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Books for Young Readers from the 2014 Summer Newsletter

Emma's Poem: The Voice of the Statue of Liberty

Few people are familiar with the life of Emma Lazarus, the poet behind the iconic lines inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses…”. Glaser movingly tells Lazarus’s story, while the delicately composed and whimsical art of Claire Nivola creates an elegant and playful vision of her life. A striking biography and a beautiful picture book. Grades K–4. 

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By Linda Glaser, Claire A. Nivola (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544105089
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2013

Mama, Do You Love Me?

A young Inuit child tests her mother, something that children do not infrequently whether they live in Alaska or Santa Cruz. What if, she asks her mom, I behaved in a less-than-admirable fashion: Would you still love me? The mother’s answers are wise and, indeed, loving. Striking watercolors and a rhythmic text charm in this new-at-last-in-paperback edition. Ages 2–5.

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$7.99
ISBN: 9781452131498
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 4th, 2014

Pecan Pie Baby

“Gia’s not looking forward to the ‘ding-dang baby,’ so evident in Mama’s beautifully rounded belly, despite the happy anticipation voiced by supportive family and friends. Even her teacher seems to be in on the plot to be positive, while Mama’s wisely understated cajoling leaves Gia feeling as aloof as ever, ‘thinking about all the years it had been just me and Mama… drinking hot chocolate and telling silly stories.’ But when Mama admits that she, too, will miss the ‘good old days,’ Gia agrees that she’ll ‘have to tell the baby all about it.’ After all, that baby is already sharing the delicious pie that’s Gia and Mama’s favorite. Gia’s narrative voice is prime Woodson—lyrical, colloquial, and imbued with the authentic feelings of a child who might be as old as eight or as young as five, and Blackall’s smooth-edged, Chinese ink and watercolor illustrations show the little family of two thriving in their simple, cozy home. Gently, the art clarifies and dramatizes the truth that change may feel threatening even in the most wholesome and loving environment—a familiar message, but a comforting one, delivered here with unusual warmth and grace.” —The Horn Book. Grades Pre-K–2nd. 

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780147511287
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Published: Puffin Books - October 17th, 2013

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea

“Cousins Lulu and Mellie are best friends. In this modern-day, seaside adventure, the girls are vacationing with Lulu’s parents and their beloved old dog, Sam. Having rented a cottage from a persnickety owner, the family hopes for the perfect week full of reading, kite-building, and marathon-training. However, a wayward stray bounds into their lives and turns their plans upside down (along with a few trash cans along the way). McKay hits the nail on the head in this beginning chapter book.” —School Library Journal. Grades 1–3. Don’t miss the first book in the series, Lulu & the Duck in the Park, which is equally engaging and also newly published in paperback.

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By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780807548219
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2014

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire!

“Madeleine’s hippie parents, Mildred and Flo, refuse to understand the fifth grade, preferring the esoteric, spiritual truths of luminarias and shopping at the Salvation Army. Madeleine takes two ferries and two buses to school, escaping the peculiarities of Hornby Island to grasp at something normal. Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny have moved into an abandoned carriage house just down the lane and, to complement their interests in automobiles and millinery, are hanging up a detective shingle. When a cadre of sinister foxes (Mwa-haha, they intone, having picked it up watching television) kidnap Mildred and Flo, Madeleine joins up with the Detective Bunnies and, without the help of her comatose code-breaker uncle, prepares to rescue them. Horvath tells Mr. and Mrs. Bunny’s tale with old-fashioned nostalgia, juxtaposing it with Madeleine’s schoolgirl mopes in a sweet and sour froth of nonsense. Blackall’s ink-and-wash illustrations provide a quaint and curious punctuation, contributing a peculiar whimsy all their own. The result feels like an instant classic, with a contemporary resonance and a tone of yesteryear, fairly begging to be read aloud. Oh, and there are marmots.” —Booklist. Grades 3–5.

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By Polly Horvath, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780375867552
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Published: Schwartz & Wade - February 14th, 2012

The Thing about Luck

Twelve-year-old Summer and her Japanese-American family work every harvest season to earn money to pay their mortgage. But this last year, Summer has had malaria (she is now obsessed with learning everything to be known about mosquitoes and is both amazed and repelled); her parents have to travel to Japan to care for elderly relatives; her grandmother, now in charge of cooking for the combine crews, has intense spinal pain; and her grandfather is driving the giant harvesting machine all day and night and is getting very tired. Her brother, Jaz, amusing and puzzling, earnest and autistic, is, like Summer, attempting to maneuver within friendship and family ties. The Thing About Luck is heartfelt, perfect in structure and narrative, accessible, and very funny. Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Grades 5–8.

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By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442474659
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 3rd, 2014

Jinx

Enter the dreamy forest of the Urwald, where the orphaned Jinx is snatched up by a secretive wizard. For what purpose? Uncertain who to trust, Jinx sets out to uncover the secrets of his new master and the strange and persistent callings of the Urwald forest. Sage Blackwood evokes the mysterious and unsettling terrain of Grimm’s fairy tales, and the soft-hearted Jinx stumbles through these lands until he learns that in the midst of perilous danger he can trust his own powers. A mesmerizing fantasy, told with droll humor and packed with witches who travel in butter churns; botched curses; and cranky, if loveable, friendships. Grades 4–7.

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$6.99
ISBN: 9780062129918
Availability: Backordered
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 7th, 2014

Three Times Lucky

“What do you get when you combine Because of Winn-Dixie’s heart with the mystery and action of Holes? You get an engaging, spirit-lifting and unforgettable debut for young readers. Turnage introduces readers to the homey yet exotic world of Tupelo Landing, N.C., well populated with one-of-a-kind characters. A stranger with justice on his mind has just arrived in town, and Hurricane Amy is on its way. Rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads the cast through a series of clues as the whole town tries to figure out who among them might be a murderer. [The novel’s opening lines reveal the unflappable Mo LoBeau as a latter-day Philip Marlowe: ‘Trouble cruised into Tupelo Landing at exactly seven minutes past noon on Wednesday, the third of June, flashing a gold badge and driving a Chevy Impala the color of dirt.’ This is the first of many genius turns of phrases.] Pairing the heartbreaking sadness of children who don’t get their fair share from parents with the hilarity of small-town life, Turnage achieves a wickedly awesome tale of an 11-year-old girl with more spirit and gumption than folks twice her age. Mo LoBeau is destined to become a standout character in children’s fiction. Readers may find they never want to leave Tupelo Landing.” —Kirkus Reviews. Grades 4–6.

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780142426050
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Published: Puffin Books - December 31st, 2013

One Came Home

In all good westerns, place is palpable. Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871 was the site of the largest passenger pigeon nesting ever, a flock covering 850 square miles. The birds in flight darkened the sky, soiled the town like dirty snow, and made wild pigeon pie a staple in most homes. Thirteen-year-old Georgie, living in Placid, is content to help Ma and Grandfather Bolte run the general store. Her older sister, Agatha, on the other hand, yearning to be accepted into a college that would allow a woman student, leaves town. When a body wearing her clothing is found, but in such poor condition that its identity cannot be confirmed, Georgie refuses to believe that her sister is dead, and taking her Springfield rifle (she’s the best shot around), hits the road. One Came Home is a gritty, engrossing mystery/western with superb comic relief. Grades 6–9.

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780375873454
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Published: Yearling - January 7th, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars

“It’s not a cancer book, because cancer books suck,” says Hazel, the singular voice of John Green’s newest and greatest young adult novel. The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, true, but it’s more than a love story. It’s a book that will shake you to your foundation and you will like it. The characters settle in on your living room couch, playing bloodthirsty videogames, arguing over literature, asking you why and what for is this life given or taken away, and you will be glad you opened this impossible genius of a book and will never entirely shut it again—I promise you. Grades 9+.

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$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
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Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

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