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  • The Island Horse

    The Island Horse

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Susan Hughes
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Kids Can Press, Ltd. (2012, Mar 1st).
    Pages:   160

    It's the early half of the 19th century in coastal Nova Scotia, and almost-ten-year-old Ellie is adjusting to the recent death of her mother. But just when she finally begins to feel happy again, Ellie and her father move to remote Sable Island, a tiny, windblown crescent of grass and sand in the Atlantic. While her father works, Ellie explores the island, feeling alone and furious with her pa for making them leave their beloved home. Even meeting a spirited island girl named Sarah does little to dispel her anger and grief. Then one afternoon, Ellie encounters a wild stallion grazing on the dunes, and slowly forges a secret connection with the beautiful horse she names Orchid. But Ellie soon learns that Orchid and his family are threatened, and it may be up to her to save them. more

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Frank Cottrell Boyce
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Candlewick (2012, Mar 13th).
    Pages:   192

    Buckle your seatbelt for the first-ever follow up to Ian Fleming's only children's story.When the Tooting family finds an old engine and fits it to their camper van, they have no idea what kind of adventure lies ahead. The engine used to belong to an extraordinary car . . . and it wants its bodywork back! But as the Tootings hurtle across the world rebuilding the original Chitty, a sinister baddie is on their trail — one who will stop at nothing to get the magnificent car for himself. Fueled by wry humor , this much-anticipated sequel to the children’s classic by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond — fe aturing a contemporary family and a camper van with a mind of its own — is driven by best-selling, award-winning author Frank Cottrell Boyce and revved up by Joe Berger’s black-and-white illustrations. more

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  • Daisy's Perfect Word

    Daisy's Perfect Word

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sandra V Feder
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Kids Can Press, Ltd. (2012, Mar 1st).
    Pages:   88

    Curly-haired Daisy likes picking lemons on sunny days, playing kickball and making long dandelion chains. But more than any of these things, she loves words and even compiles lists of her favorites in a bright green notebook covered with purple polka dots. When Daisy's beloved teacher, Miss Goldner, becomes engaged and must move to another town, Daisy decides to give her the ultimate gift: the perfect word. But with so many good words to choose from, finding just the right one isn't easy. more

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  • Time Snatchers

    Time Snatchers

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Richard Ungar
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Putnam Juvenile (2012, Mar 15th).
    Pages:   384

    A thrilling middle-grade sci-fi Caleb's blinders are off. The small group of orphans who were also "adopted" by Uncle used to feel like family, but the competition to be the top time snatcher and the punishment for failure has gotten fierce. Time traveling to steal valuable objects can be a thrill, but with bully Frank trying to steal his snatches, his partner Abbie falling for Frank's slimy charms, and Uncle's plans to kidnap innocent kids to grow his business, Caleb starts thinking about getting out. But Uncle's reach extends to any country in any time period, and runaways get the harshest punishment of all. Caleb can steal just about anything from the past, but can he steal a family for the future? more

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  • The Wild Book

    The Wild Book

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ms. Margarita Engle
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Harcourt Children's Books (2012, Mar 20th).
    Pages:   144

    Fefa struggles with words. She has word blindness, or dyslexia, and the doctor says she will never read or write. Every time she tries, the letters jumble and spill off the page, leaping and hopping away like bullfrogs. How will she ever understand them? But her mother has an idea. She gives Fefa a blank book filled with clean white pages. "Think of it as a garden," she says. Soon Fefa starts to sprinkle words across the pages of her wild book. She lets her words sprout like seedlings, shaky at first, then growing stronger and surer with each new day. And when her family is threatened, it is what Fefa has learned from her wild book that saves them. more

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  • Kaspar the Titanic Cat

    Kaspar the Titanic Cat

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Morpurgo
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Mar 13th).
    Pages:   208

    When kaspar the cat first arrived at London’s Savoy Hotel, it was Johnny Trott who carried him in. After all, Johnny was a bellboy and was responsible for all of Countess Kandinsky’s things— including Kaspar. But when tragedy befalls the Countess during her stay, Kaspar becomes more than Johnny’s responsibility: Kaspar is Johnny’s new cat, and his new best friend. And when Kaspar and Johnny meet Lizziebeth, a spirited young heiress, they find themselves journeying across the Atlantic with Lizziebeth’s family on England’s newest and most magnificent ship, the Titanic. Because there is always adventure in the air with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he’s Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Londoner and a New Yorker and, as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic. more

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  • The Chronicles of Avantia #1: First Hero 

    The Chronicles of Avantia #1: First Hero Hardcover

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Adam Blade
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2012, Feb 1st).
    Pages:   176

    Deadly Beasts. Brutal combat. Welcome to Avantia.At the age of seven, Tanner's father was killed in front of him by the evil warlord Derthsin. But his father's death was not in vain and Derthsin was carried away to his doom by a good Beast, Firepos the Flame Bird. Now, eight years later, another evil army is wreaking havoc across Avantia. But Tanner has been training with Firepos, waiting to avenge his father's death. There is something familiar about this new menace, who rides with a Beast of his own. The evil army is after the pieces of the Mask of Death--which allows whoever wears it to control all Beasts. Tanner sets off on a journey to stop them. Along the way, he encouters twins Gwen and Geffen, who hold the map to finding the remaining pieces. more

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  • The Dead of Night

    The Dead of Night

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Peter Lerangis
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Scholastic Inc. (2012, Mar 6th).
    Pages:   192

    The third book in the CAHILLS VS. VESPERS series, the follow up to the worldwide bestseller THE 39 CLUES.The Vespers have crossed a line. Amy and Dan were devastated when the Vespers kidnapped seven Cahills around the world, holding them hostage until Amy and Dan delivered an impossible ransom. But at least the hostages were Cahills - members of the world's most powerful family, trained to face all odds.Now the Vespers have gone too far. They've kidnapped Atticus, an innocent 11 year old boy and Dan's only friend. Now Dan and Amy are in the struggle of their lives. Because if they can't outwit the Vespers, the unthinkable will happen . . . Atticus will die. more

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