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Fans of The Wizard of Oz, rejoice: Michael Morpurgo has used his inimitable talent to retell L. Frank Baum’s classic tale from a dog’s-eye view. In Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Tale of the Wizard of Oz (HarperCollins, $17.99), Dorothy’s famous pet tells his puppies what really happened on the journey down the yellow brick road. Toto’s perceptive nose sniffs out all sorts of useful information along the way to the Emerald City, from the trustworthiness of the Good Witch of the North to the location of the rusted Tin Man. Emma Chichester Clark adds her own fresh perspective with charming, full-color illustrations that combine with Morpurgo’s text to create a fitting tribute to a masterpiece of children’s literature. Ages 8-11.

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780008252564
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Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - September 12th, 2017

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Alan enters seventh grade with an abusive father, a bullying older brother, and a strict no-friends policy: after all, why set anyone up to be his brother Nathan’s latest victim? It seems like things will never change, especially when Nathan forces him to participate in a “game” in which Alan must complete a list of impossible or deeply embarrassing tasks. When Alan tries to refuse, Nathan threatens to broadcast his little brother’s crush on a male classmate to the entire school. Unexpectedly, however, Alan’s quest to meet Nathan’s demands results in the discovery that, after all, Alan Cole Is Not a Coward (Katherine Tegen, $16.99). Eric Bell’s novel about making friends, facing deep family dysfunction, and finding personal strength will strike a chord with middle schoolers past and present. Ages 12-14

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062567024
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 5th, 2017

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Dita is determined to prove to everyone—and herself— that she is brave. But she is facing one of the most disturbingly cruel environments humanity has ever wreaked: Auschwitz. When the handsome Fredy Hirsch offers her a dangerous opportunity to become The Librarian of Auschwitz (Henry Holt, $19.99), guarding the eight books that have been smuggled into the camp, she accepts despite the risk of being caught. Then Dr. Josef Mengele, known as the Angel of Death for his depraved human experiments, tells Dita he has his eye on her. This is a whole new level of terror, and Dita goes to tell Fredy what has happened and ask for his advice when she overhears a conversation that causes her to question her loyalty. Antonio Iturbe interviewed Holocaust survivor Dita Kraus to create a fictionalized account of her experience, a masterful work that translator Lilit Thwaites has now brought to an English-speaking audience. Ages 14-18.

 

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By Antonio Iturbe, Lilit Thwaites (Translator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781627796187
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 10th, 2017

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