A family of mice embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when the humans upstairs, the Cranston family, decide to move to England. The Cranstons are in search of a husband for their eldest daughter, whose awkwardness has put off every would-be American suitor. The mice take it upon themselves to help with the search, traveling as stowaways on the cruise liner to Europe. Secrets at Sea (Dial, $16.99) delivers author Richard Peck’s signature wit and Kelly Murphy’s charming illustrations. Ages 8-11. DR
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ISBN: 9780803734555
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dial Books - October 13th, 2011

A colossus with an insatiable taste for metal mysteriously appears in a small British village and plagues the community’s farmers by devouring every piece of machinery in his path. Despite this inauspicious beginning, The Iron Giant’s (Knopf, $19.99) friendship with a boy named Hogarth inspires him to become a peaceful member of society and ultimately humankind’s last hope when a terrifying alien threatens Earth’s existence. With Laura Carlin’s new and haunting illustrations, this classic tale of fellowship and peace by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes becomes a thing of unusual beauty – much like the Giant himself. Ages 8 and up. JLM
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By Ted Hughes, Laura Carlin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375871498
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2011

In 1930s Elmira, New York, hopes are riding high for Joe Louis to win the heavyweight boxing championship. Hibernia, Otis, and Willie are three strangers, each coping with difficult life changes. As their worlds begin to intertwine, they are bound together by their deep love of Joe Louis and the hope he represents. Full of struggles and triumphs, Andrea Davis Pinkney’s artfully woven novel shows the strength it takes to overcome challenges, even when you feel trapped like a Bird In A Box (Little, Brown, $16.99). Ages 11-13. AJK
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By Andrea Davis Pinkney, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316074032
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2011