Stories don't know everything.
When Sand wakes up alone in a long-abandoned castle, he has no idea how he got there. The stories all said the place was ruined by an earthquake, and Sand did not expect to find everything inside torn in half or smashed to bits. Nothing lives here and nothing grows, except the vicious, thorny bramble that holds Sand prisoner. Why wasn't this in the stories?
To survive, Sand does what he knows best: he fires up the castle's forge to mend what he needs. But the things he fixes work somehow better than they ought to. Is there magic in the mending? Or have the saints who once guarded this place returned?
When Sand finds the castle's lost heir, Perrotte, they begin to untwine the dark secrets that caused the destruction. Putting together the pieces, of stone and iron and of a broken life, is harder than Sand ever imagined, but it's the only way to regain their freedom.
What if your birthday wish turned you into someone else?
Lavender and Scarlet are nothing alike. Scarlet is tall, pretty, and popular, the star of the soccer team and the queen of the school. Lavender is none of these things. Her friends aren't considered cool, her hair is considered less than uncool, and her performance at the recent talent show is something nobody will ever forget, even though she really, really wants it to be forgotten.
There's only one thing Lavender and Scarlet know for sure they have in common: the same birthday.
They've never had parties together. They've never swapped presents. But this year, because of two wishes that turned all too true, they are about to swap something much bigger than presents: the morning after their birthdays, Lavender is going to wake up in Scarlet's body, and Scarlet is going to wake up in Lavender's. In order to change back, they're going to have to figure out how to be someone completely opposite of who they ordinarily are.
Lantern Sam is the wise-cracking, sarcastic, talking cat (for those who can hear him, that is) who lives onboard the Lake Erie Shoreliner train and is one of the best detectives no one knows about.
He doesn't have much patience for humans (unless they bring him sardines), but when 10-year-old traveler Henry can't find his new friend, the exuberant Ellie, Sam's enlisted to help. A ransom note is soon discovered, and just like that Sam and Henry are on the case, with the help of Clarence the Conductor (who supplies Sam's sardines).
Is Ellie still on board the train? Did the salesman with his trunk full of samples sneak her off? Why does that couple keep acting so suspicious?
Veteran middle-grade mystery author Michael D. Beil has crafted a hilarious and appealing adventure set in the 1930s that's chock-full of quirky characters, red herrings, and all with an irresistible cat at its center.
The bestselling trio from Spence Mansion is launching a greeting card company called
Greetings from the Graveyard.
What kind of card do you send to an ex-girlfriend who threatens to publish the love letters of Ignatius B. Grumply? What do you send when the town of Ghastly is rocked by its first crime wave and two escaped convicts are on the loose? If you're Olive C. Spence, you send for your old butler, T. Leeves, who arrives just in time for tea, and for trouble.
Told in generously illustrated letters and newspaper articles, these books are a visual feast perfect for kids who love series like Big Nate and the Dork Diaries but with a ghostly twist.
Astri, a young Norwegian girl, is desperate to join her father in America.
After being separated from her sister and sold to a cruel goat farmer, Astri makes a daring escape. She quickly retrieves her little sister, and, armed with a troll treasure, a book of spells and curses, and a possibly-magic hairbrush, they set off for America.
With a mysterious companion in tow and the malevolent
goatman in pursuit, the girls head over the Norwegian mountains, through field and forest, and in and out of folktales and dreams as they steadily make their way east of the sun and west of the moon.
In West of the Moon, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Margi Preus expertly weaves original fiction with myth and folktale to tell Astri's story.