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Librarian Top Picks for January

Check out the books JLG member librarians snatched up in January. From Pre-Kindergarten read-aloud picks to a healthy mix of Nonfiction titles, these January favorites appeal to a wide range of readers!

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      I'm Ok

      by Patti Kim

      Feb 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Ok Lee knows it’s his responsibility to help pay the bills. With his father gone and his mother working three jobs and still barely making ends meet, there’s really no other choice. If only he could win the cash prize at the school talent contest! But he can’t sing or dance, and has no magic up his sleeves, so he tries the next best thing: a hair braiding business.
      It’s too bad the girls at school can’t pay him much, and he’s being befriended against his will by Mickey McDonald, the unusual girl with a larger-than-life personality. Who needs friends? They’d only distract from his mission, and Ok believes life is better on his own. Then there’s Asa Banks, the most popular boy in their grade, who’s got it out for Ok.
      But when the pushy deacon at their Korean church starts wooing Ok’s mom, it’s the last straw. Ok has to come up with an exit strategy—fast.

      Holes in the Sky

      by Patricia Polacco

      Dec 2018

      Easy Reading Plus

      There will never be anyone like her grandmother, Patricia Polacco thinks, when her grandmother passes away. But when she and her family move to California—in the middle of a drought—she meets a new friend, the irrepressible Stewart, and his amazing grandmother, Miss Eula, who not only takes Trisha under her wing, but, with Trisha and Stewart, steps up to lead their entire extraordinarily diverse neighborhood to help a hurting neighbor—and her once lush garden—survive the drought.
      Trisha’s grandmother’s old saying about the stars being Holes in the Sky turns out to be Miss Eula’s, too, convincing Trisha that she has miraculously discovered another unforgettable grandmother.
      Full-color illustrations rendered in pencils and markers.

      Serena Williams: Legends in Sports

      by Matt Christopher

      Nov 2017

      Sports Middle Plus

      Discover the amazing achievements of sports legend Serena Williams—on and off the tennis court—in this exciting new biography. Career highlights. Black-and-white photographs.

      What Goes Up

      by Katie Kennedy

      Oct 2017

      Current Trends High Plus

      Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi tale features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world.

      Midnight at the Electric

      by Jodi Lynn Anderson

      Oct 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri's fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

      Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

      by Patricia Newman

      Jun 2017

      Nonfiction Middle

      Marine biologist Brent Hughes didn't think sea otters and sea grass had much in common, but his research revealed a new and surprising connection between the two. Science activity. Suggestions for protecting the environment. Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Suggested resources. Index. Full-color map, diagrams, graphs, and photographs.

      Exo

      by Fonda Lee

      Mar 2017

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      It's been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy, but now the fight for the future begins.

      Lab Girl

      by Hope Jahren

      Jun 2016

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction

      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      This memoir of Hope Jahren's life as a scientist—filled with research trips around the United States and the world—is also a revelatory book about plant life. Appendix. Bibliography.
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