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A Mouse, an Owl, and a Mountain Dog: New Books for Older Readers

Sugar, by Jewell Parker Rhodes On the River Road Plantation, ten-year-old Sugar hates all things sweet, and hates her name. Slavery is over, but she and her family must harvest cane to make a living with her fellow plantation workers. Sugar is curious and vexed by this “freedom,” and cures her restlessness with the elders’ […]

October 16th, 2013

Big and Mighty: New Books for Younger Readers

The Mighty Lalouche, by Matthew Olshan , illustrated by Sophie Blackall Lalouche is a humble french postman with a yellow finch for a best friend. One day his boss pulls up in a fancy new electric autocar and tells Lalouche he’s been replaced, “A walking postman’s far too slow.” Poor little Lalouche, worried he will […]

October 9th, 2013

Drowned Towns, Eccentric Puzzles, and Time-Traveling Kids: New Books for Older Readers

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein Mr. Lemoncello, an eccentric game and puzzle designer, has funded a library in his home town. For the grand opening, Mr. Lemoncello (think Willy Wonka) holds an essay contest and a dozen lucky twelve-year-old winners will be the first to enter and encounter the mysteries of this […]

September 18th, 2013
Puss Jekyll

Beautiful Journeys and Funny Food Stories: New Books for Younger Readers

Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Jill Barton Cats are two-sided creatures. They are lazy and cuddly when they bathe in the sun, careful and delicate as they groom their tail. But they can seem to turn into entirely other creatures when they stalk a mouse or vole, or prowl and pounce […]

September 11th, 2013

Rain, Fog and Snow: New Books for Younger Readers

Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan Octopus hides in her dark cave. Her tentacles curve and twist around her bulbous body as she shyly watches the busy reef outside. When several small seahorses try to play, Octopus flees. In her attempts to avoid the curious creatures, she finds herself away from the reef, her familiar cave, […]

August 15th, 2013

Dancing, Counting, and Busy-Busy Animals: New Books for Younger Children

  Boom! by Mary Lyn Ray Rosie is a small dog who is very brave. She’s not afraid of garbage collectors, fire fighters, sirens, vacuums, or taking a bath. Then, BOOM! As soon as a storm begins and the thunder sounds, Rosie heads for cover. Nothing soothes her, not even a dog biscuit. Rosie’s boy tries […]

July 17th, 2013

Dolls, Wishes, and Secrets: New Books for Older Readers

Doll Bones by Holly Black, with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler The co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles series has crafted a truly creepy tale of an old bone-china doll and the three friends that she may or may not be haunting. Zach’s dad threw away his action figures, so he can no longer play the game that […]

July 10th, 2013

Cats, Birds, and a New Colfer Series: New Books for Older Readers

Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering He couldn’t speak. He had no clothes. He lived in the forests, under the harsh, cold moon, as wild as a wolf or a fox. He was a young boy and when they caught him; they called him […]

June 19th, 2013