New Books From Random House Children’s Publishing


So many pretty new books!  I’m hoping that my library gets some of these, because I’m sure my kids are going to want to read them.  I have an ARC of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and Seven Stories Up, both of which I will be reviewing soon.

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

Age Range: 8-12
A luminous retelling of the Snow Queen, this is the story of unlikely
heroine Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn’t believe in
anything that can’t be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are
still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a
strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in
the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten
room.  He is a prisoner of Her Majesty the Snow Queen.  And he has been
waiting for Ophelia’s help.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible
journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. 
Along the way she learns more and more about the boy’s own remarkable
journey to reach her and save the world.

A story within a story, this a modern day fairytale about the power of friendship, courage and love, and never ever giving up.

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Max Makes a Cake by Michelle Edwards and Charles Santoso (Illustrations)

Age Range: 3-7
Baby sisters can be so annoying!

That’s what Max thinks. Max
needs his daddy’s help—right now!—to bake a surprise Passover birthday
cake for his mommy. But as baby Trudy fusses instead of napping, and
Daddy tries to settle her down, their time to bake is slipping away.

her warm and pithy storytelling, Michelle Edwards captures the moment
in a child’s life when he realizes that he has the power to do things on
his own.

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Seven Stories Up by Lauren Snyder

Age Range: 8-12
In this companion to Bigger than a Bread Box, a leap back in time and an unlikely friendship changes the future of one family forever.

has never even met her grandmother before.  In fact, she’s never had
much family to speak of.  So when she and her mother pull into the drive
of her grandmother’s home in Baltimore, Annie can hardly contain her

But when she actually meets her grandma, the
bitter old woman doesn’t seem like someone Annie could ever love, or
miss.  Until one magical, stormy night changes everything.  

impossible that Annie could have jumped back in time. . . right? But
here she is in 1937— the year her grandmother was just her age!  

is an invalid. She lives by herself, on the top floor of a hotel.  She
seems a little lonely, but friendly and fun, nothing like the horrible
old woman Annie just met. 

Annie entices Molly down from her
room, and together the two girls roam. They sneak around the grand
hotel, and explore the brick streets of old Baltimore. Carnivals and
taxis, midnight raids on the kitchen.  The two grow closer.

as Molly becomes bolder, and ventures further from the safety of her
room, Annie begins to wonder how she’ll ever get back home. Maybe she’s
changed the past a little too much. . .

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Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler and Michael Fleming (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3-7
Beginning readers can count to ten—and add—while they learn to read with P.J. Funnybunny author Marilyn Sadler’s latest, funniest
Bright and Early Book! Gwen the hen has laid her eggs, but just how
many is anyone’s guess. For now, she’s quite content to sit and wait for
them to hatch. Red Rooster, however, is too excited to wait. As soon as
one egg hatches, he struts over to Worm World and buys ONE worm for his
ONE new baby chick. Alas, Red returns to find that not ONE new baby
chick, but TWO baby chicks have now hatched, requiring a return trip to
Worm World. The hijinks continue back and forth until ten eggs have
hatched, Red Rooster is ready to plotz, and young readers have learned a
thing or two about ONE: counting to ten; TWO: simple addition; THREE:
buying and selling; and FOUR: chickens and eggs! With stylized
illustrations by Michael Fleming reminiscent of classic Beginner Books,
this is a perfect choice for parents looking to teach reading and math
to their own little chicks!

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And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Age Range: young adult
When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with
a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his
own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily
is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she
encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily
Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to
Emily to heal her own damaged self.

This inventive story, told in
verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape
where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and
springtime under the snow.

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The Little Rabbit by Judy Dunn

Age Range: 3-7
Full-color photographs. “The warm, cuddly world of a real rabbit family
is introduced to young readers in enchanting photographs.”–Children’s Books of the Year, Child Study Assn.  

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This book is only $2.93 for a paperback!

The Little Duck by Judy Dunn

Age Range: 3-7
Full-color photographs. Humorous factual account of a year in a duck’s life.

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This book is only $3.25 for a paperback!

A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book: The Trouble with Magic by Ruth Chew

Age Range: 7-10
When Barbara and Rick Benton find a wizard named Harrison Peabody in an
old bottle, they quickly discover that magic isn’t as simple as it
looks. But even tricky magic is better than no magic, and soon the
Bentons are flying around Prospect Park with a large black umbrella and
befriending a sea serpent in the lake. How can they keep Harrison a
secret, though, when he’s living in their attic?

stories that deal with matter-of-fact magic, Ruth Chew’s books have been
engaging young readers for over 40 years. Now a new generation can
discover the timelessness of these marvelous tales.

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This book is only $5.80 for a paperback!

A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book: Magic in the Park by Ruth Chew

Age Range: 7-10
“Ruth Chew’s classic books perfectly capture the joy of everyday
magic.”—Mary Pope Osborne, bestselling author of the Magic Tree House

Jen Mace and her new friend, Mike Steward, learn that
magic can happen when you least expect it. And though it is very
exciting, it can also be dangerous.
Jen has just moved to Brooklyn.
She misses the woods and fields of her old home, but while walking in
Prospect Park, Jen meets Mike.  Together they are fascinated by the
older gentleman who is always surrounded by birds and seems to appear
and disappear quite suddenly.

   For decades, Ruth Chew’s books
have been enchanting early readers with the thrill of magic in their own
lives. Now these tales are once again available to work their spell on a
new generation of fans.

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This book is only $5.77 for a paperback!

A to Z Mysteries: The Castle Crime by Ron Roy

Age Range: 6-9
In the sixth A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose
go to London! The kids see Big Ben, ride the London Eye, and tour Madame
Tussauds wax museum. Then big news hits—someone has stolen Queen
Elizabeth’s jewels right outside Windsor Castle! The kids head to the
castle to check around for clues. But can three kids from Green Lawn
possibly find evidence that Scotland Yard has missed? The alphabet is
over, but the mysteries continue in this sixth A to Z Mysteries Super Edition, featuring a 26-letter secret message hidden in the illustrations.

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This book is only $5.39 for a paperback!

Oddfellow’s Orphanage by Emily Winfield Martin

Age Range: 7-10
What do an onion-headed boy, a child-sized hedgehog, and a tattooed girl
have in common? They are all orphans at Oddfellow’s Orphanage! This
unusual early chapter book began life as a series of full-color
portraits with character descriptions. Author/illustrator Emily Martin
has fleshed out the world of Oddfellow’s with an episodic story that
follows a new orphan, Delia, as she discovers the delights of her new
home. From classes in Cryptozoology and Fairy Tale Studies to trips to
the circus, from Annual Hair Cutting Day to a sea monster-sighting field
trip, things at Oddfellows are anything but ordinary . . . except when
it comes to friendships. And in that, Oddfellows is like any other
school where children discover what they mean to each other while
learning how big the world really is.

In Oddfellow’s Orphanage, Emily Martin brings a very strange place to life with her unique style of both art and writing.

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A Gathering of Wings by Kate Klimo

Age Range: young adult
In A Gathering of Wings, Malora leaves the safety of Mount
Kheiron for the bush and the bustling city of the Ka in search of Sky,
the stallion who used to lead Malora’s herd of horses. Accompanied by
her closest friends, Malora is faced with making decisions about her
future in new ways.

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