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Oh, Sal

Oh, Sal

by Henkes, Kevin / Greenwillow Books

A stand-alone companion to two-time Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes's award-winning, bestselling, and acclaimed The Year of Billy Miller and Billy Miller Makes a Wish. This short, humorous, and accessible novel for newly independent readers focuses on Billy's younger sister, Sal, and what unfolds during an eventful holiday season at the Miller house.Oh, Sal is illustrated in black-and-white throughout by the author, and is perfect for fans of Ramona, Ivy + Bean, and Dory Fantasmagory. The Miller family is celebrating its first holiday with the new baby. Billy is excited that Uncle Jake is visiting, but nothing about this holiday season is making Billy's little sister Sal…

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Mapmaker

Mapmaker

by Ramée, Lisa Moore / Balzer & Bray/Harperteen

From Lisa Moore Ramée, author of the Walter Honor Award-winning A Good Kind of Trouble, comes her debut middle grade fantasy--an absorbing, imaginative adventure about a Black boy who has the magical ability to bring maps to life. Perfect for fans of Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky and A Tale of Magic. When Walt and his family relocate to Blackbird Bay, Walt thinks it's the most boring place on earth. While his twin sister, Van, likes to spend her time skateboarding, Walt prefers to hide out in his room and work on his beloved map world, Djaruba. But shortly after their arrival, Walt discovers something extraordinary: He has the ability to make maps come to life.Suddenly…

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Boris the Cat - The Little Cat with Big Ideas

Boris the Cat - The Little Cat with Big Ideas

by Moser, Erwin / Northsouth Books

Beloved Austrian author/illustrator Erwin Moser's Boris stories--told with humor and heart--all in one volume for the first time in English Boris is a special cat! Be it spring, summer, fall, or winter, Boris and his friends experience big and little adventures every day, often without even looking for them! From driving a bathtub to pretending to be a scarecrow to helping a friend, these charming comic-book style mini-stories--told in six pictures--are perfect for read aloud and beginning reader…

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The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish

The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish

by Glaser, Karina Yan / Clarion Books

Witness the power of family history and family love in this funny, poignant addition to a series that the New York Times Book Review hails as "delightful and heartwarming."It's summer on 141st Street, and the Vanderbeekers are looking forward to Papa's surprise fortieth birthday party. But when Papa must leave town suddenly to help his best friend, trouble in the form of their distant grandparents shows up on their doorstep.Not only must the Vanderbeekers face the disappointment of ruined plans, but they have more than one family secret to solve if they are going to give Papa the special birthday he deserves.The New York Times bestselling Vanderbeekers series is perfect for fans…

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The Vanderbeekers on the Road

The Vanderbeekers on the Road

by Glaser, Karina Yan / Clarion Books

In this new adventure in the New York Times bestselling series, the Vanderbeekers depart Harlem to celebrate their dad's birthday. But their surprise road trip turns rocky when the younger kids try to keep their family from ever facing change.Our beloved Harlem family is putting the VAN in Vanderbeekers as they hit the highway to give their dad the best birthday surprise EVER! Re-creating a road trip Papa never got the chance to take with his own father, the whole crew is packed and ready for a cross-country adventure.Things get off to a rocky start when the car breaks down on their way to pick up Papa. But they really veer off course when Laney discovers that Jessie and Orlando are…

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Leon the Extraordinary: A Graphic Novel (Leon #1)

Leon the Extraordinary: A Graphic Novel (Leon #1)

by Nicholas, Jamar / Graphix

Leon is an ordinary kid who becomes extraordinary when he fights a supervillain to save his school!In the city where Leon lives, superheroes -- and supervillains -- are commonplace. So how does an ordinary kid like Leon, who has no superpowers himself, become the superhero he wants to be? When all his classmates suddenly become obsessed with a new phone app that turns them into zombies, Leon gets his chance to prove that using his brain and following his heart can save the day.Equal parts New Kid and The Incredibles, the first graphic novel in this action-packed, heartfelt, and joyously funny series by Jamar Nicholas reminds readers that when it comes to being a hero, you just need to…

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The Mystery Monster

The Mystery Monster

by Stadelmann, Amy Marie / Aladdin Paperbacks

Fact-loving Paige sets out to prove imaginative Penn wrong about a neighborhood monster in this first book in the mystery graphic novel chapter book series Paige Proves It Paige loves facts She records interesting information in her facts journal and shares it with anyone who will listen. Wombats' poop is cube-shaped Her street's buildings have seventy-three windows. And a boy named Penn lives next door. The two couldn't be more different. The craziest thing Paige believes is that bananas are actually berries (scientifically proven ), but Penn thinks there's a monster in the neighborhood Paige will prove Penn wrong and that monsters aren't real, one fact at a…

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Cress Watercress

Cress Watercress

by Maguire, Gregory / Candlewick Press (MA)

A lavishly illustrated woodland tale with a classic sensibility and modern flair--from the fertile imagination behind Wicked Gregory Maguire turns his trademark wit and wisdom to an animal adventure about growing up, moving on, and finding community. When Papa doesn't return from a nocturnal honey-gathering expedition, Cress holds out hope, but her mother assumes the worst. It's a dangerous world for rabbits, after all. Mama moves what's left of the Watercress family to the basement unit of the Broken Arms, a run-down apartment oak with a suspect owl landlord, a nosy mouse super, a rowdy family of squirrels, and a pair of songbirds who broadcast everyone's business. Can…

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The Flamingo: A Graphic Novel Chapter Book

The Flamingo: A Graphic Novel Chapter Book

by Guojing / Random House Studio

From a highly acclaimed illustrator comes a stunning graphic novel filled with adventure and wonder about an imaginative girl and her obsession with flamingoes. A little girl arrives, excited for a beachy vacation with her Lao Lao. The girl and her grandmother search for shells, chase crabs, and play in the sea, but when the girl finds an exquisite flamingo feather in her grandmother's living room, her vacation turns into something…

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Wildoak

Wildoak

by Harrington, C. C. / Scholastic Press

When the fates of a snow leopard, a child, and an ancient forest collide, the unimaginable can happen. Perfect for fans of Pax and The One and Only Ivan.Maggie Stephens's stutter makes school especially hard. She will do almost anything to avoid speaking in class or calling attention to herself. So when her unsympathetic father threatens to send her away for so-called "treatment," she reluctantly agrees to her mother's intervention plan: a few weeks in the fresh air of Wildoak Forest, visiting a grandfather she hardly knows. It is there, in an extraordinary twist of fate, that she encounters an abandoned snow leopard cub, an exotic gift to a wealthy Londoner that proved too wild…

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Alliana, Girl of Dragons

Alliana, Girl of Dragons

by Abe, Julie / Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

For fans of Shannon Hale and Gail Carson Levine, comes an enchanting fairy tale retelling of the Japanese Cinderella, set in the magical world of Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch. Once upon a time, Alliana believed in dreams and fairy tales as sweet as spun-sugar clouds. Alliana wished on shooting stars, sure that someday she and her grandmother would be able to travel to the capital city to see the queen. Then her grandmother passed away--and those dreams disappeared in a disenchanted puff. Now Alliana's forced to attend to the whims of her wicked stepmother--with long days of cleaning her stepfamily's inn as her skin burns raw or staying up until the crack of dawn to embroider…

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Lotería

Lotería

by Valenti, Karla / Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The turn of a card could change your destiny in this captivating middle grade adventure based on the Lotera card game and perfect for fans of Coco. While searching for her missing cousin, a young girl is transported to a mythical kingdom, becoming entangled in a perilous game of chance. "A magical, philosophical tale rooted in Mexican lore." --School Library Journal, starred review In the hottest hour of the hottest day of the year, a fateful wind blows into Oaxaca City. It whistles down cobbled streets and rustles the jacaranda trees before slipping into the window of an eleven-year-old girl named Clara. Unbeknownst to her, Clara has been marked for la Lotera. Life and Death deal…

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Bunnicula: The Graphic Novel

Bunnicula: The Graphic Novel

by Howe, James / Atheneum Books for Young Readers

When the Monroe family brings home a small black-and-white bunny they find in the movie theater after seeing Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are instantly suspicious. After all the vegetables in the Monroe kitchen start turning white, Chester and Harold are certain that Bunnicula is a vegetarian…

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The Secrets of the Stormforest

The Secrets of the Stormforest

by Lapinski, L. D. / Aladdin Paperbacks

Flick journeys to a dangerous new world in this magical third book in the Strangeworlds Travel Agency series. Flick and Jonathan have faced countless dangers as members of the Strangeworlds Society and come out alive on the other side. But what do they really know about the society they are risking their lives for? Why does it exist? Who is Strangeworlds there to protect? And what in the worlds is happening to the multiverse now? With worlds everywhere under threat of collapse and mysteries abounding, it's up to Flick and Jonathan to discover the answers to these questions. And only if they can uncover the secrets of Strangeworlds, and the secrets of a mysterious new world called The…

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Prank Day

Prank Day

by Mitchell, Kel / Thomas Nelson

From actor, producer, and comedian Kel Mitchell of Nickelodeon's All That and the film Good Burger, this laugh-aloud novel for kids follows Chase as he masterminds a series of epic pranks only to discover that they've all become real on April 2nd. When his tricks become reality in hilarious and disastrous ways, Chase must come clean. How will he set the world right again, catch the eye of his crush Zoe, and keep her from getting flattened by the refrigerator running all over town?This comedy-fantasy adventure is full of wackiness, mayhem, and laugh-out loud momentsteaches the value of taking responsibility for your actions and telling the truthblends realistic fiction with…

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Monster Friends

Monster Friends

by VanDorn, Kaeti / Random House Graphic

Two friends: one big, one little. One old, one young. One grumpy, one cheerful. Both: MONSTERS From the author of Crabapple Trouble comes a sweet and fun-filled chapter-book graphic novel, with a charming cast of adorable monsters. Reggie's plan is to spend the whole summer brooding over his latest adventure gone wrong. But his friendly and curious neighbor, Emily, won't let him sit alone and unhappy in his house forever Despite their differences, these two monsters make the perfect pair of explorers. And with a map to make, a beach party to plan, and a sea monster to find, Reggie will have to learn to talk about his feelings and let new friends in With bright, gorgeous art by…

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Dragonslayer: Wings of Fire: Legends

Dragonslayer: Wings of Fire: Legends

by Sutherland, Tui T. / Scholastic Press

This special edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars back in time to give readers a glimpse of Pyrrhia through new eyes.In the shadow of wings . . . humans fight for survival. Ivy doesn't trust the Dragonslayer. He may be her father and the beloved ruler of Valor, but she knows he's hiding more than the treasure from the sand dragon he killed two decades ago. Leaf doesn't trust dragons. They're the reason his favorite sister, Wren, is dead, and now he'll do whatever it takes to slay even one. Wren doesn't trust anyone. She swore off humans after her village tried to sacrifice her to the dragons. She only has one friend, a small,…

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Chibi-Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis

Chibi-Usagi: Attack of the Heebie Chibis

by Sakai, Stan / IDW Publishing

The rich world of Usagi Yojimbo, now more accessible to readers of all ages in this chibi-style original graphic novel. Stan Sakai's beloved rabbit samurai has won countless fans over his 35-year history, thanks to a clever blend of thrilling action, heartwarming characters, and a realistic portrayal of Japanese culture. Chibi Usagi brings these fun and thoughtful stories to middle-grade readers as an original graphic novel packed with adorable art and captivating energy. While fishing for freshwater eels, Chibi Usagi, Chibi Tomoe, and Chibi Gen rescue a Dogu, a clay creature from Japan's prehistory. The Dogu's village has been enslaved by the Salamander King and his Heebie…

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The Last Mapmaker

The Last Mapmaker

by Soontornvat, Christina / Candlewick Press (MA)

From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of two 2021 Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world. In a fantasy adventure every bit as compelling and confident in its world building as her Newbery Honor Book A Wish in the Dark, Christina Soontornvat explores a young woman's struggle to unburden herself of the past and chart her own destiny in a world of secrets. As assistant to Mangkon's most celebrated mapmaker, twelve-year-old Sai plays the part of a well-bred young lady with a glittering future. In reality, her father is a conman--and in a kingdom where the status of one's ancestors dictates their social…

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Aven Green Baking Machine, Volume 2

Aven Green Baking Machine, Volume 2

by Bowling, Dusti / Union Square Kids

Now that third-grader Aven Green has retired from sleuthing, it's time to conquer a whole new world: baking! Aven knows she's an expert baker of cakes and cookies since she's been baking with her mom for a really long time. Plus no one bakes quite like she does. She cracks eggs with her feet and measures sugar and flour with her feet (plus measuring cups), since she was born without arms. And now Aven has her eye on the prize: a beautiful blue ribbon for baking at the county fair. So she teams up with her friends Kayla, Emily, and Sujata. But it turns out they all have very different tastes and a lot of opinions about baking. Talk about a recipe for…

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