On the day of the class talent show a boy is excited to perform. He’s practiced and practiced, so he isn’t the least bit nervous. The children before him juggle balls, dance, and do handstands with ease. As the line shortens, the boy becomes more alarmed, gradually curling into a ball, until only his cowlick is visible over the neck of his sweater. When he finally stands up in front of his classmates he gets all jumbled up, “reading [his] toes” and “dancing [his] hands,” before managing to sing his song. In And Two Boys Booed (Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.99) veteran author Judith Viorst creates another lovable character, while illustrator Sophie Blackall perfectly captures the stage fright the boy feels. With clever lift-the-flaps, readers will laugh, cheer, and be encouraged by the boy’s ultimate success.  Ages 4-8. KLG

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By Judith Viorst, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374303020
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 2nd, 2014

Leroy Ninker is tired of sitting idly by taking notes from the cowboy westerns he watches while working at the local drive-in. He knows deep down that he is meant to be a cowboy, meting out justice and maintaining order. He even has a ten-gallon hat, a lasso, and boots. But Leroy is missing one essential element—a horse. It’s Leroy’s lucky day, because in this first volume of his adventures, a neighbor happens to be giving away a horse. With a “yippie-i-oh,” Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Candlewick, $12.99) and is ready to fulfill his destiny. However, it takes a lot to keep his new horse, Maybelline, happy, including loads of sweet-talking charm and spaghetti. Author Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Chris Van Dusen (Mercy Watson) are back again for a whole new set of tales, with familiar faces that readers know and love, and new cowboy hijinks sure to entertain.  Ages 6-9. KLG

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By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763663391
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

What if England won the Revolutionary War? In her latest novel, Author Andrea Cremer imagines a world where that came to pass. Armed with mechanical creations beyond imagination, England has tirelessly tracked and destroyed all supporters of the Revolution, forcing them into hiding and their descendants into years of indentured servitude. The rebellion continues to stir beneath the surface, however, and sixteen-year-old Charlotte is impatiently waiting to join the resistance. When she finds a young man in the woods, with no memory, everything Charlotte knew to be true is called into question. Not sure whom to trust, with secrets lurking all around her, Charlotte discovers that The Inventor’s Secret (Philomel, $18.99) could change the outcome of the revolution.  Ages 13-16. KLG

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ISBN: 9780399159626
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Philomel Books - April 22nd, 2014

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