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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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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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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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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)


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)


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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

Midsummer's Mayhem Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808889
Availability: Backordered
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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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 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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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)


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

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 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)