S.A.V.E. Squad Book 1: Dog Daze Lauraine Snelling, Kathleen Damp Wright Paperback, 160 pp., $5.99 Barbour Books (March 1, 2012)
When sixth-grader Aneta Jasper is named one of the winners of the Oakton Founders’ Day poster contest, she and three girls—with nothing in common but their differences—must pull off a successful event for the first-ever Founders’ Day. The girls come together through the rescue of a small Basset Hound they dub Wink, which leads to their idea for a Founders’ Day Waddle—a fund-raising Basset Hound walk, a doggie fashion show, and a photo contest. But when the mean girls stir up trouble, it’s up to the city council to decide whether the Waddle will waddle at all.
TJ and the Time Stumblers Bill Myers Paperback, 192 pp., $6.99 Tyndale Kids (April 18, 2011)
TJ Finkelstein is your average seventh grader trying to survive junior high. Average except for moving from the Midwest to crazy, money-is-no-object Malibu; becoming mortal enemies with the school’s most popular girl; and, oh yeah, and being followed around by two goofball boys from the 23rd century!!! That’s right—Herby and Tuna have traveled back in time to study TJ for a class project. Unfortunately, she is the only one who can see them. And unfortunatelier, their “help” only leads to more mayhem and plenty of side-splitting laughter.
The Dragon Forest R. A. Douthitt Paperback, 296 pp., $19.95 OakTara (April 28, 2011)
No one has entered the mysterious forest and lived. Ten-year-old Peter might be the Prince of the Kingdom of Illiath, but he feels pretty useless. His father is too busy running the kingdom to have time for his son, and his mother is dead. Now the forces of the evil Lord Caragon threaten war, and only one weapon can save the kingdom: the powerful scales of a dragon. Illiath lies at the edge of a mysterious forest ruled by a fierce Dragon the King has sworn to protect. But what if Peter can best the dragon and bring back the scales?
The Last Martin Jonathan Friesen Hardcover, 272 pp., $14.99 Zonderkidz (March 29, 2011)
Martin Boyle already has plenty to worry about. Which is why Martin really doesn’t need this curse hanging over his head. On a trip to the family cemetery, Martin discovers a disturbing pattern: when one Martin is born, the previous Martin dies. And—just his luck—Martin’s aunt is about to give birth to a baby boy, who will, according to tradition, be named Martin. Martin must find a way to break the curse, but every clue seems to lead to a dead end. And time is running out.
Found in Translation Roger Bruner with Kristi Rae Burner Paperback, 368 pp., $9.99 Barbour Books (January 1, 2011)
Join spoiled eighteen-year-old Kim Hartlinger on a mission trip to a remote Mexican village—where faith, obedience, and forgiveness intersect. This first novel in a brand-new series will challenge your faith—and capture your heart—as you get to know Kim and her new friends and witness their unforgettable journey.