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Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316435178
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

An overdue biography about an amazing''hidden figure' in US history. Katherine Johnson's mathematical mind kept famous astronauts on course and safe in space! Her accomplishments prove what she already knew - racism and gender discrimination are as wrong as "5+5=12." Clear text, vibrant illustrations, and an informative timeline all make this a must-read for one and all!

— Lauren

 


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Dragonfell Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062665553
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Published: HarperCollins - March 26th, 2019

It may be an imaginary world Prineas has created, but it’s an absolute truth she’s captured in this story: Different doesn’t mean dangerous. I love that line! And that is Rafi’s guiding belief in life. Join Rafi and new friend Maud in their search for dragons and so much more. This smoothly written fantasy novel parallels real life so brilliantly and just like Prineas’s last novel, has strong, steadfast, highly likeable main characters that I couldn’t help but fall in love with.

— Susan


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The Gemini Mysteries 1: The North Star Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808094
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Published: Yellow Jacket - March 5th, 2019

This is a fun, interactive mystery with pictures at the end of each chapter where you’ll find hidden clues!

You WILL be kept guessing till the very end about WHO stole the North Star necklace from a charity event. A group of four soon to be friends find themselves on the middle of clues and chaos that eventually lead them to the answers... wait and see!

— Tonya


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O Captain, My Captain: Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, and the Civil War Cover Image
By Robert Burleigh, Sterling Hundley (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781419733581
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 2nd, 2019

History and Poetry in a whole new format. This interpretation of Walt Whitman's most famous poems through the lens of the Civil War is stunning and provocative. In a time where pain and hate lingered, lyrical and passionate verse blossomed.

— Lindsay


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Over the Moon Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338118490
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019

Fantastic story telling from one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t read anything by her, start here. I love 12-year-old Mallie who has challenges, including a missing hand, but is determined to help her family. Other characters are quirky and wonderful, and there’s just the right amount of magic. You’ll be cheering at the end; don’t miss this one!

— Jamie

 


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We're Not from Here Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524773045
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

This story absolutely held my attention. In a funny, yet deeply moving (but funny!) way, it allowed me to feel and understand what it’s like to be an immigrant or an outsider because people have set ideas of what a person is like instead of getting to know them. This book made me laugh and it challenged me to think and look at the world in a different way. Whether you’re a girl or a guy, a fan of humor, sci-fi or realistic fiction, this one’s for you!

— Susan


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How I Became a Spy: A Mystery of WWII London Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399557064
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 12th, 2019

If you love cyphers and codes, you’ll love this World War II mystery. References to the SOE (Britain’s Special Operations Executive) make this authentic story come alive. I also identified with the characters who are fans of Sherlock Holmes!

— Jamie


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Explorer Academy: The Falcon's Feather Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781426333040
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Published: Under the Stars - March 19th, 2019

An action adventure story that demands your attention with high-speed pacing and a likeable cast of characters, balanced with information about nature, conservation, and wildlife. Go on a thrilling journey with Cruz and his friends, when he boards the ship Orion and travels to Norway and Iceland, swims with whales and makes more discoveries about his mom. I loved the technology Truett brings into the book. It may not exist in our world right now, but it is sure to in the future! Color illustrations, maps and more adds layers to an already interesting story.

— Susan


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Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338185737
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 26th, 2019

This fast-paced and zany installment picks up four months after Book One. Princess Kiranmala must battle rakkhosh, ghosts, and witches in the Kingdom Beyond’s game show: Who Wants To Be A Demon Slayer? If she doesn’t, Kiran may never see her good friend Prince Neel again — never mind restore order to the kingdom. When you finish, be sure to read the author’s note; I love how Dasgupta draws on Indian culture and is inspired by Bengali folklore and tales from her childhood.

— Susan


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Song for a Whale Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524770235
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - February 5th, 2019

Persistent and tenacious, Iris will not let being deaf keep her from being heard. When she learns about a whale who’s song is so different than other whales, causing him to swim without a pod, Iris travels all the way to Alaska to let the whale, known as Blue 55, know that she hears him and he is not alone.

— Terri


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The Storm Keeper’s Island Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681199597
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 22nd, 2019

Oh what a glorious tale of ancient magic set on Arranmore Island off the coast of Ireland, where candles not only capture the weather, but moments in time that can be viewed when they’re lit. Join Fionn as he discovers family secrets and his own fate—something he may or may not want. I absolutely love Fionn and his sense of humor! Catherine Doyle’s writing is just so beautiful and lyrical and fitting for this very exciting adventure. A great read for guys and girls.             

— Susan


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Meena Meets Her Match Cover Image
By Karla Manternach, Rayner Alencar (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534428171
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 29th, 2019

I think you’re going to love Meena! She is a super fun girl with a passion for upcycling trash into art! Unfortunately, being diagnosed with a chronic illness is putting a damper on her life. Everything is being affected — from the ways she is feeling, to the relationships with her peers and family. I love that this book takes on the responsibility of such a topic in a way that all children can relate to. Sometimes life is tough, but having support and positive coping mechanisms is key!

— Tonya


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Myth Atlas: Maps and Monsters, Heroes and Gods from Twelve Mythological Worlds Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781499808285
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Published: Blueprint Editions - January 15th, 2019

GREAT ZEUS!! This book has everything and anything you've ever wanted and needed to know about all types of Mythology. If you love maps, folklore, and fun you NEED TO OPEN THIS BOOK!

— Lindsay


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Dragon Pearl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368013352
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - January 15th, 2019

Yoon Ha Lee has drawn on her Korean culture and folklore to create a wonderfully, unexpectedly grand tale set in outer space. When Min, a fox spirit and shapeshifter, hears that her brother Jun has been branded a deserter from the Space Forces, she goes in search of him. Jun is supposedly seeking the Dragon Pearl, an artifact that can build or destroy worlds. But Min knows in her heart Jun would never abandon his job and something is amiss. Deceptions and surprises abound in this lively book and I found it impossible to do anything but read, read, read until it was done!    

— Susan

 


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Missing Mike Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781772780451
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Published: Pajama Press - September 14th, 2018

What happens when a sheriff shows up at your front door and tells your family they have 10 minutes to evacuate and escape wild fires getting dangerously close to your home? Cara and her family pack some belongings in a back pack and go- but Mike, Cara’s beloved rescue mutt has run off nervously and they don’t have time to look for him. Written in flowing prose, this story examines the meaning of family, the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of community in times of disaster. We are left with hope and strength in this beautiful and timely story.

— Tonya


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The Secrets of Winterhouse Cover Image
By Ben Guterson, Chloe Bristol (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250123909
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - December 31st, 2018

I did not think it was possible for book two in a series to better than the first, but Ben Guterson has nailed it! Elizabeth is now living permanently at Winterhouse where new mysteries abound for her and Freddy as well as wonderful word play and puzzles. I was absolutely inspired by Elizabeth’s personal journey and you will be too. Just a wonderful story!

— Susan


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Monstrous Devices Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780451478580
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 16th, 2018

A creepy mystical thriller that leaves 13-year-old Alex with more questions for his mysterious grandfather than he is willing to answer. Fantastic debut with dangerous mechanical creatures and original characters that at first feel familiar, but become so much more. Although perfectly ended, I cannot wait for book two!

— Jamie


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The Adventurers Guild #2 Twilight of the Elves Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781484788608
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - November 13th, 2018

Just as the Harry Potter series grew darker before the conclusion, so does book 2 in The Adventurers Guild trilogy. The saga of Zed, Brock and friends continues with far more difficult quests and challenges; betrayals and mistrust abound and it all has me super curious to see what will happen in the final installment. And again, what a wonderful cast of characters with a great balance of guys and girls. I do suggest, however, re-reading book 1 to refresh your memory of details before starting this latest tale of fast-paced, high energy adventure that will leave you reeling with surprise.

— Susan


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Inkling Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524772819
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

After reading this, you’re going to want your own Inkling!  Loves books, helps with homework, good with kids…everyone wants it for their own - even stealing to get it.  A story of loss, family, and true friendship, this is also great for anyone thinking about a career as a graphic novelist.

— Terri


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Wicked Nix Cover Image
By Lena Coakley, Jaime Zollars (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419728693
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 9th, 2018

An amazing tale of fairies and magic, family and sadness, and finally of hope and happiness. I want to share Wicked Nix, Rose the Wise, and Mr. Green with children everywhere! A perfect family read aloud.

— Jamie