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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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“The story careens along from the very beginning to the last page.

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“The story, as told in Fern’s voice grabs, at the heart with its unfathomable anguish.

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“What the Dog Said takes a sad topic and turns it into a humorous and heartwarming story.

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“Mary Losure has done a fine job of researching and writing this true story for young readers.

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“Historical fiction can be the best education, because it engages people’s minds and hearts differently than the classroom—and often better.

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“We can all use a comforting story of love, even—or especially—if it is ripped from a brutal past.”

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“Enlivened by expressive drawings that evoke Old World places and people, The Mermaid of Warsaw is a collection worth dipping into.”

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“Sita’s Ramayana ventures beyond a graphic retelling the events of the epic tale. . . .

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