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#1 New York Times bestseller John Grisham s next Theo Boone novel, now in paperback! When we last saw Theo Boone, he ensured that ...justice was served by uncovering evidence that kept a guilty man off of the streets. Hot off this high-profile murder trial, thirteen-year-old Theo is still dispensing legal advice to friends and teachers. But just when it seems as if his life has calmed down and gone back to the status quo, a new legal mystery comes to town, and this time it s personal. ISBN-13: 9780525425571 Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group Publication date: 6/6/2011 Series:Theodore Boone Series , #2 Pages: 256 Sales rank: 101,553 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 830L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.97 (d) Read More

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Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. ...Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world s greatest teenage criminal mastermind? Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies - not humans - and most likely triggered by Artemis s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy. Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind - and the grips of a giant squid - in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants? New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colfer delivers a knockout, fast-paced, and hilarious adventure in Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh book in the blockbuster series. ISBN-13: 9781423128199 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication date: 8/3/2010 Series:Artemis Fowl Series , #7 Edition description: Artemis Fowl Series Pages: 368 Sales rank: 161,798 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 900L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 5.68 (h) x 1.26 (d) 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 ISBN-13: 9780060530921 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 9/30/2008 Pages: 320 Sales rank: 140,988 Age range: 9 - 11 Years Lexile: 820L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d) Read More

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"The most winning junior detective ever in teen lit. (Take that, Nancy Drew!)" Midwest Children s Book Review In this pivotal boo...k in the Sammy Keyes series, Sammy tackles the persistent mysteries of her own life. Mysteries like: Who is her father? And why has her mother kept it such a secret? How long can she manage to hide out in Grams seniors-only building before someone catches on? Is her mother really planning to marry her boyfriend s father? (Ew.) And why, why is Heather Acosta so nasty? During one crazy weekend in Las Vegas, with the help of an entire army of Elvis impersonators, Sammy finally gets some answers. But of course knowledge comes at a price and solving the mysteries of her own life will cost Sammy more than she ever meant to pay. . . . 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. From the Hardcover edition. ISBN-13: 9780375870538 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 1/8/2013 Series:Sammy Keyes Series Pages: 288 Sales rank: 510,691 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 770L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d) Read More

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A Scott O Dell Award-winning graphic novelist follows three dauntless adventurers on a Jules Verne-inspired challenge: circling th...e world, solo! As the nineteenth century wound down, a public inspired by the novel Around the World in Eighty Days clamored for intrepid adventure. The challenge of circumnavigating the globe as no one ever had before a feat assuring fame if not fortune attracted the fearless in droves. Three hardy spirits stayed the course: In 1884, former miner Thomas Stevens made the journey on a bicycle, the kind with a big front wheel. In 1889, pioneer reporter Nellie Bly embarked on a global race against time that assumed the heights of spectacle, ushering in the age of the American celebrity. And in 1895, retired sea captain Joshua Slocum quietly set sail on a thirty-six-foot sloop, braving pirates and treacherous seas to become the first person to sail around the world alone. With cinematic pacing and deft, expressive art, acclaimed graphic novelist Matt Phelan weaves a trio of epic journeys into a single bold tale of three visionaries who set their sights on nothing short of the world. Read More

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Growing up, Jerry Spinelli was really serious about baseball. He played for the Green Sox Little League team in his hometown of No...rristown, Pennsylvania, and dreamed of one day playing for the major leagues, preferably as shortstop for the New York Yankees. One night during high school, Spinelli watched the football team win an exciting game against one of the best teams in the country. While everyone else rode about town tooting horns in celebration, Spinelli went home and wrote ?Goal to Go,? a poem about the game s defining moment, a goal-line stand. His father submitted the poem to the Norristown Times?Herald and it was featured in the middle of the sports page a few days later. He then traded in his baseball bat for a pencil, because he knew that he wanted to become a writer. After graduating from Gettysburg College with an English degree, Spinelli worked full time as a magazine editor. Every day on his lunch hour, he would close his office door and craft novels on yellow magazine copy paper. He wrote four adult novels in 12 years of lunchtime writing, but none of these were accepted for publication. When he submitted a fifth novel about a 13-year-old boy, adult publishers once again rejected his work, but children s publishers embraced it. Spinelli feels that he accidentally became an author of children s books. Spinelli s hilarious books entertain both children and young adults. Readers see his life in his autobiography Knots in My Yo-Yo String, as well as in his fiction. Crash came out of his desire to include the beloved Penn Relays of his home state of Pennsylvania in a book, while Maniac Magee isset in a fictional town based on his own hometown. When asked if he does research for his writing, Spinelli says: ?The answer is yes and no. No, in the sense that I seldom plow through books at the library to gather material. Yes, in the sense that the first 15 years of my life turned out to be one big research project. I thought I was simply growing up in Norristown, Pennsylvania; looking back now I can see that I was also gathering material that would one day find its way into my books.? On inspiration, the author says: ?Ideas come from ordinary, everyday life. And from imagination. And from feelings. And from memories. Memories of dust in my sneakers and humming whitewalls down a hill called Monkey.? Spinelli lives with his wife and fellow writer, Eileen, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. While they write in separate rooms of the house, the couple edits and celebrates one another s work. Their six children have given Jerry Spinelli a plethora of clever material for his writing. Jerry Spinelli is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers, including Maniac Magee, winner of the Newbery Medal. His latest novel, Stargirl, was a New York Times bestseller and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries. ISBN-13: 9780316807227 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication date: 4/2/1990 Edition number: 1 Pages: 184 Sales rank: 276,218 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d) Read More

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Since their mother s death, Sadie and Carter have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Ca...rter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings to the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that all the gods of Egypt are waking, and that Set now has his sights on them. To stop him, the duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe, one that brings Carter and Sadie ever closer to the truth about their family and its connection to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. The heart-stopping action and magic explode off the page in The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel, based on the worldwise best-selling novel by Rick Riordan. ISBN-13: 9781423150688 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication date: 10/2/2012 Series:Kane Chronicles Graphic Novel Series , #1 Pages: 192 Sales rank: 255,900 Age range: 9 - 11 Years Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.72 (d) Read More

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In this new bind-up, Judy Blume s two stories about three best friends will reach a new set of girls. Stephanie, Rachel and Alison... know there will be plenty of family issues, broken hearts, and tough school assignments as they make their way through junior high. But with a good pair of friends, a girl can do anything. ISBN-13: 9780385734073 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 3/27/2007 Pages: 512 Sales rank: 185,761 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.92 (d) Read More

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As Harry enters his fifth year at wizard school, it seems the bonds "of friendship and trust" have never been more sorely tested. ...Lord Voldemort s rise has opened a rift in the wizarding world between those who believe the truth about his return, and those who prefer to believe it s all madness and lies -- just more trouble from Harry Potter. Add this to a host of other worries for Harry... A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey A venomous, disgruntled house-elf Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team And of course, what every student dreads: end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams ...and you d know what Harry faces during the day. But at night it s even worse, because then he dreams of a single door in a silent corridor. And this door is somehow more terrifying than every other nightmare combined. In the richest installment of J. K. Rowling s seven-part story, Harry Potter confronts the unreliability of the very government of the magical world, and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it) Harry finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew; boundless loyalty and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot (as well as the spine), readers will race through these pages, and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back. This brilliant and utterly compelling new adventure begins with the words: The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive.....The only person left outside was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flowerbed outside number four. Later in the novel, J. K. Rowling writes: Dumbledore lowered his hands and surveyed Harry through his half-moon glasses. "It is time," he said, "for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago, Harry. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything." Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is over 255,000 words compared to over 191,000 words in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The new book is 38 chapters long, one more than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. When the government of the magic world and authorities at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry refuse to believe in the growing threat of a freshly revived Lord Voldemort, fifteen-year-old Harry Potter finds support from his loyal friends in facing the evil wizard and other new terrors. ISBN-13: 9781594131127 Publisher: Christian Large Print Publication date: 1/28/2003 Series:Harry Potter Series , #5 Edition description: Large Print Pages: 1232 Sales rank: 598,401 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 2.06 (d) Read More

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StarClan has revealed a new prophecy for the next generation of warrior cats: Darkness, air, water, and sky will come together...a...nd shake the forest to its roots. Now the children of Firestar, Tigerclaw, Graystripe, and Sandstorm are the ones who must save the forest and their Clans from destruction. In Book 2, Moonrise, the questing cats encounter a strange tribe on their journey home through the mountains -- and it begins to look like one of them will not make it back to the forest. It s a spine-tingling adventure for fans old and new! ISBN-13: 9780060744526 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 8/2/2005 Series:Warriors: The New Prophecy Series , #2 Pages: 304 Sales rank: 370,385 Age range: 10 - 12 Years Lexile: 860L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.01 (d) 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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In Dos Rios, Texas, life is all about borders -- and what happens when you cross the line. A fresh new series in the tradition of ...Bluford High explores what it s like to grow up on the edge. A quinceanera for the record books? If Fabiola Garza had her way, her quinceanera would be as simple and as non-traditional as possible-just two airline tickets to New York City and her best friend in tow. Sadly, things hardly ever go Fabi s way. After mean girl Melodee lays down a quinceanera challenge in front of the entire school, Fabi is forced to upgrade her party plans. Melodee is rich and popular-her quinceanera will be effortlessly epic. Fabi is at a loss as to how to make her party remotely as fun and fabulous as Melodee s is sure to be. Younger sister Alexis steps in with a scheme to get Fabi on the TV show Quince Dreams-but Fabi isn t convinced she won t end up in a quince nightmare instead. Read More

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Sofia is spending the summer at Camp Krakatow! S mores, crafts, bug juice, water sports, boys(!) . . . Sofia doesn t want to forge...t one second of sleepaway camp! ISBN-13: 9780385742467 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 7/10/2012 Pages: 208 Sales rank: 189,909 Age range: 10 years Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.78 (d) Read More

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Get ready for Book II of the thrilling, novelty-packed Guild of Specialists trilogy. After being lashed by a typhoon on their uncl...e s ship, THE EXPEDIENT, intrepid siblings Becca and Doug MacKenzie want nothing more than to escape from the volcanic island on which they re stranded and resume the search for their parents. But their uncle, Captain MacKenzie, seems more concerned with the missing gyrolabe than their missing mother and father, and he refuses to discuss the role the mysterious Guild of Specialists played in their disappearance. As the formidable Kalaxx warriors close in on their hidden cove, Becca and Doug unearth a riddle linked to a 1533 painting, which may hold the key to the Guild s dark secrets and to finding their parents. But how can they possibly solve the puzzle and escape with their lives before their enemies attack? Read More

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The Magic Pudding is a pie, except when it s something else, like a steak, or a jam donut, or an apple dumpling, or whatever its o...wner wants it to be. And it never runs out. No matter how many slices you cut, there s always something left over. It s magic. But the Magic Pudding is also alive. It walks and it talks and it s got a personality like no other. A meaner, sulkier, snider, snarlinger Pudding you ve never met. So Bunyip Bluegum (the koala bear) finds out when he joins Barnacle Bill (the sailor) and Sam Sawnoff (the penguin bold) as members of the Noble Society of Pudding Owners, whose "members are required to wander along the roads, indulgin in conversation, song and story, and eatin at regular intervals from the Pudding." Wild and woolly, funny and outrageously fun, The Magic Pudding stands somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and The Stinky Cheese Man as one of the craziest books ever written for young readers. Bunyip Bluegum, an adventurous Australian koala bear, meets up with a sailor, a penguin, and their magic pudding, which is in constant danger of being stolen. Read More

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Saved from an early death by an unusual key, Arthur has no choice but to escape to a secluded house when the vengeful Mister Monda...y hunts him to get that key back. The strange part? Arthur is the only person who can see the house he hides in. If your child likes tales of magic, he ll love the first book in this suspenseful fantasy series. Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world -- where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets. This is another thrilling, triumphantly imaginative series from Garth Nix, the best-selling author of The Seventh Tower, Sabriel, and Lirael. 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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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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Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop. . So many readers were to take the advice of the King of He...arts that by the end of the nineteenth century Alice had acquired a pre-eminent and unassailable position in children s literature. Lewis Carroll s use of logic, by which the ordinary is translated into the extraordinary in an entirely plausible way, is delightfully combined with an exceptional knowledge and understanding of the mind of the child. Satire, allusion, and symbolism weave deeper and mysterious meanings, lending a measure of immortality to Carroll s remarkable fantasy. Alice s Adventures in Wonderland is one of the most celebrated children s books of all time. Since its publication in 1865 most editions of the beloved tale have featured the work of a single artist. Chronicle Books is proud to present this Classic Illustrated Edition with a unique vision: Lewis Carroll s original story of little Alice s tumble down a rabbit hole is brought to life by a wondrous collection of vintage illustrations gathered from the late 19th and early 20th century editions of the book. This oversize edition of the complete text of Carroll s classic contains examples of illustrations from 29 artists. Read More

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Archie and his friends have forever been stuck in the latter portion of high school, but now, after many long years, the story of ...how "the gang" all met up is finally being told in this, the first edition of The High School Chronicles! This pioneering storyline, captured in issues #587-591 of Archie and now again in this graphic novel reprint, brings us the beginning of the "eternal love triangle," the introduction of Mr. Weatherbee as principal of Riverdale High, the formation of Moose and Midge s relationship (and Reggie s subsequent schemes to split them up), and other Archie staples! So get your Homecoming dress, pack your brand-new backpack, and pick up your school map to find your way to the biggest Archie story of the year! Read More

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A beautiful hardcover edition of The Last Battle, book seven in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full-col...or jacket features art by three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, David Wiesner, and black-and-white interior art by the series original illustrator, Pauline Baynes. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia. Witness the greatest of all battles in The Last Battle, is the seventh and final book in C. S. Lewis s classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. A complete stand-alone read, but if you want to relive the adventures and find out how it began, pick up The Magician s Nephew, the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia. When evil comes to Narnia, Jill and Eustace help fight the great last battle and Aslan leads his people to a glorious new paradise. Read More

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The third book in the GUARDIANS OF GA HOOLE series, a classic hero mythology, chronicles Soren s quest for his missing mentor, Ezy...lryb, and battle against his evil brother, Kludd. Now that Soren has been reunited with his sister, Eglantine, he must face his next challenge: making sense of the mysterious disappearance of his mentor, Ezylryb. When Soren discovers that Ezylryb is in danger, he and his friends Gylfie, Twilight, and Digger devise a plan to save the beloved teacher. In this process, Soren must fight a ferocious foe who wears a terrifying metal beak, sharpened for battle. It s not until the confrontation is over that Soren discovers the true identity of his opponent. The metal beaked warrior is Soren s evil brother, Kludd. Read More

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Originally published in 1921, this historical novel is set in 1783 at a time when British soldiers were still in control of New Yo...rk City. It is a story of the adventures of a courageous loyal American girl, Annette Vincent, and her best friend, a Tory. Ten-year-old Annette finds a way to prove her loyalty as a good American during the British occupation of New York City in the Revolutionary War. Read More

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Literature of the North American Prairie introduces young readers to the region s natural heritage. This book includes songs and n...arratives of Plains Indians, tales of 19th-century settlers, and contemporary stories and poems. Read More

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A beautiful hardcover edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book five in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia.... The full-color jacket features art by three time Caldecott award winning artist David Wiesner and black-and-white interior illustrations by the series original illustrator, Pauline Baynes. A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail farther and farther from charted waters, they discover that their quest is more than they imagined and that the world s end is only the beginning. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in C. S. Lewis s classic fantasy series. For over sixty years, it has been captivating readers of all ages with magical lands they never dreamed existed for over sixty years. This is a novel that stands on its own, but if you would like to continue to the journey, read The Silver Chair, the sixth book in The Chronicles of Narnia. Lucy and Edmund, accompanied by their peevish cousin Eustace, sail to the land of Narnia where Eustace is temporarily transformed into a green dragon because of his selfish behavior and skepticism. Read More

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Twelve-year-old Anastasia is horrified at her family s decision to move from their city apartment to a house in the suburbs. "Anas...tasia Krupnik is one of the most intriguing female protagonists to appear in children s books since the advent of Harriet the Spy . . . Genuinely funny, the story is a marvelously human portrait of an articulate adolescent." -- Horn Book Twelve-year-old Anastasia is horrified at her family s decision to move from their city apartment to a house in the suburbs. Read More

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It s the greatest love song in Archie history! Things are shaken up in a big way when Valerie, Josie and the Pussycats bassist, m...oves to Riverdale. In the style of the Archie Wedding and Married Life graphic novels, Valerie takes a stroll down Riverdale s magical Memory Lane and is greeted with a vision of what her life would be like if she married Archie. Of course, the future is full of surprises! The musical couple will have to face a lot of challenges on their way to happily-ever-after. They ll have to harmonize to deal with rock band drama, reality TV and "real jobs." But their biggest challenge will also be their most successful collaboration, when their daughter Star lives up to her name and her talented heritage. And of course, all the dreams and drama come laced with the classic comic mayhem we all expect from Archie! Read More

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Annie Sullivan was little more than a half-blind orphan with a fiery tongue when she arrived at Ivy Green in 1887. Desperate for w...ork, she d taken on a seemingly impossible job teaching a child who was deaf, blind, and as ferocious as any wild animal. But Helen Keller needed more than a teacher. She needed someone daring enough to work a miracle. And if anyone was a match for Helen, it was the girl they used to call Miss Spitfire. For Annie, reaching Helen s mind meant losing teeth as raging fists flew. It meant standing up when everyone else had given up. It meant shedding tears at the frustrations and at the triumphs. By telling this inspiring story from Annie Sullivan s point of view, Sarah Miller s debut novel brings an amazing figure to sharp new life. Annie s past, her brazen determination, and her connection to the girl who would call her Teacher have never been clearer. Read More

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Celebrate 25 years of Mega Man with this latest graphic novel installment of the Mega Man graphic novel series! Mega Man s adventu...res span the world over as our true blue hero battles a host of villains including Break Man, The Emerald Spears, and many more! Celebrate along with the blue bomber as he s awarded the key to the city--but will he survive the experience? Mega Man 6: Breaking Point collects issues #21-24 of the Mega Man comic book series, including "For the Bot Who Has Everything", a Mega Man birthday celebration which ties into the epic Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide crossover! ISBN-13: 9781936975785 Publisher: Archie Comic Publications, Incorporated Publication date: 2/25/2014 Series:Mega Man Series Pages: 104 Sales rank: 385,782 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Read More

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Books have always been a part of Wendelin Van Draanen s life. Her mother taught her to read at an early age, and she has fond memo...ries of story time with her father, when she and her brothers would cuddle up around him and listen to him read stories. Growing up, Van Draanen was a tomboy who loved to be outside chasing down adventure. She did not decide that she wanted to be an author until she was an adult. When she tried her hand at writing a screenplay about a family tragedy, she found the process quite cathartic and from that experience, turned to writing novels for adults. She soon stumbled upon the joys of writing for children. Feedback from her readers is Van Draanen s greatest reward for writing. ?One girl came up to me and told me I changed her life. It doesn t get any better than that,? she said. Van Draanen hopes to leave her readers with a sense that they have the ability to steer their own destiny that individuality is a strength, and that where there s a will, there s most certainly a way. Wendelin Van Draanen is the winner of the 1999 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Children s Mystery Book for Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief and lives with her husband and two sons in California. On Halloween night, seventh grader Sammy stumbles onto a mystery involving a twenty-year-old family feud and some heirlooms stolen by a man in a skeleton costume. Read More

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A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny, funky, bittersweet debut YA novel. Fo...r anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap. After being dropped from one band, 17-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much better band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip. . . . Zach s in control on the drums, driving the band, keeping things moving at the right pace. But when the show is over, his timing is all off. The jealousies and rivalries within his new group keep him off-balance. The awesome original song he recorded backfires. And the girl he left back home is suddenly talking about this other guy . . . Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl. From the Hardcover edition. ISBN-13: 9780385753425 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 2/11/2014 Pages: 352 Sales rank: 590,974 Age range: 12 years Read More

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"With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I m ...delivering," announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he s got mad beats, too, that tell his family s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013). Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family. Read More

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New York Times Bestseller A breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity and how to survive middle school in this ...hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir. ?I was inspired by [Maya s] journey and made a point of saving a copy of ?Popular for my sister, who starts middle school this fall. Maybe if I had read it when I was her age, it could have saved me from a world of hurt, or at least put that world in perspective.? Maude Apatow, New York Times Book Review Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular? Maya Van Wagenen is about to find out. Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at ?pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren t paid to be here,? Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. The real-life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises. Told with humor and grace, Maya s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence, along with a better understanding of what it means to be popular. Read More

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In 1804, a group of courageous Americans set off to cross the continent by its waterways, to discover the fabled Northwest Passage... to the Pacific Ocean. They did not know what they would find, or if they would return alive. In this powerful and exhilarating novel, you will hear directly from the famed expedition leaders, Captains Lewis and Clark, as well as twelve other members of the Corps of Discovery. Here is a surprisingly diverse crew-from the teenage Sacagawea to a one-eyed French Indian fiddler; from George Shannon, a chatty kid, to the perceptive York, Clark s slave; from a layabout drunkard to a keen hunter. You will face the terror and excitement of fights with bears, buffalo hunts, encounters with friendly and unfriendly Indians, and dangerous waters. You will also come to know a Newfoundland dog, purchased by Meriwether Lewis for twenty dollars, whose voice will haunt you long after the voyage is done. The letters and thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, members of the Corps of Discovery, their guide Sacagawea, and Captain Lewis s Newfoundland dog, all tell of the historic exploratory expedition to seek a water route to the Pacific Ocean. Read More

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Newbery Honor winner Joan Bauer s new novel will touch your heart When twelve-year-old Sugar s grandfather dies and her gambling f...ather takes off yet again, Sugar and her mother lose their home in Missouri. They head to Chicago for a fresh start, only to discover that fresh starts aren t so easy to come by for the homeless. Nevertheless, Sugar s mother has taught her to be grateful no matter what, so Sugar does her best. With the help of a rescue dog, Shush; a foster family; a supportive teacher; a love of poetry; and her own grace and good humor, Sugar comes to understand that while she can t control the hand life deals her, she can control how she responds. ISBN-13: 9780670012893 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Publication date: 9/13/2012 Pages: 240 Sales rank: 150,202 Age range: 10 years Lexile: 590L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.98 (d) Read More

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In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who wi...ll make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew? Logan, the candymaker s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone? Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the color pink? Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather? Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy who s always scribbling in a secret notebook? This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant s perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations. ISBN-13: 9780316002585 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication date: 10/5/2010 Pages: 453 Sales rank: 277,971 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 740L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.50 (d) Read More

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Under Wildwood is the second book in the New York Times bestselling adventure series the Wildwood Chronicles from Colin Meloy, lea...d singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, the acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society. Ever since Prue McKeel returned home from the Impassable Wilderness after rescuing her brother from the malevolent Dowager Governess, life has been pretty dull. School holds no interest for her, and her new science teacher keeps getting on her case about her dismal test scores and daydreaming in class. Her mind is constantly returning to the verdant groves and sky-tall trees of Wildwood, where her friend Curtis still remains as a bandit-in-training. But all is not well in that world. Dark assassins with mysterious motives conspire to settle the scores of an unknown client. A titan of industry employs inmates from his orphanage to work his machine shop, all the while obsessing over the exploitation of the Impassable Wilderness. And, in what will be their greatest challenge yet, Prue and Curtis are thrown together again to save themselves and the lives of their friends, and to bring unity to a divided country. But in order to do that, they must go under Wildwood. In Under Wildwood, Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis reveal new dimensions of the epic fantasy-adventure series begun with the critically acclaimed, bestselling Wildwood. ISBN-13: 9780062024718 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 9/25/2012 Series:Wildwood Chronicles Series , #2 Pages: 559 Sales rank: 107,719 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 800L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.78 (d) Read More

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?An adventure, a mystery, and a love song to the natural world. . . . Run out and read it. Right now.? Newbery Medalist Karen Cush...man In the town of Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, Georgie Burkhardt is known for two things: her uncanny aim with a rifle and her habit of speaking her mind plainly. But when Georgie blurts out something she shouldn t, her older sister Agatha flees, running off with a pack of "pigeoners" trailing the passenger pigeon migration. And when the sheriff returns to town with an unidentifiable body wearing Agatha s blue-green ball gown everyone assumes the worst. Except Georgie. Refusing to believe the facts that are laid down (and coffined) before her, Georgie sets out on a journey to find her sister. She will track every last clue and shred of evidence to bring Agatha home. Yet even with resolute determination and her trusty Springfield single-shot, Georgie is not prepared for what she faces on the western frontier. ISBN-13: 9780375869259 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 1/8/2013 Pages: 272 Sales rank: 183,185 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 690L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d) Read More

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Do you dare to join Goldie in her hardest task ever as she walks down the mysterious Beast Road, deep inside the Museum of Thieves...? No one knows where it goes and no one has ever returned from it. The city of Jewel is in peril once again, as it is held captive by the frightful Fugleman, his band of Blessed Guardians, and an army of merciless mercenaries. There s no doubt that Goldie and Toadspit want to get their city back, but how can a small group of children fight against such overwhelming forces of evil? And how, as Goldie is determined, can they avoid bloodshed in a war that will set thieves against soldiers, and trickery and deception against a mighty cannon that shoots cannonballs bent on destruction? As Toadspit fights the Fugleman in a duel to the death, Goldie must face her hardest task yet. If she is to save the city, she must walk the mysterious Beast Road, deep inside the Museum of Thieves. No one knows where it goes and no one has ever returned from it. ISBN-13: 9780385739078 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 10/9/2012 Series:Keepers Trilogy Series , #3 Pages: 352 Sales rank: 588,614 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 3.90 (d) Read More

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One of thousands of children who fled strife in southern Sudan, John Bul Dau survived hunger, exhaustion, and violence. His wife, ...Martha, endured similar hardships. In this memorable book, the two convey the best of African values while relating searing accounts of famine and war. There s warmth as well, in their humorous tales of adapting to American life. For its importance as a primary source, for its inclusion of the rarely told female perspective of Sudan s lost children, for its celebration of human resilience, this is the perfect story to inform and inspire young readers. ISBN-13: 9781426307089 Publisher: National Geographic Society Publication date: 10/12/2010 Pages: 160 Sales rank: 98,970 Age range: 12 years Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d) Read More

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After spending six months apart in Book Two, best friends Julie and Lydia are reunited at last! Julie has said good-bye to the mea...n girls, and Lydia is ready to apply her hard-earned friendship lessons to founding their own crew. But bad news interrupts their reunion: their friend Sukie s mother, ill for many years, has passed away. This shakes Lydia and Julie, who reevaluate their goals and decide to focus more on being supportive of the friends they have. Unfortunately, their well-meaning schemes almost immediately start to go awry, and everyone seems to be mad at them for reasons beyond their control. How can they be better friends when no one seems to want to give them the chance? As always, Julie and Lydia s hilarious back-and-forth notes form the backbone of the novel, in which Amy Ignatow reveals all-too-real truths about friendship and loyalty. ISBN-13: 9781419700637 Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc. Publication date: 10/1/2011 Series:Popularity Papers Series , #3 Pages: 208 Sales rank: 227,502 Age range: 9 - 11 Years Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d) Read More

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Kenneth Grahame s exuberant yet whimsical The Wind in the Willows belongs to the golden age of children s classic novels. These ch...arming, exciting and humorous tales of the riverbank and its life featuring the wonderfully imagined Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible but conceited Toad of Toad Hall whose passion for motor cars ("The only way to travel! Here today in next week tomorrow") lands him in many scrapes still continue exert their charm over adults as well as children. Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He was educated at St Edward s School, Oxford but because of family circumstances he was unable to enter Oxford University. He joined the Bank of England as a gentleman clerk in 1879, rising to become Secretary to the Bank in 1898. He wrote a series of short stories published in such collections as The Golden Age (1895) and Dream Days (1898). These featured a fictional family of five children. In 1899 he married Elspeth Thomson and their only child, Alistair, was born a year later. He left the Bank in 1908 on health grounds. The same year, The Wind in the Willows was published. The book was not an immediate success, and he never attempted to write fiction again. However, the popularity of the novel grew steadily and by the time of Grahame s death in 1932 it was recognized as a children s classic. One of the true classics of English literature, here are the adventures of Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and Toad. Grahame s idyllic world is as fresh now as when they first discovered his enchanting tales--of Ratty sculling his boat on the River, Badger grumpily entertaining his friends in his comfortable underground home, and the exasperating Toad being driven into one tangle after another by his obsession with motor cars. ISBN-13: 9780099572947 Publisher: Random House UK Publication date: 6/1/2013 Series:Vintage Children s Classics Edition description: Reprint Pages: 288 Sales rank: 227,506 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 0.83 (d) Read More

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Hiding is Roo Fanshaw s special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment s notic...e. When her parents are murdered, it s her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life. As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn t believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth. Despite the best efforts of her uncle s assistants, Roo discovers the house s hidden room a garden with a tragic secret. Inspired by The Secret Garden, this tale full of unusual characters and mysterious secrets is a story that only Ellen Potter could write. Read the QandA with Ellen Potter from Publisher s Weekly on writing a novel inspired by The Secret Garden By Sally Lodge Jan 12, 2011 In 2003, Ellen Potter made a lively splash onto the scene with her middle-grade novel Olivia Kidney. She went on to write three sequels about that enchantingly quirky heroine, as well as two other novels, Slob and The Kneebone Boy. Most recently, the author tapped into memories of her own childhood reading to pen The Humming Room, a novel inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett s The Secret Garden. Set in a mansion a former children s tuberculosis sanitarium on an island in the St. Lawrence River, the story centers on Roo, a prickly orphan who goes to live with her aloof uncle, and befriends Phillip, his troubled son, and Jack, a local boy. Potter talks about how this novel took shape. Is it safe to assume that The Secret Garden was an important book to you as a child? Obviously, I loved the novel as a kid. What really struck me was that when I went back to read it as an adult, the story not only held up, but I discovered elements in it I had never noticed before. It felt very fresh, and surprisingly layered in a way I hadn t realized as a child. Was that an unusual reaction for you to have to a book you revisit from your childhood? Yes, very unusual for me. A lot of times when I go back to books I loved when I was young I don t quite understand what it was that I loved about them. Rereading The Secret Garden, I felt a lot like Mary feels when she visits her garden. She s always finding something new popping up something delightful or surprising. I ve reread The Secret Garden every year as an adult. I have a battered copy on my bookshelf it s really quite a mess! The experience of reading the novel keeps deepening for me. How did you tackle the actual writing of The Humming Room? The idea of writing a contemporary version of The Secret Garden was very exciting to me, yet at the same time it was very, very intimidating. I knew I needed to follow the original story line or that I wanted to but I knew I had to make it different enough that it would be worthwhile for people to read my novel. My editor, Jean Feiwel, was great and kept encouraging me to have at it, to go anywhere that I felt I had to go with it. Did you set parameters for yourself, in terms of working within Burnett s original storyline? I actually kept trying to swerve away from the original story, but it wasn t easy. There s something about The Secret Garden that kept me rooted in the original storyline, which was difficult for me. I don t plot my novels I move along with my characters. For the first time I had a story already set out for me, which was very challenging. Would you say that you heard Burnett s voice in your head as you wrote? Yes. I feel I know The Secret Garden so well that I could kind of riff on it like a jazz musician. I know it in my core, and could take the essence and work with that. Still, I love the original novel so much that it was psychologically a very Read More

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Bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen is back with another hysterical mystery adventure for young readers, set in the Florida Keys. Yo...u know it s going to be a rough summer when you spend Father s Day visiting your dad in the local lockup. Noah s dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor?which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can t prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah s dad is stuck in the clink. Now Noah is determined to succeed where his dad failed. He will prove that the Coral Queen is dumping illegally . . . somehow. His allies may not add up to much?his sister Abbey, an unreformed childhood biter; Lice Peeking, a greedy sot with poor hygiene; Shelly, a bartender and a woman scorned; and a mysterious pirate?but Noah s got a plan to flush this crook out into the open. A plan that should sink the crooked little casino, once and for all. ISBN-13: 9780375821820 Publisher: Random House Children s Books Publication date: 9/13/2005 Pages: 272 Sales rank: 287,784 Age range: 10 - 12 Years Lexile: 830L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.92 (d) Read More

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In an extraordinary debut novel, an escaped fugitive upends everything two siblings think they know about their family, their past..., and themselves. When eleven-year-old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert: Gran. "If you re going to do something, make sure you do it with excellence," Gran would say. That was when Gran was feeling talkative, and not brooding for days in her room like she did after telling Annie and her little brother, Rew, the one thing they know about their father: that he was killed in a fight with an angry man who was sent away. Annie tells stories, too, as she and Rew laze under the birches and oaks of Zebra Forest stories about their father the pirate, or pilot, or secret agent. But then something shocking happens to unravel all their stories: a rattling at the back door, an escapee from the prison holding them hostage in their own home, four lives that will never be the same. Driven by suspense and psychological intrigue, Zebra Forest deftly portrays an unfolding standoff of truth against family secrets and offers an affecting look at two resourceful, imaginative kids as they react and adapt to the hand they ve been dealt. From ZEBRA FORESTWe called it the Zebra Forest because it looked like a zebra. Its trees were a mix of white birch and chocolate oak, and if you stood a little ways from it, like at our house looking across the back field that was our yard, you saw stripes, black and white, that went up into green. Gran never went out there except near dusk, when the shadows gathered. She didn t like to be out in full sunlight usually, and told me once she didn t like the lines the trees made. Gran was always saying stuff like that. Perfectly beautiful things like a clean blue sky over the Zebra made tears come to her eyes, and if I tried to get her to come outside with me, she d duck her head and hurry upstairs to bed. But then it would be storming, lightning sizzling the tops of the trees, and she d run round the house, cheerful, making us hot cocoa and frying up pancakes and warming us with old quilts. We had few rules in our house, but keeping out of the Zebra Forest in a storm was one of them. ISBN-13: 9780763660413 Publisher: Candlewick Press Publication date: 4/9/2013 Pages: 208 Sales rank: 96,710 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d) Read More

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With the adventures set forth in the first books now behind them, Kingdom Keepers 3: Disney In Shadow follows the five teens, Finn..., Philby, Willa, Charlene, and Maybeck as they search to find Wayne, their mentor and head Imagineer who has mysteriously gone missing. Concerned Wayne has been abducted by the Overtakers-Disney villains, who along with other Disney characters, take over the parks when the turnstiles stop spinning, and want desperately to steer the parks to a far darker place-the five kids pick up a major clue from a close friend, Jess, whose dreams (nightmares, really) often accurately predict the future. The very few clues from Jess s dream lead the kids into Disney s Hollywood Studios and Epcot through imaginary worlds that become real, by imaginary kids who are real. Each clue seems tied to the last, and with the stakes growing ever higher, what starts out as a puzzle ends up as a fight for their lives. Through a transparent paper box, a quest for a sword, rides on Soarin and Maelstrom, life-and-death encounters with giant snakes, and a devious Maleficent, the Kingdom Keepers not only begin to decipher deeper meanings to the clues, but discover new truths about themselves and their ever-growing friendships. ISBN-13: 9781423128991 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication date: 4/6/2010 Series:Kingdom Keepers Series , #3 Edition number: 3 Pages: 560 Sales rank: 177,491 Age range: 10 - 12 Years Lexile: 730L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 5.72 (h) x 1.67 (d) Read More

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In this hilarious follow-up to School of Fear, eccentric headmaster Mrs. Wellington demands requests the presence of Madeleine, Th...eo, Lulu, and Garrison for a mandatory summer of retraining after discovering that each of her former students has secretly regressed. Facing their fears was terrifying enough, but when the foursome learns they ll be joined by a fifth student, things start to get even scarier. To make matters worse, the students quickly find themselves tasked with saving their school. And because failing means spending the rest of their lives with unresolved phobias, this is one test they all plan to ace. ISBN-13: 9780316033282 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication date: 9/14/2010 Series:School of Fear Series , #2 Pages: 307 Sales rank: 169,318 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 880L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d) Read More

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In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her fat...her regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life s questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship. A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers. ISBN-13: 9780316114271 Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication date: 7/1/2009 Pages: 288 Sales rank: 168,950 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Lexile: 820L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d) Read More

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It s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothec...ary and his son, Benjamin Burrows - a fascinating boy who s not afraid to stand up to authority and dreams of becoming a spy. When Benjamin s father is kidnapped, Janie and Benjamin must uncover the secrets of the apothecary s sacred book, the Pharmacopoeia, in order to find him, all while keeping it out of the hands of their enemies - Russian spies in possession of nuclear weapons. Discovering and testing potions they never believed could exist, Janie and Benjamin embark on a dangerous race to save the apothecary and prevent impending disaster. Together with Ian Schoenherr s breathtaking illustrations, this is a truly stunning package from cover to cover. Contains a teaser chapter of the sequel, The Apprentices. ISBN-13: 9780399256271 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Publication date: 10/4/2011 Pages: 368 Sales rank: 209,007 Age range: 10 - 12 Years Lexile: 740L (what s this?) Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.19 (d) Read More

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Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something sh...ould happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy. Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak s level of infamy. From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents basement in Trenton, New Jersey). With chapter titles like "Bringing Out the Evil" and "Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization," numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces. In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.) Publisher s Weekly Starred Review Writing as the ultra-evil Vordak the Incomprehensible, Seegert offers a comical step-by-step guide world domination. With a hyperbolically inflated self-image and no shortage of bathroom humor, Vordak guides readers through such topics as how to choose a costume (?the more flamboyant the better?), build a lair, and acquire enough minions to build a top-notch evil organization (?At times they can be difficult to control, but at their best they can be a relentless plague upon civilization?), all of which are paired with Martin s appropriately cartoonish artwork. Seegert gives Vordak a voice so magnetic and absurd that readers, especially young male ones, are going to soak up his warped wisdom like a sponge and circulate it at recess, even as Vordak insults them with admonishments like, ?You are just a sniveling, whiny little goober, after all.? No one is going to rule the world after Vordak s farcical directives, but readers will have a grand time turning pages to see what outlandish thing he ll say or suggest next, while perfecting their own villainous laughs. Muahahahaha! Ages 8-up. (Aug.) ISBN-13: 9781606840139 Publisher: EgmontUSA Publication date: 8/24/2010 Series:Vordak the Incomprehensible Series Pages: 208 Sales rank: 243,996 Age range: 9 - 12 Years Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.78 (d) Read More

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