September 2016 Children's & Teen Book Releases With Starred Reviews
September 2016 Starred Book Releases

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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 many more appear in our STARRED REVIEWS AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BOOK RELEASE CALENDAR and STARRED REVIEWS SPREADSHEET.  Both are a work in progress at this time, but contain some serious goodies, even at this early stage. 

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Look, Look Again
by Agnese Baruzzi
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: September 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Part counting game, part guessing game, this delightful board book invites little ones to look at one thing, and guess what else it could be. Each page shows one shape, and then unfolds to reveal an ingenious surprise, sure to captivate curious toddlers.READ MORE

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Cityblock (Alphablock)
by Christopher Franceschelli
illustrated by Peskimo
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

Cityblock explores city life in an exciting and unique way, from up in a high-rise building to down in the subway. Divided into three sections—things that go, things to see, and things to eat—it features 24 different aspects of city living. As with the other acclaimed books in the series, die-cut...READ MORE

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You Are Two
by Sara O'Leary
illustrated by Karen Klassen
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

A baby’s second year is full of memorable milestones. Walking, running, understanding more words, speaking their names, and forming first memories are all exciting achievements. You Are Two picks up where You Are One left off and looks back on each of these moments and more, inviting little ones and their parents to celebrate...READ MORE

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Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon
by Torben Kuhlmann
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist

A long time ago a mouse learned to fly . . . and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next? 

Torben Kuhlmann's stunning new book transports readers to the moon and beyond! 

On the heels of Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse comes Armstrong: A Mouse on...READ MORE

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Plants Can't Sit Still
by Rebecca E. Hirsch
illustrated by Mia Posada
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Do plants really move? Absolutely! You might be surprised by all ways plants can move. Plants might not pick up their roots and walk away, but they definitely don't sit still! Discover the many ways plants (and their seeds) move. Whether it's a sunflower, a Venus flytrap, or an exotic...READ MORE

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Storyworlds: Nature (360 Degrees)
by Thomas Hegbrook
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

Explore the beauty and wonder of nature in this wordless picture book-and let your imagination bring everything to life! Stunning artwork captures the lives of a variety of animals and bugs in their natural surroundings and the changes that occur as they endure the passage of time, from birth to...READ MORE

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A Well-Mannered Young Wolf
by Jean Leroy
illustrated by Matthieu Maudet
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 3, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Booklist

A hilarious story about why manners matter

One morning, a young wolf eagerly sets out on his first hunting trip. But before he can devour his prey, he must honor their final wishes, just as his parents taught him to do. But the wolf’s would-be meals aren’t quite as honorable...READ MORE

The Adventures of Gracie & Monkeybear
The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear, Book 1: Summer
by C. S. O'Kelly,
by Tricia Callahan
illustrated by Jordy Farrell
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 5, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Adventure on land, sea and from the sky. 

A rare friendship between a precocious girl and her dog turns into an incredible adventure every Saturday morning. From their backyard in Brooklyn, they find portals that open to new worlds. With each new doorway comes the opportunity to help those in...READ MORE

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Undercover: One of These Things is Almost Like The Others
by Bastien Contraire
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 5, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly  

A clever and surprising approach to categorization and the art of disguise

Readers will look for the odd one out on each spread of this stylish, 64-page picture book, packed with familiar objects, stunningly depicted in duotone. This play on the analogy of shapes makes the objects look deceitfully similar...READ MORE

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Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

Awards: Schneider Family Book Award

An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille—a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.

 

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he...READ MORE

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A Child of Books
by Oliver Jeffers
illustrated by Sam Winston
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews

New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers and fine artist Sam Winston deliver a lyrical picture book inspiring readers of all ages to create, to question, to explore, and to imagine.

A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and...READ MORE

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Bella's Fall Coat
by Lynn Plourde
illustrated by Susan Gal
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image School Library Journal

Bella loves the sights and sounds of fall--the crinkle-crackle of fallen leaves, the crunch of crisp, red apples, the honking and flapping of migrating geese. She wants the season to last forever. She also wants her fall coat--the one her Grams made especially for her--to last forever. But the coat...READ MORE

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Motor Miles
by John Burningham
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Miles is a difficult dog, until he gets his own car. . . . From picture book master John Burningham comes a delightful new story.

Miles does not come when he is called. He does not like going for walks, his food, other dogs, or the rain. What Miles...READ MORE

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Hooray for Today!
by Brian Won
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews  

When the moon is up, Owl is wide awake and ready for fun: “Hooray for today! Would you like to play?” But everyone says, “Not now! I’m sleepy!” Owl’s playday gets lonely fast as each friend turns her away—until sunrise, when Owl discovers a friendly surprise. Perfect for little ones...READ MORE

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The Branch
by Mireille Messier
illustrated by Pierre Pratt
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews  
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Almost a Full Moon
by Hawksley Workman
illustrated by Jensine Eckwall
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Almost a Full Moon is a warm-hearted story of family, community, food and home. A boy and his grandmother host a gathering in their small cabin in the middle of winter. Friends travel from near and far, and some new friends even turn up. The walls of the cabin are elastic...READ MORE

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Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Tale
by Josh Funk
illustrated by Rodolfo Montalvo
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

A sweet and clever friendship story in rhyme, about looking past physical differences to appreciate the person (or dragon) underneath.

George and Blaise are pen pals, and they write letters to each other about everything: their pets, birthdays, favorite sports, and science fair projects. There’s just one thing that...READ MORE

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Who What Where?
by Olivier Tallec
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

In this charming follow-up to 2015's hit Who Done It?, each page asks the reader a question about the lineup of characters featured on the spread. Sharp eyes and keen observation are necessary. There's only one right answer, and it's not always easy! Kids will love learning early concepts like expressions...READ MORE

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Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist
by Susan Wood
illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

Juan Garcia Esquivel was born in Mexico and grew up to the sounds of mariachi bands. He loved music and became a musical explorer. Defying convention, he created music that made people laugh and planted images in their minds. Juan's space-age lounge music--popular in the fifties and sixties--has found a...READ MORE

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Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy
by Richard Michelson
illustrated by Edel Rodriguez
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star ImageHorn Book

A moving biography of the late Leonard Nimoy, the iconic Spock from Star Trek, whose story exemplifies the American experience and the power of pursuing your dreams.



“A wonderful new biography of Nimoy for children, and […] one of the most unapologetically Jewish profiles for kids in ages....READ MORE

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My Washington, DC
by Kathy Jakobsen
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

Welcome to My Washington, DC!

 

Vibrant, lush paintings full of elaborate detail bring the capital city to life! A young girl and her friend explore all their favorite places in Washington, DC, from the White House to the Lincoln Memorial. They peek inside the National Air and Space Museum, glimpse...READ MORE

I Am a Story
by Dan Yaccarino
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly  

Internationally acclaimed author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino presents a powerful picture book that celebrates storytelling—from the past to the present and beyond.

From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many different ways from the past to today....READ MORE

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Wonderfall
by Michael Hall
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews  

This beautiful and informative picture book follows a single tree through the fall season, from the end of summer to winter’s first snowfall. A great read-aloud for home and the classroom by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo and Red: A Crayon’s Story.

Wonderfall follows a single tree through...READ MORE

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A Squiggly Story
by Andrew Larsen
illustrated by Mike Lowery
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews  

A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why...READ MORE

Lift Your Light a Little Higher
Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer
by Heather Henson
illustrated by Bryan Collier
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Grab your lantern and follow the remarkable and world-famous Mammoth Cave explorer—and slave—Stephen Bishop as he guides you through the world’s largest cave system in this remarkable homage to the resilience of human nature.

Welcome to Mammoth Cave. It’s 1840 and my name’s Stephen Bishop. I’ll be your guide,...READ MORE

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The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon
by A.N. Kang
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Papillon is a very fluffy kitty. So fluffy that he's lighter than air! His owner tries to weigh him down, but Papillon just wants to fly. 

One particularly sunny day, he floats right out the window! Exploring the wide world is exhilarating, but it's also a little scary. Will...READ MORE

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Babushka: A Christmas Tale
by Dawn Casey
illustrated by Amanda Hall
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

On the eve of the very first Christmas, an old grandmother is busy tidying her home when a bright star illuminates the sky. Soon three wise men arrive and invite Babushka to join them in their travels—following the star in search of a newborn babe, the Prince of Peace. But...READ MORE

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Hurry Up, Henry
by Jennifer Lanthier
illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

A beautiful new picture book from an acclaimed author-illustrator team, showing the virtues of moving slowly in our modern world that's always hurrying


Henry's mother and father and sister are always telling him to hurry up, and his best friend, Simon, never slows down. Henry doesn't like to...READ MORE

The Sleeping Gypsy
The Sleeping Gypsy
by Mordicai Gerstein
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 12, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star ImageHorn Book

Caldecott medalist Mordicai Gerstein writes and illustrates an elegant and beautiful story inspired by the characters in Henri Rousseau's Sleeping Gypsy.

A girl, alone in the desert, lies on the sand and sleeps. But she is not alone for long. A lizard, a rabbit, a turtle and other animals scrutinize her...READ MORE

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The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue
by Suzanne Slade
illustrated by Stacy Innerst
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

George Gershwin heard music all the time—at home, at school, even on New York City’s busy streets. Classical, ragtime, blues, and jazz—George’s head was filled with a whole lot of razzmatazz! With rhythmic swirls of words and pictures, author Suzanne Slade and illustrator Stacy Innerst beautifully reveal just how brilliantly...READ MORE

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The Journey
by Francesca Sanna
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Booklist Star Image School Library Journal

With haunting echoes of the current refugee crisis this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned.

Francesca is...READ MORE

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A Family Is a Family Is a Family
by Sara O'Leary
illustrated by Qin Leng
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all.

One child is worried that her family is just too different to...READ MORE

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Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug
by Evan Kuhlman
illustrated by Chuck Groenink
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Perfect for reading aloud, this spare, charming picture book about a day in the life of a pill bug in suburbia is also about an unusual friendship. 

Hank is a pill bug with a busy life—for a pill bug, that is. His daily routine involves nibbling a dead leaf,...READ MORE

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Home at Last
by Vera B. Williams
illustrated by Chris Raschka
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal  

A poignant, timely, and universal picture book about fear, adoption, family, and the joy of fatherhood, written by beloved and award-winning author Vera B. Williams and illustrated by the author in collaboration with two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka.

After Lester is adopted by Daddy Albert and Daddy Rich, he develops...READ MORE

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King Baby
by Kate Beaton
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses. But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can't quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.

Created by...READ MORE

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Turn On the Night
by Geraldo Valerio
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

A little girl falls asleep and in her dream becomes a huge gray wolf, like the one in her bedtime story. Out the window she leaps, and a marvelous nighttime adventure unfolds. She visits the rooster in his coop, and invites him to hop upon her back and together they...READ MORE

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Leave Me Alone
by Vera Brosgol
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

Awards: Caldecott Honor

An epic tale about one grandmother, a giant sack of yarn, and her ultimate quest to finish her knitting.

One day, a grandmother shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to...READ MORE

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Pond
by Jim LaMarche
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

The joy of the seasons, the wonder of discovery, and the appreciation and respect for the natural world is at the heart of this book, drawn from the childhood of award-winning illustrator Jim LaMarche.

When Matt is out for a late winter hike he sees a trickle of water...READ MORE

The Darkest Dark
The Darkest Dark
by Chris Hadfield
illustrated by Eric Fan,
illustrated by Terry Fan
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.

 

Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't...READ MORE

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Fiona's Little Lie
by Rosemary Wells
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly  

What if fibbing to save face gets someone else in trouble? Felix helps impulsive Fiona make things right in this second book in a new series from the beloved creator of Max and Ruby.

It’s Felix’s birthday tomorrow! His best friend, Fiona, has promised to bake cupcakes to celebrate,...READ MORE

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ABC: The Alphabet from the Sky
by Benedikt Gross,
by Joey Lee
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Discover the alphabet from a bird's-eye view!

Geographer and designer duo Benedikt Gross and Joey Lee have taken the alphabet to new heights—literally! Using satellite imagery and computer technology, the pair has discovered "accidental letters" all over the world: in roads, rivers, buildings, lakes, and more. Take a journey...READ MORE

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Duck on a Tractor
by David Shannon
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal  

David Shannon's wildly popular, award-winning Duck on a Bike left children begging him to tell them another story about Duck after seeing him pictured alongside a shiny red tractor. Now Duck is back and turning the farm upside down! 

Flushed with the success of his trailblazing bike ride around the farm,...READ MORE

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The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
by Gilbert Ford
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind toy: the Slinky!

One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew...READ MORE

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Is That Wise, Pig?
by Jan Thomas
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly  

Cow and Pig are helping Mouse make a delicious soup, but Pig keeps trying to add ingredients that don’t make sense!

Mouse is making a yummy pot of soup and Cow and Pig are helping add ingredients. Mouse adds four tomatoes, Cow adds five potatoes, and Pig adds…six galoshes?!...READ MORE

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The Water Princess
by Susan Verde,
by Georgie Badiel
illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Based on supermodel Georgie Badiel’s childhood, a young girl dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village

With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she...READ MORE

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Stripes the Tiger
by Jean Leroy
illustrated by Berengere Delaporte
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 15, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Stripes is the biggest, strongest, fiercest hunter in the jungle . . . well, actually that's what Stripes would like to be. Stripes is a small tabby cat. Young and rambunctious, he challenges his owner at every turn -- seriously testing his owner's patience. He tears up the couch, he chases the...READ MORE

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Owl Sees Owl
by Laura Godwin
illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star ImageHorn Book

Fans of the classic picture book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson will adore this utterly simple picture book in which a baby owl goes off on his first adventure. 
 
With just three or four words per page, this story follows a baby owl one night as he leaves...READ MORE

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First Light, First Life: A Worldwide Creation Story
by Paul Fleischman
illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

In this companion to Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal, Newbery Medal winner Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis turn to the universal story of creation.

In the beginning there was only darkness. . . . There was fire and ice. . . . There was a single drop of milk.

Combining elements of...READ MORE

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In Plain Sight
by Richard Jackson
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor

Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. Every day after school, it's Grandpa whom Sophie runs to.

"Here I am, Grandpa!"

"Ah, Sophie, how was your day?"

As Sophie and her grandpa talk, he asks her to find items he's...READ MORE

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Have You Seen My Trumpet?
by Michaël Escoffier
illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image School Library Journal  

The final book in Michaël Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo's surprising, clever, and fun wordplay trilogy that includes Take Away the A and Where's the Baboon? Here you will find ridiculously delightful art, an engaging narrative, and wordplay that will keep even preschoolers deeply engaged.

Michaël Escoffier discovered his passion for telling stories as a...READ MORE

Presents Through the Window
Presents Through the Window: A Taro Gomi Christmas Book
by Taro Gomi
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly

Pink suit. Moustache. Helicopter. This may not be your ordinary Santa, but it's still a daunting Christmas Eve challenge! There are so many presents to deliver, and so little time. It's a good thing Santa has a plan. He'll just peek into every window and toss in a gift. Done!...READ MORE

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I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
by Debbie Levy
illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Booklist

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable!

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent a lifetime disagreeing: disagreeing with inequality, arguing against unfair treatment, and standing up for what’s...READ MORE

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Little Mouse's Big Book of Beasts
by Emily Gravett
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews:  Star ImagePublishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

Little Mouse introduces you to some of the scariest creatures in the animal kingdom—and shows you how to face your fears—in this adorable follow-up to Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears.

Lions, and sharks, and bears! Oh, my!

Little Mouse does not like loud lions or sharp-tempered sharks. And bears are...READ MORE

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Christmas in the Barn
by Margaret Wise Brown
illustrated by Anna Dewdney
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

From the bestselling author of classics like Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes a Christmas story sure to delight generations of new readers. In this reissued edition by Margaret Wise Brown, Christmas in the Barn tells a childlike interpretation of the Nativity story with new full-color illustrations from New York Times bestselling illustrator Anna Dewdney, creator of...READ MORE

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Otis and The Kittens
by Loren Long
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

The #1 bestselling creator of Otis and Little Tree presents an homage to firefighters everywhere—and to the many boys and girls who dream big of being heroes!

On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, it hasn't rained in a long time and farmers all over the valley have grown anxious with water in such...READ MORE

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Creation
by Cynthia Rylant
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

In the spirit of her acclaimed Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates of the King James Bible creation story in a simple yet powerful folk art style.

Cynthia Rylant takes the familiar text of the creation story, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in...READ MORE

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Yellow Time
by Lauren Stringer
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

Lauren Stringer celebrates the coming of autumn in this exuberant, joyful ode to that magical time when the leaves are changing color and the animals are preparing for winter.

Children and animals alike excitedly anticipate yellow time, when the trees release their colorful leaves to blanket the earth, crows...READ MORE

Dining With Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching
by Hannah Bonner
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 20, 2016
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Sure you know T-Rex was the meat-eating king and brontosaurus munched on leaves, but what else was on the dino dining menu during the Mesozoic era? 

Meet the 'vores: carnivores, piscivores, herbivores, insectivores, "trashivores," "sunivores," and omnivores like us. 

Readers will be surprised and inspired to learn about dino diets and they'll get to explore how scientists can tell which dinosaurs...READ MORE

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Giant Squid
by Candace Fleming
illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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The giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures in the world. As large as whales, they hide beyond reach deep within the sea, forcing scientists to piece together their story from those clues they leave behind.

An injured whale's ring-shaped scars indicate an encounter with a giant squid....READ MORE

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Rescue Squad No. 9
by Mike Austin
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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In this companion book to Fire Engine No. 9, Rescue Squad No. 9 must spring into action when a young sailor and her dog are stranded during a storm! 
 
Follow the crew as they scramble aboard their helicopter and speedboat, racing to the rescue through the waves and winds. The high...READ MORE

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The Nutcracker
by Niroot Puttapipat
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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An exquisite gift edition of The Nutcracker captures the spirit of the Christmas ballet in elegant illustrations—and delivers a glorious pop-up finale.

The Nutcracker is one of the world’s most popular ballets, telling the captivating story of Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey into a land of fantasy. Inspired by Marius...READ MORE

Little Bot and Sparrow
Little Bot and Sparrow
by Jake Parker
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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A story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream . . .

When Little Bot is thrown out with the garbage, he finds himself in a strange new world. Fortunately, Sparrow is there to take him under her wing. Together, they explore the forest, share adventures,...READ MORE

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Penguin Problems
by Jory John
illustrated by Lane Smith
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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A penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like—and it isn’t all fun and games. A hilarious first collaboration from Jory John (All my friends are dead. and Quit Calling Me a Monster!) and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales).
 
...READ MORE

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Samson in the Snow
by Philip C. Stead
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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One sunny day Samson, a large and friendly woolly mammoth, encounters a little red bird who is looking for yellow flowers for her mouse friend (whose favorite color is yellow). As she flies off with the flowers, Samson wonders what it must be like to have a friend. He wonders...READ MORE

Christmas for Greta and Gracie
Christmas for Greta and Gracie
by Yasmeen Ismail
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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Greta and Gracie are sisters. Greta is chatty while Gracie is quiet. It’s all fine until, one day, everything changes. It’s almost Christmas, and the sisters decorate the tree, shop for presents, and go ice-skating on the pond. Greta, of course, always knows best. Then on Christmas Eve, while Greta is sleeping,...READ MORE

Shy
by Deborah Freedman
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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A dazzlingly beautiful new book about shyness from the author of Blue ChickenThe Story of Fish and Snail, and By Mouse and Frog!

Shy loves birds. He'd love to watch them fly and hear them sing, but he's only ever read about them in books. . .until a real bird comes...READ MORE

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Pug Meets Pig
by Sue Lowell Gallion
illustrated by Joyce Wan
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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An unlikely pair—a pug and a pig!—realize that it’s better to be together.

Pug is a very happy pup. He has his own yard, his own bowl, and even his own cozy bed! That is, until Pig moves in and starts eating from Pug’s bowl, interrupting Pug’s routine, and,...READ MORE

Monday is Wash Day
Monday Is Wash Day
by MaryAnn Sundby
illustrated by Tessa Blackham
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: September 27, 2016
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In this timeless story from a time not so long ago, Annie and her sister help Mama with washing the clothes on Monday morning. From gathering and sorting the clothes, to washing and hanging them outside to dry, to folding and putting them away, the family works together to get the job done....READ MORE

Life According to Dani
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Rose Lagercrantz
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: September 1, 2016
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It's Dani's first summer break -- her best one ever! Dani is staying on an island with Ella, her best friend in the world. They play all day long. They build huts, fish, and spy on wild animals. They go swimming five, six, seven times a day. But one day...READ MORE

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Chirri & Chirra
by Kaya Doi
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: September 6, 2016
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The first book in a completely charming series by a well-known Japanese author and illustrator, Chirri & Chirra introduces two girl characters who go on wonderful adventures together through the natural world. Vibrant, lively, and astonishingly sweet in a pure, unsentimental way, these pages present us with  relatable children, small animals, lots...READ MORE

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Benny and Penny in How To Say Goodbye: TOON Level 2
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 1
by Geoffrey Hayes
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: September 13, 2016
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Why won't Benny help? Penny found a dead salamander, but her brother Benny is refusing to help her bury it. Is it silly to hold a service for Little Sallie, or could this tiny salamander mean something more to the siblings? Geisel Award–winner Geoffrey Hayes shares this gentle tale of...READ MORE

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Ape & Armadillo Take Over The World: TOON Level 3 (Toon Books)
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 2
by James Sturm
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: September 13, 2016
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Armadillo is trying to come up with a plan for global domination...but with every new idea, being a bad guy seems a little less fun—especially if ruling the world means losing your best friend. Readers will delight in star cartoonist James Sturm's tender and just depiction of a friendship in...READ MORE

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Book Uncle and Me
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Uma Krishnaswami
illustrated by Julianna Swaney
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: September 13, 2016
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Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something....READ MORE

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Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing!
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 1
by Mo Willems
illustrated by Laurie Keller
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: September 20, 2016
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Awards: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est. But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest. He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!READ MORE

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Juana and Lucas
Approximate Reading Level: Grade 3
by Juana Medina
Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: September 27, 2016
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Awards: Pura Belpre Award

Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl who stars in this playful, abundantly illustrated new series.



Juana loves many things — drawing, eating Brussels sprouts, living in Bogotá, Colombia, and especially her dog, Lucas, the best amigo ever. She does not love...READ MORE

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Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary
by Oxford Dictionaries
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 1, 2016
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This is not an ordinary dictionary. After all, you wouldn't expect an 'Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary' to be ordinary, would you? Lots of dictionaries tell you what an 'alligator' is, or how to spell 'balloon' but they won't explain the difference between a 'ringbeller' and a 'trogglehumper', or say why...READ MORE

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Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song
by Cynthia Grady
illustrated by Michele Wood
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

Enslaved African Americans longed for freedom, and that longing took many forms including music. Drawing on biblical imagery, slave songs both expressed the sorrow of life in bondage and offered a rallying cry for the spirit. 

Like a Bird brings together text, music, and illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator...READ MORE

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Go South to Freedom
by Frye Gaillard
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 1, 2016
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More than twenty years ago, Robert Croshon, an elderly friend of Frye Gaillard’s, told him the story of Croshon’s ancestor, Gilbert Fields, an African-born slave in Georgia who led his family on a daring flight to freedom. According to the story, Fields and his family ran away one stormy night,...READ MORE

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Three-Dimensional Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Artist-Inspired Projects in Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, and More
by Maja Pitamic
illustrated by Jill Laidlaw
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 1, 2016
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Three-dimensional art is bold, tactile, and fun—in other words, perfect for children who love to get their hands dirty.

Three-Dimensional Art Adventures introduces young artists, ages 6 and up, to groundbreaking masterpieces and fresh techniques, then lets them loose. Children will:
            - Weave a...READ MORE

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Ugly
by Robert Hoge
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 6, 2016
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“We all have scars only we can own.”
 
When Robert Hoge was born, he had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his face and short, twisted legs. Surgeons removed the tumor and made him a new nose from one of his toes.  Amazingly,...READ MORE

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Mark of the Plague (Blackthorn Key Book 2)
by Kevin Sands
Audience: Grades 4 to 6,
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 6, 2016
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Christopher Rowe is back and there are more puzzles, riddles, and secrets to uncover in this follow-up to the Indie Next pick The Blackthorn Key, which was called a “spectacular debut” by Kirkus Reviews in a starred review.

The Black Death has returned to London, spreading disease and fear through town. A mysterious...READ MORE

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One Half from the East
by Nadia Hashimi
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 6, 2016
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Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia, Thanhha Lai, and Rebecca Stead, internationally bestselling author Nadia Hashimi’s first novel for young readers is a coming-of-age journey set in modern-day Afghanistan that explores life as a bacha posh—a preteen girl dressed as a boy.

Obayda’s family is in need of some good fortune,...READ MORE

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Life of Zarf: Troll Overboard (Life of Zarf Book 3)
by Rob Harrell
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 6, 2016
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Land of Stories meets Dork Diaries in the third book of the hilarious fractured fairy tale series about an unpopular troll and his underdog pals

As a troll, Zarf is already at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to popularity at Cotswin Middle School. So when his Gramps shows...READ MORE

Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home
by Claire Eamer
illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

Wherever you go, tiny hitchhikers tag along for the ride, this intriguing illustrated nonfiction book begins. The hitchhikers are actually microbes --- tiny living things so small that you need a microscope to see them. And every person carries around trillions and trillions of these critters. Six of the most common critters that...READ MORE

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Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure
by Ann M. Martin,
by Annie Parnell
illustrated by Ben Hatke
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 6, 2016
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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle has gone away unexpectedly and left her niece, Missy Piggle-Wiggle, in charge of the Upside-Down House and the beloved animals who live there: Lester the pig, Wag the dog, and Penelope the parrot, among others. Families in town soon realize that like her great-aunt, Missy Piggle-Wiggle has inventive...READ MORE

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Howard Wallace, P.I.
by Casey Lyall
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“…Lyall’s debut is a winner.” —Publishers Weekly

“What’s with the get-up? Is that the company uniform or something?”
“This? All P.I.s wear a trench coat.”
“Dude, that’s a brown bathrobe.”
I shrugged and straightened out my sleeves. “First rule of private investigation, Ivy: work with what you’ve got.”

Twelve-year-old Howard...READ MORE

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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
by Ashley Bryan
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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Awards: Newbery Honor,
Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.



Imagine being looked up...READ MORE

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Ghosts
by Raina Telgemeier
Audience: Grades 4 to 6,
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 13, 2016
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Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea....READ MORE

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The Poet's Dog
by Patricia MacLachlan
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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From Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan comes a poignant story about two children, a poet, and a dog and how they help one another survive loss and recapture love.

Teddy is a gifted dog. Raised in a cabin by a poet named Sylvan, he grew up listening to sonnets read...READ MORE

Two Naomis
Two Naomis
by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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A realistic contemporary story of two girls, both named Naomi, whose divorced parents begin to date—perfect for fans of Lisa Graff, Sara Pennypacker, and Rita Williams-Garcia.

Other than their first names, Naomi Marie and Naomi Edith are sure they have nothing in common, and they wouldn’t mind keeping it that...READ MORE

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Catching a Storyfish
by Janice N. Harrington
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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Keet knows the only good thing about moving away from her Alabama home is that she’ll live near her beloved grandfather. When Keet starts school, it’s even worse than she expected, as the kids tease her about her southern accent. Now Keet, who can “talk the whiskers off a catfish,”...READ MORE

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The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
by Drew Weing
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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Charles just moved to Echo City, and some of his new neighbors give him the creeps. They sneak into his room, steal his toys, and occasionally, they try to eat him.

The place is teeming with monsters!

Lucky for Charles, Echo City has Margo Maloo, monster mediator. No matter who’s...READ MORE

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The Courage Test
by James Preller
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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Will has no choice. His father drags him along on a wilderness adventure in the footsteps of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark--whether he likes it or not. All the while, Will senses that something about this trip isn't quite right.

Along the journey, Will meets fascinating strangers and experiences new...READ MORE

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The Heartless Troll
by Øyvind Torseter
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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A fun twist on an old fairytale called "The Troll with No Heart," The Heartless Troll is about a troll who's hidden his heart and the seventh son of a king who goes in search of his six brothers. The young man's journey brings him to a mountain, a captive princess, and a...READ MORE

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The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart (Pram Book 2)
by Lauren DeStefano
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren DeStefano comes a gorgeous tale of friendship found and fought for against a haunting danger. It's just right for fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak.

Lionel is a wild boy, who doesn't much like to be around other people. He'd rather be a purring cat...READ MORE

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The Mighty Odds (The Odds Book 1)
by Amy Ignatow
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

From the renowned author/illustrator of the Popularity Papers seriesAmy Ignatow, comes the first installment in a new series about a diverse crew of middle school kids who develop very limited superhero powers after a strange accident and manage to become unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime.
 
When...READ MORE

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Are You an Echo?: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko
by Misuzu Kaneko
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 13, 2016
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In early-1900s Japan, Misuzu Kaneko grows from precocious bookworm to instantly-beloved children’s poet. But her life ends prematurely, and Misuzu’s work is forgotten. Decades later her poems are rediscovered—just in time to touch a new generation devastated by the tsunami of 2011. This picture book features Misuzu’s life story plus...READ MORE

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The Best Man
by Richard Peck
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 20, 2016
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Newbery Medalist Richard Peck tells a story of small-town life, gay marriage, and everyday heroes in this novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Jack Gantos

Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of...READ MORE

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Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science
by Jeannine Atkins
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 20, 2016
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A gorgeously written novel in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists.

Maria Merian was sure that caterpillars were not wicked things born from mud, as most people of her time believed. Through careful observation she discovered the truth about...READ MORE

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The School the Aztec Eagles Built
by Dorinda Makanaonalani Nicholson
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 23, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

In May 1942, German U-boats torpedoed two unarmed Mexican oil tankers off the Gulf Coast, forcing Mexico to enter World War II. With the help of United States President Roosevelt, Mexican President Camacho arranged to send one Air Force squadron to fight in the war. Thirty-eight of Mexico s top...READ MORE

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Unbound: A Novel in Verse
by Ann E. Burg
Audience: Grades 4 to 6,
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 27, 2016
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The day Grace is called from the slave cabins to work in the Big House, Mama makes her promise to keep her eyes down. Uncle Jim warns her to keep her thoughts tucked private in her mind or they could bring a whole lot of trouble and pain.

But...READ MORE

Baggywrinkles: A Lubber's Guide to Life at Sea
by Lucy Bellwood
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 27, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

Welcome to the world of Baggywrinkles―a rollicking, educational survey of maritime lore, built around cartoonist Lucy Bellwood's time aboard tall ships. From the scourge of scurvy to the exhilaration of climbing the rigging for the first time, Lucy's comics bring the reader into a world of high seas history and...READ MORE

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A Riddle in Ruby: The Changer's Key
by Kent Davis
Audience: Grades 4 to 6
Published: September 27, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews  

The Riddle in Ruby trilogy takes readers on a rip-roaring adventure through an alternate version of colonial America, where magic and science meet, and where one young thief carries a secret everyone wants. In this second volume, Ruby Teach has become the enemy’s prisoner. She bargained with her freedom to...READ MORE

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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom
by Booki Vivat
Audience: Grades 4 to 6,
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 27, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Meet Abbie Wu. Abbie is in crisis—and not just because she’s starting middle school or because she’s stuck in a family that doesn’t quite get her or because everyone seems to have a Thing except her. Abbie Wu is always in crisis.

From debut author and professional doodler Booki Vivat, Frazzled dives right into...READ MORE

Cloud and Wallfish
Cloud and Wallfish
by Anne Nesbet
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 2, 2016
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Slip behind the Iron Curtain into a world of smoke, secrets, and lies in this stunning novel where someone is always listening and nothing is as it seems.

Noah Keller has a pretty normal life, until one wild afternoon when his parents pick him up from school and head straight...READ MORE

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Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry
by Susan Vaught
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 6, 2016
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“A provocative, sensitive, and oh-so-timely read.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Ambitious, thought-provoking, and very readable.” —Booklist (starred review)

A mysterious note takes Dani Beans into the secrets of Ole Miss and its dark past in this compelling new middle grade novel from the author of Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy.

“Sooner or later,...READ MORE

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Mighty Jack
by Ben Hatke
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 6, 2016
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Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring, too, because...READ MORE

The Distance Between Us
The Distance Between Us: Young Readers Edition
by Reyna Grande
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Booklist

Award-winning author Reyna Grande shares her compelling experience of crossing borders and cultures in this middle grade adaptation of her “compelling…unvarnished, resonant” (BookPage) memoir, The Distance Between Us.

When her parents make the dangerous and illegal trek across the Mexican border in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings...READ MORE

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How to Build a Museum: Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
by Tonya Bolden
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is truly groundbreaking! 

The first national museum whose mission is to illuminate for all people, the rich, diverse, complicated, and important experiences and contributions of African Americans in America is opening.
And the history of NMAAHC--the last museum to be...READ MORE

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Legends' Lair: Where History is Made
by Joe O'Brien
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 12, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

A chapter book about a young Irish soccer player and his family. Charlie Stubbs has one passion in life - playing soccer. At twelve, Charlie's in top form and a scout from Manchester United has been keeping a close eye on him! With his beloved grandfather coming to visit, everything...READ MORE

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Snow White: A Graphic Novel
by Matt Phelan
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 13, 2016
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Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar...READ MORE

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Beautiful Blue World
by Suzanne LaFleur
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 13, 2016
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Beautiful Blue World is a thrilling and moving story of children who become the key to winning a war.

Sofarende is at war. For twelve-year-old Mathilde, it means food shortages, feuding neighbors, and bombings. Even so, as long as she and her best friend, Megs, are together, they’ll be all...READ MORE

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Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights
by Rich Wallace,
by Sandra Neil Wallace
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 13, 2016
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Jonathan Daniels, a white seminary student from New Hampshire, traveled to Selma, Alabama, in 1965 to help with voter registration of black residents. After the voting rights marches, he remained in Alabama, in the area known as “Bloody Lowndes,” an extremely dangerous area for white freedom fighters, to assist civil...READ MORE

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Fight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to School
by Laura Scandiffio
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal  

In many countries around the world, universal access to education is a seemingly unattainable dream; however, determined individuals with vision and drive have made this dream come true for many. This book highlights people such as Okello, a former child soldier in Uganda, who founded a school for children like...READ MORE

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Rise of the Lioness: Restoring a Habitat and its Pride on the Liuwa Plains
by Bradley Hague
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 13, 2016
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Poaching and war damaged an isolated wilderness in West Zambia, reducing its lion population to just one: Lady, the last lioness. Witness Lady's fight for survival in this evocative narrative on the decline, fall, and rebirth of the Liuwa Plains. Follow Lady as she grapples with a landscape altered by...READ MORE

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The Evil Wizard Smallbone
by Delia Sherman
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 13, 2016
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In a hilarious tale reminiscent of T. H. White, a lost boy finds himself an unlikely apprentice to the very old, vaguely evil, mostly just grumpy Wizard Smallbone.

When twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his uncle’s in the middle of a blizzard, he stumbles onto a very opinionated bookstore. He...READ MORE

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The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. Book Four)
by Jonathan Stroud
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 13, 2016
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After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes,...READ MORE

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Presenting Buffalo Bill: The Man Who Invented the Wild West
by Candace Fleming
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 20, 2016
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Everyone knows the name Buffalo Bill, but few these days know what he did or, in some cases, didn't do. Was he a Pony Express rider? Did he serve Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn? Did he scalp countless Native Americans, or did he defend their rights?

This,...READ MORE

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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
illustrated by Hatem Aly
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 27, 2016
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Awards: Newbery Honor

An exciting and hilarious new medieval adventure about history, religion . . . and farting dragons, from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm.

 

1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of...READ MORE

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The Secret Keepers
by Trenton Lee Stewart
illustrated by Diana Sudyka
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 27, 2016
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A heart-pounding mystery adventure laced with magic and humor by the author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Mysterious Benedict Society

 

A magical watch

A string of secrets

A race against time

 

When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and...READ MORE

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Fishbone's Song
by Gary Paulsen
Audience: Tweens
Published: September 27, 2016
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An orphan reflects on the lessons he was taught by the wise old man who raised him in this lyrical novel that reads like poetry from three-time Newbery Honor–winning author Gary Paulsen.

Deep in the woods, in a rustic cabin, lives an old man and the boy he’s raised as...READ MORE

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LGBTQ+Athletes Claim the Field: Striving for Equality
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
illustrated by Alex Jackson Nelson
Audience: Teens
Published: September 1, 2016
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In 2015, the world watched as soccer star Abby Wambach kissed her wife after the US women's World Cup victory. Milwaukee Brewers' minor league first baseman David Denson came out as gay. And Caitlyn (born Bruce) Jenner, an Olympic decathlete, came out as transgender. 

It hasn't always been this way....READ MORE

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Wired Man and Other Freaks of Nature
by Sashi Kaufman
Audience: Teens
Published: September 1, 2016
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Ben Wireman is partially deaf and completely insecure. The only two things that make him feel normal are being a soccer goalie and hanging out with his best friend, Tyler Nuson. Tyler is the golden boy, worshiped by girls and guys alike, and he no longer seems interested in Ben....READ MORE

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Naked '76
by Kevin Brooks
Audience: Teens
Published: September 1, 2016
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London, 1976: A summer of creation, destruction, and blistering heat. Lili Garcia stands at the edge of London's growing punk scene, playing bass with one of city's wildest bands. The group's success has only strained things between Lili and Curtis Ray, her cool, rebellious boyfriend and bandmate. 
Lili soon meets...READ MORE

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Lucy and Linh
by Alice Pung
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
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Gilmore Girls meets Fresh Off the Boat in this witty novel about navigating life in private school while remaining true to yourself.
 
Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school,...READ MORE

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Girl Mans Up
by M-E Girard
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
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All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses like...READ MORE

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Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas Book 1)
by Zoraida Cordova
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal

"Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic." ―Danielle Paige, New York Timesbest-selling author of Dorothy Must Die

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell...READ MORE

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The Hawkweed Prophecy
by Irena Brignull
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
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Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn’t lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen: moving from school to school, causing chaos wherever she goes, never making friends or lasting connections. Ember is a young witch, struggling to find a place within her coven and prove her worth. Both are...READ MORE

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As I Descended
by Robin Talley
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
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From the acclaimed author of Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.

Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—but one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey....READ MORE

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The Graces
by Laure Eve
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
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When a glamorous family of teenage witches brings a mysterious new girl into their fold, they unwittingly nurture a powerful black magic that could destroy them all. This paranormal YA fantasy features intrigue, spells, and a devastating twist. In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want...READ MORE

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Looking Back: A Book of Memories
by Lois Lowry
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
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In this fascinating, moving autobiography, Lois Lowry explores her rich history through personal photographs, memories, and recollections of her childhood. Lowry’s writing often transports readers into other worlds. Now, we have the rare opportunity to travel into a real world that is her own—her life.  

     This new edition features...READ MORE

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Irreversible
by Chris Lynch
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
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The accused date rapist from the “finely crafted and thought-provoking” (School Library Journal) National Book Award Finalist, Inexcusable, must confront the kind of person he really is and come to terms with his past actions, in this stunning sequel from Printz Honor–winning author Chris Lynch.

Keir Sarafian insists he did...READ MORE

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And the Trees Crept In
by Dawn Kurtagich
Audience: Teens
Published: September 6, 2016
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A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich

 

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the...READ MORE

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The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold Book 1)
by Traci Chee
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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A stunning debut set in a world where reading is unheard-of, perfect for fans of Inkheart andShadow and Bone

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin...READ MORE

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The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero
by Patricia McCormick
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a page-turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler. Written by two-time National Book Award finalist Patricia...READ MORE

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The Last True Love Story
by Brendan Kiely
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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From the critically acclaimed author of The Gospel of Winter and the coauthor of All American Boyscomes a cool, contemplative spin on hot summer nights and the classic teen love story as two teens embark on a cross-country journey of the heart and soul.

The point of living is learning how to...READ MORE

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The Forgetting
by Sharon Cameron
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day...READ MORE

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Phantom Limbs
by Paula Garner
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief—or be swept away by it.

Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis’s little...READ MORE

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When They Fade
by Jeyn Roberts
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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In the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Neal Schusterman's Everlost, or Jessica Warman'sBetween, comes a haunting tale of two girls—one dead, one alive.

TATUM is the only person at school who knew the truth about the affair her best friend, Claudette, has been having with Mr. Paracini, their married teacher. And...READ MORE

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Into White
by Randi Pink
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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LaToya Williams lives in Montgomery, Alabama, and attends a mostly white high school. It seems as if her only friend is her older brother, Alex. Toya doesn’t know where she fits in, but after a run-in with another student, she wonders if life would be different if she were ....READ MORE

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Watched
by Marina Budhos
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance, something many Americans experience and most Muslim Americans know
 
Naeem is far from the “model teen.” Moving fast in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens is the only way he can outrun the eyes of his...READ MORE

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Radical
by E.M. Kokie
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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Determined to survive the crisis she’s sure is imminent, Bex is at a loss when her world collapses in the one way she hasn’t planned for.

Preppers. Survivalists. Bex prefers to think of herself as a realist who plans to survive, but regardless of labels, they’re all sure of...READ MORE

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Nickel
by Robert Wilder
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
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A STORY OF LOVE, LOSS AND LOYALTY. Being a teenager is hard enough without your mother in rehab and your slightly inept stepfather doing his best not to screw things up. But at least, Coy has Monroe. Coy is a quirky teenage boy and his best friend Monroe is a...READ MORE

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Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga
by Jennifer Croll
illustrated by Ada Buchholc
Audience: Teens
Published: September 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star ImageKirkus

The title says it all: Bad Girls of Fashion explores the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I,...READ MORE

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Shame the Stars
by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Audience: Teens
Published: September 15, 2016
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Eighteen-year-old Joaquin del Toro's future looks bright. With his older brother in the priesthood, he s set to inherit his family s Texas ranch. He s in love with Dulcena and she s in love with him. But it s 1915, and trouble has been brewing along the US-Mexico border....READ MORE

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars
by Hannah West
Audience: Teens
Published: September 15, 2016
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Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two - now three - after centuries of bloody conflict in...READ MORE

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The Female of the Species
by Mindy McGinnis
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
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Edgar Award–winning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and riveting contemporary YA novel that blends the unflinching honesty of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak with the relentless pacing and alternating perspectives of Gone Girl. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner.

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.

Three years ago,...READ MORE

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Vassa in the Night: A Novel
by Sarah Porter
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
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Vassa in the Night is an enchanting, modern retelling of the Russian folktale “Vassilissa the Beautiful” for young adults by the critically-acclaimed author, Sarah Porter. Leigh Bardugo, New York Timesbestselling author of the Grisha Trilogy, calls it, "A dark, thoroughly modern fairy tale crackling with wit and magical mayhem."

In the enchanted...READ MORE

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In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
by Kenneth C. Davis
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
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Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers―who fought for liberty and justice for all―were slave owners?

Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding...READ MORE

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Afterward: A Novel
by Jennifer Mathieu
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
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A tragic kidnapping leads to an unlikely friendship in this novel about finding light in the midst of darkness from the author of The Truth About Alice.

When eleven-year-old Dylan Anderson is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of fifteen-year-old Ethan Jorgensen, who had gone on a bike ride...READ MORE

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Kids of Appetite
by David Arnold
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
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"A gorgeous, insightful, big-hearted joy of a book. Kids of Appetite made me fall in love with the world a little bit more." —Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything 

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss. 

...READ MORE

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Three Dark Crowns
by Kendare Blake
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
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Fans of acclaimed author Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood will devour her latest novel, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. 

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to...READ MORE

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The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace Book 2)
by Erin Bow
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
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Treacherous twists await Greta as the stakes get even higher in this stunning follow-up to the “masterful” (School Library Journal, starred review) novel, The Scorpion Rules.

Greta Stuart has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has...READ MORE

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A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One)
by Jessica Cluess
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly  

"Vivid characters, terrifying monsters, and world building as deep and dark as the ocean."
--Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen

 
I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. 
Forced to...READ MORE

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The Odds of Lightning
by Jocelyn Davies
Audience: Teens
Published: September 20, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly

A bolt of lightning inspires an incredible journey in this charming, magical realism adventure that takes four teens on an all-night journey through the streets of New York City.

Extraordinary things happen when we least expect them.

Tiny, Lu, Will and Nathaniel used to be best friends. Then...READ MORE

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows Book 2)
by Leigh Bardugo
Audience: Teens
Published: September 27, 2016
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The highly anticipated sequel to the thrilling #1 New York Times-bestselling Six of Crows.

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly...READ MORE

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Falling Over Sideways
by Jordan Sonnenblick
Audience: Teens
Published: September 27, 2016
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It's not easy being Claire. (Really.)

Claire's life is a joke . . . but she's not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she's dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there's a boy, Ryder,...READ MORE

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A Taste for Monsters
by Matthew J. Kirby
Audience: Teens
Published: September 27, 2016
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London 1888, and Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the people of the city. Evelyn, a young woman disfigured by her dangerous work in a matchstick factory with nowhere to go, does not know what to make of her new position as a maid to the Elephant Man in London Hospital....READ MORE

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Sacrifice (Serpentine Book 2)
by Cindy Pon
Audience: Teens
Published: September 27, 2016
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Skybright is plunged into the terrifying Underworld where demons are bred, while Stone, stripped of his immortal status, must find a way to close hell's breach before more mortals die. Meanwhile, Zhen Ni, Skybright's former mistress and friend, is now wed to the strange and brutish Master Hou, and she...READ MORE

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Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box
by Leonard S. Marcus
Audience: Teens
Published: September 27, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal  

A must-have collection for comics fans and creators everywhere, packed with interviews and original comics by today’s foremost graphic novelists.

Respected anthologist Leonard S. Marcus turns his literary microscope to the world of comics, which has lately morphed and matured at a furious pace. Powerful influences from manga to...READ MORE

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The Island
by Olivia Levez
Audience: Teens
Published: September 27, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly  

"Echoing O’Dell’s Island of the Blue Dolphins, Levez’s story will keep readers riveted as determined, hard-edged Frances fights to survive."
 Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


"A page-turner."
—School Library Journall 


As part of an “Outward Bound” style treatment for young people who’ve committed crimes, Frances finds herself on a plane...READ MORE

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