BOOKS OF THE WEEK

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By Sherman Alexie, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316013727
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

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Thunder Boy Jr. (Little Brown, $17.99), or Little Thunder, is his father’s namesake. Big Thunder is the best dad a boy could ask for… but why can’t Little Thunder have a name of his own? The younger Thunder oh-so-subtly throws out suggestions of names that better reflect his personality: Drums, Drums, and More Drums, perhaps? It turns out, however, that Dad has a suggestion of his own—one that perfectly captures their relationship as well as Little Thunder’s own identity. National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie’s first picture book is full of warmth and humor, which Yuyi Morales translates into visual form with her joyful mixed-media illustrations. Ages 5-9. Janet Minichiello

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781568462950
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Published: Creative Editions - August 16th, 2016

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It is baffling to think that a band of American heroes and their critical contributions to the Allied victory in World War II were not publicly acknowledged for decades. Such was the case with The Navajo Code Talkers (Creative, $18.99), the subjects of J. Patrick Lewis’ poignant new picture book. The Navajo, or Diné, suffered terribly at the hands of the US government during a compulsory resettlement from their native lands in 1864; many young children were then forced to attend Anglo boarding schools where they suffered corporal punishment for speaking their native language. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, however, the Army implemented an ingenious plan to confound Japanese code breakers by utilizing the very language that the government had previously tried to eradicate. The Navajo native tongue, unwritten and extremely difficult to learn, became the “ultimate wartime code” thanks to the brave soldiers who risked their lives to save their country under the auspices of a government that had never acknowledged that country as theirs. Gary Kelley’s striking illustrations emphasize both the myriad injustices the Navajo have suffered as well as the code talkers’ heroism under fire. This is a beautiful, moving book that should not be missed. Ages 8 and up. Renée Bosco

Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142405963
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Published: Puffin Books - July 6th, 2006

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During World War II, a group of American heroes banded together to save lives. Joseph Bruchac’s novel tells the story of Ned Begay, a Marine who served as a Navajo Code Talker (Puffin, $8.99). This book captures an important moment in American history that was unacknowledged for years. Navajo code talkers’ contributions saved numerous lives and were so secretive that they were kept classified for years after the war ended. Bruchac merges historical information and fiction into a compelling narrative that follows Ned from a boyhood where America attempted to wipe out his culture to a service where his heritage helped save millions of people.

This book has something for everyone. Older readers and history buffs will enjoy this book’s important historical narrative. Younger readers will enjoy a compelling story about America told in language that they will understand. No matter what the age group, this story is an important reminder that America has always been a nation of different talents and cultures. Ages 12 and up. Jamari O’Neal

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So you think you know the story about the little girl in a red cape who visits her grandmother? Well, you haven’t met this Little Red (Peachtree, $16.95)! Bethan Woollvin presents a plucky girl who is not afraid of the wolf she meets on her journey to Grandma’s house, not even when she finds him badly disguised in Grandma’s bed. Astute children will recognize the sly humor in this cunning retelling. The repeated reminder that this girl is different is enhanced by illustrations with bold lines in black and gray on white pages punctuated, of course, by equally bold and brash red. Ages 3-6.

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By Bethan Woollvin, Bethan Woollvin (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781561459179
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - April 1st, 2016

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A bucolic farm transforms into a lively construction site in Old MacDonald Had a Truck (Chronicle, $16.99), author Steve Goetz’s playful take on the traditional children’s song. The book jubilantly introduces young building aficionados to excavators, bulldozers, and graders, pairing machinery with lively language that invites children to participate in the telling. As Old MacDonald directs the construction, Mrs. MacDonald labors on a separate project: transforming an old farm pickup into a gleaming monster truck. Perfectly accompanied by Eda Kaban’s exuberant illustrations, this celebration of all things construction is sure to inspire young engineers! Ages 2-5.

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By Steve Goetz, Eda Kaban, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452132600
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 1st, 2016

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Have a Look, Says Book (Atheneum, $17.99) to a young girl and her father. Thus begins their journey inside the pages of a book filled with everyday and not-so-everyday wonders. The book’s images— a fleecy flock, a crumbly cake—invite the girl to experience them with “a look, a listen, and a touch as such.” Kevin Hawkes’s vivid illustrations highlight the tactile qualities of the two-dimensional images, even stylizing particular adjectives to mirror their meanings. Readers can almost feel the smoothness of “silky” and the itchiness of “scratchy.” Richard Jackson’s simple yet inventive text is laden with creative descriptors that children will take joy in saying aloud. From its opening to its quiet close, Have a Look, Says Book honors the pleasure and magic of reading. Ages 3-6.

Have a Look, Says Book. Cover Image
By Richard Jackson, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481421058
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - April 12th, 2016

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A trip to the Playground (Lemniscaat USA, $17.95) usually entails a quick ride in the car or walk through the neighborhood. The two children in Dutch author/illustrator Mies Van Hout’s new picture book, however, take a different route. In each two-page spread, the friends travel through increasingly fantastical landscapes, accumulating new companions along the way. Van Hout contrasts bright, colorful splashes of watercolors with small, detailed characters in her depictions of the buddies’ journey through imaginary forests, over mountains, and into a creepy cave. At their mundane destination, the sedate black-and-white swing set, the gang has second thoughts: maybe the journey is the destination after all! Ages 3-6.

Playground Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781935954514
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Published: Lemniscaat USA - April 2016

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Hervé Tullet has done it again. Famous for Press Here (2011), the French illustrator brings child and adult into his books and makes them active participants. This time, he says Let’s Play! (Chronicle, $15.99) in his latest book-as-game adventure. This witty title includes Tullet’s simple yet evocative blue, yellow, and red dots, along with dark lines and corners as well as brighter obstacles. And now the yellow dot, the protagonist, has a personality! Try this book, be entertained, and draw your young ones away from their screens. Ages 4-7.

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$15.99
ISBN: 9781452154770
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 29th, 2016

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How do penguins know when it’s springtime? “When everything melts,” of course! And do penguins prefer baths to showers? With A Goofy Guide to Penguins (Toon, $12.95), readers will giggle over silly “truths” and discover fascinating details in each image. With two-panel pages, author Jean-Luc Coudray and illustrator Phillippe Coudray create the perfect balance of absurdity and delight. This charming book is perfect for any jokester in your life.  Ages 4-7.

A Goofy Guide to Penguins: Toon Level 1 Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179962
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Published: Toon Books - May 10th, 2016

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Kevin McCloskey’s latest graphic novel for early readers begins with two strangers sitting on a bench. When a pair of pigeons gets a little too close, the man exclaims that he hates these “rats with wings.” Suddenly, a group of people dressed in mascot-like pigeon suits descends upon him to give him The Real Poop on Pigeons! (Toon, $12.95). These oft-maligned birds are actually rather fascinating and helpful creatures: they delivered airmail before planes existed; they belong to the same family as the dodo bird; and they even make milk in their crops in order to feed their young. This lighthearted ode will have you thinking about our avian neighbors in a whole new way. Ages 5-7.

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By Kevin McCloskey (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179931
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Published: Toon Books - April 19th, 2016

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What happens when a tapir from the Malaysian jungle accidentally lands in the big city? The unexpected! Mango Allsorts, a multi-talented young girl, rescues the frightened creature from the black-and-white striped crosswalk where he’s camouflaged himself. Although the terrified crowd thinks he’s a mutant sewer pig, Mango takes him home for banana pancakes with syrup and whipped cream. And so begin the adventures of Mango & Bambang, the Not-a-Pig (Candlewick, $14.99). Polly Faber’s delightful story of an unusual friendship is humorous and touching, while Clara Vulliamy’s expressive black-and-white-and-purple illustrations perfectly capture each funny and surprising moment. This is not your typical tapir-in-the-big-city trope. Ages 6-9.

Mango & Bambang: The Not-A-Pig (Book One) Cover Image
By Polly Faber, Clara Vulliamy (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763682262
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - June 28th, 2016

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A cry for help interrupts what begins as a peaceful summer day and sends the Lighthouse Family into action to rescue The Otter (Beach Lane, $15.99) they find trapped in a sailor’s net. Quick thinking and teamwork are the keys to success, but not before an anxious moment as daylight fades and the sea darkens. Cynthia Rylant highlights everyone’s individual talents without losing the focus on teamwork, including messages of friendship and gratitude. Preston McDaniels’s illustrations set the stage at the beginning of each chapter in this delightful adventure story for younger readers, the sixth book in the Lighthouse Family series. Ages 5-9.

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By Cynthia Rylant, Preston McDaniels (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481460453
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 15th, 2016

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Inspired by the Japanese art of kamishibai, or “paper theater,” James Sturm’s wordless story is meant to be the inspiration for a performance. A boy and girl are cruelly teasing animals in a forest when a frightened bird takes flight. The children give chase up a mountainside and find themselves confronted with a mystical man who has feathers emerging from his clothing. With a flash like lightning, the children are transformed—into monkeys. Eventually captured by humans and put into a carnival show, they receive some of the cruel treatment they had earlier perpetrated themselves. In keeping with kamishibai tradition, Birdsong (Toon, $12.95) contains a lesson for young readers to discover as they turn the pages. Ages 5-8.

Birdsong: A Story in Pictures: Toon Level 1 Cover Image
By James Sturm (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179948
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Published: Toon Books - April 5th, 2016

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Imaginative Soledad (Sol) and her younger sister Dominga (Ming) live with their stepmother, Vea, after the girls’ father returns to the Philippines from their new home in the United States. Sol says they live with a woman who “always talks in thorns.” Storytelling prowess helps Sol deal with the brutal heat of a Louisiana summer, a hardscrabble life, and Vea’s harshness. Friendship and a growing recognition that things— and people— are often more complex than they appear allow Sol to mature and ultimately help her younger sister. In a straightforward, often lyrical narration, Erin Entrada Kelly introduces readers to The Land of Forgotten Girls (Greenwillow, $16.99) in this touching coming-of-age story.  Ages 10-13.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062238641
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 2016

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When you are twelve years old, one summer is an awfully long time; no wonder, then, that Elliott is less than thrilled when his parents send him to stay with relatives in a remote fishing village in Nova Scotia. In his first middle-grade novel, author/illustrator Frank Viva loses none of the innovative art and design that have made his picture books so notable. Typography and bold stylistic illustration work alongside the text in Sea Change (Toon, $18.95) as Elliott’s unique friendship with a local helps turn his maggot-filled, miserable summer into something special. This contemplative coming-of-age story has a nostalgic feel that is superbly echoed in Viva’s art. Ages 9-12.

Sea Change: A Toon Graphic Cover Image
By Frank Viva (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781935179924
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Published: Toon Graphics - May 24th, 2016

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Raymie Clarke just wants her father to come back home. Luckily, she has the perfect plan to accomplish her goal: win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire pageant and get her picture in the paper. First, however, she must learn how to twirl a baton and do some “good deeds” to list on the application. Desperately trying to make sense of a confusing world, Raymie seeks comfort and answers in any way that she can. Alongside her outlandish companions Louisiana and Beverly, Raymie learns some hard truths and discovers the power of friendship. Beloved author Kate DiCamillo creates yet another memorable story with characters full of heart in Raymie Nightingale (Candlewick, $16.99). Ages 9-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763681173
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 12th, 2016

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For eleven-year-old Genie and his older brother, Ernie, spending a month of summer in rural Virginia with their grandparents is a world away from life in Brooklyn. Constantly curious Genie has a lot questions— especially about his grandfather. Through spending time with Grandpop, he learns family secrets and how the residual effects of Jim Crow have taken their toll. Filled with joy, pain, and an abundance of humor, As Brave as You (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $16.99) is Coretta Scott King and Walter Award winner Jason Reynolds’s debut middle-grade novel. Beautifully written with a sense of place and rich characterization, this is an epic to be savored long after the last days of summer. Ages 10-13.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781481415903
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 3rd, 2016

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The past is never really gone, although it may be hidden— especially from young people. When Déja Barnes begins the fifth grade in her new Brooklyn school, she begins a journey of discovery and friendship. Déja’s authentic voice reveals how she and her family became homeless, and how she is only now learning of the tangible impact of 9/11 on her family, as she slowly accepts the friendships of classmates who have very different backgrounds. Jewell Parker Rhodes brings a difficult history and its continued influence into focus in Towers Falling (Little Brown, $16.99), an important journey for young people who were not yet born in 2001. Ages 9-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780316262224
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 12th, 2016

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It’s hot, it’s sticky, it’s New York City in the ‘70s, and it’s the Summer of Sam. Nora Lopez’s confusing teenage life in Queens is now even more so thanks to this period of serious unrest. Nora is bright and brave in the face of a disturbed and violent brother, an absent father, a pervasive fear of being out on the streets, and the usual ups and downs of adolescence. Meg Medina’s enthralling novel Burn Baby Burn (Candlewick, $17.99) is page-turning historical fiction that immerses you in Nora’s world, from her darkest fears to the friendships (and romance!) that keep her going. Ages 13-17.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780763674670
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

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Who really knows you, and how can you tell? Mark and Kate may have sat next to each other all year in calculus, but they don’t really know each other, until a chance meeting on the first night of Pride begins a friendship that will become invaluable to them both. Kate has just blown her chance with the girl she loves from afar, and Mark may or may not have something brewing between him and his best friend. Told in alternating perspectives written by Nina LaCour and David Levithan, You Know Me Well (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99) is a testament to how the person who knows you best might be the last one you’d expect. Ages 15-18.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250098641
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 7th, 2016

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In a small Alaskan fishing village in 1970, the lives of four teenagers cross paths in strange and unexpected ways. Each comes from a different place, and each is running away from something. But as their destinies intertwine, we realize that, despite their differences, they all might find what they’re looking for once they get to know The Smell of Other People’s Houses (Wendy Lamb, $17.99). In her debut novel, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock writes with a sense of gritty realism tempered with hope that makes the story and characters tangible and knowable in this unique setting. Ages 14-18.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780553497786
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - February 23rd, 2016

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Mystery, romance, and Indian folklore and mythology are interwoven in Roshani Chokshi’s eloquent debut novel.  Seventeen-year-old Mayavati has been cursed with a horoscope that proclaims she is destined to marry “death and destruction.” When Amar, a hitherto-unknown suitor, rescues Maya from a near-death experience, he calls her The Star-Touched Queen (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99). Amar has chosen Maya for her cleverness, her restless spirit, and the “fury in her heart.” In this story of reincarnation and the power of memory and illusions, Maya’s quest for truth and independence ultimately leads her to believe in herself— and true love. Ages 14-18.

The Star-Touched Queen Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250085474
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 26th, 2016

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Female characters have traditionally taken a supporting role in adventure stories, but this is definitely not the case in A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers and Other Badass Girls (Candlewick, $17.99). The subtitle says it all; these girls are prime time, and their stories place them anywhere from the pirate-infested waters off the Carolina coast in 1710 to the Chicago riots of the 1968 Democratic Convention. The illustrious contributors, who include Marie Lu, Andrea Cremer, Marissa Meyer, Elizabeth Wein, and editor Jessica Spotswood, all know how to tell a story that will knock your socks off. You go, girl! Ages 14-18.

A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls Cover Image
By Jessica Spotswood (Editor)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763678487
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

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When brothers Tucker and Hudson are given scarves and umbrellas from a neighbor’s yard sale, their sleepy final day of summer morphs into a thrilling adventure as they discover that the secondhand items possess superpowers. Tuck convinces Hudson to seize the day and, with the help of a surfer-lingo-speaking squirrel and a time-traveling trunk, they battle cat burglars, aid medieval villagers, train with a dragon, and confront a nemesis corrupted by the temptation of power. Brothers Unite (Dial, $10.99), the first in the Secondhand Heroes graphic novel trilogy by Justin LaRocca Hansen, will appeal to anyone who daydreams about doing heroic deeds. Ages 8-12.

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$10.99
ISBN: 9780803740945
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Published: Dial Books - July 5th, 2016

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One day, a young girl exploring the junkyard near her trailer happens upon a robot as diminutive as she is. After using her mechanical skills to help bring it back to life, she sets out to teach the Little Robot (First Second, $16.99) about everything in her world, from cats to flowers. When an enormous automaton comes to take her new friend back to the factory from whence it came, the girl must save it—and herself—from their enemy’s jaws. Ben Hatke’s nearly wordless adventure is as charming as it is unique, and will be sure to attract fans of graphic novels as well as newcomers to the format. Ages 6-9

Little Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720800
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Published: First Second - September 1st, 2015

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When Nimona (Harper Teen, $17.99 HB/$12.99 PB) offers to be a sidekick for the villain Ballister Blackheart, he’s less than enthused—but that’s before she reveals that she’s a gifted shapeshifter. Nimona also has some creative ideas for how to increase the scope of Blackheart’s evil doings (two words: more fires), and in turn Blackheart proves to be a valuable mentor. Noelle Stevenson’s quirky graphics add humor to a story that’s full of heart. While some of her tropes will be familiar to fantasy fans, Stevenson ultimately creates a complex tale in which the lines between good and evil aren’t as clear-cut as they first appear. Ages 13-17

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780062278227
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

Nimona Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062278234
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Published: Harper Teen - May 12th, 2015

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Wanda knows she’s going to be a star someday, so why not start acting like one right now? Her siblings and her dog, Wilbur, languish on the sidelines as Wanda demands more than her fair share of attention. When the tables turn and another member of the family experiences a taste of fame, Wanda must decide how to handle being outside of the spotlight as she watches someone she’s taken for granted Flop to the Top! (Toon, $12.95). Author/illustrator Eleanor Davis and co-illustrator Drew Weing have created a lighthearted romp that will make children laugh even as they pause to consider the error of Wanda’s ways. Ages 5-8

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By Eleanor Davis (Illustrator), Drew Weing (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179894
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Published: Toon Books - September 8th, 2015

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Little Nemo first started dreaming in 1905. Drawn by visionary Winsor McCay, the Little Nemo in Slumberland comic strip inspired hundreds of modern-day graphic novelists and illustrators. In Little Nemo’s Big New Dreams (Toon, $16.95) 31 of these artists come together to reimagine this classic character. The introductions by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly serve as a reminder of the history of graphic novels as well as a tutorial on how to best experience the book. Ages 12 and up

Little Nemo's Big New Dreams: A Toon Graphic Cover Image
By Josh O'Neill (Editor), Andrew Carl (Editor), Chris Stevens (Editor)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935179870
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Published: Toon Graphics - September 2015

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Celebrate poetry all year long with Julie Fogliano’s wondrous When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons (Neal Porter, $18.99). Tomato-red endpapers trumpet the arrival of thoughtful and playful poems that are sprinkled with touches of humor and are accompanied by Julie Morstad’s gently resonating gouache-and-pencil-crayon images. As the seasons unfold, double-page spreads invite the eye to follow along bands of color representing everything from a dock extending into the water to an endless stretch of sea. “Taste the sunshine” of a spring day, escape a “day that drips hot and thick like honey,” and anticipate “waiting for sweaters” and “winter’s white furry hat” with this very special collection. Ages 5-8.

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By Julie Fogliano, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596438521
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 1st, 2016

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How do two fireflies find each other Among a Thousand Fireflies (Candlewick, $15.99)? Poet Helen Frost and photographer Rick Lieder illuminate young readers in their most recent collaboration. After taking the reader to “…a summer meadow near the river, /as night’s first stars blink on…” Frost wonders—and then reveals—how a single firefly finds her mate.  Lieder’s captivating close-up and time-lapse photographs depict the magical insects alighting on flowers and streaking through the night sky.  Learn more interesting facts about fireflies in the author’s note at the end of the book.  Ages 4-8.

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By Helen Frost, Rick Lieder (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763676421
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

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“What is poetry?” wonders young Daniel upon encountering a sign announcing “poetry in the park.” When he asks the animals he knows best, they respond with metaphors highlighting the poetry in nature. Poetry is the crisp crunch of leaves, the sun-kissed sand, and the glistening of the morning dew. Sure enough, Daniel Finds a Poem (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) to share on Sunday in the park, one that describes all the natural beauty he finds in the middle of a metropolis. Author/illustrator Micha Archer’s glowing collage illustrations emphasize this theme, highlighting Spider’s web and Chipmunk’s acorns against a soft, inviting urban backdrop. With bits of alliteration and loads of sound play, the book is a warm introduction to the beauty of poetry. Ages 3-7.

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By Micha Archer (Illustrator), Micha Archer
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399169137
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 16th, 2016

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In her newest book of her signature reverso poems, each of which contains two poems—one read forwards and the other backwards— Marilyn Singer tackles Greek myths. Echo Echo (Dial, $16.99) tells many of these classic stories first in poetic yet familiar form, then reverses them to reveal an entirely new perspective or alternative to the traditional narrative. The two poems are in conversation with each other and together create a beautiful and unique interpretation of mythology. As with Singer’s previous collections, Josee Masse’s colorful illustrations add to the vibrant package. Ages 7-10.

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By Marilyn Singer, Josee Masse (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803739925
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Published: Dial Books - February 16th, 2016

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If you have ever yearned to celebrate a sunrise, praise a prairie, or marvel at a mountaintop by reciting the perfect line of poetry, the National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic, $24.99) is for you. Selected by former U.S. Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis, these 200-plus pieces offer a range of tone, form, and origin as varied as the environments and creatures they exalt. From reverential odes to snappy couplets and haikus, this collection shows the many ways in which poets throughout the ages, from Langston Hughes to Joyce Sidman, have been awed and amused by the natural world. Every poem is set beside full-color photographs designed to captivate and inspire young listeners, bards, and botanists alike. Ages 4 and up

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry: More Than 200 Poems with Photographs That Float, Zoom, and Bloom! Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781426320941
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Published: National Geographic Society - October 13th, 2015

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A wonderful tribute to the iconic American jazz musician, Just a Lucky So and So (Holiday House, $16.95) offers a glimpse into the childhood of Louis Armstrong. Nicknamed Satchelmouth, Armstrong grew up in a section of New Orleans called The Battlefield. Though poor, he was surrounded by a loving family and local musicians whom he idolized. When a series of scrapes with police landed him in a boys’ home, Armstrong overcame the separation, devoted himself to music, and returned to his neighborhood as a musical dynamo. Lesa Cline-Ransome’s lilting, musical text is accompanied by James Ransome’s magnificent watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Ages 5-8.

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$16.95
ISBN: 9780823434282
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Published: Holiday House - February 27th, 2016

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In Ada’s Violin (Simon and Schuster, $17.99), Susan Hood tells the powerful story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay. Cateura is a trash dump, with thousands of adults and children working as trash-pickers and “recyclers.” It was there that Favio Chávez, an environmental engineer, started a music program for kids and enlisted a recycling crew to create instruments out of scraps of all sorts. See Ada Ríos, one of the first children to join the program, and the Orchestra achieve success with tours, YouTube videos, a 60 Minutes feature, and a documentary. Sally Wern Comport uses pencil and acrylic for her two-page narrative illustrations, also collaging scraps of trash to symbolize Ada’s surroundings. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Orchestra. Ages 4-8.

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By Susan Hood, Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481430951
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

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One day, a young artist named Mira meets a muralist, and alongside their neighbors they transform the “heart of a grey city” into Maybe Something Beautiful (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). It just so happens that Rafael López, the illustrator of this true story about San Diego’s Urban Art Trail, is the very same muralist whose bright and colorful work inspired this book. F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell tell the story of a neighborhood transformed by joyous collaboration. López uses vibrant acrylics with collaged patterning to create both the cityscape and characters with plenty of personality. After the magical conclusion, the endnotes describe in more detail the true story that inspired this amazing book. Ages 4-8.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780544357693
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Published: Hmh Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

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Cloth Lullaby (Abrams, $18.95) is a perfect, poetic tribute to the artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Amy Novesky describes the young Louise, who bonded deeply with her mother (later immortalized in Bourgeois’s many spider sculptures) and grew up working in her family’s tapestry-repair workshop. Bourgeois’s lifelong love of textiles and patterns and her constant metaphorical re-imagining of childhood are lovingly evoked. Striking, mood-setting illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault in colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, and bright brushwork are often reminiscent of Louise’s own paintings. After reading this stunning book, you will be inspired to visit Bourgeois’s giant spider that lives in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Ages 6-10.

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By Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419718816
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 2016

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When graphic designer Art Kane assembled 57 notable jazz musicians in front of a Harlem brownstone in the summer of 1958 for a magazine photo, he probably did not realize how iconic that image would become. Roxane Orgill’s free verse poetry takes the minutiae of those hours and turns it into a descriptive, entertaining, and engaging narrative. Debut illustrator Francis Vallejo’s acrylic and pastel images are vibrant, beautiful, and perfectly evocative of the era. The book is a refreshingly original work of art that tells the story of an extraordinary Jazz Day (Candlewick, $18.99). Ages 9-13.

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By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 8th, 2016

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Who’s the most playful animal in the world? The otter, of course! Experience a year in the life of a North American river otter family and discover how the babies grow and learn while their mother helps and protects them. Jonathan London augments his simple text celebrating the otters’ joyful spirit with fascinating scientific details: did you know, for example, that these creatures use their whiskers to find food in rocks’ tiny crevices? Meilo So’s delightful watercolor illustrations are perfectly suited to depicting the ease and fluidity of the otters’ movements as they dive, pounce, and roll. This book will inspire you to take a trip to the zoo and discover for yourself how much Otters Love to Play (Candlewick, $16.99)! Ages 4-7.

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By Jonathan London, Meilo So (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763669133
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 22nd, 2016

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Did you know that baby swans sometimes catch a ride on the backs of their moms or dads? That ruby ladybugs can eat more than 50 aphids in just one day? Ever played a game of conkers? When’s the best time to pick a pear or plum? Spend a year with Nature’s Day (Wide Eyed, $24.99), revisiting eight locations through all four seasons, and discover the world through the wildlife that surrounds you. Author Kay Maguire and illustrator Danielle Kroll have created a storybook, nature journal, and wildlife encyclopedia all wrapped into one, providing something for everyone and enticing readers to spend just a little more time outdoors. Ages 5-10.

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By Kay Maguire, Danielle Kroll (Illustrator)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781847807076
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - March 2016

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An animal that waddles like a reptile, has a beaver-like tail, and boasts venomous spurs on its hind legs may sound like an imaginary mash-up of a creature, but it’s actually a Platypus (Candlewick, $16.99)! This fascinating nocturnal animal is one of only two egg-laying mammals in the world. Tag along with one particular platypus as he emerges from his burrow, hunts incessantly for food, relaxes briefly in the water, hides from predators, and finally settles down for a well-earned rest. Sue Whiting’s night-in-the-life narrative, presented alongside all the outlandish facts that make platypuses such unusual creatures, perfectly complement Mark Jackson’s mixed-media illustrations, which emphasize the platypus’s ability to blend in with his surroundings. Ages 5-9.

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By Sue Whiting, Mark Jackson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763680985
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 23rd, 2016

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How many times have you heard that pink is for girls? Zoologist Jess Keating puts that claim to the test, declaring instead that Pink Is for Blobfish (Knopf, $16.99)— and many other “perfectly pink” animals that she introduces to young scientists in this fact- and fun-filled installment of the World of Weird Animals series. Once you learn about the pinktoe tarantula’s ability to rub its abdomen hair into the eyes of its predators, you’ll never think of pink the same way again. From the titular blobfish to the Amazon river dolphin and orchid mantis, there’s something to please every animal lover in this offbeat compendium. David DeGrand’s cartoon-like illustrations add character to the full-page photographs of each wonderfully pigmented creature. Ages 7-10.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780553512274
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2016

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Author and photographer Shelley Rotner takes readers on a scientific voyage of discovery of our fellow creatures and ourselves— based solely on eyes! In Whose Eye Am I? (Holiday House, $16.95), readers are challenged to identify animals using only a close-up photo of their eyes. Once an animal’s identity is revealed— be it a mammal, bird, fish, insect, or something else entirely— Rotner provides a plethora of fun facts about each creature’s visual abilities that will intrigue and delight budding zoologists. A description of how humans see, and an accompanying diagram of a human eye, ensure that we aren’t left out of this ophthalmic adventure. Ages 5-9.

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By Shelley Rotner, Shelley Rotner (Photographer)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823435586
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Published: Holiday House - January 30th, 2016

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Today, the Olympic marathon is a painstakingly organized contest of endurance among well-trained international athletes. This was not the case in The Wildest Race Ever (Simon & Schuster, $17.99), better known as the Olympic marathon of 1904. The rag-tag group of contenders seemed a bit out of shape and employed some dubious race strategies (strychnine cocktail, anyone?); one questionable character even took an illegal lift in an automobile. American Thomas Hicks, the eventual champion, collapsed over the finish line with an unimpressive time. Author/illustrator Meghan McCarthy’s expressive acrylic paintings will certainly appeal to young readers and future competitors. Ages 4-8.

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By Meghan McCarthy, Meghan McCarthy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481406390
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - March 1st, 2016

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Mary Garber was a pioneer in the pantheon of women sportswriters. With clear and concise, yet thoroughly engaging prose, author Sue Macy chronicles Garber’s life and career, from playing tackle football as a child in the 1920s to becoming an acclaimed sports journalist for the Twin City Sentinel. C.F. Payne’s illustrations, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell, are profoundly expressive and further enhance Macy’s text. In the face of chauvinism and discrimination in both the press box and the locker room, we see Miss Mary Reporting (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99) and breaking down barriers like a running back sheds tacklers. Ages 5-9.

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By Sue Macy, C. F. Payne (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481401203
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 16th, 2016

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In the late 1800s, William Hoy was a good baseball player with a major-league problem: he was deaf. His family was supportive, but didn’t think he could make his dreams come true. In author Nancy Churnin’s account of the The William Hoy Story (Albert Whitman, $16.99), she describes how this talented athlete overcame the challenges of living in a society biased in favor of the hearing to become one of baseball’s greats and change the game forever. Jez Tuya’s playful illustrations will appeal to young readers and adults alike. Chernin includes relevant additional information and a timeline to round out Hoy’s uplifting story. Ages 5-8.

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By Nancy Churnin, Jez Tuya (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807591925
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 2016

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No athletic ability is necessary to hit it out of the park with the new Sports Illustrated Kids cookbook Ballpark Eats: Recipes Inspired by America’s Baseball Stadiums (Capstone Young Readers, $15.95). Each National and American league team is represented by mouth-watering photographs and recipes for its ballpark’s specialties, including traditional Boston Franks at Fenway Park and the more exotic Sandwich Sushi available at Seattle’s Safeco Field. Author Katrina Jorgensen includes a “condiment quiz” and humorous Hall of Fame Foodie Trivia– yes, Babe Ruth would really eat twelve hotdogs between double-header games! Celebrate America’s favorite pastime by taking a “culinary road trip” of your favorite baseball venues. Ages 9-15.

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781623706470
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - February 2016

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So you throw like a girl? That’s great, especially if you throw like Edith Houghton! Author Audrey Vernick tells this inspiring athlete’s story in The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton (Clarion, $17.99). The youngest of ten children, Edith grew up playing baseball on the streets of Philadelphia. At the tender age of ten, Edith was the starting shortstop for a professional women’s team and had the experience of a lifetime when they traveled to baseball-crazy Japan to compete against various men’s teams. Steven Salerno brings this inspirational story to life with his colorful retro illustrations. Play ball, girls! Ages 4-8.

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By Audrey Vernick, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544611634
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Published: Clarion Books - March 29th, 2016

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Polio prevented her from walking easily. She was teased about her “limpy” leg, so she pretended to be invisible. Although she suffered physically and from poverty, however, there was nothing wrong with her vision. In fact, Dorothea’s Eyes (Calkins Creek, $16.95) allowed her to see people with both her eyes and her heart. Barb Rosenstock’s brief biography evokes the era and the obstacles facing Dorothea Lange, whose photography documented the devastating impact of the Great Depression. The muted palette of Gérard DuBois’s illustrations augments the feel of the time period in which Lange lived and worked. Additional information, resources, and a timeline conclude this fascinating picture-book biography. Ages 6-9.

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By Barb Rosenstock, Gerard DuBois (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781629792088
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Published: Calkins Creek Books - March 2016

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You might want to get warm and cozy before reading Helen Thayer’s Arctic Adventure: A Woman and a Dog Walk to the North Pole (Capstone Young Readers, $14.95) by Sally Isaacs. The courageous Thayer was determined to be the first female to walk to the North Pole, a 364-mile trip. Initially she wanted to make this trip alone, but decided at the last moment to bring along an Inuit husky named Charlie. The two became fast friends on this perilous trip, encountering a ferocious polar bear and life-threatening snow storms. Iva Sasheva’s illustrations and chilly palette realistically portray the adventurers and the harsh but beautiful environment. Ages 9-11.

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By Sally Isaacs, Iva Sasheva (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781623706074
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Published: Capstone Young Readers - March 2016

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A novel twist on the classic alphabet book, Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Complete Book of Nautical Codes (Phaidon, $19.95) not only gives young readers a way to practice their letters, but several new ways to communicate them— in code! Sara Gillingham introduces us to the International Code of Signals, which pairs each letter with a boldly patterned flag so that sailors around the world can communicate across long stretches of ocean. Semaphore and Morse code are also included. Bright, clear illustrations make this a great way to hook kids on the alphabet, from Alpha to Zulu. Ages 5-7.

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$19.95
ISBN: 9780714871431
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Published: Phaidon Press - May 23rd, 2016

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Two U.S. presidents, elected one hundred years apart, had a surprising amount in common. Although one was born in a log cabin and raised with modest means and the other had everything a boy could ask for, both became military leaders. Both were later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and then nominated to be vice presidential candidates. Both men worked to ameliorate racial inequalities in a divided nation. And, tragically, both presidents were assassinated. Author/illustrator Gene Barretta offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the lives and work of Lincoln and Kennedy: A Pair to Compare (Henry Holt, $17.99). Ages 7-10.

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By Gene Barretta, Gene Barretta (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780805099454
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - June 14th, 2016

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What could a group of college students possibly do when faced with the deadly power of the Nazi regime? The answer, as the members of the White Rose student resistance movement saw it, was to make their voices heard. Newbery and Sibert Medal winner Russell Freedman chronicles the lives of siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, who transformed from enthusiastic Nazi youth group participants into fierce critics of the regime and co-founders of the White Rose. Together with their close-knit group of university friends, they wrote and clandestinely distributed leaflets denouncing the Führer. Well aware that their actions could cost them their lives, these brave students’ declaration that We Will Not Be Silent (Clarion, $17.99) serves as a powerful reminder that speaking up can be an act of heroism. Ages 10-14.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780544223790
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Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2016

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