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Zac and the Dream Stealers By Ross MacKenzie

In this book there is a boy named Zac who lives with his Grandmother. One night he notices her walking in to a pool and decides to follow her.

He soon finds out that the pool is actually a portal to a world where all dreams happen.

He soon finds out there is a society of people known as the Dream Stealers who were supposed to have been defeated long ago by another society known as The Knights. 

But the Dream Stealers are growing stronger, and are beginning to feed more openly on dreams. To make matters worse, The Grand Master, Leader of The Knights has disappeared, supposedly kidnapped by the Dream Stealers. Now Zac, his Grandmother, his new friends Tom and Tily, and the last of The Knights must go and try to save what might be the only thing that can stop the Dream Stealers and save both the dream world and the human world.

Reviewed By Henry, Age 12, kid reviewer, MV Books Inc.

Our Children's Specialists love... IF YOU WANT TO SEE A WHALE!

Whales are tricky beasts. To see them, you must not be too distracted by roses, or pelicans, or the oceanwaves breaking along the shore.  If you are patient and wait long enough, you might just spot one! This is a lovely book with plenty to look at and dream about, courtesy of Erin Stead's signature pencil/woodblock style. --reviewed by Elizabeth of Books Inc. in the Marina

This charming little picture book was enjoyable to read.  In a simple, poetic style, Julie Fogliano offers instruction on what to pay attention to, and what not to pay attention to, if you want to catch a glimpse of a whale.  The illustrations by Erin Stead capture the essence of this simple story beautifully. --reviewed by Amy of Books Inc. in Burlingame


Better Nate than Never by Tim Federle

This very cute debut novel had me actually laughing out loud. Nate is a 12 year old from a small town in Pennsylvania, and has huge dreams of being on Broadway. When he hears about an open casting call for a musical in New York City, he realizes that this is his big break; he devises a plan to take the bus into the city, ace the audition, and make it home before his parents even realize he’s gone. What could go wrong?

As you might expect, things don’t go as smoothly as Nate hoped. But with the help of a long lost relative in the area, Nate gets to experience some of what New York City has to offer for people who are little different. Even though he doesn’t fit in in his normal life in Pennsylvania, Nate goes home knowing that there definitely places in the world for people like him. This book is funny yet heartfelt, and Nate is the kind of character you really want to root for. Ages 9+

--Reviewed by Caitlin, our intrepid book fair buyer and general pal

Pirates Vs. Cowboys by Aaron Reynolds

I love this picture book! When the pirates (all sea creatures) show up in Cheyenne (to bury booty, of course) inhabited by ranch animal cowboys, they quickly realize that neither speak the others' language. Things really heat up until the world's only pirate cowboy shows up and helps them get past their differences. A great read aloud!


 --Reviewed by Katie of Books Inc. Palo Alto