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The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune, and Fate
by David Elliott
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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High adventure from a master storyteller about one boy’s attempt to fend for himself among cruel orphan masters, corrupt magistrates, and conniving thieves.



In the seaside town of Melcombe Regis, England,...Read more

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Gem & Dixie
by Sara Zarr
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
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“A story that broke my heart and put it back together again. You won’t want to let Gem and Dixie go.” —Sarah Dessen, New York Times bestselling author of Saint Anything

From renowned author and National...Read more

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Rain
by Sam Usher
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Sam and Granddad brave the rain and floods and have the best adventure ever!



Sam wants to go out, but it's pouring rain, so Granddad says they need to stay inside until the rain stops. Sam drinks hot...Read more

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The Lotterys Plus One
by Emma Donoghue
illustrated by Caroline Hadilaksono
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Sumac Lottery is nine years old and the self-proclaimed "good girl" of her (VERY) large, (EXTREMELY) unruly family. And what a family the Lotterys are: four parents, children both adopted and biological, and a menagerie of pets, all living and...Read more

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Just a Girl
by Carrie Mesrobian
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Taking a hard look at the societal constraints on teenage girls, Morris Award nominee Carrie Mesrobian tells one girl’s story with bracing honesty and refreshing authenticity.

By her senior year of high school, Rianne has exhausted all the...Read more

Mama's Kisses
Mama's Kisses
by Kate McMullan
illustrated by Tao Nyeu
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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From bestselling author Kate McMullan, a sweet rhyming bedtime story celebrating mothers’ love



It's bedtime in the jungle, but baby panda, elephant, orangutan, and leopard are nowhere to be found. Their...Read more

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In Darkling Wood
by Emma Carroll
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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For fans of The Secret GardenThe Indian in the CupboardTuck Everlasting, and The Giving Tree, In Darkling Wood is a spine-tingling novel with a forthright, modern heroine and more than a...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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Jairo Buitrago
by Rafael Yockteng
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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A deceptively simple, imaginative story depicting the complex emotional reality of a girl whose father no longer lives at home.



The girl conjures up an imaginary companion, a lion, who will come with her on the long walk...Read more

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Shake a Leg, Egg!
by Kurt Cyrus
This book is for: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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From celebrated author-illustrator Kurt Cyrus comes a playful and whimsical picture book that celebrates the excitement and anticipation of a soon-to-be-born baby.



It’s springtime, and the pond is bursting with new life....Read more

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Hi!  I'm Sarah.  I'm a former librarian and mother of two -- a teen daughter and a preschooler son.  We love to play outdoors... and read.  :)

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