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Maine Regional Library System Cream of the Crop List 2017

Each year publishing houses send thousands of review copies of new children’s and young adult books to the Maine Examination Collection to the Southern Maine Library District. The books are reviewed at monthly book review meetings by local librarians. A “Cream of the Crop” Collection of the best titles published in the previous year is prepared containing books from preschool to high school age levels.

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      Lucy and Linh

      by Alice Pung

      Feb 2017

      Young Adults

      Chapter Book, Fiction
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Sharp and honest, Alice Pung's novel examines what it means to grow into the person you want to be without leaving yourself behind.

      My Name Is James Madison Hemings

      by Jonah Winter

      Jan 2017

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Picture Book, Nonfiction
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      This powerful historical picture book is an evocative first-person account by the child of founding father Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings. Author's note. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic on bristol board.

      School’s First Day of School

      by Adam Rex

      Nov 2016


      Picture Book, Fiction
      It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary, and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. Full-color illustrations.

      The Thousandth Floor

      by Katharine McGee

      Nov 2016

      High-Interest High Plus

      Chapter Book, Fiction
      $12.75  $9.75  Member Price
      Manhattan, 2118. A thousand-story tower has been built in the middle of the city with every amenity imaginable. But even in this world of luxury, life isn't perfect.
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