Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
Because Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Amber Ren (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781368019019
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - March 5th, 2019

Have you ever been to a concert and wondered how it all came together? Because (Hyperion, $17.99) of the composer, the musicians, the stage workers, the art director, and the audience members, an inspirational moment initiates a musical journey for one little girl. This poignant and flowing “score” by Mo Willems tells the story of how one single experience is the culmination of many choices and influences. A beautifully illustrated “performance” by Amber Ren depicts this journey in bright sweeping color. Her illustrations sing like the symphony she brings to life on the page. Ages 5-9. Leah Meadvin 


Blast from the Past
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By Karla Kuskin, Marc Simont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064431248
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Published: HarperCollins - October 15th, 1986

Avert your eyes! The oboist is taking a bubble bath and the cellist is pulling on red-striped boxer shorts! One certainly can’t call this introduction to the performing arts staid or dull. In The Philharmonic Gets Dressed ($6.99, HarperCollins Publishers), author Karla Kuskin matter-of-factly describes what takes place prior to the scales and arpeggios and the buzz of an appreciative audience. One hundred and five musicians carefully bathe and dress in their classic black. They make their way via cab, subway, bus, and limousine, to Philharmonic Hall. But who is the mysterious, slightly arrogant member who dresses a bit more elegantly than the others, with ruffled shirt, white tie and tails resembling “beetle wings?” Illustrator Marc Simont’s depictions of musicians in various states of dress and preparation are simply charming. This picture book will both inform and captivate your potential violinist, trombonist, or…conductor?   Ages 4-8. Renee Bosco

YA Pick
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ISBN: 9781338219210
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 29th, 2019

Paris Secord—DJ ParSec, to her loyal network of fans—was unstoppable. At least, that’s what her two best friends thought before they found her dead. Now, Kya and Fuse can’t even take time to grieve without being smothered by questions from unscrupulous gossip bloggers and shady studio execs. The police quickly lose interest in the case, and a mysterious group of superfans seems more interested in intimidation than justice. Kya and Fuse have never been able to stand each other—Paris was their only connection—but they know they can’t trust anyone else in their pursuit of the truth. With Lamar Giles’ vivid prose and keen eye for detail, Spin (Scholastic, $17.99) is a fast-paced mystery with as many cuts and spinbacks as one of ParSec’s sets. Ages 14-18. Elli Bloomberg