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The Lotterys Plus One
by Emma Donoghue
illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Sumac Lottery is nine years old and the self-proclaimed "good girl" of her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. And what a family the Lotterys are: four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a menagerie of pets, all living and...Read more

Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush
Jack London and the Klondike Gold Rush
by Peter Lourie
illustrated by Wendell Minor
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6, This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Swept up in the Gold Rush of 1897, young Jack London headed north to strike it rich in the Klondike and discovered something more precious than gold―the seeds of the stories that would flower into his classic novels The Call of the Wild ...Read more

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Bronze and Sunflower
by Cao Wenxuan, by Helen Wang (Translator)
illustrated by Meilo So
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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A beautifully written, timeless tale by Cao Wenxuan, best-selling Chinese author and 2016 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.



Sunflower is an only child, and when her father is sent...Read more

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Hello, Universe
by Erin Entrada Kelly
illustrated by Isabel Roxas
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates...Read more

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A Song About Myself
by John Keats
illustrated by Chris Raschka
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka brings John Keats’s words to whimsical life in the poet’s only work written for children.



He was a naughty boy,

A naughty boy was he,

He would
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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
by Kwame Alexander, by Chris Colderley, by Marjory Wentworth, by Ekua Holmes
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.



Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame...Read more

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Nightlights
by Lorena Alvarez
This book is for: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers, This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION



Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy's bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings...Read more

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Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics
by Margarita Engle
illustrated by Rafael López
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot―the Latinos featured in this collection come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a...Read more

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The Secret Life of the Red Fox
by Laurence Pringle
illustrated by Kate Garchinsky
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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This gorgeous and lyrical picture book from renowned science author Laurence Pringle and debut illustrator Kate Garchinsky follows a year in the life of a red fox named Vixen as she finds food, hunts, escapes threats, finds a mate, and raises her...Read more

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See You in the Cosmos
by Jack Cheng
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s and Walk Two Moons.

 
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Hi!  I'm Sarah.  I'm a former librarian and mother of two -- a teen daughter and a preschooler son.  We love to play outdoors... and read.  :)

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