New & Notable Paperbacks for All Ages from our 2018 Summer Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2018 Summer Newsletter.

Organized by the seasons, beginning with spring, this collection of 36 impeccably chosen short poems demonstrates that significant emotional power can reside in just a few lines. Grades K–4.  —School Library Journal

The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends/upon/a red wheel/barrowglazed with rain/water/beside the white/chickens.—William Carlos Williams

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Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems Cover Image
By Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763699710
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Published: Candlewick - March 20th, 2018

Another dinosaur book? Not exactly: rather than adding to the panoply of dino-guides, Thimmesh instead looks at how new discoveries in paleontology require sometimes-drastic revisions by paleoartists. Is that a job? Yes! Copious illustrations by leading artists add much appeal to the book’s unique approach. Grades 3 and up.Horn Book Fanfare

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like? Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781328740885
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - November 14th, 2017

His family is packing up for a 3-year stint in America, but Aref isn’t ready to leave his Oman home or his grandfather, Sidi. The bond between grandparent and child is a stalwart of children’s literature, and this novel quietly but surely evokes the classic theme against a sensuously rendered landscape that feels like home. Grades 3–6.  —Horn Book Fanfare

The Turtle of Oman Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062019783
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

This companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon stands firmly on its own. Pinmei and a young boy from her village, Yishan, embark on an incredible journey to rescue her grandmother from the clutches of the power-mad emperor. Interspersed with Chinese-inspired folktales and Grace Lin’s elegant artwork, and steeped in evocative prose, this volume is an excellent addition to the magical art of storytelling. Grades 3–6. - Ivy

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When the Sea Turned to Silver Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316125949
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 5th, 2017

Growing up in the United States, the children of immigrants often feel torn between two cultures: the world of their peers and the world of their parents. Amina watches her best friend, Korean American Soojin, struggle to fit into their very American school and Amina wonders if she should be doing the same. Tackling tough questions of racism, faith, and culture, this book sheds light on the hard realities facing immigrant children today. Grades 4–6. - Ivy

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Amina's Voice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481492072
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - May 1st, 2018

A wolf wilder “untames” wolves that have been kept as pets for aristocrats, and the young Feodora takes her jobs as a wolf wilder seriously. A new edict from the tsar declares all wolves be shot rather than released into the wild, and Feodora rebels. When a vicious Russian general burns her home to the ground and imprisons her mother, Feodora takes a lupine swipe at the government on her rescue mission. With its dry wit and skillful writing, this book will sharpen your own teeth. Grades 4–7. - Ivy

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The Wolf Wilder Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481419437
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

Firsthand accounts from multiple viewpoints are interspersed with Hopkinson’s compelling prose and punctuated by historical photographs in this well-rounded account of the Second World War. This book will satisfy those of us who appreciate a historical narrative clearly told, as well as other World War II aficionados. Grades 5–8. - Ivy, Michelle, & Ga

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Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific: The Incredible Story of U.S. Submarines in WWII Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545425599
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 27th, 2018

Ten-year-old Raymie’s dad has run away with a dental hygienist. Raymie can’t make him return unless, she reasons, he sees her photo in the paper as the baton-twirling winner (she’s never twirled a baton) of the Miss Central Florida Tire Competition of 1975. Two other girls covet this prize, each for their own similarly unreasoned reasons. The three girls become loyal friends and, without winning a contest, win a respite by rescuing each other. Droll, heartbreaking, and ultimately triumphant. Grades 4–7. - Ga

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Raymie Nightingale Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780763696917
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Published: Candlewick - April 10th, 2018

Priyanka’s mother refuses to discuss why she left India at 18…. A pashmina shawl stowed in an old suitcase sends Pri on “journeys” to India when she puts it on, and a cry to [the goddess] Shakti for help results in a phone call from an aunt she’s never met, inviting her to her mother’s home country. The pashmina goes with her, and as aunt and niece bond, Priyanka learns of her mother’s secret past and the power of the shawl, which gives the woman who wears it a vision of how to take the next step in life… The graphic-novel format keeps the story light…sorting the players’ many journeys through actual and imaginary spaces with shifts in background color. A fantasy with humor and substance, this is a book for girls seeking empowerment and agency. Grades 4–8.Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720879
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Published: First Second - October 3rd, 2017

Gidwitz plunges into medieval France to tell the incredible story of three gifted children, a holy greyhound, and the people whose lives they touch. Taking cues from The Canterbury Tales, he nimbly weaves history, excitement, and multiple narrative threads into a taut, inspired (and illuminated) adventure. Grades 5–8.Booklist Editors Choice 2016

The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780142427378
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Published: Puffin Books - March 20th, 2018

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