Thomas F. Yezerski brings the beauty and unique history of the Hackensack Meadowlands (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99) alive in this heartening story of survival and renewal. Children will learn about the connections between all species and the complex relationships that have emerged in this particular ecosystem. While outlining the drastic consequences of human development for the Meadowlands, Yezerski also highlights the ways humans have maintained and renewed the health of this space. The author’s green and gray watercolor illustrations strike the perfect tone to depict this estuary of the Hackensack River. Ages 6-10. KLP
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ISBN: 9780374349134
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 1st, 2011

Sarah Edmonds was a heroic Nurse, Soldier, Spy (Abrams, $18.95) during the Civil War. Eager to fight for the North, Sarah signed up, disguised as a man named Frank Thompson. Frank became a dedicated soldier and nurse who earned the nickname “little woman” because of her fine features. Ultimately, Frank was handpicked to become a spy. Disguised as a freed slave, Frank was captured and forced into work with the Confederate army. Author Marissa Moss and illustrator John Hendrix give readers a peek at a little-known piece of Civil War history. Ages 7-10. KLP
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By Marissa Moss, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810997356
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 1st, 2011

Before There Was Mozart (Schwartz and Wade, $17.99), there was violinist and composer Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George. The son of a Senegalese slave and a white French plantation owner, Boulogne benefited from his strong relationship with his father, who wanted an education for his son. Even though Boulogne’s musical abilities helped him find a place in society after his move to France, the talented composer’s mixed race would always make him an outcast. Still, this young man received a rare invitation from King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to perform at Versailles. Author Lesa Cline- Ransome tells Boulogne’s story with illustrations by James E. Ransome. Ages 6-10. KLP
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ISBN: 9780375836008
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 25th, 2011