"Ever wanted to know what happens to Hansel and Gretel after they escape from the old woman's house who wants to cook and eat them up? Or how they ended up in the forest in the first place? A Tale Dark and Grimm tells the rest of Hansel and Gretel's life before and after their trip to the boiling pot in the lady's house. This is no fairy tale for the weak at heart. Things don't end well for many of the characters in this story. There is blood! There is gore! There are dragons! And the devil himself! A truly creative and addictive spin on the traditional Grimm fairy tales! Recommended for grades 5 and up."
The sequal, In a Glass Grimmly, will be published this fall and Ms. Spangler plans to order a copy of this book, which promises to be even grosser and scarier!
Summary by my librarian friend, Ms. Kodama on Goodreads.com
"A magical breadbox that delivers whatever you wish for—as long as it fits inside? It's too good to be true! Twelve-year-old Rebecca is struggling with her parents' separation, as well as a sudden move to her gran's house in another state. For a while, the magic bread box, discovered in the attic, makes life away from home a little easier. Then suddenly it starts to make things much, much more difficult, and Rebecca is forced to decide not just where, but who she really wants to be."
"Ben's story takes place in 1977 and is told in words. Rose's story in 1927 is told entirely in pictures. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mother's room, and when a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose, both children risk everything to find what's missing. Rich, complex, affecting and beautiful, WONDERSTRUCK is a staggering achievement from a uniquely gifted artist."
Have you always wondered what the Lemony Snickett books are about? This trailer about the first book will make you want to read all 13 books. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to live with their evil Uncle Olaf after their parents die in a house fire. In book after book, they search for their parents and escape from Olaf and his terrible friends.
"Living in the shadow of the Fruitless Mountain, Minli and her parents spend their days working in the rice fields, barely growing enough to feed themselves. Every night, Minli's father tells her stories about the Jade Dragon that keeps the mountain bare, the greedy and mean Magistrate Tiger, and the Old Man of the Moon who holds everyone's destiny. The author's writing is elegant, and her full-color illustrations are stunning."
Booklist ~ *Starred Review* After her father has been missing in action for nine years during the Vietnam War, 10-year-old Hà flees with her mother and three older brothers. Traveling first by boat, the family reaches a tent city in Guam, moves on to Florida, and is finally connected with sponsors in Alabama, where Hà finds refuge but also cruel rejection, especially from mean classmates. Based on Lai’s personal experience, this first novel captures a child-refugee’s struggle with rare honesty. Written in accessible, short free-verse poems, Hà’s immediate narrative describes her mistakes—both humorous and heartbreaking—with grammar, customs, and dress (she wears a flannel nightgown to school, for example); and readers will be moved by Hà’s sorrow as they recognize the anguish of being the outcast who spends lunchtime hiding in the bathroom. Eventually, Hà does get back at the sneering kids who bully her at school, and she finds help adjusting to her new life from a kind teacher who lost a son in Vietnam. The elemental details of Hà’s struggle dramatize a foreigner’s experience of alienation. And even as she begins to shape a new life, there is no easy comfort: her father is still gone. Grades 4-8. --Hazel Rochman