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      The Boy Who Grew Dragons

      by Andy Shepherd

      Mar 2020

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      When Tomas discovers a strange old tree at the bottom of his grandfather's garden, he doesn't think much of it. But he takes the funny fruit from the tree back into the house and gets the shock of his life when a tiny dragon hatches! The tree is a dragon fruit tree, and Tomas now has his very own dragon, Flicker!

      While Tomas finds out that life with Flicker is fun, he also finds that it is very…unpredictable. Yes, dragons are wonderful, but they also set fire to your toothbrush and leave your underwear hanging from the TV antenna. Tomas has to learn how to look after Flicker—and quickly! And then something extraordinary happens: more dragon fruits appear on the tree! Now it's official, Tomas is growing dragons.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      When You Trap a Tiger

      by Tae Keller

      Mar 2020

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      Some stories refuse to stay bottled up…

      When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni’s Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now they want it back. And when one of the tigers approaches Lily with a deal—return what her grandmother stole in exchange for Halmoni’s health—Lily is tempted to agree. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice…and the courage to face a tiger.

      Author’s note.

      Make a Light Your Way!: Inventing Gadgets to See in the Dark

      by Rachael L. Thomas

      Mar 2020

      Series Nonfiction How-To

      Make a Light Your Way! gives readers the confidence to create using the makerspace tools of inspiration, imagination, collaboration, and problem-solving. Using these tools, readers take on fun challenges that help dream up their own survival gadget for seeing in the dark. Colorful images and engaging sidebars, along with guiding prompts and advice, will help today's makers gain the skills to solve tomorrow's real-world problems.

      The Balcony

      by Melissa Castrillón

      Mar 2020

      Primary Plus

      When a little girl moves from her home to an apartment in the city, she takes her pretty plants with her, and one by one they grow and bloom and change both her world and the world all around her as she makes a new friend. When your heart is open, the world is full of possibilities.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in pencil and then colored digitally.

      Pluto Gets the Call

      by Adam Rex

      Mar 2020

      Humor Elementary Plus

      Pluto loves being a planet. That is, until the day he gets a call from some Earth scientists telling him he isn’t a planet anymore! You probably wanted to meet a real planet, huh?

      Pluto takes the reader on a hilarious and informative journey through the solar system to introduce the other planets and commiserate about his situation along the way. Younger readers will be so busy laughing over Pluto’s interactions with the other planets, asteroids, moons, and even the sun, they won’t even realize just how much they’re learning about our solar system!

      Solar system fun facts and tidbits. Full-color illustrations rendered in traditional, digital, and “galactic” media.

      By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music

      by Carole Boston Weatherford

      Mar 2020

      Religious Books Elementary

      At a time when most African Americans were still enslaved, Charles Tindley was born free. His childhood was far from easy, with backbreaking hours in the fields and no opportunity to go to school. But the spirituals he heard as he worked made him long to know how to read the Gospel for himself. Late at night, he taught himself to read from scraps of newspapers. From those small scraps, young Charles raised himself to become a founding father of American gospel music whose hymn was the basis for the Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

      Told in lilting verse with snippets of spirituals and Tindley’s own hymns woven throughout, Carole Boston Weatherford’s lyrical words and Bryan Collier’s luminous pictures celebrate a man whose music and conviction has inspired countless lives.

      Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Popular hymns by Charles Tindley. Bibliography. Resources. Songs quoted in the book. Full-color watercolor and collage illustrations.

      Maybe He Just Likes You

      by Barbara Dee

      Mar 2020

      Advanced Readers

      For seventh-grader Mila, it starts with some boys giving her an unwanted hug on the school blacktop. A few days later, at recess, one of the boys (and fellow trumpet player) Callum tells Mila it’s his birthday, and asks her for a “birthday hug.” He’s just being friendly, isn’t he? And how can she say no? But Callum’s hug lasts a few seconds too long, and feels…weird. According to her friend, Zara, Mila is being immature and overreacting. Doesn’t she know what flirting looks like? But the boys don’t leave Mila alone. On the bus. In the halls. During band practice—the one place Mila could always escape. It doesn’t feel like flirting—so what is it?

      Thanks to a chance meeting, Mila begins to find solace in a new place: karate class. Slowly, with the help of a fellow classmate, Mila learns how to stand her ground and how to respect others—and herself.

      Dandelion’s Dream

      by Yoko Tanaka

      Mar 2020

      Graphic Novels Early Elementary Plus

      In a meadow filled with dandelion buds just about to flower, one dandelion blooms into a real lion. Roots and leaves unfurl into four tiny paws and a long tail with a fluffy yellow tuft. What a great, wide world there is to explore when you have paws instead of roots: there are fast trains to ride, regal ships to sail, and cities with lights as bright as Dandelion’s field in full bloom. But will a real lion ever be content to go back to being a rooted dandelion?

      Yoko Tanaka’s exquisite illustrations take us on an adventure where even the smallest seeds contain cosmic dreams.

      I, Cosmo

      by Carlie Sorosiak

      Mar 2020

      Intermediate Readers

      Ever since Cosmo became a big brother to Max ten years ago, he’s known what his job was: to protect his boy and make him happy. Through many good years marked by tennis balls and pilfered turkey, torn-up toilet paper and fragrant goose poop, Cosmo has doggedly kept his vow. Until recently, his biggest problems were the evil tutu-wearing sheepdog he met on Halloween and the arthritis in his own joints. But now, with Dad-scented blankets appearing on the couch and arguing voices getting louder, Cosmo senses a tougher challenge ahead. When Max gets a crazy idea to teach them both a dance routine for a contest, how can Cosmo refuse, stiff hips or no? Max wants to remind his folks of all the great times they’ve had together dancing—and make them forget about the “d” word that’s making them all cry.

      Told in the open, optimistic, unintentionally humorous voice of a golden retriever, I, Cosmo will grab readers from the first page—and remind them that love and loyalty transcend whatever life throws your way.

      Perron Family Haunting: The Ghost Story that Inspired Horror Movies

      by Ebony Joy Wilkins

      Mar 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      Social Studies Grades 3-5

      The Perron family received this advice from the previous homeowner of their Rhode Island farmhouse: "For the sake of your family, leave the lights on at night!" A ghostly witch named Bathsheba led the haunting of the Perron family, physically and psychologically tormenting them. This legendary ghost story eventually became the subject of the movie The Conjuring, and continued to haunt the Perron family for years to come.

      The Lost Tide Warriors

      by Catherine Doyle

      Mar 2020

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary Plus

      There is magic deep within Arranmore Island, and Fionn Boyle is discovering how much it’s woven its way through generations of his family’s history. But Arranmore is in trouble; illness has swept across the land, giving rise to widespread fear and suspicion. Fionn wants to help, but the Storm Keeper magic passed down from his grandfather seems to have deserted him. When evil sorceress Morrigan’s soul stalkers return, Fionn must find a way to protect the island. But how can he call upon a vast number of ferocious sea creatures without any magic or the faintest idea of where to look for them? The race to save Arranmore has begun.

      This gorgeously written, magical tale of family, bravery, and self-discovery is perfect for fans of Orphan Island and A Snicker of Magic.

      The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Rivalry, Adventure, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements: Young Listeners Edition (Audiobook)

      by Sam Kean

      Mar 2020

      Audiobooks Middle

      Why did Gandhi hate iodine? How did radium nearly ruin Marie Curie's reputation? A chronicle of the extraordinary stories behind one of the greatest scientific tools in existence: the periodic table.
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