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It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

Stanley is a very focused beagle with a knack for keeping his family up all night. “It’s only Stanley,” Walter said. “He’s howling at the moon.” That is the most normal thing Stanley will do that night. He goes on to fix the oil tank, make catfish stew, and eventually build a rocket to the moon. (The house is, unfortunately, the rocket.) With funny, deadpan commentary by Walter (the dad), and verse that makes you regain your childhood love for rhyme, It’s Only Stanley will charm child and adult alike.  —Tera

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ISBN: 9780803739079
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Published: Dial Books - March 17th, 2015

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

Wolfie, a baby, showed up on Dot’s family’s doorstep a little while ago. “He’s adorable!” Dot’s parents gasp, looking at his long snout and pointy ears. They bring him right in and dote on him. “He’s going to eat us all up,” Dot, an only child in the bunny family, points out. And then Wolfie grows, and grows, and grows. Is there room in Dot’s heart for a strange younger brother? A wonderfully goofy story of an unlikely family, made all the more enjoyable by Wolfie’s pink onesie and the stylish, tongue-in-cheek art.  —Tera

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By Ame Dyckman, Zachariah OHora (Illustrator)
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 17th, 2015

Out of the Woods by Rebecca Bond

Antonio is fascinated by the people who pass through his mother’s hotel in Gowganda: lumberjacks, trappers, miners. One day, trouble—smoke—in the woods sends them rushing toward the safety of Gowganda Lake. Soon, all the people of the town are gathered, waiting for the danger to pass. But then something really magical happens: the creatures of the woods fleeing from the forest join the people in the lake. Side by side are foxes and rabbits, wolves and deer, moose and people. Illustrated with personable, vibrant pen-and-ink drawings that bring the scenes to life, Out of the Woods is an unforgettable true story based on the experience of the author’s grandfather.  —Tera

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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 21st, 2015

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson

In Sidewalk Flowers, the world is grey, sketched with watery masterful lines by the accomplished artist Sydney Smith. But there are spots of color, such as the pointy red hoodie that a child wears as her father takes her out on errands. While her dad gets lost in a phone conversation, the girl picks out the other bright notes in the world—little flowers peeking out of cracks and drains—and collects a bouquet. And along the way home, she adorns the world with flowers, though she holds onto enough flowers to braid them into her mother’s hair, and then crowns the heads of her younger siblings in the backyard as she continues to wander with perfect grace. A brilliant wordless book, rich and full of life.  —Tera

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By Jonarno Lawson, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
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Published: Groundwood Books - March 17th, 2015

Last Stop On Market Street by Matt De La Pena

San Francisco, in all its bustling eccentricity, comes alive in this moving homage by Matt de la Peña. CJ is taking the bus down to Market Street with his Nana and he’s dragging his heels. Why don’t they have a car? Why do they have to go at all? But with a few knowing words from Nana, CJ remembers to look around at the surprising city wonders: a man with a guitar who strums them a tune, a woman with a magical jar of butterflies on her lap, and their friends from all walks of life who greet them along the way. Robinson brings a joyous mix of bright acrylic and collage art to an important and unique story.  —Tera

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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 8th, 2015

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

An imaginary friend isn’t supposed to come back. Not when you’re about to go into 5th grade and are too old for such baby stuff. But Jackson can’t get rid of the 7-foot-tall tuxedo-furred cat who shows up again one night singing showtunes in the (bubble) bath. Jackson is afraid he’s going crazy—and he doesn’t need that on top of the real possibility that his mom and dad will make them move out of their San Francisco apartment back into the van, like they had to do three years ago. Humorous, poignant, and enthralling, Applegate’s new novel is a worthy follow-up to Newbery-winner The One and Only Ivan.  —Tera

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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 22nd, 2015

George by Alex Gino

George is a 4th-grader with a problem. She wants to play Charlotte (the wise spider from Charlotte’s Web) in the school play. She knows all the lines and she’s the one who cried the hardest at the ending. But only girls get to play Charlotte, and according to everybody except George, she’s a boy. Not even her loopy but loyal best friend gets it, nor her loving (and concerned) mother. George has always known she’s a girl, but how can she break it to the people closest to her? George has already won the hearts of a wide range of readers, and if you’ll let her, she is sure to charm you too.  —Tera

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Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Tamaya is in 5th grade but she feels like she’s fallen years behind her peers socially. And Marshall, he’s in 7th grade and he hasn’t been doing so well ever since he got pegged as the fat kid. The two of them have been walking to school together for three years, although they pretend like they don’t know each other once they’re there. Marshall insists on taking a shortcut through the woods one day to avoid a fight with a bully and lands them smack in the middle of a controversy surrounding escaped “frankengerms,” a national emergency, and the survival of the human race. A thrilling, thought-provoking, funny eco-mystery from the author of Holes.  —Tera

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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - August 4th, 2015

The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

When the “worst thing” happens, Suzy (Zu to her friends) embraces the only thing she understands: science. Science tells us how many heartbeats there should be in a life, it tells us how many jellyfish there are in the world, and it may just explain why her friend (her old best friend) is gone before she had a chance to make things right. Suzy stubbornly strikes out her own path to accepting a hard truth and in the process teaches us a poignant, powerful lesson about moving through loss. A stunning debut with some of the loveliest writing in this year’s crop of middle-grade books.  —Tera

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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2015

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Like The Breakfast Club for middle graders—each of Goodbye Stranger’s fascinating characters is struggling not just to be themselves but to figure out who that is. Bridge wakes up on the morning of 7th grade and puts on a pair of cat ears left over from Halloween: It feels right. Emily has grown curves overnight and is getting texts from an 8th-grade boy. Tab wants to stand up for women’s rights, but it just seems to isolate her from her friends. The Newbery-winning author of When You Reach Me offers us another rich and complex web of friends and (seeming) enemies.  —Tera

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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - August 4th, 2015

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