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The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez

Where does the great American dream reside? In a young boy’s desire for a place to live, an education, and some stability for his hardworking family. The Circuit is the first part of a simply beautiful autobiographical trilogy by a professor of modern languages at Santa Clara University. Ages 11 & up. - Ga

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The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780826317971
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Published: University of New Mexico Press - October 1st, 1997

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Ah, that strong-hearted, clear-headed Logan family, with their love for their land and for one another—they could single-handedly teach Dignity 101. I’ve revisited this family many times and I’m still enthralled, still rapidly turning pages. Ages 10 & up. - Ga

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ISBN: 9780140384512
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Published: Puffin Books - November 27th, 2001

The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read written by Curtis Manley illus by Kate Berube

Nick and his cats, Vern and Stevenson, “spent summers doing everything together.” But when Nick sits down quietly with a book, the cats are not pleased. In order to spend time reading, Nick will clearly have to teach his cats to read. Ages 3–7.     —GA

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By Curtis Manley, Kate Berube (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481435697
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - July 5th, 2016

Motor Miles by John Burningham

Miles is a dog who doesn’t care for much. He does enjoy being driven up the hill to the café, where people say, “Oh, what a lovely dog!” Though fond of him, his people can’t always be driving him to a café. Obviously what Miles needs is…his own car.

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By John Burningham, John Burningham (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763690649
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Published: Candlewick - September 6th, 2016

The Backyard Birdsong Guide Western North America written by Donald Kroodsma illus by Larry McQueen & Jon Janosik

A clear and engaging field guide for our area, with high-quality audio bird songs from the world-renowned Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “Don Kroodsma’s passion for birdsong is infectious, and this guide will have any birder (including me) listening to birds with new insight and appreciation after reading it.” —David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds. For all ages.

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The Backyard Birdsong Guide Western North America: A Guide to Listening Cover Image
By Donald Kroodsma, Larry McQueen (Illustrator), Jon Janosik (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781943645008
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Published: Cornell Lab Publishing Group - April 12th, 2016

Jazz Day written by Roxanne Orgill illustrated by Francis Vallejo

A score of poetic vignettes provide the setup for Esquire writer Art Kane’s iconic 1958 photograph of jazz greats, posed for an unpaid photo shoot at the outlandish (for jazz musicians) hour of 10 am on the steps of a brownstone at 126th Street in Harlem. Roxane Orgill’s text is accompanied by Francis Vallejo’s evocative acrylic and pastel paintings, leading up to a fold-out spread of the actual photo, indicated by a black page with the word “click” in white print. This is the second picture book—the other being Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell, about Jane Goodall—to make perfectly exquisite use of an iconic photograph. Grades 4 & up. —GĀ

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By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2016

Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet

When a children’s picture book biography contains primary source materials (letters, photos, manuscript pages); when it has drawings, whimsical collages, and watercolor; and, most importantly, has a clear and nimble text, I get happy. What Melissa Sweet’s book conveys about E. B. White’s writing (through excerpts), and what she herself conveys through her own writing, is joy—the sense of how lucky we are to live this life. Some Writer! is just what a biography should be, leaving you both satisfied and curious. Ages 8 & up. —GĀ

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ISBN: 9780544319592
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016

Pax written by Sara Pennypacker illustrated by Jon Klassen

Here is a wilderness survival story, told in alternating chapters by 12-year-old Peter and by Pax, the orphaned fox kit he raised, as they attempt to reunite in a warring countryside that feels a little like our own neighborhoods in the near future. This is a startling and viscerally moving antiwar novel that will appeal to several age groups. We have some signed first editions in stock. Grades 5–8.—GĀ

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By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062377012
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 2nd, 2016

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

This is not what we’ve come to expect from a Kate DiCamillo novel—no clever razzle-dazzle of poet-squirrels and brave mice that steal your heart. Instead, as in her very first novel, we have a young girl in trouble. Ten-year-old Raymie’s dad has run away with a dental hygienist. She 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, but the three girls become loyal friends and (sans adults) rescue each other. Droll, heartbreaking, and oh so nice. Grades 4–7. —GĀ

 

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ISBN: 9780763681173
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Published: Candlewick - April 12th, 2016

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Booked is a riveting sports story about a smart, reading-averse, soccer-obsessed, 12-year-old boy. Like his Newbery Award–winning Crossover, the novel is told in verse and Kwame Alexander is just the writer to pull this off and make it absolutely appealing to a reluctant reader like his protagonist Nick (or to a seasoned reader like me). Grades 5–8. —GĀ

 

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Booked (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780544570986
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

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