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A World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa's Tasty Trip Around the World Cover Image
By M. E. Furman, Susan Gal (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544226203
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 17th, 2017

 I absolutely love this book about how kids all over the world celebrate Santa with special holiday treats! Who knew that Indonesians leave pineapple-filled cookies for Sinterklaas, or that kids in the UK leave mince pies and milk (or Guinness) for Father Christmas?! The colorful illustrations positively sparkle--and I love that families can follow the recipes to make their own sweets for Santa. I want to bake some cookies NOW!   — Barb (RBB Staff)


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Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call Cover Image
By Mary Ann Fraser, Mary Ann Fraser (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897211
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - August 15th, 2017

This was such an interesting book! From his early childhood Alexander Graham Bell was fascinated by sounds, and ways to communicate with sound. He learned from his speech therapist father and his almost-deaf mother. As an adult he met Thomas Watson and together they invented the telephone, surely one of the greatest inventions to come out of the Age of Invention. But Alex didn't stop there, he went on to create the June Bug, the first plane to prove human beings could fly, and the hydrodome, the fastest boat of its time. His life wasn't always easy, but he often used hardship to inspire ways to improve the lives of others. The artwork is engaging and there are fascinating notes accompanying the story along the way. -- Susan (RBB Staff)


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Fox and the Bike Ride Cover Image
By Corey R. Tabor, Corey R. Tabor (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062398758
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - October 24th, 2017

Fox and his animal friends are preparing for their annual bike ride, but he has something extra exciting planned this year. Scheming is what he does best, after all! Corey Tabor's vibrant, dynamic illustrations suck the reader into the story, and his text includes plenty of repetition to help new readers find their way. — Angela (RBB Staff)


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Hector the Collector Cover Image
By Emily Beeny, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722965
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - July 3rd, 2017

As a collector myself, I loved the way the author used Hector's collecting of acorns as an illustration of the ways museums and libraries get started. These institutions contain all sorts of treasures for many different people to enjoy. In the end, a collection like Hector's is equally important, even if only enjoyed by one person. Hector sees beauty and imagination in acorns. His classmates have different collections they find interesting and valuable. It's not hoarding, it's collecting! And this story is a lovely way to illustrate that. -- Susan (RBB Staff)


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Karl, Get Out of the Garden!: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything Cover Image
By Anita Sanchez, Catherine Stock (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580896061
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - March 21st, 2017

Beautiful water color paintings illustrate the story of Carolus Linnaeus, the man who grew from a boy fascinated by plants to become the person who courageously classified the natural world. Before Karl's time, names for plants and animals were very long and they changed from region to region depending on where they were found and who was doing the naming. At first Karl's classifications were seen as heretical, but in time, after his own students went out into the world spreading Karl's new ideas, people came to appreciate his enormous contribution. His work allowed scientists all over the world to communicate with one another. There is lots of detail in this well-constructed biography but it's not overwhelming, just inspiring! -- Susan (RBB Staff)


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This Book Will Not Be Fun Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399550614
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

I love this book! I'm sorry Cirocco, but I DID have fun. It's a great book to read aloud. The mouse has a pretentious voice, fun to imitate, and although he promises we will not have fun, he is wrong. After all, we get to watch him "shake his bottom" as it were. Who wouldn't enjoy that? -- Julie (RBB Staff)


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Yak and Dove Cover Image
By Kyo Maclear, Esme Shapiro (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781770494947
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - September 19th, 2017

Yak and Dove are friends. Yak and Dove are opposites. Perhaps, they think, they are not friends? This tale is told in three separate stories. First Yak and Dove think they could be twins, but soon are listing each other's faults. Yak has fur, Dove has feathers, Yak likes quiet, Dove likes noise. Soon, they are not smiling at each other. They are not friends. Yak laments his loss and auditions a new friend. Guess who gets the role?! In the end, Yak and Dove realize that friends don't have to be the same. A fun read-aloud for all ages. — Julie (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

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A Properly Unhaunted Place Cover Image
By William Alexander, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481469159
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 22nd, 2017

The excellent mix of adventure, great characters, and writing that I sometimes have to stop and re-read for the beauty of it. Rosa's mother, a ghost appeasement specialist, isn't functioning since they moved, so when an apparition threatens the town of Ingot--a town that is known for having no ghosts--it's up to Rosa to figure out how to save the day. Ghosts, swordplay, horses, friendship--and an opinion about turkey legs at a Renaissance Festival--make this a fun, exciting read.  -- Joan (RBB Staff)


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Have Sword, Will Travel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545259026
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 31st, 2017

When Odo stumbles upon an enchanted sword in the bottom of the lake, it immediately knights him, even though his best friend Eleanor is the one who's always wanted to be a knight. But the sword insists that it can't change allegiances and that Odo--now Sir Odo--is destined to be a true knight. And that means going on a quest. Along the way the three travelers meet all sorts--from brigands to dragons--and discover that being a knight might be about more than just tourneys and single combat. Smart, funny, and an absorbing read.    — Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Dollmaker of Krakow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524715397
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 12th, 2017

Karolina is a wooden doll that works as a seamstress in the Land of Dolls. However, when the rats invade her country and kill her people, Karolina is forced to flee and is called to the human world by a kind wind. There, she meets the dollmaker, a lonely old man that owns a toy shop in Krakow, Poland in the year 1939. The dollmaker is stunned when Karolina comes to life, but they quickly become close friends. However, when Germany invades Poland and Nazi soldiers start attacking their Jewish friends, Karolina and the dollmaker work together to help them however they can. This story was the perfect mix of history and fantasy, and the parallels between the doll world and the real world are a great tool to help younger readers understand the impact of the Holocaust and World War II.  -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484778173
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 5th, 2017

Prosper Redding isn't having a great day. School was about as horrible as usual, his twin keeps being her annoyingly perfect self, and he just found out there's a demon living inside him that plans to destroy his entire family. Oh, and it's awake now. So begins a battle of wills between Prosper and the demon, Alastor, as the clock ticks down to the day Alastor will enact a terrible revenge upon all of the Reddings if Prosper can't stop him. Exciting, a little scary, and surprisingly hilarious, this is a great read with shades of classic 90s Halloween movies.  -- Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681190549
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - September 12th, 2017

The rare sequel that's as delightful as the first! In book two, the great Shelby Holmes and her semi-reluctant sidekick/best friend, John Watson, attend school, start a new case, and acquire an arch-nemesis! This is a great adventure with some scary (but not too scary) bits, some exciting bits, and some truly great friendship bits. Still the best Sherlock Holmes adaptation out there!  -- Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Van Gogh Deception Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544759275
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - August 29th, 2017

This book is a Dan Brown mystery for young readers--a story about art, a heist, and a kid with a mysterious case of amnesia. When Art is discovered in the National Gallery with no memory of how he got there or who he is, the family that takes him in finds themselves caught up in an adventure full of hired thugs, dramatic chase scenes, and a strange "spider" that someone will kill to find...  -- Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Witch Boy Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338089516
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Published: Graphix - October 31st, 2017

In Aster's world, everyone has magic, but society decides how you use it. Boys become shapeshifters & girls become witches. But Aster is fascinated by witch magic and determined to learn it anyway, even though his parents & teachers don't approve. When something terrible happens, it may be be that Aster's unique combination of magical knowledge is the only thing that can save the day. Adventurous, beautifully illustrated, and smart, this book reminds us--the patriarchy hurts boys, too.  — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Wishtree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

Perhaps you didn't know that trees could talk. This story is told from the perspective of Red, an old red oak tree, who has quite the story to tell. For years, humans have been tying wishes to her branches—wishes for happiness, love, and friendship. When Samar and her family arrive in the neighborhood and receive a mixed welcome, Red makes it her mission make the young girl's wish come true. Highly recommend for readers of all ages!  — Stacy (RBB Staff)


Young Adult

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Calling My Name Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062656865
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 24th, 2017

This novel, told in narrative snapshots, is about a young African American girl, Taja. Growing up in Texas, Taja is the daughter of very religious parents. InCalling My Name, Taja experiences her first crush, first kiss, first love, and first heartbreak. She also struggles with her relationship with God, which is put to the test when she gets her first boyfriend. Calling My Name is a beautifully written debut novel that would be perfect for people looking for something to read after The Hate U Give or American Street.  — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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Long Way Down Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438254
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Published: Atheneum Books - October 24th, 2017

The spare verse is perfectly suited to the setting and the visceral emotions of the story. This was intense and fantastic and you should read it right now.     — Angela (RBB Staff)


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Mask of Shadows Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781492647492
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - August 29th, 2017

When Sal robs an intriguing court lady, it turns out that her purse contains more than just valuables--it also has a flyer announcing auditions to be one of the Queen's elite assassins. Sal signs up, entering a Hunger Games-style contest in which the lone survivor takes all. But when the intriguing lady reappears, Sal suddenly has to balance the competing demands of assassination and romance. Featuring a gender-fluid main character and a diverse cast of ruffians, former-magicians, and court personalities, this is an exhilarating, violent romp of a read.  --Lily (RBB Staff)


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Moxie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626726352
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 19th, 2017

Moxie follows Vivian, a high school student in a small town in Texas. She is motivated to start a feminist revolution called MOXIE by her mother's involvement in the Riot Grrrl movement of the 90s and sexist boys (and adults!) at her school. Moxie is an inspiring book to read for young people; especially girls. The book battles not only sexism, but racism, and homophobia, too. Moxie truly shows that women are capable of anything when we work together!  — Quinn J. (Teen Book Club)


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They Both Die at the End Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062457790
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Published: Harper Teen - September 5th, 2017

Set in a slightly different version of 2017, Adam Silvera's third novel takes place over the course of one day and revolves around two teen boys, Rufus and Mateo, who find out that they're going to be dying on the same day. In Silvera's 2017, there is a service called "Death Cast" that calls you to let you know that you're going to die, though you don't get to know how or at what time. Rufus and Mateo get the call on the same day, and connect through an app called "Last Friend" that lets you connect with other dying people. Wanting to make the most of their last day, Rufus and Mateo set out to say their goodbyes, take risks, and become who they always wanted to be.  -- Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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Trell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763692759
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 12th, 2017

This is the story of a man wrongfully convicted of a murder and how Trell, his fourteen-year-old daughter, and an experienced investigative journalist are determined to prove his innocence. Despite disappointments and many moments of danger, Trell never gives up on fighting for justice for her father. Based on a true story and written by a well-known Boston Globe reporter. A page turner!  -- Holly (RBB Staff)


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Warcross Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399547966
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Emika Chen is a bounty hunter for a virtual reality game called Warcross. Just trying to make some extra money, Emika hacks into a professional Warcross game but she is caught. Sure she is going to get arrested, Emika is so surprised when instead she receives a call from the game's creator. I really enjoyed this book. It kept you guessing at every turn and didn't focus too much on the video game. This book was fabulous and I would recommend to lovers of Marie Lu and just fantasy and suspense books in general.  -- Claire W. (Teen Book Club)


Adult

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Never Coming Back Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781328767561
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - October 10th, 2017

We all have secrets. It's in the telling of our secrets that we become more aware of who we are. This brilliantly told story of Clara and her mother Tamar has us frustrated with the hidden past that Clara is trying to uncover. Why did Tamar send Clara away? The answer is eventually revealed, and we realize to what extent a mother will go for the love of her child. A Kleenex, or two, will be necessary to have on hand while reading this wonderful novel by Alison McGhee. — Julie (RBB Staff)


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See What I Have Done Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802126597
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - August 1st, 2017

This is an atmospheric story of the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden. "Lizzie Borden took an axe....." Did Lizzie really kill her father and stepmother? Was there a witness to the crimes? We learn of the moments leading up to the deaths through the eyes of Lizzie, her sister Emma, her Uncle John, the maid Bridget, and Benjamin, a possible witness. Wow, these people are messed up. In such a short time we learn so much of the lives of the sisters. Mental illness, secrets, the heat of summer. It all leads to an horrific moment in history.  -- Julie (RBB Staff)


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The Bedlam Stacks Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781620409671
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - August 1st, 2017

A gorgeously detailed historical fantasy novel that spans England, China, and Peru. The year is 1859, and Merrick Tremayne is enlisted by his former employers, the East India Trading Company, to smuggle ingredients for a crucial malaria treatment past the monopoly holders in Peru. Along the way, his story slips into fantasy like sliding into warm water--statues that are alive in legend, a priest who looks young but might not be. And though Merrick begins his trip loyal only to the Company, his loyalties shift the longer he's in Peru. Richly described and quietly romantic, this book is an absorbing and beautiful read.  -- Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Origin of Others Cover Image
By Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Foreword by)
$22.95
ISBN: 9780674976450
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Published: Harvard University Press - September 18th, 2017

The Origin of Others is a cogent and timely assessment of the ways we form our ideas of who is Other—and lesser. Morrison draws on her own experience, as well as on history and literature, making this her most personal collection so far. I found this the most interesting when she looks at her own novels, especially Paradise and Beloved, and her analysis of globalization was particularly helpful. A slim volume, packed with things that make me re-consider my own ideas. — Joan (RBB Staff)


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Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977597
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 18th, 2016

For readers, as well as for writers--anyone who wants to know how the magicians pull the rabbits out of the hat, or want to know how to do it themselves. Percy draws on usually-scorned "genre" fiction to see how to pull readers through the pages, and even draws on kid's books. Fascinating, and simply enjoyable. — Joan (RBB Staff)


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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316270755
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Published: Little Brown and Company - June 13th, 2017

I've spent my mornings with Sherman. That's how reading this book feels-I listen as he tells me his stories and poems, as he traces his growing up and works to understand his relationship to his mother, who had recently, and unexpectedly, died. He doesn't shy away from his own short-comings and complicities; his words are honest and heart-breaking and funny. When I finished the book, I wanted to hug him and thank him for being unflinching in his attempt to face himself, and for his willingness to be so open with us, his readers.  -- Joan (RBB Staff)