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FAIRY FEAST

By: Tanya Sousa
with illustrations by Monique Bonneau

Sample Text:

John has a rainbow garden, fairies hidden in the leaves.
Can  you see them ? Carrot orange and lettuce waving green.
Cauliflower’s snow-white curls just waiting to be seen –
Eggplant blushing purple-black, corn’s royal arms that drape.
Peas, the tiny sisters, wrapped safely in their cape….


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Searching for Hannerester

By: Marion Page
with illustrations by
Jacob Grant

Sample Text:

"Pa, it's dark and it's snowing like crazy," she said, searching his face for signs of worry. He wasn't smiling, but Pa's smiles were only twitches of the mouth at best.

He pushed back his plate. "Looks like we better mosey out and see what's happened to that woman." They put on jackets and boots and knit toques. As usual, Pa wore no mittens. His thick-palmed hands never seemed to feel the cold. He lit a lantern and Carrie took the flashlight.

They ducked under the clothesline where a few forgotten pieces bobbed in a frozen dance. The wind threw gusts of stinging snow at them. "Nobody would be out in this for the fun of it," Carrie said. "Hannerester must be lost...something must have happened to her."

Her father grunted. They searched all around the buildings for tracks, but it was useless. The footprints Pa made when he came in from the barn had already disappeared. Even Tinker, the hound, could find no signs or scent. They made ever-widening circles, shouting and shining the lights under bushes and around rocks and fallen trees. They got as far as the pond. Carrie held her breath until they scanned the edges and found no breaks in the thin ice.

Pa was silent and grim-faced, and he turned away quickly..."

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NINNY NU'S ORGANIC FARM

By: Tanya Sousa
with illustrations by Amber Alexander

Sample Text:

Farmer Jack couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw Ninny Nu with her basket of eggs and milk can one day.  “Is that the most they make?” He scoffed.  “You should keep your workers inside and feed them the food I use until they do a better job.”

“They are my friends.” Ninny Nu explained gently.  They would be unhappy if they couldn’t be outside under the sun, eating what the valley gives.”

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LIFE IS A BOWL OF CHERRY PITS

By: Tanya Sousa
with illustrations by Katie Flindall

Sample Text:

When her basket was full, Nana Loop sat down too.  “Have a cherry, Grundel.” She said with a wrinkled smile.

Grundel felt the words rush up from his tight, angry heart.  The words flew out of his mouth like a terrible wind.  “I DON’T WANT A CHERRY.  MY LIFE’S A BOWL OF CHERRY PITS!”

Nana Loop’s eyes grew wide, and then to Grundel’s surprise, she laughed, and chortled, and slapped her thighs and when she was finished…
She took a cherry by the stem and ate it.  Then she spit the pit high for her dog, named “Mouse”, to catch in the air.


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THE MYSTERY OF THE SILVER STATUE

Raymond C. Perkins
with illustrations by
Stephanie Perkins

Sample Text:

Maybe it was the high doses of radiation after the removal of a cancerous brain tumor at the age of five that caused B.T. to be very high-strung and more than a little paranoid about his appearance. Maybe it was just his God-given personality and that was the way he would have been anyway. Whatever it was, B.T. could not get over the feeling that he didnít quite measure up to his classmates; not as tall, not as athletic, not as handsomeÖ.

AND LATER IN THE BOOK

Ö."Destination has been achieved. Iím going in. Keep the airwaves open. Over." B.T. stepped out into the open and began walking slowly but steadily across the field. Although he could see the rock clearly, it seemed to take forever to reach it. When he arrived at the upper end of the gully, he paused and looked around. He was within a stoneís throw of the rock when a blast from the walkie-talkie nearly caused him to jump out of his skin.

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O' Let Your Song Be Sung

O' Let Your Song Be Sung

Expected in print Fall 2010

By: Monique Bonneau & Rebecca Sunter
Illustrations by: Monique Bonneau

Sample Text:


Little Black Bear sent up a plea, "I've no one to play with, too busy are we Who live in the fields and ponds and trees To dabble in musical melodies." Kingfisher then said, "Look for Red Fox Who leaps through fields of rye and corn stalks And Box Turtle found in the marsh on warm rocks And Possum who on old Oak's branches walks."
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