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Aesop in California by Doug Hansen

A whole cast of native California animals (desert tortoise, jackrabbit, kangaroo rat), plants, and places (Napa Valley is the setting for “Fox and His Grapes”) are the colorful backdrop for this lavishly illustrated and bold retelling of Aesop’s fables. Kindergarten & up.

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781597142359
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Published: Heyday Books - March 1st, 2013

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

Intrepid orphan Hattie (from the Newbery-honor book Hattie Big Sky) sets out to make her fortune in the bustling city of San Francisco in 1919. Starting out as the seamstress for a vaudeville troupe, Hattie sets her sights on becoming a journalist for the San Francisco Chronicle, despite the countless obstacles in her path. Excellent historical fiction and a bright tale of ambition and pluck. Grades 6–8.

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ISBN: 9780385737463
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 2013

My Father's Arms Are a Boat by Stein Erik Lunde

Like The Little Prince, My Father’s Arms Are a Boat creates an ethereal and enchanting world imbued with sadness but fortified by beauty and love. A little boy looks out at a winter landscape populated with red birds and foxes, shooting stars, and a moon that looks like a boat. Saddened by irrevocable changes in his young life, he is reassured by the steady and deeply tender embrace of his father’s arms. A sublime exploration of grief and renewal. Ages 4 & up.

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By Stein Erik Lunde, Øyvind Torseter (Illustrator), Kari Dickson (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781592701247
Availability: Backordered
Published: Enchanted Lion Books - February 5th, 2013

Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Watch out world! Here comes Niño, tip-top wrestling champion of the lucha libre, tickle tackler, skull bumper, marble snatcher. Who’s that in the ring? His twin sisters! Noooo...! Niño faces his toughest challenge yet and learns the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” lesson. Exuberantly illustrated by Yuyi Morales and perfect for that little wrestling champion in your own home. Ages 2–4.

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By Yuyi Morales, Yuyi Morales (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596436046
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 4th, 2013

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano

Do you want to see a whale? If so, this is the book for you—just make sure not to be distracted by the birds or the roses, or a caterpillar’s nibble scoot on a leaf, or a cloud that just looks like a whale. You must wait and watch—and then something magical will reveal itself. A whimsical, endearing tale, exquisitely imagined and delicately detailed by the creators of one of our favorite books of last year, And Then It’s Spring. For the dreamer. Ages 4 & up.

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By Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781596437319
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 7th, 2013

Train by Elisha Cooper

Elisha Cooper follows five different kinds of trains as they journey across country, in and out of cities, past barns and farmhouses, into freight yards, over mountains, through snow flurries and pine forests, and into and out of dark tunnels, until we arrive at a city on the coast. Rich language and sweeping watercolor spreads with whimsical pencil sketches allow Cooper to capture the train as "a small world moving through a larger world." Ages 4–7.

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By Elisha Cooper, Elisha Cooper (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545384957
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Published: Orchard Books - September 24th, 2013

Locomotive by Brian Floca

For sheer majesty and the epic proportions of the locomotive, you can’t do better than this incredible knockout of a picture book. Talented writer/illustrator Brian Floca surprises us with stunning shots from unexpected angles: deep into a mountain tunnel, sideways down the tracks, inside the caboose with the engineer, or capturing panoramic vistas of a solitary train snaking through the plains. A chronicle of one family’s journey from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869, Locomotive sagely explains the inner workings of the Transcontinental Railroad in lush and fascinating detail. Perhaps the best of the bunch: This is the train book you’ve been waiting for. Ages 4–10.

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By Brian Floca, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781416994152
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Published: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books - September 3rd, 2013

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

Oscar is one of the most unique characters ever in a middle grade fantasy book. His desire to understand what people want of him when they speak, and his awareness that he does not, is enough to break our hearts. Is he a real boy if he’s not like everyone else? Here’s a plot that will fool you and a boy who will delight you. Grades 5–8.

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By Anne Ursu, Erin McGuire (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062015075
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Published: Walden Pond Press - September 24th, 2013

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

Twelve-year-old Summer and her Japanese-American family work every harvest season to earn money to pay their mortgage. But this last year, Summer has had malaria (she is now obsessed with learning everything to be known about mosquitoes and is both amazed and repelled); her parents have to travel to Japan to care for elderly relatives; her grandmother, now in charge of cooking for the combine crews, has intense spinal pain; and her grandfather driving the giant harvesting machine all day and night is getting very tired. Her brother, Jaz, amusing and puzzling, earnest and autistic, is, like Summer, attempting to maneuver within friendship and family ties. The Thing About Luck is heartfelt, perfect in structure and narrative, accessible, and very funny. Newbery-winner Cynthia Kadohata could, with this book, do it again. Grades 5–8.

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By Cynthia Kadohata, Julia Kuo (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416918820
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2013

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

For such a slim book, Flora & Ulysses is enormously enjoyable. I won’t outline the plot, but I will tell you it’s about the pleasure of reading aloud and sharing references (both Flora and her father will sometimes exclaim "Holy Bagumba!"); a superhero squirrel who writes poetry; a couple of quick-witted 10- and 11-year-olds (one boy, one girl), and other adults who mean well, but not always and not all of them. I smiled as I read the first page and continued to smile all the way through, except when I occasionally stopped smiling to laugh. For all ages, but particularly for 7- to 11-year-olds, this book would be an absolutely super read-aloud. We have signed first editions.

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By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763660406
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Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2013

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