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Bumble-ardy

Bumble-ardy

by Maurice Sendak

Hardcover, 40 pages, HarperCollins Childrens Books, $17.95, published September 6 2011 | purchase
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Bumble-Ardy the pig had not celebrated his past eight birthdays with his family, but when his Aunt Adeline adopts him at age nine, he decides to throw himself a spectacular party.

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Breadcrumbs

Breadcrumbs

by Anne Ursu

Hardcover, 312 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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Hazel and Jack are best friends until an accident with a magical mirror and a run-in with a villainous queen find Hazel on her own, entering an enchanted wood in the hopes of saving Jack's life. Illustrated by Erin Mcguire.

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Delirium

Delirium

by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 480 pages, HarperCollins, $8.99, published February 7 2012 | purchase
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  • Lauren Oliver

In a dystopian near future America, the government has classified love as a disease. All citizens, once they turn 18, receive a government operation to cure the unwanted emotion. Lena looks forward to her operation and a safe, predictable and happy life — until, just a few months before her 18th birthday, she meets the mysterious Alex and falls in love.

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The Unwanteds

The Unwanteds

by Lisa McMann

Hardcover, 390 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published August 30 2011 | purchase
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  • Lisa McMann

In a society that purges thirteen-year-olds who are creative, identical twins Aaron and Alex are separated, one to attend University while the other, supposedly Eliminated, finds himself in a wondrous place where youths hone their abilities and learn magic.

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Heart and Soul

Heart and Soul

The Story of America and African Americans

by Kadir Nelson

Hardcover, 108 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $19.99, published September 27 2011 | purchase
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  • Kadir Nelson

Heart and Soul explores the history of African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement.

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Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach

by Brenda Woods

Hardcover, 137 pages, Penguin Group USA, $16.99, published September 1 2011 | purchase
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  • Brenda Woods

Earning money by playing the clarinet for New Orleans tourists, budding musician Saint remains behind to protect a stray dog when Hurricane Katrina hits and forces the pair to take shelter in an elderly neighbor's home. By the author of The Red Rose Box.

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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Paperback, 256 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $6.50, published July 1 1993 | purchase
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  • Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Norton Juster's classic fantasy — with wry illustrations by Jules Feiffer — follows bored young boy Milo after he receives a mysterious gift: a tollbooth that allows him entrance to the magical "Lands Beyond." Milo and his traveling companion, Tock the watchdog, restore the princesses Rhyme and Reason to the Kingdom of Wisdom — and in the process Milo discovers the real world has its own charms.

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Inside Out & Back Again

Inside Out & Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

Paperback, 10 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $7.99, published January 2 2013 | purchase
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The story of Ha, a young girl living during the end of the Vietnam War, is told in a series of understated poems. Ha chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.Literary Award Winner

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

A Novel in Words and Pictures

by Brian Selznick

Hardcover, 533 pages, Scholastic, $24.99, published March 1 2007 | purchase
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In this magical novel written and illustrated by Brian Selznick, 12-year-old Hugo is an orphan, clock-keeper and petty thief living within the walls of a Paris train station in 1931. Before he died, his father left him a broken automaton, and Hugo labors to uncover the secret hidden inside the machine.Literary Award Winner

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The Hugo Movie Companion

The Hugo Movie Companion

A Behind the Scenes Look at How a Beloved Book Became a Major Motion Picture

by Brian Selznick

School And Library, 255 pages, Scholastic, $19.99, published November 1 2011 | purchase
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Brian Selznick presents an official companion to the movie director Martin Scorsese based on his novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. It includes interviews with the cast and different members of the crew, side-by-side visual comparisons of book and movie artwork and information about the film's special effects.

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The Dragon's Tooth

The Dragon's Tooth

by N. D. Wilson

Hardcover, 485 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $16.99, published August 23 2011 | purchase
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When a mysterious old man dies at brothers Cyrus, Antigone and Daniel Smith's roadside motel, their lives change forever. Daniel goes missing, and Cyrus and Antigone swear their allegiance to an order of explorers who serve as the keepers of powerful relics, and the jailers of immortal criminals.

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The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Paperback, 336 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $7.99, published September 28 2010 | purchase
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  • Neil Gaiman

Reared by ghosts, werewolves and other residents of the hillside cemetery he calls home, an orphan named Nobody Owens wonders how he will manage to survive among the living having learned all his lessons from the dead. And the man Jack — who killed the rest of Nobody's family — is itching to finish the job. Illustrations by Dave McKean.Literary Award Winner

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