Me and Marvin Gardens - Amy Sarig King

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Obe Devlin lives with his family in a farmhouse surrounded by subdivisions. He’s just discovered (and named) Marvin Gardens, an odd creature—dog, pig, algae?—that eats plastic refuse discarded in the creek near Obe’s house. Amy Sarig King’s intriguing and timely middle-grade debut Me and Marvin Gardens (Arthur A. Levine, $16.99) succeeds in tackling bullying, family problems, and environmental issues simultaneously. The hopeful conclusion will reaffirm readers’ faith in science and people. Ages 9-12.


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ISBN: 9780545870740
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 31st, 2017

The Pearl Thief - Elizabeth Wein

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After 15-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart returns to her family estate in Scotland for a final summer before it’s sold, she’s struck unconscious by a blow to the head. Upon regaining consciousness in the hospital, she learns that her grandfather’s river pearls have been stolen and the scholar who’s been cataloging the estate’s antiques is missing. A mystery drives The Pearl Thief (Hyperion, $18.99) forward, but within its twists and turns author Elizabeth Wein develops a complex picture of life around the Scottish hamlet of Strathfearn. Fans of Code Name Verity will savor this prequel, while newcomers to Wein’s novels will enjoy the novel as a stand-alone tale. Ages 14-17.

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ISBN: 9781484717165
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

Bravo!: Poems about Amazing Hispanics - Margarita Engle, Rafael Lopez

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What do Félix Varela, Pura Belpré, and Tito Puente all have in common? They were all remarkable—and they were all Latinx. In Bravo!: Poems about Amazing Hispanics (Henry Holt, $18.99), author Margarita Engle and illustrator Rafael López celebrate the lives of famous and not-so-famous individuals who have made important contributions to the world. Poets mingle with doctors, revolutionaries with athletes, in this powerful tribute to the myriad interests, personalities, and talents of Latinx people. Ages 9-12.

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By Margarita Engle, Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805098761
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - March 14th, 2017