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NEW RELEASE!

The Haunting of Elmwood Manor
(A Pekin Dewlap Mystery)
 

By Pamela McCord

Pekin Dewlap hasn’t seen a ghost since she was twelve. But she’d do anything to get them back. Starting a ghostbusting business with her two best friends, Amber and Scout, seems like the perfect way to accomplish her goal. Of course, playing with ghosts isn’t high on their wish list, so Pekin has to do some arm-twisting to get them on board….

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SPOTLIGHT!

From Frights to Flaws
(Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions #1)
 

By Sunayna Prasad

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy longs for a better life. She lost her parents at age seven and her aunt at nine. Her uncle also enforces unfair rules. But Alyssa discovers something she has never thought existed before… magic…

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NEW RELEASE!

The Journal of Angela Ashby 

By Liana Gardner

A Middle Grade “Death Note”

“With great power comes great responsibility.” ~Voltaire

I have great power.
That’s what she told me. The old fortune-teller at the school carnival.
I thought I was doing the right thing … with the magic journal she gave me. But nothing could prepare me for what happened next.
Or, for what I unleashed…

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SPOTLIGHT!

SPLOTCH 

By Anne Rothman-Hicks & Kenneth Hicks

Alice’s parents refuse to let her have a dog, so when Alice sees a paint stain on the sidewalk that looks like a dog, she decides that she will make him a virtual pet. She calls him Splotch and downloads a picture of him to her computer…

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NEW RELEASE REVIEW!

Otherwood

By Pete Hautman

What happened in the woods that day? Pete Hautman’s riveting middle-grade novel touches on secrets and mysteries — and the power of connections with family and friends.

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KIDS DAY REVIEW BY LAUREL!

Rosie's Glasses

By Dave Whamond

In this wordless picture book, Rosie wakes up in a monochrome world, with a dark cloud over her head. As she plods through her miserable, gray day, the cloud follows. Mishaps and mayhem thwart her every move, irritating noises assault her --- and the pouring rain makes everything worse. But then, on her way home from school, Rosie finds a pair of strange glasses. When she puts them on, her world transforms into vivid, joyful color. All of a sudden, she can see the beauty and fun in everything around her --- and her dark cloud has disappeared. Are the glasses magic? Or could it be that changing how we look at the world can change the way we experience it?

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KIDS DAY REVIEW BY LAUREL!

Birds from Head to Tail

Written By Stacey Roderick
Illustrated by Kwanchai Moriya

In this fun informational picture book, children can test their knowledge of birds, one body part at a time. “What bird has eyes like this?” asks a spread showing a close-up illustration of the body part without revealing the rest of the bird's body. “A bald eagle!” answers the following spread, which features an illustration of the whole bird in its habitat, along with intriguing information about its unique body part and what makes it special. Eight birds in all are featured, along with another eight on an additional spread at the back of the book…

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KIDS DAY REVIEW BY LAUREL!

A Drop of the Sea

By Ingrid Chabbert

Ali lives with his great-grandmother in a tiny clay house at the edge of the desert. Just her and him. Just him and her. They don't need anything more to be happy. But lately, Ali has begun to notice how his great-grandmother has aged. And one day, he asks if her life's dreams have come true. All except one, she tells him. She had a dream to see the sea, but now she is too old to go. So, the next morning, Ali sets off with a pail in hand. He is going to make his great-grandmother's final dream come true. He is going to bring the sea to her.

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KIDS DAY REVIEW BY LAUREL!

Sleep, Sheep!

Written By Kerry Lyn Sparrow
Illustrations by Guillaume Perreault

There are lots of things Duncan likes about bedtime --- the stories, the pajamas, the bubblegum-flavored toothpaste ... The only thing he doesn't like is going to sleep. And he'll do anything he can to avoid it. Until one day, Duncan's mom has had enough of his stalling. “Try counting sheep,” she tells him. So, he does. At first, it's kind of fun. As he counts, each sheep appears, wearing its number like a race car, and leaps over the bed. But then comes Sheep #68, who hesitates. He needs a drink of water before he can jump. Then he has to go to the bathroom. Then he wants to put on running shoes. Will Sheep #68 ever do what he's supposed to?

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KIDS DAY REVIEW BY LAUREL! - Albert's Very Unordinary Birthday

Albert's Very Unordinary Birthday

By Daniel Gray-Barnett

On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert's birthday. Just like every other year, Albert asked for something special --- a robot piñata? balloon poodles? chocolate-cherry-ripple cake? And just like every other year, his parents suggested less exciting options, like birthday socks or birthday toast. But this year, after Albert closed his eyes and made a wish on the imaginary candle atop an imaginary piece of cake, Grandma Z knocked on his door. “Happy birthday, Albert,” she said. “Chocolate-cherry-ripple is a marvelous choice. Shall we go?” And Albert's birthday --- and his life --- was about to become anything but ordinary!

Daniel Gray-Barnett's debut picture book is a fun and fresh intergenerational romp, filled with wonder, imagination and a magical spirit. The quirky retro-style illustrations are full of energy and contain loads of delightfully odd details that add humor and playfulness to the story. With a modern-day grandma who is exciting and full of life --- her grandson's kindred spirit --- this book offers a new twist on celebrating the special role a grandparent can play within a family. A perfect read-aloud, the story of Albert's adventures with the irresistible Grandma Z is sure to captivate all children and make any day extraordinary!

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NEW RELEASE REVIEW! - When Life Gives You Demons

When Life Gives You Demons

By Jennifer Honeybourn 

Some people have school spirit.

Shelby Black has real ones.

Shelby Black has spent the past six months training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy―a Catholic priest―has put her through exorcist boot camp hell, hoping to develop her talent, but ohmygod, he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.

High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity to herself. The last thing she wants is for her crush, Spencer, to find out what she does in her off time.

But Shelby knows how to keep a secret―even a big one. Like the fact that her mom left under mysterious circumstances and it’s all her fault. Shelby is hellbent on finding her mom, no matter what it costs her―even if what it ends up costing her is her soul AND a relationship with Spencer.

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COVER REVEAL! - Mewranters

Mewranters – Attack of the Sea Monster 

By Kachi Ugo

If there are no sea monsters ravaging the seven seas, or three-headed hydras prowling our streets, it’s not because they don’t exist; it’s because we exist.
We are the last line of defense against nature’s indiscretions.
We are nature’s police.
We are Mewranters.

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KIDS-DAY FRI-YAY! - Lex

Lex

By Dimitris Chatzilias

Lex decides to enter the forest for the first time and discover all the secrets that are hidden in it. Apart from new places, events and creatures, Lex, accompanied by his oak tree friend, explores personal limitations, causes of behaviors, interactions with the environment and people around him, the value of respect in these interactions and, most importantly, the meaning of freedom, which is the central subject of the book. Their roaming is a course towards adulthood and independence through questioning, healthy disobedience and critical thinking. Although the story gives the chance for a deeper level of interpretation for older children, it remains a fun and adventurous read for all ages. Without being heavy or instructional, the book's main goal is to trigger critical thought and constructive conversations; to let Lex's discoveries during his roaming be perceived in a free and personal way by each reader. To inspire children who are just taking their first steps in life with the joy of spreading their own wings and taking their future into their own hands, and also to remind older readers of the excitement of constant exploration, one of the most important ingredients in a joyful life.

Disney's Creations Inspired Others

My time at Walt Disney World is sadly coming to an end. But that doesn't mean that I can't continue to live in the fairy-tale world: all I need is a book!

Last week I wrote about the original tales that inspired Disney's creations. So this week, while I'm on my way back from Disney, I'm writing about new creations that Disney's versions have inspired.

Now the only questions is, which fairy-tale do I want to be in today?... 🤔

The Originals for Disney's Creations

Truth be told, I'm a kid at heart.  

I love having fun and playing around.
I enjoy learning new and fun things.
Most of all, I love Disney!

I love Disney so much that I'm on my way to Walt Disney World RIGHT NOW! (Yippy! 🤗)

So, in honor of my trip to Disney this week, here is a list of books that played a major role in Disney's creations. Make sure to read through them, they're often NOT the sweet and friendly version Disney portrays. 

January Authors

The following are just a few authors that were born this month and some of my favorites written by them. This is by no means a complete list.  You'll find some classic authors as well as some that are new and up-and-coming. Some are legends while others are as green as the spring grass.  Some are dark and mysterious and others are bright and bubbly. And some lost and almost completely forgotten or today's bestseller. All are completely different, and yet each have very one big thing in common: Love for telling a story.

Chapter Books for the Holiday Season

Christmas is right around the corner, and just as I said in last week's Books post, I always enjoy reading a Christmas book or two during this time of year. The following are some of the new ones that have come out this holiday season as well as my personal favorite Christmas chapter book that I have been reading for years. I hope that at least one of them brings you some holiday cheer this season!