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  • Plunked


    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Northrop
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2012, Mar 1st).
    Pages:   256

    When a young slugger gets hit by a pitch, he needs more than practice to get back his game.Sixth grader Jack Mogens has it all figured out: He's got his batting routine down, and his outfielding earns him a starting spot alongside his best friend Andy on their Little League team, the Tall Pines Braves. He even manages to have a not-totally-embarrassing conversation with Katie, the team's killer shortstop. But in the first game of the season, a powerful stray pitch brings everything Jack's worked so hard for crashing down around his ears. How can he explain to his parents and friends why he WON'T be playing? Readers will root for Jack as he finds the courage to step back up to the plate. more

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  • Spy School

    Spy School

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Stuart Gibbs
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (2012, Mar 6th).
    Pages:   304

    Like many kids, Ben Ripley imagines life as a secret agent would be pretty awesome -- so when he learns he's been recruited to the C.I.A.'s top secret Academy of Espionage, it sounds too good to be true.  And it is.  From the moment he arrives -- and ends up in the middle of an enemy attack -- Ben finds Spy School is going to be far more difficult, dastardly and dangerous than he expected.  Even worse, he soon discovers that he hasn't been recruited to become a top agent; instead, he's been brought in as bait to catch a devious double agent.  Now, Ben needs a crash course in espionage so that he can catch the mole, prove his worth -- and get the girl.  It won't be easy, but it'll be a very fun -- and very funny -- ride. more

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  • Shark Wars #3: Into the Abyss

    Shark Wars #3: Into the Abyss

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   EJ Altbacker
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Razorbill; 1 edition (2012, Apr 17th).

    Gray, Barkley, and the alliance of Rogue, Coral, and AuzyAuzy Shivers have defeated the maniacal emperor Finnivus and his vicious Indi Shiver armada. But Finnivus is still plotting. This is the ruler who feasts on the heads of every shark he conquers, after all. When Finnivus's gangs of soldier fish strike, Gray and his friends endure a loss bigger than any before. And this time there's no one left to tell Gray what to do. He's got to lead the rebels into battle for the ultimate fight of good against evil. The fate of the Big Blue rests with Gray! Shark Wars is Star Wars set underwater, the perfect series for the voracious fans of Warriors, Seekers, and The Guardians of Ga'Hoole! more

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  • The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society)

    The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Trenton Lee Stewart
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2012, Apr 10th).
    Pages:   480

    Before there was a Mysterious Benedict Society, there was simply a boy named Nicholas Benedict. Meet the boy who started it all....Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but he also has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments. Now he's being sent to a new orphanage, where he will encounter vicious bullies, selfish adults, strange circumstances -- and a mystery that could change his life forever. Luckily, he has one important thing in his favor: He's a genius. On his quest to solve the mystery, Nicholas finds enemies around every corner, but also friends in unexpected places -- and discovers along the way that the greatest puzzle of all is himself. more

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  • The Crowfield Demon

    The Crowfield Demon

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Pat Walsh
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   The Chicken House (2012, Feb 1st).
    Pages:   368

    The chilling sequel to the critically acclaimed CROWFIELD CURSE.In THE CROWFIELD CURSE, young monks' apprentice Will learned he was gifted with the Sight: able to see beyond this mortal coil into the spirit realms of Old Magic. Protected by the warrior fay Shadlok -- and befriended by the wry, wary hobgoblin called Brother Walter -- the boy is just coming into his strange powers.But now, from its very foundations, Crowfield Abbey has begun to crumble. As Will slaves to salvage the chapel, he discovers something truly terrifying. A heathen creature from a pagan past is creeping up through the rubble -- avowed to unleash havoc on holy ground! 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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  • Cordially Uninvited

    Cordially Uninvited

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jennifer Roy
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (2012, Apr 3rd).
    Pages:   256

    Every girl wishes she was a princess—and Claire’s cousin is living the dream! But will this  royal romance end in disaster?Eleven-year-old Claire Gross is fascinated by all things royal—especially because her very own cousin Belle is engaged to the Prince of England! Even though Claire is going to be a junior bridesmaid, she’s not as excited about the wedding as you might think. For one thing, she can’t tell anyone—not even her best friend. And for another, Claire’s parents are divorced, so she’s not so sure that “happily ever after” even exists.But when Claire gets to England and meets mean-girl Pandora—also a junior bridesmaid—she quickly realizes that whether or not she believes in true love, if she doesn’t take action, Pandora could break up Belle’s relationship! It may be the royal party of the century—but between the mishaps, the mayhem, and an awful social-climbing princess-wannabe, will there still be wedding bells for the happy couple? . more

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  • Shell Game: Kindom Keepers V

    Shell Game: Kindom Keepers V

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ridley Pearson
    Format:   Deckle Edge]
    Publisher:   Hyperion Book CH (2012, Apr 3rd).
    Pages:   560

    As the five Kingdom Keepers enter high school, everything is about to change. The Maintenance Base that controls all four parks in Disney World is under attack by the Overtakers, a group determined to change Disneyforever. Relationships between the Keepers are no longer as simple as they once were. In fact, nothing is as simple as it once was. An after-hours visit to Typhoon Lagoon is a game changer. The Keepers lose one of their most valuable supporters. But there's work to do . . .The Disney Dream leaves Port Canaveral on an historic cruise to Los Angeles with a special treat in store for guests: the Disney Host Interactive guides are on board. Finn, Maybeck, Charlene, Willa, and Philby join guests as the DHI experience moves to one of the most advanced cruise ships in the world. more

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  • The Last Hope

    The Last Hope

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Erin Hunter
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2012, Apr 3rd).
    Pages:   352

    The end of the stars draws near. Three must become four to battle the darkness that lasts forever. . . . After countless moons of treachery, Tigerstar's Dark Forest apprentices are ready to lay siege upon the warrior Clans. As Jayfeather, Dovewing, and Lionblaze prepare to lead their Clanmates into battle, they await the arrival of the mysterious fourth warrior who is prophesied to help lead the Clans to glory.The darkest hour the Clans have ever faced has dawned. Hopes will be shattered and heroes will rise as the warriors fight for their very survival. more

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  • Popular Clone: The Clone Chronicles #1

    Popular Clone: The Clone Chronicles #1

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   M.E. Castle
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   EgmontUSA (2012, Jan 24th).
    Pages:   320

    "Castle’s debut, the first in a planned series, strikes just the right balance of humor and action and is sure to keep young readers turning the pages. Fisher’s struggles to fit in, to relate to girls and to uncover and preserve his true self feel genuine, making him a misfit and unlikely hero worth rooting for."—Kirkus ReviewsMeet Fisher Bas: 12 years-old, growth-stunted, a geeky science genius, and son of the Nobel Prize-winning creators of the Bas-Hermaphrodite-Sea-Slug-Hypothesis. No surprise: Fisher isn't exactly the most popular kid in his middle-school, tormented daily by the beefy, overgrown goons he calls The Vikings. But he senses relief when he comes upon the idea of cloning himself--creating a second Fisher to go to school each day while he stays at home playing video games and eating cheetos with ketchup. more

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