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Harvey's Horrible Snake Disaster
By Eth Clifford. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
"The novel's perky hilarity will score points with most readers, and Harvey's fresh insight regarding his bratty, prevaricating cousin Nora is nicely handled." Booklist, ALA
Old Mother West Wind: The Centennial Anniversary Edition (Dover Children's Classics)
By Thornton W. Burgess. Dover Publications; Centennial anniversary ed edition.
Offered together for the first time in one volume, this hardcover edition includes Thornton W. Burgess's first published work, Old Mother West Wind, and its 1911 follow-up, Mother West Wind's Children. Filled with gentle lessons, the tales marked the author's arrival as a significant figure in children's literature. This 100th anniversary edition includes George Kerr's original illustrations.
Magic Tree House #44: A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
By Mary Pope Osborne. Random House Books for Young Readers.
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!Jack and Annie’s mission from Merlin the Magician? To help the famous writer Charles Dickens! In a magical whirl, the brother and sister are whisked back in time to Victorian England and the foggy streets of London.There, Jack and Annie discover that Charles Dickens has everything he could possibly want. How can they help him? It is not until Mr. Dickens rescues them from being thrown in jail that they discover his secret past and the sad memories that haunt him. They will need all their magic—and help from three ghosts—to keep the great writer from ruining his life!Mary Pope Osborne mixes magic, humor, history, a little spookiness, and a lot of heart to create this tale, which celebrates the joys of writing—something she knows a lot about, thanks to millions of readers all over the world!This is the perfect book for boys and girls about to see the classic play A Christmas Carol.
Seabird in the Forest
By Joan Dunning. Boyds Mills Press.
"Meet the marbled murrelet, a Pacific-coast seabird whose nesting place was a mystery for nearly two centuries. Although most seabirds stay near the coast, these build their nests inland and, after their eggs have hatched, make lengthy flights to bring small fish back for their nestlings to eat. The main text follows a mated pair of murrelets as they return to their nest and raise a single chick. Finally, the young murrelet makes his way to the sea. Small text boxes provide additional information and comment on what can be seen in the illustrations. Beautifully composed and softly lit, Dunning's beautiful paintings provide closeup views of the birds, both on the sea and in the forest. The book's final page lists books and websites used as sources.
George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt
By Lucy Hawking. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
George is heartbroken when his friend Annie tells him that she's moving to the United States. Her father, Eric, has gotten a job searching for signs of life in the universe. Before they go, Eric gives George a gift: The User's Guide to the Universe, with all the information George could ever need for a cosmic journey. And George is going to need it. When Annie believes that she's being contacted by aliens with an urgent message, George joins her in the United States. Before long, George, Annie, Cosmos (Eric and Annie's super-intelligent computer), and Annie's irritating cousin Emmett are off on a cosmic treasure hunt through outer space to save the Earth. This second science-filled adventure includes essays written by leading scientists about the universe and space travel, culminating with Professor Hawking's essay "How to Travel Across the Universe Using Just Your Mind.
Philippa Fisher and the Dream-Maker's Daughter
By Liz Kessler. Candlewick; Reprint edition.
Philippa Fisher reunites with her spunky fairy godsister in a sparkling new adventure from the creator of Emily Windsnap.Philippa Fisher is trying to enjoy her vacation, but she’s feeling lonely. When she meets sad-eyed Robyn and her very strict dad, Philippa wonders what they could be hiding. Then fairy godsister Daisy sneaks by for a visit, but quickly flies off on a furtive mission. Philippa longs to know what's up with her friends, but friendships can be tricky when there are secrets — and unexpected danger — involved! From the author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series comes a second Philippa Fisher tale, full of mystery, whimsy, and all the magic tween readers could wish for.
By Peter Spier. Doubleday Books for Young Readers; 1st edition.
"The Caldecott Medalist has created his most ambitious and impressive picture book so far, with minutely detailed and exquisite paintings of human beings on all four continents." --Publishers Weekly, starred review."A wonderful introduction to a global view that will answer and arouse curiosity in the young and act as an absorbing reminder for any age." --School Library Journal. The Christopher Award, An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.
After the Kill (Junior Library Guild Selection (Charlesbridge Hardcover))
By Darrin P. Lunde. Charlesbridge Pub Inc.
A hungry lioness attacks a grazing zebra on the plains of East Africa. She bites it in the throat. The zebra is dead. After the kill, the lioness and her pride rip the carcass open and eat. Vultures swoop in and fight over scraps of meat, and cunning jackals compete with bone-crushing hyenas for a piece of the feast. Life on the plain is a constant, dramatic struggle for surviaval between predator, prey, and scavenger.
The Fire (Witch and Wizard, Book 3)
By Jill Dembowski. Little, Brown and Company.
Whit and Wisty Allgood have sacrificed everything to lead the resistance against the merciless totalitarian regime that governs their world. Its supreme leader, The One Who Is The One, has banned everything they hold dear: books, music, art, and imagination. But the growing strength of the siblings' magic hasn't been enough to stop the One's evil rampage, and now he's executed the only family they had left.Wisty knows that the time has finally come for her to face The One. But her fight and her fire only channel more power to this already invincible being. How can she and Whit possibly prepare for their imminent showdown with the ruthless villain that devastated their world-before he can truly become all-powerful?In this stunning third installment of the epic Witch & Wizard series, the stakes have never been higher--and the consequences will change everything.
The Secret Prince: A Knightley Academy Book
By Violet Haberdasher. Aladdin.
Knightley Academy is back in session, and Henry Grim is confident that nothing else can prevent him from earning his knighthood. But Henry and his friends quickly discover that their professors have made some troubling changes to the curriculum—and there’s an old classroom filled with forgotten weapons. It is the discovery of this classroom that prompts Henry and Valmont to become the unlikely leaders of a secret battle society. But disaster strikes as Henry, Adam, and Frankie find themselves stuck as Partisan School servants—and something is rotten in Partisan Keep. When Henry is discovered by a secret society of outlaws with a sinister purpose, he must come to terms with a great sacrifice that will take him away from everything he has ever known and wanted.
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