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Hyacinth has done her research and she’s sure that her facts are right: London was built long ago around a seemingly endless series of rivers. When she heads to the city to stay with her aunt, however, Hyacinth learns that maybe there’s more to the story than she realized. Her first clue is the water from the bathroom sink that has, apparently, come to life; then, there’s the mud monster that has kidnapped her mother. Aided by a magical umbrella and a wonderfully quirky cast of characters, Hyacinth embarks upon whirlwind of an adventure that takes her deep below the city streets. Jacob Sager Weinstein’s witty writing makes Hyacinth and the Secrets Beneath (Random House, $16.99) a surprising read; you may just close the back cover with a newfound skepticism of everything you thought you knew. Ages 9-12.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780399553172
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - May 23rd, 2017

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We all know that fairytale stepmothers are supposed to be evil, but what about step-stepfathers? Anya, the second princess of the kingdom of Trallonia, prefers to avoid her boy-crazy older sister Morven and instead spends her time in the castle library with Gottfried, a wizard-turned-librarian, and the royal dog, Ardent. Her quiet life is thrown for a loop when her stepmother’s new husband, Duke Rikard, casts a spell that turns Morven’s latest princely love interest into a frog. Anya, Gottfried, and Ardent reluctantly embark upon a quest to gather the ingredients for the magic lip balm needed to change the prince back to human form. Frogkisser! (Scholastic, $18.99), the newest work of beloved fantasy author Garth Nix, is a fractured fairytale sure to satisfy. Ages 11-13.

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ISBN: 9781338052084
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 28th, 2017

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Sara and her two best friends are ready for their summer Reinvention Project. Plans for learning to surf, acquiring a new language, and dyeing their hair are already underway, but then one of Sara’s moms decides to take her family cross-country by train in order to write about the experience for her blog. Even Sara’s friends are excited, but Sara can’t believe how much her plans have changed. Her only sanctuary from her moms and eccentric sisters is an English assignment: write about your summer. By the end of the trip, Sara realizes that This Would Make a Good Story Someday (Delacorte, $16.99)—and that she may have reinvented herself after all. Dana Alison Levy lets readers into Sara’s journal, which contains postcards, excerpts from her mom’s writing, and all of the juicy details of a summer traveling the country. Ages 11-13.

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ISBN: 9781101938171
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 16th, 2017

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