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The Littlest Bigfoot Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481470742
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin - September 13th, 2016

Alice Mayfair, 12 years old, is ignored by her family. She has been to seven schools and is about to be shipped off to her eighth, this time a boarding school. Alice is tall, thin, and has huge feet and hair that refuses to be tamed no matter how hard she tries. She has never had a friend but is hoping that this time things will be different and she will find one. And when she rescues Millie Maximus from drowning in a lake one day, her hope comes true. The only problem is that Millie is a Bigfoot, part of a clan that dwells deep in the woods near Alice’s school. Most Bigfoots believe that people-no-furs, as they call them, are dangerous. Nevertheless, Millie is fascinated by Alice and her world. Alice swears to protect her new friend, but a league of Bigfoot hunters are on their trail, led by a lonely kid named Jeremy. Alice and Millie have to put their trust in each other and have faith in themselves above all else. This is a lovely heartwarming story about friendship and acceptance amidst bullying and loneliness. Ages 8-12

Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250071699
Availability: Special Order--Subject to Availability
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 6th, 2016

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, with her magic cures for children with annoying habits, has long been a favorite read for parents and teachers alike. Now that Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone to look once again for her missing husband, she has left her greatniece, Missy, in charge of the upside-down house and all the pets while she is away. It will be up to Missy to cure the greedy, procrastinating, always-late-for-school, gum-smacking, and know-it-all children of the town. A fun family read-aloud story that will please kids and adults alike. Ages 7-10

The Scourge Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545682459
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - August 30th, 2016

Best friends Weevil and Ani are part of a hard-working community of River People living under the thumb of the Governor of Keldan. They have no voting rights, and Keldan infringes on their borders at will. When Ani is caught with a red stain on her arm from the vine fruit she has just eaten, wardens from Keldan claim she must have Scourge, a deadly contagious disease. Ani is immediately taken from her home to the Colony, a quarantined island from which no one ever returns. Once there, Ani, with Weevil’s help, begins a fight for her life and for the lives of her community. But will she and Weevil survive long enough to protect the others? A story of adventure, courage, and a strong heroine! Ages 10 and up

The Reader Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399176777
Availability: Not on hand, usually available within 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father’s murder, she flees to the wilderness with her Aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, none of Sefia’s skills can help her discover where Nin has been taken. The only clue to both her father’s death and Nin’s kidnapping is the strange rectangular object her father left behind and Sefia has carried with her in her backpack. She comes to realize the object is a book, an item unheard of in her illiterate society. With the help of the book, which she struggles to understand, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her Aunt and find out who was behind her father’s murder. A beautifully written and powerful story filled with fascinating characters. Recommended for fans of Inkheart and Rebel of the Sands. Ages 13 and up