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Miles McHale, Tattletale Cover Image
By Christianne C. Jones, Elina Ellis (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781515807537
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Published: Picture Window Books - March 2017

This is a fun story about a problem we don't hear much about anymore--tattling. Miles McHale simply cannot stop himself from reporting on the activities of others, no matter how many times his parents and teacher remind him. One day his teacher, Mrs. Snitcher (get it?) comes up with an idea: a Tattle Battle! Miles is well on the way to leading his team to a huge loss when he finally learns the difference between telling and tattling. Bright illustrations. -- Susan (RBB Staff)


Niko Draws a Feeling Cover Image
By Bob Raczka, Simone Shin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781467798433
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Published: Carolrhoda Books - April 1st, 2017

Niko finds inspiration all around him and likes to draw what he is experiencing and feeling--the hard work of a robin building her nest, or the warmth the of the sun on his face. But when he shows his artwork to friends and family, no one understands or even appreciates his creativity. Until he meets Iris. A thoughtful and touching  story about creative expression and the beauty of finding a kindred spirit. -- Holly (RBB Staff)


Noah Webster's Fighting Words Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781467794107
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Published: Millbrook Press - April 1st, 2017

Another fabulous picture book biography for children (and adults as well). Provides a great introduction to a man of original thought and supreme confidence who declared that words should be spelled the way they sound and that a dictionary should reflect the way language is used. The illustrations are edited just the way Noah Webster would approve, and contain all kinds of details to reflect the times while also being lighthearted. Who knew that the life of a writer of dictionaries could be so much fun and such an inspiration!. -- Susan (RBB Staff)


This House, Once Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481442848
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2017

This book is bsolutely gorgeous, both the lyrical text and the illustrations, which include animals just cute enough to engage kids. Warm and gentle, perfect for curling up together to take a look at some of the things that go into the homes that shelter us, with just enough information to get you thinking about where things come from. Lovely! -- Joan (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

Catstronauts: Mission Moon Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780316307451
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 18th, 2017

Cats! Space! Sandwiches! In this delightful graphic novel, the four top catstronauts are sent on a brand new moon mission to build a solar power station that will fix earth's energy crisis. They train, they snack, they travel through space! Silly feline science is mixed with actual facts about the space program and its history, including a cameo by cat Neil Armstrong! Perfect for younger graphic novel fans or for anyone who loves space. -- Lily (RBB Staff)


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)


The Lotterys Plus One Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545925815
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 28th, 2017

Sumac Lottery's family is a fabulous and full one, with four parents, seven kids, a dog, a couple of cats, a parrot, and, suddenly, a cranky grandfather whose memory is fading fast. Sumac decides to save everyone from this new intrusion--who disapproves of her family and changes their way of life--by carefully plotting to send him away. But as her schemes are attempted and discarded, Sumac begins to realize she might be turning into the villain of her own story. This book is full of silly details, a delightfully wacky and diverse cast of characters, and important questions about family--chosen or otherwise. -- Lily (RBB Staff)


Young Adult

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Alex, Approximately Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481478779
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Published: Simon Pulse - April 4th, 2017

Alex, Approximately is a contemporary romance based on the film You've Got Mail, which is based on the Broadway musical She Loves Me and and the Hungarian play Parfumerie. The main characters Bailey and Porter (online name is Alex) communicate via an online chat room for film lovers. When Bailey moves to "Alex's" home town, shenanigans ensue. We LOVED this book. It didn't take itself too seriously and it was seriously fun!  -- Shannon & Quinn (Teen Book Club)


Piper Perish Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452155838
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 7th, 2017

Teen Piper Perish is inspired by artist Andy Warhol so much that she cut her hair to look like him. She has plans to go to New York after graduation with her best friend and her boyfriend. That is, until things start to turn against her favor--including her pregnant sister moving in, her boyfriend breaking up with her, and the strained relationship with her best friend. Artsy with just enough drama. -- Stacy (RBB Staff)


Speak of Me as I Am Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399546761
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Published: Philomel Books - April 4th, 2017

When Damon's best friend, Carlos, dies over the summer, his parents move him from private to public school in Washington D.C. for a fresh start. Carlos was a photographer, and Damon takes it upon himself to use Carlos's old camera and keep taking pictures, which is how he meets Melanie. Melanie, who also lost her mother earlier in the year. Melanie, who is also learning how to grieve. Damon, Melanie, and her best friend Tristan all get involved in the school play, Othello, and become close. This story was surprisingly romantic and sweet. -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)


Strange the Dreamer Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316341684
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 28th, 2017

Beautifully written, vividly imagined, ruthless, hopeful--Strange the Dreamer is everything I wanted it to be. This is a tale of magic, monsters, love, hate, vengeance, secrets, and imagination, just to name a few themes. Laini Taylor has done something brilliant here, not the least of which is the amazing plotting maneuver that makes this 530-pager perfectly readable. -- Angela (RBB Staff)


The Inexplicable Logic of My Life Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544586505
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Published: Clarion Books - March 7th, 2017

An absolutely beautiful novel. The main character, Sal, lives in a small border town with his adoptive father. When Sal and his best friend, Sam, start their senior year of high school, everything starts to change. Sal can't stop getting into fist fights, his Mima is dying, and both Sam and Sal's friend Fito suffer losses that turn their world upside down. There's also the fact that Sal's dad is maybe dating someone for the first time and Sal doesn't know how to share him. Sal's journey of love, loss, friendship, grief, and learning is written in Sáenz's gorgeous poetic style. I cried at least six times while reading this--I think this might be the best book I've read in the last few years. -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)


Adult

The Dude Diet: Clean(ish) Food for People Who Like to Eat Dirty Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062424389
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Published: Harper Wave - October 25th, 2016

OMG! If this is "dieting", then sign me up! I want to cook the delectable Fiesta BBQ Chicken Nachos for my dude (who would eat pizza and ice cream at every meal if he could). I love that the recipes seem doable and actually are better for you than most "guilty pleasures" out there. What a great way to eat healthier while pretending to sin! -- Barb (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)