It’s 1948, and on the track Midge “Toughie” Brasuhn and Gerry Murray are Roller Derby Rivals (Holiday House, $16.95). Off the track, it’s a different story. The two women are good friends who play up their roles as competitors to feed the crowds’ frenzy. Sue Macy imagines what a bout between these two players and their respective teams might have been like in this exciting picture book. Matt Collins’s detailed and vivid illustrations make readers practically hear the roar of the crowd—nearly 5,000 strong. This book gives an illuminating peek into an era of sports history that is often forgotten, and includes detailed resources for the curious reader who wants to do some further digging.  Ages 5-8. ENR

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By Sue Macy, Matt Collins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780823429233
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Published: Holiday House - August 31st, 2014

Since her father died, Piper has been scraping by as a “scrapper,” collecting the remnants of other worlds that fall in frequent meteor showers. One day Piper rescues from falling debris a girl who remembers nothing about herself. The only clue to this mysterious girl’s past is The Mark of the Dragonfly (Delacorte, $16.99) tattooed on her arm, signifying that she is under the protection of the king of the Dragonfly territories. Piper is determined to help the girl get home safely, and maybe see more of her world along the way. Sneaking aboard the 401, the glorious train that travels to the Dragonfly territories but is guarded by an eccentric and loyal crew, is only the beginning of their adventure. In her debut novel, Jaleigh Johnson has crafted an intricate world and a rollicking ride that will keep readers turning the pages.  Ages 10-14.  Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9780385376150
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - March 25th, 2014

Lionel convinces his best friend, Anisa, for a lark, to sneak through a construction site on their way home. But this jaunt to kill time on a long day of summer vacation turns serious when they hear crying and discover a baby abandoned in the site. Danette Vigilante gives the reader a compelling and believable narrator in Lionel, as he relates what happens in the aftermath of this discovery. Lionel is determined that this baby will know she is loved, so he sets about Saving Baby Doe (Putnam, $16.99) and learns a lot about himself and the remarkable characters around him along the way.  Ages 11-14. Eowyn Randall

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ISBN: 9780399251603
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Published: Putnam Publishing Group - March 20th, 2014