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ISBN: 9781646140176
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020

Mesmerizing. Strange. Glorious. 

I have to thank fellow bookseller Nicole for introducing me to this stunning book. The technical skill left me astonished. I wanted a bench, as though in a museum, to sit and quietly take in each page of black-and-white pen-and-ink line drawings. Van den Ende's debut is a wordless story of a small paper boat's epic journey across a vast and fathomless ocean. It teems with myriad flora and fauna that reside somewhere between fairy tale and reality. It intrigues. It beguiles. An elegant testament to solitude, strength, and bravery. 

Review by Em

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316421973
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Published: Redhook - May 12th, 2020

Delightful! If you need a STARLESS SEA read-alike, you'll find this historical novel as bookish and magical but more approachable.

Intimate narrative and a story within a story device work together elegantly to unfurl the tale of January Scaller and her missing father, their wealthy benefactor, and a mysterious door in Mississippi that opens into another world. TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY has all the elements of a precocious, coming of age story within a low fantasy world. There's adventure, secret societies with nefarious plans, a big best friend pooch called Bad, and places drawn from the wildest reaches of imagination. 

Review by Danielle

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Dominic: A Picture Book Cover Image
By William Steig, William Steig (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780312371449
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Square Fish - October 2nd, 2007

An undiscovered classic concerning the life, times and travels of a canine gentleman adventurer and transcendentalist.  What a beautiful, wise, fierce, life-loving book this is! Like the Pooh books, there's an astonishing amount of wisdom here.


This novel features some challenging vocabulary, but it’s a great read for 4th to 5th graders--perhaps even advanced 3rd grade readers.  And having read it twice, I can testify: adults also will adore it.

Review by Adam

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Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948226196
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Catapult - May 7th, 2019

Thrilling adventure story? Unexpected coming-of-age? Near irresistable siren song of restlessness and the bittersweet pleasures of solitute? Whatever Rough Magic is, I tore through it in an afternoon. So will you.

Review by Sam

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High Rhulain: A Tale from Redwall Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780142409381
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Published: Firebird - March 13th, 2008

I started reading this series when I was 8, I am now 32 and I still re-read it and get new things out of it. Does your kid looove the Warriors series? Their mind will be blown by the world of Redwall. Imagine, if you will, an egalitarian community of woodland creatures who fight tyranny, go on epic quests, and throw the best parties with the most scrumptious and elaborate meals you've ever read about. 

Every creature, big or small, shy or outgoing, girl or boy, is valued and has an important role to play. Sometimes it's a formerly enslaved squirrel, or maybe a mute badger grandmother, or perhaps a young ottermaid who has perfect aim with a slingstone...

Review by Anje