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      Malamander (Audiobook)

      by Thomas Taylor

      Oct 2020

      Audiobook Elementary12 Plus

      It’s winter in the town of Eerie-on-Sea, where the mist is thick and the salt spray is  rattling the windows of the Grand Nautilus Hotel. Inside, young Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder for the hotel, has an unexpected visitor. It seems that Violet Parma, a fearless girl around his age, lost her parents at the hotel when she was a baby, and she’s sure that the nervous Herbert is the only person who can help her find them. The trouble is, Violet is being pursued at that moment by a strange hook-handed man. And the town legend of the Malamander — a part-fish, part-human monster whose egg is said to make dreams come true — is rearing its scaly head. As various townspeople, some good-hearted, some nefarious, reveal themselves to be monster hunters on the sly, can Herbert and Violet elude them and discover what happened to Violet’s kin? This lighthearted, fantastical mystery, featuring black-and-white spot illustrations, kicks off a trilogy of fantasies set in the seaside town.

      Bernard Pepperlin (Audiobook)

      by Cara Hoffman

      Oct 2020

      Audiobook Elementary12

      The drowsy Dormouse has been stuck inside a perpetual Sunday afternoon with the Hatter and the March Hare for what seems like forever. But when a girl in a blue dress crashes the Hatter’s tea party, the Dormouse feels more awake than he has in a long time. He wishes he could follow her and be a part of her adventure.

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      As luck would have it, a surprising twist of fate sends the Dormouse on an adventure of his own, where he must not&mdash;cannot&mdash;fall asleep. For he is destined to save a magical world outside Wonderland, and it will take all his courage (and a few new friends) to do it.

      The Best at It (Audiobook)

      by Maulik Pancholy

      Oct 2020

      Audiobook Middle12 Plus

      Rahul Kapoor is heading into seventh grade in a small town in Indiana. The start of middle school is making him feel increasingly anxious, so his favorite person in the whole world, his grandfather Bhai, gives him some well-meaning advice: Find one thing you&rsquo;re really good at. And become the BEST at it.

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      Those four little words sear themselves into Rahul&rsquo;s brain. While he&rsquo;s not quite sure what that special thing is, he is convinced that once he finds it, bullies like Brent Miller will stop torturing him at school. And he won&rsquo;t be worried about staring too long at his classmate Justin Emery. With his best friend, Chelsea, by his side, Rahul is ready to crush this challenge&hellip;But what if he discovers he isn&rsquo;t the best at anything?

      Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All (Audiobook)

      by Laura Ruby

      Oct 2020

      Audiobook Mature Young Adult12

      When Frankie&rsquo;s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, she thought it was only supposed to be temporary&mdash;just long enough for him to get back on his feet be able to provide for them once again. That&rsquo;s why she is not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket. Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned to the orphanage, two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive. And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America &mdash;every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she is able to carve out will be enough.

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      I will admit, I do not know the answer to this last question. But I will be watching, waiting to find out. That&rsquo;s what ghosts do.

      Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Audiobook)

      by Kwame Mbalia

      Oct 2020

      Audiobook Middle12

      Seventh grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he&#39;s going to spend on his grandparents&#39; farm in Alabama, where he&#39;s being sent to heal from the tragedy. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up in his bedroom and steals Eddie&#39;s notebook. Tristan chases after it&mdash;is that a <em>doll</em>&mdash;and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. 

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      In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature&#39;s hands, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters that are hunting the inhabitants of this world. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding and seal the hole in the sky. But bartering with the trickster Anansi always comes at a price. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?

      Pet (Audiobook)

      by Akwaeke Emezi

      Oct 2020

      Audiobook High12

      There are no monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille are taught. Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their life. But when Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother&rsquo;s paintings and a drop of Jam&rsquo;s blood, she must reconsider what she&rsquo;s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption&rsquo;s house. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question&mdash;<em>How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist? </em>

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      In their riveting and timely young adult debut, acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what choices you can make when the society around you is in denial.

      Lalani of the Distant Sea (Audiobook)

      by Erin Entrada Kelly

      Sep 2020

      Audiobooks Elementary

      Life is difficult on the island of Sanlagita. To the west looms a vengeful mountain, one that threatens to collapse and bury the village at any moment. To the north, a dangerous fog swallows sailors who dare to venture out, looking for a more hospitable land. The women live in fear of the deadly mender&rsquo;s disease, spread by the sharp needles they use to repair the men&rsquo;s fishing nets. And what does the future hold for young girls? Mending and more mending.

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      When Lalani Sarita&rsquo;s mother pricks her finger and falls ill, she gives twelve-year-old Lalani an impossible task&mdash;leave Sanlagita and find the riches of the legendary Mount Isa, which towers on an island to the north. But generations of men and boys have died on the same quest&mdash;how can a timid young girl survive the epic tests of the archipelago? And how will she manage without Veyda, her best friend?

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      Butterfly Yellow (Audiobook)

      by Thanhha Lai

      Sep 2020

      Audiobooks High

      In the final days of the Vi&#7879;t Nam War, H&#7857;ng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms&mdash;and H&#7857;ng is left behind in the war-torn country.

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      Six years later, H&#7857;ng has made the brutal journey from Vi&#7879;t Nam and is now in Texas as a refugee. She doesn&#39;t know how she will find the little brother who was taken from her until she meets LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams, who decides to help her. H&#7857;ng is overjoyed when she reunites with Linh. But when she realizes he doesn&#39;t remember her, their family, or Vi&#7879;t Nam, her heart is crushed. Though the distance between them feels greater than ever, H&#7857;ng has come so far that she will do anything to bridge the gap.

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      Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers (Audiobook)

      by Celia C. Pérez

      Sep 2020

      Audiobooks Middle +

      When three <em>very </em>different girls find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up.

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      Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) meet the kid behind the invite, Lane DiSanti, and it isn&rsquo;t love at first sight. But they soon bond over a shared mission to get the Floras, their local Scouts, to ditch an outdated tradition. In their quest for justice, independence, and an unforgettable summer, the girls form their own troop and find something they didn&rsquo;t know they needed: sisterhood.

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      Frankly in Love (Audiobook)

      by David Yoon

      Sep 2020

      Audiobook Mature Young Adult

      High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo&mdash;his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents&rsquo; traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance&mdash;&ldquo;Date Korean&rdquo;&mdash;which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful&mdash;and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they&rsquo;ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it&rsquo;s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy&rsquo;s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love&mdash;or himself&mdash;at all.

      My Corner of the Ring (Audiobook)

      by Jesselyn Silva

      Sep 2020

      Audiobooks Middle

      In this <i>Lean-In</i> style inspirational memoir, twelve-year-old Jesselyn Silva offers a ringside seat to girl power and what it takes to win in the ring and in life: punch by punch. <i>Girl Boxer</i> shows kids what it means to be true to yourself and stick with your dreams even when facing adversity and ridicule. Supported by her single dad, Jesselyn (JessZilla in the ring) first donned her boxing gloves at five years of age, making her one of very few female boxers in the country. <i>Girl Boxer</i> charts Jesselyn’s oft times exhilarating and heartbreaking journey to success in a male dominated sport where she struggles to find partners to spar with and combats the viewpoint that no one wants to see a girl fight. Despite an inhospitable environment, Jesselyn still has her sights set on the Olympics. With the help of her very dad, Pedro, who has instilled in her a strong work ethic, she just might make it.It is an exciting and motivational read that will provide kids with the roadmap and encouragement to accomplish whatever goals they set for themselves. Jesselyn’s positive can-do attitude and determination make this a must read.

      Sauerkraut (Audiobook)

      by Kelly Jones

      Sep 2020

      Audiobook Elementary+

      HD Schenk is a maker&mdash;an inventor, someone who builds cool stuff. He&rsquo;s got a plan for the summer: he&rsquo;ll build his own computer and enter it in the county fair. Then everyone will know who he is and what he can do. To earn enough money for the parts he&rsquo;ll need, HD has promised to clear out his uncle&rsquo;s overflowing basement. No big deal, right? But there&rsquo;s more in that basement than HD bargained for. On his first trip down there, a voice only he can hear starts talking to him. About&hellip;<em>sauerkraut</em>?

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      Who knew the ghost of his great-great-grandmother was haunting an old pickling crock? She&rsquo;s got a grand plan, too. She wants HD to help make her famous recipe for sauerkraut and enter it in the county fair so that she can be declared pickle queen. After some initial shock, HD is willing enough to help. This ghost is family, after all. But only HD can really see and hear his Oma, which is going to make it hard for her to win on her own&hellip;

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