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“Middle-school girls with a fanciful flair will snap up this novel . . .”

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a real treat for children and adults who love to learn about dinosaurs.”

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“How would it feel to hide an enormous, important, life threatening secret from your friends, your neighbors, and maybe even members of your own family?”

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“Alien Encounter is a chapter book with plenty of mystery, quirky characters, some chills, and on-target, male-skewed humor for the elementary school set.”

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“Morley’s writing is magnetic, instantly attaching the reader to the story. We see, we feel, and we cringe at the victim’s circumstances.”

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The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky offers a gentle, inspiring story of economically disadvantaged people uniting to assert their right to define beauty on their own terms.”

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Sometimes there’s no explaining how a person manages to work his or her way into your heart. It just happens.

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Many people wonder about answers to some of life’s most basic questions, such as “Why the sky is blue?”, which can be answered from textbooks and in science classrooms and seem geared to younger, m

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Cynthia Voigt’s first book in a three-book series Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things is written in the same style as Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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“. . . a cautionary tale about the current state of our fragile world . . . It provides a chilling prediction of one possible outcome.”

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“. . . a beautiful love story told in spare, riveting prose.”

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In 1946, a young orphan from Poland arrives at a New York yeshiva where he will study and live.

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They have a touch so feathery light it can be barely felt on human skin. The vivid gold and black colored golden orb weaver spider is the largest webmaking spider on the planet.

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“For a parent looking to broaden a child’s understanding of the world, this new graphic novel is a find.”

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“Mr. MacHale is a master of intrigue, pacing, and adventure.”

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Stumbling upon a childhood photo can be an unexpected pleasure for an elderly person—except when it conjures up memories of the Holocaust.

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“Rick Yancey has written a very different book from the usual alien invasion story. . . . explor[ing] the very nature of humanity . . . creepy good.”

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“The joy is in the reading. . . . What else could a child ask for in a story?”

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“Papercutz has added a significant new dimension to the legend of Nancy Drew. She and her new Clue Crew should be around for a long time.”

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“Liar and Spy is a worthwhile read . . .”

Rebecca Stead covers a lot of ground in her new middle grade mystery Liar and Spy.

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“Mr. Oppel is an expert storyteller and an outstanding world builder.”

When writing about the supernatural, authors need to follow the rules.

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“The subject of same-sex marriages is tastefully handled in a manner preteens can understand and relate to.”

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“Resplendent with the vivid hues of its characters’ hopes and sorrows, The Humming Room gives young readers a compelling tale that does justice to its evergreen inspiration.”

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“Tony DiTerlizzi has created a cast of fascinating characters engaged in epic adventures. How often must a 12-year-old child struggle against evil to save her world?

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