Ban This Book - Alan Gratz

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Nine-year-old Amy Anne Ollinger has always been afraid to stand up for herself. When her favorite book is removed from the school library, however, she is determined to fight the decision to Ban This Book (Tor, $15.99). As a concerned parent pulls a growing list of books off the shelves—making them more popular than ever— Amy Anne and her friends start a secret Banned Books Locker Library, or B.B.L.L. With humor and heart, Alan Gratz tells the story of this group of amateur librarians’ mission to defend their right to read. Amy Anne’s contagious passion for books might just inspire young readers to create their own locker libraries. Ages 9-11.


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ISBN: 9780765385567
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Starscape - August 29th, 2017

Wishtree - Katherine Applegate

Staff Pick

Trees tell stories in the rings on their trunks and through the spirits whispering in their leaves. One particular Wishtree (Feiwel and Friends; $16.99), where people pin messages describing their hopes and dreams, can tell the story of an entire community. When a new family moves into the neighborhood, the tree understands the importance of battling prejudice with acceptance and unity. But can humans learn these powerful lessons, too? Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate deftly interweaves her passion for environmental awareness with other timely themes such as immigration in this much-needed story for today’s complicated world. Ages 9-12.


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ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

Tumble & Blue - Cassie Beasley

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Blue Montgomery can’t help it: he was born to lose. After a disastrous encounter 100 years ago involving a talking alligator under a red moon, the Montgomery family line was split into the lucky and the unlucky. The only chance for the unfortunate Montgomerys to change their fate for the next century is fast approaching, and Blue must find a way to get that curse lifted. Enter Tumble Wilson: she tries to live every day as a hero, but is discovering that maybe she, too, is doomed to fail. Together, Tumble & Blue (Dial, $17.99) bravely head into the swamp to change their destiny. Cassie Beasly expertly weaves magical realism into a story that shows the power of friendship and what it truly means to be a hero. Ages 9-12.


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ISBN: 9780525428442
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Dial Books - August 29th, 2017