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The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Sherman, Delia. The Evil Wizard Smallbone.

Twelve-year-old Nick, escaping his awful uncle and cousin, runs away from home one snowy Maine night and ends up at Evil Wizard Books, presided over by Evil Wizard Zachariah Smallbone. While kept captive as the wizard’s boy-of-all-work, Nick explores the bookshop, teaching himself magic with the aid of a very snarky textbook – and eventually becomes embroiled in the wizard’s feud with the French werewolf Fidelou and his motorcycle-riding followers, who wish to conquer the strange little town of Smallbone Cove that the wizard has ruled for centuries. An out-of-the-ordinary fantasy.

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The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Gidwitz, Adam, The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog.

In 1242, a fascinating cast of characters come together by chance at an Inn in France to recount the story of three magical children. Mr. Gidwitz has proven that he has truly mastered the art of storytelling in this riveting tale told in many voices.

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The Wild Robot

Brown, Peter, The Wild Robot.

Roz the Robot’s future takes an unexpected turn when she washes up on a remote island. After a misstep on a craggy ledge Roz assumes the role of mother to a baby gosling and through this relationship and her interactions with other woodland animals she learns about love, life and death, and community.

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The Doldrums

9780316381321Archer B. Hemsley wants nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of his adventurous grandparents, who have unfortunately now vanished in the Arctic. A real adventure will be no easy feat for a young dreamer like Archer, especially as his mother does not allow him to leave the house. With the help of his odd and wonderful new friends, Oliver and Adelaide, Archer sets a plan in motion.

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Escape from Baxters’ Barn

baxtersBurdock the barn cat hears some terrible news and shares it with the barn animals. The brave and charming group of farm animals works together once they learn that their lives are threatened. A delightful story of perseverance, friendship, and teamwork, peppered with the author’s own pen and ink drawings.

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Shadows of Sherwood

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The night her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley must learn to fend for herself. Her home, Nott City, has been taken over by a harsh governor, Ignomus Crown. After fleeing for her life, Robyn has no choice but to join a band of misfit kids, each with their own special talent for mischief.

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