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Youth Fiction Review: All the Answers by Kate Messner

12-year-old Ava is a worrier. She worries about her grandpa, who lives in a long-term memory care facility and never seems to be happy anymore. She worries about math tests. She worries about field trips. She worries that she'll embarrass herself at jazz band auditions. She worries that her parents...

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Picture Book Review: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Every Sunday, CJ and his nana take the bus to the last stop on Market Street. On this particularly Sunday, it's raining. And CJ feels like complaining. It isn't fair that they have to wait in the rain for the bus when other folks have cars. It isn't fair that he doesn't have a fancy iPod to help...

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Picture Book Review: A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara

Elinor's class is studying poetry and getting ready to celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day. On that very special day, each student will have a chance to read an original poem aloud to a real, live poet at a school-wide assembly. Elinor can't wait. Hoping to impress her teacher, the visiting poet, and...

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Graphic Novel Review: Howtoons

Tucker and Celine are just doing what they do best--stirring up a little mischief--when their desperate mom challenges them to "make something other than trouble." Vivid comic panels relay easy-to-follow instructions that whisk Tucker and Celine (and the reader) away on an adventure in repurposing...

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Picture Book Review: One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl

When two brown bears refuse to share, one bear lucks out--and the other thinks that isn't fair. Rollicking, tongue-twisting rhymes take the reader through similar scenarios that count up the number line from two brown bears to "ten tall, twisty playground slides," with one lonely animal missing out...

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Explore the World with National Geographic Kids

National Geographic for Kids shows the world in a way you've never see it before. Explore science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space through amazing videos and pictures. Keep learning with their in-depth books, magazines, and maps. Use National Geographic for Kids inside the Library, or use...

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Picture Book Review: A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel

Four interrelated stories follow an imaginative young girl, a purple hippo, and a very brave tree through a fun-filled year marked by winter snow, spring splendor, summer heat, and autumn gratitude. Told primarily through comic-style panels, A Wonderful Year strikes a balance between moments of...

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Youth Nonfiction Review: Separate Is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh

Would you dare to fight for what you believe in, even if the whole world seemed to be against you? This is the true story of one brave young girl and her family who do exactly that, and make the world a better place in the process. In 1944, the Mendez family moved from the city of Santa Ana,...

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Picture Book Review: Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Looking to add a new book to your bedtime story repertoire? Let the kids giggle themselves to sleep with this debut picture book that brims with cartoony illustrations and silly dialogue. When a well-meaning octopus helps his friend get ready for bed, hilarity ensues. Simple, but memorably warm and...

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Youth Fiction Review: The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

After leaving Ireland in the hope of finding a better life in England, Molly and Kip are hired by the Windsor family to work as servants at their secluded mansion. But as Molly and Kip get to know the dilapidated Windsor estate and the Windsors themselves, it becomes evident that nothing is as it...

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