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CHILDREN'S Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse by Susan Vaught; Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 304 pages ($17.99) Ages 8 to 12 (Publication May 14) ... "When the apocalypse came to Avery, Kentucky, I thought Great-Aunt Gustine was out getting a pedicure at Nails, Nails, Nails, that salon with a big pink foot on the door, Dad was teaching English on the…

CHILDREN'S The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 371 pages ($16.99) Ages 8 to 12. ... Ali Benjamin follows up her extraordinary debut novel "The Truth About Jellyfish" – a National Book Award finalist – with the equally wonderful, but very different and entirely original "The Next Great Paulie Fink." It's a middle schoo…

CHILDREN'S The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis; Scholastic, 233 pages ($16.99) Ages 9 to 13. ... The latest marvelous novel of the African-American experience from acclaimed author Christopher Paul Curtis (winner of Newbery Honors for "The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963" and the Newbery Medal for "Bud, Not Buddy") takes place just before the Civil …

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Lori Richmond has been a children's book author and illustrator for only about three years, but the job always intrigued her. "My parents say I was drawing pictures before I could even speak," the Long Island native said this week during a telephone interview. "Through high school and middle school, I was always the one that people would commission to make posters for t…