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In the mid-19th century Darwin discovered, among other world-changing things, an unassuming frog. He shipped specimens of the frog back to Britain for study, and one of the frogs happened to have tadpoles inside. This became The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog (Boyds Mill Press, $16.95). Was Darwin’s frog a cannibal? Was it an amphibian that gave birth to live young? Marty Crump’s interesting and informative book tells the story of the researchers through the years who puzzled out the behavior of this baffling animal, piece by piece. Steve Jenkins’ recognizable crisp illustration style lends itself well to the tale and enhances the historical and modern photographs that appear throughout the book, giving context to Crump’s clever yet clear text. Darwin’s Frog is a delightful example of how nature continually surprises us; and, while the mystery itself is compelling, the story of the people who solved it makes this book fascinating. Ages 6-11. –Eowyn Randall

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590788646
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Published: Boyds Mills Press, 4/2013

Blast from the Past
How much do you truly know about Charles Darwin? In One Beetle Too Many (Candlewick, $4.99), Kathryn Lasky reveals the man behind the finches, exploring Mr. Darwin’s life before and after his famed trip to the Galapagos. As a young boy, Charles gathered and observed bugs, but his father desired something Charles couldn’t collect: good grades. Sent to school to become more “serious,” Charles studied theology. Though he loved God, he loved his creatures more and quickly fell behind in school. Luckily, Professor John Henslow recognized Charles’s potential as a scientist and directed him to explore the world. From Cape Verde to Patagonia, Charles saw things that fascinated him and encouraged him to think differently about the world. Fossilized seashells littered mountain peaks; bones of animals that didn’t exist scattered seashores; finches of the Galapagos showed traits signaling the birds had lived there for millions, not thousands, of years. After returning to England and analyzing his data, Charles began to realize the world wasn’t ready for his discovery, and he kept his journals secret. What did these journals contain? What did Mr. Darwin see, feel, and believe? This journey of odd and curious facts, accompanied by Matthew Trueman’s whimsical illustrations, will entice readers to see where the discovery of One Beetle Too Many leads. Ages 8-12. –Allison Trotter

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ISBN-13: 9780763668433
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Published: Candlewick, 3/2014

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ISBN-13: 9780803733046
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Published: Dial, 1/2014

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ISBN-13: 9780399166051
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2/2014

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ISBN-13: 9780061905858
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Published: HarperCollins, 10/2009

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ISBN-13: 9781402210488
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Published: Sourcebooks, 10/2008

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ISBN-13: 9781250016782
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Published: Square Fish, 3/2013

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547124933
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Published: Clarion Books, 2/2012

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781595726582
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Published: Star Bright Books, 9/2013

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780316129473
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2012

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ISBN-13: 9781596435261
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 10/2013

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ISBN-13: 9780374350246
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 3/2013

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)

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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)

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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

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

Curious Annie and her preternaturally patient “big, big brother” Simon are back with another round of adventures in Annie and Simon: The Sneeze and Other Stories (Candlewick, $15.99). Accompanied, of course, by their dog Hazel, they hunt for creatures at the lake, fill a wagon with horse chestnuts, and take care of each other. Catharine O’Neill brings the siblings to life with pleasant watercolor illustrations and an easily comprehensible vocabulary. Ages 5-8. EAE

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ISBN-13: 9780763649210
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Published: Candlewick, 5/2013

He’s been to New York. He’s traveled all over Europe. Now, finally, we get to see Dodsworth in Tokyo (Houghton Mifflin, $14.99). In this latest addition to Tim Egan’s beloved early reader series, Dodsworth and the duck head east—with Dodsworth deeply concerned about his travel companion’s ability to follow Japanese customs. The duck just can’t seem to stay out of trouble, as hard as he tries to focus on what’s going on around him and not just on his stomach! Come along with these unlikely friends as they discover the different sights, activities, and (of course) food that Japan has to offer. Ages 5-7. AJK

Dodsworth in Tokyo (Hardcover)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780547877457
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 4/2013

Everyone’s favorite duo is back for more high jinks and hilarity! Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever (Candlewick, $15.99) are getting into more mischief than ever in this third installment of Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee’s absurd and wonderful early reader series. Each chapter is surprising and heartwarming, whether the girls are trying to set a world record or discovering that a human Stretch-O-Matic machine may be better suited to other uses. Tony Fucile’s expressive illustrations add even more whimsy and emotion to these sure-to-be-classic tales. Ages 6-9. AJK

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763634971
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Published: Candlewick, 4/2013

A troublesome stray forages and roams the area where Lulu’s family is spending a summer holiday. Given her love of animals, it is not surprising that Lulu and the Dog from the Sea (Albert Whitman, $13.99) bond. Despite his wild nature and mischief, Lulu recognizes the dog’s loneliness and need for a family. Secretly, even Lulu’s parents wish to adopt him. When this rambunctious, intelligent canine saves Lulu and her cousin from a misadventure, he finally earns his place in the family. Hilary McKay conveys all the joy and mishaps of a family vacation in this engaging early chapter book. Ages 5-8. MAG

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780807548202
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company, 3/2013

Amy Ehrlich’s With a Mighty Hand (Candlewick, $29.99) tells the story of the Torah in clear, simple prose. Yet her writing also leaves space for the mystery and wonder of these ancient texts that have informed so much of Judaism and Christianity. Ehrlich’s text is deeply informed by the many translations of the Torah, and she has carefully chosen significant episodes to create a narrative from the myriad stories it tells. What makes this volume truly special, however, are Daniel Nevins’s incredible illustrations. His drawings are evocative and beautiful renderings that, like Ehrlich’s words, leave the reader room for interpretation. Presented poetically and artfully contextualized, With a Mighty Hand is both an accessible introduction to the ancient text and a creative reinterpretation for the educated Torah-reader. All ages. IR
$29.99
ISBN-13: 9780763643959
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Published: Candlewick, 8/2013

When hungry Old Bear follows a delicious smell, he ends up at the house of Bubba Brayna, the best latke maker in the village. Although she doesn’t see or hear so well anymore, the 97-year-old woman is busily preparing for the first night of Hanukkah. Mistaking Old Bear for the rabbi, she invites him in. But before her visitor can enjoy those delicious latkes, Bubba Brayna reminds him that they must first light the menorah. And play dreidel. (She wins.) Finally, having eaten all the latkes, Old Bear leaves. When her friends arrive from synagogue with the rabbi, Bubba Brayna realizes she just spent the evening with Hanukkah Bear (Holiday House, $16.95). Mike Wohnoutka’s illustrations reflect the humor and warmth of Eric A. Kimmel’s delightful holiday story. And if it makes you hungry, follow the recipe for latkes at the back. Ages 4-8. HWP

Hanukkah Bear (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780823428557
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Published: Holiday House, 8/2013

Deep in the Sahara (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99) a little girl longs to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth that some Muslim women in Mauritania wear to cover their clothing and heads when they go out in public. Lalla wants to be beautiful like her mother and mysterious like her older sister. She wants to be like her grandmother, who reminds her of a long-ago queen, and she wants to belong to the community of women around her. Each woman patiently explains to Lalla that the malafa is not worn only for these reasons, but no one explains the most important reason for covering herself. Finally, having discovered the answer for herself, Lalla dons a blue malafa from her mother. Hoda Hadadi’s collage illustrations lend texture and depth to Kelly Cunnane’s story of culture and faith. Ages 5-9. HWP

Deep in the Sahara (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780375870347
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 10/2013

When Eduardo moves far away from his village, he makes sure he has his family’s Christmas box. Inside is the Nativity, El Nacimiento, he made with his grandfather. Eduardo wonders when this new place will feel like home. Tío Miguel explains that it takes time. When Christmas comes, Eduardo opens the Christmas box and helps his mother arrange the Nativity. Laying the Christ child in the empty manger is When Christmas Feels Like Home (Albert Whitman, $16.99). Interspersed with Spanish words and phrases, Gretchen Griffith’s original holiday story, illustrated by Carolina Farias, will warm readers’ hearts.  Ages 4-8. HWP
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780807588727
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company, 9/2013

A “boy with dog and grandfather with beard go for a walk” in the big city. It is Dusk (Margaret Ferguson, $17.99) and the boy is sad that the day is ending. But during the companionable walk with his grandfather, the boy soon realizes that dusk can be an enjoyable and productive time of day. Shoppers prepare for Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with celebratory fervor. With gentle prose and charming illustrations, author Uri Shulevitz shows that though nature’s light may be extinguished at dusk, colorful city lights extend the day’s hustle and bustle, particularly during holiday festivities. Ages 4-8. RBB

Dusk (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780374319038
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9/2013

From an eclectic and talented group of cartoonists comes Fairy Tale Comics (First Second, $19.99), a collection of short comics versions of classic fairy tales. From Rapunzel to the Twelve Dancing Princesses, this beautifully constructed compilation includes many favorites. The familiarity of the stories themselves highlights the difference in style and approach that each artist takes with the material. Edited by Chris Duffy and with contributions from Raina Telgemeier (Drama, Smile), the Hernandez brothers (Love and Rockets), and many more, each story takes on a life of its own. This beautiful book is both a lovely introduction to classic fairy tales and an ideal gift for comics lovers. Ages 7-11. CEB
$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781596438231
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Published: First Second, 9/2013

Did you know that when crickets chirp at night, they are singing about their hero Señor Grillo’s defeat of Señor Puma’s ferocious army? Has anyone ever told you that sea turtles were the first ocean animals to come onto land because their ancestor Mosni gave the god of creation the grains of sand he needed to create the earth? Judy Goldman’s retellings of classic Mexican folktales are full of Whiskers, Tails & Wings (Charlesbridge, $16.95)—and every other animal part imaginable. Each story originates from a different Mexican indigenous people; Goldman includes descriptions of each group as well as a glossary of the Spanish words and phrases she uses throughout the book. These valuable additions, along with Fabricio VandenBroek’s glorious illustrations, make this volume a treasure trove of learning and laughter. Ages 7-10. JLM
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781580893725
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Published: Charlesbridge, 8/2013

People in cultures all over the world tell the story of a great flood. Gerald Hausman tells the Creek Indian version in The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood (Wisdom Tales, $17.95). When Spotted Frog sings the prophecy that a great flood is coming and it will cover the land, only Listener, a river otter, pays attention. He makes a raft as Spotted Frog instructs and when the rain begins and the waters rise, Listener is the only “otter person” left. The story takes an interesting turn to explain how humans came to be, but the moral is clear: listen to Mother Earth’s messages. Ramon Shiloh’s stunning illustrations adorn each page of this traditional story with universal themes.  Ages 7-10. HWP
$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781937786120
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Published: Wisdom Tales, 10/2013

Folktale specialist Murti Bunanta has given new continents of readers access to classic stories from her homeland with the English-language publication of The Tiny Boy and Other Tales from Indonesia (Groundwood, $24.95). The eight folktales in this volume recall elements of the Brothers Grimm (one unfortunate king burns to death when he trips and falls into a burning hearth), but there is plenty to surprise and astound readers unfamiliar with Indonesia’s culture. Learn about Princess Mandalika, whose beauty is surpassed only by her altruism, and the civet cat who transforms a lowly citrus farmer into a king. Hardiyono’s illustrations bring Bunanta’s terrifying giants and gorgeous kings and queens to life in vivid detail. Ages 7-10. JLM
$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781554981939
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Published: Groundwood Books, 9/2013

There once was a camel that carried goods back and forth across the desert for the merchant who owned it. While the merchant took water and rested in the shade, the camel, laden with goods, stood in the boiling sun. One day, the Prophet saw The Camel in the Sun (Groundwood, $17.95) and comforted him. The story of how a selfish merchant begins to see through his camel’s eyes is one of compassion. Griffin Ondaatje offers a vivid retelling of a traditional Muslim hadith, an account of the Prophet’s words or actions. Linda Wolfsgruber’s evocative monoprints depict the ancient setting of this timeless parable.  Ages 6-10.  HWP
$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781554983810
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Published: Groundwood Books, 10/2013

Pizza in Pienza (David R. Godine, $17.95) is a celebration of two of Susan Fillion’s favorite things: pizza and the Italian town of Pienza. A young girl growing up in Pienza relates her all-consuming passion for pizza. She dreams of her next slice even while eating spaghetti during big family lunches! After going to the library to research her favorite food, she relates its origins in the southern city of Naples. Fillion’s book is full of whimsical yet strong illustrations that convey both the beauty of Italy and the joy of pizza. A delightful addition to the book is the Italian translation of the English text on each page. Even for non-Italian speakers, it will be a joy to sound out the words of a language as beautiful as its country and its food. Ages 6-9. JLM

Pizza in Pienza (David R. Godine, $17.95) è un’esaltazione di due delle cose preferite di Susan Fillion: la pizza e Pienza. Una giovane ragazza pientina racconta la sua passione per la pizza. Sogna del prossimo trancio anche quando mangia gli spaghetti durante un gran pranzo con tutta la famiglia! Dopo di andare in biblioteca per fare la ricerca sul suo cibo preferito, la ragazza racconta le origini della pizza a Napoli. Il libro di Fillion è pieno di illustrazioni strambe ma forti che trasmettono la bellezza dell’Italia e la gioia della pizza. Un’aggiunta incantevole è la traduzione italiana del testo inglese su ogni pagina. Anche per quelli che non parlano italiano, sarà un piacere sentire il suono di una lingua bella come il suo paese e la sua cucina. Età 6-9 anni. JLM 

Pizza in Pienza (Hardcover)

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781567924596
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Published: David R. Godine Publisher, 8/2013

David Wiesner is back, this time with an engaging and wacky tale in his signature wordless style. Mr. Wuffles! (Clarion, $17.99) is a bored housecat uninterested in typical toys, but one day he finds himself on the trail of a miniature alien spaceship! As the aliens struggle to escape, Mr. Wuffles is in turn baffled and amused by the game. His relentless pursuit causes damage to their ship, and the aliens must eventually recruit the aid of insects to make repairs and engineer their escape. Wiesner’s strikingly original and effective art captures both the stalking cat and the panicking aliens, creating a story with no need for words. Ages 5-8. CEB

Mr. Wuffles! (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780618756612
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Published: Clarion Books, 10/2013

Loula can’t take it. She must escape her “three MEAN, HORRIBLE, STINKY brothers.” Armed with the most necessary travel accompaniments – stuffed cat, tea set, best drawing – she informs her nonchalant parents of her plan and departs for Africa, where boy-eating piranhas will keep her brothers at bay. Luckily, Gilbert, the family chauffeur, knows the way. With his assistance, the everyday unveils its magic in Loula Is Leaving for Africa (Kids Can, $16.95), a charming portrait of a friendship fueled by a flair for the dramatic. Anne Villeneuve’s endearingly indignant Loula will charm readers, though Gilbert proves the most compelling character, quietly rendering the familiar fantastic. With understated humor and cheerful watercolors reminiscent of Ludwig Bemelmans’s beloved Madeline books, this tale reminds readers that sometimes getting away from it all just takes a little imagination—and one’s trusty tea set. Ages 4-6. ACD
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781554539413
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Published: Kids Can Press, 9/2013

In a playful fairy tale that is exquisite and multilayered in its simplicity, The Tiny King (Candlewick, $14.99) is lonely in his massive castle until he meets the big princess. Through spare text and contrasting backgrounds, Taro Miura masterfully creates atmosphere and celebrates the importance of family. The richness of the Tiny King’s new life resonates in illustrations created from cutouts and collage that burst forth in cheerful colors. Ages 2-5. MAG

The Tiny King (Hardcover)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780763666873
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2013

This is the Rope (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) that binds three generations, beginning with a young girl in South Carolina who finds the rope under an old tree. That young girl will one day marry, move north as part of the Great Migration, and live to see her granddaughter skipping with that same rope on a Brooklyn sidewalk. James Ransome’s oil paintings take us on a visual journey from South to North and across time. Jacqueline Woodson’s titular refrain recalls a playful jump-rope rhyme while illustrating constancy and change from one generation to the next. Ages 6-9. HWP

This Is the Rope (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399239861
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 8/2013

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

An evil force is devastating The Mysterious Woods of Whistle Root (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99), where owls once danced in the moonlight to music played by rats. Orphaned eleven-year-old Carly, who is unable to sleep at night, discovers this strange forest when she meets Lewis, one of the surviving, fiddle-playing rats. Carly must save the rats and the Whistle Root tree. In her quest, she will find friendship and discover her rightful place in the woods. Christopher Pennell’s lyrical writing makes for an exceptional read-aloud; elegantly detailed illustrations by Rebecca Bond make the book a feast for the eye as well as the ear. Ages 10-12. MAG
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547792637
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9/2013

Everyone’s family is a bit strange, but the Gadsby family has been even further from normal After Iris (Dial, $16.99), twelve-year-old Blue’s twin sister, passed away. Natasha Farrant’s debut novel delves into this English family’s eccentric lifestyle, featuring everything from pet rats on racecars to siblings with no shortage of hysterics. Told from Blue’s point of view through film transcripts and diary entries, this is the story of a dysfunctional family that somehow finds its way back together after tragedy. Ages 10-12. KLG

After Iris (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780803739826
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Published: Dial, 7/2013

Mister Max, (Knopf, $16.99), otherwise known as Max Starling, is in trouble: his parents have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. At twelve years old, Max must begin to fend for himself in while simultaneously attempting to discover his parents’ whereabouts. Having grown up in the theater scene of early twentieth-century England, he has a surprisingly useful set of tools to help him in these endeavors. Cynthia Voigt introduces us to charming and likeable characters, describing them in a spritely way that creates a delightful atmosphere amid the mystery. Iacopo Bruno’s illustrations, scattered throughout the novel, enhance the book’s allure.  Ages 8-12. ENR
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780307976819
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9/2013

For the first time in more than fifteen years, The Hobbit (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $30) has new illustrations. In a project approved by the Tolkien family, Jemima Catlin concentrated on J.R.R. Tolkien’s descriptions and illustrations in her use of pencil, ink, and watercolor. Inspired and influenced by classic children’s illustrators like Ernest H. Shepard and Tove Jansson, this young artist brings to new life the tale of Bilbo Baggins and his quest. This luxurious volume beautifully evokes the atmosphere of a beloved classic for a new generation. Ages 8 and up. MAG
$30.00
ISBN-13: 9780544174221
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 10/2013

Newbery Award-winning storyteller Kate DiCamillo’s novel Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick, $17.99) is difficult to categorize and impossible not to love. When self-professed cynic Flora attempts to rescue Ulysses, an oblivious neighborhood squirrel, from death by vacuum cleaner, no one has any idea that he has been given super-squirrel powers including incredible strength and a talent for writing poetry. Yet as their adventure unfolds, both Flora and Ulysses are equally changed. DiCamillo’s off-beat superhero story, interspersed with comic-style strips and full-page illustrations by C. G. Campbell, recounts a tale of an unusual and unforgettable friendship. Ages 8-12. CEB
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780763660406
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Published: Candlewick, 9/2013

Twelve-year-old Henry lives near a resort community for summering vaudevillians called Bluffton (Candlewick, $22.99). These performers fascinate him, and he forms a friendship with a young boy named Buster Keaton. The artwork of this gorgeous graphic novel, elegant yet simple, captures both the time in which the tale is set and Henry’s innocence. Matt Phelan has an uncanny ability to depict through his drawings the unspoken aspects of a conversation that lie just below the surface, and these details, among others, make this coming-of-age tale a delight.  Ages 8 to 12. ENR
$22.99
ISBN-13: 9780763650797
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Published: Candlewick, 7/2013

Meet Bo at Ballard Creek (Holt, $15.99), a little girl growing up in the late 1920s after the Alaska goldrush. Two miners are raising Bo with help from an entire Eskimo village. Join Bo as she learns Eskimo, expertly prepares biscuits for hungry miners, and accompanies Big Annie on adventures unique to Alaska. Author Kirkpatrick Hill (The Year of Miss Agnes), who grew up in a gold-mining community in Alaska herself, portrays Bo and her nontraditional upbringing with warmth and humor. LeUyen Pham’s endearing pencil sketches give the story the feel of an old-time classic. Ages 8-11. HWP

Bo at Ballard Creek (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780805093513
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 6/2013

In a classic tale of compromise and cooperation, Boy, an instinctive mediator, spends his time reading about natural history and fairy tales. When his father reports there is a dragon on the Downs, Boy discovers The Reluctant Dragon (Holiday House, $16.95 HB/$6.95 PB). Energized by the news of a dragon, the villagers are delighted when St. George arrives to slay it. Boy must intervene to save both the dragon and St. George’s reputation. Kenneth Grahame’s vivid text is a delight to read aloud and Ernest H. Shepard’s pen and ink drawings add perfect accents to the story. An introduction by Leonard S. Marcus further enhances this anniversary edition. Ages 7-10. MAG
$6.95
ISBN-13: 9780823428212
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Published: Holiday House, 7/2013

In this comedic misadventure, a father regales his children with the absurd series of obstacles he encountered on a trip to pick up the milk for their morning cereal. As he is abducted by aliens and travels through time, Fortunately, the Milk (HarperCollins, $14.99) remains unharmed. With Neil Gaiman’s quirky sense of humor and Skottie Young’s surreal black-and-white illustrations, this delightfully unlikely tale makes for an ideal read-aloud and will captivate children and adults alike. Ages 7-10. CEB

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780062224071
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Published: HarperCollins, 9/2013

What happens when an entire town simultaneously gives in to their deepest and darkest desires? The unremarkable small-town life of Oleander is irrevocably marred when multiple upstanding, perfectly ordinary citizens inexplicably lose all control, killing everyone in sight and then themselves in Robin Wasserman’s newest thriller The Waking Dark (Knopf, $17.99). In the wake of the “Killing Day,” an eclectic and varied cast of narrators attempt to pick up the pieces, desperately searching for answers as the town around them goes slowly and violently insane. Ages 16 and up. CEB

The Waking Dark (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780375868771
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9/2013

High school is a difficult place for anyone. For Ryan Dean West it is a hilarious mixture of teenage angst, lusting after the opposite sex, and ridiculous circumstances. Ryan already has the unfortunate distinction of being the youngest person in his boarding-school class, but when he is placed in the delinquent dormitory, things become even more complicated. Amidst midnight poker games and trying to fit in with the older kids on the rugby team, the unthinkable happens, and Ryan must learn how to navigate more than just high school. Andrew Smith’s Winger (Simon & Schuster, $16.99) will stay with readers long after they have put it down. Ages 16 and up. KLG

Winger (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442444928
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 5/2013

Like the painting by Carl Larsson that inspired the novel, Midwinter Blood (Roaring Brook, $17.99) is dark and haunting. Seven interconnected stories explore the devotion and sacrifices of two lovers who first meet in the year 2073. Each subsequent story moves further back in time, covering a period from 2011 to the tenth century and finally to an unknown era. The two lovers appear in each vignette, but their relationship to each other always changes and is reflective of a life they might have lived. Marcus Sedgwick‘s unsettling but exquisitely conceived novel has the depth and complexity that will satisfy even the most discerning reader. Ages 15 and up. MAG

Midwinterblood (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781596438002
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 2/2013

Years after the publication of Nancy Farmer’s award-winning modern classic, The House of the Scorpion, comes The Lord of Opium (Atheneum, $17.99), a frenetic and powerful sequel. A clone of the dictator El Patron, Matt finds himself suddenly responsible for the prosperous Land of Opium. As Opium thrives, surrounding nations starve, and El Patron’s terrifyingly inhumane methods have left their mark. Matt struggles to make a difference, but his every attempt seems thwarted, both by his very real and current enemies and by his own nature. Can a clone ever truly be more than a copy of its original? Farmer’s highly anticipated sequel more than delivers, providing another glimpse into this highly realized world. Ages 15 and up. CEB

The Lord of Opium (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442482548
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9/2013

Man Made Boy (Viking, $17.99) is the classic tale of a boy who leaves home to discover the wider world. Here, though, home is an underground Times Square theater staffed by trolls, sirens, and werewolves. The protagonist is Boy, hacker extraordinaire and son to Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Bride, whose coming-of-age journey leads to a home for retired monsters, the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, and the Hollywood studio of the Invisible Man. The most fantastic part? Jon Skovron’s inventive, hilarious novel is more than an imaginative mash-up. It’s a meditation on the relationship between creators and creations and an exploration of the monster in each of us: how beautifully right we are sometimes, how horribly wrong at others, and how hard it can be to tell the difference. Ages 15 and up. ACD

Man Made Boy (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780670786206
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 10/2013

Nick Lake will have your heart racing in no time. Somali pirates have boarded the private yacht of Amy’s family and are pointing a gun at her head. Amy’s father is Hostage One, her stepmother is Hostage Two, and Amy is Hostage Three (Bloomsbury, $17.99). In the midst of the terror, Amy finds herself falling for Farouz, the pirates’ translator. As she gets to know him, she gets glimpses into his personal situation, challenging her stereotypes about her captors. The knowledge that their relationship is dangerous in the short-term and impossible in the long-term sustains the suspense of Amy’s story. Ages 15-18. HWP

Hostage Three (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781619631236
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Published: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 10/2013

There is spoiled, and then there is Astrid Krieger. From a long line of proudly evil, rich geniuses, Astrid literally lives in a rocket ship in her parents’ backyard, prides herself on her lack of morals, and has been kicked out of every school she has ever attended. When, following her most recent expulsion, she is informed that she will be attending a public school, Astrid’s privileged life is turned upside down in this comedic new novel by David Iserson. Can Astrid survive the uncultured halls of her local high school? And, most importantly, will she ever get revenge on whoever got her expelled in the first place? Firecracker (Razorbill, $17.99) is an outrageous and hysterical look at the 1% through the eyes of a teenaged girl you will love to hate. Ages 15-18. CEB

Firecracker (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781595143709
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Published: Razorbill, 5/2013

Rainbow Rowell’s second novel explores a subculture that has been increasingly in the public eye of late: fandom. The novel relates the story of a Fangirl’s (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99) first year of college. This isn’t just any fan, though; Cath is the author of one of the most popular pieces of fan fiction set in the universe of Simon Snow (a stand-in for Harry Potter), and her fannish activities are central to her understanding of herself and her relationship with her twin sister. Her first year of college is anything but easy as she finds herself struggling to reconcile the trials of academia with her love for all things Simon Snow. Rowell deftly explores her heroine’s inner turmoil; Cath’s social anxiety is so relatable that any reader will identify with and root for her.  Ages 14 and up.  ENR

Fangirl (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9781250030955
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 9/2013

As ex-boyfriends Harry and Craig attempt to break the world record for longest kiss, they become the axis around which multiple narratives revolve in David Levithan’s complex interlocking novel Two Boys Kissing (Knopf, $16.99). The book swoops into and out of the minds of Avery and Ryan, exhilarated by their first kisses; Neil and Peter, a long-time couple wondering where their relationship will lead; and Cooper, increasingly isolated amid a bevy of hook-up apps. The novel’s emotional intimacy and dramatic tension are compelling, yet its most intriguing feature is its point of view. Told by a chorus of “angel godfathers” (a generation of gay men who died of AIDS), the story acquires a new layer: taut with pathos and humanity, it becomes an insightful reflection on the present and its relationship to the past. Ages 14 and up. ACD

Two Boys Kissing (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780307931900
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 10/2013

Darius & Twig (Amistad, $17.99) are friends who share an impulse to escape. Darius does so by imagining a peregrine falcon soaring above him and the city’s skyline, but even more so through his writing. Twig escapes by running on the track team, training constantly to get a better time. Both boys dream of winning scholarships and leaving Harlem and their family troubles for college. The prolific and talented Walter Dean Myers, author of over a hundred titles, including the multiple-award–winner Monster, and current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, wrote Darius & Twig in response to fan requests for a book about friendship. Ages 14-18. EAE

Darius & Twig (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780061728235
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Published: Amistad Press, 4/2013

Verity Boone is optimistic about her future. Shipped off to relations at a young age following her mother’s untimely death, she is back home with her father and preparing to marry a handsome and appealing young neighbor. On a visit to the town cemetery, however, Verity makes a disturbing discovery. Her mother’s final resting place is one of The Caged Graves (Clarion, $16.99), covered in ornate ironwork, dominating the churchyard. Her curiosity leads her to discover dramatic local intrigue: treasure hunting, possible witchcraft, and twisted family dynamics. The gorgeous cover may be an initial attraction, but Dianne Salerni’s fine writing within will make this a personal favorite of many young adult readers. Ages 14-18. RBB

The Caged Graves (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547868530
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Published: Clarion Books, 5/2013

The tragedy of Romeo & Juliet (Candlewick, $21.99 HB/$13.99 PB) is familiar to anyone who has taken high school English, but this new graphic adaptation by Gareth Hinds breathes new life into the classic tale of doomed romance. Using much of Shakespeare’s original dialogue, Hinds’s version employs rich color and a diverse and varied cast of characters to capture and hold the attention of the modern reader. Graphic novel lovers will appreciate his painstaking and striking art, but even those new to the genre will appreciate this beloved play in a new light. Ages 12-18. CEB

Romeo and Juliet (Hardcover)

$21.99
ISBN-13: 9780763659486
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Published: Candlewick, 9/2013

Like the characters in the stories he collected, Jacob Grimm lived long, long ago and Far Far Away (Knopf, $17.99). Yet he is still trapped on Earth, watching over Jeremy Johnson Johnson, the only living person who can hear him clearly. Jeremy’s mother abandoned him, his father is agoraphobic, and his grandfather, who ran the town’s Two Book Bookstore (selling only the two volumes of his own autobiography) has died and left Jeremy the store. Jacob knows, though, that something even darker threatens in the small town of Never Better, which Tom McNeal has made uncanny with subtle, eerie references to the tales of the brothers Grimm. Ages 12-15. EAE

Far Far Away (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780375849725
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 6/2013

On one terrible day, Judith’s best friend was murdered and Judith, rendered mute in an indescribably cruel manner and seemingly by the same perpetrator, disappeared. Now, four years later, mystery and suspicion surround Judith’s return to her small New England town. She longs to communicate her story to Lucas, a favorite childhood friend, but his own family becomes enmeshed in the ensuing turmoil. Resolution appears hopeless until Judith finds her voice with the care and patience of an unlikely ally. All the Truth That’s in Me (Viking, $17.99), Julie Berry’s first novel for young adults, will leave readers eagerly anticipating subsequent works by this talented author. Ages 12-17. RBB
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780670786152
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 9/2013

Twelve-year-old friends James and Anikwa share few words but many adventures. It is the summer of 1812 and James, the son of a trader, lives with his family outside Fort Wayne. Anikwa, a Miami, lives with his family in nearby Kekionga, as they have for generations. Their two communities live side by side in relative harmony, trading moccasins for wool socks and furs for Salt (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99). But fear and tension run high as the rumor of war grows. British and American armies prepare to battle at Fort Wayne, and Native American tribes from Kekionga prepare to protect their land. Award-winning author Helen Frost uses concrete poetry to convey James and Anikwa’s stories. Ages 12-15. HWP
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780374363871
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 7/2013

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

Thomas Stevens went by bicycle; Nellie Bly opted for trains and ships; Joshua Slocum sailed. Inspired by Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg, all three aspired to go Around the World (Candlewick, $24.99), and all three succeeded. Matt Phelan’s captivating graphic triple biography tells the true story of these nineteenth-century adventurers, each with his or her own means of transport and unique motivation. With a chapter devoted to each person, Phelan provides maps of the journeys, incorporates quotes from his subjects’ autobiographies, and relays the thrill of adventure with words and pictures. Ages 10 and up. HWP

Around the World (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780763636197
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2011

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

After meeting as students in Morocco, Casey Scieszka and Steven Weinberg embarked on a worldwide travel adventure together. They moved to China to teach English, explored southeast Asia, then journeyed all the way To Timbuktu (Roaring Brook, $19.99). In this unique travel memoir, Scieszka’s words and Weinberg’s witty cartoons tell the story of the people the pair met along the way and of their own relationship. Ages 14 and up. ESL
$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781596435278
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 3/2011

Lost & Found (Arthur A. Levine, $21.99) is an art gallery in 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 simple yet 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

Lost and Found (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399245039
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Published: Philomel, 1/2006

“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

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

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

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)

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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

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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

It’s surprising how many sweet, innocent children take an unholy pleasure in the ghoulish and the gruesome. J. Patrick Lewis and Jane Yolen cater to this bloodthirsty crowd with Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs (Charlesbridge, $16.95). Each tombstone poem commemorates a different animal with wickedly pithy puns: an elegy for a frog, for example, reads “In his pond,/ he peacefully soaked,/ then, ever so quietly/ croaked.” Jeffrey Stewart Timmins ratchets up the gore factor—and the laughter— with his darkly hued, sometimes blood-soaked illustrations. This is not poetry for the sensitive reader, but it is a rare treat for those with a taste for the wicked. Ages 7-10. JLM
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781580892605
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Published: Charlesbridge, 7/2012

It’s a dream team! Singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant and illustrator Barbara McClintock have collaborated on a sumptuous collection of poetry entitled Leave Your Sleep (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24.99). The poems were selected from Merchant’s 2010 album of the same name for which she lovingly adapted several poems into song lyrics. Works by poets such as Rachel Field, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, e.e. cummings, and Natalia Crane are given new life by McClintock’s detailed illustrations. This volume includes a CD of Merchant’s songs and will make a beautiful addition to any child’s library and a perfect gift for the holiday season. Ages 5 and up. KLP

Leave Your Sleep (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780374343682
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 11/2012

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

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

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)

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

According to Shaun Tan, “drawing is its own form of thinking.” With The Bird King (Arthur A. Levine, $19.99), this Academy Award-winning artist invites the reader to browse his elegant, whimsical and mysterious thought processes.  A deceptively small book, each page of Tan’s collection will capture the reader with its glimpses into the origins of Tan’s art. Opening with a discussion on drawing and the creation of art, the book is separated into four sections: untold stories; sketches from his literary, theatrical, and cinematic endeavors; drawings from life; and his notebooks. This volume is an attractive and obligatory addition to the collections of aspiring artists, writers, and graphic novelists.  Ages 10 and up. KLP

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780545465137
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books, 2/2013

Diego Rivera was a painter, a Communist, a collector, and Frida Kahlo’s husband. Above all, however, he wanted to be known as Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People (Abrams, $21.95). Susan Goldman Rubin effortlessly weaves the events of Rivera’s life into a tapestry as detailed and riveting as one of his own murals. His personal life and his political ideals receive ample attention, but it his creative genius that undoubtedly takes center stage in this fascinating and richly illustrated biography. Ages 12 and up. JLM

$21.95
ISBN-13: 9780810984110
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2/2013

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Charlesbridge, $19.95) are among the most famous pieces of classical music of all time. Music professor Anna Harwell Celenza creates an intriguing backstory for the composition of the concertos by focusing on Vivaldi’s warm friendships with his students at the Ospedale della Pietà orphanage in Venice. It was there that Vivaldi wrote his first concerto, “Spring,” with an accompanying sonnet for his young female pupils. Charming illustrations by JoAnn E. Kitchel add whimsy to Harwell’s characters, while an enclosed CD allows young readers to hear the music that inspired this story. Ages 6-9. JLM
$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781570916373
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Published: Charlesbridge, 7/2012

Though underappreciated for decades, The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau (Eerdmans, $17.00) stand as a testament to the inventiveness of human imagination and continue to captivate and inspire to this day. In Michelle Markel’s picture-book biography, she emphasizes Rousseau’s lack of formal training. A forty-year-old toll collector, the artist ignored traditional techniques in his work in order to capture the vividly colorful and fantastical scenes in his mind. Despite continual rejection by critics, he continued to paint and exhibit, achieving recognition late in life from the burgeoning surrealist movement. Amanda Hall’s gorgeous illustrations paint Rousseau’s life through his own lens, turning the ordinary into the remarkable in a series of scenes that overwhelm the senses in Rousseau’s signature style. More than just an artist’s biography, this is a work of art in its own right, a book to be read and treasured. Ages 6-9. CEB
$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780802853646
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 6/2012

“Today my memory whirls back to my North Carolina past.” When Romare Bearden was three years old, he and his parents left their home in the South and moved to Harlem during the Great Migration. As he grew older and began painting, his deep connection to his early home inspired many of his famous works. Jeanne Walker Harvey retells his journey in blues-inspired verses, drawing on his family’s history to bring Bearden’s childhood to life. The bright collage illustrations are a wonderful tribute to his style, and Elizabeth Zunon includes some of Bearden’s work. Thoughtful yet fun, this creative story sweeps readers along on a train ride that showed Bearden how MY HANDS SING THE BLUES (Marshall Cavendish, $17.99). Ages 6-8 - Amy Kane
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780761458104
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Published: Cavendish Square Publishing, 9/2011

Jill Rubalcaba opens her newest book with the story of a young boy born in 1917 in Canton, China. Before he turns fourteen, he must deal with his mother’s death, his father’s virtual abandonment, and his relocation to his extended family’s home. A move to America for college takes him one step further along the path that will ultimately lead him to become I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place, and Purpose (Marshall Cavendish, $23.99). This in-depth and moving biography does justice to I.M. Pei’s genius with photographs, sketches, and floor plans that combine to make a beautifully designed book. Ages 12 and up. JLM
$23.99
ISBN-13: 9780761459736
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Published: Cavendish Square Publishing, 10/2011

As war crept through China and the world became more and more dangerous in the 1930s, Ed Young and his brothers and sisters were all safe in Shanghai in The House Baba Built (Little, Brown, $17.99). This autobiography tells the story of life in wartime China through episodes, photographs, and collages of keepsakes and found objects from the artist’s childhood. Truly a tribute to the author’s father, the architect of his happy childhood, this book is an inspiration to all budding artists. Ages 8-12. DMC
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780316076289
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 10/2011

Imagine a log cabin in the woods of New England, or a house on stilts off the Pacific coast of Chile. Imagine a pueblo built of adobe clay, or a whitewashed village on a Greek island. Imagine If You Lived Here (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). Giles Laroche explores the lives of people all around the world through the houses they live in. Each dwelling is depicted in a cut-paper collage and accompanied by basic facts: where is this house located, what is it made of, and who lives there? Ages 7-11. DMC
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547238920
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 10/2011

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: Moma, 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: Harry N. Abrams, 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
$16.99
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

Acclaimed children’s nonfiction writer Jim Murphy joins his wife Alison Blank to co-author Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never- Ending Search for a Cure (Clarion, $18.99). This is the story of a germ so dangerous that it is considered to be one of the greatest killers of all time – and the story continues to unfold. Presented in the fascinating and accessible manner that characterizes Murphy’s work, the book includes a history of tuberculosis, the effects of this microorganism on the body, and an examination of how socioeconomic status influenced both the chances of contracting the disease and of surviving it. Ages 10-14. KLP
$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780618535743
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Published: Clarion Books, 7/2012

Hélène Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt clearly and cleverly relate 27 Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals (Gecko, $22.95) in their exquisite new volume. Their accounts of creatures from the Malagasy dwarf hippopotamus (also known as the kilopilopitsofy) to the Bali tiger include both factual descriptions as well as whimsical mini comic strips. With a preface by scientific advisors from France’s National Museum of Natural History, a short glossary, and a frieze of all 27 vanished animals, children will devour this extraordinary book. Ages 9 and up. KLP
$22.95
ISBN-13: 9781877579066
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Published: Gecko Press, 9/2012

Have you ever seen a solenodon? Do you know where to find a tardigrade? Do you realize that an aye-aye isn’t just something sailors say to their captain? If you answered no to any of these questions, then you’ve got a lot to learn from Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth’s Strangest Animals (Chronicle, $16.99). Michael Hearst combines well-researched facts with other, delightfully quirky elements: his ode to the blobfish, for example, begins, “Blobfish, blobfish JELL-O of the sea—/ Floats upon the bottom, lazy as can be.” Illustrations and other visual elements by Arjen Noordeman, Christie Wright, and Jelmer Noordemen both accurately depict the animals Hearst describes and add to his whimsical tone. Ages 8-12. JLM
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781452104676
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Published: Chronicle Books, 8/2012

From four inches to 400 pounds, Snakes (Scholastic, $17.99) come in all different sizes. Some feast on leeches and tiny insects while others can digest an entire leopard. Nic Bishop’s latest book is full of fun and interesting facts about a species that can be as terrifying as it is fascinating. Written in a casual, accessible voice, Bishop doesn’t gloss over how gross snakes’ digestion process can be, yet he also conveys a contagious love for their beauty and intelligence. With amazing close-up action shots, the photographs heighten the impact of this great book. Ages 7-10. AJK

Snakes (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545206389
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Published: Scholastic, 10/2012

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 for Kids, 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)

$12.95
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

Taeeun Yoo introduces children to a zoo full of yoga poses with YOU ARE A LION!: And Other Fun Yoga Poses (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99). Learn to flap your wings like a butterfly, slither like a snake, and hop like a frog with this instructive and charming picture book. Bright illustrations and short, calming lines of text demonstrate each pose and set the tone for a quiet yoga session. Ages 2-5. DMC
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399256028
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 3/2012

In 1896, when young ladies were expected to be demure, Agnes Morley was playing guard for Stanford in the first women’s intercollegiate basketball game. The allfemale crowd (it was improper for men to see ladies sweat) cheered to welcome the teams: Stanford and UC Berkeley. The ladies played with a big stuffed leather ball. After the first half, the score was tied: 1-1. In the end, a free throw determined which Basketball Belles (Holiday House, $16.95) won the game. Sue Macy narrates this exciting moment in college sports. Matt Collins’s illustrations remind readers that the uniforms, ball, and spectators have changed dramatically over the past 100 years. Ages 7-10. HWP
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780823421633
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Published: Holiday House, 2/2011

Baseball fans young and old can relive The Unforgettable Season: The Story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and the Record-Setting Summer of ’41 (Putnam, $16.99). With illustrations by S.D. Schindler, author Phil Bildner recounts this incredible season of baseball, when Joe DiMaggio’s fifty-six-game hitting streak and Ted Williams’s batting average of .406 redefined the record books. In almost seventy years, no player has been able to break the records set by these men, but the next record-breaking season could be just around the corner. Who knows – it could even be this very summer. Ages 6-10. DMC
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399255014
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 3/2011

Ten thousand fans showed up at the last double header of the season to see if Ted Williams was going to hit .400. It was Ted’s Boston Red Sox against the Philadelphia Athletics, and the Athletics’ pitcher was going to make sure that there was NO EASY WAY (Dutton, $16) that Ted was going to break the record. In the eighth inning of the first game, a smash down the right-field line brought his batting average to .404. What would happen in the second game? Fred Bowen’s exciting sports writing and Charles S. Pyle’s classic illustrations tell the story of a Red Sox legend whose career went down in baseball history. Ages 6-10. ESL
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780525478775
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 2/2010

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

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

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)

$9.95
ISBN-13: 9781467715164
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Published: Graphic Universe, 10/2013

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

In The Boy on the Wooden Box (Atheneum, $16.99), author Leon Leyson describes a hero as “an ordinary human being who does the best of things in the worst of times.” He is referring to his personal hero, Oskar Schindler, the controversial German industrialist who risked his life and reputation to save nearly 1,200 Jews during World War II. Leyson’s memoir chronicles his family’s horrific experience in Nazi-controlled Poland and their ultimate survival due to Schindler’s efforts. The extensive back matter and family photographs included add to the poignancy of this deeply felt chronicle. Ages 9-15. RBB
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442497818
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 8/2013

From civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected to lead an African country, Peace Warriors (Scholastic, $6.99) have inspired millions around the world. In one small volume, Andrea Davis Pinkney introduces young scholars to six men and women who dedicated their lives to nonviolence and social justice. Her clear, accessible accounts include details about childhood, family life, and the many challenges each individual faced. Full-color photographs, a timeline, glossary, and bibliography complement this fine introduction to biography and research. Ages 10-12. MAG

Peace Warriors (Paperback)

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780545518574
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks, 7/2013

Was it a burial ground; a pagan temple; a site of human sacrifice? The ancient landing site of aliens; an arcane calendar; a mystical monument erected by the wizard Merlin? The legends and theories surrounding The Secrets of Stonehenge (Frances Lincoln, $17.99) range from possible to extremely unlikely, but all of them reveal the enduring fascination the monument inspires. Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom use an engaging and colorful timeline that moves from Stone Age Britain through the inception and construction of Stonehenge to provide a factually solid and enthralling context for the tales that have been spun around it. Manning and Granstrom demonstrate that it is this ancient treasure’s incomprehensible magnitude— of labor, materials, centuries, sheer size, and unwavering devotion— that gives it its ineffable allure. Ages 7-10. CEB
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781847803467
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Published: Frances Lincoln Ltd, 8/2013

Electrical Wizard (Candlewick, $16.99) gives an often overlooked giant of science, Nikola Tesla, his due. This biography traces Tesla’s life, from his early curiosity about the world to the eventual realization of his childhood ideas. Elizabeth Rusch’s text is accessible and informative, vividly capturing the fascinating story of Tesla’s life. Oliver Dominguez does the fanciful title justice, portraying Tesla and his electricity as almost mythological figures in the vivid illustrations. Charting Tesla’s challenges and successes, the book is an inspiring look at the great things that can come from perseverance and an open mind.  Ages 7 to 10.  ENR
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763658557
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Published: Candlewick, 9/2013

Where do feminism, labor history, and innovative artwork all converge in the same place? Why, in Michelle Markel’s new book about Clara Lemlich, of course! In this powerful and accessible biography, readers learn the story of a very Brave Girl (Balzer & Bray, $17.99). After immigrating to the United States from the Ukraine with her parents, Clara was the only one able to get a job. Taking night classes to learn English, she toiled long hours as a garment worker during the day and dealt with brutal conditions and treatment while making very little money. Fed up, Clara began speaking out and convincing other women to strike—eventually helping win their right to unionize and inspiring people all over the country to do the same. Melissa Sweet’s multimedia illustrations combine painting, collage, and cleverly sewn pieces of fabric to bring to life this moving tale. Ages 5-8. AJK
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780061804427
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Published: Balzer + Bray, 1/2013

A 19th-century family boards a Locomotive (Atheneum, $17.99) for the first time in order to make the journey from Omaha to Sacramento on the brand-new transcontinental railway. The sights and sounds they experience may be familiar to us from history books, but Brian Floca’s narrative invites the reader along for the ride on this early train trip: sights, sounds, and smells are all described to make the family’s experiences immediate and exciting. Floca’s entertaining story and intricate drawings celebrate speed, machinery, and the joy of travel. Ages 6-9. JLM

Locomotive (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781416994152
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Published: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 9/2013

Absorbed with the wonder of a compass and fantasizing about defying gravity by riding his bicycle On a Beam of Light (Chronicle, $17.99), young Albert Einstein didn’t want to be like other children. He wanted to look and wonder and “discover the hidden mysteries in the world.” Luckily for the world, as he grew his questions grew with him. Jennifer Berne’s short, picture-book biography celebrates Einstein’s curiosity and his willingness to be different as the root cause of all his discoveries. Vladimir Radunsky’s whimsical illustrations show Einstein’s actual environment interwoven with his thoughts and questions. Ages 4-8. EAE
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780811872355
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Published: Chronicle Books, 5/2013

Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickels: America’s First Black Paratroopers (Candlewick, $24.99) is the little-known history of a battalion formed during World War II. First Sergeant Walter Morris dared to insist that his men, who had been consigned to menial labor because of their skin color, be trained as paratroopers like the white soldiers at their base. Tanya Lee Stone’s account expertly describes the cultural, racial, and military context in which the Triple Nickels existed. Perhaps the most important lesson this fascinating book teaches lies in the opening chapter: “What is courage? What is strength? Perhaps it is being ready to fight for your nation even when your nation isn’t ready to fight for you.” Ages 10 and up. JLM
$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780763651176
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Published: Candlewick, 1/2013

Ever since he saw his first baseball game, Kenichi “Zeni” Zenimura wanted to play. When he grew up, he was chosen to play with the New York Yankees and even played with Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth. But the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 changed Zeni’s life. He and his family were sent to an internment camp in Arizona with other Japanese Americans, where Zeni soon convinced the other detainees to help him build a baseball field. They cleared sagebrush and rock by hand, borrowed a bulldozer to smooth the area, and installed an irrigation line to water the grass in the infield. In Barbed Wire Baseball (Abrams, $18.95), Marissa Moss shares one man’s incredible perseverance in a quest to regain normalcy and spark hope through the sport he loved. Illustrator Yuko Shimizu’s use of Japanese calligraphy brush and ink evokes the time, place, and culture that defined Zeni’s life. Ages 8-11. HWP
$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781419705212
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 4/2013

They were counterfeiters in the 1860s, when forged currency accounted for 50 percent of all the money in circulation. They were desperate to get their most talented engraver out of prison before their entire operation collapsed, and so they hatched a plan to become Lincoln’s Grave Robbers (Scholastic, $16.99). Steve Sheinkin (Bomb) tells the fascinating true story of the plot to raid President Lincoln’s grave in order to bargain for the release of Benjamin Boyd, one of the nation’s top engravers of counterfeit plates. Archival photos bring this historical adventure to life. Sheinkin includes a “Cast of Characters” at the beginning of the book and a glossary of phrases at the end. Ages 11-15. HWP

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545405720
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Published: Scholastic Press, 1/2013

Esther Nisenthal Krinitz grew up in a tiny Polish village. This small community of Jewish families kept to themselves and lived cut off from the modern world; then, in 1939, Nazi soldiers arrived on their doorsteps. Esther and her sister Mania eventually escaped and were the only members of their family to survive. At the age of fifty, Esther utilized her talent for sewing to create dozens of tapestries depicting scenes from her life before, during, and after World War II. Paired with descriptions by her daughter Bernice Steinhardt, Esther’s Memories of Survival (Art & Remembrance, $15.99) are a unique and haunting portrayal of a vanished way of life and the forces that destroyed it. Ages 11 and up. JLM

ISBN-13: 9780786851263
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Hyperion, 10/2005