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      I Want a Dog

      by Jon Agee

      Jan 2020

      Kindergarten Plus

      The Copley County Animal Shelter has an aardvark, a lizard, a goose, a weasel, and plenty more. But do they have a puppy? The girl with her wagon is ready to adopt a dog—not an aardvark, lizard, or goose! Can the shelter manager help her to find her perfect pet?

      Full-color illustrations.

      This Is Not That Kind of Book

      by Christopher Healy

      Jan 2020

      Humor Elementary Plus

      This clev er alphabet book… Wait, that’s not right. This original fairy tale… Nope. Mystery? Joke book? Superhero story? Pirate adventure? This delightful mash-up features every kind of character found in the picture-book universe—all in one book. Just when the reader is convinced the story is going in one direction, it spins off in another.

      Ever-changing illustrations keep pace with the rapid reversals, and the setting shifts with nearly every turn of the page. Truly inventive, here’s a picture book that can be anything you want it to be!

      Full-color illustrations.

      Gravity

      by Sarah Deming

      Jan 2020

      Sports High

      When Gravity Delgado walks into Cops ’n Kids, a no-frills Brooklyn boxing gym, and starts working with the legendary Coach Thomas, she joins a true melting pot of fighters. There’s the flirtatious Lefty (a southpaw), hard-to-beat D-Minus (“They call me D-Minus ’cause I’m all you need”), artistic Kimani “Monster” Browne, and a host of others. At the gym, Gravity finds the unexpected: the father she’s never had in her coach, not one but two romantic prospects, and, most importantly, a love and skill for boxing. If she can stay focused, despite her troubled home life, she might just have a shot at the Olympics.

      With each blow, each jab, and each punch, Sarah Deming draws her readers into the gritty and inspiring world of Gravity Delgado, a Jewish Dominican teenager growing up in Brooklyn and aspiring for greatness.

      Crying Laughing

      by Lance Rubin

      Jan 2020

      Young Adults

      Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she’s hilarious. It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he’s even…flirting?

      Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. That is…not funny. Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants. But is it what he needs?

      Rocket's Very Fine Day

      by Tad Hills

      Jan 2020

      Emergent Readers Plus

      Rocket, the star of the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, returns in an all-new Step 1 Step into Reading leveled reader. It’s a beautiful sunny day, and Rocket and Bella have big plans for fun in the sun. That is, until a drop of rain falls and the clouds roll in. With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, young readers will love this new Rocket book, which they can read all by themselves!
      Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. Perfect for early readers of Rocket the Brave and Drop it, Rocket!, and children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

      by Amaryllis Fox

      Jan 2020

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      Amaryllis Fox was in her last year as an undergraduate at Oxford studying theology and international law when her writing mentor Daniel Pearl was captured and beheaded. Galvanized by this brutality, Fox applied to a master’s program in conflict and terrorism at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where she created an algorithm that predicted, with uncanny certainty, the likelihood of a terrorist cell arising in any village around the world.

      At twenty-one, she was recruited by the CIA. Her first assignment was reading and analyzing hundreds of classified cables a day from foreign governments and synthesizing them into daily briefs for the president. Her next assignment was at the Iraq desk in the Counterterrorism center. At twenty-two, she was fast-tracked into advanced operations training, sent from Langley to “the Farm,” where she lived for six months in a simulated world learning how to use a Glock, how to get out of flexicuffs while locked in the trunk of a car, how to withstand torture, and the best ways to commit suicide in case of captivity. At the end of this training she was deployed as a spy under non-official cover—the most difficult and coveted job in the field as an art dealer specializing in tribal and indigenous art and sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia.

      Life Undercover is exhilarating, intimate, fiercely intelligent—an impossible to put down record of an extraordinary life, and of Amaryllis Fox’s astonishing courage and passion.

      Octopuses: Clever Ocean Creatures

      by Mara Grunbaum

      Jan 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 3-5

      Did you know that octopuses are among the most intelligent creatures on earth—or that their eight arms can work independently of each other? Learn fascinating facts like these—and more—all in the pages of this book!

      It's the End of the World as I Know It

      by Matthew Landis

      Jan 2020

      Advanced Readers

      Ever since his mother was killed in the line of duty in Iraq, Derrick has been absolutely certain that the apocalypse is coming. And he’s prepared: he’s got plenty of canned goods, he’s fully outfitted with HAZMAT suits, and he’s building himself a sturdy fallout shelter. When his neighbor Misty insists on helping with the shelter, Derrick doesn’t think it’s such a good idea. Misty’s just had a kidney transplant, and her reaction to her brush with death is the opposite of Derrick’s: where Derrick wants to hide, Misty wants to see and do everything.

      But as confident as Misty is, Derrick’s doomsday fears just keep getting worse. And when Derrick’s promised apocalypse day begins with a very strange disaster, Derrick and Misty have to figure out a way to survive—especially when the end of the world as they know it looks nothing like they expected.

      Author’s note.

      Beverly, Right Here

      by Kate DiCamillo

      Jan 2020

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      Beverly Tapinski has run away from home plenty of times, but that was when she was just a kid. By now, she figures, it’s not running away. It’s leaving. Determined to make it on her own, Beverly finds a job and a place to live, and tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn’t want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can’t help forming connections with the people around her— and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes.

      In a touching, funny, and fearless conclusion to her sequence of novels about the beloved Three Rancheros, #1 New York Times best-selling author Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a character who will break your heart and put it back together again.

      Egg to Chicken

      by Rachel Tonkin

      Jan 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades K-2

      How does a chicken grow? Follow the journey through a chicken's life cycle, from the time the egg is laid, through hatching as a chick to becoming a fully grown hen.

      Maker Comics: Draw a Comic!

      by J.P. Coovert

      Jan 2020

      Nonfiction Middle

      The International Comics Library is in a lot of trouble! If Maggie can’t come up with $500,000 in a week, Dr. Carl is going to bulldoze her grandfather’s library and turn it into a parking lot! To save the day, she’ll need all her comic drawing skills, the loyal library watchdog, and her new assistant (that’s you!).

      With Draw a Comic!, you'll learn to create and print your own comics books! Follow these simple steps to sketch out your story ideas and ink a comic page. Learn which art supplies are best for drawing comics—you can use a pen, a brush, or even a computer! With the help of photocopy machine, you can even self-publish your own comics and share them with your friends!

      Notes on measurements. Tips for scanning. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Full-color illustrations done in Photoshop.

      Blood Mountain

      by James Preller

      Jan 2020

      Mystery Middle Plus

      Carter and his sister, Grace, thought the hike with their dad and their dog would be uneventful. But the hike on Blood Mountain soon turns ominous, as the siblings become separated from their father. They are lost, braving the wild elements, fighting to survive. They are also being tracked, but who will reach them first: the young ranger leading the search, or the erratic mountain man living off the grid? When Grace injures herself in a fall, Carter decides to set out alone to find help, leaving them both more vulnerable.

      Told in alternating points of view, this tightly paced survival story will have readers on the edge of their seats.
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