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Imogene has grown up against the unique backdrop of the Florida Renaissance Faire: she’s learned the ins and outs of her mother’s shoppe and her father’s acting role as a heroic knight. Now, Imogene is ready to enter into two new daring chapters of her life: finally becoming a squire to her father’s character at the festival, and trading homeschooling for the confusing world of public middle school. After a run-in with the popular crowd, Imogene soon learns that school isn’t nearly as easy to navigate as the traditional stories of heroes and villains that have surrounded her since childhood. From Roller Girl author and Newbery Honoree Victoria Jamieson comes All’s Faire in Middle School (Dial, $12.99 PB/$20.99 HB), a fast-paced, brightly illustrated graphic novel that every middle grade lad and lass will surely relate to. Ages 9-12.

 

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780525429999
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Published: Dial Books - September 5th, 2017

Staff Pick

When the rabbit settlement of Munbury Warren is attacked by the ironclad, red-eyed mutant rabbits known as the Gorm, the slain chieftain’s eldest son, Podkin, is forced to flee with his older sister and baby brother. Left wandering alone in the Five Realms and armed only with a mystical dagger, Podkin One-Ear (Clarion, $16.99) and his siblings embark upon a search for sanctuary that they hope will end in reconquering their home. David Wyatt’s classic illustrations combine with Kieran Larwood’s mix of high fantasy and anthropomorphic animal fiction to create a refreshingly original adventure tale. Ages 9-12.

 

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By Kieran Larwood, David Wyatt (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328695826
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarion Books - September 5th, 2017

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Why are we here? What is our purpose? A young fox groundling, or human-animal hybrid, named Arthur asks these time-honored questions while living in an orphanage under the rule of the cruel and twisted Miss Carbuncle. With equal measures of sweetness and sorrow, The Wonderling (Candlewick, $21.99) follows our kindhearted hero as he escapes the orphanage with a new friend only to face a fresh set of dangers in a neighboring city. There, he learns of a nefarious plan that Miss Carbuncle has for the orphanage. Can Arthur find the courage to use his gifts to help the creatures he left behind? Mira Bartók’s first novel for young readers has a beautiful and rich narrative with a touch of mythology and Oliver Twist. Ages 9-13.

 

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By Mira Bartók, Mira Bartók (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780763691219
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Published: Candlewick - September 26th, 2017

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