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      What Linnaeus Saw: A Scientist's Quest to Name Every Living Thing

      by Karen Magnuson Beil

      Nov 2019

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      In What Linnaeus Saw, Karen Magnuson Beil chronicles Linnaeus’s life and career in readable, relatable prose. As a boy, Linnaeus hated school and had little interest in taking up the religious profession his family had chosen. Though he struggled through Latin and theology classes, Linnaeus was an avid student of the natural world and explored the school’s gardens and woods, transfixed by the properties of different plants. At twenty-five, on a solo expedition to the Scandinavian Mountains, Linnaeus documented and described dozens of new species. As a medical student in Holland, he moved among leading scientific thinkers and had access to the best collections of plants and animals in Europe. What Linnaeus found was a world with no consistent system for describing and naming living things—a situation he methodically set about changing. The Linnaean system for classifying plants and animals, developed and refined over the course of his life, is the foundation of modern scientific taxonomy, and inspired and guided generations of scientists.

      Map. Time line. Glossary of botanical and scientific terms. Source notes. Source list. Index. Full-color reproductions.

      Top-Secret Smackdown: Mac B., Kid Spy #3

      by Mac Barnett

      Nov 2019

      Humor Elementary Plus

      Ravens have been stolen from the Tower of London! Mac B.'s top-secret mission? Travel to Iceland and retrieve the ravens... or Britain is ruined!

      In Iceland, Mac discovers secret submarines, hungry polar bears, mysterious blueprints…and his old archnemesis! Is the KGB man behind this birdnapping? Can Mac get the ravens to safety? It's time for an epic, top-secret smackdown between these two secret agents!

      Three-color illustrations.

      The Great Santa Stakeout

      by Betsy Bird

      Nov 2019

      Primary Plus

      Freddy Melcher is Santa's #1 Fan. He has Santa posters, Santa action figures, and even Santa underwear. But there is one prize Freddy desperately wants: A photograph taken with Santa, fresh out of the chimney.

      Oh, is it risky! It's awfully hard to sneak anything by someone who can see you when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake. That's why Freddy has been extra good this year…at hiding his plans.

      Will Freddy get away with his delightfully devious scheme to outwit Santa Claus himself and capture the ultimate selfie?

      Full-color illustrations were created with ink, watercolor, and Adobe Photoshop.

      Wildfire

      by Rodman Philbrick

      Nov 2019

      High Interest Middle Plus

      Flames race toward Sam Castine's summer camp as evacuation buses are loading, but Sam runs back to get his phone. Suddenly, a flash of heat blasts him as pine trees explode. Now a wall of fire separates Sam from his bus, and there's only one thing to do: Run for his life. Run or die.

      Lungs burning, Sam's only goal is to keep moving. Drought has made the forest a tinderbox, and Sam struggles to remember survival tricks he learned from his late father. Then, when he least expects it, he encounters Delphy, an older girl who is also lost. Their unlikely friendship grows as they join forces to find civilization.

      Facts about wildfires.

      Rated

      by Melissa Grey

      Nov 2019

      Current Trends High Plus

      Societies thrive on order, and the Rating System is the ultimate symbol of organized social mobility. The higher it soars, the more valued you are. The lower it plummets, the harder you must work to improve yourself. For the students at the prestigious Maplethorpe Academy, every single thing they do is reflected in their ratings, updated daily and available for all to see. But when an act of vandalism sullies the front doors of the school, it sets off a chain reaction that will shake the lives of six special students—and the world beyond.

      Frostfire

      by Jamie Smith

      Nov 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Middle Plus

      On Choosing Day, children of Adranna who reach the age of fourteen are finally eligible to undergo the tests to determine if they are worthy of bonding a Frostsliver. Only one in a hundred are destined to succeed. If chosen, they will have to climb to the top of the glacier and cut a piece off for themselves, so that they may be granted the powers they've always dreamed of.

      When Sabira is chosen, an entire world of possibilities opens up to her. But in order to see it through, she'll have to embark on a dangerous pilgrimage to the top of the glacier. When a huge avalanche traps her on the glacier and destroys the pass, she must face up to the merciless mountain—but there are dark and fiery secrets hiding in its depths…

      Rocas y minerales (Rocks and Minerals)

      by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

      Nov 2019

      Primary Spanish

      From sparkling gems to dazzling crystals, this impressively illustrated book introduces children to the exciting world of stones and minerals, including both the bases of their construction and their sheen. This level two book, written with easy-to-understand text, will help cultivate the geologists of tomorrow!
      This educational series of books for beginners of high interest for children is full of the wonderful images of National Geographic, accompanied by texts written by experienced authors in the field of juvenile literature. The back cover of the paper edition includes an interactive experience based on the book. Level 1 books reinforce the content of the book with kinesthetic activity. In level 2 books, readers complete a letter with vocabulary words.

      Quiz. Glossary. Full-color photographs and diagrams.

      A Stone Sat Still

      by Brendan Wenzel

      Nov 2019

      Read Aloud Plus

      In this moving companion to the Caldecott Honor-winning They All Saw a Cat, Brendan Wenzel tells the story of a seemingly ordinary stone. But it isn't just a stone—to the animals that use it, it's a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven…even an entire world. With stunning illustrations in cut paper, pencil, collage, and paint, and soothing rhythms that invite reading aloud, A Stone Sat Still is a gorgeous exploration of perspective, perception, sensory experience, color, size, function, and time, with an underlying environmental message that is timely and poignant. Once again Wenzel shows himself to be a master of the picture book form.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in a variety of media, including cut paper, colored pencil, oil pastels, marker, and the computer.

      The Good Thieves

      by Katherine Rundell

      Nov 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      Fresh off the boat from England, Vita Marlowe has a job to do. Her beloved grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a notorious conman with Mafia connections. Seeing Jack’s spirit is broken, Vita is desperate to make him happy again, so she devises a plan to outwit his enemies and recover his home. She finds a young pickpocket, working the streets of the city. And, nearby, two boys with highly unusual skills and secrets of their own are about to be pulled into her lawless, death-defying plan.

      Katherine Rundell’s fifth novel is a heist as never seen before—the story of a group of children who will do anything to right a wrong.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come

      by Sue Macy

      Nov 2019

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Over the last forty years, Aaron Lansky has jumped into dumpsters, rummaged around musty basements, and crawled through cramped attics. He did all of this in pursuit of a particular kind of treasure, and he’s found plenty. Lansky’s treasure was any book written Yiddish, the language of generations of European Jews. When he started looking for Yiddish books, experts estimated there might be about 70,000 still in existence. Since then, the MacArthur Genius Grant recipient has collected close to 1.5 million books, and he’s finding more every day.

      Told in a folkloric voice reminiscent of Patricia Polacco, this story celebrates the power of an individual to preserve history and culture, while exploring timely themes of identity and immigration.

      Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Yiddish glossary. Suggestions for further information. Source notes. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic and gouache, with fabric textures added digitally.

      More to the Story

      by Hena Khan

      Nov 2019

      PG Middle Plus

      When Jameela Mirza is picked to be feature editor of her middle school newspaper, she’s one step closer to being an award-winning journalist like her late grandfather. The problem is, her editor-in-chief keeps shooting down her article ideas. Jameela’s assigned to write about the new boy in school, who has a cool British accent but doesn’t share much, and wonders how she’ll make his story gripping enough to enter into a national media contest.

      Jameela, along with her three sisters, is devastated when their father needs to take a job overseas, away from their cozy Georgia home for six months. Missing him makes Jameela determined to write an epic article—one to make her dad extra proud. But when her younger sister gets seriously ill, Jameela’s world turns upside down. And as her hunger for fame looks like it might cost her a blossoming friendship, Jameela questions what matters most, and whether she’s cut out to be a journalist at all…

      Parrots, Pugs, and Pixie Dust: A Book About Fashion Designer Judith Leiber

      by Deborah Blumenthal

      Nov 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      At night, she took comfort
      making handbags
      with any scraps she could find.
      Every purse she made
      made her dreams come alive.


      Growing up in Budapest, Hungary, Judith Leiber drew inspiration from her father, who always brought back special handbags for her mother from wherever he traveled. After getting a job at a handbag house, she dreamt up designs that took her mind off her difficult life. World War II had broken out, and Judith and her family were Hungarian Jews facing persecution. At night, she would make handbags with any scraps she could find.

      She found her passion for fashion, and after the war ended, Judith immigrated to America. Here, she found her vision for her designs from preening peacocks, fanciful frogs donning gilded crowns, burgers and fries, and layer cake. She turned the ordinary into extraordinary handbags, designing creations unlike anything that had been seen before.

      This is an inspiring picture book about finding your passion and being creative from the same team behind Polka Dot Parade: The Story of Bill Cunningham!

      Author’s note with photographs. Bibliography. Full-color illustrations.
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