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Optimists Die First
by Susin Nielsen
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Beware: Life ahead. 

 

Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger in all the ordinary...Read more

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Grand Canyon
by Jason Chin
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
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Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.

Home to an astonishing variety of...Read more

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American Street
by Ibi Zoboi
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, EverythingBone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi...Read more

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A Perfect Day
by Lane Smith
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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Today is a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel.

Cat is lounging among the daffodils. Dog is sitting in the wading pool, deep in the cool water. Chickadee is eating fresh seed from the birdfeeder. Squirrel is munching on his...Read more

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We Are Okay
by Nina LaCour
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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From the award-winning author of Hold Still comes an achingly beautiful novel about grief and the enduring power of friendship.



★ "Exquisite." – Kirkus, starred review...Read more

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Piecing Me Together
by Renée Watson
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and...Read more

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The Secret Project
by Jonah Winter
illustrated by Jeanette Winter
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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Mother-son team Jonah and Jeanette Winter bring to life one of the most secretive scientific projects in history—the creation of the atomic bomb—in this powerful and moving picture book.



At a former boy’s school in the...Read more

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Me and Marvin Gardens
by A.S. King
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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Obe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out...Read more

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Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth
by Molly Bang
illustrated by Penny Chisholm
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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In this brightly illustrated narrative, readers will learn about the constant movement of water as it flows around the Earth and the sun's important role as water changes between liquid, vapor, and ice. From sea to sky, the sun both heats and...Read more

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City of Saints & Thieves
by Natalie C. Anderson
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya.

 

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the...Read more

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