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Ages 9 to 12
"Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein. Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular with most kids and an ardent fan of all games: board games, word games and particularly video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the building of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of the first 12 kids in the library for an overnight of fun, food and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors remain locked. Kyle and the other winners must solve every clue and every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route. And the stakes are very high.
Ages 4 to 8
"When My Baby Dreams of Fairy Tales" by Adele Enersen. Once upon a time, Mila dreamed she was a princess dressed in pink ... or perhaps Goldilocks, or even Little Red Riding Hood. When Mila dreams, she dreams in fairy tales, and all her wishes come true. This imaginative journey through the dreamscapes of a newborn is a story of faraway kingdoms, enchanted forests and, above all, the love between a mother and her daughter.
"House in the Sky: A Memoir" by Amanda Lindhout. As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of 19, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August, 2008, she traveled to Somalia. On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives wife lessons from one of her captors and risks a daring escape. She survives on memory, every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity, and on strategy, fortitude and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.
"Winds of Salem" by Melissa de La Cruz. Freya Beauchamp is trapped in 1692, in Salem of all places, with no recollection of her past. A powerful enemy spell has sent her spiraling away so that she is separated by centuries from her mother, Joanna, and sister, Ingrid. This is not good news for a 21st-century witch. Not to mention the immediate threat she faces from the wealthy and influential Putnam family. When little Annie Putnam is one of the first to make accusations of witchcraft, her landowner father jumps at the opportunity to consolidate his power and expand his holdings in Puritan Salem Town. If Freya is caught using magic, she will be forced to relive the witch trials, and this time, even her immortality is in question. Meanwhile, 21st-century North Hampton has its own snares. Joanna and Norm consult the Oracle for advice, and Freddie and his pixie allies search for a missing totem that could reopen the passages of time and help bring his sister home.
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