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Quick Pick: Lost and Found Lion

The Hollow Under the Tree by Cary Fagan
When a circus train derails in the middle of a big city in 1925, a lion escapes and finds shelter in a sprawling city park. No one knows about the creature except for Sadie Menken, the feisty daughter of a pie-maker. As various squirrels, dogs and an expensive peacock meet unfortunate ends, and the park “beast” is spotted by visitors, the lion’s presence draws the attention of the authorities. Can a creature that is wild at heart live in harmony with humans? Sadie must decide who to trust to help her find a happy ending for an unlikely friend.

This short chapter book is a quick read recommended for grades 3 to 5.

Things to read while you wait for Fantastic Beasts 2

Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain by Zac Gorman
In the absurd land of Nth, Thisby Thestoop can be found within the forlorn walls of Castle Grimstone, down the precarious steps of the Black Mountain dungeon, up to her nose in griffon toenails, gnoll spittle, and troll meat (to give to them, not made of them). When the prince and princess arrive for a Royal Inspection, the much too good-looking Princess Iphigenia winds up lost in the tunnels of the dungeon — without her guards, her staff, or her younger twin brother — and it’s up to Thisby to guide the princess safely past the hordes of minotaurs, wyverns, ghouls, and who-knows-what-else that would love nothing more than to nosh the royal highness for dinner. Thisby Thestoop and Princess Iphigenia have a dangerous adventure ahead of them. If they’re going to a rescue the missing prince, stop a mounting war, and keep safe all the creatures who call the mountain dungeon home, they’ll have to learn how to trust each other (and maybe they’ll make friends along the way).

Quick Pick

TheFlourishing of Floralie Laurel by Fiadhnait Moser

Floralie (age eleven) is selling flowers now that she’s expelled from school. Grandmother (who runs an orphanage) plans to teach her to be a “proper wife.”

Instead Floralie discovers clues left by her long-lost mother and runs away with her new friend, Nino, to the garden of Claude Monet in France.

Like the Enola Holmes mysteries (about Sherlock’s younger sister), this historical mystery uses the “language of the flowers.” One of the reviewers also described it as “Secret Garden-like.”

New Nonfiction Audiobooks

Finding the Edge: My Life on the Ice by Karen Chen with Natalie England
Now, for the first time, figure skater Karen Chen shares the story of how she got where she is today, where she’s going next, and what it takes to achieve the impossible.

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth illustrated by Ekua Holmes
I’ve heard it argued that the best way to enjoy poetry is to hear it read aloud. You might want to pick up a copy of the original book in this case, though, because the beautiful artwork earned the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award. The poetry, by the author of The Crossover and two other poets, is inspired by famous poets from around the world.

To the Moon! The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship by Jeffrey Kluger with Ruby Shamir
The exciting and inspiring true story of Apollo 8, the first manned American spaceship to break free of the Earth’s orbit and reach the moon, by the best-selling author of Apollo 13.

A mystery that starts at the public library

Charlie & Frog: A Mystery by Karen Kane
While staying with his grandparents in Castle-on-the-Hudson, Charlie stumbles upon a mystery but must learn American Sign Language to keep up with Frog, a Deaf girl who wants to be a detective.

The best new comics for kids

The Eisner Awards are going to be announced this Friday at the San Diego Comic Con. Here are the titles contending for awards in the two children’s categories:

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Adele in Sand Land by Claude Ponti, translated by Skeeter Grant and Françoise Mouly
Adele sits down to play in the sandbox and embarks on a surreal adventure.

Arthur and the Golden Rope by Joe Todd-Stanton
A boy sets out to save his village in a story based on Norse mythology.

Egg by Kevin Henkes
Four eggs hatch in a cozy and surprising picture book.

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Good Night, Planet by Liniers
After being played with all day, Planet, a friendly stuffed animal, comes to life at night and goes on a moonlit adventure with a dog and a mouse.

Little Tails in the Savannah by Frederic Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci, translated by Mike Kennedy (available through Interlibrary Loan)
A puppy and squirrel fly a cardboard box plane to visit new places.

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9–12)

Bolivar by Sean Rubin
Sybil is convinced that her neighbor is a dinosaur, but no one else in their bustling New York neighborhood seems to notice anything unusual.

Home Time (Book One): Under the River by Campbell Whyte (available through Interlibrary Loan)
A story from Australia in which a group of kids wakes up in a fantasy world.

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez
A new girl appears at Sandy’s school, but is she a friend or something sinister?

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
A charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons (The webcomic is also nominated for an award).

Wallace the Brave by Will Henry
A story about a bold and curious boy named Wallace, his quirky hometown, and his family and friends.

An issue of Adventure Time Comics is also competing for Best Short Story.

Which is your favorite to win? Past winners have included favorites like El Deafo, Tiny Titans and Ghosts.

Peace and letter-writing

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor
Desperate to keep her older brother from being drafted in the Vietnam War, eleven-year-old Reenie strikes up an unlikely friendship with MrMarsworth, an elderly shut-in, who helps her in her mission.