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We’re trumpeting an announcement today: Literary Features Syndicate is going on summer vacation! That means we’ll be posting less frequently over the next eight weeks. But don’t fret, there’s still some great stories heading your way–we’re even reviewing a trio of independently published books, a first for LFS! Keep on reading and have a wonderful

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literarykids: image©2011 Karina Schaapman, photo by Ton Bouwer. Reproduced with permission from Dial Books. The Mouse Mansion, written and created by Karina Schaapman, photographed by Ton Bouwer; Dial Books, $18.99, 60 pages ages 5-8. Usually when there’s a mouse in the house, the human inhabitants run for the hills. Here, debut children’s book author Karina

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@nancyrosep  @penguinkids  Love Me, Love My Dog From Wolf to Woof! by Hudson Talbott; Nancy Paulsen Books; $16.99, 32 pages, ages 4-7. Long before Labradoodles and Schnauzers, wolves roamed the Earth, and they were not man’s best friend. Slowly, some wolves befriended humans, and a beautiful relationship blossomed. Here, in Hudson Talbott’s latest picture book,

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@penguinrandomhouse Good Things Come in Threes Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks, by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca Gomez, illustrated by Dan Dantat; Putnam, $17.99, 32 pages, ages 4-7. (May 24, 2016) In the third in a ninja-themed fractured fairy tale trilogy, Corey Rosen Schwartz, Rebecca Gomez, and Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat combine witty limericks

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literarykids:  Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey, by Nick Bertozzi; First Second Books, $16.99, 128 pages, ages 12-18. (Publication date: June 17, 2014) Amateur and professional explorers worldwide will mark the centennial of Ernest Shackelton’s ill-fated yet miraculous voyage to the Antarctic this year. Entire documentaries and symposiums are devoted to understanding how the entire crew survived in

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@DisneyHyperion @The_Pigeon@MoWillems Look at what came in the mail last week! It’s The Thank You Book, where Gerald and Piggie thank everyone and everything for taking part in their adventures. A fitting end to a stellar series. Can’t get enough Mo? Check out this fine story on the three-time Caldecott Honor winner’s retrospective at the

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@abramskids @nikkimcclure  Waiting for High Tide, by Nikki McClure, Abrams Books for Young Readers, $19.95, 48 pages, ages 6-9. (April 5, 2016) Nikki McClure is to cut paper what Robert Sabuda is to pop-ups: the master of her domain. Her latest endeavor is based on a family summer outing to the Salish Sea near Olympia,

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