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Children's Fiction

The Bluest Sky

Christina Diaz Gonzalez

A boy and his family must decide whether to remain in Cuba under a repressive government or risk everything for the chance of a new beginning in this gripping story from the award-winning author of The Red Umbrella.. There are two versions of Héctor: the public and the private. It
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A Duet for Home

Karina Yan Glaser - Clarion Books
Format: Hardcover

From the New York Times best-selling creator of the Vanderbeekers series comes a triumphant tale of friendship, healing, and the power of believing in ourselves told from the perspective of biracial sixth-graders June and Tyrell, two children living in a homeless shelter. As their friendship...
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The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves 1: Egypt's Fire

Tom Phillips

Hilarious, non-stop adventure, a mysterious jewel heist, and a detective team like no other make this a must-have middle grade series starter. Perfect for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Enola Holmes.. After twelve-year-old John Boarhog's mom dies, the last thing he wan
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Long Lost

Jacqueline West - Greenwillow Books
Format: Hardcover

Once there were two sisters who did everything together. But only one of them disappeared. New York Times-bestselling author Jacqueline West's Long Lost is an atmospheric, eerie mystery brimming with suspense. Fans of Katherine Arden's Small Spaces and Victoria Schwab's City...
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The Lucky Ones

Linda Williams Jackson - Candlewick
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning author Linda Williams Jackson pulls from her own childhood in the Mississippi Delta to tell the story of Ellis Earl, who dreams of a real house, food enough for the whole family - and to be someone.It's 1967, and eleven-year-old Ellis Earl Brown has big dreams. He's...
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Maizy Chen's Last Chance

Lisa Yee - Random House Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover


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Omar Rising

Aisha Saeed - Nancy Paulsen Books
Format: Hardcover


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A Perfect Mistake

Melanie Conklin

A moving, voice-driven novel about friendship, responsibility, and fighting against unfair expectations, for fans of Rebecca Stead and Erin Entrada Kelly. Max wishes he could go back in time to before he was diagnosed with ADHD, before he grew to be the tallest kid in his class, a
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Willodeen

Katherine Applegate - Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover

The earth is old and we are not, and that is all you must remember . . .Eleven-year-old Willodeen adores creatures of all kinds, but her favorites are the most unlovable beasts in the land: strange beasts known as "screechers." The villagers of Perchance call them pests, even...
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Word Travelers and the Taj Mahal Mystery

Raj Haldar - Sourcebooks Explore
Format: Paperback

A new chapter book series from bestselling author Raj Haldar that explores etymology and world cultures using an exciting, action-packed mystery story!Eddie and Molly-Jean are next door neighbors and best friends. One Saturday, Eddie's mom sends him up to the attic to get his great-grandpa's...
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Picture Books

Abdul's Story

Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow - Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover


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Chester van Chime Who Forgot How to Rhyme

Avery Monsen - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

There once was a youngster named Chester van ChimeWho woke up one day and forgot how to rhyme.Chester loved rhyming, in poem or song.It always felt right, but today it felt...not right. VERY not right.Chester van Chime is usually the BEST at rhyming. He can normally tell you all about cats...
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Chez Bob

Bob Shea - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Welcome to Chez Bob, which seems like a real restaurant...until you realize...it's on an alligator's NOSE! Bob's got a hidden plan for his customers: "Birds will come to eat, but I will eat the birds!" As they fly in from all over the world to dine on Bob's face,...
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Clovis Keeps His Cool

Katelyn Aronson - Page Street Kids
Format: Hardcover

Clovis used to struggle with his temper, but ever since he took over his late grandmother's china shop, he's been learning how to manage it. He pours tea, listens to soothing music, and always keeps Granny's words in mind: "Grace, grace, nothing broken to replace."But...
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Counting to Bananas: A Mostly Rhyming Fruit Book

Carrie Tillotson - Flamingo Books
Format: Hardcover

A hilarious, mostly-rhyming picture book about a banana and narrator who can't quite agree on what their book is about. Perfect for fans of Mo Willems' We Are in a Book and Adam Rex's Nothing Rhymes With Orange!When a narrator starts filling this story with fruit, Banana can't...
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Field Trip to Volcano Island

John Hare - Margaret Ferguson Books
Format: Book

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Gibberish

Young Vo - Levine Querido
Format: Hardcover


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Have You Seen Gordon?

Adam Jay Epstein - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Have you seen Gordon? Oh. There he is. Gordon isn't very good at hiding, is he? The narrator wants to play hide and seek with Gordon and the reader, but Gordon just wants to stand out. This madcap, fourth wall-breaking picture book is packed with humor and full, zany spreads with details...
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I'm Not Missing

KASHELLE GOURLEY - ‎little bee books
Format: Hardcover

The dog days are over when one pup breaks free from his home to become an independent, Lone Wolf!Humans don't realize the stresses of pet life.Working hard to meet every command.Trying to be a good boy, the best boy.It's exhausting . . . humiliating, even! Sick of the pressures...
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A Spoonful of Frogs

CASEY LYALL - Greenwillow Books
Format: Hardcover

Frogs are the most important ingredient in a witch's favorite treat - but they are also the hardest to get into the cauldron! From acclaimed author Casey Lyall and Caldecott Honor artist Vera Brosgol, A Spoonful of Frogs is a humorous and wholly original picture book - and a winning...
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Informational Books

Action!: How Movies Began

Meghan McCarthy - Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Format: Hardcover

Award-winning nonfiction picture book creator Meghan McCarthy tells the story of how motion pictures came to be invented and the story of the many people who helped create them.Movies take us on adventures, introduce us to new worlds, and make us feel, but how did they start? In her trademark...
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Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood's Celebrity Cougar Helped Build a Bridge for City Wildlife

Meeg Pincus
Format: Hardcover

P-22, the famed "Hollywood Cougar," was born in a national park near Los Angeles, California. When it was time for him to leave home and stake a claim to his own territory, he embarked on a perilous journey - somehow crossing sixteen lanes of the world's worst traffic - to make...
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The Elephants Come Home: A True Story of Seven Elephants, Two People, and One Extraordinary Friendship

Hadley Hooper - Chronicle Books
Format: Hardcover

One day in 1999, Lawrence Anthony and Franoise Malby hear that a herd of wild African elephants needs a new home. They welcome the elephants to their wildlife sanctuary - Thula Thula - with open arms. But the elephants are much less sure they want to stay. How will Lawrence prove to them...
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Galloping Gertie: The True Story of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

Amanda Abler - Little Bigfoot
Format: Hardcover

The story of Galloping Gertie, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, is captured through the eyes of a young boy who not only watches the bridge being built, but also witnesses its spectacular collapse not long after the bridge is opened. Author Amanda Abler tells the bridge's dramatic story...
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The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem

Colleen Paeff - Margaret K. McElderry Books
Format: Hardcover

It's the summer of 1858, and London's River Thames STINKS. What is creating this revolting smell? The answer is gross: the river is full of poop. But the smell isn't the worst problem. Every few years, cholera breaks out, and thousands of people die. Could there be a connection...
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Harriet's Ruffled Feathers: The Woman Who Saved Millions of Birds

Joy McCullough - Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover


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Headstrong Hallie!: The story of Hallie Morse Daggett, the First Female "Fire Guard"

Aimee Bissonette - Sleeping Bear Press
Format: Hardcover

Hallie Morse Daggett loved spending time outdoors, hiking among the tall trees of the forests in California's Siskiyou Mountains. She wasn't afraid of the bears, coyotes, and wildcats. But Hallie was afraid of fire and understood the threat it posed to the forests, wildlife, and people....
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I Am Smoke

Henry Herz - Tilbury House Publishers
Format: Hardcover

"Wowww!" -- - Raina Telgemeier, #1 NY Times, #1 USA Today, #1 Publishers Weekly bestselling author/illustrator"Herz presents a provocative and unique look at the lifecycle and benefits of smoke throughout the millennia. Lopez's multimedia artwork further illuminates the ethereal...
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It Takes Guts: How Your Body Turns Food Into Fuel

Jennifer Dr. Gardy - Greystone Kids
Format: Hardcover

An illustrated book about the digestive system and microbiome for young readers, from famous (and funny) scientist Dr. Jennifer Gardy.Everybody eats, and everybody poops. Pretty ordinary stuff, right?But what happens in between is far from ordinary! That's where your digestive system...
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What's in Your Pocket?: Collecting Nature's Treasures

Heather L. Montgomery - Charlesbridge
Format: Hardcover

When you find something strange and wonderful, do you put it in your pocket? Meet nine scientists who, as kids, explored the great outdoors and collected "treasures": seedpods, fossils, worms, and more. Observing, sorting, and classifying their finds taught these kids scientific...
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Young Adult

Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms

Jamar J. Perry - Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Hardcover


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Defy the Night

Brigid Kemmerer - Bloomsbury YA
Format: Hardcover

The kingdom of Kandala is on the brink of disaster. Rifts between sectors have only worsened since a sickness began ravaging the land, and within the Royal Palace, the king holds a tenuous peace with a ruthless hand. King Harristan was thrust into power after his parents' shocking assassination,...
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Flirting with Fate

J. C. Cervantes - Razorbill
Format: Hardcover

Jane the Virgin meets The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in New York Times bestselling author J.C. Cervantes's charming, romantic YA debut.Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved nana's deathbed. But due to a flash flood that left Ava in a fender...
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The Fort

Gordon Korman - ‎Scholastic Press
Format: Hardcover

From the bestselling author of RESTART, the story of a middle-school "band of brothers" -- five friends who need to stick together after they set up a hideout in an abandoned bomb shelter and discover that the only way to be true friends is to reveal their secrets and help each...
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Ghostlight

KENNETH OPPEL - Listening Library
Format: Audiobook

One teen's summer job scaring tourists with ghost stories takes a terrifying turn when he accidentally summons the spirit of a dead girl - and she has demands.... The award-winning author of Airborn delivers a roller-coaster ride of a story about the wakeful and wicked dead.Rebecca...
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Hollow Fires

Samira Ahmed - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

A powerful, gripping YA novel about theinsidious nature of racism, the terrible costs of unearthing hidden truths, and the undeniable power of hope, byNew York Timesbestselling author Samira Ahmed. Perfect for fans ofSadieand Dear Martin.Safiya Mirzadreams of becoming a journalist. And one thing...
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I Must Betray You

Ruta Sepetys - Philomel Books
Format: Hardcover

Romania, 1989. Communist regimes are crumbling across Europe. Seventeen-year-old Cristian Florescu dreams of becoming a writer, but Romanians aren't free to dream; they are bound by rules and force. Amidst the tyrannical dictatorship of Nicolae Ceauescu in a country governed by isolation...
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Love, Decoded

Jennifer Yen
Format: Hardcover

For fans of Jenny Han and Jane Austen, a rom-com that's equal parts hilarious and heartfelt about the unexpected consequences of one teen's quest to help her friends find love, from the author of A Taste for Love.High school junior Gigi Wong strives to be the best. After all, that's...
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Me

Amber McBride - Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover

Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted.Until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for his roots. If he knows more about where he comes from, maybe he'll be able to understand his ongoing depression. And if Moth can help...
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Mirror Girls

Kelly McWilliams - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

A thrilling gothic horror novel about biracial twin sisters separated at birth, perfect for fans of Lovecraft Country  and The Vanishing Half.

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Graphic Novels: Children

Garlic and the Vampire

Bree Paulsen - Quill Tree Books
Format: Hardcover

An enchanting, farm-fresh debut graphic novel starring an unusual heroine who is braver than she realizes, for middle grade readers looking for a cozy, adventuresome read in the vein of Witch Boy or Be Prepared.Garlic feels as though she's always doing something wrong. At least with...
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Invisible: A Graphic Novel

CHRISTINA DIAZ GONZALEZ - Graphix
Format: Paperback

For fans of Twins and Allergic, a must-have graphic novel about five very different students who are forced together by their school to complete community service... and may just have more in common than they thought.Can five overlooked kids make one big difference?There's George: the brainSara:...
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Lumberjackula

Mat Heagerty - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

For fans of The Okay Witch and Fake Blood, this hilarious middle grade graphic novel follows a half-vampire, half-lumberjack boy who feels torn between his parents and just wants to be a dancer.Jack is in a pickle. His lumberjack mom wants him to go to Mighty Log Lumberjack Prep to learn...
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Sir Ladybug

Corey R. Tabor - Balzer Bray
Format: Hardcover

From Geisel Award-winning author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor comes a fresh and funny young graphic novel series sure to delight readers. Perfect for fans of Catwad, Bird & Squirrel, and Narwhal & Jelly.Ladies and gentlebugs, presenting the duke of the dandelion patch, champion of truth and justice,...
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The Tryout: A Graphic Novel

Christina Soontornvat - Graphix
Format: Paperback

From two-time Newbery Honoree and Kirkus Prize winner Christina Soontornvat, and stellar new talent, Joanna Cacao, comes a high stakes, highly relatable graphic novel about courage and competition, friendship and belonging, and learning to feel comfortable in your own skin. Perfect for fans...

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Graphic Novels: Young Adult

Huda F Are You?

Huda Fahmy - Dial Books
Format: Paperback

Huda and her family just moved to Dearborn, Michigan, a small town with a big Muslim population. In her old town, Huda knew exactly who she was: She was the hijabi girl. But in Dearborn, everyone is the hijabi girl. Huda is lost in a sea of hijabis, and she can't rely on her hijab...

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Isla to Island

Alexis Castellanos - Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Marisol loves her colorful island home. Cuba is vibrant with flowers and food and people ... but things are changing. The home Marisol loves is no longer safe - and then it's no longer her home at all. Her parents are sending her to the United States. Alone. Nothing about Marisol's...
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Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American

Laura Gao - Balzer Bray
Format: Hardcover


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Ride On

FAITH ERIN HICKS - First Second
Format: Paperback

In this middle grade graphic novel, twelve-year-old Victoria is burned out from the high-pressure world or riding competitions. Can she get back to basics and rekindle her love of horses? Perfect for fans of Best Friends and Stargazing!VIctoria has always loved horses. But riding in competitions...
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Squire

Nadia Shammas - Quill Tree Books
Format: Paperback

From two incredible rising talents comes the fantasy graphic novel Molly Knox Ostertag calls "instantly compelling." A New England Book Award and Harvey Award winner!Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight. Its the highest military honor in the once-great Bayt-Sajji Empire,...
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Poetry

Sakamoto's Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory

Julie Abery - Kids Can Press
Format: Hardcover

The inspirational and little-known story of a dedicated teacher who coached Hawaiian swimmers all the way to the Olympics, beautifully told in simple rhyme.When the children of workers on a 1930s Maui sugar plantation were chased away from playing in the nearby irrigation ditches, local...
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Smitten With Kittens

Florence Minor - Charlesbridge
Format: Hardcover

Snuggly, fun, bouncy, and playful--who isn't smitten with kittens? A simple, rhyming story perfect for kitty loving kiddos everywhere!Get smitten with kittens in this rhyming picture book perfect for read-alouds. There's so much to love about kittens--from their cute little mews...
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Wait and See

Helen Frost - ‎Candlewick
Format: Hardcover

Longtime collaborators Helen Frost and Rick Lieder team up for a breathtakingly beautiful glimpse at the praying mantis - and entice us to take the time to open our eyes to the world in front of us.The creators of Step Gently Out and many other acclaimed picture books join forces again...
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Worst-Case Collin

Rebecca Caprara - Charlesbridge
Format: Hardcover

Collin is always prepared for something to go wrong. Ever since he lost his mom in a car accident, he's been journaling about how to overcome things like avalanches, riptides, or even a bad case of halitosis. Meanwhile, Collin's father grows more distant by the day, and has started...
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Zoobilations!: Animal Poems and Paintings

Douglas Florian - Beach Lane Books
Format: Hardcover

Come horse around and live out your ele-phant-asies in this utterly original collection of animal poems. From the s t r e t c h of a giraffe's neck to the smooth skin of a naked mole rat, readers will see animals in a whole new way - and laugh like hyenas as they turn each pun-filled...
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