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Kids Review: See the Dog: Three Stories About a Cat (David LaRochelle)

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About This Book: What happens when a cat tries to be a dog? With this second wry primer, the creators of See the Cat return to demonstrate that standing in for a friend can be trickier than expected. The dog is sick today, but have no fear—the cat is happy to...
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Kids Review: Words to Make a Friend: A Story in Japanese and English (Donna Jo Napoli & Naoko Stoop)

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About This Book: A clever and innovative bilingual English/Japanese picture book about a Japanese girl and an American girl who prove you don't need to speak the same language to understand each other. When a young Japanese girl moves into her new house, she is happy to see a girl her...
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Kids Review: Sesame Street Countablock (Peski Studio)

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About This Book: The next book in the bestselling Abrams Block Book series, featuring all of your favorite Sesame Street friends Count up to 25 with all of the friendly faces who call Sesame Street home, including Elmo, Big Bird, the Count, and more, in the latest title of the Abrams...
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Featured Review: Dark Rise (C.S. Pacat)

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About This Book: * Instant New York Times Bestseller * Indie Bestseller * In this stunning new fantasy novel from international bestselling author C. S. Pacat, heroes and villains of a long-forgotten war are reborn and begin to draw new battle lines. This epic fantasy with high-stakes romance will sit perfectly...
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Kids Review: Big Bear, Little Bear (Marine Schneider)

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About This Book:   A simple board book with a sweet take on contrasts, featuring a parent and child Big Bear. Little Bear. Big Bear’s boots. Little Bear’s boots. Big Bear’s bed. Little Bear’s bed. This simple and sweet board book, featuring bold primary-colored art, compares Big Bear and Little Bear...
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Middle Grade Review: Zeus the Mighty: The Trials of Hairy-Clees (Book 3) (Crispin Boyer)

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About This Book: Our story begins with a challenge: The Trials of Hairy-Clees are only for the bravest and most awesome gods of all. Who among them will become the ultimate champion? The pets of Mount Olympus Pet Center are a true team: They conquer epic quests as easily as Ares...
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Middle Grade Review: The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne (Jonathan Stroud)

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About This Book: Action! Humor! Fantasy! "Kicking off a new series with a bang (several bangs, in fact), Stroud sends two young fugitives with murky pasts fleeing murderous pursuers across a fractured future Britain." —Kirkus Reviews, starred Scarlett McCain is a shoot-first ask-questions-later kind of outlaw. She scrapes by on bank...
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Kids Review: Cranky Chicken (Katherine Battersby)

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About This Book: Narwhal and Jelly meet The Bad Guys in this heartwarming, brightly illustrated, and downright hilarious chapter book about what happens when a very cranky chicken is befriended by a very cheerful worm. Cranky Chicken is, well, cranky. With one cranky eyebrow, cranky eyes, and even cranky, scratchy feet....
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Featured Review: Lies My Memory Told Me (Sacha Wunsch)

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About This Book: From the thrilling voice of Sacha Wunsch comes a heart-stopping psychological mystery in a world where memories can be shared—and one girl can’t trust any of them. Enhanced Memory changed everything. By sharing someone else’s memory, you can experience anything and everything with no risk at all: learn...
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Middle Grade Review: Set Me Free (Ann Clare LeZotte)

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About This Book: A riveting standalone companion to the Schneider Family Book Award winner, Show Me a Sign by Deaf author and librarian, Ann Clare LeZotte. “Instantly captivating…will keep readers hooked until the very end…A simultaneously touching and gripping adventure.” -- Kirkus Reviews “Full of adventure and twists…a gripping tale of...
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