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Susan buys the children's books for The Well-Read Moose - a job that feeds her inner child and makes her happier than just about anything! She owned a little children's bookstore in New Hampshire for many years and loves nothing more than reading aloud to her grandchildren...or anyone's grandchildren, really. She would like to be Harriet M. Welsch, Fern Arable or maybe Eloise (who got to live at The Plaza with Weenie and Skipperdee) when she grows up.

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Fuzzy Mud Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385370226
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Published: Yearling Books - March 21st, 2017

An exciting new story from the author of Holes - two fifth graders take a shortcut home from school and discover "fuzzy mud," which is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world! This tale blends elements of mystery, suspense, and school-day life into a taut environmental cautionary tale.


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The Astounding Broccoli Boy Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062400192
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 14th, 2017

Rory Rooney's favorite book says "don't be scared, be prepared," but who could be prepared for turning green? Is it genetic? Is it a virus or is it something he ate? Is he turning into a Superhero? I loved this hilarious, heartbreaking, and original ride!


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The Smell of Other People's Houses Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780553497816
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Published: Ember - February 21st, 2017

Stories of several generations in Alaska weave in and out of each other in this masterful novel, and eventually (trust me) meet up in the most unlikely but complete satisfying way. Beautifully written, an un-put-downable! Perfect for fans of Siobhan Dowd and Matt de la Pena.


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The Girl from Everywhere Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062380760
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 7th, 2017

This is the beginning of a promising series with exotic historical settings and magic woven throughout. A lushly written time-traveling adventure with an imaginative magical twist, real heart and real heartbreak, a major dash of swoon! For fans of the Kane Chronicles, The Madman's Daughter, Scorpio Races.


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The Tightrope Walkers Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780763691042
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - November 8th, 2016

This moving novel, masterfully told by one of my favorite authors ever, reveals the inner world of a boy teetering on the edge of manhood, full of curiosity and full of impulses, making me afraid of him. I promise you a wondrous ride!


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Nothing But Trouble Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062369888
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - November 2016

A new series starring two smart girls - a budding scientist and a mischief-loving artist - determined to improve their hometown, one epic pranks at a time. Humorous, smart, and full of small-town heart: combining the wit of Harriet the Spy with the mischief of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.


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The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781481411400
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016

Teenaged Zebulon Finch is murdered in 1896, but quickly returns from the dead and begins to search for redemption. He fights in the trenches of WW!, he runs from nightmares in Depression-era New York. He becomes the companion of the most beautiful woman in Hollywood. An astonishing 1st volume of a new series!


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

Horse lovers and fantasy lovers will enjoy this book! Emmaline can see winged horses in the mirror at Briar Hill and when she ventures out to the abandoned gardens she discovers one of the horses has crossed over to the real world and has broken a wing! You'll adore everything that comes next!


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Swan Boy Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781780749242
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Published: ONEWorld Publications - October 11th, 2016

Billy Elliot turns his fear of being different into a strength and discovers the power of change. Anyone who has struggled with insecurity, grief, and the difficulty of listening to their inner voice to find the strength to become his or her own unique individual will love this book!


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Every Hidden Thing Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481464161
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

The hunt for a dinosaur skeleton buried in the Badlands, bitter rivalries, and a forbidden romance come together in this smashing novel. A western for love-struck science nerds that is sort of Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones. There's nothing else like this one - written with Oppel's signature flair and gift for beautiful language.


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The Nest Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481432337
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Steve's newborn brother is sick - so sick that Steve makes a dangerous deal with a mysterious Wasp Queen to save him. This is a haunting, compelling story about triumph over monsters - some external, some not - and the meaning of family. Truly un-put-downable.


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Stand-Off Cover Image
By Andrew Smith, Sam Bosma (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781481418300
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

Ryan Dean West - the precocious star of Winger is back! As a senior (at 15!) he becomes captain of the rugby team, shares his dormitory with a twelve-year-old prodigy and learns to appreciate things he has tried to resist, including change. Alternately funny and painful, awkward and enlightening - a wonder of a book!


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The Littlest Bigfoot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481470742
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - September 13th, 2016

Every young reader who has ever felt too big or too small will feel just right in the cheerful glow of this fairy tale. A heartwarming (and seriously funny) exploration of bullying and friendship, this one is perfect for readers who love Sophie Kinsella and Jodi Picoult.


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The Bamboo Sword Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781419708244
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Published: Amulet Books - September 13th, 2016

From the author of Heart of a Samurai - a suspenseful swashbuckler starring a Japanese boy who finds himself caught between cultures. Complete with period illustrations and maps - perfect for the reader who loves high-sea adventure with a cultural flair!


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The Hawkweed Prophecy Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781602863002
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Published: Weinstein Books - September 6th, 2016

Wise, weird, a touch evil and totally charming - Hawkweed is the first installment in a new series about two girls (one of whom is a witch!) switched at birth, Themes of destiny, friendship, and sisterhood told through a blend of magic, fantasy, and witchcraft will appeal to readers who loved Red Queen and Beautiful Creatures.


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The Imaginary Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781681191638
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - September 6th, 2016

An inventive mix of humor and suspense with gorgeous illustrations - reminiscent of Coraline and Wildwood - it tells a powerful tale of friendship, imagination, and remembering what you never knew you lost. A great choice for readers who like fantastic tales with a dose of scariness. One of my favorite books of 2015!


Walk on Earth a Stranger Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062242921
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 6th, 2016

Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. This first book in a new trilogy from the author of Girl of Fire and Thorns is Perfect!


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The Girl at Midnight Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780385744669
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Published: Ember - May 3rd, 2016

I was wowed! Grey gives us a seamlessly constructed dystopian world, myriad vivid characters, and a perfect blend of action and love. The story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who is clever, daring, sometimes brash, and fiercely loyal. If you love City of Bones, this is for you!


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Mosquitoland Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780147513656
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Published: Speak - March 1st, 2016

Hilarious, heartbreaking, weird, and wonderful. Mim's family falls apart and she responds by taking a 1,000 mile journey on a Greyhound bus. I loved this quirky, twisty road-trip story, Mim's brilliant and unforgettable voice and the odd cast of characters she meets along her way. A modern American odyssey of sorts!


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The Marvels Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780545448680
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 15th, 2015

Two stand-alone stories - the first 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose - create a beguiling puzzle, encompassing multiple generations and a historic theater. I was swept up in the gripping adventure, obsessed with finding connections between the two narratives!


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Edgewater Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781419716416
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Published: Amulet Books - September 8th, 2015

Lorrie and her aunt Gigi live in a neglected mansion called Edgewater. Lorrie used to be rich, and her shame about her family's circumstance runs deep. When the son of a prominent senator takes an interest in her, it becomes clear that they both have secrets - secrets that are linked...I loved the pace and mystery of the story!


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Brilliant Cover Image
By Roddy Doyle, Emily Hughes (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419714795
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Published: Amulet Books - September 8th, 2015

The Black Dog of depression has descended over Dublin, but siblings Rayzer and Gloria are determined to stop it before it swallows their families, teachers, neighbors...A suspenseful tale about the power of love and positivity, the amazing strength in numbers, and the hero that lived in every child!


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Confessions of an Imaginary Friend: A Memoir by Jacques Papier Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525427551
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Published: Dial Books - September 8th, 2015

The whimsical "autobiography" of an imaginary friend who doesn't know he's imaginary - perfect for fans of the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and Toy Story! I loved this sweet, quirky, funny story told from a wonderful new perspective.


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Shadow Scale Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780375866579
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 10th, 2015

Dragons! Ones that share life with, battle against, and (occasionally) are part human! Sequel to Seraphina, we get new characters, new dangers, and the battle to end battles with Seraphina, and her motley crew of dragon human hybrids!


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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780763676629
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 24th, 2015

Dean is a secret child, hidden away. His whole world is a carpet, a bed, pictures of the "holy island," and a single locked door. A dark, suspenseful, fluid story about the love and harm that can be between parents and children, told with lovely language of a child stunted by lifelong imprisonment.


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Once Upon an Alphabet Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator), Oliver Jeffers
$26.99
ISBN: 9780399167911
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Published: Philomel Books - October 14th, 2014

The alphabet book to top all others, from the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit!   If words make up the stories and letters make up the words, then stories are made up of letters. In this menagerie we have stories made of words, made FOR all the letters. The most inventive and irresistible book of the year spans a mere 26 letters (don't they all!) and 112 pages.


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Draw! Cover Image
By Raul Colon, Raul Colon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442494923
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 16th, 2014

Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination. A boy alone in his room. Pencils. Sketchbook in hand. What would it be like to on safari? Imagine. Draw… A boy named Leonardo begins to imagine and then draw a world afar—first a rhinoceros, and then he meets some monkeys, and he always has a friendly elephant at his side. Soon he finds himself in the jungle and carried away by the sheer power of his imagination, seeing the world throuhg his own eyes and making friends along the way.


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On the Wing Cover Image
By David Elliott, Becca Stadtlander (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763653248
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014

David Elliott’s witty verse takes flight with gorgeous illustrations in an enchanting look at fifteen avian species for birders of all ages. Take to the sky to explore a glorious array of all things avian, from the tiny, restless hummingbird to the inscrutable horned owl to the majestic bald eagle. David Elliott and Becca Stadtlander bestow a sense of wonder onto such common birdfeeder visitors as the sparrow, the crow, and the cardinal and capture the exotic beauty of far-flung fowl like the Andean condor, the Australian pelican, and the Caribbean flamingo. Concise, clever verse from an award-winning author pairs with striking artwork from a debut illustrator to make this a true pleasure for anyone who loves birds.


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Fleabrain Loves Franny Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419710681
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Published: Amulet Books - August 12th, 2014

Franny Katzenback is recovering from polio, and she has fallen in love with Charlotte's Web. She has no talking, spelling. life-saving spider, but she and "Fleabrain" quickly start a correspondence. If you (like Franny) love Charlotte's Web (and who doesn't) you'll love this charming book too!


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We Were Liars Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780385741262
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 13th, 2014

It's twisty, it's mysterious, and it's got a surprise ending that'll knock your socks off...one so shocking you'll want to return immediately to page one to figure out how you missed it! The story of a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means - haunting, beautiful, disturbing - I loved this one!