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Fall 2010

About Raptors Immi’s Gift Mr. President Goes to School Three Scoops and a Fig The Blue House Dog

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Picture Book Immi’s Gift Written and illustrated by Karin Littlewood HC: $15.95 978-1-56145-545-4 1-56145-545-8 10-7/8 x 9-5/8 / 32 pages Media: watercolor / Ages 4–8 October / Rights: U.S. and Canada

KARIN LITTLEWOOD has illustrated more than thirty books for children. Twice nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, she also illustrated E LLIE AND THE BUTTERFLY KITTEN and THE COLOR OF HOME. Littlewood lives in England. www.karinlittlewood.com

Two children half a world away from each other are connected in an unexpected way in this timeless, fanciful story. Way, way up north in a snow-covered world, a young girl breaks a hole in the ice and fishes for her supper. But instead of a fish, at the end of her line she finds a small, brightly painted wooden bird. She ties it onto her necklace, next to a small wooden bear. Day after day her fishing pole brings up more colorful surprises from the swirling sea. She decorates her igloo with the beautiful treasures, and animals come from far and wide to visit with her and share stories of faraway lands. When it is time to move on, she visits the fishing hole one last time and drops the little bear from her necklace into the water. Far away, a young boy walks along a beach in the hot, hot sun. He throws a colorful object into the water. Then something catches his eye. There, washed up on the beach, is a small wooden bear... Karin Littlewood has crafted a simple, affecting story of how individuals around the world connect and even enrich each other’s lives. Her beautiful full-spread watercolor illustrations vibrantly depict the story’s shifting locations—from the frozen Arctic to the tropical shoreline— linked together by the vast and diverse world that exists below the sea.

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Far away, a little boy walks across a beach, holding the brightest thing he can find.

He tosses it into the waves and wonders, as

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page 48 HC: 978-1-56145-466-2 1-56145-466-4 “Arresting illustrations... sweetly vivid...” —Booklist

AGATHA’S FEATHER BED: NOT J UST ANOTHER WILD GOOSE STORY page 59 HC: 978-1-56145-008-4 1-56145-008-1 PB: 978-1-56145-096-1 1-56145-096-0 Spanish HC: 978-1-56145-426-6 1-56145-426-5 Spanish PB: 978-1-56145-404-4 1-56145-404-4 “Offbeat, provocative, well crafted.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Three Scoops and a Fig Written by Sara Laux Akin Illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung HC: $15.95 978-1-56145-522-5 1-56145-522-9 / 10 x 10 32 pages / Media: oil paint glazes / Ages 4–8 August / Rights: World SARA LAUX AKIN’s stories for children have appeared in Ladybug and Highlights magazines. She was inspired to write THREE SCOOPS AND A FIG, her first picture book, by her love of family, her parents’ cat Figaro, and the beautiful fig trees of California. She lives in Wisconsin. www.saralauxakin.com SUSAN KATHLEEN HARTUNG holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. She has illustrated more than a dozen books for children, including ONE LEAF R IDES THE WIND, DEAR J UNO, and ONE DARK N IGHT. She lives in Michigan. www.susanhartung.com

A young chef ’s messy misadventures in the kitchen are quickly forgotten when she comes up with a special recipe all her own. Scrumptious smells awaken Sofia and her little cat Figaro. Downstairs, Sofia’s parents and older brother Mario are hard at work in the kitchen preparing food for the family’s Italian restaurant. No one makes tomato sauce like Papa or bread like Mama or pizza like Mario. Today is extra special because Nonno and Nonna are coming to visit, and Sofia is determined to help make something delicious for them. But mamma mia! She splatters Papa’s tomato sauce all over the kitchen, makes Mama’s bread rise like a giant marshmallow, and flings Mario’s pizza dough into a ceiling fan! No one wants the help of such a small cook! Sofia retreats with Figaro to the comfort of her favorite swing in the branches of a big, leafy fig tree. Then, with a whoosh! of wind and the plop! of a juicy fig, Sofia gets an idea for a very special treat for her beloved grandparents. Sara Laux Akin’s affectionate story of a determined chef is deliciously paired with Susan Hartung’s delightful illustrations.

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Sofia sat on the swing under her favorite tree.

Its big leafy branches made a fig tree umbrella.

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Woosh! A strong wind tousled Sofia’s hair.

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and cuddled close beside her.

1-56145-513-X CD: 978-1-56145-514-0 1-56145-514-8 “...this nostalgic look back offers up the childhood many of us wish we’d had.” —Kirkus Reviews

I CAN DO IT MYSELF! page 37 HC: 978-1-56145-471-6 1-56145-471-0 “Both for storytimes and one-on-one sharing, this tale is told in a fresh, yet familiar way.” —School Library Journal

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The Blue House Dog Written by Deborah Blumenthal Illustrated by Adam Gustavson HC: $15.95 978-1-56145-537-9 1-56145-537-7 10-7/8 x 9-5/8 / 32 pages Media: oils / Ages 4–8 August / Rights: World DEBORAH BLUMENTHAL has written nine children’s books, including two Book Sense 76 winners. She has also been a regular contributor to the New York Times, covering beauty and fitness. THE BLUE HOUSE DOG was inspired by a 2001 New York Times story about a homeless dog who won the hearts of the locals in a suburban New York neighborhood. Blumenthal lives in New York. www.deborahblumenthal.com ADAM GUSTAVSON has illustrated sixteen books for children, including MIND YOUR MANNERS, ALICE ROOSEVELT! (page 60) and SNOW DAY! (pages 7 and 67). He lives in New Jersey. www.adamgustavson.com

A boy without a dog—and a dog without an owner— find each other in this powerfully moving story of loneliness and redemption. Day after day, Cody watches Bones roam the streets. No one else thinks the old stray is special, but Cody does. He knows the dog is alone now. He watched them tear down the blue house where Bones used to live with an old man. Cody knows how it feels to lose someone, too. Slowly—cautiously—Cody opens his home and his heart to the scruffy dog with one blue eye and one brown. Readers will be deeply affected by Deborah Blumenthal’s story of love and loss. Adam Gustavson’s full-color illustrations reveal the quiet drama of neighborhood life and highlight the emerging relationship between the narrator and the lonely, dispirited dog that captures his attention and, finally, his heart.

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Bones is just a stray dog, people say,

But he is to me.

Dogs find their way inside you

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and not a special one.

page 61 HC: 978-1-56145-422-8 1-56145-422-2 “...will resonate with contemporary children...”

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and you want to keep them there.

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HARRY HORSE wrote and illustrated many books for children, including the popular LITTLE RABBIT picture books (pages 32–33) and the novels in the ROO QUARTET (page 71). He was also a political cartoonist for several national newspapers in the United Kingdom. He died in 2007. www.littlerabbit.net

Little Rabbit is back in a delightful story that shines a light on the magic of Christmas and the joy of sharing with friends.

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On Christmas morning, the perfect present—a lovely red sled—is waiting for Little Rabbit. He can’t wait to try it out and show it off to his friends. Everyone begs him for a turn, and Little Rabbit goes off in a huff to sled alone. But when a fast hill and a frozen stream spell trouble for Little Rabbit, he quickly learns the value of friendship. LITTLE RABBIT GOES TO SCHOOL

Praise for LITTLE RABBIT’S CHRISTMAS:

page 33 HC: 978-1-56145-320-7 1-56145-320-X “No matter how many titles you have on this topic, be sure

“An enchanting holiday treat for all collections.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Snow Day! Written and read by Lester L. Laminack Illustrated by Adam Gustavson HC & CD: $19.95 978-1-56145-554-6 1-56145-554-7 9-1/2 x 11 / 32 pages / 11:50 Media: oils / Ages 4–8 / October Rights: World, except Korea AR • RC • Lexile • F&P PB: $7.95 / 978-1-56145-553-9 1-56145-553-9 CD: $6.95 / 978-1-56145-556-0 1-56145-556-3 HC: page 67

Lester L. Laminack’s clever take on this familiar childhood wish is now available in paperback and on a CD read by the author! When the television weatherman predicts a big snowfall, the narrator gleefully imagines the fun-filled possibilities of an unscheduled holiday from school. But when the family wakes up the next morning, they are in for a disappointment. No snow! As the family members pile into the car so they won’t be late for school, an unexpected twist reveals who wanted the snow day most of all. Praise for SNOW DAY!: “Children (and parents) will identify with the strong wish for a day away from the routine, as well as the mad rush when things don’t pan out.” —Booklist “Laminack generates the increasingly hopeful energy to a fever pitch...Gustavson creates a festive mood with his oil illustrations, so luxurious and ample they feel like bundles of winter clothing, topped with bright scarves.” s ack’ min a —Kirkus Reviews L ver er ld o o Lest s ave 2008 CCBC Choices es ks h copi boo 0 0 ,0 180

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LESTER L. LAMINACK is a specialist in children’s literacy, professor emeritus at Western Carolina University, and a popular speaker at professional meetings and reading associations nationwide. He is the author of several children’s books (page 67). Laminack lives in North Carolina. www.lesterlaminack.com ADAM GUSTAVSON has illustrated sixteen books for children, including M IND YOUR MANNERS, ALICE ROOSEVELT! (page 60) and THE BLUE HOUSE DOG (page 4-5). He lives in New Jersey. www.adamgustavson.com

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JAKE’S 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL page 67 HC: 978-1-56145-355-9 1-56145-355-2 PB: 978-1-56145-463-1 1-56145-463-X

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14 Vacas para Am´erica Written by Carmen Agra Deedy Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez Afterword by Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah HC: $17.95 978-1-56145-550-8 1-56145-550-4 11-5/8 x 10 / 36 pages Media: pastel, colored pencil, and airbrush / Ages 6–10 August / Rights: World English HC: page 59 PB: $8.95 978-1-56145-555-3 1-56145-555-5 CARMEN AGRA DEEDY was born in Havana, Cuba, and immigrated to Georgia with her family during the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution. She has been writing and traveling around the world telling stories for almost twenty years. Her books (pages 58–60) have received numerous awards and honors. She lives in Georgia. www.carmendeedy.com THOMAS GONZALEZ was also born in Havana, Cuba, and moved to the United States as a child, where he became friends with Carmen Deedy. An artist and painter, he directed campaigns for clients such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, NASCAR, the NFL, and McDonald’s. He lives in Georgia. www.tomprints.com WILSON KIMELI NAIYOMAH received an MS in molecular biology from Stanford University in 2008 and is now studying peace and conflict resolution in Australia as a Rotary International World Peace Fellow. Pe a c h t re e P u b l i s h e r s

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This critically acclaimed New York Times Bestseller is now available in Spanish. It is June 2002. A very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya. An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed on the men, women, and children of America, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unsought and unexpected as it is extraordinary. A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks in New York City, and hearts are raw. Tears flow freely from American and Maasai as these legendary warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away. Word of the gift will travel news wires around the globe. Many will be profoundly touched, but for Americans, this selfless gesture will have deeper meaning still. For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope—and friendship. Master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures. An afterword by Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah—the Maasai warrior at the center of the story—provides additional information about his tribe and their generous actions. Thomas Gonzalez’s stunning paintings, saturated with rich hues of oranges and browns, blues and greens, capture the unassuming nobility of the Maasai people and the distinctive landscape of the African plain. www.14CowsforAmerica.com p h o n e 8 0 0 - 2 41 - 0113

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Praise for 14 COWS FOR AMERICA: A s rk Time New Yo eller! Bests

“...a lovely picture book...beautifully evocative...” —Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times

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“...moving and dramatically illustrated...”— Wall Street Journal

“Rarely do books for children address the bridging of cultural difference on a grand scale.” —Newsday MARTINA UNA CUCARACHITA

“A moving tale of compassion and generosity.” —Publishers Weekly

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“The suspenseful pace is especially striking when surrounded by Gonzalez’s exquisite colored pencil and pastel illustrations. The colors of Kenya explode off the page...” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“ A stirring, heartwarming tale that made headlines when it happened— and is now, thankfully, preserved on the page for children.” —Kirkus Reviews

Spanish HC: 978-1-56145-425-9 1-56145-425-7 Spanish PB: 978-1-56145-532-4 1-56145-532-6

OHonor Book, 2008 Pura Belpré Medal

“...the words and the glowing mixed-media illustrations show empathy and connections across communities...” —Booklist

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Mr. President Goes to School Written by Rick Walton Illustrated by Brad Sneed HC: $15.95 978-1-56145-538-6 1-56145-538-5 10 x 10 / 32 pages Media: watercolor and gouache Ages 4–8 / July Rights: World RICK WALTON is the author of over sixty books for children, including a collection of poetry, joke books, picture books, activity books, mini-mysteries, and educational software. He loves to read, travel, play the guitar, study foreign languages, and write. He lives in Utah. www.rickwalton.com BRAD SNEED has illustrated almost twenty picture books, some of which he has also written. His titles include DEPUTY HARVEY AND THE ANT COW CAPER, AESOP’S FABLES, and WHEN WISHES WERE HORSES. He lives in Kansas. www.bradsneed.com

When the president of the United States has a frustrating day, he decides to go back to the place where he learned the most important lessons of all. Everyone has bad days. Even the president. One particularly awful day, Mr. President decides he needs a time-out from running the country. After donning a clever disguise, he sneaks out of the White House, hurries down the street to the elementary school, and rejoins the class of his old teacher, Mrs. Appletree. Mr. President gets back to basics in Mrs. Appletree's class. He slides his fingers through globs of finger paint. He practices saying "please," raising his hand, and taking turns. And when everyone does the hokey pokey, Mr. President gleefully shakes it all about. Later, he returns to the Oval Office to find the prime ministers of Bulrovia and Snortburg on the brink of war. Thinking fast, Mr. President draws on the lessons he learned in Mrs. Appletree's class to bring the two leaders together, solving the world's problems with a little respect, a little kindness, and a whole lot of fun. Children will delight in Rick Walton's laugh-out-loud story and its over-the-top take on conflict resolution. Brad Sneed's watercolor illustrations capture the story's humor with exaggerated, outsized characters and playfully distorted compositions.

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"Well, well! Who do we have here?” asked the white-haired lady. “A new student?” Also illustrated by Brad Sneed:

Mr. President smiled and nodded.

“My name is Mrs. Appletree,” said the lady. “What’s yours?” THE BOY WHO WAS

"Louis," said Mr. President.

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"Such a nice name. I had a student named Louis once. He's an important man now." Mrs. Appletree led him to a table. "I hope you like finger painting."

page 49 HC: 978-1-56145-391-7 1-56145-391-9 “Kids should get a kick out of the geeky Melvin, his supportive clan of nurturing bibliophiles and his so-very-logical career choice.”

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"I do!" said Mr. President. He was feeling better already.

LATE FOR SCHOOL page 55 HC: 978-1-56145-286-6 1-56145-286-6 PB: 978-1-56145-491-4 1-56145-491-5 “...[a] satisfyingly silly caper.” —Publishers Weekly

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About Raptors A Guide for Children Written by Cathryn Sill Illustrated by John Sill HC: $16.95 978-1-56145-536-2 1-56145-536-9 / 10 x 8-1/2 48 pages / Media: watercolor Ages 3–7 / Nature September / Rights: World CATHRYN SILL, a graduate of Western Carolina University, was an elementary school teacher for twenty years. She is the author of the acclaimed ABOUT... series and the ABOUT HABITATS... series (pages 40–42). She and her husband live in North Carolina. JOHN SILL holds a degree in wildlife biology from North Carolina State University. He is a prize-winning and widely published wildlife artist and has received several awards. www.johnsill.com

This first glimpse into the natural world of raptors introduces readers to birds of prey. In this latest book in the acclaimed ABOUT... series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what raptors are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. Illustrator John Sill introduces readers to many varieties of raptors, from the majestic Bald Eagle of North America to the sharp-eyed Secretary Bird of Africa. An afterword provides details on the raptors featured and inspires young readers to learn more about these birds of prey.

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About Insects

HC: 978-1-56145-028-2 PB: 978-1-56145-147-0

HC: 978-1-56145-358-0 PB: 978-1-56145-407-5

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About Mollusks

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About Penguins

About Fish HC: 978-1-56145-256-9 PB: 978-1-56145-335-1

About Marsupials

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About Birds

About Arachnids HC: 978-1-56145-038-1 PB: 978-1-56145-364-1

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About Rodents

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Ol’ Bloo’s Boogie-Woogie Band and Blues Ensemble Written by Jan Huling Illustrated by Henri Sørensen HC: $16.95 978-1-56145-436-5 1-56145-436-2 / 10-7/8 x 9-5/8 32 pages / Media: oils Ages 6–10 / September Rights: World JAN HULING was born in Chicago and raised in St. Louis. She attended Kansas City Art Institute. Her first book for children, PUSS IN COWBOY BOOTS is a Texas–style retelling of the classic story. Huling lives in New Jersey. www.janhuling.com HENRI SØRENSEN has illustrated over twenty books for children, including CHRISTMAS IN THE TRENCHES (page 60), THE YELLOW STAR: THE LEGEND OF KING CHRISTIAN X OF DENMARK (page 60), and THE PRINTER (page 62). Sørensen lives in Denmark.

Readers will howl over this hilarious backwoods retelling of The Bremen Town Musicians. Ol’ Bloo Donkey has spent year after year hauling cotton on a farm in the Deep South and dreaming of the day when he could retire from the fields and become a honky-tonk singer. But when he overhears the type of retirement plan Farmer Brown has in mind for him—an ominously permanent one—Ol’ Bloo realizes it’s time to hit the road and pursue his ambition of being a star. Brayin’ and hee-hawin’ his way toward the bright lights of New Orleans, Ol’ Bloo meets up with Gnarly Dog, One-Eyed Lemony Cat, and Rusty Red Rooster, all equally down on their luck and eager to join him for a lucrative second career. But when the ragtag quartet stumbles upon a tumbledown shack occupied by a band of thieves, their plans take a sudden and unexpected turn... Jan Huling’s colloquial retelling of Grimm’s tale is set along the Texas–Louisiana border and filled with wit and charm. Illustrator Henri Sørensen’s full-color paintings capture the unique backwoods setting and distinctive personalities of the characters. Additional silhouetted spot art sprinkled throughout the pages adds to the timelessness of the story.

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JACKIE MIMS HOPKINS is a storyteller, a school librarian and a former teacher. She is the author of several children’s books (page 54). She lives in Texas. www.jackiemimshopkins.com MICHAEL AUSTIN, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, is a creative director and the illustrator of several books (pages 54–55 and 58). He lives in Georgia. www.austinillustration.com

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A spirited contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale, featuring an hilarious Southwestern spin Reba Jo loves riding all over the wild prairie and roping any critter unlucky enough to cross her path. But when the spunky cowgirl finds herself in a mess of trouble, she’s forced to strike a deal with a horned toad—he’ll save her hide, but only if she grants him three wishes. Author Jackie Mims Hopkins’s sizzling Southwestern retelling of the classic fairy tale “The Frog Prince” is enhanced by the Spanish vocabulary sprinkled throughout the text, and is complemented by Michael Austin’s vibrant, distinctive illustrations, which colorfully transport young readers to the untamed, dusty prairie. Praise for THE HORNED TOAD PRINCE: “An entertaining version of ‘The Frog Prince’ with a Texas twist...” —School Library Journal

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“The story of the frog prince gets a sassy update and a brand new southwestern setting... Fractured fun at its best.” —Booklist

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“Readers-aloud and listeners who have a hankering for the Wild West are going to bust their britches when they get a look at Reba Jo and her heroic toad.” —Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books

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Horses are Lily’s life—just like they’d been her mother’s. But will her overprotective father stop her from fulfilling her—and her mother’s—dreams? Thirteen-year-old Lily O’Neil’s passion is Arabian horses. Someday she wants to be a great endurance rider like her mother. But a year ago, after a freak riding accident took her mother’s life, Lily’s father sold his daughter’s beloved pony and forbade her to ride ever again.

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When Lily’s grandmother comes to live with them, however, she convinces Mr. O’Neil to let Lily clean stalls on the neighboring Arabian ranch, where her mother had once worked. Lily is ecstatic, especially since she’ll be near her mother’s favorite horse, Astra. Lily’s mother had always believed that Astra had the talent to become a national champion. Her goal was to ride her in the famous Tevis Cup Endurance Race, the toughest horse race in America. But when Astra falls ill because of the negligence of her new rider, Lily must fight to save the life of her mother’s beloved mare. Will Astra ever race again? Author Chris Platt, a former jockey, has written a dramatic, memorable story of a young girl’s fierce determination in the face of enormous odds. The story features plenty of horse-filled action scenes and information about Arabian horses, endurance racing, and horse behavior.

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ily, come back here!” Dr. Tison’s voice echoed through through the quiet barn. Several horses nickered in alarm.

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Lily dropped to her knees and threw her arms around the

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Mr. Henley and the vet entered the stall. Lily thought they

might try to forcibly remove her. She hung on tight to Astra, choking on the tears that ran down the back of her throat.

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A young girl’s love for a beautiful Mustang mare fuels her fierce determination to save—against all odds—the life of the wild horse’s orphaned filly. ANNA’S BLIZZARD page 70 HC: 978-1-56145-349-8 1-56145-349-8

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Thirteen-year-old Callie loves to watch a special herd of wild mustangs as they roam— sometimes playing with one another, sometimes even battling, but always magnificent. The horse she calls Cloud Dancer and his pregnant mare Moonbeam are her favorites. But not everyone loves the wild horses. Wealthy area ranchers complain that the herds are overpopulated and, in one of the Bureau of Land Management’s periodic round-ups, Moonbeam is seized. When the mare dies shortly after giving birth prematurely, Callie devotes herself to caring for Moon Shadow, the orphaned filly. It’s touch-and-go as to whether the little mustang will even survive. But even if by some miracle Moon Shadow does make it, Callie fears that she won’t be able to convince her parents to let her adopt the beloved horse. Worse still, she has no idea how she will find the money to buy her. Praise for MOON SHADOW: “Readers will quickly come to care about the life-or-death issue at the heart of the story...horse lovers will find plenty to enjoy.” —Booklist “...Platt creates a heartwarming, wish-come-true story.” —School Library Journal

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Chris Platt’s beloved novel is back by popular demand! When prizewinning Thoroughbred Grey Dancer’s colt is born with its legs too crooked to race, Mr. Ellis, the owner of Willow Run Farm, orders him destroyed. But thirteen-year-old Katie Durham, who works in the stalls and has a disability of her own, can’t bear to let this happen. She thinks the young colt is the most beautiful she’s ever seen, so she comes up with a plan to save him.

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Katie knows that owning a winning racehorse could change her life and prevent her and her mom from losing their floundering farm. Trading her prize horse Jester to the obnoxious Cindy Ellis in exchange for the colt, Katie takes the newborn Willow King to a remote pasture and begins training him in secret. With the help of Jason Roberts, the boy next door who insists on being nice to her even when she throws pinecones at his head and steps on his feet, Katie and Willow King begin a journey that takes them through near-fatal injuries and relentless sabotage, and eventually leads them to the gates of the Portland Downs Futurity. With so much at stake, can King and Katie win the race and earn a spot in the prestigious Kentucky Derby? Inspired by the experiences of a real championship racehorse, this moving story celebrates the power of caring. Praise for WILLOW KING: “...a lively girl-and-horse story set in Oregon that is full of fascinating detail about how these animals are trained to be champions... Horse-crazy readers will find themselves immersed in the racing world, and will root for Willow King and for Katie all the way.” —Kirkus Reviews s a l es @ p e a c h t re e - o n l i n e . c o m

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In the second book in the Racing to Freedom trilogy, former slave Gabriel faces challenges and setbacks as he pursues his dream of becoming a famous jockey. GABRIEL’S HORSES page 83 HC: 978-1-56145-398-6 1-56145-398-6 PB: 978-1-56145-528-7 1-56145-528-8

With his competitive spirit and natural talent for racing horses, twelve-year-old Gabriel, a recently freed slave, is burning up the horse track—and stacking up wins for his former master, Mister Giles. When Mister Giles asks him to ride Aristo, a powerful but unpredictable horse, in the prestigious Saratoga Chase, Gabriel jumps at the chance to compete against some of the greatest jockeys in the business. But as soon as he begins the journey to Saratoga with Aristo by boxcar, he finds that high-stakes horse racing can be a nasty business. Gabriel also learns the difficult lesson that being freed is not the same as being free. es copi 0 0 ,0 Background historical material and photos included. DOM r 82 REE F Ove O GT t ACIN & A Junior Library Guild selection prin of R n i y g trilo Praise for GABRIEL’S TRIUMPH:

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Throwing Heat Written by Fred Bowen PB: $5.95 978-1-56145-540-9 1-56145-540-7 / 5-1/4 x 7-1/2 136 pages / Ages 7–12 / Sports July / Rights: World FRED BOWEN is the author of Peachtree’s popular FRED BOWEN S PORTS STORY and ALL-STAR S PORT STORY series (pages 72–74). A lifelong sports fanatic, he has coached youth league baseball, basketball, and soccer. His kids’ sports column “The Score” appears each week in the KidsPost section of the Washington Post. Bowen lives in Maryland. www.fredbowen.com

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Last season, Jack’s pitches were the fastest around, and he could always rely on them to strike out his opponents. But now he’s playing in a new middle-school league, where the distance between the pitching rubber and the catcher’s mitt is a lot greater. Jack keeps throwing heat but he can’t get seem to get balls into the strike zone. Then Finn, a baseball coach at a local college, offers to help. He shows Jack some new pitches and tells him about Steve Dalkowski, a hard-throwing left-hander—often considered the fastest pitcher in baseball history—who never made it out of the minor leagues. He didn’t have enough control over his fastball, and he didn’t throw other pitches like a change-up or a curve ball. At first Jack doesn’t listen to the coach’s advice. But soon, with the season on the line, he realizes that Finn was right. Is it too late to change his game plan? Author Fred Bowen offers up another terrific sports adventure featuring exciting play-by-play game action as well as victories and upsets—on and off the field—that will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. www.SportsStorySeries.com

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Hide and Seek Written by Katy Grant HC: $15.95 978-1-56145-542-3 1-56145-542-3 / 6 x 8-1/2 240 pages / Ages 8-12 August / Rights: World KATY GRANT is the author of the popular S UMMER CAMP S ECRETS series for middle readers. She teaches college and university classes in writing and children’s literature and lives with her family in Arizona. www.katygrant.com

When a teenage boy on a high-tech treasure hunt inadvertently stumbles into the middle of a crime, he finds himself in a dangerous situation that could turn deadly. After a summer cooped up in his family’s store selling bait, tackle, and soft drinks to tourists, fourteen-year-old Chase finally gets a chance to go on his first solo geocaching adventure. Using his GPS, he uncovers the geocache—a small metal box—hidden in a remote clearing in the mountains. Inside, Chase finds a troubling message scrawled in a child’s handwriting.

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When Chase returns later, he finds another message this time asking for food. He is curious — and worried—about the mysterious individuals leaving the messages. What if they are hopelessly lost, or hiding from something—or someone? Before he can turn to the adults around him for help, Chase is pulled into a complex, dangerous drama and a chilling confrontation with an unstable father who will stop at nothing to hold on to his children. Young readers will learn all about the high-tech adventure game of geocaching in Katy Grant’s exciting novel that features heart-pounding action and surprising plot twists.

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poked around inside the log with a stick to make sure there weren’t any little critters in there before I reached

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Suspect Written by Kristin Wolden Nitz HC: $16.95 978-1-56145-543-0 1-56145-543-1 / 5-1/4 x 8 224 pages / Ages 12–16 Mystery / October Rights: World KRISTIN WOLDEN NITZ is the author of two middle reader novels (pages 70 and 74), as well as several nonfiction sports books. She lives in Michigan. www.kwnitz.com

This well-plotted whodunit will hook readers from the start and keep them reading until the surprising solution is revealed. Seventeen-year-old Jen is scheduled to spend the summer helping Grandma Kay run the Schoenhaus, a Victorian bed and breakfast in the Missouri vineyards. But Grandma Kay’s plans include a lot more than housekeeping; she intends to unravel a mystery from the past involving the disappearance of a beautiful and accomplished young woman.

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The victim was Jen’s own mother. The stage is set for an elaborate Mystery Weekend at the inn. Family members and friends— including Jen’s very recent ex-boyfriend, her old childhood crush, and his insufferable girlfriend—assemble and are assigned roles to play. But as the drama unfolds, Jen makes an important offstage discovery in the Schoenhaus library. Soon her worst suspicions are aroused: Could a member of her own close-knit family be responsible for her mother’s disappearance? Author Kristin Wolden Nitz artfully combines all the necessary elements of a great mystery: believability, well-drawn characters, a unique setting, and well-laid clues that lead the reader to and a rewarding final solution. www.peachtree-online.com/pdfs/YAtitles/pdf

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I kicked off my shoes, lifted my skirts, and followed Mr. Boyd down the stairs. I thought he had found— well, why not admit it?—my mother’s body, after all these years. The storage areas of the basements had always been off limits. Her shallow grave might have

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When we reached the basement, the door leading to the wine cellars was ajar. “Grandma Kay always keeps this closed,” I said, trying

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“I know. Don’t worry, we’re almost there.”

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It wasn’t until that moment that I recognized a false note in Mr. Boyd’s voice, the tones of an inexperienced actor. Everything suddenly became clear. Jim Boyd was the murderer. Not my mother’s. Mine.

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Santa’s Last Present (pg. 52) Santa’s Eleven Months Off (pg. 55) To Whom the Angel Spoke (pg. 52) Where Teddy Bears Come From (pg. 55) Christmas in the Trenches (pg. 60)

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Suspect This well-plotted whodunit will hook readers from the start of the murder-themed weekend and keep them reading until the surprising solution is revealed. See pages 28–29 For more Young Adult titles, check out our online catalog at:

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Peachtree Fall 2010 Frontlist Catalog  

All of the new Peachtree titles that will be available Fall 2010.

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