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A cross-country road trip in a 1973 Buick Electra to Utah’s Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is Leo’s grandmother’s way of learning How to Avoid Extinction (Scholastic, $16.99). Embarking on the trip she had planned with her late husband, Gram assures Leo that the best adventures are “always the ones you don’t want.” Accompanied by his cousin Abby, an aspiring paleontologist, and her golden retriever, Leo is about to discover some long-kept family secrets. Bursting with laugh-out-loud lines and sprinkled with literary references, Paul Acampora’s tender comedy is filled with endearing characters. Fasten your seatbelts for a joyful read. Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780545899062
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 27th, 2016

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Rural Maine is a long way from the big city that Reena is used to, both in mileage and familiarity. Reena is excited about the change, however, and ends up embracing the opportunity to care for a cow named Zora under the supervision of an elderly and very particular neighbor. The bond that girl and cow form is undeniable, but when the prospect of entering Zora into the local agricultural fair arises, Reena isn’t sure that either of them is ready. But with the help of neighbors, friends, and family, perhaps anything is possible. Told in Sharon Creech’s striking and unforgettable verse, Moo (HarperCollins, $16.99) brings readers on a satisfying and heartwarming journey. Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780062415240
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Published: HarperCollins - August 30th, 2016

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As a “perfectly plain” middle child with two remarkable siblings, Zoe G. Reindeer feels as though she is destined to blend into the background forever. Although she cultivates contentment by tending the plants at her father’s nursery, Doc Reindeer’s Exotic Wonderland, Zoe finds herself slipping more and more often into daydreams about the exploits of her perfect alter ego, Imaginary Zoe, who has all the confidence, talent, and beauty that real Zoe can’t seem to find in herself. The reader, however, knows better: from the very first page of Brenda Woods’s novel, Zoe’s sparkling personality and evident wit leap off the page. Join Zoe in Wonderland (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) and discover how something as small as a baobab seed can change the lives not only of Zoe, but also of her tight-knit, chaotic, and loving family. Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780399170973
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 16th, 2016

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