Brenda can’t believe that her rich and bratty cousin, Tiffany, will be staying with her for at least two weeks. When Tiffany implies that Brenda doesn’t know about prima ballerina Miss Camilla Freeman is, Brenda fibs that she owns an autographed pair of Miss Freeman’s toeshoes. She has seen the shoes: they are the prized possession of her ballet teacher, Ms. Debbé. Can the Sugar Plum Ballerinas get her out of Toeshoe Trouble (Hyperion, $14.99 hb, $4.99 pb)? Whoopi Goldberg’s second Sugar Plum Ballerinas book is just as much fun as the first. Ages 6-10.
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By Deborah Underwood, Maryn Roos (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423119135
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 5th, 2009

Hold onto your horse and put on your thinking cap, because the tale of Highway Robbery (Greenwillow, $15.99) will keep you guessing from beginning to end. Set in the 18th century, the story is narrated by a cheeky street urchin who has been left holding Black Bess for a mysterious highwayman. This tiny gem by award-winning author Kate Thompson is perfect to share as a read-aloud. Ages 6-12.
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By Kate Thompson, Robert Dress (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061730344
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 26th, 2009

Because Horrid Henry (4 titles in all) (Sourcebooks, $4.99) is no model child, he takes the reader along for some real laughs. In one story, Henry is miserable because all of his classmates and even Peter Perfect, his younger brother, have lost teeth. He has lost none, and so he tries to outsmart the Tooth Fairy, with predictably disastrous results. Another story takes place at the fancy restaurant, Le Posh, where things don’t quite go how his parents planned with all that yucky fancy food. And then there’s Peter Perfect’s revenge against Henry with the love letters to Moody Margaret! Francesca Simon’s Horrid Henry is hilarious. Ages 6-10.
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By Francesca Simon, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781402217753
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks - April 1st, 2009

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