What Do You Do With a Chance?

By Kobi Yamanda. In this delightful story, readers are asked the essential question: What do you do with a chance? With great deftness and imagery, Yamada explores how opportunities come to be and the emotions associated with them. Readers learn that chances, though unexpected, can consume one’s thoughts. Yet, even when they desire to have a decision presented to them, fear of failure or embarrassment may stop them from reaching out and taking it. his title is an ideal read-aloud and discussion starter and is every bit as charming, insightful, and revelatory as its predecessors, What Do You With an Idea? and What Do You With a Problem? VERDICT Children of all ages will be inspired to take a chance.

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Marabel and the Book of Fate

By Tracy Barrett. When Princess Marabel’s twin brother, Marco, is kidnapped on their thirteenth birthday, Princess Marabel must defy expectations and prophecies, leave the castle for the first time, and face great danger to rescue him.

The Journey of Little Charlie

By Christopher Paul Curtis. In the aftermath of his father’s death, Little Charlie agrees to accompany Cap’n Buck, a plantation overseer, north in search of fugitive slaves in order to satisfy the family’s debt.

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I Love the Earth

By Todd Parr.

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, bestselling author Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this board book.

This adaptation of The Earth Book includes child friendly reasons to love our planet–from appreciating a beautiful tree to taking care of animals all around the world. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

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I am a Cat

By Galia Bernstein. Encountering a sequence of bigger cats, including a lion, panther and cheetah, Simon the housecat disagrees with their assessment that he does not measure up and endeavors to prove that he is just as much of a cat as they are, only smaller. A first picture book

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Better Together

By Kallie George. Running a bustling Heartwood Hotel when spring comes to Fernwood Forest, Mona, Gilles and the rest of the staff work diligently to compete with a rival hotel by organizing a seasonally themed festival that is sabotaged by some decidedly uninvited guests. By the author of the Magical Animal Adoption Agency.

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The Truth As Told by Mason Buttle

By Leslie Connor.

From the critically acclaimed author of Waiting for Normal and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, Leslie Connor, comes a deeply poignant and beautifully crafted story about self-reliance, redemption, and hope.

Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason’s learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason’s best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family’s orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can’t understand why Lieutenant Baird won’t believe the story Mason has told about that day.

Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He’s desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny.

But will anyone believe him?

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Love

By Matt de la Pena. A heartfelt celebration of love by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Last Stop of Market Street and the best-selling illustrator of Of Thee I Sing depicts how people from all walks of life share a universal bond that supports and connects us in the face of fear and hardship.

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The Cruel Prince

By Holly Black.

By #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue.
 

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

 
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
 
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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Avalanche!

By Terry Lynn Johnson. Part of the Survivor Diaries, Twelve-year-old twins Ashley and Ryan are tested to the extreme when faced with a powerful avalanche while skiing in Wyoming’s Grand Teton mountains. Includes survival tips from the National Avalanche Center and U.S. Forest Service.

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