PICK OF THE WEEK

EVERY WEEK WE WILL FEATURE A NEW BOOK OR BOOKS WHICH WE THINK WILL BE OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO OUR CUSTOMERS. . .


Erak's Ransom: Book 7 (Ranger's Apprentice #7) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399252051
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Published: Philomel Books - January 5th, 2010

Pick of the Week (available 1/5/10--order today):
What does it mean to earn the Silver Oakleaf? So few men have done so. For Will, a mere boy, that symbol of honor has long felt out of reach. Now, in the wake of Araluenas uneasy truce with the raiding Skandians comes word that the Skandian leader has been captured by a dangerous desert tribe. The Rangers are sent to free him. But the desert is like nothing these warriors have seen before. Strangers in a strange land, they are brutalized by sandstorms, beaten by the unrelenting heat, tricked by one tribe that plays by its own rules, and surprisingly befriended by another. Like a desert mirage, nothing is as it seems. Yet one thing is constant: the bravery of the Rangers. In this red-hot adventure, winner of the Australian Book of the Year Award for Older Children, John Flanagan raises the stakes.


A Pirate's Night Before Christmas Cover Image
By Philip Yates, Sebastia Serra (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781402742576
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Published: Sterling - October 1st, 2008

Pick of the Week:
Young mateys will find plenty of holiday joy in this humorous, colorful, and thoroughly piratical version of the beloved Clement C. Moore classic. On this ship of mischievous brigands--who have visions of treasure chests, not sugarplums, dancing in their heads--you wouldn't expect a visit from nice St. Nick. Instead, here comes Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, cracking his whip and driving eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly. Philip Yates' rollicking rhymes and Sebastia Serra's sprightly, fun-filled pictures--featuring whimsically multicolored seahorses, stockings hung on the ship's bowsprit with tar, child-friendly pirates, and a complete treasure map--turn this Christmas perennial into a jubilant celebration.


AMERICA: The Making of a Nation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316031707
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Published: LB Kids - September 1st, 2008

Pick of the Week in Celebration of Veterans' Day:
AMERICA takes a fresh and compelling look at the birth of our nation, with lavish illustrations and interactive novelty spreads on every page. Revealed through the lens of an anonymous journal, readers will take a chronological journey through watershed moments of American History. From the Founding Fathers' signing of the Declaration of Independence through current events of the 21st century, AMERICA offers an in-depth look at the making of our nation in an accessible volume that will speak to readers of every age. Chockfull of innovative novelty components, including lift-the-flap postcards, removable song lyrics, and even a foldout replica of the Declaration of Independence, AMERICA offers readers a captivating exploration of the ideals and values our nation was built upon.


Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439023498
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2009

Pick of the Week:
Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with Peeta Mellark. But it had been a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion.


The 39 Clues #5: The Black Circle Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545060455
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 11th, 2009

Pick of the Week:
Number 5 is here - August 11, 2009!
Amy and Dan have been found unharmed! But perhaps not for long--the ruthless Irina Spasky is right on their tail. Book 5 takes Dan and Amy on their most dangerous quest yet, one that brings them face to face with the only force capable of scaring the vicious Lucians: the Madrigals.


If I Stay Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525421030
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2009

Pick of the Week:
In a single moment, "everything" changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck... A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make - and the ultimate choice Mia commands.


Along for the Ride Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670011940
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - June 16th, 2009

It's been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents' divorce-or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live. A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac who becomes her guide to the nocturnal world of the town. Together they embark on parallel quests: for Auden, to experience the carefree teenage life she's been denied; for Eli, to come to terms with the guilt he feels for the death of a friend. In her signature pitch-perfect style, Sarah Dessen explores the hearts of two lonely people learning to connect.


Tough Chicks Cover Image
By Cece Meng, Melissa Suber (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780618824151
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Published: Clarion Books - February 16th, 2009

Pick of the Week:
From the moment Penny, Polly, and Molly hatch from their eggs, the whole farm knows they are truly tough chicks. They wrestle worms, rope roosters, and are often found under the hood of the tractor. All the other animals and even the farmer himself tell Mama Hen to make her chicks good. "They are good " Mama Hen replies. But could her chicks be too loud, too independent, and too tough? Lively language and bold illustrations capture all the fun and humor of this delightfully different farmyard romp that's also a resounding endorsement for letting girls be girls (even if they're loud and tough and like to play with tractors.)


The Snow Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545013215
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 1st, 2009

Pick of the Week:

One morning
a little rabbit awakes
to find snow
falling,
falling,
falling.
That means
A SNOW DAY!
Games,
giggling,
snow monsters.
But will Daddy
be able to get home?
Whatever the season, you can open this book and enjoy the fun of a snow day.


The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Harry Potter) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545128285
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - December 4th, 2008

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and pen-and-ink illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore revealing his vast knowledge of Wizarding lore, and his personal qualities: his sense of humor, courage, pride in his abilities, and hard-won wisdom.

This purchase also represents another very important form of giving: From every sale of this book, Scholastic will give its net proceeds to the CHILDREN'S HIGH LEVEL GROUP, a charity cofounded in 2005 by J.K. Rowling and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, MEP. CHLG campaigns to protect and promote children's rights and make life better for vulnerable young people across Europe, where over a million children and teenagers are growing up in unacceptable conditions in large residential institutions. In most cases they are without adequate human or emotional contact and stimulation, while many only just survive without life's basics such as adequate shelter and food. Emma Nicholson says: "We are so thrilled to be publishing such an exclusive and special book. This unique project will raise vital funds for the work of CHLG, to help us change the lives of hundreds of thousands of marginalised and institutionalised children who are living in appalling conditions, and make sure that no future generation suffers in this way."


My Father the Dog Cover Image
By Elizabeth Bluemle, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763630775
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Published: Candlewick - April 22nd, 2008

The Mayflower & the Pilgrims' New World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399247958
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Published: Putnam Juvenile - September 4th, 2008

Pick of the Week:
In stunning prose, Philbrick evokes the drama of the voyage of the "Mayflower" and the eerie emptiness of coastal Massachusetts that greeted the Pilgrims. Specially adapted for middle-grade readers, this nonfiction book includes new maps and photographs, a time line, and a list of characters for added comprehension and accessibility.


Nicholas: A Maine Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781587265204
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Published: Mitten Press - March 1st, 2008

Pick of the Week:
To a small field mouse from Massachusetts, family is everything. A lovely leather journal chronicles all the important events of Nicholas's family history. When it is destroyed in a flood Nicholas sets off on a journey. He travels through Massachusetts (Book 1) and then down east to Maine. Along the way, he meets many friends and explores the many diverse areas that make up the northeastern states.


The Battle for Skandia: Book 4 (Ranger's Apprentice #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399244575
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Published: Philomel Books - March 18th, 2008

Pick of the Week:
The battles and drama are nonstop in this latest installment of Flanagan's epic fantasy, Ranger's Apprentice. Still far from their homeland after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, Will and Evanlyn's plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive by a Temujai warrior. Though still weakened by the warmweed's toxic effects, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend, but an enemy scouting party has him fatally outnumbered. Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring, last-minute rescue. The reunion is cut short, however, when Halt makes a horrifying discovery: Skandia's borders have been breached by the entire Temujai army. And Araluen is next in their sights. If tje two kingdoms are to be saved, an unlikely union must be made. Will it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy? Or will past tensions spell doom for all?


Raven Rise (Pendragon #9) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416914181
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Published: Aladdin - May 20th, 2008

Pick of the Week:
This is where it begins. The showdown for Halla. At stake is nothing less than all that ever was and all that will be. There's only one thing missing--Bobby Pendragon. While Bobby remains trapped on Ibara, the battle moves to his home territory: Second Earth. Mark Dimond and Courtney Chetwynde are left on their own to defend Second Earth against the forces of Saint Dane. They must face off against a charismatic cult leader who has risen to power by revealing a shattering truth to the people of Earth: They are not alone. The Convergence has broken down the walls. The territories are on a collision course. The final phase of Saint Dane's quest to rule Halla is under way. And Bobby Pendragon is nowhere to be found.


Impossible Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803730021
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Published: Dial Books - September 18th, 2008

Pick of the Week:
Raves are pouring in for Nancy Werlin's new novel, Impossible, including starred reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews. And it's #4 on the Top Ten Fall 2008 Children's Indie Next List of recommendations from independent booksellers.
Inspired by the ballad "Scarborough Fair," this riveting novel combines suspense, fantasy, and romance for an intensely page-turning and masterfully original tale. Lucy is 17 when she discovers that the women of her family have been cursed through the generations, forced to attempt 3 seemingly impossible tasks or to fall into madness upon their child's birth. But Lucy is the first girl who won't be alone as she tackles the list. She has her fiercely protective foster parents and her childhood friend Zach beside her. Do they have love and strength enough?


Moby Dick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781402745287
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Published: Sterling - November 1st, 2007

Pick of the Week:
"Call me Ishmael." Three of the most famous words in all literature, they begin Herman Melville's masterpiece, "Moby-Dick," Now, the epic saga of Captain Ahab's obsessive quest for the white whale comes vividly to life in this three-dimensional graphic novel, the first of its kind. This phenomenal work is the creation of multi-talented artist Sam Ita, apprentice to Robert Sabuda--one of the world's master paper engineers. Every amazing element is awe-inspiring: there's not just one pop-up per spread, but several, surrounded by colorful comic book-style panels that convey the story's drama. Some of the pops-ups are huge and incredibly detailed, like the Pequod itself, which rises gloriously from the page, complete with rigging. Others, smaller but no less wonderful, hide beneath flaps and folds. In one instance, readers actually get to look through a 3-D periscope and see Ishmael through the "lens," drifting in the ocean. The quality of Ita's paper engineering is nothing short of breathtaking and will carry you off on an unforgettable adventure.


Close to You: How Animals Bond Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780805081237
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - March 18th, 2008

Parents and their young have special ways of bonding, especially in the animal kingdom. A baby kangaroo nestles in its mother's pouch, while a mama alligator carries her babies gently in her mouth. Polar bears cuddle, and penguin parents take turns warming their chicks in the arctic winter. Just like people, animals kiss, rub noses, and snuggle. Through endearing photographs and a lyrical text, Kimiko Kajikawa explores the parent-child bonds of animals large and small. Reference facts about each animal and accompanying photograph included at the back of the book.


The Looking Glass Wars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803731530
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Published: Dial Books - September 26th, 2006

Red Red Red Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399246289
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Published: Philomel - March 1st, 2007

Pick of the Week:
Turtle is in a big hurry. And thats hard for turtles to do. But he is off to see something red and he can not be late. But is it red like Rabbit's roses? Or Goat's socks? Or Fox's roof? All the neighbors want to know, so off they go in a long parade to follow Turtle. But when he finally stops, theres nothing red in sight. Until all at once they see red, red, red. Yet another trip into the inviting world of Valeri Gorbachev awaits young readers in this charming story. As the anticipation builds, so does the fun. And readers will be tickled red by the warm, rosy ending.


You Wish Cover Image
By Jason Lethcoe, Jason Lethcoe (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780448444963
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Published: Grosset & Dunlap - April 5th, 2007

Pick of the Week:
Misadventures of Benjamin Bartholomew #1

On his eleventh birthday, sad, orphaned Benjamin Bartholomew Piff accidentally adheres to all of the wishing rulesand, in wishing for the mother lode of limitless wishes, he unknowingly sets into a motion a chain of events that threatens to disrupt the balance between the magical realm of wishes and curses. Before long, Benjamin has been recruited by the Wishworks Factory director himself to fight the evil henchmen of the Curseworks Factory. In the process, Benjamin will reclaim his original wishgiving new credence to the old adage: Be careful what you wish for . . .


Sam's Winter Hat Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439793049
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Published: Cartwheel Books - October 1st, 2006

Pick of the Week:
When Sam loses his new winter hat, his whole life goes wobbly! Where is the hat that Grandma made him? Parents and kids will adore this quiet story of childhood fun. Full color.


Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060542139
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Published: HarperCollins - March 27th, 2007

Pick Up the Week:
Fancy Nancy is back And when her family decides to get a dog, she's certain she can be fancier than ever. After all, a papillon- a small, delicate, fluffy dog- is the ultimate accessory. But her family wants a large, plain dog. How unglamorous With "Fancy Nancy"'s trademark humor and warmth, Nancy discovers that real fanciness does not depend simply on appearance but more on a genuine joie de vivre, which is a fancy phrase for having lots of fun.


The American Story: 100 True Tales from American History Cover Image
By Jennifer Armstrong, Roger Roth (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780375812569
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 22nd, 2006

Pick of the Week: Signed copies available in store (come in or order and opt to pick up in store). This magnificent treasury tells the story of America through 100 true tales. Some are tales of triumph--the midnight ride of Paul Revere, the Wright brothers taking to the air, Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. Some are tales of tragedy--the fate of the Donner party, the great fire in Chicago, the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. There are stories of inventors and athletes, and abolitionists and artists, stories about struggling for freedom--again and again, in so many ways. With full-color illustrations on nearly every page and short, exciting stories, this book is perfect for browsing by the entire family. Notes at the end of each story direct readers to related stories, and a guide to thematic story arcs offers readers (and teachers) an easy way to follow their particular interests throughout the book. A treasure trove of a book that belongs in every home.


How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? (How Do Dinosaurs…) Cover Image
By Jane Yolen, Mark Teague (Illustrator), Jane Yolen
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ISBN: 9780439020817
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - July 1st, 2007

Everyone's favorite dinosaurs are back--and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own! As in their previous books, Yolen and Teague capture children's rambunctious natures with playful read-aloud verse and wonderfully amusing pictures.


Mama? = Mommy? Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439895262
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Published: Scholastic - October 1st, 2006

Pick of the Week: A gorgeous pop-up book by favorite author/illustrator Maurice Sendak. Everybody's favorite monsters are just going about their business when a plucky little boy wanders into their cuckoo house. And what does he want? He wants Mommy! Full color.


Bread and Roses, Too Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618654796
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Clarion Books - September 4th, 2006

Pick of the Week:
This story takes place in Lawrence, Massachusetts and in Barre, Vermont during the mill workers strike of 1912 which became known as the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912. The story is told from a young girls perspective. Rosa is in the middle of both sides of the conflict. She understands her mom's and sister's fight for better conditions but she also respects her teacher's position that the strike won't help people and that the strikers are misinformed about the mill owners. She fears the repercussions especially when a woman is killed.

Having grown up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, we (Janet and Joanne) could picture all the places in the book. Our grandparents worked in the mills and benefitted from the ideals the strikers fought for. We really thought the book did an excellent job of informing the reader about the Bread and Roses Strike. We had been unaware before this book that friendly union supporters had taken the children into their homes and we thank these people for being a part of our heritage.


The Last Apprentice: Curse of the Bane (Book 2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060766214
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 29th, 2006

Pick of the Week:
Now it's the dark's turn to be afraid.
The Spook and his apprentice, Thomas Ward, deal with the dark. Together they rid the county of witches, ghosts, and boggarts. But now there's some unfinished business to attend to in Priestown. Deep in the catacombs of the cathedral lurks a creature the Spook has never been able to defeat; a force so evil that the whole county is in danger of being corrupted by its powers. The Bane!
As Thomas and the Spook prepare for the battle of their lives, it becomes clear that the Bane isn't their only enemy. The Quisitor has arrived, searching for those who meddle with the dark so he can imprison them -- or worse.
Can Thomas defeat the Bane on his own? Is his friend Alice guilty of witchcraft? And will the Spook be able to escape the Quisitor's clutches?


I Love School! Cover Image
By Philemon Sturges, Shari Halpern (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060092849
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HarperCollins - June 29th, 2004

PICK OF THE WEEK:
It's back to school time!

What's your favorite part of the school day?

Come along to a warm, friendly world of reading and writing, singing and painting, and all-around fun that will make you want to yell, I love school!


Heat Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399243011
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Published: Philomel Books - April 11th, 2006

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Travel Team returns with a very entertaining story. Even though we are Red Sox fans at Storybook Cove (and the possibility of playing in Yankee Stadium means nothing to us), we are first fans of a well written, engrossing story about baseball, family, and dreams with a good dose of drama and humor. Mike Lupica's novel about Cuban born 12 year old Michael Arroyo is such a story.


Just Listen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670061051
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Published: Viking Books - April 6th, 2006

Pick of the Week:
This multi-layered tale tells the story of a year in the life of a family coming to terms with the imperfections beneath its perfect facade.


The Old African Cover Image
By Julius Lester, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780803725645
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Published: Dial Books - September 8th, 2005

Pick of the Week:
No one on the plantation had ever heard the Old African's voice, yet he had spoken to all of them in their minds. For the Old African had the power to see the color of a person's soul and read his thoughts as if they were words on a page. Now it was time to act-time to lead his fellow slaves to the Water-That-Stretched-Forever, and from there back to Africa. Back to their home.
Based on legend and infused with magical realism, this haunting tale is beautiful in both its language and its images. Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney have found a new, extraordinary way to express the horrors of slavery and the hope and strength that managed to overcome its grip.


One Splendid Tree Cover Image
By Marilyn Helmer, Dianne Eastman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781553376835
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Published: Kids Can Press - October 1st, 2005

With Daddy away fighting in the Second World War, Hattie, Junior and Momma have had to move to the city so Momma can take a factory job. Money is tight, and this year a Christmas tree is a luxury the family cannot afford. But Junior finds an abandoned plant in the hallway, and in his eyes, it holds the promise of Christmas magic. If he can only convince Hattie, maybe they can have a tree after all! Marilyn Helmer's tender story and Dianne Eastman's richly detailed photocollage art bring this Christmas past to vivid life. Includes instructions on how to make your own snowman decoration!


Down the Rabbit Hole Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060737016
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Published: HarperCollins - April 1st, 2005

Pick of the Week:
Welcome to Echo Falls, home of a thousand secrets, where Ingrid Levin-Hill, super sleuth, never knows what will happen next.

Ingrid is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least her shoes are. Getting them back means getting involved in a murder investigation rivaling those solved by her idol, Sherlock Holmes, and Ingrid has enough on her plate with club soccer, school, and the plum role of Alice in the Echo Falls production of Alice in Wonderland. But much as in Alice's adventures down the rabbit hole, things in Ingrid's small town keep getting curiouser and curiouser. Her favorite director has a serious accident onstage (but is it an accident?), and the police chief is on Ingrid's tail, grilling her about everything from bike-helmet law to the color of her cleats. Echo Falls has turned into a nightmare, and Ingrid is determined to wake up. Edgar Award


The King of Attolia (Queen's Thief #3) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060835774
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 24th, 2006

Pick of the Week:
The Thief of Eddis has become King of Attolia -- Eugenides wanted the queen, not the crown, but he finds himself trapped in a web of his own making. Attolia's barons seethe with resentment, the Mede emperor is returning to the attack, and the king is surrounded by the subtle and dangerous intrigue of the Attolian court.

When a naive young guard expresses his contempt for the king in no uncertain terms, he is dragged by Eugenides into the center of the political maelstrom. Like the king, he cannot escape the difficulties he makes for himself. Poor Costis knows he is the victim of the king's caprice, but he discovers a reluctant sympathy for Eugenides as he watches the newly crowned king struggle against his fate.

Fans like us at Storybook Cove of the Newbery Honor Book The Thief and The Queen of Attolia will recognize Megan Whalen Turner's signature plot twists and turns in the third exquisitely crafted tale about Eugenides.


Wild About Books Cover Image
By Judy Sierra, Marc Brown (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780375825385
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 10th, 2004

Pick of the Week:
2005 E.B. White Read-Aloud Winner

In this rollicking rhymed story, librarian Molly McGrew introduces birds and beasts at the zoo to something called reading after she drives her bookmobile into the zoo. Full color3


Criss Cross Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060092726
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 30th, 2005

Pick of the Week/Newbery Winner:
She wished something would happen.

Something good.

To her.

Looking at the bright, fuzzy picture in the magazine, she thought, Something like that.

Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one.

Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word soon.


Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack, Quack Cover Image
By Sylvia Long (Illustrator), Barbara Anne Skalak
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ISBN: 9780811843423
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Published: Chronicle Books - February 10th, 2005

Pick of the Week:
An award-winning illustrator teams up with a first-time author for this touching tale of one little duckling's first day in the world. Full color.


Eldest: Inheritance, Book II (The Inheritance Cycle) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375826702
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 23rd, 2005

Pick of the Week:
Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. The second book of this trilogy is even better than the first. The twisting story line, character development, magic, mystery, dragons, emotions, survival and death


Fancy Nancy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780060542092
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Published: HarperCollins - December 13th, 2005

Pick of the Week:
Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy.

How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm -- with or without the frills.


Vote! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780618247547
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Clarion Books - August 18th, 2003

Pick of the Week--: Using a town"s mayoral election as a model, this lively introduction to voting covers every step in the process, from the start of the campaign all the way to the voting booth. There"s even a recount! The cast of characters includes two dogs (and a cat), whose questions and comments mirror those of young readers and help to explain some of an election"s more confusing aspects. Told with clarity and wit in Eileen Christelow"s signature comic-book style and vetted by an expert in voter education, this look at how we choose our leaders turns an often daunting topic into an exciting narrative. Who would have guessed that learning about voting could be so much fun? A timeline of the history of voting in the United States, a glossary of words associated with voting, a discussion of American political parties, and a list of Internet resources are included.


John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780670059546
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 6th, 2005

Shadowmancer Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399242564
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Published: Putnam Juvenile - April 26th, 2004

Pick of the Weeek:
Vicar Obadiah Demurral no longer wants to worship God--he wants to be God! Obadiah Demurral may be a vicar, but knowing what master he truly serves would come as a shock to the villagers of Thorpe. Craving power and filled with insatiable greed, he has welcomed a darkness into his life that enables him to do terrible things, in the hope of harnessing control over the universe. He will stop at nothing, and as a shadowmancer--a sorcerer who speaks to the dead--he even commands restless souls to do his bidding. Who will stand against him? Young Raphah has come from another continent to reclaim the precious artifact--danger-ously volatile in the wrong hands--that Demurral has stolen. Even younger and less experienced in the ways of battle are Thomas and Kate, accidentally drawn into this war between good and evil, this struggle against Demurral that brings them face-to-face with the powers of darkness in an epic battle. G. P. Taylor takes readers on a breathtaking voyage, full of suspense and danger, where fallen angels and demonic forces come in the night and where the ultimate sacrifice might even be life itself.


Rakkety Tam Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399237256
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Published: Philomel - September 9th, 2004

Pick of the Week:
There has never been a Redwall hero quite like Rakkety Tam, the roguish Highlander squirrel who sets off for Mossflower Wood on a mercenary errand and loses his heart to the charms of Redwall Abbey. And there's never been a villain quite like Gulo the Savage: a vicious beast-eating wolverine who descends upon the Abbey in Search of a relic called the Walking Stone. Readers will cheer at the return of the Long Patrol, the antics of a renegade vole thief, and the emergence of a new champion to wield the sword of Martin. As fans of Brian Jacques and the bestselling Redwall series know, the adventures just keep getting bigger and better.


One Wish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780887766626
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Published: Tundra Books - April 13th, 2004

Weekly Pick:
"'On a summer's eve, a long time ago, I made one wish, on the brightest starin a twinkling night sky I wished for a cottage by the sea...'" At the seaside, where our narrator lives, there sits a cottage "in a fragrant field of Queen Anne's lace." There is a porch to sunbathe on, a beach full of treasures waiting to be discovered, sandcastles are conquered by the incoming tide, and a young girl's wish comes true.Beautifully detailed, realistic, double-page illustrations make the ordinary extraordinary in this gentle picture book that is a memorable way to explore the seaside with even the youngest of readers.


The 39 Clues #1: The Maze of Bones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545060394
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 9th, 2008

Pick of the Week:
39 Clues - Book 1: During the reading of their grandmother's will, Dan and Amy Cahill learn that their family is one of the world's most powerful--and the source of that power is hidden around the world in the form of 39 Clues. The siblings are soon caught in a dangerous race in this first of a groundbreaking interactive new series.