Ella Mae usually gets her cousin Charlotte’s hand-me-down shoes, but this year they’re too small. Her family will have to scrape together the money for New Shoes (Holiday House, $16.95). But the much-anticipated visit to Johnson’s Shoes is humiliating. Although Ella Mae and her mother walk in first, they have to wait to be served. Even worse, she’s not allowed to try shoes on: her mother traces Ella Mae’s feet on a piece of paper and hands it to the salesman. The next day, Ella Mae and Charlotte come up with a clever plan to rectify the situation. Illustrated with Eric Velasquez’s beautiful paintings, Susan Lynn Meyer’s poignant story of segregation is set in the United States of the 1950s. Ages 6-10. Heidi Powell

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By Susan Lynn Meyer, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823425280
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Published: Holiday House - February 2015

Indomitable, self-assured, and often clueless, Ivy Pocket is a 12-year-old orphan working as a maid for London’s wealthy. Because each employer mistakes Ivy’s eccentric remedies for malevolent antics, she is transferred quickly from family to family, each vowing, upon her departure, to employ Anyone But Ivy Pocket (Greenwillow, $17.99). Ivy’s adventure begins when a dying duchess entrusts Ivy with a priceless—and possibly cursed—diamond necklace and instructions to deliver it to an old friend’s granddaughter at her birthday ball. Caleb Krisp’s story is full of villains, chicanery, and entertaining escapades where nothing is as it seems. Ages 9-12. Heidi Powell

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By Caleb Krisp, Barbara Cantini (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062364340
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 21st, 2015

Echo (Scholastic, $19.99) begins with what could be a fairy tale: a boy is lost in the woods and rescued by three sisters imprisoned there by a witch’s curse. In exchange, he promises to carry their spirits out of the woods in a mouth harp (harmonica) which he will pass on to others. The reader meets these others in three distinct stories over the rest of this book, which is part fairy tale, part historical fiction. Set during WWII, each story centers on a musically gifted child facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, but the enchanted harmonica seems to endow its owner with hope and courage. Award-winning author Pam Muñoz Ryan (Esperanza Rising) weaves all the tales together for a satisfying conclusion. Ages 10-14. Heidi Powell

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

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