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Children's Fiction (J Fic)

The Blackbird Girls

Anne Blankman · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

Like Ruta Sepetys for middle grade, Anne Blankman pens a poignant and timeless story of friendship that twines together moments in underexplored history.

On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power...
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The Boy Who Grew Dragons

Andy Shepherd · Yellow Jacket
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

"Never has so much toilet humor been so charming."-Kirkus Reviews This hilarious middle-grade novel with illustrations throughout sees Tomas discover that he can grow dragons in his own garden!When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandfather's garden,...
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Fighting Words

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley · Dial Books
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

A candid and fierce middle grade novel about sisterhood and sexual abuse, by Newbery Honor winner and #1 New York Times best seller Kimberly Brubaker Bradley"Fighting Words is raw, it is real, it is necessary, a must-read for children and their adults--a total triumph in all ways."...
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The Great Pet Heist

Emily Ecton · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Ocean's Eleven meets The Secret Life of Pets in this hilarious and delightfully illustrated novel following a ragtag group of pets who will do whatever it takes to avoid being sent to the pound.Butterbean knew she wasn't always a good dog. Still, she'd never considered herself...
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Homerooms and Hall Passes

Tom O'Donnell · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover

"You can't help falling in love with this hilarious upside-down take on Dungeons & Dragons. I read; I cheered; I laughed out loud." - Gordon Korman

In the mystical realm of Bríandalor, every day the brave and the bold delve into hidden temples or forgotten dungeons,...

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How to Make Friends with the Sea

Guerrero, Tanya · FARRAR STRAUSS & GIROUX


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My Life as a Potato

Costner, Arianne · RANDOM HOUSE

For anyone who has ever felt like a potato in middle school, this hilarious story about a boy forced to become the dorkiest school mascot ever will have readers cheering "A grade A, spudtastic (not to mention FUNNY) debut. Arianne Costner sure knows middle school and middle schoolers...
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Ways to Make Sunshine

Renée Watson · Bloomsbury Children's Books
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson comes the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine.Ryan Hart has a lot on her mind--school, self-image, and especially family. Her dad finally...
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Willa and the Whale

Chad Morris · Shadow Mountain
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

When her marine biologist mother dies, thirteen-year-old Willa turns to an unlikely source of comfort - a humpback whale who communicates with her.
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Wink

Rob Harrell · Dial Books
Pages: 300
Format: Hardcover

A hilarious and heartwrenching story about surviving middle school--and an unthinkable diagnosis--while embracing life's weirdness.Ross Maloy just wants to be a normal seventh grader. He doesn't want to lose his hair, or wear a weird hat, or deal with the disappearing friends who don't...
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Picture Books

The Box Turtle

Vanessa Roeder · Dial Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

An irresistibly cute story about finding the confidence to be yourself, starring a turtle in search of the perfect shell.

Terrance the turtle was born without a shell, so he uses a cardboard box instead. Terrance loves his box. It keeps him dry on soggy days, safe from snooping strangers,...
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In a Jar

Deborah Marcero · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Here's a marvelous picture book, charmingly written and beautifully illustrated, about the power of memory and the magic of friendship.

Llewellyn, a little rabbit, is a collector. He gathers things in jars--ordinary things like buttercups, feathers, and heart-shaped stones. Then...
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Let's All Creep Through Crocodile Creek

Jonny Lambert · Tiger Tales
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Mouse, Rabbit, and Shelly the tortoise are heading home when they decide to take a shortcut through the creepy, crooked creek. “Isn’t that where the crocodiles live?” asks Rabbit nervously. Mouse reassures Rabbit that he’s never seen a crocodile there. As the friends journey...
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Lift

Minh Le · Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 56
Format: Hardcover

When Iris's elevator button-pushing is disrupted by a new member of the family, she's pretty put out.That is, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious new button opens up entire realms of possibility, places where she can escape and explore on her own. But when it becomes a question...
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Naughty Ninja Takes a Bath

Todd Tarpley · Two Lions
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

After crossing raging rivers and tromping through the jungle, Naughty Ninja returns to his secret ninja training camp for lunch. But when he gets inside, his parents tell him he needs a bath. Before Naughty Ninja gets in the tub, he notices poisonous flies and an angry alligator circling...

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Rita and Ralph's Rotten Day

Carmen Agra Deedy · SCHOLASTIC
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

In two little houses, on two little hills, lived two best friends... So begins the story of Rita and Ralph. Every day they meet to play beneath the apple tree. It's always fun and games -- until one roundly rotten day when a new game means someone ends up crying. Who knew it could...
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Snail Crossing

Corey R. Tabor · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

In a book that is as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship.

When Snail spies a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, nothing will stop him - not a speeding...

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Sulwe

Lupita Nyong'o · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

From Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school....
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Swim Swim Sink

Jenn Harney · Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Three tiny ducks. One straight line.New happy flock. All feeling fine.
Until, that is, the last ducking sinks when she should swim. Let's try that again . . . and again and again. All this sinking is ruining the rhyme!
Little ones will love following the antics of these...
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When Pencil Met Eraser

Karen Kilpatrick · Imprint
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Ever wonder why there's a little pink eraser on every pencil? Find out in this funny, clever picture book that tells the true story of how Pencil and Eraser became the best of friends.

When Pencil draws on the pages of this book, Eraser erases parts of Pencil's work, and the book...

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Informational Books

Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper

Candace Fleming · Neal Porter Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Fred and Helen Martini longed for a baby, and they ended up with dozens of lion and tiger cubs! Snuggle up to this purr-fect read aloud about the Bronx Zoo's first female zoo-keeper.When Bronx Zoo-keeper Fred brought home a lion cub, Helen Martini instantly embraced it. The cub's...
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Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

Margarita Engle · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019!

In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael López tell the story of Teresa Carreño, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln.

As a little girl, Teresa Carreño loved to let her hands...
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Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

Michael Rex · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

A hilarious, timely conversation about the differences between facts and opinions, by the creator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight Goon

Do you know the difference between a fact and an opinion? It can be a hard thing to understand. Some things are facts--like...
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Flight for Freedom: Wetzel Family's Daring Escape from East Germany

Fulton, Kristen · CHRONICLE BOOKS
Format: Book

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Hey, Water!

Antoinette Portis · Neal Porter Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Splash! A spunky little girl plays a spirited game of hide-and-seek with water, in this gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book.

Hey, water! I know you! You're all around.

Join a young girl as she explores her surroundings and sees that water is everywhere. But water...
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The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Rita Lorraine Hubbard · Schwartz & Wade
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation's oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed,...
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Packs: Strength in Numbers

Hannah Salyer · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

A full color, exquisitely illustrated celebration of animals who live in packs, herds, pods, and more. Packs shows how togetherness and teamwork help many creatures thrive.

Groups, packs, herds of millions, and more-our world teems with animals on land, air, and sea.

Packs...
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Pluto Gets the Call

Adam Rex · Beach Lane Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Pluto gets a call from Earth telling him he isn't a planet anymore, so he sets out on a journey through the solar system to find out why in this funny and fact-filled romp that's perfect for fans of The Scrambled States of America.

Pluto loves being a planet. That is, until...
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Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson · Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

"This rich volume is a national treasure." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Captivating, informative, and inspiring ... Easy to follow and hard to put down." - School Library Journal (starred review) The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine...
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Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

Duncan Tonatiuh · Abrams Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to life the story of a Mexican-American war hero José de la Luz Sáenz (1888-1953) - or Luz - believed in fighting for what was right. Although he was born in the United States, he and his family experienced prejudice because of their Mexican...
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Young Adult

Bone Crier's Moon

Kathryn Purdie · KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
Pages: 480
Format: Hardcover

Bone Criers are the last descendants of an ancient famille charged with using the magic they draw from animal bones to shepherd the dead into the afterlife—lest they drain the light from the living.
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Frankly in Love

David Yoon · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover

An Instant New York Times Bestseller and #1 Indie Bestseller!

Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?

Frank Li has two names. There's Frank Li, his American name. Then there's Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even...
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A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

Holly Jackson · Delacorte Press
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

For readers of Kara Thomas and Karen McManus, an addictive, twisty crime thriller with shades of Serial and Making a Murderer about a closed local murder case that doesn't add up, and a girl who's determined to find the real killer--but not everyone wants her meddling in the past.

Everyone...
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I'll Be the One

Lyla Lee · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

The world of K-Pop has never met a star like this. Debut author Lyla Lee delivers a deliciously fun, thoughtful rom-com celebrating confidence and body positivity - perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Julie Murphy. Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn't dance. Wear bright colors....
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The Inheritance Games

Jennifer Lynn Barnes · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Times} A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out. Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes...
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Lost and Found

Orson Scott Card · Blackstone Audio
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

""Are you really a thief?""

That's the question that has haunted fourteen-year-old Ezekiel Blast all his life. But he's not a thief, he just has a talent for finding things. Not a superpower--a micropower. Because what good is finding lost bicycles and hair...

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The Paper Girl of Paris

Jordyn Taylor · HarperTeen
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Code Name Verity meets Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution in this gripping debut novel. NOW: Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn't there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment...
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Thorn

Khanani, Intisar · HARPERCOLLINS


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Verify

Joelle Charbonneau · HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

"Wow! Shades of Fahrenheit 451 and Orwell's 1984. Painfully real and urgent. Read this book." - Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the Gone series

Bestselling author Joelle Charbonneau's eerily timely, high-stakes page-turner is destined to start important...

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When the Ground Is Hard

Malla Nunn · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

Edgar Award nominee stuns in this heartrending tale set in a Swaziland boarding school where two girls of different castes bond over a shared copy of Jane Eyre.

Adele Joubert loves being one of the popular girls at Keziah Christian Academy. She knows the upcoming semester...
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Graphic Novels: Children

Anti/Hero

Kate Karyus Quinn · DC Comics
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback

Piper Pájaro and Sloane MacBrute are two 13-year-old girls with very different lives but very similar secrets. Popular, outgoing Piper is strong. Like, ripping-the-doors-off-cards strong. She longs to be a superhero, even if she tends to leave massive messes in her wake. Snarky Sloane,...
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Fox & Rabbit

Beth Ferry · Amulet Books
Pages: 96
Format: Hardcover

A new graphic-novel series for emerging readers about the simple magic of true friendship Easygoing Fox and anxious Rabbit seem like total opposites. But, somehow, they make the perfect pair! Whether searching for hidden treasure or planting a garden in their own backyard, Fox and Rabbit...
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Major Impossible

Nathan Hale · Amulet Books
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover

The ninth book in the bestselling series tells the story of John Wesley Powell, the one-armed geologist who explored the Grand Canyon

John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) always had the spirit of adventure in him. As a young man, he traveled all over the United States exploring....

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Pea, Bee, & Jay #1: Stuck Together

Brian "Smitty" Smith · HarperAlley
Pages: 64
Format: Hardcover

Get ready to roll with Pea, Bee, & Jay in this brand-new early reader graphic novel series by Brian "Smitty" Smith, perfect for fans of Narwhal & Jelly, emerging readers, and comic lovers alike! Like all peas, Pea loves to roll. So when a no-good strawberry dares him to roll...
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When Stars Are Scattered

Victoria Jamieson · Dial Books
Pages: 264
Format: Hardcover

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl.Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya....
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Graphic Novels: Young Adult

Becoming RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Journey to Justice

Debbie Levy · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Dissent comes a biographical graphic novel about celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a modern feminist icon - a leader in the fight for equal treatment of girls...
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Bloom

Kevin Panetta · First Second
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback

Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band -- if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens....
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Catherine's War

Julia Billet · HarperAlley
Pages: 176
Format: Paperback

"A shining story of a young girl who struggles to come of age and find her place in a world fraught with danger." - Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hitler Youth* Winner of the Youth Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival (voted by readers)...
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Superman Smashes the Klan

Gene Luen Yang · DC Comics
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Chinatown to Downtown Metropolis. While Dr. Lee is eager to begin his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to the famous superhero Superman!Tommy adjusts...
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They Called Us Enemy

George Takei · Top Shelf Productions
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback

New York Times Bestseller!

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale...
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Poetry

Common Critters: The Wildlife in Your Neighborhood

Brisson, Pat · TILBURY HOUSE PUBL

Dan Tavis's humorous illustrations crank up the delight, and a child wanting to learn more will find it in the natural-history backmatter. Pat Brisson employs a variety of verse forms in the book, and she shows how it's done in a back-of-book feature called "A Peek into the Poet's...
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The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You into Space and Back Again

Allan Wolf · Candlewick
Pages: 56
Format: Hardcover

Hang on tight for a raucous bounce through the solar system and back - propelled by funny, fanciful, factually sound poems and exuberant illustrations.

The universe poured into me.
My brain was overloaded.
It smoked and glowed red-hot.
And then...
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Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z

Irene Latham · Carolrhoda Books ®
Pages: 120
Format: Library Binding

How can we make the world a better place? This inspiring resource for middle-grade readers is organized as a dictionary; each entry presents a word related to creating a better world, such as ally, empathy, or respect. For each word, there is a poem, a quote from an inspiring person, a personal...
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In the Woods

David Elliott · Candlewick
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A New York Times best-selling author shares his love for woodland animals in a revealing, beautifully illustrated collection of verse for poetry lovers and budding naturalists.The animals in the dark woods are secretive, their inner lives a mystery. The stealthy bobcat, the inquisitive...
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On the Horizon

Lois Lowry · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 80
Format: Hardcover

From two-time Newbery medalist and living legend Lois Lowry comes a moving account of the lives lost in two of WWII's most infamous events: Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima. With evocative black-and-white illustrations by SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner Kenard Pak. Lois Lowry looks back at history...
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