Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan

Willow is an insanely intelligent twelve-year-old girl who finds comfort in Counting by 7s (Dial, $16.99). She lives happily with her adopted parents until tragedy strikes. Her life is torn apart and she must bravely stitch it back together again. In this story, where you’ll be captivated by Willow’s humaneness, quirkiness, and humor, a full range of misfit and diverse characters together form a family full of the same kind of love and oddities one expects from blood relatives.  Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a heartwarming novel of loss and family that will stand the test of time.  Ages 12-14. KLP

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ISBN: 9780803738553
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - August 29th, 2013

Lockwood & Co. The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud’s newest novel, The Screaming Staircase (Hyperion, $16.99), is equal parts frightening and funny, set in a modern—or future—London, where children are the only ones capable of sensing the evil spirits that besiege the city.  Heroine Lucy Carlyle joins Lockwood & Co., one of the many agencies using children to find and destroy the ghosts plaguing the city.  Stroud’s prose is deliciously scary in all the right places, while skillfully breaking the tension with the wit and humor that make up the children’s relationships with each other.  This is a must-read.  Ages 10-14. KLP
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ISBN: 9781423164913
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2013

How to Catch a Bogle - Catherine Jinks, Sarah Watts

Do you know How to Catch a Bogle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99)? No? Well, ten-year-old Birdie does, and she is proud of her profession. Bogles can take the form of any manner of monster, and they are all attacking the children of Victorian London. Alfred Bunce, the Bogler, uses Birdie as bait; her sweet voice draws out the bogles whilst Bunce waits to pounce. Life is complicated, however, by several shady characters, including the infamous Sally Pickles, and by the curiosity of the learned and wealthy Miss Eames. Children and parents alike will enjoy Catherine Jinks’s Dickensian tale of Victorian monsters.  Ages 10-14. KLP