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Benny and Penny in How To Say Goodbye: TOON Level 2
by Geoffrey Hayes
This book is for: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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Why won't Benny help? Penny found a dead salamander, but her brother Benny is refusing to help her bury it. Is it silly to hold a service for Little Sallie, or could this tiny salamander mean something more to the siblings? Geisel Award–winner...Read more

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Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug
by Evan Kuhlman
illustrated by Chuck Groenink
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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Perfect for reading aloud, this spare, charming picture book about a day in the life of a pill bug in suburbia is also about an unusual friendship. 

Hank is a pill bug with a busy life—for a pill bug, that is. His daily routine...Read more

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The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold Book 1)
by Traci Chee
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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A stunning debut set in a world where reading is unheard-of, perfect for fans of Inkheart andShadow and Bone

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the...Read more

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Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille
by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Boris Kulikov
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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An inspiring picture-book biography of Louis Braille—a blind boy so determined to read that he invented his own alphabet.

 

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy...Read more

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Lucy and Linh
by Alice Pung
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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Gilmore Girls meets Fresh Off the Boat in this witty novel about navigating life in private school while remaining true to yourself.
 
Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and...Read more

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A Child of Books
by Oliver Jeffers
illustrated by Sam Winston
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers and fine artist Sam Winston deliver a lyrical picture book inspiring readers of all ages to create, to question, to explore, and to imagine.

A little...Read more

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Girl Mans Up
by M-E Girard
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she’s always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she’s trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she’s not. If she dresses...Read more

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Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon
by Torben Kuhlmann
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Thursday, September 1, 2016
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A long time ago a mouse learned to fly . . . and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next? 

Torben Kuhlmann's stunning new book transports readers to the moon and beyond! 

On the heels of Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying...Read more

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Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man Book 1)
by Dav Pilkey
This book is for: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it's Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!

George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls...Read more

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Full of Beans
by Jennifer L. Holm
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Newbery Honor Book Turtle in Paradise is beloved by readers, and now they can return to this wonderful world through the eyes of Turtle’s cousin Beans.

 

Grown-ups lie. That’s one...Read more

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