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      A Skinful of Shadows

      by Frances Hardinge

      Mar 2018

      Mystery Middle Plus

      Teen Books
      This is a dark YA historical fantasy set in the early part of the English Civil War.

      The Wolf, the Duck & the Mouse

      by Mac Barnett

      Feb 2018

      Easy Reading

      Picture Books
      With a nod and wink to readers, this untraditional fable is about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

      Silent Days, Silent Dreams

      by Allen Say

      Feb 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Picture Books
      James Castle was born two months premature. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. He didn't walk until he was four; he would never learn to speak, write, read, or use sign language.Yet, today Castle's artwork hangs in major museums throughout the world.

      The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Teen Books
      Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman, but even the finest boarding schools in England haven't been able to tame his roguish passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Author's note on historical accuracy.

      Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World

      by Sarah Prager

      Sep 2017

      Nonfiction High Plus

      Teen Books
      This first-ever LGBTQ history book for teens chronicles the lives of 23 influential queer figures from the Roman Empire through to the present. Glossary. Learn more. Bibliography and notes. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Town Is by the Sea

      by Joanne Schwartz

      Jul 2017

      Easy Reading Plus

      Picture Books
      Stunning illustrations show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig. Author's note. Full-color illustrations.

      Exit West: A Novel

      by Mohsin Hamid

      Jun 2017

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Fiction
      In an unnamed city teetering on the brink of civil war, a young couple embarks on a furtive love affair.
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