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Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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Center of Gravity Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250191861
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - March 24th, 2020

I love a sad, beautifully written story with a message of hope. Tessa and her new group of friends are proof that we are never alone, even in our darkest times. This novel shines a light on the strength kids possess, both in trying to handle their problems on their own, and in having the courage to seek out help. An overall stunning novel. 

— Becky


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554189
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Published: Dial Books - February 25th, 2020

I couldn’t decide if I wanted Vivy to succeed because she’s on the spectrum or because she’s a girl who wants to play baseball, not softball! Told through a series of emails, I cheered all the way through this gentle story about believing in yourself. I’m also completely psyched for knuckleball season!

— Jamie


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ISBN: 9780062955975
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 3rd, 2020

Coo is a brilliant debut all about friendship, bravery, and how not all families are brought together by blood. I love Coo. She's curious, compassionate, and fiercely loyal to her flock. A story about a girl raised by everyone's least favorite birds managed to steal my heart from the opening pages. The pigeons unique personalities and language make the story really come to life. I adored this book!

— Becky


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ISBN: 9781534414914
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Published: Aladdin - March 10th, 2020

I am a fan of spy novels, so I loved this group of kids that MI6 is secretly training at a special school in Scotland. In City Spies, we get to know them and see them in action—enjoy this adventure!

— Jamie


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Fire in the Star (The Unicorn Quest) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681192499
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - February 18th, 2020

Sometimes when I finish a novel, I don’t want to pick up another. I want to let that story simmer. And this is a perfect example! With the end of book three comes the end of wondrous trilogy. But oh, what a marvelous ending to a finely spun tale. Benko kept building and building the suspense; I thought the book was going to explode out of my hands! I love Claire and Sophie; their relationship is so authentic and so is their journey.

— Susan


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If We Were Giants Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781484778715
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 3rd, 2020

Put down the guitar, Dave! Dave Matthews proves he is a master storyteller with this fantasy tale that examines the issues that arise when a band of conquering giants try to invade a peaceful society. I liked the wonderful characters, lush imagery, and big themes, and I hope he will find time to write a sequel!

— Jamie


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ISBN: 9781338569094
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Published: Chicken House - March 3rd, 2020

A wonderfully bewitching world is conjured in this new middle grade fantasy I couldn’t put down. The impulsive, snarky heroine is refreshing and I loved the mysterious Hog, a hedgehog who may prove magical yet. I eagerly await book two!

— Jamie


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ISBN: 9781338157864
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 3rd, 2020

An enchanting novel full of hope and magical realism! Mañanaland is told through the eyes of 11-year-old Maximiliano, who loves fútbol and the stories told by his Buelo. Many of his Buelo's stories are about their family history as “Guardians of the Hidden Ones,” helping those fleeing oppression. One night, Max too is called upon. A timely story; one that you will not soon forget.

— Marilyn


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A Galaxy of Sea Stars Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374309091
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - February 4th, 2020

Wow! Such thoughtful writing. Every lovely, powerful, perfect word just falls into place to tell a tale of bravery. Of staying true to yourself. Of speaking out. And such careful consideration was given to each character. I stood in Izzy’s shoes and Sitara’s and not only felt what they felt but really understood their points of view—their stories. I also love what Nonni said to Izzy: Will your fear be bigger than your courage, or will your courage be bigger than your fear?

— Susan


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Cast Away: Poems for Our Time Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062907691
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 11th, 2020

If you pick up this book be prepared to “talk trash”- only in the most thoughtful, relevant, and entertaining ways possible! Young people’s poet laureate, Naomi Shihab Nye explores the things we discard, propelling us to not only to be more conscientious about it, but also to think about it in a whole new way. This collection is calling all young environmentalist to pick up this book, and perhaps some trash!

— Tonya


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By Matthew Cody, Yoshi Yoshitani (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781401290702
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Published: DC Comics - February 18th, 2020

Drawn with a nod to manga, veteran author Matthew Cody spins a tale of magic and middle-grade issues. The colorful cast of characters, including my favorite: the wise and grumpy rabbit Pocus, pack a lot of adventure into this one tale. I look forward to the next!

— Jamie


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ISBN: 9781499810110
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Published: Yellow Jacket - February 4th, 2020

It felt like Tomas was talking directly to me in this funny story about the luckiest kid in the world: BECAUSE HE HAS A DRAGON FOR A PET! Was ancient magic involved? Can his friends get one? Can he keep this a secret from Liam, a Class A bully? Illustrations throughout capture all the fun.

— Jamie


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The Story Seeker: A New York Public Library Book (The Story Collector #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250301093
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - January 28th, 2020

I love this story! Who doesn’t want to read about libraries or books or wonderful words!? But it’s not just any old story…this is historical fiction based on a family who actually did live in the NYC Public Library in the 1920s. And the mystery of the missing books that Viviani is investigating is also true. Although this is a follow up to The Story Collector, it can be read without having read the first! Just an absolute joy!

— Susan


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The Best of Iggy Cover Image
By Annie Barrows, Sam Ricks (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781984813305
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

This is just the most hilarious book! Every single page you will be laughing—just try it and see. This author has been making girls laugh with her series Ivy & Bean; it’s about time boys got their own series! Actually, girls can read this too! Enjoy!

— Jamie


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When You Trap a Tiger Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524715700
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 28th, 2020

Tae Keller is such a talented writer. Her word choices are like glittering jewels and the way she strings them together makes this tale of realistic fiction, with a twist of magical realism, a treasure to read! Add to that, I loved learning about Korean folktales from Halmoni, Lily’s grandmother. A story about bravery and learning to speak out.

— Susan


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York: The Clockwork Ghost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062306968
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 14th, 2019

A savvy, sophisticated mystery for your advanced reader. I loved the introduction to codes and ciphers as well as the places they lead to in and around New York City. In fact, I Googled some of these sites because I had never heard of them before. Creepy and fascinating!

— Susan


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Starfell #1: Willow Moss & the Lost Day Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062879400
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Published: HarperCollins - January 28th, 2020

For 8 – 10 year olds, I loved this fantasy about a young witch with the not very exciting power of finding things. Told with unique characters, I was thrilled with all the fresh ways Valente presents magical ideas, and look forward to the series!

— Jamie


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ISBN: 9781368024662
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 14th, 2020

Navajo mythology takes center stage in this utterly fantastic new adventure series. Great characters, heart-pounding adventure, and menacing bad guys—I am anxiously awaiting the next! Rick Riordan fans will cheer!

— Jamie


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Escape This Book! Tombs of Egypt Cover Image
By Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780525644224
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

Let this book immerse you in ancient history and send you on an epic quest! Test your creative mettle with these artistic challenges!

— Ethan


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The Lost Tide Warriors (The Storm Keeper’s Island Series #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781547602728
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 14th, 2020

The pacing of this book took my breath away! What an exhilarating yet moving adventure that was just as good as the first. Filled with bravery, this tale of good vs. evil, darkness vs. light, inspired me to never give up, even when a situation seems hopeless. And Fionn’s relationship with Granddad is so endearing; I love their senses of humor. I found it hard to leave Arranmore Island when I finished reading this grand story.

— Susan


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From the Desk of Zoe Washington Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062875853
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - January 14th, 2020

 Janae Marks’ remarkable debut novel read like a mystery thriller, demanding I read non-stop until it was done. And believe me, you’ll do the same because you’re going to want to find out what happens to Zoe and Marcus, never mind the rest of the family. A story about love, joy, family, justice and baking, this is realistic fiction at its very best! Seriously!

— Susan