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In the midst of his parents’ divorce, Jack leaves San Francisco to live with his unusual aunt and uncle in Iowa where, much to his surprise, he is suddenly the center of the town’s attention. It’s not all welcome, however, as some of that attention is inexplicably devoted to trying to kill him. In a starred review for Booklist, Michal Cart says, “The answers are not given up easily, and that’s just one facet of this delightful puzzle of a book that is filled with wonders and magic, yes, but magic that is ancient, numinous, and tied to the natural world.… [Barnhill’s] plotting and characterization…provide a foundation for the omnipresent magic that elevates this title to the first rank of contemporary children’s literature. Best of all, an open ending suggests the possibility of a sequel. Readers can only hope.”

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780316056724
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2012

Picking up where Fly by Night left off, and continuing to use the kind of language that sucked me into the first book, poet/con-man Eponymous Clent, 12-year-old Mosca Mye, and Mosca’s fierce goose Saracen, are running from Mandelion after inadvertently starting a revolution. They find themselves in the wealthy, dysfunctional, gated city of Toll, where half the population is active diurnally and half nocturnally. Mosca is exiled to Toll-by-Night, the different and very dangerous place that the town transforms itself into after dark. Privy to information about the kidnapping of the mayor’s daughter, Mosca makes new allies, finds the kidnappers, and reknits Toll. Wonderful language and wordplay make this fantasy world poignantly real and the book hard to put down.

Reviewed by: 
Nate
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780060880460
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Published: HarperCollins Publishers - October 23rd, 2012

“Those who appreciate the inventive plots of Cornelia Funke and Jonathan Stroud, or Lloyd Alexander’s colorful prose, should thoroughly enjoy this highly original adventure.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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ISBN: 9780060876302
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Published: HarperTrophy - December 13th, 2013

In the first of a projected trilogy, orphaned siblings Kate, Michael, and Emma find a book that transports them back in time 15 years. From old familiar fantasy elements, Stephens creates a new story. The children are treated individually, each with a distinct personality. There is bickering, there are rivalries, but all three hide a fierce, underlying loyalty to one another. Every child will identify with at least one of the three siblings. Perhaps this is the next Percy Jackson.

Reviewed by: 
Nate
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$7.99
ISBN: 9780375872716
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Published: Yearling Books - April 24th, 2012

Here, as in her two previous titles (Before I Fall and Delirium), Lauren Oliver creates a unique worldscape. Orphans Liesl and Will, along with a child-sized ghost named Po and Po’s pet Bundle, are swept up in a grand adventure that takes them from loss to healing and hope. In a starred review, Kirkus says this is “a wonderfully imaginative, startlingly moving and at times wickedly funny fantasy. With nods to Dahl, Dickens, the Grimms and even Burnett, the author has made something truly original. Acedera’s frequent black-and-white illustrations are a perfect compliment. An irresistible read: this book sings.”

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By Lauren Oliver, Kei Acedera (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062014528
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Published: HarperCollins - August 28th, 2012

The first book in Pullman’s complex, mind opening, and gripping His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass introduces Lyra, a headstrong and incredibly brave girl whose life is about to be changed forever, and who will, eventually, change the world. Deftly weaving religion, physics, and fantasy, this is an exceptional feat of storytelling, and one of my all-time favorites. 

Reviewed by: 
Flannery
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$12.99
ISBN: 9780375823459
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2002

If there were ever a rite of passage for kids on the Central Coast it would be to read the fun and fanciful tale of Treasure Island where, in 1883, a daring young boy sets out on a pirate adventure set on our own coastline. Even with familiar characters such as Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins, this illustrated edition is anything but ordinary—Lawrence’s beautiful woodcuts make reading this book a family bedtime treasure the entire year through. Ages 10+

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$24.99
ISBN: 9780763644451
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 13th, 2009

A collection of the world’s best folktales compiled by the internationally known storyteller Jane Yolen, this anthology introduces tales, myths and legends from Russia to Japan to favorite Grimm’s classics. This book will inspire families to tackle the genre of fairy and folk tales but with the diversity of style and story that will keep the kids wanting more. “Most of the great human themes, from storytelling itself through love, wisdom, and death, are covered in this dazzling collection of tales…A delight for all readers” says Library Journal. Ages 8+
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By Jane Yolen (Editor), Jane Yolen
$21.00
ISBN: 9780394751887
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Published: Pantheon Books - August 12th, 1988

Serious Fun may sound like an oxymoron, but a lot of work was put into putting together this comprehensive creativity guide. It's full of step-by-step DIY, facts and trivia, and neat projects - the perfect remedy to thumb-twiddling for kids (and kids at heart) of any age.

Reviewed by: 
Andrea
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$28.00
ISBN: 9781608196418
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - October 16th, 2012

Fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood enjoyed a normal day at the beach with her mom when the unthinkable happened: She lost her arm to a shark attack, quickly becoming “that shark girl” to all her friends. When Jane takes her challenge head on, she learns not only how to be comfortable in her own skin but how to harness that strength to dominate in women’s surfing. “The drama of the shark attack will hook them, and Jane’s inner journey will hold them until the end,” says School Library Journal in a starred review. Grades 6–10
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$8.99
ISBN: 9780763646271
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 13th, 2010

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