Far Far Away - Tom Mcneal

Like the characters in the stories he collected, Jacob Grimm lived long, long ago and Far Far Away (Knopf, $17.99). Yet he is still trapped on Earth, watching over Jeremy Johnson Johnson, the only living person who can hear him clearly. Jeremy’s mother abandoned him, his father is agoraphobic, and his grandfather, who ran the town’s Two Book Bookstore (selling only the two volumes of his own autobiography) has died and left Jeremy the store. Jacob knows, though, that something even darker threatens in the small town of Never Better, which Tom McNeal has made uncanny with subtle, eerie references to the tales of the brothers Grimm. Ages 12-15. EAE
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ISBN: 9780375849725
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2013

The Blessing Cup - Patricia Polacco

As she did in The Keeping Quilt, Patricia Polacco mines her rich family history to tell the story of The Blessing Cup (Paula Wiseman, $17.99), but this time she reaches back even further. Before her great-grandmother Anna came to America and made a quilt to help her family to remember their past, she was a little girl in Russia, suffering under the brutal government-supported pogroms, but comforted by the closeness and rituals of family. Their beautiful tea set, said to give all who drank from it a blessing from God, was one of the few items the family brought with them when they fled the terror of the pogroms. By the time they reached the U.S., only one cup was left; it was then passed down through the generations, in remembrance of what was left behind and as a reminder to treasure the family with which they were blessed. Ages 5-8. EAE
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ISBN: 9781442450479
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 27th, 2013

Brush of the Gods - Lenore Look, Meilo So

Wu Daozi is no ordinary schoolboy. When he tries to make characters as his teacher instructs, trees and animals flow from his brush. Incited into a frenzy of painting, he covers his town in pictures so realistic they come alive. Lenore Look brings to life the T’ang Dynasty’s legendary “Sage of Painting,” who held the Brush of the Gods (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99). Meilo So’s illustrations form a pleasant but muted world that gradually becomes richer and brighter as Wu Daozi paints. Ages 4-8. EAE
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By Lenore Look, Meilo So (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375870019
Availability: Backordered
Published: Schwartz & Wade - June 25th, 2013