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  • Close to Famous

    Close to Famous

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Joan Bauer
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Puffin (2012, Jan 5th).
    Pages:   272

    A novel full of heart, humor, and charm from Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer! When twelve-year-old Foster and her mother land in the tiny town of Culpepper, they don't know what to expect. But folks quickly warm to the woman with the great voice and the girl who can bake like nobody's business. Soon Foster - who dreams of having her own cooking show one day - lands herself a gig baking for the local coffee shop, and gets herself some much-needed help in overcoming her biggest challenge - learning to read . . . just as Foster and Mama start to feel at ease, their past catches up to them. Thanks to the folks in Culpepper, though Foster and her mama find the strength to put their troubles behind them for good. more

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  • Story's End

    Story's End

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Marissa Burt
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2013, Apr 2nd).
    Pages:   368

    Enter the magical land of Story in this sequel to Storybound, perfect for fans of Inkheart, The School for Good and Evil, and classic fantasy tales like Ella Enchanted and The Neverending Story. Kids who love fairy tales, dragons, magic, and more will be enchanted by Una Fairchild's unforgettable adventure in Story's End.Story is a land of dashing Heroes, dastardly Villains, and epic quests—and once upon a time, a noble King. But the King vanished so long ago that even the memory of him is lost. Now a cruel Enemy plots to rewrite Story's future, and an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild may be the only one who can stop him. As Una and her friends Peter and Indy race to defeat the Enemy, their quest will take them deep into the secrets of Story's past . more

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  • The Odyssey

    The Odyssey

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Gillian Cross
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Candlewick (2012, Sep 11th).
    Pages:   178

    A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penelope, fights a different kind of battle as her palace is invaded by forceful, greedy men who tell her that Odysseus is dead and she must choose a new husband. Will Odysseus reach her in time? Homer’s epic, age-old story is powerfully told by Carnegie Medalist Gillian Cross and stunningly illustrated by rising talent Neil Packer. . more

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  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

    Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Liesl Shurtliff
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Knopf Books for Young Readers (2013, Apr 9th).
    Pages:   272

    This funny fractured fairy tale goes behind the scenes of Rumpelstiltskin. "A most magical feat," writes Newbery Honor-winner Kirby Larson, "Liesl Shurtliff spins words into gold."In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone's joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she’s right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship—and a cheeky sense of humor—he just might triumph in the end. more

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  • The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

    The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Temple Grandin
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013, Apr 30th).
    Pages:   256

    From Barnes & NobleTemple Grandin wrote her first book about autism in 1986. Since then, so much about changed about what we know and think about this condition, and perhaps no one has communicated more effectively about those changes than Temple herself. Both her keen intelligence and identity as a determined autistic activist ring out in this new book about what we now know about the much-discussed "spectrum." Grandin combines current scientific data with information about its implications, including welcome news about recent research on the strengths of autism. A major, wonderfully accessible book on a developing field; a psychology bestseller, now in trade paperback and NOOK Book. Publishers WeeklyIf you want to know why an autistic person acts the way he or she does, "you have to go beyond" behavior and "into his or her brain," according to Grandin (Thinking in Pictures) and science writer Panek (The 4% Universe). more

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  • The Sasquatch Escape

    The Sasquatch Escape

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Suzanne Selfors
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2013, Apr 2nd).
    Pages:   224

    When Ben Silverstein is sent to the rundown town of Buttonville to spend the summer with his grandfather, he's certain it will be the most boring vacation ever. That is, until his grandfather's cat brings home what looks like . . . a baby dragon?Amazed, Ben enlists the help of Pearl Petal, a local girl with an eye for adventure. They take the wounded dragon to the only veterinarian's office in town -- Dr. Woo's Worm Hospital. But as Ben and Pearl discover once they are inside, Dr. Woo's isn't a worm hospital at all -- it's actually a secret hospital for imaginary creatures.After Ben accidentally leaves the hospital's front door unlocked, a rather large, rather stinky, andvery hairy beast escapes into Buttonville. Ben and Pearl are tasked with retrieving the runaway creature, and what started out as an ordinary summer becomes the story of a lifetime. more

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  • The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

    The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kate Saunders
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2013, Mar 12th).
    Pages:   304

    "Reminiscent of Road Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . . . a great read-aloud." --BooklistWelcome to the most magical house in London. The family of eleven-year-old twins Oz and Lily have inherited it, together with the mysterious shop downstairs. Long ago, the shop's famous chocolate-makers, who also happen to be Oz and Lily's great uncles, were clever sorcerers. Now evil villians are hunting for the secret of their greatest recipe. The terrifying powers of this magic chocolate have the ability to destroy the world.  Soon, Oz and Lily are swept into a thrilling battle, helped by an invisible cat, a talking rat, and the ghost of an elephant. It's up to them to stop the villians and keep the magical chocolate recipe out of harm's way. more

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  • Zebra Forest

    Zebra Forest

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Adina Rishe Gewirtz
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Candlewick (2013, Apr 9th).
    Pages:   208

    In an extraordinary debut novel, an escaped fugitive upends everything two siblings think they know about their family, their past, and themselves.When eleven-year-old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert: Gran. "If you’re going to do something, make sure you do it with excellence," Gran would say. That was when Gran was feeling talkative, and not brooding for days in her room — like she did after telling Annie and her little brother, Rew, the one thing they know about their father: that he was killed in a fight with an angry man who was sent away. Annie tells stories, too, as she and Rew laze under the birches and oaks of Zebra Forest — stories about their father the pirate, or pilot, or secret agent. more

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  • The Awesome, Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz

    The Awesome, Almost 100% True Adventures of Matt & Craz

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Alan Silberberg
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Aladdin (2013, Apr 23rd).
    Pages:   336

    A magical pen causes creative chaos in this quirky, comic-style story from the author of Milo.Best friends Matt and Larry “Craz” Crazinski couldn’t be more different. Matt loves order, while Craz lives on the edge. The boys share a passion for cartooning, but thanks to the school paper gatekeeper (and kind-of bully), Skip Turkle, it seems their cartoons will never be published. But then the boys discover a pen that promises to help them DRAW BETTER NOW!—and quickly realize it’s no ordinary pen: Whatever they draw comes to life! They start small with their drawings—bags of cash, cool gadgets. Next, they get their pesky English teacher to take a unique and extended vacation. But when the boys get a little bolder in their magical drawings, they realize that things don’t always end up as perfect as the art they create. more

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  • Shark Wars #5: Enemy of Oceans

    Shark Wars #5: Enemy of Oceans

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   EJ Altbacker
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Razorbill (2012, Dec 11th).
    Pages:   256

    Each new Shark Wars book brings higher stakes--and hungrier sharks!Gray thought he could trust Takiza, the wise yet mysterious betta fish who's been his guide and mentor in the often treacherous depths of the Big Blue. But the news that Takiza was responsible for the death of Gray's father has shaken Gray to his very core. Now Gray is questioning everything he thought he knew.The time to find answers is running short. The prehistores--prehistoric sea monsters long thought to be extinct--are breaking out of the underwater volcano range that has kept them hidden for millennia. Gray, Barkley, and their friends and shivermates must prepare for a war unlike any they've faced before!Shark Wars is Star Wars set underwater--it's a modern-day Warriors for today's voracious readers! . more

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