October 2014



Holiday Books For
Preschoolers

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DUCK & GOOSE FIND A PUMPKIN
written/illus. by Tad Hills, (Swartz & Wade Books), 22p, Ages 2+

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OLLIE'S HALLOWEEN
written/illus. by Olivier Dunrea (Houghton Mifflin Books), 32p, Ages 2-5

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SIX CREEPY SHEEP
written by Judith Ross Enderle/Stephanie Gordon Tessler, illus. by John O'Brien, (Boyds Mills Press), 24p, Ages 3-6





Holiday Books for
4-8 Year Olds

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THE PUMPKIN FAIR
written by Eve Bunting, illus. by Eileen Christelow, (Clarion Books), 32p, Ages 4-8

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THE GREAT PUMPKIN SWITCH
written by Megan McDonald, illus. by Ted Lewin, (Scholasltic Press), 32p, Ages 4-8

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THE SPIDER AND THE FLY
written by Mary Howitt, illus. by Tony DiTerlizzi, (Simon & Schustser), 40p, Ages 4-8





Fun Reads for
Ages 8-12

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INVASION OF THE DOGNAPPERS
written by Patrick Jennings, (Egmont), 208p, Ages 9-12


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WOOLY JUMPERS
written by Nette Hilton, (Kane Miller), 150p, Ages 8-12


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JACK BLANK AND THE IMAGINE NATION
written by Matt Myklusch, (Aladdin), 480p, Ages 9-12


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THE TALE OF A SWAMP RAT
written by Carter Crocker, (Philomel Books), 232p, Ages 9-13





Fantasy Books for
Ages 12+

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THROUGH THE SKYLIGHT
written by Ian Baucom, illus. by Justin Gerard (Atheneum Books), 400p, Ages 11-14


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THE WALL AND THE WING
written by Laura Ruby, (HarperCollins), 256p, Ages 11+





Adventure Stories
for Teens

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STARCLIMBER
written by Kenneth Oppel, (HarperCollins), 400p, Teen

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OPERATION RED JERICHO: THE GUILD OF SPECIALISTS
written by Joshua Mowll, illus. by Joshua Mowll, Julek Heller, Niroot Puttapipat, Benjamin Mowll, (Candlewick Press). 288p, Ages 13+






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Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschoolers to middle graders.

The holidays are before us, and what better way to enjoy it than with a great book. We hope that you enjoy our selections. They offer fun reads into adventure, friendship, families, folk literature, mysteries, humor, fantasy, holiday books, and science fiction.

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Preschool
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PENGUIN AND PUMPKIN
written/illus. by Salina Yoon, (Walker Books, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8027-3732-8), 40p, Ages 3-5

"It was fall, and very white on the ice, as always—which made Penguin curious." Wondering what warmer climates are like in the fall, Penguin, Bootsy, and friends travel across the ocean on their slowly melting ice flow to a pumpkin farm, finishing the trip by swimming to shore. At the pumpkin patch, everyone finds their perfect pumpkin, except Penguin, who is fascinated with the multicolor leaves falling everywhere. They sail for home in a gigantic hollowed out pumpkin, towing another filled with their pumpkins, leaves, books, blankets, and treasures. Back home, Penguin's gives his little brother not only a pumpkin, but also a special surprise treat. Little ones will enjoy the penguins' traveling attire, their solution to the problem of a dwindling ice flow, and the special treat for a little brother.

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BEAR SEES COLORS
written by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman, (Margaret K. McElderry Books, $16.99,
ISBN 978-1-4424-6536-7), 32p, Ages 3-6 yrs

Karma Wilson's Bear is back and teaching concepts of color in playful rhymes. "Mouse and Bear are walking; / they are chitter-chatter-talking. / So much for them to do. / And the bear sees … / Blue! / Blue Flowers / by the trail. / Blue berries. / Blue pail. / Blue, blue EVERYWHERE! / Can you spy blue with Bear?" While walking through the woods, they meet Hare, who helps them explore the color red, Badger points out the color yellow, Gopher and Mole find the color green, and Owl and Wren introduce them to the color brown. Of course, what would a picnic be without chocolate cake and cookies? Walks are always an adventure of color and fun when taken with the charming and lovable Bear.

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THE MOUSE WHO ATE THE MOON
written/illus. by Petr Horáčk, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7363-7059-7), 32p, Ages 3-7

At bedtime a little mouse gazes at the moon and declares, "The moon is beautiful … I would love to have my very own piece of the moon." The next morning she discovers a banana and thinks it to be a piece of the moon from the sky. Taking several nibbles until only a half remains, Little Mouse is dismayed to realize that the moon must no longer be round. She confesses her transgressions to her friends, who reassure her that the moon cannot be eaten. Her friends show her the nighttime full moon and help her eat the remaining half of the banana. Die-cut pages, bright artwork, and a delicious tale will entertain little ones.

 
Ages 4-8
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LITTLE BOO
written by Stephen Wunderli, illus. by Tim Zeltner, (Henry Holt & Co., $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8050-9708-5), 32p, Ages 4-7

When the wind blows and the leaves begin to fall, a little pumpkin seed wishes to grow up quickly and yearns for the day when his "boo" will frighten everyone. "The little plant kept growing, and sometimes tried to scare the bucket and the bees and a grasshopper…But none of them were even the least bit afraid." The wind encourages him to be patient, and through the seasons he grows into a flower, a pumpkin, and finally is picked to become a mighty jack-o-lantern, who loves to say "Boo!"

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OTIS AND THE SCARECROW
written/illus. by Loren Long, (Philomel Books, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-399-16396-8), 40p, Ages 3-7

"It was summer when the scarecrow first came to the farm where the friendly little tractor named Otis lived, back when the corn was tall and ripe." Otis is overjoyed to meet the new arrival, but the scarecrow, with its sour-looking face, stares at the cornfield and is far from friendly. As the seasons change, Otis helps with the harvest, pulls wagonloads of kids seeking pumpkins, and plays games with his farm friends. Happy to be around family and friends, Otis is always mindful of the silent and stern scarecrow up on the hill. How Otis brings friendship to the lonely scarecrow, and maybe receives a smile in return, is a great lesson to children on friendship and compassion.

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QUEST
written/illus. by Aaron Becker, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-6595-1), 40p, Ages 4-8

Expanding on his first award-winning story, Journey, Aaron Becker continues the wordless story of a young girl with a magic red crayon, who draws her way into an enchanting adventure and returns home with a beautiful violet bird to meet a boy with a purple crayon. Quest finds the two children sheltering under a bridge from the rain, when a king emerges from a hidden door, charges them with a quest to defeat his kingdom's enemies, and gives them a map, an orange crayon, and a holster with six crayon chambers. When the king is captured by soldiers, the children draw keys to the door which opens into the realm of Journey. They travel to a submerged Atlantis-type city, Mayan ruins, over a perilous rope bridge, collect crayons in all the colors of the rainbow, and narrowly escape capture. Intricate scenery, elaborate castles, steampunk-type airships, and architectural wonders attest to the artistry of imagination, magic, and fun in a world of adventure and quests.


Ages 8-12
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URBAN OUTLAWS
written by Peter Jay Black, (Bloomsbury, $16.99,
ISBN 978-1-61963-400-8), 288p, Ages 9-13

Beneath London streets live five orphan kids, who are dedicated to outsmarting criminals, stealing from the rich, sending secret donations to nonprofits, and performing Random Acts of Kindness (RAKing). With a huge sense of justice, they are the Urban Outlaws—hacker Jack, gadget-crazed Charlie, free runner Slink, communications guru Obi, and decoy whiz Wren. Upon discovering the location of the world's only quantum computer, capable of stealing the world's top secrets, they realize the enormity of their latest quest to destroy it. With the government and ruthless criminals in pursuit, the heroes use high tech gadgets, cunning imagination, guts, and skill to elude danger on their way to saving the world. Kids who love explosive action, cool technology, and characters with a sense of family, justice, and responsibility will love this debut series.

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THE LOST PLANET
written by Rachel Searles, (Feiwel and Friends, $15.99, ISBN 978-1-250-03879-1), 384p, Ages 9-13

"The boy opened his eyes to a sky the color of melted butter and a sense of inexplicable terror." Chase Garrety awakens on the planet Trucon with amnesia, a blaster wound on the back of his head, and only remembers a message, "Guide the star!" Teaming up with a boy who found him unconscious, they borrow a spaceship belonging to Parker's benefactor, slip away from Parker's android bodyguard, and fly to Trucon's moon. What begins as a joyride turns dangerous as they narrowly escape government police, witness a fiery explosion that destroys Trucon, and rescue a mysterious pilot accused of the attack. In their quest for Chase's identity, the kids attempt to keep ahead of Federation agents, rebel groups, an accused terrorist, and Parker's guardian. Chase realizes that he is very different from humans and aliens, no longer sure of who to trust, and discovers that the Federation desperately seeking him. Nonstop action, intergalactic space travel, alien creatures, government conspiracies, teleportation, and android robots will have science fiction fans looking forward to the next installment.

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MAGIC DELIVERY
written by Clete Barrett Smith, (Disney-Hyperion, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-4231-6597-2), 288p, Ages 8-12

"It had all started when Nick learned that Tania Hillington's parents promised her a reward of sixty dollars for earning the highest grade in any class on any test. (Sixty dollars!) So he offered to botch a few of his test answers to help her out. In exchange for a fifty-fifty split of the reward, of course." Part businessman, part con artist, Nick earns money by supplying test answers and hacking computers to help his single mom pay the bills. When Nick and his buddy, Burger, accidentally cause a delivery truck (driven by a bear) to crash, they discover Halloween costumes with strange abilities. After rescuing the driver, Nick helps with the bizarre deliveries, rescues stolen costumes, saves a Halloween party gone amok, deals with one difficult witch, and solves his family's financial problems. Zaniness and hilarity abound in this holiday treat surrounding a good-hearted hustler, his crazy sidekick, wormholes, witches, and magical costumes.

Ages 12+
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THE EYE OF ZOLTAR
written by Jasper Fforde, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-547-73849-9), 304p, Ages 12+

In this third installment of the Chronicles of Kazam, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange's eternal optimism is challenged, when she is summoned by the Mighty Shandar and given an ultimatum: Battle against him for the two remaining dragons or find the missing Eye of Zoltar, a power-filled magical jewel. Posing as adventure seeking tourists, Jennifer, along with the wizard Perkins and a spoiled princess travel to Cambrian Empire, a wacky Jeopardy Tourism country, where the estimated chance of survival is 50%. There, along with a daring young guide and unorthodox protector, they encounter licquorice, angel feathers, goats, homing snails, clever economics, the manipulation of a legal system, and battling railroad companies. A secondary mission involves retrieving the Once Magnificent Boo from the Ransom Clearing House, where she is held for illegally transporting a captured Tralfamosaur. Imagination, wit, and hilarity abound with battling wizards, a rubber dragon, Cloud Leviathans, Tralfamosaurs, a Bugatti Royale, and homing snails. Kids who love wackiness, adventure, and quests will eagerly look forward to the fourth installment, Strange and the Wizard.

Teens
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SEALED WITH A LIE
written by Kat Carlton, (Simon & Schuster, $17.99,
ISBN 978-1-4814-0052-7), 256p, Ages 14-18

In Two Lies and a Spy, Kari and her genius seven-year-old brother, Charlie, discover that their parents are traitors, have abandoned them, and they are left to pick up the pieces of their lives. This sequel finds the two adapting to a new life at Generation Interpol, a training center for spies. When enemies kidnap Charlie, Kari is told that in exchange for his life, she must break a thief out of prison to steal an item from a high security lab. With help from fellow spy, the gorgeous Evan, and loyal friends, they trek across Europe, break into a high-security lab vault, steal a valuable formula, find themselves captured, and encounter their missing parents along with the KBG. Likeable characters, martial art lessons, crafty break-ins, dangerous capers, and a bit of romance create a great page-turner for kids in this second spy thriller.

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