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Strange the Dreamer
by Laini Taylor
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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A breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor

 

Strange the Dreamer is the story of:

 

the aftermath of a war between...Read more

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



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

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

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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“Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love—this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!”—Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor–Winning author of The Surrender Tree 

   Sal used to...Read more

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This House, Once
by Deborah Freedman
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.



Before there was this...Read more

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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major...Read more

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Life on Mars
by Jon Agee
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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In this sneaky, silly picture book for fans of Oliver Jeffers and Jon Klassen, an intrepid—but not so clever—space explorer is certain he’s found the only living thing on Mars

 

A young astronaut is...Read more

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Little Fox in the Forest
by Stephanie Graegin
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Fans of Aaron Becker’s Caldecott Honor winner Journey will love this utterly enchanting wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.
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Antoinette
by Kelly DiPucchio
illustrated by Christian Robinson
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Antoinette—a very special poodle—learns to follow her heart and be herself in this charming companion to Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson’s beloved Gaston.



Antoinette’s three burly brothers each have a...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

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