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      Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas

      by Juana Medina

      Nov 2019

      Independent Readers

      Juana’s life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogotá with her two most favorite people in the world: her mami and her dog, Lucas. Lately, though, things have become a little less perfect. Mami has a new hairdo and a new amigo named Luis with whom she has been spending a LOT of time. He is kind and teaches Juana about things like photography and jazz music, but sometimes Juana can’t help wishing things would go back to the way they were before. When Mami announces that she and Luis are getting married and that they will all be moving to a new casa, Juana is quite distraught. Lucky for her, though, some things will never change — like how much Mami loves her. Based on author-illustrator Juana Medina’s own childhood in Colombia, this joyful series is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

      Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and ink.

      Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

      by David Almond

      Nov 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Joe Quinn has been telling everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one, that is, except Davie. Davie’s felt the inexplicable presence in the Quinns’ house and seen random objects fly through the air. And there’s something else…a memory of Davie’s beloved sister and a feeling deep down that it might just be possible for ghosts to exist. Full of thoughts of hauntings and grief and God, Davie hovers on a precipice of uncertainty and possibility, a space that storyteller David Almond occupies comfortably and returns to again and again — here paired once more with the dynamic, dreamlike mixed-media art of Dave McKean.

      Introduction. Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

      Our Favorite Day

      by Joowon Oh

      Nov 2019

      Pre-Kindergarten Plus

      Every morning, Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there's one day each week that is extra special. That's the day he might visit the craft store, get two orders of dumplings to go, and possibly pick some flowers he sees along the path.
      With its spare text and wonderfully warm watercolor and cut-paper illustrations just begging to be pored over, Joowon Oh's tale of the singular love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader.

      Full-color illustrations were done in watercolor, gouache, and cut paper.

      Watercolors

      by Alix Wood

      Nov 2019

      Series Nonfiction How-To

      Watercolors are a wonderful way to explore the magic of colors. Layering and bleeding watercolors together can lead to breath-taking works of art. This informative guide to watercolors is perfect for young artists who want to try their hand at this versatile art form. They'll learn the fundamentals of painting with watercolors as they complete engaging projects. Step-by-step instructions with vivid full-color photographs ensure each project is accessible. Gorgeously designed and full of fun projects, this introduction to watercolors is sure to be a popular addition to any library or classroom.

      The Early History of the Gay Rights Movement

      by Greg Baldino

      Nov 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      History Grades 6-8

      In the contemporary era, gay and lesbian activism is part of the intersectional LGBTQ+ community, but this wasn't always so. This book explains why the need for the fight for nonheteronormative rights emerged in the nineteenth century. It goes into how the fight itself began to pick up steam in the 1950s and '60s as small groups of radicals grew into a national movement for social justice. Activists across the LGBTQ+ spectrum confront police and government officials, join forces with labor and civil rights struggles, and help reshape the modern world.

      Hollow Kingdom

      by Kira Jane Buxton

      Nov 2019

      Adult Crossover Thrillers Plus

      S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®. Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies—from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis—fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady.

      S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.

      The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks

      by Sandra Markle

      Nov 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Top-selling science author Sandra Markle presents the story of whale sharks—the largest fish on the planet. Facing threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, they were categorized as endangered in 2016. Find out how scientists are working to study and protect these gentle giants of the ocean.

      Author’s note. “Did You Know?” Time line. Source notes. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Index. Full-color maps, diagrams, illustrations, and photographs.

      More Than a Game: Race, Gender, and Politics in Sports

      by Matt Doeden

      Nov 2019

      Sports Middle Plus

      Sports has never been only about what takes place on the playing field. Matt Doeden explores past and current controversies in a book sure to engage everyone interested in sports, history, and civil rights.

      Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Index. Full-color photographs.

      Gun Violence: Fighting for Our Lives and Our Rights

      by Matt Doeden

      Nov 2019

      Nonfiction High Plus

      In early 2018, teen-led March for Our Lives events across the United States protested gun violence, demanded change to save lives, and registered voters toward that end. This authoritative exploration of guns, gun violence, and gun control explores the Second Amendment, the history of guns and gun laws in the United States, legal restrictions to gun ownership, and the devastation of mass shootings. Through an objective look at individual versus collective rights, readers will be able to offer well-informed answers to questions such as: Should young people own assault rifles? What about terrorists and the mentally ill? Read the book to make an informed argument and support your point of view.

      Time line. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Further information. Index. Full-color photographs.

      The Ghost Runner: League of the Paranormal

      by Norwyn MacTire

      Nov 2019

      Hi-Lo Mature

      Ollie's best friend, Nate, has always been one step ahead of him—literally—on their cross country team. At the start of senior year, something seems off with Nate, but it's not until Nate gets hurt, bumping Ollie into the top rank on the team, that Ollie realizes what was wrong. There's a ghost that haunts the lead runner on the team—and now that ghost is coming after Ollie. Will Ollie be able to outrun the Ghost Runner and break the cycle once and for all?

      The Team Curse: League of the Paranormal

      by Israel Keats

      Nov 2019

      Hi-Lo PG Middle/High

      For as long as Isaac could remember, the Middleton High baseball team hasn't won a single game. So when he tries out as a sophomore and makes the team, he's excited but not surprised. After the first pathetic losses of the season, Isaac starts to get frustrated. Why aren't any of his teammates even trying to win? When he confronts them and threatens to quit, they let him in on the secret: the team has been trapped in a curse for generations. Isaac decides to do whatever it takes to put an end to the curse.

      Pro Football's All-Time Greatest Comebacks

      by Drew Lyon

      Nov 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Social Studies Grades 3-5

      From a surprise fourth quarter comeback to a last-second game-winning touchdown to win the Super Bowl, few things are more exciting in pro football than when an underdog comes back to win it all. Football history is filled with heart-stopping stories of teams that defied the odds to win a title and players who fight their way back from personal struggles to return to the game they love. Filled with incredible stories and action-packed images, readers will find themselves cheering on their favorite underdog teams and players to victory.

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