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Children's Fiction

The Beatryce Prophecy

Kate DiCamillo - Candlewick
Format: Hardcover

We shall all, in the end, be led to where we belong. We shall all, in the end, find our way home.In a time of war, a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Gentle Brother Edik finds the girl, Beatryce, curled in a stall, wracked with fever,...
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Born Behind Bars

Padma Venkatraman - Nancy Paulsen Books
Format: Hardcover

Kabir has been in jail since the day he was born, because his mom is serving time for a crime she didn't commit. He's never met his dad, so the only family he's got are their cellmates, and the only place he feels the least bit free is in the classroom, where his kind teacher...
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Clues to the Universe

Christina Li

This #ownvoices debut about losing and finding family, forging unlikely friendships, and searching for answers to big questions will resonate with fans of Erin Entrada Kelly and Rebecca Stead. The only thing Rosalind Ling Geraghty loves more than watching NASA launches with her dad is building...
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A Discovery of Dragons

Lindsay Galvin - Chicken House
Format: Hardcover

How to Train Your Dragon meets natural history, with real science, in this story of discovery through one of the lens of one of the most historical voyages in history.It's 1835. Cabin boy Simon Covington is on the voyage of a lifetime to the Galapagos Islands with the world-famous scientist,...
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Distress Signal

Mary E. Lambert - Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover

Lavender's class is on a field trip in the desert of Chiricahua National Monument, hiking down a ravine, when a flash flood strikes!As the water hurtles down the ravine, everyone sprints for safety. Lavender runs in the opposite direction as the rest of her class and scrambles up a tree...
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Double the Danger and Zero Zucchini

Betsy Uhrig - Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Hardcover

Books aren't supposed to be dangerous. Are they? Alex Harmon prefers running over sitting still reading. But when his aunt offers to pay him to point out the boring parts in her children's book, he figures it's an easy way to make ten bucks. The problem is that her book is about...
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Glitch

Laura Martin - HarperCollins
Format: Paperback

From the critically acclaimed author of Float comes a new whirlwind adventure about a pair of kids who must break all the rules of time travel, perfect for fans of Gordon Korman and John David Anderson. Regan Fitz and Elliot Mason have been enemies since they started training to become...

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Hockey Night in Kenya

Danson Mutinda - Orca Book Publishers
Format: Paperback

Kenyan orphans, Kitoo and Nigosi, spend their days studying, playing soccer, helping their elders with chores around the orphanage and reading from the limited selection of books in their library. When the librarian gives Kitoo a copy of Sports Around the World he becomes fascinated...

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Monster and Boy

Hannah Barnaby - Square Fish; Illustrated edition
Format: Paperback

When Monster (who lives under the bed) meets Boy (who sleeps in the bed) , Boy starts to scream -- and Monster promptly swallows him. It's the beginning of a beautiful friendship! Told with a warm, cozy voice, the story is brought to life with adorable two-color illustrations. Filled...

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The Republic of Birds

Jessica Miller - Amulet Books
Format: Hardcover

In the land of Tsaretsvo, civil war has divided the human kingdom from the Republic of Birds. Magic is outlawed, and young witches are sent to a mysterious boarding school, from which no one has returned. Olga and her family live a life of dull privilege in the capital until her father...
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Picture Books

Can We Be Friends?: Unexpected Animal Friendships from around the World

Erica Sirotich - HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover

With charming, colorful illustrations, this heartwarming picture book in rhyming text asks an age-old question - can we be friends? Take a journey exploring five unexpected animal friendships! This adorable picture book, based on real-life stories, showcases popular duos like Mzee the tortoise...
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Don't Worry, Bee Happy: An Acorn Book

Ross Burach - Scholastic Inc.
Format: Paperback

Bumble and Bee love to have FUN. But their best friend Froggy just wants some peace and quiet!"Buzz-worthy." --Kirkus ReviewsPick a book. Grow a Reader!This series is part of Scholastic's early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read...
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Mel Fell

Corey R. Tabor
Format: Hardcover

A charming and innovative tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author-illustrator of Fox the Tiger.Readers will delight in turning their book sideways and upside down to follow Mel on her journey from downward fall to triumphant flight in this tale of self-confidence...
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On Account of the Gum

Adam Rex - Chronicle Books
Format: Hardcover

On Account of the Gum is a book about how the best intentions lead to some of the worst (and funniest) ideas!Serious humor abounds in this story about one kid's hilarious misadventures with gum, and the cumulative buildup of stuff stuck in hair.From the madcap mind of Adam Rex comes...
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See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog

David LaRochelle - Candlewick
Format: Hardcover

Move over, Spot. . . . Spoofing classic primers, Max the Dog talks back to the book in a twist that will have fans of funny early readers howling.See Max. Max is not a cat - Max is a dog. But much to Max's dismay, the book keeps instructing readers to "see the cat." How can Max get through...
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Soaked!

Abi Cushman - Viking Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

A Hula-Hooping moose, a badger with a bumblebee umbrella, a rabbit in a cashmere sweater, and a very wet bear star in this unpredictable and laugh-out-loud picture book in which having fun gets the best of a grumpy bear.It looks like a wet and dreary day for Bear and his trio of friends....
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Someone Builds the Dream

Lisa Wheeler - Dial Books
Format: Hardcover

All across this great big world, jobs are getting doneby many hands in many lands. It takes much more than ONE.Gorgeously written and illustrated, this is an eye-opening exploration of the many types of work that go into building our world--from the making of a bridge to a wind farm, an amusement...
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Something's Wrong!: A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear

Jory John
Format: Hardcover

Jeff the bear has definitely forgotten something. He ate his breakfast, he watered his plant, he combed his fur ... what could it be? Why does he feel so oddly off? So he asks his friend Anders the rabbit what could possibly be wrong. It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that...
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The Yawns Are Coming!

Christopher Eliopoulos - Dial Books
Format: Hardcover

Kids will be giggling through their own yawns as they enjoy this contagiously adorable bedtime story by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Ordinary People Change the World books. Two best friends have big plans for their sleepover. They aren't going to go to bed at all--they'll...
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Wishes

Muon Thi Van - Orchard Books; Illustrated edition
Format: Hardcover

Wishes tells the powerful, honest story about one Vietnamese family's search for a new home on the other side of the world, and the long-lasting and powerful impact that makes on the littlest member of the family. Inspired by actual events in the author's life, this is a narrative...
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Informational Books

Black Heroes of the Wild West: Featuring Stagecoach Mary, Bass Reeves, and Bob Lemmons: A TOON Graphic

James Otis Smith - TOON Graphics
Format: Hardcover

This graphic novel by celebrates the extraordinary true tales of three black heroes who took control of their destinies and stood up for their communities in the Old West. Born into slavery in Tennessee, Mary Fields became famous as "Stagecoach Mary," a cigar-chomping, card playing...
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The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars: A Story about Edwin Hubble

Isabelle Marinov
Format: Hardcover

This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever:...
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Drop: An Adventure through the Water Cycle

Emily Kate Moon - Dial Books
Format: Hardcover

Meet Drop. She's water! And she's seen a thing or two. Yep, even dinosaurs; she's four and a half billion years old, after all. Everywhere Drop flows--and she flows everywhere--she keeps things moving, making life on earth possible, and having a great time doing it. (Have you ever...
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The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field

Scott Riley
Format: Book

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History Smashers: Pearl Harbor

Kate Messner - Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a completely unpredictable attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Right? Well, that's not quite the real deal. Some military experts had suggested that Pearl Harbor was a likely target. There were other warning signs, too, but nobody...
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Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

Peter Sís - Norton Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Caldecott Honoree and Sibert Medalist Peter Ss honors a man who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis. In 1938, twenty-nine-year-old Nicholas Winton saved the lives of almost 700 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia -- a story he never told and that remained unknown until...
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The Screaming Hairy Armadillo and 76 Other Animals with Wild, Wacky Names

Murrie, Matthew - WORKMAN PR
Format: Book

An illustrated compendium of animals with funny, fascinating, or just-plain-weird names (like the sparklemuffin peacock spider or the fried egg jellyfish) teaches kids about unusual animals as well as scientific taxonomy. Genuinely fun reference

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So You Want to Be an Owl

Jane Porter - Candlewick
Format: Hardcover

Welcome to Owl School! Professor Olaf Owl is here to tell you everything you need to know about being an owl, from hunting to camouflage to seeing in the dark. Study hard, and soon you'll be a first-rate member of Team Owl! This engaging nonfiction picture book is full of vibrant, humorous...
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Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Carole Boston Weatherford
Format: Hardcover

Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history. The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa's Greenwood district and chronicles...
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Your Place in the Universe

Jason Chin - Neal Porter Books
Format: Hardcover

With crisp illustration and intriguing science, Your Place in the Universe introduces readers to the mind-boggling scale of the known Universe.Most eight-year-olds are about five times as tall as this book . . . but only half as tall as an ostrich, which is half as tall as a giraffe . . . twenty...
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Young Adult

The Cost of Knowing

Brittney Morris
Format: Hardcover

Sixteen-year-old Alex Rufus is trying his best. He tries to be the best employee he can be at the local ice cream shop; the best boyfriend he can be to his amazing girlfriend, Talia; the best protector he can be over his little brother, Isaiah. But as much as Alex tries, he often comes...
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Curses

Lish McBride - G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

, bestselling author"A unique and twisty magical romp!"--Tamora Pierce, New York Times bestselling authorMerit Cravan refused to fulfill her obligation to marry a prince, leading to a fairy godling's curse. She will be forced to live as a beast forever, unless she agrees to marry...
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Furia

Yamile Saied Méndez - Algonquin Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

. In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life. At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother's narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother's shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father. On the field, she is La Furia,...
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Ground Zero

Alan Gratz
Format: Hardcover

Brandon is visiting his dad at work, on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center. Out of nowhere, an airplane slams into the tower, creating a fiery nightmare of terror and confusion. And Brandon is in the middle of it all. Can he survive -- and escape? Reshmina has grown up in the shadow...
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In the Wild Light

Jeff Zentner - Crown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Life in a small Appalachian town is not easy. Cash lost his mother to an opioid addiction and his Papaw is dying slowly from emphysema. Dodging drug dealers and watching out for his best friend, Delaney, is second nature. He's been spending his summer mowing lawns while she works at Dairy...
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Instructions for Dancing

Nicola Yoon - Delacorte Press
Format: Hardcover

Evie Thomas doesn't believe in love anymore. Especially after the strangest thing occurs one otherwise ordinary afternoon: She witnesses a couple kiss and is overcome with a vision of how their romance began . . . and how it will end. After all, even the greatest love stories end with...
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The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Garth Nix - Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Hardcover

In a slightly alternate London in 1983, Susan Arkshaw is looking for her father, a man she has never met. Crime boss Frank Thringley might be able to help her, but Susan doesnt get time to ask Frank any questions before he is turned to dust by the prick of a silver hatpin in the hands of the outrageously...
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The Silver Blonde

Elizabeth Ross - Delacorte Press
Format: January 2

Hollywood, 1946. The war is over, and eighteen-year-old Clara Berg spends her days shelving reels as a vault girl at Silver Pacific Studios, with all her dreams pinned on getting a break in film editing. That and a real date with handsome yet unpredictable screenwriter Gil. But when she returns...
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Six Crimson Cranes

Elizabeth Lim - Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Ebook

A princess in exile. Six enchanted cranes. An unspeakable curse. A beautiful and immersive YA fantasy retelling of the Grimm brothers' The Six Swans fairytale, set in an East-Asian inspired world, by the author of Spin the Dawn. 'A dazzling fairy tale full of breathtaking storytelling'...
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XOXO

Axie Oh - HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover

Jenny's never had much time for boys, K-pop, or really anything besides her dream of being a professional cellist. But when she finds herself falling for a K-pop idol, she has to decide whether their love is worth the risk. A modern forbidden romance wrapped in the glamorous and exclusive...
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Graphic Novels: Children

Agent 9: Flood-a-Geddon!

James Burks - Razorbill
Format: Paperback

The Super-Secret Spy Service's mission is to keep the world safe from maniacal villains. And Agent 9 is one of its best operatives. Although Nine always manages to complete the mission, there is occasionally some collateral damage (like the priceless Pigasso painting that was destroyed...
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Chunky

Yehudi Mercado - Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Hardcover

In this full-color middle grade graphic memoir for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Jerry Craft, Yehudi Mercado draws inspiration from his childhood struggle with his weight while finding friendship with his imaginary mascot, Chunky, as he navigates growing up in a working class Mexican-Jewish...
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Big Ideas That Changed the World 3: A Shot in the Arm!

Don Brown - Amulet Books
Format: Hardcover

A Shot in the Arm!, book 3 in the Big Ideas that Changed the World series, is the history of vaccinations and the struggle to protect people from infectious disease. Beginning with smallpox&;perhaps humankind's greatest affliction to date&;and concluding with an overview of the COVID-19...
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Super Detectives

Cale Atkinson - Tundra Books
Format: Hardcover

Welcome to the world of Simon and Chester, ghost and boy duo extraordinaire.They like to kick butt and take names. They don't like chores. They are best friends. And they are about to solve the MYSTERY OF A LIFETIME. (Oh, and eat some snacks probably.) Join Simon and Chester in their...
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Rise of the Halfling King

David Bowles - Cinco Puntos Press
Format: Paperback

has always been different from other kids -- he's very short for his age, his best friend is a monkey, and most curious of all: he was born from an egg! His grandmother, a witch, found him and taught him all the ancient magic she uses to help her people. So when a giant snake starts...

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Graphic Novels: Young Adult

Dancing at the Pity Party

Tyler Feder - Dial Books
Format: Hardcover

Part poignant cancer memoir and part humorous reflection on a motherless life, this debut graphic novel is extraordinarily comforting and engaging.From before her mother's first oncology appointment through the stages of her cancer to the funeral, sitting shiva, and afterward, when...
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Displacement

Hughes, Kiku - FIRST SECOND


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Nubia: Real One

L. L. McKinney - DC Comics
Format: Paperback

Nubia has always been a little bit...different. As a baby she showcased Amazonian-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor's cat. But despite her having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she's no Wonder Woman. And even if she were, they...
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The Magic Fish

Trung Le Nguyen - Random House Graphic
Format: Hardcover

Tin loves his family and his friends ... but Tin has a secret he's been keeping from them, and it might change everything. An amazing YA graphic novel that deals with the complexity of family and how stories can bring us together.Real life isn't a fairytale.But Tin still enjoys...
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Long Way Down

JASON REYNOLDS - Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Format: Hardcover

A Newbery Honor Book A Coretta Scott King Honor Book A Printz Honor Book A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner for Young Adult Literature Longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature Winner of the Walter Dean Myers Award An Edgar Award Winner for Best Young...
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 Poetry

Delicious!: Poems Celebrating Street Food around the World

Julie Larios - Beach Lane Books
Format: Hardcover

The world is a delicious place! Come along on an international journey to try a hot pretzel in New York City; saffron tea in Mumbai, India; deep fried scorpions in Beijing, China; and much, much more. This poetry collection celebrates all the different kinds of street food from around the globe,...
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Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast: And Other Tasty Poems

Jack Prelutsky - Greenwillow Books
Format: Hardcover

From a lizard playing a mandolin (although not very well) to the surprised guest of honor (at a birthday party he threw for himself), theres something for everyone in Jack Prelutskys Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast. Illustrator Ruth Chans lively and hilarious black-and-white art jumps off the page...
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No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History

Lindsay H. Metcalf - Charlesbridge
Format: Hardcover

Fans of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices will love meeting fourteen young activists who have stepped up to make change in their community and the United States.Mari Copeny demanded clean water in Flint. Jazz Jennings insisted, as a transgirl, on playing soccer with the girls'...
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Starfish

Lisa Fipps - Nancy Paulsen Books
Format: Hardcover

Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she's been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules--like "no making waves," "avoid eating in public," and "don't move so fast that...
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Write! Write! Write!

Vanderwater, Amy Ludwig - WORDSONG

Twenty-two poems capture the amazing power of writing and will inspire even the most reluctant writer to begin putting words to paper. Write Write Write is a poetry collection that explores every stage and every aspect of the writing process, from learning the alphabet to the thrilling...
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