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Nell Plants a Tree By Anne Wynter, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anne Wynter, Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062865779
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 31st, 2023

Travel back in forth in time with Nell, from planting a tree in childhood to becoming a grandmother encouraging her grandchild’s appreciation of the now mature tree bearing pecans. Rhythmic text begs for repeated readings as exploration of illustrations reveal new details upon every reading. Sure to prompt memories and tales told from your own family’s heritage.(ages 4-adult)


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Otto Goes North By Ulrika Kestere, Ulrika Kestere (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ulrika Kestere, Ulrika Kestere (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781776572410
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Published: Gecko Press (Tm) - September 3rd, 2019

Way up north in remote Scandinavia, two friends, a lynx and a bear, wait for the arrival of their friend Otto, a lemur. Otto is riding his bike a good long distance from the south to spend time with them and paint the northern lights. What Otto is not prepared for is icy cold weather, so cold it’s hard to hold his paintbrush. Luckily for Otto, he has creative friends who know how to solve a problem! Cozy up with Ulrika Kestere's Otto Goes North, a lively tale of the ups and downs of friendship, biking, artful knitting, and glorious northern lights, a book you’ll want to read over and again. (ages 4 – 8)  Way up north in remote Scandinavia, two friends, a lynx and a bear, wait for the arrival of their friend Otto, a lemur. Otto is riding his bike a good long distance from the south to spend time with them and paint the northern lights. What Otto is not prepared for is icy cold weather, so cold it’s hard to hold his paintbrush. Luckily for Otto, he has creative friends who know how to solve a problem! Cozy up with Ulrika Kestere's Otto Goes North, a lively tale of the ups and downs of friendship, biking, artful knitting, and glorious northern lights, a book you’ll want to read over and again. (ages 4 – 8) 


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Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest By Phoebe Wahl Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780735264892
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Published: Tundra Books - September 21st, 2021

Exhilarated to introduce you to sprightly Little Witch Hazelwho loves her cozy home, adorned with a roof of moss and flowers, in a forest at the base of a tree. In four adventuresome stories, Spring through Winter, you’ll get to know about Little Witch Hazel’s gloriously active life and meet her wild friends. There’s a bit of mystery and danger. Lucky that friends look out for one another! Be sure to examine details in the end pages map before beginning, and enjoy once again when you come to the last page. Hope more top-notch Little Witch Hazel tales are published!  ages 4-10   


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Noah's Seal By Layn Marlow, Layn Marlow (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Layn Marlow, Layn Marlow (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536218510
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Published: Candlewick - June 15th, 2021

As Nana repairs her sailboat by the ocean, Noah plays in the sand, dreaming of the time when they can sail out to watch seals. Imagining the outline of a life-size seal in the sand he's tossed, Noah carefully carves a seal's body. A storm causes Nana and Noah to take shelter under a tarp in the sailboat, and when the storm is gone, so is Noah’s seal, washed out to sea. Bravely Noah tells Nana it must have swum away. Since her repair is finished, Nana proposes a sail for the next day. Noah has a better idea, as a seal, surely the one he carved, beckons the way to his dream. A delightful celebration of childhood imagination and family love!   ages 3 - 7 


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Amos McGee Misses the Bus By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Philip C. Stead, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250213228
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 23rd, 2021

Amos McGee is back! Over a decade ago readers met Amos, a kindly zookeeper keeping special traditions (chess with the elephant, races with the tortoise, quiet time with the shy penguin, a handkerchief for the rhinoceros) with his good friends in A Sick Day for Amos McGee. In this companion book Amos lays awake most of the night, excitedly planning an outing for his friends. Sleep-deprived and groggy the next morning, Amos McGee Misses the Bus to work, arriving late and tired after a long walk, losing things along the way. The five friends know how to help after suggesting that Amos enjoy a nap, never suspecting that Amos McGee has another surprise in store! Readers will enjoy revisiting the Caldecott Award-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee before relishing Amos McGee Misses the Bus. Thank you Philip and Erin Stead for a memorable return to Amos McGee and friends! 


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Uma Wimple Charts Her House By Reif Larsen, Ben Gibson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593181188
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - June 15th, 2021

Hip, funny, unique--and a perfect curriculum tie-in--here's a picture book with mega kid-appeal about the challenges a student faces when she is given an assignment to make a chart of her own home!


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The Beatryce Prophecy By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781536213614
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Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

A #1 New York Times bestseller

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall comes a fantastical meditation on fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world.


We shall all, in the end, be led to where we belong. We shall all, in the end, find our way home.


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Mr. Scruff By Simon James, Simon James (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Simon James, Simon James (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536209358
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2019

A sweetly silly story of a little boy and a dog who make an unlikely (but perhaps perfect) pair.


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Moth: An Evolution Story By Isabel Thomas, Daniel Egnéus (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Isabel Thomas, Daniel Egnéus (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781547600205
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - June 25th, 2019

“A rare pleasure … a true story of adaptation and hope.” —Wall Street Journal


Powerful and visually spectacular, Moth is the remarkable evolution story that captures the struggle of animal survival against the background of an evolving human world in a unique and atmospheric introduction to Darwin's theory of Natural Selection.


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The Law of Finders Keepers (Mo & Dale Mysteries) By Sheila Turnage Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780803739628
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Kathy Dawson Books - September 11th, 2018

The heart-warming conclusion to the beloved Mo & Dale Mysteries by Newbery Honor author Sheila Turnage featuring the most shocking case yet!


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Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus: Volume 1 By Dusti Bowling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781454923459
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Published: Union Square Kids - September 5th, 2017

"Aven is a perky, hilarious, and inspiring protagonist whose attitude and humor will linger even after the last page has turned." --School Library Journal (Starred review)


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Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story By Kate Milford Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328466884
Availability: Backordered
Published: Clarion Books - October 2nd, 2018

Return to the world of the bestselling Greenglass House, where smugglers, magic, and pyrotechnics mix, in a new adventure from a New York Times best-selling, National Book Award–nominated, and Edgar Award–winning author.


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The Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) By Philip Pullman Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of His Dark Materials to expand on the story of Lyra, “one of fantasy’s most indelible heroines” (The New York Times Magazine).

Don’t miss Volume II of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth!


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The Three Billy Goats Gruff By Jerry Pinkney Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316341578
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 9th, 2017

A classic read-aloud favorite addressing bullying retold by acclaimed artist Jerry Pinkney.

Jerry Pinkney puts his indelible stamp on another beloved folktale in the same vein as the Caldecott Medal-winning The Lion & the Mouse and the highly acclaimed The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants.

When the three billy goats Gr


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Juana and Lucas By Juana Medina, Juana Medina (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Juana Medina, Juana Medina (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763672089
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Published: Candlewick - September 27th, 2016

Winner of the 2017 Pura Belpré Author Award

Fans of Judy Moody and Clarice Bean will love Juana, the spunky young Colombian girl who stars in this playful, abundantly illustrated new series.


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The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles By Michelle Cuevas, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Michelle Cuevas, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780803738683
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - August 23rd, 2016

A message in a bottle holds the promise of surprise and wonder, as told in this enthralling picture book by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead
 


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The Black Reckoning (Books of Beginning #3) By John Stephens Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375868726
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 7th, 2015

The final book in the bestselling Books of Beginning trilogy that began with The Emerald Atlas, which the New York Times called “a new Narnia for the tween set.”


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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms By Katherine Rundell, Melissa Castrillón (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781442490611
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

Even a life on the untamed plains of Africa can’t prepare Wilhelmina for the wilds of an English boarding school in this lovely and lyrical novel from the author of Rooftoppers, which Booklist called “a glorious adventure.”

Wilhelmina Silver’s world is golden.


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A Prince Without a Kingdom: Vango Book Two By Timothee de Fombelle, Sarah Ardizzone (Translated by) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763679507
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - August 4th, 2015

International award winner Timothée de Fombelle brings the breathtaking global adventure of Vango to a thrilling conclusion.


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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, Book 1) By Maggie Stiefvater Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9780545424929
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 18th, 2012

An all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her.His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school.


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Wonder By R. J. Palacio Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Millions of people have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary facewho shows us that kindness brings us together no matter how far apart we are. Read the book that inspired the Choose Kind movement, a major motion picture, and the critically acclaimed graphic novel White Bird.


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Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1) By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780062024688
Availability: Special Order
Published: Balzer + Bray - August 30th, 2011

For fans of the Chronicles of Narnia comes the first book in the Wildwood Chronicles, the New York Times bestselling fantasy adventure series by Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society.


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Divergent (Divergent Series #1) By Veronica Roth, Nicolas Delort (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Veronica Roth, Nicolas Delort (Photographs by)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780062024022
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 3rd, 2011

This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent series of books is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.


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Sapphique By Catherine Fisher Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142419793
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Firebird - September 6th, 2011

Finn has escaped Incarceron, but Keiro and Attia are still Inside. Outside, things are not at all what Finn expected - and both Finn's and Claudia's very lives hang on Finn convincing the Court that he is the lost prince. Back Inside, Keiro and Attia are on the hunt for Sapphique's glove, which legend says he used to escape. In order to find it, they must battle the prison itself.


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Incarceron By Catherine Fisher Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803733961
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Published: Dial Books - January 26th, 2010

A thrilling, high-concept fantasy for fans of Garth Nix and Nancy Farmer.


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The Cottage in the Woods By Katherine Coville Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780385755764
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Yearling - August 9th, 2016

Ursula, a young she-bear, has come to the Vaughn estate (“cottage” is a misnomer) to be Teddy’s governess. Ursula, Teddy and the animals living in the Enchanted Forest have the same abilities and lifestyle as humans and live in harmony with most. Tension is growing, however, between the Enchanted animals and a small faction of humans who wish to limit their freedoms. A plucky, smart and willful teacher, Ursula is determined to successfully nurture Teddy’s intellect, despite his conniving, self-centered, jealous nurse and ominous, mysterious unknowns lurking in and around the Vaughn mansion. Strange footsteps in the dark hallways, fleeting glances of blonde curls, a threatening ne'er do well out for money lurking on the path from town… Extraordinary language, fully-developed characters, a fantastic setting, and an exciting, unpredictable plot offering danger, politics, true love, justice and comeuppance make for an engaging page-turner. The spellbinding audio version, read aloud magnificently, is sure to please the whole family as the book comes magically to life.

 


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Eleanor & Park: A Novel By Rainbow Rowell Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250012579
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - February 26th, 2013

Two intelligent sixteen-year-old misfits … Tall, stout, new girl Eleanor with her wild red hair and mismatched hand-me-down clothes is a target for the popular high school crowd.  Korean American Park strives to stay under their radar, reading his X-Men comics, listening to the Smiths and punk rock, never speaking out in class.  Inadvertently meeting during an uncomfortable bullying scene on the school bus, Eleanor and Park develop a bond that leads to friendship and first love.  Although the time period is 1986, today’s senior high teens will recognize themselves and friends in this quirky, engaging, immensely satisfying tale. 


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The Fire Chronicle (Books of Beginning #2) By John Stephens Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780375872723
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Published: Yearling - August 27th, 2013

In this riveting, suspenseful sequel to The Emerald Atlas, readers find Emma trapped in the past while Michael and Emma set off to find the legendary book of fire and master its powers, hoping to find Kate and discover information that could lead them closer to their parents and to the magic that could save or destroy the world.  The Fire Chronicle, the second book in the suspenseful, action-packed Books of Beginning trilogy is sure to engage 9 to 13-year-olds.


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Splendors and Glooms By Laura Amy Schlitz Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780763694494
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Published: Candlewick - December 26th, 2017

In London in 1860 Clara, the only living child in a doctor’s grief-stricken family, convinces her parents to engage Grisini the puppet master and his two orphaned assistants, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall, to entertain for her 12th birthday celebration.  When evil Grisini kidnaps Clara for ransom and disappears, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are left to survive on their own.   Tempted to the remote home of Grisini’s ancient rival, a witch who seeks to control them all for her own wicked needs, the two orphans summon all their pluck and wits to save themselves and Clara.  Splendors and Glooms is a melodramatic tale of mystery, magic and suspense perfect for 4th – 8th graders.


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Boy21 By Matthew Quick Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780316127967
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 18th, 2013

High school senior Finley lives with his widowed father and disabled grandfather in a bleak, often violent town outside Philadelphia where the Irish mob and black gangs rule.  Finley doesn’t talk much, except to his girlfriend Erin, one of his two passions.  The other is basketball, Finley being the only white varsity player.  Both Finley and Erin dream of basketball as their ticket to college and a new life.  An unexpected worry develops when his coach asks Finley to mentor a new student with extraordinary basketball skills.  Russ, emotionally distraught and living with his grandparents after his wealthy parents’ brutal murder in an LA carjacking, presents himself as an alien stranded on earth answering to the name Boy21.  If Boy21 gets a grip and starts playing basketball again, Finley is sure to lose his position on the team.  As an unlikely friendship develops between the two boys, Finley confronts his own tragic childhood.  Boy21, an unusual, gripping page-turner of urban survival and friendship, is full of surprises and, ultimately, hope.


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One Dog and His Boy By Eva Ibbotson Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545484411
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 28th, 2014

Hal is thrilled when he receives a long-desired dog for his birthday.  Glee turns to angry determination when he learns that Fleck is a rented dog, his parents figuring he’d tire of the creature after a weekend.  Hal and his friend Pippa kidnap Fleck and four other rental dogs and head from London to Scotland to his grandparents’ home, far away from his controlling mother who is surely Roald Dahl’s Veruca Salt grown up.  This heartfelt adventure is sure to please readers new to the late Eva Ibbotson's books and delight her legion of fans.


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The Emerald Atlas (Books of Beginning #1) By John Stephens Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780375872716
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Published: Yearling - April 24th, 2012

For ten years Kate, Michael and Emma (14, 12 & 11 years old) have lived in 12 orphanages after their parents mysteriously disappeared as a means of protecting their children from forces of menacing magic.   While exploring the cellar of the 12th orphanage the three siblings discover an old green book that transports them to a recent past, setting in motion a time travel quest to find family and break an evil enchantment in an extraordinary world of prophecies, magical creatures, hidden treasures and an ancient evil. Readers 8 to 12 years of age will eagerly read THE EMERALD ATLAS, a fast-paced, hair-raising and humorous first book in the Books of Beginning trilogy.


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The Night Fairy By Laura Amy Schlitz, Angela Barrett (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laura Amy Schlitz, Angela Barrett (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763652951
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Published: Candlewick - September 13th, 2011

Just as night fairy Flory has learned to fly, a bat mistakes her for a moth and crunches her beautiful wings.  Dropped into a Giantess’s garden, Flory boldly takes up residence in a birdhouse, choosing to be a day fairy in order to survive.  No taller than an acorn, Flory discovers that by being kind and brave, she can make much-needed friends. Detailed, enchanting illustrations are sprinkled throughout this adventuresome, short chapter book, perfect for ages 5 – 10 as  a read-aloud or for independent reading.