One of the most popular squirrels in the woods of New Jersey, Phoenix is living a comfortable life until a hawk snatches him from a pond and drops him onto the frenetic streets of Manhattan. Injured and depressed, Phoenix finds safety with a group of rats who live on an abandoned pier by the Hudson River. When the rats discover a human plot to demolish their home, Phoenix knows he must join their cause and protect his friends. With Gabriel Evans’ adorable illustrations and Tor Seidler’s quick plotting, Oh, Rats! (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99) is a charmingly strange exploration of what it means to belong. Ages 10-13. Elli Bloomberg


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By Tor Seidler, Gabriel Evans (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534426849
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 27th, 2019

In the language of squirrels, according to Newbery Medal author Lynn Rae Perkins, Nuts to You (Greenwillow, $6.99) translates to “WOW.” This novel intertwines the adventures of four squirrels in a gleeful, tall tale richly told, with zany, informative asides and footnotes. Jed, a quick-thinking squirrel, talked his way out of the talons of a hawk and is now “realms” away from home in a land of reddish squirrels who speak a regional dialect. While Jed gets a handle on his new surroundings, his friends are preparing to follow the “buzzpaths” and “frozen spiderwebs” to rescue him. Black and white drawings with fascinating details complete this extravagant yarn.  Ages 8-11. Mary Alice Garber

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ISBN: 9780060092771
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

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: Amistad - December 27th, 2011