Childrens BOOK TITLES PUBLISHED IN FEBRUARY 2019
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Ada Lace and the Suspicious Artist by Emily Calandrelli with Tamson Weston. Illus by Renée Kurilla.
Helping her friend Nina revamp her online portfolio in anticipation of the latter’s interview with a favorite but disappointingly snobby artist, Ada Lace attends a fancy art show before spotting a painting that brings the artist’s authenticity into question. Ada Lace No .5
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The Amulet of Power by Raymond Arroyo
Using a biblical talisman to protect the town of Perilous Falls, 12-year-old Will Wilder finds his strength and friendships tested by the revelation of dark family secrets. By the best-selling author of The Lost Staff of Wonders. Will Wilder No. 3
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Arlo Finch in the Lake of the Moon by John August
Heading to Camp Redfeather in part to investigate a local myth about an ancient lake monster and a long-lost patrol, Arlo Finch and the Rangers of Pine Mountain Company confront hostile forest spirits and changing leadership to recover a mysterious item. Arlo Finch No. 2
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Best Babysitters Ever by Caroline Cala. Ed by Lanie Davis.
Inspired by the example of The Babysitters Club, three 12-year-old friends start a babysitting club to earn money for an epic birthday bash only to be confronted by the unexpected realities of the job.
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Best Family Ever by Karen Kingsbury with Tyler Russell.
Distinguishing themselves with respective talents, sisters Brooke, Kari and Ashley discover the importance of supporting each other and relying on their faith when they have to move, in a first entry of a series about growing up in the Baxter family. Baxter Family Children No. 1
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Born to Rock by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts. Illus by Neil Swaab.
Entering her band in a music competition in the hope of winning a jamming session with her favorite rock star, Georgia reluctantly asks her annoying big brother, Rafe, for help only to be stymied by the embarrassment of his crazy ideas. Middle School No. 10
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The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman
Facing daunting prospects on the streets of Chennai, two runaway sisters finds shelter and friendship on an abandoned bridge with two homeless boys before an illness forces them to choose between survival and freedom.
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The Carnival of Wishes & Dreams by Jenny Lundquist
Three former friends from families stricken by a devastating factory fire discover unexpected healing and reconnection when they respond to anonymous notes asking them to meet at the annual town carnival’s Ferris Wheel at midnight. By the author of Seeing Cinderella.
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Cogheart by Peter Bunzl
Thirteen-year-old Lily Harman always dreamed of adventure. A strong-willed girl, Lily felt trapped in a life of Victorian stuffiness at her prim boarding school. But after her father, a famous inventor, disappears on a routine zeppelin flight, Lily’s life gets turned upside down.
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Dino-Might by Paul Tobin. Illus by Ron Chan.
When the nefarious Dr. Zomboss attempts to destroy all the yards in Neighborville to render their plants homeless, the daring duo team up with Crazy Dave and his plant companions for a defense that is complicated by a menagerie of wacky pets. Plants vs. Zombies No. 12
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The Disappearance by Franklin W. Dixon
A seaside comic-book convention becomes a case of hidden identities for the Hardy brothers when they discover that Frank’s girlfriend, Jones, has accidentally switched phones with a missing girl. Hardy Boys Adventures No. 18
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Dragon Ghosts by Lisa McMann
While a grief-stricken Fifer struggles to regroup and search for her twin, Thisbe is haunted by Grimere’s dark past and her own abandonment, compelling her to consider leaving Rohan behind and risking her life to return home.
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A Drop of Hope by Keith Calabrese
When an old well in their struggling community suddenly starts granting wishes, three sixth-graders who are the only ones who know what is really happening struggle to keep the well’s secret while embracing respective views about kindness and hope. A first novel.
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Dumbo: Circus of Dreams by Kari Sutherland
Featuring all-new details and exclusive original content, a middle-grade novelization of Walt Disney Studios’ live-action Dumbo resets the story in the incomparable world of Tim Burton and incorporates additional insights into fan-favorite characters.
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Enter the Core by Peter Lerangis
A conclusion to the trilogy reimagining of the classic adventures of Jules Verne finds Max and Alex on a death-defying journey to the center of the Earth to stop a former friend who plans to use stolen magic to recreate the world. Max Tilt No. 3
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Eva and Baby Mo by Rebecca Elliott
Enlisting her friends’ help getting ready to babysit her little brother, Eva excitedly prepares bug candy snacks, a puppet show and a song to sing him to sleep, only to discover that taking care of a little baby is a bigger job than anticipated. Owl Diaries No. 10
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Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu
Hoping for a new start after a turbulent year when her mother is relocated to another city, Elodee finds herself surrounded by picturesque homes, strange rules and impossibly happy neighbors before discovering the price the community pays for its perfection.
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The Fang of Bonfire Crossing by Brad McLelland & Louis Sylvester
Journeying toward a mysterious land to keep the powerful Char Stone out of the hands of nefarious outlaw Reverend Rose, the Lost Causes are confronted by a shapeshifting beast, a swarm of river monsters and a tornado-conjuring desperado. Legends of the Lost Causes No. 2
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The Final Battle by Erin Hunter
Falling into a trap set by the traitor dog saboteur, Storm works desperately to escape the Wild Pack’s camp in time to save her own pack, in a conclusion to the best-selling story arc. By the author of the Warriors series. Survivors: The Gathering Darkness No. 6
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The Game of Stars by Sayantani DasGupta
A sequel to The Serpent’s Secret finds Kiranmala returning to her homeland to discover a fraying society under the tyrannical rule of an awful game show that puts both friends and enemies in danger. Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond No. 2
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Girl With Brush and Canvas: Georgia O’Keeffe, American Artist by Carolyn Meyer
A biographical novel inspired by the American Southwest artist’s early life depicts a young Georgia O’Keefe who never gives up in the face of setbacks that limit her education, challenging her to pursue her artistic dreams in other ways.
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Gogi’s Gambit by Eliot Schrefer
Compelled to act by his discovery of a decimated rainforest, Gogi the fire-wielding monkey reunites with his shadowwalker friends on a quest for a powerful object that will help them stop the destructive ant Queen. Lost Rainforest No. 2
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Good Enough by Jen Petro-Roy
The diary entries of a 12-year-old inpatient with an eating disorder record her journey toward recovery, from her pre-illness ambitions to the friends she makes at the hospital who support her efforts, until a rule-breaking roommate blackmails her into silence and triggers former behaviors.
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How I Became a Spy: A Mystery of WWII London by Deborah Hopkinson
An unlikely young spy in World War II London forges a detective team with a strong-willed American girl, his Jewish refugee friend and his trusty pup to decipher a notebook containing clues about a young woman’s disappearance.
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I Am Hermes! by Mordicai Gerstein
A laugh-out-loud graphic-novel rendering of the story of Hermes, the fun-loving messenger of the gods, draws on classical mythology to depict how his mischievous antics led to the invention of music. By the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.
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Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat, No. 1 by Johnny Marciano & Emily Chenoweth. Illus by Robb Mommaerts.
Exiled to Earth far from the planet where he was once the high commander, Klawde the ferocious alien war cat arrives in the home of reluctant Oregon newcomer Raj, in a debut installment in a laugh-out-loud story told from the alternating perspectives of the two main characters.
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Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies, No. 2 by Johnny Marciano & Emily Chenoweth. Illus by Robb Mommaerts.
Raj’s efforts to start at his new school in Oregon with the help of new friend, the exiled alien cat warlord Klawde, are complicated by the appearances of two unlikely figures from the past.
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The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken
Forced to agree to eternal servitude in exchange for safe passage through the demon realm, Prosper Redding arrives in Prince Alastor’s home only to find it occupied by malevolent fiends and a mysterious force that would consume the entire realm. Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding No. 2
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Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
A latest novel set in the fan-favorite animal shelter setting from Gaby, Lost and Found finds a young Spanish-speaking volunteer reluctantly partnering with a grumpy classmate who competes against her to become the shelter’s official pet profile writer.
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Lion Down by Stuart Gibbs
When a lion is falsely accused of killing an inflammatory radio host’s famous dog, FunJungle resident sleuth Teddy Fitzroy and Summer help a renegade animal activist prove the great cat’s innocence to prevent it from being hunted.
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The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
Separated for the first time since birth when they are put into different fifth-grade classes, identical twins Iris and Lark struggle with insecurities over their individual identities at the same time things begin to go missing in their city.
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The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland. Illus by Mike Holmes.
A next graphic novel adaptation in the best-selling series finds Tsunami and her fellow dragonets finally returning home to the SeaWing Kingdom, where she learns that an assassin has been killing her mother’s heirs for years. Wings of Fire No. 2
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Marsh & Me by Martine Murray
When a mysterious girl invades the hilltop where he spends time alone in quiet but lonely contemplation, a shy boy discovers that the girl has constructed a spaceship-like fort on the hill and shares his love of music.
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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero. Illus by Bre Indigo.
Published to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alcott’s classic, a graphic-novel rendering of Little Women reimagines the four sisters as members of a blended multicultural family in modern-day New York City.
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Minor Incidents and Absolute Uncertainties by Booki Vivat
A conclusion to the best-selling series finds Abbie Wu gearing up for a week-long school camping trip in the woods that is complicated by weird counselors, a Golden Pig and Abbie’s fears that she does not quite fit in. Frazzled No. 3
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The Moon Within by Aida Salazar
A modern tale of early adolescence finds Celi navigating questions about her changing body, first attraction and a best friend’s genderfluid explorations while resisting her mother’s embarrassing plans for an ancestral Mexica moon ceremony to celebrate her first period.
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New Kid by Jerry Craft
Enrolled in a prestigious private school where he is one of only a few students of color, talented seventh-grade artist Jordan finds himself torn between the worlds of his Washington Heights apartment home and the upscale circles of Riverdale Academy.
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Operation Frog Effect by Sarah Scheerger
Determined to correct a mistake, a complex group of students follows their teacher’s advice about choosing the kind of people they want to be and creating ripple effects with positive choices, in a story told from eight perspectives, including one in graphic-novel form.
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Out of Control by Mark Powers. Illus by Tim Wesson.
When a secret code that controls all toy behavior is stolen by someone who organizes toy revolts against kids, Spy Toys Dan the cuddly bear, Arabella the sunshine doll and Flax the police robot rabbit go undercover to chase down an enigmatic prime suspect. Spy Toys No. 2
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The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. Smith
A boy who is so obsessed by aliens that he becomes too paranoid to sleep begins to suspect that he has been abducted in the aftermath of a strange camping-trip incident. By the award-winning author of Hoodoo.
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PALs Forever by Stacia Deutsch
Going their separate ways during spring break, Pru helps her father in Miradero on the range, Abigail visits a fancy cousin and Lucky accompanies her dad and new stepmom on a family vacation that threatens to become permanent. Spirit Riding Free series
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Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
When a mysterious English butler appears one morning and stays to help his troubled family, young Carter struggles to navigate middle school under the watch of the resented newcomer, who promotes challenging notions of decorum.
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Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas by Andrea Pyros
Twelve-year-old Josephine has a lot on her plate — best friend issues, first crush issues, divorced parent issues, twin brother issues ... and then her mom hits her with news that shakes her to her core: a breast cancer diagnosis. Josephine doesn’t want anyone to know, not even her best friend. Does getting an invite to the party of the year matter when your mom is sick? And what if it does matter? Does that make her a monster?
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The Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton
Unsure he is destined to follow in his potter father’s footsteps, Ryo is inspired by a traveling fighter and embarks on a quest to become a hero under the guidance of an elusive hermit mentor. By the author of Dinosaurumpus!
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President of Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks
A laugh-out-loud sequel to Payback on Poplar Lane finds a second sister working to distinguish herself by running for seventh-grade class president, an ambition that is challenged by a boy who must weigh giving up his comedy-magician passion for building his confidence to make more friends and get more votes.
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Revenge of the EngiNerds by Jarrett Lerner
A follow-up to EngiNerds finds Ken’s efforts to track down a rogue robot challenged by his crew’s disinterest and the persistence of an alien-obsessed girl who wants to join the EngiNerds.
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Right as Rain by Lindsey Stoddard
Blaming herself for her brother’s death a year earlier, Rain moves with her troubled family from Vermont to New York City, where she feels like an outsider and struggles against the weight of secret survivor’s guilt. By the author of Just Like Jackie.
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Rise of the Dragons by Angie Sage
Complemented by nine collectible game cards that unlock an online game, a new adventure by the bestselling author of the Magyck series finds 11-year-old Sirin forging a first dragon bond in centuries before uncovering the dangerous reasons that dragons have returned.
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Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
Struggling to keep a low profile after her mother’s arrest, 12-year-old Ruby Moon befriends a Syrian refugee and a local recluse whose possible eviction compels Ruby to reach out for help. A first novel.
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Science Fair Crisis by Derek Fridolfs. Illus by Pamela Lovas.
Participating in the Justice Prep science fair in the hope of winning a visit to the S.T.A.R. Laboratories space facility, Clark, Diana and Bruce’s Junior Detectives Club investigate when a mysterious text asks contestants for help, promising a science fair win in exchange. DC Comics: Secret Hero Society No. 4
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Secret in the Stone by Kamilla Benko
While Claire pursues unexpectedly difficult Gemmer magic training in the hope of saving the unicorns, Sophie uncovers a dangerous threat that forces them to prove Claire’s identity as the prophesized Arden heir. Unicorn Quest No. 2
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The Shadows of Doom by Jennifer Bell
Returning to the magical underground city of Lundinor, Ivy and her older brother, Seb, race to prevent one of the five most powerful uncommon objects from falling into the hands of the wicked ghoul, Selena Grimes. By the author of The Crooked Sixpence. Uncommoners No. 2
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The Shores Beyond Time by Kevin Emerson
While Mina scrambles to find her friends among the humans and Telphons caught in the blast zone of the Centauri supernova, Liam and Phoebe awaken on a mysterious ship in the middle of a dead universe, in a conclusion to the series that began with Last Day on Mars. Chronicle of the Dark Star No. 3
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The Simple Art of Flying by Cory Leonardo
Enduring a dismal pet-store life, Alastair the African grey parrot dreams of a life of freedom with his beloved sister only to be separated from her by their adoptions into homes that force him to make a difficult choice. A first novel.
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Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
Frustrated by the communication challenges of the hearing world as her school’s only hearing-impaired student, a 12-year-old electronics whiz uses her tech skills to help a whale that has lost its ability to communicate. By the award-winning author of Chained.
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Space Cat-astrophe by Mo O’Hara. Illus by Marek Jagucki.
Aspiring evil scientist The Great and Powerful Mark and his vampire kitten blast off to Evil Scientist Space Camp, where the totally epic evil astronaut Neil Strongarm is recruiting apprentices for a nefarious space mission. By the best-selling author of the My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish series. My FANGtastically Evil Vampire Pet No. 2
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A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano. Illus by Mirelle Ortega.
A follow-up to A Dash of Trouble finds Leonora pursuing her magic training while wondering why her family of magical Mexican-American bakers enforce strict spell limits and act suspiciously towards her best friend and trainer, Caroline. Love Sugar Magic No. 2
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Spy Runner by Eugene Yelchin
A Cold War noir mystery by the Newbery Honor-winning author of Breaking Stalin’s Nose finds a 12-year-old boy targeting a Russian boarder in his home with suspicion in his determination to learn the fate of his father, who went missing in action during World War II.
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The Stars Below by David Baldacci
A conclusion to the award-winning series finds Vega Jane and her ragtag crew risking everything in a fight for justice against a fully trained army. By the best-selling author of The Finisher. Vega Jane No. 4
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Stick Dog Gets the Tacos by Tom Watson
Having chased a pizza, crashed a wedding and gone trick-or-treating, Stick Dog and his mischievous puppy pals return for more hijinks when they realize they cannot wait to get their paws on a delicious batch of tacos. Stick Dog No. 9
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Stolen Girl by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
A Ukrainian girl, haunted by traumatic flashes of memory from World War II, struggles to feel safe in her adopted home as she pieces together her early childhood with a Nazi family, in a companion to Making Bombs for Hitler and The War Below.
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Straw Into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-spun by Hilary McKay. Illus by Sarah Gibb.
The award-winning author of Binny Bewitched reimagines 10 classic fairy tales with a twist, from a Rumpelstiltskin who is targeted by a fortune-hunter to an unlucky princess who discovers what is really underneath her mattresses.
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Super Potato’s Galactic Breakout by Artur Laperla
Kidnapped by a space slug who collects rare creatures, Super Potato teams up with his abductor’s long-suffering robot helper to organize an outer-space jailbreak, in a riotous follow-up to The Epic Origin of Super Potato. Super Potato No. 2
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Swap’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
Teaming up with her CodeGirls camp friend to create a beat-the-clock swapping app in hopes of redeeming herself and earning enough money to pay for her friend’s visit, Allie encounters unexpected setbacks involving her secret crush and a former enemy. Click’d No. 2
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To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
A laugh-out-loud tale of friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters, follows the experiences of two 12-year-old girls — one bookish and fearful, the other fearless and adventuresome — who are sent to camp to bond when their fathers fall in love. By the author of Counting by 7s.
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Too Many Toppings! by Coco Simon
Feeling happiest when she is busy, Sierra continues working in the ice-cream shop, participates in after-school sports and joins a band as its lead singer before realizing that she may have taken on more than she can handle. Sprinkle Sundays No. 6
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Watch Hollow by Gregory Funaro. Illus by Matthew Griffin.
Journeying to an isolated small town to help their father repair a mysterious cuckoo clock in a once-grand manor, Lucy and Oliver discover that the magic within the house, and the animal guardians charged with protecting it, are in dire need of help. Watch Hollow No. 1
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