Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

By Oliver Jeffers. A user’s guide to life on Earth, designed for a new baby, covers such topics as the Earth’s physical characteristics, the people and animals who live on it, and how to get the most out of life.

Artemis

By Andy Weir. Augmenting her limited income by smuggling contraband to survive on the Moon’s wealthy city of Artemis, Jazz agrees to commit what seems to be a perfect, lucrative crime, only to find herself embroiled in a conspiracy for control of the city

The Getaway

By Jeff Kinney. Accompanying his family to a tropical island resort to escape the cold and stress of an approaching holiday season, Greg is dismayed when sun poisoning, stomach bugs and venomous critters cast a shadow over their much-needed vacation

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

By Gregory Maguire. Presents an imaginative tale rooted in early nineteenth-century German Romanticism that explores parallels between the origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him.

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.

Seven Days of Us

By Francesca Hornak. Looking forward to a Christmas family reunion, the Birch family is upended by the news that their physician daughter has been exposed to a virus that forces the entire family into quarantine for a week.

The Rules of Magic

By Alice Hoffman. A prequel to the best-selling Practical Magic traces the story of the children of Susanna Owens, who, in spite of their mother’s fierce edicts against witchcraft, develop powerful abilities while struggling to escape the family curse that leads to tragedy if they fall in love.

Good Day, Good Night

By Margaret Wise Brown. A little rabbit greets each day and says good night to the familiar things outside.

Mice Skating

By Annie Silvestro. Lucy the field mouse’s friends avoid going outdoors in winter until Lucy introduces the delights of skating.

Wishtree

By Katherine Applegate. An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree’s trunk.

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