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Later that night, Selina has an emotional exchange with Bruce, whom she deeply misses, in his first outing as Batman. Before leaving, Batman advises Selina to return a diamond she had stolen, but she refuses. Edward Nygma portrayed by Cory Michael Smith ; season 1—5 is a forensics operative who works for the Gotham City Police Department and often presents his information in riddles.

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He initially starts off as an awkward but intelligent man with an unrequited crush on archivist Kristen Kringle, but over the course of the show, transforms into a murderous and manipulative criminal. After being constantly mistreated by his fellow co-workers except Bullock and Gordon, who tolerate him , Nygma murdered a fellow officer, Tom, who was also Kringle's abusive boyfriend causing a mental breakdown that results in a second personality.

When Edward tries to stop her from calling the police, he accidentally chokes her to death. Edward starts to give in to his narcissistic dark side. While burying her body in the woods, a passerby approaches and interferes. Nygma kills him as well and has to bury both bodies. After helping Cobblepot recuperate, Nygma allows Cobblepot to live with him while helping to heal Gordon after he was beaten up by Theo Galavan. Nygma later figures out Gordon's hand in Theo Galavan's death and orchestrates his arrest by framing him for the death of Carl Pinkney. During the confrontation with Gordon at the spot where Kristin Kringle was buried, Nygma's plot was exposed thanks to Gordon's plan by getting him to confess his actions with Nathaniel Barnes and the other police officers nearby.

Nygma is arrested by the police and remanded to Arkham Asylum. After he investigates and finds out who Hugo Strange is and his experiments, Nygma escapes but is caught and recaptured after a brief encounter with Selina. Six months later, Penguin has him declared sane and has him released from Arkham Asylum so that he can help Penguin become mayor. Later, Nygma buys back the money that Butch was bribing people with in order to vote for Penguin. However, Penguin still wins regardless, proving Nygma's point that the people of Gotham loved Penguin anyway.

Later, Nygma meets and becomes infatuated with a woman striking the resemblance to Kringle and also likes riddles, Isabella. After forming a relationship with Isabella, Penguin orders Gabriel to cut the brakes off of Isabella's car, killing her. After Nygma is informed by Barbara of Penguin's romantic feelings for him, Nygma discovers that Penguin indeed killed Isabella. Later, Nygma forms a partnership with Barbara, Tabitha, and Butch to destroy everything Penguin loves. After breaking his sanity and destroying his reputation, Nygma shoots Penguin in the harbor docks, although Penguin claims to love Nygma still.

Nygma later starts a killing spree of those who can't solve his riddles and even gets Lucius Fox involved. Taking pills that cause him to have tormenting hallucinations of Penguin, Nygma admits that he can't do everything without Penguin. Later, Nygma throws the pills away, and finally embraces his new role as "The Riddler. Meeting with Gordon at the police station, Riddler agrees to Gordon's terms to accompany him. When on a road, Riddler agrees to go along with Kathryn and the Talon after Kathryn referenced the fact that Hugo Strange left Riddler's "who actually runs Gotham" question.

As the Talon loads Nygma into the car, Kathryn tells Gordon that they'll find a use for Riddler before departing. Nygma later discovered that Oswald Cobblepot is his neighbouring prisoner. Both of them work together to escape from their prison. At the conclusion of the chaos caused by the Alice Tetch Virus, Oswald outsmarts Riddler and has Victor Fries use his freeze gun on him.

Oswald then plans to use Riddler's frozen body as the centerpiece of his Iceberg Lounge and as a reminder to never let love be his downfall again. Riddler is later freed by a woman named Myrtle Jenkins who tries to get him back to good health and remember the classic riddles. After hitting Myrtle with the riddle book for children, Riddler leaves her apartment and heads out to plan revenge on Oswald Cobblepot.

Due to his brain still recovering from the ice, Riddler was unable to do his usual riddles on Oswald Cobblepot who ended up sparing Riddler from Victor Fries. Riddler later encountered Butch Gilzean in his new form of Solomon Grundy. As they work to recover their minds, they go to Cherry's fight club where Riddler persuades Cherry to let him fight there.

When Selina Kyle manages to catch Edward Nygma while Barbara Kean and Tabitha Galavan were busy with their side-agendas, Leslie Thompkins suggested a "Code of the Narrows" to pit the champions of both sides against each other for the fate of Edward Nygma. When Firefly crashes the fight to finish the job that Oswald Cobblepot gave her, Riddler witnessed Leslie disabling Firefly and Barbara shooting Cherry. While Solomon Grundy was having his wounds tended to, Nygma suggests to Leslie that she takes the position that Cherry had. Leslie later figures out that Nygma's error of not doing his usual problems was a psychological error.

The Riddler persona soon returns to cause problems for Nygma and he eventually resorts to attempting suicide by hanging before opting to return to Arkham. As he contemplates signing the papers, a delighted Penguin reveals that he sent a letter to him hoping the Riddler would read it and Nygma would return to Arkham. He adds that he can truly see who he is and finally calls him Riddler. When Gotham City becomes a no man's land, Riddler ends up in a mutual stabbing with Leslie Thompkins. Their bodies are found by Penguin's men as Hugo Strange is instructed to work on them.

In season five, Riddler had woken up many times with no knowledge of what happened. It was revealed that Theresa Walker had Hugo Strange place a control chip in Riddler's brain until it was fried by Gordon using a respirator. In a hazmat suit, Riddler did a bomb ruse where the code is provided by the answer to how many times a Pallid beach mouse can give birth in a year. Harvey stated that the answer is 0 due to the Pallid beach mouse being extinct.

Though this bought Alfred, Barbara, and Lucius time to fill the building with knockout gas. Barbara distracted Riddler enough for Selina to knock him out. Riddler is then taken away by a police officer only to be rescued by one that is on Penguin's side. Both of them are tied up on a pole by Batman and left for the police. After escaping the transport van, Riddler and Penguin see Batman jumping from the roof and plan to get revenge tomorrow. Fish Mooney portrayed by Jada Pinkett Smith ; season 1, guest season 2; recurring season 3 is a former nightclub owner and mobster who led a gang under Don Falcone and was the former boss of Oswald Cobblepot.

She operated in Gotham City's red-light district despite the heavy presence of the Italian Mafia. Mooney sometimes provides information to Detective Bullock, who has a sweet spot for her. Mooney has secret plans to overthrow Falcone, whom she hates for his otherwise unspecified role in Fish's own mother's death, makes her as the main antagonist of season 1. Her plan involved hiring a girl named Liza to seduce Falcone and secretly blowing up Falcone's money supply. After escaping from Falcone's men, Mooney tries to leave Gotham City by water and is captured by the minions of the Dollmaker.

Mooney was eventually able to escape with some of her fellow prisoners. She returned to Gotham City during the gang war between Falcone and Maroni and formed her gang from street children, including Selina Kyle. Mooney was pushed off of a building into the ocean in a battle with the Penguin, which seemingly killed her. In the second season's fall finale, Fish's body is seen at Indian Hill, a scientific division of Wayne Enterprises that secretly performs illegal experiments. Fish is eventually revived in the second season finale while augmented with the help of cuttlefish DNA, being the only one of Hugo Strange's patients have her memories intact for unknown reasons.

The side-effects of the revival gave Mooney the ability to take control of anyone that comes in contact with her. She manages to escape from Arkham and knocks out a shocked Penguin on the street. With some of the Indian Hill escapees on her side as members of her latest gang and even realigning herself with Selina Kyle, Fish Mooney begins raiding every pharmacy for drugs. After learning from Ethel Peabody about the new cells being rejected by her body and that Hugo Strange would fix her, Fish Mooney has her fellow escapee Marv steal her youth.

Then Fish Mooney plans to find Hugo Strange in order to get him to make more monsters for her gang. Fish Mooney was successful at freeing Hugo Strange. Because of what Mooney said to him, Cobblepot decides not to kill her and allows her to leave with Hugo Strange while telling her not to return. She then makes off with Cobblepot where she forgives him and mends her relationship with Cobblepot. When Cobblepot tells Mooney that they'll get her some help, Mooney turns her down stating that this would happen and for Cobblepot to either take control of Gotham City or burn it to the ground as she dies again.

She initially believed that Jim had actually murdered Oswald Cobblepot and was obsessed with arresting him, mostly due to her past relationship with Barbara Kean mixing with her sense of duty, until it was shown that Cobblepot was still alive. She later occasionally assists him in fighting Gotham's corruption after she and Crispus saved Jim from being killed by Victor Zsasz.

Renee was revealed to have had a relationship with Barbara Kean. He was with Renee when she was looking for clues to see if Jim Gordon had actually killed Oswald Cobblepot or not. Crispus later occasionally assists Gordon in fighting Gotham's corruption after he and Renee save Jim from being killed by Victor Zsasz.

Carmine Falcone portrayed by John Doman ; season 1; guest seasons 2 and 4; recurring season 3 is the Don of the Falcone Crime Family and businessman who is the father of Mario Calvi. While heading a traditional Cosa Nostra family, Carmine also controls a series of various other criminal organizations in Gotham City including the Triads , the Irish Mob , and Russian Mob as well as other Gotham City gangs such as Fish Mooney's gang. Upon first encountering Gordon after preventing Fish Mooney's men from killing him and Bullock, he at first dismisses his idealism as naive.

Several of his caporegimes like Jimmy Saviano have also shown signs of treachery. Before leaving, he reveals that he used to be friends with Gordon's father prior to being in the mob and gives Gordon a knife that had belonged to Gordon's father and parts on good terms stating that it is time for some real law and order in Gotham. Falcone later returned to help Harvey Bullock get Jim Gordon out of Blackgate Penitentiary with help from his contacts from within the prison.

He also wanted to throw an engagement party for them and was shown to be angered at the Court of Owls for targeting Mario when it later turns out that he was infected with Alice Tetch's poisonous blood. While he was displeased that Gordon gunned down Mario in self-defense, Leslie talked Falcone into calling off Victor Zsasz's hit on Gordon knowing that Mario would've ended up like Nathaniel Barnes did. Carmine later reluctantly helped Gordon by giving him the information on the person who had him hire a lawyer for the drunk driver that caused the car accident that killed Peter Gordon.

Carmine declines due to the fact that he is dying and that being in warmer climates would help him but agrees to let his daughter Sofia go in his place. Hearing reports of Sofia's ruthless pursuit of Gotham, Falcone arrives to take her home, telling her she has failed their family and is endangering the family reputation to get revenge for her brother's death. Before he can take her, Falcone is shot and killed by a group of gunmen. Sofia is wounded but later reveals that she is responsible for her father's murder. Leslie "Lee" Thompkins portrayed by Morena Baccarin ; season 2—5; recurring season 1 is a physician at Arkham Asylum who works in the female ward.

After enlisting as a medical examiner at Gotham City Police Department, she enters into a relationship with James Gordon. She is later revealed to be pregnant and Jim proposes to her after Theo Galavan's death. At the time when Gordon was incarcerated at Blackgate, he learned from Harvey that Leslie miscarried and that she went south.

When Gordon tracks down Leslie outside of Gotham City in order to repair their relationship. However, he discovers that she is engaged to Mario Calvi, the son of the former crime lord Carmine Falcone. However, Gordon made peace with it by the time Leslie returned to Gotham with Mario. Gordon and Leslie reconciled after Gordon gave his best wishes to Mario. Tetch then forced Gordon to choose between Lee or Valerie being killed, and after Gordon chooses Lee to be killed, Tetch shoots Valerie instead.

It is implied that Gordon knew Tetch would shoot Valerie instead of Lee; as he is still in love with the latter. It is also implied that Lee is still in love with Gordon, despite her being in engaged to Mario Calvi. Due to Gordon refusing to tell her about what's happening in Gotham out of fear that the Court of Owls will take action, Leslie resigns from the police department. She was eventually cured along with Gordon. She then left Gotham, leaving behind a note saying that while she's not sure if Gotham deserves to be saved, Leslie does have hope that Gordon would save the city before reaffirming her love for him.

Leslie later appeared at Cherry's fight club working as its doctor when she is called to tend to the burns on Solomon Grundy. She does agree to a partnership with Edward Nygma in order to help her side-job. She also stated that she doesn't know who Jim is. Leslie takes that suggestion and her first decree was "drinks on the house".

Leslie later solves some issues with the inhabitants of the Narrows like dealing with competitive street businesses and even uses mixed medicines and an antidote to get Sampson out of the southern parts of the Narrows. When Gotham City becomes a no man's land, Leslie Thompkins ends up in a mutual stabbing with Riddler. While Gordon fought Eduardo, she shot the soldier that tried to kill her. It was discovered that the same control chip used in Riddler was also in Leslie when Theresa Walker triggered it.

Gordon struck the area with an electrical lamp snapping Leslie out of the mind-control. She later helps in disarming the bombs that would detonate the newly-rebuilt Wayne Tower. Theo Galavan portrayed by James Frain ; season 2 is a charismatic billionaire industrialist whose sister is Tabitha Galavan and whose step-niece is Silver St. Cloud , both of whom do his bidding. Galavan's family, originally called the Dumas family, were one of Gotham City's most prominent families and said to have built Gotham City. But the family was ruined financially and socially by the Wayne family after an act of violence was perpetrated by a member of the Dumas family against a member of the Wayne family many years earlier.

Those Dumas who remained in Gotham changed their surname to Galavan. Theo starts his campaign by orchestrating the abduction of Mayor Aubrey James. As the chairman of the Gotham Chamber of Commerce, he oversaw Gillian Loeb's resignation as police commissioner and Sarah Essen being sworn in as the new police commissioner. Sionis was the only one who declined and he had Tabitha kill him to serve as a warning to the others.

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Theo poses as a caring father figure to Bruce Wayne after ostensibly saving him from Jerome Valeska during a hostage crisis. With Mayor James still missing and Deputy Mayor Harrison Kane dead, Theo then exhorts Oswald Cobblepot into targeting the mayoral candidates by holding Oswald's mother Gertrud hostage while acting like he missed Galavan.

As the only remaining candidate, Theo wins the election, but his true goal is to avenge the Dumas family against the Wayne family. After Tabitha killed Gertrud, Oswald swore revenge on Theo which led to a fight between Cobblepot's group and the police which ended with Oswald getting wounded and Gordon getting suspicious.

While Gordon and Barnes were searching Galavan's apartment, they did find a cassock behind one of the paintings where they assumed that Galavan had some religious connections. While awaiting trial, Theo reprimanded Tabitha for acting out against his orders and states that his next plan is in motion. When it came to the trial, Mayor James testifies in court that it was Oswald Cobblepot who abducted him.

The judge drops the case against Theo whose henchmen, posing as police officers, abduct Gordon while he was being taken out of the courthouse. With Gordon in his clutches, Galavan stated that the Order of St Dumas protected his family and that his real surname is Dumas. Galavan toys with Gordon but quickly overpowers him, using some martial arts skills which Theo not previously displayed. He orders his henchmen to kill Gordon slowly and leaves to claim Bruce Wayne's life. During the final battle at Galavan's tower, Tabitha tells Theo he has lost and she is going to look out for herself, saving Silver and Bruce Wayne, as Gordon and Penguin come to the rescue, albeit for very different reasons.

Gordon and Cobblepot take him to an isolated place outside Gotham where Cobblepot beats him mercilessly until Gordon stops him and shoots Galavan dead. Cobblepot puts an umbrella in the corpse's mouth to make it look like that he killed Galavan. Galavan's body is then taken to the underground Indian Hill facility. As Patient 44, he is successfully resurrected by the Indian Hill facility's doctors but the shock of the process scrambled his memories. Strange, inspired by Nygma, misleads Galavan to believe himself to be the order's legendary knight Azrael before sending him after Gordon.

He manages to use the broken part of the fake Sword of Sin to stab Nathaniel Barnes. As he makes his escape, his face was shown to the reporters as Oswald Cobblepot, Tabitha Galavan, and Bruce Wayne sees it on the news. Theo then began to look for the real Sword of Sin where he confronted Gordon and Bullock at a crypt which ends with Tabitha ending up hospitalised. Tabitha Galavan portrayed by Jessica Lucas ; season 2—5 is Theo Galavan's whip-wielding, violent, loyal sister and the step-aunt of Silver St.

She always wears a cover over her nose and mouth to avoid being identified. She even develops a relationship with Barbara Kean and found a way to reprogram Butch Gilzean to serve Theo. During the fight between Gordon and Kean, Tabitha was shot in the shoulder and managed to escape. When it comes to the battle between Oswald Cobbleport's group and the Order of St. Dumas, Tabitha turns against Theo telling him he has lost and that she needs to look out for herself as she escapes with Silver.

Four weeks later, Tabitha visits Butch Gilzean and becomes his partner while starting a relationship with her. After the warrior Azrael is revealed to be the resurrected Theo Galavan, Tabitha teams up with Gordon and Bullock to find him. After helping Theo regain some of his memory, Theo remembers his mission and stabs Tabitha, resulting in her being hospitalised.

After Butch was exposed by Edward Nygma as the leader of the new Red Hood leader, Tabitha broke him out of the prison transport bus and took him to a safe house. After Barbara killed Butch Gilzean, Tabitha fought Barbara at her safe house which ended with Barbara getting electrocuted. Later on, she is approached by Selina Kyle where she states to Tabitha that she is done surviving.

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Before they begin to work together, Tabitha does allow Selina to test her abilities with her whip. Tabitha and Selina end up aligning with a revived Barbara.

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Firefly crashes the fight to finish the job that Oswald Cobblepot gave her. Tabitha then witnessed Leslie disabling Firefly and Barbara shooting Cherry. Tabitha, Barbara, and Selina later abduct Sofia Falcone upon thinking that she was friends with Cobblepot until she states that she is against Cobblepot. When Gotham City becomes a no man's land, she finds that Butch is restored. However, Penguin kills him as part of his revenge on Tabitha for what she did to his mother and then shoots her in the leg. When Barbara hears from Tabitha what happened to Butch, they make their territory a female-only territory as they kill the males that were with Ra's al Ghul.

Many days later, Tabitha begins her plot to get revenge on Penguin where she ambushes him and his men in the Lo Boyz' territory. Due to a misfired gun, Tabitha is stabbed by Penguin as Barbara arrives. Her final worlds before succumbing to her wound are "Barbara don't. Lucius Fox portrayed by Chris Chalk ; season 2—5; guest season 1 is a junior executive and tech genius at Wayne Enterprises who in the shadow of the company's corrupt activities emerges as a moral beacon for Bruce Wayne as he attempts to help him uphold the legacy of his parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne.

He first appeared in "The Anvil and the Hammer" where he entered Sid Bunderslaw's office at the time of Bruce Wayne's unexpected visit. Before allowing Bruce to leave Wayne Enterprises, Fox warns Bruce that his father was a very guarded man. Fox later encountered Alfred at a bar. Alfred convinced Fox to help Bruce Wayne repair a computer that Alfred had wrecked. He later helps identify "The Philosopher", the man who ordered the Waynes to be killed. After Riddler was subdued, Lucius helps Lee in disarming the bomb. He and Alfred later find Penguin and Riddler tied up on a pole by Batman.

Butch Gilzean portrayed by Drew Powell ; season 2—4; recurring season 1 is Fish Mooney's right-hand man and mob enforcer who is the uncle of Sonny Gilzean. To infiltrate Theo Galavan's group, Cobblepot cut off Gilzean's left hand so that Gilzean would win sympathy from the Galavans, who gave Gilzean a new mallet-shaped left hand and other attachments. Tabitha later freed Gilzean from Cobblepot's control. Four weeks following the death of Theo Galavan, Butch Gilzean rose to power and started a relationship with Tabitha Galavan. Butch and his gang later accompanied Oswald into going after Hugo Strange.

After a resurrected Fish Mooney knocked out Penguin on the street, Butch and his gang fled. During the man-hunt for Fish Mooney, Gilzean supports Penguin's campaign by paying people to vote for him. He starts to get suspicious with Edward Nygma during his campaign. He realizes that Nygma bought back the money, but Penguin wins regardless, which causes Butch to feel left out while Penguin and Nygma start to work together more. Butch starts being the benefactor of a second version of the Red Hood gang and kills them so he can win back Penguin's approval, but Nygma later exposes him.

While being transported on a prison bus, Tabitha breaks him out and takes him to a safe house. After Isabella was murdered, Nygma put the clues together and claims to Mayor Cobblepot that Butch killed her in revenge on both of them. During the confrontation, Barbara shoots Butch in the head. His body is reviewed by doctors and his birth name is revealed as Cyrus Gold. When his body is dumped into Slaughter Swamp by the hospital's orderlies, chemicals associated with Indian Hill revived Cyrus Gold while regenerating his hand.

The transformation also gave him super-strength while also making him have a fear of fire. He makes his way to Gotham City and runs into Riddler who asks for his help remembering who he is. After getting a burn from one of the men he earlier attacked, Riddler takes him to Cherry's nightclub to enter him in a fight where Cherry has her latest doctor Leslie Thompkins tend to his burn. Solomon Grundy manages to win most of his death matches. During his fight with Mr. Murder Face, Solomon Grundy started experiencing fragments of memories of his life as Butch Gilzean upon being hit in the head.

When Selina calls for the "Code of the Narrows" while trying to apprehend Nygma, Tabitha is paired up against Solomon Grundy where the fight doesn't go well. Solomon Grundy prepares to attack only to be frightened by Firefly's fire attacks. Penguin later instructs Hugo Strange to restore Butch Gilzean back to normal. While Strange was successful, Penguin kills Butch anyway as part of his revenge on Tabitha for killing his mother.

Harvey Dent portrayed by Nicholas D'Agosto ; season 2; recurring season 1 is a "handsome, warm and engaging" Assistant District Attorney. When Gordon has been framed for the death of Carl Pinkney and sentenced to Blackgate Penitentiary, the news reporter stated that Harvey Dent could not be reached for a comment. After Warden Carlson Grey moved Gordon into Blackgate Penitentiary's F-Wing, Bullock calls up Dent telling him what happened and to do everything he can to get Gordon out like either a transfer to another prison, a retrial, or reopening the case.

Nathaniel Barnes portrayed by Michael Chiklis ; season 2—3 , a tough, no-nonsense martinet of a police captain at Gotham City Police Department after the death of Sarah Essen, he serves a strong ally to James Gordon, but will one day become Gordon's enemy. He first appeared where he dismisses Officers Pollard, Guthrie, Coulson, Drowler, Brooks and Hightower, and Detective Perez for corruption, bribery, drug abuse, racketeering, and extortion.

Nathaniel promotes Gordon to his second-in-command as they start a Strike Team made up of the graduates from the Gotham City Police Academy. After Gordon becomes a fugitive for punching Theo Galavan in court after being found innocent, Barnes attempts to arrest Gordon after the battle with the Order of Saint Dumas but is knocked out by Cobblepot. After Cobblepot was apprehended and backed up Gordon's claim, Barnes told Gordon not to make a fool out of him. When Jim was framed for the murder of Carl Pinkney at the hands of Edward Nygma, Barnes believed that Jim committed the crime and the judge sentenced him to Blackgate Penitentiary.

After Jim was proven innocent and Nygma was arrested upon the police being in the listening distance of Nygma's confession, Barnes apologised and told Jim he owed him a favour. He also gave Jim the remaining Wayne files and Lee's number. This led to Barnes being hospitalised. While still recuperating, Nathaniel initiates a manhunt for Fish Mooney and the Indian Hill escapees, which ends with Fish and Strange fleeing Gotham and the rest of the minions being burned to death by an angry mob. Later, Barnes is infected with Alice Tetch's poisonous blood that dropped onto him. He then goes on a vigilante spree killing criminals until he is subjected by James Gordon and remanded to Arkham Asylum while in a straitjacket.

While incarcerated at Arkham, Barnes keeps screaming "Guilty! Leslie Thompkins later talks to Nathaniel Barnes about the blood he is infected with that also infected Mario Calvic. Barnes calls it a gift and states that when he gets out of Arkham, he is going to bathe the corruption of Gotham City in blood starting with Jim Gordon's blood.

Barnes is taken to a private lab owned by the Court of Owls where Kathryn had Hugo Strange extract Alice Tetch's poisonous blood from him. With a special outfit and an axe-tipped glove, Nathaniel Barnes targets James Gordon. Even though Barnes was detained, Alvarez told Gordon and Bullock that Barnes escaped from the Arkham Asylum transport upon killing the three guards. Ivy Pepper portrayed by Clare Foley - recurring season and guest season 3; Maggie Geha - season 3 and guest season 4; Peyton List - recurring season 4 and guest season 5 is a young vegan girl who is the abused daughter of Mario Pepper who was framed for the Wayne murders.

After her mother committed suicide sometime after her father's death, Ivy is adopted by a foster family and renamed Pamela, but runs away from their home and lives on the streets while maintaining contact with Selina Kyle. After being briefly touched by Marv, Ivy falls into the drain pipe and is swept away by the current. The effects of Marv's brief touch causes Ivy to turn into an adult enough to outgrow her clothes by the time she awakens on the shore of the river.

She later obtains the clothes belonging to the ex-wife of the man who found her where she knocked out offscreen for neglecting his plants. At some point, Ivy takes refuge in an abandoned house that has a greenhouse. After Oswald Cobblepot was shot by Edward Nygma, Ivy Pepper nurses him back to good health and helps to dispose of Gabe and those who came with them by having them buried in her garden of moving plants. Ivy then persuades Oswald Cobblepot to let her help in his plans to get revenge on Edward Nygma by stating that they will need an army of freaks.

The two of them managed to get Victor Fries and Bridgit Pike on their side. Upon hearing what happened to Selina Kyle, Ivy Pepper uses her special perfume to control the nurses into bringing plants into Selina's room. When Selina finally was awoken, Ivy was against her plan to go to Wayne Manor. She starts to feel neglected and goes to an apothecary where she consumes some chemicals held in the owner's safe. She then transforms a third time and gains the ability to be more connected to plant life, with a scratch from her poisoning people and causing them to essentially become a human plant.

Ivy plans to wipe out the city with her plants, but is stopped by Selina before taking off. Ivy becomes a fugitive and also becomes known as Poison Ivy. After she was freed from a salt trap by Bruce, Ivy stated that the plants in Robinson Park are feeding off anyone that enters. She gives Bruce a plant that successfully heals Selina's spinal injury. Ivy later controls Victor Zsasz into wounding James Gordon. Then she brings the Mutant Leader to have a revenge match against Selina Kyle while she mesmerizes Bruce to take her to the factory that is helping to decontaminate the river so that Lucius can deactivate the machines ther.

Mesmerizing a police officer, Ivy frees Zsasz to buy her some time to finish off Gordon. She fought against Lee Thompkins. Jervis Tetch portrayed by Benedict Samuel ; season 3; recurring season 4 and guest season 5 is a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness. He arrives in Gotham with an unwavering desire to find his sister Alice, a young woman who went missing in the city years ago.

After hypnotizing a doctor during a show at the Sirens, he has him kill his wife and then himself in order to get his residence. Jervis approaches James Gordon to help find Alice. Following his hypnosis on Barbara Kean during another show at The Sirens, Gordon visits him again where he starts to ask about Alice's condition. Jervis ends up hypnotizing him. Before he can have Gordon jump off the roof of The Sirens, Jervis is attacked by Alice who doesn't want to go with him with the resulting fight snapping Gordon out of his hypnosis. After Jervis escapes, Alice is handcuffed by Gordon.

Alice later reveals that Jervis controlled most of Alice when they were kids, and put thoughts in her head that "no brother should have". While Jervis, Dumfree, and Deever made off with Alice, the other two Tweeds were killed and the youngest of them was placed in police custody. Jervis then dressed Alice in the Alice costume from "Alice in Wonderland" and tries to have a tea party with her and the two remaining Tweedle Brothers, telling Alice that she is the only thing in his life keeping him from going mad.

Gordon and Harvey arrive and a fight ensues. When Alice tries to escape, she accidentally falls on a pipe, impaling her. A devastated Tetch flees the scene. Then he crashes the Gotham City Founders' Dinner presided over by Mayor Oswald Cobblepot in order to make them drink the tainted water. His plans are thwarted by the Gotham City Police Department as Jervis starts to see some of his sister in Nathaniel Barnes due to him being infected with her blood. Jervis stated that he did it after seeing how Gordon look at her the day he wounded Valerie Vale and states that she's to blame for Mario's suffering.

After being freed by Gordon, Jervis was drained of some of his blood with the part the blood came from being patched up. It was later mentioned by Harvey Bullock that the doctors patched Jervis back up and had him shipped back to Arkham Asylum. When Gordon and Lee came across this operation, Mad Hatter unleashed his hypnotized slaves on them as Ecco subdues Gordon. Under orders from Jeremiah Valeska, Mad Hatter hypnotized them to pass off as Thomas and Martha Wayne near the Monarch Theater where they will be freed from the hypnotism when Jeremiah shooting them will cause the pearls to fall off Lee.

Jeremiah's shooting plot was thwarted by Selina. Ra's al Ghul portrayed by Alexander Siddig ; season 4; guest season 3 is the enigmatic person behind the Court of Owls' activities and leader of the League of Shadows. His identity is foreshadowed upon the death of Shaman who works for Ra's al Ghul. After Bruce stabs Alfred, he angrily tries to attack Ra's al Ghul who gets away where he advises to Bruce to use the Lazarus Pit's waters to heal Alfred. Siddig was promoted to a series regular for season 4. While also transferring some of his energy to a visiting Barbara, Ra's al Ghul also had some of his men infiltrate Blackgate Penitentiary by posing as the prison guards.

After doing a threat to Bruce Wayne to return to bother him when he starts a family, Bruce reluctantly uses the embalming knife on Ra's al Ghul which reduces him to a skeleton just as Gordon and Alfred arrive. Gordon came up with a cover story that Ra's al Ghul's men infiltrated the prison and made off with him. The League of Shadows members that were loyal to Ra's al Ghul used a ritual that involved Bruce Wayne's blood to bring Ra's al Ghul to life when they think that Barbara is not living up to her potential. Following a duel where her abilities show her different outcomes like her getting stabbed or Tabitha's neck getting slit, Barbara relinquishes the abilities which fully restores Ra's al Ghul.

Afterwards, he later pays a visit to Bruce when Selina is around where he states that an upcoming fire in Gotham City will shape him into a Dark Knight Barbara manipulates Bruce's hand into using the reforged embalming knife to stab Ra's al Ghul again. As Gotham City starts to become a no man's land, Ra's al Ghul advises Bruce in his dying breath to embrace his destiny. She is a strong, intelligent and calculating woman who has run the Falcone operation in the south for the past 10 years and is returning to Gotham to help Gordon take down the Penguin.

Reed joined as a series regular for season 4. She ends up secretly following Gordon back to Gotham City to do so anyway. Sofia started by meeting with Mayor Burke and the zoning commissioner where she established the Falcone Home and School for Orphans. Following Professor Pyg's attack, Cobblepot had the Dentist torture her where Sofia did a bluff that fooled the Dentist into releasing her.

Sofia tells them that she is against Cobblepot and her point is proven when Victor Zsasz shows up outside of Barbara's lair with a rocket launcher that destroys the lair. Following the confrontation with Cobblepot, Sofia persuades Barbara's group to ally with her. During a gunfight with Gordon when targeting Arthur Penn, Sofia is shot by Leslie Thompkins enough to put her in a coma. Superficially congenial, he is indifferent and contemptuous of most of Gotham's citizens and ruthless towards anyone who would endanger his political standing and criminal associations.

Following Falcone's retirement, James is later held captive by Theo Galavan in an elaborate scheme of Galavan's in order for Galavan to become the new mayor. Sometime later, James is found at a safehouse in China Docks which leads to Galavan's arrest. At Galavan's trial, James fearfully testified that Galavan did not abduct him but rather that Oswald Cobblepot was responsible.

James later assisted Nathaniel Barnes at a press conference where they state that they have no knowledge if Wayne Enterprises is connected with Indian Hill. Oswald Cobblepot crashes the press conference stating that he challenges James for that role after driving out the "abominations" that plagued their city. Later, Oswald is elected as the new mayor of Gotham.

He was briefly held hostage by Riddler in order to get the Court of Owls' identity out of him. Sometime later, Aubrey James is succeeded by Burke. He is later captured by Riddler as part of his employer's plot to bomb the newly-rebuilt Wayne Tower. Barbara and Selina rescue him as the police gets the mayor to safety and to remove the bombs on him.

He was played by Parker Stevenson. Gertrud Kapelput portrayed by Carol Kane is the overly possessive, heavily-accented mother of Oswald Cobblepot. In her earlier life, she was the cook for Elijah Van Dahl's parents where they fell in love which Elijah's parents disapproved. Even though Elijah stood up to his parents, Gertrud was already gone and she later gave birth to Oswald. She and her son share an unusually close bond. She is later held captive by Theo Galavan so that Penguin could help him in his goals. Although Oswald Cobblepot persuades Theo to have his mother freed in exchange that he continues to work for him, Gertrud is stabbed in the back by Tabitha Galavan.

Before dying from her wounds, Gertrud learns more about Oswald's activities and still considers her son a good boy. Unlike Falcone, he is much younger and more ambitious. His territory includes Gotham City's Little Italy district as well as the waterfront. Sal also controls Gotham City's drug trade, unions, operations on the waterfront, and gun smuggling.

During the gang war between the Falcone and Maroni crime families, Sal Maroni is killed by Fish Mooney after he makes sexist remarks towards her. His business then fell into the Penguin's control. He is later killed by Oswald Cobblepot, Gabriel, and an unnamed former Maroni crime family member who is on Oswald's side.

Liza portrayed by Makenzie Leigh is a singer who has applied for an opening at Fish Mooney's nightclub and subsequently became an agent for Mooney to seduce Don Carmine Falcone. She is subsequently blackmailed by Oswald Cobblepot. Upon Mooney faking Liza's kidnapping, Liza is later strangled to death by Falcone in front of Mooney and Gilzean after Oswald tells Falcone the whole story. Alvarez portrayed by J. Cortes is a detective of the Gotham City Police Department. During the chaos caused by the Alice Tetch Virus, Alvarez got infected and started shooting his fellow police officers until he was knocked out by Lucius Fox.

He was later among those cured. When she finds out that Edward murdered her ex-boyfriend Tom, she threatens to call the police on Edward and he accidentally chokes her to death. Initially grief-stricken, the darker side of his personality soon emerges. Victor Zsasz portrayed by Anthony Carrigan is a sadistic hitman who is loyal to Carmine Falcone and is assisted by a number of female associates. He carves a tally mark into his skin for every person he kills. Zsasz is later hired by Falcone to kill Gordon after the death of Falcone's son Mario and attempts to kill him twice before the job is cancelled by Falcone at the persuasion of Leslie.

Three months following the chaos caused by the Alice Tetch Virus, Victor Zsasz works with Cobblepot to make sure that the specific criminals in Gotham City have specific licenses to commit crimes and to dispose of anyone that gets in Cobblepot's way. Gabriel portrayed by Alex Corrado is a thug who works as Oswald Cobblepot's bodyguard. He previously worked as a bodyguard for Frankie Carbone as a member of the Maroni crime family until he assisted Oswald and another operative into killing him during the attack on Nikolai's warehouse. After that, he began to follow Oswald's every command, he always seemed loyal to Oswald, but secretly, he followed him only out of fear.

After Oswald's life was saved by Ivy Pepper, Gabriel and those with him tried to have him planned for an auction where he'll be killed off only for Ivy to use her perfume on them which led to those who came with Gabriel to end up killed. Upon admitting the truth that he followed Oswald out of fear when under the control of Ivy's perfume, Oswald angrily stabbed Gabriel to death and buried him in Ivy's plants him alongside those who came with him. Gillian B. Loeb portrayed by Peter Scolari is the corrupt Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department who is allied with Carmine Falcone until he switches to being an ally to Sal Maroni by the end of the season.

Loeb does that enabling Sarah Essen to be sworn in as the new commissioner. Gerald later forced his son to take a fear-inducing hallucinogen to wipe away his ability to feel fear. Jonathan now struggles constantly with fear and helplessness as well as frightening images of living scarecrow monsters. After assisting Jerome Valeska in his plot, Scarecrow takes part of the no man's land crisis by taking over a drug maker's house. Jerome Valeska portrayed by Cameron Monaghan is the psychopathic son of circus snake dancer Lila Valeska and blind fortune teller Paul Cicero, and the twin brother of Jeremiah Valeska.

After confessing to the murder of his mother and telling of her abusive nature, Jerome seemingly breaks down before beginning to laugh maniacally. He is among the maniacal inmates who are later freed from Arkham Asylum by Theo and Tabitha Galavan, as part of their plot to create chaos in Gotham City.

Jerome proceeds to kill his father, who foretells of Jerome's legacy of death and madness. Following Jerome's death, random civilians in Gotham who watched the televised hostage crisis suffer mental breakdowns and begin to imitate Jerome's murderous actions , thus affirming Cicero's vision.

Former Indian Hill scientist Dwight Pollard, who has become the leader of a fanatic cult worshipping Jerome, later conducts several experiments in an attempt to resurrect him. When Pollard's project appears to fail, he cuts off Jerome's face and wears it as a mask to command respect. Despite this, Jerome comes back to life hours later and kidnaps Pollard before stapling his face back onto his head. Jerome then sets off a series of explosives at a power plant, killing Pollard and causing a citywide blackout in Gotham.

After abducting Bruce Wayne from Wayne Manor, Jerome takes him to a carnival occupied by his followers. Bruce manages to defeat Jerome and the latter is once more incarcerated at Arkham Asylum, where his face is surgically reattached.

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He hatches a plot to plunge Gotham into anarchy with an insanity-inducing gas and exact revenge upon Bruce Wayne and Jeremiah. Before falling to his death during a confrontation with Police Captain Jim Gordon, Jerome arranges for a post-mortem "gift" to be sent to Jeremiah in the form of a jack-in-the-box; this package sprayed Jeremiah with a special version of the insanity gas, causing Jeremiah to continue his brother's legacy. Tommy Bones portrayed by James Andrew O'Connor is a made man and hitman for the Maroni crime family who just got out of prison.

He is later seen to be a member of Oswald Cobblepot's crime syndicate. Afterwards, Tommy is killed by Tabitha. Silver St. Cloud portrayed by Natalie Alyn Lind [22] is the mannerly niece of Theo Galavan and Tabitha Galavan who serves as a love interest to Bruce Wayne, despite having dark intentions. She was orphaned at a young age and her father was Theo's stepbrother. Theo then forced her to show fake affection for Bruce.

Dumas can begin their ritual. During the fight against the Order of St.


Dumas, Silver flees with Tabitha. She was a childhood friend of Selina Kyle and had once met Ivy Pepper. After much abuse, Bridgit eventually snapped, burning Joe and Cale to death, and beginning a vigilante spree. In a confrontation with the GCPD, her entire body was severely scarred from the burns sustained from her tank leaking from a bullet shot caused by one of the police officers.

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She was then taken to the underground Indian Hill facility as the scientists believe she is immune to fire as it was mentioned in a discussion between two orderlies that protective clothing was "fused" to her. Selina Kyle later encountered Pike at the Indian Hill facility where she has no memory of Selina, calls herself Firefly, and is sporting a new outfit. Strange brainwashed Bridget into thinking she was a fire goddess. She then accepted Selina as her servant, after being convinced all "deities" need one.

During the Indian Hill conflict, she got into a fight with Victor Fries and Strange accidentally got caught in their crossfire. Oswald Cobblepot and Ivy Pepper later find her working at a factory. After learning about Ivy Pepper's encounter with Marv and some persuasion, Bridgit Pike agrees to help Oswald and Ivy where she starts by throwing hot coal into her abusive boss' face. Though she is still at odds with Victor Fries, Bridgit Pike was with Penguin when they interfered in the Court of Owls' plans to use the weaponized version of Alice Tetch's blood on a Daughters of Gotham event where Bridgit Pike burned the Talon present.

Later that night, she was knocked out by a Talon that was sent to abduct Penguin. Bridgit Pike later assisted Fish Mooney into obtaining the earlier antidotes for the Alice Tetch Virus and fighting the ninjas from the League of Shadows at the time when the chaos caused by the Alice Tetch Virus was caused.

After Fish Mooney was accidentally killed by James Gordon, she and Victor Fries disappeared before the police arrived. She crashed the fight between Solomon Grundy and Tabitha at Cherry's fight club where her fire attacks struck fear into Solomon Grundy. Leslie Thompkins disabled Firefly by shooting her flamethrower tank which sent her flying into a wall. Veintimilla returned to the role with the season 4 episode "Mandatory Brunch Meeting". When Gotham City became a no man's land, Firefly started her own gang in order to develop her territory. It was mentioned by Gordon that Firefly is in a turf war with Mr.

Father Creel portrayed by Ron Rifkin is a priest who is a high-ranking member of the religious sect of the Dumas family that left Gotham City with connections with Theo Galavan. Galavan met up with Father Creel and gives him the knife that was used by Jonathan Wayne to cut off Caleb Dumas' right hand. Creel tells Galavan that the rest of the religious sect is en route to Gotham City. Father Creel later welcomes his brothers when they arrive in Gotham City. During the fight between Oswald Cobblepot's group and the Order of St.

Hugo Strange portrayed by BD Wong [48] [49] [50] [51] is obsessed with understanding and manipulating the human mind, He is a professor and Chief of Psychiatry at Arkham Asylum who is connected to the asylum's creation and uses it for his personal experiments on patients, which often results in the worsening of their mental conditions. He is the main antagonist of the second half of season 2 Wrath of the Villains , for his involvement with the secret underground Indian Hill facility owned by Wayne Enterprises that performs inhumane medical experiments on super-powered beings, later revealed to have been an overseer of the abandoned Pinewood program that Thomas Wayne started years ago.

After Thomas disapproved of the project, Strange contracted Patrick Malone to kill the Waynes to keep his continued project a secret. While his scientists use experimental reprogramming on Oswald Cobblepot, Strange manages to win Victor Fries's assistance in his experiments of reviving corpses of recently killed criminals.

After having Victor kill a former Pinewood patient named Karen Jennings in an attempt to conceal his involvement, Strange manages to fully resurrect Theo Galavan and reinvents him into Azrael to have him kill Gordon. Strange then managed to resurrect Fish Mooney, also giving her the ability to get people to do her bidding just by making contact. After the bomb was deactivated, Hugo Strange was arrested by the police.

Six months later, Fish freed Strange from his cell to help find a cure for her disease. When Strange said he couldn't do it, Penguin allowed the two of them to flee Gotham, telling them to never come back. Gordon and Bullock later found the secret lab where he was working. After tranquilizing the test subject, Hugo Strange gave them the research on the weaponized blood and a sample that he secretly kept from the Court of Owls in exchange that they don't arrest him and cause the Court of Owls to go ahead with their plans.

After telling Alfred about the Court of Owls plans, Hugo Strange tried to leave Gotham City only to be intercepted by Fish Mooney's men in order to find the earlier antidotes for the Alice Tetch Virus which he kept at a slaughterhouse as he also still promised Fish Mooney an army of monsters.

They did run into some resistance from the League of Shadows' ninjas. Though he did agree to help in the development of the antidotes. Penguin later enlisted Hugo Strange to cure Butch Gilzean which he managed to do. Later on, Strange is instructed to work on a wounded Leslie Thompkins and Riddler. Theresa Walker and Delta Force later used Hugo Strange in planting mind-control chips in Leslie and Riddler as he is still experimenting on dead bodies.

Upon finding Eduardo wounded, Theresa plans to have Hugo Strange fix him up. Fish approached her for a cure, but she didn't have any way of making one. She is then killed by Strange's experiment Marv after he turns her old and near death. Freeze portrayed by Nathan Darrow [50] [53] [54] [55] is one of Gotham's preeminent cryogenics engineers.

Bruno Heller has stated that Victor will be a tragic character. He started abducting people for his experiments to find the right coolant combination that would enable him to freeze his wife Nora until he found a cure for her illness. After Nora was brought in by the police, Victor turns himself over to the police. One of the frozen people successfully revived as it proved that A16 worked as Victor works to save Nora. Upon the police converging on his house, Victor turned the chemicals on himself after it was discovered that Nora switched the cryogenic chemicals.

Although Hugo Strange claimed that Victor died in the infirmary, he was actually placed in the Indian Hill facility within a special refrigerated cell at degrees as the result of his attempted suicide. Hugo also states that he modified Victor Fries' suit to keep him alive in temperatures above subzero temperatures so that Victor can help Hugo with his project with dead bodies. McLeod, a teacher. In fact, the first male teacher in the history of the school.

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger. Her best friends make everything fun. After one last appointment with her scoliosis doctor, this will be her best year yet. The brace wraps her in hard plastic from shoulder blades to hips. It changes how her clothes fit, how she kicks a ball, and how everyone sees her—even her friends and Tate. But as Rachel confronts all the challenges the brace presents, the biggest change of all may lie in how she sees herself. When the Candymaker announces that they will be going on tour to introduce the new candy bar, the four friends see this as an opportunity to make things right.

But with a fifty-year-old secret revealed and stakes higher for each of them than they ever imagined, they will have to trust one another—and themselves—in order to face what lies ahead. Her baby sister is about to be born, and Cilla needs to become a bestselling author before her family forgets all about her.

But then the unthinkable happens. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from Boston to the small town of Palm Knot, Georgia.

She shoos him out of the garden and fills in holes as fast as he can dig them! Fenway wonders if his beloved Hattie could be working against him, until she brings home a cage with a bunny inside. He can hardly control his excitement — she captured one of the intruders!

Is his heart big enough to accept that Hattie can love another pet, too? Finding Perfect by Elly Schwartz. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Poetry Slam Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with white tablecloths.

Molly is sure her mother would never miss that. But as time passes, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories. Forever, or a Long Time by Caela Carter. So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past—for only then can they really begin to build their future.

Nothing has been right since her grandfather died and her best friend changed schools. Can this future scientific genius find the formula for straightening out her life? Georgia Rules by Nanci Turner Steveson. But now here she is, in a tiny Vermont town where everybody sings the praises of the father Maggie never knew.

Then Maggie meets the Parker family—two moms, six kids, plus a pony. Suddenly Maggie has questions too—questions about her father, and why Mama kept him away for so long. In her search for answers, Maggie will learn that families are like patchwork quilts, sewn together by love, and all the more beautiful for their different colors. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices at the Piggly Wiggly, and two loyal best friends. And there is simply not enough room at the top for the two of them.

Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other, but to themselves. Ghost has a crazy natural talent, but no formal training.

If he can stay on track, literally and figuratively, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons—it all starting with running away from his father, who, when Ghost was a very little boy, chased him and his mother through their apartment, then down the street, with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. The Goat by Anne Fleming. Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family.

Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so that he can concentrate on basketball. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find the missing Virgil. Sometimes four can do what one cannot. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

How to Stage a Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly. ACT 2: Sidney and Folly consider a crime. But the theater is in danger of closing, and he and his friends know they need a plan to save it — and fast. Hilarious and heartwarming, the mission to save a failing community theater unites a riotous cast of characters in this offbeat middle-grade novel.

Howard Wallace, P. As they banter through stakeouts and narrow down their list of suspects, Howard starts to wonder if having Ivy as a sidekick—and a friend—is such a bad thing after all. Pig Face, was allergic to sand, salt air, and the ocean before they decided to go to the beach.

But when Tracy and Ralph discover an envelope stuffed with money in the dugout at baseball field and Lester forces them to let him help , they have a mystery on their hands. Did someone lose the cash? Or, did someone steal it? Stephens has always seemed like a quiet place to live, but soon the town is brimming with suspects. Romance and rivalries abound in this beachside town, where swanky seasonal homeowners and hard-working locals clash and unite in age-old patterns. In this first book of the Junior Lifeguards series, the girls are vying for spots on the summer squad, with ocean legend Bud Slater hand-picking a team of winners.

So when she is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and nerdy Theo Barnes, they have fun creating an experiment that tests out the laws of science through different acts of kindness. Sometimes mistakes yield the best discoveries, and there is one hypothesis that can always be proven correct: Kindness is the coolest. Lemons by Melissa Savage. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film. But along the way, Lem and Tobin end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined.

And Lem realizes that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all. The Matchstick Castle by Keir Graff. Jail, for example. Or an earplug factory. Anything would be better than doing summer school on a computer while his scientist dad is stationed at the South Pole. Boring lives up to its name until Brian and his cousin Nora have a fight, get lost, and discover a huge, wooden house in the forest. With balconies, turrets, and windows seemingly stuck on at random, it looks ready to fall over in the next stiff breeze. Suddenly, summer gets a lot more exciting.

With their new friends, Brian and Nora tangle with giant wasps, sharp-tusked wild boars, and a crazed bureaucrat intent on bringing the dangerously dilapidated old house down with a wrecking ball. Matylda, Bright and Tender by Holly M. One afternoon, the two of them decide they must have something of their very own to love. With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. By turns both devastating and buoyant, this story is a brave one, showing how far we can justify going for a real and true friend.

So Steffy does what she does best: She cooks her way through the hardest year of her life. All Steffy wants is for her family to be whole again. Can her recipes help bring them back together? It was comforting. Keep the family together. But almost as soon as they are orphaned, that promise seems impossible to keep. With an aunt from the big city ready to separate him and his sisters as soon as she arrives, and a gang of boys from a nearby village wanting everything he has—including his spirit—Mor is tested in ways he never imagined.

With only the hot summer months to prove himself, Mor must face a choice. Does he listen to his father and keep his heart true, but risk breaking his promise through failure? Or is it easier to just join the Danka Boys, whom in all their maliciousness are at least loyal to their own? Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts.

And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again. But when the truck transporting Li Ping shows up, its precious cargo has vanished into thin air. The FBI steps in to investigate, and Teddy is happy to leave the job in their supposedly capable hands. After all, FunJungle has never encountered a crime this serious. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read aloud and the comforting clicking of a keyboard.

Although Teddy understands words, Sylvan always told him there are only two kinds of people in the world who can hear Teddy speak: poets and children. Then one day Teddy learns that Sylvan was right. When Teddy finds Nickel and Flora trapped in a snowstorm, he tells them that he will bring them home—and they understand him. They follow him to a cabin in the woods, where the dog used to live with Sylvan. As they hole up in the cabin for shelter, Teddy is flooded with memories of Sylvan.

What will Teddy do when his new friends go home? Can they help one another find what they have lost? They can be weapons. They can be gifts. The right words can win you friends or make you enemies. They can come back to haunt you. Sometimes they can change things forever. When cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School, Frost and his friends Deedee, Wolf, and Bench come up with a new way to communicate: leaving sticky notes for each other all around the school.

It catches on, and soon all the kids in school are leaving notes—though for every kind and friendly one, there is a cutting and cruel one as well. As the sticky-note war escalates, and the pressure to choose sides mounts, Frost soon realizes that after this year, nothing will ever be the same. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help—and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.

Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta. Every chance he gets he plays in the street games trying to build his skills, get noticed by scouts, and—someday—play Major League Baseball. Maya has worries. The bees are dying all over the world, and the company her father works for is responsible, making products that harm the environment. In their own ways, Maya and Rafael search for hope, face difficult choices, and learn a secret—the same secret—that forever changes how they see the world.

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With her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. The girls always have and always will be Soccer Sisters. But when a new person joins the Breakers, everything changes. Makena, hoping to impress Skylar, starts acting out and running wild, off and on the field. Choices that will affect her family, her friends, and the game she loves. Can she stay true to what the Soccer Sisters believe in and win the big game? The Someday Birds by Sally Pla. When his father heads from California to Virginia for medical treatment, Charlie reluctantly travels cross-country with his boy-crazy sister, unruly brothers, and a mysterious new family friend.

He decides that if he can spot all the birds that he and his father were hoping to see someday along the way, then everything might just turn out okay. Quisling is definitely up to something mysterious, and Emily and James are on high alert. Then, they uncover a trail of encrypted messages in Mark Twain-penned books hidden through Book Scavenger.

As the sleuthing friends dig deeper, they discover Mr. Quisling has been hunting a legendary historical puzzle: the Unbreakable Code. Quisling might be the arsonist. But all that hard work is worth it if it means she can get a dog. But Vilonia read that pets can help with sadness. Now all she has to do is keep the library goldfish alive over spring break, stop bringing stray animals home, and help Mama not get fired from her job. Easy as pie, right? But it turns out A. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.

Because Gracie is fine. Well, almost all. As a former foster kid, he knows people can up and leave without so much as a goodbye. Ben prefers to spend his time with the characters in his favorite sci-fi books…until he rescues an abandoned mutt from the alley next-door to the Coney Island Library. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true.

Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all. With no jobs on the island, and no money anywhere, who can really blame the grown-ups for telling a few tales? In fact, he has plans. Big plans. And the consequences might surprise even Beans himself.