Out This Week! Princesses, Kisses and Curses

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 / Share your comments...

This week From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess is finally being released!  The book is about an average 12 year old girl who meets a princess and realizes that maybe she isn’t so average after all. Also out this week is the Fierce Reads Anthology, Fierce Reads: Kisses and Curses, featuring tales from your favorite YA authors.

Read on for more information on those two books and more!

Middle Grade/Chapter Books

From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9781250066022.jpgOlivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve-year-old: average height, average weight, average brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes. The only things about her that aren’t average are her name (too long and princess themed), her ability to draw animals (useful for her future career as a wildlife illustrator), and the fact that she is a half-orphan who has never met her father and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle (who treat her almost like their own kids, so she doesn’t want to complain).

Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong: the most popular girl in school, Annabelle Jenkins, threatens to beat her up, the principal gives her a demerit, and she’s knocked down at the bus stop . . .

Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father, who promptly invites her to come live with him, Mia, Grandmère and her two fabulous poodles . . . .

More Middle Grade/ Chapter Books

Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan and Faith Hicks

Fort by Cynthia DeFelice

Otis Dooda by Ellen Potter and David Heatley

Young Adult Books

Fierce Reads: Kisses and Curses


Every page more fierce than the last! Enjoy a good monster love story? Or a dark, Russian-style folktale? How about a flashback to the secrets of a cyborg’s past, a post-apocalyptic romance, or a conversation between a boy and Death’s dead assistant, while both sit in a diner and eat waffles?

Whether you’re already a Fierce Reads fan or you’re a fan-to-be, this short story collection will satisfy your every bookish craving! Featuring multi-genre tales from some of the hottest YA authors around, including Ann Aguirre, Courtney Alameda, Gennifer Albin, Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jessica Brody, Katie Finn, Nikki Kelly, Jennifer Mathieu, Lish McBride, Marissa Meyer, Caragh O’Brien, Marie Rutkoski, and Lindsay Smith.


Out This Week! Bad Kitty, Hitler, Nil and More…

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 / Share your comments...

There are so many titles out this week for all ages, interests and genres.  Check them out below.

Bad Kitty Books Out This Week!

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Candy Bad Kitty Makes Comics . . . and You Can Too! Bad Kitty Does Not Like Dogs

We just can’t get enough of Bad Kitty and we know you love her too! Click on the titles for more information on each book.

Bad Kitty: Kitty Does Not Like Candy by Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty: Kitty Does Not Like Dogs by Nick Bruel

Bad Kitty Makes Comics… And You Can Too!  by Nick Bruel

Young Adult Books

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose

The Boys Who Challenged HitlerAt the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phillip Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes.

Nil Unlocked by Lynne Mason

Nil Unlocked

On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape–or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever.
Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil–and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

Love Fortunes and Other DisastersLove is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Dupree’s have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

We’re not done yet, check out these other titles!

Picture Books

Troto and the Trucks by Uri Shulevitz

Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre

Luna and Me by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

Woodpecker Wham! By April Pulley Sayre

My First Ramadan by Karen Katz

Chapter and Middle Grade Books

The Disappearing Magician by Kate Egan and Mike Lane

If I Were You by Leslie Margolis

More YA Books

Nil by Lynne Matson

The Summer Invitation by Charlotte Silver


Out This Week! Spring = More Books

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 / Share your comments...

Spring is finally here. Flowers are starting to grow, the sun is out, and  people are actually smiling. Everything is new and fresh when it’s spring time and here at MCPG we have a long list of new and fresh books of every genre and every age out this week!

Check them out below, you might see something you like.

Picture Books

Tractor Mac: New Friend by Billy Steers

When a new red tractor named Daisy joins the team at Stony Meadow Farm, she has trouble adjusting to all of the different chores that must be done. She realizes that she has much to learn. Can she do all of the work on her own? Luckily, Tractor Mac and his friends chop, pull, haul, and drag alongside Daisy until she gets the hang of it. With the help of everyone on the farm, Daisy thinks she will fit right in!

Also check out the other Tractor Mac titles out this week!

Tractor Mac Book Arrives at the Farm by Billy Steers

Tractor Mac Book Family Reunion by Billy Steers

Tractor Mac Book Farmers’ Market by Billy Steers

Tractor Mac Book Parade’s Best by Billy Steers

Tractor Mac Book You’re a Winner by Billy Steers

More picture books

El Perro con Sombrero by Derek Taylor Kent and Jed Henry

Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Chapter and Middle Grade Books

Moone Boy by Chris O’Dowd

Moone Boy

Martin Moone is eleven and completely fed up with being the only boy in a family of girls. He’s desperate for a decent wingman to help him navigate his idiotic life. So when best mate Padraic suggests Martin get an imaginary friend–or “IF” for short–he decides to give it a go.

His first attempt is Loopy Lou, a hyperactive goofball who loves writing rubbish rap songs. But Martin soon gets fed up with Lou’s loopiness and decides to trade in his IF for someone a little less wacky. Enter Sean “Caution” Murphy, an imaginary office clerk in a bad suit with a passion for laziness and a head full of dodgy jokes. Sean is full of tips and tricks to guide Martin through the perils of the playground, from dealing with his sisters’ pranks to besting the bullying Bonner boys. But getting rid of Lou is not that easy, and having TWO imaginary friends is a recipe for trouble!

Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith

Return to Augie Hobble

Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale-or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he’s failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won’t acknowledge him, and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won’t leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he’s turning into a werewolf. At least Augie has his notebook and his best friend Britt to confide in-until the unthinkable happens and Augie’s life is turned upside down, and those mysterious, possibly paranormal, events take on a different meaning.

More Middle Grade Books 

The Spinny Icky Showdown (The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut (Volume 3) by Laurie Keller

Buckle and Squash by Sarah Courtauld

Justin Case: Rules, Tools, and Maybe a Bully by Rachel Vail and Matthew Cordell

Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

More Chapter Books

D-Day by Rich Atkinson

Wonkenstein by Obert Skye

From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos

Young Adult Books 

The Novice by Taran Matharu

The Novice

He can summon demons. But can he win a war?
Fletcher is working as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.
Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands.

More Young Adult Books

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu


Out This Week! The Secrets We Keep plus more!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 / Share your comments...

The Secrets We Keep is out today! Read the description below, you’ll love it.

Also, check out the other books coming out this week. Remember you can always click on the book title or book cover for more information on each book (this includes: excerpts, reviews, a look inside of the book, and more…).

Young Adult Books

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

The Secrets We KeepElla and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.

When–after a heated argument–Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options–confess her deception or live her sister’s life.

Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan

Flirty Dancing (Book 1 of The Ladybirds)

Chapter Books 

Izzy Barr, Running Star by Claudia Mills

Izzy Barr, Running Star

Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills

Annika Riz, Math Whiz



Out this week!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 / Share your comments...

Out this week are the novels Becoming Jinn, She in Not invisible and the picture book Elvis!

Becoming Jinn is about self discovery and destiny, and how sometimes things don’t go as planned. She is Not invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other and Elvis! is a picture book that follows the life of a shy kid who struggled to make friends and how he became the American legend that we know today.

Young Adult Books

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Becoming Jinn

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters,” Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all.

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

She Is Not Invisible

Picture Books

Elvis! The Story of the Rock and Roll King by Bonnie Christensen




The Whale In My Swimming Pool Spreads

Monday, April 20th, 2015 / Share your comments...

9780374300371One sunny day, a little boy heads outside for a swim, but his pool is already taken . . . There’s a big whale in the water and it’s not budging! The boy tries everything to get the whale to leave. Nothing seems to work. Not fetch. Not tag. Not even offering his allowance. What’s a boy to do? Luckily, he comes up with the perfect solution: he decides to chill out on a spray of water over the whale’s spout.

This colorful whale of a tale from the talented Joyce Wan is sure to inspire giggles from little guppies!

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Joyce Wan’s illustrations are absolutely adorable! We’ve highlighted some below but trust us you’re going to want to see the full spreads!A-Whale-In-My-Swimming-Pool2A-Whale-In-My-Swimming-Pool6  A-Whale-In-My-Swimming-Pool3A-Whale-In-My-Swimming-Pool1 A-Whale-In-My-Swimming-Pool5


39-Story Treehouse Interior Spreads

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 / Share your comments...


Andy and Terry are once again inviting readers to come hang out with them in their astonishing 39-story treehouse (it used to be 13 stories, then 26 stories, but they keep expanding). And this year they will have even more time to jump on the world’s highest trampoline, toast marshmallows in an active volcano, swim in the chocolate waterfall, pet baby dinosaurs, and go head-to-trunk with the Trunkinator, since Terry has created the greatest invention that he–or anyone else–has ever invented . . .  a Once-upon-a-time machine that will write and illustrate their entire book for them!
What are you waiting for? Come on up!

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Here are some of our favorite interior images from illustrator Terry Denton!

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Out this week! Dear Hank Williams and many more…

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 / Share your comments...

Out this week are stories of family, revenge, dreams, weird and wild things and many more. Check out the list below.

Middle Grade Books

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt

http://images.macmillan.com/folio-assets/macmillan_us_frontbookcovers_1000H/9780805080223.jpgIt’s 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee’s new teacher has just given her class an assignment–learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate and her great-aunt and -uncle listen to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits.

Revenge of Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach

Revenge of Superstition Mountain

Young Adult Books

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

Dream a Little Dream

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. Talking stone statues. A crazy girl with a hatchet. Yes, Liv’s dreams have been pretty weird lately. Especially the one where she’s in a graveyard at night, watching four boys conduct dark magic rituals.

The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys in her dream. They’re classmates from her new school in London, the school where she’s starting over because her mom has moved them to a new country (again). But what’s really scaring Liv is that the dream boys seem to know things about her in real life, things they couldn’t possibly know–unless they actually are in her dreams? Luckily, Liv never could resist a good mystery, and all four of those boys are pretty cute….

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

Picture Books

Weird and Wild Animal Facts by Jessica Loy

Weird & Wild Animal Facts

How to Pee by Todd Spector

How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys

Kiki Koki by Ed Rodriguez

Kiki Kokí



My Perfect Treehouse Creative Contest

Friday, April 10th, 2015 / Share your comments...


We love THE 39-STORY TREEHOUSE by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton so much that we’ve decided to host a contest! Show us what your perfect level of the most amazing treehouse in the world would be for a chance to win a $2500 Pottery Barn gift card (redeemable at Pottery Barn, pottery barn kids, and PBteen stores, online or by phone) for a room makeover and a drawing of your level by Treehouse series illustrator Terry Denton! You can enter here.



Andy and Terry are once again inviting readers to come hang out with them in their astonishing 39-story treehouse (it used to be 13 stories, then 26 stories, but they keep expanding). And this year they will have even more time to jump on the world’s highest trampoline, toast marshmallows in an active volcano, swim in the chocolate waterfall, pet baby dinosaurs, and go head-to-trunk with the Trunkinator, since Terry has created the greatest invention that he—or anyone else—has ever invented . . . a Once-upon-a-time machine that will write and illustrate their entire book for them!


Abbreviated Rules

MANY WILL ENTER, FEW WILL WIN. No purchase is necessary. Open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and D.C. who are at least 6 years old and not more than 14 years old. Void where prohibited. Must enter by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 31, 2015. See rules for Official Rules and details and ask for help from a parent or guardian. Void where prohibited.


TLA Conference!

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 / Share your comments...

The annual Texas Library Association Conference is right around the corner! TLA is held April 14-17 at the Austin Convention Center. Be sure to stop by our booth and the author signing booth.

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