While skiing with her dad, an observant child discovers the world of animals that live Over and Under the Snow (Chronicle, $16.99). Kate Messner’s lyrical text contrasts the little girl’s experiences as she journeys over the snow with the activities of the vole, shrew, hare, and other animals who winter under the surface in the subnivean zone, as well as those who prey on them. The crisp silence of the snow-covered woodland and the close up cross-sections of the “secret kingdom” below are strikingly rendered in Christopher Silas Neal’s mixed media illustrations. Ages 4-8. MAG
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ISBN: 9780811867849
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 19th, 2011

When his father was sent to debtor’s prison, Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99) were forced to work in factories to survive. The lasting impact of this experience resonated in Dickens’s publications, which were read by rich and poor alike. In this well-researched introduction to Charles Dickens and how the plight of poor children in Victorian England influenced his life’s work, Andrea Warren traces the renowned author’s life and the ways his books effected social change. Quotes, period paintings and photographs, a history of child labor, and a bibliography complete this accessible biography. Ages 10-12. MAG
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ISBN: 9780547395746
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 29th, 2011

In Caldecott medalist Brian Selznick’s (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) new masterpiece, two stories, one told in words and the other in pictures, interweave until they converge. In 1977, Ben, coping with hearing loss and his mother’s death, travels to New York City to find his mysterious father. Fifty years earlier, Rose, also deaf, spends time constructing models of New York’s skyline and seeking contact with a film star. Each discovers the American Museum of Natural History and is Wonderstruck (Scholastic, $29.99). The book’s brilliant construction reflects Ben’s and Rose’s silent worlds and assures readers that the bound book will always be wondrous. An afterword demonstrates the author’s passion and extensive research. Ages 10 and up. MAG
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ISBN: 9780545027892
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 13th, 2011