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You Go First

You Go First

by Kelly, Erin Entrada / Greenwillow Books

Funny and poignant, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestseller Erin Entrada Kelly's national bestseller You Go First is an exploration of family, bullying, word games, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships.In a starred review, School Library Journal wrote that Erin Entrada Kelly can "capture moments of tween anguish with searing honesty." Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly different--Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Ben is in the small town of Lanester, Louisiana.Charlotte wants to be a geologist and keeps a rock…

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Finding Langston

Finding Langston

by Cline-Ransome, Lesa / Holiday House

A Coretta Scott King Honor BookA Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, with 5 Starred Reviews, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2018 When eleven-year-old Langston's father moves them from their home in Alabama to Chicago's Bronzeville district, it feels like he's giving up everything he loves. It's 1946. Langston's mother has just died, and now they're leaving the rest of his family and friends. He misses everything-- Grandma's Sunday suppers, the red dirt roads, and the magnolia trees his mother loved. In the city, they live in a small apartment surrounded by noise and chaos. It doesn't feel like a new start, or a better life. At home…

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Apprentice Witch, the #2: A Witch Alone

Apprentice Witch, the #2: A Witch Alone

by Nicol, James / Chicken House

Arianwyn is a fully qualified witch, but somehow magic doesn't feel any easier than it did in her apprentice days. The Hex has driven all manner of supernatural creatures out of the Great Wood and into her little town -- some benign, others dark, and others downright mischievous. The Spellorium has never been so busy What's more, the High Elder has set her a dangerous secret mission. With Gimma acting weirder than usual and her friendships crumbling under pressure, Arianwyn faces the toughest spell of her witching career -- can she really see it through…

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Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle

by Burgos, Hilda Eunice / Tu Books

Her last name may mean "kings," but Ana Mar a Reyes REALLY does not live in a castle. Rather, she's stuck in a tiny apartment with two parents (way too lovey-dovey), three sisters (way too dramatic), everyone's friends (way too often), and a piano (which she never gets to practice). And when her parents announce a new baby is coming, that means they'll have even less time for Ana Mar a.Then she hears about the Eleanor School, New York City's best private academy. If Ana Mar a can win a scholarship, she'll be able to get out of her Washington Heights neighborhood school and achieve the education she's longed for. To stand out, she'll need to nail her piano…

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Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot

Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot

by Gidwitz, Adam / Dutton Books for Young Readers

Among the towering fir trees of the Pacific Northwest, a famously elusive creature is in serious trouble. All Elliot wants is a nice, normal day at school. All Uchenna wants is an adventure. Guess whose wish comes true? Professor Fauna whisks the kids--and Jersey, of course--off to the Muckleshoot territory in Washington, where film crews have suddenly descended en masse to expose Bigfoot to the world, and the Schmoke logging company is bringing in some awfully large machinery. Can the Unicorn Rescue Society escape the blades of the Schmokes' chain saws? Outsmart a cable news team? And are those big, hairy creatures running through the forest really…

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Detective Gordon: A Case for Buffy

Detective Gordon: A Case for Buffy

by Spee, Gitte / Gecko Press

The final story in this big-hearted series takes on the most important case ever investigated in Detective Gordon's forest--where is Buffy's mother? Gordon faces his old nemesis, the fox, in an investigation that leads to the edges of the…

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Tiger vs. Nightmare

Tiger vs. Nightmare

by Tetri, Emily / First Second

A 2019 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor bookA 2018 Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the YearA School Library Journal Best Graphic Novel of 2018Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it's time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger--that's not what best friends do.But Monster needs to scare someone...it's a monster, after all. So while Tiger sleeps, Monster scares all of her nightmares away. Thanks to her friend, Tiger has nothing but good dreams. But waiting in the darkness is a nightmare so big and mean that Monster can't fight it alone. Only teamwork and a lot of bravery…

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Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure

Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Almost Entirely Unplanned Adventure

by Kennedy, A.L. / Walker Books

Badger Bill needs rescuing. He's been kidnapped by two nasty sisters who are about to make him fight a boxing match against three even nastier dogs. The four most depressed llamas in the history of llamas need rescuing too. They are about to be turned into llama pies. But never fear--Uncle Shawn is here! He loves rescuing things. He has a rescuing plan, which involves dancing, and a mole, and an electric fence. What could possibly go…

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Rain

Rain

by Holmer, Anders / Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

This haiku collection will enchant both nature lovers and budding poets. The spare, lyrical text describes a series of short vignettes, each of them taking place in a different kind of rain, from thunderstorms to falling flower petals. The poems--some serious, some gently humorous--depict scenes from all over the globe.the…

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Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy-Crimminy Unusual Adventure

Uncle Shawn and Bill and the Pajimminy-Crimminy Unusual Adventure

by Kennedy, A.L. / Walker Books

Badger Bill loves his best friend Uncle Shawn. But he has started to notice that Uncle Shawn is a bit unusual. Dr P'Klawz hates Uncle Shawn. He has also noticed that Uncle Shawn is a bit unusual-pajimminy crimminy unusual, in fact. It looks like Badger Bill is going to need a plan, or Uncle Shawn might be sent to the Maximum Security Institute of Unusualness for ever. But all Bill has to help him are four bickering llamas, one pirate boy and one invisible girl. What could possibly go…

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