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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)
Sophie and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five years old, and she’s fourteen now and has never been quite sure why they left England in the first place. Then, one day, Sophie makes a startling discovery–finally she can unlock the mystery of who she really is.
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)
Kammie Summers has fallen into a well during a (fake) initiation into a popular club; now trapped in the dark, waiting to be rescued, Kammie thinks about the best and worst moments of her life so far in this unforgettable story about a bullied girl.
Confessions of an Imaginary Friend
By Michelle Cuevas (Penguin Random House $7.99)
Inever chosen for sports teams, and his parents often need to be reminded to set a place for him at the dinner table. But he is shocked when he finally learns the truth: He is Fleur’s imaginary friend! When he convinces Fleur to set him free, he begins a surprising and touching, and always funny quest to find himself–to figure out who Jacques Papier truly is, and where he belongs.
From Ant to Eagle
by Alex Lyttle (Central Avenue Publishing $9.95)
It’s the summer before grade 6 and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He’s recently moved from a big city to a small town and there’s nothing to do. It’s hot, he has no friends, and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother Sammy … Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything, from chasing wasps to tromping through rose bushes. And Sammy is all too eager–as long as it means getting a ‘Level’ and moving one step closer to his brother’s Eagle status. But when Cal meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside.
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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