Flory, THE NIGHT FAIRY (Candlewick, $16.99), was born a little before midnight when the moon was full. When she is less than three months old and no higher than an acorn, a brown bat mistakes her for an insect. Swooping down, he catches her and badly damages her wings. Flory seeks shelter in a beautiful garden and is befriended and protected by Skuggle, a hungry squirrel who trades assistance for food. But not every creature is as willing to bargain as Skuggle, and Flory needs help if she is going to fly again. Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz and miniaturist Angela Barrett have created a sumptuously illustrated classic fairy tale. Ages 7-11 – Heidi Powell
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By Laura Amy Schlitz, Angela Barrett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763636746
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - February 23rd, 2010

Familiar: an animal, such as a cat, frog, or bird, bound magically to and aiding the affairs of a witch or wizard. Aldwyn, Skylar, and Gregory are loyal familiars to three young wizard apprentices, learning spells, perfecting their own magical abilities, and strengthening the bonds between themselves and their wizards. When the young wizards are kidnapped by the dread queen of Vastia, it falls to THE FAMILIARS (HarperCollins, $16.99) to rescue them. Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson have created an original, edge-of-your-seat fantasy with art by Bobby Chiu. Ages 9-12. SNB
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ISBN: 9780061961083
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Published: HarperCollins - September 7th, 2010

When his mom is hospitalized, his distant granddad and Granddad’s hostile dog come to stay with ten-year-old JAKE (Random House, $15.99). At first, Jake seeks refuge next door with the kindly Mrs. Butterworth, avoiding the grandfather who calls him “boy” and the dog who bares his teeth. Slowly, Granddad and Jake get to know one another. The dog becomes Max, who sleeps on Jake’s bed. By telling this lovely story in Jake’s authentic voice, Audrey Couloumbis avoids sentimentality and brings a real ten year old and a new family to life. Ages 8-11. DDL
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ISBN: 9780375856303
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 2010