Tails & Tales -- Junior

Three Good Deeds – Vivian Van Velde

Caught stealing some goose eggs from a witch, Howard is cursed for his heartlessness and turned into a goose himself, and he can only become human again by performing three good deeds.

J FIC Vande Velde

 A Boy and a Bear in a Boat – Dave Shelton

A boy and a bear go to sea, equipped with a suitcase, a comic book, and a ukulele. The bear assures the boy that they are traveling a short distance and it really shouldn't take very long. But then they encounter "unforeseeable anomalies": turbulent stormy seas! a terrifying sea monster! and the rank remains of The Very Last Sandwich. The odds are pitted against the boy and the bear and their boat.

J FIC Shelton

Ivy – Katherine Colville

Ivy’s grandmother is a healer—to mostly four-legged patients of the forest. Although the woodland creatures love her, the residents of Broomsweep grumble about Grandmother’s unkempt garden. When a kingdom-wide contest is announced to proclaim the tidiest town in the land, the people of Broomsweep are determined to win. That is, if they can get Ivy’s grandmother to clean up her ways. Ivy is determined to lend a hand, but the task proves more challenging when a series of unexpected refugees descends on Grandmother’s cottage. Before the week is over, an injured griffin, a dragon with a cold, and a tiny flock of temperamental pixies will cause a most untidy uproar in Broomsweep . . . and brighten Ivy’s days in ways she never could have dreamed. 

J FIC Colville

That’s My Tiny-saurus Rex – Dustin Hansen

Forming a plan to render themselves the best Microsaur sitters ever, Danny and Lin are unexpectedly challenged by a pair of rampaging T-rex twins whose antics complicate a race against time to fix the Professor's wrecked lab before they are kicked out of the Microterium. 

J FIC Hansen

Rabbit’s Bad Habits – Julian Gough

Bear wakes up early from hibernation. If she can't sleep, then at least she can make a snowman. Rabbit has never made a snowman, but he definitely wants to make one that's better than Bear's. But with an avalanche and a hungry wolf heading his way, Rabbit soon realises that it might be nice to have a friend on your side. A tale of friendship, gravity, and just a little bit of poo. 

J FIC Gough

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: the Woman Who Loved Reptiles – Patricia Valdez

Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets.... While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere--she even brought a crocodile to school! When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children's tea parties--with her komodo dragon as the guest of honor. 

J Bio Procter

Bear Dancer: the Story of a Ute Girl – Thelma Wyss

In late ninetenth-century Colorado, Elk Dress Girl, sister of Ute chief Ouray, is captured by Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors, rescued by the white "enemy, " and finally returned to her home. Includes historical notes. 

J FIC Wyss

Sydney & Taylor explore the Whole Wide World – Jacqueline Davies 

Taylor, a hedgehog, and his friend Sydney, a skunk, set out from their comfortable burrow under Miss Nancy's potting shed on an expedition to see more of the "Whole Wide World." 

J FIC Davies

The Story of Doctor Doolittle – Hugh Lofting

The adventures of a kind-hearted doctor, who is fond of animals and understands their language, as he travels to Africa with some of his favorite pets to cure the monkeys on Spidermonkey Island of a terrible sickness. 

J Classic Lofting

Rescue on the Oregon Trail (Ranger in Time #1) – Kate Messner

Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-dog except for the squirrels--but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850 where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail. 

J FIC Messner

Bolivar – Sean Rubin

Living a quiet life in New York City, Bolivar, a dinosaur, finds his life complicated when Sybil, the girl next door, tries to prove his existence. 

J GN Rubin

Cute as an Axolotl: Discovering the World’s Most Adorable Animals – Jess Keating

Cute is for feathery-gilled axolotls (pronounced: ax-uh-LOT-ulz), shy pygmy hippos, poisonous blue dragons, and armored pangolins. All of these animals are cute, but they've also adapted remarkable ways to survive in their unique environments. 

JNF 590 Keating

Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem – Kate DiCamillo

Stella Endicott loves her teacher, Miss Liliana, and she is thrilled when the class is assigned to write a poem. Stella crafts a beautiful poem about Mercy Watson, the pig who lives next door -- a poem complete with a metaphor and full of curiosity and courage. But Horace Broom, Stella's irritating classmate, insists that Stella's poem is full of lies and that pigs do not live in houses. When Stella and Horace get into a shouting match in the classroom, Miss Liliana banishes them to the principal's office. Will the two of them find a way to turn this opposite-of-a-poem day around? 

J FIC DiCamillo

Shark Lady: the True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist – Eugenie Clark

At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City. At the time, sharks were seen as mindless killing machines, but Eugenie knew better and set out to prove it. Despite many obstacles in her path, Eugenie was able to study the creatures she loved so much. From her many discoveries to the shark-related myths she dispelled, Eugenie's wide scientific contributions led to the well-earned nickname 'Shark Lady'. 

J BIO Clark

The Hippo at the End of the Hall – Helen Cooper

One morning, Ben finds an envelope containing a very special invitation to come and see the Gee Museum--a dusty old place under threat of closure. However, once inside he discovers all sorts of incredible things like talking owls, dancing bees, magical bottles, witches, and of course, a hippo at the end of the hall. But most importantly he discovers a connection to his father and the family he never even knew he had. And now he has something important to fight for --the survival of the Gee Museum and the promise of finding out who he really is. 

J FIC Cooper

Riding the Pony Express (Saddles, Stars, and Stripes) -- Deborah Kent

When her father dies suddenly, 15-year-old Lexie McDonald is left an orphan in the Wyoming territory. Her brother, Callum, is on the run, accused of a crime he didn't commit, and plans are in place to send Lexie to live with an aunt in New York City. Rather than be separated from her beloved horse Cougar, Lexie disguises herself as a boy and sets out along the dangerous Pony Express trail to find Callum and clear his name. 

J FIC Kent

Kangaroo to the Rescue! – Moira Rose Donohue

National Geographic Kids is back with another installment in the Animal Heroes line of National Geographic Chapters books. Get ready to meet more amazing, medal-worthy critters in this action-packed collection, including a kangaroo to the rescue! Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers won't want to put this book down. 

JNF 591.51 Donohue

The Great Art Caper (Pets on the Loose #2) – Victoria Jamieson

Things at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School have been quiet―too quiet. Cuddly yet calculating class hamster GW spends his days in second grade and his nights poetry slamming and jigsaw puzzling with his friends, Sunflower and Barry. When the school art show is announced, GW learns of a dastardly plot―Harriet and her many minions are planning to ruin it! Once again, it's up to GW and friends to stop to Harriet's mousey madness. 

J GN Jamieson

Skunk and Badger – Amy Timberlake

The last thing Badger wants is a roommate, and certainly not Skunk, but since the house does not belong to him he does not have a choice; and soon everything in Badger's quiet and ordered life studying rocks is turned upside down (and where on earth did all the chickens come from)--but after he drives Skunk and his chickens away, Badger starts to miss his roommate and sets out to find him and make amends.

 J FIC Timberlake

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science – Joyce Sidman

Newbery-Honor author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself. 

J BIO Merian

Wishworks, Inc. – Stephanie S. Tolan

When he is granted his wish for a dog from Wishworks, Inc., third-grader Max is disappointed to find that his new pet is nothing like the dog of his imagination. 

J FIC Tolan

Wild Wings – Gill Lewis

Callum becomes friends with Iona, a practically feral classmate who has discovered an osprey, thought to be gone from Scotland, on Callum's family farm, and they eventually share the secret with others, including Jeneba who encounters the same bird at her home in Gambia. 

Battle 5-6 Lewis

The Loch Ness Lock-In (Strange Scout Tales #2) – Matthew Cody

Troop Danger has come a long way from their Troop Dweeb days, but nothing can prepare them for what's next. Once a year, Strange Scout troops from around the world are invited to the International Chapter House Headquarters, an old lighthouse on the shore of the infamous Loch Ness. But when Bessie fails to show up for her annual late-night visit, evidence points to a dastardly plot to kidnap the ancient lake monster and frame Troop D! 

J FIC Cody