Ages 9 - 12 Spring '16

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062333469
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 2016

“Being raised in a minimum security prison is pretty unusual — his mother is an inmate — but Perry is happy. He learns so much from his inmate mentors and has a better understanding of the meaning of family than most adults. When he is taken from the only home he has ever known to be fostered by a ‘proper’ family, Perry is determined to show the world that he was really quite all right just where he was. Connor’s message is that your family is made up of the people who care about you, look after you, and put you before themselves. The word ‘family’ encompasses all those people, whether they are blood-related or not. I love this book!” —Clarissa Murphy, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA


Baker's Magic Cover Image
By Diane Zahler, Mina Price (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781623706425
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - February 2016

“An orphan turned baker’s apprentice, an evil mage, a captive princess, a hedge wizard and a hedgehog, and a band of pirates led by their female captain, all magically involved in an ecological adventure. Middle-grade reading doesn’t get better than this!” —Amy Lacy, Petunia’s Place, Fresno, CA


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The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780451476333
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle has just the right combination of atmosphere, creepiness, and darkness, with a bit of historical fiction thrown in. It is wartime 1940, and a group of children from London are sent to a castle in Scotland for their safety. Purportedly, this castle now houses an academy. The chatelaine-wearing headmistress, referred to as ‘The Lady,’ is a mystery. What is her real purpose? And why do people keep mysteriously appearing and disappearing? I’m so excited to handsell this book!” —Valerie Welbourn, The Fountainhead Bookstore, Hendersonville, NC


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Demon Dentist Cover Image
By David Walliams, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062417046
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Published: HarperCollins - March 2016

“Having grown up with Roald Dahl, enjoying everything he wrote and wishing he were still writing, what a delight and joy it is to have discovered David Walliams! He writes in the style of Dahl, but adds his own wit, humor, and a touch of scary story to Demon Dentist. With a hero who gives his all and a feel-good ending, this was one of those ‘I can’t put it down’ books that I read through in one sitting and wished for more. Demon Dentist is destined to be a classic for years to come!” —Pat Trotter, Bookends on Main, Menomonie, WI


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Just My Luck Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062330659
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Published: HarperCollins - February 23rd, 2016

“Nearly everyone knows a family with an autistic child, and the other kids in those families face their own challenges. Benny is a sweet and tender young soul who only wants to help the people around him. His experience with his autistic brother has taught him patience and compassion beyond his years. McGovern will reach a new audience with her first book for younger readers as Just My Luck is very poignant and will strike a familiar chord with readers of all ages.” —Jennifer Armstrong, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT


The Most Important Thing: Stories about Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763681111
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 26th, 2016

“Seven boys, each in different circumstances and with different perspectives, deal with their fathers, present or absent, in this collection of short stories — some humorous, some heartbreaking, and all so honestly told that you will wish you could meet these kids after each story has ended. What is the most important thing a dad can do for his son? These boys will tell you!” —Susan Posch, The Book Shoppe, Boone, IA


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Red's Planet: Book 1 Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781419719080
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 19th, 2016

“Red is an orphan, running away from foster care in search of someplace that feels like a real home. Plucked off Earth by an alien spaceship, the plucky Red finds herself on a planet on the other side of the galaxy, surrounded by a hodgepodge of creatures gathered from other planets. With Red as their leader, can this motley crew make a new home for themselves? This is a really funny, adventurous story that will pull kids right in.” —Sandy Scott, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT


Saving Wonder Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545828932
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 23rd, 2016

“Curley Hines loves living in Wonder Gap, his Appalachian Mountain town, despite his parents being dead and his grandfather wanting nothing more than to get him out of the holler. When their precious mountain is threatened with destruction and the rest of his world starts to fall apart, Curley knows he has to fight for his home. I loved every minute of this story, from Curley’s relationship with his best friend, Jules, and the words his Papaw gives him on a weekly basis — convinced that a large vocabulary will get Curley out of Wonder Gap. Curley is a determined protagonist who will absolutely inspire his readers to stand up for what they believe in.” —Amanda Snow, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA


Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781619637047
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 2nd, 2016

“Simon Thorn’s life has always been shrouded in mystery, but he never expected the truth to be as outrageous as it is. Simon knew he could talk to animals and understand them, but what he didn’t know about was the existence of another world where five animal kingdoms fight for power to rule the others and he plays a key role in who gets that power. This book is filled with adventure, suspense, friendship, and betrayal. I can’t wait for the next installment!” —Lisa Nehs, Books & Company, Oconomowoc, WI