The first book is a middle grade fantasy.
The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog by Frances Sackett
Release date: October 1, 2013 from Holiday House
Peter Lubinsky, who doesn’t even like dogs, suddenly finds himself compelled to adopt a scraggly white mutt from the local shelter. It turns out that The Dog, as Peter dubs him, can talk and do magic! But he needs Peter’s help to rescue his former master. In exchange, The Dog will teach Peter enough magic to bring his father home from the Middle East, where he is deployed with the air force. So Peter embarks on an incredible adventure, flying through the air to the magician’s fantastic mansion: a wonderland of childhood delights, including a nonstop carnival with rides, games, and prizes. But as Peter’s magical power grows, he finds himself filled with dark anger. Is he turning evil?
A bedroom full of dinosaur fossils, a waiter who was formerly a mouse, and an epic battle of magicians add thrills galore to this fantasy about the power of enchantment and love.
The second book is a beautifully illustrated non-fiction book about rivers.
River Life: A Journey from Headwaters to the Sea by Marianne D. Wallace
Release date: May 15, 2013 from Holiday House
Published in partnership with the Rivers Institute at Hanover College
From a small stream in a Pennsylvania woodland, this book follows the seasons of river life along three connected rivers: the Allegheny during spring, the Ohio during summer and the Lower Mississippi during fall.
What animals and plants will you find along the river's edge? How do the changing seasons affect the insects, flowers and birds you might see? Why do some of the fish and other animals found in the water live among rocks and gravel while others are found in sandy or silty areas?
River Life: A Journey from Headwaters to the Sea is a great book for river exploration, even if you never leave home.
In addition, the table of contents, glossary, list of scientific names, river facts of the world and index make this book an excellent educational resource for classrooms and home schooling.
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