Saturday, March 20, 2010

Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong

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From the Publisher: "Twelve-year-old Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong River shoot at anything that moves, but in oppressive Communist Laos, there's nothing left for him, his spirited sister, Dalah, and his desperate parents. Their only hope is a refugee camp in Thailand�on the other side of the river." 
Publisher: Harper, 2010, 216 pp

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

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A collection of reversible verses based on classic fairy tales. Beautifully illustrated.
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books, 2010,

Palace Beautiful by Sarah deFord Williams

Cover ImageFrom the Publisher: "When sisters Sadie and Zuzu Brooks move to Salt Lake City, they discover a secret room in the attic of their new house, with a sign that reads "Palace Beautiful" and containing an old journal. Along with their neighbor, dramatic Belladonna Desolation (real name: Kristin Smith), they take turns reading the story of a girl named Helen living during the flu epidemic of 1918. The journal ends with a tragedy that has a scary parallel to Sadie and Zuzu's lives, and the girls become obsessed with finding out what happened to Helen after the journal ends. Did she survive the flu? Is she still alive somewhere? Or could her ghost be lurking in the nearby graveyard?"

Publisher: Putnam, 2010, 240 pp.