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April 2012

April’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes THE EXTRAORDINARY EDUCATION OF NICHOLAS BENEDICT, the prequel to Trenton Lee Stewart’s Mysterious Benedict Society trilogy that serves as an introduction to Nicholas Benedict as a nine-year-old orphan with an unfortunate nose, narcolepsy and genius status; KINGDOM KEEPERS V: SHELL GAME by Ridley Pearson, an ocean-filled adventure packed with a Disney cruise ship, Walt Disney’s diary, and a fight between good and evil; Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s very first Fancy Nancy chapter book, NANCY CLANCY, SUPER SLEUTH, which gives Nancy and her best friend Bree a chance to solve a classroom mystery; and FARM BOY by Michael Morpurgo, the sequel to WAR HORSE that focuses on Albert's son (now an old man) coming to terms with a secret of his own through stories of his childhood farm.