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KidsBookshelf Newsletter
October 24, 2008

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A Practical Guide to Dragon Riding
By Lisa Trutkoff Trumbauer
"It seems no matter where I travel, I meet fellow wanderers who are enthralled by my stories of how one goes about finding, raising, and training a dragon. I'm sending you this new book filled with everything I know." In a letter to his Aunt Moonbeam, Sindri Suncatcher, the greatest Kender Wizard who ever lived, offers everything he knows about dragons and dragon riding. You'll learn dragon basics, how to find and train a dragon, how to hatch the egg and care for a dragon, how to ride the dragon and much more! A great guide for fantasy lovers. (Ages 9-12)

A Practical Guide to Wizardry
By Susan Morris
"Preparation separates good wizards from great wizards. Study this book well. For as surely as the practice of magic is filled with wonder and delight, it is also filled with danger and perilous adventure." For studying the art of magic, this book will help prepare you for a life of wizardry. You'll learn the basics like wardrobe and gear as well as the different types fo wizardry and spells. A beautifully illustrated book that will pull you into the fantasy world of magic! (Ages 9-12)

Breaking Dawn
By Stephenie Meyer
Bella Swan wants to be a vampire, but by doing so she would not be able to see her friends or family again. She's willing to sacrifice being a human for Edward, the love of her life, and she wants to do so before she turns nineteen. But Edward has only one condition before turning her into a vampire, they must get married first. Bella doesn't like it, but she agrees. For years Bella has been torn by her love for Edward Cullen, vampire and her friendship with Jacob Black, werewolf. But as Bella makes the decision to change her life forever, the lives of those around her are also changed. Will Bella finally get the happy ever after she wants, or will it all come crashing down around her? An intriguing fantasy that will have you hooked from the beginning. (Young Adult)

Cat Nights
By Jane Manning
Felicity the witch is getting ready to celebrate her 263rd birthday, and it's a big one! It's the year she grows her first wart, the year her shoes begin to curl, and the year she's able to cast her first love spell. But there's one thing Felicity can now finally do that she's very excited about, turn herself into a cat. So as soon as the sun set Felicity changed into a cat, and she loved it! But there's one catch, on the ninth time she changes into a cat, she stays one for good. Will Felicity be happy about only changing into a cat once in a while, or will she decide to be one for good? A beautifully illustrated book young readers will enjoy! (Ages 4-8)

Gotcha!: 18 Amazing Ways to Freak Out Your Friends
By David Acer
Illus by Stephen MacEachern
Are the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot real? Are UFO's really visitors from outer space? Can you really hypnotize people? Can some people really read minds? No one knows for sure. Join Doubting Dave and the Mystery Hunters as they take a close look inside some of the world's oldest and most interesting mysteries. Then you can learn how to recreate those mysteries yourself to fool your family and friends. You'll also learn how to test your ESP, bend a spoon and more! Get ready to fool your friends then shout Gotcha! (Ages 9-12)

Halloween Night
By Marjorie Dennis Murray
Illus by Brandon Dorman
"'Twas Halloween night, and all through the house Every creature was stirring, including the mouse." So begins hilariously illustrated and rhyming book about Halloween night. As the witch stirs her brew and the zombies awake from the dead children are out on the dark moonlit night searching for treats. But will they join the witch and her friends at their party, or will they be frightened away? A ghoulishly delightful story about Halloween night! (Ages 4-8)

My Halloween Treats: Lift-the-Flap & Scratch-and-Sniff
By Jane E. Gerver
Illus by Pattie Silver-Thompson
It's Halloween time, and that means lots of treats! Join the animals as they go house to house getting treats on Halloween. The rhyming text, bright colors and fun scratch and sniff pages offers young readers lots of Halloween fun! The handle makes it easy for small hands to hold and carry. (Infant-Preschool)

Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (maybe)
By Kimberly Pauley
Mina Hamilton has a huge decision to make, and it has nothing to do with boys or the prom. Mina's parents are vampires, and they've managed to hide her from the Vampire Council until now, and the Council insists that Mina decide soon whether or not she wants to be a vampire. If she turns, she'll never see her regular friends again, but if she stays human, she'll never see her parents again. Her parents try not to influence her decision, and the person she really needs to talk to about it all, her best friend Serena, can't know about vampires. Will Mina be able to make the best decision for her and live with it for the rest of her life? A fun and unique tale teens will devour! (Young Adult)




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