Part of fourteen-year-old Austin Gray’s mission to redefine herself is to raise a prize-winning rooster for her Future Farmers of America project. If her rooster wins, she might be chosen to be The Sweetheart Of Prosper County (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99) in the local Christmas parade. Jill Alexander’s rich cast of endearing characters and a particularly well-drawn mother-daughter relationship make this slice of teen life in a small town a compelling read. Ages 11-14. MAG
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ISBN: 9780312548568
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 1st, 2009

A frog escapes from a jar and finds a book of Spells (Simon & Schuster, $16.99) by Emily Gravett. Disappointed that the book is not about pirates or castles, the frog shreds its pages. From the shreds, the frog attempts to formulate the spell to become a prince, but the spells, which emerge through split- page images, form magical creatures, not a prince. Finally, a spell, mostly right, produces a prince. Alas, he overlooked a crucial condition noted in small print and the prince reverts to a small green frog—gribbitt! Light-hearted drawings set against a dramatic background and cheeky touches will delight older readers of picture books. Ages 4-8. MAG
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By Emily Gravett, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416982708
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2009

Snappy verse and intriguing collage abound in the latest collaboration by author and illustrator team Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers. A young boy, Jeremy, discovers that to each person he meets he is unique. He is brother, son, writer, dancer, artist, and dreamer, and these roles sum up Looking Like Me (Egmont, $18.99). This jubilant picture book is an invitation for each child to discover their own exceptional qualities. Age 5-9. MAG
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ISBN: 9781606840016
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 27th, 2009