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The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

Monty Python comes to the middle-grade novel. Magic is draining from the world. Magicians are getting testy. They’re a lot harder to manage these days, and 15-year-old Jennifer, former foundling and current head of Kazan Mystic Arts Management (levitating carpets for cleaning purposes and pizza delivery, etc.; general magic-for-hire) has her hands full. And that’s before she’s elevated to the position of the Last Dragonslayer—particularly since the Last Dragon is such a quirky, lovely character. Clever, imaginative (and silly) for Terry Pratchett fans. Grades 6–10.
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ISBN: 9780547738475
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2012

The One and Only Ivan

Ivan, a silverback gorilla, has lived behind glass walls at the derelict Big Top Mall and Video Arcade for 27 years. Alone except for a handful of friends, Ivan turns to art—crayons and finger paint accidentally acquired—to travel beyond his cage. But when a baby elephant arrives, newly captured from the wild, Ivan realizes that his domain is pinched beyond endurance. Thus begins a desperate, valiant quest for freedom. The One and Only Ivan is a hero’s tale of escape and self- discovery that will inspire readers to rethink human kinship to animals and the reality of whatever domains, or cages, we unthinkingly inhabit. It will break your heart, but it’s wonderful. Grades 5 & up.
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780061992254
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Published: HarperCollins - January 17th, 2012

What Came From the Stars by Gary D. Schmidt

In the formal, patterned language of oral epic poetry (think Beowulf), readers are given details of a battle between opposing forces. To save the essence of civilization, Young Waeglim forges the Art of the Valorim into a chain and hurls it into space. And such is the measure of his desperation and power that the necklace streaks through the galaxies, past stars and comets, and lands on Earth in 12-year-old Tommy’s way-too-babyish Ace Robotroid lunchbox (a birthday gift from his grandmother). Two worlds intersect and inextricably combine and nothing will ever be the same for Tommy and his family. There is such beauty and yearning (and humor) in this novel—in all of Gary Schmidt’s novels, really—and though this book may rend your heart, I recommend it wholeheartedly. Grades 5–8.
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ISBN: 9780547612133
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Published: Clarion Books - September 4th, 2012

Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead

“A seventh-grade boy who is coping with social and economic issues moves into a new apartment building, where he makes friends with an over-imaginative home-schooled boy and his eccentric family. Social rules are meant to be broken is the theme of this big-hearted, delightfully quirky tale, and in keeping with that, Stead creates a world where nothing is as it seems. Yet the surprises are meticulously foreshadowed, so when the pieces of the puzzle finally click in, the readers’ ‘aha’ moments are filled with profound satisfaction.” —Kirkus Reviews

Although written for a younger audience than her Newbery-winning When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead has created another odd and compelling mystery. Grades 4–7.

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ISBN: 9780385737432
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 7th, 2012

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Marlee only speaks to a tiny handful of people. She’s terrified of giving a presentation in class, of standing up to her bullying best friend, or talking to a stranger. But she’s also terrified of being voiceless in a family pulling itself apart. When a new girl moves to town, Marlee takes a chance and speaks to her. What unfolds is a friendship that challenges the social fabric of the town of Little Rock in the year 1958, just after the Little Rock Nine have desegregated the schools. Against this tumultuous backdrop, Marlee discovers that finding her voice will mean speaking up for what she knows is right. Grades 5–8.
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780399256448
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2012

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

“What do you get when you combine Because of Winn-Dixie’s heart with the mystery and action of Holes? You get an engaging, spirit-lifting and unforgettable debut for young readers. The novel’s opening lines reveal the unflappable Mo LoBeau as a latter-day Philip Marlowe: ‘Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt.’ Pairing the heartbreaking sadness of children who don’t get their fair share from parents with the hilarity of small-town life, Turnage achieves a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age.” —Kirkus. Grades 4–7.
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ISBN: 9780803736702
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Published: Dial Books - May 10th, 2012

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

In preparing for the winter newsletter, booksellers in the children’s section of Bookshop read all the books published in 2012 that we suspect may be good— suspicions created by publishers’ reps, readers we like, children’s lit blogs, book reviews we admire, and some less tangible trickle of interest that accompanies a certain book and that publishers refer to as “buzz.” The Mighty Miss Malone was published in January. I didn’t read it until the day before the newsletter was due at the printers. MMM is a smart, amusing novel about a loving, bookish family’s struggle to live together when job possibilities are forcing them apart—a struggle as relevant today as it was in the 1930’s setting of Curtis’s story. Warmly memorable and completely buzz-worthy. Ostensibly for grades 5–8. And the rest of us.
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ISBN: 9780385734912
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - January 10th, 2012

Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee

Nearly identical littermates Boot and Shoe take two divergent adventures after chasing the same pesky squirrel. Just when it seems they will never find each other again, they reunite under their favorite tree: …“even in the worst of times a dog still needs to pee.” An understated text, perfect comic timing, and a visual triumph of fluid motion, precise lines, and emotional expression combine to create a charming ode to friendship. Preschool–Grade 2.
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By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442422476
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Published: Beach Lane Books - October 2nd, 2012

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer

“Thank God for Ian Falconer and his Olivia. She is the popular school-age pig, the latest in a line of independent, high-spirited young ladies that goes back at least to Madeline and Eloise, and also includes Frances the badger and Lilly the mouse. Her seventh full-fledged adventure, Olivia and the Fairy Princesses, is, to my taste, her best since her introduction 12 years ago as a fashion-conscious, Degas-loving heroine with a thing for Maria Callas and a talent for ‘wearing people out.’… In this volume Olivia confronts one of the most pressing challenges facing her generation: the princess scourge.” —Bruce Handy, New York Times. Princess-obsession age & up.
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By Ian Falconer, Ian Falconer (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442450271
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2012

Z Is for Moose

It begins innocuously enough—A is for apple, B is for ball. But wait—what is that moose doing in the picture? There’s one creature in this alphabet book who just can’t wait for his turn. Will Moose make it to the M’s or will he get the boot because he’s already caused too much of a mess? You’ll have to peek inside to find out what happens in this cheeky page-turner of an ABC book. Grades K–2.
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By Kelly Bingham, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060799847
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 28th, 2012

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