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Love and First Sight

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Love and First Sight

By Josh Sundquist

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Love & Romance; Social Issues: Bullying; Social Issues: Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Grades: 7 & up

 

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After a lifetime attending a school for the blind, sixteen-year-old Will Porter’s first day at a mainstream high school went about as well as he expected. He accidentally grazed a girl’s boob when reaching for a handrail on the stairs, he sat on another student in the cafeteria, and he somehow drove a new classmate to tears without saying a word. His high school career can only go up from there, right?

 

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl name Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will could have ever imagined, and as he adjusts to his new sense, he finds the sighted world has been keeping more secrets from him than he realized. It turns out that the girl he’s been falling for doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty. In fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance now appears to be a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

 

Told in Will’s voice as he transitions from blind to sighted, this is a story about the nature of perception, love, trust, and romantic attraction. With moments of breathtaking poignancy, it’s about how we relate to each other and the world around us, and how true friendship is one thing you don’t need to be able to see to believe.

 

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Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland

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By Sujean Rim

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies, Personal Development: Conflict Resolution/Character Development

Grades: PreK–3

 

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Will Chee-Kee ever fit in?

 

The Loo family has traveled very far to start a new life. In Bearland, none of the other bears look, talk, or act like the Loo family. For Chee-Kee Loo, everything is strange; and he feels like he’ll never fit in. But one day, some bears find themselves in a jam, and Chee-Kee might be just the right panda to save the day.

 

In this heartfelt and lovable story, meet Chee-Kee the panda, a one-of-a-kind bear in all the best ways. Based on Sujean’s family’s experience immigrating from South Korea to the United States, this picture book is full of many layers of meaning, humor and heart with universal appeal and a fresh perspective.

 

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The Thing about Jellyfish

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By Ali Benjamin

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Guidance/Health: Death, Guidance/Health: Emotions, Personal Development: Loss, Family Life: Divorce/Stepfamilies, Science: Animals/Insects/Pets

Grades: 5 & up

 

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A stunning debut about how grief can open the world in magical ways.

 

After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory– even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.

 

PRAISE

A 2015 National Book Award Finalist

 

★ “An uncommonly fine first novel.” – Booklist

 

★ “A painful story smartly told, Benjamin’s first solo novel has appeal well beyond a middle school audience.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

★ “A shining example of the highs and lows of early adolescence, as well as a testament to the grandeur of the natural world.” – Publishers Weekly

 

★ “Authentic and poignant.” – School Library Journal

 

★ “This novel has it all: just-right pacing, authentic voices and characters, beautifully crafted plot, and superb writing.” – Voices of Youth Advocates

 

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Wolfie the Bunny

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By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Adventure: Animals, Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Classics: Humor, Family Life: Adoption/Multiple Births

Grades: PreK-1

 

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Families of all kinds will delight in this sweet tale of new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, unconditional love…and veggies!

 

The Bunny family has adopted a wolf son, and daughter Dot is the only one who realizes Wolfie can–and might–eat them all up! Dot tries to get through to her parents, but they are too smitten to listen. A new brother takes getting used to, and when (in a twist of fate) it’s Wolfie who’s threatened, can Dot save the day?

 

PRAISE

★ “This gets all the elements of the successful picture book just right: a familiar scenario (sibling rivalry), a scary adversary, a display of courage, and a happy ending. And then there’s the art!…A crowd-pleaser for crowds big and small.” — Booklist

 

★ “Interspecies adoption puts a fresh spin on the new-baby theme…A treat of a picture book.” —The Horn Book

 

★ “More laughs come from the irresistible contrast between Dot’s sweet bunny countenance and her furious glares of rage… Wolfie proves he’s not only trustworthy but full of love.” —Kirkus Review

 

★ “The text is seamlessly integrated with the illustrations and uses various fonts to good effect. OHora’s acrylic paintings are the heart of this tale. They clearly show everyone’s feelings from fear to sadness to joy to anger to love and everything in between, and there are brilliant bits of humor and whimsy added to the mix. VERDICT: A great book for one-on-one sharing that’s also sure to be a storytime hit.” —School Library Journal

 

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Horrible Bear

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By Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Humor: General, Personal Development: Conflict Resolution, Personal Development: Manners

Grades: PreK-1st

 

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The New York Times-bestselling duo behind Wolfie the Bunny presents a hilarious new book about accidents, outbursts, manners…and the power of saying “I’m sorry.”

 

Bear didn’t mean to break a little girl’s kite, but she’s upset anyway–upset enough to shout “HORRIBLE BEAR!” Bear is indignant. He doesn’t think he’s horrible! Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own, and realizes that maybe—just maybe—Bear isn’t as horrible as she had thought.

 

PRAISE

★ “The creators of Wolfie the Bunny explore the common childhood experiences of accidents and misunderstandings with sensitivity and humor. Like many preschoolers, the little girl explodes in an instant when her kite gets broken, but she also calms herself quickly once she understands Bear’s perspective. OHora makes good use of bright acrylics, boldly styled characters, and limited backgrounds to keep young listeners focused on the story…  A perfectly over-the-top look at tantrums, friendship, and forgiveness that is sure to resonate with preschoolers and parents alike.” — Booklist

 

★ “With wit and tenderness, Dyckman and OHora, the duo behind Wolfie the Bunny, introduce two creatures who are absolutely furious with each other…  OHora works his goofy magic everywhere, observing the way anger causes ridiculous mishaps (the bear stomps through the girl’s laundry and arrives festooned with clothespins) and affects innocent bystanders (a puzzled, picnicking goat). Dyckman and OHora portray genuine forgiveness without a hint of moralizing.” — Publishers Weekly

 

★ “In the mind of a child, mistakes are often misinterpreted as malfeasance, and the resultant anger can be contagious. Dyckman writes a simple story about just such a mistake…  Molly Bang’s Sophie finally has a worthy shelf-mate for absolutely spot-on characterizations of mood.” — School Library Journal

 

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One Today

One Today

By Richard Blanco

Illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Social Studies: Patriotism, Songs/Poetry/Nursery Rhymes: America

Grades: PreK-1

 

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President Barack Obama invited Richard Blanco to write a poem to share at his second presidential inauguration. That poem is One Today, a lush and lyrical, patriotic commemoration of America from dawn to dusk and from coast to coast. Brought to life here by beloved, award-winning artist Dav Pilkey, One Today is a tribute to a nation where the extraordinary happens every single day.

 

PRAISE

★ “There are themes, motifs, and details that will make this a book to be read and reread, or simply looked at–for the images tell many stories too.” —Booklist

 

★ “When it was read, the poem was instantly acclaimed; Pilkey’s visual interpretation fully—and joyfully—honors it.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

★ “Richard Blanco is a graceful wordsmith, and Pilkey transforms his poem into a story that children can make their own.” — Publishers Weekly

 

“A special historic moment, caught in lyrical words and joyous illustrations.” —School Library Journal

 

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Dog Vs. Cat

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by Chris Gall

Format: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Animals, Family Life: Pets, Personal Development: Friendship

Grade: PreK-1st

 

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Dog and Cat do not get along. But when they’re forced to share a room, they agree to be on their best behavior…until Dog won’t stop sniffing. Cat won’t stop primping. Dog won’t stop howling. Cat won’t stop scratching. And when it comes to the litter-box…sharing is not an option!

 

What will it take to bring Dog and Cat together? Find out in Chris Gall’s comic clash that brings out the best (and worst) in two very different pets.

 

 

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★ “In a story brimming with sight gags, Gall mines a Cat and Dog’s odd-couple arrangement for laughs…. their vexed situation will speak equally to young siblings and college freshmen.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“Text and pictures are layered with humor, and the…art heightens the odd-couple drama with every page turn.” – The Horn Book

 

“The stylish illustrations and sly wit on display here will please Gall’s fans and likely win him new ones.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

“The illustrations are beautifully done and make the book appealing to older readers as well.” – Library Media Connection

 

“Hilarious….the animals’ dialogue, expressions, and body language are priceless, as is the funny conclusion. A terrific addition to any friendship or pet storytime.” – School Library Journal

Awesome Dawson

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by Chris Gall

Format: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Superheroes/Villians, Personal Development: Lessons, Science: Inventions

Grade: PreK-1st

 

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EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AGAIN!

 

That’s Dawson’s motto. He collects junk that people throw away and turns it into something STUPENDOUS. But when Dawson uses his skills to create a machine to do his chores for him, he discovers he might have invented something a little too… AWESOME. Can he stop the rampaging robot before it destroys the entire town?

 

Chris Gall inspires kids to reuse, repurpose, and recycle in this inventive adventure about a boy superhero who turns trash into treasures–and saves the world while he’s at it!

 

PRAISE

“Gall’s busy, saturated spreads…[result] in vibrant imagery that is both slick and homespun, like Dawson’s own creations….Superheroes, recyclers, and inventors unite!” – Booklist

 

“This is action, adventure and imagination with a positive message.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

“[Will] inspire children to stretch their imaginations. Chris Gall delivers an action-packed story.” – Library Media Connection

 

“Gall make[s] full use of his skill for drafting the sort of straight-from-kids’-dreams machines he showcased in Dinotrux and Revenge of the Dinotrux.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“Aspiring young inventors will enjoy identifying the assorted thingamabobs strewn throughout the pages…. A rollicking read.” – School Library Journal

Dinotrux Dig The Beach

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by Chris Gall

Format: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Adventure: Monsters, Humor: General, Personal Development: Friendship

Grade: PreK-1st

 

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Fed up with steamy summertime Jurassic jungles, the mighty monsters are getting hot and grumpy, and they need a vacation…. Time to roll on down to the beach! Tyrannosaurus Trux might be able to “hang ten” on his surfboard, but not all of the trux feel so at home near the water. Can they organize their skills to dig up the beach and build the best sandcastle ever? Dive into the silliest, splashiest Dinotrux adventure yet to find out!