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Thunderstorm

by Arthur Geisert

Hardcover, 32 pages, Enchanted Lion Books, $17.95, published April 30 2013 | purchase
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Arthur Geisert presents a meticulously illustrated, minute-by-minute account of a storm that moves through a Midwestern farming region over the course of several hours.

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Faces for Baby

Faces for Baby

by Yana Peel

Hardcover, 12 pages, Candlewick Pr, $21.99, published March 12 2013 | purchase
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  • Yana Peel

Presents simple works of art featuring the human face from prominent contemporary artists, intended to visually stimulate babies and very young children.

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Take Me Out to the Yakyu

Take Me Out to the Yakyu

by Aaron Meshon

Hardcover, 40 pages, Simon & Schuster, $15.99, published February 19 2013 | purchase
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  • Aaron Meshon

A little boy's grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, teach him about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions.

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You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener

Hardcover, 1 v. (unpaged), Random House Childrens Books, $17.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Jonah Winter and Terry Widener

A visual profile of the record-setting baseball star, listed by The Sporting News as the best player after Babe Ruth, traces his Birmingham childhood, achievements in the Negro Leagues and fame as a center fielder for the Giants. Features a lenticular cover. By the author of You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

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A Little Book of Sloth

A Little Book of Sloth

by Lucy Cooke

Hardcover, 64 pages, Simon & Schuster, $16.99, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • Lucy Cooke

Presents a photo-essay that combines images of the photogenic mammals with information about sloths in general.

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Road Trip

Road Trip

by Jim Paulsen and Gary Paulsen

Hardcover, 114 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $12.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Jim Paulsen and Gary Paulsen

A father and son embark on a road trip to a distant animal shelter to save a homeless border collie puppy. By the author of Crush; Paintings from the Cave; Flat Broke; Liar, Liar; Masters of Disaster; Lawn Boy Returns; Woods Runner; Notes from the Dog; Mudshark; and Lawn Boy.

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Navigating Early

Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool

Hardcover, 306 pages, Random House Childrens Books, $16.99, published January 8 2013 | purchase
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  • Clare Vanderpool

Abruptly placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine after his mother's death at the end of World War II, Kansas youth Jack Baker befriends Early Auden, an unusual boy with whom Jack embarks on a quest along the Appalachian Trail in search of a legendary great black bear. By the Newbery Medal-winning author of Moon Over Manifest.

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Lunch Lady #1

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Paperback, 1 v. (unpaged), Random House Childrens Books, $6.99, published July 28 2009 | purchase
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  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka

The school lunch lady — who is a secret crime fighter — uncovers an evil plot to replace all the popular teachers with robots.

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The One And Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Hardcover, 305 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $16.99, published January 17 2012 | purchase
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  • Katherine Applegate

Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has spent his life in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant, and decides that he must find her a better life. The novel is illustrated by Patricia Castelao and inspired by a real gorilla named Ivan, who lived in a mall and later became a celebrity at the Atlanta Zoo.

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Poems to Learn by Heart

Poems to Learn by Heart

by Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth

Hardcover, 191 pages, Disney Pr, $19.99, published March 26 2013 | purchase
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  • Caroline Kennedy and Jon J. Muth

Features one hundred readily memorizable poems that convey a wide range of feelings, meanings, and wisdom, in a volume complemented by watercolor illustrations.

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House of Secrets

House of Secrets

by Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus

Hardcover, 490 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $17.99, published April 23 2013 | purchase
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  • Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus

Cordelia, Brendan and Eleanor Walker, aged fifteen to eight, must rely on a mysterious book to face the Wind Witch and her father, the Storm King, who have kidnapped Dr. and Mrs. Walker and brought them to a strange world of magic.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E.L. Konigsburg

Paperback, 162 pages, Simon & Schuster, $6.99, published August 1 1987 | purchase
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  • E.L. Konigsburg

When Claudia decides to run away from home, she knows any old place won't do, and so settles on the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her little brother, Jamie, move into the museum, sleeping in a 16th century bed and bathing in the fountain. While there, they uncover a tremendous secret.

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The The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Hardcover, 267 pages, Harpercollins Childrens Books, $27.99, published September 1 2000 | purchase
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  • L. Frank Baum

After being transported by a cyclone to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas. Illustrated by W. W. Denslow.

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Who Could That Be at This Hour?

Who Could That Be at This Hour?

by Lemony Snicket and Seth

Hardcover, 258 pages, Little Brown & Co, $15.99, published October 23 2012 | purchase
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  • Lemony Snicket and Seth

Thirteen-year-old Lemony Snicket begins his apprenticeship with S. Theodora Markson of the secretive V.F.D. in the tiny dot of a town called Stain'd By The Sea, where he helps investigate the theft of a statue.

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The Flint Heart

The Flint Heart

A Fairy Story

by John Paterson, Katherine Paterson and John Rocco

Paperback, 288 pages, Candlewick Pr, $9.99, published August 14 2012 | purchase
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  • A Fairy Story
  • John Paterson, Katherine Paterson, et al

A magical amulet brings power and despair to those who touch it.

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The Day My Mother Left

The Day My Mother Left

by James Prosek

Paperback, 290 pages, Simon & Schuster, $7.99, published March 10 2009 | purchase
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  • James Prosek

When his mother leaves to live with another man, nine-year-old Jeremy faces his own pain and loss, his father's depression and sister's distance, the pity of friends and strangers, and his father's remarriage two years later, finding solace in fishing and his artwork.

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Kevin Keller

Kevin Keller

Welcome to Riverdale

by Dan Parent

Paperback, 144 pages, Random House Inc, $11.99, published November 20 2012 | purchase
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  • Dan Parent

Recently elected as class president and struggling with the challenges of a first summer job, a first date, and an upcoming prom, gay teen Kevin Keller asks for advice from romantically challenged friends Archie and Jughead while outmaneuvering the schemes of Cheryl Blossom.

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