Odd Duck - Sara Varon, Cecil Castellucci

Theodora Duck lives a quiet life, doing everything a duck Should Do, plus just a little bit more (like swimming with a teacup on her head for good posture). When new neighbor Chad moves in, she pities him for being an Odd Duck (First Second, $15.99) who dyes his feathers, but soon learns that he thinks the same thing about her. Cecil Castellucci (Rose Sees Red) and Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) have teamed up to create a charming tale of two odd ducks who have a lot to learn from each other. Ages 6-10. EAE

Odd Duck By Sara Varon (Illustrator), Cecil Castellucci Cover Image
By Sara Varon (Illustrator), Cecil Castellucci
ISBN: 9781596435575
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: First Second - May 14th, 2013

The Path of Names - Ari Goelman

When thirteen-year-old budding musician Dahlia is sent away to Jewish summer camp, she is sure that no one there will understand her, much less share her love of math and slight-of-hand. Just as she suspected, she is teased by mean girls and her older brother, picked on by the cranky old camp caretaker, and haunted by what appears to be ghosts in her cabin. But when she finds an old, handwritten book on kabbalah called The Path of Names (Arthur A. Levine, $16.99), she discovers that underneath all of the games and songs and campy cheer, there is a deeper magic at work. Ari Goelman’s debut novel succeeds in being both a thrilling ghost story and a reflection on the trials of being different. Ages 10-14. EAE

Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

Four siblings—two boys, two girls— are on summer holiday in the Lake District of northwestern England. They cross a lake in a sailing dinghy named the Swallow and journey to a small island, where they live free from their parents and are fully immersed in their games of pirates and deserted islands. They make maps, find provisions, and must face down (and eventually befriend) the fierce crew of the pirate ship Amazon. Arthur Ransome based his enchanting 1930 tale Swallows and Amazons (Overlook, $22.95), the first and best known in a series of twelve, in part on his own childhood adventures.  Ages 9-12. EAE