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By: Karen Foxlee
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

“A present-day fairy tale that practically sparkles with its own icy menace.“ —The Wall Street JournalA luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn’t believe in anything that can’t be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room.  …

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By: Scott Sullivan
Publisher: Price Stern Sloan

Take a road-trip through the U.S.A! This a-maze-ingly detailed maze book will delight puzzle fans of all ages as they travel through each twisting turn. With one-of-a-kind mazes depicting all 50 states, this is a perfect gift for any puzzle nut. Maddeningly addictive, whether in the shapes of New York, South Dakota, or California, these intricate mazes will have you hooked in no time!

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By: Matthew Reinhart
Publisher: Candlewick

The creators of the New York Times best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica series offer a mythic look at the mysteries of the past with an entire pantheon of remarkable pop-ups.For all of recorded history, humans have sought to understand Earth’s mysteries in the realm of the divine — and aspired to conduct themselves as heroes. Only gods, of course, could push the sun across the sky,forge entire continents, and impel mountains to touch the clouds. In this stunning volume, the incomparable team of Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda take us to Ra-Atum’s …

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By: Will Osborne
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark, they had lots of questions. When did the dinosaurs live? What other animals lived at that time? Which dinosaur was biggest? How do we know about dinosaurs? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts.Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find …

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By: Tanya Lee Stone
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

In the 1830s, when a brave and curious girl named Elizabeth Blackwell was growing up, women were supposed to be wives and mothers. Some women could be teachers or seamstresses, but career options were few. Certainly no women were doctors. But Elizabeth refused to accept the common beliefs that women weren’t smart enough to be doctors, or that they were too weak for such hard work. And she would not take no for an answer. Although she faced much opposition, she worked hard and finally—when she graduated from medical school …

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By: Editors of TIME For Kids Magazine
Publisher: Time For Kids

TIME For Kids BIG Book of Where presents kids 8-12 years old with answers to the kinds of intriguing geography questions that appeal to their sense of curiosity. Colorful maps, spectacular photos and clear, engaging diagrams will help answer questions such as: Where is the tallest mountain?; Where did the Olympics begin?; Where is the Petrified Forest?; Where are diamonds found?; Where was the hamburger invented?; Where does spam go after you delete it? Kids will travel the world and their own backyards to learn about different customs, sports, history, …

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By: Daisy Meadows
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks

Just in time for the holidays, this magical boxed set includes four sparkly special editions!The holidays have lost their shimmer!There’s trouble in Fairyland! Jack Frost is up to his old tricks. Now the fairies are missing their special holiday magic! Will the holly-jolly holidays be changed forever? Or can Rachel and Kirsty help Holly, Stella, Gabriella, and Paige save the day?This boxed set includes four holiday stories: Holly the Christmas Fairy Stella the Star Fairy …

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By: Simon Adams
Publisher: Kingfisher

This paper over board edition of Kingfisher Atlas of World History by Simon Adams combines all four volumes in the series, depicting the world and its people between 10000BCE and the present day. It covers all major human civilizations, from the ancient world to modern times, and examines the core curriculum themes of religion, exploration, colonization, industry, technology, war and diplomatic relations.

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By: Mike Berenstain
Publisher: HarperFestival

Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother, and Honey Bear are back in this heartwarming retelling of Clement Clarke Moore’s classic Christmas tale. It is the night before Christmas, and all through the tree house . . . the Berenstain Bears are ready to celebrate!With more than three hundred and seventy-five books published over the past fifty years, the Berenstain Bears continue to be loved by generation after generation of young readers.

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By: Walter Wick
Publisher: Scholastic

Scenes from Clement Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas inspire twelve elegant and fascinating compositions where readers search for dozens of intriguing hidden objects.The first photograph, “The Night Before Christmas,” features a gingerbread house, Christmas cookies, candles, bulbs, and more. “Visions of Sugarplums” is an abstract composition of Christmas confections; and “Such a Clatter!” is a dynamic explosion of objects. In “It Must Be Saint Nick,” Santa is shown in shadow; and in “A Bundle of Toys,” the presents in Santa’s sack are revealed as a magnificent jumble. …

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