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Croc & Turtle: Snow Fun! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681196374
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 8th, 2019
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Outside is too cold and dangerous (Turtle) and inside is too boring (Croc). This is a delightful new addition to the Croc & Turtle series created by Mike Wohnoutka. The two fast friends work together to find a creative (and surprising) solution. After all, being together is what's best. Wonderful illustrations and unique end papers complement the story. — Susan (RBB Staff)


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Just Because Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763696801
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Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019
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A perfect book for any child who asks endless why questions and for any adult who has answered those endless questions. Mac Barnett's creative and inspired answers and Isabelle Asenault’s gorgeous and retro feeling artwork make this my new favorite bedtime book. Magical and lovely! — Holly (RBB Staff)


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So Big! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547600793
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - July 2nd, 2019
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Love this book that so perfectly captures all the emotions of the very first day of school. Excitement, fear, feeling overwhelmed, courage, and finally delight, are all conveyed in just two important words: SO BIG! (with a few little twists at the end). Readers will sail on the ups and downs of the story, basking in the warm colors and charming drawings used to illustrate this widely-shared experience.  — Susan (RBB Staff)


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The Evil Princess vs. the Brave Knight (Book 1) Cover Image
By Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524771348
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019
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Brave knights, evil princesses, and deeply irritated magic mirrors alike will all find something to love about this wonderful story about siblings and playing together. The jokes and pictures are perfect, which makes it another great addition to the storytime lineup.  — Angela (RBB Staff)


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The Hundred-Year Barn Cover Image
By Patricia MacLachlan, Kenard Pak (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062687739
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 17th, 2019
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Exquisite illustrations by Kenard Pak bring to life this story of a barn built one hundred years ago in August, 1919 on the North Dakota Prairie. Written by celebrated author Patricia MacLachlan, readers follow the story through the eyes of a five-year-old boy. It speaks of community, hard work made light by many hands, celebration that the barn is built, gratitude for those who came together to build a barn for just one family. The years pass and the barn serves many purposes through the years, not only as a place to shelter animals, but also as a community gathering place. This is a beautiful, sweet story about legacy, putting down roots, and tending to the things that matter to us.  — Susan (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

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All the Impossible Things Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250202864
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 3rd, 2019
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Red is waiting for her mom to get out of prison so they can be together again, but in the meantime, she's found a new home with the Grooves, who run a petting zoo. As she faces the realities of her mother's situation, Red must also figure out how to control her wind powers, which respond to her emotions. Beautiful story of love and family and the deep things that connect us to one another. — Joan (RBB Staff)


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Ember and the Ice Dragons Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062854513
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Published: Balzer + Bray - October 1st, 2019
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Ember is one of the last of the fire dragons, disguised as a human girl for her protection. But the spell can't hide everything—especially not her occasional spontaneous combustion. To protect her adoptive father, Ember goes off to stay with her aunt in Antarctica, where the darkness will keep her fire calm. But when she learns about plans to hunt the ice dragons to extinction—just like her birth parents were hunted—Ember won't stand for it. Can Ember sabotage the hunt without revealing herself? Funny, clever, and fiercely loving, Ember is a wonder—and so is her story.  — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Midsummer's Mayhem Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808889
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Published: Yellow Jacket - June 11th, 2019
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What a fun, delicious read! Mimi bakes scrumptious goodies to express her heart. But is she good enough to win the While Away baking prize--an opportunity to work with her favorite chef? And can she figure out why her family is acting so strangely? — Joan (RBB Staff)


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My Jasper June Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836625
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Published: Walden Pond Press - September 3rd, 2019
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Leah’s family is stuck in a holding pattern after what happened a year ago. Her parents are like ghosts, her friends are pulling away, and Leah feels like she might never be happy again. But when she stumbles upon Jasper—a strange, slightly mysterious, and absolutely wonderful girl—everything changes. Leah and Jasper fit perfectly together, like they were meant to be friends. But as their summer adventures continue, Leah learns that Jasper is concealing a secret as painful as her own. A warm, molasses-y summer sort of book: sweet, hopeful, with perfect dark notes and a gentle sharpness. Read this book—you won’t regret it (even though it will make you cry).  — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Pie in the Sky Cover Image
By Remy Lai, Remy Lai (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250314093
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 14th, 2019
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Jingwen is having a rough year. His family just moved from China to Australia, he barely knows any English, and he misses his late father terribly. To cope with it, he decides to make all of his father's favorite cakes. The only catch? His mother has forbidden him from using the oven alone. Told partially in illustrations and partially in text, Jingwen's story is one of finding your place when you feel completely lost and learning to forgive yourself and others for their mistakes. A little salty, very sweet, and as comforting as a perfectly made cake.  — Lily (RBB Staff)


Young Adult

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Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019
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Yes, it is a YA romance, and yes, I loved it. Korean American friends Frank and Joy come up with a scheme so they can date the people they know their parents will disapprove of. Through Frank we see how race and identity affect all his relationships--friends, parents, extended family, and romantic interests, all in an engaging and heartfelt story.  — Joan (RBB Staff)


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I Hope You Get This Message Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062741455
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Published: HarperTeen - October 22nd, 2019
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It's the end of the world as we know it- at least, that's what government officials are telling people. Apparently, Earth was created by Aliens as an experiment- one that the people of Earth have failed. They have one week before the aliens decide to keep Earth...or destroy it forever. With a possible apocalypse on the horizon, teens Jesse, Cate, and Adeem have one week left to live. For Jesse, this means making his mother proud and not (seriously, he's not going to do it) falling for the new boy in town. Meanwhile, Cate wants to complete her bucket list, including meeting her father for the first time. Adeem looks to the radio to also search for someone- his sister, who ran away from home after coming out. One week before Earth is set to be destroyed, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem must confront their greatest fears and desires and decide what is most important to them.   — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow Series #1) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250191922
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - July 30th, 2019
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Fie is a Crow—the despised caste responsible for collecting the dead. When the crown prince fakes his death, he draws Fie and her people into a dangerous journey, promising their future protection if they will get him to safety. The fully-imagined magic is original and compelling, and a growing romance helps leaven the grim circumstance, but it was Fie who intrigued me, with her fierce commitment to her honor that drove her to protect her people no matter the cost to herself.  — Joan (RBB Staff)


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Technically, You Started It Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338335460
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Published: Scholastic Press - June 25th, 2019
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When Haley gets a text from Martin Nathaniel Munroe II, it should be clear who she's talking to—except there are two boys with the same name at her school. When she asks which one, he says "the good one." As they start to become friends, there's only one problem: Haley thinks she's texting one Martin, but she's actually texting the other. Can their friendship (and maybe more) survive the confusion? Told entirely in funny, sarcastic, nerdy texts, this is a completely charming romance and a great read from a new Twin Cities author .   — Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Liar's Daughter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780823444182
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Published: Holiday House - September 10th, 2019
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I think the less we talk about this the better. I loved not knowing what was really going on. As Piper goes along learning more about herself, so do we. Growing up in a doomsday cult has Piper preparing for the end of the world. She holds her father in such esteem, he can do no wrong. Unfortunately, as always happens, things go terribly wrong—he is not the man she thought he was. But Piper has been so brainwashed, it takes a long time for her to realize what is really going on. I think both young adults and adults would enjoy this story.   — Julie (RBB Staff)


Adult

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Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525619246
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 25th, 2019
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A charming romance novel about Evvie, a widow freed from a loveless marriage in the worst way possible, and Dean, a pro-baseball player forced to retire because he suddenly can't pitch anymore. After the total collapse of their former lives, Evvie and Dean are both lost, but they find new directions and hope for a new future together. Written by the delightful co-host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour. — Lily (RBB Staff)


Recursion: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781524759780
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Published: Crown - June 11th, 2019
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Blake Crouch is AMAZING! Another book about time and how it's just a construct and really are we living in the past, present and future at the same time? This is blow-your-mind science and fiction all meshed together. How would the world use the gift of memories? Would we manipulate them? Of course we would! This story is thrilling, disturbing, amazing! — Julie (RBB Staff)


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Say Say Say: A novel Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780525655923
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Published: Knopf - July 9th, 2019
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Say Say Say may be short in length, but this debut novel captures the heart-breaking relationships between a caregiver, her brain-damaged charge, and the husband dealing with the loss of his spouse. Savage is a keen observer of human nature, and it shows. Love—in all its guises—is messy and complicated—but in the end, it's what we have. It's not about happiness and perfection, it's about the experience and being open to it.  — Barb (RBB Staff)


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Suicide Woods: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450062
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 15th, 2019
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This creepy, atmospheric collection of short stories is the perfect seasonal read for the dark days of November. Each story is different from the next, the thrills coming one after the other in different horrifying forms. The writing is sharp and clear and there's just enough hope for humanity running through it we wanted to include it in our newsletter. — Angela (RBB Staff)


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The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226424
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Published: Catapult - September 3rd, 2019
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A gorgeous piece of writing, part memoir of the author's childhood as a refugee and part compassionate journalism about the current refugee crisis. Nayeri shows the unique emotional trauma of being a refugee—the waiting, the uncertainty, the displacement, the culture shock. And she leads us to question the things Western nations demand from refugees in exchange for asylum—a convincing story of danger narrowly escaped, boundless gratitude, and total assimilation. This book asks: What do we owe to refugees? And isn't it more than what we're offering now? — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780358023937
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 8th, 2019
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The Westing Game meets Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books by way of Edgar Allan Poe and it's a delight! After eccentric billionaire Vincent Pryce dramatically and publicly dies, he invites the whole city to participate in a treasure hunt that will culminate at his funeral. Researcher extraordinaire Tuesday Mooney and her friends dive headfirst into the challenge, discovering morbid secrets, skeletons in closets, and a decades-old mystery on their way to an unnamed reward. A little spooky, a lot nerdy, and entirely fun. — Lily (RBB Staff)