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December 20, 2014

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A Cow Goes Rogue, Dickens Goes Steampunk, and Katie Friedman Goes Luddite | Fiction Grades 5-8

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This month’s middle-grade fiction includes a bevy of alluring new titles, from Audrey (Cow), a cow determined to make something of herself, to a steampunk version of Charles Dickens’s classic holiday tale, A Christmas Tale.

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Pictures of the Week: Neil Gaiman Reads ‘A Christmas Carol’ at NYPL

Neil Gaiman dressed in Victorian attire reads from Charles Dickens's classic, A Christmas Carol.

Celebrated author Neil Gaiman, complete in Victorian garb, gave a special reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol on December 15 at New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Following edits and prompts Dickens himself used for readings of the classic tale, Gaiman entertained a packed crowd just in time for the holiday season.

Pick of the Day: Dodger

Dodger

PRATCHETT, Terry. Dodger. 360p. HarperCollins/Harper. 2012. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-06-200949-4; PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-200950-0; ebook $11.99. ISBN 978-0-06-219015-4.
Gr 8 Up
–The master of humorous fantasy has taken to historical fiction like a London guttersnipe to a large helping of bangers and mash, albeit with a touch of the fantastical. Dodger is an inhabitant of the worst stews of London, who makes a meager living as a tosher, a treasure hunter in the sewers under the city.  His fortune changes, literally […]