Finding Langston

By Lesa Cline-Ransome. Langston’s mother has just died when he and his father leave rural Alabama to make a new home in Chicago’s South Side of the 1940s. It’s lonely in the small apartment with just his father and at school he’s bullied.

But Langston’s new home has one fantastic thing. Unlike the whites-only library in Alabama, the Chicago Public Library welcomes everyone. There, hiding out after school, Langston discovers another Langston, a poet whom he learns inspired his mother enough to name her only son after him.

A moving story of one boy’s experiences during the Great Migration.

Not One Damsel in Distress: Heroic Girls from World Folklore

By Jane Yolen. An uplifting collection of strong-heroine folktales from around the world features artwork by the award-winning illustrator of Chato’s Kitchen and includes the stories of medieval knight Bradamante, Chinese serpent slayer Li Chi and Sioux warrior Makhta. 

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Hurricane Katrina Rescue

By Kate Messner. Ranger, the time-traveling search-and-rescue dog, travels to New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, threatening a young girl who is separated from her family members when the levees break. By the award-winning author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

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I Love You, Michael Collins

By Lauren Baratz-Logsted. In 1969, as her own family is falling apart, ten-year-old Mamie finds comfort in conducting a one-sided correspondence with the least famous astronaut heading toward the moon on Apollo 11.

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Worlds Collide

By Chris Colfer. With all of the fairy tale characters occupying the same world, Conner and Alex face their biggest challenge to date of restoring order to the human and fairy tale realms.

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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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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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Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth

By Nicola Davies. A follow-up to the award-winning Tiny Creatures combines lyrical text and lavishly detailed illustrations to introduce the vast diversity of life on Earth and explain how it is all part of a beautiful and complicated pattern that must be preserved for the benefit of all.

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The Girl Who Saved Christmas

By Matt Haig. A follow-up to the best-selling A Boy Called Christmas traces the story of the world’s first child to receive a Christmas present and the hardships that chip away at her hope, inadvertently draining magic levels at the North Pole.

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The Nutcracker Mice

By Kristin Kladstrup. A talented ballerina mouse resolves to save her production of The Nutcracker in time for the holidays at the same time a 9-year-old girl struggles to protect the tiny mouse dancers her custodian father has been ordered to exterminate. By the author of The Gingerbread Pirates and the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

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