OCTOBER 2016 CHILDREN'S & TEEN BOOK RELEASES WITH STARRED REVIEWS
October 2016 Starred Reviews

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The following is a complete list of books released in October 2016 that have received starred (exceptional) reviews from the professional review journals School Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Horn Book, and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.  This list will continue to grow over the coming months as reviewers include additional starred reviews.  Please feel free to check back.

Also, please note that these book releases, and starred review books for future and previous months appear in our STARRED REVIEWS AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE CALENDAR and STARRED REVIEWS SPREADSHEET.  

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

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Old Dog Baby Baby Book Cover
Old Dog Baby Baby
by Julie Fogliano
illustrated by Chris Raschka
Audience: Babies and Toddlers,
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Booklist Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

old dog
lazy 
lazy
lying on the 
kitchen floor

here comes baby
baby
crawling through the 
kitchen door

Follow the antics of a curious baby and his silly old dog in this funny, rhythmic, and joyful picture book illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Chris...READ MORE

Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook In A Book) Book Cover
Pancakes!: An Interactive Recipe Book (Cook In A Book)
by Lotta Nieminen
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: October 24, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly  

Cook pancakes from scratch inside this interactive recipe book ? readers whisk the eggs, flip the pancakes, and more!

Step one: mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
Step two: whisk the eggs, milk, and butter.
Step three: stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients...READ MORE

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Goodnight Everyone
by Chris Haughton
Audience: Babies and Toddlers,
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 25, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

From the creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a mesmerizing bedtime tale of a forest settling into slumber and one little bear trying to stay awake.



The sun is setting, and everyone in the forest is getting sleepy. The mice, rabbits, and deer all give great...READ MORE

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Little Night Cat
by Sonja Danowski
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

This heartwarming tale by the extraordinary illustrator, Sonja Danowski, is sure to please animal lovers!

When Toni, a little boy, bravely offers his favorite stuffed cat to the animal shelter to raise money for the needy dogs and cats, it touches his mom's heart. Later that night Toni misses...READ MORE

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The Barefoot Book of Children
by Tessa Strickland,
by Kate Depalma
illustrated by David Dean
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Innovative and inclusive, The Barefoot Book of Children empowers young readers to learn about children around the globe and ponder their own place in it. Created with the guidance of diversity specialists, this groundbreaking work of narrative nonfiction addresses the need for children's books that depict diversity, while simultaneously demonstrating...READ MORE

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Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Maniac Muffins
by Chris Monroe
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Clark's baking project is not going as planned. Now gigantic maniac muffins are on the loose! To stop them, Chico Bon Bon needs a plan . . . and his tool belt, of course. With the right tools and some quick thinking, this crumbly disaster might just have a tasty solution!READ MORE

Before Morning Book Cover
Before Morning
by Joyce Sidman
illustrated by Beth Krommes
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star ImageHorn Book Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Kirkus Star Image Booklist Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a small child wishes for a different sort of day in this striking picture book. When clouds gather and heavy flakes begin to fall, her invocation comes true. As a too-busy world falls silent, a family revels in the freedom...READ MORE

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The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star ImageHorn Book Star Image School Library Journal

Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their...READ MORE

Teacup Book Cover
Teacup
by Rebecca Young
illustrated by Matt Ottley
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image School Library Journal

A stunning picture book that addresses life’s big journeys with hope, beauty, and reassurance
 
A boy must leave his home and find another. He brings with him a teacup full of earth from the place where he grew up, and sets off to sea. Some days, the journey...READ MORE

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Henry & Leo
by Pamela Zagarenski
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star ImageHorn Book Star ImagePublishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

Leo isn’t just a stuffed toy, he is Henry’s best friend and brother. He is as real as a tree, a cloud, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the wind. But when the two are accidentally separated, no one in Henry’s family believes Leo is real enough to find his...READ MORE

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Real Cowboys
by Kate Hoefler
illustrated by Jonathan Bean
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Publishers Weekly

In Kate Hoefler’s realistic and poetic picture book debut about the wide open West, the myth of rowdy, rough-riding cowboys and cowgirls is remade. A timely and multifaceted portrayal reveals a lifestyle that is as diverse as it contrary to what we've come to expect.READ MORE

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How to Be a Hero
by Florence Parry Heide
illustrated by Chuck Groenink
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Once upon a time, there was a nice boy and his name was Gideon. He lived in a nice house, and he had nice parents and lots of toys. But Gideon wasn't satisfied. He wanted to be a hero. You know, a hero, with his name on the front page...READ MORE

A Night of Great Joy
by Mary Engelbreit
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that...READ MORE

Ada Lovelace Poet of Science Book Cover
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer
by Diane Stanley
illustrated by Jessie Hartland
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

From nonfiction stars Diane Stanley and Jessie Hartland comes a beautifully illustrated biography of Ada Lovelace, who is known as the first computer programmer.

Two hundred years ago, a daughter was born to the famous poet, Lord Byron, and his mathematical wife, Annabella.

Like her father, Ada had...READ MORE

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The Worst Breakfast
by China Miéville
illustrated by Zak Smith
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

"Miéville and Smith's dialogue is fantastic: witty, smart, with great rhythm that doesn't sacrifice artful turns of phrase to reach for an internal rhyme...Smith's artwork keeps pace with the text, which the artist sets into little rectangles to contrast with the jaggedly flamboyant paintings that get increasingly manic as the...READ MORE

Words Book Cover
Words
by Christoph Niemann
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

What can you do with a word? Read it, spell it, say it, picture it, understand it, make a sentence with it, tell a story with it, share it with a friend. Everything starts with a love of words! More than 300 words inspired by Dr. Edward Fry’s list of...READ MORE

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Tek: The Modern Cave Boy
by Patrick McDonnell
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

From a beloved, bestselling Caldecott Honor recipient comes a hilarious reminder of how technology can take us backward... all the way to the times of prehistoric man!

 

Tek is a cave boy in love with tech: his tablet, videogames, phone, and TV keep him deep in his cave, glued...READ MORE

A Bike Like Sergio's Book Cover
A Bike Like Sergio's
by Maribeth Boelts
illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Finders keepers, right? When Ruben picks up someone’s lost money, he finds out how hard it can be to do the right thing.

Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds...READ MORE

The Christmas Story Book Cover
The Christmas Story: An Exquisite Pop-Up Retelling
by Robert Sabuda
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

The Nativity is brought to life by master pop-up artist Robert Sabuda in six gorgeously imagined 3-D scenes, making this a Christmas gift book to treasure. Long ago, in a stable in Bethlehem, a baby was born on a bright and starry night. This child was the Son of God...READ MORE

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We Found a Hat
by Jon Klassen
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Horn Book Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only...READ MORE

Best in Snow
by April Pulley Sayre
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star ImageSchool Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Discover the wonderful world of snow with this companion to the celebrated Raindrops Roll!

With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre sheds sparkly new light on the wonders of snow. From the beauty of snow blanketing the forest and falling on animals’ fur and feathers to the fascinating winter...READ MORE

A Voyage in the Clouds Book Cover
A Voyage in the Clouds: The (Mostly) True Story of the First International Flight by Balloon in 1785
by Matthew Olshan
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star ImageHorn Book Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A picture book inspired by the true story of how the first international flight was an Englishman and a French man who rode in a balloon across the English Channel"--READ MORE

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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love
by Michelle Edwards
illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist

Here’s a heartwarming winter picture book that’s sure to appeal to families who love knitting. 

Mrs. Goldman always knits hats for everyone in the neighborhood, and Sophia, who thinks knitting is too hard, helps by making the pom-poms. But now winter is here, and Mrs. Goldman herself doesn’t have a...READ MORE

Preaching to the Chickens
Preaching to the Chickens
by Jabari Asim
illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal  

Critically acclaimed author Jabari Asim and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis give readers a fascinating glimpse into the boyhood of Civil Rights leader John Lewis.
 
John wants to be a preacher when he grows up—a leader whose words stir hearts to change, minds to think, and...READ MORE

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Billions of Bricks
by Kurt Cyrus
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

wo, four, six. Look at all the bricks!

Grab a hard hat and all your tools, and get ready for a construction adventure in counting! This clever, rhyming picture book leads readers through a day in the life of a construction crew building with bricks. A brick may seem like...READ MORE

Pablo Finds A Treasure Book Cover
Pablo Finds a Treasure
by Andrée Poulin
illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image School Library Journal

Pablo and his sister spend every day at “Treasure Mountain,” the local dump. There, they rummage through the mounds of garbage looking for items that their mother can sell in order to provide food for the family. Occasionally, they find a “real” treasure like some still-edible food, or a picture...READ MORE

I Used to Be a Fish
I Used to Be a Fish
by Tom Sullivan
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star ImageHorn Book

From debut author-illustrator Tom Sullivan comes a surprising and innovative picture book that is both a light introduction to the science of evolution and a tribute to every child’s power to dream big.

In I Used to be a Fish, a boy is inspired by a pet fish and fueled by...READ MORE

Stowaway in a Sleigh Book Cover
Stowaway in a Sleigh
by Roger Mader
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

The cat’s out of the bag and holiday adventure awaits!  

     When Slipper finds Mr. Furry Boots in her house, she does what any cat would do and investigates. But curiosity gets the best of her when she finds herself on a trip she hadn’t planned on taking ....READ MORE

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The Happiest Book Ever
by Bob Shea
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

What could be happier than a book with a dancing cake, a candy parade, and a hug monster? A book with all those things (and more) plus YOU! Your happy, happy thoughts will make this book super happy happy! But something seems off. Could it be that frowny frog? Perhaps...READ MORE

Max Speed Book Cover
Max Speed
by Stephen Shaskan
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Max, a tiny speed racer, is off on the adventure of a lifetime in this adorable new picture book that proves all you need for a big adventure is a little imagination.

As soon as Max has finished cleaning his room, he’s off racing his super-secret car at incredible...READ MORE

Why Am I Here Book Cover
Why Am I Here?
by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen
illustrated by Akin Duzakin
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 14, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

A remarkable book for encouraging self-reflection
  
In this empathetic book, a young girl wonders what life would be like if she lived somewhere else. What if she lived in a city with millions of people? What would it be like to be a refugee from a war-torn...READ MORE

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Book Cover
The Pied Piper of Hamelin
by Marine Tasso (Adapted by)
illustrated by Thomas Baas
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 15, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly  

Through a bold palette, the legend of the Pied Piper is artfully enlivened. The Pied Piper of Hamelin is set in the north of Germany in the year 1283. It is nearly Christmas and the townspeople are ready to celebrate when a rodent infestation interrupts their everyday lives. The mayor...READ MORE

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A Small Thing . . . but Big
by Tony Johnston
illustrated by Hadley Hooper
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 18, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Booklist

Lizzie and her mom go to the park. That's where Lizzie meets an elderly man and his companion, Cecile, a dog about her size.

But Lizzie is afraid of dogs, so she'll have to rely on her new friend to help her take things one step at a time.

Getting...READ MORE

Du Iz Tak Book Cover
Du Iz Tak?
by Carson Ellis
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 18, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star ImageHorn Book

Awards: Caldecott Honor

The creator of Home turns a droll eye to the natural world, with gorgeous art and a playful invented language.



Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive...READ MORE

Rudas Book Cover
Rudas: Niño's Horrendous Hermanitas
by Yuyi Morales
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 18, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star ImageHorn Book Star Image Publishers Weekly

Señoras y señores, niños y niñas, the time has come to welcome the spectacular, two-of-a-kind . . . LAS HERMANITAS!

No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Las Hermanitas, Lucha Queens! Their Poopy Bomb Blowout will knock em' down! Their Tag-Team Teething will gnaw opponents...READ MORE

The Christmas Boot
The Christmas Boot
by Lisa Wheeler
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 18, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

In the spirit of Christmas classics The Polar Express and The Night Before Christmas comes a holiday tale about the magic of Santa, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney
 
Lonely Hannah is delighted to discover a warm black boot as she gathers kindling in the forest. A poor woman, she doesn't have...READ MORE

Stepping Stones Book Cover
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey (Arabic and English Edition)
by Margriet Ruurs
illustrated by Falah Raheem,
illustrated by Nizar Badr
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 18, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

This unique picture book was inspired by the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, discovered by chance by Canadian children’s writer Margriet Ruurs. The author was immediately impressed by the strong narrative quality of Mr. Badr’s work, and, using many of Mr. Badr’s already-created pieces, she set out...READ MORE

Who Built That? Bridges Book Cover
Who Built That? Bridges: An Introduction to Ten Great Bridges and Their Designers
by Didier Cornille
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 18, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews  

In this latest addition to his popular Who Built That? series, Didier Cornille presents ten of the most important bridges in the world, from the Brooklyn to the Golden Gate; from the first in cast iron to the longest in concrete; from small footbridges to the tallest in the world....READ MORE

Radiant Child Book Cover
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 25, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Horn Book

Awards: Caldecott Medal,
Awards: Coretta Scott King Illustrator

A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe.



Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had...READ MORE

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Nanette's Baguette
by Mo Willems
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 25, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image School Library Journal

Today is the day Nanette gets to get the baguette! Is she set? YOU BET!

 

Mo Willems' hilarious new picture book, Nanette's Baguette, follows our plucky heroine on her first big solo trip to the bakery. But . . . will Nanette get the baguette from baker Juliette? Or will...READ MORE

Little Penguins Book Cover
Little Penguins
by Cynthia Rylant
illustrated by Christian Robinson
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 25, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image School Library Journal

Newbery Medal–winning author Cynthia Rylant and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator Christian Robinson pair up to tell this wintry story about five little penguins enjoying a snowy day. 
 
Snowflakes? Many snowflakes. Winter is coming. So begins this ever-so-simple story. As the snow starts to fall, the excited penguins pull out scarves,...READ MORE

My Name is James Madison Hemmings
My Name Is James Madison Hemings
by Jonah Winter
illustrated by Terry Widener
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: October 25, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Here’s a powerful historical picture book about the child of founding father Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings. 

In an evocative first-person account accompanied by exquisite artwork, Winter and Widener tell the story of James Madison Hemings’s childhood at Monticello, and, in doing so, illuminate the many contradictions in...READ MORE

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Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 2
by Ben Clanton
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Star Image School Library Journal

Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.

A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring...READ MORE

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Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Jacqueline Kelly
illustrated by Teagan White,
illustrated by Jennifer L. Meyer
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

From Newbery honor author Jacqueline Kelly comes a new illustrated chapter book series for younger readers featuring the beloved characters from The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. In Calpurnia Tate, Animal Doctor in Training, Callie Vee, Travis, and Dr. Pritzker help animals big and small.

When soft-hearted Travis discovers an abandoned baby...READ MORE

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The Great Antonio: TOON Level 2
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Elise Gravel
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: October 11, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus

What made the Great Antonio so great? He weighed as much as a horse! He once wrestled a bear. He could devour twenty-five roasted chickens at one sitting. In this whimsical book, beloved author and illustrator Elise Gravel tells the true story of Antonio Barichievich, the larger-than-life Montreal strongman who...READ MORE

The Great Leopard Rescue
The Great Leopard Rescue: Saving the Amur Leopards
by Sandra Markle
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 17, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

In 2007 only thirty Amur leopards remained in the wild. Scientists knew they needed to do more to help these big cats. However, details of the leopards' wild lives in their high-altitude forest home were still a mystery. With the help of new technology and the cooperation of scientists and...READ MORE

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The Secret of Goldenrod
by Jane O'Reilly
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Booklist

When Trina and her father move into Goldenrod, an abandoned Victorian mansion, Trina hopes she will finally have a place to call home and a chance to make friends at her new school. But school doesn t go as planned, and Goldenrod might be haunted.

Then Trina discovers Augustine, a...READ MORE

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Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson
by Emily Dickinson
illustrated by Christine Davenier
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Let your children discover the works of poet Emily Dickinson in Poetry for Kids: Emily Dickinson.

As the premier title in the Poetry for Kids series, Emily Dickinson introduces children to the works of poet Emily Dickinson. Poet, professor, and scholar Susan Snively has carefully chosen 35 poems of interest to children and...READ MORE

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Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Crooked Critters
by Jenn Dlugos,
by Charlie Hatton
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

Nature doesn't always play nice, and Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Crooked Critters showcases some of the worst offenders in the plant and animal kingdoms. You'll meet trespassing toads, insects in disguise, brood-borrowing cuckoos, and many more. It's a rogue's gallery of some of nature's roughest, meanest species. Whether it's nature's...READ MORE

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Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Extreme Living
by Jenn Dlugos,
by Charlie Hatton
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

Life isn't always easy, but some organisms take hard living to the extreme. Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Extreme Living looks at organisms living in the weirdest of ways: swimming miles deep in the ocean, freezing on icy mountaintops, boiling in hot springs, or even floating in space. You'll also find...READ MORE

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Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Mystifying Mutants
by Jenn Dlugos,
by Charlie Hatton
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

Hexapus. Singing mice. Spider worm. They sound like creatures from horror movies, but they are all real-life mutants that creep, crawl, and slither among us. In Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Mystifying Mutants, you'll learn that genes can be a freaky and fascinating business. From two-toned lobsters to hairless cats,...READ MORE

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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
by Chris Riddell
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to...READ MORE

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Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Odd Couples
by Jenn Dlugos,
by Charlie Hatton
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

It takes two to tango--but in the wild, two can do much crazier things than dance. In Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Odd Couples, you'll find out about nature's strangest dating rituals, cooperative couples, and parasitic pests. You'll explore symbiotic pairings like the crabs that carry sea urchins on their...READ MORE

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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
by Melissa Sweet
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 4, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Horn Book Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899...READ MORE

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When the Sea Turned to Silver
by Grace Lin
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 4, 2016
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A breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore, a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

 

Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the...READ MORE

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Garvey's Choice
by Nikki Grimes
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 4, 2016
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Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading—anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and he is also overweight, teased by bullies, and lonely. When his only...READ MORE

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I Am Not a Number
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Jenny Kay Dupuis,
by Kathy Kacer
illustrated by Gillian Newland
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 4, 2016
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When Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school, she is confused, frightened and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite being told to do otherwise. When she goes home for summer holidays, her parents decide...READ MORE

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Gertie's Leap to Greatness
by Kate Beasley
illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 4, 2016
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For fans of Three Times Lucky and The Penderwicks, this endearing new classic spins together sparkling humor, sizzle-pop writing, and a sassy main character with an unforgettable voice.

Gertie Reece Foy is 100% Not-From-Concentrate awesome. She has a daddy who works on an oil rig, a great-aunt who always finds the lowest prices...READ MORE

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Foxheart
by Claire Legrand
illustrated by Jaime Zollars
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 4, 2016
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Foxheart is a classic fantasy-adventure about the danger of lies and the power of truth, the strength found in friendship, and the value of loving and being loved . . . even if it means risking your heart. Full of magic, adventure, and an original and compelling cast of characters, Foxheart is a...READ MORE

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The Iron Hand (Three Thieves Book 7)
by Scott Chantler
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 4, 2016
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"This final installment in the ... series delivers danger, deception, rip-roaring action, and plenty of derring-do"READ MORE

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The Only Road
by Alexandra Diaz
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 4, 2016
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“Powerful and timely.” —Booklist (starred review)

Twelve-year-old Jaime makes the treacherous and life-changing journey from his home in Guatemala to live with his older brother in the United States in this gripping and realistic middle grade novel.

Jaime is sitting on his bed drawing when he hears a scream. Instantly, he...READ MORE

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The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk
by Jan Thornhill
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 11, 2016
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For hundreds of thousands of years Great Auks thrived in the icy seas of the North Atlantic, bobbing on the waves, diving for fish and struggling up onto rocky shores to mate and hatch their fluffy chicks. But by 1844, not a single one of these magnificent birds was alive....READ MORE

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Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds (English and Spanish Edition)
by Jorge Argueta
illustrated by Alfonso Ruano
Audience: Grades 4 to 6,
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 11, 2016
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Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them.



This powerful...READ MORE

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Under Water, Under Earth
by Aleksandra Mizielinska,
by Daniel Mizielinski
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 11, 2016
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Discover the amazing world that lies just beneath the surface!



Hundreds of fascinating facts are waiting to be unearthed in this latest book from Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, the creative duo behind the best-selling Maps. Dive below the surface and find out what happens under earth...READ MORE

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The Infinity Year of Avalon James
by Dana Middleton
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 11, 2016
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Avalon James and Atticus Brightwell have a secret--one that they aren't allowed to discuss with anyone. This secret is shared between two best friends. When you and your best friend turn ten years old magical things are said to happen. You both will receive some kind of magical power. It...READ MORE

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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill
by Megan Shepherd
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 11, 2016
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"Magical, terrifying, and full of heart. Open these pages, and ride true."-Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor-winning author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

"A remarkable book. Astonishing!"-Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
 
There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill hospital. In the...READ MORE

Jason and the Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts: The First Great Quest in Greek Mythology
by Robert Byrd
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 11, 2016
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A beautifully illustrated account of the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts with informative details from the award-winning author of Electric Ben
 
The story of Jason and the Argonauts is one of the earliest recorded Greek myths. Here, master artist Robert Byrd has created a striking telling of...READ MORE

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To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space
by Dave Williams,
by Loredana Cunti
illustrated by Theo Krynauw
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 11, 2016
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Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is “How do you go to the toilet in space?”
This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body:
How do you brush your hair in...READ MORE

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Liberty (Dogs of World War II)
by Kirby Larson
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 11, 2016
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Fish has a knack for inventing. His annoying neighbor, Olympia, has a knack for messing things up. But when his latest invention leads Fish to Liberty, a beautiful stray dog who needs a home, he and Olympia work together to rescue her.

At the Higgins boatyard, where the boats...READ MORE

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The Wolf Keepers
by Elise Broach
illustrated by Alice Ratterree
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 11, 2016
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Twelve-year-old Lizzie Durango and her dad have always had a zoo to call their home. Lizzie spends her days watching the animals and taking note of their various behaviors. Though the zoo makes for a unique home, it's a hard place for Lizzie to make lasting friends. But all this...READ MORE

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Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
by Donna Janell Bowman
illustrated by Daniel Minter
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 15, 2016
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William "Doc" Key had a special way with animals. Growing up an enslaved child in Tennessee, Doc was sent to plantations around the state to care for sick and wounded animals. When the Civil War ended and Doc was freed, he began to dream of breeding a winning racehorse. But...READ MORE

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Rebellion of Thieves (Robyn Hoodlum Book 2)
by Kekla Magoon
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 18, 2016
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Robyn Loxley can't rest now that she's the #1 Most Wanted Fugitive, Robyn Hoodlum. The harsh Nott City governor, Ignomus Crown, may have increased the reward for her capture, but this won't stop Robyn from masterminding her biggest mission yet: infiltrating the governor's mansion to rescue her parents.

The perfect...READ MORE

Like Magic
Like Magic
by Elaine Vickers
illustrated by Sara Not
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: October 18, 2016
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This sweet middle grade novel featuring a diverse cast of characters proves that friendship can be just around the corner.

For three ten-year-old girls, their once simple worlds are starting to feel too big. Painfully shy Grace dreads starting fifth grade now that her best friend has moved away. Jada...READ MORE

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Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story
by Caren Stelson
Audience: Tweens,
Audience: Teens
Published: October 1, 2016
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This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945, and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson chronicles Sachiko s trauma and loss as well as her long...READ MORE

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Bessie Stringfield: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 2
by Joel Christian Gill
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 1, 2016
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Imagine a five-foot-two-inch-tall woman riding a Harley eight times across the continental United States. Now imagine she is black and is journeying across the country in the pre-Civil Rights era of the 1930s and ’40s. That is the amazing true story of Bessie Stringfield, the woman known today as The...READ MORE

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Time Traveling with a Hamster
by Ross Welford
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 4, 2016
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My dad died twice. Once when he was thirty-nine and again four years later, when he was twelve. On his twelfth birthday, Al Chaudhury receives a letter from his dead father. It directs him to the bunker of their old house, where Al finds a time machine (an ancient computer and...READ MORE

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The Way Things Work Now
by David Macaulay
Audience: Tweens,
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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Explainer-in-Chief David Macaulay updates the worldwide bestseller The New Way Things Work to capture the latest developments in the technology that most impacts our lives. Famously packed with information on the inner workings of everything from windmills to Wi-Fi, this extraordinary and humorous book both guides readers through the fundamental principles of...READ MORE

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Hercufleas
by Sam Gayton
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 4, 2016
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“A resonant story about family, friendship and loss, and the power of hope and unity. Gayton reminds us that small things are sometimes the most important.”—Sunday Times [UK] 

 To protect her village from a giant, Greta recruits a champion: Hercufleas! He may be tiny, but this young flea is certain he’s...READ MORE

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Impyrium
by Henry H. Neff
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 4, 2016
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"A rare jewel. A new classic in the fantasy genre." — Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl series

"A magnificent, rich, exhilarating book. I say this with all honesty: I haven't read about a world so deep, so purely magical, so well-developed, since Harry Potter." — James Dashner,...READ MORE

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Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II
by Alan Gratz
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 11, 2016
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Infiltrate. Befriend. Sabotage.
World War II is raging. Michael O'Shaunessey, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents. Like the other boys in his school, Michael is a member of the Hitler Youth.

But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies.

Michael despises...READ MORE

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To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party
by Skila Brown
Audience: Tweens,
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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Told in riveting, keenly observed poetry, a moving first-person narrative as experienced by a young survivor of the tragic Donner Party of 1846.

The journey west by wagon train promises to be long and arduous for nineteen-year-old Mary Ann Graves and her parents and eight siblings. Yet she is hopeful...READ MORE

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Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme Book 2)
by Megan Morrison
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 11, 2016
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Ella Coach has one wish: revolution. Her mother died working in a sweatshop, and Ella wants every laborer in the Blue Kingdom to receive fairer treatment. But to make that happen, she'll need some high-level support...

Prince Dash Charming has one wish: evolution. The Charming Curse forced generations of Charming men...READ MORE

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Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink (Lost #1)
by Tod Olson
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 25, 2016
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World War II, October 21, 1942. A B-17 bomber drones high over the Pacific Ocean, sending a desperate SOS into the air. The crew is carrying America's greatest living war hero on a secret mission deep into the battle zone. But the plane is lost, burning through its final gallons...READ MORE

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The Kinfolk (Five Stones Trilogy Book3)
by G.A. Morgan
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 25, 2016
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In the dramatic conclusion of The Five Stones Trilogy, Chase, Evelyn, and Knox must gather together disparate forces to save not just Ayda but their own world. The three young people have returned through the fog to fulfill their promise to the Keepers on the island of Ayda, whose four...READ MORE

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Tales From the Arabian Nights: Stories of Adventure, Magic, Love, and Betrayal
by Donna Jo Napoli
illustrated by Christina Balit
Audience: Tweens
Published: October 25, 2016
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Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of princesses, kings, sailors, and genies come to life in a stunning retelling of the Arabian folk tales from One Thousand and One Nights and other collections, including those of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, and Al  Baba and the Forty Thieves. The magical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes these timeless tales and ignites childrens' imaginations....READ MORE

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Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice
by Susan Goldman Rubin
Audience: Tweens,
Audience: Teens
Published: October 30, 2016
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Award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin chronicles the fascinating story behind the Brown v. Board of Education's landmark Supreme Court decision.

In 1954, one of the most significant Supreme Court decisions of the twentieth Century aimed to end school segregation in the United States. Although known as Brown v. Board of...READ MORE

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Ashes (Seeds of America Book 3)
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which The New York Timescalled “a return not only to the colonial era but to historical accuracy.”

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly...READ MORE

Last Seen Leaving
by Caleb Roehrig
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking question he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn―as January's boyfriend, he must know something.

But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth...READ MORE

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When the Moon was Ours: A Novel
by Anna-Marie McLemore
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel The Weight of Feathers was greeted with rave reviews, a YALSA Morris Award nomination, and spots on multiple “Best YA Novels” lists. Now, McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel, again tinged with magic.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as...READ MORE

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Holding Up the Universe
by Jennifer Niven
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight...READ MORE

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Wrecked
by Maria Padian
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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Haley saw Jenny return from the party, shell-shocked.

Richard heard Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with.

When Jenny accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard are pushed to opposite sides of the school’s investigation. Now conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to...READ MORE

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Replica
by Lauren Oliver
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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Two girls, two stories, one epic novel

From Lauren Oliver, New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy, comes an epic, masterful novel that explores issues of individuality, identity, and humanity. Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn...READ MORE

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Goldenhand (Old Kingdom Book 5)
by Garth Nix
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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The long-awaited fifth installment in Garth Nix’s New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series, for readers who enjoy series by Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, Scott Westerfeld, and Cassandra Clare.

Goldenhand takes place six months after the events of Abhorsen and follows the novella Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case, which is featured in Across the...READ MORE

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Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA
by Bridget Heos
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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Blood, Bullets, and Bones provides young readers with a fresh and fascinating look at the ever-evolving science of forensics.

Since the introduction of DNA testing, forensic science has been in the forefront of the public’s imagination, thanks especially to popular television shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. But forensic analysis has been...READ MORE

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Wonder Woman: The True Amazon
by Jill Thompson
Audience: Teens
Published: October 4, 2016
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New York Times Bestseller!

See Wonder Woman like you’ve never seen her before in WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON, an original graphic novel from Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Jill Thompson. Join Princess Diana in her early years, as she develops into the formidable hero we know and love.
...READ MORE

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Still Life with Tornado
by A.S. King
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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A heartbreaking and mindbending story of a talented teenage artist's awakening to the brokenness of her family from critically acclaimed award-winner A.S. King.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah can't draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has "done the art." She thinks she's having an existential crisis....READ MORE

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Rani Patel In Full Effect
by Sonia Patel
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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Almost seventeen, Rani Patel appears to be a kick-ass Indian girl breaking cultural norms as a hip-hop performer in full effect. But in truth, she's a nerdy flat-chested nobody who lives with her Gujarati immigrant parents on the remote Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, isolated from her high school peers by...READ MORE

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The Singing Bones
by Shaun Tan
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan shows us the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of these tales as never...READ MORE

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Iron Cast
by Destiny Soria
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths—whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art—Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by...READ MORE

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Tetris: The Games People Play
by Box Brown
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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It is, perhaps, the perfect video game. Simple yet addictive, Tetris delivers an irresistible, unending puzzle that has players hooked. Play it long enough and you’ll see those brightly colored geometric shapes everywhere. You’ll see them in your dreams.

Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created...READ MORE

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Beast
by Brie Spangler
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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A witty, wise, and heart-wrenching reimagining of Beauty and the Beast that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan.
 
Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To...READ MORE

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The Midnight Star (Young Elites Book 3)
by Marie Lu
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and has achieved the...READ MORE

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The Movie Version
by Emma Wunsch
Audience: Teens
Published: October 11, 2016
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A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as...READ MORE

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Useless Bay
by M.J. Beaufrand
Audience: Teens
Published: October 18, 2016
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On Whidbey Island, the Gray quintuplets are the stuff of legend. Pixie and her brothers have always been bigger and blonder than their neighbors, as if they were birthed from the island itself. Together, they serve as an unofficial search-and-rescue team for the island, saving tourists and locals alike from...READ MORE

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Saving Red
by Sonya Sones
Audience: Teens
Published: October 18, 2016
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Sonya Sones, award-winning author of What My Mother Doesn’t Know, delivers a gripping, funny, and inspiring novel in verse about what happens when the person you set out to save ends up saving you.

Right before winter break, fourteen-year-old Molly Rosenberg reluctantly volunteers to participate in Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, just to...READ MORE

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Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II
by Albert Marrin
Audience: Teens
Published: October 25, 2016
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On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor comes a harrowing and enlightening look at the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II— from National Book Award finalist Albert Marrin
 
Just seventy-five years ago, the American government did something that most would consider unthinkable...READ MORE

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Blood Red Snow White: A Novel
by Marcus Sedgwick
Audience: Teens
Published: October 25, 2016
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There never was a story that was happy through and through.

When writer Arthur Ransome leaves his unhappy marriage in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist, he has little idea of the violent revolution about to erupt. Unwittingly, he finds himself at its center, tapped by...READ MORE

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Glitter
by Aprilynne Pike
Audience: Teens
Published: October 25, 2016
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life. 
 
Outside the palace of...READ MORE

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Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine
by Ibtisam Barakat
Audience: Teens
Published: October 25, 2016
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"Balcony on the Moon follows Ibtisam Barakat through her childhood and adolescence in Palestine from 1972-1981 and chronicles her desire to be a writer"--READ MORE

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