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Welcome, once again, to Pullman's extraordinary imagination. The master storyteller has brought us back to the world of His Dark Materials, but earlier on, with some familiar characters and most notably, a new hero in a sturdy canoe: Malcolm Polstead. Part Arthurian quest, part Noah's flood, part Odyssey, part flight into Egypt, La Belle Sauvage will take you for a wild ride that will leave you breathless and yearning for more. ages 10+ ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong
High in the Arctic a wolf pup gets lost, but a mama polar bear takes him in. The refrain, "I'm not your mother, but ..." lets us know that lost pup will be okay. When the wolf grows up, he has a chance to return the kindness. Ages 3+ ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong
This charming companion book to Strictly No Elephants easily stands alone. A tiny pet narwhal dreams of exploring the world outside, but is full of doubts and fears until a gang of friends comes to help allay all those worries. Very sweet! Ages 3+ ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong
Three intertwined stories of three refugee families - one, a German Jewish family fleeing Nazi persecution in the 1930s and heading to Cuba, another, a Cuban family facing the Florida Straits in a homemade boat to escape Castro's oppression in 1994, and finally a Syrian family risking everything to reach Germany today. These three stories, featuring three frightened but determined young protagonists, bring the refugee crisis vividly to life for readers in fourth grade and up. Families and classrooms will have much to discuss with this one. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong
Not since The Golden Compass have I been so completely enthralled by a fantasy world. This is an extraordinary adventure with a picaresque heroine you can't help cheering on. Highly recommended for readers eleven and older. ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong