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All the Animals Where I Live Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626726567
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 20th, 2018

This lovely story reminds me of the Alice and Martin Provenson books. We are introduced to the people and animals of Philip Stead's life in the country. The most important animal being his dog Wednesday. She is there to chase the deer, and bark away the coyotes. Stead's captivating illustrations show us life in the country, and the story itself is emotional and joyful. I would recommend this for everyone. — Julie (RBB Staff)


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Alma and How She Got Her Name Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763693558
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 10th, 2018

This is a wonderful picture book that will appeal to any child. Everybody wants to know how they got the name they were given. Sometimes it's family history, sometime it's parental preference. But the reasons behind a name provide meaning and context, which can be quite helpful if a child is not quite so keen on her name. In this story Alma's father lovingly explains the reason each of her six names was selected just for her. Endearing .  — Susan (RBB Staff)


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Baby Monkey, Private Eye Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338180619
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 27th, 2018

Babies are cute. Monkeys are cute. Put those two together with Brian Selznick’s art work and you have a silly and incredibly delightful new beginning reader/ picture book. Each chapter is a new case for Baby Monkey to solve. Hilarious bonus material at the end includes a picture key to Baby Monkey’s office, an index, and a bibliography. Readers of all ages will be shouting, “Hooray for Baby Monkey!”   — Holly (RBB Staff)


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Bear's Scare Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681197203
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Published: Bloomsbury UK - June 12th, 2018

Not since Charlotte has there been such a marvelous spider. I love this story about learning to accept the differences in others. Bear needs help and spider quietly comes to the rescue. Such a sweet, thoughtful book. Filled with the captivating illustrations of Jacob Grant. - Julie (RBB Staff)


Middle Grade

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Charlie and Frog Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368005821
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 10th, 2018

A really fun mystery adventure story! Charlie has been left with his disinterested grandparents while his parents venture off to save yet another endangered creature instead of staying home with him. One day, at the library, a worried lady tells him something about a secret...and then vanishes. Charlie consults with ASL expert and amateur detective, Frog Castle, and the two set off to solve the mystery. A little bit Roald Dahl, a little bit Mr. Lemoncello, and a whole lot of fun. — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Evangeline of the Bayou Cover Image
By Jan Eldredge, Joseph Kuefler (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062680341
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 1st, 2018

Evangeline is (hopefully) the next haunt huntress in a long line of them, being trained by her grandmother in the art of fighting banshees, grims, Acadian fang worms, and more. Her familiar hasn't shown up yet, but she's (mostly) sure it will soon, and then she'll be official. But when she and her grandmother are called into New Orleans for a new job, things start to get complicated...and scary. Evangeline isn't sure she can handle this job on her own, but she might have to, with or without her (still-absent) familiar. Exciting, a little spooky, and full of great characters. -Lily (RBB Staff)


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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316515467
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 6th, 2018

Ivy Aberdeen's whole life feels like it's falling apart. Her sister seems to have changed, her parents are distracted with a pair of new babies, Ivy is starting to question who she is, and a tornado has just ripped through their town, destroying their home and everything in it. With her life balanced on the shakiest of foundations, Ivy discovers she might be developing a crush on one of her classmates--a girl. This book is for all the kids starting to question their identities and for all their friends who don't quite understand what that feels like. — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths Cover Image
By Graham Annable, Graham Annable (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626725614
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Published: First Second - April 10th, 2018

Peter & Ernesto are sloths and they are the best of friends. When Ernesto embarks on a journey to see more pieces of the sky, Peter must find the courage to leave the tree and make sure his friend is alright. The bright illustrations inside large, easy to follow panels make this funny and heartwarming graphic novel perfect for even the youngest comics fans.  — Angela (RBB Staff)


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Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399161933
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2018

 

Mr. Marsworth succumbs to the charm, determination, and moxie of Reenie Kelly and reluctantly becomes pen-pals with the 11 year-old. In the complicated setting of small town Minnesota during the Vietnam War, the two form a relationship based in the hard work of peace, friendship, and family. — Sarah


Young Adult

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All of This Is True: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062673657
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Published: HarperTeen - May 15th, 2018

This is an addictive, fast-paced mystery about the fallout of a friendship between acclaimed YA author, Fatima Ro, and four teens. Soleil, Penny, and Miri are so stoked to meet their favorite author that they drag their new friend Jonah along, too. That night, Fatima befriends them, and the group grows close. But, what follows is a dark friendship filled with secrets, lies, and backstabbing. Their story unfolds through a carefully organized collection of video interviews, journal entries, flashbacks, and excerpts from Fatima's latest novel. With Fatima MIA, Jonah in a coma, and the three girls in all major news headlines, the reader must help sift through the ruins of their fateful friendship to find out what happened. You will not want to put this one down--great for fans of Sara Shepard and E. Lockhart. -Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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Dread Nation Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062570604
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 3rd, 2018

What if, during the Civil War, the dead hadn't stayed dead? Into this world bursts Jane McKeene--forced into training to protect white Southerners from the encroaching shambler hoards. All Jane wants is to get back home to her mother, but there's something rotten in Baltimore County--something that might change Jane's entire future. So much more than a zombie story, this book is bold and brilliant and has a kind heart hidden beneath a hard exterior, just like its main character. Required reading for the times we're living in (and for anyone who likes a good story).     — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Picture Us in the Light Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484726020
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 10th, 2018

Life for Danny Cheng in Cupertino, California isn't too bad. Daniel's parents came to the United States from China before he was born, and everything is going just fine until he finds a mysterious box full of unexpected information in a closet at home. Soon after, his father is fired from his job, forcing their family to move out of Cupertino and away from Danny's friends and school. As he learns more about his parent's past, Danny must come to terms with his own guilt and desires for the future. This book is sweet, sad, honest, and the author didn’t shy away from difficult topics. Gilbert’s prose is reminiscent of Jandy Nelson, but this story would also perfect for fans of The Hate U Give and American Street.  — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481498548
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Published: Simon Pulse - February 6th, 2018

Elena Mendoza is the product of a non-miraculous, scientifically-explained virgin birth. Or so she thinks, until the girl she's had a crush on gets shot and Elena is able to heal her with just a touch of her hand. Plus, the Starbucks logo has recently started talking to her. According to it, the world is ending, and only Elena can do something about it. So begins a story about humanity and choice and the apocalypse--not just Elena's, but all of ours. Smart and thoughtful and diverse, this is a book for 2018, and for all of us who are struggling to survive in a world that feels increasingly broken.  — Lily (RBB Staff)


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The Beauty That Remains Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524715878
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 6th, 2018

Music brought Logan, Shay, and Autumn together at one point, but after a failed performance at a competition, they drift away from one another. A year later, each of them are struggling with the loss of loved ones. Logan turns to alcohol and he can't seem to keep his life together, much less a new band. Shay keeps running--both literally and metaphorically--from her friends. And Autumn is stuck sending messages into the void instead of actually talking to her family. When music tries to pull them together again, they find they have to learn how to move on first.   — Kelsie (RBB Staff)


Adult

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Circe Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

In this far-reaching re-telling of Greek mythology, Madeline Miller takes one of the more intriguing characters in the Odyssey--the witch Circe--and tells her whole story. Spanning the centuries between her birth and the fateful meeting with Odysseus, Miller spins a tale that grapples with the difficulties inherent in these characters and their stories while simultaneously giving them the room to exist as fully-fleshed beings. For those who were forced to read the Odyssey in high school and fans of Greek mythology alike, this book is a clever remix of the old stories that asks questions about mortality, humanity, legacy, and cycles of cruelty. — Lily (RBB Staff)


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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

EDUCATED is a powerful story. Raised in rural Idaho, Tara never attended a day of public school. Despite all odds, she took the ACT and even attended Harvard. A fascinating read about hard work, persistence, family, and embracing life's choices. — Emily (RBB Staff)


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How Hard Can It Be? Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250086082
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 5th, 2018

Kate Reddy is back in a new novel that is both hilarious and insightful. Readers first met Kate in I Don't Know How She Does It , where she was learning to manage young children, a job, a marriage, and a personal life. Now Kate's children are teens, her husband is unavailable, her parents and in-laws are elderly, she needs to get back into the workforce, and she's about to turn 50. This is a great read that many women will be able to relate to, and when their lives seem overwhelming, they can turn to Kate for a bit of fun. -Susan (RBB Staff)


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The French Girl Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399586934
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Published: Berkley Books - February 20th, 2018

An idyllic farmhouse in the French countryside. Young, vacationing Oxford students. Murder. A decade later a body is found in the farmhouse well, and the young students, now ten years older and living their lives, some successful, some not, must come to terms with what really happened that one summer night. Excellent murder mystery. Loved it! — Julie (RBB Staff)