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"Smick!" by Doreen Cronin

'Smick!' by Doreen Cronin

Smick is a BIG dog. Sit, Smick.Chick is a little chick. Stay, Smick!So what happens when they see a stick? Written by New York Times bestselling author Doreen Cronin and ingeniously illustrated by newcomer Juana Medina, Smick is a story of unlikely friendship, a sense of adventure, and a lot of wonderful wordplay. ...

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"The War that Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

'The War that Saved My Life' by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

★★★★★ 10-year-old Ada lives with her brother Jamie and mother in a filthy, rat infested one-room flat in London. She is often abused by her mother who does not allow her to go outside because her mother is ashamed of her clubfoot. When Jamie is being shipped off with other children to the country to avoid injury from bombings during the war, Ada escapes to join him. When Susan Smith, a women still grieving a recent death is forced to take them i ...

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"Stella by Starlight" by Sharon M. Draper

'Stella by Starlight' by Sharon M. Draper

★★★★ 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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"Shh! We Have a Plan" by Chris Haughton

'Shh! We Have a Plan' by Chris Haughton

From award-winning illustrator Chris Haughton, one of the most exciting new voices in children's literature, comes a brand new picture book about a beautiful bird, an unquenchable desire and plans gone awry...Four friends, three big and one little, are out for a walk. Suddenly, they spot it - a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! They simply MUST have it and - SHH! - they have a PLAN. So they tip-toe, tip-toe very slowly, nets poised - "Ready ...

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"Echo" by Pam Muñoz Ryan

'Echo' by Pam Muñoz Ryan

★★★★★ 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

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

An unsent letter in a first edition copy of Charlotte’s Web leads to a hunt for treasure in this heartwarming middle grade mystery from the author of The Mother-Daughter Book Club.Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books ...

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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

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 ...

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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

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

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

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

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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"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

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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"Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories" by Dr. Seuss

'Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories' by Dr. Seuss

A follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss!  A new Dr. Seuss book! This follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features familiar Seussian faces and places—including Horton the Elephant, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a Grinch—as well as an introduction by renowned Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen. Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrit ...

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"The Missing Pieces of Me" by Jean Van Leeuwen

'The Missing Pieces of Me' by Jean Van Leeuwen

★★★★★ Weezie (Grace Louise) lives with her mother and step brother Jackson and step sister Ruth Ann in a trailer court and dreams of finding a father she knows nothing about. Still grieving after the recent death of her grandmother who loved and understood her, she desperately tries to please her overworked mother who often calls her a bad girl and whom it seems she can never please. Discovering a picture among her mother’s things who Weezie i ...

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"El Deafo" by Cece Bell

'El Deafo' by Cece Bell

Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the clas ...

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"Go to Sleep, Little Farm" by Mary Lyn Ray

'Go to Sleep, Little Farm' by Mary Lyn Ray

Somewhere a bee Makes a bed in a rose, Because the bee knows Day has come to a close. Nighttime blankets a little farm. An owl who-hoots. A bear curls up in a log. A mother fox calls her pups home to the den. But animals aren't the only ones preparing to rest.      In the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown, with classically styled picture book illustrations and fresh, childlike imagery, this poetic bedtime ...

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"The Farmer and the Clown" by Marla Frazee

'The Farmer and the Clown' by Marla Frazee

Whimsical and touching images tell the story of an unexpected friendship and the revelations it inspires in this moving, wordless picture book from two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee.A baby clown is separated from his family when he accidentally bounces off their circus train and lands in a lonely farmer’s vast, empty field. The farmer reluctantly rescues the little clown, and over the course of one day together, the ...

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"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson

'Brown Girl Dreaming' by Jacqueline Woodson

National Book Award WinnerJacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Ri ...

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"Sisters" by Raina Telgemeier

'Sisters' by Raina Telgemeier

Three weeks. Two sisters. One car. A True StoryRaina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years. But when a baby brother enters the picture, and later, when something doesn't seem right between their parents, they re ...

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"Petal and Poppy and the Spooky Halloween!" by Lisa Clough

'Petal and Poppy and the Spooky Halloween!' by Lisa Clough

Halloween is here and Petal and Poppy are going to a party! But Petal's scared. Halloween is too spooky. But Poppy assures Petal it's all just pretend. There's nothing to be afraid of. But then a haunted house scares Poppy. Maybe Halloween is a little spooky after all!   The writing level and picture clues will help early readers perfect their reading technique, while the wonderful story--with just the right amount of spookiness--will spark a ...

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"Circle, Square, Moose" by Kelly Bingham

'Circle, Square, Moose' by Kelly Bingham

Moose loves shapes!Circles! Squares! Triangles!Hooray!So when Moose mysteriously finds himself in a shape book (oh, please don't ask) he is the very picture of a happy Moose. Life is great! Until, well, until he wrecks everything. Now, don't you worry! Zebra will handle it. Zebra always fixes Moose's messes. And what thanks does Zebra get? Really . . . does anyone ever think about Zebra? ...

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"Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Jedi Academy, #2)" by Jeffrey Brown

'Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan (Jedi Academy, #2)' by Jeffrey Brown

I thought my second year at Jedi Academy would be a breeze, and it was...at first. I built an awesome robot, took a field trip to an ice planet, and avoided Gammy's alien cooking. But then things got all mixed-up! Star pilot training was way harder than I expected, my best friends started ignoring me, and the class bullies are trying to lead me to the dark side--which actually looks fun. Just when I thought I had middle school all figured ...

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"Comics Squad: Recess!" by Jennifer L. Holm

'Comics Squad: Recess!' by Jennifer L. Holm

A bust-your-gut-laughing graphic-novel anthology with original contributions from the most beloved names in the genre! * Jennifer Holm & Matthew Holm * Jarrett J. Krosoczka * Dav Pilkey * Dan Santat * Raina Telgemeier * Dave Roman * Ursula Vernon * Eric Wight * Gene Yang *   Wowza! Calling all kidz! Do you like comics? Do you like laughing till milk comes out of your nose?! Look no further—do we have the book for you! All your favo ...

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"My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)" by Peter Brown

'My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)' by Peter  Brown

★★★★★ Author and illustrator Peter Brown gives us another humorous read-aloud with “My Teacher Is a MONSTER!”. Bobby has a familiar problem: a teacher, Ms. Kirby, who is the bane of his existence. She reminds him to follow school rules by saying things like “no recess for children who throw paper airplanes in class”. In short, he thinks she is a monster. But then he runs into her in a park and, well, she doesn’t seem so bad. Wonderful ...

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