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      Smell My Foot!: Chick and Brain

      by Cece Bell

      Nov 2019

      Easy Reading

      ’Maybe your foot smells good.
      Maybe your foot smells great.
      But I will not smell your foot until you say PLEASE. ’


      Meet Chick and Brain. And their friend Spot. Chick likes to follow the rules. Brain might not be as smart as he looks. And Spot just wants to eat lunch.

      In a graphic reader loaded with verbal and visual humor, Cece Bell offers a comical primer on good manners gone awry. Simple, silly, and perfectly suited for its audience, this tale of Chick and Brain’s constant misunderstandings and miscommunications proves once again that Cece Bell is a master at meeting kids where they are.

      Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and ink.

      Weird Little Robots

      by Carolyn Crimi

      Nov 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Nine-year-old Penny Rose has just moved to a new town, and so far the robots she builds herself are her only company. But with just a bit of magic, everything changes: she becomes best friends with Lark, has the chance to join a secret science club, and discovers that her robots are alive. Penny Rose hardly remembers how lonely she used to feel. But then a fateful misstep forces her to choose between the best friend she’s always hoped for and the club she’s always dreamed of, and in the end it may be her beloved little robots that pay the price. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi and Corinna Luyken shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all its own.

      Black-and-white illustrations done in ink, pencil, and gouache.

      Scary Stories for Young Foxes

      by Christian McKay Heidicker

      Nov 2019

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      When fox kits Mia and Uly are separated from their litters, they quickly learn that the world is a dangerous place filled with monsters. As the young foxes travel across field and forest in search of a home, they’ll face a zombie who hungers for their tender flesh, a witch who wants to wear their skins, a ghost who haunts and hunts them, and so much more.

      Featuring eight interconnected stories and sixteen shockingly cool illustrations, Scary Stories for Young Foxes has the chills of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and the heart of Pax.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      His Hideous Heart: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe's Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined

      by Dahlia Adler

      Nov 2019

      Mystery High Plus

      Guilt.
      Regret.
      Love.
      Loss.
      Self-loathing.
      Terror.
      Vengeance.

      Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in thirteen unique and unforgettable ways.

      Introduction. Glossary for “The Murders in the Rue Apartelle, Boracay.” Contributor bios.

      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.

      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.

      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.
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