For the first time since kindergarten, budding Black scientist Maya Robinson doesn’t have best friends in her class. Feeling shy, she struggles to make new friendships. Things begin to look up when Maya finds a broken-down robot named Ralph and fixes him up. Maya and the Robot (Kokila, $16.99) become new best buddies, but when Maya brings Ralph to school during the science fair, mayhem ensues! Will anything go right for Maya? Eve Ewing skillfully weaves together a story of friendship, community, joy of science and some cool robotics. The diverse cast of characters are energetically illustrated by Christine Almeda. Ages 8-12 Margaret Orto

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By Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781984814630
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Published: Kokila - July 13th, 2021

In this exciting New York Times bestseller, Robot Roz awakens on a small island with no idea how she got there or what to do next. After a violent storm and terrifying bear attack, she realizes she must acclimate to her new wild surroundings and the island’s unwelcoming local wildlife. The Wild Robot (Little Brown, $8.99) slowly adjusts to her new way of life, even making unlikely friends, when her shadowy past comes back to haunt her. Peter Brown weaves together a story full of adventure, family, and humor topped with remarkable illustrations. Ages 8-12. Jane Eskildsen

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ISBN: 9780316382007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2020

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
Availability: Backordered
Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011