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By Adam Lehrhaupt, Matthew Forsythe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442435827
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 27th, 2013

I grew up on Sesame Street's There's a Monster at the End of this Book! in which Elmo begs you (the reader) not to turn each page, because it gets you closer to the end...where the monster is! Warning: Do Not Open This Book is a worthy successor -- both in that I still had that same small thrill by "rebelling" against the narrator and brazenly turning each page, despite the hand-wringing and head-shaking I imagined to be causing. The tongue-in-cheek message about all the potential danger and chaos books wreak make this book a perfect pick for Banned Book celebrations. But the clever, interactive ending, the ridiculously cute slow loris, and mischievous-looking monkeys make this title stand out. WAY OUT.


The Ruby in the Smoke

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ISBN: 9780375845161
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Ember - September 9th, 2008

In 1870s London, Sally Lockhart investigates her father's murder. She finds herself part of a bigger mystery involving smuggling and the secrets of the British Empire, and along the way she picks up friends and allies, including a rogue office boy, a pair of hapless photographers, an actress, and a boxer-turned-minister.


Raven Boys

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ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

Blue Sargent’s psychic family believes she will kill her first love with a kiss.  Consequently, she has avoided boys of the nearby Aglionby Academy and is not thrilled when four friends begin to appear everywhere in her life.  The boys have a unique extracurricular activity that soon lures her:  their ringleader Gansey is on a quest for the lost Glendower, a vanished Welsh king.  Legend tells that whomever finds him will have the power of one wish. Danger, fast cars, friendships, and romance lie ahead.  The first in a series, grab a copy before the second (Dream Thieves) comes out on September 17th!


Boy on the Wooden Box

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ISBN: 9781442497818
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 27th, 2013

Although we are all familiar with the Holocaust, Leon Leyson’s personal description of the events from a child’s point of view captures its devastating consequences most dramatically. He is a regular boy playing in his Polish neighborhood, when his world comes apart. Oscar Schindler’s intervention saves him from death, but not from unbelievable trauma. Prepare for an intense, page-turner.


Monsieur Albert Rides to Glory

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By Peter Smith, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781742376806
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Published: Allen & Unwin Australia - June 1st, 2013

With his usual brilliantly detailed but gentle illustrations Bob Graham shows readers the unusual hero of this children's book - 60 year old Monsieur Albert.  Told by Peter Smith in rollicking rhyme and with mind-stretching vocabulary, this book just begs to be read out loud as it details our plucky bike rider's race from Paris to Nice and manages to be highly evocative of Paris and France too.  Absolutement charmante!


King Jack and the Dragon

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By Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803736986
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Published: Dial Books - August 18th, 2011

Summer nights, lost in an imaginary game, remember? This charming book, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, brings all those memories together in this perfect bedtime story.


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By Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803739871
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Published: Dial Books - May 16th, 2013

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl

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ISBN: 9781419705328
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 7th, 2013

You've read The Fault In Our Stars & are looking for something lighter, funnier, nihilistic, tangential, & self-deprecating, with more realism & Werner Herzog. You open this book & find a deeply flawed teenager, obsessed with filmmaking, trying to avoid a forced friendship with his acquaintance recently diagnosed with Leukemia. You don’t like him, but you can relate. You are horribly sad when this book ends because it has a sneaky hidden depth. Your trusty bookseller friend says, "One of my favorite books this year!" and she was right.



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