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There just aren’t enough robot camping stories. This science fiction adventure is part survival story and part celebration of wildness, with a quiet warning of climate change snaking through. We follow Roz the robot from the moment she is marooned on the island—and fortuitously activated by some curious otters—through her first harsh experiences with winter (one of the worst on record). Though faced with steep terrain and a steeper learning curve, our quirky hero Roz travels through each adversity with grace and amazing generosity. Peter Brown’s black-and-gray illustrations are sprinkled lightly throughout this book, gently giving form to his words. This near-future tale gives us a peek at the twists and turns technology might take and a chance to consider what we might do. Grades 3–5. —MICHELLE

 

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The Wild Robot Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316381994
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

A young boy feels overwhelmed by his unusual name, which he shares with his boisterous, strong, and loving father. Thunder Boy Jr. is eager to find a name that’s truly his own, and it is eventually granted to him by his thoughtful father: Now he’s “Lightning.” “Together my dad and I will become amazing weather.” Written by the brilliant Sherman Alexie (in his first foray into picture books), this story is illustrated by the multi-award–winning artist Yuyi Morales. Her art sparkles and crashes and bursts with emotion, while the textures of her bold, multimedia collages are taken from the clay bricks and wood of a crumbling, antique house in Mexico, near where she has her studio. Ages 4 & up.  —TERA

 

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By Sherman Alexie, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316013727
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 10th, 2016

Everything about this picture book is stunning, from the profound and tender story of renowned artist Louise Bourgeois, to the whimsical visual imaginings of illustrator Isabelle Arsenault that riff off Bourgeois’ art. Best known for her massive and enigmatic sculptures of spiders, Bourgeois’ life was heavily influenced by the threads of comfort and love and loss between her mother and her and by the textures of her childhood, which resulted in the experimental fabric art of her later years. A first-rate introduction for children and a treat for adults. Grades 2 & up. —TERA

 

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Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois Cover Image
By Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781419718816
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 2016

Fans of American country cooking will love Deep Run Roots, in which Vivian Howard, the celebrated chef and co-owner of Chef and the Farmer restaurant (and the star of the Peabody Award–winning A Chef’s Life on PBS) celebrates the seasonal flavors of North Carolina’s coastal plain. Howard presents a modern take on the rich culinary traditions of the South—from Butter Bean Burgers to Blueberry Vinegar BBQ Chicken—but always honors the history of the cuisine and the ingredients. Howard is a born storyteller, and her charming personality, deep personal connection to the region, and her love of eating all come shining through in Deep Run Roots.  —S.B.

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Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316381109
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 4th, 2016

If you miss seeing Jon Stewart’s charming smirk on your television every evening, you will love this book. The foreword is written by Jon Stewart and the book has behind-the-scenes interviews with many of the show’s legendary reporters. It pays homage to the careers it jump-started and highlights many of the show’s most famous moments. It also serves as a nostalgic look at the only good thing about Bush’s presidency: The Daily Show’s coverage of it.        —Jade

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The Daily Show (the Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781455565382
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 22nd, 2016

Never have my expectations been so overwhelmingly, gratifyingly fulfilled. Is this book a fabulous introduction to the fan-fiction event Shipwreck? Is it so alluring a book that I am already planning a visit to witness Shipwreck for myself? Yes, absolutely. Is it chock full of erotica written by a variety of authors (including John Scalzi!), with a hilarious number of euphemisms for the human anatomy? Oh my, yes. Check it out; I bet you’ll be saying “yes” faster than you thought.                              —Jax

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Loose Lips: Fanfiction Parodies of Great (and Terrible) Literature from the Smutty Stage of Shipwreck Cover Image
By Amy Stephenson (Editor), Casey A. Childers (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781455566426
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 27th, 2016

If you, like me, love the amazing Young Frankenstein, you might think you know the film backward and forward. But did you know that Gene Wilder wrote the script with Mel Brooks? That the hijinks on film were more than matched off screen, and that the crew made do on a shoestring budget? Brooks’ classic wit and energy in telling the story behind the movie make it a must-have for any fan of Dr. Frahenkensteen.                                                                         —Jax

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Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film Cover Image
By Mel Brooks, Judd Apatow (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780316315470
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers - October 18th, 2016

Ryan Speedo Green and opera were perhaps the most unlikely of combinations. The one, from a background of poverty and daily casual violence; the other, an ancient, venerated, sometimes abstract artform that, by design or happenstance, is still radically undiverse. Daniel Bergner pulls together the parallel stories of a poor black boy’s upbringing and unlikely coming to music, and the talented black man determined to become an artistic star. Inspiring, honest, heartbreaking—a true human story.  —Jocelyn

 

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Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316300674
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Published: Lee Boudreaux Books - September 27th, 2016

Truevine is a deeply intimate look at a family’s suffering, faith, and experiences through the loss of two sons, stolen away to the sideshow lifestyle at a young age. George and Willie Muse, their kidnapping having made its way to local legend, travelled the world as their mother fought to find them. Battling through the Jim Crow South, against white managers and the justice system, Harriet Muse was ahead of her time as she demanded rights for her own family. Twenty-five years in the making, this book is a heart-wrenching, empowering read. —Rachel

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Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316337540
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 18th, 2016

Isaiah Quintabe may seem ordinary from the outside, but underneath he houses a fiery intellect that he uses to solve crimes in his East Long Beach neighborhood. When he takes a case involving an unusual assassination attempt on a semi-crazed rap mogul, he finds himself tangled in far more than he bargained for. Edgy and fun, this introduces a fresh, bold new voice in mystery. I’ll be looking forward to more from Joe Ide. —Flannery

 

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IQ: A Gritty, Emotional, and Clever Thriller about a Brilliant Young Private Detective Helping Inner-City Los Angeles Residents Cover Image
By Joe Ide
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316267724
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Published: Mulholland Books - October 18th, 2016

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