May 2015



CLASSICS
for
Preschoolers

A classic is the rare book with a special element that enables it to endure the test of time and appeal to children from every generation. It stands out because it has the ability to touch the heart and cross the boundaries of culture, nationality, religion, race, gender, and status.


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MY FRIEND BEAR
written/illus. by Jez Alborough, (Candlewick Press, 1998), 32p, Ages 3-7

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A BOY, A DOG AND A FROG
written & illus by Mercer Mayer, (Dial Books for Young Readers, 1967), 32p, Ages 3-6

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THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD
written by Watty Piper, Illus. by Loren Long, (Philomel Books, 2005), 48p, Ages 2+

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THE NAPPING HOUSE
written by Audrey Wood, illus. by Don Wood, (Harcourt Books, 2000), 32p, Ages 3-7

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LITTLE BEAR
written by Elsa Holmelund, illus. by Maurice Sendak, (HarperCollins, 1978), 63p, Ages 3-7



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CLASSICS
for
Ages 4-8

Classics make a major contribution to a child's education, merriment, and appreciation of literature. Classics also provide clear standards of right and wrong, show the ethics of human behavior, and evoke wholesome laughter.


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BEDTIME FOR FRANCES
written written by Russell Hoban, illus. by Garth Williams, (HarperCollins, 1995), 32p, Ages 4-7

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KERMIT THE HERMIT
written & illus by Bill Peet, (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1965), 48p, Ages 5-8

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LITTLE TOOT
written written/illus. by Hardie Gramatky, (G.P. Putnam & Sons, 1967), 38p, Ages 4-7

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THE STORY OF FERDINAND, 75th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
written by Munro Leaf, illus. by Robert Lawson, (Grosset & Dunlap, 2011), 35p, Ages 4-8

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A CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE
written by George Selden, illus. by Garth Williams, (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1960), 144p, Ages 6-9

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
written by Margery Williams Bianco, illus. by Charles Santore, (Applesauce Press, 2012), 44p, Ages 4-8





CLASSICS
for
Ages 8-12

A sense of honor and value surround great literature. Laughter, pain, hunger, satisfaction, love, and joy are found in classics. When our children become familiar with this kind of writing, they have a foundation for making comparisons.


Recommended for
Ages 8-12

The Adventures of
   Pinocchio
Aesop's Fables
Alice's Adventures in
   Wonderland
Alice Through the Looking
   Glass
A Bear Called Paddington
Beauty and the Beast
The Best Christmas
   Pageant Ever
Black Beauty
The Black Stallion
The Borrowers
By the Great Horn Spoon
Casey at the Bat
The Castle in the Attic
Charlie and the Chocolate
   Factory
Charlotte's Web
Cheaper by the Dozen
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Chronicles of Narnia
A Cricket in Times Square
East O' the Sun and West
   O' the Moon
The Enormous Egg
The Firebird
Five Children and It
Five Little Peppers and
   How They Grew
Gentle Ben
Half Magic
Heidi
Homer Price
The Incredible Journey
The Indian in the
   Cupboard
James and the Giant
   Peach
Jonathan Swift's Gulliver
The Jungle Book
Lassie Come Home
The Lion, the Witch, and
   the Wardrobe
Little House in the Big
   5Woods
Little House on the Prairie
The Little Princess
Mary Poppins
Misty of Chincoteague
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats
   of Nimh
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
National Velvet
Old Yeller
Peter Pan and Wendy
The Phantom Toolbooth
The Pied Piper of Hamlin
Pippi Longstocking
The Racketty Packetty
   House
The Railway Children
The Reluctant Dragon
The Secret Garden
Sleeping Beauty
The Snow Queen
The Story of Doctor
   Doolittle
The Story of the Treasure
   Seekers
Stuart Little
Swiss Family Robinson
The Tales of Uncle Remus
The Time Machine Tintin
   in Tibet
Twenty-one Balloons
Unwitting Wisdom: An
   Anthology of Aesop's
   Fables
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Wind in the Willows
Winnie-the-Pooh
The Wonderful Wizard
   of Oz
The Wouldbegoods





CLASSICS
for
Ages 12-15

A sense of honor and value surround great literature. Laughter, pain, hunger, satisfaction, love, and joy are found in classics. When our children become familiar with this kind of writing, they have a foundation for making comparisons.

Recommended for
Ages 12-15

The Adventures of
   Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Robin
   Hood
The Adventures of Tom
   Sawyer
Anne of Green Gables
The Arabian Nights
Around the World in
   Eighty Days
Big Red
The Black Cauldron
The Black Stallion
The Canterbury Tales
Cheaper by the Dozen
A Christmas Carol
The Chronicles in Narnia
The Chronicles of Prydain
A Collection of Rudyard
   Kipling's Just So Stories
The Hobbit
The Incredible Journey
Ivanhoe
The Jungle Book
Kidnapped
The Legend of Sleepy
   Hollow
The Prince and the
   Pauper
Redwall Series
Robinson Crusoe
Shiloh
Sinbad
The Sword in the Stone
Treasure Island
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Watership Down
The Westing Game





CLASSICS
for Teens

With the influx of new books for children flooding the market each year, old favorites are in danger of being crowded out. Generations of children are missing the opportunity of listening to classical children's literature. This is unfortunate because classics are the cornerstone to building a life-long relationship with literature

Recommended for
Teens

20,000 Leagues Under
   the Sea
The Adventure of
   Sherlock Holmes
Anne of Green Gables
Around the World in 80
   Days
The Canterbury Tales
Cheaper by the Dozen
Christy
Great Expectations
The Hound of the
   Baskervilles
The Invisible Man
Kidnapped
Journey to the Center
   of the Earth
Les Miserables
Little Women
The Lord of the Rings
The Magnificent
   Ambersons
The Mysterious Island
Oliver Twist
Pilgrim's Progress
Pride and Prejudice
The Prince and the
   Pauper
The Quiet Man
The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Tale of Two Cities
The Time Machine
The Three Musketeers
Treasure Island
War of the Worlds
Wuthering Heights









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Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschoolers to middle graders.

The best children's books and filled with imagination and fun. Stories that take children into a world of delight and adventure present storytelling at its best. Children need stories for pleasure, laughter and fun; imaginative and nonsensical stories that may not have a scrap of useful information or lesson, but cheerful and delightful lunacy. Give as many as possible to your children, because imagination and fund are essential to life.

The books featured represent some of the best of imagination and fun in children's literature and are presented for reading and listening enjoyment. Many children never lose their appetite for fun and imagination, and hopefully pass it on to the next generation.

For more information on reading to children, great books to read and read aloud, and a summer reading program, log on to our web site at www.tchliteracy.com.


Preschool
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GEMMA & GUS
written/illus. by Olivier Dunrea, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $9.99, Mar. 2015, ISBN 978-0-547-86851-6), 32p, Ages 2-5

Gemma is a big sister who, "likes to explore new places," while Gus, the little brother, follows behind her observing everything. They hunt for frogs in the cattails, bunnies in an oak tree, hop on top of flowerpots and the dog, Molly, until one day Gemma honks, "Don't keep following me!" Unfazed by his sister's outburst, Gus carries on alone. When Gemma's curiosity is piqued, she happily follows her little brother to explore their pint-sized world. Companionship always makes for a happy family in the Gossie & Friends series.

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GUESS WHAT? FLOWERS
written/illus. by Yusuke Yonezu, (minedition, $11.99, Apr. 2015, ISBN 978-988-8240-63-0), 28p, 2+

"Is it a tulip? Guess What? Lift the flap . . ." When flaps are lifted, a tulip transforms into a kitten, daisies turn into a sheep, while a cherry blossom becomes a snake. Little ones will love these guessing games as they ponder the transforming of a marigold, dandelion, pansy, and snowdrops in this fun and entertaining board book, one of many in the Guess What? series.

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ROSIE'S WALK
written/illus. by Pat Hutchins, (Little Simon, $7.99, Mar. 2015, ISBN 978-1-4814-2275-8), 32p, Ages 2-5

Written in 1968, this classic little gem has entertained little ones for decades with the misadventures of a fox stalking a oblivious hen across the farmyard. Rosie walks across the farm, past a pond, a haystack, and a mill, through a fence, and under beehives, completely unaware of the fox's intentions. The fox, intent on catching Rosie, stumbles on a rake, jumps into the pond, pounces into a haystack, becomes caught under a bag of flour, and is chased by angry bees. Rosie never realizes the danger, but calmly returns to her coop for dinner. In board book format, the simple text and bright illustrations will have kids giggling for hours.

 
Preschool
Gems from the Past
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DUCK & GOOSE
written/illus. by Tad H. Hills, (Schwartz & Wade Books, Jan. 2006), 40p, Ages 4-7

In a cute finders-keepers tale, Duck and Goose find what they believe to be an egg. They constantly quibble about ownership, but finally decide to share the duty of keeping the egg warm and raising the baby when it hatches. Upon learning from a little bird that their baby is a toy ball, Duck and Goose decide to make the best of the situation and have a great time quacking, honking, and playing with the ball.

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SNAIL TRAIL
written and illus. by Ruth Brown, (Crown Books, Dec. 2000), 24p, Ages 3-6

This beautifully crafted picture book introduces children to simple directional concepts. Slimy, the snail, sets out on a journey around the backyard. Facing all types of obstacles, Slimy journeys up steep hills, over bridges, down slopes, through gloomy tunnels, and into a forest. Kids will love the realistic illustrations and surprise ending.

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LITTLE TUG
written/illus. by Stephen Savage, (Neal Porter Books, Oct. 2012, $12.99, ISBN 978-1-59643-648-0), 32p, Ages 2-6

Little Tug is necessary to the harbor. He may not be tall, big, or fast, but when the other boats need help, Little Tug is on the job. He pulls the tall ship, pushes the broken down speedboat, and guides the ocean liner into its berth. At the end of the day, Little Tug is so exhausted that the other boats come to his rescue. The tall ship uses it sail as a comforting blanket, the speedboat hums a lullaby, and the ocean liner gives Little Tug a huge hug. For busy little preschoolers, this is a reassuring and comforting story at the end of the day.

 
Ages 4-8
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CLICK, CLACK, PEEP!
written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Betsy Lewin, (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99, Feb. 2015, ISBN 978-1-4814-2411-0, 40p, Ages 4-8

From the creators of Giggle, Giggle, Quack (2002) and Click, Clack, Boo (2013) comes an adorable story of a newly hatched peeping baby duck on Farmer Brown's farm. The animals take turns trying to silence the baby's peeps, but nothing works until Duck comes up with the perfect solution. Placing his head phones on a sleeping Farmer Brown, Duck puts Baby Duck into a basket, covers her with a blanket (knitted by the sheep), and carries her to a waiting tractor, where they buckle up and ride around the yard for hours. Imagine Farmer Brown's shock the next morning at the trampled fence, crumpled crops, overturned mailbox, and two sleeping ducks on the tractor. Kids will laugh and parents will sympathize.

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SPECIAL DELIVERY
written by Philip C. Stead, illus. by Matthew Cordell, (Roaring Brook Press, $17.99, Mar. 2015,
ISBN 978-1-59643-931-3), 40p, Ages 3-7

"I'd like to mail this elephant, please, to my Great-Aunt Josephine—who lives almost completely alone and could really use the company." When Sadie brings her request to the post office, the logistics of mailing a pachyderm create problems (too many stamps). Thus begins an adventure involving a wild plane ride, a gum-chewing alligator, a steam train, a gang of bandit monkeys, and an ice cream truck. It turns out that Sadie's great-aunt already possesses a menagerie of animals from previous gifts (lion, ostrich, penguins, camels, deer, gorilla, etc.). Having delivered her gift, Sadie remembers her promise to the alligator and sends him bubble gum. Blending a zany adventure with humor, nonsense, and great sounds effects make for an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable read aloud.

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OTTO THE OWL WHO LOVED POETRY
written/illus. by Vern Kousky, (Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Young Readers, $16.99, Feb. 2015,
ISBN 9778-0-399-16440-8), 32p, Ages 5-8

While the other owls roost and hunt, sweet little Otto prefers reading, reciting poetry, and making friends with the mice. When the other owls tease him, Otto runs away, but finds new inspiration in the forest and recites a poem to the moon. Discovering a fascinated mice audience, Otto realizes that poetry should be shared. Eventually the other owls find listening to the famous poetry of T. S. Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Emily Dickinson enjoyable.Even a little mouse is inspired to write: "Oh, my beautiful hunk of cheese, / you smell so sweet and good! / Oh, my beautiful hunk of cheese, I'd marry you if I could." The power of imagination, persistence, and creativity, make this a wonderful introduction to the world of poetry.

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EDGAR WANTS TO BE ALONE
written/illus. by Jean-François Dumont, (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, $16.00, Feb. 2015,
ISBN 978-0-8028-5452-5), 28p, Ages 4-8

A selfish, self-centered, and cranky rat prefers his own company. When Edgar notices a worm following him, he tries to lose his stalker by running fast around the barn and swimming across the pond. When he enlists the help of a mole, woodpecker, and pig, they fail to find the worm, and Edgar is disgusted at their lack of sympathy. Settling down for the night in his bed, Edgar spies the worm and bites down hard on it. "Ever since that day, all of the animals on the farm laugh when they tell the story of Edgar, the rat who mistook his tail for a worm." Humility can be painful at times.


Ages 4 – 8
Gems from the Past
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A FLEA IN THE EAR
written by Stephen Wylie, illus. by Ken Brown, (Dutton Children's Books, 1995), 32p, Ages 3-7

A big lovable, but gullible hound dog, guardian of the chicken coop, has a major flea problem. When a sneaky fox proposes a clever plan to rid the dog of the fleas, the chickens end up missing. Discover how one industrious dog outfoxes the thief, makes a deal with the fleas, retrieves his chickens, and arranges for the fox to take scratchy consequences. Along with delightful illustrations, this is a great choice for story time.

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FAREWELL TO SHADY GLADE
written/illus. by Bill Peet, (Houghton Mifflin, Apr. 1966), 48p, Ages 5-8

When urban development begins to encroach and destroy their forest home, the animals decide to search for another home. Leader of the animals, the old raccoon knew that the world was a mystery, but he realized that it was time to leave. Jumping onto a moving train was dangerous, but "they jumped, each one in a perfectly flat four point landing. Everyone but the roly-poly raccoon who hit with a big bounce and nearly rolled off before he caught himself." They travel by meadows, through polluted towns, past forests, and hundreds of shady glades, but jumping off a moving train was suicide. When the train is forced to stop, they discover a new shady future. This story of friendship, working together, environmental pollution, and preservation of the natural world should be shared with every child.

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FLOTSAM
written/illus. by David Wiesner, (Clarion Books, Sept. 2006), 40p, Ages 5-8

David Wiesner has again created a unique and fascinating wordless story that tells of a young boy, who finds an old barnacle-crusted "Melville Underwater Camera" on the beach. Little does he realize what marvelous wonders it contains, until the developed pictures reveal portraits of its previous owners down through the years with astonishing sea creatures (mechanical wind-up fish, gigantic walking starfish with islands on their backs, a hot-air balloon puffer fish, etc.) This is a visual delight for all.


Ages 8-12
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THE STORY THIEVES
written by James Riley, (Aladdin Books, $16.99, Feb. 2015, ISBN 978-1-4814-0919-3), 400p, Ages 8-12

Bored with his life, Owen prefers living through the world of his favorite fictional character, Kiel Gnomenfoot, until the day he watches a classmate crawl out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the library. Searching for her father, who disappeared into a book years earlier, Bethany agrees to accept Owen's help, on the condition that he not interfere with any story. Owen suggests traveling into the Kiel series, where there resides a spell to free her father. He fails to inform Bethany that he desires to change the plot of the unpublished seventh Kiel Gnomenfoot book, meet Kiel, rescue a beloved character, and become a hero to fans around the world. When Owen sneaks into the story, he sets in motion a series of chaotic events that spiral out of control. Both Owen and Bethany realize too late that there are serious consequences to changing stories. Magic, friendship, courage, humor, and inventive plot twists will have fans of James Riley eagerly anticipating the next adventure.

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FINDING SERENDIPITY
written by Angelica Banks, illus. by Stevie Lewis, (Henry Holt & Co., $16.99, Feb. 2015,
ISBN 978-1-62779-154-0), 288p, Ages 8-12

When Tuesday McGillycuddy's famous mother, Serendipity Smith, author of popular children's novels, disappears, she and her faithful dog, Baxterr, journey to a land where authors reside and stories are written. Entering the world of her mother's books, they encounter a mysterious librarian, a teenage writer, bloodthirsty pirates, and a character from Serendipity's books, Vivienne Small. Working together, Tuesday, Vivienne, and Baxterr double cross pirates, change story endings, and discover that Baxterr has wings. There are wonderful journeys in life, but none more satisfying and enjoyable than magical adventures involving danger, courage, wild escapades, page-turning twists, heroes, and plucky characters.


Ages 8-12
Gems from the Past
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THE LEGEND OF DIAMOND LIL
written by Doreen Cronin, illus. by Kevin Cornell, (HarperCollins, Jan. 2012, ISBN 9787-0-06-177996-1), 144p, Ages 8-11

After the last encounter with know-it-all Vinnie the Funnel and the rescue of chicks Poppy and Sweetie (The Trouble with Chickens 2012), search and rescue dog J. J. Tully yearns for peace and quiet. With Moosh and her chicks, Dirt and Sugar, acting strange, a possum sneaking into the chicken coop, and the arrival of Lillian, a beautiful new dog in the neighborhood, J. J.'s life is never dull. Kids will enjoy the connection between Moosh and the possum, Lillian's mysterious background, and J. J.'s misreading of any situation. As always, Cornell's black-and-white illustrations expand on the story's hilarity. The next installment cannot come too soon.

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THE STORY OF THE TREASURE SEEKERS
written by E. Nesbit, illus. by Gordon Browne/Lewis Baumer, (Chronicle Books, $14.95, Jun. 2006,
ISBN 0-8118-5415-9), 192p, Ages 8+

Written in an era when honesty and integrity were valued and instilled in children, this classic is now available for another generation to enjoy. Having lost their mother, and with a downturn in their father's business, the six Bastable children pool their meager resources and ideas to restore the family fortune. However, often their lively and humorous good intentions go awry. From digging for treasure and publishing their own newspaper, to thwarting a pair of real bandits and becoming kidnappers themselves, the children's bravery and sense of honor shine through all their adventures. Written from the viewpoint of one of the children (readers must puzzle out which one), it is evident that they are just ordinary children, neither well behaved, nor bad, and possess a large quantity of imagination, determination, and a desire to help their family. Originally published in 1899, this was E. Nesbit's first book for children. There is an afterword by Peter Glassman on the author's life.

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THE WRIGHT 3
written by Blue Balliett, illus. by Brett Helquist, (Scholastic Press, Jun. 2006), 272p, Ages 9-12

The two sleuths from Chasing Vermeer (Scholastic, 2007) are back, this time with a friend to solve a mystery surrounding Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago. Calder, Petra, and Tommy are sixth grade students at the University School in Hyde Park, which also owns the Robie House. When the deteriorating house is slated for renovation and ultimately destruction, the three detectives must piece together a puzzle, overcome opposition, and decipher the landmark's secrets. With strange sounds coming from the house, shadows behind the art-glass windows, and a moving roof, the restoration turns into a search for hidden treasure and coded messages left behind by Frank Lloyd Wright. Kids will even learn a little about history and a famous architect.


Ages 12 - 15
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KNIGHTLEY & SON: K-9
written by Rohan Gavin, (Bloomsbury, $16.99, Feb. 2015, ISBN 978-1-61963-494-7), 304p, Ages 12-15

"My eyes are your eyes, to watch and protect. My ears are your ears, to hear in the dark. My nose is your nose, to sense the enemy. And as long as you live, my life is yours." 13-year-old Darkus Knightley (Knightley & Son 2014) takes this K-9 oath seriously, as he and father, Alan, work with their burned out police dog, Wilbur, to solve a current case of missing pets, werewolves, and a mysterious connection to the criminal organization, the Combination. Darkus struggles with an on/off relationship with his father, abandonment issues, and paranormal phenomena. Lately when full moons appear, pets go missing and police are mauled at a famous London tourist spot. With sinister trained hounds watching their home, Darkus, his father, a police detective uncle, and stepsister, Tilly, investigate a famous TV dog trainer and a notorious criminal boss, while avoiding a noisy press reporter. Young Sherlock Holmes fans will root for this tweed-loving protagonist, who fights crime (sometimes gruesome), reveals villains, and loves his blended family, especially his loyal dog. To be continued in the next installment.

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THE STOLEN MOON
written by Rachel Searles, (Feiwel and Friends, $15.99, Jan. 2015, ISBN 978-1-250-03880-7), 368p, Ages 11-14

In this sequel to The Lost Planet (Feiwel & Friends, 2014), Chase Garrety, sister Lilli, and hacker buddy, Parker, find safety and a home aboard the Fleet starship, Kuyddestor commanded by family friend Captain Leonard and on assignment to assist with peace talks between warring planets. Only a hand full of the crew are aware of Chase and Lilli's special abilities (phasing through objects and transporting). Seizing an opportunity to learn more about his deceased parents, they leave the ship, land on the disputed moon, and find themselves in the middle of a war between the Federation and the Kuyddestor. Filled with political intrigue, betrayals, heroes, and villains, this action-packed, science fiction thriller will have readers yearning for the next page-turning installment.


Ages 12 - 15
Gems from the Past
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THE THIEF LORD
written/illus. by Cornelia Funke, (Chicken House, Sept. 2002, ISBN 978-0-545-22770-4), 376p, Ages 10-14

An abandoned movie theater, a magical carousel, a soft-hearted disguise-obsessed detective, two orphaned run-away brothers, evil relatives, a greedy shop owner, a kind photographer, and street children under the care of a cocky young thief combine to make this tale one of the most fascinating in print. After their mother's death, twelve-year-old Prosper and five-year-old Bo run away to Venice and try to avoid their aunt, uncle, and a detective, hired to locate them. In Venice, they join street children, who live in an old abandoned theatre under the protection of a youth called the Thief Lord. When offered a job by a nasty shop owner on behalf of his mysterious client, the Thief Lord and kids search for a missing carousel lion's wing. According to legend, the wing belonged to a lion, one of four animals attached to a magical merry-go-round, which was donated to an orphanage by a wealthy Venice merchant 150 years earlier. "People said that a few turns on the merry-go-round of the Merciful Sisters made adults out of children and children out of adults." The missing wing now belongs to a Venice photographer, who joins the children in hunting for the magical carousel. Find out whose lives are altered by riding it, how the children find a permanent home, and if the young Thief Lord finds happiness. Endpapers contain interesting information and facts about the lovely city of Venice.

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SCAT
written by Carl Hiaasen, (Alflred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99, Feb. 2002, ISBN 978-0-375-83486-8), 304p, Ages 11+

In an attempt to reunite an endangered Panther kitten with its mother, two kids, a renegade environmentalist, a feared biology teacher, and a class bully work together to save the animal and thwart an illegal oil-drilling operation in a Florida swamp. When their hated teacher, Mrs. Bunny Starch, disappears on a field trip to the Black Vile Swamp, the chief suspect is a local delinquent, Smoke. The police and headmaster accept a sketchy note from Bunny explaining a "family emergency", but Nick and Marta believe that foul play is involved. Teaming up with a cunning, eccentric millionaire, they solve the mystery and help an endangered animal find its home. Engaging plot twists, colorful characters, and an unusual setting make this a great page-turner.

Teens
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THE AGENCY: Rivals In the City
written by Y. S. Lee, (Candlewick Press, $16.99, Mar. 2015, ISBN 978-0-7636-5914-1), 304p, Ages 15+

This fourth installment in The Agency series finds Mary Quinn living a financially independent life, operating a detective agency with her fiancé, James Easton, discovering a family connection to a prizefighter from China, and bringing an old enemy to justice. Reluctant to marry and lose her independence, Mary wrestles with love, independence, and marriage. Balancing family secrets, conflicting loyalties, professionalism, and childhood fears, Mary seeks to protect James and solve an old murder case. This fast-paced mystery with intriguing twists, endearing characters, and insight to the social issues of Victorian England, will please fans of this latest historical novel.


Teens
Gems from the Past
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MY FAIR GODMOTHER
written by Janette Rallison, (Walker Books for Young Readers, Jan. 2009), 384p, Ages 14-18

Popular and pretty high school sophomore Savannah Delano loses her boyfriend and prom date to her smart and studious older sister. "I just wish that somehow my life could be like a fairy tale. You know, with a handsome prince waiting for me at the ball, and that somehow when I met him, everything would work out happily ever after." Her wish is overheard by Chrissy (Chrysanthemum) Everstar, a Fairy Godmother trainee. This gum-chewing, cell phone-carrying, airhead, shopaholic sends Savannah back in time to the Middle Ages, first as Cinderella and then Snow White. Chrissy also sends a shy fellow student, Tristan, back with an assignment to become a prom-worthy prince. Together they must defeat a troll, a dragon, and the mysterious Black Knight in order to return home. Adjusting to life with dragons, ogres, leprechauns, wizards, royalty, outdoor plumbing, and stale food is somewhat challenging, but the lessons learned are life changing. Laughter, chaos, and enchantments abound in a romantic fairy tale/adventure that will have kids begging for more.

Over the years, we have researched thousands of children's books, and can recommend some of the best in outstanding children's literature for parents to read aloud and children to read. Our recommendations must meet certain criteria: fun, creative and imaginative stories, delightful illustrations, and excellent for age appropriate listening and reading. We hope that you enjoyed our recommendations. If you desire further information some of the best in children's literature, please visit our website, www.tchliteracy.com.

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