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1. Caminar by Skila Brown, 193 pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - CAMINAR -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} There is something about verse novels that seems to make them an ideal medium for telling difficult, tragic, horrible stories. The abuse that the military government in Guatemala imposed on its

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2. The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson, 386 pp, RL 4

The Mark of the Dragonfly is the debut middle grade novel by Jaleigh Johnson, a gamer whose previous work has been tie-in novels set in the Forgotten Realms fiction line. The fantastic jacket art for The Mark of the Dragonfly is by Nigel Quarless. The Mark of the Dragonfly has to be one of the best middle grade fantasy novels I  have read in quite a while, even more so because Johnson

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3. North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler, 272pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - NORTH OF NOWHERE -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} I am embarrassed to say that the only books by Liz Kessler that I have read are her stand alones, like A Year without Autumn and here newest book, North of Nowhere. This is despite the

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4. The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick, 307 pp, RL 4

The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick, besides being a fantastic book, also happens to be one of the first books to be published by the brand new imprint Algonquin Young Readers. I want to take a paragraph here to tell you about Algonquin Young Readers, the recently created arm of Algonquin Books, publisher of acclaimed best selling books for adults such as Like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

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5. Wild Boy : The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron by Mary Losure, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, 169 pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - WILD BOY -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> Wild Boy : The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron, written by Mary Losure and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering can be described as narrative non-fiction

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6. The Red Pyramid : The Kane Chronicles, Book 1, by Rick Riordan, 516 pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - THE RED PYRAMID -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> This review of The Red Pyramid is really an academic practice on my part. The books of Rick Riordan do not need my, or anybody's, publicity as, like Harry

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7. Escape from Mr. Lemoncell's Library by Chris Grabenstein, 288 pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - ESCAPE FROM MR LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> Chris Grabenstein may be best known for the three books he has co-authored with James Patterson, including the bestselling I Funny,

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8. Secret Letters From 0 to10 by Susie Morgenstern, translated by Gill Rosner, 137pp RL 4

First reviewed on 11/16/08, Secret Letters from 0 + 10 left a great impression on me. A wonderful, quiet story, Morgenstern's writing is superlative. Your children will remember this book long into adulthood. Secret Letters from 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern is a gem of a book. It turned up on the shelves of the bookstore one day and I was drawn to the cover, its length and the fact that is

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9. Bill Peet: An Autobiography, 190pp RL 4

First reviewed on 1/27/09. Bill Peet's picture books were a huge part of my childhood and that of my kids, thanks to my mother who made sure that we owned the complete works of Peet's long career. His picture books have detailed stories that you don't find on the shelves anymore - they are almost too long to read at story time and almost qualify as short stories in some cases. Peet's Newbery

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10. Scepter of the Ancients, Skulduggery Pleasant Series, Book 1, by Derek Landy, illustrations by Tom Percival, 416 pp, RL 4

First reviewed 11/20/09, this standout series features one of the most awesome girl protagonists I've encountered in middle grade fantasy. Stephanie/Valkyrie is smart, brave funny and not afraid to get beat up, which happens from time to time as she fights evil alongside Skulduggery Pleasant, the coolest, skeleton detective out there! A trilogy in the US, this series is actually an 8 book series

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11. Wildwood, written by Colin Meloy and illustrated by Carson Ellis, 560 pp, RL 4

First reviewed on 10/31/11, Wildwood stands out as an instant classic, an epic American fantasy that will easily it alongside the Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter on the shelves. The trilogy will end on 2/4/14 when Wildwood Imperium is published. Laika, the company that made Paranorman and Coraline, is adapting the novel into a movie! It’s not often that I choose to read a book over

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12. Vanished, written by Sheela Chari, 324 pp, RL 4

First reviewed 9/12/11, Vanished by Sheela Chari was a revelation for me - a mystery with a child protagonist that felt entirely real and possible. Neela's path to uncovering the whereabouts of her stolen veena and the history behind it are fascinating, exciting and amazing. This rare book is a standout in so many ways picked for Al Roker's Book Club for Kids in July of 2012! Sheela

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13. The Great Brain, by John D Fitzgerald, illustrations by Mercer Mayer, 175 pp, RL 4

First reviewed on 8/26/11, this series of books left a huge impression on me as a child. Especially since, for some odd reason, I didn't read the Little House on the Prairie books until I had a child of my own. I'm sure I was drawn to this series since I was raised on Mercer Mayer's picture books, and his art is perfectly paired with Fitzgerald's autobiographical tales of his childhood. Read at

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14. Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani, 297 pp, RL 4

Same Sun Here is now in paperback! The Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani was impossible to put down and frequently had me in tears. I can't imagine what it must be like to be one of the librarians who sit on the Newbery panel each year, but as I read The Same Sun Here I kept thinking, "This book deserves a medal. This is exactly the kind of book those librarians seem to love."

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15. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, 218 pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - ONE CRAZY SUMMER -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garica, as you can see by crowd of awards (Coretta Scott King Award, Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Medal, Newbery Honor

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16. Signed By: Zelda, by Kate Feiffer, 232 pp, RL 4

SIGNED BY ZELDA is now in paperback! Kate Feiffer's Signed by: Zelda (with wonderful cover art by Kelly Murphy) is her second novel for young readers and comes on the heels of nine pictures books, four of which are illustrated by her father, the great Jules Feiffer. Besides her own great track record as a children's book author and her wonderful lineage, I was intrigued by Signed by:

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17. P.S. Be Eleven, by Rita Williams Garcia, 274 pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - P S BE ELEVEN -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> With her new book, P.S. Be Eleven, Rita Williams-Garcia picks up where  her multiple-award winning One Crazy Summer, began and ended - with the Gaither sisters,

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18. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: Revised and Updated Edition by Diana Wynne Jones, 234 pp, RL 5

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - THE TOUGH GUIDE TO FANTASYLAND -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);}The inimitable, irreplaceable Diana Wynne Jones was inspired to create The Tough Guide to Fantasyland : The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel late in 1994 when, as she says, "

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19. Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones, 304 pp, RL 4

  <!-- START INTERCHANGE - ENCHANTED GLASS -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> If you have been following my blog for a while, it's no secret that fantasy - kid's fantasy - is my favorite genre, and one that I really only began exploring

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20. Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker, 273 pp, RL 4

NOW IN PAPERBACK: Sara Pennypacker's Summer of the Gypsy Moths, a stunningly superb story of family, friendship, survival and summer on Cape Cod arrives just in time for vacation reading! I was not excited about Summer of the Gypsy Moths, the new book from Sara Pennypacker (with superb cover art from the wonderful Julia Denos) when I read the blurb on the back. If you read my review

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21. The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop by Kate Saunders, 293, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - THE WHIZZ POP CHOCOLATE SHOP -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> I discovered the British author Kate Saunders because I was drawn to the cover of her 2009 book, The Little Secret. The fantastic cover and

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22. The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom by Christopher Healy, 432 pp, RL 4

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is out in paperback and The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle is out now! The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy is a book that has caused me to do some serious thinking about what makes a book worth reading, the (sometimes unfortunate and unhelpful) perspective an adult reader can bring to children's literature and the value

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23. Larklight, as Chronicl'd by Art Mumby, with the Aid of by Phillip Reeve, Decorated Throughout by David Wyatt, 400 pp, RL 4

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24. Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli, 336 pp, RL 4

Jake and Lily is now in paperback! Jake and Lily is the newest book from Newbery Winner (Maniac McGee) and Newbery Honor Winner (Wringer) Jerry Spinelli, author of one of my favorite books for teens, Stargirl, which I really need to review here. With Jake and Lily, Spinelli brings us the story of the titular twins and the summer of their twelfth birthday when they go through changes deeper

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25. Summer at Forsaken Lake, by Michael D. Biel, illustrated by Maggie Kneen, 329 pp, RL 4

<!-- START INTERCHANGE - SUMMER AT FORSAKEN LAKE -->if(!window.igic__){window.igic__={};var d=document;var s=d.createElement("script");s.src="http://iangilman.com/interchange/js/widget.js";d.body.appendChild(s);} <!-- END INTERCHANGE --> I love reading a really good summer vacation story during the summer months because it almost makes me feel like I am getting a summer vacation again. In

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