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The Family Fletcher is a wild crowd, and you don’t want to miss their story. In The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Delacorte, $15.99) Sam, Eli, Jax, and Frog are facing a new school year full of big decisions. To be or not to be a thespian? How do you deal with a new neighbor who isn’t very neighborly? With the help of their dads, and the funny and wise notes full of hints and advice they leave on the fridge, the Fletcher boys find the answers to these questions and more, growing along the way. Dana Alison Levy’s expert balancing act reminds readers of the wild energy of childhood, and makes one wonder how parents ever manage to keep up with their kids.Ages 9-12. Sharat Buddhavarapu

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780385376525
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 7/2014

Blast from the Past
Growing up with five brothers, there were no dull moments in the Scieszka home. Being the second oldest, Jon Scieszka was in a powerful position. In charge of bedtimes and armed with the skill to talk himself out of undesirable chores, he was able to monopolize his talents and privileges in many humorous ways. Describing himself as smarter, braver, and overall the better brother, he details all the mischievous shenanigans he and his siblings got themselves into in the hilarious autobiographical work Knucklehead (Viking, $12.99). Fireworks, nuns, and neighborhood trench warfare are just a few of the nefarious items discussed. These “tall tales and mostly true stories” are perfect for any sly youngster. Sure to entertain, and possibly inspire some ill-behaved shenanigans, this book will make both children and adults alike laugh out loud. Ages 9-13 Kasie Griffitts

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780670011384
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 10/2008

Ghosts in the House! (Board Books)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437258
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 7/2012

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780544105119
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, 8/2013

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9781416928171
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 8/2006

Crankenstein (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780316126564
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 8/2013

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803739383
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Published: Dial, 8/2013

Henry's Hand (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419705274
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 10/2013

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442433984
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 8/2013

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9780823422142
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Published: Holiday House, 7/2010

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780316045476
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9/2012

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781570913488
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Published: Charlesbridge, 8/2013

In the first book in her new Masterpiece Adventures series, The Miniature World of Marvin and James (Holt, $15.99), Elise Broach introduces younger readers to the beloved characters Marvin and James from her award-winning 2008 novel Masterpiece. Marvin and James are best friends, but sometimes their relationship is complicated, because James is a boy and Marvin is a beetle. In this story, Marvin is sad because James is going to the beach on vacation, but he manages to find adventure—and danger—with his cousin Elaine, in an electric pencil sharpener. Ages 6-9. Heidi Powell

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780805091908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2/2014

A quiet, rather indifferent young boy poses a new challenge for Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door (Albert Whitman, $13.99). Lulu and her cousin, Mellie, worry that the new neighbor is not properly caring for his pet rabbit. Through a variety of ingenious plots, the girls ensure a happier existence for the rabbit and gradually develop a friendship with the new boy. With spirited illustrations by Priscilla Lamont, this newest title in Hilary McKay’s series about a young girl who loves all animals is as engaging as the first book. Ages 6-9. Mary Alice Garber

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780807548165
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company, 3/2014

Archie Morningstar is thrilled to finally get to ride in his dad’s taxi for Take Your Kid to Work Day. He has to wake up extra early (at midnight!), and the adventure only gets weirder when he finds out that his father’s taxi is no ordinary one. It’s a Space Taxi (Little, Brown, $14.99 hardcover, $5.99 paperback) and the customers are aliens. In between navigating around planets and wormholes, Archie and his father get mixed up in an intergalactic crime mystery. This is the first installment in a series from Wendy Mass (beloved by older readers for Pi in the Sky, Mango-Shaped Space, and the Willow Falls series, among others) and science teacher Michael Brawer. Ages 6-10. Emily Ellerbe

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780316243209
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

Annika Riz, Math Whiz (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $15.99) just cannot get enough of numbers and word problems. She absolutely adores figuring things out mathematically. She loves math so much she even names her dog Prime. And when there is a math contest at school involving the popular number game Sudoku, third-grader Annika is determined to win and be the one to send the lovable principal into the dunk tank as her reward. However, first, Annika must best her clever classmate, fellow math enthusiast Simon. With high jinks and humor, Claudia Mills’s second book in the Franklin School Friends series (following Kelsey Green, Reading Queen) is sure to entertain. Ages 7-10. Kasie Griffitts

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780374303358
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 5/2014

In third-grader Ellray’s mind, problems transform into giants to battle. Ellray Jakes and the Beanstalk (Penguin, $14.99 HB/$5.99 PB) involves much more than Ellray’s interpretation of a fairy tale for school. Small for his age and prone to errors of judgment, he is bewildered and hurt when his close friend starts skateboarding with a longtime archenemy. Ellray is convinced that learning to skateboard will regain his friend’s attention, but the solution is not quite so simple. Sally Warner perfectly portrays the challenges of navigating friendships, home life, and the playground in this early chapter series with playful illustrations by Brian Biggs. Ages 7-10. MAG
$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780142423592
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Published: Puffin, 9/2013

Billy’s stay-at-home dad has declared that this is The Year of Billy Miller (Greenwillow, $16.99), and Billy quite likes the idea.  But he is starting second grade and thus faces new challenges, including a school project and a poetry slam, along with the old ones (namely, his ever-present little sister). Award-winner Kevin Henkes has written and illustrated a funny, human, and realistic take on what it is like to be in elementary school.  Ages 7-10. KLP
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062268129
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 9/2013

Think of the most sickly-sweet book you ever received from your Gran-Gran, then double the saccharine quotient by adding a glassy-eyed, crook-eared bunny who thinks his birthday has been forgotten. This is Alexander’s terrible birthday gift, until he rescues the book from its overly friendly, forest-creatured fate. With Alex’s doctoring, Birthday Bunny morphs into supervillain Battle Bunny (Simon & Schuster, $14.99). A few swipes of Alex’s pencil, and eye-patched Battle Bunny rampages through the forest, chopping (not hopping) through trees. With robot killer bees, ninja turtles, and 1,104 fighting styles, Battle Bunny appears unstoppable – except the President thinks maybe Alex can help. Authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett and illustrator Matthew Myers pack every page with awesome details in this clever, laugh-out-loud funny, just-twisted-enough book for young readers. Ages 6-9. ACD

Battle Bunny (Hardcover)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781442446731
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 10/2013

Young Precious Ramotswe has a big heart and a special talent for solving the mysteries that occur in her rural home in Botswana. When she makes friends with two new classmates, sister Teb and brother Pontsho, she has a chance to do so once again when their family’s cow disappears. This time, though, Precious may need some help from a furry comrade to solve The Mystery of Meerkat Hill (Anchor, $6.99). Alexander McCall Smith’s second book for young readers about his famous heroine from the adult series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a delight for both fans of and strangers to Precious. His lilting prose combines with Iain McIntosh’s stunning red-and-black illustrations to create a gem of a novel. Ages 7-10. JLM
$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780345804464
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Published: Anchor, 10/2013

Award-winning author-illustrator David Macaulay is well known for his ability to convey complex concepts through words and pictures.  Now Macaulay is introducing younger readers to the wonders of human beings and the things we make in a series called How It Works. The latest installments in the series, Eye and Toilet (David Macaulay Studio, $15.99 HB/$3.99 PB each), make for fascinating reading.  Learn about the Eye through the lens of a little girl who’s playing soccer.  How do her eyes adjust to light? How does she recognize her teammates?  And why did Sarah just run into her even though Sarah has flashy new sports specs? Toilet provides a comprehensive narrative and visual description of waste disposal, starting with the question, “What is […] waste and where does it come from?” Readers learn how the toilet works, but equally interesting are the different ways in which wastewater is treated.  Each book contains a glossary, a list of suggested books and other media, and an index.  Ages 6-9. HWP

Eye: How It Works (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437814
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Published: David Macaulay Studio, 9/2013

When her owners give her a skull-and-crossbones scarf on their seaside vacation, Poppy the Pirate Dog (Candlewick, $14.99) is sure that the pirate life is for her. Poppy can’t wait for her ocean adventures to begin, and she immediately sets out to find the perfect ship. Unfortunately, boats aren’t quite what Poppy expected. They move and splash unexpectedly, which she doesn’t like at all. How is Poppy going to become a pirate if she is afraid of boats? This is a fun and engaging early chapter book from the best-selling author Liz Kessler with charming illustrations by Mike Phillips. With large type and abundant illustrations, it’s the perfect confidence-building book for early readers moving into chapter books. Ages 6-8. CEB
$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780763665692
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Published: Candlewick, 8/2013

Ant hates winter. It’s cold, gray, and lonely. She misses her best friend Honey Bee, who seems perfectly content to spend time alone. Ant can’t believe anyone would choose to be alone, though, so she braves the cold, the wind, and the rain to offer her company.  Bee is tired. And grumpy. And hungry. Ant is determined to remedy the situation before Bee hibernates. Young readers will appreciate this warm and humorous portrait of Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter (Candlewick, $14.99) from Judy Moody author Meg McDonald. G. Brian Karas’s expressive drawings make this winsome duo even more endearing.  Ages 5-8.  HWP
$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780763657123
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2013

Wolf and Dog (Gecko, $16.95) are cousins, but Wolf is wild, while Dog is tame. Wolf doesn’t eat green. Dog declares lettuce “good for the waistline.” Wolf wolfs down food. Dog uses a plate. Might the two find common ground? In Sylvia Vanden Heede’s offbeat stories, translated by Bill Nagelkerke and told in Wolf’s slanted rhyme, these two compelling characters engage in playful battle, never quite enemies, never quite friends. Their relationship is a clever, fast-paced hodge-podge of wordplay and negotiation – over a flea, bacon, a wolf-terrorizing kitty, and more. Marije Tolman’s color illustrations tease out just the right details, emphasizing the stories’ darkly humorous bite. Well suited to reading aloud, this book is sure to leave everyone giggling. Ages 5-8. ACD

Wolf and Dog (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781877579479
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Published: Gecko Press, 9/2013

For most people, going to the Laundromat is a daunting task filled with sorting and inconvenience, but not for Francis, the Little Fox (Kids Can, $17.95). Laundry Saturday is his favorite day of the week. It is a day that he gets to spend alone with his father, tossing socks onto caribou antlers, coloring pictures, and enjoying a nice frozen yogurt. However, all goes awry when pesky Lily, the daughter of the Laundromat owner Mr. Li, plays tricks on all the customers. Suddenly, it’s up to Francis to put things right. Veronique Boisjoly’s humorous tale couples perfectly with Katty Maurey’s illustrations, which offer something to discover on every page. Ages 4-8. KLG
$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781894786409
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Published: Kids Can Press, 9/2013

When sisters Matilda and Clementine wake to a rainy Saturday, Matilda takes it upon herself to teach skeptical Clemmie just how fun the rain can be: the way it sounds like applause, the splash of it on one’s tongue, the worms it ushers from hiding. Playfully told, each panel of renowned Argentine cartoonist Liniers’s ink-and-watercolor drawings conveys the warmth and humor of the two sisters’ relationship. The Big Wet Balloon (Toon, $12.95) is a true delight, with bold, funny characters (inspired by Liniers’s own daughters) who embody the intrepid spirit and optimism of childhood. Ages 4-7. ACD

Es un sábado lluvioso cuando se despiertan las hermanas Matilda y Clementina. A Matilda le encanta la lluvia y decide enseñar a su hermana menor como la lluvia es tan divertida: suena como el aplauso, salpica en su lengua, y llama a las orugas del suelo. Dicho con alegría, cada dibujo de la novela gráfica del conocido historietista argentino Liniers demuestra el cariño y el humor de la relación de las hermanas. El Globo Grande y Mojado (Toon, $12.95 HB/$4.99 PB) es un placer, con personajes intrépidos y simpáticos (inspirado por las hijas de Liniers) quienes representan el espíritu y el optimismo de la juventud. Ages 4-7. ACD

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781935179405
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Published: Toon Books, 9/2013

It is time to play in the barn and Little Mouse Gets Ready (Toon, $4.99), but can he really get dressed in time? Acclaimed comic artist Jeff Smith presents this charming early-reader graphic novel with his classic streamlined images, newly published in paperback. The silly story is perfect for younger readers, with a humorous twist at the end that will have kids laughing time after time. This Geisel Honor Book uses simple, repetitive language and short sentences along with the graphic format, making this book a helpful and engaging tool for new readers. Ages 4-6. CEB

$4.99
ISBN-13: 9781935179245
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Published: Toon Books, 2/2013

Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard does not consider herself brave, and, as a member of the Children’s Science Society of Greater London, she scoffs at magic. Yet when she accompanies her father, a Leading International Expert on Swords, to a museum in a mysterious city shrouded by snow, Ophelia encounters a Marvelous Boy trapped in a dusty hidden room. Through a keyhole, he spins a story of magical owls, wizards, and centuries-long imprisonment by an evil Snow Queen. Against her scientific judgment, Ophelia aids him in locating three keys and a magical sword, meeting birds of misery, ghostly girls, and werewolves along the way. Author Karen Foxlee skillfully incorporates elements of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” heightening the magical delight of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy (Knopf, $16.99), a book about strength, loss, family, and the wonder of belief. Ages 8-12. Amy Dickinson

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385753548
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1/2014

With a dash of Dickens, a fairy-snatching witch, a talking cat, and a bright girl who believes in magic, Sally Gardner’s modern fairy tale races along. Left in a hatbox at Stansted Airport and having the misfortune to be adopted by a dreadful couple, Emily escapes from drudgery when she inherits a shop. Far from ordinary, Wings and Co. is a fairy-folks shop dedicated to untangling mysteries. Emily finds herself at the heart of Operation Bunny (Holt, $12.99) and dealing with lots of pink bunnies. David Roberts’s illustrations brilliantly portray the fascinating good and evil characters in this quirky caper. Ages 8-11. Mary Alice Garber

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780805098921
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2/2014

When Theodora Tenpenny’s grandfather dies, he leaves behind exactly $463 and a rent-controlled Greenwich Village apartment for Theodora and her increasingly unstable mother. Theo is resourceful, but even for her, the odds don’t look good—until an accidental spillage of rubbing alcohol on one of her grandfather’s paintings reveals a potentially priceless Renaissance masterwork hiding Under the Egg (Dial, $16.99). It should be a windfall, except that her grandfather had been a security guard at the Met, and the painting might be stolen. In Laura Marx Fitzgerald’s charmingly offbeat novel—evocative of E. L. Konigsburg at her best—Theo and the unlikely band of misfit friends and allies she picks up along the way investigate the painting, and through it, her family’s own history. Ages 9-12. Courtney Burtraw

Under the Egg (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803740013
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Published: Dial, 3/2014

Bored of waiting for his father to come home from building the last leg of the transcontinental railroad, Will impulsively boards a train to look for him. Within hours, he has found his father and encountered an avalanche, a Sasquatch, and a thief! Three years later, Will is proud to join his father on the maiden voyage of The Boundless (Simon & Schuster, $16.99), the longest train in the world, as it travels across the country—and unprepared for the adventure that awaits him on the journey. Some of the characters from his past are among the 6,495 passengers aboard the Boundless, and Will and a traveling circus are the only things standing between his father and a ruthless murderer. Kenneth Oppel, author of the beloved Airborn fantasy series, brings us an invigorating 19th-century coast-to-coast adventure aboard the elegant and powerful Boundless. Ages 9-12. Emily Ellerbe

The Boundless (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442472884
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

Though all the actual Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier (Amulet, $16.95) have yet to be revealed, as China’s excavation of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum is ongoing, Ying Chang Compestine and Vinson Compestine’s new novel gives an imaginative and action-packed account of their interpretation of the mystery. Ming, a young boy coming of age during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution, joins forces with Shí, an animated terra-cotta soldier, to unearth and protect the location of this eventual World Heritage Site. Along with actual photographs, the authors use the alternating voices of Ming and Shí to bring the reader into two distinct and crucial periods of Chinese history. Ages 10-12. Renée Bosco

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419705403
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Published: Amulet Books, 1/2014

It is the summer of 1940 when Mr. Bro Wiley, the last living man who had been a slave, and Bean’s unofficial grandfather and fount of wisdom, dies. Bean and his best friend Pole are devastated, but also proud to finally be old enough to be included in The Sittin’ Up (Putnam, $16.99), a wake for the dead. As they prepare to pay tribute to the dead, a potentially devastating summer storm is brewing, set to hit right in the middle of the sittin’ up. A poignant coming-of-age story packed full of humor and charm, this latest from acclaimed storyteller Sheila P. Moses is one to remember. Ages 10-13. Courtney Burtraw

The Sittin' Up (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399257230
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 1/2014

Pick up The Night Gardener (Amulet, $16.95) for a thrilling, suspenseful tale of young storyteller Molly and her younger brother Kip, orphaned as children. Fleeing the Irish Famine, desperate to make a living, and ignoring all warnings, Molly and Kip take work at the Windsor Estate as a housemaid and groundskeeper, respectively. They soon notice some creepy features of the household: evidence of someone walking through the house in the middle of the night, a tree that grows into the side of the house with a hole in it that grants your heart’s desire—but at a very high cost. Jonathan Auxier has written a satisfying tale that will keep you awake at night and make you ponder the value of telling the truth. Ages 10-14. Kerri Poore

The Night Gardener (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419711442
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Published: Amulet Books, 5/2014

Since her father died, Piper has been scraping by as a “scrapper,” collecting the remnants of other worlds that fall in frequent meteor showers. One day Piper rescues from falling debris a girl who remembers nothing about herself. The only clue to this mysterious girl’s past is The Mark of the Dragonfly (Delacorte, $16.99) tattooed on her arm, signifying that she is under the protection of the king of the Dragonfly territories. Piper is determined to help the girl get home safely, and maybe see more of her world along the way. Sneaking aboard the 401, the glorious train that travels to the Dragonfly territories but is guarded by an eccentric and loyal crew, is only the beginning of their adventure. In her debut novel, Jaleigh Johnson has crafted an intricate world and a rollicking ride that will keep readers turning the pages.  Ages 10-14.  Eowyn Randall

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385376150
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 3/2014

Gently, kindly, and with beautiful prose, author Tracy Holczer leads us through Grace’s life following the sudden death of her mother—a mother who believed that if you listened very closely, you could hear The Secret Hum of a Daisy (Putnam, $16.99). Moving to her mother’s hometown and into the home of a seemingly stern grandmother whom she has never met, Grace slowly unravels the truth of her past and her mother’s ever-present sadness. She gradually gets to know her grandmother, makes new friends, and follows a mysterious treasure hunt much too similar to the ones her mother often created for her. Ages 10-14. Kerri Poore

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399163937
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 5/2014

When Zach is told he is too old to play with dolls, this censure unwittingly triggers his biggest game of all. Dissatisfied with his sudden reticence, one of his two playmates, Poppy, finds herself channeling the queen doll, a porcelain antique who is never to be touched and is rumored to be made with the ground bones of a dead child. Spooked but unwilling to call her bluff, the three friends set off to find the girl’s headstone and put the Doll Bones (Margaret K. McElderry, $16.99) to rest. Holly Black’s thrillingly ambiguous narration walks the line of the supernatural, creating a spooky tale of friendship and adventure in which no one is too old to play make believe. Ages 10-14. CEB

Doll Bones (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781416963981
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 5/2013

Willow is an insanely intelligent twelve-year-old girl who finds comfort in Counting by 7s (Dial, $16.99). She lives happily with her adopted parents until tragedy strikes. Her life is torn apart and she must bravely stitch it back together again. In this story, where you’ll be captivated by Willow’s humaneness, quirkiness, and humor, a full range of misfit and diverse characters together form a family full of the same kind of love and oddities one expects from blood relatives.  Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a heartwarming novel of loss and family that will stand the test of time.  Ages 12-14. KLP

Counting by 7s (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780803738553
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Published: Dial, 8/2013

Monsters freely roam the streets of Arcopolis after they kill Haggard West, the city’s greatest defender. The beleaguered human denizens’ luck suddenly changes, however, with the arrival of Battling Boy (First Second, $24.99 HB/$15.99 PB). This demigod leaves his own planet to save these Earth-bound inhabitants and thus complete his ritual passage into manhood and superhero status. It turns out that his mission is even harder than it first seemed, thanks to Arcopolis’s politics and the competition from Haggard’s daughter Aurora, who has superhero ambitions of her own. This first installment of Paul Pope’s new series for young readers will be sure to hook them from the first page with its bold illustrations, fast-paced action, and relatable characters. Ages 10-18. JLM

Battling Boy (Paperback)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781596431454
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Published: First Second, 10/2013

Jane, the Fox & Me (Groundwood, $19.95) is a brilliant book—a 100-page graphic novel full of tenderness, pain, and hope. Hélène, lonely and inexplicably ostracized by classmates, finds her only refuge in reading Jane Eyre. After an encounter with a fox near her tent while on a school nature trip, she meets a fellow outcast, Géraldine. Writer Fanny Britt makes Hélène’s voice personal and heartfelt. Illustrator Isabelle Arsenault brilliantly uses black and warm grey pencil work to depict Hélène’s life, which contrasts with Jane Eyre’s vermillion, rose, and robin’s egg blue. As the book ends, these colors will seep into Hélène life as she finds a friend at last. Ages 10-15. AG
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781554983605
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Published: Groundwood Books, 9/2013

Jonathan Stroud’s newest novel, The Screaming Staircase (Hyperion, $16.99), is equal parts frightening and funny, set in a modern—or future—London, where children are the only ones capable of sensing the evil spirits that besiege the city.  Heroine Lucy Carlyle joins Lockwood & Co., one of the many agencies using children to find and destroy the ghosts plaguing the city.  Stroud’s prose is deliciously scary in all the right places, while skillfully breaking the tension with the wit and humor that make up the children’s relationships with each other.  This is a must-read.  Ages 10-14. KLP
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781423164913
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Published: Disney-Hyperion, 9/2013

Do you know How to Catch a Bogle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99)? No? Well, ten-year-old Birdie does, and she is proud of her profession. Bogles can take the form of any manner of monster, and they are all attacking the children of Victorian London. Alfred Bunce, the Bogler, uses Birdie as bait; her sweet voice draws out the bogles whilst Bunce waits to pounce. Life is complicated, however, by several shady characters, including the infamous Sally Pickles, and by the curiosity of the learned and wealthy Miss Eames. Children and parents alike will enjoy Catherine Jinks’s Dickensian tale of Victorian monsters.  Ages 10-14. KLP
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780544087088
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books, 9/2013

Never turn the page too quickly. Never assume you know what happens next. These are the rules for reading Rules of Summer (Arthur A. Levine, $18.99). In this tale of two brothers’ summertime adventures and mistakes, Shaun Tan creates a world in which meteors are caught like fireflies, robots populate parades, and a giant rabbit menaces those who leave red socks on the clothesline. Tan’s sweeping surreal paintings pair with sparse text to create a world of commonplace marvels that invite the full participation of the reader. His work never confines a reader to a single, easily interpretable narrative. Its appeal is part wonder, part adventure, and part lurking menace. Wildly inventive and richly layered, this meditation on friendship, childhood, and imagination will engage a wide range of readers. The book’s an adventure in itself, the kind to which one returns again and again. All ages. Amy Dickinson

Rules of Summer (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780545639125
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books, 4/2014

Opening Green is a Chile Pepper (Chronicle, $16.99) is like stepping into a favorite candy shop. The colors, tastes, and effortless rhythm found on each page are a palpable delight to the senses. Roseanne Greenfield Thong’s cheerful rhyming verse colorfully describes both common staples of everyday life and treasured celebrations of Latino culture (a simple glossary at the back defines any unfamiliar Spanish words). John Parra’s enchantingly detailed folk-style art tempts the reader to spend extra time with each page. Who knew learning your colors could be such a delectable endeavor? Ages 2-5. Renée Bosco

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781452102030
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Published: Chronicle Books, 2/2014

Kazuno Kohara animates the sleeping hours in The Midnight Library (Roaring Brook, $16.99), a charming tale of the nocturnal life of a library and the librarian who shepherds its animal patrons. Characters will inspire giggles in young readers and ring true to daytime librarians: the loud squirrel musicians, the tortoise who has plodded only halfway through his tome by closing (sunrise). The linocut illustrations’ bold outlines and minimal color palette add a layer of nighttime fantasy and heighten the book’s magic. A sweet homage to librarians, the book also works as a bedtime read, closing with a sleepy story shared between the librarian and her patrons. Ages 3-5. Amy Dickinson

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596439856
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 6/2014

Can you spot The Odd One Out? (Big Picture Books, $14.99). Take time to enjoy this little gem with your youngsters. Britta Teckentrup’s bold, beautiful patterns present short, visual puzzles on each page, some more challenging than others. Look closely to see which ostrich pecks at the ground, which bird gets the worm, which panda has lost its shoot of bamboo, which seal is already eating his dinner, and many more. Ages 3-6. Kerri Poore

The Odd One Out (Hardcover)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780763671273
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Published: Big Picture Press, 3/2014

Watch Out for the Crocodile (Gecko, $17.95), yells Tora to her father. Tora’s dad, usually a very boring dad, has taken Tora on a camping trip. Tora is yearning for some adventure, so she vividly imagines many wild animals along the trail to their campsite, such as a boa constrictor (or perhaps it is an anaconda), a flock of giraffes, and resting hippopotamuses. Her dad’s imagination, however, is a little bit rusty, especially when he is using his GPS and answering calls on his cell phone. This lovely tale by Lisa Moroni, accompanied by her mother Eva Eriksson’s illustrations, reveal a pair of campers who really let their imaginations run wild. Ages 4-7. Kerri Poore

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781877579899
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Published: Gecko Press, 3/2014

An ominous rumble alarms five carpenter ants inside their wooden stump. It may be a sneaky gray aardvark, worries one of the ants, but when another ant drills a hole to see better, the cautious ant declares that It’s an Orange Aardvark! (Greenwillow, $17.99). Michael Hall provides an insider’s view of the stump with clever use of torn paper, acrylic-painted textures, and die-cuts that reveal a different color of the rainbow with each drilled hole. Delightfully personable ants and a cunning ending ensure that this cumulative tale is destined to become a favorite to share and read aloud. Ages 4-6. Mary Alice Garber

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780062252067
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 4/2014

Each of King Neptune’s fifty daughters has a special gift, except for “useless” Minnow, who has only questions. Where do the bubbles go? Why don’t crabs have fins? And, one exciting day, what is that thing floating down into the underwater kingdom? Minnow leaves her gifted but scornful mermaid sisters behind and explores beyond the edges of the kingdom, where she makes some perplexing discoveries. K.G. Campbell, illustrator of the 2014 Newbery Medal winner Flora & Ulysses, creates an enchanting but relatable tale of a mermaid full of character and grit in The Mermaid and the Shoe (Kids Can, $16.95). Ages 4-8. Emily Ellerbe

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781554537716
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Published: Kids Can Press, 4/2014

Herman Blount, though he lived in Birmingham, Alabama, hailed from Saturn; and, as soon as he could, he changed his name to Sun Ra—Herman was no name for a Saturnian. The infinitely curious Sun Ra could play piano and notate music by the age of 11. By high school, he was leading his own ensemble. By adulthood, he’d mastered blues, doo-wop, and jazz. Some called it “too far out,” but Sun Ra always followed his own sound, from conscientious objection to World War II to the foil crowns his band wore at shows. Chris Raschka’s swirling abstract paintings are a perfect match for The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra (Candlewick, $15.99), lending life and movement to this fascinating look at a poet, philosopher, and musician for whom life and art were inextricably intertwined. Ages 4-8. Amy Dickinson

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763658069
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Published: Candlewick, 5/2014

“Hi, Koo!” (Scholastic, $17.99) says each season to a special panda bear, who enjoys every one with his human friends. Autumn brings new clothes, the chance to dance, and warm cookies. Winter knocks at the door with an opportunity for a powdery stomp. New leaves, new grass, and new sky bring spring, allowing Koo to observe, quiet and still. Finally there’s summer: fireflies and kites. Jon J. Muth’s playful watercolors and accompanying haikus encourage us to remember—or embrace—our childhood, using familiar sensory images to capture the heart, soul, and innocence of each passing season. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545166683
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Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014

You don’t notice them because you believe they’re not there. You don’t think about them because they haven’t been created yet. But Dan Santat proves that they’re alive, thriving, and very much real in The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend (Little, Brown, $17). Born on an island where imaginary friends are created, Beekle waits patiently for his turn to be chosen, until he does the unimaginable: summoning the idea of a human friend to bring him courage, he journeys out into the real world. In a dark place, Beekle follows a familiar sight, and everything begins to feel a little less strange. Dan Santat’s wonderfully magical tale may make you wonder where your imaginary friend is. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316199988
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

Maria and Mouse Mouse are an unlikely pair with a big secret and more similarities than they know. A human and a rodent, they have to keep their friendship hidden. One night, as Maria and Mouse Mouse get ready for bed, Maria in her room and Mouse Mouse in her hole under the floor, neither can find her mother to tuck her in! Searching frantically among kitchens, living rooms, and outrageously detailed illustrations, the two must stop to ask “Where’s Mommy?” (Schwartz and Wade, $17.99). Beverly Donofrio’s heartfelt story and Barbara McClintock’s whimsical illustrations work together to create a clever tale that shows that children aren’t the only ones with secrets. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter

Where's Mommy? (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780375844232
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 9/2013

Alan Rabinowitz recalls for us his painful, voiceless childhood as a stutterer. “The teachers think I am broken. Am I?” His voice froze when he tried to speak to humans, but was released when he was with animals: the small pets he collected at home, and one special jaguar at the Bronx Zoo. Caged in a bare room, the jaguar seemed as trapped and voiceless as young Alan was, and so he swore that one day he would speak for animals. Cátia Chien’s delicate illustrations bring to life the story of A Boy and a Jaguar (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99), and a heartfelt promise made and, incredibly, kept. Ages 5-8. Emily Ellerbe

A Boy and a Jaguar (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547875071
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Published: Houghton Mifflin, 5/2014

Torben Kuhlmann’s Lindbergh (North South, $19.95) introduces readers to an inventive mouse living in turn-of-the-century Hamburg, where mysterious mechanical contraptions (mousetraps) have forced hundreds of friends into exile. Thwarted from boarding a transatlantic ship to America by a malevolent cat, the mouse decides to build a flying machine for transport to the fabled new land. Inspired by the creatures and inventions of the times, his machine grows increasingly complex and effective. Yet his nemeses grow in number as well. Kuhlmann’s sepia-toned illustrations create a sense of mystery and familiarity, and the intriguingly named sections build suspense, exploit by exploit. Will the brave mouse cross the Atlantic by air? And, if he succeeds, how might he influence history? Ages 5-10. Amy Dickinson

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9780735841673
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Published: NorthSouth (NY), 5/2014

In 1824, to curry favor with the King of France, the Pasha of Egypt decided to present him with an extraordinary gift… a baby giraffe named Zeraffa Giraffa (Frances Lincoln, $17.99). The execution of this act of generosity proved a bit difficult. The trip entailed travel downriver with Zeraffa’s attendant Atir, “until they came to the place where the sea sipped up the Nile.” After crossing the Mediterranean, they WALKED the 550 miles across France to Paris, where Zeraffa was settled in the Jardin des Plantes and became an instant celebrity with the Parisians. Author Dianne Hofmeyr’s elegant prose and Jane Ray’s exquisite illustrations bring this suprising historical journey to life. Ages 5-8. Renée Bosco

Zeraffa Giraffa (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781847803443
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 4/2014

A great-grandfather remembers when Mahatma Gandhi visited his village. Gandhi arrived with his satyagrahis, the followers he called his soul force, and invited the gathered crowd to join them if they desired A Taste of Freedom (Walker, $17.99). Gandhi explained that they would fight the British without hurting them. They would march to the sea to make salt, which was illegal, since they were required to buy it from the British.  Elizabeth Cody Kimmel offers a glimpse into Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence using the example of the Salt March.  Giuliano Ferri’s soft watercolor illustrations and decorative motifs enhance the story. Ages 6-9. Heidi Powell

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780802794673
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Published: Walker Childrens, 2/2014

Lionel convinces his best friend, Anisa, for a lark, to sneak through a construction site on their way home. But this jaunt to kill time on a long day of summer vacation turns serious when they hear crying and discover a baby abandoned in the site. Danette Vigilante gives the reader a compelling and believable narrator in Lionel, as he relates what happens in the aftermath of this discovery. Lionel is determined that this baby will know she is loved, so he sets about Saving Baby Doe (Putnam, $16.99) and learns a lot about himself and the remarkable characters around him along the way.  Ages 11-14. Eowyn Randall

Saving Baby Doe (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399251603
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 3/2014

Alfie’s dad, Georgie, was among the first men to enlist in the British military in 1914. He was sent to France to fight in the war declared on Alfie’s fifth birthday, the war that was supposed to be over by Christmas. But now Alfie is nine and the war still hasn’t ended. Alfie and his mom stopped getting Georgie’s letters a while ago. Alfie’s mom insists that Georgie is on a secret mission, but Alfie isn’t convinced. And his father can’t get the confusing instructions out of his head: Stay Where You Are & Then Leave (Holt, $16.99). Although John Boyne depicts the impact of WWI on the soldiers, their loved ones, and society, his story remains relevant today. Ages 11-14. Heidi Powell

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781627790314
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 3/2014

In the astonishing world created by debut novelist S.E. Grove, dynamic, non-traditional maps are sought by explorers and created by “cartologers” in their attempts to make sense of a world where the continents were forced into different time periods. In this unsettled time, 13-year-old Sophia embarks with refugee Theo on a treacherous journey to find her kidnapped uncle, a renowned cartologer. Told in flawless prose, this riveting adventure is woven with themes of time, the power of memories, and the role of history. Beautifully crafted maps of the New and Unknown World of The Glass Sentence: Mapmakers, Book One (Viking, $17.99) complement this exceptional read. Ages 11-14. Mary Alice Garber

The Glass Sentence (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780670785025
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 6/2014

Basketball and verse? An unexpected collaboration of subject and literary composition, but Kwame Alexander delivers with Crossover (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). Josh Bell—known as Filthy McNasty—is always “agitating / combinating / and elevating” his game. His twin brother Jordan is also a “baller” but is recently distracted by another equally engrossing game: girls. Alexander’s verse weaves, pump fakes, and slam dunks across the page, adding visual excitement to this “running gunning / shooting” story of sibling rivalry and, ultimately, brotherly love. Ages 11-14. Renée Bosco

The Crossover (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780544107717
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Published: Houghton Mifflin, 3/2014

Shortly after Veda wins a competition for her flawless performance of Bharatanatyam, she is involved in an accident that leaves her an amputee. Fitted for a prosthesis and encouraged to retrain her body, she begins a physical and spiritual journey that will lead to A Time to Dance (Nancy Paulsen, $17.99). Inspired by the lives of dancers who have overcome physical trauma, Padma Venkatraman vividly portrays contemporary India with its traditions, religious diversity, and emphasis on family. Her use of free verse adds rich texture to the novel as it evokes the musical rhythm of the ancient South Indian dance form. Ages 12-14. Mary Alice Garber

A Time to Dance (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399257100
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 5/2014

Please move I Kill the Mockingbird (Roaring Brook, $16.99) to the top of all required reading lists. In fewer than 200 pages and with laugh-out-loud humor and memorable lines, this is the story of three best friends who, before their freshman year, turn the world of required reading on its head. What happens when all the copies of To Kill a Mockingbird are nowhere to be found? The answer lies in Paul Acampora’s delightful novel that celebrates family, friends, and the love of books. It’s a classic in the making. Ages 12-14. Mary Alice Garber

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437425
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 5/2014

The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez (Harper, $16.99) aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. Benny is a normal seventh-grader, navigating middle school with the typical lack of finesse. Seen as the downer, negative type, Benny has to deal with classes, like poetry, in which he isn’t the least bit interested and with trying to figure out the opposite sex, in which he is very interested. Stuck in between a wild, hyperactive younger brother and an older sister who believes she is always right, Benny seeks comfort and refuge from his elderly grandfather. His loving parents are there to help and offer Benny some advice, especially when his grandfather’s health begins to decline. Peter Johnson’s novel is the perfect read for any middle-schooler trying to fit in and make sense of the early teenage years. Ages 12-15. Kasie Griffitts

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062215963
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers, 6/2014

Who dug the Panama Canal, sacrificing their homelands, families, and safety, and risking mudslides and malaria?  Who made the rules, assigning jobs based on skin color, ensuring unequal wages, hours, sanitation, clothing, and food?  Who witnessed the destruction of their rainforest home, howling, flapping, shrieking, and falling?  Although Margarita Engle’s powerful book is a tribute to the low-wage workers known as The Silver People (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99), the book contains all of these voices from the Panama Canal. Using free verse, Engle expertly weaves the distinct voices into a compelling historical narrative.  Ages 12-15. Heidi Powell

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780544109414
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, 3/2014

When a citywide blackout traps strangers Lucy and Owen in an elevator in their New York City high-rise, the effects span more than a single evening. From the rooftop of their apartment building to Scotland, San Francisco, Seattle, and London, Jennifer E. Smith’s novel The Geography of You and Me (Little, Brown, $18) tracks the separate journeys of two teenagers as they navigate family, grief, a succession of new homes, and their developing connection, maintained—sometimes, just barely—through a string of postcards and emails. Told from dual perspectives, populated with well-drawn peripheral characters, and set against wanderlust-inducing descriptions of various cities, the book embraces the awkward and incendiary moments of a new relationship, and will satisfy travelers and romantics alike. Ages 12-15. Amy Dickinson

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780316254779
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Published: Poppy, 4/2014

In his second book on the great apes, National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer transports us to Gabon, into the impoverished and desperate life of Luc, an orphan who escapes essential servitude through the cunning and wiles of the Prof, from Northern Africa, who dreams of becoming an African Jane Goodall. The two voyage into the nearly impenetrable Gabonese forests to study chimpanzee behavior. Thoroughly compelling and thought-provoking, Threatened (Scholastic, $17.99) gives us a glimpse of a relationship between a human and a species of ape that is humans’ closest living relative, sharing 99.8% of our DNA.  Ages 12-15. Kerri Poore

Threatened (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545551434
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Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014

Though she has always dreamed of being an astronaut, Maisie Danger Brown was born with only one working hand. Between her disability and her family’s income level, her dream seems destined to remain unfulfilled, until a chance entry in a cereal-box competition changes everything. Having won a spot at an intensive summer astronaut-boot-camp program, Maisie has no idea of the magnitude of the conspiracy she is about to uncover, or the ramifications it will have, both for her and for Earth. Shannon Hale’s Dangerous (Bloomsbury, $17.99) is a science-fiction thriller with heart, an action-adventure story that makes you think even as you root for the remarkably resourceful young heroine. Ages 12-16. Courtney Burtraw

Dangerous (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781599901688
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 3/2014

Daniel Pratzer is a freshman on the chess team, not really good at anything, struggling with grades and fitting in with his fellow classmates. Therefore, he is taken by surprise when the leaders on the team request that he and his father take part in a weekend-long chess tournament, promising a large cash reward and bragging rights. Chess doesn’t seem like the most adventurous of games, but when Daniel discovers that his father is a Grandmaster (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99) of the game with deep secrets, this weekend parent-child chess tournament turns into a life-or-death battle for the truth. David Klass plunges readers deep into a fast-paced tournament of wits and willpower. Ages 13-15. Kasie Griffitts

Grandmaster (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780374327712
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2/2014

Since Sam’s mother left him with his grandparents in Des Moines, only music consoles him. He retreats to his bed at 6 p.m., listens to Nirvana, and longs for his old life in Aberdeen, where he wrote songs with his buddies. In his new life, he cultivates invisibility: don’t talk, don’t make eye contact, don’t feel. Until he meets Luis, a tough-looking Latino kid with a fierce scar, who challenges Sam to connect with the world. Told from Sam’s point of view, and interspersed with poems that provide insight into Luis’s life and character, Patrick Flores-Scott’s first novel, Jumped In (Holt, $16.99), is a moving story of the fallibility of first judgments and the power of friendship and poetry to inspire. Ages 13-17. Amy Dickinson

Jumped In (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780805095142
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 8/2013

The prestigious and elite Selwyn Academy is a haven for artistic students, allowing each talented teen to pursue his or her artistic passion alongside more mundane high school requirements. That is, until this year. School authorities have allowed a trashy reality television competition show, For Art’s Sake, to be filmed on campus, and snarky purist Ethan and his friends are appalled. Inspired by the Ezra Pound unit in English class, The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy (Knopf, $16.99) produce and distribute a long-form poem protesting the show. Kate Hattemer’s novel cheekily examines the difference between art for pleasure and for profit, and humorously displays different ways artistic passion can both augment and detract from your more typical high school drama. Ages 14-17. Courtney Burtraw

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385753784
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

Life as a crewmember on a cruise ship is far from glamorous, but Shy hopes to earn enough money to make the summer job worth it. It’s grunt work, but between flirting with fellow staff and the totally out-of-bounds passengers, he is making out all right. That is, until the Big One hits: the earthquake that Californians have been dreading for years, bigger and more devastating than could be imagined. And that’s just on land. Stranded in the middle of the ocean on a sinking cruise ship battered by residual tidal waves, Shy and a small group of fellow passengers—The Living (Delacorte, $17.99)—face impossible challenges as they battle nature itself in a fight for their lives in Matt de la Peña’s latest riveting adventure. Ages 14-17. Courtney Burtraw

The Living (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780385741200
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Published: Delacorte Press, 11/2013

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. In Shadow Hero (First Second, $17.99), Gene Leun Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Sonny Liew’s Sticks and Stones are tongs that literally break Hank’s bones, while he attempts to defend his dad from their extortion schemes in a 1940s Chinatown. At his mother’s insistence, he becomes a superhero who tries to bring American justice to old-world Chinese thugs, all the while attempting to keep his dignity as cops sling racist words at him. This is a classic golden-era superhero tale, with the spirit guardians of China lurking in the shadows. Ages 12-18. Emily Ellerbe

The Shadow Hero (Paperback)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second, 7/2014

Nick Bertozzi details an epic expedition in his latest graphic novel, Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey (First Second, $16.99). Through rich artwork laced with fun and informative graphics, Bertozzi delves into the bleak, fast-paced adventures of Ernest Shackleton, one of the most notable explorers to traverse the South Pole, as he and his team members fight for survival and journey from coast to coast. Hunger, disease, and brutal weather conditions are all part of this harrowing tale, as Shackleton struggles to succeed in his lifelong goal and bring all his men back home alive. Ages 12-18. Kasie Griffitts (Available in June)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596434516
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Published: First Second, 6/2014

Illustrator Jillian Tamaki and author Mariko Tamaki have crafted a gorgeous graphic novel of adolescent summer friendship. Rose and Windy try to enjoy This One Summer (First Second, $21.99 hardback, $17.99 paperback) at Awago Beach despite the harsh realities of family life and their entry into adolescence. Thoughtful and introspective, Rose diverts her attention from her mother’s not entirely explained withdrawal from the family by observing the island’s older teens and their activities. Open, loud, and whimsical, Windy gossips with Rose about possibilities, and they try to enjoy a light-hearted summer vacation. Jillian’s artwork places you firmly into summer at the lake; dramatic and beautiful depictions of the water contrast with dynamic panels of Windy’s dancing exploits, full of movement and life. Ages 15-18. Kerri Poore

This One Summer (Paperback)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second, 5/2014

There are two sides to every story, and award-winning author Gene Luen Yang has gracefully captured that truth in his graphic novel accounts of the Boxers (First Second, $18.99) and the Saints (First Second, $15.99), also available as a boxed set (First Second, $34.99) that is a finalist for the National Book Award. Led by Little Bao, the Boxers are fed up with foreign missionaries and the violence that has rocked the Chinese countryside. To battle Western forces, Little Bao calls on ancient Chinese gods and recruits and trains Chinese men in Kung Fu. In Saints, young, rejected Four-girl, the fourth daughter in her family (four being a number which is synonymous with death), is desperate to find a place to belong. Eventually she does with the Saints, who even christen her with a proper name. These riveting stories of the Boxer Rebellion show that history is never as straightforward as textbooks make it seem. Ages 15 and up. KLP
$34.99
ISBN-13: 9781596439245
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Published: First Second, 9/2013

Theodora Duck lives a quiet life, doing everything a duck Should Do, plus just a little bit more (like swimming with a teacup on her head for good posture). When new neighbor Chad moves in, she pities him for being an Odd Duck (First Second, $15.99) who dyes his feathers, but soon learns that he thinks the same thing about her. Cecil Castellucci (Rose Sees Red) and Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) have teamed up to create a charming tale of two odd ducks who have a lot to learn from each other. Ages 6-10. EAE

Odd Duck (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781596435575
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Published: First Second, 5/2013

When war disrupts the happy life of Azzi and her family, she finds herself an immigrant in a new country, surrounded by a foreign language and culture and without her beloved grandmother. Sarah Garland’s thoughtful and strikingly illustrated graphic novel Azzi in Between (Frances Lincoln, $17.99) presents the excitement and pain of adapting to a new way of life. As Azzi and her family build a new home and community for themselves, she must find a way to both embrace this new beginning and hold on to her memories of home. Ages 7-11. CEB

Azzi in Between (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781847802613
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 4/2013

Timmy Failure (Candlewick, $14.99) is a detective whose only obstacles to success are his mother, his school, his “idiot best friend,” and his polar bear. The polar bear, Total, is Timmy’s inept partner in their detective agency, Total Failure, Inc. Timmy tries to manage his caseload despite his interfering teacher and competition from a girl he’d rather not talk about. Stephan Pastis’s illustrated novel, his first for young readers, conveys Timmy’s total obliviousness with humor and warmth as it introduces readers to this intrepid detective. Ages 8-12. HWP

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780763660505
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Published: Candlewick, 2/2013

When Ely’s pet dog Tommy dies, he is devastated, but luckily he soon finds a new animal friend in Doug TenNapel’s comic Tommysaurus Rex (Graphix, $10.99 pb/$19.99 hb). In an abandoned cave behind his grandfather’s house, Ely stumbles upon a full-grown, living Tyrannosaurus rex. The two soon become fast friends, but the town proves less immediately accepting of this new “pet”. In TenNapel’s bold signature style, this graphic novel interweaves the surreal with the realistic and humorous, creating a tone that is relatable and entertaining. This is a unique and intriguing story that is both clever and readable. Ages 9-12. CEB

Tommysaurus Rex (Paperback)

$10.99
ISBN-13: 9780545483834
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Published: GRAPHIX, 6/2013

Opening with a euphoric childhood dream of flying, Little White Duck (Graphic Universe, $9.95) turns immediately afterwards to a scene of grief at the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 as remembered by the three-year-old protagonist. This sets the tone for the majority of the story, in which the mythologies and fantasies of childhood are drawn alongside and often inform gritty reality. A memoir in graphic novel form, Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez present a seemingly simplistic vision of childhood in six self-contained yet interrelated sketches drawn liberally from Liu’s life. The evocative artwork and brief, vivid memories are layered without any strict linear causal narrative. Though appropriate in content for younger readers, Little White Duck’s understated charm and deceptive simplicity are best appreciated by those familiar with the historical context. Ages 12 and up. CEB
$9.95
ISBN-13: 9780761381150
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Published: Graphic Universe, 10/2012

For seventh grader Callie Marin, middle school is all about Drama (Graphix, $10.99): she’s the set designer for her school’s theater productions. This year, Callie is determined to create a spectacle worthy of Broadway. But competition among students inside and outside the drama department means that tensions are running high. Things get even more complicated when cute identical twin brothers appear on the scene. Raina Telgemeier (Smile) introduces a diverse group of characters that portrays the ups and downs of middle-school life. The author explores friendships, crushes, and sexual identity with honesty and humor. Ages 11-14. HWP

Drama (Hardcover)

$23.99
ISBN-13: 9780545326988
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Published: GRAPHIX, 9/2012

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales “tell the thrilling, shocking, gruesome, and TRUE stories of American history” in a riotous new series. One Dead Spy (Amulet, $12.95) introduces Nathan Hale (yes, his name is the same as the author’s), whose famous words “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country” earn him a place in U.S. history books. After he utters this very phrase from the gallows, in fact, a giant history book swallows him up. Hale, the hangman, and a British soldier are transported through time and experience the past, present, and future. Readers follow Hale from his youth and learn about both how he became a spy and the important events leading up to the American War of Independence. In Nathan and company’s second adventure, Big Bad Ironclad! (Amulet, $12.95), it’s the Civil War and the North and South are competing to make the best iron-covered warship. Both novels are full of adventure and laced with humor. Readers will find out what happens next in two upcoming volumes, due out in the summer of 2013. Ages 10-13. HWP
$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781419703966
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 8/2012

Everyone’s favorite trollfighting, sword-wielding eleven-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl is back! In Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite (Amulet, $16.95), the second installment in the series, Mirka is once again dodging chores (especially knitting—she hates knitting), trying (and failing) to beat her wily stepmother at chess, and, of course, seeking mischief and mayhem whenever possible. Barry Deutsch’s drawings are a delight. His characters seem to burst off the page, and he portrays Mirka’s insular community with humor, just enough cheekiness, and plenty of warmth. Ages 8-12. EMS
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419703980
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 11/2012

Siblings Leah and Alan get the surprise of their lives one morning when they wake to find themselves in the middle of a forest. As they try to make their way home, they encounter a lady who keeps bees as pets, three lions dressed as dandies, and an anglerfish waiting for a subway train. Ultimately, however, they discover the truth of The Secret of the Stone Frog (Toon, $14.95) who pops up at intervals along their journey: stay on the path if you want to return home. David Nytra’s lushly detailed background illustrations contrast delightfully with the simply drawn figures of Leah, Alan, and the frog in this gentle story. Ages 8-11. JLM
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781935179184
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Published: Toon Books, 9/2012

Frank Viva’s imaginative and visually striking A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse (Toon, $12.95) provides a refreshing alternative to more traditional early readers. Though the text is designed to be approachable for beginning readers through the use of simple vocabulary and repetitive sentence structures, the content is far from predictable. As Mouse and his friend travel by boat across the sea (a journey inspired by the author’s own Antarctic voyage) they make friends with various sea creatures, nearly all of whom are initially misidentified in a series of increasingly silly and absurd guesses by the impatient and curious Mouse. The bold, colorful graphics and graphic novel-style presentation highlight both the plot and the text itself. Managing to maintain sufficiently elementary language without sacrificing reader interest, this is the perfect treat for beginning readers. Ages 5-7. CEB
$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781935179191
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Published: Toon Books, 9/2012

Lost & Found (Arthur A. Levine, $21.99) is an art gallery within a book. Shaun Tan’s intricate visual meditation on subjects as varied as depression and colonialism consists of three stunning stories, including “The Lost Thing,” which was the basis for Tan’s Academy Awardwinning short film. Each of these poignant stories is filled with warmth and humanity. Part picture book, part Dada graphic novel, Tan’s ominous and fantastical paintings will engross readers. Ages 10 and up. ES
$21.99
ISBN-13: 9780545229241
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books, 4/2011

“Let’s play!” No better summertime invitation exists. And that’s exactly how editors Debjani Chatterjee and Brian D’Arcy invite readers into their latest compilation of poetry, Let’s Play! Poems about Sports and Games from around the World (Frances Lincoln, $19.99). This joyful collection travels the globe, the game spectrum, and time. It highlights play as diverse as tobogganing, kung fu, and Snakes and Ladders, poetic forms from shape poems to simple rhymes, and even reaches into the 19th century for a spirited remembrance of a cricket match. Shirin Adl’s accompanying illustrations are equally exuberant, employing collage and drawing to create bright representations of the joy of play, in whatever form, in whatever place. Ages 5-10. Amy Dickinson

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781847803702
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 6/2014

From Emily Dickinson to William Carlos Williams, Paul B. Janeczko has gathered work by some of the finest poets to mark the changing of the seasons in this collection of “very short poems,” Firefly July (Candlewick, $16.99). Melissa Sweet’s evocative and whimsical illustrations match the poems beautifully, capturing the famous fog that “comes on little cat feet” and the glowing fireflies of the collection’s title poem. This is a book to be savored in little bits, or swallowed whole. However you approach it, it makes a wonderful and accessible exploration of the breadth of poetry’s capabilities for the earliest readers, and a reminder of the power of word and image for us all.  Ages 6-10. Eowyn Randall

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763648428
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Published: Candlewick, 3/2014

“It’s a magic wand. It’s yours to fling, to strum a fence, to draw the sun. A STICK IS AN EXCELLENT THING” (Clarion, $16.99). In this summery collection, Marilyn Singer celebrates all the wonders of playing outside. With upbeat rhymes, she explores the simple joy of rolling down a hill or blowing bubbles. LeUyen Pham’s cheerful illustrations complement the poems’ carefree spirit. This is a perfect book to read before a day out enjoying nature. Ages 4-7. AJK
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547124933
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Published: Clarion Books, 2/2012

Architectural photographer Isabel Hill depicts a menagerie of Urban Animals of Washington DC (Star Bright, $17.99) and composes verses to accompany them. Denizens of the city will delight in finding both new and familiar creatures in the buildings around them, and will be inspired to to take an even closer look to find hidden details. With its bold photographs and text, this book is sure to please both visitors to and residents of the nation’s capital.  Ages 3-6. ENR
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781595726582
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Published: Star Bright Books, 9/2013

“Our voices are rising,” intones the DreamYard Prep Slam Team, members of which joined with Caroline Kennedy to select Poems to Learn By Heart (Hyperion, $19.99). An anthology both grand and accessible, its poems range from the clipped power of Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” to the lush reverie of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan,” from the silly wordplay of Jack Prelutsky to the furious rhythm of Yusef Komunyakaa. Careful attention to juxtaposition results in delightful groupings, and meticulous sectioning ensures treatment of life’s most important themes: family, the self, nature – and, of course, fairies, ogres, and witches. Jon Muth’s versatile paintings shift from surreal to lightly humorous to grave, emphasizing the poems’ tones in turn. The title doesn’t lie: this swath of the poetic landscape deserves to be memorized. All ages. ACD
$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780316129473
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2012

From a fly sipping a spilled drop of milk to the regal “gilded eyes” of a toad, author Valerie Worth and illustrator Steve Jenkins capture the tiny and grand magic of insects and animals, domestic and wild, in Pug and Other Animal Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99). Worth’s simple yet rich language, close observations, and occasional soft rhyme create a tone of awed curiosity that pairs beautifully with Jenkins’s strikingly detailed cut-paper illustrations. When the poet wonders if the Bengal Tiger might break from his cage and “run his lightning/into the world,” the accompanying illustration appears poised to leap from the page. Visually and lyrically compelling, this book will thrill both young language lovers and animal enthusiasts. Ages 4-9. ACD
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780374350246
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 3/2013

Each page of My Mother Goose (Roaring Brook, $19.99) is a moment to be enjoyed with the tyke on your lap. The unmistakable rhythm and absurdity of Mother Goose is a crucial part of early childhood, from Wee Willie Winkie and Jack Sprat to some less well-known rhymes like “Jerry Hall, / He is so small, / A rat could eat him, / Hat and all.” David McPhail has created an edition worthy of being read again and again, with colorful, appealing illustrations, and interspersed with early concept pages like “my 123s,” “getting dressed,” and “going places.” Ages infant-7. EAE
$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781596435261
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 10/2013

There are few lovelier ways for a mom to put her child to bed than with a lullaby. Sean Qualls has taken Langston Hughes’s classic poem Lullaby (For a Black Mother) (Harcourt, $16.99) and brought it to life with sweet pastel illustrations. As bedtime draws closer, the pictures go from scenes of mother and baby playing in the sunlight, to the baby sliding across the night sky on music note bar lines, to both of them curled up asleep in a rocking chair. Hughes’s poem itself is both accessible and lyrical, and this edition is sure to be treasured as a nighttime family read-out-loud. Ages newborn-4. AJK

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547362656
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books, 1/2013

Everyone who has a cat at home knows that felines have no trouble expressing themselves; the only think they can’t do is speak. Mother-daughter team Patricia Maclachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest lend them a voice in the delightful collection Cat Talk (Katherine Tegen, $17.99). Each poem is written from a different cat’s point of view: Tough Tom relates the love he found after a life on the street, while Tuck describes his penchant for waking up his humans by licking their toes. Barry Moser’s watercolors portray the dignity, beauty, and utter goofiness that make cats such treasured companions. Ages 5-10. JLM

Cat Talk (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780060279783
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 3/2013

Opening with a concise yet powerful introduction by Arnold Rampersad on the history of African American Poetry (Sterling; $14.95) and edited by Rampersad and Marcellus Blount, this volume in the Poetry for Young People series is a necessary and powerful addition to every child’s library. Each new poet introduced in the volume is accompanied by significant biographical information and, when appropriate, the poems include a small glossary to help young readers interpret the language.  The collection includes a sampling of works by African American artists from the 1700s to present day, including but certainly not limited to Phillis Wheatley, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni and Elizabeth Alexander. Karen Barbour’s dramatic and colorful illustrations fully complement the compilation. Ages 10-13. – Kerri Poore

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781402716898
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Published: Sterling, 1/2013

Eloise Greenfield’s classic collection of poems is celebrating 25 years in print: a quarter-decade of bouncing rhymes and rhythms that roll off the tongue so well they beg to be read out loud. At the core of this slim but powerful collection are tales of the everyday joys and struggles of growing up. Full of heart, the book ends with the powerful proclamation: “And Honey, I Love (HarperTrophy, $6.99) ME too”. Diane and Leo Dillon co-illustrate the poems, bringing them to life with detailed charcoal drawings of African-American girls that are overlaid with simple sketches. Thoughtful and true, this coming-of-age collection is an important addition to any young person’s bookshelf. Ages 8 and up.  - AJK

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780064430975
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Published: HarperCollins, 5/1986

What a delight to find a poetry collection that works on so many levels. It’s a tour through world poetry and an introduction to contemporary and classic poets, as well as a great primer for vocabulary and emotions. Yes, A is Amazing (Frances Lincoln, $18.99), but have you considered H for Huffy, N for Nostalgic, Z for Zestful, or P for Puddle-Wonderful? For each emotion (and letter of the alphabet), editor Wendy Cooling has chosen a poem to represent it. Her selections mix the iconic and the unexpected. Debjani Chatterjee’s “My Sari” is under G for Good; John Keats, with “A Song About Myself,” makes an appearance under N for Naughty. Piet Grobler’s bright paint-and-ink drawings underscore Cooling’s message that poetry is whimsical, lively, and fun.  Ages 7-10. EMS

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9781847802552
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Published: Frances Lincoln Ltd, 3/2013

Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich take on the Western canon of fairy tales in their sly, wry, joint collection Grumbles from the Forest (Boyds Mills, $16.95). For each beloved piece of lore, they offer poems in the voices of different characters. Major and minor players are equally represented, giving the reader a range of fresh and surprising perspectives. We hear from the princess and the pea. There’s Jack with his beanstalk, but also the Giant’s Wife. And these are not your familiar Disney characters: the dark, eerily gorgeous paintings of illustrator Matt Mahurin recall the grim origins of many of these Grimm tales. Ages 7-12. EMS

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590788677
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Published: Wordsong, 3/2013

For daydreamer Gabriella, words are both a way to make sense of things, including her parents’ split and her new school, and a way to escape, briefly, into memory and fancy. Luckily, Gabriella finds a teacher who knows how to harness a daydream’s power. The concise language of Nikki Grimes’s simple and affecting novel in verse, Words with Wings (Wordsong, $15.95), lets the book’s tiny moments tell a bigger story about the power of words and the people who foster a love for them. Young writers and readers will identify with the narrator; teachers will find the book an unintimidating introduction to poetry with ample possibilities for creative-writing extensions, perfect for the verse averse. Ages 8-12. ACD

Words with Wings (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781590789858
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Published: Wordsong, 9/2013

J. Patrick Lewis, the U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate, seeks to teach the value of thinking like a poet and encourages children’s imaginations to run wild in his editing of the National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar! (National Geographic, $24.95). The animals are categorized as big, little, winged, strange, quiet, or noisy and brought to vivid life with the high-quality photography we expect from National Geographic. From the lighthearted description of a butterfly by Benjamin Franklin to the mysterious Inuit poem about the long-ago time when people and animals spoke the same language, this is a collection to share or quietly contemplate alone. Lewis’s own concluding poem, “Make the Earth Your Companion,” and the abundance of indexes and resources about writing poems further enhance this anthology that is perfect for both home and school. All ages. MAG
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781426310096
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Published: National Geographic Children's Books, 9/2012

Benny Goodman grew up in the early 1900s on Chicago’s West Side, playing his clarinet in the synagogue marching band. Teddy Wilson grew up around the same time in Tuskegee, Alabama, playing multiple instruments, but especially piano. Influenced by jazz and blues, Goodman and Wilson each performed at segregated venues until they met and, in 1936, made history by performing together. With free verse and vivid illustrations, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome bring to life the historic period when swing was born, in Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History (Holiday House, $16.95). Ages 6-11. Heidi Powell

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780823423620
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Published: Holiday House, 1/2014

Fifty years after The Beatles (Frances Lincoln, $18.99) took the United States by storm, sparking countrywide Beatlemania with their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, it is remarkable to look back at the origin stories of the four Liverpool lads who would become the Fab Four. Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s irreverent yet thorough approach to the story allows the personalities of the musicians to shine through, particularly their uniquely British sense of humor. Chronologically arranged with a mix of cartoon illustrations and blocks of explanatory text, The Beatles is perfect for old and new fans alike. Ages 8-12. Courtney Burtraw

The Beatles (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781847804518
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 3/2014

Long before he was a famous abstract artist, Vasya Kandinsky spent hours learning to be a “proper Russian boy,” studying etiquette and being seen but not heard. When he was given a paint box to encourage an appreciation of art, no one expected the explosion of creativity it inspired. To his parents’ dismay, Vasya painted symphonies rather than landscapes and portraits. Bold sweeping colors and shocking shapes cascaded in a cacophony of expression from The Noisy Paint Box (Knopf, $17.99), because Vasya thought that “art should make you feel… like music.” Mary Grandpré's exuberant acrylic painting and paper collage alludes to Kandinsky's style, but never feels derivative, in Barb Rosenstock’s joyous celebration of originality. Ages 5-8. Courtney Burtraw

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780307978486
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2/2014

In late 19th- and early 20th-century Biloxi, Mississippi, George E. Ohr was ahead of his time. Ohr, who dubbed himself The Mad Potter (Roaring Brook, $17.99), experimented with glazes and shapes, creating “art ware” that future generations would admire and even covet. He was a showman who created a persona to lure tourists and locals to flashy demonstrations at his potter’s wheel. But few of Ohr’s contemporaries recognized his genius, preferring to purchase his clay trinkets. Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (Ballet for Martha) introduce readers to this underappreciated artist and his art with engaging text and captivating photographs. Today you can see Ohr’s work at the Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.  Ages 9-12. Heidi Powell

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596438101
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 10/2013

Unless they’ve time to slip into a dreamy reverie, readers had best steer clear of Goodnight Songs (Sterling, $17.95), a collection of previously unpublished poems by famed children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. The book casts a spell. Each poem has been reimagined in song by Tom Proutt and Emily Gary, whose mellifluous soundscape, included on CD, works as an extended lullaby while intricately pairing instrumentation to lyric: the yawning trombone of “Sleep like a Rabbit,” Celtic rhythms in the sea tale of “Song for Estyn.” Twelve preeminent illustrators gathered to produce the art. Though diverse in media and style—from Carin Berger’s tiny 3-D stage to Eric Puybaret’s acrylic on linen—the pictures create a mood of mystery and whimsy, filled with details sure to enchant adults and children. If any book can capture the hushed comfort of that moment between awake and asleep, this one has done it. Ages 3-6. Amy Dickinson

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781454904465
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Published: Sterling, 3/2014

Imagine for a moment your favorite instrument or style of music. How does it sound? What emotions does it evoke? Take another moment to remember that there is Music Everywhere! (Charlesbridge, $7.95), and join Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon on a tour of culture, sound, and pure joy. Though the instruments of Indonesia and Venezuela may be different and the beats of Ghana and France unique, all children clap, sing, pluck, rattle, and scrape, and ultimately find refuge in the comfort that their music brings. “Music has many moods.” It brings people together from the United Kingdom to Timor-Leste; it is a language that we can all understand. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter

Music Everywhere! (Hardcover)

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781570919367
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Published: Charlesbridge, 2/2014

Bottle caps, old ice-fishing decoys, broken toys… items destined for the wastebasket? Hardly! Author and illustrator Lois Ehlert considers such items tools of her trade and inspiration for her colorful and quirky illustrations. In The Scraps Book (Beach Lane, $17.99), Ehlert uses her signature collage technique to tell her own story, and includes photographs of her family, childhood home, and workspace. Ehlert’s whimsy and sense of humor are evident as she describes her blending of miscellany from nature, discarded household items, and just plain color, from wherever the source. References to her inspiration for particular books and a spread of all her book covers will delight current fans and send others to the bookstore! Ages 5-9. Renée Bosco

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442435711
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 3/2014

For an interactive introduction to Pablo Picasso (Princeton Architectural, $24.95) and Alexander Calder (Princeton Architectural Press, $24.95), try the Meet the Artist series. Both books include innovative lift-the-flaps, pull-tabs, and pop-ups, which bring the artists and their work to life. Try your hand at a Calder-style wire portrait. Or make a cubist collage like Picasso. Spanish author and illustrator Patricia Geis has created text, illustrations, and interactive elements that inspire children to learn, dream, and reflect on the history and work of these great artists.  Ages 8-12. Kerri Poore

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616892517
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press, 2/2014

As writer, Marcus produced Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing (Frances Foster, $24.99), the story of the British illustrator for whom the Caldecott Medal is named. This biographical account chronicles Caldecott’s journey from humble bank clerk to famous children’s book illustrator in a detailed and compelling style, with ample space devoted to an examination of the newly industrialized, Victorian society in which he lived. A multitude of full-color reproductions of Caldecott’s work combines with the text to make Marcus’s tome a worthy introduction to the “father of the modern picture book”. 11 and up. JLM
$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780374310257
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 8/2013

Children’s literature historian Leonard S. Marcus had a busy year. Aside from making two appearances at Politics & Prose, he released Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work (Abrams, $45), published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Society of Illustrators in New York. This collection, edited by Marcus, features never-before-seen work by the late Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen) as well as tributes from prominent children’s authors and illustrators. The richly illustrated pages capture both Sendak’s genius and the lasting influence he had on his colleagues. Ages 15 and up. JLM
$45.00
ISBN-13: 9781419708268
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 6/2013

Going into a museum full of famous paintings may seem intimidating to young visitors. Luckily, the National Gallery of Art has just published a book that shows the younger demographic that they, too, have An Eye for Art (Chicago Review, $19.95). This large, full-color volume is thoughtfully laid out into chapters on topics such as portraits, nature studies, and challenging tradition. Within each section, works from the National Gallery’s collection by prominent artists including Raphael, Georgia O’Keefe, Jacob Lawrence, and Dan Flavin are introduced with short artist biographies, questions about the work, and suggestions for activities relating to it. This book will spark creative young people’s desire to visit the National Gallery and see these masterpieces in person. Ages 11 to 15. JLM

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781613748978
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Published: Chicago Review Press, 9/2013

When the Beat was Born (Roaring Brook, $17.99), DJ Kool Herc was there. Award-winning author Laban Carrick Hill sketches the life of the music innovator and inventor of hip hop, Clive Campbell, who came to be known as DJ Kool Herc. Clive’s musical talent and his access to his father’s giant six-foot speakers led to new ways of spinning music to please the dancers and the crowd at his neighborhood block parties. His Jamaican roots influenced his style, which included shout-outs and rhyming. Local artist and photographer Theodore Taylor III deftly demonstrates the vibe of the period and the fluidity of the dancers with bold colors and shapes in this engaging new picture-book biography. Ages 7-10. KLP
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596435407
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 8/2013

Henri Matisse was an artist even as a child.  As a young man, he gave up a career in law to move to Paris and pursue his passion.  Throughout his career he pushed boundaries in his art.  As an elderly man, when illness kept him bound to his bed or wheelchair, Matisse’s spirit and innovation allowed him to continue to create art with Henri’s Scissors (Beach Lane, $16.99).  Jeanette Winter captures Matisse’s bold style and color choices in her own illustrations to depict this extraordinary life. Ages 5-9. KLP

Henri's Scissors (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781442464841
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 8/2013

It’s not unusual to move from the city to the country, but this little girl’s family is moving to an empty weedy field. Soon they settle into a trailer, their “house on wheels,” where they live for a year and a half while they construct their new house. New experiences like having a frame-raising party with all their relatives make the long process into an exciting adventure. With charming illustrations and engaging text, Jonathan Bean recreates his own childhood experience Building Our House (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99). Ages 5-8. HWP

Building Our House (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780374380236
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 1/2013

Every aspiring artist knows that you have to learn from the masters in order to perfect your craft. Ron Van Der Meer and Frank Whitford offer young people an entirely new way to do so with The Interactive Art Book (Insight Kids, $27.99). This volume, which includes pop-up versions of Vermeer’s camera obscura and Velasquez’s masterpiece Las Meninas as well as lift-the-flap elements and more, presents a wealth of information about art and how to make it in a way that is sure to engage and delight. Ages 10-15. JLM

$27.99
ISBN-13: 9781608871834
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Published: Insight Editions, 3/2013

Think birds make sound only with tweets and chirps? Think again. Some birds trill by rubbing their feathers. Melissa Stewart’s Feathers: Not Just for Flying (Charlesbridge, $17.95) compiles an array of facts intriguing enough to make ornithologists of the most science-averse readers. Sarah Brannen’s detailed watercolors softly tease out every ridge, hue, and wisp of the dozens of featured feathers. Together, the illustrations and text create analogies between the versatile work of feathers and various human inventions, from kayaks to parasols. The book is nearly as versatile as the feathers it describes: it’s well suited to early elementary classroom exploration, a summer hike, or an afternoon spent daydreaming near the window, watching the action in the trees. Ages 4-7. Amy Dickinson

$7.95
ISBN-13: 9781580894319
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Published: Charlesbridge, 2/2014

They may be pesky and unwelcome in the garden, but as any child who has picked dandelions knows, Weeds Find a Way (Beach Lane, 16.99). With vibrant and brightly colorful depictions, Carolyn Fisher’s illustrations capture the way these often dreaded plants can be colorful and beautiful, peeking up through cracks in our industrial landscape, while the poetic prose of Cindy Jenson-Elliot highlights their hardiness and adaptability. Unlikely heroes they might be, but in this non-fiction picture book it is hard not to root for the weeds, relentlessly and optimistically poking their heads up despite the odds. Ages 4-8. Courtney Burtraw

Weeds Find a Way (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442412606
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 2/2014

Broccoli, lightning, and mountain ranges cannot be described as cylinders, spheres, or cones, so what shape are they? Sarah C. Campbell uses stunning photography and clear language to describe and explain the Mysterious Patterns (Boyds Mill, $16.95) that make up these and many other natural phenomena: fractals. First described by Benoit Mandelbrot, shapes comprised of repeating parts of different sizes make up much of the world around us, from the Colorado River to Queen Anne’s lace. An afterword by mathematician Michael Frame, who worked with Mandelbrot, describes how humans have harnessed nature’s mysterious shape for technologies from the internet to the invisibility cloak. Ages 6-10. Emily Ellerbe

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781620916278
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Published: Boyds Mills Press, 4/2014

Fossils, bunkers, gems, and farms. These are just a few of the things that lie steps, or miles, below our known world. In Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath your Feet (Kids Can, $18.95), author Jane Price invites readers to explore the tunnels of cave cities, the tombs of pharaohs, French catacombs, terra-cotta soldiers, and other underground worlds that you may not have encountered before. From hibernating bears and complex subway systems to buried treasure and underground science labs, immerse yourself in James Gulliver Hancock’s intricately detailed illustrations and descend into the unknown. Ages 9-12. Allison Trotter

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781894786898
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Published: Kids Can Press, 4/2014

Macaroni, books, spoons, dogs: for Young Frank, Architect (Abrams, $16.95), every material is a building material—until his grandfather, Old Frank, informs him that “real architects” don’t make wiggly buildings or dream up entire cities. Yet when his grandfather suggests a visit to the museum, both Franks discover that architecture does include wiggly buildings, and much more than either of them imagined. Frank Viva’s text perfectly captures Old Frank’s even tone, and his illustrations humorously play on their straight-laced family resemblance, right down to the matching bowties in which they sleep. An endnote with short biographies of innovative architects (not all named Frank) will pique young readers’ imaginations and likely prompt a flurry of cardboard construction. Ages 4-9. ACD
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780870708930
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Published: ABRAMS, 9/2013

What “looks like a cross between a hippo, an elephant, and something prehistoric”? A tapir, of course! This endearingly goofy-looking creature is so stealthy that many people do not even know of its existence, which is being threatened by habitat loss. Luckily, Patricia Medici, The Tapir Scientist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99), is learning more about this mysterious animal than anyone has before. Author-photographer duo Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop traveled to Brazil to see Pati and her team at work. The resulting book, the newest installment of the Scientists in the Field series, is a fascinating look not only at tapirs but also at the Pantanal wetland where they live. Ages 10-14. JLM
$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780547815480
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 7/2013

Lita Judge poses the question, How Big Were Dinosaurs? (Roaring Brook, $17.99) in her delightful new book. Comparing dinosaurs with animals alive today, Judge uses bright illustrations to show readers exactly how large different species of dinosaurs were. This nonfiction volume is filled with truly fun facts about these vanished creatures that will keep young paleontologists poring over it again and again. Ages 5-9. KLG
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437197
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 8/2013

Sometimes being upside down is more than just fun. To evade predators, the hog-nosed snake flips over and plays dead; a bit of theatrical blood even trickles from its mouth. Sticky liquid seeps from the tiny hairs on a housefly, which allow it to walk up walls and across ceilings. In Animals Upside Down (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99), Steve Jenkins and Robin Page compile a fascinating compendium of animal facts. Rife with flaps to lift, pop-ups to unfold, and tabs to pull, the interactive illustrations of 26 animals will engage early readers, introduce them to a rich array of survival mechanisms, and perhaps propel them to explore life from a different angle. Ages 4-7. ACD
$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780547341279
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 8/2013

In one Lifetime (Chronicle, $17.99), how many fleeces will an alpaca grow? How many beads will a rattlesnake add to its rattle? How many eggs will an alligator lay? Lola M. Schaefer was curious about these and other numerical aspects of animal lives but couldn’t find the answers in books or on the Internet, so she talked to animal experts and used some math to figure them out. The results, presented in a gentle format and accompanied by Christopher Silas Neal’s gorgeous illustrations, make a unique read-aloud for younger readers, while the in-depth back matter will fascinate older animal- and math-lovers. (The answers, by the way, are 20, 40, and 550.) Ages 4-9. EAE
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781452107141
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Published: Chronicle Books, 11/2013

Rosie Revere, Engineer (Abrams, $16.95), is dreadfully shy. All she dreams about is being a great engineer and building contraptions to make her family’s life easier. When she is laughed at for one of her inventions, however, Rosie puts away all her devices and begins to build in secret, afraid of being ridiculed. Rosie’s dreams are too persistent to be put away, however, so with the help of her great-great-aunt Rose she faces her fears and follows her dreams. Andrea Beaty’s cadence coupled with David Roberts’s illustrations is a perfect combination, allowing readers to follow Rosie’s dreams and, if they read closely, to learn about real women pioneers. Ages 5-9. KLG
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419708459
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9/2013

First there were short videos. Then there was an Animal Planet documentary. Now there’s A Little Book of Sloth (McElderry, $16.99), perhaps the most adorable book of the year. Sloths and cuteness abound at Aviarios del Caribe, a Costa Rican sanctuary founded by Judy Arroyo. There, she and her assistants dress orphaned baby sloths in onesies made out of sports socks so they don’t get cold at night and give them stuffed animals to snuggle with. Lucy Cooke’s story about Aviarios del Caribe, dubbed Slothville in the book, teaches young readers about the differences between two-toed and three-toed sloths, describes the animals’ day-to-day activities, and introduces actual sloths currently living at the sanctuary. The many photographs, taken by Cooke and others, make this volume almost as good as a trip to Slothville itself, which will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book. Ages 5-8. JLM
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442445574
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 3/2013

Author/illustrator Susan Stockdale has written about birds (Bring on the Birds), fish (Fabulous Fishes), and more; in her newest book, she tackles Stripes of All Types (Peachtree, $15.95). Her vividly colored illustrations accompany a rhyming enumeration of all the places one can find stripes in nature. “Crawling on cactus,/ and camped by a creek,” stripes pop up in places from the deepest ocean to the highest mountain and decorate creatures from bees to tapirs (and maybe your own cat or dog). Thumbnails of each illustration are included at the back of the book alongside explanations of what functions each animal’s stripes serve. Ages 3-5. JLM
$15.95
ISBN-13: 9781561456956
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Published: Peachtree Publishers, 4/2013

There are loads of exciting things to see right in your own backyard. The only thing you have to do is Look Up! (Candlewick, $15.99) to discover all kinds of birds living in your neighborhood. Each page of this book is packed with different birds, all offering up fun facts and figures about themselves in chatty voices and comic-strip style. No prior interest in birds is necessary to appreciate this entertaining and anecdotal book. Annette LeBlanc Cate offers amusing and interactive ways for every kid to engage with his or her environment, be it a rural area or a city street. Ages 8-10. AJK
$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763645618
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Published: Candlewick, 3/2013

In the first book in the Scientists in the Field series on genetics, author Bridget Heos describes Dr. Randy Lewis’ investigations of spider silk DNA. He and other scientists are searching for ways to produce ample quantities of spider silk, which is said to be Stronger than Steel (Houghton Mifflin, $18.99). This amazing material could be used to produce improved bulletproof vests, tendon and ligament repair, and sutures. Heos also addresses the ethical concerns attending Lewis’ methods, which include injecting spider genes into goat embryos so that silk can be collecting from the goats’ milk after birth. Andy Comins provides enlightening photographs that help the reader connect with the subject matter. Ages 12-15. KLP
$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780547681269
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2/2013

Are you an aspiring physician, do you love biology or blood-sucking insects, or are you just really into gory movies? Then The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99) by HP Newquist is for you. A captivating and comprehensive volume, it contains absolutely everything you need to know about blood, from the history of our scientific knowledge of this allimportant substance to the mechanics of our cardiopulmonary system to a discussion of our fascination with horror novels and movies. The requisite bloody illustrations and photos are sure to appeal to young readers thirsty for knowledge—and a little gore on the side. Ages 11-14. KLP
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547315843
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 8/2012

Soccer is arguably the most popular sport in the world, with players and leagues from Brazil to Nepal all trying to make a Goal! (Holt, $17.99). Author Sean Taylor travels from country to country, using Caio Vilela’s photographs to illustrate how different children play the sport all over the world, with whatever they have on hand. While many kids use the traditional ball, some make do with round fruits, and sticks and rocks stand in nicely for goal posts. Taylor’s exploration of soccer also provides the basic rules and some interesting history of the game, perfect for the burgeoning World Cup star in your household. Ages 4-7. Kasie Griffitts

Goal! (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781627791236
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 5/2014

Baseball Is… (Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99) a beloved game that means something special to each devoted fan. One may value the memories and historical significance of particular players: Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, or Roberto Clemente. Or maybe the ambiance of an actual venue is the attraction: a favorite old ballpark, an impressive scoreboard displaying innumerable statistics, or simply the green expanse of a freshly-chalked field. It is obvious that author Louise Borden knows the game. Her precise prose coupled with Raúl Colón’s recognizably textured illustrations puts you ten rows above first base, anticipating the first pitch of the evening. Ages 5-10. Renée Bosco

Baseball Is... (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781416955023
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2/2014

In the summer of 1941, a nervous American population watched the European conflict from afar. But New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio offered a welcome respite from the worries of a concerned nation. The Streak (Calkins Creek, $16.95) began quietly. Using his special bat, nicknamed Betsy Ann, DiMaggio hit successfully in game after game. The record was broken at 42, but Joe continued to make contact. His ultimate record of 56 games thrilled a nation and is unlikely ever to be broken. Author Barb Rosenstock adds poignancy to this often-told historical achievement as she portrays the mental anguish DiMaggio endured during the streak. Terry Widener’s impressionistic illustrations are spectacular. This book is, well… a “hit.” Ages 7-10. Renée Bosco

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590789926
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Published: Calkins Creek Books, 3/2014

If the first athlete you think of when you hear the name “Babe” is Babe Ruth, no one could really blame you, but after reading Babe Conquers the World (Calkins Creek, $16.95) you might have some misgivings about who is the most important Babe in sports. This biography of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace is fast-paced and entertaining, just like Babe herself. Babe was a complicated figure: she won many Olympic gold medals, set many world records, and tore down many barriers against women in sports, but she was also brash and egotistical. The Wallaces don’t just chronicle Babe’s deeds, they depict her in all her complexity, and include important moments from history as well, bringing Babe’s era to life and contextualizing how impressive her achievements were.  Ages 9-12.  Eowyn Randall

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590789810
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Published: Calkins Creek Books, 3/2014

Stats! The Greatest Numbers in Sports (Sports Illustrated, $14.95) is a must for any sports fan. Impressive photographs and appealing graphics highlight the extraordinary feats of athletes past and present. Cy Young really won 511 games in his professional baseball career? And Secretariat, one of only eleven horses to win the Triple Crown, still holds the course records at all three venues… forty years later? Unbelievable! Each reader will finish the book with a favorite statistic, but be impressed by nearly all the awesome feats compiled by Sports Illustrated Kids. Ages 7-15. RBB
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781618930392
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Published: Sports Illustrated, 7/2013

If you have a young biker in your life, you should pick up a copy of My First Bicycle Book (Cico Kidz, $14.95). The four sections— Biking Basics, Bike Maintenance, Have Fun on Your Bike, and the Science of Bikes— of this bright, comprehensive guide from Susan Akass will give any young rider confidence and independence. From practical information like the mountain biking “attack position” and how to pump tires and put your chain back on, to fun activities and challenges like how to pop a wheelie and customize your bike, this “first” volume is packed with enough information and fun to be your last. Ages 7-12. EAE
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781782490371
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Published: Cico, 8/2013

Both Satchel Paige and Joe DiMaggio have Something to Prove (Carolrhoda Books, $16.95) in Robert Skead’s first picture book. As an African American, Satch, one of baseball’s greatest pitchers, is not allowed to play in the major leagues; Joltin’ Joe is a promising rookie who has yet to substantiate his touted abilities. An actual exhibition game played in 1936 gave each the chance to highlight his extraordinary skills. Despite the final score, each athlete expressed sincere appreciation for the other’s past and potential contributions to the game. Enhanced by Floyd Cooper’s illustrations, this is a beautiful picture book and a worthy addition to any baseball fan’s collection. Ages 7-11. RBB
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780761366195
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Published: Carolrhoda Books, 4/2013

Babe Ruth’s prowess on the baseball diamond is legendary. Fewer fans, however, know of his turbulent childhood, the story Matt Tavares both authors and illustrates in Becoming Babe Ruth (Candlewick, $16.99). Young George Ruth was a troublemaker and found himself enrolled in Baltimore’s Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. The combination of a strict regimen and the caring guidance of Brother Mattias, a baseball player himself, provided just what George needed to channel his bigger-than-life personality and exceptional athletic ability onto the path to stardom. As a professional player, Babe Ruth continued to support Brother Mattias and his school. This volume celebrates Babe’s extraordinary talents as well as his lesser-known kindness and generosity. Ages 7-10. RBB

Becoming Babe Ruth (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763656461
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Published: Candlewick, 2/2013

Really? You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99) The down-home, familiar voice of this new book’s narrator gives the reader the impression that he is sitting next to an old baseball fan, munching on Cracker Jacks at the local ballpark. Jonah Winter tells Willie Mays’ extraordinary story, from his humble Birmingham childhood to his awesome career as centerfielder for the San Francisco Giants. Terry Widener’s surreal illustrations are particularly engaging and capture the angst and glory of Mays’ unparalleled career. Winters includes statistics on Mays and other baseball figures, which add interest and depth to this winning biography for baseball fans both young and not-so-young. Ages 7-10. RBB
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780375868443
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 1/2013

Surprisingly, Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship (Sky Pony Press, $16.95) is not about prejudice in the Major Leagues or even baseball. It is about the kindness and understanding Jackie Robinson showed author Tania Grossinger, who struggled to feel accepted growing up at her cousins’ famous resort in the Catskills of New York. Acutely aware of how it felt to be excluded, Jackie initially befriended this lonely girl during a ping-pong game and, over the next twenty years, helped her gain self-confidence and a sense of worth. Charles George Esperanza’s illustrations add a unique poignancy to this true story of a cherished friendship. Ages 5-9. RBB
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781620876831
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Published: Sky Pony Press, 4/2013

James Naismith never wanted to teach gym class—he only started doing so at his college in 1891 because no one else was available. The world is lucky he did, though, because it was there that he invented the game of basketball. After trying unsuccessfully to play games indoors that both wore out his group of rowdy boys and kept them mentally engaged, James decided to come up with one of his own. The Hoop Genius (Carolrhoda, $16.95) finally developed a game everyone loved after he recalled games he played as a child and constructed the first basketball hoops out of peach baskets. John Coy’s delightful story about the importance of creativity and invention is well paired with Joe Morse’s bold illustrations. Ages 6-9. AJK
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780761366171
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Published: Carolrhoda Books, 3/2013

Is anyone up for a bout of chessboxing? Yes, this “sport” is comprised of a chess match followed by a three-minute round of boxing! How about a pumpkin race (rowing in a large, hollowed-out pumpkin) or extreme ironing (absolutely beyond description)? Author Marie Birmingham must have had a blast compiling the material for her new book Weird Zone: Sports (Owlkids, 13.95). Each description of a sport is accompanied by photographs, humorous illustrations, and trivia, including the science behind the sport and its amusing history. This book is just plain fun and may inspire the reader to dream up his or her own outlandish new sport. Ages 8-12. RBB

Weird Zone: Sports (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9781926973616
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Published: Owlkids Books, 4/2013

With the pageantry of the Summer Olympics just behind us, it’s the perfect time to look back on the evolution of the games. Benson Bobrick takes us on a journey through history, beginning in 776 BCE when the Olympics entailed one race across a meadow. Bobrick traces the rise and fall of the games in ancient times, its reestablishment in the 1800s, and its cessation during World War II. In addition to being comprehensive, this book is full of funny anecdotes and moving facts about the games and the politics behind them, showing the many ways throughout time athletes have expressed A Passion for Victory (Knopf, $19.99). Ages 12-15. AJK
$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780375868696
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 5/2012

Long after all the other children had to go home for the night, Ted Williams stayed at the ballpark, swinging his bat over and over again and envisioning home runs. His hard work paid off: when he was only 19, Williams signed with the Red Sox and began a record-breaking career. He left twice to become a fighter pilot in wars, but when he returned he always went right back to hitting homers. Matt Tavares charts Williams’s epic career in this biography, which ends with his final home run as the fans chant THERE GOES TED WILLIAMS: THE GREATEST HITTER THAT EVER LIVED (Candlewick, $16.99). Ages 7-9. AJK
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763627898
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Published: Candlewick, 2/2012

Jackie Robinson’s historic first season of Major League Baseball in 1947 was a huge step toward integrated sports in America. But many people dismissed his talent, saying that one great African-American athlete was just a fluke. Larry Doby, who led the Cleveland Indians to their 1948 World Series win, helped prove to America that black athletes were JUST AS GOOD (Candlewick, $16.99). By telling Doby’s story from the perspective of a young boy who has just been banned from his Little League team because he is black, author Chris Crowe and illustrator Mike Benning capture the hope that people invested in Doby’s success. Ages 6-9. AJK
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763650261
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Published: Candlewick, 1/2012

Courageous does not begin to describe the people who risked their lives during Freedom Summer (Holiday House, $18.95). College students from all over the country volunteered; local blacks welcomed the civil rights workers into their homes and churches. The plan was to register blacks to vote and to establish Freedom Schools. The state’s institutional racism was legendary: many law enforcement officers were members of the Ku Klux Klan, and white Mississippians felt threatened by the goals of the project. Susan Goldman Rubin tells the compelling, heartbreaking, and inspiring story of Freedom Summer. She provides historical context while deftly moving the narrative forward by focusing on the disappearance of and search for three civil-rights workers. Parents and their children should share and discuss this important book during this 50th-anniversary year.  Ages 12 and up.  Heidi Powell

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9780823429202
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Published: Holiday House, 3/2014

“Sugar Hill (Albert Whitman, $16.99), Sugar Hill where life is sweet/And the “A” train stops for the black elite” begins Carole Boston Weatherford’s snappy ode to Harlem’s historic neighborhood and its residents. R. Gregory Christie’s bold, vibrant illustrations reflect the positive mood of Sugar Hill in its heyday, the Harlem Renaissance. Sugar Hill contained an impressive collection of African-American artists, writers, performers, and intellectuals, “Where Duke and Count plunk out new tunes/and Zora spins stories by the moon.” All residents of Sugar Hill, particularly its children, benefited from the culturally rich environment, “Where Talent blooms in pageants, choirs;/and prized Books fuel creative fires.” Together, Weatherford and Christie offer young readers a lively introduction to the Harlem Renaissance in the context of a unique neighborhood. Ages 4-8. Heidi Powell

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780807576502
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company, 2/2014

From Kiana and Allen in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Abby in Apia, Samoa, author Clotilde Perrin takes readers on a journey throughout the world. At the Same Moment, Around the World (Chronicle, $17.99) illustrates the various tasks and customs of children throughout their average days. Nadia in Dubai watches construction workers build a new tower at ten in the morning. At the same moment, Pablo is fast asleep in Mexico City, where it’s well past his bedtime. Employing illustrations that depict each country’s traditional way of life, Perrin imparts cultural knowledge and an elegantly simple demonstration of how time zones work. Beautifully illustrated, with a fold-out world map at the end, the book allows readers to learn something new on each page.  Ages 4-8. Kasie Griffitts

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781452122083
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Published: Chronicle Books, 3/2014

Fifty years ago, Marian Anderson subtly but meaningfully changed the lyrics of “America” (better known by its first line, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”) as she performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial—an anniversary that has been poignantly celebrated this year. Claire Rudolf Murphy’s meticulous research brings to life the history of this song, demonstrating that Marian Anderson was neither the first nor the last to manipulate the lyrics for the cause of civil rights. From suffragettes to slaves to American Indians, it seems that every protest movement in our nation’s history has embraced My Country, ‘Tis of Thee (Holt, $17.99) as an anthem. The great Bryan Collier’s signature collages enhance this important but accessible approach to the history of civil rights. Ages 5-10. Emily Ellerbe

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780805082265
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 6/2014

Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, was born a slave in the 18th century and owned by a family living in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. She was horribly mistreated and constantly dreamed of freedom. Living during the time of America’s quest for freedom from Britain, she questioned why she was excluded from independence. When the Massachusetts Constitution was finally passed, it was time for Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence (Carolrhoda, $17.95) and she went to court to win her freedom. Gretchen Woelfle’s engaging account of Mumbet is boldly and dynamically illustrated by Alix Delinois. Ages 7-10. Mary Alice Garber

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9780761365891
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Published: Carolrhoda Books, 2/2014

Seven years before Brown v. Board of Education, the family of Sylvia Mendez worked to bring an end to segregation in California’s schools. Inspired by interviews with Sylvia Mendez and with the use of actual dialogue from court transcripts, Pura Belpré winner Duncan Tonatiuh relates the dramatic efforts of the Mendez family to make known to all of California that Separate is Never Equal (Abrams, $18.95). Codex-style drawings with digital collage and double-page spreads heighten the intensity of this little-known, but very relevant, story of civil rights. Ages 7-11. Mary Alice Garber

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781419710544
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 5/2014

When he was twelve years old, Arun Gandhi moved from South Africa to the Sevagram ashram in India to live with his Grandfather Gandhi (Atheneum, $17.99), the Mahatma. With cowriter Bethany Hegedus, Gandhi’s fifth grandson tells the story of trying to live up to the Gandhi name during the tempest of adolescence, and shares wisdom learned from his grandfather that cooled him down and eventually inspired him to live his life in the service of peace and nonviolence. Evan Turk’s striking cut-paper and mixed-media illustrations dramatically render both India in the 1940s and the conflicts of youth. Ages 7-12. Emily Ellerbe

Grandfather Gandhi (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442423657
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 3/2014

Beloved children’s author and illustrator Peter Sís (The Wall, Madlenka) gives us the story of The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, $18.99). As a young man in France, Antoine wanted to fly so much that he built his own flying machine by the age of twelve. It didn’t fly, but he wasn’t discouraged. Accompanied by Sís’s unique and striking artwork, we follow Antoine through his childhood, the achievement of his goal of flying planes—first by delivering mail for Aeropostale and later through his service as a war pilot—and ultimately his immigration to New York City, where he wrote and published the book for which he is most famous. Ages 7-12. Kerri Poore

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780374380694
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 5/2014

As author Georgia Bragg proclaims in the foreword, How they Choked (Walker, $17.99) is “full of bad news!” Bragg doesn’t go easy on history’s most prominent figures, and truthfully depicts all their failures and misdoings. From the captain of the Titanic to a famous baseball player who cheated, this book details the biggest blunders and unknown failures of the most famous and noteworthy. Take Isaac Newton for example. Although many know him as the brilliant scientist with groundbreaking discoveries and formulas of gravity and calculus, Bragg shows readers just how turbulent his life really was. Filled with an obsessive, violent nature, Newton was also a bounty-hunter and an alchemist. With humorous illustrations by Kevin O’Malley, this follow-up to How They Croaked is sure to entertain readers with little tidbits of unknown history. Ages 10-14. Kasie Griffitts

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780802734884
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Published: Walker Childrens, 5/2014

For the first 128 years of American history, there were no women elected to the United States Congress. In A Woman in the House (and Senate) (Abrams, $24.95), Ilene Cooper shows us, chronologically, woman after woman who struggled to pave the way for equal rights, fighting against stereotypes and the deeply held belief that women were inferior to men, to champion their rights and beliefs. Through segregation, Prohibition, and numerous wars, each of these women fought to be heard and to make her nation a better place. Ages 10-14. Kasie Griffitts

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781419710360
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 3/2014

While doing research for his award-winning book Bomb, Steve Sheinkin discovered a lesser-known story he wanted to tell, that of The Port Chicago 50 (Roaring Brook, $19.99). In the segregated U.S. navy of the 1940s, black men could serve only as low-ranking sailors. One group of black sailors was stationed at Port Chicago, outside of San Francisco, where conditions were dangerous. The sailors had virtually no training in loading bombs and crates of ammunition onto ships, and the white officers encouraged speed by pitting the divisions of black sailors against one another. Some of the sailors, recognizing the dangers and inequities, took a stand that helped spark this country’s civil rights movement. Ages 11-15. Heidi Powell

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437968
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 1/2014

Martin & Mahalia (Little, Brown, $17.99) combined their powerful voices in oratory and song to pave the road for followers of the civil rights movement, inspiring more to join. Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney combine their powerful narrative and artistic talents to paint a portrait of these two key figures. Central to the movement was staying on course, both literally and figuratively, as the endeavor culminated in The March on Washington. Davis Pinkney explains in her author’s note that road maps, flyers, and other pamphlets served as important tools in organizing rallies during the civil rights movement; she uses the road map as a metaphor throughout the book. Brian Pinkney embraces the belief that vocal power can serve as a guidepost. Inspired by the actual maps demonstrators followed, his paintings represent the “signs of the times” that Davis Pinkney describes: Change. Strength. Unity. Love. Ages 7-10. HWP
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780316070133
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 8/2013

In 1941, when Joseph Joffo was ten years old, losing a game played with A Bag of Marbles (Graphic Universe, $9.95) was enough to make him weep. Eighteen months later, news of his father’s arrest by the Nazis couldn’t even bring a tear to his eye. In the intervening time, he was robbed of his childhood. He and his older brother Maurice had to escape occupied Paris and make their way alone to France’s free zone in order to avoid being captured by the Nazis because of their Jewish heritage. Kris and Vincent Bailly have transformed Joffo’s 1973 memoir of his perilous wartime journey into a poignant graphic novel, passing this story down to a new generation of readers. Ages 15 and up. JLM

A Bag of Marbles (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781467715164
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Published: Graphic Universe, 10/2013

March (Top Shelf Productions, $14.95), by Congressman John Lewis, writer and staff aide Andrew Aydin, and Eisner-winning graphic novelist Nate Powell, is an essential, mesmerizing, and provocative memoir of Lewis’s youth and early participation in the civil-rights movement. In a way that no book of only text could do, this graphic novel brings Lewis’s childhood and early adulthood into perspective, taking the reader back to one of the most frustrating, difficult, and in many ways hopeful times in U.S. history. Opening with the visit by a mother and two young children to Lewis’s office on Capitol Hill on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, Lewis reflects on his childhood with stories of the Jim Crow South, his first meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins. This book, the first in a trilogy, is an essential tool for parents, teachers and librarians to educate and remind young adults of these heroic moments in American history.  Ages 13 and up. KLP

March, Book 1 (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions, 8/2013

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor, “a date which will live in infamy.” What followed was an infamous event approved by Roosevelt himself: more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes on the West Coast and Imprisoned (Walker, $22.99) in inland internment camps. Martin W. Sandler’s moving account, which stretches from the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the United States to the redress campaign launched decades after the end of World War II, provides young readers with a comprehensive and fascinating introduction to this dark period in American history that must never be forgotten. Ages 11-14. JLM
$22.99
ISBN-13: 9780802722775
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Published: Walker Childrens, 5/2013