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  • Warriors: Dawn of the Clans #3: The First Battle

    Warriors: Dawn of the Clans #3: The First Battle

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Erin Hunter
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    Publisher:   HarperCollins (2014, Apr 8th).
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    Discover the origins of the warrior Clans in the third book of this thrilling prequel arc in Erin Hunter's #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series. The Dawn of the Clans series takes readers back to the earliest days of the Clans, when the cats first settled in the forest and began to forge the warrior code.The rivalry between Gray Wing and Clear Sky has driven a bitter wedge between all of the forest cats. As Thunder and Gray Wing struggle to find a peaceful path for the future, tensions are growing—and soon more blood will be shed.Dawn of the Clans #3: The First Battle also includes an exclusive bonus scene! more

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  • Curiosity

    Curiosity

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Gary Blackwood
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    Publisher:   Dial (2014, Apr 10th).
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    Intrigue, danger, chess, and a real-life hoax combine in this historical novel from the author of The Shakespeare Stealer Philadelphia, PA, 1835. Rufus, a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, is recruited by a shady showman named Maelzel to secretly operate a mechanical chess player called the Turk. The Turk wows ticket-paying audience members and players, who do not realize that Rufus, the true chess master, is hidden inside the contraption. But Rufus’s job working the automaton must be kept secret, and he fears he may never be able to escape his unscrupulous master. And what has happened to the previous operators of the Turk, who seem to disappear as soon as Maelzel no longer needs them? Creeping suspense, plenty of mystery, and cameos from Edgar Allan Poe and P. more

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  • Baby's Got the Blues

    Baby's Got the Blues

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Carol Diggory Shields
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    Publisher:   Candlewick (2014, Mar 11th).
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    Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of an infant is really like? In this bluesy story, sometimes being a baby is enough to make you cry.Oh, baby, wouldn’t it be grand to be a baby? No worries, no woes, the whole world doing everything for you. Like floating down easy street. . . . But wait one guitar-pickin’ minute. That’s a lie! Babies can’t talk, can’t walk, can’t even really chew. It’s enough to make the baby in this story blue, blue, blue. So get ready for a sad tale of soggy diapers, mushy meals, and sleepin’ behind bars that may make you cry, too — but more likely will make you giggle! Jamming with illustrator Lauren Tobia, Carol Diggory Shields gives a tip of the fedora to B.B. more

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  • The Highest Number in the World

    The Highest Number in the World

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Roy MacGregor
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    Publisher:   Tundra Books (2014, Feb 11th).
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    A riff on The Hockey Sweater for girls, an intergenerational story of the shared love of the sport, and a celebration of the storied Number 9 in hockey.      9-year-old Gabe (Gabriella) Murray lives and breathes hockey. She's the youngest player on her new team, she has a nifty move that her teammates call "the Gabe," and she shares a lucky number with her hero, Hayley Wickenheiser: number 22. But when her coach hands out the team jerseys, Gabe is stuck with number 9. Crushed, Gabe wants to give up hockey altogether. How can she play without her lucky number? Gabe's grandmother soon sets her straight, though--from her own connection to the number 9 in her hockey-playing days to all the greats she cheered for who wore it, she soon convinces Gabe that this new number might not be so bad after all. more

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  • Little Roja Riding Hood

    Little Roja Riding Hood

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Susan Middleton Elya
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    Publisher:   Putnam Juvenile (2014, Apr 10th).
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    While Roja picks flowers on the way to her grandma's, a mean wolf sneaks away with her cape to surprise Abuelita. But Grandma's no fool and Roja's no ordinary chica. They send that hungry lobo packing with a caliente surprise! This sassy retelling of Little Red Riding Hood has accessible Spanish rhymes and fresh illustrations, with hip cultural details throughout. more

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  • Alien Encounter

    Alien Encounter

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Charise Mericle Harper
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    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2000, Jan 1st).
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    Nine-year-old Morgan is fascinated with aliens. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, land of the sasquatch, and naturally is fascinated with those as well. When he meets new kid Lewis, whose parents own a motel named the Stay On Inn, the adventures begin with slingshots, underpants, annoying older sisters, and neighbors dressed up in bear suits. more

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  • Cowy Cow

    Cowy Cow

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Chris Raschka
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    Publisher:   Abrams Appleseed (2014, Apr 8th).
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    Theme: Feeling Smart. Cowy Cow has so many ideas! In fact, she has one hundred of them: green is the best color ever; chewed grass tastes like a cookie . . . But has Cowy Cow ever tasted a cookie before? Though her research may be flawed, this single cow’s efforts to make silly sense of the world are both tickling and inspiring! Chris Raschka’s award-winning brush strokes add just the right amount of emotion and comedy.Praise for Cowy CowSTARRED REVIEW"Thank you, Chris Raschka, for reviving this sublimely ridiculous series. Chrissy Chris!"--Kirkus Reviews, starred review more

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  • Crabby Crab

    Crabby Crab

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Chris Raschka
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    Publisher:   Abrams Appleseed (2014, Apr 8th).
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    Theme: Feeling Grumpy. Crabby Crab is not in a good mood. No, Crabby Crab would rather complain than do anything else! Young readers will be drawn in by this humorous look into an all-too-familiar situation, and be comforted in the end. Chris Raschka’s expert balance of visual and textual humor will charm even the grumpiest of readers!Praise for Crabby CrabSTARRED REVIEW"Thank you, Chris Raschka, for reviving this sublimely ridiculous series. Chrissy Chris!"--Kirkus Reviews, starred review more

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  • Dinner with the Highbrows

    Dinner with the Highbrows

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Kimberly Willis Holt
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    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2000, Jan 1st).
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    Bernard has never been to dinner at a friend's house before. His mother gives him quite the list of rules to follow—no elbows on the table, put your napkin on your lap, don't talk with food in your mouth, and so on. But Bernard isn't prepared to discover that the Goldsmiths think the table is the best place for elbows and feet, never put their napkins on their laps, and talk with food in their mouths! How will Bernard survive dinner with such an obnoxious crew?Kimberly Willis Holt's funny picture book about manners and etiquette turns the idea of good manners upside-down. The fresh point of view in Dinner with the Highbrows will be appreciated by both kids and their parents.A Christy Ottaviano Book more

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  • Duck & Goose Go to the Beach

    Duck & Goose Go to the Beach

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Tad Hills
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    Publisher:   Schwartz & Wade (2014, Apr 8th).
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    In this delightful follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose, Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn't. He doesn't see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they're happy right where they are? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn't? Well, Duck, for one! more

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