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      Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life

      by Lulu Miller

      Aug 2020

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      When Lulu Miller was starting out as a science reporter, she encountered a story that would stick with her for a decade. It was the strange tale of a scientist named David Starr Jordan, who set out to discover as many of the world’s fish as he could. Decade by decade, he built one of the most important specimen collections ever seen. Until the 1906 San Francisco earthquake hit—sending over a thousand of his fish, housed in fragile glass jars, plummeting to the floor. In an instant, his life’s work was shattered.

      Miller knew what she would do if she were in Jordan’s shoes. She would give up, give in to despair. But Jordan? He surveyed the wreckage at his feet, found the first fish he recognized, and painstakingly began to rebuild his collection. And this time, he introduced one clever innovation that, he believed, would protect it against the chaos of the world.

      In Why Fish Don’t Exist, Miller digs into the passing anecdote she once heard abou David Starr Jordan to tell his whole story. What was it that kept him going that day in 1906? What became of him? And who does he prove to be, in the end: a role model for how to thrive in a chaotic world, or a cautionary tale? Filled with suspense, surprise, and even a questionable death, this enchanting book interweaves science, biography, and a dash of memoir to investigate the age-old question of how to go on when everything seems lost.

      This Is the Church

      by Sarah Raymond Cunningham

      Aug 2020

      Religious Books Elementary

      Here is the church, here is the steeple . . .

      This update to the classic children's rhyme is an introduction to church for a new era, a whirlwind tour through all the wonderful things church can be and do and mean. From megachurches to little chapels to underground meetings, from welcoming to helping to feeding the hungry, church can be and do a lot of things. But ultimately that old rhyme said it best: the church is the people!

      With gently rhyming text by Sarah Raymond Cunningham and the vibrant and diverse illustrations of Ariel Landy, This Is the Church is an ideal gift for baptisms, confirmations, or any occasion in which children are welcomed into the life of the body of Christ.

      Centipedes

      by Jared Siemens

      Aug 2020

      All About Animals Elementary

      Did you know that centipedes can have up to 177 pairs of legs? Centipedes can move up to 16 inches (40.6 centimeters) in one second. Learn more about these amazing arthropods in Centipedes.

      The Midwest

      by Blaine Wiseman

      Aug 2020

      About our World Elementary

      The Great Plains grassland covers a large amount of the Midwest region's 821,000 square miles. Notable landmarks include Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota. Learn more in The Midwest, one of the titles in the "Geography of the U.S." series.

      This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

      by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

      Aug 2020

      Nonfiction Middle

      An essential overview of the science behind stereotypes: from why our brains form them to how recognizing them can help us be less biased.

      From the time we're babies, our brains constantly sort and label the world around us --- a skill that's crucial for our survival. But, as adolescents are all too aware, there's a tremendous downside: when we do this to groups of people it can cause great harm. Here's a comprehensive introduction to the science behind stereotypes that will help young people make sense of why we classify people, and how we can change our thinking. It covers the history of identifying stereotypes, secret biases in our brains, and how stereotypes affect our sense of self. Most importantly, it covers current research into how science can help us overcome our biases, offering hope for a future where stereotypes are less prevalent and the world is more fair for everyone.

      Written by award-winning author Tanya Lloyd Kyi, this timely and hopeful book addresses the issues of discrimination, racism, sexism, ableism and homophobia and offers concrete suggestions on how to make change. It uses scientific inquiry and loads of relatable and interesting examples to explore these uncomfortable topics in age-appropriate and engaging ways. Chapters, sidebars and colorful illustrations break the text into manageable chunks. Besides the many ways this book could be used to inspire frank and in-depth discussions on the importance of addressing stereotypes and bias, it also links to many science and social studies curriculum topics.

      What Grew in Larry’s Garden

      by Laura Alary

      Aug 2020

      Character Building Elementary

      Grace thinks Larry's garden is one of the wonders of the world. In his tiny backyard next door to hers, Larry grows the most extraordinary vegetables. Grace loves helping him—watering and weeding, planting and pruning, hoeing and harvesting. And whenever there's a problem—like bugs burrowing into the carrots or slugs chewing the lettuce—Grace and Larry solve it together. Grace soon learns that Larry has big plans for the vegetables in his special garden. And when that garden faces its biggest problem yet, Grace follows Larry's example to find the perfect solution.

      A Song Only I Can Hear

      by Barry Jonsberg

      Aug 2020

      Advanced Readers

      Rob Fitzgerald is determined to impress Destry Camberwick, the perfect new girl who he’s devastatingly in love with. But that’s a difficult task for a painfully shy wallflower who’s prone to panic attacks and would rather hang out with his grandad all day.

      That is, until he starts getting mysterious text messages from an unknown number with challenges designed to encourage him to get out of his comfort zone. Is Rob Fitzgerald on the road to getting the girl? Or will fear keep him out of the spotlight forever?

      Sea Sheep

      by Eric Seltzer

      Aug 2020

      Emergent Readers Plus

      Sea sheep can swim.
      Sea sheep can speak.
      Most of them baa.
      This one can squeak!


      In this sweet, silly, rhyming story, a group of sheep go for a swim! What will they see under the sea? Lots and lots of giggles are guaranteed! What is a sea sheep?

      The Girl and the Witch’s Garden

      by Erin Bowman

      Aug 2020

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary Plus

      Mallory Estate is the last place twelve-year-old Piper Peavey wants to spend her summer vacation. The grounds are always cold, the garden out back is dead, a mysterious group of children call the property home, and there’s a rumor that Melena M. Mallory—the owner of the estate and Piper’s wealthy grandmother—is a witch.

      But when Piper’s father falls ill, Mallory Estate is exactly where she finds herself.

      The grand house and its garden hold many secrets—some of which may even save her father—and Piper will need to believe in herself, her new friends, and magic if she wants to unlock them before it’s too late.

      Fergus and Zeke and the Field Day Challenge

      by Kate Messner

      Aug 2020

      Easy Reading

      Fergus and Zeke love being the class pets in Miss Maxwell’s classroom. From science experiments to art projects, they do everything the students do. But on Field Day, none of the events are the right size for the small mice—the limbo is too easy, the high jump is too hard, and kickball is absolutely terrifying! So Fergus and Zeke create their own Field Day Challenge, with mouse-size tug-of-war, acorn throwing, and Hula-Hooping. After all the fun and exercise, it’s time to go back to the classroom—but Fergus and Zeke are locked out! Will they be able to use their new skills to get inside in time for ice pops?

      This new outdoor adventure in the endearing school-themed series from award-winning author Kate Messner, with lively pictures by Heather Ross, will have young readers jumping for joy.

      McTavish Goes Wild

      by Meg Rosoff

      Aug 2020

      Independent Readers Plus

      It’s summer, and the Peachey family is in crisis—again. Where will they go for their vacation?

      Betty Peachey thinks that camping is the answer, and Ma Peachey knows just the place. But Pa Peachey is convinced that terrible dangers lurk in the world of nature, Ollie only wants to know if there are dance clubs, and Ava would rather stay home and read German philosophy. Will rescue dog McTavish figure out how to turn the Peacheys into happy campers—and get them to brave the sparkling river and scenic mountainside before they pack up their tent and go home?

      War is Over

      by David Almond

      Aug 2020

      Intermediate Readers

      I am just a child. How can I be at war?

      It's 1918, and war is everywhere. John's father is fighting in the trenches far away in France, while his mother works in a menacing munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany. One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a dreamlike meeting with a German boy named Jan. John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can one day scatter the seeds of peace.

      David Almond brings his ineffable sensibility to a poignant tale of the effects of war on children, interwoven with David Litchfield's gorgeous black-and-white illustrations.
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