Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is a terrific read by a first-time author. Characters are part of a game involving hiding and finding books all over the world. Set in San Francisco, readers get to follow along with clues and ciphers to solve the newest game by the book scavenger inventor.
Graceful by Wendy Mass finished out the Willow Falls series of books by Mass. While it seemed the series had already ended, Mass explains that she felt there was more to the story. I enjoyed the tale, though having read a lot of other books since I'd last visited Willow Falls, some of the details from the previous stories escaped my memory. Readers will NOT be disappointed with the ending. Graceful is the perfectly tied bow on the gift of the Willow Falls books.
Melvin Beederman and the Curse of the Bologna Sandwich by Greg Trine is a fantastic first book in a series of perfect picks for young chapter book readers. Kids will love Melvin's quest to keep the city of Los Angeles safe, especially when his cape suddenly shrinks.