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At the Same Moment, Around the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452122083
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Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - March 11th, 2014

Teaching young children about time zones, geography, weather, and world cultures is difficult—but author and illustrator Clotilde Perrin offers an entertaining way to begin in her delightful new book, At the Same Moment Around the World.  The book begins and ends in Dakar, Senegal, when Keita wakes up early to help his father count the fish caught during the night.  It is 6:00 A.M. in Senegal.  Each page that follows moves to a country in the next time zone, describing what time it is, and what the child living there is doing, at exactly the same moment.  The full color illustrations are captivating—and reveal clues about the country’s culture and people.  For example, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (where it is 11 A.M.) the children are returning from their visit to a nearby market riding a donkey on a warm and sunny day, while a dromedary is walking down the road in the background, while a young boy is taking his dog for a walk in the snow in Anadyr, Russia (where it is 6 P.M.).  In addition, children will delight at finding the white, clearly migratory, bird located somewhere on each page in a Where’s Waldo-like fashion.  At the end of the book there is a world map where you can chart your journey to the 24 time zones covered in the previous pages.  This is a wonderful book for parents to read with their children, ages 4 to 8


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Brown Girl Dreaming Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399252518
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2014

Brown Girl Dreaming, which recently received the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, is Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir about her childhood.   Born in Ohio and raised by a single mother in South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York, Woodson describes her life as a black American during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.  She writes of her early childhood with her grandparents in the Jim Crow South:  “We can’t go to downtown Greenville without/ seeing the teenagers walking into stores, sitting/ where brown people still aren’t allowed to sit/ and getting carried out, their bodies limp,/ their faces calm. ”  She writes about her uncle’s imprisonment, her little brother’s lead poisoning from the peeling paint in their Brooklyn apartment, her grandfather’s death, and the emerging civil rights movement: “On the TV screen a woman / named Angela Davis is telling us/ there’s a revolution going on and that it’s time/ for Black people to defend themselves.” And finally, she writes about her unshakeable dream of becoming a writer:  “I am thinking if I can hold on to the memory of this song; get home and write it down, then it will happen,/ I’ll be a writer.  I’ll be able to hold on to/ each moment, each memory/everything.”  This is a beautiful book that reminds us of our past  and holds out promise for a better future.  Ages 10+.  


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ISBN: 9780375870644
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 26th, 2014

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Babymouse author, Jennifer Holm is a compelling coming of age story narrated by 11 year old Ellie.  Ellie begins with a story about her preschool teacher who gave each of her students a goldfish to teach them about the cycle of life, since “Goldfish don’t last very long.”  In order to protect Ellie, her mother had replaced “Goldie” with a new fish each time the old fish died—until Ellie finally found Goldie 13 floating upside down seven years later.  To use another fish metaphor, Ellie is a fish out of water.  Her divorced mother and father are both actors who assume Ellie loves theatre as much as they do—but she doesn’t.  One day Ellie’s mother brings home a slender boy who looks like he is about 13 or 14.  The boy is Ellie’s estranged grandfather, a scientist who has discovered a cure for aging.  As Ellie gets to know her grandfather as a boy, she discovers that she is more like him than she had ever imagined, and that she has both a talent and a passion for science.  I highly recommend this book for young readers, aged 8 to 12.  It’s particularly good for parents who are looking for books that feature girls pursuing non-traditional roles.  Random House


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Full of Beans Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553510362
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016

There just aren’t enough great books for boys between 8 and 12 years old, so I was delighted to find one when I read Full of Beans by three-time Newbery Honor author (and one of The Reading Bug’s favorites) Jennifer Holm. And even though Full of Beans is perfect for boys, it’s a great book for girls also! If you read Turtle in Paradise, you will be delighted to hear that Jenni returns to Key West, Florida, in Full of Beans. It is July 1934, and the depression has hit Key West hard. Beans’ dad is unemployed, his mother is taking in laundry, and Beans embarks on a short-lived and much regretted crime spree to help keep the family afloat. Like Turtle in Paradise, this book is wonderfully authentic, absolutely hilarious, and includes details of life during the 1930s that are informative as well as entertaining—the ubiquitous Sears Roebuck catalogues, outhouses, Shirley Temple movies, marble mania, while it tells how the Federal Emergency Relief Administration helped rescue Key West by remaking it as a tourist destination. Ages 8 to 12


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The House of the Scorpion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780689852237
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Published: Simon Pulse - May 2004

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is a fascinating dystopian novel about Matteo, a young clone raised by a drug lord of the same name, also known as “El Patrón,” in Opium, a country located between the United States and what was once called Mexico. A story about Matteo’s struggle to stay alive and to discover who he is, The House of the Scorpion won the National Book Award for Young People’s fiction in 2004. An equally excellent sequel, The Lord of Opium, was published in 2013, and begins a few hours after the first book ends. 14 year-old Matt, who was originally created to provide spare parts for El Patrón, becomes his successor when El Patrón dies. Surrounded by people who have been surgically altered to serve him, Matt must come to terms with the immorality upon which his newly acquired wealth is based, while fending off an attack by another drug lord. Farmer’s description of the devastated world in which Matt will keep you turning the pages until you reach the end of this superb series! Atheneum. Ages 12+.


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The Lord of Opium Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442482555
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 9th, 2014

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is a fascinating dystopian novel about Matteo, a young clone raised by a drug lord of the same name, also known as “El Patrón,” in Opium, a country located between the United States and what was once called Mexico. A story about Matteo’s struggle to stay alive and to discover who he is, The House of the Scorpion won the National Book Award for Young People’s fiction in 2004. An equally excellent sequel, The Lord of Opium, was published in 2013, and begins a few hours after the first book ends. 14 year-old Matt, who was originally created to provide spare parts for El Patrón, becomes his successor when El Patrón dies. Surrounded by people who have been surgically altered to serve him, Matt must come to terms with the immorality upon which his newly acquired wealth is based, while fending off an attack by another drug lord. Farmer’s description of the devastated world in which Matt will keep you turning the pages until you reach the end of this superb series! Atheneum. Ages 12+.


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Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594749254
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Published: Quirk Books - October 4th, 2016

If you are looking for a great book about strong women, Wonder Women by Sam Maggs is a must read! Maggs, the author of the Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, has written a book about smart women from around the world who have made incredible (and frequently uncredited) contributions to society from the 14th century through the 20th century. The book is divided five sections (Women of Science, Medicine, Espionage, Innovation and Adventure), each of which features five women and includes an interview with a sixth who is currently working in that area. The book is funny, punny and full of references to current events that make the stories appealing to the younger generation. Ages 10+


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ISBN: 9781619636132
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 24th, 2015

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale is our Mother-Daughter book club selection for September and will be enjoyed by everyone, young and old, who reads it. A wonderful blend of science fiction and fantasy, Princess Academy tells the story of 14-year old Miri, who lives with her father and older sister in a small village at the top of Mount Haskell—a village where families struggle to put food on the table while working hard to mine the beautiful linder rock that is used by the lowlanders in their homes and castles. Life atop Mount Haskell changes forever when word comes that the royal priests have divined that the prince’s wife should come from their village. Because the priests and the king consider the villagers to be of a lower class and uneducated, they send a teacher to establish a “princess academy” near the village where every girl between 12 and 18 will be educated and trained for one year before the prince arrives to make his selection. Although she is young and small, Miri determines that she will work hard at the academy to earn the title of academy princess and the privilege of having the first dance with the prince. In spite of many obstacles along the way, Miri realizes her goal, even while she helps her fellow students and her village. This is a great read for ages 9+, and the good news is that there are two sequels for those who love Princess Academy as much as I did—Princess Academy: Palace of Stone and Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters. Ages 9+


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Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250087102
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 9th, 2016

I read all 416 pages of Adnan’s Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry in two days—in other words, I could not put it down! If you listened to the Serial podcasts that told Adnan’s story, you will love this book which continues to explore what appears to have been a grave miscarriage of justice that left a young girl’s killer on the streets and put an 18 year old honor student in jail for the rest of his life, with no possibility of parole. The story is, of course, even more interesting now that a Baltimore City Circuit judge has vacated Syed’s conviction, saying in a memorandum that his attorney “fell below the standard of reasonable professional judgment” in handling his case. As we all wait to see what happens next, you will want to grab a copy of Adnan’s Story to learn more about Hae Min Lee, Adnan Syed, and Rabia Chaudry’s remarkable efforts to overturn Syed’s conviction.


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Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442485068
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2016

For those of us who lived through 9/11, it’s hard to believe there is a new generation of Americans who have no recollection of the day the World Trade Center was destroyed and thousands of our friends and relatives lost their lives. Author Nora Raleigh Baskin has written an unforgettable book, Nine, Ten, for these young readers. Nine, Ten begins two days before 9/11, and it tells the stories of four children whose lives will, like so many others, be touched by the events on that fateful day. Sergio is an 11 year old African American boy who lives with his grandmother in Brooklyn; Nadira is a young Muslim girl from Columbus, Ohio; Aimee recently moved from New York to Los Angeles when her mother took a new position at Cantor Fitzgerald; and Will lives with his widowed mom and two sisters in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Their stories create a window through which young readers can be introduced not only to the events, but also to the way these events impacted the every day lives of Americans. This is a book that should be read and discussed by every middle grade class and by every family. Ages 8 to 12.


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ISBN: 9780062292629
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 13th, 2016

The Poet’s Dog by Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan (Sarah, Plain and Tall) is a small but beautiful story of an unusual dog who rescues two children from a storm. Teddy is an Irish wolfhound who was rescued from a shelter by Sylvan, a poet who lives in a secluded cabin in the forest. Teddy learns how to speak from Sylvan, but Sylvan tells him that only poets and children will understand him when he speaks. When Sylvan dies, Teddy remains at the cabin, watched over by one of Sylvan’s students. One day Teddy finds two children, Flora (8) and Nickel (11) who have become lost in a snowstorm. He leads them to the cabin, where the three tell their stories to each other as they wait out the storm and hope to be rescued. Ages 6 to 12.


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One Half from the East Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062421906
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Published: HarperCollins - September 6th, 2016

One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi is a story about an Afghani family struck with tragedy when the father loses his leg and his ability to support the family in a bomb blast in Kabul. The family moves to the father’s village, where his brother can help support them, but their situation is desperate. With no sons, there is no way for the family of five to earn money. As a result, relatives persuade the mother to transform Obayda, the youngest daughter, into a bacha posh (a boy). Transformed into a boy named Obayd, Obayda enjoys freedom she would never experience as a girl although she realizes that her freedom will not last. This is a fascinating book that sheds light on the vastly different roles for boys and girls in the middle east and the bacha posh tradition that continues to exist. Ages 8 to 12.


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Faithful Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476799209
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2016

Faithful by Alice Hoffman is a moving novel about Shelby Richmond, a high school senior who walks away from a tragic accident that leaves her best friend, Helene, comatose. Convinced that the accident was her fault, Shelby is unable to move on—as frozen in time as Helene. Faithful is Shelby’s story—but it is also the story of the people who continue to support her as she struggles to overcome her grief and guilt. Shelby is a woman you will fall in love with as you share her heartaches and her joys. It is a book that captures the angst of a young girl who has lost her way, but has the courage to fight back.


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Rain Reign Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780312643003
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 7th, 2014

Rain Reign is a dazzling book by Newbery Honor winning author Ann Martin (Doll People, Babysitter's Club) that you should not miss! Rose Howard is a brilliant, but socially awkward 12 year-old who is obsessed with homonyms and prime numbers. She is being raised by a single father who is unavailable to her emotionally and intellectually. Although her father and the kids at school don't understand Rose, her Uncle Weldon and her beloved dog Rain provide Rose with the love and structure she needs. When her father lets Rain out of the house during a storm, the dog goes missing and Rose has to figure out how to find her dog, even if it means she has to break out of her routines and safe places to do it. This is a heartbreakingly beautiful book about autism, family, acceptance and dogs. If you loved Wonder and Out of My Mind, you must read Rain Reign! Ages 9+


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

Echo is an exceptional book that begins and ends with a harmonica made in Germany. In the prelude, a boy named Otto buys the harmonica and a book from a gypsy. When Otto later is lost in the forest, he begins to read the book, and the three princesses in the book appear to help him find his way home. The rest of the book is told in three parts. Part One tells the story of Friedrich, a young boy in Nazi Germany in 1933. Part Two is the story of two orphans in Pennsylvania in 1935, and Part Three is about Ivy, a Hispanic girl in Southern California in 1942. The thread that holds these three parts together is the harmonica, which winds up in the hands of each of the children, and the children's shared love of music. Echo is a brilliant work that weaves magic realism and historical fiction together to create a compelling story of hope and redemption Ages 9+


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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804170567
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Published: Anchor Books - January 12th, 2016

Missoula is a hard, but important book that I believe every parent should read. The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults at the University of Montana that were reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Krakauer focuses on a handful of these stories, and how they were handled by the university and the local police, to create a chilling narrative that sheds light on why rape is so prevalent on American campuses and why the victims of rape are so reluctant to report their assaults. You will not be able to put this book down.


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ISBN: 9780385743174
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 4th, 2015

This brilliant new book explores the boundaries of friendship. Goodbye Stranger tells two stories in alternating chapters: the story of 7th grader Bridge and the story of an unnamed high school girl. In both stories the characters are dealing with the challenges of friendship and love. When Bridge was five or six, she survived an accident that should have killed her and the nurse told her, "You must have survived for a reason." Even since Bridge has been searching for that purpose. Now in 7th grade, Bridge and her two best friends find that maintaining their close friendship is being challenged. Meanwhile, the high school girl has decided to cut class on Valentine's Day. Something has happened that has changed everything for her--but the reader is left wondering what while the girl struggles through the day. How these two stories come together creates a mystery that is not resolved until the final pages of this brilliant book. Ages 10+


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ISBN: 9780525428756
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Published: Dial Books - September 8th, 2015

Full Cicada Moon is a wonderful story about 13 year old Mimi's struggle to fit in with her classmates in a predominantly white Vermont town in 1969. Mimi, her African American father, and her Japanese mother have moved there from Berkeley, California, where she was surrounded by her mother's family. Mimi's family receives a reception that ranges from chilly to hostile, but she slowly finds her place, even as she refuses to conform--fighting for the right to join Shop class rather than Home Economics, entering science competitions, and never letting go of her dream to become an astronaut--no matter how many times she is told that her dream is impossible. This coming of age novel is perfect for readers, aged 10+, who loved Brown Girl Dreaming, Inside Out and Back Again, Echo, or Goodbye Stranger.


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ISBN: 9780553524024
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2016

The Serpent King is a luminous first novel by Jeff Zenter, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who has recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debby Harry. It tells the story of 3 teens growing up in the rural South--Dill, the son of a disgraced Pentecostal minister, Travis, the song of an abusive father, and their friend Lydia. As the friends start their senior year, Dill begins to realize that he and Travis are trapped by their limited circumstances while Lydia looks forward to attending college. The Serpent King provides a window into the hard realities of growing up, and living, in the Bible Belt, while telling a compelling story about each of these teens struggle to define their future. Ages 12+


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Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 2nd, 2016

Pax, by award-winning author Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Caldecott winner Jon Klassen, is the most beautiful story about the bond between a boy and a fox since The Little Prince. The story is set in an unnamed country, in an undisclosed year. Peter adopted a motherless baby fox shortly after his mother died, and the two have been inseparable for 5 years until one day his father tells Peter that he is going to war, Peter will be living with his grandfather, and his fox, Pax, cannot go with Peter. Peter throws Pax's toy into the forest and leaves with his father before Pax returns with the toy. Later that evening, at his grandfather's house, Peter realizes taht he must find Pax, even though the fox is now several hundred miles away. Meanwhile, Pax, who was tamed by Peter, is confused about why his boy left him, and is forced to learn how to be wild in order to survive. This is a book you must not miss! Ages 8+


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ISBN: 9780385540599
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Published: Doubleday Books - June 28th, 2016

Not only is We Could Be Beautiful the best beach read of 2016, it is an intelligent and skillful examination of privilege, greed, family and love. 42 year old Catherine West is a privileged NewYorker who has it all--except for a husband and child. Catherine wonders whether she will ever find Mr. Right, until a stunning man approaches her at a gala for contemporary folk art. Two weeks later William Stockton moves into Catherine's Upper East Side home. When William proposes, Catherine is thrilled, but by then she has started to sense that things may not be as they seem. Why does her mother (who has Alzheimer's) react so badly to William's name? Why is William so secretive about his past. You will not be able to put this psychological thriller down until you reluctantly reach the very last page.


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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525426165
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz is an amazing story about the exploits of 3 children and a greyhound in the Middle Ages.  Told by the people who encounter them along their way, the children are ordinary children with extraordinary (perhaps even unworldly powers) who defy their king when he orders that all Jewish texts be colected and burned.  Based in part on history, in part on legend, and in part of  Gidwitz' extraordinary imagination, this is a story of love, loss, religious persecurtion, bravery and the triumph of the human spirit.  Young teen readers will love this book!


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ISBN: 9781481422598
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - November 15th, 2016

Ticket to India by N. H. Senzai is the story of two young Pakistania istani American sisters who accompany their grandmother on a trip to her birthplace in Aminpur, India.  Along the way they learn how their grandmother came to Pakistan during the Great Partition in 1948, when India and Pakistan were wrenched apart.  This is a beautiful coming of age story that also sheds light on a turbulent time that led to the deaths of at least a million Muslims.  Ages 10+.


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Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763681173
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 12th, 2016

Raymie Nightingale is another great book by Newbery Award winning author Kate DiCamillo. Raymie Clark's father left home with his girlfriend two days ago, but Raymie has a plan to bring him home. When he reads that she has won the Little Miss Central Florida Tire Competition, he father will return for sure! When Raymie signs up for baton lessons for the talent competition, she meets two unlikely compatriots, Louisiana and Beverly, and their shared loneliness and loss draws them into an unforgettable adventure. Ages 10+.


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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780525426165
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz is an amazing story about the exploits of 3 children and a greyhound in the Middle Ages. Told by a number of people who encounter them along the way, Jeanne, William and Jacob are ordinary children with extraordinary (perhaps even unworldly powers) who defy their king's order that all Jewish texts be collected and burned.  Based in part on history, in part on legend, and in part on Gidwitz' extraordinary imagination, this is a story of love, loss, religious persecution, and courage, laced with a dose of magic.  Young teen readers will love this book!  Penguin 2016


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Once We Were Sisters: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143129295
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Published: Penguin Books - January 17th, 2017

Once We Were Sisters is a heart-breaking memoir by South African author (Becoming Jane Eyre) Sheila Kohler.  Sheila's sister Maxine. married to a noted South African heart surgeon who abused her and their 6 children, died at 39 when her husband drove their car into a lamppost. Kohler spent 35 years haunted by questions related to Maxine's death and her own failure to act despite her knowledge of the abuse, and she has tried to find closure for her sister's untimely death in her many works of fiction.  Finally, in this haunting memoir, she deals with the family, sexism, misogyny and other societal factors that led to this tragedy as she explores the bond between two sisters that changed, but never broke, even after Maxine's death.  Penguin


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Faithful Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476799209
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2016

Faithful, by Alice Hoffman, is a moving novel about a high school senior who walks away from a tragic accident that leaves her best friend comatose. Convinced that the accident was her fault, Shelby is unable to move on--as frozen in time as Helene.  Faithful is Shelby's story--but it is also the story of the people who continue to support her as she struggles to overcome her grief and guilt. Shelby is a woman you will fall in love with as you share her heartaches and her joys.  It is a book that captures the angst of a young girl who has lost her way but has the courage to fight back.   Simon & Schuster


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Miss You Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062460226
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Published: Harper - April 4th, 2017

Miss You by Kate Eberlen   is a poignant story about two people whose lives crisscross over the years.  After sharing a brief moment with each other in Florence, where they are both on holiday, Tess's plans to attend university are waylaid by her mother's illness and untimely death.  Gus, who was in Florence with his parents, attempting to recover from a tragedy that shattered the family, heads to medical school.  Several times over the years their paths cross as their lives diverge from what they had imagined.  The chances that they will ever find each other seems slight, but fate can be fickle.  Miss You is a luminous love story that will grab you up and keep you reading!  Harper


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ISBN: 9780778319818
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Published: Mira Books - February 21st, 2017

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff is a story of two extraordinary women who are thrown together during World War 2.  16 year old Noa is disowned by her family when she becomes pregnant by a Nazi soldier and is forced to give up her baby.  When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish babies headed for a concentration camp, she is haunted by the child that was taken from her and snatches one of the babies.  Ingrid grew up in a Jewish circus family in Germany where she performed as an aerialist and married a German officer, but in 1942 her husband is forced to divorce her and she returns to her hometown only to find that her family has disappeared.  A rival German circus family takes her in and gives her a stage name and forged Aryan papers.  Noa and the baby also find refuge in the German circus, but Nora must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in.  Although rivals at first, Noa and Astrid forge a powerful bond, but the circus' power to protect them is tenuous and Noa and Astrid are forced to decide what matters most to each of them.  I loved this book!  


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Her Every Fear Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062427021
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 10th, 2017

Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson is a psychologic thriller that is a great next read for those who loved Gone Girl and  Girl on the Train.  Kate, a young English woman who has suffered a terrible trauma, decides a change of scenery might aid in her recover and agrees to trade apartments with an American cousin, Corbin, whom she has never met.  As soon as she arrives, Kate discovers a grisly murder has taken place next door. When she reaches out to her cousin, he denies any involvement in the murder, calming her fears until she comes across some disturbing items hidden in the apartment and discovers that Corbin is not where he says he is.  Told from multiple points of view, Her Every Fear is a quick-paced thriller that delves into the darkest corners of the human psyche.


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ISBN: 9781627791168
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 25th, 2017

The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman is the second book in the amazing Book Scavenger series.  This sequel is just as good as the New York Times bestseller, The Book Scavenger.  Emily and John find a coded note that their teacher, Mr. Quisling, drops at a book event, which leads them to a trail of encrypted messages in books hidden in various San Francisco sites.  As they dig deeper, they realize that Mr. Quisling has been trying to break a legendary historical puzzle, the Unbreakable Code.  You won’t be able to put this book down as you follow Emily and John around San Francisco, trying to figure out who is hiding the encrypted messages in Mark Twain books, what they say, and why each hidden book triggers an arson fire after it is discovered.  A great mystery for ages 8 to 12!


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A Crack in the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399545191
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2017

A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bowman is an amazing new fantasy/historical fiction novel for young teen and young adult who love Grace Lin’s books (e.g., When the Mountain Meets the Moon), Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, and The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig.  The book features 3 pairs of siblings who live in two worlds.  The Second World is inhabited by Raftworlders and Islanders (including Pip, who can talk to fish, and his sister, Kinchen.  The Raftworlders and Islanders share a common origin story about siblings Venus and Swimmer, who escaped a slave boat in the First World via a portal to the Second World.  Thanh and his sister, Sang, are stranded on a fishing boat in the middle of the ocean, trying to escape the ravages of the Vietnam War in the First World.  Add to this 2 mountainous sea monsters and mix to create a dazzling book about family, magic and mortality. 


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Beyond the Bright Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101994856
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk is a touching story about a young girl living on an isolated island off the coast of Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift on a small boat when she was an infant, Crow was rescued by Osh, a refugee from the mainland with a mysterious past, who has raised her.  As Crow uncovers bits of her history, she triggers a chain of events that lead her to follow a dangerous patch in her search to discover who she is and where she came from.  Ages 10+ 


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ISBN: 9780399544569
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 4th, 2017

Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy  is an exceptional story about the friendship between a white girl and an elderly black woman, set in a small town outside of Atlanta in the 1960s.  Alice’s life is disrupted when her parents separate, but things go from bad to worse when her mother decides to move back to her hometown of Rainbow, Georgia, to take care of her mother, who is struggling with dementia.  When Alice listens in on a neighbor’s phone conversation, her mother sends her over to apologize and to volunteer to do some work for her as penance.  Miss Millie suggests that Alice could walk her elderly dog, Clarence, but he refuses to move unless Miss Millie joins them.   Walking with Clarence and Miss Millie quickly becomes the highlight of Alice’s summer vacation, as Miss Millie shares her family’s story.  Don’t miss this beautiful book!  Ages 8-13


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ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

Refugee by Alan Graz is a must-read book that tells the stories of 3 families in different countries and different eras, united by their search for a safe place to live.  Josef is a Jewish boy in Germany in the 1930s; Isabel is a young girl living in Cuba in the 1990s; and Mahnoud is a boy living in Syria in 2015.  Refuge tells each of their stories, which are full of struggle, heroism, and adventure, as their families take to the sea in search of refuge from the terrors that surround them in their home countries.  Ages 9 to 12


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ISBN: 9780544759275
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 29th, 2017

The Van Gogh Deception by Deron Hicks is an amazing adventure/mystery filled with fascinating facts about art.  A boy is found in the National Gallery, gazing blankly at a Degas statue.  When the guards ask him his name, he doesn’t know his name or any other information they can use to identify him.  Suffering from amnesia which may have been brought on by psychological or emotional trauma, he is placed with a foster mother and her daughter, who discover that he has an extraordinary knowledge of art and art history.  As Art tries to figure out who he is, he learns that he is being stalked by a group of terrifying adults.  The publisher describes The Van Gogh Deception as “Dan Brown meets Jason Bourne,” which captures this riveting thriller perfectly.  Ages 10+  


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ISBN: 9781442472426
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 22nd, 2016

Can you imagine a world where illness and death have been eliminated and people are governed by an all-knowing, benevolent and non-judgmental digital cloud that has evolved into a sentient entity known as “Thunderhead “?  This is the world of Scythe by Neal Shusterman, and the only glitch is that a small number of people must be eliminated each year in order to prevent overcrowding.  A small group of humans, known as “Scythes,” have been selected to ensure that these necessary deaths are handled in a nondiscriminatory and humane fashion.  But what happens when some of the Scythes break the rules and operate in their own self-interest?  When Citra and Rowan are selected to apprentice for one of the Scythes, they must decide whom they can trust—each other, their Scythes or Thunderhead.   This amazing dystopian novel is promising start to Shusterman’s next series!  Ages 12+


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ISBN: 9780544586505
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Published: Clarion Books - March 7th, 2017

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by best-selling author Saenz Benjamin Cura is a wonderful story of three college bound Latino teens during a pivotal year in their lives.  The book is written by Salvador, a Caucasian boy adopted by a gay man when his mother died, and it describes his internal struggle as his happy home life is torn apart by the illness of his beloved grandmother; the death of his best friend, Samantha’s mother; jealousy triggered when his father’s lover reenters the picture; and the struggles of his friend, Fito, who lives a tragically difficult life with his drug addicted mother and brothers.  This is a beautiful coming of age story about friends and family, love and loss, that should not be missed! 


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ISBN: 9780544829695
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 28th, 2017

Things I Should Have Known by Claire LeZebnik is about Chloe Mitchell, a beautiful 17 year old with the best looking boyfriend in the school.  From a distance, her life looks perfect, but she’s struggling with a difficult stepdad and Ivy, her autistic sister.  When Chloe decides that Ivy needs a boyfriend, she finds a boy in Ivy’s class who seems perfect—that is, until Chloe realizes that Ethan’s brother is her high school nemesis, David Fields.  Be prepared for a lot of twists and turns as you follow the chain of events that Chloe unleashes when she acts as matchmaker.   You will fall in love with Chloe and Ivy when you read this extraordinary book about life’s many challenges and opportunities!  12+  


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ISBN: 9780316315500
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2017

Bang by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers) is, as the cover describes, “a heartbreaking novel about living with your worst mistake.”  When he was 4 years old, Sebastian Cody accidentally shot and killed his baby sister, and he has been living with the consequences ever since.  A loner, Sebastian meets and falls in love with Aneesa, a Muslim teen who has moved into his neighborhood and who slowly coaxes him out of his shell.  When he realizes that Aneesa does not feel the same way about him, Sebastian decides that the only way to rectify his past is to return to his original plan: “It took a gun to get him into this.  Now he needs a gun to get out.” The ending of the book will surprise and inspire.  12+  


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ISBN: 9780778330639
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Published: Mira Books - February 21st, 2017


The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff is a story of two extraordinary women who are thrown together during World War 2.  16 year old Noa is disowned by her family when she becomes pregnant by a Nazi soldier and is forced to give up her baby.  When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish babies headed for a concentration camp, she is haunted by the child that was taken from her and snatches one of the babies.  Ingrid grew up in a Jewish circus family in Germany where she performed as an aerialist and married a German officer, but in 1942 her husband is forced to divorce her and she returns to her hometown only to find that her family has disappeared.  A rival German circus family takes her in and gives her a stage name and forged Aryan papers.  Noa and the baby also find refuge in the German circus, but Nora must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in.  Although rivals at first, Noa and Astrid forge a powerful bond, but the circus' power to protect them is tenuous and Noa and Astrid are forced to decide what matters most to each of them.  I loved this book! 


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ISBN: 9780062474070
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 18th, 2017

The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi is a moving debut novel about two childhood friends in Mumbai, India, whose lives change forever in one fateful moment.  Mukta, a 10 year old village girl from a lower caste is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in an attempt to save her from becoming a temple prostitite like her mother and grandmother before her.  When she arrives, she discovers a friend in 8 year old Tara, the family's daughter.  Several years later, Mukta is kidnapped from Tara's hoome.  Unable to find her, Tara and her family move to find a new life in Los Angeles, but neither of them recover from Mukta's loss.  When her father dies 11 years later, Tara returns to India determined to find Mukta, and her search takes her into the brutal world of human sex trafficking.  You won't be able to put this compelling book down!


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ISBN: 9781250130402
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 2nd, 2017

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion, the author of New York Times best seller, The Rosie Project, is another home run.  After two books about quirky genetics profession Don Tillman and his unlikely romance with Rosie, Simsion has taken an different direction.  20 years ago Adam Sharp had a passionate love affair with Angelina Brown.  When Adam leaves the country for another work assignment, Angelina stays behind to pursue her acting career. Move to the present and Alan is living with his partner in England when he receives several emails from Anglina, who asks, “Do you want to live dangerously?”  What follows is a wonderful story about love, music, growing old and feeling young, staying together and drifting apart.  Play the music (available on Spotify) while you read this beautiful book! 


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ISBN: 9780385542210
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Published: Doubleday Books - July 25th, 2017

The Goddesses by Swan Huntley is an extraordinary psychological novel about a woman who moves to Hawaii with her family to escape from her husband’s indiscretions and to start a new life.  In an attempt to reinvent herself, Nancy Myers decides to take up yoga, where she meets a charismatic yoga teacher.  Soon Nancy’s life is revolving around Ana while she slowly begins to realize that Hawaii may not be the paradise she was hoping for.  Another fascinating psychological domestic thriller by the author of We Could be Beautiful.