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Summer Newsletter 2022 Middle Grade Fiction

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians Written by Brandon Sanderson

Meet Alcatraz, a foster child with a remarkable aptitude for breaking things, a talent that comes in handy as he enters a world of evil librarians, hidden continents, and dinosaurs with British accents. This reprint from beloved science fiction writer Brandon Sanderson is perfect for middle-grade readers who are looking for hilarious narration and enthralling world building, and it’s out in paperback just in time for the release of the long-awaited sixth novel in the Alcatraz series!  —Isaac

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Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians #1) By Brandon Sanderson, Hayley Lazo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brandon Sanderson, Hayley Lazo (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780765378958
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Published: Starscape - May 3rd, 2022

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate

Bob (“Robert” when he’s getting on Julia’s nerves, “Uncle Bob” to baby elephant Ruby) is the stray pup from Applegate’s Newbery Medal–winning The One and Only Ivan, whose outsized personality demanded its own story. Through Bob’s eyes, we experience the deep connections in families of origin and families of choice, against the backdrop of a chaotic storm that challenges people and animals alike. Written in short, punchy, cleverly named chapters, this story will delight, even if you haven’t read the first book.  —Michelle

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The One and Only Bob By Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062991324
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Published: HarperCollins - May 3rd, 2022

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

Bug knows their house is haunted and, with the recent passing of their Uncle Rodrick, the ghosts have become more present. As Bug’s summer plans change, they’re forced to stay home and deal with the question of what it means to be themself. This year’s Newbery Honor winner Kyle Lukoff intertwines two of my favorite things—ghost and LGBTQIA+ stories—in a gentle and beautiful way, making it easily accessible for younger readers. —Andrea

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780593111178
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Published: Dial Books - June 7th, 2022

Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods by Catherynne M. Valente

Valente has built an incredible fantasy world in this stand-alone fairy tale bursting with magic, mushrooms, humor, and indelible characters. Osmo's journey is as filled with wonder as it is with questions of right and wrong, friendship and self, and how to realize a better world. Great read episodically or all in one sitting, and perfect for readers of Baum's Oz series and Andersen's fairy tales, or fans of modern cinematic classics such as Labryinth, The Dragon Prince, and the work of Hayao Miyazaki.  —Jocelyn

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Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods By Catherynne M. Valente Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481476997
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 26th, 2022

The Summer of June by Jaime Sumner

This book reminded me that libraries are a community’s heart, that poetry is a balm to hard conversations, and that 11-year-old kiddos are brilliant and brave—none more so than June. June is a worrier whose worry interferes with sleep and makes her body feel out of control. But with help from her lovable crew, she starts opening up and doing small things each day to tame her worry and work with, not against, it. You cannot read this book without loving every character—but, oh, how you will especially love June! 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781534486027
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 31st, 2022

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