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JANUARY 2018

The Tea Dragon SocietyThe Tea Dragon Society
by Katie O’Neill

The Tea Dragon Society is a whimsical new graphic novel, based on O’Neill’s imaginative webcomic, which follows Greta, a young blacksmith, as she discovers the magical world of “tea dragons”. These adorable mini-dragons are kept as pets not only because they produce delicious tea leaves on their antlers and horns, but because the owners of these creatures form special bonds with the dragons. This special connection allows whoever drinks the tea-dragon tea to experience the memories of the tea-dragon’s owner.  Greta is welcomed into the Tea Dragon Society, a group of tea-dragon caretakers who show her the ropes of this delicate and rare art.  Nearly without any real dramatic storyline, this book is a fun feel-good story with great world-building. It is also an extremely cute book, colored in beautiful hues and filled with manga-inspired illustrations, making it a perfect graphic novel for middle-grade fantasy or magical manga fans. Recommended for readers ages 9-12.

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POSTED: January 15, 2018

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This is a Good Story
by Adam Lehrhaupt; Illustrated by Magali Le Huche

This is a good StoryWhat makes a good story? In this new picture book by award winning author Lehrhaupt, a young girl is writing and illustrating a story. She wants it to be “a good story” so she gets help by a narrator who offers her ideas and critiques what she has written. First, she starts with a hero and heroine who live in a small town. She creates a conflict when an evil overlord attacks the town. Next, she has to plan how the hero and heroine can resolve this conflict to have a happy ending. Readers are introduced to the basic elements found in a story in a very imaginative and creative way. Not only is this book an excellent book for classroom use to teach writing but it is also a fun book to read aloud and share. After all, who doesn’t love a story about a hero and heroine saving the day? Young readers may be inspired to write and illustrate their own stories too. Recommended for grades K-2.

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POSTED: January 8, 2018

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Someday, Narwhal

Someday, Narwhal
by Lisa Mantchev; Illustrated by Hyewon Yum

Readers will love this sweet and quietly inspiring story about a fantastically tiny narwhal who lives in a fishbowl, longing to see the world but scared to leave the familiar comfort of her home.  Thanks to some help from her friends and a red wagon, Narwhal is able to see her neighborhood as she is wheeled around town in the wagon.  Little Narwhal finds the bravery needed to leave the safety of her house and perhaps will one day explore the wider world, as she glances at travel posters for farther flung destinations. Softly illustrated in colored pencils and gouache, Yum’s light and airy artwork makes this beautiful story about friendship one that children will want to read again and again. Recommended for children ages 4-6.

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POSTED: January 4, 2018

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