Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer

So Much Snow
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
A beautifully illustrated, rollicking read-aloud about forest animals who are caught—literally up to their ears and antlers—in a snowstorm. On Monday, it starts to snow. Silent swirling. How high will it go? Follow seven forest creatures, from a tiny mouse to a giant moose, as...
The Best Gift for Bear
 
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Just right for the holidays, this charming story about finding a perfect present introduces an endearing hedgehog and bear―and includes a gingerbread-cookie recipe. Hedgehog has been busy making gifts for all of her friends. But what could possibly be grand enough for her dear friend Bear?...
Warriors: A Starless Clan #2: Sky
 
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Disaster has struck at the heart of RiverClan, leaving its warriors and its new medicine cat apprentice scrambling to protect their Clan—even if it means lying to the others. But at a time when the warrior code itself is shifting, no Clan is truly at peace… or truly safe....
Underground Fire: Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage in the Cherry Mine Disaster
 
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A historic mine fire traps hundreds of men underground in a gripping work of narrative nonfiction meticulously researched and told by a master of the genre. It is November 13, 1909, and the coal miners of Cherry, Illinois, head to work with lunch pails in hand, just...
Swift and Hawk: Cyberspies
 
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For fans of the Alex Rider and Spy School series comes a twenty-first-century spin on the spy novel, featuring a girl and boy whose brilliant minds and cutting-edge technology make them unstoppable. When their families are violently kidnapped, Swift and Hawk—teen experts in AI and robotics—are plunged...
PAWS: Mindy Makes Some Space
 
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Best friends Mindy Park, Gabby Jordan, and Priya Gupta are back in business! After a few ups and downs, their dog-walking business is booming and the girls are closer than ever. It’s a dream come true! But for Mindy, things at home are beginning to feel like...
The In-Between
 
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For fans of Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle and Life in Motion by Misty Copeland, this middle grade memoir in verse chronicles a young girl and her family who must start over after losing their home. In the early 2000s, thirteen-year-old Katie Van Heidrich has moved more...
Dog Squad 2: Cat Crew
 
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Do you love DOGS? Do you love CATS? Do you love ADVENTURE? Then put your paws together for DOG SQUAD, the hilarious, crime-fighting middle-grade series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library! When trouble calls . . . it’s Dog...
Mia in the Mix (Cupcake Diaries: The Graphic Novel 2)
 
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The bestselling Cupcake Diaries series is now available in graphic novel format! In this adaptation of the second book, new girl Mia tries to find her place at the Cupcake Club’s school. When Mia arrives at her new school, her goal is to be open to and...
We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963
 
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The powerful story of an eleven-year-old Black boy determined to stand up for his rights, who's pulled into the action of the 1963 civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama. Rufus Jackson Jones is from Birmingham, the place Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the most segregated place...
Tumble
 
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Twelve-year-old Adela “Addie” Ramírez has a big decision to make when her stepfather proposes adoption. Addie loves Alex, the only father figure she’s ever known, but with a new half brother due in a few months and a big school theater performance on her mind, everything suddenly feels like...
Learning to Fall
 
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Daphne doesn't want to be stuck in Oakland with her dad. She wants to get on the first plane to Prague, where her mom is shooting a movie. Armed with her grandparents’ phone number and strict instructions from her mom to call them if her dad starts drinking again,...
The Deadliest Diseases Then and Now (The Deadliest #1, Scholastic Focus)
 
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Perfect for young readers of I Survived and the Who Was series! Packed with graphics, photos, and facts for curious minds, this is a gripping look at pandemics through the ages. The deadly outbreak of plague known as the Great Mortality, which struck Europe...
Sweet and Sour
 
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For as long as she can remember, Mai has spent every summer in Mystic, Connecticut visiting family friends. And hanging out with her best-friend-since-birth, Zach Koyama, was always the best part. Then two summers ago everything changed. Zach humiliated Mai, proving he wasn’t a friend...
Spooky Snacks and Treats: Frightfully Fun Halloween Recipes for Kids
 
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42 creepy, icky, sweet, or sticky kid-friendly recipes for Halloween parties and events. Make your Halloween party a scream with these creepily cool snacks, munchies, sweets, and drinks found in Spooky Snacks and Treats: Frightfully Fun Halloween Recipes for Kids. Zac Williams serves up the best...
Crash from Outer Space: Unraveling the Mystery of Flying Saucers, Alien Beings, and Roswell
 
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In 1947, during the early years of the Cold War, a field in Roswell, New Mexico was disturbed by a strange crash and smattering of debris. Some say the bodies of extraterrestrial beings were strewn across the ground, that a UFO had crashed there, and that the government was...
A Long Way From Home
 
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Twelve-year-old Abby has a lot to worry about: Climate change. The news. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. And now moving to Florida for her mom's new job at an aerospace company. On the Space Coast, Abby meets two boys, Adam and Bix, who tell...
Unlawful Orders: A Portrait of Dr. James B. Williams, Tuskegee Airman, Surgeon, and Activist
 
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Barbara Binns presents the inspiring story of one man in his struggle for racial equality in the field of battle and the field of medicine. The Tuskegee Airmen heroically fought for the right to be officers of the US military so that they might...
Troublemakers in Trousers: Women and What They Wore to Get Things Done
 
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Meet twenty-one women throughout history who broke fashion and norms to do something groundbreaking in this unique middle-grade collection that celebrates trailblazers and troublemakers. Girls and women have historically been denied access to work, been blocked from the arts, refused the opportunity to lead and fight, and...
Lonely Planet Kids Atlas of Dogs
 
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Satisfy your canine curiosity with this who’s who of dogs. This fully illustrated guide will take you on a woof-tastic journey around the world to meet over 150 weird and wonderful dog breeds - from the dapper Boston Terrier to the chirpy German Dachshund, the lively Portuguese Podengo and...
The Switch
 
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On the morning of Henry Ludd's thirteenth birthday, the power goes out. No phones, no news, and planes are literally falling out of the sky. Henry's father was away from the family farm and he has not returned. It's worrisome as people descend into lawlessness. ...
The History of the Computer: People, Inventions, and Technology that Changed Our World
 
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Computers are everywhere and have impacted our lives in so many ways. But who created them, and why? How have they transformed the way that we interact with our surroundings and each other? Packed with accessible information, fun facts, and discussion starters, this charming and art-filled book...
The Great Caper Caper (Volume 5) (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast)
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
In the fifth adventure of the Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast series, our delectable rhyming friends find their home covered in darkness and embark on a Las Veggies heist—perfect for fans of The Food Group series. When Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast awake one morning...
 
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From acclaimed middle-grade and chapter-book author, Erin Soderberg Downing, Controlled Burn is a story that blends family, friendship, fire, and the rocky path toward healing our deepest fears. Twelve-year-old Maia’s parents say she’s lucky she noticed something as early as she did. Lucky to...
Hope Springs
 
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Fans of Kate DiCamillo and Katherine Applegate will fall in love with this tug-at-your-heartstrings middle-grade novel about one girl who is desperate to find the "perfect home" as she moves from one town to the next with her Grandmother. Eleven-year-old Jubilee Johnson is an expert at three...
Heart Finds
 
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A heartwarming novel about a girl who must learn to let go of the past and embrace the future, perfect for fans of Kate DiCamillo and Barbara O’Connor. Eleven-year-old Mabel Cunningham is a quiet loner who only feels free to be herself when she's "extreme treasure hunting"...
Operation Final Notice
 
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Told in alternating points of view, this middle grade novel, following best friends Ronny and Jo, is about anxiety, being in over your head, and learning to accept help—even if you don’t know how to ask Eight hundred seventy-eight dollars. That’s how much Ronny needs by January...
Morning Sun in Wuhan
 
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Weaving in the tastes and sounds of the historic city, Wuhan’s comforting and distinctive cuisine comes to life as the reader follows 13-year-old Mei who, through her love for cooking, makes a difference in her community. Written by an award-winning author originally from Wuhan. Grieving...
Super Good Cookies for Kids
 
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This fun-to-share 208-page baking cookbook from superstar celebrity baker Duff Goldman guides kids on how to make dozens of super delicious cookies—from rainbow checkerboard cookies to yummy coconut macarons to Danish stroopwafel. Beloved New York Times bestselling chef and host of Ace of Cakes and Kids Baking Championship Duff...
Nana, Nenek & Nina
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Nina loves visiting her two faraway grandmas—one in Malaysia and one in England. Spot the similarities and differences between their homes in this cozy and beautifully illustrated picture book! Nina lives in San Francisco with her parents, and she loves visiting her two grandmas across the world....
Going Places: Victor Hugo Green and His Glorious Book
 
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Category: Kids Nonfiction
In the vein of Hidden Figures comes a nonfiction picture book about the Green Book, a travel guide by Victor Hugo Green, a Black postal worker from Harlem, made to help African Americans stay safe while traveling during segregation. As a mail carrier, Victor Hugo Green...
The Blanket Where Violet Sits
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
A gorgeous picture-book ode to wonder and safety, told in cumulative rhyme and with earthy illustrations evoking brick brownstones and crisp autumn skies. In a galaxy spiraling white, on a small blue planet with a moon so pretty, in a green park in a bustling city, a little girl...
Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook Vegetarian: Healthy and Green Recipes for Young Cooks
 
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The 2019 winner of The Great British Baking Show goes green with a collection of must-try vegetarian recipes, following up his debut book Bake, Make, and Learn to Cook. Grab an apron! With more than forty vegetarian and plant-based recipes for scrumptious meals, savory snacks, tasty treats,...
Namaste is a Greeting
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Discover namaste’s many meanings in a simple, lyrical text, paired with a charmingly detailed visual narrative about a little girl’s kindness. Namaste calms your heart when things aren’t going right. Namaste is saying “You matter.” What is namaste? It’s found in a smile, a friendship,...
Ruffles and the Teeny, Tiny Kitten
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Ruff! Ruff! Hello, Ruffles! Ruffles is a typical toddler who experiences all the highs and lows of preschool life as he learns about the world around him. There are lots of things he likes . . . and lots of things he doesn't! The Teeny...
Night on the Sand
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
In a tender tale of community and resiliency, two brothers who become refugees find hope in their bond with each other and through their connections with the people they encounter. “We were not alone,” is the refrain of this moving picture book that encourages empathy and...
The Can Caravan
 
3.8
 
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Category: Kids Indie
When Janie’s neighbor Mrs Tolen goes into hospital with a broken hip, it looks as though she will have to move out of her old caravan and into a house. Janie is desperate to help, but all seems lost until her school visits a local recycling plant. All it...
Happiness Is a Dancing Dog (Peanuts)
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Snoopy and the Peanuts gang have been beloved by generations of fans for more than seventy years. Now everyone can experience the joy and laughter with Peanuts books and The Snoopy Show and Snoopy in Space on Apple TV+! Who can resist Snoopy when he’s dancing? This...
Retro
 
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It was never meant to happen this way. Things were never supposed to get this out of hand. After a cyberbullying incident at her school goes viral, Luna Iglesias finds herself at the heart of a brewing controversy. When the social media company Limbo—who are...
Who Was Selena?
 
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As a young girl, Selena Quintanilla sang in a band called Selena y Los Dinos with her brother and sister. The family performed at fairs, weddings, quinceañeras, and on street corners in their native Texas. Selena learned how to sing in Spanish and soon became hugely popular within the...
Two-Headed Chicken
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Anything is possible in the multiverse, including a madcap adventure starring a plucky two-headed chicken. But look out—there’s a chicken-hungry moose in pursuit! In this fourth wall–breaking graphic novel, our double-headed hero is chased through dozens of bizarre universes, from an ocean planet with a disturbing mermoose (that you...
Aphrodite the Beauty Graphic Novel (3) (Goddess Girls Graphic Novel)
 
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Aphrodite, goddess girl of love, must deal with jealousy after giving Athena a makeover. It doesn’t seem fair that the god boys pay more attention to her friend when Aphrodite is supposed to be destined for love! She also copes with a crush from an unlikely source—the nerdy Hephaestus...
You Can't Come in Here! The Graphic Novel (You're Invited to a Creepover: The Graphic Novel Book 2)
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Emily Hunter loves hanging out with her new neighbors. From their decked-out rec room to their almost-professional guitar playing, Drew and Vicky Strig are super cool. Since Drew and Vicky are homeschooled, Emily’s other friends haven’t gotten to know them yet. So Emily comes up with a...
Truth or Dare (You're Invited to a Creepover #1)
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
During a round of Truth or Dare, Abby Miller confesses her crush on Jake Chilson. The only people who know her secret are her friends at the sleepover—and whoever sent her a text message in the middle of the night warning her to stay away from Jake…or else! ...
PAWS: Gabby Gets It Together
 
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Meet best friends Gabby Jordan, Priya Gupta, and Mindy Park. They’re different in just about every way—personalities, hobbies, family, and more—but they have a few important things in common: they’re all in the same class, they absolutely love animals, and for reasons that are as varied as the trio...
A Rover's Story
 
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Category: Kids Fiction
Meet Resilience, a Mars rover determined to live up to his name. Res was built to explore Mars. He was not built to have human emotions. But as he learns new things from the NASA scientists who assemble him, he begins to develop humanlike feelings....
The Curse on Spectacle Key
 
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Frank Fernandez’s family never stays in one place for long. His parents renovate unusual buildings and turn them into homes, which means the family moves—a lot. This makes it hard for bookish Frank to make friends. So when his parents announce they’re moving to Spectacle Key, Florida, to live...
Hero for the Hungry: The Life and Work of Norman Borlaug
 
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Can a quiet Iowa farm boy grow up to change the world? Norman Ernest Borlaug did. Born in 1914, raised on a small farm, and educated in a one-room schoolhouse, Norman Borlaug learned to work hard and excelled in sports, and later studied forestry in...
The Decomposition of Jack
 
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Middle school is always hard, but when you’re known as the Roadkill Kid, well, it’s even harder. Jack’s mom collects roadkill—it’s her job, and she’s very good at it. Ever since Jack’s mom and dad got divorced, Jack has stepped into the role of Mom’s co-scientist. ...
Playing Through the Turnaround
 
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Fifth period is hands down the best time of day in Connor U. Eubanks Middle School, because that’s when Mr. Lewis teaches Jazz Lab. So his students are devastated when their beloved teacher quits abruptly. Once they make a connection between budget cuts and Mr. Lewis’s disappearance, they hatch...