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When One Book Leads to Another…

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Every once in a while, a new book leads to an old book. Or vice versa (which, in this case, means an old book leads to a new one.)

The Children’s Room has quite a few books that have links to others. If any of these are a book you enjoy, why not take a look at the one it inspired, mentioned or was visited by another book’s character?
Here are a few examples:
Our new edition of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has an introduction written by Georgia Nicholson. Georgia is a character from her own set of great books written by Louise Rennison. They include Dancing in my Nuddy-PantsAngus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging and Stop in the Name of Pants! (You’ll find the Georgia Nicholson books upstairs in the Teen Area).
We also have a new book about an old character, Ruby Redfort. Ruby is the spy that Clarice Bean is always reading about in her books. It seems the author, Lauren Child, had so many requests for the stories that Clarice was reading that she had to go ahead and write them down. Now you can ask yourself, “What would Ruby Redfort do?”
 A terrific book on the list of nominees for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Award is Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea. The sequel, Mr. Terupt Falls Again, has his now sixth-graders reading lots of classic books including The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman and Wringer by Jerry Spinelli. It’s also pretty cool how the students talk about The Westing Game without giving away the mystery!
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If you’re still reading from the Picture Book and Easy Reader sections, do not despair! There are plenty of authors waiting to help you find old friends in new books.
  Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator book coverNaked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
Knuffle Bunny
Mo Willems, a Massachusetts native and reader favorite hides characters in his books as well. Look for Knuffle Bunny in the Pigeon books, Pigeon in the Elephant and Piggie books and examine Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed and Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator closely!
Who will YOU find?

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