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Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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A Galaxy of Sea Stars Cover Image
$16.99
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
$16.99
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)
$9.99
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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The Boy Who Grew Dragons Cover Image
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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
$16.99
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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Race to the Sun Cover Image
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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) 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


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Martin McLean, Middle School Queen Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781454935704
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - January 7th, 2020

A middle school drag queen? Isn't that a bit much? Well, at the start of this book, Martin McClean would have agreed with you, but when fading into the middle ground of middle school is no longer an option, taking on a larger-than-life persona helps Martin meet new challenges with family, friends and school. I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging read!

— Laura


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Clean Getaway Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984892973
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

Acclaimed author Nic Stone gives us her first middle grade novel and it did not disappoint. Colorful characters full of heart and a thoughtful look at how far we’ve come since the racial tensions of the 60’s left me with plenty to think about. I highly recommend this author!

— Jamie


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Saving Fable (Talespinners #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525646686
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

The components of a story become the setting and characters in this imaginative tale of a young character, Indira, struggling to be chosen by an Author. But someone has upset the delicate balance in the town of Fable, and Indira finds that not only will she not be a Protagonist but may not even make a Side Character! Themes of hard work and believing in yourself balance well with the thrilling world of storytelling that Scott Reintgen has conjured.

— Jamie


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Ali Cross Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316530415
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Published: jimmy patterson - November 25th, 2019

Tired of watching your parents devour the latest Alex Cross novel? Well, now you have one of your own! Ali Cross is Alex's son, and Ali can’t help but want to do his own detective work. Short chapters catapulted me through this book, loving every minute!

— Jamie


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A Tale of Magic... Cover Image
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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
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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
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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