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Jacqueline Resnick, author of The Daring Escape of the Misfit Menagerie: Misfit Menagerie, Book 1

Smalls the sun bear and his friends are an unusual bunch. That's why they're known as the Misfit Menagerie. The four oddball animals live on Mr. Mumford's farm, where they play games and do tricks for neighborhood children. It's an idyllic existence --- until a cruel circus owner named Claude Magnificence comes to town, and life as they know it ends. The Menagerie is snatched away to a traveling circus, where Claude and his buffoonish sidekicks force them to perform death-defying tricks. 

December 2012

December's roundup of Cool & New Books includes TRUST NO ONE: The 39 Clues: Cahills vs.