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The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate
by David Elliott
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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High adventure from a master storyteller about one boy’s attempt to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters, corrupt magistrates, and conniving thieves.



In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis, England,...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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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

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Love, Ish
by Karen Rivers
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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My name is Mischa “Ish” Love, and I am twelve years old. I know quite a lot about Mars.



Mars is where I belong. Do you know how sometimes you just know a thing? My mom says that falling in love is like
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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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A Single Stone
by Meg McKinlay
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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In an isolated society, one girl makes a discovery that will change everything — and learns that a single stone, once set in motion, can bring down a mountain.



Jena — strong, respected, reliable — is the...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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When My Sister Started Kissing
by Helen Frost
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Claire and Abi have always loved their summers at the lake house, but this year, everything's different. Dad and Pam, their stepmom, are expecting a new baby, and they've cleared out all of Mom's belongings to make room. And last summer, Abi was...Read more

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In Darkling Wood
by Emma Carroll
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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For fans of The Secret GardenThe Indian in the CupboardTuck Everlasting, and The Giving Tree, In Darkling Wood is a spine-tingling novel with a forthright, modern heroine and more than a...Read more

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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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