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A Tale of Magic... Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316523479
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

In a world of limited possibilities for girls, Brystal Evergreen stands out. Forbidden to read, she gets a job as a maid in a library and discovers worlds far beyond her imagination. When an outlawed act of magic betrays her, she is sent away to an academy of magic. There, she meets a spunky group of fairies and they set out on a journey that will change them forever. A magical book with a timely message for our own world about friendship, loyalty and acceptance.

— Marilyn


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The Dragon Warrior Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547602001
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - October 15th, 2019

Can’t get enough Goddesses, Gods, or Demons? Then you are in for a treat! Katie Zhao’s beginning smoothly sets you into a well-paced tale based on Chinese mythology and folklore. Join Faryn and brother Alex on an adventure that takes them from San Francisco’s Chinatown to Peng Lai Island in hopes of achieving Faryn’s destiny and finding their father.

— Susan


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The Wonders of Nature Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781465485366
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Published: DK Children - September 3rd, 2019

Did you know the giant clam has several hundred eyes on its wavy lips? The wonders of nature leaves children and adults amazed and inspired about the natural world! Up close illustrations and fascinating text are presented in 100 beautifully unique life forms from rocks and minerals to animals! This is truly a special book, even perfect for bedtime; let the kids choose a magical creature to read about while they fall asleep with that connection to nature.

— Tonya


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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368039932
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - October 15th, 2019

I liked Tristan and his sense of humor the minute I opened this book. And the writing--dare I say it?--is strong! It just reached out and dragged me in! Mbalia has taken the folktales my mom read to me, like Brer Rabbit and John Henry, and has given them a whole new spin, I never could've imagined such creative story-telling. Great pacing, likable characters and so much more. Absolutely brilliant.

— Susan


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Weird Little Robots Cover Image
By Carolyn Crimi, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694937
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Published: Candlewick - October 1st, 2019

A sweet story about robots, a little magic, and friendship. Crimi does a great job of not relying on stereotype characters, making this story so much more real and satisfying. I loved the wonderfully nuanced ending! 

— Jamie


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The Paris Project Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534440869
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 8th, 2019

Gephart proves once again to be a master of memorable characters. Her nuanced portrayal of a family whose father is incarcerated is balanced by Cleveland, a tres chic girl who knows she’s destined for Paris, her supportive sister, and her endearing  best friend. Absolutely fantastic!

— Jamie


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The Tornado: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250168641
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 1st, 2019

Who knew such a tough topic like bullying could be written about in such a light-handed way? Not me! But when I heard author Jake Burt talk about his book, I knew I had to read it. Filled with humor and references to The Wizard of Oz, it is so worth going on this journey with Bell, and his friends Daelynn, Timmy and Tam. You’ll be glad you did.

— Susan


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Words on Fire Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338275476
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

Book by book, the Russian Cossack soldiers chip away at the idea of being Lithuanian. Book by book, smugglers risk themselves to keep Lithuania alive. Audra is a brewing storm, a heroine ready to join the resistance to save her parents and her people from disappearing all together. This story highlights the power of knowledge and the unyielding resilience of a nation. Even if you aren't a fan of historical fiction, you will love this book!

— Becky


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Ghost: Thirteen Haunting Tales to Tell (Scary Children's Books for Kids Age 9 to 12, Ghost Stories for Middle Schoolers) Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781452171289
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 13th, 2019

These haunting short stories are guaranteed to keep you looking over your shoulder. The illustrations, stirring and mature, are sure to pull you into each tale as though it's happening to you at that very moment. A great gift for horror and scary stories fans.

— Lindsay A.


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Cog Cover Image
By Greg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062686077
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Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

A thrilling, entertaining, laugh out loud adventure, and potentially scary warning of what future scientific research may lead to. Follow Cog and his cohorts as they search for their creator and purposes for being.  This is a great story for all ages.

— Terri


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Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers Cover Image
By Anna James, Paola Escobar (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781984837127
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Published: Philomel Books - September 24th, 2019

Beware! Once you slip into this book you won't want to leave until you're done! I surely didn't and was very glad it was a rainy day when I picked it up, because this story has everything I love: a cozy bookstore, a bit of a mystery, and a grand adventure. Pen and ink illustrations add to the charm of this tale of magical realism. And both Tilly and Oskar are well developed, likeable characters. A finely written, new found favorite for me!

— Susan


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Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338282801
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

Sharon Robinson, the daughter of the great Jackie Robinson, tells her honest, heartfelt story in this beautiful memoir that shows what it's like to fight hate with love. The year is 1963: Sharon turns 13, and the governor Of Alabama declares “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” We learn about the Birmingham Children’s crusade, and what it means to be a teenager facing this kind of discrimination head on. This memoir reads like fiction and is a must have for school and home libraries.

— Tonya


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Filigree's Midnight Ride (At the Heels of History) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9781534433328
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - August 27th, 2019

A historical fiction novel for 8-10 year olds who love animals. Filigree is a tiny dog who wants to prove he can help with the Revolutionary War too. This is the start of a fun new series! 

— Jamie


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Crumbled! (The Misadventures of Nobbin Swill) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781499809718
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Published: Yellow Jacket - August 27th, 2019

Set in a village of fairytale characters, meet the charming and resourceful Nobbin who must help Prince Charming without revealing his true identity. Perfect for young middle grade readers and graphic novel fans. Gorgeous illustrations throughout.

— Jamie


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Lalani of the Distant Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747273
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

I felt like I was listening to a storyteller tell a wonderful fable that had been handed down through generations. At the same time, it speaks to leadership, courage, and kindness in a way that will make you cheer. This is a writer to savor! For fans of Grace Lin and Kelly Barnhill.

— Jamie


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Hearts of Ice Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781338332742
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

Attention “Frozen” fans! Welcome to a unique frozen world, with characters that are complicated and loyal, an engaging plot, and a perfect ending. A delightful winter story.

— Jamie


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The Dog Who Lost His Bark Cover Image
By Eoin Colfer, P. J. Lynch (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536204421
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Published: Candlewick - September 10th, 2019

A gentle story for younger middle grade, about a dog who finds his forever-home. Colfer does take us through the abusive home where Dog is born, the even more abusive home he is bought for, and then abandoned from, and finally to the sweet boy who will take good care of him. The boy, however, soon finds out he can have a dog because his parents are getting divorced. Nothing horrific happens, and Colfer handles the issues gently but realistically. Sensitive and well done, using both the Dog’s and Boy’s perspectives.

— Jamie


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The World Ends in April Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781524767617
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

Stacy McAnulty is a worrier; and so is her character, Eleanor, who becomes focused on The End of the World--WHICH COULD HAPPEN! I learned a lot about survivalists while also learning, with Eleanor, that maybe worries are less about what is really happening, and more about what happened in the past that you felt very UNPREPARED for. With her usual brilliant storytelling, McAnulty serves up another fantastic realistic fiction novel that will have you cheering.

— Jamie


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Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681191089
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

Amara’s journey to New York City shows her she has so much to learn about her family and herself. Beautifully written, full of heart and humor, this novel reminds us that there’s always more to the story and there’s always time left to forgive. 

— Becky