The Tale of Angelino Brown by David AlmondWhat it's about: After Bert and Betty Brown adopt pocket-sized angel Angelino, their lives -- and the lives of almost everyone they meet -- become a bit better and a lot weirder. But who is Angelino? And why are villains trying kidnap him?
Read it for: goofy humor (it's hard not to laugh at a character named Professor Smellie from Blistering-on-the-Fen) paired with deep ideas about good and evil.
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani ChokshiIntroducing: seventh-grader Aru, who accidentally frees an ancient demon and discovers that she's the reincarnation of a demigod -- which means it's up to her to stop the demon and save the world.
Try this next: For another funny, fast-paced adventure filled with Indian deities and demons, try Sayantani Dasgupta's The Serpent's Secret.
Series alert: This series opener is the 1st book from Rick Riordan Presents, a new collection of mythological fantasy series chosen by the popular author himself.
The Parker Inheritance by Varian JohnsonWhat it's about: After finding intriguing clues in her grandmother's attic, bookish 12-year-old Candice and her new friend Brandon search for buried treasure in a small Southern town haunted by its own ugly history of racism.
Why you might like it: Switching between Candice's present-day story and her grandmother's in 1957, this suspenseful puzzle mystery encourages you, just like the characters, to piece the clues together.
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderly and Marjory Wentworth; illustrated by Ekua HolmesWhat it is: an imaginative, inspiring collection of poems that celebrate 20 diverse poets from throughout history and around the world.
What's inside: attention-grabbing collage art, odes to long-departed poets (like Persian mystic Rumi and haiku master Bashō), and loving tributes to modern poets (such as Nikki Giovanni and Naomi Shihab Nye).
Who it's for: readers, writers, and poetry fans who want to try something new.
Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko (editor); illustrated by Melissa SweetWhat it is: Grouped by seasons, the poems in this collection are only a few lines long, but when those lines are written by poets like Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, and Joyce Sidman, they cast a powerful spell.
Why you might like it: Just as powerful are the bold, vivid illustrations, which are sure to fuel your imagination.
Who it's for: Anyone who's ever felt like reading poetry was too slow or confusing.
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob RaczkaWhat it is: Poet Bob Raczka offers up 21 clever concrete poems -- or, as he calls them, "word paintings" -- in which the shape of the poem reflects what the poem is about.
Why you might like it: After seeing how words on a page can be used to form dripping icicles, floating balloons, or a soaring airplane, you too might be inspired to mix up a few concrete poems.
Contact your librarian for more great books for ages 8-11!