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Bob, Not Bob!: *To Be Read as Though You Have the Worst Cold Ever Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484723029
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - February 14th, 2017

Poor Louie.  He has the worst cold ever. And his nose is so clogged that his words are are completely misunderstood.  He just wants the comfort of his mom but whenever he tries calling, "MOM!"  it comes out as "BOB!" and his slobbering dog (named Bob) excitedly comes running.  This book captures the misery of having the worst cold ever with great humor.  A fun read-aloud that older kids will enjoy reading to younger kids. -- Holly (RBB Staff)


John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien Cover Image
By Caroline McAlister, Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626720923
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 21st, 2017

This vibrant, enchanting picture book biography of J.R.R. Tolkien is absolutely beautiful. The illustrations will attract fans of dragons just as much as the subject matter will interest fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Not only an interesting look at the life of a well-loved author, this is a story about developing good ideas over time and is a real pleasure to read. -- Angela (RBB Staff)


Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Raul Colon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481416009
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 5th, 2016

This is an inspiring story about yet another great scientist who persevered as a woman before her time. Marie Tharp loved maps and she loved science. She put the two together when she mapped the ocean floor and was able to confirm the theory of continental drift. First-person text told in a strong voice by Robert Burleigh. Rich illustrations by Raúl Colón. -- Susan (RBB Staff)


Watersong Cover Image
By Tim McCanna, Richard Smythe (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481468817
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 31st, 2017

I love everything about this book! The illustrations are beautiful and the rhythm of the simple words is spot-on. The backmatter includes facts about the water cycle that will appeal to older readers and the fabulous sounds of the words will make it a great addition to storytime. A wonderful new read aloud.-- Angela (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

Forever, or a Long, Long Time Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062385680
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Published: HarperCollins - March 7th, 2017

Beautiful, often heart-wrenching story of Flora and Julian, who have been in the foster care system so long they can't quite believe they're now in a forever home. And they don't believe they were ever born, because there is no proof they were, but when their mom becomes pregnant, it sparks a search for their own beginnings. Flora has a unique way of looking at life, and if her insights sometimes seem far beyond her years, they are also spot-on and heartfelt. I loved this, beginning to end. -- Joan (RBB Staff)


Frogkisser! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338052084
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 28th, 2017

A fabulously funny story full of fractured fairy tales, frogs, dogs, and the coolest wizard EVER. Princess Anya doesn't particularly want to go on a Quest (or even a lowercase quest), but when her step-stepfather's evilness reaches new heights, it's up to her to save her sister, her kingdom, and the transformed animals she meets along the way. Layered throughout with serious questions about responsibility, privilege, and power, the book never turns boring or preachy, instead taking the reader on a hilarious romp of a ride that might teach them some important things along the way. Such a delight. -- Lily (RBB Staff)


Revenge of the Green Banana Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544786776
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Published: Clarion Books - January 3rd, 2017

James Murphy has to survive sixth grade at St. Stephens Catholic School in this hilarious novel by award-winning nonfiction author Jim Murphy. As a graduate of Catholic schools, I can tell you that the menacing nuns, classroom crushes, and goofy pranks are all too real (although I never had to lead second-graders in a banana costume--thank heaven). I loved this book because it made me LAUGH! If you enjoy Jon Scieszka's brand of humor, this one is for you.  -- Barb (RBB Staff)


The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Thai Neave (Photographer)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544570979
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - February 14th, 2017

I have chills from reading this. Kwame's rules for success make me want to go out and do something with my life! In The Playbook, he presents rules for kids to follow to achieve success. Each rule is written as a poem, and accompanied by quotes from famous athletes. Although this has a basketball theme, and all of the quotes are from athletes, it is definitely for all aspects of life. My favorite part of reading this is learning a bit more of Kwame's life, and how he hasn't always been successful. It is perseverance that has gotten him to where he is now. -- Julie (RBB Staff)


Young Adult

The Careful Undressing of Love Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399186738
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - January 31st, 2017

Any girl who lives on Devonairre Street is cursed to a life without love, for any boy they love will die within five years. Lorna has lived on Devonairre street her whole life with her mom and her friends Delilah, Isla, Charlotte, and Cruz. They don't believe in the curse, because no boys have died since The Bombing in New York a few years back. But when Delilah's boyfriend Jack is killed, their lives are put under a spotlight. It doesn't help that they all wear keys on their necklaces and keep their hair long. Sure, they're dark and mysterious but they don't want the rest of New York watching them. It was easy to get lost in Lorna's world as she and her friends struggle with belief, discovery, grief, and growing up. -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)


The Other F-Word Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374302344
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - March 7th, 2017

The other F-word is "family," and this book is about all sorts. Families of choice and found families, biological and adoptive and legally ordained. Milo is allergic to practically everything, so when his doctor suggests researching his family's medical history, he decides to find the sperm donor who is his biological father. He enlists the help of two half-sisters and a half-brother (all children of the same sperm donor). Along the way, the four kids, their siblings, and the parents who have raised them come to terms with the different ways families exist and all the people who can become family, regardless of genetics. -- Lily (RBB Staff)


We Are Okay Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525425892
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2017

This gorgeously wrought novel takes us into the claustrophobic space of an empty dorm and the even more claustrophobic depression that can come from grief. Marin is just barely surviving, living in the dorms over the holiday break because she has nowhere else to go. When her best friend and ex-girlfriend Mabel comes to visit, a few other things come with her--a reason to tell someone what's happened, a reason to find her way out of this space. Spare and achingly lovely--an incredible read. -- Lily (RBB Staff)


Adult

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250113320
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 17th, 2017

A pleasantly slow-paced and contemplative novel, this book is a long walk through the end of a year, through a city, and through a life. Based in part on the real life story of advertiser and poet Margaret Fishback, this book lives in a nostalgic 1980s New York City. As our protagonist, Lillian Boxfish, thinks about her past relationships, jobs, and poetry, she takes a long walk through both her present-day Manhattan and the one she remembers. An intelligent blanket-and-tea or lazy-breakfast kind of read.-- Lily (RBB Staff)


The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$19.95
ISBN: 9781419718779
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 7th, 2017

I don't think there was a moment in this book when I didn't have tears in my eyes--from sorrow, from joy, from a mix of the two. Gorgeously rendered in graphic novel form, Bui's memoir covers an incredible range: the "long shadow" of grief and trauma, the history of Vietnam, the ways we inevitably fail our parents and our children. This is a story of families, of refugees, and of identity--one that would be needed in any moment, but especially now. 14+. -- Lily (RBB Staff)


The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501126345
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Published: Scribner Book Company - August 2nd, 2016

Essays by young African American writers continue the dialogue on race in America. From Carol Anderson on white rage, to Garnette Cadogan on walking while black, and Claudia Rankine on the hope that shared mourning for black lives lost can become a connection that leads, finally, to change, I’ve found I can only read one essay at a time—each one requires that I stop and think and process before I move on to the next. It isn't often that I'll read a collection where I'm stunned by every essay, but in this case, I have been. --Joan (RBB Staff)