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Choosing sides / Karen Meyer.

In 1875, Gilbert Freeman and the nation were deeply divided over the evils of alcohol, sparking the Temperance Movement. When Gilbert runs away from his Ohio farm, he plans to leave his troubles behind. Instead, he stumbles into the middle of the fierce fight against the opening of a saloon in the town of Westerville--


Trolls World Tour : the deluxe junior novelization / adapted by David Lewman.

Trolls World Tour : the deluxe junior novelization / adapted by David Lewman.
Trolls fans ages 8 and up will love this complete hardcover retelling of DreamWorks Trolls World Tour! In the beginning, it's all glitter and happiness in Troll Village until Queen Poppy and Branch make a surprising discovery--there are other Troll worlds beyond their own, each defined by a different genre of music! When a mysterious threat puts all the Trolls across the land in danger, Poppy, Branch, and their band of friends must embark on an epic quest do the impossible: create harmony among the diverse Trolls to unite them against certain doom. - Amazon


Bloom / Kenneth Oppel.

Bloom /  Kenneth Oppel.
The first book in a can't-put-it-down, can't-read-it-fast-enough action-thriller trilogy that's part Hatchet, part Little Shop of Horrors! The invasion begins--but not as you'd expect. It begins with rain. Rain that carries seeds. Seeds that sprout--overnight, everywhere. These new plants take over crop fields, twine up houses, burrow below streets. They bloom--and release toxic pollens. They bloom--and form venus-fly-trap like pods that swallow animals and people. They bloom--everywhere, unstoppable. Or are they? Three kids on a remote island seem immune to the toxic plants. Anaya, Petra, Seth. They each have strange allergies--and yet not to these plants. What's their secret? Can they somehow be the key to fighting back this invasion? They'd better figure it out fast, because it's starting to rain again.... --


The star dunes / Trudi Trueit.

The star dunes /  Trudi Trueit.
Cruz and his fellow recruits tackle challenging missions to dispense life-saving medication to gorillas, thwart pangolin poachers, and capture images of the last known cheetahs in Namibia--all the while discovering that protecting the world's threatened species is a dangerous business. Things turn deadly for Lani, Sailor, Emmett, and Cruz as they search for the fourth piece of Cruz's mom's cipher. Cruz knows it's not going to be easy, but will an unexpected guest bring a disastrous end to the search? In this global game of cat and mouse, one mistake may cost you the ultimate price. -- from publisher.


Trouble with treasure / Courtney Carbone ; illustrated by Melanie Demmer.

Trouble with treasure /  Courtney Carbone ; illustrated by Melanie Demmer.
Finding an old chest hidden in a sea cavern leads Violet and Wally to discover the importance of staying connected to memories.


If we were giants : a novel / by Dave Matthews ; with Clete Barrett Smith ; illustrations by Quentin Regnes.

If we were giants : a novel / by Dave Matthews ; with Clete Barrett Smith ; illustrations by Quentin Regnes.
Kirra, a curious, agile, and outgoing girl, lives in an idyllic community hidden inside a dormant volcano. She and her father are the only two people allowed to venture beyond its walls. Kirra is in training to become a Storyteller like him, and together they travel from village to village spreading fearsome tales designed to keep outsiders away from their secret nest. One day, after hearing rumors of strangers called the Takers, Kirra leaves the volcano by herself, hoping to discover her own story. But she unknowingly leads the Takers back to her doorstep, and they rob her of everything she has ever held dear. A devastated Kirra is found by a boy named Luwan and adopted into his family, which lives among others high in the trees of a dense forest. Now quiet and withdrawn, Kirra hides her dark past from everyone and never wants to leave the safety of her tree dwelling. Luwan, on the other hand, loves to explore. One day it leads to trouble: He is captured while spying on a group of strangers. The Takers have returned. To save the Tree Folk, Kirra must face her inner demons and summon all her storytelling to weave the most important tale of her life. This compelling novel about overcoming loss, embracing community, and living in harmony with nature is highlighted with a full-color insert of concept artwork, making it perfect for family sharing.


Busted by breakfast / by Tom Watson ; illustrated by Marta Kissi.

Busted by breakfast /  by Tom Watson ; illustrated by Marta Kissi.
Simon always has a lot to say. And sometimes he can't stop talking, even in the middle of class. When Simon gets in trouble for jabbering at school, his best friends, Molly and Rosie, think up a plan to keep him from getting grounded at home! It involves cars, suds, and pink plastic flamingos! But will their big plan turn into an even bigger disaster?


There's a dragon in my boot / by Tom Nicoll ; illustrated by Sarah Horne.

There's a dragon in my boot /  by Tom Nicoll ; illustrated by Sarah Horne.
Eric and friends are off on a camping trip - Pan assures them that a Mini-Dragon's skills will be very handy when it comes to lighting a campfire! As it turns out, dragons aren't so hot at putting up tents. Eric and Pan are just getting tangled up when Toby and his dad show up with their state-of-the-art camping gear. Wanting to prove this weekend isn't about fancy gadgets, Eric suggests pitting his dad against Toby's in a series of outdoor challenges. But when Toby starts bending the rules, it's up to Pan to fly to the rescue.--Amazon.com.


We could be heroes / Margaret Finnegan.

We could be heroes /  Margaret Finnegan.
Fourth-graders Maisie and Hank, who has autism, become friends as they devise schemes to save a neighbor's dog, Booler, from being tied to a tree because of his epilepsy.


The secret deep / Lindsay Galvin.

The secret deep /  Lindsay Galvin.
When Aster wakes alone on a tropical island, she has no idea what's happened, why she's there, or where to find her younger sister, Poppy. Her last memories are blurred. All she can remember is being on a boat with her aunt and other members of the ecovillage where she was sent to live after the death of her mother. But Sam, who once met the sisters on a plane, makes links between the mystery of their disappearance and suspicious happenings in his own life. Though Aster can't think clearly, she feels the answers to all her questions may be buried beneath the sea. But nothing can prepare her for the secrets and revelations that she will uncover in her search for her sister. The more Aster searches for Poppy, the stranger things get. There is a secret deep in the water. A secret with the potential to change medical history.


Get a grip, Vivy Cohen! / Sarah Kapit.

Get a grip, Vivy Cohen! /  Sarah Kapit.
Eleven-year-old knuckleball pitcher Vivy Cohen, who has autism, becomes pen pals with her favorite Major League baseball player after writing a letter to him as an assignment for her social skills class.


The wonder of wildflowers / Anna Staniszewski.

The wonder of wildflowers /  Anna Staniszewski.
In Amberland, where natives rely on a dwindling supply of magical fluid and foreigners are unwelcome, ten-year-old Mira juggles her loyalty to her immigrant roots and her desire for acceptance.


Vera Vance, comics star / Claudia Mills ; pictures by Grace Zong.

Vera Vance, comics star /  Claudia Mills ; pictures by Grace Zong.
Third-grader Vera, a budding artist who loves every minute of her after-school comic-book camp, searches for a way to get her mother's permission to attend the camp's final field trip to Comic-Con.


The girl who speaks bear / Sophie Anderson.

The girl who speaks bear /  Sophie Anderson.
Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, and cursed with unusual size and strength, twelve-year-old Yanka the bear has never felt she belonged in the small village where she grew up; the Snow Forest seems to call to her and when she wakes up one day with her legs transformed into bear legs she flees the village, and embarks on a dangerous journey to uncover clues to her mysterious origin and identity. --


Meet Maud the koala / by J. E. Morris.

Meet Maud the koala /  by J. E. Morris.
Maud is a typical young koala -- she likes to have fun at the playground, go to dance class, and practice tae kwon do. But sometimes she feels anxious, and she isn't sure how to handle it! By using her imagination and getting a little help from her friends, Maud discovers ways to face some of the things that at first seem so scary. In Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors, Maud gets nervous waiting at the doctor's office for a checkup, so she looks to the fish tank in the waiting room for comfort. When she has to get a shot, she shuts her eyes and pretends she's a fish! In Much Too Much Birthday, Maud is having a birthday party with all her friends. But when the guests arrive and the party gets packed, she isn't so sure it was such a good idea after all. What will happen if Maud can't bear her own birthday?


Stand up, Yumi Chung! / Jessica Kim.

Stand up, Yumi Chung! /  Jessica Kim.
When eleven-year-old Yumi Chung stumbles into a kids' comedy camp she is mistaken for another student, so she decides to play the part.


Blue Daisy / Helen Frost; pictures by Rob Shepperson.

Blue Daisy /  Helen Frost; pictures by Rob Shepperson.
Friends Sam and Katie try to help a stray dog and, in the process, bring their neighbors closer together. Includes a recipe for dog biscuits.--


Nina Soni, sister fixer / written by Kashmira Sheth ; illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky.

Nina Soni, sister fixer /  written by Kashmira Sheth ; illustrated by Jenn Kocsmiersky.
The second title in a humorous series featuring a charming, distractible Indian-American girl and her family and friends. A long rainy stretch during spring break has Nina restless and hungry for a new project and aggravated with little sister Kavita's embarrassing behavior. A fresh pile of dirt just delivered to the neighbor's house for a landscaping project ends up being too tempting to resist. Can Nina fix Kavita and create something amazing at the same time? With her sister's help, Nina launches a grand engineering project--with unexpected consequences.--Publisher's description.


Twist / Sarah Cannon.

Twist /  Sarah Cannon.
A group of gifted middle-school students must band together to save their town, as well as a fantasy world, from monsters.


Magic required / Obert Skye.

Magic required /  Obert Skye.
Ozzy and Sigi must decide whether or not they believe Rin is truly a wizard.


Tyrannosaurus wrecks / by Stuart Gibbs.

Tyrannosaurus wrecks /  by Stuart Gibbs.
The local police prove unhelpful when a 500-pound dinosaur skull vanishes from a secret excavation on Sage's family's ranch, so Teddy and his friends conduct their own investigation.


Mermaid School / written by Lucy Courtenay ; illustrated by Sheena Dempsey.

Mermaid School /  written by Lucy Courtenay ; illustrated by Sheena Dempsey.
New to Lady Sealia Foam's Mermaid School, Marnie Blue worries about fitting in and doing the right thing when a classmate is in danger.


Kenzie kickstarts a team / by Kit Rosewater ; illustrated by Sophie Escabasse.

Kenzie kickstarts a team /  by Kit Rosewater ; illustrated by Sophie Escabasse.
Fifth-grade best friends Kenzie Kenzilla and Shelly Bombshell dream of becoming roller derby superstars one day, but when a junior league forms and they must recruit teammates, will their friendship survive? --


Garfield. written by Scott Nickel ; illustrated by Antonio Alfaro ; colored by Lisa Moore ; lettered by Jim Campbell ; created by Jim Davis.

Garfield.  written by Scott Nickel ; illustrated by Antonio Alfaro ; colored by Lisa Moore ; lettered by Jim Campbell ; created by Jim Davis.
A secret science experiment goes awry, unleashing giant pets - iguanas, ferrets, hamsters and birds - upon an unsuspecting city. Can a super-sized Garfield save the day?--Provided by publisher.


Here in the real world / Sara Pennypacker.

Here in the real world /  Sara Pennypacker.
Ware can’t wait to spend summer “off in his own world”—dreaming of knights in the Middle Ages and generally being left alone. But then his parents sign him up for dreaded Rec camp, where he must endure Meaningful Social Interaction and whatever activities so-called “normal” kids do. On his first day Ware meets Jolene, a tough, secretive girl planting a garden in the rubble of an abandoned church next to the camp. Soon he starts skipping Rec, creating a castle-like space of his own in the church lot. Jolene scoffs, calling him a dreamer—he doesn’t live in the “real world” like she does. As different as Ware and Jolene are, though, they have one thing in common: for them, the lot is a refuge. But when their sanctuary is threatened, Ware looks to the knights’ Code of Chivalry: Thou shalt do battle against unfairness wherever faced with it. Thou shalt be always the champion of the Right and Good—and vows to save the lot. But what does a hero look like in real life? And what can two misfit kids do?


 

 

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