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Each night after being tucked into his cozy bed, Lester gets up and tiptoes into his new parents’ room. One night, an exhausted Daddy Rich loses his temper, but calms down just as quickly as he and Daddy Albert help Lester tell them that he is afraid to sleep alone because he worries that someone will come and take him away. Luckily, the family dog, Wincka, knows just what to do: she assigns herself a guard post at the foot of Lester’s bed, letting him know that he is truly Home at Last (Greenwillow, $17.99). Before her death in 2015, author/illustrator Vera B. Williams called upon her friend and Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka to complete this frank, moving adoption story. Luminous illustrations effectively portray the devoted family and their full range of emotions. Ages 6-8.

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By Vera B. Williams, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Vera B. Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061349737
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Greenwillow Books - September 13th, 2016

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As soon as a little stray dog awakens, she runs through the streets of Bloomville to stand in front of the apartment building where Eleanor and her would-be juggler father, Sam, reside. How that small dog comes to be known as Lucy (Candlewick, $19.99), find a home, forge a lasting friendship with Eleanor, and help Sam gain the confidence to achieve his dream is told in four acts. Author/illustrator Randy Cecil’s detailed, monochromatic art enhances the book’s theatrical format: the circular illustrations surrounded by white space on each page create the illusion of action occurring in a spotlight. Together, text and illustration present a sweet, attractive, and satisfying story. Ages 6-9.

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By Randy Cecil, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763668082
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - August 2nd, 2016

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Middle schooler Archer Magill has experience with weddings: he begins his story with a laugh-out-loud account of his disastrous turn as a ring bearer at age six, moving on to explain how he recently came to be The Best Man (Dial, $16.99) in another, more poignant wedding. Above all, this is a tale of how his role models— his dad, his Uncle Paul, his Grandpa Magill, and his student teacher, Mr. McLeod— have influenced his view of masculinity. Richard Peck provides insight into friendships, relationships, and family with warmth and wit. As the latest newlyweds drive off on their honeymoon, Archer knows that he is indeed growing into the kind of man he longs to be. Ages 10-13.

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ISBN: 9780803738393
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Dial Books - September 20th, 2016