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We have the current list and stock of the Battle Books for the Pikes Peak region.
You are Home – An Ode to our National Parks
By Evan Turk (Simon & Schuster $17.99)
Beneath the soaring doorways of stone,
and peaks that pierce the ceiling of clouds,
from every river, star, and stone
comes the eternal refrain:
you are home.
In simple, soaring language and breathtaking art, acclaimed author-illustrator Evan Turk has created a stirring ode to nature and nation. From the rugged coast of Maine to the fiery volcanoes of Hawaii, You Are Home reminds us that every animal, plant, and person helps make this land a brilliant, beautiful sanctuary of life.
It’s Dragon’s first day at Camp Wildwood, but he really doesn’t fit in: he overturns the boat, ruins the puppet show, and even sets the tent on fire. Then, just as his buddy is about to give up on him, Dragon comes through. This sweet picture book teaches an important lesson about the true meaning of friendship.
The Someone New
By Jill Twiss (Harper Collins $18.99)
Jitterbug the chipmunk likes it when things stay the same. So when one day Pudding the snail comes into her woods, Jitterbug worries that everything will be different. What if Pudding spoils everything? What if there’s no more room for Jitterbug?
With the help of her friends, can Jitterbug welcome the newcomer and learn that kindness is stronger than fear?
By Amy Nielander (Pomegranatekids $19.99)
Hundreds of ladybugs red, orange, brown, yellow, and black race across the pages of this book, each one hoping to be the first to cross the finish line! It’s harder than you might think. Will the winner be the fastest? Or the kindest? Maybe there will be more than one winner. What does it mean to win, anyway? Ladybugs don’t speak our language, so there are no words to this story. Just pictures. Turn the pages and watch the bugs compete in this surprisingly exciting race.
Can Princesses Become Astronauts?
By Carmela LaVigna Coyle (National Book Network $15.95)
Do princesses go on missions to Mars? Astronauts always reach for the stars. Do princesses grow up to be librarians? Teachers and Builders! And veterinarians! As the concluding volume in the Do Princesses…? Series, this book tells girls that the sky’s the limit as to what they can achieve.
By Susan Wood (Sterling $16.95)
Little Red Hen craves guacamole, and she asks her friends to lend a hand. Everyone says no. But after Little Red Hen works hard to make the scrumptious fresh guac, they all want a taste. In a fun departure from the original tale, Little Red Hen cooks up a comeuppance for the slackers that they’ll never forget!
Early/Middle Grade Readers
A Wolf Called Wander
By Rosanne Parry (Harper Collins $16.99)
Inspired by the extraordinary true story of a grey wolf named OR-7 (or Journey), this irresistible tale of survival invites readers to experience and imagine what it would be like to be one of the most misunderstood animals on earth. Includes information about the real wolf who inspired the novel and a map.
By Katherine Marsh (Simon & Schuster $16.99)
Newly arrived in Brussels, Belgium, 14-year-old Ahmed fled war-torn Syria and lost his father on the perilous journey to Europe. Now Ahmed’s struggling to get by on his own, and starting to lose hope. Then he meets Max, a 13-year-old American boy. And with one startling discovery, Max and Ahmed’s friendship begins to grow.
The Girl who Sailed the Stars
by Matilda Woods (Penguin Random House $16.99)
When Oona Britt was born in the magical town of Nordlor, where all of the homes are built from wrecked ships, her parents never expected her to be a girl. Having listened to a faulty prediction from a washed-up soothsayer, they were promised a “bold and brave son,” so as the youngest of seven sisters, Oona’s birth became a disappointment — especially to her sea captain father, who doesn’t believe there’s a place for girls aboard ships.
But Oona is different from the rest of her family. She longs for adventure and knowledge. So she steals aboard her father’s ship just as he’s about to set sail for his annual winter whale hunt, and suddenly finds herself in the midst of a grand adventure! The ship has its own sea cat, Barnacles, and a navigator named Haroyld, who show Oona how to follow the stars. But for all that, Oona’s father is furious. Can she prove to him that she’s worth his love and pride, even though she’s not the bold and brave son he was promised?
By Angie Sage (Harper Collins $16.99)
You are about to meet an extraordinary human. His name is Maximillian Fly and he looks mostly like a giant cockroach: he stands six feet two and has beautiful indigo wings, long antennae, and more arms than you do. Some are frightened by his appearance, but really, he is a gentle creature and he wants no trouble.
If you insist on following his journey, you will find yourself in the strange and often frightening city of Hope, which is trapped beneath a huge orb to protect it from the Contagion outside. You will meet his friends and his enemies, and you will see how Maximillian’s life takes a new direction when he opens his door to two Wingless children who need a place to hide.
He will know you are watching him. Maximillian is proud and will try to prove his goodness to you. In this world, humans may look very different, some with wings and carapaces and some without, but inside they are alike. Who can be judged on their appearance when individual actions define good and evil?
Thank you, young Wingless watcher, for without you, this story will not happen. Please enjoy this dark and twisty tale.
Spy School, The British Invasion
by Stuart Gibbs (Simon & Schuster$17.99)
Stranded in Mexico after nearly capturing the leaders of SPYDER, thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley desperately needs to take a shower. But even more so, he and his spy school friends need to come up with a new plan to defeat their enemies, their only clue a key that opens…something.
The Mission: Go rogue from the CIA, join up with the British MI6 to locate the leader of SPYDER, the enigmatic Mr. E, and bring down the evil organization once and for all.
Only it won’t be easy. They’ll have to deal with rival evil splinter factions, devious double-crosses and learning to drive on the opposite side of the road. But they have no other choice: this is their last and final chance to crack the code on SPYDER.
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