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  • Fiona, It's Bedtime: A Padded Board Book

    Richard Cowdrey

    Board book (Zonderkidz, April 6, 2021)
    It’s time to go to bed, but Fiona can’t fall asleep! Help your favorite hippo say good night to all her animal friends at the zoo before she snuggles up with her mama and settles in for a warm and safe slumber.A follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Fiona the Hippo and A Very Fiona Christmas, Fiona, It’s Bedtime is the first sleepy time padded board book starring the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.This board book edition is great for little hands that love to explore, and includes:Art by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey (Fiona the Hippo, Bad Dog, Marley)A padded soft-touch cover that shimmers and shines with foil and glossFiona, It’s Bedtime is the perfect gift for Fiona enthusiasts, fans of Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book, and any animal lover who’s ready for a story that’s a little bit sweet, a little bit cuddly, and a little bit different than other read-aloud bedtime board books.
  • Ultimate Earth: Dinosaurs

    Miranda Baker, Amanda Shufflebotham

    Hardcover (360 Degrees, April 6, 2021)
    Ultimate Earth: Dinosaurs introduces readers to some of the most amazing prehistoric creatures that ever roamed the planet!Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. This book brings readers face-to-face with the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, Stegosaurus, Argentinosaurus, Ornithomimus, and many others and explores what scientists think they looked like, what they ate, and more. Features fun facts and flaps to lift throughout.
  • Call Down the Hawk

    Maggie Stiefvater

    Paperback (Scholastic Inc., April 6, 2021)
    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Boys, a mesmerizing story of dreams and desires, death and destiny.The dreamers walk among us . . . and so do the dreamed. Those who dream cannot stop dreaming -- they can only try to control it. Those who are dreamed cannot have their own lives -- they will sleep forever if their dreamers die.And then there are those who are drawn to the dreamers. To use them. To trap them. To kill them before their dreams destroy us all.Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed . . .
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  • The Prettiest

    Brigit Young

    Paperback (Square Fish, April 13, 2021)
    A must-read for young feminists, The Prettiest is an incisive, empowering novel by Brigit Young about fighting back against sexism and objectification.THE PRETTIEST: It’s the last thing Eve Hoffmann expected to be, the only thing Sophie Kane wants to be, and something Nessa Flores-Brady knows she’ll never be . . . until a list appears online, ranking the top fifty prettiest girls in the eighth grade.Eve is disgusted by the way her body is suddenly being objectified by everyone around her.Sophie is sick of the bullying she’s endured after being relegated to number two.And Nessa is tired of everyone else trying to tell her who she is. It’s time for a takedown. As the three girls band together, they begin to stand up not just for themselves, but for one another, too.
  • Where the Road Leads Us

    Robin Reul

    Paperback (Sourcebooks Fire, April 6, 2021)
    From Robin Reul, the author of My Kind of Crazy, comes an uplifting YA contemporary about two teens on an unexpected journey to forge their own paths.Jack knows what he wants: to be valedictorian, to go to NYU like his father did, to become a doctor. But when his dad unexpectedly dies, all of Jack's wants suddenly feel like someone else's. With the start of college on the horizon, Jack makes a spontaneous decision to go to San Francisco to hunt down his estranged brother and try to heal their fractured relationship before it's too late.Hallie doesn't want much of anything, except to visit her friend Owen. Like Hallie, Owen has been battling cancer, but his is terminal and he's currently planning his assisted suicide. Hallie has mere days to travel to Washington so she can say goodbye in person.Jack and Hallie had a class together years ago, but haven't seen each other since. But fate puts them into the same rideshare to the bus terminal, setting off a whirlwind and hysterical road trip that may lead them to their own true selves...and maybe to each other.A great choice for readers who want:Books for teen boysTeen realistic fiction books that are heartwarming and funnyGifts for recent graduatesStories about anxiety for teensAlso by Robin Reul:My Kind of CrazyPraise for My Kind of Crazy:"Funny, authentic, and, at turns, heartbreaking."―Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know by Heart"The perfect novel. From flawed, yet lovable, characters, to Hank's fresh voice, to a storyline so well plotted the ending is entirely satisfying, the book draws readers right in and doesn't let go."―San Francisco Book Review"In this debut novel, Reul crafts a romantic hero who is valiant, sensitive, self-deprecating, and a little confused about which girl he wants to date...The road to romance between Hank and Peyton may be bumpy for them, but readers should find it entirely enjoyable."―Publishers Weekly"The characters, even the supporting ones, avoid stereotype, and their dialogue is authentic and interesting. Readers will find a bit of themselves in the protagonists' actions and emotions."―VOYA
  • Norroway Book 2: The Queen on the High Mountain

    Cat Seaton, Kit Seaton

    Paperback (Image Comics, April 20, 2021)
    Happiness is an illusion when unfinished business awaits. Seven years have passed since the disastrous events of BOOK 1, and now it's time for Sibylla to face her curse-breaking destiny. When Troll Kingdom soldiers arrive in the once-safe town of Fiskeby, she's forced to flee up the Glass Mountain. But the moment she steps foot on Troll lands, she's thrown into a jail cell, where she discovers her amnesiac ex-fiancé is set to wed the Troll Queen's daughter. Using all of her wits, she must convince the princess to turn against her own mother, or else face execution on the day of the wedding-and doom the kingdom to remain cursed forever.
  • The Collective

    Lindsey Whitlock

    Paperback (Pushkin Children's Books, April 6, 2021)
    A dramatic coming-of-age novel about a boy's divided loyalty: can Elwyn resist the pull of tradition as well as the allure of the new to forge his own path?As spring comes to Badfish Creek, the natural world bursts with life and excitement. But Elwyn is dreaming of a different change, of a place far away that he hasn't yet seen. Lured by urban life and all it has to offer - education, progress and opportunity - he doesn't think twice when his uncle invites him to stay in Liberty, a dazzling city he longs to call home.Yet soon Elwyn realizes that all that glitters is not gold: there is a sinister side to Liberty that he can't ignore, which threatens to erase his old way of life completely. With past and present pitted against one another, the path to Elwyn's future is cast in doubt - for change always comes at a price.
  • What Beauty There Is

    Cory Anderson

    eBook (Roaring Brook Press, April 6, 2021)
    What Beauty There Is is Cory Anderson's stunning YA novel about brutality and beauty, and about broken people trying to survive—perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Laura Ruby, and Meg Rosoff.To understand the truth, you have to start at the beginning.Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.Living in harsh poverty, Jack Morton is holding his breath. He and his younger brother have nothing—except each other. And now Jack faces a stark choice: lose his brother to foster care or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.He chooses the money. Ava Bardem lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one. Now Victor Bardem is stalking the same money as Jack. When he picks up on Jack’s trail, Ava must make her own wrenching choice: remain silent or speak, and help the brothers survive.Choices. They come at a price.
  • A Neighborhood Walk, A Musical Journey

    Pilar Winter Hill, Olivia Duchess

    Hardcover (Albert Whitman & Company, April 1, 2021)
    One bright city morning, Penelope and her mom make their way to the farmer's market. On street corners and train platforms, musicians and performers enchant Penelope, speaking to her through their floating, booming notes. The noise of the city keeps the pair moving―until Penelope hears a sound so magical she knows she has to play the instrument that makes it.
  • The Silence of Bones

    June Hur

    Paperback (Square Fish, April 20, 2021)
    June Hur's elegant and haunting debut The Silence of Bones is a bloody YA historical mystery tale perfect for fans of Kerri Maniscalco and Renée Ahdieh.I have a mouth, but I mustn't speak;Ears, but I mustn't hear;Eyes, but I mustn't see.1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.As they delve deeper into the dead woman's secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.Praise for The Silence of Bones:ABA Indies Introduce Selection"At once haunting and evocative, June Hur's The Silence of Bones is a gorgeous, tightly-woven debut. Prepare to delve deep into the lush and dangerous world of Korea in the 1800's for a page-turner you won't soon forget." ―Hafsah Faizal, New York Times-bestselling author of We Hunt the Flame"This gripping drama is definitely one you're not going to want to miss." ―Buzzfeed
  • Nightingale

    Deva Fagan

    Hardcover (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, April 20, 2021)
    A plucky orphan girl stumbles into a conflict centuries in the making in this thrilling middle grade fantasy about unexpected heroes, the power of friendship, and one boisterous enchanted sword.Twelve-year-old Lark is determined to escape her squalid life at Miss Starvenger’s boarding house, but she needs to find the coin to do it. Her grand scheme? To steal her fortune from the Royal Museum. Unfortunately, her heist goes off the rails, and Lark ends up stealing a magical sword right out from under the nose of Prince Jasper, who’s none too happy to have his plans thwarted. Lark soon discovers that the Sword has a mind of its own, and has chosen her to be the next Nightingale, a fabled hero who must vanquish an ancient evil that is waking after centuries of sleep. Working alone has its limitations, but relying on others after a lifetime of disappointments feels impossible. Still, Lark will need the help of her boarding house roommates if she wants to defeat the villainous forces that threaten to dismantle everything she holds dear.
  • Rebel in the Library of Ever

    Zeno Alexander

    Paperback (Square Fish, April 27, 2021)
    Rebel in the Library of Ever continues Zeno Alexander’s acclaimed middle-grade fantasy series with a dangerous takeover of the magical Library as our heroine fights to make knowledge free for everyone.Lenora returns to the magical Library―which holds every book ever known on its shelves. But she discovers the Library is under new management, its incredible rooms and corridors turned dark and sinister.She quickly connects with a secret resistance that’s trying to free knowledge from the shadows threatening it. Her new friends introduce her to an ancient lost city, hang-gliding, and mathematical beings larger than the universe itself. And they help her face the mysterious Board of new leaders―who are leading the Library into darkness.Now it’s up to Lenora to prove that knowledge is always more powerful than ignorance and fear.An Imprint Book“Further proof that librarians are mighty in all universes.” ―Kirkus ReviewsPraise for The Library of Ever:“Zeno Alexander's The Library of Ever reads like someone mixed Neil Gaiman with Chris Grabenstein, then threw in an extra dash of charm. Reading it is like getting lost in an entire library full of books, and never wanting to leave!”―James Riley, New York Times bestselling author of the Story Thieves series“Full of whimsy and pluck, The Library of Ever is a total delight!”―Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author