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  • The Phantom of the Post Office

    The Phantom of the Post Office

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kate Klise
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Harcourt Children's Books (2012, May 8th).
    Pages:   160

    The letter-loving trio at Spence Mansion has something to grieve about—Ghastly’s post office is about to close, which will cut off their connection to their fans. A new invention called VEXT-mail is threatening to replace not only letters, but books, hair dryers, and even garage door openers! Could the mysterious occupant of P.O. Box 5 and his seemingly sinister plan save the doomed post office? Will he strike down Ghastly’s beloved ghostwriter in the process? In this fourth book in the award-winning 43 Old Cemetery Road series, eleven-year-old Seymour Hope and his new friend, Wy Fye,must solve this postmortem mystery . . . before it’s too late! more

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  • Dogs of the Drowned City #1: The Storm

    Dogs of the Drowned City #1: The Storm

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Dayna Lorentz
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Scholastic Paperbacks (2012, Apr 1st).
    Pages:   224

    Warriors and Guardians of Ga'Hoole fans have a new animal adventure series to sink their teeth into!When a hurricane forces his family to evacuate without him, Shep the German Shepard is confused. Where is his boy? Will he ever return? And what will Shep do in the meantime, now that the extra bowls of food -- not to mention all those tasty things he found in the big cold box -- are gone?Then another dog shows up at Shep's window and convinces him to escape. There's food outside, and a whole empty city to explore. Shep just wants to go home . . . but the adventure of a lifetime is just beginning."Curl up with your kibble and savor this incredible story of dogs left behind when a hurricane sweeps through their city. This page-turner follows stalwart Shep and intrepid Callie, who despite her ‘yapper’ size is up to her muzzle in courage, as this extraordinary canine duo braves their new environment and forms a new pack. more

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  • Big Nate Goes for Broke

    Big Nate Goes for Broke

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lincoln Peirce
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Mar 20th).
    Pages:   224

    Big Nate is going for broke in the fourth novel in the hilarious New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce! Includes a sneak peek to Big Nate Flips Out!Mighty Jefferson Middle School always wins. Then Nate decides it's time to go from zeroes to heroes! Will Nate crack under the pressure of the "Ultimate Snowdown"? Or lead P.S. 38 to its biggest victory ever?This very funny fourth novel in the Big Nate series includes a sneak peek to the fifth Big Nate novel, Big Nate Flips Out.Big Nate Goes for Broke was a Junior Library Guild selection!Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney says, "Big Nate is funny, big time!" more

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  • Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet

    Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kirk Scroggs
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2011, Sep 5th).
    Pages:   240

    On a scale of one to ten, sixth-grader Danvers Blickensderfer's life is a solid minus two. But he really hits rock bottom when he auditions for the local talent show: his death-defying hula-hooping-ninja tribute to Gonzo the Great is beat out by the world's most obnoxious middle school boy band, Emo Shun. With his daredevil dreams dashed, Danvers goes to bed... and wakes up feeling a little fuzzy-literally! He's turned into a Muppet! Fortunately, there's an internship open at the Muppet Theater and Danvers has a chance to meet his long-nosed, stunt-lovin' hero! All aboard The Electric Mayhem bus as this misfit makes good and joins the zaniest crew ever: The Muppets! © Disney more

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  • Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

    Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Xavier Garza
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Cinco Puntos Press; Bilingual edition (2011, Aug 16th).
    Pages:   160

    Margarito acts like any other eleven-year-old aficionado of lucha libre. He worships all the players. But in the summer just before sixth grade, he tumbles over the railing at a match in San Antonio and makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately connect him—maybe by blood!—to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel.A 2012 Pura Belpré Author Honor Award winner!Xavier Garza was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. An enthusiastic author, artist, teacher, and storyteller, his work is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of south Texas. more

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  • Stones for My Father

    Stones for My Father

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Trilby Kent
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Tundra Books (2011, Mar 22nd).
    Pages:   176

    Corlie Roux’s farm life in South Africa is not easy: the Transvaal is beautiful, but it is also a harsh place where the heat can be so intense that the very raindrops sizzle. When her beloved father dies, she is left with a mother who is as devoted to her sons as she is cruel to her daughter. Despite this, Corlie finds solace in her friend, Sipho, and in Africa itself and in the stories she conjures for her brothers.But Corlie’s world is about to vanish: the British are invading and driving Boer families like hers from their farms. Some escape into the bush to fight the enemy. The unlucky ones are rounded up and sent to internment camps.Will Corlie’s resilience and devotion to her country sustain her through the suffering and squalor she finds in the camp at Kroonstad? That may depend on a soldier from faraway Canada and on inner resources Corlie never dreamed she had…. more

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  • The Rabbit Girl

    The Rabbit Girl

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mary Arrigan
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Frances Lincoln Children's Books (2011, Oct 25th).
    Pages:   224

    What is the mystery of the Rabbit Girl picture? Its secret is woven into two stories, one past, one present, told side by side. The first tells how 1940s evacuee Tony and his friend Alice befriend a fascinating old lady in the Lake District who introduces them to the countryside and draws Alice's portrait. In the second, teenage Mallie takes a part-time job in a pet shop, buys her artist mother a dusty old picture as a birthday present, and tries her best to engineer a romance between her new boss and her mother, aided by her feisty friend Jamila. Everything goes wrong... but the picture has a power of its own and pulls both stories together - in front of TV cameras - in a jaw-dropping climax.Two stories, one set in the 1940s, one in the present, unravel the secret of the Rabbit Girl picture, and the mystery is solved in a jaw-dropping climax. more

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  • Peaceweaver (Legacy of Beowulf)

    Peaceweaver (Legacy of Beowulf)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Rebecca Barnhouse
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Random House Books for Young Readers (2012, Mar 27th).
    Pages:   336

    This is historical fantasy at its best. Sixteen-year-old Hild has always been a favorite of her uncle, king of the Shylfings. So when she protects her cousin the crown prince from a murderous traitor, she expects the king to be grateful. Instead, she is unjustly accused of treachery herself.As punishment, her uncle sends Hild far away to the heir of the enemy king, Beowulf, to try to weave peace between the two kingdoms. She must leave her home and everyone she loves. On the long and perilous journey, Hild soon discovers that fatigue and rough terrain are the least of her worries. Something is following her and her small band of guards—some kind of foul creature that tales say lurks in the fens. Will Hild have to face the monster? Or does it offer her the perfect chance to escape the destiny she never chose?Rebecca Barnhouse's companion to The Coming of the Dragon is sure to appeal to younger fans of Tamora Pierce, Esther Friesner, and Shannon Hale. more

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  • The Fire Ascending

    The Fire Ascending

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Chris d'Lacey
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Orchard Books (2012, May 1st).
    Pages:   576

    The much anticipated final book in Chris d'Lacey's NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Last Dragon Chronicles!On Earth, at the battle of Scuffenbury Hill, time has been suspended. Dragons and their natural enemies, the Ix, are trapped in a bitter, unresolved conflict. But at the dawn of history, something is working to change the past -- and the future. A mysterious force is rewriting the timelines, turning what was once legend into startling reality. But is David Rain strong enough to save himself and those he loves from being written into a deadly new destiny?David, Zanna, Lucy, Alexa, and the Pennykettle dragons return, along with some new friends and enemies, to embark on their most dangerous, most thrilling, and most magical adventure yet. Bridging the magic of the first five books with the world and characters introduced in FIRE WORLD, this fiery and action-packed final installment of the Last Dragon Chronicles will have readers racing to the exciting conclusion. more

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  • Vietnam #2: Sharpshooter

    Vietnam #2: Sharpshooter

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Chris Lynch
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2012, Apr 1st).
    Pages:   192

    VOYA - Robbie Flowers Ivan is an army type of guy. After all, the his father is the Captain, and the Captain is certain that his bloodline includes all types of warriors, from Native Americans to the Huns. So when we meet him and his band of buddies in Vietnam #1, we are not surprised that he is ready to fight full throttle for his country. His buddies—Morris, Rudi, and Beck—on the other hand, are not so certain that the Vietnam War is where they need to be. A pact is a pact, though, and they have sworn to one another that they will look out for each other while working in the various branches of the armed forces. That seems like a plan until Ivan touches down in Vietnam to discover a world full of violence and sleeplessness. more

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