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Heartbeat book cover
Heartbeat book cover

Heartbeat

Evan Turk

jE Turk
Picture Books

Separated from her mother, a young whale swims the oceans for decades until she finds a young girl who shares her vision of one planet for which all are responsible.

Heartbeat follows a whale calf, orphaned by the early commercial whaling industry, through two hundred years of human development. Evan Turk highlights the ways in which we have used these creatures to advance ourselves, and the shifting attitudes toward whales of more recent history with thoughtfulness. A unique and timely look at human history through the lens of the animals we impact, make sure to read Turk's author's note at the end for more information. -Casey

The Parker inheritance book cover
The Parker inheritance book cover

The Parker inheritance

Varian Johnson

jFICTION Johnson Varian
Kids, Fiction, Mystery

Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

I love this book about seeking truth and acceptance. With the help of her friend Brandon, Candice searches for the truth about her grandmother’s failed tenure as city manager. Following clues her grandmother left her, their search for treasure instead leads to a decades old cover up of racial injustice, the truth of which was ignored by the city for years. The modern-day story is the main focus, with historical vignettes providing the backstory for the mystery. Readers will be just as invested as Candice and Brandon in solving the mystery of the letter writer and finding out what happened to the Washington family. -Morgan

The book of Boy book cover
The book of Boy book cover

The book of Boy

Catherine Gilbert Murdock

jFICTION Murdock Catherin
Kids, Fiction, Historical Fiction

In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.--Provided by Publisher.

Acceptance and truth are key components in this Medieval quest story. Hunchbacked Boy seeks acceptance for his appearance and enigmatic Secundus seeks acceptance into Heaven. They both reject and hide the truth of their natures, Boy is an angel hiding his wings as a hunchback and Secundus is a condemned father escaped from Hell pretending to be a religious pilgrim. It is only after they each embrace their true selves that they find what they are looking for. -Morgan

The 12 pets of Christmas book cover
The 12 pets of Christmas book cover

The 12 pets of Christmas

Taylor Garland

jHOLIDAY E Garland
Kids, Board Books

In a reimaging of the popular Christmas song, Santa brings a different pet for every day of the holiday season.

A holiday choice I love for all the adorable pets, along with some number practice. -Morgan

The chalk man : a novel book cover
The chalk man : a novel book cover

The chalk man : a novel

C. J. Tudor

FICTION Tudor, C. J.
Suspense

1986: Eddie and his friends spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages. When a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, nothing is ever the same. 2016: Eddie thinks he's put his past behind him. But then he gets a letter in the mail, containing a single chalk stick figure. His friends got the same message, and they think it's a prank... until one of them turns up dead. What really happened all those years ago?

The summer of 1986 changes the lives of five friends in ways they don't realize until 30 years later when it seems like nothing is forgotten. -Meredith

I like it when-- book cover
I like it when-- book cover

I like it when--

Mary Murphy

jBOARD BOOK Murphy
Kids

A lovable little penguin discusses and describes all the things he likes to do the most--from playing peekaboo to holding hands--in a new board book edition of the charming story.

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