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Islands of the Black Moon
Erica Farber
0440417066
June 2004
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-Lila embarks on a quest to find her presumed-dead father in this chaotic mix of magic, science, mythology, and fairy tale. After opening the blue bottle she receives from her mysterious great-aunt, the 11-year-old falls into a magical world where she meets all sorts of bizarre creatures, sinister adults, and a boy who befriends her. The plot-driven novel has little character development, and many references to mythological or folkloric creatures are unexplained. Reminiscent of an old-fashioned serial, the story probably has enough action to retain the interest of readers who require a fast-paced adventure. An additional purchase.B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NYCopyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


Circle of Three
Erica Farber
0613502876
July 2001
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This first book in the projected Tales of the Nine Charms trilogy is unoriginal and scattered in its focus, a B-list choice for fantasy readers. The beginning is disorienting: three separate child protagonists pursue seemingly unrelated adventures. Only in mid-novel do they find themselves united in a fight against "The Dark One" who threatens the magical world of Sunnebeam--but the exact nature of the threat remains murky even at the close of the book ("The dark will rise again," says a villain, in one of several obvious echoes of Susan Cooper's classic The Dark Is Rising fantasy sequence). Smart-mouth Walker, an American, has been called into Sunnebeam to be "the Bearer," while Gypsy girl Aurora, gifted with second sight, is "the Protector." And smart but sexist Niko, formerly in training to become a kind of...


Circle of Three
Erica Farber
0385326130
January 2000
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This first book in the projected Tales of the Nine Charms trilogy is unoriginal and scattered in its focus, a B-list choice for fantasy readers. The beginning is disorienting: three separate child protagonists pursue seemingly unrelated adventures. Only in mid-novel do they find themselves united in a fight against "The Dark One" who threatens the magical world of Sunnebeam--but the exact nature of the threat remains murky even at the close of the book ("The dark will rise again," says a villain, in one of several obvious echoes of Susan Cooper's classic The Dark Is Rising fantasy sequence). Smart-mouth Walker, an American, has been called into Sunnebeam to be "the Bearer," while Gypsy girl Aurora, gifted with second sight, is "the Protector." And smart but sexist Niko, formerly in training to become a kind of...


No Howling in the House
Mercer Mayer
0679873651
Mar 1996
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3. A gimmicky, less-than-satisfying offering. The wolflike Howls, modeled after the "Adams Family," are depicted in bold full-color cartoons. Father Jack tries to teach his son, Axel, to howl, but to no avail. Mother Wanda, tries to teach daughter Thistle to fly, but to no avail. The parents are thoroughly discouraged, and the children are in tears. Axel and Thistle tuck their parents into bed, and visit the cook. This toad-like creature tries to bake a magic pie so the children can learn their lessons. Thistle's so angry and frustrated that she lets out a howl and wakes her parents. They are amazed at her ability, and convince Axel to try flying. He succeeds, and all are satisfied with their newfound, yet unexpected, talents. Natalie Standiford's The Best Little Monkeys in the World...


Purple Pickle Juice
Mercer Mayer
067987366X
Mar 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
Each morning, Thistle Howl drinks a glass of purple pickle juice and chants: "Hands above, feet below.  Grow, I say.  GROW!  GROW!  GROW!"  Yet she doesn't get any bigger.  Then Auntie Bell offers a few incantations of her own--and Thistle gets a humongous surprise!  

Card catalog description
Thistle Howl desperately wants to grow, but drinking purple pickle juice doesn't help and her aunt's magic makes Thistle think that maybe she's content just as she is.

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The Swamp Thing
Erica Farber
0769647626
July 2006
Paperback
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The Alien from Outer Space
Erica Farber
0769647634
July 2006
Paperback
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Golden Eagle
Erica Farber
0769647642
July 2006
Paperback
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The Jaguar Paw Puzzle
Erica Farber
0769647650
July 2006
Paperback
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Octopus Island
Erica Farber
0769647669
July 2006
Paperback
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The Prince
Erica Farber
0769647677
July 2006
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