Staff Pick

Obayda can never forget the day her father lost his leg in a car bombing. Because he is no longer able to work as a policeman, the family moves from Kabul to a rural village to live with extended family. There, Obayda becomes Obayd, a bacha posh— a girl dressed as a boy— to bring luck and greater opportunity to the family. As Obayd, she experiences adventure, freedom, and friendship. Too soon, however, she must return to her family in order to prepare for marriage. Obayda now feels likes she is only One Half from the East (HarperCollins, $16.99). Nadia Hashimi explores the role of women in her family’s homeland in vivid prose, with rich descriptions bringing people and place into riveting focus. Ages 11-14.

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ISBN: 9780062421906
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Published: HarperCollins - September 6th, 2016

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A group of travelers staying at the same inn amuse themselves by telling each other stories about three very special children and their supposedly resurrected greyhound. Little do the raconteurs know that the man quietly listening to their tales is on a mission for King Louis of France, who is waging a crusade. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog (Dutton, $17.99) imparts stories of miracles, dragons, religion, and more to reveal a mysterious world “full of wonders—and endlessly maddening,” but always amazing. Although younger readers may miss the echoes of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, they will be engrossed by Adam Gidwitz’s clever presentation of the Middle Ages. Hatem Aly’s illustrations evoke illuminated manuscripts and enhance this striking and satisfying adventure. Ages 11-14.

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By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525426165
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

As the night sky darkens, a cage door opens and a curious monkey emerges to explore The Opposite Zoo (Knopf, $16.99). The monkey sees a wide-awake owl and a sleeping panda, black seals and white swans, a slow sloth and a fast cheetah, and more. When the sun brightens the sky, the monkey’s door closes just in time for the zoo to open. Il Sung Na’s simple language and energetic, textured illustrations provide charming descriptions of an abundance of lovable animals as they jaunt across each double-page spread of this vivacious book. Ages 3-6.

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ISBN: 9780553511277
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2016