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May 2010

Kidsreads.com Newsletter May 2010

Book Awards, Bestselling Authors, and the Beginning of Summer Reading

It's been a really busy month, and we have lots of news to share. First up, the Children's Book Council announced the winners of the third annual Children's Choice Book Awards during a gala held in New York on May 11th. Recipients of the award were selected by over 115,000 online votes by kids across the country through www.BookWeekOnline.com. I was fortunate enough to attend the event with some of our staffers. There were a number of children's and YA authors in the house, and eager children were running around getting their autographs. It was great to see this much enthusiasm going on about…BOOKS! The photo here is of Jeff Kinney, the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series autographing a “standee” of Greg, the protagonist of the series, for my son Cory. The complete list of winners can be found here.

During the event, they showed this video called “Gotta Keep Reading,” which was shot at the Ocoee Middle School in Ocoee, FL. It’s set to the Black Eyed Peas' “I Gotta Feeling” song, and all the words have been changed to reflect a love of reading. It’s slow to load, so be patient, but what a very, very cool, enthusiastic cheerlead for books this is!

One of the winners was Jarrett J. Krosoczka, whose spatula-wielding hero is back in the fourth book of the Lunch Lady series, LUNCH LADY AND THE SUMMER CAMP SHAKEDOWN. Stories say the legendary swap monster haunts the summer camp at night. But that's just a legend, right? Find out more in our review and an interview with the creator himself.

Rick Riordan, who was nominated for Author of the Year at the Children's Choice Book Awards for THE LAST OLYMPIAN (the final book in his Percy Jackson & the Olympians series), is back with The Kane Chronicles. THE RED PYRAMID, the first installment in this brand-new series that explores the ancient Egyptian gods and folklore, is now in stores. I caught up with Rick at the launch party for the book at the Brooklyn Museum, and we have a photo below where he was signing books for some lucky children at the event. We're pleased to share our review. You can also take a look inside the book here. Cory ripped through this book in about a day and just loved it!

Earlier this week I was at a lunch where Judith Viorst was honored for her work as an illustrator. As she accepted her award, she talked a bit about the genesis for ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY. Her son Alexander came home from school one day and had hurt his leg and was complaining about it. She thought he had injured himself at soccer, but instead he had taken a fall off his chair at his desk at school. When she wrote the book about a boy with a really bad day, she told him she was going to use his name. He first rebelled and suggested she use one of his brothers' names instead. She told him that THEY would have their name in BIG letters on the cover. Hearing that, he changed his tune quickly and told her that using his name was a great idea!

Ever think a penny does not matter much? Well, my son's school collected $25,000 in pennies for Greg Mortenson's Pennies for Peace program. CNN did a piece about Mortenson and his work, and my son's school was featured. You can see the video here.

Featuring a captivating story interspersed with footage from 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, COUNTDOWN, by award-winning author Deborah Wiles, is a documentary novel that will put you right alongside 11-year-old Franny Chapman as she navigates a dangerous time in both her history and our history. Kidsreads.com is giving 10 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. Read an excerpt (in PDF format) and our review to find out more.

Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land that is left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment. To celebrate this debut novel by author Kat Falls, Kidsreads.com is giving 20 lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the book. Click here for more contest details, and be sure to read our review and excerpt.

Before there was the Baby-Sitters Club, there were four very different girls experiencing some major changes in their lives the summer before seventh grade. To celebrate the newly released prequel to Ann M. Martin’s beloved Baby-Sitters Club series, THE SUMMER BEFORE, Kidsreads.com is giving 20 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. Read our review, an excerpt, and a fabulous interview with the author herself.

We're also giving away 10 copies of THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís. This story takes readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination that is sure to touch people of all ages. Read our review and an excerpt, and click here to learn more about the contest.

To celebrate another installment in Blue Balliett's series of art concepts, mystery, philosophy and storytelling, we're giving away 10 paperback copies of THE CALDER GAME. Check out our review.

Lara Bergen’s latest book for middle-grade readers, SOPHIE THE AWESOME, chronicles a day in the life of a typical third grader who decides one morning to transform herself into anything but. In our interview, Bergen discusses what prompted her to create this lovably confused character. To find out more about Sophie, read our review and an excerpt.

Get to know Ramona Quimby and friends in their exciting adventures on Klickitat Street in our new Beverly Cleary series feature. You can read BEEZUS AND RAMONA for free online before you see the movie, in theaters July 23rd. Visit www.BeverlyCleary.com for more about all of your favorite Cleary books and characters. Seeing these books makes me smile as they have been making readers happy for soooo many years. It's amazing how these characters still are so vibrant today. And yes, I WILL be seeing the movie!

Play free online games, win weekly prizes, and read new adventures, including A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner, COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce, THE SHADOW PROJECT by Herbie Brennan, THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE by Maryrose Wood, and more at www.AwesomeAdventureBooks.com! And don't miss our Awesome Adventure Books series feature here.

For more fabulous reads to kick off the end of the school year, check out our Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups and our latest reviews. And don't forget to vote in our poll about summer reader lists.

I know for some of you this week marks the last week of school. If you are headed on to summer vacation, enjoy enjoy. For the rest of you, enjoy this holiday weekend. To all, read on for some great new books!

Carol Fitzgerald for Kidsreads.com

 

Now in Stores: THE RED PYRAMID: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 by Rick Riordan

THE RED PYRAMID: The Kane Chronicles, Book 1 by Rick Riordan
From the author who brought you the Percy Jackson & the Olympians books comes a new series that explores the ancient Egyptian gods and folklore. After their father is imprisoned by the evil god Set, siblings Carter and Sadie Kane must learn to develop their magical abilities to defeat the ancient foe and win back their father. Trouble, though, is not far behind. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

-Click here to look inside THE RED PYRAMID.
 

Click here to read a review of THE RED PYRAMID.

 

New Special Feature and Giveaway: COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles

Featuring a captivating story interspersed with footage from 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, COUNTDOWN by award-winning author Deborah Wiles is a documentary novel that will put you right alongside 11-year-old Franny Chapman as she navigates a dangerous time in both her history and our history. It is an experience you will never forget, and Kidsreads.com is giving 10 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 23rd at noon ET.

COUNTDOWN by Deborah Wiles
It’s 1962, and it seems the whole country is living in fear. When President Kennedy goes on television to say that Russia is sending nuclear missiles to Cuba, it only gets worse. Eleven-year-old Franny Chapman doesn’t know how to deal with what’s going on in the world --- no more than she knows how to deal with what’s going on with her family and friends. But somehow she’s going to make it through.

-Click here to read more about COUNTDOWN.
-Click here to read a review of COUNTDOWN.
-Click here to read an excerpt (in PDF format) from COUNTDOWN.
-Click here to read Deborah Wiles’s bio.
 

Click here for all the contest details.

 
New Special Feature: LUNCH LADY AND THE SUMMER CAMP SHAKEDOWN by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka recently published LUNCH LADY AND THE SUMMER CAMP SHAKEDOWN, the fourth installment of his bestselling graphic novel series featuring a mild-mannered school cafeteria worker who leads an unexpected double life outside the walls of the Thompson Brook School kitchen. In this interview with Kidsreads.com’s Donna Volkenannt, Krosoczka explains what prompted the creation of this unconventional superhero and discuses the books’ unexpected success among readers, teachers, parents, librarians, and lunch ladies alike. He also describes how his upbringing influenced his career choices, shares details about his involvement in the upcoming live-action movie adaptation starring Amy Poehler, and reveals what he hopes readers will take away from his work.

LUNCH LADY AND THE SUMMER CAMP SHAKEDOWN by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch kids are looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation with no funny business. What evils could befall them at summer camp?


Of course, there is the legendary swamp monster. Stories say he haunts the camp at night. But that's just a legend. Or is it?

Once again, Dee, Hector and Terrence must help Lunch Lady prevail against a secret enemy!

-Click here to read a review of LUNCH LADY AND THE SUMMER CAMP SHAKEDOWN.

-Click here to read Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s bio.
-Visit the official website of the series, www.lunchladycomics.com.

 

Click here to read our interview with Jarrett J. Krosoczka.

 

New Special Feature and Giveaway: DARK LIFE by Kat Falls

Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land that is left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment. To celebrate the release of Kat Falls’s debut novel, Kidsreads.com is giving 20 readers the chance to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 23, 2010 at noon ET.

DARK LIFE by Kat Falls
The oceans rose, swallowing up the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor, the Dark Life.

Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea, helping his family farm the ocean floor. But when outlaws attack his homestead, Ty finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her brother, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life...secrets that threaten to destroy everything.


-Click here to read a review of DARK LIFE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from DARK LIFE.
-Click here to read Kat Falls’s bio.
 

Click here for all the contest details.

 
Make the Grade in Science with DK's Science Picks of the Month!

Enter a world of scientific discovery with DK’s science picks of the month. Selections include:

NATURE EXPLORER
Learn How to Find Your Way Around the Night Sky!

Have you ever looked at the night sky and been amazed by all the stars? Stargazing is the world’s oldest hobby and anyone can try it, including you!

BUG ZOO
No pets allowed? Build your own outdoor bug zoo!

The earthworm is one of the simplest animals you can keep in a bug zoo. While very easy to keep, worms have a habit of burrowing so you don’t always know what they are up to. Help these natural recyclers find a home by building your own wormery.
 

Click here to learn more about NATURE EXPLORER, BUG ZOO, and all of DK's science picks.

 
Special Feature and Giveaway: THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB: THE SUMMER BEFORE by Ann M. Martin

Of the 400+ titles on her backlist, Ann M. Martin is best known for penning The Baby-Sitters Club, a hugely popular series written from 1986-2000 that centered on the lives, friendships and adventures of a group of enterprising middle-school students who turn their occasional after-school baby-sitting jobs into a small business. In this interview with Kidsreads.com’s Norah Piehl, Martin explains why she chose to revisit these characters in a prequel called THE SUMMER BEFORE, and recounts how she kept details of the original books fresh in her mind during the writing process. She also reveals which of the characters she likes best, discusses the re-release of the series’ first four installments, and shares what she hopes a new generation of BSC readers will take away from these books.

Kidsreads.com is giving 20 readers the chance to win a copy of THE SUMMER BEFORE. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 28th at noon ET.

THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB: THE SUMMER BEFORE by Ann M. Martin
Before there was The Baby-sitters Club there were four girls named Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi and Stacey McGill. As they start the summer before seventh grade (also the summer before they start the BSC), each of them is on the cusp of a big change. Kristy is still hung up on hoping that her father will return to her family. Mary Anne has to prove to her father that she's no longer a little girl who needs to be subject to hundreds of rules. Claudia is navigating her first major crush on a boy. And Stacey is leaving her entire New York City life behind in order to find new friends in Stoneybrook, Connecticut.

-Click here for all the contest details.
-Click here to read a review of THE SUMMER BEFORE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE SUMMER BEFORE.
-Click here to read Ann M. Martin's bio.
-Click here to visit the official website of the series.

 

Click here to read our interview with Ann M. Martin.

 
Special Feature and Giveaway: THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís
Kidsreads.com is giving away 10 copies of THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís, which takes readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination. Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction and whimsical illustrations, this enchanting tale about a young Chilean boy named Neftalí, who later becomes the famous poet and politician Pablo Neruda, is a captivating story for readers of all ages. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 28th at noon ET.

THE DREAMER by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís
From the time he is a young boy, Neftalí hears the call of a mysterious voice. Even when the neighborhood children taunt him, and when his harsh, authoritarian father ridicules him, and when he doubts himself, Neftalí knows he cannot ignore the call. Under the canopy of the lush rain forest, into the fearsome sea, and through the persistent Chilean rain, he listens and he follows...

Combining elements of magical realism with biography, poetry, literary fiction, and sensorial, transporting illustrations, Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís take readers on a rare journey of the heart and imagination.

-Click here to read a review of THE DREAMER.
-Click here to read an excerpt from THE DREAMER.
-Click here to read Pam Muñoz Ryan's bio.
-Click here to read Peter Sís's bio.

 
Click here for all the contest details.

 

Special Giveaway: Win a Paperback Copy of THE CALDER GAME by Blue Balliett

When Calder and a mysterious sculpture disappear, it's up to his father and friends Petra and Tommy to rescue the missing pair. To celebrate another installment in Blue Balliett's series of art concepts, mystery, philosophy and storytelling, Kidsreads.com is giving away 10 paperback copies of THE CALDER GAME. The deadline for entries is Monday, June 28th at noon ET.

THE CALDER GAME written by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist
Two Calders are missing. One is a sculpture. One is a boy. When Calder Pillay travels with his father to a remote village in England, he finds a mix of mazes and mystery --- including an unexpected Alexander Calder sculpture in the town square. Calder is strangely drawn to the sculpture, while others in the village have less-than-friendly feelings toward it. Both the boy and the sculpture seem to be out of place...and then they disappear! Calder's friends must fly to England to help Calder's father find him. But this mystery has more twists and turns than a Calder mobile in the wind --- with more at stake than first meets the eye.

-Click here to read a review of THE CALDER GAME.
-Click here to read Blue Balliett's bio.
-Click here to read Brett Helquist's bio.
Click here for all the contest details.

 
Series Feature: The World of Beverly Cleary --- Spotlight On RAMONA AND BEEZUS, RAMONA'S WORLD, HENRY AND RIBSY and ELLEN TEBBITS
Visit the new World of Beverly Cleary website, BeverlyCleary.com, and get to know Ramona Quimby and friends in their exciting adventures on Klickitat Street. Read BEEZUS AND RAMONA for free online before you see the movie, in theaters July 23rd, and enter the Read It Before You See It! Sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes from HarperCollins Children's Books, including an iPod touch and a library of Ramona books by bestselling author Beverly Cleary!

-Click here to read an interview with Beverly Cleary.
-Click here to visit the new World of Beverly Cleary website.

 
Click here to read our series feature spotlighting Beverly Cleary books.

 
Series Feature: Awesome Adventure Books --- Get in on the Action!

Play free online games, win weekly prizes, and read new adventures from HarperCollins Children's Books, including A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS by Megan Whalen Turner, COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce, THE SHADOW PROJECT by Herbie Brennan, THE INCORRIGIBLE CHILDREN OF ASHTON PLACE by Maryrose Wood, and more!

-Click here to visit the Awesome Adventure Books website.

Click here to read our series feature spotlighting Awesome Adventure Books.

 
Special Feature: SOPHIE THE AWESOME by Lara Bergen
Lara Bergen's latest book for middle-grade readers, SOPHIE THE AWESOME, chronicles a day in the life of a typical third grader who decides one morning to transform herself into anything but. In this interview with Kidsreads.com's Usha Reynolds, Bergen discusses what prompted her to create this lovably confused character and explains how she realistically captures the mindset of her eight-year-old protagonist. She also reflects on the dynamics of childhood friendships, reveals what she hopes readers will take away from Sophie's story, and shares details on what's in store for her in future installments.

SOPHIE THE AWESOME by Lara Bergen
Sophie Miller's life is boring. Average. Blah. She's not the oldest or the youngest, the tallest or the shortest. She's not even the only Sophie in her third-grade class!

Sophie knows she's special. And she's come up with the perfect name to show it: Sophie the Awesome! But living up to her new name won't be easy --- especially if super-annoying Toby Myers has anything to say about it.

Can Sophie prove her awesomeness...and prove everyone wrong?

-Click here to read a review of SOPHIE THE AWESOME.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SOPHIE THE AWESOME.
-Click here to read Lara Bergen's bio.

 
Click here to read our interview with Lara Bergen.

 
Cool New Books for May
May’s roundup of Cool New Books includes THE RED PYRAMID, the first installment in Rick Riordan’s The Kane Chronicles, in which a magical accident unleashes the Egyptian gods into the modern world; TRACKERS, the latest novel from Patrick Carman, who introduces readers to four tech-savvy kids who become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the world’s most dangerous hacker (or so they think); THE KINGS OF CLONMEL, the eighth book in John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice fantasy/adventure series; STORM WARNING, the next-to-last installment of The 39 Clues, in which Amy and Dan discover a dangerous, long-hidden secret of the Cahills; THE CASE OF THE GYPSY GOOD-BYE, the conclusion to Nancy Springer’s Enola Holmes mystery series; and THREE books from prolific author Kathryn Lasky: CHASING ORION; HAWKSMAID: The Untold Story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian; and FELIX TAKES THE STAGE, which launches her new series, The Deadlies.
 
Click here to read our Cool New Books feature for May.

 
May's New in Paperback Roundup
May's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes LUCKY BREAKS, the sequel to Susan Patron's Newbery Award-winning THE HIGHER POWER OF LUCKY, which returns readers to the desert community of Hard Pan; THE SIEGE OF MACINDAW, the sixth installment in John Flanagan's Ranger's Apprentice fantasy/adventure series; THE CASE OF THE PECULIAR PINK FAN by Nancy Springer, the third mystery featuring Sherlock Holmes's little sister, Enola Holmes; LOST AND FOUND, an entertaining and thought-provoking chapter book from Andrew Clements about twin brothers who hatch an elaborate plan to fool everyone at their new school; CHANGE-UP, a John Feinstein sports mystery in which teen reporters Stevie Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson uncover a secret that could affect the outcome of the World Series; and DORMIA, Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski's debut novel about a 12-year-old boy who learns he is a Great Sleeper destined to save Dormia, an ancient kingdom deep in the Ural Mountains, from extinction.
 
Click here to see what's New in Paperback for May.

 
This Month's Reviews

Kidsreads.com Reviews:

TRACKERS #1 by Patrick Carman
Armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the Trackers are four tech-savvy kids who can find almost anyone, anywhere. Told through a collage of videos, text and websites, TRACKERS #1 follows Adam, Finn, Lewis and Emily as they become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with the world's most dangerous hacker. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

BOOM! by Mark Haddon
From the moment that Jim and his best friend, Charlie, bug the staff room and overhear two of their teachers speaking to each other in a secret language, they know there's an adventure on its way. Perhaps Kidd and Pearce are bank robbers talking in code. Maybe they're spies, or aliens. Whatever it is, Jimbo and Charlie are determined to find out. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from BOOM!


WE THE CHILDREN: Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School, Book 1 written by Andrew Clements and illustrated by Adam Stower
After his parents' separation, and with summer vacation weeks away, Benjamin Pratt's life is spinning out of control. His centuries-old school is about to be demolished, and shortly before his death, the school's elderly janitor entrusts the sixth-grader with a sacred secret. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

-Click here to read an excerpt from WE THE CHILDREN.


ENCHANTED GLASS by Diana Wynne Jones
Aidan Cain is a boy in need of magical assistance. After the death of his grandmother, he finds himself stalked by sinister creatures. Traveling to the town of Melstone to seek the protection of a powerful sorcerer, Aidan finds the wizard’s bumbling grandson Andrew now in charge. Together with a cast of eccentric characters, the two must untangle the mysterious forces that threaten both Aidan and Melstone.
Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.

RIVALS: A Baseball Great Novel by Tim Green
Josh's middle-school team finds itself in the Baseball Hall of Fame Tournament, which many insiders consider to be even more prestigious than the Little League World Series. But all is not well in Cooperstown, New York: Josh and his friends soon suspect one team of bribing the head umpire, and there's a star pitcher who threatens to steal more from Josh than just the trophy! Reviewed by Joy Held.

TAKE ME WITH YOU by Carolyn Marsden
Following World War II, many unwanted and orphaned babies were left at the Catholic orphanage in Naples, Italy. Two of the girls, Susanna and Pina, grow up the best of friends, and even though no family seems to want them, they always have each other. Then some surprising information surfaces about relatives they didn't know they had. Will this mean a new family for them, or even more heartache? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE HIDDEN BOY by Jon Berkeley
The Flint family has won a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the mysterious and exotic Bell Hoot. On the voyage there, though, young Theo Flint disappears. Now it's up to Bea to locate her missing brother and find out why everyone in Bell Hoot is interested in finding the Hidden Boy. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

DEWEY THE LIBRARY CAT: A True Story by Vicki Myron, with Bret Witter
One frigid night in January 1988, the book drop of the public library in Spencer, Iowa, was jammed open with books. Hidden underneath the pile was a tiny, filthy, half-frozen kitten. So begins the true story of Dewey Readmore Books, who charmed his way into the hearts of the library staff and patrons, and became very famous just by being himself. Reviewed by Carole Turner.

SMELLS LIKE DOG by Suzanne Selfors
Meet Homer Pudding, an ordinary farm boy who has big dreams --- to follow in the footsteps of his famous treasure-hunting uncle. But when Uncle Drake mysteriously disappears, Homer inherits two things: a lazy, droopy dog with no sense of smell, and a mystery. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.


Series Feature Updates:

LORD SUNDAY: The Keys to the Kingdom, Book Seven by Garth Nix
In this thrilling conclusion to Garth Nix's Keys to the Kingdom series, Arthur Penhaligon must complete his quest: to confront Lord Sunday, to save the Kingdom he is heir to, and to save his own world. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

-Click here to play the LORD SUNDAY trivia game.
-Click here to complete the LORD SUNDAY word scramble.
-Click here to read our Keys to the Kingdom series feature.

GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND #15: HEADS, YOU LOSE! by R.L. Stine
Jessica Bowen and Ryan Chang bring home a two-headed "joke" coin from the HorrorLand souvenir shop. A simple coin toss transports them to a world of terror. They find themselves back in time, being chased by guards who accuse them of beheading the prince. Unless they can avenge him and reunite him with his head, their own heads will be on the chopping block! Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

-Click here to read our Goosebumps HorrorLand series feature --- with updated trivia and characters.


Graphic Novel Reviews:

THE SECRET OF THE SPHINX written and illustrated by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton and his pals take a trip back in time to ancient Egypt to foil the Pirate Cats' evil plot to put a cat face on the Sphinx. The cat and mouse antics are so comical that kids may not realize they are learning history as they read. Reviewed by Brigid Alverson.

GUNNERKRIGG COURT, Volume 1: ORIENTATION written and illustrated by Thomas Siddell
Fantastic magic and equally fantastic science clash headlong in Thomas Siddell's webcomic-turned-graphic novel GUNNERKRIGG COURT: ORIENTATION, a slowly building tale of a young girl's first year at a mysterious academy. Reviewed by Collin David.

GUNNERKRIGG COURT, Volume 2: RESEARCH written and illustrated by Thomas Siddell
Thomas Siddell continues to explore the deeper reaches of Gunnerkrigg Court and its inhabitants in this second volume of his series, which collects almost 300 more pages of magical and technological tales from the Court. Reviewed by Collin David.

A HOME FOR MR. EASTER written and illustrated by Brooke A. Allen
A high school student adopts a rabbit who turns out to be the Easter Bunny. Now everyone wants the rabbit, and she is determined to get him to the North Pole. Reviewed by John Hogan.

 


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