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Coming Up for Air

by Michelle Anne Schingler

From the turn of the twentieth century into the present, the defiant and vivacious characters of Sarah Leipciger’s "Coming Up for Air" refuse to be suffocated by others’ expectations. In Paris, the haunting death mask of an unknown... Read More

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The Unseen

by Michelle Anne Schingler

Chronicling one generation of a hardscrabble island family’s life, Roy Jacobsen’s novel "The Unseen" is a pearlescent tribute to the alchemy of the sea. Ingrid, a bright-eyed child whose laughter is her family’s solace, is born on... Read More

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The Fort

by Pallas Gates McCorquodale

Imagination and a love of fantasy transform an old fort in the woods into a grand castle one day and a pirate ship the next. A young prince and feisty pirate lass are at odds until they put their differences aside and join forces,... Read More

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Pierre & Paul

by Pallas Gates McCorquodale

Hungry from climbing the Himalayas and other grand backyard adventures, two best friends pause their imaginative play to create a sandwich fit for a bold explorer. Pierre speaks French and Paul speaks English, but communication is no... Read More

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Madame Badobedah

by Pallas Gates McCorquodale

There are many guests that come and go at the Mermaid Hotel, but according to young Mabel, none are as mysterious or noteworthy as Madame Badobedah (her name rhymes with ooh la la). Equal parts curious and suspicious, Mabel determines to... Read More

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Boon on the Moon

by Peter Dabbene

A boy and his robot move to Earth’s moon in John Huddles’s wonderful "Boon on the Moon". Byron “Boon” Barnett’s dream comes true when his father gets a job opportunity on the Moon; with some lobbying from Boon, the whole family... Read More

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Wizard for Hire

by Laura Leavitt

Obert Skye’s Wizard for Hire: Magic Required concludes a rambunctious trilogy with wacky conversations and adventurous wizardry. The story begins with Ozzy, whose early life was marked by tragedy and isolation, receiving his official... Read More

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