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Based on her family’s history, acclaimed author/illustrator Louise Erdrich continues the story of the Ojibwe in 19th-century America and their move onto the Great Plains of the Dakota Territory. Makoons (HarperCollins, $16.99), the twin brother of past protagonist Chickadee, has recovered from his illness but has a vision that both joy and sorrow will come to his family. Beautifully paced, this intergenerational story of daily life on the plains follows the boys’ adventures, the hunt of the buffalo, and the family’s care of the natural land as the modern world encroaches. This delicately illustrated volume is the fifth in the Birchbark House series, but can also be read as a single volume; its map and glossary of Ojibwe terms provide helpful historical and cultural context. Ages 8-11.

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By Louise Erdrich, Louise Erdrich (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060577933
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Published: HarperCollins - August 9th, 2016

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A cross-country road trip in a 1973 Buick Electra to Utah’s Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is Leo’s grandmother’s way of learning How to Avoid Extinction (Scholastic, $16.99). Embarking on the trip she had planned with her late husband, Gram assures Leo that the best adventures are “always the ones you don’t want.” Accompanied by his cousin Abby, an aspiring paleontologist, and her golden retriever, Leo is about to discover some long-kept family secrets. Bursting with laugh-out-loud lines and sprinkled with literary references, Paul Acampora’s tender comedy is filled with endearing characters. Fasten your seatbelts for a joyful read. Ages 9-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780545899062
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 27th, 2016

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With this account of his early years, Robert Hoge, born with a facial tumor, deformed legs, and bent toes, has created an inspirational and frank memoir. Subjected to numerous and life-threatening surgeries to create a “friend-friendly face,” he is invariably viewed as Ugly (Viking, $16.99)—and people see his perceived ugliness as a reason to doubt his intelligence and abilities. Told with honesty and humor through accessible prose and Keith Robinson’s black-and-white illustrations, this is the story of an ordinary life with extraordinary obstacles. Ultimately, the young Hoge stops believing that there is something missing or wrong about him and accepts ownership of who he is. Ages 9-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780425287750
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

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