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ABOUT THE GREAT HIBERNATION
What would happen if every grown-up in town fell asleep and the kids were left in charge? A great pick for fans of A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff and Greenglass House by Kate Milford or any reader seeking a quirky mystery with a big helping of silliness.
The most important tradition in tiny St. Polonius is the annual Tasting of the Sacred Bear Liver. Each citizen over twelve must eat one bite of liver to prevent the recurrence of the Great Hibernation, when the town founders fell asleep for months.
This year is Jean Huddy’s first time to taste the liver. It doesn’t go well.
A few hours later, all the adults fall into a sleep from which they cannot be woken, and the kids are left to run things. At first, they have a blast. But then the town bullies take over the mayor’s office and the police force, and pretty soon Jean begins to suspect that this “hibernation” was actually engineered by someone in town.
Courage, teamwork, and scientific smarts unlock an unusual mystery in this delightful and funny story about one girl who inspires the kids around her to join together to save their home.
ABOUT BOBBY LEE CLAREMONT AND THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT
All aboard for a fast-paced, Jazz Age–era murder mystery set aboard a Chicago-bound train!
It’s 1923, and thirteen-year-old Bobby Lee Claremont is leaving the Sisters of Charitable Mercy
orphanage in New Orleans, certain a better life awaits in Chicago’s glamorous-sounding mob scene. But
his plans unravel when he boards his train and meets the recently widowed Nanette O’Halloran, her two
traveling companions, and a cop who suspects the trio of murdering Nanette’s husband. Bobby Lee is sure Nanette’s innocent. But what about her companions? As Bobby Lee digs for answers, he discovers the mob, Prohibition, segregation, and a famed jazz band are all pieces of an increasingly dangerous puzzle.
ABOUT IN A DARK LAND
In the enchanting conclusion to the Changelings duology—Can Izzy and the Changelings find the lost King’s Key in time to save Earth?
Nine months after her adventures in Faerie, Izzy is stuck at Camp Kitterpines, the least magical place in the world. Just when she starts to accept that she may never see Faerie again, Good Peter, the piper, arrives and insists that Izzy return with him at once. Izzy is excited to be reunited with her old friends…until Peter reveals his reason for summoning her. An evil witch named Rine is plotting to steal Changelings who live on Earth, but first he needs the lost King's Key to open a passage between the worlds. And it's up to Izzy and the Changelings to find the key before Rine does…or the fate of both worlds may be at stake.
ABOUT TARA DAIRMAN
If all the adults had fallen asleep when Tara Dairman was twelve, she would have gone straight to the library to read about far-flung places. Now that she’s an adult herself, Tara travels far and wide and has visited more than ninety countries. She has a BA in creative writing from Dartmouth College and is the author of the All Four Stars series of foodie adventures for young readers.
ABOUT JEANNIE MOBLEY
Jeannie Mobley is the author of acclaimed middle-grade novels including Katarina's Wish, which received
three starred reviews and won the Colorado Book Award, and Searching for Silverheels. She lives in
Colorado, where she is a writer and a professor of anthropology.
ABOUT CHRISTINA SOONTORNVAT
Christina Soontornvat has degrees in mechanical engineering (BS) and science education (MS) and has worked in the science center field for eight years. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.
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