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      Stargazing

      by Jen Wang

      Feb 2020

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      Moon is everything Christine isn't. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic …and though they both grew up in the same Chinese American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known. But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine's strict parents aren't around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that Earth isn't where she really belongs.

      Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?

      Afterword with photographs. Full-color illustrations done with pencil, pen, and Photoshop.

      Where the World Ends

      by Geraldine McCaughrean

      Feb 2020

      Young Adults Plus

      Every summer, Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned—cold, starving, and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea?

      Map. Afterword. “Birds of St. Kilda.” Glossary.

      LeBron James: Epic Athletes

      by Dan Wetzel

      Feb 2020

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Whether you call him King James or simply LeBron, one thing is certain: He is THE face of the NBA. At just eighteen, and facing sky-high expectations, LeBron headed straight from high school to the pros. Cool under pressure, he went on to shatter the record books and become the most popular athlete in America.

      Yet nothing was ever handed to LeBron. As a kid, he had to move homes constantly, even separating from his mother for a time. But through all the adversity, he took his natural talent and combined it with hard work to set himself on a path to greatness. Filled with sports action and bold illustrations, this exciting biography tells the story of a living NBA legend.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Dog Driven

      by Terry Lynn Johnson

      Feb 2020

      Mystery Middle Plus

      McKenna Barney is trying to hide her worsening eyesight, and has been isolating herself for the last year. But at the request of her little sister, she signs up for a commemorative mail run race in the Canadian wilderness—a race she doesn’t know if she can even see to run.

      Winning would mean getting her disease—and her sister's—national media coverage, but it would also pit McKenna and her team of eight sled dogs against racers from across the globe for three days of shifting lake ice, sudden owl attacks, snow squalls, and bitterly cold nights.

      Author’s note.

      Eclipse Chaser: Science in the Moon's Shadow

      by Ilima Loomis

      Feb 2020

      Nonfiction Middle

      On August 21, 2017, much of America stood still and looked up as a wide swath of the country experienced totality—a full solar eclipse. Even in areas outside the path of totality, people watched in awe as the moon cast its shadow on the sun. For most, this was simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

      Not so for Shadia Habbal, who travels the world in search of solar eclipses in order to study the sun’s corona. Solar wind and storms originating in the corona can have big effects on our planet. They can disrupt technology, expose aircraft to radiation, and even influence global climate change. In the months leading up to the 2017 eclipse, Shadia assembles a team of scientists to set up camp with her in Mitchell, Oregon. Years earlier, a long, expensive trip to Indonesia to study an eclipse failed when the skies remained too cloudy to see it. Shadia is determined to have the 2017 eclipse be a success. Will the computers fail? Will smoke from nearby fires change direction? Will the cloudy skies clear in time?

      Glossary. Selected sources. Index. Full-color photographs, maps, and diagrams.

      The Year We fell From Space

      by Amy Sarig King

      Feb 2020

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception.

      Some other exceptions: Her dad, who gave her the stars. Who moved out months ago and hasn't talked to her since. Her mom, who's happier since he left, even though everyone thinks she should be sad and lonely. And her sister, who won't go outside their house.

      Liberty feels like her whole world is falling from space. Can she map a new life for herself and her family before they spin too far out of reach?

      Author’s note with resources.

      Allies

      by Alan Gratz

      Feb 2020

      High Interest Middle Plus

      D-Day, June 6, 1944: the most expansive military endeavor in history. No less than world cooperation would bring down Hitler and the Axis powers. And so people—and kids—across the globe lent their part. From the young US soldiers in the boats to spies in the French countryside, the coordination of thousands came together.

      Alan Gratz, author of the New York Times bestselling Refugee, explores the necessity of teamwork and heroism in dismantling tyranny in this epic yet personal look at D-Day in time for the 75th anniversary of the operation.

      Author’s note. Notes on D-Day missions mentioned in the book.

      Nazi Saboteurs: Hitler's Secret Attack on America

      by Samantha Seiple

      Feb 2020

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      In 1942, amid a growing German threat, Nazi agents infiltrated the United States in hopes of destroying American infrastructure and sowing panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for young readers for the first time. Black-and-white historical photos throughout paint a picture of a nation on edge, the FBI caught unawares, and the incredible capture of eight dangerous criminals. A thrilling historical narrative for WWII buffs, reluctant readers, and adventure junkies.

      Sources. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

      Bruce's Big Storm

      by Ryan T. Higgins

      Feb 2020

      Primary Plus

      Neighbors. Always waving and saying hello and asking to borrow things. Bruce is not a fan. But when a wild storm rolls in, he finds every woodland creature in the area at his door, and one little bunny still outside, braving the winds. Can the community come together in time to keep everyone safe and sound?

      Readers will love this next installment of the uproarious, award-winning Mother Bruce series.

      Full-color illustrations.

      The Light at the Bottom of the World

      by London Shah

      Feb 2020

      Current Trends High Plus

      In the last days of the twenty-first century, sea creatures swim through the ruins of London. Trapped in the abyss, humankind wavers between fear and hope—fear of what lurks in the depths around them, and hope that they might one day find a way back to the surface.

      When sixteen-year-old submersible racer Leyla McQueen is chosen to participate in the city’s prestigious annual marathon, she sees an opportunity to save her father, who has been arrested on false charges. The Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. But the race takes an unexpected turn, forcing Leyla to make an impossible choice. Now she must brave unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a guarded, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If Leyla fails to discover the truths at the heart of her world, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture—or worse. And her father will be lost to her forever.

      Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

      by Kwame Mbalia

      Feb 2020

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      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's going to spend on his grandparents' farm in Alabama, where he'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's notebook. Tristan chases after it—is that a doll—and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree.

      In a last attempt to wrestle the journal out of the creature'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?

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 14: Wrecking Ball

      by Jeff Kinney

      Feb 2020

      Humor Elementary Plus

      In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

      Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up. Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay…or will they need to get out of town?

      Black-and-white illustrations.
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