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I Love Minnesota: An ABC Adventure Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781492628385
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - February 2nd, 2016

This is a fun book full of ideas for things to do and see and appreciate in Minnesota. Letters correspond to Segway Tours, Great Lakes Aquarium, and Mall of America...also hot dish, bird (loon), and orchestras. Written and illustrated in bright colors by Sandra Magsamen, this is a perfect introduction to Minnesota and the alphabet, and a reminder of what we love best about our great state.-- Susan (RBB Staff)


Little Penguins Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553507706
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - October 25th, 2016

I love this picture book about young penguins discovering the many joys of winter! Cynthia Rylant's simple text pairs perfectly with Christian Robinson's paint and paper collage illustrations. Time for mittens, scarves, and boots--not to mention cozy jammies and yummy cookies! This will make a wonderful bedtime book for little ones. - Barb Bassett (RBB Staff)


The Littlest Family's Big Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553511017
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 18th, 2016

Whimsical author and illustrator Emily Winfield Martin's (Dream Animals, Day Dreamers) new book is all about getting lost, but making the most of it. A little family wanders into the woods to try and find their new home, and run into all sorts of creatures and friends. Just when they think they'll never find a place to live, they get help from an unlikely acquaintance. -- Kelsie (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

Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545581608
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Published: Graphix - August 30th, 2016

There are so many fun things about this book!  Full-color illustrations. A how-to drawing guide in the back. Various other interactive elements that make it a giftable Christmas book. It follows Dog Man, the half-dog, half-man police officer invented by Harold and George, of Captain Underpants fame. Very silly, silly humor. -Matt Ervin (RBB Staff)


Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780763670634
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 1st, 2017

Mary Losure's engaging, readable biography of Isaac Newton is a wonderful introduction to the great mathematician, alchemist, and scientist. Evocative prose brings Newton's world to life and clearly shows the ways in which his interests in alchemy and the natural world drove his groundbreaking work. Fabulous photographs of original source materials and intriguing backmatter add to the appeal of this great new biography. -- Angela (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

#Famous Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062430038
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 14th, 2017

Artsy girl Rachel sits pretty low on the social ladder, so when her picture of cute, popular guy Kyle goes viral, she is surprised to find herself suddenly in the spotlight. As both Kyle and Rachel become more famous, they spend more time together. Their budding friendship (and maybe more) gets put to the test when the whole "homecoming" question comes into play. A sweet, modern romance great for fans of Stephanie Perkins. -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)


Caraval Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250095251
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 31st, 2017

Scarlett has been looking for a way to escape her horrible father for years. Finally, one night, she receives two tickets to a mysterious interactive game. But will she be able to tell the difference between real life and the game? I really enjoyed this book. The plot kept you guessing at every turn. It was such a fun and complicated read. It was described as a combination of The Hunger Games and Alice In Wonderland, which describes it perfectly. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good suspenseful book or fans of Alice-- Claire W. (Teen Book Club)


Crazy Messy Beautiful Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399175534
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Published: Philomel Books - February 7th, 2017

Neruda, named after the famous love poet Pablo Neruda, can't seem to have any luck with love, even though he has fallen in love many times. When he starts learning more about Callie through a school assignment, he thinks that she could be the one. Everything seems to be finally coming together for Neruda, until everything he thought about love turns out to be wrong. This is a well-written book that captures the difficulty of finding love. I loved the plot and enjoyed reading and finding out what would happen to Neruda in the end. If you're looking for a quick and fun read, this book is for you. -- Payton S. (Teen Book Club)


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)


Adult

The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second ACT Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780385351751
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 4th, 2016

Who doesn't love Julia Child? When I heard that Alex Prud'homme had written a follow-up to My Life in France, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it--and I was not disappointed! French Chef in America covers Julia's years as public TV's French Chef, and goes into fascinating detail about her personal and professional life, the food movement, and the history of America in the 60's and 70's. Pardon the pun, but I ate it up!  --Barb (RBB Staff)


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 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)