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"Dory and the Real True Friend" by Abby Hanlon

'Dory and the Real True Friend' by Abby Hanlon

Children's Book Fans of Junie B. Jones and Ivy and Bean will love this new story about the spunky little rascal with big ideas. The star of Dory Fantasmagory is heading to school. Her older siblings, Luke and Violet, warn her to leave her imaginary friend, Mary, at home—or better yet, leave her whole imagination at home! Dory is determined to behave like a “regular old girl who never gets in trouble,” ...

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"A Handful of Stars" by Cynthia Lord

'A Handful of Stars' by Cynthia Lord

Children's Book ★★★★★ Lily’s dog, Lucky is blind, so when he slips out of his collar and runs across the blueberry barrens in Maine she’s desperately afraid he might get hurt or lost. That’s how she meets Salma Santiago, daughter of a seasonal migrant worker helping harvest blueberries, who entices Lucky with a peanut butter sandwich and some chips. They become real friends, sharing loss, love of art, a dog, and a strong belief that together anything is ...

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"Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals" by Michael Hearst

'Extraordinary People: A Semi-Comprehensive Guide to Some of the World's Most Fascinating Individuals' by Michael Hearst

Inside this book, you'll find stories of 50 extraordinary people such as:Evel Knievel, who jumped his motorcycle over 14 Greyhound busesThe Iceman, the most well-preserved human, found in the ice after 5,300 yearsSam Patch, who jumped Niagara Falls for $75Helen Thayer, who walked to the North Pole aloneRoy Sullivan, who was struck by lightning 7 timesThese intriguing facts and hundreds more await cu ...

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"Gone Crazy in Alabama (Gaither Sisters, #3)" by Rita Williams-Garcia

'Gone Crazy in Alabama (Gaither Sisters, #3)' by Rita Williams-Garcia

Children's Book Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of the Gaither sisters, who are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime.Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, M ...

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"A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans" by Laurence Yep

'A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans' by Laurence Yep

Tween Book ★★★★ Just two days after the funeral of her pet human, Fluffy (a.k.a. Amelia), a young girl named Winnie bursts into mournful Miss Drakes’s secret door in the basement proclaiming that she has been sent by her great-aunt Amelia so Miss Drake won't be lonely. Almost immediately, Miss Drake, who happens to be a dragon, theorizes that this seemingly obnoxious small human is going to be an extremely difficult pet to train. An adventure together l ...

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"Roller Girl" by Victoria Jamieson

'Roller Girl' by Victoria Jamieson

Tween Book ★★★★★ In this graphic novel, written by a derby girl herself, twelve-year-old Astrid discovers the world of roller derby. When Astrid's mom takes her and her best friend Nicole to a match, Astrid falls in love with the crazy outfits, eccentric nicknames, and fierceness of the sport. Astrid decides to sign-up for summer derby camp, expecting Nicole to sign-up as well. When Astrid finds out Nicole signed-up for ballet camp with a new friend, Astri ...

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"National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Who" by National Geographic Kids

'National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Who' by National Geographic Kids

Introduce young readers to some of the world's most interesting and important people in this bold and lively first biography book. More than 100 colorful photos are paired with age-appropriate text featuring profiles of each person, along with fascinating facts about about their accomplishments and contributions. This book inspires kids about a world of possibilities and taps into their natural curiosity about fascinating role models from educati ...

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"Public School Superhero" by James Patterson

'Public School Superhero' by James Patterson

Children's Book Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?Featuring more than ...

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"Ms. Rapscott's Girls" by Elise Primavera

'Ms. Rapscott's Girls' by Elise Primavera

Tween Book ★★★★ There are a lot of extraordinary things about the Great Rapscott School for Girls. The students arrive by air in E-Z open tab boxes, they are hand-picked from homes where the girls' parents are so busy they scarcely notice they’re gone, the school is located in a lighthouse in the middle of nowhere, and the curriculum focuses on getting lost on purpose. The new students to arrive are Mildred, Bea, Fay, Annabelle and Dahlia, "who was a sm ...

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"The Truth About Twinkie Pie" by Kat Yeh

'The Truth About Twinkie Pie' by Kat Yeh

Tween Book ★★★★★ 12-year–old Gigi lives with her sister Didi who is a hairstylist in a trailer park. When Didi wins one million dollars in a cooking contest she is able to help realize the big dreams she has for Gigi by moving to Long Island and enrolling her in an upscale high school. Gigi, who hates her name and asks the new kids at school to call her Leia, becomes friends with Trip, a cool, handsome guy who accepts her as she is. This is a warm, sweet ...

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"Stella by Starlight" by Sharon M. Draper

'Stella by Starlight' by Sharon M. Draper

Tween Book ★★★★ It is midnight when 11 year-old Stella Mills and her eight year-old brother Jojo witness the burning of a cross by members of the Ku Klux Klan not far from their house. It’s 1932 in Bumblebee, North Carolina and news of the active Klan so close by means their parents need to alert all their African-American neighbors. Stella is practicing to be a good writer, records local stories, and often goes outside where she can think better which ...

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"The Bear Ate Your Sandwich" by Julia Sarcone-Roach

'The Bear Ate Your Sandwich' by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Children's Book Bear meets sandwich, adventure ensues. . . . A sly classic-in-the-making for fans of Jon Klassen, Peter Brown, and Mo Willems. By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened.So let me tell you.It all started with the bear . . .   So begins Julia Sarcone-Roach’s delicious tale of a bear, lost ...

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"Batman: An Origin Story" by John Sazaklis

'Batman: An Origin Story' by John Sazaklis

Children's Book He's known by many names. The World's Greatest Detective. The Caped Crusader. The Dark Knight. But how did young Bruce Wayne grow up to become Batman? Follow young Bruce's incredible transformation in this action-packed chapter book for early readers, filled with colorful comic art by DC Comics illustrators. ...

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"Wonder Woman: An Origin Story" by John Sazaklis

'Wonder Woman: An Origin Story' by John Sazaklis

She was once a young princess on the secret island inhabited by warrior women known as the Amazons...but she left her homeland--and her royal birthright--behind to become a protector for the entire planet of Earth: Wonder Woman! Follow young Diana's incredible transformation from princess to super hero in this action-packed chapter book for early readers featuring colorful illustrations by DC Comics artists. ...

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"Echo" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

'Echo' by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Children's Book ★★★★★ This book is a masterpiece in its own genre—4 interconnected stories, each one masterfully told, and at alternating turns tearing at our heart and infusing us with hope. 40 years before the “war to end all wars” Otto purchases a book, stumbles into a forbidden forest and finds himself in the middle of a fairytale. He is entrusted with breaking the witch’s spell and securing the future of others to be free, to be loved and to belong ...

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"Flashlight" by Lizi Boyd

'Flashlight' by Lizi Boyd

Children's Book Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it. ...

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"Absolutely Truly" by Heather Vogel Frederick

'Absolutely Truly' by Heather Vogel Frederick

Tween Book ★★★★ Who wants to move from sunny Austin, Texas to the small, boring town of Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire where winter lasts at least 6 months of the year and there’s no mall or movie theater? Middle school student Truly Lovejoy has no choice when her family decides to move to her father’s hometown after “Black Monday,” or the day her father lost his arm in a helicopter accident during his final tour of duty. While helping in the family ...

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"Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents" by Lita Judge

'Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and Their Parents' by Lita Judge

Children's Book What do grizzly bear cubs eat? Where do baby raccoons sleep? And how does a baby otter learn to swim?Every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse "pinky" to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom, this awww-inspiring book looks at the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they're born in the wild, they're no ...

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"The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)" by Rick Riordan

'The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus, #5)' by Rick Riordan

Children's Book Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.The demigods are having more freque ...

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"Here Comes Santa Cat" by Deborah Underwood

'Here Comes Santa Cat' by Deborah Underwood

Children's Book Cat took on a bunny in Here Comes the Easter Cat, but now Christmas is coming, and Cat has a hunch he's not on Santa's "nice" list. Which means? No presents for Cat. So he tries to be good, but children, it seems, aren't wild for his brand of gift-giving. Still, Cat might surprise himself, and best of all, he may just get to meet the man in the red suit himself—and receive a holiday surprise of his own. Fans of Pete the Cat, Splat the ...

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"Dory Fantasmagory" by Abby Hanlon

'Dory Fantasmagory' by Abby Hanlon

Children's Book Move over, Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean! Here comes a lovably energetic little sister with a BIG personality—and an imagination to match!As the youngest in her family, Dory really wants attention, and more than anything she wants her brother and sister to play with her. But she’s too much of a baby for them, so she’s left to her own devices—including her wild imagination and untiring energy. Her siblings may ...

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"Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands" by Katherine Roy

'Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands' by Katherine Roy

Children's Book Up close with the ocean's most fearsome and famous predator and the scientists who study them—just thirty miles from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge!A few miles from San Francisco lives a population of the ocean's largest and most famous predators. Each fall, while the city's inhabitants dine on steaks, salads, and sandwiches, the great white sharks return to California's Farallon Islands to hunt their favorite meal: the seals that l ...

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"The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak

'The Book with No Pictures' by B.J. Novak

Children's Book ★★★★ How can a book be a picture book if there are no pictures? B.J. Novak, best known for his writing and acting on "The Office," shows that a book can be fun without illustrations. But how? Well, the person reading the book has to say everything the words matter what. Even if the words have no meaning or are down-right ridiculous, the reader still has to say them, making this book a very fun read. This is a great read aloud for child ...

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"Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters" by Oliver Jeffers

'Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters' by Oliver Jeffers

Children's Book THE alphabet book to top all others, from the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit!  If words make up the stories and letters make up the words, then stories are made up of letters. In this menagerie we have stories made of words, made FOR all the letters. The most inventive and irresistible book of the year spans a mere 26 letters (don't they all!) and 112 ...

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