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First Four Years, The, WILDER, Laura Ingalls
First Four Years, The
WILDER, Laura Ingalls
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These Happy Golden Years, WILDER, Laura Ingalls
These Happy Golden Years
WILDER, Laura Ingalls
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Farmer Boy, WILDER, Laura Ingalls
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WILDER, Laura Ingalls
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By the Shores of Silver Lake, WILDER, Laura Ingalls
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1 4060 ATWATER, Richard and Florence Mr. Popper's Penguins
Softcover; Trade PB Little, Brown & Company: Boston; c1938,1988; Reprint 139 pages Illustrated by Robert Lawson; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, very light edgewear and rubbing; book looks unread. ; A delightful story with wonderful illustrations for ages 9 and up. 'The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.'

'Mr. Popper found it difficult enough to support his family but the addition of twelve penguins to the family made it impossible to make both ends meet. Then Mr. Popper has a splendid idea- the talented penguins would be a sensation on the stage. And so they were...' Winner of the Newbery and Caldecott awards. Highly recommended. Basis for the up-coming film starring Jim Carrey. 
Price: 5.75 USD

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2 4800 BAKER, Rachel First Woman Doctor, The
Softcover; Trade PB Scholastic: NY; c1944, 1999; Illustrated by Evelyn Copelman: Very Good  
B&W Illustrations; 188 pages; Child's name in ink on inside front cover, faint spine creases, light cover creases and edgewear, page edges very lightly yellowed. ; This biography tells how Elizabeth Blackwell pursued her dream and became the first woman doctor in the US. In 1840 there were no women doctors in the US but Elizabeth Blackwell was raised to think for herself and she overcame the many difficulties placed in her way. For ages 9-12.  
Price: 4.00 USD
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3 5884 BARRY, Dave and Ridley Pearson Peter and the Starcatchers
Hardcover Hyperion: NY; 2004; First US Edition 451 pages Illustrated by Greg Call; B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends slightly bumped, corners lightly worn, a few page edges creased. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn. A nice copy.; This unauthorised prequel to "Peter Pan" is the first in the series.'An unforgettable journey of adventure follows a boy and girl from a London port on a clipper ship called Neverland. They fight pirates and discover islands during their quest to keep a magical secret safely aboard.' Ages 10 and up. 
Price: 12.75 USD
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Sapphire Pendant, The, BEYER, Audrey White
4 7344 BEYER, Audrey White Sapphire Pendant, The
Hardcover; Ex-Library Alfred A. Knopf: NY; c1961, 1968; Fifth Printing 178 pages Illustrated by Robin Jacques; B&W Illustrations: Good+ 
An ex-library copy with the expected stamps, markings, and pocket discarded from a high school library. Decorative library binding with wrap around illustration, lightly soiled, worn, and slightly fraying at bumped spine ends and corners. Front and rear hinges, repaired or reinforced by library; no loose pages. Pages slightly age yellowed; text pages clean. Many wonderful black and white line drawings illustrate this story. No dust wrapper. This title seems to be rather scarce.; Set in England during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Montgomery, daughter of a British naval captain. Elizabeth regrets she is not a boy as due to inheritance laws, when her father dies her cousin Pierre Rochambeau, is heir to the Montgomery estate and guardian to Elizabeth. Her cousin is Irish and worst of all French (!) and Elizabeth deeply resents his presence and control over her life. Some mysterious events occur and Elizabeth of course must investigate which leads to a variety of adventures. An enjoyable read for junior high age and those that enjoy Regency novels.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 74.95 USD
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Folk Keeper, The, BILLINGSLEY, Franny
5 6440 BILLINGSLEY, Franny Folk Keeper, The
Hardcover Atheneum: NY; 1999; Third Printing 162 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, bottom board edges lightly bumped; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A very nice copy.; 'As Folk Keeper at the Rhysbridge Home, Corinna feeds the fierce, dark-dwelling cave Folk; keeps them from souring the milk, killing the chickens, and venting their anger on the neighborhood; and writes it all down in her Folk Record. Since only boys are Folk Keepers, she has disguised herself as a boy, Corin, and it is a boy and a Folk Keeper she intends to stay.

Yet there comes a moment when someone else knows the truth. Old, dying Lord Merton not only knows she is a girl, but knows some of her other secrets as well. It is at his bidding that she, as Corin, leaves Rhysbridge to become Folk Keeper and a member of the family on Cliffsend, an isle where the Folk are fiercer than ever they were at Rhysbridge.

It is on Cliffsend that Corinna comes face to face with herself, with the powers she does have (some quite unexpected) and those she does not have (even if she lies and says she does). Who really is she? Why does her hair grow two inches a night? Why does the sea draw her? What does she really want? And what future can and will she choose?'; Recommended by Julie B. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 7.50 USD

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Smoky Night, BUNTING, Eve
6 7100 BUNTING, Eve Smoky Night
Laminated Boards Harcourt Brace & Company: San Diego; c1994; Third Printing 4to 11" - 13" tall; [32] pages Illustrated by David Diaz; Color Illustrations: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A lovely copy. Inscribed and dated (1995) by Eve Bunting; inscribed in black marker and dated (1995) inside a square with leaf embellishment by David Diaz; both on page opposite the title page. Spine head faintly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn, gold Caldicott medallion crumpled on one edge. ; Winner of the 1995 Caldecott Medal. 'Daniel and his mother look out their window at the smoky night below. There are looters on the street, fires in the distance. Daniel clutches his cat, Jasmine. But later, when they are forced to leave their apartment building, Jasmine can't be found. Mrs. Kim's cat is missing, too. Where are they? They can't be with each other. Those cats don't get along... Smoky Night is a story about cats - and people - who couldn't get along until a night of rioting brings them together.' Recommended.; Partial image (due to size of book) shows crumpling to medallion. 
Price: 69.50 USD
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , CARROLL, Lewis
7 480 CARROLL, Lewis Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Hardcover Dragon's World: Limpsfield & London; (1865) 1990; First Edition Thus Illustrated by Malcolm Ashman: Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
Color Illustrations; 96 pages; A nice copy. Spine tail and bottom corners rubbed. Dust wrapper lightly edgeworn.; Delightful colour illustrations. A wonderful addition to an Alice collection.; Recommended by John C. of the LCSNA.  
Price: 17.50 USD
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8 326 Carroll, Lewis (Ed. by Roy Gasson) Illustrated Lewis Carroll
Hardcover New Orchard Editions Ltd.: Poole, Dorset, UK; c1978, ?; Reprint Illustrated by Various Illustrators: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
333 pages; Pages lightly browned but clean, spine tail bumped. Clipped dust wrapper is very lightly edgeworn and rubbed. A nice copy.; Includes both Alice books, The Hunting of the Snark, and other short works. This edition has 24 black & white plates and several additional illustratio ns by a variety of well known Alice illustrators. ; Recommended by John C. of the LCSNA.  
Price: 15.75 USD
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9 1115 Carroll, Lewis, and Gardner, Martin (Introduction and Notes) Annotated Alice , The : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Hardcover Clarkson N. Potter: New York; 1960; First US Edition 4to; 351 pages Illustrated by John Tenniel; B&W Illustrations: Good+  
Spine ends and corners bumped, bottom front corner worn to boards, tan cloth binding lightly soiled. Previous owner signature on decorated free endpaper, page edges lightly browned. Interior pages clean, no binding problems. No dust wrapper.  
Price: 17.00 USD
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10 4913 CARROLL, Lewis, and Martin Gardner (Introduction and Notes) Annotated Alice, The : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Hardcover Clarkson N. Potter: New York; 1960; Reprint Illustrated by John Tenniel: Very Good+ in Good+ dust wrapper  
B&W Illustrations; 4to; 351 pages; A nice copy. Pages faintly yellowed, tiny chip from decorated rear endpaper and a small rough area on top page edges. Clipped dust wrapper is edgeworn with a few small short tears and several creases. White rear panel is lightly soiled and front panel has two discoloured areas. ; The two delightful Alice stories with wonderful notes and explainations by Martin Gardner. ; Recommended by several members of the LCSNA.  
Price: 19.75 USD
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Voyage of the Basset, CHRISTENSEN, James C.; Foster, Alan Dean and Renwick St. James
11 6208 CHRISTENSEN, James C.; Foster, Alan Dean and Renwick St. James Voyage of the Basset
Hardcover Artisan: NY; 1996; First US Edition; First Printing 168 pages Color Illustrations: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn. A very nice copy of a delightful book.; "Credendo Vides -- By Believing, One Sees" Join imaginative Cassandra, her skeptical older sister Miranda, and their father, Professor Algernon Aisling on a fantastical journey of discovery. Beginning in Victorian England, 'the family sets out in search of the ancient legends. From the flickering flight of faeries and the mermaids' siren songs to a labyrinth-bound Minotaur and a fire-breathing dragon, the Aisling family witnesses firsthand the wonder of mythological worlds.' Basis for the film "Voyage of the Unicorn" starring Beau Bridges.; "In this lavishly illustrated edition, Cassandra's adventures intertwine with her father's scientific scribblings to present both new tales and the essence of classical myths. From the two voices, readers learn the power of imagination, the importance of believing in oneself, the value of family, and the need for creative, cooperative problem-solving. The story of a magical journey and the exquisite fantasy artwork will appeal to young and old alike." Recommended. This book will not fit safely in an International Priority envelope. 
Price: 85.50 USD
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Artemis Fowl, COLFER, Eoin
12 6358 COLFER, Eoin Artemis Fowl
Hardcover Talk Miramax Books: NY; 2001; First US Edition; First Printing 277 pages Very Good- in Very Good dust wrapper 
Black paper covered boards stamped with silver Gnommish script on front and sliver text on spine. Spine ends and corners bumped and worn, revealing boards. Previous owner notes on front pastedown and rear free endpaper; interior pages clean and bright. Bronze metallic unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, rear panel scored as if book was once used as writing desk.; When twelve-year-old genius and criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, tries to restore his family fortune by capturing Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic and technology. The first book in the Artemis Fowl series; author is an Irish ex-elementary school teacher.; "Colfer's anti-hero, techno fantasy is cleverly written and filled to the brim with action, suspense and humor." -School Library Journal Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group.; Artemis Fowl, Book 1 
Price: 13.75 USD
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Wallace and Gromit and the Lost Slipper, DAVIES, Tristan and Nick Newman
13 6557 DAVIES, Tristan and Nick Newman Wallace and Gromit and the Lost Slipper
Hardcover Hodder & Stoughton: London; 1997; First Edition 44 pages Illustrated by Nick Newman; Color Illustrations: Very Good 
Spine ends and top corners bumped, bump on bottom board edges just revealing boards, otherwise looks unread. No dust wrapper, as issued.; In this graphic novel, Wallace and Gromit travel back through history, in search of a lost slipper. Along the way, they get involved in all sorts of famous historical events.; "The calamity-prone stars of Nick Park's Oscar-winning Claymation films continue their side-splitting adventures in this new story. It's an ordinary day for Wallace, the fastidious inventor-handyman, and his dog-companion Gromit until Wallace discovers one of his slippers is missing. He crafts a Longlife Indoor Carpet Clog with Reinforced Everything as a replacement, but it's just not very comfortable. The only solution left is to aim the grandfather clock time machine back to where the missing slipper was last sighted. Wallace and Gromit believe they've set the coordinates for earlier that morning, 11:06 a.m. But alas, they zoom off to the year 1066 and land in the middle of the Battle of Hastings. Fans of the films and videos will be especially pleased by this return engagement, and newcomers will be quickly charmed as well." Does not fit safely in an International Priority envelope. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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14 5842 EAGER, Edward Seven Day Magic
Softcover; Trade PB Harcourt Brace Jovanovich: San Diego; c1962, 1986; Reprint Illustrated by N.M. Bodecker: Very Good  
B&W Illustrations; 156 pages; Faint cover creases and edgewear, no spine creases, remainder mark on bottom edge, page edges lightly yellowed. A nice copy.; This magical adventure for the five children (Barnaby, John, Susan, Abbie, and Fredrika) begins when Susan checks out an old and battered library book that the librarian, after giving Susan a mysterious look, tells her must be returned in 7 days. Need we tell you the book is magic? Highly recommended.; "One of my top two favourite books by this author."- Jerri C. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion groups.  
Price: 5.25 USD
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Ginger Pye, ESTES, Eleanor
15 6743 ESTES, Eleanor Ginger Pye
Softcover; Trade PB Scholastic: NY; c1951,1991; 306 pages Illustrated by Eleanor Estes; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Faint spine and cover creases, a bit of edgewear, pages pale tan, edges a bit darker; pages clean, none loose. ; In this Newbery Award winning tale of the Pye family, Rachel and Jerry work hard to save up enough money to buy a puppy. Once they get Ginger Pye, he becomes 'the most famous pup in Cranbury' (West Haven, CT where the author grew up), 'knows tons of tricks, is as loyal as he is smart, and steals the hearts of everyone he meets...until somebody steals him!' For ages 8 and up.; Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 4.75 USD
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Thief Lord, The, FUNKE, Cornelia
16 6369 FUNKE, Cornelia Thief Lord, The
Hardcover The Chicken House: NY; 2002; Second Printing 349 pages Illustrated by Cornelia Funke; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
For ages 9 and up; basis for the fun 2006 film of the same name (we enjoyed the book more). 'Welcome to the magical underworld of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets... Prosper and Bo are orphans on the run from their cruel aunt and uncle. The brothers decide to hide out in Venice, where they meet a mysterious thirteen-year-old boy who calls himself the "Thief Lord." Brilliant and charismatic, the Thief Lord leads a ring of street children who dabble in petty crimes. Prosper and Bo delight in being a part of this colorful new family.But the Thief Lord has secrets of his own. Soon the boys are thrust into circumstances that will lead them to a fantastic, spellbinding conclusion.'; Spine ends lightly bumped, a few smudges to page edges. Beautiful unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A lovely copy indeed. ; 'The Thief Lord invites them on a magical adventure to a land of forgotten mysteries that will change their lives forever. This exciting tale of fun, flight, and freedom is sure to enchant readers and keep them guessing up until a breathtaking finale. Recommended. 
Price: 17.75 USD
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Linnets and Valerians [The Runaways], GOUDGE, Elizabeth
17 7375 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Linnets and Valerians [The Runaways]
Softcover; Trade PB David R. Godine: New York; c1964,2015; Reprint 280 pages Illustrated by Lauren Mills; B&W Illustrations: New 
A new book received with faint edgewear. Chapter headings illustrated with charming black and white drawings.; Another of Goudge's delightful and magical stories that appeal to adults and children alike. Also published as "The Runaways" in Great Britain. Highly recommended.; When the four Linnet children are sent to live with their overly strict grandmother while their father goes exploring in Egypt, they decide that their new life is unbearable-and run away. 'Making their way through the English countryside, they first charm the gruff but lovable Uncle Ambrose and his gardener, Ezra, then stumble upon the eccentric Lady Alicia, who seems to have lost her family.' Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 13.95 USD
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Little White Horse, The, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
18 7380 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Little White Horse, The
Softcover; Trade PB Puffin Books: NY; c1946,2001; Reprint 238 pages New 
A new copy received with faintest edgewear.; 'When orphan Maria arrives at Moonacre Manor, her ancestral home in an enchanted village in England's West Country, she feels as if she's come home. Her new guardian is kind and funny, and everyone there is like an old friend. But beneath the beauty and comfort lies a tragedy. Maria is determined to find out about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending.' Another of this author's delightful and magical children's books that is loved by adults as well. Winner of the Carnegie Medal; basis for the film "Secret of Moonacre". One of our favourites, it was also loved by J. K. Rowling as a child.; "The Little White Horse was my favorite childhood book. I absolutely adored it. It had a cracking plot. It was scary and romantic in parts and had a feisty heroine." —J. K. Rowling Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 6.99 USD
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19 1092 Grimm, Wihelm (Sendak) Dear Mili
Hardcover Farrar Straus Giroux: New York; 1988; First US Edition Illustrated by Maurice Sendak: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Tan dust wrapper shows light soil. Dust wrapper has price sticker on inside front flap next to printed price from original new bookstore.; In 1983 an unknown fairy tale by Wilhelm Grimm came to light. Translated by Ralph Manheim and beautifully illustrated by Sendak.  
Price: 22.00 USD
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20 3514 HAYASHI, Nancy Fantastic Stay-Home-from School-Day, The
Hardcover E. P. Dutton: NY; 1992; First US Edition 106 pages Illustrated by Nancy Hayashi; B&W Illustrations: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; A lovely book. No remainder mark, not an ex-library book. Signed and inscribed by the author 'best wishes for happy reading'. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has faint edgewear and rubbing.; Leona and her best friend Eddie have a wonderful day of stay-at-home-from-school (by pretending to be sick) fun planned. Disaster strikes when Leona is trapped in Eddie's closet and then stranded in a tree. Eddie is sent to school without Leona or his homework! And that's only the beginning of this very funny not-so-fantastic day. 
Price: 19.75 USD
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Great Ghost Rescue, The , IBBOTSON, Eva
21 5851 IBBOTSON, Eva Great Ghost Rescue, The
Hardcover Dutton: NY; c1975,2002; First US Edition Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes: Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper  
B&W Illustrations; 167 pages; A new book in lovely condition.; Another wonderful fantasy from Eva Ibbotson originally published in the UK in 1975. When your father is the legless ghost of a fierce Scottish soldier and your mother is a malodorous hag, you would surely be the most horrible ghostly offspring. Sadly, the only thing horrible about Humphrey the Horrible is his name. "Still, his parents love him, and despite his attractive appearance, Humphrey has a great destiny, involving all the ghosts of Britain." Humphrey, along with a young human boy named Rick, decide something must be done to create a 'ghost sanctuary' in Great Britain as all the older places they used to haunt are getting torn down for highways or other modern 'improvements'.; Published $15.99. This author recommended by members of the DES and the LMM Kindred Spirit email discussion groups.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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Island of the Aunts [Monster Mission] and The Secret of Platform 13, IBBOTSON, Eva
22 6367 IBBOTSON, Eva Island of the Aunts [Monster Mission] and The Secret of Platform 13
Softcover; Trade PB Puffin Books: NY; c1999 & 1994, 2001; 281 &231 pages Very Good 
Faint edgewear,spine edges rubbed, page edges pale yellow; looks unread. 'Island of the Aunts' illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, 'The Secret of Platform 13' illustrated by Sue Porter. ; This omnibus edition has two magical children's books. In 'Island of the Aunts' (also published in the UK as 'Monster Mission') "three children have been dramatically kidnapped by some mysterious, mad aunts. But Myrtle, Coral, and Etta are far from killers - they need the children for a special mission. The secret island where they live is a sanctuary for magical creatures - mermaids, selkies, the amazing boobrie bird and even the great Kraken himself, and the kidnapped children help to care for them. But the Island of Monsters has become the target of some dangerous villains who want to turn it into a theme park."

"Under Platform13 at Kings Cross Station there is a secret door that leads to a magical island...It appears only once every nine years. And when it opens, four mysterious figures step into the streets of London. A wizard, an ogre, a fey and a young hag have come to find the prince of their kingdom, stolen as a baby nine years before. But the prince has become a horrible rich boy called Raymond Trottle who doesn't understand magic and is determined not to be rescued."; For ages 8-12 (and adults that enjoy magical stories).This author recommended by several members of the DES email discussion group. 'The Secret of Platform 13' recommended by Philip Pullman. Both books are recommended by us. 
Price: 6.00 USD

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23 200 Jackson, Ellen Cinder Edna
Hardcover Lothrop, Lee & Shepard: NY; 1994; Fine in Fine dust wrapper  
Cinder Edna is Cinderella's practical neighbor who does for herself instead of waiting for a Fairy Godmother. She goes the the King's Ball (she takes the bus) and meets Prince Charming's younger brother Rupert. This story goes beyond the traditional "happy ever after" ending. Do we need to tell you which of the "Cinders" will end up happier? '  
Price: 15.00 USD
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24 1580 L'Engle, Madeleine Wrinkle in Time, A
Softcover; Trade PB Dell Yearling Books: New York; c1962, 1985; 211 pages Very Good- 
Covers lightly rubbed, spine creases, text block edges lightly browned, no loose pages. ; A delightful Newbery Award winning science fiction classic. We meet the Murray family for the first time. Highly recommended. Basis for the television mini-series of the same name. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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25 6281 LAMBERT, Janet Star-Spangled Summer
Softcover; Mass Market PB Tempo Books: NY; c1941,1964; Second Printing 253 pages Good+ 
Light spine and cover creases, covers edgeworn and rubbed with a few tiny closed tears. Old bookstore stamp and previous owner name inside front cover. Pages pale brown but clean and not brittle; none loose. ; The first book in the Penny Parrish series for young adults. Carrol Houghton spends a very enjoyable summer with Penny Parrish and her warm and loving family at Fort Arden in Kansas. Penny and Carrol share the fun and adventure of life on a military base.; This series recommended by Luette S. of the AT and DES email discussion groups and by Susan D. also of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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