BONECHILLER, by Graham Mcnamee, Wendy Lamb books, $15.99; ages
13 and up.
In winter, Harvest Cove, Canada, is a ghost town. But Danny is
staying because his dad has taken the caretaker's job at the
marina. One night while walking home, Danny is attacked by a very
large, very strange creature. He convinces himself he imagined the
whole thing. But when one of the kids from school disappears, Danny
learns of an old Native American legend that proves the creature is
real. And it has claimed Danny as its next victim.
THE PRINCE OF FENWAY PARK, by Julianna Baggott, HarperCollins
Children's Books, $16.99; ages 9-12.
Oscar Egg believes in curses. He believes he is cursed and his
beloved Red Sox are cursed. One day, to Oscar's horror, his mom
leaves him with his dad while she is out of town. The only thing he
knows about his dad is that he works at Fenway Park. What Oscar
doesn't know is that Fenway Park is inhabited by creatures who are
cursed. Oscar is going to be the one to save the creatures and end
SCAT, by Carl Hiaasen, Knopf Books for Young Readers, $16.99; ages
Mrs. Bunny Starch is terrorizing her class again. When she calls
on Duane and he can't answer, she assigns him a 500-word paper on
Duane, whose nickname is Smoke, later becomes the main suspect
in a small brush fire that cuts the field trip to Black Vines Swamp
short and the disappearance of Mrs. Starch. Nick and Marta don't
believe he is responsible.
FERN VERDANT & THE SILVER ROSE, by Diana Leszczynski, Knopf
Books for Young Readers, $15.99; ages 9-12.
Fern's parents are botanists and named her after her father's
favorite plant. She hates her name, she hates that her father
spends all day talking to his plants in the greenhouse and she
hates that her mom travels all over the world saving endangered
plants. Most of all, Fern hates plants.
When Fern's mom disappears, she quickly learns why her life
revolves around plants.
THE 39 CLUES, (The Maze of Bones, Book 1), by Rick Riordan,
Scholastic Press, $12.99; ages 9-12.
It will take 39 clues to solve their grandmother Grace's
mysterious will. Orphans Ann and Dan are on the trail that spans
the globe, but so are a variety of strange, crazy and evil
relatives. The first to find all 39 clues will win the Cahill
family fortune. In the first book, they are in Vienna trying to
find a code in a piece of Mozart's music.
There are 10 book planned for this new adventure series. The
series includes game cards, Internet games and even a $10,000
prize. Read along, play along and enjoy.
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