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Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 3

Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth

SNATCH A STORY   Excerpt from Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth: One of Linnie’s favorite things to do was play dress up. At her house, we put on her old Halloween costumes and pretend we live in a magical kingdom. I smiled a secret smile. I didn’t tell Linnie that Mom had a kimono for her to wear on Girl’s Day, a Japanese celebration for girls. It was my sister Sophie’s old kimono she’d outgrown. I couldn’t wait to surprise Linnie! Until this year, we had only celebrated Girl’s Day as a family. But Linnie, who is not Japanese American like I am, is my very best friend, and I wanted to...

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Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 3

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Ossiri and the Bala Mengro By Richard O’Neill & Katharine Quarmby Illustrated by Hannah Tolson Published by Child’s Play-International ISBN-13: 9781846439254 Age Range: 4 – 9 Years A Traveller girl creates her own musical instrument from a willow branch and lots of recycled objects. She plays it enthusiastically, but it sounds terrible! Ignoring warnings not to awaken the ogre in the hills, Ossiri goes there to practice playing her instrument. Will she wake the ogre, and will it appreciate her playing? Told by a Romani...

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On a Windy Night

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 3

On a Windy Night

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   On a Windy Night By Nancy Raines Day Illustrated by George Bates Published by Abrams, Harry N., Inc ISBN-13: 9780810939004 Age Range: 5 – 7 Years On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice: “Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours—if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes—owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed illustrations are packed with visual tricks for children...

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Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 7-10, Scare-o-Meter: 3

Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

SNATCH A STORY   Scene from the middle grade novel Princess Juniper of the Hourglass (Chapter 12): The next morning, Juniper and Toby, along with a few other early risers, trekked over to inspect the animal enclosures. Yesterday, the brand-new fence had stood upright; today it bulged grotesquely inward, limp branches teetering in loose soil. The ground inside the horses’ enclosure was fully torn up and trampled. Inside, five horses nervously pawed the ground, eyes darting from side to side. Five horses, where there should have been fourteen. “What’s happened?” Juniper asked. “Where have...

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Pieces and Players

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 3

Pieces and Players

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the artsy opening to Pieces and Players:     THE WICKED READ   Pieces and Players By Blue Balliett Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545299916 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated by Bahni Turpin Age Range: 8 – 12 Years THE PIECES Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them....

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

Posted in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 3

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the magical opening to Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures:     THE WICKED READ   Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures By Maggie Stiefvater & Jackson Pearce Book Published by Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545709262 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated byCassandra Morris & Peter McGowan Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Here’s a list of things Pip Bartlett can talk to: —Unicorns —Miniature Silky Griffins —Bitterflunks Basically, all magical creatures Here’s a list of things...

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