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Meadowlands written & illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski

Yezerski’s newest book is the pictorial history of an intertidal zone that has been in use for thousands of years: by the plants and animals that first lived in it; by the Lenape tribe who lived with it; by the European settlers who cut down, filled in, and planted upon it; by the 20th-century inhabitants who built highways, airports, and factories, and dumped trash and industrial wastes into it; and now by a new generation of activists and schoolchildren who work to turn the area from the noxious dump it was into a place that can once again support life. Yezerski tells this story through frank text and panoramic pen-and-ink spreads with watercolor wash, framed by cleverly chosen thumbnail sketches that relate to each landscape (such as swamp mosquitoes, candy wrappers, cordgrass, dioxins, muskets, and muskrats). This is the story of a New Jersey estuary, but could as easily have been about the Watsonville wetlands. Grades 1–4. —Gā & Holly

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780374349134
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - March 1st, 2011

Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

About Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus, the third installment of this new, immediately likable series for new readers, School Library Journal says, “Atinuke handles the complexity of life in Africa (and the differences between life there and in North America) with deftness and grace. Serious concepts like racism, poverty, and social activism are covered as simply and expertly as dealing with taking the blame for a sibling’s misbehavior without becoming heavy-handed or unsuitable for early chapter-book audiences. Although elements of Anna’s life may be foreign to some readers, her sweet nature and youthful troubles are common to children everywhere. The expressive black-and-white images that weave seamlessly through the texts enhance the stories beautifully. Anna Hibiscus is a lovely, rare bird of a series, providing a modern view of another culture in warm, approachable language.” Grades 1–3.

How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills

Oliver Olson’s problem could easily be every kid’s dream: His parents do his homework for him. But they are also so overprotective that the 3rd-grade space sleepover is absolutely out of the question for Oliver. When he connects with outspoken classmate Crystal about their mutual dismay at Pluto’s demotion from planet-status, Oliver begins to feel more confident about expressing his opinions, even as he fears disappointing his parents. Heartfelt and emotionally resonant, but full of humor and deftly drawn characters, Mills has created another winner for young readers. Grades 2–4.

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Holly
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By Claudia Mills, Heather Maione (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312672829
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Square Fish - October 25th, 2011

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

“J.J. Tully, retired search-and-rescue dog, is one tough cookie—laconic, unflappable, and master of speech noir: ‘Sometimes there’s a plan, sometime’s there’s only adrenaline. Sometimes adrenaline is all you need.’ He is lured out of retirement by a determined chicken who promises him a cheeseburger if he’ll take on the case of her kidnapped offspring.…Tidily embedded clues, a generous scattering of vignette and full-page illustrations, a dandy plot twist, and a cast of hilarious characters add up to a treat of particular delight to fans of the mystery genre, dog lovers, and the chicken positive.” —The Horn Book. Grades 3–5.

The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061215346
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 24th, 2012

Roasted Peanuts by Tim Egan

Sam and Jackson both love baseball but only one of them makes the team. But with the help of his friend, Sam learns that there is more than one way to contribute at a ballpark and ultimately becomes a legendary peanut-throwing vendor and biggest fan of his loyal friend. Tim Egan’s delightful, fun, and suspenseful picture book will not only have you harken for the baseball stadium experience, but will remind you about why enduring friendships are the best path to happiness and success. Grades: Kindergarten +
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ISBN: 9780618337187
Availability: Out of Print
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2006

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