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Half Bad Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147511461
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Published: Speak - January 13th, 2015

Here we come to a book that grabs readers from the first moment they enter its pages. Half Bad affords the sublime fascinations of an alluring, unsafe narrator set in a deeply grey political landscape whose powers are determined to be black and white at terrible cost. Its readers find themselves carried and then swiftly captured in an irresistible current of intrigue and imagination as visceral as it is elegant 


An Ember in the Ashes Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781595148049
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Published: Razorbill - February 9th, 2016

The Blackthorn Key Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481446525
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - May 3rd, 2016

Into the Dim Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781328696038
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 11th, 2017

Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

You can read our review of Pax here on Publisher's Weekly.


Knights of the Borrowed Dark Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780553523003
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Published: Yearling Books - August 8th, 2017

Knights of the Borrowed Dark breathes new life into established fantasy traditions. Familiar themes of a reluctant orphan hero, secret orders, and parallel dimensions, take surprising twists and turns, buoyed by unusually fine writing and well developed characters. A deeply satisfying fantasy Knights of the Borrowed Dark is a perfect book to share with a young reader or to give to an older one.


Serafina and the Black Cloak Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781484711873
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - June 14th, 2016

The Lost Property Office Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481467094
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2016

The Lost Property Office is a fantasy rich in history. Built around a secret organization underpinning the British Commonwealth  its appealing lead character, Jack Buckles, is a thirteenth (an ominous number) generation tracker, an ability grounded in having the condition of synesthesia, sensory overlap. Trackers put synesthesia to magical use, 'sparking' off objects containing minerals, such as stone walls touched by others in the past so that they can see what happened in the past, becoming high powered detectives. The author has synesthesia himself and the book carries with it a remarkable breakneck pace, filled with dynamic sensory images. The fast pace, tight focus, intriguing secrets, strong characters, engaging villain, and all around excitement make The Lost Property Office an exceptionally appealing reading experience.


Book Scavenger Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250079800
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Published: Square Fish - April 12th, 2016

The School for Good and Evil Cover Image
By Soman Chainani, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062104908
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Published: HarperCollins - April 15th, 2014

The Girl Who Drank the Moon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616205676
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

The Glass Sentence Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142423660
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Published: Puffin Books - June 16th, 2015

The Glass Sentence is a marvelous work of imaginative fantasy and adventure for all ages. Here is my interview with it's delightful author, S.E. Grove.


Maresi Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419722691
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Published: Amulet Books - January 3rd, 2017

This is a wonderful fantasy novel, translated from the Finnish. The island of The Red Abbey, in which only women may step, is steeped in tradition. Beautifully written, this is a rich coming of age story with real depth. You can read more about the book here.


The Imaginary Cover Image
By A. F. Harrold, Emily Gravett (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781681191638
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - September 6th, 2016

The Wild Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316381994
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

I read heavily in the middle grade genre.  So I am often on the look out for those special books that have an appeal to adults who may still be reading to their children while, at the same time, have great story for younger readers. The Wild Robot fits this bill. It is a sweet, gentle story about Roz the robot and her self discovery while shipwrecked on an island. Look out for the falling pinecones!--Karin


Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made Cover Image
By Stephan Pastis, Stephan Pastis (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763669270
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 14th, 2015

The Princess in Black Cover Image
By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763678883
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 14th, 2015

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest Cover Image
By Charles De Lint, Charles Vess (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316053594
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 2nd, 2014

Every decision has a consequence. Lillian Kindred has made a decision that leads to a magical journey to take control of her destiny. Wonderful illustrations and Charles De Lint's beautiful writing make this book a real treat!


Dory Fantasmagory Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780147510679
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Published: Puffin Books - July 7th, 2015

If you haven't met Dory you are missing an experience! She is witty, she is funny, she is the annoying little sister we can't help but love!


Gertie's Leap to Greatness Cover Image
By Kate Beasley, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780374302610
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - October 4th, 2016

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101939758
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Published: Delacorte Press - October 11th, 2016

We often hear of new books that have a classic feel but The Secret Horses of Briar Hill is truly reminiscent of immortal Children's Books which explore the power and duality of imagination in confined spaces such as The Secret Garden.  Set in the small, ever shrinking world of a World War II hospital for children with tuberculosis in the British countryside, the story of young Emmaline and her mission to rescue an injured winged horse trapped in the sanatorium's grounds is as deeply moving as it is unforgettable.


A Handful of Stars Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545700276
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 26th, 2015

That difficult to capture period, when children are 11sh and have one toe in adolescence and the rest of their weight still resting behind that line, is the specialty of Maine author Cynthia Lord. She hits the mark yet again with  A Handful of Stars. The book is the story of a friendship between a small town Maine girl, Lily, and Salma, a girl Lily's age whose family is in the area to work Maine's blueberry harvest. A terrific story with universal childhood themes is made richer here for the inclusion of an element of social significance, the lives of migrant workers in rural Maine.


Rise of the Wolf Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142421086
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Published: Puffin Books - June 5th, 2012

The Knife of Never Letting Go Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780763676186
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - July 22nd, 2014