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“Adults and scholars will find much to enjoy both in the editor’s insightful introductory essay and in her concise, interesting biographies of the artists. . . .

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“The Patersons preface their work with a line by Eden Phillpotts: ‘The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow stronger.’ The Flint Heart is a bi

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“Fever is an engaging heroine, intelligent yet oddly naïve in the ways of life. Mr. Reeve is a talented world-maker and first-class storyteller.

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“Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact is jam-packed with action from the first to the last page.

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“The Elephant Scientist, with its clear writing, concise explanation of complex concepts, and exceptional photography, is a first-rate addition to the series.”

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At the Sea Floor Café is a very insightful and well-done book. The illustrations are unique and edgy, and go perfectly with the poetry.

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Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas lives up to the promise of its title.

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Part Alice in Wonderland and part Chronicles of Narnia, Jane and the Raven King is a magical, empowering gem of a book that opens up an entire genre to female readers.

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Written in the first person, Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Wright features Katie Bennett telling the reader how her family has moved to a town in Wisconsin after her dad accepted a new job.

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Millions of girls love horses, whether they have a chance to ride or can only read about it. They make up the target audience for The Pony Whisperer series.

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Does it seem like young people are fused to their cell phones these days? That’s just what happens to eighth-grader Samantha Granger through a series of outrageous coincidences.

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The Kneebone Boy commands immediate attention. Why? The cover. It’s dark, gothic, and beautiful. It beckons the reader to break open the spine and explore the prose within.

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After reading this middle-grade novel, it becomes clear why Mary Downing Hahn is such a popular author and has won so many awards.

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(Random House Paperbacks, March 2010)

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Random House Books for Young Readers, May 2008

“Have you ever seen a face hidden in the bark of a tree and known that the man trapped inside wanted to hurt you?”

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