DCF Books 2017

Circus Mirandus

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“When he realizes that his grandfather’s stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus–and to use its magic to save his grandfather’s life”–

Author: Cassie Beasley
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780525428435

The Thing About Jellyfish

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This stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist! After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting-things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.

Author: Ali Benjamin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 2015-09-22
ISBN: 9780316380867

Escape from Baxters’ Barn

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When Burdock, a young barn cat, sneaks into the house to get warm he hears that the farmer, Dewey Baxter, has terrible plans that will endanger all the animals, and he leads them in an attempt to escape before it is too late.

Author: Rebecca Bond
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2015-07-07
ISBN: 9780544332171

The War That Saved My Life

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A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother. Simultaneous eBook.

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published: 2015-01-08
ISBN: 9780803740815

Drowned City

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On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina’s monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the city flooded, in some places under twenty feet of water. Property damages across the Gulf Coast topped $100 billion. One thousand eight hundred and thirty-three people lost their lives. The riveting tale of this historic storm and the drowning of an American city is one of selflessness, heroism, and courage–and also of incompetence, racism, and criminality. Don Brown’s kinetic art and as-it-happens narrative capture both the tragedy and triumph of one of the worst natural disasters in American history. A portion of the proceeds from this book has been donated to Habitat for Humanity New Orleans.

Author: Don Brown, Artist
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 2015-08-04
ISBN: 9780544157774

Stella by Starlight

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When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Author: Sharon M. Draper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: 2015-01-06
ISBN: 9781442494978


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A bright, bold debut about a girl who was born a boy, but refuses to let that stand in the way of her dream. More than anything else, George wants to play Charlotte in her fourth-grade class’s production of Charlotte’s Web. The problem is, her teacher won’t let her, because George is a boy. But George isn’t about to let that squash her dream. With the help of her best friend, George must learn to stand up for her wish — and brave a few bullies along the way. Transcending all categories and genres,George is a pertinent and poignant middle-grade read for kids of all backgrounds.

Author: Alex Gino
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 2015-08-25
ISBN: 9780545812542

Lost in the Sun

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From the author of A Tangle of Knots and Absolutely Almost, a touching story about a boy who won’t let one tragic accident define him. Everyone says that middle school is awful, but Trent knows nothing could be worse than the year he had in fifth grade, when a freak accident on Cedar Lake left one kid dead, and Trent with a brain full of terrible thoughts he can’t get rid of. Trent’s pretty positive the entire disaster was his fault, so for him middle school feels like a fresh start, a chance to prove to everyone that he’s not the horrible screw-up they seem to think he is. If only Trent could make that fresh start happen. It isn’t until Trent gets caught up in the whirlwind that is Fallon Little?the girl with the mysterious scar across her face?that things begin to change. Because fresh starts aren’t always easy. Even in baseball, when a fly ball gets lost in the sun, you have to remember to shift your position to find it. Lisa Graff’s Awards and Reviews: Lisa Graff’s books have been named to 30 state award lists, and A Tangle of Knots was long-listed for the National Book Award. Praise for Absolutely Almost: * “Albie comes through significant emotional hardship to a genuine sense of self-worth.”–School Library Journal *STARRED* * “A perfect book to share with struggling readers.”–Booklist *STARRED* * “Achingly superb, Albie’s story shines.”–Kirkus Reviews *STARRED* * “Graff’s…gentle story invokes evergreen themes of coming to appreciate one’s strengths (and weaknesses), and stands out for its thoughtful, moving portrait of a boy who learns to keep moving forward, taking on the world at his own speed.”–Publishers Weekly *STARRED* Praise for A Tangle of Knots: “[A] blithe magical puzzle.”–Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal “Lisa Graff has created a beautiful world of deliciously interconnected stories that draw you in.”–Abby West, Entertainment Weekly [A-] * “Subtle and intricate, rich with humor and insight, this quietly magical adventure delights.”–Kirkus Reviews *STARRED* * “Combining the literary sensibility of E. B. White with the insouciance of Louis Sachar, Graff has written a tangle that should satisfy readers for years to come.”–Booklist *STARRED*

Author: Lisa Graff
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780399164064

Waiting for Unicorns

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Forced to travel the Arctic with her emotionally distant whale-researcher father after the death of her mother, grieving 12-year-old Talia struggles to adapt to a caregiver’s Inuit culture before being introduced to its storytelling traditions. Simultaneous eBook.

Author: Beth Hautala
Publisher: Penguin
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780525426318

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

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Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family’s move to her Great Uncle Jim’s farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.

Author: Kelly Jones, Katie Kath
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Published: 2015-05
ISBN: 9780385755528

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

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“The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion”–

Author: Phillip Hoose
Publisher: Macmillan
Published: 2015-05-12
ISBN: 9780374300227


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Decades after a man is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges involving the same harmonica. By the award-winning author of Paint the Wind. Simultaneous eBook.

Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 2015
ISBN: 9780439874021

Roller Girl

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For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby. For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead. And so begins the most difficult summer of Astrid’s life as she struggles to keep up with the older girls at camp, hang on to the friend she feels slipping away, and cautiously embark on a new friendship. As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout (and junior high!) draws closer, Astrid realizes that maybe she is strong enough to handle the bout, a lost friendship, and middle school in short, strong enough to be a roller girl. In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power!

Author: Victoria Jamieson
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Published: 2015-03
ISBN: 9780525429678

A Night Divided

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When the Berlin Wall went up overnight, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West–four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published: 2015-08-25
ISBN: 9780545682428

The Nest

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Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing, The Boundless) with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen. For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered. All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back? Celebrated author Kenneth Oppel creates an eerie masterpiece in this compelling story that explores disability and diversity, fears and dreams, and what ultimately makes a family. Includes illustrations from celebrated artist Jon Klassen.

Author: Kenneth Oppel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: 2015-10-06
ISBN: 9781481432320

The Blackthorn Key

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In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

Author: Kevin Sands
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: 2015-09-01
ISBN: 9781481446518

Goodbye Stranger

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This brilliant novel by Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead explores multiple perspectives on the bonds and limits of friendship. Bridge is an accident survivor who’s wondering why she’s still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody’s games—or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade? This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl—as a friend? On Valentine’s Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight? Each memorable character navigates the challenges of love and change in this captivating novel.

Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Published: 2015-08-04
ISBN: 9780385743174


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The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.” Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones. Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: 2015-05-12
ISBN: 9780062278234

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Books Available at the Haston Library

The One and Only Ivan

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Author: Katherine Applegate
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2012-01-17
ISBN: 9780061992254

Little Dog, Lost

From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes the tale of a boy who needs a dog, and a dog who needs a boy—a match made in heaven, if only the two can meet. Mark is a boy who needs a dog. But he can’t get his mom on board with his plan. Buddy is a dog who needs a boy. Buddy has an owner already, but not one who understands the kind of love and care—the “something more”—a dog needs. Mr. LaRue is a neighbor who needs a community. He’s alone all the time in his huge old house—and everyone needs more than that. Over the course of a summer thunderstorm and one chaotic town council meeting, these three characters cross paths and come together in a timeless tale ripe with emotions and told in verse that resolves with love, understanding, and a sense of belonging—plus a place to play a game of fetch!

Author: Marion Dane Bauer
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Published: 2012-05-01
ISBN: 9781442434233


The word gifted has never been applied to a kid like Donovan Curtis. It’s usually more like Don’t try this at home. So when the troublemaker pulls a major prank at his middle school, he thinks he’s finally gone too far. But thanks to a mix-up by one of the administrators, instead of getting in trouble, Donovan is sent to the Academy of Scholastic Distinction (ASD), a special program for gifted and talented students. It wasn’t exactly what Donovan had intended, but there couldn’t be a more perfect hideout for someone like him. That is, if he can manage to fool people whose IQs are above genius level. And that becomes harder and harder as the students and teachers of ASD grow to realize that Donovan may not be good at math or science (or just about anything). But after an ongoing experiment with a live human (sister), an unforgettably dramatic middle-school dance, and the most astonishing come-from-behind robot victory ever, Donovan shows that his gifts might be exactly what the ASD students never knew they needed.

Author: Gordon Korman
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: 2012-08-21
ISBN: 9780061742668

The Dogs of Winter

Brought to Moscow in 1990s Russia by his mother’s abusive boyfriend, five-year-old Mishka is forced by a gang of homeless children to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs. Includes historical note.

Author: Bobbie Pyron
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Published: 2012-10-01
ISBN: 9780545399302

Three Times Lucky

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafâe and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

Author: Sheila Turnage
Publisher: Dial
Published: 2012-05-10
ISBN: 9780803736702

The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon

After an explorer with a clockwork hand gives Kit West an old book from his father, he and his siblings must evade government agents while solving the puzzle their father sent.

Author: S. S. Taylor
Publisher: McSweeneys Books
Published: 2012-12-11
ISBN: 9781938073069

The Boy on Cinnamon Street

Since a tragedy she cannot remember, thirteen-year-old Louise has changed her name, given up gymnastics, moved in with her grandparents, and locked her feelings inside but through her friends Reni and Hen and notes from a secret admirer she begins to find herself again.

Author: Phoebe Stone
Publisher: Arthur a Levine
Published: 2012-02-01
ISBN: 9780545215121

Liar and Spy

Seventh-grader Georges adjusts to moving from a house to an apartment, his father’s efforts to start a new business, his mother’s extra shifts as a nurse, being picked on at school, and Safer, a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.

Author: Rebecca Stead
Publisher: Wendy Lamb
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9780385737432


Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

Author: Steve Sheinkin
Publisher: Macmillan
Published: 2012-09-04
ISBN: 9781596434875

Glory Be

In the summer of 1964 as she is about to turn twelve, Glory’s town of Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is beset by racial tension when town leaders close her beloved public pool rather than desegregating it.

Author: Augusta Scattergood
Publisher: undefined
Published: 2012-01-01
ISBN: 9780545331807

After Eli

When his soldier brother, Eli, is killed while in the service, a mourning Daniel considers the history of unusual fatalities to determine what makes a death, or a life, matter.

Author: Rebecca Rupp
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 2012-08-14
ISBN: 9780763658106

Shadow on the Mountain

DIVShadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his friends are swept up in the Norwegian resistance movement. Espen gets his start by delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. During five years under the Nazi regime, he gainsóand losesófriends, falls in love, and makes one small mistake that threatens to catch up with him as he sets out to escape on skis over the mountains to Sweden. Preus incorporates archival photographs, maps, and other images to tell this story based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway. Praise for Shadow on the Mountain STARRED REVIEWS “Newbery Honor winner Preus infuses the story with the good-natured humor of a largely unified, peace-loving people trying to keep their sanity in a world gone awry. Based on a true story, the narrative is woven with lively enough daily historical detail to inspire older middle-grade readers to want to learn more about the Resistance movement and imitate Espenís adventures.” óKirkus Reviews, starred review “This engrossing offering sheds light on the Norwegiansí courage during World War II. Preus masterfully weds a story of friendship with the complications faced by 14-year-old Espen and his friends as Nazi restrictions and atrocities become part of their everyday lives…This is at once a spy thriller, a coming-of-age story, and a chronicle of escalating bravery. Multidimensional characters fill this gripping tale that keeps readers riveted to the end.” óSchool Library Journal, starred review “A closely researched historical novel… relates this wartime tale with intelligence and humor…Ms. Preus deftly uses together historical fact (Espen is based on a real-life spy) and elements of Norwegian culture to conjure a time and place not so terribly long ago.” óThe Wall Street Journal “Margi Preus, who won a Newbery honor for Heart of a Samurai, returns with another riveting work of historical fiction… This fine novel, which includes an authorís note, a timeline, a bibliography and even a recipe for invisible ink, is based on extensive research… The result is an authentic coming-of-age story, perfect for readers fascinated by the diary of Anne Frank or Lois Lowryís classic, Number the Stars.” óBookPage/div

Author: Margi Preus
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: 2012-09-01
ISBN: 9781419704246

Summer of the Gypsy Moths

Stella loves living with Great-aunt Louise in her big old house near the water on Cape Cod for many reasons, but mostly because Louise likes routine as much as she does, something Stella appreciates since her mom is, well, kind of unreliable. So while Mom “finds herself,” Stella fantasizes that someday she’ll come back to the Cape and settle down. The only obstacle to her plan? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. Angel couldn’t be less like her name—she’s tough and prickly, and the girls hardly speak to each other. But when tragedy unexpectedly strikes, Stella and Angel are forced to rely on each other to survive, and they learn that they are stronger together than they could have imagined. And over the course of the summer they discover the one thing they do have in common: dreams of finally belonging to a real family.

Author: Sara Pennypacker
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Published: 2012-04-24
ISBN: 9780061964206

I Funny

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world’s greatest standup comedian–even if he doesn’t have a lot to laugh about these days. He’s new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn’t let Jamie’s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn’t let his situation get him down. He practices the craft of stand-up every day on friends, family, and the willing customers at his Uncle Frankie’s diner. When Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act? Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story.

Author: James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein
Publisher: Little, Brown
Published: 2012-12-10
ISBN: 9780316206938


Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.

Author: R. J. Palacio
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9780375869020

The False Prince

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: undefined
Published: 2012-04-01
ISBN: 9780545284134

Temple Grandin

An authorized portrait about Grandin’s life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother.

Author: Sy Montgomery
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9780547443157

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

Practically-perfect 12-year-old Victoria Wright must lie, sneak and break the rules when her investigation of the disappearance of her best–and only–friend, Lawrence, reveals dark secrets about her town and the orphanage run by the reclusive Mrs. Cavendish.

Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Published: 2012-08-28
ISBN: 9781442442917

See You at Harry’s

Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible to her family, where grumpy 18-year-old Sarah is working at the family restaurant, 14-year-old Holden is struggling with school bullies and his emerging homosexuality, and adorable, 3-year-old Charlie is always the center of attention, so when tragedy strikes, the fragile bond holding the family together is stretched almost to the breaking point.

Author: Jo Knowles
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
Published: 2012-05-08
ISBN: 9780763654078


A mysterious stranger arrives at a boy’s rundown Alabama farm home, just as a dangerous situation is unfolding for the twelve-year-old and his widowed mother.

Author: Watt Key
Publisher: Macmillan
Published: 2012-09-18
ISBN: 9780374350956

One for the Murphys

“After heartbreaking betrayal, Carley is sent to live with a foster family and struggles with opening herself up to their love”–

Author: Lynda Hunt
Publisher: undefined
Published: 2012-05-10
ISBN: 9780399256158


Spending his days in a zoo beside his volatile animal wrangler father, Wahoo Cray struggles to control his father’s temper when the latter takes a job with an egocentric reality nature show host. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of Hoot.

Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9780375868429