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momentous challenge yet. Dispatching a vi-
cious ghost is one thing, but uncovering a
vast scheme of calculated evildoing is quite
another. While the novel’s
epic climax will please any
lover of chills, thrills, and
explosions, the simultaneous
is not to be missed. A revela-
tion in the concluding pages
will leave readers wondering
what dark secret lies behind
the plague of spirits terrorizing England for
50 years. The wry first-person narrative is a
pleasure, relating the story with an impecca-
ble, understated sense of drama. Appearing at
chapter headings, Adams’ dark, richly atmo-
spheric, and often ghostly vignette drawings
can make even a sandwich look downright
sinister. Stroud’s scene setting and storytelling
are second to none, but it’s his ability to create
credible, idiosyncratic characters and relation-
ships that makes avid fans of the Lockwood &
Co. series. —Carolyn Phelan
By Claire Legrand. Illus. by Jaime
Oct. 2016. 480p. Greenwillow, $16.99 (9780062427731).
On the night a murderous figure descends
on Saint Martta’s Convent of the White
Wolf, 12-year-old Quicksilver manages to escape with Fox, her dog and partner in crime.
Though orphaned and friendless, Quicksilver is unafraid of being on her own; she is
the best thief in the Star Lands, after all. Her
plans for pilfering are quickly derailed, however, when she and another young thief, Sly
Boots, are magicked back in time by a witch
who informs them that Quicksilver is also a
witch and must stop the Wolf King from rid-ding magic from the Star Lands. To do this,
they must find and destroy the skeletons of
the very first witches’ monsters (familiarlike
animal companions). And so the quest begins.
Legrand (Some Kind of Happiness, 2016) fills
her story with magic, danger, and suspense,
and places two fiery female protagonists at its
helm. Humor helps offset the story’s tenser
moments, and Quicksilver’s character grows
as she experiences the world and the power of
friendship. Give to readers looking to go on a
fantastical journey. —Julia Smith
A Furry Fiasco.
By Paul DuBois Jacobs and Jennifer
Swender. Illus. by Stephanie Laberis.
Dec. 2016. 112p. Aladdin, $16.99 (9781481462242);
paper, $5.99 (9781481462235). Gr. 2–4.
Narrated by Leopold Augustus Gonzalo
Tyler, an intelligent scarlet macaw, this is the
story of the Animal Inn, a combination hotel,
school, and spa for animals, as well as home to
the human Tyler family, their two dogs, two
cats, two gerbils, and Leopold, of course. The
animals can talk to one another, which is how
rumors spread like wildfire about a mysteri-
ous wizard bringing his dragon to the Animal
Inn. The animals work themselves into a ter-
rified tizzy until they meet the dragon, really
just a shy Komodo dragon. Beginning with
a prologue full of rapid-fire exposition, the
short chapters boast humorous dialogue and
a large vocabulary. Although the revolving
door of animals and humans can be confus-
ing at times, the plot engages the reader to
the heartwarming conclusion. The occasional
cartoonish, grayscale digital illustrations pro-
vide context from an animal’s-eye perspective.
The first in a series, animal-lovers will delight
in the ever-changing menagerie of furry, scaly,
and feathery friends at the wonderfully cha-
otic Animal Inn. —Amy Seto Forrester
Into the Lion’s Den.
By Linda Fairstein.
Nov. 2016. 320p. Dial, $16.99 (9780399186431).
Nancy Drew meets her rightful heir in
Dev Quick, girl sleuth. Dev is spending her
summer taking some extra classes at her private school. One of her classmates, Liza, is
a student from South America who is living
with Dev and her police chief mother. When
Liza witnesses someone cutting a page from
a valuable book of maps at New York’s Public Library, the game is afoot. Dev and Liza
; “Packs a considerable emotional punch. . . .
—School Library Journal, Starred
; “Kobi’s world is vididly portrayed.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
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