Ella, the only African American at her school, is taunted for a skin disorder and called Camo Girl (Aladdin, $16.99). She seeks refuge in her friendship with Z, who deals with his dad’s abandonment by building a rich fantasy life. When a new, instantly popular African- American student, Bailey, enrolls at the school, he comes to Ella’s defense and befriends her, but Bailey too has hidden secrets. Kekla Magoon’s powerful novel intertwines three lives that confront and overcome isolation, bullying, and heartbreak. Ages 11-14. MAG
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ISBN: 9781416978046
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Published: Aladdin - January 4th, 2011

In a companion novel to The Wednesday Wars, Newbery Honoree Gary Schmidt returns to the character of Doug Swieteck, whose abusive, irrational father suddenly moves the family to a new town. The family is also contending with the absence of Doug’s eldest brother, who is serving in Vietnam, and the identification of his middle brother as a delinquent. Having always struggled in school, Doug would rather be sent out of class than decipher his required reading. Ironically, he finds refuge and friendship at the library, where his fascination with the illustrations in Audobon’s Birds of America and his desire to find the collection’s missing images give him new purpose. Replete with unforgettable characters, Okay for Now (Clarion, $16.99) is a complex story of discovery and survival. Ages 11-14. MAG
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ISBN: 9780547152608
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Published: Clarion Books - April 5th, 2011

Young readers will shout Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator! (Balzer + Bray, $17.99) when they discover six and a half surprising stories about a young girl and her stuffed animal. Caldecott honoree and Geisel medalist Mo Willems’s magical use of white space and simple lines complement these quiet, silly, and tender stories that will resonate with young audiences. Ages 4-8. MAG
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By Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062004000
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 26th, 2011