This sweet and simple picture book, written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc (translated from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick), celebrates true friendship, and its flexibility. The Lion and the Bird (Enchanted Lion Books, $17.95) meet in autumn, when the bird’s wing is injured and he can’t fly south with his flock. The lion takes him in and nurses him back to health and they spend a winter together staying warm, becoming friends. When spring returns, the bird’s flock flies through and he migrates with them. The lion, though sad to see him go, wishes his friend well on his journey. As the book moves through the seasons, Dubuc’s sparse text and evocative illustrations beautifully convey the emotions of the two animals. When autumn returns, so does the bird, and the two friends spend another winter together, staying warm.  Ages 4-7. ENR

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By Marianne Dubuc (Created by)
ISBN: 9781592701513
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - May 6th, 2014

Neither Karn nor Thianna, the two heroes of Thrones and Bones: Frostborn (Crown, $16.99), really fits into their world. Karn is a merchant’s son who would rather be playing his favorite board game than learning how to haggle. Thianna is a half-giantess who is mocked by her peers for her comparatively short stature. When their paths cross at the annual market of the humans and the giants, however, they start to recognize their strengths. That is, when they aren’t on the run, trying to survive duplicitous uncles, clever dragons, undead kings, and even fouler beasts. They make an unlikely duo, but author Lou Anders makes them, and their world of trolls and wyverns, gripping and emotionally resonant.  Ages 9-13.  ENR

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By Lou Anders, Justin Gerard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780385387781
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 5th, 2014

It’s 1892 and Abigail Rook is off to seek her fortune. After discovering archeology isn’t quite as interesting as she’d imagined, she finds herself in New England in need of a job. Fortuitously, that’s when she meets the peculiar Jackaby (Algonquin, $16.95), a man with a gift for seeing the supernatural. He’s a detective by trade, but his talent for spotting fairy nests and troll droppings means he sometimes misses the more mundane, but still crucial, details. That’s where Abigail comes in. It’s not even her first day as Jackaby’s assistant when they find themselves on the trail of a serial killer, who may be a little more than human. William Ritter’s first novel is a clever and ghoulish take on the tried-and-true detective narrative.  Ages 12-16. ENR

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ISBN: 9781616203535
Availability: Out of Print in This Format
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 16th, 2014