In Marianne Malone’s debut book, Ruthie takes hold of a magic key and shrinks to five inches tall – just the right size to explore THE SIXTY-EIGHT ROOMS (Random House, $16.99) of period miniatures in the Art Institute of Chicago. With her best friend Jack, Ruthie discovers that each room reveals a different time period complete with its own cast and historical details. Ruthie and Jack try to help their friends while fending off giant cockroach attacks, escaping the Salem witch trials, and completing a research project for their sixth-grade class. Ages 9-12. AJK
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By Marianne Malone, Greg Call (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375857102
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 23rd, 2010

During the American Revolution, Patrick Henry’s demand for LIBERTY OR DEATH (National Geographic, 18.95) was only meant for wealthy white men. In return for the promise of freedom, some slaves chose to fight alongside the British. Margaret Whitman Blair’s graphic narrative reveals this often-neglected piece of American history by tracing the difficult paths these men, women, and children followed in their struggle for freedom. Ages 10-13. AJK
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ISBN: 9781426305900
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: National Geographic Children's Books - January 12th, 2010

Imagine being ten years old and discovering a woolly mammoth baby frozen in the snow. So begins Cheryl Bardoe’s fascinating book about the study of MAMMOTHS AND MASTODONS (Abrams, $18.95). From the information today’s elephants can teach us about mammoths to everything we can learn about an individual mammoth’s life just by cutting open its tusks, this up-to-date book is packed full of new discoveries and details about the lives and history of mammoths. Bardoe has created a wonderfully colorful and accessible book that is sure to please any child hoping to learn more about these extinct creatures. Ages 9-12. AJK
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ISBN: 9780810984134
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2010