Princess Magnolia does everything that a princess should. She sleeps in a tower, wears glass slippers, and serves tea to her esteemed guests, but Princess Magnolia has a secret. While entertaining Duchess Wigtower, the Princess’s glitter stone monster alarm goes off and she must become The Princess in Black (Candlewick, $14.99). Since princesses don’t wear black, no one suspects Magnolia’s secret identity, thus allowing her to fight monsters with her signature “twinkle twinkle little SMASH” move. Beloved author Shannon Hale and husband Dean Hale prove that princesses as well as other little girls don’t fit in any box and illustrator LeUyen Pham brings Magnolia’s story to life. This is truly a read for the whole family.  Ages 5-8. ARW

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By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665104
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Candlewick - October 14th, 2014

Six-year-old Dory can’t convince her older brother and sister to let her play with them, or answer her questions, or have any respect for her imaginary friend/under-the-bed monster, Mary. Instead, they call Dory “Rascal” and try to scare her out of acting like a baby by telling her about Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who is five hundred and seven years old, has sharp teeth, and robs baby girls. When Mrs. Gobble Gracker walks into the house, Dory uses her wits, bravery, and Mary to defend herself. Abby Hanlon’s charming, heavily illustrated Dory Fantasmagory (Dial, $14.99) will draw new readers in with its charm and humor, or delight the whole family as a read-aloud.  Ages 6-8.  EAE

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ISBN: 9780803740884
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - October 9th, 2014

Leroy Ninker is tired of sitting idly by taking notes from the cowboy westerns he watches while working at the local drive-in. He knows deep down that he is meant to be a cowboy, meting out justice and maintaining order. He even has a ten-gallon hat, a lasso, and boots. But Leroy is missing one essential element—a horse. It’s Leroy’s lucky day, because in this first volume of his adventures, a neighbor happens to be giving away a horse. With a “yippie-i-oh,” Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Candlewick, $12.99) and is ready to fulfill his destiny. However, it takes a lot to keep his new horse, Maybelline, happy, including loads of sweet-talking charm and spaghetti. Author Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Chris Van Dusen (Mercy Watson) are back again for a whole new set of tales, with familiar faces that readers know and love, and new cowboy hijinks sure to entertain.  Ages 6-9. KLG

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By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763663391
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014