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Hot Off the Press! Fall Books!

September 5th, 2012

Bill the Boy Wonder
By Marc Tyler Nobleman, $17.95, Charlesbridge, ISBN 978-1580892896

Every Batman story is marked with the words “Batman created by Bob Kane.” But that isn’t the whole truth. A struggling writer named Bill Finger was involved from the beginning. Bill helped invent Batman, from concept to costume to character. He dreamed up Batman’s haunting origins and his colorful nemeses. He named Gotham. Despite his brilliance, Bill worked in obscurity, his name never appearing on a Batman comic. It was only after his death that fans observed Bill, calling for DC to acknowledge him as co-creator of Batman. Their fight for justice continues on.

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True Colors
By Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, $15.99, Random House, ISBN 978-0375860997

 True Colors tells the story of one girl’s journey to find the mother she never had, set against the period backdrop of a small farming town in 1950s Vermont. For her entire life, 10-year-old Blue has never known her mother. On a cold, wintry day in December of 1941, she was found wrapped in a quilt, stuffed in a kettle near the home of Hannah Spooner, an older townswoman known for her generosity and caring. Life with Hannah so far has been simple—mornings spent milking cows, afternoons spent gardening and plowing the fields on their farm. But Blue finds it hard not to daydream about her mother, and over the course of one summer, she resolves to finally find out who she is. That means searching through the back issues of the local newspaper, questioning the local townspeople, and searching for clues wherever she can find them. Her search leads her down a road of self-discovery that will change her life forever.

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Puss in Boots
By Jerry Pinkney, $17.99, Penguin, ISBN 978-0803716421

Jerry Pinkney, one of the country’s most celebrated picture book creators, is a master at reimagining classic tales. Now he has turned his talents to Puss in Boots, and he is at his best with this lively, cinematic version.

For generations, children have delighted in the tale of the clever cat who tricks both a king and a sorcerer in order to win a castle and a princess for his penniless master. The humor, the magic, and a lush Renaissance setting are all on glorious display, and a well-placed gatefold adds to the drama. This elegant new edition of Perrault’s fairy tale will quickly join the list of essentials for every child’s library.
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Mayor Hubble is in Trouble!
By Dan Gutman, $3.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0062042125

My Weirder School weirder than ever!

Election day is right around the corner, and guess who’s running for class president? A.J. and Andrea! Mayor Hubble is going to teach the kids all the ins and outs of politics, and every vote counts. Who’s going to win? Who’s going to lose? And who’s going to kiss a baby? Ew, gross!

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Katy Duck Meets the Babysitter
By Alyssa Satin Capucilli, $15.99, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1442452428

Dancing diva Katy Duck is none too pleased when her parents inform her that she will be staying home with a babysitter while they attend a party. Boo! Katy knows that parties are much more fun than staying home! But when Mrs. Duncan arrives, she shows Katy that spending time with the babysitter may be much more entertaining than she expected…

With carefully worded, easy-to-read text and bright, friendly illustrations, this Level 1 Ready-to-Read is sure to keep beginning readers laughing!

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HOMESICK
By Kate Klise, $16.99, MacMillian, ISBN 978-1250008428

Benny’s parents are splitting up. His mom leaves home after a fight about a mysterious splinter that is rumored to be part of an important relic. Benny’s dad has always liked clutter, but now, he begins hoarding everything from pizza boxes to old motorcycle parts.

As his house grows more cluttered and his father grows more distant, Benny tries to sort out whether he can change anything at all. Meanwhile, a local teacher enters their quiet Missouri town in America’s Most Charming Small Town contest, and the pressure is on to clean up the area, especially Benny’s ramshackle of a house, before the out-of-town guests arrive.

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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
By Andrea Davis Pinkney & Brian Pinkney, $19.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-1423142577

HAND IN HAND presents the stories of ten men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day. The stories are accessible, fully-drawn narratives offering the subjects’ childhood influences, the time and place in which they lived, their accomplishments and motivations, and the legacies they left for future generations as links in the “freedom chain.” This book will be the definitive family volume on the subject, punctuated with dynamic full color portraits and spot illustrations by two-time Caldecott Honor winner and multiple Coretta Scott King Book Award recipient Brian Pinkney. Backmatter includes a civil rights timeline, sources, and further reading.

****A feast for readers whose eyes are (or should be) on the prize, in a volume as well-turned-out as the dapper W.E.B. Dubois, who was “more handsome than a fresh-cut paycheck.”  — Kirkus Starred Review

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There’s a Fly Guy in My Soup
By Tedd Arnold, $6.99, Scholastic, ISBN 978-0545312844

At a fancy hotel dinner, Fly Guy gets into some trouble–and the restaurant’s soup!

When Buzz and his family have dinner in a fancy hotel’s restaurant, Fly Guy isn’t allowed in. After searching through the hotel’s trash, Fly Guy smells a wonderful aroma coming from the restaurant’s kitchen.

Fly Guy causes some messy mayhem in the restaurant, and in the end, everyone needs a bath!

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 Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems and Paintings
By Douglas Florian, $16.99, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-1442413214

Ahoy mateys—it’s time to hoist up the anchors and set sail with a pack of pesky pirates! In this hilarious collection of nineteen poems, readers will meet scoundrels, scalawags, and scurvy dogs (humanand canine). They’ll partake in battles, treasure hunts, and some pirate-style grub (flounder, anyone?). And all the while, picture book greats Douglas Florian and Robert Neubecker will keep pirate fans laughing from bow to stern with their signature sense of humor.

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 Monkey Play
By Alyssa Capucilli, $3.99, Random House, ISBN 978-0375869938

Monkey Plays is an energetic companion to Bear Hugs and Panda Kisses.One by one, monkeys add to the jungle fun—swinging from palm trees, hiding in an Indian market, and playing from sundown to sun-up! This playful Step 1 features a rhyming text with a bouncy rhythm and bright illustrations.

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 Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
By Doreen Rappaport, $17.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0786808908

This picturebook biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential luminaries. With her signature style of prose laced with stirring quotes, Doreen Rappaport brings to life Helen Keller’s poignant narrative. Acclaimed illustrator Matt Tavares beautifully captures the dynamism and verve of Helen Keller’s life and legacy, makingHelen’s Big World an unforgettable portrait of a woman whose vision for innovation and progress changed America—and the world—forever.