Young Reader

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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The Pearl Thief Cover Image
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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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Long Way Down Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481438254
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Published: Atheneum Books - October 24th, 2017

Perfect pacing again (Mr. Henkes) as an unlikely friendship cracks into the open in this amusing-for-preschoolers (and amusing for the adults who read to them) picture book. A surprisingly moving journey in a seemingly simple story. And funny. Did I mention that? Ages 3–6. - Ga

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Egg Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062408723
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 3rd, 2017

Follow along as we gently, dreamily behold each of the elements that make a house a home, from the front door “once a colossal oak tree” and the bricks “once mud that oozed around roots” to the window that “was sand once…melted to glass.” Misty, almost velvety, watercolors reveal both the history and the now of this home, as we come to see how our own house fits into the world outside our door. A cozy bedtime read. Ages 3–7. - Michelle

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This House, Once Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481442848
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2017

Much more than a tongue twister, this sweet and joyful picture book astounds and astonishes with each successive read aloud. Wary for just the briefest moment, the dog and the hog leap into play, whirling and reeling around each other and right off the pages. Has there ever been a more perfect word pairing—or animal pairing—than greyhound and groundhog? Ages 2 and up. - Michelle

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By Emily Jenkins, Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780553498059
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 3rd, 2017

Here’s a triptych of picture books by verbal-visual stuntman Jon Agee. These are each one-joke books, but they are very, very good jokes. Ages 3–8. - Ga

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Milo's Hat Trick Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735229877
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Published: Dial Books - September 12th, 2017

Here’s a triptych of picture books by verbal-visual stuntman Jon Agee. These are each one-joke books, but they are very, very good jokes. Ages 3–8. - Ga

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Terrific Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735229884
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Published: Dial Books - September 12th, 2017

Here’s a triptych of picture books by verbal-visual stuntman Jon Agee. These are each one-joke books, but they are very, very good jokes. Ages 3–8. - Ga

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Life on Mars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399538520
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Published: Dial Books - February 28th, 2017

Read this aloud as if you’re King Arthur or Lancelot preparing to battle for the good of all. A zany, perfectly illustrated origin story of the game rock paper scissors. If only all war games were this one. Ages 4–8. - Ga

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By Drew Daywalt, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062438898
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - April 4th, 2017

Words taken from the influential novel set us deep in this tale of passion and revenge, only to find the story is actually set in a bathtub as a young child enacts the drama of Moby Dick. It’s bedtime, and a parent pulls the plug, wraps the child in towels, tucks them in bed and, upon request, sings a ballad that begins:

Wide are the waters of the deep blue sea

Great is the whale that got away free...

Grades K–2. - Ga

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By Ed Young, Barbara Dacosta (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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ISBN: 9780316299367
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 1st, 2017

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