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Archie and the Bear Cover Image
By Zanni Louise, David Mackintosh (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328973412
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Published: Clarion Books - September 18th, 2018

As a mom of someone who spent age three as a racoon and age four as a dog, I immediately connected with and loved this book. Archie knows he is a bear, although most people think he is a boy in a bear suit. And then he meets a bear who knows he is a boy, although Archie can see he is really a bear in a boy suit. Together they do all sorts of bear and boy things, like eating honey sandwiches, fishing, and reading stories. A truly delightful and and imaginative tale about friendship and being true to yourself.  — Holly (RBB Staff)


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Dreamers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823440559
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 4th, 2018

Beautiful, moving story of a young Dreamer, and the power books have to make her a place to belong. Incredible illustrations, and simple, powerful words that evoke the compassion in us. — Joan (RBB Staff)


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Imagine Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763690526
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Published: Candlewick - September 25th, 2018

Herrera remembers moments from his early life, and invites his readers to imagine what similar moments in their lives might lead to. Gorgeous, lush illustrations move us to dream about the possibilities in our own lives, as the child grows into the perhaps surprising accomplishments of his adult life. A beautiful gift for a child or an adult!  — Joan (RBB Staff)


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What Is Given from the Heart Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375836152
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 8th, 2019

Patricia McKissak has left us one last book which is perfect for Valentine's Day. James Otis has lost a lot in the past 2 months, but not as much as the Temple family, and one Sunday Reverend Dennis asks his congregation to give whatever they can to help. James Otis can't imagine what he could possibly give, but is reminded that what is given from the heart reaches the heart. A lovely book to show kids the act of compassion is acceptable any time. Not just at Valentine's Day. — Julie (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

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Dragon Pearl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368013352
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 15th, 2019

Min has never been off of her dusty, poorly-terraformed planet, but she longs to follow her brother, Jun, into the Space Force so that they can explore the universe together. So when a government investigator shows up to tell them that Jun has gone AWOL, Min can't believe it. She runs away to find him and clear his name, relying on her fox-magic as she encounters mercenaries, ghosts, and generals. Along the way, her mission broadens—finding Jun is still top priority, but somehow she also needs to help a ghost, protect her new friends, and find the legendary and powerful Dragon Pearl. With incredible world-building and a prickly but relatable main character, this next installment in the Rick Riordan Presents imprint is out of this world. Literally. — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1) Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Mike Lowery (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338143591
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Published: Orchard Books - September 11th, 2018

A hilarious addition to the world of first chapter books, Mac Undercover is the story of author Mac Barnett's totally real past as a spy for the Queen of England. When the Crown Jewels are stolen, it's up to Mac to get them back, armed only with his one pair of perfect blue jeans, a mostly-useless corgi, a GameBoy, and a pair of night-vision sunglasses. Very funny (and secretly about a little more than spy hijinks), this is the perfect book for the budding mystery fan.  — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Sanity & Tallulah Cover Image
By Molly Brooks, Molly Brooks (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368022804
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - October 16th, 2018

A very fun graphic novel about space, mad scientists, and friendship! Perfect for fans of Catstronauts or Zita the Spacegirl . Plus it includes a fabulously diverse cast, a mutant three-headed kitten, and a few space smugglers. What more do you want?  — Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Collectors Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062691699
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 9th, 2018

People don't always see Van, but he sees everything, including the tiny things everyone misses: a dropped penny, a lost marble....a girl stealing coins out of a fountain. She's part of a secret society that collects wishes as soon as they're made and hides them away in a vault to keep them from coming true. Wishes are unpredictable--the Collectors just want to keep the world safe from their unintended consequences. But there's someone else who thinks wishes are meant to work--and it's not clear whose side Van should be on. Full of adventure, wonderful magic, and complex and rounded characters, this book will leave you eager for the sequel. And it's by a Minnesota author!  — Lily (RBB Staff)


Young Adult

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Black Wings Beating (The Skybound Saga #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374306823
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 25th, 2018

For generations, ravens, hawks, and other birds of prey have been tamed and groomed into human companions...and weapons. Twins Kylee and Brysen have spent their whole lives training in the bird business. However, Brysen runs off to the battle pits or to his boyfriend most nights, so Kylee is left to shoulder the weight of the business on her own. All she has to do is finish paying off her father's debts and then she'll be free, but when Brysen takes on an impossible task--to trap a ghost eagle in order to save his boyfriend's life--Kylee decides to follow him. On a race to the top of the mountain where the ghost eagle resides, Kylee and Brysen run into friends and foes alike, and nothing can prepare them for what they find at the end of their adventure. Readers will be begging for a sequel as soon as they turn the last page. —Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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Four Three Two One Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062398543
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Published: HarperTeen - November 13th, 2018

Golden "Go" Jennings is one of four survivors from a tragic bus explosion in New York City. Her boyfriend, Chan, is one of the other survivors. Ever since the explosion, a man has been working to create an art exhibition of the remains to honor the dozens of lives lost. When it is announced that the exhibition will open to the public and that a scholarship fund has been created for the survivors, Go decides its time to return to NYC. But how can she leave her small town when she (basically) just got engaged? It will take 2 other survivors, a new friend, a few cars, and a whole lot of courage to get Go back to New York in time for the opening.   — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062795328
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - October 2nd, 2018

Zounds! Mackenzi Lee's done it again! In this delightful second volume of the Montague siblings' adventures, Felicity is dead set on becoming a doctor, even though none of the medical schools admit women. She's considering giving up when an unlikely opportunity to work with her medical idol appears. The only problem? He's about to marry her former best friend, emphasis on the former. As Felicity dives head-first into her ambitions, she learns that being a feminist doesn't mean putting down women who aren't like her, and that teaming up with other ladies might be the best way to live her dreams. Funny, diverse, and very clever, this is the rare sequel that's as good as the first.  — Lily (RBB Staff)


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What If It's Us Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062795250
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Published: HarperTeen - October 9th, 2018

When Ben and Arthur meet at a NYC post office one day in July, it feels like fate. So, when a literal flash mob tears them apart before they are able to exchange names or phone numbers, Arthur sets out to find the cute boy in the coffee shop t-shirt. But Arthur is going back home to Georgia in a few weeks, so it might not even be worth it. But what if it is? Told in alternating chapters, dream team Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera tell the story of two boys, fighting against all odds to find each other again. Full of nerdy musical references and charming (and awkward) firsts, this lived up to all of my expectations! A must read for YA fans.  — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


Adult

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An Anonymous Girl: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250133731
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 8th, 2019

This psychological thriller is both very psychological and very thrilling. I read until the wee hours and my dreams were disturbed. I was happy to wake up this morning. I loved it! Jessica Farris thinks the psychology study she signed up for will be a quick, easy way to make money. She is wrong, so very wrong. Soon her world is turned upside down, and she doesn't know what is real and what isn't. A paranoiac look at how far someone will go when an obsession takes over. — Julie (RBB Staff)


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Kingdom of the Blind: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781250066206
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 27th, 2018

There's plenty to love and keep you guessing in the latest installment of the Inspector Gamache series from Louise Penny. Gamache is still suspended and under investigation for letting a huge volume of opiods slip through his hands when he's named executor of a stranger's will, a huge blizzard descends, and a body turns up. Because why have one ticking clock, when you can have a three AND a blizzard?! A great detective thriller with a hearty dose of loveable village characters thrown in— this is a perfect winter read for new and established fans of the series!  — Angela (RBB Staff)


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Unsheltered: A Novel Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062684561
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Published: Harper - October 16th, 2018

I have been a fan of Barbara Kingsolver’s books ever since reading The Bean Trees decades ago. So of course I was excited to pick up her newest book. InUnsheltered , we follow the stories of two families living in the same poorly-constructed house but a century apart. Both families have made all the “right” decisions to create a life a security, but find themselves at a time and place where that security is falling apart. Through their stories, Kingsolver weaves together family, history, science, and social commentary. As with her other books, Kingsolver gives us great characters, rich storytelling, and plenty to think about.  — Holly (RBB Staff)