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Aru Shah and the End of Time

Roshani Chokshi · Rick Riordan Presents
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback

Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn...
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Cynthia Kadohata · Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

"Kadohata's slapshot is the heart-swelling narrative of a father and son ... Truly powerful." - Jason Reynolds
"A deeply poignant story about a boy sorting out his priorities." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A vivid, memorable portrayal...

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Fairy Mom and Me

SOPHIE KINSELLA · Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

Fans of Sophie Kinsella's sparkling humor will love her first ever illustrated series for young readers about the charming adventures of a mother-daughter fairy duo!

Ella Brook can't wait to grow up, because one day she will become a fairy and have her own sparkly wings and a teacher...
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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

DUSTI BOWLING · Sterling Children's Books
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." - School Library Journal (Starred review)

Chosen for the Autumn 2017 Kids' Indie Next List!
Winner of the 2017 Reading...
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The Mad Wolf's Daughter

Diane Magras · Kathy Dawson Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

A Scottish medieval adventure about the youngest in a war-band who must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home--with all the excitement of Ranger's Apprentice and perfect for fans of heroines like Alanna from The Song of the Lioness series.

One dark night,...
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The Night Diary

Veera Hiranandani · Kokila
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover

In the vein of Inside Out and Back Again and The War That Saved My Life comes a poignant, personal, and hopeful tale of India's partition, and of one girl's journey to find a new home in a divided country

It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been...
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Rebound

KWAME ALEXANDER · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

From the New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander comes Rebound, a dynamic novel in verse and companion to his Newbery Award-winner, The Crossover, illustrated with striking graphic novel panels.

Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down...
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Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School: Book 1

JULIE FALATKO · Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

A New York Public Library Best Book for 2018
Sassy and Waldo are good dogs. They spend the day keeping their house safe. Has a squirrel ever gotten inside? No! But every day their boy, Stewart, comes home from this terrible place called school smelling like anxiety and looseleaf paper....
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Wishtree

KATHERINE APPLEGATE · Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 224
Format: Hardcover

"Warm and thoughtful, this story is told from the perspective of an ancient oak tree who has seen it all. Bestselling author Katherine Applegate gets readers rooting for the old tree, along with the people and animals who come to depend on it. The shorter length and strong plot are appealing...
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You Go First

ERIN ENTRADA KELLY · Greenwillow Books
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Funny and poignant, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestseller Erin Entrada Kelly's national bestseller You Go First is an exploration of family, bullying, word games, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships.

In a starred review, School Library Journal...

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Can I Be Your Dog?

Troy Cummings · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

The New York Times bestseller featured on THE TODAY SHOW!

A heart-tugging dog adoption story told through letters--deeply sincere and almost desperate pleas for a forever home--from the dog, himself!

This picture book shares the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives...
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A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale

Penny Parker Klostermann · Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

From the creators of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight comes a fun fractured fairy tale about an aspiring chef who mistakenly turns story ingredients into delectable dishes. . . . Uh-oh!

In the magical land of fairy tales, William doesn't quite fit in. He'd rather...
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Knock Knock

TAMMI SAUER · Scholastic Press
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Knock Knock is a fresh and innovative method of humorous storytelling that uses knock-knock jokes to tell the story of Bear and his woodland friends Raccoon, Rabbit, Turtle, and others. With each new visitor, Bear grows increasingly frustrated at his lack of peace and quiet. Little...
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My Pillow Keeps Moving

Laura Gehl · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A lonely man tries to buy a pillow . . . and ends up with a new best friend in this silly and sweet doggy tale, perfect for fans of Officer Buckle and Gloria.

Dogs make good pillows, don't they?

A clever pup ends up in a cozy home, and she'll do anything to stay there....
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Petra

Marianna Coppo · Tundra Books
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

The humorous adventures of an irresistible little rock who finds herself in constantly changing circumstances, Petra is a picture book that celebrates the power of perspective and believing in yourself.

Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until...
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My Toothbrush Is Missing!

JAN THOMAS · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Dog's toothbrush is missing. Has anybody seen it? Maybe . . . But what does a toothbrush look like? Donkey wonders. Featuring Jan Thomas's wonderfully wacky humor, rowdy repetitions, and hilarious characters, this book is sure to have young readers laughing out loud!
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The Rabbit Listened

Cori Doerrfeld · Dial Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A universal, deeply moving exploration of grief and empathy

With its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, The Rabbit Listened is a tender meditation on loss.

When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure...
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Walrus in the Bathtub

Deborah Underwood · Dial Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A first, worst impression leads to a lasting friendship in this hilarious picture book romp from the author of the New York Times bestselling Cat series and The Quiet Book.

Things you'd expect to find in the bathtub:
1. Soap bubbles 2. Rubber duckies 3. Shampoo

Things...
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We Don't Eat Our Classmates

Ryan T Higgins · Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all. . . . Readers...
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When Pigs Fly

James Burks · Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

Henry is ready to do what no pig has done before. "But pigs can't fly," says his sister, Henrietta. Nothing will stop Henry from trying, until it looks as though gravity might finally get the better of him. Fortunately, Henrietta has an idea that gives both of them a lift. Henry's...
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Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years

Stacy McAnulty · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

"Hi, I'm Earth! But you can call me Planet Awesome."

Prepare to learn all about Earth from the point-of-view of Earth herself! In this funny yet informative book, filled to the brim with kid-friendly facts, readers will discover key moments in Earth's life, from...

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The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

John Hendrix · Amulet Books
Pages: 176
Format: Hardcover

Interweaving handwritten text and art in his signature style, John Hendrix tells the fascinating story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fight against the oppression of the German people during World War II. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian who was shocked to watch the German...
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Flying Colors: A guide to flags from around the world

Robin Jacobs · Cicada Books
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

By exploring the designs of flags, we can learn all about the histories and aspirations of the countries they represent. Did you know that only the flag of Nepal has more than four sides? Or that the flag of Mozambique features a book, a hoe and an AK47? Robert Fresson's vintage-inflected...
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Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

Patricia Valdez · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

For fans of Ada Twist: Scientist comes a fascinating picture book biography of a pioneering female scientist--who loved reptiles!

Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned...
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Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth

KATE GARDNER · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

A stunning debut picture book that encourages kids to look beyond first impressions by sharing unexpected details about seemingly scary wild animals like gorillas, rhinoceroses, and more.

Spiders are creepy. Porcupines are scary. Bats are ugly. Or are they...?

This captivating...

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Malala's Magic Pencil

Malala Yousafzai · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Malala's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning....
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Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability

Shane Burcaw · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Not So Different offers a humorous, relatable, and refreshingly honest glimpse into Shane Burcaw's life tackles many of the mundane and quirky questions that he's often asked about living with a disability, and shows readers that he's just as approachable, friendly, and funny...
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Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere

BARB ROSENSTOCK · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

The suspenseful, little-known true story of two determined pioneers who made the first dive into the deep ocean.

On June 6, 1930, engineer Otis Barton and explorer Will Beebe dove into the ocean inside a hollow metal ball of their own invention called the Bathysphere.
They knew...
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Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo

THANE MAYNARD · HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

The amazing, true story of Fiona, a baby hippo born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo, the team of scientists and caregivers who nursed her to health, and the vast community in Cincinnati and beyond who rallied around her. Includes full-color behind-the-scenes photographs throughout.

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Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero

PATRICIA MCCORMICK · Balzer + Bray
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

The inspiring true story of Reckless, the brave little horse who became a Marine.

When a group of US Marines fighting in the Korean War found a bedraggled mare, they wondered if she could be trained to as a packhorse. They had no idea that the skinny, underfed horse had one of the biggest...

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo

F. C. Yee · Amulet Books
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie's every waking thought. But when she discovers she's a celestial spirit who's powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.

Enter Quentin,...
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Dear Martin

Nic Stone · Ember
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

"Powerful, wrenching." -JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"Raw and gripping." -JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys

"A must-read!" -ANGIE...
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Words in Deep Blue

Cath Crowley · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

"One of the loveliest, most exquisitely beautiful books I've read in a very long time. . . . I didn't just read the pages, I lived in them." - Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

A beautiful love story for fans of Jandy...
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Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 544
Format: Hardcover

With five starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi's West African-inspired fantasy debut, and instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried...

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Truly Devious: A Mystery

Maureen Johnson · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 420
Format: Hardcover

New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors,...

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Not If I Save You First

Ally Carter · Scholastic Press
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president's son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. No phone....
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The Other Side of Lost

JESSI KIRBY · HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

Girl Online meets Wild in this emotionally charged story of girl who takes to the wilderness to rediscover herself and escape the superficial persona she created on social media.

Mari Turner's life is perfect. That is, at least, to her thousands of followers who have helped her become...

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Sea Witch

SARAH HENNING · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover

Wicked meets The Little Mermaid in the captivating origin story of the sea's most iconic villainess, perfect for fans of Heartless and Dorothy Must Die.

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss,...

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

Jen Wang · First Second
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride -- or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia...

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The Valiant

Lesley Livingston · Penguin Young Readers Group
Pages: 384
Format: NOOK Book

Princess. Captive. Gladiator. Always a Warrior.     Fallon is the daughter of a proud Celtic king and the younger sister of the legendary fighter Sorcha. When Fallon was just a child, Sorcha was killed by the armies of Julius Caesar.   On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon...
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Fake Blood

Whitney Gardner · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover

A middle schooler comes head-to-head with his vampire slayer crush in this laugh-out-loud funny graphic novel that's a perfect coming-of-age story for anyone who's ever felt too young, too small, or too average.

It's the beginning of the new school year and AJ feels like everyone...
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New Shoes

SARA VARON · First Second
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

From Sara Varon (Robot Dreams, Bake Sale) comes New Shoes, a heartwarming graphic novel about a donkey on a quest to make the perfect pair of shoes.

Francis the donkey is the best shoemaker in the village. He uses only the finest materials: coconut wood...

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The Time Museum

Matthew Loux · First Second
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

From dinosaurs to the burning of the Library of Alexandra -- this thrilling, visually dazzling new series from Matthew Loux is posed to conquer the 21st century.

The internship program at the Time Museum is a little unusual. For one thing, kids as young as twelve get to apply...

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My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder

Nie Jun · Graphic Universe
Pages: 128
Format: Library Binding

Yu'er and her grandpa live in a small neighborhood in Beijing—and it's full of big personalities. There's a story around every corner, and each day has a hint of magic.

In one tale, Yu'er wants to swim in the Special Olympics, a sports competition for people with disabilities....

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Mr. Wolf's Class

Aron Nels Steinke · Graphix
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

Mr. Wolf has just started teaching at Hazelwood Elementary. He wants the first day of school to go well, but he's got his hands full with his new class. Some of his students include: Margot, who is new in town and is trying to make friends. Sampson, who brought something special to school...
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Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship

Irene Latham · Carolrhoda Books
Pages: 40
Format: Library Binding

How can Irene and Charles work together on their fifth grade poetry project? They don't know each other . . . and they're not sure they want to.

Irene Latham, who is white, and Charles Waters, who is black, use this fictional setup to delve into different experiences of race in a relatable...
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Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

Suzanne Slade · Peachtree Publishers
Pages: 144
Format: Hardcover

Powerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand nine...
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Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess

Shari Green · Pajama Press
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover

Sixth grade is coming to an end, and so is life as Macy McMillan knows it. Already a "For Sale" sign mars the front lawn of her beloved house. Soon her mother will upend their perfect little family, adding a stepfather and six-year-old twin stepsisters. To add insult to injury,...
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Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals

NICOLA DAVIES · Candlewick
Pages: 108
Format: Hardcover

Renowned picture book creators Nicola Davies and Petr Horácek team up for a captivating first look at animals around the world.

Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - animals are everywhere. In a remarkable...
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This Is the Nest That Robin Built

Denise Fleming · Beach Lane Books
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover

A robin's animal friends help build her nest in this cumulative collage picture book from Caldecott Honor recipient Denise Fleming.

Robin is building a nest, and her friends are ready to help! The squirrel trims the twigs. The dog brings the string. The horse shares his straw. And then...
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