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Prez, a young boy living in foster care, is enjoying the relative normalcy of life on a family farm when he receives a not-so-normal visitor. Sputnik is an extraterrestrial who appears as a dog to everyone else, and he tells Prez that the Earth will be destroyed unless the two of them can come up with a list of ten reasons why it should be saved. Thus begins the madcap romp to compile Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth (Walden Pond, $16.99). Both humorous and heartfelt, Frank Cottrell Boyce masterfully channels his inner Douglas Adams to create a fun, quirky adventure that also serves as a witty commentary on human relationships and behavior. Ages 9-12. Marc Villa

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062643629
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Published: Walden Pond Press - June 20th, 2017

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The Five Worlds are in danger: an ancient enemy has attacked them, and an impending natural cataclysm looms. Their fate rests in the hands of three young heroes who each have unique abilities... as well as secrets to hide. Can they succeed by summoning the power of The Sand Warrior (Random House, $18.99 HB/$12.99 PB)? Fans of Amulet and Avatar: The Last Airbender will enjoy the action- and mystery-filled first installment of this fantasy adventure series written by Mark and Alexis Siegel, with ethereal artwork by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun. Ages 9-12.

 

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$12.99
ISBN: 9781101935880
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

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From samba to square dance, Feel the Beat (Dial, $17.99) with fun and imaginative poems about dances from around the world. Each poem is cleverly crafted by Marilyn Singer to match the rhythm of its respective dance, and is accompanied by Kristi Valiant’s illustrations that are full to bursting with the colorful, kinetic energy. The book includes back matter describing the dances, as well as a CD of Singer reading each poem set to the appropriate music. It’s a collection that really swings! Ages 7-10.

 

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By Marilyn Singer, Kristi Valiant (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803740211
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Published: Dial Books - March 7th, 2017

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