Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395278048
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 1979

While caring for his neighbor's badly-behaved dog, Fritz, Alan Mitz has made a terrible mistake. He's doing the best he can on their walk until they stumble upon The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (HMH, $18.95). Abdul Gasazi does NOT like dogs in his beautifully curated garden full of topiary trees and vibrate flowers, so when Fritz barrels through the garden Abdul casts a mysterious spell upon the dog to change him... or did he? Chris Van Allsburg's masterful storytelling and magical illustrations are a great addition to any children's library. Ages 4-7. Emily Griswold


Blast from the Past
The Gregor the Overlander (Scholastic Gold) (The Underland Chronicles #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780439678131
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 25th, 2013

Eleven-year-old Gregor and his toddler sister, Boots, are in the laundry room of their apartment building in New York City when they fall into a ventilation duct that leads to a vast Underland that has existed underneath the surface of the Earth for ages. Populated by all manner of creatures—including giant rats, giant bats, giant cockroaches and a humanoid offshoot of homo sapiens, it is a world that is wondrous, terrifying and on the brink of war. Further complicating matters is the revelation that their long-missing father may be alive somewhere in the Underland. Can Gregor the Overlander (Scholastic, $7.99) and Boots locate their father and survive long enough to return home? The first book in Suzanne Collins’ Underland Chronicles combines classic high fantasy with modern-day sensibility to create an epic tale of adventure, suspense and emotional depth that satisfies the reader on many levels. Ages 8-12. Marc Villa

YA Pick
Pet Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525647072
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Published: Make Me a World - September 10th, 2019

Monsters often hide in plain sight. The angels who live in Lucille, a town in an unspecified future, believe they’ve defeated them. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have lived their whole lives thinking they’re free from danger. But nothing is what it seems. One night, a clawed and horned creature named Pet (Make Me a World, $17.99) breaks free from one of Jam’s mother’s paintings. He has come to hunt a monster—one lurking in Redemption’s house. Jam needs to help save her friend, but how can she save the world from monsters when no one but Pet will admit they exist? Akwaeke Emezi’s riveting novel urges readers to look beyond simple appearances and explores what one person can do when faced with seemingly insurmountable injustice and a society in denial. Ages. 14-18. Colette Whitney