Third grade is a challenge for Ellray Jakes. His popular classmates are constantly bragging and Ellray wonders how he can join in. Finally, Ellray Jakes is a Rock Star (Viking, $14.99) when he brings his father’s prized collection of crystals to school and gives them away. While his popularity is ensured, his father soon discovers that items are missing and Ellray must retrieve the rocks. Illustrated by Jamie Harper, this second title in Sally Warner’s series will ring true for elementary school readers. Ages 7-9. MAG
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By Sally Warner, Jamie Harper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670011582
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2011

When a moose and a bear unintentionally cause the collapse of two pigs’ little huts, problemsolving saves the day. The unlikely quartet of friends decides to build A House in the Woods (Candlewick, $16.99). Unable to complete the project on their own, the friends enlist the help of industrious beavers to build their home in exchange for peanut butter sandwiches. Inga Moore’s charming pencil and pastel illustrations bring this fanciful tale and its expressive animal characters to life. Ages 4-8. MAG
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ISBN: 9780763652777
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Candlewick - November 8th, 2011

Discover why 50 is the perfect number to create a dragonfly, 22 makes a walking stick, and 2500 means termites when you spend this summer with Bugs by the Numbers (Blue Apple, $19.99), by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss, the award-winning creators of Alphabeasties. From its intriguing endpapers and surprising fold-out pages to its fascinating facts, this is a book that effortlessly marries art and science. All ages. MAG
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ISBN: 9781609050610
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Blue Apple Books - April 27th, 2011