Fifth grade is looking good for Kate: her best friend is in her class, she’s excited for a new round of scouts, and she’s the top flute player in the band. But then Kate’s crabby neighbor, Nora, starts showing up wherever Kate is. In Kate the Great, Except When She’s Not (Crown, $12.99), author and illustrator Suzy Becker creates laugh-out-loud fun, giving readers a glimpse into Kate’s diary, where she doodles and writes about her daily adventures. With the help of her closest friend and her supportive family, Kate makes it her mission to get Nora to smile, and maybe even become friends along the way.  Ages 8-11. ARW

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By Suzy Becker, Suzy Becker (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780385387422
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 5th, 2014

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Cece is a new kid at school. She’s also the only deaf kid. Young readers will recognize and identify with Cece’s struggles to fit in and make friends, and while her additional challenge may be unfamiliar, readers will certainly still empathize. Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir—filled with bright illustrations and rabbit characters—starts by showing how she lost her hearing and acquired a clunky hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. The real action begins when Cece straps the Phonic Ear to her chest, finds herself imbued with super hearing, and becomes El Deafo (Amulet, $21.95 HB / $10.95 PB). Not only does the Phonic Ear amplify the teacher’s voice in the classroom, but Cece can also hear her teacher throughout the entire school. Although superheroes’ unique abilities make them awesome, they’re often lonely. Things start looking up, however, when Cece’s classmates learn of her unique superpower and she makes a true friend. Ages 8-12. HWP

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$10.95
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Amulet Books - September 2nd, 2014

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Retold in graphic novel form by the French comic artist Yvan Pommaux, the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur (TOON Books, $16.95) is an enthralling adventure story set against the fascinating backdrop of Greek mythology. The retelling comes alive in Pommaux’s detailed and intricate art. Complete with historical information about the world of the ancient Greeks, as well as a variety of maps and character lists, this is a rich addition to the library of any mythology lover.  Ages 9-12. CEB

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By Yvan Pommaux (Illustrator), Richard Kutner (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781935179610
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Published: Toon Graphics - September 2013

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