THE MULBERRY TREE, by Allison Rushby, Candlewick Press

Do naught wrong by the mulberry tree, or she'll take your daughters ... one, two, three. Ten-year-old Immy and her family run away from their storm cloud of problems to a tiny village in Cambridgeshire, England. When they find an adorable thatched cottage to begin a perfect new life in, the only downside is the … Continue reading THE MULBERRY TREE, by Allison Rushby, Candlewick Press

NEVERTELL, by Katharine Orton, Walker Books US/Candlewick Press

After escaping a Soviet prison camp, Lina is pursued by a powerful witch and her shadow wolves in a riveting debut that imbues frozen wilderness with fairy-tale magic. All that twelve-year-old Lina knows of the world is the Stalinist labor camp where she was born, a place of hunger, cruelty, and deprivation. After a daring … Continue reading NEVERTELL, by Katharine Orton, Walker Books US/Candlewick Press

THE MAD KYOTO SHOE SWAPPER: AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, by Rebecca Otowa, Tuttle Publishing/PGC

From the unique standpoint of an American woman who married into a Japanese family and has lived in Japan for more than thirty years, Rebecca Otowa weaves enchanting tales of her adopted home that portray the perspective of both the Japanese and the foreigner on the universal issues that face us all—love, work, marriage, death, … Continue reading THE MAD KYOTO SHOE SWAPPER: AND OTHER SHORT STORIES, by Rebecca Otowa, Tuttle Publishing/PGC

BETWEEN WORLDS: FOLKTALES OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND, by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Illustrated by Frances Castle, Candlewick Press

The definitive collection of British and Irish folktales from master storyteller and poet Kevin Crossley-Holland. Rich and strange, these eerie and magical folktales from across Britain and Ireland have been passed down from generation to generation, and are gathered together in a definitive new collection from the master storyteller and winner of the Carnegie Medal, … Continue reading BETWEEN WORLDS: FOLKTALES OF BRITAIN AND IRELAND, by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Illustrated by Frances Castle, Candlewick Press

GINGERBREAD, by Helen Oyeyemi, Penguin Canada

The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel. Influenced by the mysterious place gingerbread holds in classic children's stories--equal parts wholesome and uncanny, from the tantalizing witch's house in "Hansel and Gretel" to the man-shaped confection who one day decides … Continue reading GINGERBREAD, by Helen Oyeyemi, Penguin Canada

THE BIGFOOT FILES, by Lindsay Eagar, Candlewick Press

From the author of Hour of the Bees comes another captivating story that deftly blurs the line between reality and magic -- and will leave you wondering What if? The Loch Ness Monster. The Frogman. Bigfoot. Twelve-year-old Miranda Cho used to believe in it all, used to love poring over every strange footprint, every stray … Continue reading THE BIGFOOT FILES, by Lindsay Eagar, Candlewick Press

THE WHITE HARE, by Michael Fiswick, Zephyr/Head of Zeus

A beautifully written coming-of-age novel from an acclaimed literary voice. A lost boy. A dead girl, and one who is left behind. Robbie doesn't want anything more to do with death, but life in a village full of whispers and secrets can't make things the way they were. When the white hare appears, magical and … Continue reading THE WHITE HARE, by Michael Fiswick, Zephyr/Head of Zeus

HALLOWDENE, THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT, by George Mann, Titan Books

  Book Two: Former London journalist Elspeth Reeves is trying to carve a new life for herself in the sleepy Oxfordshire countryside until she's sent to cover the excavation of a notorious local witch's grave. Three hundred years ago, her name mixed up with murder and black magic, Agnes Levett was hanged and then buried … Continue reading HALLOWDENE, THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT, by George Mann, Titan Books

HANDBOOK OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY, by John Lindow, ABC CLIO, Haul

DESCRIPTION: The book describes the pagan origins of Scandinavia, the interaction between the Vikings and other Europeans, and the concept of time in Norse mythology, and gives a dictionary of deities, themes, and concepts. With 200 entries of up to four pages each, the dictionary includes both well-known characters like Thor and minor figures such … Continue reading HANDBOOK OF NORSE MYTHOLOGY, by John Lindow, ABC CLIO, Haul

FISH-BOY, by Vanita Oelschlager, Mike Blanc (art), Children’s Book

OVERVIEW: The Arctic region of North America is a land of long days, icy cold, hardy people and peculiar creatures. The Inuit people there have made traditional use of remarkable folk tales to find truth and explain the mysteries of an astonishing world. In Fish-Boy, An Inuit Folk Tale, Vanita Oelschlager retells a tale passed … Continue reading FISH-BOY, by Vanita Oelschlager, Mike Blanc (art), Children’s Book