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Because of the Rabbit

Because of the Rabbit

by Lord, Cynthia / Scholastic Press

Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a sensitive and accessible book about the challenges of fitting in when you know you're a little different.On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They're supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night. The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma wants to make a best friend in school. But things don't go as planned. On the first day of school, she's paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can't stay…

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The Lost Girl

The Lost Girl

by Ursu, Anne / Walden Pond Press

Three starred reviewsA Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2019Anne Ursu, author of the National Book Award nominee The Real Boy, returns with a story of the power of fantasy, the limits of love, and the struggles inherent in growing up.When you're an identical twin, your story always starts with someone else. For Iris, that means her story starts with Lark.Iris has always been the grounded, capable, and rational one; Lark has been inventive, dreamy, and brilliant--and from their first moments in the world together, they've never left each other's side. Everyone around them realized early on what the two sisters already knew: they had better outcomes when they were…

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The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

The Peculiar Incident on Shady Street

by Currie, Lindsay / Aladdin Paperbacks

When lights start flickering and temperatures suddenly drop, 12-year-old Tessa Woodward, sensing her new house may be haunted, recruits some new friends to help her unravel the mystery of who or what is trying to communicate with her and why. 5 1/2 x 8…

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All in a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World

All in a Drop: How Antony Van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World

by Alexander, Lori / Houghton Mifflin

Robert F. Sibert Honor Award winner A Junior Library Guild Selection A 2020 Outstanding Science Trade Book A New York Public Library Best of 2019 A 2020 Best STEM Book by NSTA and CBC For fans of the "Who Was" series, this lively, accessible, and full-color chapter book biography shows how a self-taught scientist was the first to observe the microbial life in and around us. By building his own microscope, Antony van Leeuwenhoek advanced humanity's understanding of our oft-invisible world around us. Microbes are everywhere: in the soil and oceans, in snow, and inside our bodies. But in Antony van Leeuwenhoek's time, people believed that what they saw with their own eyes was…

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The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

The Distance Between Me and the Cherry Tree

by Peretti, Paola / Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Recipient of a Batchelder Honor Ten-year-old Mafalda hides the fact that she is going blind from her family and friends in this lyrical, bittersweet debut novel from Italian author Paola Peretti that shows you how to overcome the darkness--even when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel. There are a lot of things ten-year-old Mafalda cares a lot about. Like, counting the stars in the night sky, playing soccer, and climbing the cherry tree outside her school. Mafalda even goes so far as to keep a list of all these things, because soon she won't be able to do them anymore--because she's going blind. Even with her bad eyesight Mafalda can see that people are already…

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Click

Click

by Miller, Kayla / Houghton Mifflin

From The New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Kayla Miller comes a graphic novel about friendship and finding where you "click" in middle school, perfect for fans of Smile and Real Friends. Olive wants to get in on the act . . . . . . Any act Olive "clicks" with everyone in the fifth grade--until one day she doesn't. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups . . . without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up? The New York Times bestselling author-illustrator…

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Camp

Camp

by Miller, Kayla / Houghton Mifflin

From New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Kayla Miller comes a graphic novel about venturing off to summer camp for the first time and stepping out of one's comfort zone, navigating new experiences, and the satisfaction of blazing your own trails. Olive and Willow are happy campers Or are they? Olive is sure she'll have the best time at summer camp with her friend Willow - but while Olive makes quick friends with the other campers, Willow struggles to form connections and latches on to the only person she knows - Olive. It's s'more than Olive can handle The stress of being Willow's living security blanket begins to wear on Olive and before long...the…

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Notorious

Notorious

by Korman, Gordon / Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

A funny, suspenseful mystery and unlikely friendship story from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman--perfect for fans of Swindle and Ungifted.Keenan has lived all over the world but nowhere quite as strange as Centerlight Island, which is split between the United States and Canada. The only thing weirder than Centerlight itself is his neighbor Zarabeth, aka ZeeBee.ZeeBee is obsessed with the island's history as a Prohibition-era smuggling route. She's also convinced that her beloved dog, Barney, was murdered--something Keenan finds pretty hard to believe.Just about everyone on Centerlight is a suspect, because everyone hated Barney, a huge dog--part mastiff, part…

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The Mystwick School of Musicraft

The Mystwick School of Musicraft

by Khoury, Jessica / Houghton Mifflin

Humor and heart shine in this middle grade fantasy about a girl who attends a boarding school to learn how to use music to create magic, perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The School for Good and Evil series. Amelia Jones always dreamed of attending the Mystwick School of Musicraft, where the world's most promising musicians learn to create magic. So when Amelia botches her audition, she thinks her dream has met an abrupt and humiliating end--until the school agrees to give her a trial period. Amelia is determined to prove herself, vowing to do whatever it takes to become the perfect musician. Even if it means pretending to be someone she isn't. Meanwhile, a mysterious storm is…

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The Library of Ever

The Library of Ever

by Alexander, Zeno / Imprint

Named a best book of the year by Kirkus Reviews, The Library of Ever is an instant classic for middle grade readers and booklovers everywhere--an adventure across time and space, as a young girl becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge.With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored--until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contains all the universe's wisdom. Every book ever written, and every fact ever known, can be found within its walls. And Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian. She rockets to the stars, travels to a future filled with robots, and faces…

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Bernard Pepperlin

Bernard Pepperlin

by Hoffman, Cara / HarperCollins

"Bernard and his newfound friends--revolutionary rats, wise-cracking cats, and coffee-chugging squirrels, to name a few--will delight and inspire readers of all ages " --Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello, UniverseThe drowsy Dormouse from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is transported to modern-day New York City for the adventure of a lifetime in this middle grade novel that's perfect for fans of Stuart Little and written by critically acclaimed author Cara Hoffman.When a girl in a blue dress crashes the Mad Hatter's eternal tea party, the sleepy Dormouse feels more awake than he has in a long time. He wishes he could follow her…

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The First Dinosaur: How Science Solved the World's Greatest Mysteries

The First Dinosaur: How Science Solved the World's Greatest Mysteries

by Lendler, Ian / Margaret K. McElderry Books

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 An Orbis Picture Recommended Title "An outstanding case study in how science is actually done: funny, nuanced, and perceptive." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Join early scientists as they piece together one of humanity's greatest puzzles--the fossilized bones of the first dinosaur Dinosaurs existed. That's a fact we accept today. But not so long ago, the concept that these giant creatures could have roamed Earth millions of years before humans was unfathomable. People thought what we know as dinosaur bones were the bones of giant humans. Of large elephants. Of angels, even. So, how did we get from angel wings to the T-Rex? The…

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The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

by Macy, Sue / Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Recipient of a Sydney Taylor Book Award for Younger Readers An ALA Notable Book A Bank Street Best Book of the Year "Text and illustration meld beautifully." --The New York Times "Stunning."​ --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Inspired... a] journalistic, propulsive narrative." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "The story comes alive through the bold acrylic and gouache art." --Booklist (starred review) From New York Times Best Illustrated Book artist Stacy Innerst and author Sue Macy comes a story of one man's heroic effort to save the world's Yiddish books in their Sydney Taylor Book Award-winning masterpiece. Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into…

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Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

by Tonatiuh, Duncan / Abrams Books for Young Readers

The incredible story of one man's fight for Mexican-American civil rights, from award-winning picture book creator Duncan Tonatiuh A 2020 Pura Belpr Author Honor Book Jos de la Luz S enz (Luz) believed in fighting for what was right. Though born in the United States, Luz often faced prejudice because of his Mexican heritage. Determined to help his community, even in the face of discrimination, he taught school--children during the day and adults in the evenings. When World War I broke out, Luz joined the army, as did many others. His ability to quickly learn languages made him an invaluable member of the Intelligence Office in Europe. However, Luz found that prejudice followed him…

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Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom

by Robeson, Teresa / Sterling Children's Books

Meet Wu Chien Shiung, famous physicist who overcame prejudice to prove that she could be anything she wanted. "Wu Chien Shiung's story is remarkable--and so is the way this book does it justice." --Booklist (Starred review) When Wu Chien Shiung was born in China 100 years ago, most girls did not attend school; no one considered them as smart as boys. But her parents felt differently. Giving her a name meaning "Courageous Hero," they encouraged her love of learning and science. This engaging biography follows Wu Chien Shiung as she battles sexism and racism to become what Newsweek magazine called the "Queen of Physics" for her work on beta decay. Along the way, she earned the…

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Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln

by Engle, Margarita / Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Winner of the Pura Belpr Illustrator Award A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael L pez tell the story of Teresa Carre o, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln. As a little girl, Teresa Carre o loved to let her hands dance across the beautiful keys of the piano. If she felt sad, music cheered her up, and when she was happy, the piano helped her share that joy. Soon she was writing her own songs and performing in grand cathedrals. Then a revolution in Venezuela forced her family to flee to the United States. Teresa felt lonely in this unfamiliar place, where few of the people she met spoke Spanish. Worst of…

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By and by: Charles Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music

By and by: Charles Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music

by Weatherford, Carole Boston / Atheneum Books for Young Readers

A stirring picture book biography from award-winning duo Carole Boston Weatherford and Bryan Collier, about gospel composer and preacher Charles Albert Tindley, best known for the gospel hymn "We'll Understand It Better By and By." At a time when most African Americans were still enslaved, Charles Tindley was born free. His childhood was far from easy, with backbreaking hours in the fields, and no opportunity to go to school. But the spirituals he heard as he worked made him long to know how to read the Gospel for himself. Late at night, he taught himself to read from scraps of newspapers. From those small scraps, young Charles raised himself to become a founding father of American…

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Two Brothers, Four Hands

Two Brothers, Four Hands

by Greenberg, Jan / Neal Porter Books

The inspiring true story of the Giacometti brothers, one an artist, the other a daredevil, both devoted to their craft . . . but even more devoted to each other. A Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young PeopleA Capitol Choices Noteworthy Title Everyone who knew them agreed. Alberto was the genius of the family. His younger brother Diego was his opposite--he didn't care much for books or schoolwork, and he had no idea what he would be when he grew up. But despite their differences, the two brothers shared an intense bond. Alberto Giacometti became one of the iconic artists of the twentieth century, whose tall, spindly sculptures grace the collections of museums around the world.…

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