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  • My Pet Human Takes Center Stage

    Yasmine Surovec

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Cartoonist Yasmine Surovec's adorable My Pet Human series continues at school, where cat Oliver and his human Freckles star in the pet club's talent show. Freckles is new at her elementary school, and Oliver wants to be sure she finds her niche. So when she joins the pet club and gets roped into putting on a talent show to raise money for the local animal shelter, Oliver has no choice but to help out. What he doesn't bargain for is that Freckles takes in a foster kitten! Turns out, while Oliver values his independence, he's not so eager to give up being center stage.My Pet Human Takes Center Stage is a quirky novel about jealously and friendship, perfect for readers who love cats and stories with animal protagonists. "Readers will empathize with both Freckles and Oliver in this sweet story perfect for new readers and animal lovers. . . . A recommended purchase for most chapter book collections. Hand to readers who love animal tales." ―School Library Journal
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  • Geeked Out: A Lame New World

    Obert Skye

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Humor and adventure abound in Book 1 of this post-apocalyptic middle-grade diary fiction odyssey from Obert Skye.Waddle Jr. High has become a dystopian outpost with divided cliques―Pepville, Jockstown, Staffland, and even Geekdom. Society may be in danger but middle school must go on. Enter geeky Tip and all his friends: easy-to-blush Owen, coding master Xennipher, and brilliant, dependable Mindy, who've all had enough of being bullied and decide to take a stand. Together, they form a secret vigilante group: the League of Average Mediocre Entities, better known as LAME. With everything that’s going on in the world, their school could use a few heroes. And what if those heroes were geeked-up superheroes? Get ready. Better yet, get LAME! Geeked Out: A Lame New World is the first in an irrepressible spoof series full of the same clever humor and hilarious cartoon illustrations as the Creature From My Closet series, but for a slightly older middle-grade audience. This title has Common Core connections.Christy Ottaviano BooksPraise for Geeked Out: "Dystopia meets Wimpy Kid in this this mash-up. . . Hand Skye’s latest to the crowd that appreciates Janet Tashjian’s My Life As A . . . series, or any kid who craves comic-style illustrations and slapstick, laugh-out-loud humor." ―School Library Journal
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  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club

    Phillip Hoose

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    A Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor WinnerAt the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys' exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, The Boys Who Challenged Hitler is National Book Award winner Phillip Hoose's inspiring story of these young war heroes.This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.
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  • Velu Thampi

    Anant Pai

    language (Amar Chitra Katha, Jan. 1, 2022)
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  • Invisible Allies: Microbes That Shape Our Lives

    Jeanette Farrell

    eBook (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Jan. 1, 2022)
    Mmm-mmm, microbes!Although we are accustomed to equating the presence of microbes with disease, in fact most microbes play a vital "friendly" role in shaping our lives. It is not just that one hundred million microbes can populate a thimbleful of fertile soil, or that many millions live happily in as much of our saliva. Microbes are everywhere, and we could not survive without them. In this updated second edition of her acclaimed book, Jeanette Farrell considers the invisible bugs essential to an everyday event: the eating of a light lunch consisting of a cheese sandwich and a chocolate bar. Microbes create such a lunch, digest it, and, through the alchemy of decomposition, transform it so that the cycle can start all over again. In the course of her eye-opening narrative, Dr. Farrell relates the historical significance of using microbes to preserve foods, our long-standing ambivalence about the microbes that live on and in us, and our growing understanding of their importance.Interspersed with fascinating anecdotes and illustrations, Invisible Allies will transform the reader's perception of the microcosmic world—around and inside us.Winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize for Excellence in Science BooksHorn Book Fanfare Best Books ListYALSA Best Books for Young AdultsA Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book
  • Warrior Genius

    Michael Dante DiMartino

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    In this middle-grade sequel to Rebel Genius, author Michael Dante DiMartino delivers rich settings, memorable characters, and edge-of-your-seat action, just as he did in his hit animated show Avatar: The Last Airbender. Fans will be thrilled with this new adventure!For years, Supreme Creator Nerezza has used fear and violence to rule her empire, seeking to eradicate anyone with a Genius. Then, twelve-year-old Giacomo emerged from hiding and joined a young generation of fellow artists paired with Geniuses. Together, they began a rebellion against her.Now, Giacomo has something Nerezza desperately wants―the Compass, one of three powerful objects known as the Sacred Tools. Possessing all three would allow Nerezza to spread her tyranny worldwide.After a near-fatal showdown, Giacomo and his friends escape to the empire of Rachana, a society long feared for its mighty warriors and their horse-Geniuses. But a dark and ancient force threatens the horse-Geniuses with extinction, and Giacomo discovers he is the only one who can stop it.With the help of his Genius and great friends, Giacomo struggles to keep the Sacred Tools from falling into the wrong hands and find a way to protect the Rachanan people―before Nerezza finds him.Praise for Warrior Genius:“Easy reading with a detailed magical system involving the arts and sacred geometry―an excellent spark to learning more about both in the real world.” ―Kirkus Reviews“An action-packed denouement and a shocking cliffhanger make this sequel a must-have for collections.” ―School Library Journal
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  • Suzette Makes A Crepe

    Florence Wetterwald

    eBook (Random House Books for Young Readers, Jan. 11, 2022)
    A simple, sweet, irresistible board book featuring the beloved Blabla dolls!Inspired by a beautiful full moon, Suzette the fox decides to make something that looks just like it...a crepe! Little children will be eager to pull up a chair to this endearing story--featuring photographic images--and dive into Suzette's kitchen.Also look for:Peekaboo, PierreSardine Goes FishingBlabla was created in 2001 by Susan Pritchett and Florence Wetterwald, two good friends with the same philosophy of life and beauty.​ ​While visiting Peru,​ they ​came across entire villages of ​expert ​knitters,​ whose communities ​had been keeping the tradition alive for generations.​ ​Inspired by their ​talent and ​touched by their ​gentle ​spirit,​ Susan and Florence decided to start their own company of knitted products for children​.​ ​They have​ ​now​ ​been collaborating with the same artisans for​ ​over a decade.​​​With a commitment to fair trade and environmental awareness, Blabla's mission is to continue to inspire joy and laughter.​
  • Circle of Jinn

    Lori Goldstein

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Being Jinn is Azra's new reality. As she grants wishes under the watchful eye of the Afrit council, she remains torn between her two worlds―human and Jinn. Soon secrets spill, and rumors of an uprising become real as the Afrit's reach extends beyond the underground world of Janna. Straddling the line becomes impossible. Aware of her unique abilities, Azra must not just face but embrace her destiny. But when the role she must play and those she must protect expand to include a circle of Jinn greater than her own, Azra will be forced to risk everything. A risk that means there's everything to lose, and at the same time, everything to gain―for herself and her entire Jinn race. In this dramatic sequel to Lori Goldstein's Becoming Jinn, Azra's story comes to a heartfelt and thrilling conclusion.
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  • Finding Fortune

    Delia Ray

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Running away from home isn't as easy as Ren thinks it will be. At least she isn't running very far-just a few miles to the ghost town of Fortune . . . or Mis-Fortune as everyone else calls it. Mis-Fortune on the Mississippi. Supposedly, there's an abandoned school on the outskirts with cheap rooms for rent. Ren knows her plan sounds crazy. But with only a few more weeks until Dad comes home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, she also knows she has to do something drastic so Mom will come to her senses and stop seeing that creep Rick Littleton for good. From the moment she enters the school's shadowy halls, Ren finds herself drawn into its secrets. Every night old Mrs. Baxter, the landlady, wanders the building on a mysterious quest. What could she be up to? And can Mrs. Baxter's outlandish plan to transform the gym into a pearl-button museum ever succeed? With a quirky new friend named Hugh at her side, Ren sets out to solve the mystery that could save Fortune from fading away. But what about her family's future? Can that be saved too?
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  • Don't Forget Me: A Novel

    Victoria Stevens

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Love and loss coexist in this memorable young adult debut about a girl who moves to a new country to live with a father she's never met and how new friends help her leave the past behind.Seventeen-year-old Hazel Clarke is no stranger to heartbreaks, and being sent to live with a father she’s never met is the latest in a string of them. Even the beauty of eastern Australia isn't enough to take her mind off of her mother, who suffers from early-onset Alzheimer's and is living in a nursing home in England. But when Hazel meets the friendly, kindhearted Red and his elusive twin, Luca, she begins the slow process of piecing together a new life―and realizes she isn't the only one struggling with grief. As friendships deepen and love finds its way in, Hazel also learns that when you truly love someone, they are never really gone. Don't Forget Me is Victoria Stevens's sparkling debut, and a touching testament to coming of age, falling in love, and finding home in unlikely places.“[A] highly emotional yet approachable journey searching for acceptance, friendship, and love. . . A satisfying coming-of-age story." ―School Library Journal“Themes of family, hope, and love permeate the novel as the three teens try to move forward with their lives, never forgetting those who are most important. . . Sweet but never sappy; heartbreaking but always hopeful.” ―Kirkus Reviews
  • Chadwick's Epic Revenge

    Lisa Doan, Natalie Andrewson

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    The victim of endless pranks turns the tables on his nemesis―Chadwick Musselman decides it’s time to get revenge in this hilarious middle-grade school story.Chadwick Musselman has spent years being terrorized by Terry Vance, aka the Nile Crocodile. His luck changes when it appears that Terry has flunked the fifth grade―Chadwick will swagger into sixth grade as a ruler of the school without him. Sadly, Terry has no intention of ending his reign of terror, and Chadwick decides to turn the tables and finally get revenge! In Chadwick's Epic Revenge by Lisa Doan, a battle of wits, pranks, misunderstandings, and embarrassing moments abound in this quirky and uproarious novel.Praise for Chadwick's Epic Revenge: "The underlying message, that it’s better to admit wrongdoing and apologize early, is a mature one; the implicit idea that warring with a bully is futile has a realistic sting as well." ―Publishers Weekly
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  • The Monster's Daughter: Book 2 of the Ministry of SUITs

    Paul Gamble

    Paperback (Square Fish, Jan. 1, 2022)
    Memo: For Ministry of Strange, Unusual, and Impossible Things Operatives OnlyRe: The Monster's Daughter by Paul GambleThere is more trouble in Belfast: odd things are happening at the aquarium, giant crabs are staging jail breaks, and formerly harmless bath bombs are destroying bathrooms left and right.Fortunately, our brave new recruits―Jack, a curious boy skilled at logical thinking, and Trudy, the most dangerous girl in school―are on the case. Armed with the best Ministry training (as long as you don't panic everything will be fine) and full access to Ministry supplies (those that weren't ruined in the recent flood), we are confident that they can discover and foil this villainous plot.Please give them all possible assistance. Oh, and be sure not to share their location, as Jack is still on the run from the Tooth Fairy.
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