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Inside out & back again

Thanhha Lai

jFICTION Lai, Thanhha

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

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Mrs. Frisby and the rats of Nimh

Robert C O'Brien

jFICTION O'Brien, Robert C.

Having no one to help her with her problems, a widowed mouse visits the rats whose former imprisonment in a laboratory made them wise and long lived.

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Classic chapter book that I read to both my boys. so good. -Brent

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Dory Fantasmagory

Abby Hanlon

jFICTION Hanlon Abby

Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.

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I liked Dory almost as much as Ivy and Bean. -Brent

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Ivy + Bean bound to be bad

Annie Barrows

jFICTION Barrows, Annie

Best friends Ivy and Bean learn that being very good, or very bad, can be a real challenge when they set out to become like a man Ivy heard about who was so pure of heart that birds and animals followed him.

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This series is my absolute favorite for reading to my kids. We went through the whole series twice. at least. -Brent

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Beyond the bright sea

Lauren Wolk

jFICTION Wolk Lauren
Historical Fiction, Kids

Set adrift on the ocean in a small skiff as a newborn, twelve-year-old Crow embarks on a quest to find the missing pieces of her history.

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This is the perfect book for an end of summer read. -Anne M

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Scarlett Hart : monster hunter

Marcus Sedgwick

Kids, Graphic Novels

"Scarlett Hart, orphaned daughter of two legendary monster hunters, is determined to carry on in her parents' footsteps--even if the Royal Academy for the Pursuit and Eradication of Zoological Eccentricities says she's too young. Whether it's creepy mummies or a horrid hound, Scarlett won't back down, and with the help of her loyal butler and a lot of monster-mashing gadgets, she's on the case. But with her parents' archrival, Count Stankovic, taking all the monster-catching rewards for himself, it's getting hard for Scarlett to do what she was born to do. And when more monsters start mysteriously manifesting than ever before, Scarlett knows she has to get to the bottom of it and save the city...whatever the danger!"--Page [4] of cover.

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Full of adventure and creepy creatures! A great tween read for fans of Sherlock and Scooby Doo. Scarlett Hart is a brave, adventure seeking, and driven tween girl. Together with her butler Napoleon, they hunt down the monsters that threaten a British-like country reminiscent of the early 20th century. Together they must out-smart and out-hunt her nemesis. -Angie

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Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

jE Blackall
Picture Books, Historical Fiction, Nature, Kids

"Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper."--

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All in all,"Hello Lighthouse" radiates as much warmth as light and will surely be pored over for its lustrous details and touching story. -Casey

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The great big book of families

Mary Hoffman

jE Hoffman
Kids, LGBTQ+

Features illustrations and descriptions of different types of families and how their lives are similar and different.

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Dear Yeti

James Kwan

jE Kwan
Kids, Humor

Told through a series of notes, two boys go on a hike hoping to find Yeti but run into trouble along the way.

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Two young hikers set out to look for Yeti one day, and with the help of a bird friend, they trek further and further into the woods, sending letters to coax the shy creature out of hiding. -Angie

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XO, Ox : a love story

Adam Rex

jE Rex
Kids, Humor

"The hilarious tale of an ox who is in love with a gazelle, told in correspondence"--

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Picture Book: An epic, if initially unrequited, love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox. Romance will never be the same. -Angie