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  • Seekers: Return to the Wild #1: Island of Shadows

    Seekers: Return to the Wild #1: Island of Shadows

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Erin Hunter
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Feb 7th).
    Pages:   304

    The journey home begins. . . . Toklo, Kallik, and Lusa survived the perilous mission that brought them together, and now it’s time for them to find their way home. Kallik and Lusa are ready to be among their own kinds again, but Toklo, devastated by the loss of their companion Ujurak, feels hopeless and afraid of what’s to come.When the group reaches a shadowy island covered in mountains and ice, Kallik is sure they’re almost back to the Frozen Sea. But a terrifying accident leads them into a maze of abandoned tunnels, unlike anything they’ve ever seen before—making them question their path once again. The bears grow desperate for a sign to guide them, and when they meet a cub who has lost his whole family, Toklo believes the cub has been sent by Ujurak. more

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  • The Future Door (No Place Like Holmes)

    The Future Door (No Place Like Holmes)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jason Lethcoe
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Thomas Nelson (2011, Dec 6th).
    Pages:   224

    “Think Treasure Island’s Jim Hawkins and Encyclopedia Brown rolled into one adventurous, ingenious, God-fearing lad, and you get the idea. Fun, suspenseful, and unpredictable, the No Place Like Holmes books are fantastic reads, and author Jason Lethcoe is a fine craftsman of words to boot. I highly recommend this series.” —Robert Liparulo, bestselling author of Dreamhouse Kings and The 13th TribeA mystery is afoot at 221 Baker Street, but will Griffin Sharpe be able to figure out the clues before the future catches up with the past? When Sherlock Holmes moves out of Baker Street, a new tenant moves in—a mysterious woman named Elizabeth who has long been a fan of Holmes. When she discovers that Griffin and his uncle are also detectives, she becomes very friendly. more

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  • The Darlings in Love

    The Darlings in Love

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Melissa Kantor
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Hyperion Book CH (2012, Jan 10th).
    Pages:   320

    The Darlings have just begun their second semester of ninth grade, and love is in the air.  Victoria: The sweetheart Jack: The irresistible songwriter…but is he writing off Victoria?Natalya: The overachieverColin: The perfect match, if only the game were less complicatedJane: The drama queenSimon: The Greek god… of mixed signalsIn the face of both joy and heartbreak, the Darlings know that they'll always have each other. Boys come and go, but the Darlings are still forever. more

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  • Notes From An Accidental Band Geek

    Notes From An Accidental Band Geek

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Erin Dionne
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Dial (2011, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   288

    Elsie Wyatt is a born French horn player, just like her father and her grandfather before her. In order to qualify for the prestigious summer music camp of her dreams, she must expand her musical horizons and join - gasp! - the marching band. There are no French horns in marching band (what the heck is a mellophone??), but there are some cute boys. And marching band is very different from orchestra: they march, they chant, they . . . cluck? Elsie is not so sure she'll survive, but the new friends she's making and the actual fun she's having will force her to question her dad's expectations and her own musical priorities. --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition. more

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  • The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini

    The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Peter Johnson
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Jan 24th).
    Pages:   176

    When an author comes to speak to his class in a rundown area of Providence, Houdini decides to make money by writing his own novel.Rule #8 for Writing a Kid’s Novel: Try to include a few lists in your novel. Kids like lists. Houdini is way more interesting than the kid the author wrote about.Rule #6: You have to like your characters or the reader won’t care about them. (How can I not like myself?)Houdini chronicles his life as he and his friends start a leaf-raking business, befriend Old Man Jackson, a Vietnam War veteran with a seriously intimidating dog, and get even with the neighborhood bully, Angel. But it’s hard to find a way to write about his dad losing his job or his brother, Franklin, who is first reported missing in action in Iraq and then still seems to be missing when he comes home. more

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  • Ghost Buddy #1: Zero to Hero

    Ghost Buddy #1: Zero to Hero

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lin Oliver
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2012, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   176

    A hilarious new series from Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver, authors of the bestselling HANK ZIPZER books!Billy Broccoli is new to the neighborhood, and wants cool friends and a spot on the baseball team more than anything. But the one thing he never wanted is his own personal ghost. So imagine his surprise when he ends up sharing a room with Hoover Porterhouse, a funny ghost with a whole lot of attitude.When an obnoxious school bully sets out to demolish Billy, the Hoove comes up with a plan for revenge. It’s all in the Hoove’s Rule Number Forty-Two: Stay cool. And like it or not, Billy and the Hoove have to stick together if Billy ever wants to get in style, get even, and conquer the school. more

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  • The Puppy Place: Bandit

    The Puppy Place: Bandit

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ellen Miles
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Scholastic Paperbacks (2012, Feb 1st).
    Pages:   96

    Welcome to the Puppy Place--where every puppy finds a home!Bandit is an adorable black and white Shih Tzu with a mask-like marking over his eyes. Lizzie discovers him at a highway rest stop restaurant. He was abandoned by his owers because he needs an operation and they couldn't afford it. Lizzie and her family take Bandit in and begin fundraising for the expensive procedure. Maria and her Uncle Teo are also a big help. Maria and Lizzie establish competing dog-walking businesses to raise funds. Everyone who meets Bandit falls instantly in love - except for Uncle Teo, who thinks he's a little too small and fluffy. In the end, Bandit's operation is a success. Uncle Teo is won over by the resilient puppy and agrees to adopt him. more

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  • Hangman's gold

    Hangman's gold

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sneed B Collard
    Format:    Book : Elementary and junior high school : Fiction : English
    Publisher:    (2000, Jan 1st).

    Twelve-year-old detectives Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney risk their lives to find lost gold from Montana's vigilante era while working to recover two priceless Charles Russell paintings stolen from a university art museum. more

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  • The Whites of Their Eyes

    The Whites of Their Eyes

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Andrew Clements
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Atheneum (2012, Jan 3rd).
    Pages:   224

    Andrew Clements delivers the latest in his adventure-filled school series. This could be the last great Memorial Day weekend on Barclay Bay, and Ben knows it. This time next year, he might not be able to stand in the yard of the Oakes School and watch the harbor shake off winter—boats buzzing just beyond the bulkhead and families spreading picnics in the fields. If the school gets torn down and replaced by an amusement park, the town will never be the same. But that’s only if the school gets torn down. Ben and Jill are determined to keep that from happening. And the evil janitor Lyman has taken note. He’s following their every move—and undoing their progress along the way. Good thing Ben and Jill have a secret weapon. (Who knew that annoying Robert Gerritt would be such a spy wiz?) But Lyman has a secret weapon as well: a vicious guard dog. more

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  • The Book of Wonders

    The Book of Wonders

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jasmine Richards
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Jan 17th).
    Pages:   416

    Sorcerers, Cyclops, Djinnis . . . Magic.Thirteen-year-old Zardi loves to hear stories about fantastical beings long banned from the kingdom of Arribitha. But anyone who is caught whispering of their powers will feel the rage of the sultan—a terrifying tyrant who, even with his eyes closed, can see all.When her own beloved sister is captured by the evil ruler, Zardi knows that she must risk everything to rescue her. Along with Rhidan, who is her best friend, and an unlikely crew of sailors led by the infamous Captain Sinbad, Zardi ventures forth into strange and wondrous territory with a seemingly impossible mission: to bring magic back to Arribitha and defeat the sultan once and for all. more

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