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Got to Get to Bear's! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544948822
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 30th, 2018

A heart-warming story about friendship and overcoming obstacles that works for all ages, young and old alike. This is also the perfect cozy read for an afternoon by the fire (or space heater).


Review by James

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Small Spaces Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525515029
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

Spooky scary chills abound! A malevolent bus driver with skin like a mushroom. Missing children. An overabundance of conspicuous scarecrows. And a mysterious figure known only as "The Smiling Man." This book warmed my heart and chilled my bones.

Remember: They can't reach you if you stick to small spaces.


Review by Halley

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Up the Mountain Path Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616897239
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Princeton Architectural Press - October 2nd, 2018

This wonderful book hits all the right notes with beauty and grace. The love of nature, encouragement of friends, the cycle of life; it is all here in soft, simple illustrations and lovely poetic language. This is a book to treasure.


Review by Michael

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The Rough Patch Cover Image
By Brian Lies, Brian Lies (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062671271
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 14th, 2018

This book has a special place in my heart. The illustrations and the language go perfectly hand-in-hand to tell the story of a gardener named Evan who goes through his own personal rough patch as he mourns the death of a friend. It's about love, grief, loss. It's about giving yourself time to heal and knowing when to start anew. It's about new growth. It's a lesson and reminder to all of us who have ever been in or come out of a rough patch.


Review by Halley

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The Cardboard Kingdom Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524719388
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

This gem of a graphic novel derails the imaginative escapades of a neighborhood of kids with serious creativity, major crafting skills, and and overwhelming capacity for dynamic supportiveness. Through ups and downs of relationships with family and friends, these characters give each other the emotional and creative encouragement they need to be their best, most authentic selves. A reminder to all that the more you connect with your community, the brighter you (and it) shine!


Review by Niki

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Love That Dog: A Novel Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780064409599
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: HarperCollins - April 8th, 2008

Read this very short but important story written as a poem by a boy who hates poetry and thinks he can't write it. Jack feels defeated by Miss Stretchberry's assignment, until he is snared by snippets of William Carlos Williams, William Blake, Robert Frost, Valerie Worth, S.C. Rigg, Arnold Adoff, and Walter Dean Myers. Little by little, Jack is telling his tale with both humor and heart-wrenching threads...in poetry!


Review by Jane

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Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580898270
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Published: Charlesbridge - November 28th, 2017

The artwork in this book is SUBLIME! I was so entranced by the soft, graphite drawings that transition from page to page and add emotional depth to Nina's story. However, the text is sparse and best serves as an introduction to her accomplishments. But hopefully this beautiful book sparks an interest to learn more of the life of this legendary singer. 


Review by Nicole

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A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780312367541
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Square Fish - May 2007

Though this book is short, it is nothing short of profound. Meg was my first fictional hero, and she taught me something fundamentally important: that you can be flawed and still be a hero. You can be angry and amazing, full of fear and love at the same time, and all of those layers stack together to make you strong. A book to combat darkness, in all its forms.


Review by Niki

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George (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780545812573
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 25th, 2017

George's titular character is a transgender 4th grade girl whose unwavering faith in herself provides a model for all readers to aspire to. The supportive relationship that George has with her best friend Melissa assures readers that, with friends who encourage you to be your most authentic self, anything is possible. 


Review by Niki

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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (Denene Millner Books) Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781572842243
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Agate Bolden - October 10th, 2017

Dedicated lovingly and joyfully to the art of the haircut, Crown celebrates the confidence and cool a fresh cut can lend to a kid's spirit. James's impressionist illustrations ooze with spunk and swoop with sureness, inspiring an infectious self-confidence. For best results, share aloud with reinvigorated aplomb!


Review by Niki

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