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Bear Out There Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681197456
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - June 4th, 2019
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Bear and Spider (and Ursula) are back!! Spider has made a lovely kite, but Bear does NOT want to go outside. After all, who would want to go outside when there are so many fun things to do inside, like tidying. Oh, I am so happy to have this book in my hand. We find out what happens when helping a friend brings one outside their comfort zone. Rain, and mud, and general untidiness can be quite enriching, after all.  — Julie (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 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)


The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Sarah Jacoby (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062393449
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 21st, 2019
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This is an important book about Margaret Wise Brown. It's so well done, hitting just the right notes, distilling the meaning of her life and her writing so that both children and adults can understand, simply, the purpose of her life and the impact of her stories. Along the way we learn about the infamous Anne Carroll Moore, who ruled the Children's Room at the NY Public Library. It was Ms. Moore who rejected Ms. Brown's books and stamped them "Not recommended for purchase by expert." Despite that censor, Margaret Wise Brown's many books (over 100) have lived and thrived on through the last six decades providing joy and comfort and sparking the imagination of millions of readers. That is important. — Susan (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

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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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Our Castle by the Sea Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338353853
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Published: Chicken House - April 30th, 2019
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Pet lives in a lighthouse in England with her father, her sister Mags, and Mutti, her mother. It is the beginning of WWII and everyone is worried about a German invasion. Someone in their village is in league with the enemy, and it is Pet's German mother who is accused and sent to an internment camp. Pet must cope with her secretive sister, her stubborn father, and the strange man who lives nearby. She is a girl afraid of so much, and yet, she throws herself into the mystery and magic surrounding her, and comes out so much stronger. Although this is written for the 8-12 year old there is death, and estrangement, and all of the emotions that most adults have difficulty with; an excellent book showing us the true tragedy of war. Perfect for those who love The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. — Julie (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)


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The Line Tender Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735231603
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019
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Sharks have to keep moving to stay alive, and so does Lucy Everhart, whose mother (a prominent shark researcher) died when she was eight. Her grief is bearable, thanks to dinners with her father, discussions with her neighbor, and adventures with her best friend, Fred. When Lucy and Fred hear that a great white shark has appeared in the bay, it feels like the beginning of something—the beginning of a summer full of tragedy and grief, science and storytelling, and love of all kinds. Smart, heartbreaking, and beautifully-written, this is the kind of book that will be swimming in the back of your brain months after you read it. -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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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)


Something Like Gravity Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534437180
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 18th, 2019
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For Maia, Summer means working at her crappy job, dealing with her divorced-but-still-live-together parents, and trying to reconnect with the memory of her older sister, Mallory, who passed away unexpectedly. But then Chris shows up, moves in next door, and makes her fall in love with him. Or at least, that's how it seems. Chris is staying with his aunt for the Summer because living in a small town for a few months is definitely easier than facing his parents who can't seem to fully accept the fact that he is transgender. Pulled together by more than just proximity, Chris and Maia have a summer full of love, laughs, and secrets, some of which change their lives in unexpected ways.This is a heartfelt, tender novel that touches on some difficult topics while also exploring the joy and uncertainty that comes with first love.  — Kelsie (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 Meaning of Birds Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062824448
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Published: HarperTeen - April 16th, 2019
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Reminiscent of History is All You Left Me , The Meaning of Birds is about a teen girl navigating a world of grief after her girlfriend dies unexpectedly. Before Vivi died, Jess was happy. Vivi was a light in her life, someone who encouraged her, made her feel loved, and taught her about the world. But after Vivi dies, Jess struggles to find her way back out of the darkness. Unable to work on her art, remain connected to her friends, or stay out of trouble, Jess appears to be quite the mess. When Jess is transferred to a school for troubled students, she finds a new passion that might be able to help her heart sing for the first time since Vivi died. — Kelsie (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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Stone Mothers: A Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250113719
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 23rd, 2019
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In Stone Mothers what we learn is that we can never know a person. We may think we do, we may base our lives on what we believe about that person, but we can never know everything. Split into thirds, this story is told from the perspective of three different, and yet very connected, people. There is murder, and mental illness, all taking place against a rainy English backdrop. Marianne comes back to her small hometown to take care of her mother, Helen is brought into Marianne's life unsuspectingly, Honor is treading on the doorstep of insanity, and we only think we now what will happen. — Julie (RBB Staff)


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The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You Cover Image
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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)