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  • Papa's Mechanical Fish

    Papa's Mechanical Fish

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Boris Kulikov
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2000, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   40

    Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr!  That's the sound of Papa at work. Although he is an inventor, he has never made anything that works perfectly, and that's because he hasn't yet found a truly fantastic idea. But when he takes his family fishing on Lake Michigan, his daughter Virena asks, "Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a fish?"—and Papa is off to his workshop. With a lot of persistence and a little bit of help, Papa—who is based on the real-life inventor Lodner Phillips—creates a submarine that can take his family for a trip to the bottom of Lake Michigan. more

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  • Ball


    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mary Sullivan
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (2013, Apr 2nd).
    Pages:   40

    A 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptime’s wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball. more

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  • The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

    The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Todd Harris
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Walden Pond Press (2013, Apr 30th).
    Pages:   496

    Your favorite princes and princesses are back in the hilarious and action-packed sequel to the breakout hit The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by author Christopher Healy, which the New York Times selected as one of its best books of the year.Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don't you? They're the Princes Charming, who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses—Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose—to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms. But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening—even if no one will ever know it was they who did it. more

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  • Sound Bender

    Sound Bender

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lin Oliver
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2011, Nov 1st).
    Pages:   272

    A roaring, supernatural adventure that spans New York, and the globe!After their parents' plane goes down over the ocean, Leo and his brother Hollis are forced into the custody of their rich and enigmatic uncle Crane, a dealer of rare and probably illicit antiques. But almost as soon as he's settled--or as close to settled as he can get in the bleak Brooklyn mansion, surrounded by his uncle's dubious staff--Leo receives a mysterious package his father put together long ago, to be opened on his 13th birthday. With the package, Leo discovers he has an amazing ability. He can hear the history of any object by touching it. But when Leo finds a strange helmet buried among his uncle's artifacts, and hears a pained cry coming from it, a mystery unravels as to its origin. more

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  • Sound Bender #2: The Shadow Mask

    Sound Bender #2: The Shadow Mask

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lin Oliver
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2013, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   336

    Leo Lomax, the Sound Bender, returns in this globe-trotting sequel.Leo is back in New York, and things are worse than ever. His Uncle Crane has isolated him from his friends, pulled him from his school, and is keeping him under near-constant surveillance.When a strange mask once owned by his father begins to draw Crane's attention, however, Leo is presented with a devil's bargain. If he helps Crane find the mask's other half, he can return to his life and his friends. To sweeten the deal, Crane will even pay for a fact-finding mission to check out Leo's parents' plane crash.There's just one catch. In order to find the mask, Leo will have to travel across the world -- and take it from its rightful owners. more

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  • My Life as a Cartoonist

    My Life as a Cartoonist

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Jake Tashjian
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Henry Holt and Co. (2000, Jan 1st).
    Pages:   272

    There’s a new kid in Derek Fallon’s class. His name is Umberto and he uses a wheelchair. Derek’s family is still fostering Frank the monkey, and Derek thinks it would be great to train Frank to assist Umberto. But Derek quickly realizes that Umberto is definitely not looking for any help. Derek soon becomes the butt of Umberto’s jokes. On top of that, Umberto starts stealing Derek’s cartoon ideas and claiming them as his own. How did Derek get himself into this mess, and how can he find a way out before he is the laughingstock of school? The answer may very well be his cartoon strip—SUPER FRANK! My Life as a Cartoonist features illustrations by Janet Tashjian's son, Jake Tashian. more

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  • Family Tree #1

    Family Tree #1

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ann M. Martin
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Scholastic Press (2013, May 1st).
    Pages:   240

    Four generations. Four girls. One family.An amazing new four-book series from Ann M. Martin.In 1930, Abby Nichols is eight, and can't imagine what her future holds. The best things today would be having a dime for the fair, keeping her Pops from being angry, and saving up eighty-seven cents to surprise her little sister with a tea set for Christmas.But Abby's world is changing fast. Soon there will be new siblings to take care of, a new house to move into, and new friends to meet. But there will also be good-byes to say and hard choices to make. As Abby grows older, how will she decide what sort of life will fit her best?In this incredible new series, bestselling author Ann M. Martin brings the past and the present together one girlhood at a time and shows readers the way a family grows. more

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  • Twerp


    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Mark Goldblatt
    Format:   Library Binding
    Publisher:   Random House Books for Young Readers (2013, May 28th).
    Pages:   288

       It's not like I meant for Danley to get hurt. . . .   Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.   Inspired by Mark Goldblatt's own childhood growing up in 1960s Queens, Twerp shines with powerful writing that will have readers laughing and crying right along with these flawed but unforgettable characters. more

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  • The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems 

    The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems Hardcover

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lauren Myracle
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Dutton Juvenile (2013, May 2nd).
    Pages:   76

    Seven-year-old Ty gets into mischief and big-hearted schemes while navigating second grade and becoming a big brother. more

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  • In Harm's Way

    In Harm's Way

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Adam Stower
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2013, May 7th).
    Pages:   224

    The threat to the Keepers doubles in the fourth Keepers of the School adventure from Andrew Clements, the master of the school story.Benjamin Pratt and his friends Jill and Robert are determined to save their school from destruction. But just when it seems they’ve finally gotten the upper hand over that awful Janitor Lyman, they’re caught completely off guard by his next move: Lyman has called in reinforcements, and suddenly Benjamin, Jill, and Robert find themselves dodging not one evil janitor, but two. That’s right: Lyman’s got himself a partner. And it quickly becomes clear that Wally, the new guy, is even more corrupt and menacing than Lyman. Luckily, Ben’s team has been growing too. Plus, thank to the latest safeguard, they also have a secret fund of millions of dollars. more

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