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An Ambush of Tigers

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            An Ambush of Tigers : A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns by Betsy R. Rosenthal and Illustrated by Jago Have you ever heard of a prickle of porcupines? Or a tower of giraffes? What about a parcel of penguins? This fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay. Clever rhymes and humorous illustrations bring these collective nouns ... Read More »

True Spirit

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            True spirit : The True Story of a 16-year-old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the World by Jessica Watson Told in Jessica’s own words, True Spirit is the story of her 2009/2010 epic voyage. It tells how a young girl, once afraid of everything, decided to test herself on an extraordinary adventure ... Read More »

The Crossover

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              The Crossover by Kwame Alexander   Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Winner of the 2015 Newbery Medal Award 2015 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award Honor Book Read More »

The Red Pencil

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              The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of ... Read More »

Blue Birds

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              Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose As tensions rise between the English settlers and the Native peoples on Roanoke Island, twelve-year-old Alis forms an impossible friendship with a native girl named Kimi.   Read More »

Another Day As Emily

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              Another Day As Emily by Eileen Spinelli Eleven-year-old Suzy just can’t win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees ... Read More »

The Surrender Tree

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                The Surrender Tree : Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle Cuba has fought three wars for independence, and still she is not free. This history in verse creates a lyrical portrait of Cuba. Read More »

Nana In the City

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            Nana In the City by Lauren Castillo A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is. A Caldecott ... Read More »

BookSpeak! Poems About Books

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            BookSpeak! Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas and Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon Presents a series of poems which pay tribute to the limitless worlds available through books, as characters plead for sequels, strut fancy jackets, and have a raucous party in the aisles after a bookstore closes for the night.   Read More »

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

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              Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind by Jeff Miller Book 2 of The Nerdy Dozen Series Neil Andertol never thought playing video games would make him a real-life hero. But then his favorite game, Chameleon, turned out to be the training simulator for an actual fighter jet, and Neil and the eleven other ... Read More »