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This book has been called "a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair," and is exciting and smart, mysterious and fun for all readers.

"The Royal Rabbits of London" by Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore; illustrated by Kate Hindley; Simon & Schuster; 195 pages; $16.99.

Even the smallest rabbit, the runt of the litter, can be the biggest hero sometimes. The Montefiores' latest gem introduces rabbit Shylo, the weakest and quietest of his family. But it's he who stumbles across a band of ratzis and becomes aware of their evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie. Sound funny? It certainly is, but it is also jam-packed with whimsical adventure, as Shylo decides to visit the Royal Rabbits of London, which isn't easy for him what with his shyness and all.

"The Royal Rabbits of London" is a fast-paced little adventure with surprising courage that is quirky and engaging.

"Winterhouse" by Ben Guterson; illustrated by Chloe Bristol; Henry Holt and Co.; 370 pages; $16.99.

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With shades of Lemony Snicket, Ben Guterson pens a big and bold mysterious adventure starring an orphan girl who's sent to an ominous hotel by her aunt and uncle. She quickly discovers a huge library and a magical book of puzzles that will unlock the mystery of the hotel owner and his sinister family.

Peppered with illustrations by Chloe Briston that look sort of Adams family-like, "Winterhouse" adds in puzzles and new friends and plenty of sleuthing and excitement.

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