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We have the current list and stock of the Battle Books for the Pikes Peak region.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile
By Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick Press $16.99)
Princess Cora is sick of boring lessons. She’s sick of running in circles around the dungeon gym. She’s sick, sick, sick of taking three baths a day. And her parents won’t let her have a dog. But when she writes to her fairy godmother for help, she doesn’t expect that help to come in the form of a crocodile–a crocodile who does not behave properly. With perfectly paced dry comedy, children’s book luminaries Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca send Princess Cora on a delightful outdoor adventure — climbing trees! getting dirty! having fun! — while her alter ego wreaks utter havoc inside the castle, obliging one pair of royal helicopter parents to reconsider their ways.
If I Had a Little Dream
By Nina Laden (Simon & Schuster $17.99)
As a child dreams of all the things in her world that make her happy, she realizes how fortunate she is to live in the world she does.
Little Fox in the Forest
By Stephanie Graegin (Penguin Random House $17.99)
A Horse Named Steve
By Kelly Collier (Kids Can Press $16.95)
Steve is a fine horse … but he thinks he could be finer. He wants to be exceptional. When Steve finds a beautiful gold horn lying on the ground in the forest, he realizes he has found his path to the exceptional. He immediately ties the horn to the top of his head and prances off to show his friends. Not everyone is impressed, but most of his friends agree Steve and his horn are indeed exceptional.
The Almost Impossible Thing
By Basak Agaoglu (Penguin Random House $16.99)
Nothing is so impossible that it shouldn’t be tried. Even if you’re a bunny hoping to fly. A tribute to teamwork, big dreams, perseverance, and those who don’t listen when others say their goals are unreachable.
Life on Mars
By John Agee (Penguin Random House $17.99)
A young astronaut is absolutely sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a solitary mission, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. But when he arrives, equipped with a package of cupcakes as a gift, he sees nothing but a nearly barren planet. Finally, he spies a single flower and packs it away to take back to Earth as proof that there is indeed life on Mars. But as he settles in for the journey home, he cracks open his cupcakes–only to discover that someone has eaten them all!
Early/Middle Grade Readers
By Hayley Long (Candlewick Press $16.99)
Hoping to return home after a winter in the Sudden Mountains so he can join his parents in the fight against the evil Chancellor, Raffa must use his apothecary skills while enlisting the help of human and animal friends to survive the journey.
Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
By Chris Grabenstein (Penguin Random House $7.99)
This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first-ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. But something suspicious is going on . . . books are missing from Mr. Lemoncello’s library. Is someone trying to censor what the kids are reading?! Now it’s not just a game–can Mr. Lemoncello find the real defenders of books and champions of libraries? In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, the kids will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Packed with puzzles, clues, and thrilling surprises, this is a deliciously fun, action-packed sequel to the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Let the games begin!
The Girl in the Well is Me
by Karen Rivers (Workman Publishing, $6.95)
A field trip to a mysterious island quickly turns into an adventure when Emily Windsnap and Aaron discover a secret lookout point from which they spot a ghostly ship that no one else seems to be able to see. The ship appears and disappears only at certain times of day–growing fainter each time. Searching for answers only leads to more questions until Emily and her friends confront the island’s keeper, uncovering the incredible story of a ship caught between land and sea, day and night . . . life and death. Only Emily, with her ability to transform from mermaid to human, can enter Atlantis to try to bring the ship’s passengers back before the portal is closed forever. Emily knows that if she fails, not only will the passengers never see their loved ones again, but Emily won’t be able to return either. Will she be able to resist the allure of Atlantis and return home before it’s too late?
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend
By Michelle Cuevas (Penguin Random House $7.99)
It seemed like a normal school day, until a horrible storm forced the very cautious school administration to make everyone hole up in a safe place. Six students find themselves stuck in a tiny, questionably smelly space–a school bathroom–with a stuffed cat for entertainment. Hijinks ensue and the unexpected happens. They enter as strangers…and leave as friends.
Get to know the story even better with a special script that accompanies the novel, so any six kids can get together with their friends and perform the story anywhere they’d like.
From Ant to Eagle
by Alex Lyttle (Central Avenue Publishing $9.95)
Rafe isn’t exactly considered a winner in Hills Village Middle School to say the least, but everything’s about to change: he’s won a school-wide art competition, and the fabulous prize is getting to jet-set off to Australia for a whirlwind adventure! But Rafe soon finds that living in the Land Down Under is harder than he could’ve ever imagined–his host-siblings are anything but welcoming, the burning temperatures are torturous, and poisonous critters are ready to sting or eat him at every step. So with the help of some new misfit friends, Rafe sets out to show everyone what he does best: create utter mayhem!
The 65-Story Treehouse
By Andy Griffiths (MacMillan $13.99)
Andy and Terry live in a 65-Story Treehouse. (It used to be 52 stories, but they keep expanding.) It has a pet-grooming salon, a birthday room where it’s always your birthday (even when it’s not), a room full of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a quicksand pit, an ant farm, and a time machine…which is going to be really, really useful now, since Terry messed up (again) and the treehouse just FAILED it’s safety inspection. Join Andy and Terry on a whirlwind trip through time as they try to stop the treehouse from being demolished!
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