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

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We Found a Hat
by Jon Klassen
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them...Read more

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Ashes (Seeds of America Book 3)
by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which The New York Timescalled “a return not...Read more

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

But Flynn has a secret of...Read more

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Before Morning
by Joyce Sidman
illustrated by Beth Krommes
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a small child wishes for a different sort of day in this striking picture book. When clouds gather and heavy flakes begin to fall, her invocation comes true. As a too-busy world falls silent, a...Read more

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Henry & Leo
by Pamela Zagarenski
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Leo isn’t just a stuffed toy, he is Henry’s best friend and brother. He is as real as a tree, a cloud, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the wind. But when the two are accidentally separated, no one in Henry’s family believes Leo is real enough...Read more

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Teacup
by Rebecca Young
illustrated by Matt Ottley
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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A stunning picture book that addresses life’s big journeys with hope, beauty, and reassurance
 
A boy must leave his home and find another. He brings with him a teacup full of earth from the place...Read more

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Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
by Ben Clanton
This book is for: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
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When the Sea Turned to Silver
by Grace Lin
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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A breathtaking, full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore, a companion to the Newbery Honor winner Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

 

Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the...Read more

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Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
by Melissa Sweet
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters,...Read more

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