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 “A physical sensation of what it had been like to be little. It had been nice. So why did she feel sad, remembering?” On Orphan Island (Walden Pond, $16.99), nine children live in peace and prosperity. Once a year, a new child is delivered and the eldest is ferried away, never to be seen again. This year, Jinny is the eldest; she must teach Ess everything she knows before the boat arrives for her. Laurel Snyder’s novel is steeped in the quiet contemplation of children at once strong and vulnerable, poised on the brink of change. When the boat calls, Jinny must go… or else. Ages 10-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062443410
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 30th, 2017

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Amina’s Voice (Salaam Reads, $16.99) by Hena Khan is one of the first titles from Salaam Reads, a new imprint from Simon and Schuster focused on publishing books with Muslim protagonists. Tag along with 6th-grader Amina as she struggles to navigate changing friendships and familial cultural traditions and expectations in order to find her inner strength. Need a little action and adventure? Follow Farah and her two best friends into The Gauntlet (Salaam Reads, $16.99) by Karuna Riazi as they try to solve puzzles in order to save her brother and others trapped inside a mechanical board game. Want more emotion? Meet Ruthie in Lucky Broken Girl (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) by Ruth Behar, a truly unique, multicultural coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a young Cuban-American girl confined to her bed after a tragic accident. Ages 9-12.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781481492065
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 14th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781481486965
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 28th, 2017

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ISBN: 9780399546440
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 11th, 2017

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Based on her family’s history, acclaimed author/illustrator Louise Erdrich continues the story of the Ojibwe in 19th-century America and their move onto the Great Plains of the Dakota Territory. Makoons (HarperCollins, $16.99), the twin brother of past protagonist Chickadee, has recovered from his illness but has a vision that both joy and sorrow will come to his family. Beautifully paced, this intergenerational story of daily life on the plains follows the boys’ adventures, the hunt of the buffalo, and the family’s care of the natural land as the modern world encroaches. This delicately illustrated volume is the fifth in the Birchbark House series, but can also be read as a single volume; its map and glossary of Ojibwe terms provide helpful historical and cultural context. Ages 8-11.

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By Louise Erdrich, Louise Erdrich (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060577933
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Published: HarperCollins - August 9th, 2016

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