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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz
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Evil tree. Bad Apple?

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost, a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world.

Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon's Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her friends. In their quest for the Dragon's Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ainít so bad.

Available in regular print or audio CD.

More New Children's Fiction:
The Great War : Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War
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The Great War is an anthology of fictional stories from eleven internationally-acclaimed, award-winning authors.

Each author chose an object from the First World War as the basis of their tale. John Boyne was inspired by a recruitment poster, Adele Geras by a wartime butter dish, David Almond by a soldier's writing case. Each object illuminates an aspect of life during the war, and each story reminds us of the millions of individual lives that were changed forever by the four years of fighting.

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer
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Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies.

Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. She thinks she's found it with Mrs. Greene and her daughter Lacey, so when her mother says it's time to move on again, Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels. She'll always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

Now faced with making a home with a grandmother she's never met, who, according to her mother, didn't want her in the first place, Grace is desperate to get back to Mrs. Greene and Lacey. A mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on, may just be the key. It all begins with a crane, and Grace is sure it's her mother showing her the way home.

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks
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When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog, Baxterr, discover that Tuesday's mother, the famous author Serendipity Smith, has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure.

In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from. Here, Tuesday befriends the fearless Vivienne Small, learns to sail an enchanted boat, tangles with an evil pirate, and discovers the truth about her remarkable dog. Along the way, she learns what it means to be a writer and how difficult it can sometimes be to get all the way to The End.


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