SAMUEL BLINK AND THE FORBIDDEN FOREST and SAMUEL BLINK AND THE
RUNAWAY TROLL, by Matt Haig, Puffin Books, $17.99; ages 9-12.
Samuel and Martha find themselves living in Norway with Aunt Eda
only days after their parents are killed in a car accident. The
thing is they didn't even know they had an Aunt Eda. Aunt Eda has
many rules, but the most important one is never ever go into the
In the first book, Samuel and Martha break that rule and find
all kinds of strange creatures in the forest, including Uncle
Henrik. In the second book, the forest comes to Samuel in the form
of Troll-son who has run away from home and wants to live with
THE MYSTERY OF THE MARTELLO TOWER, by Jennifer Lanthier,
HarperCollins Publishers, $16.99; ages 9-12.
Hazel and Ned are thrown into confusion the day their art-dealer
father disappears. They find themselves in a castle on a small
island with cousins they didn't know they had. Soon, all the kids
are on the case, trying to figure out how to save their father,
stay away from the bad guys and discover why Hazel keeps dreaming
about a tower.
The mystery goes even deeper when they realize their mother's
death is intertwined into all this craziness.
HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY, by Justine Larbalestier, Bloomsbury USA
Children's Books, $16.99; ages 12 and up.
In New Avalon, everyone has a fairy. Charlie's best friend
Rochelle has a clothes-shopping fairy so, of course, her clothes
always look great, fit great and are always on sale. Charlie's
fairy is a parking fairy. Fourteen, unable to drive and always
smelling like gasoline, Charlie is on a mission to lose her
THE CASE OF THE LEFT-HANDED LADY, an Enola Holmes Mystery, by Nancy
Springer, Sleuth Puffin, paperback $6.99; ages 9-12.
Her mother has left 14-year-old Enola in the care of her older
brother, Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock thinks Enola needs to be sent
away to boarding school to learn to be a proper lady, but Enola
After running away, Enola finds herself hiding in London. Using
aliases, disguises and ciphers, she starts her own detective
agency. Her first case is to find the missing daughter of Sir
CHANGELING, by Delia Sherman, Firebird Penguin Group, paperback
$8.99; ages 9-12.
Neef is a changeling, a human stolen by fairies and replaced by
another fairy. She lives in New York between. It is just like New
York, but isn't. New York between is invisible to humans and is
home to all kinds of folklore creatures. Neef lives with her fairy
godmother, Astris, a lovely white rat. When Neef breaks the rules
by going to the Solstice Dance in Central Park, her life is no
KINGDOM KEEPERS II DISNEY AT DAWN, by Ridley Pearson, Disney
Editions, $17.99; ages 9-12.
Our friends, the real-life versions of the holographic hosts at
Disney's Magic Kingdom, have finally been allowed back into the
park. In the parade, they are supposed to be seen standing next to
their holographic versions. But that never happens. The Overtakers
are back and Wayne is missing. Finn and friends must figure out
what is going on.
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