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The Old City Lay Dark And Cold...It is night. And Edmund is alone. His mother is gone. His aunt, who went in search of her, is dea...d. His sister has disappeared. Edmund has no one. Except for a stranger of the night.A dark, mysterious stranger who flees from demons of his own...who follows Edmund with grim determination through the cold and shadow city, promising to help, but often hindering. A stranger who needs Edmund for purpose of his own! Author Biography: Ask Avi how you know when you re a real writer and his answer is simple: "I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and start thinking about readers." Avi made up his mind to do that when he was just a senior in high school. Avi was born in 1937 in New York City and was raised in Brooklyn. Kids often ask him about his name. "My twin sister gave it to me when we were both about a year old. And it stuck." To this day, Avi is the only name the author uses. As a kid, Avi says, he was "shy, not into sports, but someone who loved to read and play games of imagination." He did not consider himself a good student, though. "In elementary school I did well in science, but I was a poor writer. When I got to high school I failed all my courses. Then my folks put me in a small school that emphasized reading and writing." What made him want to become a writer? "Since writing was important to my family, friends and school, it was important to me. I wanted to prove that I could write. But it took years before I had a book published." Avi didn t start off as an author of children s books but as a playwright. It was only when he had children of his own that he started to write for youngpeople. When asked if writing is hard for him, Avi gives an unequivocal YES. "But," he goes on, "it s hard for everyone to write well. I have to rewrite over and over again, so on average it takes me a year to write a book." Where does he get his ideas? "Everybody has ideas. The vital question is: What do you do with them? My wife, a college teacher, uses her ideas to understand literature. My rock musician sons shape their ideas in to music. I take my ideas and turn them into stories." Avi s advice for people who want to write: "I believe reading is the key to writing. the more you read, the better your writing can be." He adds, "Listen, and watch the world around you. Don t be satisfied with answers others give you. Don t assume that because everyone believes a thing, that it is right or wrong. Reason things out for yourself. Work to get answers on your own. Understand why you believe things. Finally, write what you honestly feel, then learn from the criticism that will always come your way."Avi s many award-winning books for young readers include the Newbery Honor Books Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, as well as more Tales from Dimwood Forest, including Poppy, winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, Poppy and Rye, and Ragweed. His many other books include tales of mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction for young readers of all ages.In His Own Words... When I was small, I was read to continually. My grandparents were always telling stories. Our house was filled with books. I saw adults read. Hardly a wonder, then, that I becane a early reader of all sorts of things books for childern, comic books, science magazines, history books anything in which I could fing a story. There was kids radio too, which I adored. Even so, writing didn t interest me. It was in my junior year of high school that a great crisis took place: My English teacher informed my parents that I was the worst student he ever had. That summer I was required to spend a lot os time with a family friend, a teacher, who tutored me in writing basics. She gave me something even more important: a reason for writing. Writing, she taught me, was not just for myself or for some teacher. It was a way of sharing ideas and stories with many. With that notion in mind, I Read More

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This series follows teens who were left behind and have nothing left but their newfound faith in Christ. Determined to stand up fo...r God no matter what the cost, they are tested at every turn. Great for ages 12 and up. Book #4: Rescued contains books #13-16 in the Left Behind: The Kids series with background plots from Soul Harvest. Tyndale House Publishers The death toll rises as the great wrath of the Lamb earthquake ends. Victims throughout the world search to find family and friends lost during the earthquake. While they deal with the tragic loss of a friend, they also pray for another who has fallen into the hands of the Global Community. Judd and Vicki must use every measure possible to avoid capture by the GC. Unexpected help always comes when they need it, and each time they see God s miraculous work in their lives. Join the Young Trib Force as they rely on God s help to get them through the most dangerous time to be alive. Read More

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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" Midwest Children s Book Review Sammy s softball te...am is in contention for the Junior Slugger s Cup, and all she wants to do is hunker down behind the home plate and catch strikes. But Heather Acosta brings new meaning to the term "foul ball" as she schemes to get Sammy kicked off the team. Then Sammy is thrown a wild pitch by a frantic girl at the mall. The girl asks Sammy to watch her bag and dashes off before Sammy discovers that the bag she s left holding contains a baby! When the girl doesn t return, Sammy decides to go find her. A heart-pounding search ensues, and leads to some situations that are definitely not covered in the softball playbook. The Sammy Keyes mysteries are fast-paced, funny, thoroughly modern, and true whodunits. Each mystery is exciting and dramatic, but it s the drama in Sammy s personal life that keeps readers coming back to see what happens next with her love interest Casey, her soap-star mother, and her mysterious father. When thirteen-year-old Sammy finds herself with an abandoned baby on her hands, she sets out to find the young mother, who may belong to a gang, and accidentally jeopardizes her position on the softball team. Read More

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The Old City Lay Dark And Cold...It is night. And Edmund is alone. His mother is gone. His aunt, who went in search of her, is dea...d. His sister has disappeared. Edmund has no one. Except for a stranger of the night.A dark, mysterious stranger who flees from demons of his own...who follows Edmund with grim determination through the cold and shadow city, promising to help, but often hindering. A stranger who needs Edmund for purpose of his own! Author Biography: Ask Avi how you know when you re a real writer and his answer is simple: "I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and start thinking about readers." Avi made up his mind to do that when he was just a senior in high school. Avi was born in 1937 in New York City and was raised in Brooklyn. Kids often ask him about his name. "My twin sister gave it to me when we were both about a year old. And it stuck." To this day, Avi is the only name the author uses. As a kid, Avi says, he was "shy, not into sports, but someone who loved to read and play games of imagination." He did not consider himself a good student, though. "In elementary school I did well in science, but I was a poor writer. When I got to high school I failed all my courses. Then my folks put me in a small school that emphasized reading and writing." What made him want to become a writer? "Since writing was important to my family, friends and school, it was important to me. I wanted to prove that I could write. But it took years before I had a book published." Avi didn t start off as an author of children s books but as a playwright. It was only when he had children of his own that he started to write for youngpeople. When asked if writing is hard for him, Avi gives an unequivocal YES. "But," he goes on, "it s hard for everyone to write well. I have to rewrite over and over again, so on average it takes me a year to write a book." Where does he get his ideas? "Everybody has ideas. The vital question is: What do you do with them? My wife, a college teacher, uses her ideas to understand literature. My rock musician sons shape their ideas in to music. I take my ideas and turn them into stories." Avi s advice for people who want to write: "I believe reading is the key to writing. the more you read, the better your writing can be." He adds, "Listen, and watch the world around you. Don t be satisfied with answers others give you. Don t assume that because everyone believes a thing, that it is right or wrong. Reason things out for yourself. Work to get answers on your own. Understand why you believe things. Finally, write what you honestly feel, then learn from the criticism that will always come your way."Avi s many award-winning books for young readers include the Newbery Honor Books Nothing But the Truth and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, as well as more Tales from Dimwood Forest, including Poppy, winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, Poppy and Rye, and Ragweed. His many other books include tales of mystery, fantasy, and historical fiction for young readers of all ages.In His Own Words... When I was small, I was read to continually. My grandparents were always telling stories. Our house was filled with books. I saw adults read. Hardly a wonder, then, that I becane a early reader of all sorts of things books for childern, comic books, science magazines, history books anything in which I could fing a story. There was kids radio too, which I adored. Even so, writing didn t interest me. It was in my junior year of high school that a great crisis took place: My English teacher informed my parents that I was the worst student he ever had. That summer I was required to spend a lot os time with a family friend, a teacher, who tutored me in writing basics. She gave me something even more important: a reason for writing. Writing, she taught me, was not just for myself or for some teacher. It was a way of sharing ideas and stories with many. With that notion in mind, I Read More

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AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY COMES TO LIFE Discover why young people all over the country are reading the Black Stars biographies of A...frican American heroes. Here is what you want to know about the lives of great black men and women during the fabulous Harlem Renaissance: louis "satchmo" armstrong eubie blake thomas andrew dorsey w. e. b. du bois duke ellington james reese europe jessie redmon fauset marcus garvey w. c. handy fletcher henderson langston hughes zora neale hurston hall johnson henry johnson oscar micheaux philip payton jr. gertrude "ma" rainey paul robeson augusta savage noble sissle bessie smith james van der zee dorothy west carter g. woodson "The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid." -Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine "Inspiring stories that demonstrate what can happen when ingenuity and tenacity are paired with courage and hard work." -Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children s Books "Haskins has chosen his subjects well . . . catching a sense of the enormous obstacles they had to overcome. . . . Some names are familiar, but most are little-known whom Haskins elevates to their rightful place in history." -Booklist "The broad coverage makes this an unusual resource-a jumping-off point for deeper studies." -Horn Book Read More

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The All Aboard Reading series features stories that capture beginning readers imagination while developing their vocabulary and r...eading comprehension. The Picture Readers, appropriate for preschoolers, combine a very simple text with rebuses. Flash cards bound in the book help make the transition from the rebus to the printed word. As the levels progress, the stories get longer, and the print size gets smaller, preparing readers for longer books with chapters. All the books are illustrated in full color, and engage a child s curiosity with a range of topics from science to sports, history, and fantasy. Grades 2 - Grade 4. Frances Hodgson Burnett s beloved classic is adapted for beginning readers in this colorfully illustrated version. The spoiled orphan Mary Lennox leaves India to live with her cold uncle in his dreary mansion in England. When Mary hears of a secret garden kept locked for ten years, she is determined to find it and tend it back to life. With the help of her uncle s sickly son and a boy who knows all about nature, Mary secretly transforms the garden - and all of their lives. Read More

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For fans of The Mysterious Benedict Society now in paperback! Eleven-year-old Darwen Arkwright has spent his whole life in a tiny ...town in England. So when he is forced to move to Atlanta, Georgia, to live with his aunt, he knows things will be different but what he finds there is beyond even his wildest imagination! Darwen discovers an enchanting world through the old mirror hanging in his closet a world that holds as many dangers as it does wonders. Along with his new friends Rich and Alexandra, Darwen becomes entangled in an adventure and mystery that involves the safety of his entire school. They soon realize that the creatures are after something in our world something that only human children possess. Read More

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The uniquely talented samurai kids are back and ready to join forces with a ninja clan! as the fast-paced martial arts series ...continues. Across the valley, a drumbeat echoes. For ten days, the drum will call the mountain ryus to war, including the samurai kids from the Cockroach Ryu. Only Japan s feudal emperor can stop the war, so Niya and Sensei Ki-Yaga set off on a grueling journey with all the Cockroaches, whose firm friendship and unusual skills must be put to the test in order to beg the Emperor to maintain peace. Sensei Ki-Yaga is respected and wise, but unfortunately, the last time he encountered the Emperor, the Emperor threatened to cut off his head. All seems hopeless until Ki-Yaga guides the Cockroaches to meet with the Owl Ninja clan. Samurai and ninja are supposed to be enemies, but can these two groups somehow work together to save the sensei and stop the battle in time? From the Hardcover edition. Read More

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Emmy was a good girl.At least she tried very hard to be good. She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables,... even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days. She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . . Hilarious, inventive, and irresistably rodent-friendly, this is a fantastic first novel from acclaimed picture book author Lynne Jonell. Read More

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A shadowy witch, a cursed hunter it s tricky business for Sol and Connie as they face off against this awful pair. The kids narrow...ly averted being eaten by the last witch after them, and this time it doesn t look any better. It s a long way through the accursed valley, they re running out of food and water, and that lodge on the mountain side with the collection of animals inside isn t exactly comforting. In this book by Keith McGowan, who can save them? The All Creatures Manager? A heroic woodthrush? The Camper Lady? The Know-It-All Cube? Or will they have to save themselves? And here s the worst of it: little do Sol and Connie know that the ancient child hunter is about to wake up thanks to the witch s curse. Read More

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There is no greater trust than the one between Kirstie and her horses. Kirstie Scott adores all of her horses, but Lucky is her fa...vorite. She is devastated when Lucky suddenly falls ill and no one can figure out what s wrong with him. Desperate for answers, Kirstie takes Lucky deep into the Rockies to find a reclusive but legendary horse doctor before she loses her beloved friend. Will this mysterious doctor be able to save Lucky? Or will Kirstie have to say good-bye to the horse she loves the most? Don t miss The Horses of Half Moon Ranch! Crazy Horse ? Johnny Mohawk ? Midnight Lady ? Wild Horses ? Rodeo Rocky About the Series: Kirstie Scott lives with her family at Half Moon Ranch where her entire life is consumed by an undying love for horses. She finds the wild and dangerous terrain enticing and spends her afternoons riding through the tall forests and deep canyons. Kirstie always finds adventure in nature and never has a dull day. Join Kirstie and her friends for four more action-packed adventures in this popular horse series. What readers are saying about the Horses of Half Moon Ranch: "...this series is going to make quite a few little horse-crazy girls very, very happy!" "This story is one that I enjoyed. I hope that the author will continue to display such talent in writing." "The detail and story line is great. I would recommend to any horse lover!" "A wonderful story. This is a good read for any horse lover. I enjoyed it a lot." "Thought that I would read this book because I have read other books by this author and I love horses. I couldn t put this book down! An exciting and gripping read." Read More

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Books 32-34 in the Left Behind: The Kids series are now available in a value-priced hardcover for collectors and for readers who w...ant a longer read. Protected includes books 32-34 from Left Behind: The Kids and background plots from The Remnant. Best for ages 12 and up, but loved by all ages. Tyndale House Publishers Read More

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One of 12 siblings growing up in depression-era Baltimore, Edith isn t quite sure of who she is. Between working at her father s d...iner, taking care of her younger siblings, and living in the shadow of her more mature sisters, Edith feels lost in a sea of siblings. When a kind teacher encourages Edith to be a teacher herself one day, Edith sees prospects for a future all her own. Full of joy, pain, humor, and sadness, this novel in verse is a wonderful look at the life of Edith Paul, the author s mother, and is an enduring portrait (complete with family photos and an author s note at the end) of one family s pursuit of the American dream. Read More

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Berlin, August 1961. Sabine lives in a cramped apartment with her grandmother, mother, and older half-brother, Erich, in East Berl...in where neighbors spy on each other, books are forbidden, and sometimes people disappear in the middle of the night?to the west. When Sabine discovers a forgotten underground bunker, she first uses it to escape her crowded home. After the Soviets build a barrier through the middle of Berlin, Sabine thinks of a new use for the Bunker. Could it take her family under the Wall to freedom? Or are their lives in more danger than ever? Read More

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True Blue is a beauty, a dappled gray, and when Abby gets to take him to her family s ranch, she can hardly believe her luck. The ...horse needs a home: his owner a woman brand new to the riding stable was tragically killed in a car crash and no one has claimed him. Daddy is wary, as always. But Abby is smitten. True Blue is a sweetheart, and whenever Abby calls out, "Blue, Blue, how are you?" he whinnies back. But sometimes True Blue seems . . . spooked. He paces, and always seems to be looking for something. Or someone. Filled with riding scenes and horse details, this newest middle-grade novel from a Pulitzer Prize winner offers a mysterious and suspenseful almost-ghost story. Read More

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Emmy was a good girl.At least she tried very hard to be good. She did her homework without being told. She ate all her vegetables,... even the slimy ones. And she never talked back to her nanny, Miss Barmy, although it was almost impossible to keep quiet, some days. She really was a little too good. Which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all . . . Hilarious, inventive, and irresistably rodent-friendly, this is a fantastic first novel from acclaimed picture book author Lynne Jonell. Read More

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Charlotte s Rose justifiably back in print tells the story of a young Welsh girl, Charlotte Edwards, who, soon after her mother di...es, sails with her father from England to the United States to become part of a company of Mormon handcart pioneers emigrants with no horses or oxen who themselves pulled the heavy carts filled with their belongings. These were arduous journeys. While on the Mormon Trail, Charlotte befriends a young mother who later dies in childbirth. Though only 12 years old, Charlotte assumes responsibility for the infant and carries her to Utah. Over the course of their journey together, Charlotte becomes deeply attached to the baby she calls Rose, which makes Charlotte s choice at the novel s end particularly poignant. The author, A. E. Cannon, is adept at creating vivid, multifaceted, believable characters and has crafted a story of pioneers that will seem relevant to today s young people. The reader will quickly be drawn into the story as Charlotte struggles to navigate the trials of an adolescent moving into adulthood. Although this is a book about Mormon pioneers, it is in fact about the larger American experience of immigration a drama still unfolding today­ and Charlotte s coming-of-age journey will resonate with readers young and old. Read More

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In the tradition of the loveable but flawed heroines from Louise Rennison s Georgia Nicholson Books, Kathleen O Dell s Agnes Parke...r novels, and Lois Lowry s Anastasia Krupnik books comes Elizabeth Cody Kimmel s Kat Roberts. All Kat wants is to be normal, or at least to look that way to students at her new school. But her mother is a medium, and not the kind that fits in between small and large; Kat s mom is the kind of medium who sees spirits and communicates with them. And, even worse, Kat has just discovered that she can see spirits too. In fact, she seems to be the only one capable of helping a spirit at her school cross over successfully. The question is can she do it without needing to switch schools herself? In this the first of three SUDDENLY SUPERNATURAL books, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel brings humor, heart, and a little supernatural charm to the trials and tribulations of finding out who you are and who you want to be--all while surviving the seventh grade. Read More

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?Oh, fishsticks, tartar, and a side of fries!? Runaway ferrets, former BFF drama-trauma, and one GIGANTIC (and very, very public) ...belly flop. No doubt about it, Callie Boone s summer is CRUMMY. The only things keeping her afloat are dive practice with her dad and a top-secret Olympic dream. Then a boy named Hoot who is NOT her boyfriend! moves in next door and turns her world upside down and right-side up. Just when things start looking up, real disaster strikes and Callie feels like she s stuck at the top of the high diving board with no way down. What if she can t fix all the things that need fixing? She ll just have to try! With a little luck, a solid plan, and a whole lot of teamwork, she just might make it through. After all, she s Callie Boone! After All, You re Callie Boone is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children s Book of the Year. Read More

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THE STRIKE-OUT KING STRIKES IT RICH! Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game except... how to play well. His specialty is striking out. Joe feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-pay job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor s attic, he feels even worse until he comes across a little piece of cardboard that takes his breath away. His heart is racing. His brain is racing. He can hardly believe his eyes. Joe has stumbled upon a T-206 Honus Wagner the most valuable baseball card in the world! And he s about to find out that it s worth a lot more than money. . . In the middle of the night, Joe wakes up to find himself face-to-face with the star of the 1909 World Series Honus Wagner one of the greatest ballplayers who ever lived. . .and they re about to travel through time on an amazing journey that will change both their lives forever.THE STRIKE-OUT KING STRIKES IT RICH! Joe Stoshack lives for baseball. He knows everything there is to know about the game except how to play well. His specialty is striking out. Joe feels like a real loser, and when he takes a low-pay job cleaning a bunch of junk out of his neighbor s attic, he feels even worse until he comes across a little piece of cardboard that takes his breath away. His heart is racing. His brain is racing. He can hardly believe his eyes. Joe has stumbled upon a T-206 Honus Wagner the most valuable baseball card in the world! And he s about to find out that it s worth a lot more than money. . . In the middle of the night, Joe wakes up to find himself face-to-face with the star of the 1909 World Series HonusWagner one of the greatest ballplayers who ever lived. . .and they re about to travel through time on an amazing journey that will change both their lives forever. 00-01 CA Young Reader Medal Masterlist 00-01 Young Reader s Choice Award Program Masterlist 2000-2001 Georgia s Picture Storybook Award and Georgia s Children s Book Award Masterlist 01 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award Nominee Masterlist Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus. Read More

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Partly based on the author s own experiences at the famous Manhattan high school for the performing arts, this novel explores frie...ndship, freedom, and the art of challenging convention. Set in New York in the 1980s, this story of two ballet dancers (one American, one Russian) recounts the unforgettable night they spend in the city, and celebrates the friendship they form despite their cultural and political differences. Read More

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Critically acclaimed author Barry Lyga s middle-grade debut ARCHVILLAIN now in paperback! Kyle Camden knows exactly where he was t...he night Mighty Mike arrived: sneaking around the fallow field behind Bouring Middle School, preparing one of his most ingenious pranks yet. Which is why he couldn t tell anyone where he was. Or what he saw. Those lights everyone saw in the sky weren t tiny meteors burning up in the atmosphere. They were some kind of strange, supercooled plasma that bathed the entire field -- including Kyle -- in alien energies. Unfortunately, the energies also brought Mighty Mike to Earth. Kyle is the only one who knows that Mighty Mike is an alien. Everyone else thinks that Mike is just some kid who stumbled into the field, got beefed up on meteor juice, lost his memory, and decided to start rescuing kittens from trees. But Kyle knows the truth. And he ll do anything in his power to stop Mighty Mike, even if it means being an Archvillain! Read More

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During her career popular children s writer Edith Nesbit collaborated on over sixty books of fiction for children. In "The Childre...n s Shakespeare" she turns her attention to a series of interpretations of William Shakespeare s works. These retellings of Shakespeare s plays are written in a way that can be easily understood by and entertaining to young readers. "Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare" includes retellings of the following plays: "Romeo and Juliet," "The Tempest," "A Midsummer Night s Dream," "King Lear," "Cymbeline," "The Taming of the Shrew," "Hamlet," "Twelfth Night," "As You Like It," "Pericles," "The Merchant of Venice," and "The Winter s Tale." Read More

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The next middle-grade rhyming novel from the award-winning author of Zorgamazoo! Prince Puggly of the muddy, terminally unfashiona...ble Kingdom of Spud is surprised when he receives an invitation to a lavish ball in the far more chic Kingdom of Spiff. Puggly is sure that the Spiffs will take one look at him and laugh him out of their kingdom. And that s exactly what they do. . . . But then Puggly meets Francesca, the bookish Princess of Spiff, and together the two set out to teach Francesca s Spiffian countrymen an absurd lesson in style. Award-winning author Robert Paul Weston once again delivers a humorous fantasy in rhyming verse that just begs to be read aloud. And this time, it comes with a message that s sure to impress: There s more to a person than how they are dressed. Read More

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"Hard to resist." The Horn Book Magazine "Wild and woolly, funny and outrageously fun." New York Review of Books "There s noth...ing this Puddin enjoys more than offering slices of himself to strangers," observes Bill Barnacle the sailor. Since its 1918 debut, generations of hungry readers have been helping themselves to The Magic Pudding. A walking, talking dessert, the pudding shares its deliciousness with everyone and never runs out because it s magic! Australian author and artist Norman Lindsay wrote this jolly fable in response to a friend who claimed that children liked to read about fairies. Lindsay maintained that kids prefer food and fighting, and this fun-filled romp abounds in both. Sailor Bill and his companions Bunyip Bluegum (a koala) and Sam Sawnoff (a penguin) stroll, eat, and defend the pudding from would-be thieves. Upon occasion, the friends burst into exuberant song, punctuating their adventures with a series of whimsical rhymes. Charmingly illustrated by the author, this children s classic promises to satisfy even the biggest appetite. "Hearty eaters," as Sam remarks, "are always welcome." Read More

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"Asterix, the hero of more than 30 comic stories...is back...wit, humane insights, and physical antics allow readers to join the f...un...has cross-generational appeal..."--Booklist With over 300 million copies sold worldwide, the Asterix books are a global sensation. (They ve sold even more than Harry Potter!) Set in 50 BC, these hysterical historical tales follow the adventures of Asterix and his pals in the days of the Roman Empire. Normally, he s concerned about protecting his town from the legionnaires (with the help of a magic potion), but here something else is on his mind: his surprise birthday party! Meanwhile, two old friends are about to turn up again...and they re up to something interesting...There s no gladiator that can match Asterix s power! Read More

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The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Proph...et, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet... As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate -- and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. So it s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -- and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability. Winner of the 2005 Quill Awards Book of the Year and Children s Chapter Book/Middle Grade Category Read More

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It s the second in Archie s dynamic "New Look" series! For years, Archie fans the world over wondered what their favorite Riverdal...e teens would look like if rendered in a realistic style, this time, the attention is on Archie s crowned, needle-nosed pal Forsythe P. Jones, AKA, Jughead! Compiling all four issues of Jughead s Double Digest (#139-142), The Matchmakers graphic novel recounts the entire story of Jughead and his new flame, Sandy Sanchez, as they turn Riverdale upside-down with their sudden romance! Read More

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In this companion to her acclaimed 2005 novel, A Dog s Life, Ann M. Martin tells the parallel stories of a stray dog (the brother ...of the dog featured in A Dog s Life), a boy dealing with unspeakable loss, and a boy whose most ardent wish is to own a dog and everything for a dog. Bone and his sister, Squirrel, are stray dogs born in a shed. Left motherless as puppies, the two dogs survive together for a while, but are soon wrenched apart. Bone doesn t know if his sister is still alive, and must now go on, alone. Charlie is a boy who has suffered a terrible loss. And, as he s healing with the help of his dog, another tragedy occurs. Henry s best friend has moved away. All Henry has wanted is a dog of his own. But his parents won t let him. Bone, Charlie, and Henry live very different lives, but they are fated to intersect in surprising ways. Award-winning author Ann M. Martin has written a powerful, heartfelt novel that s perfect for anyone who has ever longed for a dog, or loved one. Read More

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Diana and her little brother Georgie have been living in the woods behind the old Willis place, a decaying Victorian mansion, for ...what already seems like forever. They aren t allowed to leave the property or show themselves to anyone. But when a new caretaker comes to live there with his young daughter, Lissa, Diana is tempted to break the mysterious rules they live by and reveal herself so she can finally have a friend. Somehow, Diana must get Lissa s help if she and Georgie ever hope to release themselves from the secret that has bound them to the old Willis place for so long. Mary Downing Hahn has written a chilling ghost story in the tradition of her most successful spine-tingling novels. The intriguing characters, frightening secrets, and plot twists will delight her many fans. Tired of the rules that have bound them ever since "the bad thing happened," twelve-year-old Diana ignores her brother s warnings and befriends the daughter of the new caretaker, setting in motion events that lead to the release of the spirit of an evil, crazy woman who once ruled the old Willis place. Read More

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Artists Leo and Diane Dillon won their second consecutive Caldecott Medal for this stunning ABC of African culture. "Another virtu...oso performance. . . . Such an astute blend of aesthetics and information is admirable, the child s eye will be rewarded many times over."--Booklist. ALA Notable Book; Caldecott Medal. Full color. Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z. Read More

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Thirteen-year-old Sarah Morrow doesn t think much of the fact that her mother winced a little when she hugged her. In fact, that f...irst small indication of something wrong escapes the whole family. Three weeks later though there can be no escape. Sarah s mother has been diagnosed with incurable cancer and the love this family shares becomes a desperate clinging. But Sarah s mother has a gift. A gift for reaffirming life. And even as she leaves that gift, another one, a letter, will help bring Sarah through the most painful and trying time she has ever had. One of the most honest portraits of death, courage, and, most especially, love can now be shared again with a new generation of children. "Hermes, author of this . . . uncompromisingly candid story makes the reader aware of life s priceless moments and the need for courage." -Publishers Weekly "A vivid, painful believability." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books "A sensitive, touching account." -Instructor Magazine "This book is by far the best liked book in my reading class. We have read this book in my fifth grade class for the last eight years. The book gives us an opportunity to discuss many issues confronted by young kids while growing up. It also provides an opportunity to discuss death and the loss of a loved one. The students and I have had many heart wrenching talks while reading this book. Many tears have been shed by my students while reading and discussing this book. This is my all time favorite book to read in class." -Online review During the autumn of the year, thirteen-year-old Sarah learns her mother is dying of cancer. Read More

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Includes all Three Books: The Captive The Feathered Serpent The Amethyst Ring What would you do if everyone thought you were a god...? Young Julia??n Escobar is traveling to the New World to spread the gospel to the newly discovered Mayan Empire when a hurricane strikes his ship, scattering its contents to the four winds and leaving Julian as the sole survivor. After struggling ashore, he encounters a young Mayan woman who is shocked at his presence. Soon he learns why. Centuries ago the fair-skinned Mayan god Kukulca??n the Feathered Serpent sailed away with the promise that one day he would return. With his very life at stake, Julia??n does the unimaginable: he begins to impersonate this returned god. PUBLISHER S WEEKLY: "Spellbinding...unforgettable adventure." KIRKUS REVIEWS: "Swift and stunning, inevitable and unexpected." NEW YORK TIMES: "There s no better introduction to the rich and remote Mayan culture than through such a well-told tale." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: "Julia??n s transformation from insecure human seminarian to pretend god [is] remarkable." This exciting collector s edition contains all three books in the Seven Serpents Trilogy: The Captive, The Feathered Serpent and The Amethyst Ring. Read More

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Funny and captivating fantasy from rising star Matt Haig! Samuel and Martha s new life with their Aunt Eda in Norway is filled wit...h rules, but most important is rule number nine: NEVER-UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES? GO INTO THE FOREST. Sure their Uncle Henrik disappeared in the forest ten years ago, but it can t be the forest s fault-can it? Samuel is skeptical until he finds an unusual book, The Creatures of Shadow Forest, which describes the fantastic and sinister creatures supposedly living there. Could Aunt Eda be right? Samuel discovers the truth about the forest s dangerous secrets when Martha becomes lost in the forest, and it s up to him to save her. Read More

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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" Midwest Children s Book Review This is not the sum...mer camping trip of Sammy s dreams. She imagined shady glades, meandering streams, a deer or two. What she gets are scrubby shrubs, blazing sun, rattlesnakes, ticks, and scorpions. Her fellow campers are desperate to catch a rare glimpse of an endangered condor. To Sammy, the trip is nothing more than the painful in pursuit of the unspeakably ugly. But when she and two other girls find an injured condor, Sammy s intrigued at last. As they track down a clue, they stumble onto two classmates and wind up lost. Which leaves three girls and two boys in a canyon with one tent and six billion biting flies. Oh and an armed and dangerous highstakes poacher. S mores anyone? The Sammy Keyes mysteries are fast-paced, funny, thoroughly modern, and true whodunits. Each mystery is exciting and dramatic, but it s the drama in Sammy s personal life that keeps readers coming back to see what happens next with her love interest Casey, her soap-star mother, and her mysterious father. Read More

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In The Nine Pound Hammer, John Bemis introduced middle-grade readers to a whole new approach to epic fantasy, founded on character...s and themes from American mythology and lore, including the legend of John Henry. Now in the third and final book, the heroes come together at the 1893 World s Fair in Chicago for a final confrontation with a businessman and tycoon who is in fact an ageless evil known as the Gog. With his Dark Machine, he intends to bend the world to his ruthless vision of progress and efficiency. It s man versus machine all over again, fighting for the soul of humanity in front of Ferris s Wheel. For fans of adventure fantasy like Percy Jackson and Peter and the Starcatchers. Read More

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Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to ...find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists studios of Soho. Terri Windling s original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today s urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories. From the Hardcover edition. Read More

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On October 1, 1932, during Game Three of the Chicago Cubs New York Yankees World Series, Babe Ruth belted a long home run to strai...ghtaway centerfield. According to legend, just before he hit, Babe pointed to the centerfield bleachers and boldly predicted he would slam the next pitch there. Did he call that shot, or didn t he? Witnesses never agreed. Joe Stoshack knows there s one way to solve the mystery slip back seventy years and see for himself. As fans of Dan Gutman s acclaimed novels Honus and Me and Jackie and Me know, Joe has the astonishing ability to travel through time-with baseball cards! Now he s bound for Chicago s Wrigley Field by way of Depression-era New York. Only this time his dad-who doesn t spend a lot of time with Joe in the present, never mind the past-is along for the trip. Joe has waited a long time for his father to take him to a big league game, but he never dreamed it could be this one!On October 1, 1932, during Game Three of the Chicago Cubs-New York Yankees World Series, Babe Ruth belted a long home run to straight-away centerfield. According to legend, just before he hit, Babe pointed to the centerfield bleachers and boldly predicted he would slam the next pitch there. Did he call that shot, or didn t he? Witnesses never agreed. Joe Stoshack knows there s one way to solve the mystery slip back seventy years and see for himself. Author Biography: Dan Gutman has written many books, including Honus and Me, Jackie and Me, The Kid Who Ran For President, The Kid Who Became President, Johnny Hangtime, The Million Dollar Shot, and Virtually Perfect. When he is not writing books, he is very often visiting aschool. Dan lives in Haddonfield, New Jersey, with his wife, Nina, and their children, Sam and Emma. With their ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe and his father have the opportunity to find out whether Babe Ruth really did call his shot when he hit that homerun in the third game of the 1932 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. Read More

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The fourth book in the CAHILLS VS. VESPERS series, the follow up to the worldwide bestseller THE 39 CLUES. After pulling some spec...tacular heists, Amy and Dan have become two of Interpol s most wanted criminals. So when Vesper One orders them to steal the world s largest diamond, they know they re facing life in prison . . . or worse. But with the Cahill hostages still in peril, Amy and Dan have no choice but to launch a mission that leads them to an ancient city full of dangerous secrets. With a Vesper mole sabotaging the Madrigals from inside, Amy and Dan have to fulfill their enemy s request before it s too late. Vesper One has developed a taste for killing Cahills, and Amy and Dan aren t going to wait to see who s next. Read More

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This is no ordinary collection of knock-knock jokes. It s extra crazy. Extra hilarious. Extra spontaneous. And this new offering f...rom master of laughter Bob Phillips will require extra stamina from parents whose kids own this fantastically funny joke treasury. When kids get squirrely on road trips, in waiting rooms, or during family game night, Extra Nutty Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids will make everything all better. In the world of knock-knock books, this one demands to be answered, again and again, for a giggle-a-thon suited for all ages. Read More

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Now in paperback! A Lilliputian world. A tree under threat. A boy hunted by his own people must protect his father s secrets in a ...gripping and witty eco-adventure. Toby Lolness may be just one and a half millimeters tall, but he s the most wanted person in his world the world of the great oak Tree. Toby s father has made a groundbreaking discovery: the Tree itself is alive, flowing with vital energy, and there may be a world beyond it. Greedy developers itch to exploit this knowledge, risking permanent damage to their natural world. Toby s family has been exiled to the lower branches, and only Toby has managed to escape but for how long? And how can he bear to leave his parents to their terrible fate? Read More

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On her annual family vacation one young girl learns a valuable lesson about loggerhead sea turtles that hatch on warm summer eveni...ngs to make perilous treks across the beaches of the South East coast. Beautiful watercolor illustrations make this book a delight. A girl vacationing with her family at the beach meets a volunteer who is helping newly-hatched loggerhead turtles to reach the water safely. Read More

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Annabelle has tamed the wild boys and catty girls of middle school. Now it s time for her first school dance! A couple of Annabell...e s friends already have dates and she would like one, too. Better yet, she finally has a crush on someone-Oliver. The problem? Claire also likes him, and she s called dibs. To complicate things further, Annabelle has to work super closely with her secret crush on their science fair project! And it looks like one of their competitors is up to something shady. . . . If Annabelle says something, will Oliver respect her for it or think she s a snitch? And will she ever understand what these junior-high boys are really thinking? This third book in the Annabelle Unleashed series captures another unforgettable moment of junior-high drama-complete with utter embarrassment and total joy. Read More

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Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghost...s, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren t really one thing or the other. This chilling tale is Neil Gaiman s first full-length novel for middle-grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline. Like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman s legion of adult fans. 2009 Newbery Medal Winner 2009 Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel 2010 Carnegie Medal Winner Read More

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A Newbery Honor Book An ALA Notable Book A Children s Editors Choice It all started when Georgie, hardly more than a wisp of this...tledown, discovered she could jump down twelve steps in two big graceful bounds. Next, to her great delight, she learned that jumping from the porch and floating as high as the rooftop was possible too. So when the mysterious Canada goose came to her window one night it seemed only natural to climb onto his back and go off with him to learn how to really fly. Jane Langton spins a marvelous fantasy that wild delight all who dream that someday, somehow, we will magically find ourselves aloft and suddenly able to fly! Georgie s fondest hope, to be able to fly, is fleetingly fulfilled when she is befriended by a Canada goose. Read More

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In this first book of the Alien Agent series, we meet Zack, a normal kid with a crazy cousin, Ethan, who thinks he s an alien. But... is Ethan really crazy? And why do the same bald, odd-looking fat guys keep reappearing everywhere the boys go? Read More

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All summer, Jess pushed himself to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade, and when the year s first school-yard race was run, he w...as going to win. But his victory was stolen by a newcomer, by a girl, one who didn t even know enough to stay on the girls side of the playground. Then, unexpectedly, Jess finds himself sticking up for Leslie, for the girl who breaks rules and wins races. The friendship between the two grows as Jess guides the city girl through the pitfalls of life in their small, rural town, and Leslie draws him into the world of imagination-a world of magic and ceremony called Terabithia. Here, Leslie and Jess rule supreme among the oaks and evergreens, safe from the bullies and ridicule of the mundane world. Safe until an unforeseen tragedy forces Jess to reign in Terabithia alone, and both worlds are forever changed. In this poignant, beautifully rendered novel, Katherine Paterson weaves a powerful story of friendship and courage. The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm. Read More

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Finn lives in a small fishing village, and he loves his simple, rough-and-tumble life: listening to the gulls, savoring the salty ...smells of the market and setting fishing lines in the early morning. But when he befriends the Finer family, outsiders in an otherwise close-knit community, the bonds of friendship and familial loyalty are tested. This thoughtfully written, fast-paced novel has a powerful sense of place and of the ways in which friendships and loyalties are forged. The atmospheric illustrations include maps of Finn s village, which is based on the author s childhood home in Spurn Point, at the mouth of the River Humber in Yorkshire, England. Read More

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Jim Lynne is idly playing darts in Liverpool when his brother, Ted, calls him over to a table to ask a question about the ship tha...t he is working on. It seems the ship, enigmatically named the 290, is not the cargo ship that people are saying it is. Whatever its purpose, it is certainly built for speed. But Jim thinks he knows that purpose: it is being built for the Confederate navy. And so launches the story of the intertwined fates of a ship and a boy. The ship would go down in history as one of the most famous vessels of the Civil War. Originally the 290, she would come to be known as the Alabama. Jim, whose father is a slave trader, will have to reconcile his own hatred for slavery with his love for the ship he made and the captain who sails her. Destiny will give him a chance to do just that... "Once again [Scott O Dell] is able to refract universal themes of liberty and self-awareness through history s prism." -School Library Journal "The author displays his distinctive gifts for distilling significance from historical matter and for dealing with the sea. ... With lively conversation and with increasing tension, from confrontations at sea and aboard Jim s ship, the author crisply tells the story, skillfully integrating historical elements. ... Immediately captures the reader s interest." -Horn Book A shipyard apprentice finds high adventure aboard the S.S. Alabama, a Confederate ship which sails the Atlantic destroying Union vessels. Read More

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It s the end of junior year, and summer is about to begin. The Summer of Passion, to be exact, when Jory Michaels plans to explore... all the possibilities of the future and, with any luck, score a boyfriend in the process. But Jory has a problem. A big problem. A curvy, honking, bumpy, problem in the form of her Super Schnozz, the one thing standing between Jory and happiness. And now, with the Summer of Passion stretched before her like an open road, she s determined for Super Schnozz to disappear. Jory takes a job delivering wedding cakes to save up for a nose job at the end of the summer; she even keeps a book filled with magazine cutouts of perfect noses to show the doctor. But nothing is ever easy for accident-prone Jory and before she knows it, her Summer of Passion falls apart faster than the delivery van she crashes. In her hilarious and heartbreaking debut novel, Sydney Salter delivers a story about broadening your horizons, accepting yourself, and finding love right under your nose. Read More

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