In Cynthia Lord’s new novel, things are going pretty well for eleven-year-old Tess, and she adheres to her superstitions to make sure things stay that way. When she finds a piece of sea glass, she pockets it so she can TOUCH BLUE (Scholastic, $16.99) and make her dream come true: she wishes that her new foster brother would fit into her family. But Aaron feels hemmed in on their idyllic island in Maine. Can Tess’s wishes and well-intentioned manipulation work? Or will it become clear that an eleven-year-old can’t make the grown-up world do what she wants it to do? Ages 9-12. DDL
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ISBN: 9780545035316
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Press - August 1st, 2010

This is the story of Eatonville, Florida, a peaceful all-black town where, around 1900, a pair of best friends were just starting fourth grade. It is the story of how a murder threatened the town’s peace and security and how these friends, in ZORA AND ME (Candlewick, $16.99), stumbled onto the truth. In this novel based on the childhood of author Zora Neale Hurston, authors Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon vividly bring to life the storyteller that Hurston already was and promised to become. Ages 9-12. HWP
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ISBN: 9780763643003
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - October 12th, 2010

Olive Dunwoody, heroine of THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE: The Shadows (Dial, $16.99), finds another world within the walls of her new house, an old mansion full of strange art. After finding a pair of spectacles and putting them on, Olive discovers she can walk into the paintings. But something is off about this wondrous world; an ominous shadowy presence seems to live in the paintings, and there are three mysterious talking cats guarding the house. Will she have the courage to face an evil she can’t see? Join Olive’s quest for answers in Jacqueline West’s engaging new fantasy. Ages 8-10. AW
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ISBN: 9780803734401
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Books - June 15th, 2010