Jack : the True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, by Liesl Shurtliff

Summary: Relates the tale of Jack who, after trading his mother’s milk cow for magic beans, climbs a beanstalk to seek his missing father in the land of giants.

Knopf

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Big Game, by Dan Smith

Summary:  Every boy in Oskari’s remote mountain village must face a ritual hunt on his thirteenth birthday—the Trial—to become a man. It’s Oskari’s turn, and whatever animal he kills—if he succeeds—will symbolize who he will become. Not long after he sets out, Oskari comes across a figure who introduces himself as the president of the United States. Air Force One, sabotaged, has crashed, and the president is running for his life. Will Oskari be brave enough, strong enough, and smart enough to save the president and himself?

Scholastic

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The Chosen Prince, by Diane Stanley

Summary: Prince Alexos, the long-awaited champion of the goddess Athene, follows the course of his destiny through war and loss and a deadly confrontation with his enemy to its end: shipwreck on a magical, fog-shrouded island. There he meets the unforgettable Aria and faces the greatest challenge of his life. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Harper

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Escape from Baxters’ Barn, by Rebecca Bond

Summary: When Burdock, a young barn cat, sneaks into the house to get warm he hears that the farmer, Dewey Baxter, has terrible plans that will endanger all the animals, and he leads them in an attempt to escape before it is too late.

HoughtonMifflin

Firefly Hollow, by Alison McGhee

Summary:  Because their dreams of daring adventures go against the cautious teachings of their nations, Firefly and Cricket set out on their own, find a home with kindly Vole, and together help a grieving “miniature giant” named Peter.

Atheneum

Goblins on the Prowl by Bruce Coville

Summary: When an accidental spell brings a mysterious stone toad to life, and it hops away with her human friend William between its jaws, Fauna must use her magic and her wits to save him, embarking on a journey through dangerous lands filled with fearsome giants, talking bears, and packs of rogue goblins.

Aladdin

Old Wolf by Avi

Summary:  A wolf and bird must fight the starving time and find food, while a human boy learns to hunt.

Atheneum

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