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Emmaline lives in a mansion that once was home to a beautiful princess, but as a result of World War II became a hospital for children with tuberculosis. 20-year-old Thomas, who tends the farm and the garden, seems to understand and trust Emmaline, who says she has seen The Secret Horses of Briar Hill (Delacorte, $16.99) reflected in the hospital’s mirrors. When the mysterious Horse Lord deposits Foxfire, an injured white-winged horse, in the walled sundial garden near the hospital, Emmaline vows to protect her from dark and sinister Black Horse. Are these animals only a figment of Emmaline’s imagination? Or is Thomas the real Horse Lord? Megan Shepherd’s original story reads like a classic, shrouded in mystery and open to interpretation. Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9781101939758
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

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When the brutal Tiger Emperor takes Pinmei’s grandmother Amah from their village, the young girl and her friend Yishan mount a quest to rescue the older woman by bringing a Luminous Stone to the Emperor. Grace Lin has crafted a beautifully illustrated epic, replete with magical creatures including a snow-white dragon horse and mussels that turn into birds. As with previous works Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, the reimagined Chinese legends so seamlessly interwoven into the narrative contain clues to unlocking the greater mysteries of the girls’ adventure. This is an elegant and majestic, yet action-filled and thrilling tale for readers young and old—and it all started When the Sea Turned to Silver (Little, Brown, $18.99). Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780316125925
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

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In Jennifer L. Holm’s hilarious and heartwarming companion to Turtle in Paradise, Beans Curry is used to dealing with lying adults and making his own luck—even if that means breaking a rule or two (or three or four). As the leader of a gang of barefoot and hungry kids in Depression-era Key West, Beans even becomes a sort of role model. When a group of men in straw hats shows up to turn Key West into a tourist destination, Beans is perfectly placed to recruit other children to help spruce up the deteriorating community. Full of Beans (Random House, $16.99) is a wildly entertaining tale about finding hope in the stickiest of situations. Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780553510362
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016