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Orphan Eleven by  Gennifer Choldenko

After running away from a horrible orphanage, Lucy and her friends Nico, Eugene, and Bald Doris find refuge at a circus. The other orphans don’t have trouble finding work, but Lucy has a big disadvantage: because of a traumatic experience at the orphanage, she refuses to speak. Finding out how Lucy rediscovers her voice and gets her happy ending is a joy to read in this historical novel. A good choice for ages 8-12

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Fart quest by

Aaron Reynolds

Illustrations by Cam Kendell
Jonny Jakes

Bartok, Pan, and Moxie are on an adventure to prove that they can be heroes in this fantasy series opener. The trio wander around looking for people to save and monsters to slay.  With lively illustrations on most pages along with silly, gross out humor, this is a fine choice for reluctant readers. Recommended for ages 8-12.

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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescure of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat
Plants Can't Sit Still

Newbery Honor winning title All Thirteen is an expertly researched look at the thrilling rescue of the Wild Boars soccer team from Tham Luang Nang Non, or the Cave of the Sleeping Lady. Featuring interviews and photos taken by people who helped with the rescue, this is a wonderfully written and highly readable account of the remarkable story of what it took to save the boys. An excellent choice for fans of adventure stories aged 10-15.

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The Fabled Life of Aesop by Ian Lendler
Illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski

Both a biography and a collection of fables, The Fabled Life of Aesop is like two books in one! Providing context for the times in which these stories were told, this is a beautifully illustrated look at some of the oldest stories in history. For ages 7-10.


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Picture Books

In the half room
by Carson Ellis

“Half a window, half a door. Half a rug on half a floor.” So begins this sweetly surreal picture book, featuring half a woman reading half a book with half of a cat. Will woman and cat find the other half of themselves? Featuring exquisite art, this is a good choice to share with kids ages 4-8.

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Snowy race by April Jones Prince
Illustrations by Christine Davenier
Jonny Jakes

A little girl wakes up one morning to a snowstorm. Will that ruin her big day? No way! The girl and her father hop in a snow plow and plow the roads on their way to pick up a special someone. Rhyming couplets build excitement as readers wait to see who is the important person they are picking up. Colorful illustrations complement this winning winter race. This book is recommended for ages 3-7.

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Graphic Novels

Clyde by Jim Benton

Clyde is a young bear who really wants to be bad. Grumpy and mean, he sets out from gentle Cubville to the mean streets of Grizzly City. Unfortunately, Clyde gets beaten up by a butterfly named Mellisa Sue before he can reach the city. Will Clyde ever become a bad guy? Or can he become a good guy who’s bad at being good? Colorful art with expressively drawn faces add to the madcap humor of this fun story. A great read for children ages 7-10.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. BFF #1, Repeat after m by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder
Dog Man Unleashed

Lunella is super smart and wants to change the world, but first she has to get through middle school. When an enormous t-rex comes roaring out of a mysterious vortex and takes a liking to Lunella, her life becomes a lot more complicated. This is the first book in a series of six, featuring smart Lunella and her new pal Devil Dinosaur. A good choice for superhero comic book fans, and recommended for ages 8-12.

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