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Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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Ticket to India Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481422598
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - November 15th, 2016

When twelve-year-old Maya & her family travel to Pakistan for her grandfather’s funeral, she isn’t expecting a side-trip to India. But her grandmother insists she must go to her childhood home of Aminpur to collect a chest of valuables buried in the backyard. Maya and her sister accompany their grandmother on her secret mission, unbeknownst to the rest of the family.

Once in India, her grandmother falls ill but the girls decide to forge ahead. Eventually, Maya is separated from her sister & must make the difficult decision of finishing what they started alone. While on her journey, Maya learns how India & Pakistan were once one country & what drove them apart. This is definitely a story of Maya’s self-discovery. But I also love how this book introduces us to both India & Pakistan & their AMAZING  cultures & histories. A must read!

— Susan


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Short Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399186219
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Published: Dial Books - January 31st, 2017

It's summer, and Julia Marks doesn't have any plans aside from missing her old dog, Ramon. So when she gets roped into auditioning for The Wizard of Oz, she isn't sure she's totally on board.  However, Julia is more suited for her new role than she gives herself credit for, and she may just end up having a great time and learning a lot from some VERY interesting people- including that being short has its own advantages.

— Kelly


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Newsprints Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545803120
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Published: Graphix - January 31st, 2017

Blue's biggest ambition to help with the war effort is to be a newsboy... but she has to hide the fact that she's a girl to do it!  After she makes friends with a boy named Crow, who has quite a secret of his own, she starts to think more about being honest about who she is, and deciding who she can trust.  An exciting debut graphic novel filled with hard fought friendships and spirited kids who fight to do what's right, even in the face of some tough choices.

— Kelly


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I Am Jim Henson Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780525428503
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Published: Dial Books - January 10th, 2017

Beautifully told and illlustrated, it was the small touches and details that absolutely made this book perfect. A behind the scenes look at one of my favorite artistic minds, by the end I'll admit I cried a bit. And then turned the page and laughed again. 

— Lindsey


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The Secret Keepers Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316389556
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

From the same author who wrote The Mysterious Benedict Society, comes a fast-paced adventure about 11 year old Rueben and a mysterious, powerful watch. As Rueben searches to find out the watch’s past, the dangerous Directions are closing in. Who is The Smoke, the Directions’ boss, the gangster who runs the city? Can Rueben avoid them long enough to learn the watch’s secret? A thrilling story I couldn’t read fast enough!

— Jamie


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The Keepers: The Box and the Dragonfly Cover Image
By Ted Sanders, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062275837
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Published: HarperCollins - February 2nd, 2016

This amazing new series is going to be big! Horace is like Harry Potter, except he loves science, and when confronted with the magic he is expected to wield, he uses science and logic to succeed. Well-drawn characters and writing. Loved it!

— Jamie


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Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062270825
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Published: HarperCollins - May 3rd, 2016

A truly unique story with highly unusual characters.  Set in the 1930’s, orphans Thomas, Pipa, Sam and Max live and work at Dumphrie’s Dime Museum.  Many in New York City consider them freaks, but to Mr. Dumphrie they are family.  When a shrunken head is stolen from the museum’s collection, the four orphans eventually become close friends as they go on a quest to find and return the head.  If they fail, they will lose their home and everything they know.                    

~ Susan


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Wolf Hollow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781101994825
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

Brilliant, raw, powerful—I was simply moved by this book.  Accessible to both children and adults, Wolf Hollow draws its unique power from the fact that Wolk crafted an elegant book for children, from the perspective of a child that presents difficult topics in a way that doesn’t dumb them down.  Set in a rural Pennsylvania town in the shadow of America’s Second World War, this novel threatens children with injustice. A malicious girl, a web of lies and misinformation, a false accusation, children are left to quietly ponder the ethics of this fictional society and how it reflects on our own. Full of perfectly executed perspective shifts, this novel is most similar to To Kill a Mockingbird or even The Crucible. An instant classic I’m sure we’ll see again and again.      

~ Jaclyn


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The Voyage to Magical North Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781627794206
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 5th, 2016

Brine has no idea who she is or where she came from. Now, she cooks & cleans for the arrogant magician Tallis Magus. But when he decides he’s going to trade her, Brine’s had enough & runs away. Joining her is Peter, the magician’s annoying assistant. They end up on a ship full of pirates heading to Magical North & facing the magician Marfak West, who is far worse than Tallis Magus ever was. Go with Brine on a journey of action packed adventure as well as self-discovery. I like the way this story alternated between Brine’s point-of-view & Peter’s, which makes it a great read for both boys & girls. It is also filled with humor. What an awesome debut novel. I can’t wait for the next book!


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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616205676
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

A stolen baby, a brave boy, evil politicians, ancient magic, and outstanding storytelling make this the must-read novel of the fall!               

~ Jamie


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Furthermore Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994764
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

This charming and colorful adventure takes 12-year-old Alice to the bewildering land of Furthermore, where she is desperate to find her long-missing father.  With only a bit of magic (that she is keen to keep to herself) and the company of a very unwanted companion, she must figure out how to outsmart the increasingly strange twists and turns of this new and ruthless place.                  

~ Kelly


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Ms. Rapscott's Girls Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780142425619
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Published: Puffin Books - September 13th, 2016

This wonderful sweet book is delightful.  Like Mary Poppins, Ms. Rapscott is a model of perfection, although you may wonder about some of her methods!  But, the girls have Very Busy Parents and Ms. Rapscott has her work cut out for her.  Endearing pictures complete this gem!                      

~ Jamie


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One Half from the East Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062421906
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Published: HarperCollins - September 6th, 2016

A beautiful novel for young readers that explores a topic previously unknown to me: the Afghan practice of changing the outward appearance of young daughters into sons (bacha posh) to bring good fortune to a family in tough times.  Set in a culture where the issue is a particular problem, the book explores the different attitudes towards how boys and girls are valued, and the lack of opportunities this creates for girls and women, there and around the world.  More than anything, this is a book about friendship, survival and growth, even in circumstances that are hard to control.                 

~ Kelly


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

Alice Mayfair is about to be sent off to the eighth school in her twelve short years, and she's sure this one will be as much a disaster as the rest.  She's yet to make a true friend at any of them, but maybe there IS something different about The Experimental Center for Love and Learning.  Millie, the smallest in her tribe of Bigfoots across the lake, might just be the friend Alice was meant to make.  Hilarious and charming, I can't wait for more of their story!    

 

- Kelly


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The Worst Night Ever Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781484708507
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 26th, 2016

A fantastic sequel to The Worst Class Trip Ever!  Wyatt and his friends are back, but entering High School comes with its own challenges, like the Bevin Twins.  Once Wyatt’s firmly on their radar, things go from bad to worse.  Hilarious, fast-paced, and fun.                                  

~ Jamie


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Child of Spring Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561459049
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - March 1st, 2016

Authentic details of Indian culture create a dazzling story of a servant girl in modern day India. Life is not so easy for Basanta working for Little Bibi in the Big House; but each member of their busti (community) finds happiness in some way, and Basanta learns that giving is the richest reward of all. Highly recommended charming realistic fiction!

— Jamie


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All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062333469
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 2016

Perry considers his life normal; but, to anyone who doesn’t know him, it is anything but normal. For 12 years since the day he was born, he has lived with his mom who is an inmate at a minimum security prison. And when the District Attorney finds out, he has Perry removed to a foster home. Find out what Perry and his good friend, Samantha, do to ensure he and his mom can once again be together. These characters were so real and engaging that I forgot I was reading a book. I wanted to know Perry’s story. His mom’s story.  All the people at the Blue River coed correctional facility who taught Perry their values- I wanted to know all their stories. This is Leslie Connor’s best book yet!

— Susan


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The Key to Extraordinary Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545552745
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 23rd, 2016

One of my top 2 picks of 2016 so far! Strong cast of quirky characters lead by Emma, who is determined to find her Extraordinary Destiny. A story that will stick with you long after the last page.

— Jamie


The Copper Gauntlet (Magisterium, Book 2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545522281
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 1st, 2015

Callum's father has always warned him about the dangers of magic and the existence of the Magistrum but when Call comes of age he must take the entrance exame and tries his hardest to fail. But he fails to fail! He is chosen to train with Master Rufus, the prestigious Mag of all and is separated from his father. Hang on, this book is amazing.


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The Vanishing Island Cover Image
By Barry Wolverton, Dave Stevenson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062221902
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Published: Walden Pond Press - September 2015

In 1599, twelve-year old bren lives a dull life in the village of Map on the east coast of Brittania. He's determined not to end up like his father--poor and working a dead-end job, creating maps for the wealthy Rand McNally. Bren wants to be the explorer who sails into unchartered seas, finding new world's to put on McNally's maps. Instead he ends up working in a vomitorium! But there he meets a dying sailor who give him an unusual gift that helps Bren's dreams come true. Or so he thinks...


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Story Thieves Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481409209
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - December 15th, 2015

Don’t you just wish you could dive into your favorite books? No, I mean REALLY TRULY jump into them! Books like: The Lightning Thief or Fablehaven? Well these are some of Owen’s favs along with Kiel Gnomenfoot… and after meeting Bethany that’s what Owen REALLY TRULY does - dives into his favorite book!  Find out where his adventures take him in this SUPER SUPER FUNNY FUNNY BOOK! Great for boys and girls!

— Susan


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Crenshaw Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043238
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 22nd, 2015

Of course Jackson doesn’t have an imaginary friend; he likes facts. But as his family’s troubles go from bad to worse, friendship, the real and the imagined, goes a long way. Told with empathy and a positive ending, while exploring issues of hunger, unemployment and homelessness.

— Jamie


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House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts Cover Image
By Chris Columbus, Greg Call (Illustrator), Ned Vizzini
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062192509
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 24th, 2015

The Walker siblings are back on another whirlwind adventure! They thought they were safe from the Wind Witch… how wrong they were! 

Thrown into another set of Denver Kristoff’s books, Cordelia, Brandan and Eleanor have to use their wits to survive. Along the way they meet some familiar faces, and some not so familiar ones. With danger around every corner, can the Walkers navigate their way through these books and finally find their way home? If you haven’t read House of Secrets Book 1, what are you waiting for? What an awesome series!

— Kathy