The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate

FOR CHILDREN

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Avi
The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate

In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis, England, 1724, Oliver Cromwell Pitts wakes to find his father missing and his house flooded by a recent storm. He’s alone in his ruined home with no money and no food. Oliver’s father has left behind a barely legible waterlogged note: he’s gone to London, where Oliver’s sister, Charity, is in trouble. Exploring damage to the town in the storm’s aftermath, Oliver discovers a shipwreck on the beach. Removing anything from a wrecked ship is a hanging offense, but Oliver finds money that could save him, and he can’t resist the temptation to take it. When his crime is discovered, Oliver flees, following the trail of his father and sister. The journey is full of thieves, adventurers, and treachery, and London might be the most dangerous place of all.

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Marty Chan
The Mystery of the Frozen Brains

The Mystery of the Frozen Brains is adapted from Marty Chan’s successful radio series The Dim Sum Diaries. Set in a French Canadian town in rural Alberta, the novel develops the coming to awareness of a Chinese boy in a community under the myriad of ethnic influences including French, English and Ukrainian. As serious as the novel’s thematic dispatch is, Chan’s buoyant, gifted humour overrides the tone.

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Julius Caesar
Caesar’s conquests (Comics)

Two thousand years ago, the great Roman general, Julius Ceasar, set out to conquer the large part of Western Europe known as Gaul. The opposition was inspired and the fighting was fierce. And as the armies clashed, Caesar wrote the story of the struggle.

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Donna Jo Napoli
Tales From the Arabian Nights: Stories of Adventure, Magic, Love, and Betrayal

Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of princesses, kings, sailors, and genies come to life in a stunning retelling of the Arabian folk tales from One Thousand and One Nights and other collections, including those of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. The magical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes these timeless tals and ignites children’s imaginations.

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Judy Paterson
Scottish Folk Tales for Children

The school for wizardry that keeps its pupils prisoner. A forest which springs up from a single thorn, and a loch that grows out of a drop of water. Four demons who believe they have the world completely under their control. Welcome to the world of the Scottish folk tale—a world of talking animals, mischief-making witches, thuggish giants, shape-shifters, bold girls and reckless boys. These stories, specially chosen to be enjoyed by 7-11 year old readers, burst with adventure and glitter with magic. As old as the mountains and the glens, they are freshly re-made for the modern world by storyteller Judy Paterson.

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Jacqueline Ogburn
The Unicorn in the Barn

For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away.
One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead.
When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed. A tender tale of love, loss, and the connections we make, The Unicorn in the Barn shows us that sometimes ordinary life takes extraordinary turns.