themselves and the strange men, and end up almost getting kicked off the trip and that's just the beginning. Soon the strange men are in pursuit of them and what they stole. The boys, with the help of Wyatt's crush Suzana, are in a race to keep themselves from getting caught and stop the two men before they can follow through with their presumed attack on the White House, all while trying to slip under the radar of their teachers. This is a laugh-out-loud story and will be sure to please even the most reluctant of readers. (Grades 5-7 School Library Journal)