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November 2012

November's roundup of Cool & New Books includes the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE THIRD WHEEL by Jeff Kinney where Greg Huffley scrambles for a date to the Valentine's Day Dance; Karen Cushman's WILL SPARROW'S ROAD, which follows Will Sparrow as he joins a traveling troupe of "oddities" while running away from home; DIVIDE AND CONQUER

Karen Cushman, author of Will Sparrow's Road

In his 13th year, Will Sparrow, liar and thief, becomes a runaway. On the road, he encounters a series of con artists --- a pickpocket, a tooth puller, a pig trainer, a conjurer --- and learns that others are more adept than he at lying and thieving. Then he reluctantly joins a traveling troupe of "oddities," including a dwarf and a cat-faced girl, holding himself apart from the "monsters" and resolving to be on guard against further deceptions.