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Staff Suggestions — Kids 8-12 Years

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Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow (The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) Cover Image
By James Sturm, Rich Tommaso (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368042895
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 23rd, 2019

Satchel Paige was probably the greatest pitcher that ever lived. This graphic novel pulls plenty of history, biography, and baseball together into a beautiful experience.

— Andrew


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A Box of Bones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250172211
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 28th, 2019

At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked Kallie—rigid, overly logical, and a little unimaginative. But Marina Cohen’s lyrical words kept tugging at my heart demanding that I keep reading, and suddenly I understood why Kallie was the way she was. That she had a story…just as all of us have a story, and I grew to care about Kallie and appreciate her transformation. A tale of magical realism that made me understand empathy on a whole new level. Add to that, there are two stories being told in this book that come together in the end.  

— Susan


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Extraordinary Birds Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781547601004
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 30th, 2019

I picked this book up and couldn’t put it down! The story was full of characters my heart was rooting for and felt compelled to know more about. Finding a home can mean different things for different people; and for 11-year-old December, who lived with many different foster care families, it wasn’t something she thought was even possible. Full of compassion, heart, and superb storytelling, this should definitely be on your summer reading list! Here is a writer I will look to read again!

— Tonya


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Midsummer's Mayhem Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808889
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Published: Yellow Jacket - June 11th, 2019

Mimi is an amazing baker who, because she’s the youngest surrounded by three talented siblings, feels like she isn’t noticed by her family. But everything changes in a highly unusual way when she meets new friend Vik. This lighthearted story has all the right ingredients for a perfect summer read: baking, family, an introduction to Shakespeare, and a dash of magical realism.  And I did try one of the two recipes at the end: Chocolate chunk thyme cookies with citrus zest…yum, it was scrumptious!

— Susan


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Bad Order Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454931065
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - June 4th, 2019

This perfect science fiction novel (NOT fantasy) is my favorite book this year. The aliens remind me of Galaxy Quest, and the sibling relationship between Mary and Albert is realistic and heartwarming. B. B. Ullman writes in a way that makes me think this could happen right now, in my backyard. Fans of Stranger Things or A Wrinkle in Time will devour this great summer read!

— Jamie


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Planet Earth Is Blue Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525646570
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - May 14th, 2019

Nova’s frustration is caused by her inability to articulate what she knows. The only one who understood her was her sister Bridget, who promised she would return when the Challenger was launched.  Discover how Nova adjusts to her new foster parents, a new school, and most of all how she learns to cope with “explosions” in her life.  A middle grade book everyone should read.

— Andie


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The Doughnut King (Doughnut Fix #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492655442
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Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - May 7th, 2019

Tris Levin is back and better than ever; at least, he’d better be better when his sister signs him up for a super competitive Kids Cooking Show. If he wins, he can buy the super (and super expensive) Donut Robot and solve all of his supply and demand problems. If he loses, he risks not just his own “Fill Your Own” future, but his whole shrinking town’s future as well. But as the competition heats up in questionable ways, Tris begins to wonder if winning at any cost is still winning.  Janowitz dishes up the perfect blend of humor and heart, friends and family, falling down and getting back up for a deliciously satisfying read.

— Laura


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Aru Shah and the Song of Death (A Pandava Novel Book 2) (Pandava Series #2) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368013840
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - April 30th, 2019

Aru’s adventure as a Pandava continues with another quest where not only is she joined again by Mini—another Pandava—but two new characters as well. Meet Brynne, also a Pandava, and Aidan, who possesses powers of his own. Although this is magical realism/mythology, I love how down-to-earth and relatable Aru’s challenges and doubts are. Same for Mini, Brynne and Aidan, which makes them all so very real for me.

— Susan


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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 (Book 2) 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 (The Storm Keeper’s Island Series) 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 (The Meena Zee Books) 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