The worlds and destinies of two boys—Yoshi, a lowly servant to a samurai, and Jack, a cabin boy on one of Commodore Matthew Perry’s warships—become intertwined when Perry’s fleet arrives in Japan in 1853 to request that the isolationist country open its ports. A companion to her 2011 Newbery Honor winner Heart of a Samurai, Margi Preus’s The Bamboo Sword (Harry Abrams, $16.95) is an engaging historical novel of action and intrigue, replete with samurai, spies, and assassins. Preus vividly describes the drama and tension of the period and successfully balances elements of politics and diplomacy with the stories of Yoshi and Jack as they work together to survive a period of unprecedented change and upheaval. Ages 11-14

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ISBN: 9781419708077
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Published: Amulet Books - September 15th, 2015

Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons (Sterling, $17.95) is a collection of twelve newly unearthed songs and poems written by legendary children’s author Margaret Wise Brown, whose distinctive combination of language, lyricism, and cadence infuses each piece. Renowned artists including Peter Brown, Floyd Cooper, Molly Idle, and Bob Staake provide breathtaking illustrations for these beautiful verses. An accompanying CD includes songs composed and performed by Tom Proutt and Emily Gary. This lovingly crafted combination of art, verse, and music is a delightful treat for children and adults all year round. Ages 3-6

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ISBN: 9781454904472
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 4th, 2015