Oils painted over old linotype and landscapes along with technical wizardry illustrate this entertaining tale of a boy who believes a moose he names Marcel is his. Bubbles show Wilfred’s visual and verbal thoughts during his discovery that the moose belongs to everyone--and no one.
Frances and Elsie falsify photographs to convince their family that fairies are real. But someone shows the pictures to others, and soon even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believes in the Cottingley fairies. Nicola Barber’s delightful narration brings this non-fiction fairytale to life. (10-14)
The daughter of former slaves, Florence Mills sang and cakewalked her way to stardom in Washington, New York, and London. Mixed-media folk-art collages show her generous inclusion of other black performers before she died at 31 without ever having her voice recorded. The author’s note expands her story.
In the companion to Graceling and Fire, Queen Bitterblue discovers even more about her father’s brutality against her people. This knowledge makes helping her kingdom heal from his treatment especially difficult in a thrilling and harrowing fantasy.
In this “respectful” sequel to The Wind in the Willows, Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger have adventures with hot air balloons, Toad’s nephew’s kidnapping, and Ratty’s romance. Detailed and descriptive illustrations of characters and objects create an underlying humanity.
Although the Taliban no longer governs, it continues to threaten Parvana, 15, and all who work to educate girls in contemporary Afghanistan. When Coalition forces arrest Parvana, she remains silent until the dramatic resolution in this final installment of the Breadwinner series.
Blue, a clairvoyant teen, avoids the boys of Aglionby Academy until three youths on a mysterious quest visit her home for a psychic reading. This series’ opener offers unique magical elements, convincing characters, surprises, and action. In the fine audio, narrator Will Patton creates a distinct voice for each character that brings the story to life.
With the family of cousins Bonnie and Sylvia away, Miss Slightcarp, a duplicitous nanny, sends the girls to an orphanage and plans to gain control of the estate. To save their home, the girls must escape and outwit wily Miss Slighcarp, the wolf “inside” their house. Aiken's daughter Lizza lively narrates this beloved classic. (10-14)
Rendi, a runaway stranded in the peculiar village of Clear Sky, starts trading tales with a storyteller that help him unravel the many mysteries around him, including the biggest—the moon’s disappearance. Chinese folklore interweaves and ties together the lyrical, complex plot and memorable characters.
Dodger, 17, survives in nineteenth century London by scouring its sewers for jewels. When he sees a girl desperately flee from a horse-drawn carriage trying to escape captors, he takes action that leads him to encounters with Sweeney Todd, Charles Dickens, and Benjamin Disraeli. Stephen Briggs brilliantly conveys the sorrow, dry humor, and danger in this historical fantasy. (14 up)