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The Usual Suspects

Maurice Broaddus · Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

Fans of Jason Reynolds and Sharon M. Draper will love this oh-so-honest middle grade novel from writer and educator Maurice Broaddus. Thelonius Mitchell is tired of being labeled. He's in special ed, separated from the "normal" kids at school who don't have any "issues."...
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Zenobia July

Lisa Bunker · Viking Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

The critically acclaimed author of Felix Yz crafts a bold, heartfelt story about a trans girl solving a cyber mystery and coming into her own.Zenobia July is starting a new life. She used to live in Arizona with her father; now she's in Maine with her aunts. She used to spend most of her time...
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War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between America and Hitler

John Florio · Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover

America's black boxing champion. Hitler's favorite athlete. And a world at war. Joe Louis was born on an Alabama cotton patch and raised in a Detroit ghetto. Max Schmeling grew up in poverty in Hamburg, Germany. For both boys, boxing was a way out and a way up. Little did they know...
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The Giant from the Fire Sea

John Himmelman · Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

Jat is a boy who wants more from life than collecting coal from the Fire Sea. Newton is a misfit giant, cast out of his homeland for his love of science and reading. Brought together by chance, the two become the best of friends. But when enemy giants threaten to ruin everything, it's...
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Parker Bell and the Science of Friendship

Cynthia Platt · Clarion Books
Pages: 160
Format: Hardcover

In this fun young-middle-grade novel with STEM appeal, Parker really wants to win the school Science Triathlon - but first she'll have to figure out how to keep her BFF from being stolen.Budding scientist Parker Bell really wants to win the school Science Triathlon and follow in the footsteps...
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The Pumpkin War

Cathleen Young · Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover

"Cathleen Young's characters will forever have a place in my heart." --Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7sFormer best friends compete to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin and win the annual giant pumpkin race on the lake. A great pick for fans of Half a Chance...
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Camp Shady Crook

Lee Gjertsen Malone · Aladdin
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover

It's Ocean's Eleven set in a summer camp as two kids try to one-up each other in a con competition at a camp that isn't quite what it seems ... For Archie, the start of summer means another stint at Camp Shady Brook, where there is a lot more to the camp than meets the eye - just...
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Sonny's Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove

Barry Wittenstein · Charlesbridge
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

This groovy, bebopping picture book biography chronicles the legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins's search for inspiration on the Williamsburg Bridge after quitting the jazz scene in 1959.Rollins is one of the most prolific sax players in the history of jazz, but, in 1959, at the height...
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Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family

Elizabeth Zunon · Bloomsbury Children's Books
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

This beautifully illustrated story connects past and present as a girl bakes a chocolate cake with her father and learns about her grandfather harvesting cacao beans in West Africa.Chocolate is the perfect treat, everywhere! As a little girl and her father bake her birthday cake together,...
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