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Book Review: The Potter’s Boy By Tony Mitton
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The Potter's Boy by Tony Mitton

The Potter’s Boy
Hardcover | Kindle
By Tony Mitton
Publisher: David Fickling Books | Scholastic Press
Release date: February 26, 2019

Many years ago, 12-year-old Ryo played the role of dutiful son, learning to ply his future trade as a pottery maker like his father. However, when his small village is raided by brigands and a single stranger steps forward and ends the attack, Ryo changes his mind and wants to become a warrior like the stranger.

After obtaining his father’s blessing and waiting for his 13th birthday, Ryo heads out to find the stranger and train as he did so he can protect those who cannot protect themselves. What he encounters are challenges that he never expected, but is more than willing to face.

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Book Review: City Of Ghosts By Victoria Schwab
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City of Ghosts
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 28, 2018

Cass is not your typical girl. It’s not just because her parents research ghostly places for their show, Cass is not even sure if they believe in ghosts. It’s because Cass can see ghosts, especially her ghost best friend, Jacob, who saved her from drowning. Ever since then, Cass can pass through the Veil that separates the living world from the dead, as can Jacob. She just can’t help it. Sometimes she gets this feeling and seeks out that other world, but now, in Edinburgh Scotland (the city of ghosts), the Veil keeps sucking her in. On top of all of that is a mysterious girl with similar gifts, and a ghostly red pied piper woman who is terrifying.

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Book Expo 2017: Scholastic Press Spotlight
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Book Expo

Book Expo descended on NYC Thursday and Friday, and it was a reader’s dream. The prelude to Book Con (Saturday and Sunday), Book Expo was like having a Jacob Javitz Center sized library organized by publisher, where free books are literally thrown at you. And not only that, many of the books have not been released yet, and the authors are just hanging out ready to talk.

One of the many many publishers was Scholastic which handed out books like candy in “read-topia.” There are many lovely tomes headed our way from this kid-centric press (young adult too!) this fall.

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Book Review: Bionic by Suzanne Weyn
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Bionic
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Suzanne Weyn
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016

Mira has a great boyfriend, is in a band, and may be in line for a lacrosse scholarship after high school. A car accident seems to destroy all those dreams when she is in critical condition, and loses her arm and leg. Innovative technology grants her bionic limbs, and a chip to integrate her brain function with her movement. The chip also enhances her from the inside out, causing her hair to be long and her skin to look fantastic. She gets offered a modeling contract, and can suddenly play guitar like an ace. What comes up must come down, and soon all the positives begin to be negatives in Bionic by Suzanne Weyn.

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Book Review: The Taken (Foxcraft #1) by Inbali Iserles
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The Taken (Foxcraft #1)
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Inbali Iserles
Scholastic Press
Paperback Release Date: April 26th, 2016

A happy little fox spends her days playing with her brother Pirie, and minding her Ma, Fa, and Greatma. She tries to practice her foxcraft so she can get as good as Pirie, but it’s hard for her to become invisible. She is rather good at bird calls though. One day, she lagged behind returning to her den and found her family gone, and strange foxes trying to grab her. Now Isla must brave the deathway full of manglers in search of her lost family, and avoid the furless on the way. The Taken (Foxcraft Series #1) by Inbali Iserles takes us along on Isla’s dangerous and desperate journey.

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Book Review: The Keeper (Vega Jane Book 2) by David Baldacci
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The Keeper (Vega Jane Book 2)
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition | Audible
Written by David Baldacci
Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 8th, 2015
Cover Price: $17.99

When we last saw Vega Jane in The Finisher, she had left her very “Giver” life in Wormwood, for possible freedom (and death) in the Quag that surrounded it, with her canine Harry 2, and her gorgeous (former stutterer) best friend, Delph. That’s not all she has with her. She still has Destin, the chain that allows her to fly, the Adder Stone that can heal all wounds (cannot regrow limbs or bring back the dead – she tried), and the Elemental, when combined with the glove can change its shape, and seems to be what she needs at the time that she needs it (not fully explored yet). Vega Jane, et al., had just leapt off a cliff to escape the herd of garms and armarocs that had been chasing them – a literal cliffhanger. Now, in The Keeper, David Baldacci continues her story at that exact moment.

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