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      Loveboat, Taipei

      by Abigail Hing Wen

      Mar 2020

      High-Interest High Plus

      “Our cousins have done this program,” Sophie whispers. “Best kept secret. Zero supervision.”

      And just like that, Ever Wong’s summer takes an unexpected turn. Gone is Chien Tan, the strict, educational program in Taiwan that Ever was expecting. In its place, she finds Loveboat: a summer-long free-for-all where hookups abound, adults turn a blind eye, snake-blood sake flows abundantly, and the nightlife runs nonstop. But not every student is quite what they seem:

      Ever is working toward becoming a doctor but nurses a secret passion for dance.
      Rick Woo is the Yale-bound, child-prodigy bane of Ever’s existence whose perfection hides a secret.
      Boy-crazy, fashion-obsessed Sophie Ha turns out to have more to her than meets the eye.
      And under sexy Xavier Yeh’s shell is buried a shameful truth he’ll never admit.

      When these students’ lives collide, it’s guaranteed to be a summer Ever will never forget.

      Author’s note.

      Please Don’t Eat Me

      by Liz Climo

      Mar 2020

      Kindergarten Plus

      When a carefree bunny is approached by a voracious bear in the woods, Bunny has just one request: "Please don't eat me. But the bear has a never-ending list of requests, and Bunny realizes maybe Bear isn't as hungry as he'd let on… Maybe he just wants his new friend's company for a while.

      This witty and poignant exploration of predator and prey will have children and parents alike roaring with laughter—and looking for their next meal. Full-color illustrations “were done with digital magic on kinmart matte art paper FSC.”

      The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

      by Brandy Colbert

      Mar 2020

      City High School

      Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she's on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past…whom she knows her parents will never approve of.

      When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family's apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded—she's also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down.

      The Fresh New Face of Griselda

      by Jennifer Torres

      Mar 2020

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Griselda "Geez" Zaragoza has a love for beautiful things, like her collection of vintage teacups and the flower garden she and her dad planted in the front yard. But when his business fails, Griselda loses not just her home, but also her confidence and her trust in her unflappable parents.

      Tagging along with big sister Maribel, who postponed college for a job selling Alma Cosmetics, Geez dreams up a way to reclaim the life she thinks she lost. If she can sell enough tubes of glistening, glittery Alma lip gloss, she'll win a cash prize that could help jump start her dad's business. With ups and downs along the way, Geez will discover that beauty isn't just lost or found, but made and re-made.

      The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

      by Ibtihaj Muhammad

      Mar 2020

      Character Building Elementary

      With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab—a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

      Paired with Hatem Aly's beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.

      Authors’ notes. Full-color illustrations were rendered digitally; the textures were done with ink washes and pencil.

      A Match Made in Mehendi

      by Nandini Bajpai

      Mar 2020

      PG High Plus

      Fifteen-year-old Simran "Simi" Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole—matchmakers—with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the "gift."

      But Simi is an artist, and she doesn't want to have anything to do with relationships, helicopter parents, and family drama. That is, until she realizes this might be just the thing to improve her and her best friend Noah's social status. Armed with her family's ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service-via an app, of course. But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys' soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.

      Bouncing Back

      by Scott Ostler

      Mar 2020

      Sports Middle Plus

      Back in his old basketball league, Carlos Cooper owned the court, sprinting and jumping and lighting up the scoreboard as opponents (and teammates) watched in awe. Now thirteen-year-old "Cooper the Hooper" is out of his league, new to life in a wheelchair, and struggling to pull his weight with his wheelchair basketball team, the Rollin' Rats.

      Just when Carlos starts to get the hang of the game, the city shuts down the Rollin' Rats' gym. Without the gym, the team can't practice, and if they can't practice, they might as well kiss their state tournament dreams goodbye. Carlos will need to fully embrace his new friends, and his new role in the sport he loves, in order to truly become part of the team—and help save their season.

      Spies: The Secret Showdown Between America and Russia

      by Marc Favreau

      Mar 2020

      History High

      The Cold War spanned five decades as America and the USSR engaged in a battle of ideologies with global ramifications. Over the course of the war, with the threat of mutually assured nuclear destruction looming, billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives were devoted to the art and practice of spying, ensuring that the world would never be the same.

      Rife with intrigue and filled with fascinating historical figures whose actions shine light on both the past and present, this timely work of narrative nonfiction explores the turbulence of the Cold War through the lens of the men and women who waged it behind closed doors, and helps explain the role secret and clandestine operations have played in America's history and its national security.

      Key facts and the KGB and CIA. Information about Russian espionage and the CIA since the end of the Cold War. Cold War time line. Cold War glossary. Glossary of key espionage techniques. Notes. Selected primary sources. Selected bibliography. Index. Black-and-white photographs.

      Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World

      by Kazoo Magazine

      Mar 2020

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Did anyone ever get anywhere by being quiet? To change anything, you have to make some noise!

      From the creators of the award-winning Kazoo magazine comes a look at the lives of 25 extraordinary women through the eyes of 25 extraordinary comic artists. In chapters titled Grow, Tinker, Play, Create, Rally, and Explore, you’ll meet Eugenie Clark, who swam with sharks, Raye Montague, who revolutionized the design process for ships, Hedy Lamarr, a beautiful actress and brilliant inventor, Julia Child, a chef who wasn’t afraid to make mistakes, Kate Warne, the first female detective, who saved the life of President-Elect Abraham Lincoln, and many more.

      Introduction. Illustrator bios. Photographs of the women included in the book. Full-color illustrations.

      White Bird: A Wonder Story

      by R.J. Palacio

      Mar 2020

      Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

      In R. J. Palacio’s bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère’s heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.

      Sara’s harrowing experience movingly demonstrates the power of kindness to change hearts, build bridges, and even save lives. As Grandmère tells Julian, “It always takes courage to be kind, but in those days, such kindness could cost you everything.” With poignant symbolism and gorgeous artwork that brings Sara’s story out of the past and cements it firmly in this moment in history, White Bird is sure to captivate anyone who was moved by the book Wonder or the blockbuster movie adaptation and its message.

      Afterword. Author’s note. “A Note About the Dedication.” Glossary. Reading list. Resources. Bibliography. Full-color digital illustrations. Black-and-white photographs.

      One of Us Is Next

      by Karen M. McManus

      Mar 2020

      Mystery High Plus

      Come on, Bayview, you know you’ve missed this.

      A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts.

      Until now.

      This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game. Truth or Dare.

      Phoebe’s the first target. If you choose not to play, it’s a truth. And hers is dark.

      Then comes Maeve, and she should know better—always choose the dare.

      But by the time Knox is about to be tagged, things have gotten dangerous. The dares have become deadly, and if Maeve learned anything from Bronwyn last year, it’s that they can’t count on the police for help. Or protection. Simon’s gone, but someone’s determined to keep his legacy at Bayview High alive. And this time, there’s a whole new set of rules.

      Almost Time

      by Gary D. Schmidt

      Mar 2020

      Primary

      Eager for maple syrup, Ethan can’t wait till sugaring time rolls around. And he can’t wait till his loose tooth falls out. But his father keeps telling him it’s not time yet, and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t make time pass more quickly.

      The closeness of father and son is evident throughout as they wait and then celebrate the end of waiting. The brief, lyrical text is illuminated by G. Brian Karas’s beautifully composed, evocative illustrations.

      Full-color illustrations created in pencil and digital color.
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