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Books for Young Readers


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Books for Young Readers


Anna Humphrey is the author of Rhymes with Cupid, Mission (Un)Popular, Ruby Goldberg’s Bright Idea and the Clara Humble series. She writes in the attic of a big old brick house that she shares with her husband, kids and cats in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Mega Bat


Mega Bat


The miscommunications between humans and a fruit bat are ridiculous yet funny, and Reich’s soft illustrations add further, gentle humor. . . . A charming tale.
— Kirkus Reviews

A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.

Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It's big and old and far away from his friends and his life before. AND it's haunted . . . or is it?

Megabat was just napping on a papaya one day when he was stuffed in a box and shipped halfway across the world. Now he's living in an old house far from home, feeling sorry for himself and accidentally scaring the people who live there. 

Daniel realizes it's not a ghost in his new house. It's a bat. And he can talk. And he's actually kind of cute. 

Megabat realizes that not every human wants to whack him with a broom. This one shares his smooshfruit. 

Add some buttermelon, juice boxes, a lightsaber and a common enemy and you've got a new friendship in the making!

This charming, funny story is brought to life by Kass Reich's warm and adorable illustrations. There's never been a bat this cute -- readers will be rooting for Megabat and Daniel from page one!

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Clara Humble and the Kitten Caboodle


Clara Humble and the Kitten Caboodle


Smart, lively, and genuine.
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Clara Humble, the winsome and über-confident soon-to-be-fifth-grader described as “Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure,” is back for a third and final adventure. When Clara and her best friend, Bradley, go treasure hunting in an abandoned lot, they stumble upon something even better—a cat about to have kittens! 

To Clara, their mission is clear: make the best shelter ever and secretly care for the feline family until they can convince their parents to adopt the cats. But Clara and Bradley agree less than ever, and keeping the cats fed comes with a cost. Clara hatches a brilliant plan to raise kibble cash by producing the cutest internet cat video ever. But when condo developers start to bulldoze the lot, Clara and Bradley have to work together to save the kittens. Can Clara pull it off? Or will it turn into one big cat-astrophe? 

Illustrated with Clara’s comics featuring her alter ego @Cat, the final installment in the Clara Humble series is fast-paced and flat-out funny, with the all-star Clara at her very best.

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Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz


Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz


Smart, lively, and genuine.
— Kirkus, starred review

Clara Humble, the winsome and über-confident fourth-grader who’s been described as “Ramona Quimby meets Timmy Failure” is back for a second adventure. When Clara and her best friend, Bradley, discover their favorite game show, Smarty Pants —a mix of trivia and obstacle course stunts — is recruiting in their area, Clara is sure she’ll be chosen. Fame and game-show glory will be hers… with Bradley’s help, of course.

Things get complicated when Bradley also earns a contestant spot on the show, and the friends are pitted against each other. It escalates into an epic schoolyard battle between boys and girls, and not everyone is playing fair. Will Clara and Bradley’s friendship survive? Between the tension, sabotage, shenanigans, and Clara’s comics featuring her alter ego @Cat, this is a flat-out funny, fast-paced read.

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Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers


Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers


The perfect mix of ‘comic’ relief and expert storytelling that tugs on all the right heart strings.
— Arthur Slade, GG Award Winning Author

Ontario Library Association Best Bet

TD Summer Reading Club selection

Nine-year-old Clara Humble has always known she's special... but lately, she's been starting to suspect she might actually be SUPER. In fact, she thinks she may have some very small, but very real powers including:

  • The power to make stuff spill* (* without even touching it).
  • The power to communicate with chinchillas.
  • The power to wake up at exactly 7:14 every morning. No earlier, no later. Even on weekends. Even without an alarm clock.

Clara's pretty sure that with a bit of training she'll be a real-life superhero! And just in the nick of time, too: When she hears that her school is opening its doors to the meanies from rival school R.R. Reginald--including her arch-enemy, bossy Becky McDougall--Clara springs into action. But she soon learns that saving the day is harder than it looks... and that sometimes trying to do the right thing can go very (very) wrong.

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Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea


Ruby Goldberg's Bright Idea


Rife with ‘depth and charm,’ this story is peppered with engaging science facts and insights
— Publishers Weekly

Ten-year-old Ruby Goldberg is determined to win her school science fair and beat her nemesis Dominic Robinson. She’s snagged second place for the last two years, and she’s set on claiming first prize. The only trouble is that Ruby has no ideas. When her grandfather’s beloved basset hound dies, Ruby thinks of the perfect thing that will cheer him up and win her first place—an innovative, state-of-the-art, not-to-be-duplicated Ruby Goldberg invention!

Before long Ruby is so busy working on her idea that she ignores everything else in her life, including her best friend, Penny. And what started out as simple turns into something much more complicated! Can Ruby get her priorities—and her project—in order before it’s too late?

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Mission (Un)Popular


Mission (Un)Popular


Margot has a sense of humor that will draw readers in—and win them over.
— Publishers Weekly

Margot Button has a resolution for 7th grade: Be more normal. Easier said than done!

Well, Rome wasn't built in a day. If Margot could just learn to control her big mouth (and hair), there is hope. The new girl, Em, needs a friend too. Plus she dresses like a rock star, is quick with comebacks, and actually has the guts to stand up to Evil Sarah. Em has an agenda for change at Manning Middle School and wants Margot on her side. Progress!

So, okay, Em has a flexible relationship with the truth. And her secret campaign to turn the tables on Sarah's clique may involve bending some laws. But after years of Sarah's bullying, it's hard for Margot to resist Em's call to action. Margot's approval rating is finally up, and well, it's only fair to take the mean girls down a few notches...isn't it?

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Rhymes with Cupid


Rhymes with Cupid


A sweet read.
— YABookNerd

After getting her heart smashed to smithereens last Valentine’s day, Elyse Ulrich has sworn off dating as well as celebrating the February 14th holiday. Both things are a problem, though, since:

a) she works at a gift & stationery store, surrounded by annoying singing Cupid dolls, tacky heart-shaped balloons, and sappy cards with poems that don’t even really rhyme.

b) she ends up meeting Patrick, who works in the same mall and is her new neighbor and her driving instructor and is really cute and incredibly charming… which might be okay except for the whole ‘sworn off dating’ thing…

Elyse isn’t interested in putting her heart on the line. But with Valentine’s Day approaching, she finds out that avoiding Cupid’s arrow is a lot harder than she expected.