Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Enthralling New Arrivals for Young Readers
"The Wanderer is weary," was the message that Cara brought to Luster, and what quickly became her mission.
But it is more complicated than simply bringing her grandmother, the Wanderer, back to Luster: the "gates" between Earth and Luster are only open at certain times and only found in particular locations. And haunting nightmares keep slowing Cara down: nightmares of Beloved, enemy of the unicorns; of the father whose legacy she turned against; and of the mother who deserted her.
In order for Cara to complete her mission and accept her destiny it will take not only trust and belief, but the love of a surprising ally as well.
As usual, the Strega-Borgia family can't seem to get a break:
They've just welcomed a newborn boy Strega-Borgia into the world, but before they can give him a name, he's snatched and replaced with a demon baby. Mrs. McLachlan, the super-efficient (and supernatural) nanny is back, safe and sound—but so is the demon Isagoth, and he hasn't forgotten what he wants from the Strega-Borgias. And evil Uncle Lucifer has resurfaced, but this time he has the added ammunition of a pact with S'tan the First Minister of the Headen Executive—otherwise known as His Imperial Inflammableness, his S'tainless Steeliness, and the Arch-Fiend. And S'tan himself is desperate to find the Chronostone, because. . . well, to put it bluntly, Hades is starting to freeze over, and without the Chronostone, he may never regain his power.
The family's got to be ready—because this will be the final battle between good and evil, the battle where winner takes all. And they're going to need all the help they can get.
Christina lives in an old stone mansion on the edge of a forest surrounded by barbed wire and signs that read TRESPASSERSWILL BE BOILED. Deep within the forest is the laboratory where her father works—and where her mother was blown to bits years ago. Christina is not supposed to talk to the orphans down the road. But when an orphan boy named Taft tells her of a secret tunnel, she finds it and helps him escape. Soon she and Taft discover there is far more to the orphanage and the mystery of her mother’s supposed death than they ever suspected.
What would life be like with only one hand? That's exactly what eleven-year-old Norm finds out when he loses his left hand in an accident at his family's store. It's July 4, 1946. World War II has ended, and life is getting back to normal. But for Norm, the pressing question now is whether he will ever be able to play baseball again, or be an artist. It's up to Norm to find the strength to get beyond this roadblock and move on with his life.
When Enola Holmes, the much younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared—on her 14th birthday nonetheless—she knows she alone can find her. Disguising herself as a grieving widow, Enola sets out to the heart of London to uncover her mother’s whereabouts—but not even the last name Holmes can prepare her for what awaits. Suddenly involved in the kidnapping of the young Marquess of Basilwether, Enola must escape murderous villains, free the spoiled Marquess, and perhaps hardest of all, elude her shrewd older brother—all while collecting clues to her mother’s disappearance!
Sassy's newest adventure unfolds when she performs in the school musical! Sassy's school is doing a musical performance that is going to be televised, and Sassy wants to sing with the choir. However, it's no secret that Sassy can't sing. But she has also been hiding a big secret . . . for the past year she has been taking pizcolo lessons, and she's quite good at it. Instead of tuneless croaks, she produces lovely, lyrical tones from her silver instrument.
But she has to prove to the music teacher not only that she's needed in the show, but also that she can make a difference in the performance.
Load up the car. We're going to the beach Nothing is more fun than packing the car and heading off to the shore. In light verse that rings with the sounds of summer, David Harrison captures the excitement and joy--as well as some of the surprises--of a summertime beach holiday.
"I'm going to see
I'm going to see
I'm going to see
fish that glow
Who is the Invisible Detective? To the people of London, in 1936, he's a shadowy crimefighter whose face has never been seen. Truth is, he's the creation of four extraordinary children who solve mysteries in his name. And neither an army of murderous zombie mannequins nor a subterranean monster can stop the Invisible Detective once the kids are on the case.
Meanwhile, in present day, 14-year-old Arthur Drake finds the casebook of the Invisible Detective in a strange antique store. Stranger still, the casebook is in his own handwriting. With a little help from his grandfather, Arthur not only uncovers his link to the Invisible Detective, he soon finds himself plunged into mysteries of his own.
In London in the 1930s, a bank robbery is reported at the same time a man reports a missing cat to the Invisible Detective. Two seemingly unrelated events, but both lead the Invisible Detective on a hunt through the London sewer system. When the Invisible Detective begins his investigation, he stumbles upon something so strangeso beastlythat it could be deadly.
Meanwhile, in present day, Arthur Drake continues the search for his link to the Invisible Detective. And unfortunately, his search leads him to a face-to-face encounter with something beastly as well.
SCOOTER KING UNDERSTANDS illusions. In the midst of the Roaring Twenties, he performs them behind the scenes at his mother’s séances, giving the impression that Madam King communicates with the dead. Scooter also admires Harry Houdini and can hardly wait to see the famed magician escape from his razzle-dazzle Burmese Torture Tank. But when Scooter stumbles upon a dead body in the visiting Houdini’s tank, it’s no illusion. Who could the murderer be? And did he—or she—kill the right person?
As Scooter sets out to unmask the killer, the mysterious worlds of mediums, séances, and magic are revealed. No one is above suspicion, and appearances are deceiving. If Scooter doesn’t sort out the clues—and fast—he may end up as the next dead body.
Something scary is happening in GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND, the all-new, all-terrifying series by R. L. Stine. Just how scary? You'll never know unless you crack open this classic prequel In DEEP TROUBLE, find out why Billy Deep and his sister, Sheena, are afraid of dark lagoons, coral reefs, and anything that appears to be half-human, half-fish.
Stranger in opulent silk robes, Kazem, sends hungry penniless Persian street rat Dastan on a caravan from Nasaf to Babylon, with a small box, in return for a large sum. Pursuit by royal guards and viper-carrying bullies seeking a reward leave the reliable messenger no choice. After delivery, twice the initial sum is promised, enough to set up the orphan in comfort for life. But the destination has a soldier dead from a dagger in his throat. Again acrobatic Dastan takes to the rooftops, his kingdom, fleeing with a price on his head.
Sir Fartsalot's on a quest to defeat a villain most foul!
Things really stink in the Kingdom of Armpit. King Reginald the Not Very Realistic has had it up to here with his naughty son Prince Harry, who loosens the tops on all the Royal Pepper Shakers, teases the moat monster, and prefers magic tricks to rescuing fair damsels. Even Sir Bedwetter can't rein in the prince's Royal Clowning Around!
Enter Sir Fartsalot - the bravest, boldest, FARTIEST knight in all the land! Sir Fartsalot's on a quest to solve the riddle of the Foul West Wind - a green, ghastly odor that turns up wherever danger's lurking. Misbehavin' Harry decides to play the biggest - and boogeriest - prank of all time! He convinces Sir Fartsalot that The Booger, a frightful, dreadful, repulsive villian, is on the prowl. Harry, Sir Fartsalot, and the knight's old buddy Sir Knotaclew set out on a hilarious quest to rid the world of the Dreaded Booger, Once and for All!