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2018 Fall Titles

This is a listing of JLG titles for Fall 2018: September 2018 through February 2019. This list is subject to change.

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      Tadpole to Frog: National Geographic Readers

      by Shira Evans

      Jan 2019

      Emergent Readers Plus

      Learn all about how animals grow and change in this leveled Co-reader, perfect for parents and kids to read together. Through vibrant, adorable images and expert-vetted text, you'll glimpse some of the most amazing metamorphoses in the natural world. Kids will see a tadpole transform into a frog, watch a caterpillar become a butterfly, and learn how a nymph becomes a dragonfly.
      Full-color photographs.

      Taking Cover: One Girl’s Story of Growing Up During the Iranian Revolution

      by Nioucha Homayoonfar

      Jan 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      In 1979, eight-year-old Nioucha Homayoonfar moved from the United States to Tehran with her family and had to adjust to a new life and culture—during the turbulent Iranian Revolution. Author’s note. Foreword by Firoozeh Dumas. Afterword. Map. Time line.

      Kitten and the Night Watchman

      by John Sullivan

      Jan 2019

      Pre-Kindergarten Plus

      The night watchman hugs his wife and kids and drives to work.
      All night he is alone.
      Every hour he makes his rounds.

      He sees the stars twinkling. He hears the sounds of the night:
      ki-DEE ki-DEE ki-DEE
      Woof! Woof! Woof!


      When he is joined by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a new home?
      Kitten and the Night Watchman is inspired by the true story of author John Sullivan meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.
      Full-color illustrations created using digital and hand-printed textures.

      Twilight of the Elves: The Adventurers Guild #2

      by Zack Loran Clark

      Jan 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction Elementary Plus

      Zed, Brock, and their friends join a quest to save the elven city Llethanyl from “the Dangers,” a powerful form of dark magic once thought to be extinct.

      A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl

      by Jean Thompson

      Jan 2019

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Evelyn set aside her career to marry, late, and motherhood never became her. Her daughter Laura felt this acutely and wants desperately to marry, but she soon discovers her husband Gabe to be a man who expects too much of everyone in his life, especially his musician son. Grace has moved out from Laura and Gabe’s house, but can’t seem to live up to her potential—whatever that might be. In A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl we see these women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks; marital disappointments and infidelities; familial dysfunction; mortality. Spanning from World War II to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story that is so perfectly grounded in our time—a story of three women regressing, stalling, and yes, evolving, over decades. One of the burning questions she asks is: by serving her family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free?

      Coming Up Clutch: The Greatest Upsets, Comebacks, and Finishes in Sports History

      by Matt Doeden

      Jan 2019

      Sports Middle Plus

      Only one word describes sports feats such as the US Olympic hockey team defeating Russia in 1980 and David Ortiz helping to end the World Series dry spell that cursed the Boston Red Sox for eighty-six years: clutch. Source notes. Glossary. Further reading. Index. Full-color and black-and-white photographs.

      The Season of Styx Malone

      by Kekla Magoon

      Jan 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      Caleb Franklin and his big brother Bobby Gene are excited to have adventures in the woods behind their house. But Caleb dreams of venturing beyond their ordinary small town.
      Then Caleb and Bobby Gene meet new neighbor Styx Malone. Styx is sixteen and oozes cool. Styx promises the brothers that together, the three of them can pull off the Great Escalator Trade--exchanging one small thing for something better until they achieve their wildest dream. But as the trades get bigger, the brothers soon find themselves in over their heads. Styx has secrets--secrets so big they could ruin everything.

      The Third Mushroom: sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish

      by Jennifer L. Holm

      Jan 2019

      High Interest Middle Plus

      Ellie's grandpa Melvin is a world-renowned scientist . . . in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy. When he and Ellie team up for the county science fair, Ellie hopes the results can save her ailing cat's life. Author’s note. Suggestions for further reading. Short biographies of several scientists with black-and-white photographs.

      Giraffe Problems

      by Jory John

      Jan 2019


      Can you guess what’s making this giraffe self-conscious? Could it be…HIS ENORMOUS NECK?? Yes, it’s exactly that—how on earth did you figure it out?
      Edward the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and, well, ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes—honestly, anything you can think of, he’s tried.
      Just when he has exhausted his neck-hiding options and is about to throw in the towel, a turtle swoops in (well, ambles in, very slowly) and helps him understand that his neck has a purpose, and looks excellent in a bow tie.
      Jory John and Lane Smith have truly outdone themselves in this companion book to Penguin Problems.
      Full-color illustrations.

      Inky's Amazing Escape: How A Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home

      by Sy Montgomery

      Jan 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Inky had been at the New Zealand aquarium since 2014 after being taken in by a fisherman who found him at sea. Inky had been getting used to his new environment, but the staff quickly figured out that he had to be kept amused or he would get bored. Then one night in 2016 Inky, about the size of a basketball, decided he’d had enough. He slithered eight feet across the floor and down a drainpipe more than 160 feet long to his home in the sea.
      Acclaimed author Sy Montogmery reminds readers that Inky didn’t escape—but instead, like the curious animal he is, wanted to explore the rest of the vast ocean he called his home.
      Endnote. Octopus facts. Suggestions for further reading. Full-color mixed media illustrations.

      First Laugh: Welcome Baby!

      by Rose Tahe

      Jan 2019

      Multicultural Elementary

      In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story? Authors’ notes. Illustrator’s note. Notes on the setting, the First Laugh Navajo tradition, and birth ceremonies around the world. Selected sources. Full-color illustrations drawn with pencils and finished with ballpoint pen and Photoshop.

      Mech Cadet Yu (Vol. 1)

      by Greg Pak

      Jan 2019

      Graphic Novels Middle Plus

      Every year, giant sentient robots from outer space come to Earth and bond forever with a brand new crop of cadets at Sky Corps Academy to help keep the planet safe. But this year, instead of making a connection with a cadet, one of the mechs bonds with Stanford, a young kid working with his Mom as a janitor at Sky Corps. Stanford has the opportunity of a lifetime but he’ll first have to earn the trust of his classmates if he’s to defend the planet from the monstrous Sharg.
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