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Kids' Reads

June 5, 2008 - Amy Phelps
Young kids get an introduction to an iconic character and hero in Ralph Cosentino's "Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight."

Telling the history of Batman and how he came to be, and some of his more famous villians, this story is aimed at younger children who might be interested in superheroes, but not ready for the scary action part. The artwork style is very pulp-noir, almost a throwback to the old comic books and the Dick Tracy comic strips. This is a great book for the very young fan or for introducing children to their first superhero.

"Batman: The Story of the Dark Knight" is published by Viking, a division of Penguin. It is $15.99 and for ages 3 and up.


Newbery Honor author Joan Bauer returns with the story of a teen who wants to uncover the truth at any cost in "Peeled."

Hildy Biddle and her friends take great pride in their high school newspaper and take their jobs as the staff very seriously. The want to scoop the local newspaper and get the town's biggest story. Unfortunately, the town's biggest story happens to be a "ghost" haunting an old house and writing dire signs nearby. The town of apple orchards is suddenly attracting more than just those that want a good applesauce, as a famous psyhic hears of the phenomenon and shows up. Even the local newspaper starts displaying wilder and wilder headlines. But Hildy isn't so sure. She wants to track down the truth behind the story no matter what, and even enlists a former journalist's help. But Hildy soon learns that the quest for the truth can come at a high price, and must discover how far she is willing to go. A great mystery and a fiesty heroine makes this story a must-read.

"Peeled" is published by G.P. Putnam's Sons. It is $16.99 and is for ages 12 and up.


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