Nestled within the masonry and beams of Saint Bartholemew’s church, a colony of mice has remained hidden for generations. Their peace is threatened, however, when several mouse sightings are reported. Mouse Mistress Hildegarde fears this breach in security will bring the Great X – extermination – and she prepares the colony for an exodus to the Outdoors. And still another danger lies in the approaching Blessing of the Animals at the Feast of St. Francis, for the event will certainly bring an enemy as deadly as the Great X – cats. In Bless This Mouse (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $15.99), Newbery medalist Lois Lowry and Caldecott medalist Eric Rohmann make mice even more lovable. Ages 8-11. SNB
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By Lois Lowry, Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547390093
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 21st, 2011

The King calls for volunteers to kill the horrid Ogre of Oglefort (Dutton, $16.99) who is holding Princess Mirella captive. Eager for adventure, the orphaned Ivo joins an unusual search-and-rescue team made up of a hag, a wizard, and a troll. When they eventually reach the Ogre’s castle, the team discovers that Mirella is not the one in need of rescue: the poor Ogre is so depressed he won’t get out of bed. Eva Ibbotson’s motley band has plenty of work to do to care for him while keeping the army of soldiers and Ogre’s relatives at bay. Fortunately, the resident ghosts help out. Ages 9-12. JKS
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By Eva Ibbotson, Lisa K. Weber (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525423829
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dutton Books - August 18th, 2011

Ever since their parents disappeared one mysterious Christmas Eve, Kate, Michael, and Emma have been shuttled from one miserable orphanage to another. But when they find a blank book hidden in their newest home, a mansion in a childless town, the siblings are pulled into a journey across time and through worlds they could never have imagined. In The Emerald Atlas (Knopf, $17.99), John Stephens has created a vividly realized novel that beautifully echoes the classics of children’s fantasy. Ages 9-12. ESL
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ISBN: 9780375868702
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2011

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