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      It's a Round, Round World!

      by Ellie Peterson

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      Intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus takes readers on a journey through space and time, explaining with humor and wit how we know the earth is round.

      “How to Be a Scientist.” Full-color illustrations.

      16 Words: William Carlos Williams and "The Red Wheelbarrow"

      by Lisa Rogers

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      "Look out the window. What do you see? If you are Dr. William Carlos Williams, you see a wheelbarrow. A drizzle of rain. Chickens scratching in the damp earth."

      The wheelbarrow belongs to Thaddeus Marshall, a street vendor, who every day goes to work selling vegetables on the streets of Rutherford, New Jersey. That simple action inspires poet and doctor Williams to pick up some of his own tools—a pen and paper—and write his most famous poem.

      In this lovely picture book, young listeners will see how paying attention to the simplest everyday things can inspire the greatest art, as they learn about a great American poet.

      Author’s note. Selected bibliography. “Some William Carlos Williams Poems to Enjoy.” Full-color illustrations rendered digitally.

      A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity

      by Nicole Valentine

      Dec 2019

      Mystery Middle Plus

      Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books?and to his best friend, Gabi?to ward off his sadness. But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. Finn's mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she's left Finn a portal to find her. But to succeed, he'll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic.

      Author’s note. Questions for discussion.

      Rules for Vanishing

      by Kate Alice Marshall

      Dec 2019

      Mystery High Plus

      Once a year, a road appears in the forest. And at the end of it, the ghost of Lucy Gallows beckons. Lucy’s game isn’t for the faint of heart. If you win, you escape with your life. But if you lose…

      Sara’s sister disappeared one year ago—and only Sara knows where she is. Becca went to find the ghost of Lucy Gallows and is trapped on the road that leads to her. In the sleepy town of Briar Glen, Lucy’s road is nothing more than local lore. But Sara knows it’s real, and she’s going to find it. Sara knows that if she steps onto the road, she might not come back. But Becca needs her. And Lucy is waiting.

      Remarkables

      by Margaret Peterson Haddix

      Dec 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      One minute they’re there, laughing and having fun at the house next door. The next minute the teens are gone. Like magic. Marin can’t believe her eyes. Who are they? Can anyone else see them? What makes them so happy?

      Marin is lonely in this new town of hers and eager to figure out more. Then she meets Charley, who reveals that he knows about them, too. He calls them the “Remarkables.” Charley warns her to stay away from the Remarkables—and him. Charley and Marin both have painful secrets they’re holding on to, but could solving the mystery of the Remarkables help them? How can they ever get any answers if whenever they’re too close, the Remarkables instantly disappear…?

      Fly!

      by Mark Teague

      Dec 2019

      Kindergarten Plus

      It’s a big day up in the tree that Mama bird shares with her baby. Mama bird thinks Baby bird is finally ready to leave the nest and learn to fly so he can migrate south with the rest of their flock. But Baby bird isn’t so sure. Can’t his mother keep bringing him worms in their nest? Can’t he migrate in a hot air balloon instead? Or perhaps a car?
      This silly wordless picture book will keep young readers giggling as Baby bird figures out that he must flap his wings and learn to fly—whether he likes it or not!

      Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylics.

      Douglas

      by Randy Cecil

      Dec 2019

      Independent Readers Plus

      When Iris Espinosa goes to the cinema, she doesn’t expect to meet a small mouse. And she certainly doesn’t expect that mouse to stow away in her sweater pocket. At home, Iris is delighted by the mouse’s daring, which reminds her of the actor Douglas Fairbanks. And so begin the adventures of a sweet, plucky mouse named Douglas, who must overcome obstacles aplenty, from hungry cats to broom-wielding humans, as she journeys across the tall rooftops of Bloomville to return to her movie-theater home. Full of high-stakes chases, clever escapes, and valiant rescues, Randy Cecil’s story is a cinematic and meticulously crafted celebration of courage and friendship.

      Black-and-white oil illustrations.

      Earth: By the Numbers

      by Steve Jenkins

      Dec 2019

      Independent Readers

      Through infographics, illustrations, facts, and figures, readers will learn about the complex and wonderful place we call home, Earth.
      Discover some of the most fascinating aspects of our planet through astonishing numbers: the stretch of time from Earth's formation to the present, the misleading way the surface area of a continent can appear on a map, the angle of Earth's axis that creates the seasons, what percentage of Earth's land is covered in deserts or forests or cities, and so much more.
      With his signature style, Steve Jenkins explores the most fascinating fields of natural science.

      Glossary. Bibliography. Full-color maps, graphics, and cut- and torn-paper collage illustrations.

      Experiments with Living Things

      by Anna Claybourne

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction How-To

      Learning about living things is a key part of understanding science. With the help of this innovative book, readers can perform hands-on experiments and find out all about the science behind many different living things. Vibrant illustrations accompany concise, step-by-step instructions that clearly outline each experiment. Exciting activities help reinforce important science curricula, while informative sidebars and fact boxes provide further clarification on how and why different scientific concepts work. These high-interest projects are sure to engage both reluctant readers and science enthusiasts alike.

      Javi Takes a Bow: The Club

      by Elizabeth Gordon

      Dec 2019

      Hi-Lo PG Middle/High

      Javi is painfully shy. English is his second language, and he struggles with his speech. Rather than communicating in broken English, Javi prefers not to speak at all. That is, until the Club holds auditions for Javi's favorite musical. Can Javi overcome his fear of speaking in front of people to audition for the part?

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Not Hungry

      by Kate Karyus Quinn

      Dec 2019

      Hi-Lo Mature

      June is fat. June also has an eating disorder, but no one sees. When she doesn't eat, her friends and family think they see a fat girl on a diet, not someone starving herself. When June's secret is found out by Toby, the new boy next door, she is panicked. Then she learns he also has a secret. Everyone has their own little lies.

      Frankly in Love

      by David Yoon

      Dec 2019

      High-Interest High Plus

      High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo—his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance—“Date Korean”—which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful—and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love—or himself—at all.
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