Alan Rabinowitz recalls for us his painful, voiceless childhood as a stutterer. “The teachers think I am broken. Am I?” His voice froze when he tried to speak to humans, but was released when he was with animals: the small pets he collected at home, and one special jaguar at the Bronx Zoo. Caged in a bare room, the jaguar seemed as trapped and voiceless as young Alan was, and so he swore that one day he would speak for animals. Cátia Chien’s delicate illustrations bring to life the story of A Boy and a Jaguar (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99), and a heartfelt promise made and, incredibly, kept. Ages 5-8. Emily Ellerbe

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By Alan Rabinowitz, Catia Chien (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547875071
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

Archie Morningstar is thrilled to finally get to ride in his dad’s taxi for Take Your Kid to Work Day. He has to wake up extra early (at midnight!), and the adventure only gets weirder when he finds out that his father’s taxi is no ordinary one. It’s a Space Taxi (Little, Brown, $14.99 hardcover, $5.99 paperback) and the customers are aliens. In between navigating around planets and wormholes, Archie and his father get mixed up in an intergalactic crime mystery. This is the first installment in a series from Wendy Mass (beloved by older readers for Pi in the Sky, Mango-Shaped Space, and the Willow Falls series, among others) and science teacher Michael Brawer. Ages 6-10. Emily Ellerbe

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ISBN: 9780316243209
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 2014

Bored of waiting for his father to come home from building the last leg of the transcontinental railroad, Will impulsively boards a train to look for him. Within hours, he has found his father and encountered an avalanche, a Sasquatch, and a thief! Three years later, Will is proud to join his father on the maiden voyage of The Boundless (Simon & Schuster, $16.99), the longest train in the world, as it travels across the country—and unprepared for the adventure that awaits him on the journey. Some of the characters from his past are among the 6,495 passengers aboard the Boundless, and Will and a traveling circus are the only things standing between his father and a ruthless murderer. Kenneth Oppel, author of the beloved Airborn fantasy series, brings us an invigorating 19th-century coast-to-coast adventure aboard the elegant and powerful Boundless. Ages 9-12. Emily Ellerbe

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By Kenneth Oppel, Jim Tierney (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442472884
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 22nd, 2014

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