May is Get Caught Reading Month. Here are a few cool books to get you started:
The Book of What If…?
What if humans hibernated? What if broccoli tasted like chocolate? What if there weren’t any trees? The Book of What If…? poses these and nearly 100 other thought-provoking questions that will help you explore the world around you. Divided into sections—history, people, stuff, and nature—along with four introductory text to open up a dialogue about why it’s important to be inquisitive and to always ask questions. Beyond Words, $15 softcover. Ages 8 and up.
Raja has been raised in captivity. Not behind the bars of a zoo, but within the confines of an American home. He was stolen when he was young to be someone’s pet. Now he’s grown up . . . and is about to be sent away again, to a place from which there will be no return. John grew up with Raja. The orangutan was his friend, his brother — never his pet. But when John’s parents split up and he moved across the country, he left Raja behind. Now Raja is suffering. There’s one last chance to save Raja — a chance that will force John to confront his fractured family and the captivity he’s imposed on himself all of these years. Scholastic, $18.99 hardcover. Ages 8 and up.
Moone Boy: The Fish Detective
Martin Moone is back in the second installment of the Moone Boy series. After failing to find work as a stable boy, cowboy, or homeboy, the Moone boy instead becomes Boyle’s main butcher boy. But Francie Feeley’s Fabulous Fishatorium across the road is luring all their customers away. Convinced something fishy is afoot, Martin and Sean decide to go on an undercover mission to discover the secrets of the mysterious fish factory. But can Agent M double-O N E get to the bottom of Feeley’s slippery schemes without ending up sleeping with the fishes himself? Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 hardcover. Ages 9 and up.
TombQuest: The Final Kingdom
In the epic conclusion to Alex and Ren’s quest, they must face off against the Death Walkers, The Order, and an army raised from the dead. Can Alex put an end to the chaos and send these evil spirits back where they belong — without putting an end to his own life? In the tradition of The 39 Clues and Spirit Animals, the TombQuest adventure continues online, with an epic game! Build an Egyptian tomb of your own, hide treasure and protect it with traps, then challenge your friends to play through! Find out in TombQuest: The Final Kingdom. Scholastic, $12.99 hardcover. Ages 9 and up.
This follow-up to Newberry Medal-winner The Crossover, Booked follows 12-year-old Nick as he deals with bullies, best friends, soccer and even a rapping librarian. Written as a novel-in-verse, Booked is told through vivid poetry, making it as unique as it is entertaining. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99 hardcover. Ages 9 and up.