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Rural Maine is a long way from the big city that Reena is used to, both in mileage and familiarity. Reena is excited about the change, however, and ends up embracing the opportunity to care for a cow named Zora under the supervision of an elderly and very particular neighbor. The bond that girl and cow form is undeniable, but when the prospect of entering Zora into the local agricultural fair arises, Reena isn’t sure that either of them is ready. But with the help of neighbors, friends, and family, perhaps anything is possible. Told in Sharon Creech’s striking and unforgettable verse, Moo (HarperCollins, $16.99) brings readers on a satisfying and heartwarming journey. Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780062415240
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - August 30th, 2016

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In Jennifer L. Holm’s hilarious and heartwarming companion to Turtle in Paradise, Beans Curry is used to dealing with lying adults and making his own luck—even if that means breaking a rule or two (or three or four). As the leader of a gang of barefoot and hungry kids in Depression-era Key West, Beans even becomes a sort of role model. When a group of men in straw hats shows up to turn Key West into a tourist destination, Beans is perfectly placed to recruit other children to help spruce up the deteriorating community. Full of Beans (Random House, $16.99) is a wildly entertaining tale about finding hope in the stickiest of situations. Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780553510362
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

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Each year, inhabitants of the Protectorate offer the village’s youngest baby to the witch of the forest in order to avoid her wrath. Little do they know that the witch, Xan, is actually kind and gentle, finding a loving home for each child and feeding them starlight. When she accidentally gives one child moonlight instead, Xan decides that she must care for the “enmagicked” child herself. And so The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Algonquin, $16.95) grows up with Xan, a swamp monster, and a dragon, never knowing that one of the young men who once left her in the forest is now out for the witch he believes to be so evil. Kelly Barnhill’s spectacular fairytale is full of magic, heart, humor, and wonder. Ages 11-14.

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ISBN: 9781616205676
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016