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Author Archive: "Richard C."

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

When Glory unexpectedly gains the power to see the future and other people's pasts, she begins dealing with the complications in her life. With powerful writing, this intense novel is full of love and humor as Glory overcomes her present difficulties.


The Accidental Highwayman

In this intricately illustrated fantasy set in 18th-century England, the young servant Kit becomes a highwayman by accident and is hurled into a grand tale with goblins, a fairy princess, a witch, and a magical map. This is a hilarious, rollicking adventure.


Countablock

Following in the footsteps of Franceschelli's popular Alphablock, this amusing, interactive board book challenges children to learn numbers with peek-through guessing games and textural illustrations. With Countablock, readers will look at counting in an entirely new way.


The Witch’s Boy

Ned is a boy with a curse and Aine is the child of a bandit king. Together they encounter an enchanted forest, powerful stones, feuding kingdoms, magic, greed, death, war, forgiveness, and peace when they discover friendship conquers all. This is a true joy and a wonder to read.


Trial by Fire

Everything is falling apart in Lily's life and she wants to disappear. Suddenly she finds herself in an alternate universe where powerful magic reigns and her evil twin self rules with an iron hand. Lily's weaknesses become her strengths as she fights to save this mirror world.


Jackaby

A unique mystery set in 1892 New England told with warmth, humor, and suspense. The narrator, Abigail, sees the details in the ordinary, and Jackaby (a combination of Dr. Who and Sherlock Holmes) has the power to see the supernatural. This is a promising start to a new series.


Of Metal and Wishes

This unusual and hauntingly powerful love story is set in a slaughterhouse factory housing a ghost who grants wishes. The factory hires a cheap labor force and it turns into an exploding workplace. This moving novel weaves violence, tenderness, and forgiveness into one alluring story.


I Kill the Mockingbird

Three book-loving friends form a plan to make all the copies of one title — To Kill a Mockingbird — disappear, because naturally people will desire it more. But their experiment has unintended consequences. This small, wholly original wonder is a celebration of reading, friendship, and, ultimately, life.


Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things

From the Newbery award–winning author comes the first book in a mystery trilogy starring a unique, problem-solving detective. Mister Max is an exciting, funny, touching story with characters that draw you in and leave you awaiting the next installment.


Alphablock

This highly inventive board book encourages children to explore the alphabet and associated words. Using guessing games and touch, it teaches the child all the different features of each letter, with vintage-style illustrations that celebrate the letterforms.


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