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Because Cover Image
By Mo Willems, Amber Ren (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368019019
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - March 5th, 2019
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Creating something wonderful takes work and persistence. Creating something wonderful takes lots of people contributing in so many different ways.  Becauseis a delightful book that reminds us that when hard work and community are combined with a series of events and opportunities, magic happens. The Illustrations by debut illustrator Amber Ren beautifully capture the music and passion of this story. Inspiring for all ages!  — Holly (RBB Staff)


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Chicken Talk Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062398642
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 15th, 2019
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The chickens aren't only scratching for bugs in the dirt, they are leaving messages! The children on the farm tell us all about the chickens and what they have to say. I especially love that all of the white chickens are called Joyce because Abbey's mother Joyce loves white chickens. This is a sweet story filled with chicken antics sending the message to the kids on the farm that they are loved.  — Julie (RBB Staff)


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Gloria Takes a Stand: How Gloria Steinem Listened, Wrote, and Changed the World Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681196763
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 12th, 2019
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A picture book overview of the life of Gloria Steinem whose independent thinking launched a revolution. She learned from childhood to listen (and become a good and careful listener), to dream (which she thought of as a form of planning), and to speak (which, in the beginning, was difficult for her). She also questioned, learned, believed, marched, and wrote about her ideas. Her greatest idea as a feminist was that all people should have equal opportunities. An inspiring and accessible book complete with detailed author's note, a timeline, and a short bibliography. Lovely illustrations by Daria Peoples-Riley. — Susan (RBB Staff)


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Underwear! Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368027939
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 2nd, 2019
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Dad's getting mad but Bear doesn't care because he's making jokes about underwear! Read it in your secret lair, sitting on your favorite chair, maybe even buy a pair. You just can't beat UNDERWEAR! — Angela (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

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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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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)


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The Lost Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062275097
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Published: Walden Pond Press - February 12th, 2019
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Iris has always defined herself by how she's different from her twin sister, Lark. Lark is bursting with imagination, and Iris is the one who anchors her sister back to the real world. But when the two girls are assigned different teachers for the first time, Iris is lost—what's an anchor without the thing it anchors? How can she protect her sister if people won't let them stay together? In a world that seems to be falling to pieces—where things keep disappearing and her bond with her sister might shatter—Iris fights to figure out who she wants to be and who she can count on to fight at her side. Beautifully-written and full of girls supporting one another, this is the kind of book you'll have to hug when you're done reading it.   — Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062679666
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 5th, 2019
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Charlie remembers his younger brother but no one else does. His best friend, Ana, believes him even though she doesn't remember. Together, they pursue the tiny clues that suggest Charlie is right. Wonderfully complex--each piece of the mystery answered leads to more questions. Bits of historical fiction, mixed with a little magic--but mostly grounded in the characters who could be anyone you know--make this a book almost impossible to put down. — Joan (RBB Staff)


Young Adult

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Bloodleaf (The Bloodleaf Trilogy) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781328496300
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019
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A dark, enchanting story full of magic, sacrifice, murder, mystery, love, and power, Bloodleaf has it all. Princess Aurelia, despised as a witch by her people, must disguise herself as a commoner in the neighboring country of Achlev to protect herself and her brother after a shocking assassination attempt. An excellent re-imagining of The Goose Girl that feels both wonderfully original and familiar at the same time. I loved it!  — Angela (RBB Staff)


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Famous in a Small Town Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250179630
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 15th, 2019
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Sophie has never really understood why people hate on towns for being small; she loves her tiny hometown, Acadia. She loves the ice cream flavors at the shop that never change, the movie theater miles and miles away, and the friends that she's known since she was a baby. She even tolerates chatter about Megan Pleasant, the local singer turned major country star. She doesn't ever want Acadia to change, but with college on the horizon, a very cute new boy in town, and a gap in her life where her sister used to be, Sophie begins to feel the city limits closing in. Like all of Emma Mills's stories, Famous in a Small Town perfectly balances romance, friendship, and the occasional mind-blowing plot twist.   — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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Internment Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316522694
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019
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Layla is incarcerated, with her family and others, simply because she is Muslim. In a camp under constant surveillance by camera, drone, and guards, where people are beaten and then disappear, most people keep their heads down and hope things will get better. Layla cannot. But she can’t effectively resist without trusting others. Can she trust her new friends? The seemingly-sympathetic guard? Her boyfriend, who lives outside in freedom? Taut with tension between high stakes and the need for action, Internment challenges us to think about a future that is just a half-step away from our present. — Joan (RBB Staff)


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The Meaning of Birds Cover Image
$17.99
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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Finding Dorothy: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525622109
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Published: Ballantine Books - February 12th, 2019
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I've never read The Wizard of Oz and I only liked parts of the movie (the tornado and the Wicked Witch of the East were my favorites) but I absolutely loved this book! It's a novelization of a real life story and contains so much of interest...a strong woman, ties to women's suffrage (including Susan B. Anthony), time spent as one of the first women to attend an Ivy League school, taking a risk on love, life on the prairie, fighting for a legacy, not to mention insight into the writing of a wonderful, imaginative novel by an extraordinary man who dreamed and imagined and never let go trying to create his own wonderful world. Highly recommended .  — Susan (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 Bird King Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780802129031
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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2019
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Set in the last moments of Muslim rule in Spain, at the height of the Spanish Inquisition, this is a story about love and friendship and survival. It centers on Fatima, a concubine of the royal household who has never set foot outside the palace's grounds. She dreams of the wider world, helped by Hassan, the somewhat-magical court mapmaker and her dearest friend, who draws her glimpses of places neither of them have ever been. But when the Spanish send an envoy to negotiate terms of surrender—and the end of an era—Fatima's whole life is upended and she and Hassan must flee. With the help of a jinn, the two outsiders search for a safe place in a world that hates what both of them are. An absorbing read, both thoughtful and thrilling. — Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books: Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982111397
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Published: Scribner - March 12th, 2019
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Hernando Colón was the illegitimate son of Christopher Columbus—and that's probably the least interesting fact about him. He was also the master architect of his father's complicated legacy, an intellectual jack-of-all-trades, an inveterate collector of the printed word, and the mind behind one of the most ambitious early libraries in the world. Hernando dreamed of a library that would contain all printed material—not just books, but flyers, sheet music, pamphlets, artworks—and that would be meticulously catalogued and inventoried. As much about knowledge organization as it is about Hernando, this book reminds us that the way we sort information is not innate and that the choices we make as we classify affect the way we see and understand the world. An utterly fascinating read . — Lily (RBB Staff)