Shelf Help October 2018

Welcome to Shelf Help, a quick look at new and noteworthy books to read with your BOOK IT! students. BOOK IT! wants to make it easy to keep up with literary trends and popular reads to keep your students interested.


See something you like? If eligible to receive First Book resources, visit the First Book Marketplace to find these great titles and others like these while supplies last. If the title happens to be unavailable when you visit, or if your school/program does not qualify for First Book, your purchase can still make a difference by choosing First Book as your Amazon Smile beneficiary.


The Dead Family Diaz

The Dead Family Diaz honors the Mexican holiday El Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. This book is about a dead family who travels to the land of the living every year to celebrate the holiday. Beautiful illustrations and fun characters show the cultural significance of this holiday celebration.

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Ghoulia is a book full of charming characters and wonderful illustrations! It’s the endearing journey of a lonely girl desperate to find friends beyond her family's Crumbling Manor. Ghoulia comes up with a plan to go outside Crumbling Manor on Halloween. She hopes going out as her zombie self won’t scare away other children who are dressed as ghosts and witches. In the end, she finds acceptance and makes lots of new friends who call themselves the "Monster Society" and have moonlight dances in the garden at Crumbling Manor.

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Denis Ever After

Denis Ever After is a whodunit for older BOOK IT! Program readers. Denis, who mysteriously passed away, hangs out in Port Haven where he spends his time with other spirits including Gee Gee, his grandmother. His curiosity about his death and seeing his twin brother Matt struggle to let go of his memory five years later leads Denis to contact his brother. The two brothers, living in different realms, work together to solve the mystery of what happened the night Denis died.

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