March/April 2015



Great Series fo
Preschoolers

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GIDEON
written/illus. by Olivier Dunrea, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), 32p, Ages 2-5

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GOSSIE
written/illus. by Olivier Dunrea, (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2002), 32p, Ages 2-5

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BOO BOO
written/illus. by Olivier Dunrea, (Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004), 32p, Ages 2-5

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PENGUIN ON VACATION
written/illus. by Salina Yoon, (Walker Books, 2013), 40p, Ages 3-6

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PENGUIN AND PINECONE: A Friendship Story
written/illus. by Salina Yoon, (Walker & Co., 2012), 40p, Ages 3-6

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PENGUIN AND PUMPKIN
written/illus. by Salina Yoon, (Walker Books, 2014), 40p, Ages 3-5



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Great Series for
Ages 4-8

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A BEDTIME FOR BEAR
written by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton, (Candlewick Press, 2010), 48p, Ages 4-7

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THE SNIFFLES FOR BEAR
written by Bonny Becker, illus by Kady MacDonald Denton, (Candlewick Press, 2011), 32p, Ages 4-7

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A LIBRARY BOOK FOR BEAR
written by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton, (Candlewick Press, 2014), 40p, Ages 4-7

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THE SHEEP GO ON STRIKE
written/illus. by Jean-François Dumont, (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014), 34p, Ages 4-8

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THE GEESE MARCH IN STEP
written/illus. by Jean-François Dumont, (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2014), 36p, Ages 4-7

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THE CHICKENS BUILD A WALL
written/illus. by Jean-François Dumont, (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2013), 33p, Ages 4-7

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EDGAR WANTS TO BE ALONE
written/illus. by Jean-François Dumont, (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015), 26p, Ages 4-7





Great Series for
Ages 8-12

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THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
written by Betty G. Birney, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2004), 160p, Ages 7-10


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FRIENDSHIP ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
written by Betty G. Birney, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2005), 160p, Ages 7-10


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TROUBLE ACCORDING TO HUMPHREY
written by Betty G. Birney, (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2007), 160p, Ages 7-10


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TUESDAYS AT THE CASTLE
written by Jessica Day George, (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2011), 288p, Ages 8-12


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WEDNESDAYS IN THE TOWER
written by Jessica Day George, (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2013), 240p, Ages 8-12


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THURSDAYS WITH THE CROWN
written by Jessica Day George, (Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2014), 224p, Ages 8-12





Great Series for
Teens

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THE AGENCY: A Spy in the House
written by Y. S. Lee, (Candlewick Press, 2010), 352p, Ages 13-17


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THE AGENCY: The Body at the Tower
written by Y. S. Lee, (Candlewick Press, 2010), 352p, Ages 13-17


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THE AGENCY: The Traitor in the Tunnel
written by Y. S. Lee, (Candlewick Press, 2012), 384p, Ages 13-17


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THE AGENCY: Rivals in the City
written by Y. S. Lee, (Candlewick Press, 2015), 304p, Ages 13-17


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SHERLOCK HOLMES: Death Cloud
written by Andrew Lane, (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011), 320p, Ages 14-17


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SHERLOCK HOLMES: Rebel Fire
written by Andrew Lane, (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012), 352p, Ages 14-17


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SHERLOCK HOLMES: Black Ice
written by Andrew Lane, (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013), 288p, Ages 14-17


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SHERLOCK HOLMES: Fire Storm
written by Andrew Lane, (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013), 352p, Ages 14-17









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Preschool
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GUS
written/illus. by Olivier Dunrea, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99, Mar. 2015, ISBN 978-0-86761-8), 32p, Ages 2-5

"Gus is a small yellow gosling who likes to be by himself." With a cooking pot for a hat, little Gus quietly explores, observes, and focuses on a mole, red spider, mice scampering on a beam, and a turtle digging in the sand. When the turtle leaves, he investigates and discovers three eggs, so naturally he sits on them. When the baby turtles hatch, Gus discovers that companionship is far better than a solitary life, and he is delighted to carry them across the pond on his back.

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BEARS AND A BIRTHDAY
written by Shirley Parenteau, illus. by David Walker, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, Feb. 1015,
ISBN 978-0-7636-7152-5), 32p, Ages 2-5

Fuzzy, Floppy, Yellow, and Calico are busy preparing for a secret birthday party for Big Brown Bear. While the four cubs are measuring, stirring, and baking, a big brown someone is impatient and curious. "Big Bear smells / sugar and spice. / Are they baking / something nice? He nudges the door / just a crack. / 'No peeking!' they warn, / and nudge it back." Finally, Big Bear's waiting is over, and he is surprised with cake, candles, presents, party hats, and games for the "Birthday King." Little ones will enjoy the sweet rhymes, the gentle fun-loving family, and colorful celebration in this latest addition to a charming series for preschoolers.

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SOON
written by Timothy Knapman, illus. by Patrick Benson, (Candlewick Press, $16.99, Feb. 2015,
ISBN 978-0-7636-7478-6), 40p, Ages 2-5

One morning a baby elephant and his mother begin a long and special journey. They encounter a snapping crocodile, a slithering snake, and a hungry tiger, but mother stomps, roars, and rears up to protect her little one. Over dry land, across rivers, and through forests little Raju continually asks "When can we go home again?" to which his mother replies, "Soon." Holding his mother's tail for safety, they journey up a mountain to view a beautiful world beneath them. Upon returning home, a tired and exhausted Raju asks, "When can we do it again?" to which his mother responds, "Soon." Timothy Knapman's story of family trust and protection and Patrick Benson's elegant illustrations are sure to make a lasting impression on little ones.

 
Preschool
Gems from the Past
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THE VERY BIG CARROT
written/illus. by Satoe Tone, (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, $12.00, July 2013,
ISBN 978-0-8028-5426-1), 26p, Ages 2-6

Upon discovering an enormous carrot, six fluffy pear-shaped rabbits contemplate its uses. With the obvious solution overlooked, they consider turning it into a carrot boat and call on the fishes. Further ideas include a carrot plane, carrot garden, and carrot house. "Dreaming up so many things to do with the carrot made all the rabbits very hungry." The conclusion may be predictable, but along the way, kids will enjoy the humor, imagination, and maybe even a carrot or two.

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A PROMISE IS A PROMISE
written by Knister, translated by Kathryn Bishop, illus. by Eve Tharlet, (minedition, June 2006,
ISBN 978-0-6984-0040-5), 32p, Ages 2+

In a sweet story of trust and friendship, a young marmot awakes after a long winter to discover a beautiful dandelion. Over the summer, their friendship grows. They laugh together, play together, and dance together. "… and when it was time to sleep Bruno looked after her." One day the dandelion asks Bruno for a promise (to blow on her), and she assures him that all will be fine. Bruno fulfills the promise, but is heartbroken when he realizes that his friend is gone. Upon awakening the next spring, he discovers hundreds of new dandelions and just as many new friends.

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HOPPER AND WILSON
written/illus. by Maria van Lieshout, (Philomel Books, $16.99, May 2011, ISBN 978-0-399-25184-9), 40p, Ages 3-5

Hopper, a little blue toy elephant and Wilson, a small yellow mouse gaze over the ocean and wonder what the end of the world is like. Maybe it's a place where there is an unlimited supply of lemonade, or perhaps a staircase to the moon. Saying farewell to their pet cactus, the two friends proceed to sail away in a paper boat, with a red balloon and string for company. When a storm blows in and Hopper falls overboard, Wilson questions sea turtles, a penguin, and a whale before spying a blue elephant floating on top of a red balloon. Arriving at the end of the world, they find their little cactus and lemon trees waiting patiently for them. "'Aren't we lucky that our home is at the end of the world, Wilson?' Wilson closed his eyes. 'And at the beginning too!' he peeped." Full of warmth, adventure, and wisdom, little ones will enjoy this sweet tale of friendship, coming home, lemon trees, and a pet cactus.

 
Ages 4-8
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MONTY'S MAGNIFICENT MANE
written/illus. by Gemma O'Neill, (Templar Books, $15.99, Feb. 2015, ISBN 978-0-7636-7593-6), 40p, Ages 3-7

"Meet Monty, King of the Jungle. Monty loves his long, curly mane. No one else has a mane quite like this. Monty thinks it's magnificent." He even allows his friends, the meerkats, to play in his mane, until it becomes a dirty, tangled mess, and Monty stomps off in a huff. Admiring his mane in a water hole, Monty fails to notice a giant crocodile swimming closer until "SNAP!" When the croc follows Monty home and decides to harm the meerkats, Monty (with a chunk of missing mane) defends his friends with mighty "ROARS." Adults will the appreciate themes of restraining vanity and protecting friends. Children will love the clever and colorful illustrations.

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PITTER AND PATTER
written by Martha Sullivan, illus. by Cathy Morrison, (Dawn Publications, $16.95, Jan. 2015,
ISBN 978-1-58469-508-0), 32p, Ages 4-10

Two raindrops, Pitter and Patter, fall from the sky one day and take very different paths on their way to the ocean. Pitter lands on a leaf, drips into a stream, and is carried into a valley river, past wetlands, and onto the ocean. During the long journey, Pitter happily greets all the animals in each habitat. "Hello, crayfish. / Howdy snake. / Best wishes for the day, mayfly." Patter tumbles into a spring meadow with similar greetings to the surrounding animals, "Hello daisy. / Good morning, bee. / Rise and shine, butterfly." Patter trickles into the soil and spills into an underground cave that flows into a river, which sweeps to the ocean. There, both are reunited, become warmer, and rejoin a gray cloud. Endpapers describe the water cycle, and offer diagrams, scientific terms, and activities for kids. Martha Sullivan's clever story of two raindrops and Cathy Morrison's outstanding illustrations will help kids connect with the water-cycle journey, realize the importance of water to our planet, and teach good manners in the process.

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DRAW
written/illus. by Raúl Colón, (Simon & Schuster, Paula Wiseman Books, $17.99, Sept. 2014,
ISBN 978-1-4424-9492-3), 40p, Ages 4-8

Based on his childhood love of drawing, Raúl Colón's wordless book explores the world of imagination. A young boy reads about Africa and begins to draw his own safari adventure. He sketches an elephant and takes a ride on it. Then he finds zebras, giraffes, lions, and a gorilla, who snatches his lunch. Whether drawing from the back of an elephant, hanging from vines, or from the ground, the boy perseveres, until he spies a charging rhinoceros and narrowly escapes a calamity. The baboons take a turn drawing a portrait of the boy. As the sun sets, he hugs the elephant goodbye. The final scene shows the boy in school presenting his drawings to his class. In the world of art, imagination can truly run wild. Children will love pouring over the many details of this fascinating story.


Ages 4 – 8
Gems from the Past
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THOSE DARN SQUIRRELS AND THE CAT NEXT DOOR
written by Adam Rubin, illus. by Daniel Salmieri, (Clarion Books, $16.99, May, 2011,
ISBN 978-0-547-42922-9), 32p, Ages 4-8

Mr. Fookwire, his beloved birds, and annoyingly clever squirrels return for a hilarious encounter with the new neighbor's cat, Muffins, who terrorizes the birds, administers noogies and wedgies to the squirrels, and interrupts Mr. Fookwire's painting. The exasperated, the squirrels form an alliance with the birds and teach Muffins a wet, drippy lesson. "The squirrels' plan had worked perfectly. They gave each other high-fives. The baba birds snickered, the yaba birds chuckled, and the floogle bird enjoyed a hearty guffaw. Fookwire snapped his suspenders with delight." And Muffins? Well, he never came out of the house again. Begging to be read aloud, this lively tale will easily fit into every child's collection of favorite books.

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MILLIE WAITS FOR THE MAIL
written/illus. by Alexander Steffensmeier, (Walker Books, July 2007, ISBN 978-0-8027-9662-2), 32p, Ages 4-8

Millie loves to scare the mailman senseless with a loud "MOO". She waits beneath the water pump, lurks behind the shed, hides in the mud with the pigs, and generally plunks her massive bulk in every conceivable place to hide. The mail carrier decides that enough is enough and comes up with a plan to stop her. He gives Millie her own package, which she accidentally destroys along with the mailman's bicycle. Feeling guilty about her pranks, Millie decides to help deliver the mail every morning, right after the milking. Children will enjoy the expressive illustrations, especially the page showing Millie running down the road with the mailbags strapped to her back while the chickens in the mailbag sort the mail.

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THE DAY DIRK YELLER CAME TO TOWN
written by Mary Casanova, illus. by Ard Hoyt, (Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.99, May. 2011,
ISBN 978-0-3745-1742-3), 40p, Ages 4-8

"The day Dirk Yeller came to town, the wind curled its lip, cattle quit lowin', and tumbleweeds stopped tumblin' along. Townsfolk whispered. 'He starts stampedes!' 'He holds up trains!' 'He's trouble!' " Stomping into the post office, general store, trading post, saloon, and jailhouse, Dirk is adamant about finding something to stop his itchin', twichin', jumpin', and rattlin'. Only a small boy, who also occasionally has the fidgets, solves the problem by introducing Dirk to the public library and the librarian, Miss Jenny. There, Dirk finds just the perfect book to solve his itchin' and twitchin', and leaves with saddlebags filled with books and a promise to return. The expressions and antics of the cat and mice will amuse young ones.


Ages 8-12
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NANNY X
written by Madelyn Rosenberg, illus. by Karen Donnelly, (Holiday House, $16.95, Sept. 2014,
ISBN 978-0-8234-3166-3), 112p, Ages 7-10

When a new nanny arrives at their house, 10-year-old Alison and 8-year-old Jake worry (toddler Eliza does not) about a nanny who has silver-gray hair and wears a straw gardening hat, motorcycle jacket, pair of mirrored sunglasses, and no smile. "She smelled like a combination of chicken soup and motor oil, and it looked like she had borrowed her shoes from a Pilgrim." Their concerns multiply upon discovering that Nanny X knows more about them than their parents. She makes anchovy and peanut butter sandwiches, talks into a diaper, uses a bib as a tracking device, and a sippy-cup and baby cookies as listening devices. When the mayor of their suburban Washington D.C. neighborhood threatens to build a factory in the local park and is injured at a protest rally, Alison's classmate is accused and jailed for the incident. Nanny X reveals her spy status in N.A.P. (Nanny Action Patrol), and begins an investigation, leading to coconut smoothies, monkeys, kidnappings, heroic rescues, and neighborhood espionage. Alison and Jack narrate chapters alternatively. Kids will appreciate the lessons of teamwork, the ingenious wacky inventions, and the zany characters in this fun and wacky read.

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HAS ANYONE SEEN JESSICA JENKINS?
written by Lisa Kessler, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, Feb. 2015, ISBN 978-0-7636-7060-3), 288p, Ages 9-12

Eighth grade is fairly normal for Jessica, until her arm begins to disappear in Geography class. With the help of best friend Izzy, they investigate the why's and how's of this superpower. Realizing a connection between a recent birthday present and a friend of her moms, Jessica uses her invisibility to unravel this mysterious ability. Sneaking into a scientific laboratory while Izzy distracts a doctor, an interesting connection is discovered. When other students come forward with their newly discovered superpowers, they decide to apply their unusual talents of invisibility, stopping time, walking through walls, reading minds, and flying to thwart an unscrupulous millionaire and foil a kidnapping. Fascinating abilities, adventure, experimental science, unlikely friendships, questionable medical ethics, and courageous heroes make this scientific superhero mystery worth reading.

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THE ORPHAN AND THE MOUSE
written by Martha Freeman, illus. by David McPhail, (Holiday House, $16.95, Aug. 2014,
ISBN 978-0-8234-3167-0), 224p, Ages 9-12

A clever mouse and a kindhearted orphan work together to expose an illegal kidnapping operation in 1949 Philadelphia. Eleven-year-old Caro McKay has lived at the Cherry Street Home for Children since the death of her mother, loves to help the other children, and is a natural leader. When she rescues Mary Mouse from the clutches of the house cat, they bond immediately. Mary is blamed by the mouse colony's corrupt Director for being seen by humans and is left behind when the mouse colony evacuates. Joined by Andrew, a mouse who can read and patterns his life after Stuart Little, they begin spy missions. Overhearing a conversation by the orphanage's Director about a baby kidnapping, they work with Caro to expose the illegal adoption, reunite baby Charles with his frantic mother, thwart the evil headmistress, save Caro from a workhouse, and make Cherry Street Orphanage a safe place for humans and mice. Short chapters, page-turning adventure, friendship, mystery, and the power of reading make for a fun and inspiring tale.


Ages 8-12
Gems from the Past
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SECRETS AT SEA
written by Richard Peck, illus. by Kelly Murphy, (Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99, Oct. 2011,
ISBN 978-0-8037-3455-5), 256p, Ages 8-12

In 1887 four well-fed mice live a rich life within the walls of the Cranston estate home. Helena and her two sisters and brother find their neat and orderly life disrupted, when the Cranston's decide to sail to England in search of a husband for their awkward older daughter. Stowing away in the luggage, the four learn to overcome their fear of water, avoid the ship's one-eyed cat, maneuver the corridors and decks, and encounter other mice, which are traveling with their human passengers and crew. From one adventure to the next, they hobnob with rodent aristocracy, experience intrigue, discover new careers, and find romance, culminating with a royal wedding. Slapstick comedy, clever wit, and colorful characters all work together to provide a great entertaining read and read-aloud for kids.

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THE PENDERWICKS: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
written by Jeanne Birdsall, (Alfred A. Knopf Books, $15.95, June 2005, ISBN 978-0-375-83143-6), 272p, Ages 8-12

When the summer vacation plans of the Penderwick family change, a widowed father and his four spirited daughters rent a cottage in the Berkshire Mountains. Located on the grounds of a large estate in Massachusetts, the cottage is owned by the snobbish and rude Mrs. Tilton. 12-year-old Rosalind, 11-year-old Skye, 10-year old Jane, and 4-year-old Batty are delighted with their quaint cottage and are eager to explore the grounds. There they meet Jeffery, the lonely 11-year-old son of Mrs. Tifton, Cagney, the teenage gardener, Churchie, the housekeeper, and Harry, the tomato man. After Skye nearly knocks Jeffrey unconscious, they become good friends and share adventures, mishaps, and accidents. As the oldest, practical and levelheaded Rosalind is the leader of MOPS (Meeting of the Penderwick Sisters), and develops a first crush on 18-year-old Cagney. Intelligent and impetuous Skye learns to curb her temper, especially when facing the formidable Mrs. Tifton. Sensitive Jane, the writer in the family, longs to publish her stories about Sabrina Starr. Shy Batty, with permanent detachable butterfly wings, explores the grounds with her faithful dog, Hound, accidentally loses Cagney's rabbits, and runs away. The holidays end too quickly for everyone with problems solved, lessons learned, and friendships cemented. From the innocent fun of catching fireflies on a summer night and baking scrumptious brownies, to rescuing Jeffrey from a dreaded military school, this delightful and memorable tale of a charming, close-knit, eccentric family will have readers begging for more adventures.


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FLOORS
written by Patrick Carman, (Scholastic Press, $16.99, Sept. 2011, ISBN 9778-0-5452-5519-6), 272p, Ages 9-12

10-year-old Leo lives in the basement of New York's Whippet Hotel with his handyman father. A most unusual hotel, each floor has it's own quirky personality, where some floors contain elaborate themed rooms, some are occupied with eccentric guests, while other floors wait to be discovered. When the owner, Mercanzer D. Whippet disappears, the building begins to deteriorate. Kind-hearted and adventurous Leo, sidekick Remi, the new bellboy, and Mercanzer's pumpernickel-eating ducks follow, decipher, and collect clues that are placed in four boxes around the hotel. Clues lead them to puzzle rooms, haunted floors, train rooms, and a duck elevator. When Mercanzer returns, Leo realizes that he and the Whippet have a future beyond imagination. Kids will love this first book and eagerly await the next installment.


Teens
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DEAREST
written by Alethea Kontis, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99, Feb. 2015, ISBN 978-0-544-07407-1), 288p, Ages 14-18

In this latest Woodcutter Sisters series, Dearest, centers around Friday, a kind and loving seamstress, who washes up on the shore of a newly created ocean that was accidentally conjured by her impetuous sister, Saturday (Hero 2013). Taken to a nearby palace, she is discovered to be the sister of Sunday, the Queen of Arilland (Enchanted 2012). With a generous and loving heart, Friday cares for the kingdom's new orphans and sews clothes for the refugees. When Friday stumbles upon seven brothers sleeping in the palace's highest tower, little does she realize that they are enchanted royalty from another kingdom and under a curse to become swans by day and humans by night. One swan in particular, Tristan, captures her heart, as Friday seeks to break their spell, save the Kingdom of Arilland from an evil sorcerer, and discover her own magical gifts in a fight for their lives. Magic, adventure, a gentle romance, heroic characters, and the enchanting fairy tale world of the Woodcutter family will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.


Teens
Gems from the Past
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MONEY RUN
written by Jack Heath, (Scholastic Press, $17.99, Apr. 2013, ISBN 978-0-545-51266-4), 256p, 14-18

Two brilliant 15-year-old thieves, a compulsive, obsessive assassin, the world's richest man, government-hired thugs, clueless police, impressive traps, computer viruses, and a $2 million car (Bugatti Veyron), come together in an action-filled 256 page gem of a story. When Ashley and Benjamin devise a masterful plan to steal Hammond Buckland's $200 million from his corporate offices, little do they realize that Buckland has an agenda of his own for the money. Upon meeting Buckland, he advises Ashley: "Once you have more money than you need, you start looking for something else. You want reason, purpose, meaning. Don't lose your way. Don't take from good people. The excitement will fade, leaving remorse that you will be powerless to scrub away." Persistent in her attempts to locate the money, Ashley finds herself in the middle of a government plot to assassinate Buckland, running for her life, driving the Bugatti Veyron off the roof of Buckland's 25 story building, stealing a helicopter, and avoiding assassins and police. Techno gadgets, outlandish predicaments, and nonstop action will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment.

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OPERATION RED JERICHO: The Guild of Specialists
written by Joshua Mowll, illus. by Joshua Mowll, Julek Heller, Niroot Puttapipat, Benjamin Mowll, (Candlewick Press, Aug. 2005, ISBN 978-0-7363-2634-1), 288p, Ages 13+

Full of mystery, adventure, intrigue, and science fiction, teenager Rebecca and her younger brother, Doug, are sent to live with their uncle in 1920 China following the disappearance of their parents. Their tale begins aboard their uncle's research ship, Expedient, and continues through the streets of Shanghai as they encounter Chinese mercenaries, a pirate warlord, a Texan heiress, and a stolen cache of explosives called zoridium. Not only do they expose a heinous plot involving their parents, but uncover a secret society hidden from the world for hundreds of years. Sidebars, graphics, photos, newspaper clippings, a Morse code chart, diagrams of inventions, and descriptions of vessels round out this great adventure novel.

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THE DARK LIGHT
written by Sara Walsh, (Simon Pulse, 2012, $9.99, ISBN 978-1-4424-3458-5, Dec. 2013), 512p, Ages 14-18

17-year-old Mia Stone knows something strange is occurring in Crownsville where she and her brother, Jay, live with their eccentric uncle. When mysterious lights appear in the sky, local boys begin to disappear. Mia is suspicious of Sol, a new student at Crownsville High School, whose winged tattoo on his back is similar to the one on her brother's ankle. When Jay disappears, Mia frantically searches for him, but in the process she loses her mother's antique necklace. Sol remains strangely aloof but watchful of Mia, until they are swept into the lights and cross a barrier into a parallel world of Bordertown. There, Mia discovers Sol's other life and a father she never knew. Realizing that the key to returning home revolves around her lost necklace, Mia joins Sol to locate the missing necklace, rescue the kidnapped boys, and fight against the evil that threatens both worlds. Little does Mia realize that along the way, she realizes herdestiny. Danger, romance, magic, and adventure await teens for an exciting read.

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