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



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

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Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
by Marc Aronson, by Marina Budhos
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” –Robert Capa

Robert Capa and Gerda Taro were young Jewish refugees, idealistic and in love. As photographers in the 1930s, they set off to capture their generation's most...Read more

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



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

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A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human
by Kay Frydenborg
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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We know dogs are our best animal friends, but have you ever thought about what that might mean? 

 Fossils show we’ve shared our work and homes with dogs for tens of thousands of years. Now there’s growing evidence that we influenced dogs’...Read more

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Max
by Sarah Cohen-Scali, by Penny Hueston (Translator)
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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Nazi Germany. 1936.

In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, literally counting the minutes until he is born and...Read more

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The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming
by J. Anderson Coats
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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High-spirited young Jane is excited to be part of Mr. Mercer’s plan to bring Civil War widows and orphans to Washington Territory—but life out west isn’t at all what she expected.



Washington Territory is just the place for...Read more

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The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl from Everywhere Book 2)
by Heidi Heilig
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere.

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the...Read more

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Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Some bodies won't stay buried.
Some stories need to be told.
 

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder...Read more

When Morning Comes
by Arushi Raina
This book is for: Teens
Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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Zanele is skipping school and secretly plotting against the apartheid government. The police can't know. Her mother and sister can't know.

Her best friend Thabo, schoolboy turned gang member, can tell she's up to something. But he has...Read more

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Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd
by Mary Losure
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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A surprising true story of Isaac Newton’s boyhood suggests an intellectual development owing as much to magic as science.



Before Isaac Newton became the father of physics, an accomplished mathematician, or...Read more

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