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      Just in Case You Want to Fly

      by Julie Fogliano

      Dec 2019

      Pre-Kindergarten Plus

      Just in case you want to fly
      here's some wind
      and here's the sky
      here's a feather
      here's up high
      and here's a wing from a butterfly.


      This tender, contemplative picture book is about growing up. It's about parents giving their children the gifts, no matter how quiet or small, to succeed and to navigate the world on their own. And it's about the connection that binds a parent and child...because no matter how far they fly or who they become, they will always have home.

      Full-color illustrations were created with paint and collage.

      Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe

      by Josh Allen

      Dec 2019

      High Interest Middle Plus

      The everyday world is full of sinister secrets, and these page-turning stories show that there’s darkness even where you least expect it. Readers will sleep with one eye open…

      Get ready for a collection of thirteen short stories that will chill your bones, tingle your spine, and scare your pants off. Debut author Josh Allen masterfully concocts horror in the most innocent places, like R.L. Stine meets a modern Edgar Allan Poe. A stray kitten turns into a threatening follower. The street sign down the block starts taunting you. Even your own shadow is out to get you! Spooky things love hiding in plain sight. Thirteen eerie full-page illustrations by award-winning artist Sarah J. Coleman accompany the tales in this frightful mashup that reads like a contemporary Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

      Black-and-white illustrations created with pencil, pen, and ink.

      Rafi and Rosi Music!

      by Lulu Delacre

      Dec 2019

      Easy Reading Plus

      In this new book in the popular Dive Into Reading: Rafi and Rosi chapter book series, Rafi and his younger sister, Rosi, are excited to learn about and participate in the traditional forms of music of their native Puerto Rico. They drum and dance to the rolling and rippling beats of bomba instruments. They sing and sway with the rhythms of plena songs. And they attend a party where they eat paella and warm corn fritters, and dance to the hot, spicy beat of la salsa!

      Engaging and informative, the book is perfect for independent readers in kindergarten through second grade. Children will enjoy joining Rafi and Rosi on their new adventures while they learn about Puerto Rico's musical traditions and culture.

      Sources. Glossary. Further information on bomba, salsa, and plena music. How to make a güiro. Full-color illustrations rendered in watercolor and colored pencil.

      Light It Up

      by Kekla Magoon

      Dec 2019

      City High School

      A girl walks home from school. She's tall for her age. She's wearing her winter coat. Her headphones are in. She's hurrying.

      She never makes it home.

      In the aftermath, while law enforcement tries to justify the response, one fact remains: a police officer has shot and killed an unarmed thirteen-year-old girl. The community is thrown into upheaval, leading to unrest, a growing movement to protest the senseless taking of black lives, and the arrival of white supremacist counter demonstrators. Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength.

      The Tornado

      by Jake Burt

      Dec 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Bell Kirby is an expert at systems, whether he’s designing the world’s most elaborate habitat for his pet chinchilla, recreating Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest inventions in his garage, or avoiding Parker Hellickson, the most diabolical bully Village Green Elementary has ever seen. Since third grade, Parker has tormented Bell, who’s spent two long years devising a finely tuned system that keeps him out of Parker’s way. Sure, it means that Bell can’t get a drink when he wants to, can’t play with his best friend on the playground, and can’t tell his parents about his day, but at least he’s safe.

      Until Daelynn Gower touches down in his classroom like a tornado. Bell’s not sure why the new girl, with her rainbow hair, wild clothes, and strange habits, is drawn to him, but he knows one thing—she means trouble. It’s bad enough that she disrupts Bell’s secret system, but when Daelynn becomes the bully’s new target, Bell is forced to make an impossible decision: Finally stand up to Parker—or join him.

      Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares

      by Aarti Namdev Shahani

      Dec 2019

      Biography High Plus

      Who really belongs in America? That question has chased every newcomer and many native-born since the founding of the republic. In this heart-wrenching, vulnerable, and witty memoir, journalist Aarti Shahani digs deep inside herself and her family for an answer—one that she finds in an unlikely place.

      The Shahanis came to Queens—from India, by way of Casablanca—in the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few years, and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they'd made it. This memoir is the story of how they did, and didn't. Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares follows the lives of Aarti, the precocious scholarship kid at one of Manhattan's most elite prep schools, and her dad, the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali drug cartel. Together, the two represent the extremes that coexist in our country, even within a single family, and a truth about immigrants that gets lost in the headlines. It isn’t a matter of good or evil; it's complicated.

      The 117-Story Treehouse

      by Andy Griffiths

      Dec 2019

      Humor Elementary Plus

      Andy and Terry live in a 117-story treehouse. Or, at least they WILL live in a 117-story treehouse once they finish building all 13 new levels!

      The upgrades to the treehouse are still under construction and therefore super-duper top secret, but The 117-Story Treehouse is sure to be the zaniest adventure yet from New York Times–bestselling dynamic duo Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      Earth: By the Numbers

      by Steve Jenkins

      Dec 2019

      Independent Readers

      Through infographics, illustrations, facts, and figures, readers will learn about the complex and wonderful place we call home, Earth.
      Discover some of the most fascinating aspects of our planet through astonishing numbers: the stretch of time from Earth's formation to the present, the misleading way the surface area of a continent can appear on a map, the angle of Earth's axis that creates the seasons, what percentage of Earth's land is covered in deserts or forests or cities, and so much more.
      With his signature style, Steve Jenkins explores the most fascinating fields of natural science.

      Glossary. Bibliography. Full-color maps, graphics, and cut- and torn-paper collage illustrations.

      The Brain Is Kind of a Big Deal

      by Nick Seluk

      Dec 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Have you ever thought about everything your brain does for you? It is always working to keep you alive and safe. (Plus it lets you think about funny stuff, too.) So why is the brain such a big deal? Because it makes you YOU, of course!

      This funny and factual picture book from Heart and Brain creator Nick Seluk explains the science behind everything the brain helps you do: keeping your heart beating, telling you when you are sleepy, remembering stuff, and more. The brain is in charge of everything you do, every minute of every day for your entire life. That's kind of a big deal.

      Glossary. “Wild Facts About Animal Brains.” Full-color illustrations.

      Sunny Rolls the Dice

      by Jennifer L. Holm

      Dec 2019

      Graphic Novels Middle Plus

      Too cool for school…or the least groovy girl in the grade?

      Sunny's just made it to middle school…and it's making her life very confusing. All her best friend Deb wants to talk about is fashion, boys, makeup, boys, and being cool. Sunny's not against any of these things, but she also doesn't understand why suddenly everything revolves around them. She's much more comfortable when she's in her basement, playing Dungeons & Dragons with a bunch of new friends. Because when you're swordfighting and spider-slaying, it's hard to worry about whether you look cool or not. Especially when it's your turn to roll the 20-sided die. Trying hard to be cool can make you feel really uncool…and it's much more fun to just have fun.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Caster

      by Elsie Chapman

      Dec 2019

      Current Trends High Plus

      If the magic doesn't kill her, the truth just might.

      Aza Wu knows that real magic is dangerous and illegal. After all, casting killed her sister, Shire. As with all magic, everything comes at a price. For Aza, it feels like everything in her life has some kind of cost attached to it. Her sister had been casting for money to pay off Saint Willow, the gang leader that oversees her sector of Lotusland. If you want to operate a business there, you have to pay your tribute. And now with Shire dead, Aza must step in to save the legacy of Wu Teas, the teahouse that has been in her family for centuries.

      When Aza comes across a secret invitation, she decides she doesn't have much else to lose. She quickly realizes that she's entered herself into an underground casting tournament, and the stakes couldn't be higher. Real magic, real consequences. As she competes, Aza fights for her life against some very strong and devious competitors.

      La formasombras (Shadowshaper)

      by Daniel José Older

      Dec 2019

      Spanish Middle

      Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging with her friends. But then a corpse crashes their first party. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing nonstop. And when the murals in her neighborhood start to weep tears… Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

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