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The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson

Four orphan boys are chosen by nobleman Bevin Conner to compete for the chance to impersonate Prince Jaron, missing and presumed dead for four years. It quickly becomes clear that whichever boy is chosen, the other three will not survive to give away the secret of the false prince. Sage, an unusually clever orphan boy with quite a talent for thievery, takes issue with this plan and decides that he will not allow Conner to get away with murdering three boys. He soon learns that Conner is responsible for far worse deeds than his plot to install the false prince on the throne of Carthya. Luckily, Sage has plenty of secrets of his own, and it will take all his ingenuity and the help of his competitors to thwart Conner's plan and expose his treachery.--Reviewed by Adrien, Compass Books

Once Upon a Memory by Nina Laden

I was drawn to this book the day it arrived because I am a huge fan of Renata Liwska’s (Quiet Book, Loud book) illustrations. The text of this book weaves in nicely with the familiar characters and charming details of the illustrations. This is definitely a picture book that I recommend to adults as well as their children. It’s also one that works well with older kids despite the simplicity of the words themselves, the concepts mentioned in the text, of memory and transformation, can lead to wonderful conversations. As with all of Liwska’s illustrations, you will notice new and poignant details every time you read the book. A great book to linger over.

--Reviewed by Chantal, Books Inc. Mountain View

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