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11 birthdays 11 birthdays / Wendy Mass
Friendship and middle school can be challenging enough but so can repeating the same day over and over again until the "enchantment" can be undone. Great story about working through problems together and having fun at the same time and celebrating the same 11th birthday 11 times over! (Amy 1/19)

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Baby Monkey, private eye Baby Monkey, private eye / Brian Selznick and David Serlin
Baby Monkey, private eye, will investigate stolen jewels, missing pizzas, and other mysteries--if he can manage to figure out how to put his pants on. (Jennifer 12/18)

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Be quiet! Be quiet! / written & illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Rupert the mouse wants to star in an artistic, wordless picturebook, but his animal friends cause problems by talking too much. Hilarious!

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Beach party surf monkey Beach party surf monkey / Chris Grabenstein ; illustrations by Brooke Allen
"P.T. and Gloria try to save the Wonderland again by getting a teen singing sensation to shoot a movie at the motel"-- (Jennifer 3/18)

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Bolivar Bolivar / Sean Rubin
A sweet engaging story about what happens when a dinosaur is hiding in middle of NYC and a little girl is the only one who sees him. This book showcases the best of what graphic novels can do by mixing compelling artwork with a wry storyline. (Erin 10/18)

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The Book of Boy The Book of Boy / Catherine Gilbert Murdock ; illustrations by Ian Schoenherr
In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter. (Ashley 4/19)

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Dear Primo Dear Primo / Duncan Tonatiuh

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.

From the Stories of Immigration booklist from the Association of Library Services to Children.

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Dolphin SOS Dolphin SOS / Roy Miki & Slavia Miki ; illustrations by Julie Flett

Provides a fictionalized account of how local children took it upon themselves to save three dolphins trapped in the ice in Newfoundland. Based on actual events and beautiful illustrations.

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Echo Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan ; decorations by Dinara Mirtalipova

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica. 

Jennifer (5/18)


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The Elephant thief The Elephant thief / Jane Kerr
When young pickpocket Danny accidentally buys an elephant at an auction, he finds himself swept up on an unforgettable adventure. Offered a job by a zookeeper, all he has to do is ride Maharajah from Edinburgh to Manchester in one week. Everyone in the country is watching, even the Queen, but the journey soon proves to be filled with drama and danger. A rival zookeeper will stop at nothing to make sure they fail, and soon Danny's shady connections from his past threaten to overturn the mission... Can Danny win the trust and friendship of the elephant and guide him home? Can the two of them stick together through the odds and win the day? (Erin S. 11/18)

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First day in grapes First day in grapes / L. King Pérez ; illustrated by Robert Casilla

When Chico starts the third grade after his migrant worker family moves to begin harvesting California grapes, he finds that self confidence and math skills help him cope with the first day of school.

From the Stories of Immigration booklist from the Association of Library Services to Children.

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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The First strawberries The First strawberries / retold by Joseph Bruchac ; pictures by Anna Vojtech
A quarrel between the first man and the first woman is reconciled when the Sun causes strawberries to grow out of the earth. (Amy 1/18)

Bookjacket for  Gittel's journey

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Gittel's journey Gittel's journey / Leslea Newman
A beautiful story loosely based on two important people in the author's life and their immigrant story. Illustrations are warm and invite empathy! (Amy 3/19)

Bookjacket for A Handful of stars

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A Handful of stars A Handful of stars / Cynthia Lord
Grades 3-5. Blueberries were known by the Wampanoag people as "star berries". Did you know there are 6 points on the top of a blueberry? Friendship abounds in this lovely story of change and understanding. (Amy 7/18)

Bookjacket for  Hello universe

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Hello universe Hello universe / Erin Entrada Kelly
2018 Newbery winner - Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him. (From publisher). (Amy 11/18)

Bookjacket for  How to build a hug

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How to build a hug How to build a hug / Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville ; illustrated by Giselle Potter
A great read for a first biography! This beautifully illustrated book invites the reader into the need for a good hug and inventive thought process that Temple went through as a child. Lovely. (Amy 11/18)

Bookjacket for  I am not a number

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I am not a number I am not a number / written by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer ; illustrated by Gillian Newland

"A picture book based on a true story about a young First Nations girl who was sent to a residential school. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite the efforts of the nuns to force her to do otherwise. Based on the life of Jenny Kay Dupuis' own grandmother, I Am Not a Number brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to"--

Recommended by Amy 1/18)


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Julián is a mermaid Julián is a mermaid / Jessica Love
Ages 4-8. Imagine yourself as a beautiful mermaid. Follow Julián and his Abuela as they dream of mermaids. (Amy 7/18)

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Marcus Vega doesn't speak Spanish Marcus Vega doesn't speak Spanish / Pablo Cartaya
After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mother takes him and his younger brother, who has Down syndrome, to Puerto Rico to visit relatives they do not remember or have never met, and while there Marcus starts searching for his father, who left their family ten years ago and is somewhere on the island. (Jennifer 11/18)

Bookjacket for  Me, Frida, and the secret of the peacock ring

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Me, Frida, and the secret of the peacock ring Me, Frida, and the secret of the peacock ring / Angela Cervantes
"Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: the siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo"--Amazon.com. (Jennifer 4/18)

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Merci Suarez Changes Gears Merci Suarez Changes Gears / Meg Medina
Merci Suárez begins the sixth grade and knows things will change, but she did not count on her grandfather acting strangely, not fitting in at her private school, and dealing with Edna Santos' jealousy. (Ashley 3/19)

Bookjacket for  Moldylocks and the three beards

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Moldylocks and the three beards Moldylocks and the three beards / Noah Z. Jones
Ages 8 and up. Fairytales go hilariously off course as Princess Pink meets wacky characters in the land of Fake-Believe. (from Publisher) (Amy 10/18)

Bookjacket for  Night job

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Night job Night job / Karen Hesse ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Soooo sweet! PreK-2nd grade - What is it like to work at night, while the rest of the city is asleep? Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse's quietly powerful story of a boy and his father is tenderly brought to life by G. Brian Karas in this luminous tribute to an enduring, everyday sort of love. (Amy 3/19)

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Orangutan tongs Orangutan tongs / Jon Agee
Have you ever gotten tripped up trying to say a silly succession of similar syllables? Try out these hilarious tongue twisters for lots of fun! (Amy 5/18)

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Rabbit's snow dance Rabbit's snow dance / as told by James and Joseph Bruchac ; pictures by Jeff Newman
A long-tailed rabbit who wants a nibble of the highest, tastiest leaves uses his special snow song in the summertime, despite the protests of the other animals. (Amy 1/18)

Bookjacket for  Replay

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Replay Replay / Sharon Creech
While preparing for a role in the school play, twelve-year-old Leo finds an autobiography that his father wrote as a teenager and ponders the ways people change as they grow up. Includes the text for the play, "Rumpopo's Porch."

Bookjacket for  Saving Winslow

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Saving Winslow Saving Winslow / Sharon Creech
"Louie doesn't have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures. So when his father brings home a sickly newborn mini donkey, he's determined to save him. He names him Winslow. Taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army. Everyone worries that Winslow won't survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. But as Louie's bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined."--Dust jacket. (Jennifer 3/19)

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Separate is never equal Separate is never equal / Duncan Tonatiuh

"Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California"--

From the Stories of Immigration booklist from the Association of Library Services to Children.

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


Bookjacket for  Short

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Short Short / Holly Goldberg Sloan
"Very short for her age, Julia grows into her sense of self while playing a munchkin in a summer regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz"-- (Jennifer 4/18)

Bookjacket for A Single shard

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A Single shard A Single shard / Linda Sue Park
Newbery award winner and an amazing story of courage, hope, compassion, humor and strength of character. An historical fiction based around the beautiful celadon pottery of Korea. Great for a classroom or family read together! (Amy 11/18)

Bookjacket for  Stage fright

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Stage fright Stage fright / Meg Cabot
Allie's theatrical hopes are crushed when, instead of being cast as the princess, she is given the role of the evil queen in the fourth-grade class play.

Bookjacket for  Summer birds

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Summer birds Summer birds / Margarita Engle ; pictures by Julie Paschkis
The story of a young girl living in the 17th century who took the time to observe the life cycle of butteflies--and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece. (Amy 3/19)

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The Tail of Emily Windsnap The Tail of Emily Windsnap / Liz Kessler ; illustrations by Sarah Gibb
A suggestion from a young customer and I so enjoyed this first in a series about a young girl (really a mermaid!) and her journey about the sea, with friendship, and a mystery surrounding her father. A fun ride on the waves! (Amy 11/18)

Bookjacket for  Thank you, Omu!

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Thank you, Omu! Thank you, Omu! / Oge Mora
2019 Caldecott Honor! When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit. Author-illustrator Oge Mora brings to life a heartwarming story of sharing and community in colorful cut-paper designs as luscious as Omu's stew, with an extra serving of love. (Amy 3/19)

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The three billy goats gruff The three billy goats gruff / Jerry Pinkney

Three billy goats must outwit the big, ugly troll that lives under the bridge they have to cross on their way up the mountain. Has a twist at the end!

Recommended by Amy (1/18)


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Tree of Dreams Tree of Dreams / Laura Resau

 "Prepare for a journey into a world filled with what so many crave -- the sweet savoring of a chocolate drop. A drop that can melt even the most troubled realities. But in this nuanced, heartrending story, before good can emerge, there is destruction, the bombarding of a people, their culture, heritage, sacred beliefs, and the very soul that drives their traditions. " -Amazon (Jennifer 3/19)


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Turtle's race with Beaver Turtle's race with Beaver / as told by Joseph Bruchac & James Bruchac ; pictures by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey
When Beaver challenges Turtle to a swimming race for ownership of the pond, Turtle outsmarts Beaver, and Beaver learns to share. (Amy 1/18)

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The Un-friendship bracelet The Un-friendship bracelet / Martha Maker ; illustrated by Xindi Yan
Ages 8 and up. Fun series with craft ideas at the end of each book. Creative and caring, this series touches on building confidence, taking risks, value of supportive friends, and ingenuity. Enjoy! (Amy 10/18)

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The Van Gogh deception The Van Gogh deception / Deron R. Hicks
"When a young boy is discovered in Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art without any recollection of who he is, he must piece together the disjointed clues of his origins while using his limited knowledge to stop one of the greatest art frauds ever attempted"-- (Jennifer 2/18)

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We don't eat our classmates! We don't eat our classmates! / Ryan T. Higgins
When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are. (Melissa 12/18)

Bookjacket for  What do they do with all that poo?

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What do they do with all that poo? What do they do with all that poo? / Jane Kurtz ; illustrated by Allison Black
Zoo poo shared through rhyme and scientific explanation. What do they do? It's more interesting then you might think! (Amy 7/18)

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What goes up What goes up / Wen Jane Baragrey

Grades 4 and up - super sweet book about friendship, super magnetic power, and dealing with fear and a creative and loving family. (Amy 1/19)


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Where the mountain meets the moon Where the mountain meets the moon / Grace Lin
Grades 4-8. A dragon with a giant pearl on his head, a talking goldfish, a girl on a journey to find the "Old Man of the Moon" and all kinds of fantastical stories makes this a wonderful and adventurous read. A Newbery Honor book. (Amy 4/18)

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The Wright 3 The Wright 3 / Blue Balliett ; illustrated by Brett Helquist
In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished. (Jennifer 7/18)

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The Year of the dog The Year of the dog / Grace Lin
3rd - 5th grade - Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life. (Amy 10/18)

Bookjacket for  You go first

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You go first You go first / Erin Entrada Kelly
Middle school can be rough and sometimes moreso when you are see the world much differently than others. Ben and Charlotte have never met except through an online Scrabble game. They learn to help each other see their strengths amidst both personal and school challenges. Strength lies within and amongst good friends who understand! (Amy 5/18)

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Z on location Z on location / J.J. Howard

"In her second novel, Z is thrilled to be going on the road to help her mom film a documentary. She might even get to interview her vlogging idol, Winter Costello, at VidCon! Eager to share her summer adventure with her friends and vlog fans, Z keeps her phone and camera at the ready. But she finds that working on a real film set takes more focus than she expected. When her love of connecting online threatens to ruin her chances of connecting in real life with her idol and fans, Z faces the ultimate test: Can she survive off-line and learn to #liveinthemoment?"--Amazon.com.

Jennifer (6/18)

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