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A smart, environmentally conscious underdog story with a lot of heart and a little sci-fi…rewardingly complex. Grades 4–7.  —Horn Book Magazine, starred review

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Me and Marvin Gardens Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545870740
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - January 31st, 2017

This sea salt-skinned, sun-limned historical novel (1920s Cape Cod) is comforting and dangerous in equal measure. Crow’s contentment living on the island with the painter Osh (and neighbor Miss Maggie) is unmistakable. Osh rescued Crow when she skiffed ashore as a newborn 12 years prior, and only recently is Crow asking herself, “From where?” An abandoned leper colony, a treasure, and an unconscionable thief are all part of the answer in this possible Newbery contender. Grades 4–8. - Ga

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ISBN: 9781101994856
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

A plane crashes in the Amazon rainforest, and four children pull together to survive in this lush world, utterly alien to them. The flora and fauna, along with the smells, tastes, and sounds of the jungle, are vivid and sometimes terrifying. A secondary theme, winding like the river the children raft, examines the nature of curiosity, exploration, and imperialism. An environmentally aware, Amazonian adrenaline story for fans of Hatchet. Grades 4–8. - Ga

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ISBN: 9781481419451
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Through the San Francisco fog, clear-eyed 11-year-old Marin navigates the foster care system while waiting for her mother (who left years earlier) to return. When Dr. Lucy Chang steps up as a loving adoptive mother, tectonic plates shift and so does Marin’s understanding of family. An element of magical realism whisks through the fog in this old-fashioned, completely modern, short, tender novel. Grades 4–6. - Ga

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ISBN: 9781481471879
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

Ten stories, edited by Ellen Oh, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books, begin with Matt de la Peña’s terrific, subtle basketball story “How to Transform an Everyday Ordinary Hoop Court Into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium.” This unusually strong collection of short stories for 4th- to 7th-graders continues with authors you know, like Grace Lin and Jacqueline Woodson (her story broke my heart, she keeps doing that), and others you may not know yet. Ages 9–13. - Ga

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Flying Lessons & Other Stories Cover Image
By Ellen Oh (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781101934593
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2017

The Newbery Honor book The War That Saved My Life, one of the best children’s books I’ve ever read, does not need a sequel, but this turns out to be a most pleasing one all the same. Grades 5–8. - Ga

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ISBN: 9780525429203
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Published: Dial Books - October 3rd, 2017

Travelling by train, Rydr is 12 when she leaves Palm Springs and 13 before she reaches Chicago. Her unemotional narration grows on us. This journey gives Rydr, a damaged child, what she never had—a community, stretching from the overworked Amtrak employee whose charge she is, to the snack bar attendant who allows her to steal food. There’s also the boy who acquaints her with Ginsberg and gives her his cherished signed copy of Howl (and her first kiss), and the writer she helps with crosswords who recognizes—in the child’s generosity, intelligence, and fierce determination—another writer. When she leaves the train, we believe, without knowing how, that Rydr will be okay. Grades 6 and up. - Ga

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Train I Ride Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062455734
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Published: HarperCollins - January 24th, 2017

Unforgettable characters, plot twists that will make your head spin, a world rendered in elegant detail—you will fall in love with every page of these stories. Megan Whalen Turner writes vivid, immersive, heartbreaking fantasy that will leave you desperate to return to Attolia again and again.  —Leigh Bardugo, author of the Six of Crows duology

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ISBN: 9780062568243
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 16th, 2017

With sharp wit and lyrical writing, this atmospheric mystery (think Louise Penny or A Brief History of Montmaray) perceptively deals with anti-Traveller sentiment in 1938 Britain. The novel is narrated by Julia Beaufort-Stuart, the 15-year-old granddaughter of the cash-poor but still well-respected late earl of Strathfearn. Grades 8 and up. - Ga

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ISBN: 9781484717165
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - May 2nd, 2017

Fifteen-year-old Will has to find the person who killed his older brother and kill him. That is the rule. He grabs his brother’s gun and takes the elevator down from his mom’s eighth-floor apartment. As he descends, the car stops on each floor and a person from his past steps in and speaks. These people—all dead—have been killed by the cycle of gun violence and poverty that ensnares Will. The author’s stark, fluid words are to be read in a single gulp, and the last line is killer, or hopefully not. Ages 12 and up. - Ga

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ISBN: 9781481438254
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Published: Atheneum Books - October 24th, 2017

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