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Garvey's Choice
by Nikki Grimes
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Garvey’s father has always wanted Garvey to be athletic, but Garvey is interested in astronomy, science fiction, reading—anything but sports. Feeling like a failure, he comforts himself with food. Garvey is kind, funny, smart, a loyal friend, and...Read more

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The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes
by Duncan Tonatiuh
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh reimagines one of Mexico’s cherished legends. Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in...Read more

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When the Moon was Ours: A Novel
by Anna-Marie McLemore
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel The Weight of Feathers was greeted with rave reviews, a YALSA Morris Award nomination, and spots on multiple “Best YA Novels” lists. Now, McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel,...Read more

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Giant Squid
by Candace Fleming
illustrated by Eric Rohmann
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, 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...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
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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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...Read more

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Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows Book 2)
by Leigh Bardugo
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, 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...Read more

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Falling Over Sideways
by Jordan Sonnenblick
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, 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...Read more

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The Best Man
by Richard Peck
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, 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...Read more

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The Female of the Species
by Mindy McGinnis
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, 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...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
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, 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...Read more

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