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Mrs Harkness and the Panda

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By Alicia Potter, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375844485
Availability: Available at Warehouse
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2012

In 1934, the panda was a seldom-seen and even mythical creature. So too, the woman explorer. Enter Ruth Harkness, fashionista, determined to go to China and find herself such an elusive beast. Local author Potter honors her heroine’s panache with lively, plucky prose, and Melissa Sweet forgoes the saccharine in favor of a vibrant scrapbook approach. An inspired expedition, with a little bit of something very cute.


Rachel


The Peculiars

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$17.95
ISBN: 9781419701788
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - May 1st, 2012

When Lena sets out to learn the truth about her long lost father, she wonders if she, too, is violent, wild, peculiar.  Drawing heavily from the gothic tradition and set in an alternative version of the late 1800's, McQuerry's exceptional novel is both bildungsroman and roaring steampunk adventure--flying machines and goggles included.  It's also a thought-provoking examination of difference, criminality, science, and faith which features a strong protagonist trying to navigate a culture of genetic prejudice and enforced femininity.  Don't judge by the cover--you don't want to miss this gorgeous ride.
Kim


Z is for Moose

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By Kelly Bingham, Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060799847
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 28th, 2012

Moose cannot wait for his turn during the Alphabet Photo-shoot to take center stage. As each letter, A, B, C, D, parades by, Moose can barely contain his excitement. But when the alphabet rolls on to M, Moose finds himself passed over for ‘Mouse’. His fury unleashed, Moose begins disrupting many other letters’ photo-shoots, in this hilarious, new alphabet book. Paul Zelinsky’s detailed illustrations ask to be pored over, only eliciting more laughs.

Jory


Peaches,

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$8.99
ISBN: 9780060733070
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Published: HarperCollins - April 24th, 2012

Three very different girls end up on a peach farm in Georgia for the summer. Initially, Birdie, Leeda, and Murphy want nothing to do with each other. But as the summer progresses, they find their lives weaving meaningfully together, as they negotiate their families, deep secrets, and boys who they may (or may not) be falling in love with. The first book in the Peaches series triumphs unlikely friendships, and is full of warmth.
Jory


Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again

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By Frank Cottrell Boyce, Joe Berger (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763659578
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Published: Candlewick - March 13th, 2012

Even if you're not familiar with the original story - this all-new Chitty adventure will have you rolling on the floor in fits of laughter. Seriously, it's hilarious! There's something here for everyone--adventure, mystery, intrigue, humor, and a darn good family read. And really, don't worry if you haven't read the original or seen the movie, this new adventure works completely on its own. Boyce's Chitty is the first of a projected trilogy.
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Wonder

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780375869020
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

A truly wonderful book about an ordinary boy called Auggie with an extraordinary face.  Both heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, we marvel at Auggie's bravery and applaud his family and friends as he struggles through the mine field that is middle school. Wonder is one of the best books of 2012 and has cross-over appeal for "older" readers too.

Susannah


No Crystal Stair

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ISBN: 9780761361695
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Carolrhoda Lab (TM) - January 1st, 2012

“Whether you’re black as a crow or white as snow, if you don’t know and ain’t got no dough, you’re not gonna go.” - Lewis Michaux
Part historical fiction, part biography, No Crystal Stair is a reading experience like no other. I found myself inspired, moved, comforted, and even enraged by - and for - this man's story--he was such an influential figure. Michaux's Bookstore, as it was affectionately known, was the heart of the civil rights movement in Harlem for a good part of the 20th Century. It was here where Malcolm X gave many of his speeches. Award-winning author, and relative of Mr. Michaux, Vaunda Nelson brings this inspiring story to a whole new generation.
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