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      by Raina Telgemeier

      Mar 2020

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away…and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

      Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

      Hi, Jack!

      by Mac Barnett

      Mar 2020

      Emergent Readers Plus

      Meet Jack: He lives in a tree house. His interests include snacks, petty theft, and lipstick graffiti. Jack also loves his friends, he just has a funny way of showing it sometimes…

      A perfect read-aloud with snappy, rhythmic text, this series will bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books, and fill the Elephant-and-Piggie-shaped hole in young readers' hearts.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Where’s Baby?

      by Anne Hunter

      Mar 2020

      Pre-Kindergarten Plus

      In this clever introduction to prepositions, a near-sighted Papa is looking for his baby. Is Baby up in the tree? Is Baby under the log? Is Baby around the corner? Where could Baby be?

      Readers will delight in spotting the little fox on every page as Papa wanders the forest, encountering other animals all along the way, but never quite able to spot his own baby. Anne Hunter’s delicate and lovely illustrations with their limited palette highlight the humor of this adorable hide-and-seek tale.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in ball point pen and colored pencil.

      You Are Eating Plastic Every Day: What's in Our Food?

      by Danielle Smith-Llera

      Mar 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      Social Studies Grades 6-8

      Scientists have recently started studying plastic pollution and our food supply. And, make no mistake, you are eating microscopic pieces of plastic everyday. What does it mean for our health? And what can you do about it? Students will get practical tips on how they can get involved and become part of the solution.

      Fighting to Survive World War II

      by Nancy Dickmann

      Mar 2020

      Series Nonfiction
      History Grades 6-8

      World War II was filled with deadly battles. And people caught in the crossfire were in just as much danger as the soldiers. Learn about the war's determined survivors and what it took for them to escape.

      Frank and Bean

      by Jamie Michalak

      Mar 2020

      Easy Reading

      Frank likes peace and quiet. He likes his tent, his pencil, and writing in his secret notebook.

      Bean likes noise. He likes his bus, his trumpet—toot, toot!—and making music. Loud music. But Bean is missing something: he does not have words.

      What will happen if Frank shares his words with Bean?

      Full-color digital illustrations.

      Give Us the Vote!: Over Two Hundred Years of Fighting for the Ballot

      by Susan Goldman Rubin

      Mar 2020

      Nonfiction Middle

      For over 200 years, people have marched, gone to jail, risked their lives, and even died trying to get the right to vote in the United States. Others, hungry to acquire or hold onto power, have gone to extraordinary lengths to prevent people from casting ballets or outright stolen votes and sometimes entire elections.

      Perfect for students who want to know more about voting rights, this nonfiction book contains an extensive view of suffrage from the Founding Fathers to the 19th Amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to today’s voter suppression controversies, and explains the barriers people of color, Indigenous people, and immigrants face.

      Bear Goes Sugaring

      by Maxwell Eaton III

      Mar 2020

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Did you know that it takes forty gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup? “How many pancakes can I eat with that gallon?” wonders Dog.

      Every step of the process of making maple syrup is covered in this sweet (but never saccharine) informational picture book by Maxwell Eaton III, the creator of the popular “Truth About” series. It begins with Bear assembling the tools she’ll need for the project, continues with a discussion of the types of maples found in the area and why sugar maples are best for tapping, then on to drilling, tapping, evaporation and at the end of the process, real maple syrup and best of all, PANCAKES! Along the way there are hilarious asides from increasingly ravenous Dog and Squirrel, making this a book as funny as it is informative.

      Author’s note. Further reading. Full-color illustrations.

      Beetle Battles: One Scientist's Journey of Adventure and Discovery

      by Douglas J. Emlen

      Mar 2020

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      Doug Emlen is a scientist. He studies beetles. Specifically, he studies the evolution of beetle weapons—how their horns and armor change to better suit them in different environments.

      This book starts with a mystery: Doug wanted to know why a particular type of beetle developed a massive evolutionary weapon. He wanted to know how these changes happened and what advantages these enormous weapons gave the tiny dung beetles. So, he went to visit.

      Part travel diary and part scientific exploration, Beetle Battles takes you deep into the South American rainforest to monitor beetles in their own habitat.

      Epilogue. Resources. Index. Full-color photographs, maps, diagrams, and illustrations.

      Under the Broken Sky

      by Mariko Nagai

      Mar 2020

      PG Middle Plus

      Twelve-year-old Natsu and her family live a quiet farm life in Manchuria, near the border of the Soviet Union. But the life they’ve known begins to unravel when her father is recruited to the Japanese army, and Natsu and her little sister, Cricket, are left orphaned and destitute. In a desperate move to keep her sister alive, Natsu sells Cricket to a Russian family following the 1945 Soviet occupation. The journey to redemption for Natsu's broken family is rife with struggles, but Natsu is tenacious and will stop at nothing to get her little sister back.

      Literary and historically insightful, this is one of the great untold stories of WWII. Much like the Newbery Honor book Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, Under the Broken Sky is powerful, poignant, and ultimately hopeful.

      Afterword. Black-and-white photograph.

      Catching a Russian Spy: Agent Les Wiser Jr. and the Case of Aldrich Ames: FBI Files

      by Bryan Denson

      Mar 2020

      High-Interest Nonfiction Middle Plus

      Aldrich H. "Rick" Ames was a thirty-one-year veteran of the CIA. He was also a Russian spy. By the time Ames was arrested in 1994, he had betrayed the identities of dozens and caused the deaths of ten agents. The notorious KGB (and later the Russian intelligence service, SVR) paid him millions of dollars.

      Agent Leslie G. “Les” Wiser Jr. ran the FBI's Nightmover investigation tasked with uncovering a mole in the CIA. The team worked night and day to collect evidence—sneaking into Ames's home, hiding a homing beacon in his Jaguar, and installing a video camera above his desk. But the spy kept one step ahead, even after agents followed him to Bogota, Colombia. In a crazy twist, the FBI would score its biggest clue from inside Ames's garbage can.

      Key characters. Epilogue with photographs. Author’s note. “The Wall of Honor.” Time line of Aldrich Ames’s life. Map. Glossary. Sources. Index.

      Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises

      by Jodie Adams Kirshner

      Mar 2020

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      Bankruptcy and the austerity it represents have become a common "solution" for struggling American cities. What do the spending cuts and limited resources do to the lives of city residents? In Broke, Jodie Adams Kirshner follows seven Detroiters as they navigate life during and after their city's bankruptcy. Reggie loses his savings trying to make a habitable home for his family. Cindy fights drug use, prostitution, and dumping on her block. Lola commutes two hours a day to her suburban job. For them, financial issues are mired within the larger ramifications of poor urban policies, restorative negligence on the state and federal level and—even before the decision to declare Detroit bankrupt in 2013—the root causes of a city’s fiscal demise.

      Like Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, Broke looks at what municipal distress means, not just on paper but in practical—and personal—terms. More than 35 percent of Detroit’s 700,000 residents fall below the poverty line. Post-bankruptcy, they struggle with a broken real estate market, school system, and job market—and their lives have not improved.

      Detroit is emblematic. Kirshner makes a powerful argument that cities—the economic engine of America—are never quite given the aid that they need by either the state or federal government for their residents to survive, not to mention flourish. Success for all America’s citizens depends on equity of opportunity.

      Foreword by Michael Eric Dyson. Cast of characters. Author’s note. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs.
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