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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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Overturned
by Lamar Giles
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he's maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She'...Read more

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Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics
by Margarita Engle
illustrated by Rafael López
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot―the Latinos featured in this collection come from many different countries and from many different backgrounds. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to a collective history and a...Read more

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The White Road of the Moon
by Rachel Neumeier
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Leigh Bardugo meets The Sixth Sense in this story of one girl’s perilous journey to restore a lost order. 

 

Imagine you live with your aunt, who hates you so much she’s going to...Read more

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Nightlights
by Lorena Alvarez
This book is for: Kindergarten to Grade 3 -- Early Readers, This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION



Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy's bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings...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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Hello, Universe
by Erin Entrada Kelly
illustrated by Isabel Roxas
This book is for: Grades 4 to 6
Published: Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates...Read more

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Forever, or a Long, Long Time
by Caela Carter
This book is for: Tweens
Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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From rising new talent Caela Carter, author of My Life with the Liars, comes an achingly beautiful and endearing story about two foster children who want desperately to believe that they’ve found their forever home. Perfect for fans of...Read more

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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“Friendships, family, grief, joy, rage, faith, doubt, poetry, and love—this complex and sensitive book has room for every aspect of growing up!”—Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor–Winning author of The Surrender Tree 

   Sal used to...Read more

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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
This book is for: Teens
Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major...Read more

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