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  • Minecraft: The Voyage: An Official Minecraft Novel

    Jason Fry

    Hardcover (Del Rey, May 5, 2020)
    Join a daring expedition into strange new lands with this official Minecraft novel! When a young man is ripped from his quiet life and stranded far from home, he must learn not only how to survive, but how to live. Stax Stonecutter has lived a peaceful—if unremarkable—life in his small town in the Overworld. The son of great adventurers and wise builders, Stax prefers an easier life. He loves to tend to his gardens and play with his cats all day, rather than venturing out to explore the surrounding lands. It’s quiet on his estate, even lonely sometimes, but it suits Stax well enough.His solitude is shattered when a mysterious stranger arrives with a band of merciless raiders. In one terrible night, Stax’s old life is taken from him, and he is left stranded in the middle of nowhere, angry and alone. He’s never left home, and now he knows why: everything beyond the boundaries of his little town is scary and dangerous! But as he begins his long journey back, Stax encounters fascinating travelers who show him that there’s more to the Overworld than marauding pirates and frightening mobs; there are beautiful lands to explore, fantastical contraptions to build, and new friends to meet. It may have taken losing everything he once knew, but on his adventure Stax finds something more valuable than all the diamonds in the Overworld: a whole wonderful world that’s just waiting to be explored.
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  • 5 Worlds Book 4: The Amber Anthem

    Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, Boya Sun

    Paperback (Random House Books for Young Readers, May 12, 2020)
    Think Star Wars meets Avatar: The Last Airbender! Kazu Kibuishi (AMULET) says this graphic novel adventure is "a magical journey, as fun as it is beautiful!"In book 4, Oona Lee arrives on Salassandra determined to light the yellow beacon and continue her quest to save the Five Worlds from the evil Mimic's influence. But the beacon is encased in amber! An ancient clue says that Oona and her friends must seek out the Amber Anthem to succeed. Meanwhile, Stan Moon sends an evil Jax robot to assassinate Oona and hunts down An Tzu himself. Turns out, as An Tzu fades away from his Vanishing Illness, he's becoming someone else--someone who could tip the scales in the battle for the Five Worlds!
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  • Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story

    Nora Raleigh Baskin

    Paperback (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, May 16, 2017)
    From the critically acclaimed author of Anything But Typical comes a “tense…and thought-provoking” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) look at the days leading up to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and how that day impacted the lives of four middle schoolers.Ask anyone: September 11, 2001, was serene and lovely, a perfect day—until a plane struck the World Trade Center. But right now it is a few days earlier, and four kids in different parts of the country are going about their lives. Sergio, who lives in Brooklyn, is struggling to come to terms with the absentee father he hates and the grandmother he loves. Will’s father is gone, too, killed in a car accident that has left the family reeling. Naheed has never before felt uncomfortable about being Muslim, but at her new school she’s getting funny looks because of the head scarf she wears. Aimee is starting a new school in a new city and missing her mom, who has to fly to New York on business. These four don’t know one another, but their lives are about to intersect in ways they never could have imagined. Award-winning author Nora Raleigh Baskin weaves together their stories into an unforgettable novel about that seemingly perfect September day—the day our world changed forever.
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  • Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

    Chris Grabenstein

    Paperback (Yearling, April 25, 2017)
    Get ready for Mr. Lemoncello's first-ever Library Olympics and discover what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world” in this action-packed sequel to the award-winning, bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by the much-loved coauthor of Max Einstein! The world-famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello is at it again! This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first-ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. The competition is fierce! But something suspicious is going on . . . books are missing from Mr. Lemoncello's library. Is someone trying to censor what the kids are reading?! Now it's not just a game—can Mr. Lemoncello find the real champions of libraries? In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, Kyle and the others will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery. Let the games begin!Don't miss the bonus content in the back of the book, including a template to make your OWN decoder wheel! And look for the puzzle-packed sequels—Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race, Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game, and Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket!*“A worthy successor to . . . Willy Wonka.” —Booklist, starred review (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library)Praise for Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics*An ILA/CBC Children's Choice “Lots of action and quirky humor.” —The Washington Post“This action-packed sequel is sure to delight.” —Booklist “Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike.” —Kirkus Reviews
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  • Love, Mom and Me: A Mother and Daughter Keepsake Journal

    Katie Clemons

    Paperback (Sourcebooks Explore, March 1, 2019)
    A must-have shared mother-daughter journal for the pair who are seeking a thoughtful, creative way to connect with one another. With thoughtful prompts, coloring pages, challenges, and free creative space, Love, Mom and Me is the perfect love-filled Mother's Day gift!This engaging prompt journal is the perfect tool to build mother-daughter relationships. Kids can record memories, swap stories, compare perspectives, and explore common and unique interests with their moms! Interactive lists and letters back and forth invite both mom and daughter to reflect, write, and doodle about topics timely to their lives as kids, build self-confidence, and improve their penmanship.With Love, Mom and Me, together you and your child will: Answer Thought Provoking Questions: What are your thoughts on kindness? What would we do if we had the whole day together with no work of chores? Record Memories: One of my favorite traditions is; our favorite thing about the season is... Compare Perspectives: What were you like when you were my age? Do you ever feel pressured or uncomfortable about anything online? From mother to daughter and back, let's share our dreams, our favorite traditions, and our most cherished moments. And while we're writing, drawing, and collecting our stories, we'll make new memories. Together. This is the story of You & Me and it all begins here...The perfect daughter gift to give to moms this Mother's Day!
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  • Spectrum Reading Workbook, Grade 4

    Spectrum

    Paperback (Spectrum, )
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  • Love, Dad and Me: A Father and Daughter Keepsake Journal

    Katie Clemons

    Paperback (Sourcebooks Explore, May 7, 2019)
    A one-of-a-kind journal for the father & daughter who crave a rule-free, creative way to connect with each other. This engaging prompt journal is the perfect tool to build father-daughter relationships. Kids can record memories, swap stories, compare perspectives, and explore common and unique interests with their dads! Interactive lists and letters back and forth invite both dad and daughter to reflect, write, and doodle about topics timely to their lives as kids, build self-confidence, and improve their penmanship.
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  • Warriors #1: Into the Wild

    Erin Hunter, Dave Stevenson

    Paperback (HarperCollins, March 17, 2015)
    Epic adventures. Fierce warrior cats. A thrilling fantasy world. It all begins here. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 4 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom. Read the book that began a phenomenon—and join the legion of fans who have made Erin Hunter’s Warriors series a #1 national bestseller.For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their ancestors. But the warrior code has been threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying—and some deaths are more mysterious than others.In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty… who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.
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  • A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader

    Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick

    Hardcover (Enchanted Lion Books, Dec. 14, 2018)
    A Brain Pickings Best Children's Book of the Year "An embarrassment of riches." —The New York Times In these pages, some of today's most wonderful culture-makers—writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers—reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist's visual response. Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy's first woman in space. Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman. This project is woven entirely of goodwill, generosity of spirit, and a shared love of books. Everyone involved has donated their time, and all profits will go to the New York Public Library systems. This stunning 272-page hardcover volume features a lay-flat binding to allow for greater ease of reading.
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  • Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game

    Chris Grabenstein

    Paperback (Yearling, May 12, 2020)
    It's the biggest livestream event ever--Mr. Lemoncello is going live with his first-ever televised BREAKOUT game!Discover what James Patterson calls "the coolest library in the world" in the fourth fun-filled, action-packed adventure in the bestselling series from the much-loved coauthor of Max Einstein and I Funny!Greetings, boys and girls, gamers of all ages--are you ready to play Mr. Lemoncello's BIGGEST, most dazzling game yet? After months of anticipation, Mr. Lemoncello is taking his games out of the library and going LIVE across the nation on the world-famous Kidzapalooza Television Network! Everyone's invited to audition, but only a lucky few will compete in front of millions of viewers in a completely immersive live-action breakout game--with real kids as the playing pieces!Each of the winning teams must make it through five different rooms by solving a puzzle to unlock each room and BREAK OUT! But nothing is ever as it seems with Mr. Lemoncello, and the surprises in store just might stump even the game master himself. The clock is ticking! Can Kyle and his friends crack the codes in time to win Mr. Lemoncello's ultimate game show?Don't miss bonus content in the back of the book--including a sneak peek at the next Mr. Lemoncello, Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket!* "A worthy successor to . . . Willy Wonka." --Booklist, starred review (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library)
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  • Diary of a Wimpey Kid: Roderick Rules

    Kinney

    Paperback (Puffin Books, Jan. 5, 2009)
    It's a brand-new year and a brand-new journal and Greg is keen to put the humiliating (and secret!) events of last summer firmly behind him. But someone knows everything - someone whose job it is to most definitely not keep anything embarrassing of Greg's private - his big brother, Rodrick. How can Greg make it through this new school year with his cool(ish) reputation intact?
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  • Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Search

    Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko, Gene Luen Yang, Dave Marshall, Gurihiru

    Hardcover (Dark Horse Books, Feb. 18, 2014)
    The biggest mystery of Avatar—the fate of Fire Lord Zuko’s mother—is revealed in this remarkable oversized hardcover collecting parts 1–3 of The Search, from Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko! Featuring annotations by Eisner Award–winning writer Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and artistic team Gurihiru (Thorand the Warriors Four), and a brand-new sketchbook, this is a story that Avatar fans need in an edition they will love! * The official continuation of Airbender from its creators and best-selling writer Gene Luen Yang! * Collecting The Search Parts 1–3, with tons of extras!“A wonderful reintroduction to the world of Aang and his merry band of benders.”—Nerdist
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