Magic has lost its allure for society until a teenage girl, who runs a magicians' employment agency, brings it back en vogue to prevent a dragon from destroying the world.


Splendors and Glooms

By Laura Amy SchlitzCandlewick, 400 pp.: $17.99, for ages 9 and up

A master puppeteer in Victorian England is suspected in a girl's disappearance in this gothic thriller from the Newbery Medalist.


The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate

By Scott NashCandlewick, 368 pp.: $17.99, for ages 8 and up

This beautifully illustrated novel tells the swashbuckling tale of pirate birds who sail the sky.


Third Grade Angels

By Jerry SpinelliArthur A. Levine, 112 pp.: $15.99, for ages 7 and up

A third-grader struggles with always been good in the prequel to the Newbery Medalist's "Fourth Grade Rats."



By Steve SheinkinFlash Point, 272 pp.: $19.99, for ages 10 and up

An edge-of-your-seat, nonfiction look at the race to build, and steal, the world's most dangerous weapon: the atomic bomb.


The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck

By Emily Fairlie HarperCollins, 304 pp.: $16.99, for ages 8 and up

Sixth-graders Bud and Laurie use lists and notes as they the hunt for a treasure hidden by their eccentric school founder more than 80 years ago. Will they find it before the school is torn down?

The Great Unexpected

By Sharon Creech HarperCollins, 240 pp.: $16.99, for ages 8 and up

Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech tells a story of two orphan girls, a boy named Finn who falls from a tree, and two sisters separated by an ocean--and how different worlds are connected in spite of the distance between them.