September/October 2007

Our picks for September and October 2007...
Deadline Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060850913
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 21st, 2009

Life’s short, do what you love.  That’s one important message in Chris Crutcher’s newest teen novel Deadline.  Ben, a short, brilliant, cross-country runner, goes in for a routine physical and discovers that he has leukemia.  He decides to tell no one and continue to live life like normal.  The only things is, normal means doing lots of things he wouldn’t have considered doing before.  He goes out for football so that he can play alongside his brother, he befriends the town drunk and sees humanity at its best and worst, and he takes a chance and gets to date the girl of his dreams.  Along the way, he realizes that he should have started this year out by telling the truth.  In the end the truth comes out anyway and he learns that its much more powerful than he ever imagined.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416955078
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 19th, 2008

Riveting and unpredictable, City of Bones takes you on a rollercoaster ride.  Clary meets a group of teenagers who are covered with strange tattoos and carrying unearthly weapons.  She finds out shortly that they are Shadowhunters, a group of fighters that work to rid the world of demons.  They can’t be seen by mundies (mundane humans) and they shouldn’t have been seen by her.  When her mother is kidnapped, she realizes that she must join the Shadowhunters and find out why she can see them.  In that, she thinks, lies the key to saving her mother.  But fighting demons and otherworldly creatures is harder than she thought.  Does she have what it takes to save her mother?

Igraine the Brave Cover Image
By Cornelia Funke, Anthea Bell (Translator), Cornelia Funke (With)
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ISBN: 9780439903790
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chicken House - October 2007

Cornelia Funke does it again!  From the author of Dragon Rider and Inkheart comes a wonderful story about a princess that is not content with sitting in the castle all day.  She dreams of becoming a famous knight and living a life of adventure.  Nothing seems to go the way she wants until the nephew of the baroness next door threatens to capture the castle and, more importantly, take over the royal library.  With the help of new friends and old, Ingraine might just be able to save the day.

The Wizard Cover Image
By Jack Prelutsky, Brandon Dorman (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780061240768
Availability: Special Order
Published: Greenwillow Books - July 2007

In a tall, lonely tower, the wizard watches and waits.  What will he do today?  Beautiful illustrations and whimsical poetry tell us the story of the wizard and how he whiles away his time.  This beautiful book, by the first Children’s Poet Laureate, will inspire the imagination and encourage your child to dream of the impossible.

The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage without Apostrophes! Cover Image
By Lynne Truss, Bonnie Timmons (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399247064
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2007

Apostrophe catastrophes abound the world over.  What can we do?  Pick up Lynn Truss’ (author of Eats, Shoots, and Leaves) newest childrens book and discover where and when to use apostrophes.  Full of great illustrations and hilarious to boot, this book is a great learning and teaching tool.  You can’t go wrong.

Mucumber McGee and the Half-Eaten Hot Dog Cover Image
By Patrick Loehr, Patrick Loehr (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780060823276
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - July 2007

Mucumber McGee and his encounter with a raw (and deadly?) hot dog is whimsical, funny and charming.  The illustrations are somber, slightly morose and remind me strongly of Tim Burton in a fun, silly style. 
P.S. Make sure to look at the portraits in the background.