The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie - Chris Van Allsburg

The last hamster left for sale, Sweetie Pie is determined to be loveable enough that a child will take him home. However, when he finally succeeds, he discovers that things aren’t as friendly as he imagined outside the pet store. He’s roughhoused and neglected and passed from kid to kid until he ends up a classroom pet. Finally loved and cared for, Sweetie Pie still isn’t content. Stuck on the classroom windowsill, he wants nothing more than a life outside. Acclaimed author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg brings his trademark care and detail to The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99), which are many and varied, but after struggling through them, Sweetie Pie may just get a chance at the life he’s always dreamed of.  Ages 5-8. ARW

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ISBN: 9780547315829
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Published: Clarion Books - November 4th, 2014

The Princess in Black - Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, Leuyen Pham

Princess Magnolia does everything that a princess should. She sleeps in a tower, wears glass slippers, and serves tea to her esteemed guests, but Princess Magnolia has a secret. While entertaining Duchess Wigtower, the Princess’s glitter stone monster alarm goes off and she must become The Princess in Black (Candlewick, $14.99). Since princesses don’t wear black, no one suspects Magnolia’s secret identity, thus allowing her to fight monsters with her signature “twinkle twinkle little SMASH” move. Beloved author Shannon Hale and husband Dean Hale prove that princesses as well as other little girls don’t fit in any box and illustrator LeUyen Pham brings Magnolia’s story to life. This is truly a read for the whole family.  Ages 5-8. ARW

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By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665104
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Published: Candlewick - October 14th, 2014

She Is Not Invisible - Marcus Sedgwick

In Marcus Sedgwick’s unique thriller, She is Not Invisible (Roaring Brook, $16.99), Laurenth is sure that her father is missing, even if the rest of her family isn’t convinced. He’s taken off for New York City to research his newest novel, and back home in England, Laurenth starts to gather evidence about his disappearance and put the pieces together. Something has gone horribly wrong. With the help of her 7-year-old brother, Laurenth hops a plane to New York, hoping to rescue her dad, who may be on the brink of insanity. For any 16-year-old, entering an unfamiliar city on a high-stakes adventure is scary enough. For Laurenth, everything is twice as risky because she’s blind.  Ages 12-17. ARW

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ISBN: 9781596438019
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 22nd, 2014