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I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

With characters as true and memorable as those in Eleanor and Park, I am Princess X is my favorite teen book of the year. It’s an unusual mystery that keeps you guessing, though it never departs from the offbeat realism of life in contemporary Seattle (think coffee shops, graffiti, hackers). May’s best friend, Libby, died in a car crash with her mother three years ago. Supposedly. But May has been haunted ever since by the idea that Libby might not be dead. Now 16, May sees a sticker plastered to a derelict shop window. It’s Princess X—an idea created by May and Libby years ago—a heroine who fights for truth. May is shy; she doesn’t see herself as a heroine, but she’ll do whatever it takes to find the source…and if Libby is alive, to rescue her, too. —Tera

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By Cherie Priest, Kali Ciesemier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545620857
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - May 26th, 2015

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire

The essence of all Russian mythology is encapsulated on one gorgeous, astronomically expensive Fabergé egg, intended for the prince of Russia. If only the creatures depicted on the egg existed just in myth, things would be a whole lot easier for Cat and Elena, two girls who happen to look very similar and whose paths coincide one day when a train breaks down on its way to the winter ball in St. Petersburg. Gregory Maguire, the creator of Wicked, gives us not just adventure but a memorable coterie of mythological creatures with a whole lot of sass. Grade 6 & up.  --Tera

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ISBN: 9780763680169
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

A warm, rollicking, and beautifully written mystery from Newbery Award winner Sheila Turnage. Spunky Mo LoBeau is back as the unforgettable self-appointed detective of all things strange in Tupelo Landing. This time she goes after a ghost in this witty page-turner that has heaps of Southern charm. Grades 4–6.  --Tera

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ISBN: 9780142425718
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - April 28th, 2015

Ophelia & the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

"A clever, wry fantasy with one of the more reluctant heroines of children’s literature. Grades 4–6."  —Tera

"Foxlee inventively weaves familiar folkloric elements—an evil snow queen, a magic sword, a quest, a chosen one—into her modern setting, all the while evoking a mood of dreamlike foreboding." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review.

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ISBN: 9780385753562
Availability: Backordered
Published: Yearling - February 10th, 2015

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick

With a light touch, constant bits of humor, and sharp descriptions of a ravaged city, Philbrick pulls you into the experience of being afloat during the greatest American storm of the century. Zane’s adventure is both a gripping survival story and a thoughtful look at the different types of people swirling in the boiling cauldron of New Orleans during the storm. Grades 5–8.

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ISBN: 9780545342391
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Published: The Blue Sky Press - July 28th, 2015

Hannah’s Night by Komako Sakai

One day Hannah wakes in the early hours of the morning. Everyone is fast asleep, so Hannah does a few things she’s never done before. She gives the cat a saucer of milk to lap. She eats cold cherries from the fridge without asking. She borrows her sister’s doll…and her music box…and her colored pencils. In the dim night light, everything is just a little different from before, as if Hannah has stepped into another world. Sakai evokes the hush of night with loose, expressive brushstrokes and muted blues, punctuated by the occasional vibrant cherry or electric pink stripes of pajamas. Perfectly capturing the private world of discovery of a little girl, Hannah’s Night is a quiet treasure that gets better with each rereading. Grades Pre-K–1.
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ISBN: 9781877579547
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Published: Gecko Press - March 1st, 2014


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