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  • I Spy Under the Sea

    I Spy Under the Sea

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Edward Gibbs
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Templar (2012, Mar 27th).
    Pages:   32

    Look through each eye-catching spy hole to count a new underwater creature!There are many colorful creatures to find under the sea. Look through the spy hole and use the clues to guess the creature, then turn the page to count the animals. Watch as toddlers quickly become engaged in the game and learn to recognize and count sea creatures. more

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  • The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

    The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Joanne Rocklin
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Amulet Books (2012, Apr 1st).
    Pages:   240

    In this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet's office, convinced he can only get better at home with them, Oona tells Fred the story of Zook's previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of Zook's lives has echoes in Oona's own family life, which is going through a transition she's not yet ready to face. Her father died two years ago, and her mother has started a relationship with a man named Dylan--whom Oona secretly calls "the villain." The truth about Dylan, and about Zook's medical condition, drives the drama in this loving family story.Praise for The Five Lives of Our Cat ZookWinner of the 2013 Golden Kite Award for Fiction given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and IllustratorsA Parents' Choice Gold MedalistSTARRED REVIEW"Rocklin's characters are fully developed: readers will be invested. more

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  • Ghost Buddy #1: Zero to Hero

    Ghost Buddy #1: Zero to Hero

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lin Oliver
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Scholastic Paperbacks (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 Artemis Fowl #7: Atlantis Complex

    The Artemis Fowl #7: Atlantis Complex

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Eoin Colfer
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Hyperion Book CH (2012, May 8th).
    Pages:   368

    When Artemis commits his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy, it seems that goodness has taken hold of the world's greatest teenage criminal mastermind. But the truth is much worse: Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies and most likely triggered in Artemis by his dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind—and the grips of a giant squid—in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colfer delivers another knockout, fast-paced, and hilarious adventure in Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh book in the beloved blockbuster series. more

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  • Dragon Keepers #5: The Dragon in the Sea

    Dragon Keepers #5: The Dragon in the Sea

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kate Klimo
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Random House Books for Young Readers (2012, May 22nd).
    Pages:   224

    This excellent series is solidly middle grade, accessible, and adventure-filled. In The Dragon in the Sea, Dragon Keepers Jesse and Daisy, help their dragon, Emmy, as she tries to protect an egg which holds her baby brother. Their adventures take them into the Watery Realms, a world filled with mer-people, selkies, and water zombies. Magic, mayhem, and an unusual cast of charaters make the reading fun, and the wonderful relationship between the dragon keeper cousins and their dragon add both depth and dimension. more

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  • Treason

    Treason

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Berlie Doherty
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Andersen Press (2011, Mar 7th).
    Pages:   264

    Adventure, friendship, treason, and betrayal—a rich and exciting historical novel of the Tudor period Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII. As the King's favorite, Will gains many enemies in Court. When his enemies convince the King that Will's father has committed treason and he is thrown into Newgate Prison, Will flees Hampton Court and goes into hiding in the back streets of London. Lost and in mortal danger, he is rescued by a poor boy, Nick Drew. Together they must brave imprisonment and death as they embark on a great adventure to set Will's father free. Show more Show less #outer_postBodyPS { display: none; } #psGradient { display: none; } #psPlaceHolder { display: none; } #psExpand { display: none; } Adventure, friendship, treason, and betrayal—a rich and exciting historical novel of the Tudor period Will Montague is a page to Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII. more

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  • A Kite Day

    A Kite Day

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Will Hillenbrand
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Holiday House (2012, Feb 20th).
    Pages:   

    On a windy spring day, what do Bear and Mole decide to do? Why, fly a kite, of course! But first they have to build one. They design, measure, and finally construct their kite. With a zoom, zoom, zoom the kite soars up, up, up in the air. But when a storm rumbles in --SNAP!--the kite string breaks! The chase is on as the two friends tear after their kite and find it in a tree, protecting a nest of baby birds from the rain. This sweet story makes a perfect read-aloud for preschoolers. more

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  • Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt

    Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Thea Stilton
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Scholastic Paperbacks (2012, Jun 1st).
    Pages:   176

    Geronimo's sister Thea Stilton narrates this action-packed adventure!The Thea Sisters have been invited to Egypt to participate in a fabumouse archeological excavation. They are helping to look for the legendary ancient Treasure of the Sun! A precious blue stone scarab may be the key to their search, and they work enthusiastically to uncover the past. But they also discover that thieves are after the hidden treasure. It's up to the Thea Sisters to stop them! more

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  • Bone: Quest for the Spark #2

    Bone: Quest for the Spark #2

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jeff Smith
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   GRAPHIX (2012, Feb 1st).
    Pages:   240

    The quest continues!The Nacht, the evil dragon that threatens to destroy both the Dreaming and the Waking World, is growing stronger, and twelve-year-old Tom Elm is the champion the Dreaming has chosen to defeat it. Along with Roderick the raccoon, Percival Bone and his nephew and niece, Randolf, Lorimar, and the two stupid Rat Creatures, Tom must race to find the missing pieces of the Spark. This leg of the journey introduces him to a trio of scheming bears and takes him into the depths of a dangerous beehive. And, on top of everything else, a traitor might be among them. . . . more

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  • Explore Weather and Climate!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments (Explore Your World series)

    Explore Weather and Climate!: 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments (Explore Your World series)

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kathleen M. Reilly
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Nomad Press; Original edition (2011, Dec 22nd).
    Pages:   96

    Revealing what creates those unexpected snow days and the rain at recess, this activity guide goes beyond mere forecasting and reporting to thoroughly address children’s curiosities about the world’s weather. The process of how wind, sun, and water combine to form certain conditions is explored, and the reasons why weather reaches extreme levels—and what this means for each climate—are also explained in detail. Featuring 25 hands-on projects, this handbook guides kids through creating a storm in a bottle, touching the clouds, building a weather safety kit, and even eating an edible climate map, resulting in an unforgettable understanding of these forces of nature. more

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