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  • Bad Kitty for President

    Bad Kitty for President

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Nick Bruel
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Roaring Brook Press (2012, Jan 17th).
    Pages:   128

    The votes are in--it's a Bad Kitty landslide! It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty. more

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  • My Weird School Daze #11: Mr. Tony Is Full of Baloney!

    My Weird School Daze #11: Mr. Tony Is Full of Baloney!

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dan Gutman
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2010, Oct 26th).
    Pages:   112

    The weirdness never stops!Oh no! A.J.’s mom just got a job, so he has to go to After School Kids’ Kare. And Mr. Tony, the guy who runs it, is crazy. He wants to get into the Guinness Book of World Records by making the world’s largest pizza! Will A.J. and the gang beable to tunnel out of the child-care room and escape to freedom? Run for your lives! more

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  • True Blue: Book Three of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch

    True Blue: Book Three of the Horses of Oak Valley Ranch

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jane Smiley
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Knopf Books for Young Readers (2011, Sep 27th).
    Pages:   304

    True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family's ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The horse needs a home: his owner—a woman brand new to the riding stable--was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has claimed him. Daddy is wary, as always. But Abby is smitten. True Blue is a sweetheart, and whenever Abby calls out, "Blue, Blue, how are you?" he  whinnies back. But sometimes True Blue seems...spooked. He paces, and always seems to be looking for something. Or someone. Abby starts to wonder about True Blue's owner. What was she like? What did she look like? One moonlit night, Abby could swear she hears a whisper in her ear: "He's still my horse." Filled with riding scenes and horse details, this newest middle-grade novel from a Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a mysterious and suspenseful almost-ghost story. more

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  • The Apothecary

    The Apothecary

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Maile Meloy
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Putnam Juvenile (2011, Oct 4th).
    Pages:   368

    It's 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who's not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin's father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary's sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster.Together with Ian Schoenherr's breathtaking illustrations, this is a truly stunning package from cover to cover. more

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  • The Shipwreck: The Inuk Quartet, Volume I

    The Shipwreck: The Inuk Quartet, Volume I

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Helen Cann
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Barefoot Books (2011, Sep 1st).
    Pages:   112

    When his father is murdered, a young viking boy named Leiv stows away on a ship bound for Greenland, intending to avenge the death. But the boat is wrecked in a storm and his search for revenge becomes a struggle for survival. Leiv is saved by an Inuit brother and sister and starts a new life in an icy land. Slowly he becomes aware of a way of life and value system which centers around peace rather than war, showing a profound respect for the natural world. more

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