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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062377029
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 2nd, 2019

A beautifully written, heartfelt, and poignant tale featuring 12 year old Peter who is forced to release his pet fox into the woods as war approaches their land and they must flee. This is a story about growing up, dealing with pain, learning who you are, and being brave.

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Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626725003
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 30th, 2018

Mary Shelley was a fascinating woman and Lit Juidge's biography in verse paired with exquisite illustrations is gripping, chilling and intense. A powerful and beautiful read!

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ISBN: 9781419727375
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 3rd, 2017

Milo is the new kid in town who is very anxious to claim the role of the school “prankster.”  However, on first day of school he realizes another kid holds the role of the “prankster” -- someone who is VERY good at it, too!  What follows is a hilarious contest of pranks. Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid will love this new series.

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By Kara LaReau, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763698751
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Published: Candlewick - September 12th, 2017

The Rato brothers want to be tough like their Dad, Big Lou. Their attempts to be "mean" tough (stealing hats, playing unkind practical jokes) get all mixed up, and to their suprise they are regarded as do-gooders. In the end the Ratso family learn that being soft and kind is much better and more rewarding than being tough.

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ISBN: 9780147515544
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Published: Puffin Books - August 16th, 2016

Micah has grown up hearing fantastic stories about Circus Mirandus, a magical circus that Micah’s grandfather visited as a boy. But Grampa Ephraim is very ill, and Micah believes the key to saving his grandfather is finding the circus and following up on a promise that was made by the circus’ great magician, the Lightbender.

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By Polly Faber, Clara Vulliamy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763682262
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Published: Candlewick - June 28th, 2016

Young readers are sure to embrace this charming and delightfully quirky story of Mango and her pet tapir, Bambang - an animal that is most certainly under represented in children's literature. The setting in London for their adventures adds to the charm. I can't wait for more of Mango and Bambang!

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ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Puffin Books - May 31st, 2016

Fans of Lois Lowry’s “Number the Stars” will enjoy this marvelous new middle grade historical fiction featuring 9-year-old Ada and her little brother Jamie, who are shipped out of London to escape the bombs and their abusive mother. A moving tale of two children learning to love and be loved.

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By Tom Angleberger, John Hendrix (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419716508
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2015

Children who love to read about cars, trucks and things that go will flip for Tom Angelberger’s new picture book. It is quirky, ridiculous and brilliant that features great illustrations filled with clever details. The loveable Mr. McToad certainly has quite the transportation empire!

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By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678883
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Published: Candlewick - April 14th, 2015

Meet Princess Magnolia who wears pink, frilly dresses and always looks prim and perfect. But Princess Magnolia has a secret: She is also a monster-fighting, running-and-jumping Princess in Black! This is a new first chapter series that young readers will love!

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ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

Echo brilliantly weaves together the story of Fredrich in Germany, Mike in Philadephia and Ivy in California. What connects them to each other? A magical harmonica. Ms. Ryan leaves the reader at the edge of her seat regarding the fate of each child and follows up with a satisfying and uplifting conclusion that celebrates music, perseverance and happy endings.

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By Chris Van Dusen, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763655921
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Published: Candlewick - February 24th, 2015

The Circus Ship is one of my all-time favorite read-alouds for preschoolers. The rhythm of the rhyming verse paired with the whimsical and bright illustrations will delight both reader and child. This is a title they will beg to read over and over.

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ISBN: 9780147508430
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Published: Philomel Books - March 4th, 2014

Josie is the teenage daughter of a prostitute who has grown up in the seedy world of the French Quarter in New Orleans. However, she dreams of going to an elite women's college to escape her underworld life. Josie is a smart, resourceful and determined character that will inspire teen readers.

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By Angela DiTerlizzi, Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442458802
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Published: Beach Lane Books - March 4th, 2014

Kids will love the cute and colorful backyard world of all the creepy, crawly bugs that are featured in Some Bugs. This is a great title for a science unit in a classroom and also serves as a delightful invitation to explore our own magical, buggy backyards.

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By Jean Webster, Eva Ibbotson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780141331119
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Published: Puffin Books - June 9th, 2011

This is a delightful classic written in the format of letters from a lonely, yet feisty and intelligent, orphan girl to her anonymous male benefactor who has generously offered to financially support Jerusha (Judy) Abbott's education at an elite women's college in the early 20th century. Utterly charming!

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ISBN: 9781416911722
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 18th, 2011

Ms. Haddix provides us with a detailed account of the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 through the eyes of Yetta, a Russian-Jewish immigrant; Belle, an Italian immigrant; and Jane, the daughter of an upper-class American businessman. This is YA historical fiction at it’s very best.