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Short teasers for all new releases that kids won't be able to resist, prepared by library professionals.

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A Boy and A Bear in a Boat

By: Dave Shelton

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How much trouble can a boy, a bear and a boat get into?  The boy only wants to cross over to the other side.  But then some “unforeseeable anomalies” get in the way, such as storms...

A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life

By: Dana Reinhardt

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Simone's starting her junior year in high school and she really loves her life.  Her parents, her little brother, her friends, and her new crush. Then her birth mother contacts her. Simone's...

A Faraway Island

By: Annika Thor
translated from the Swedish by: Linda Schenck

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The streets of Vienna are swarming with Nazi soldiers and Jewish families aren't safe. Stephie and Nellie Steiner are sent to Sweden to await their parents' escape to Amsterdam, where they...


A Gathering of Wings

By: Kate Klimo

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After the events of Daughter of the Centaurs, Malora has finally made her home on Mount Kheiron, surrounded by true friends and the herd of horses that have become her family. The only thing...

A Girl Named Faithful Plum

By: Richard Bernstein

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A story about following your dreams and beating the odds, this fascinating account of one girl’s struggle to go from the remote farmlands of China to the world’s stages will...

A la Carte

By: Tanita S. Davis

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Recipe for a disastrous junior year:
1 Julia Childs–obsessed vegetarian who has no life and is in love with her best friend
1 popular rebel who obviously has no interest...


A Matter of Days

By: Amber Kizer

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In just 56 days, the BluStar plague has decimated the population of the world. Nadia and her little brother Rabbit are two of the few people who have survived, thanks to a secret vaccination...

A Million Miles from Boston

By: Karen Day

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Lucy can’t wait for summer at the Point!  Her family spends every summer in this idyllic and sacred spot on the coast of Maine. Ever since her mom died from cancer when Lucy was six,...

A Plague Year

By: Edward Bloor

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With the tenth anniversary of September 11th upon us, this YA novel is a moving depiction of the aftermath of a town struck with the tragedy of 9/11.  It’s 2001 and the town...


A Thunderous Whisper

By: Christina Diaz Gonzalez

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Ani and her mother sell sardines for a living while her father is off fighting in the Spanish Civil War.  Her mother is distant and harsh and Ani has no friends since the kids at school...

A Time of Miracles

By: Anne-Laure Bondoux
translated from the French by: Y. Maudet

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As a young boy, Blaise loves to hear the story of how his adopted mother, Gloria, came to find him and take him as her own son.  This story keeps hope alive in Blaise and Gloria as they...

The ABC’s of Kissing Boys

By: Tina Ferraro

BOOK TALKS
Appalled :
An understatement for how junior Parker Stanhope feels when she is put on the JV soccer team  especially when all of her friends make varsity.
 Blindsided :
...


Acceleration

By: Graham McNamee

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Talk about a summer job! Duncan is spending his summer underground the Toronto subway system working in the Lost and Found Department. Bored to tears, he begins looking through the items...

Aces Up

By: Lauren Barnholdt

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Thirty thousand dollars. That’s the only thing stopping math-wiz Shannon Card from being excited about her early acceptance to Wellesley College. Since her dad’s lost his job, she’s...

After

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Lacey, her dad, and two brothers leave the house just like every other Saturday to go eat breakfast, when a crazy woman hits their car and Lacey's life forever changes when her father dies....


Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys

By: Norton Juster
illustrated by: Domenico Gnoli

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With rich language to wrap your thoughts around, these three short stories read more like cautionary tales.  Discover what changes an average man into an honored wise man. After listening...

Alberic the Wise and Other Journeys

By: Norton Juster
illustrated by: Domenico Gnoli

BOOK TALK
With rich language to wrap your thoughts around, these three short stories read more like cautionary tales. Discover what changes an average man into an honored wise man. After listening...

The Alchemyst

By: Michael Scott

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Josh and Sophie, 15-year-old twins, take summer jobs across the street from one another, one in a bookstore and one in a coffee shop. But the arrival of a sinister man in a sleek, dark car...


Alice Miranda Takes the Stage

By: Jacqueline Harvey

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Alice Miranda is at it again; winning the hearts of the outcasts and saving the day.  In her newest adventure, the girls at the Winchesterfield-Downsfordvale Academy and the boys at the...

Alice-Miranda at School

By: Jacqueline Harvey

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Alice-Miranda is so full of energy and kindness that everyone at Winchesterfield-Downsdordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies falls in love with her immediately; everyone, that is, except...

Alice-Miranda on Vacation

By: Jacqueline Harvey

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After her first term at Winchesterfield-Downsdordvale Academy for Proper Young Ladies, Alice-Miranda takes her friend Jacinta home for the holiday break.  The girls have great plans and...


All Just Glass

By: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

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Sarah and Adia Vida, witches and vampire hunters, find themselves on opposite sides when their mother, Dominique, calls the Rights of Kin. Dominique, as matriarch of the ancient line of...

All Shook Up

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What's the most embarrassing thing your parents have ever done? Cleaned your face with a wet finger? Yelled at you in front of your friends? Insisted on walking with you at the mall? Although...

All the Earth, Thrown to the Sky

By: Joe R. Lansdale

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Fans of the legendary Joe R. Lansdale will want to buckle up as they take a road trip with Jack Catcher.  When Jack’s mom dies of sickness and his father of a broken heart,...


All the Way Home

By: Patricia Reilly Giff

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Imagine what it would be like to have a disease that caused your legs to become twisted and almost useless. Living in Brooklyn most her life, polio survivor, Mariel Manning has had to live...

All Unquiet Things

By: Anna Jarzab

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Neily suffers from terrible nightmares since the night he discovered Carly's dead body on the bridge. Carly believed herself to be invincible, until the night she left a frantic call for...

All You Never Wanted

By: Adele Griffin

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Alex seems to have everything financially, but she and her younger sister Thea struggle to find their place in the world.  Alex hides an embarrassingly awful secret and tries to maintain...


Almost Perfect

By: Brian Katcher

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Senior year in his small town high school should be perfect for Logan Witherspoon. But when he finds out his girlfriend of three years slept with another guy, depression sets...

Along the River

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CC suffers a head injury and drifts in and out of consciousness.  There is a reoccurring dream that haunts her and under hypnosis, she becomes Mei-Lan, a girl who lived 800 years ago during...

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night

By: Lenore Look
illustrated by: LeUyen Pham

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Poor Alvin! Misunderstandings abound in Alvin’s latest adventures as he faces daunting life events that test his nerves. Alvin’s mom is expecting a baby and when he shows “sympathetic”...


Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-made Catastrophes

By: Lenore Look
illustrated by: LeUyen Pham

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Alvin doesn’t really like birthday parties. They are unpredictable and you have to be on your best behavior the whole time. He did want to get invited to Hobson’s party though because...

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

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Alvin Ho is back with an updated list of fears and phobias. This time, his father insists on taking him camping...in a tent...in the woods...with a pit for a toilet! He tries to talk his...

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances

By: Lenore Look
illustrated by: LeUyen Pham

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He’s conquered birthday parties, he’s spent the night in the wild, but when Alvin Ho volunteers to go with GungGung to his best friend’s funeral (gulp), he has to come...


The Amber Spyglass Deluxe Edition

By: Philip Pullman

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Join Lyra and Will as they travel into the Land of the Dead. Lyra?s parents, Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter, continue to play important roles in the action. Lord Asriel sends spies...

Amen, L.A.

By: Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld

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Natalie makes a personal decision that she later regrets the night before her family moves from small-town Minnesota to Los Angeles, California.  Her minister mother has accepted...

Amos Daragon #1: The Mask Wearer

By: Bryan Perro
translated from the French by: Y. Maudet

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Born to talented craftspeople, Amos Daragon’s family was the poorest in Lord Edonf’s entire kingdom. The greedy Lord taxed his townspeople so heavily, many could barely survive.  Amos’s...


Amos Daragon #2: The Key of Braha

By: Bryan Perro
translated from the French by: Y. Maudet

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With the help of friends, Amos is able to survive his first task as a Mask Wearer.  However, soon after that, Amos meets the beautiful and mysterious Lolya, who warns him that...

Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World of Food: Brains, Bugs, and Blood Sausage

By: Andrew Zimmern

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Are you hungry?  No, I mean really hungry?  Are you so hungry you’d eat just about anything put in front of you?  If so, I have just the meal for you.  How about some aged cheese from...

The Aviary

By: Kathleen O'Dell

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Imagine spending your entire life confined to the rooms of a mysterious house because of an unexplained heart condition.  That is the life of twelve-year-old Clara Dolley, who...