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 Are jumbies real? Nya thinks this night is the perfect night to go on a hunt for the mythical Caribbean creature in Tracey Baptiste’s charming Looking for a Jumbie (Balzer + Bray, $17.99). Though she may not have found a jumbie, she collects a distinctive group of folk characters from her island jungle, boldly drawn by illustrator Amber Ren, as she traipses through the night. Ages 5-9. Maria Salvadore

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By Tracey Baptiste, Amber Ren (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062970817
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 21st, 2021

Blast from the Past

Shy, guinea pig-loving Virgil doesn't fit in anywhere--not in school, not in his gregarious family and especially not with friends. When he fails to connect with Valencia, the confident (but lonely), nature-loving girl in his class, he feels like an even bigger disappointment. An incident in the woods with the 6th grade's biggest bully forces Virgil to finally face his fears but is it too late for him to find his voice? Author Erin Entrada Kelly uses multiple points of view and honest dialogue to shed light on how careless comments, even by loved ones, can hurt us but how it is never too late to stand up for ourselves. Hello, Universe (Greenwillow, $8.99), rich in both Filipino folklore and fate, is a well-paced and heart felt story about finding connection. Ages 8-12. Heidi Ashton Yoon



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By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062414168
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 7th, 2020

One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia

The year 1968 was one of the most fraught, tumultuous years in recent U.S. history. But when sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern hop on a plane to Oakland, CA, they’re not concerned with social issues but with re-uniting with their mother. They haven’t seen her since she abandoned them and moved across the country, and will spend One Crazy Summer (Harper Collins, $6.99) getting to know her and uncovering the secrets of their pasts. Rita Williams-Garcia’s award-winning novel is an engaging journey through histories both political and familial. Ages 11-13
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ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011