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My Best Friend Is Extinct

by Rebecca Wood Barrett, illustrated by Cornelia Li
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 10
  • Grade: 3 to 5
tagged: dinosaurs & prehistoric creatures, friendship

Ten-year-old Henry Springs is thrilled when the wintery resort town he and his mom recently moved to experiences a record-breaking snowfall. There are even rumors that the extreme weather could mark the beginning of a new ice age.

One day, while exploring one of the many tunnels running through the town’s snowbanks, Henry discovers a strange, preh …

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Up the Creek

by Natalie Hyde
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: humorous stories, adolescence, orphans & foster homes

 

Has Chris Dearing finally broken his family’s run of bad luck? Find out in this hilarious, high-stakes companion to Mine!

 

After a lifetime of bad luck, Chris Dearing is sure his family fortunes have finally turned around. With the help of some friends, he’s reclaimed his granddad’s old land in Dawson City, Yukon, and is adjusting to life wit …

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Meet You By Hachiko

by Loren Greene
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: diversity & multicultural, asia, japan, newfoundland

What would you do if your best friend lived half a world away—and suddenly vanished?
Loner Grace Ryan feels completely invisible. Awkward and shy, she can't seem to get ahead in her studies, social circle, or new relationship with her childhood best friend. But discovering Tokyo street fashion ignites her creativity and leads her into an unlikel …

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Slow Reveal

by Melanie Mitzner, read by Raven Dauda
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: lesbian, non-classifiable

"A poem is never finished, only abandoned," wrote Paul Valéry, a reflection on a marriage that implodes. Set in New York City in the 1990s, art, addiction and family dysfunction culminate when Katharine, a film editor, ends her decade long affair with Naomi, a lesbian poet. After years of emotional distance, Katherine is determined to reconcile wi …

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Trygg The Dinosaur

by Paula Louise Salvador
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover Paperback eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: dinosaurs & prehistoric creatures

Audiobook adventure fiction novel for 8-to-12 year-olds. Trygg and Alta are two dinosaurs who should never be friends. Trygg is small, fast, and he eats meat. Alta is big, slow, and she eats plants. To survive, they cannot be seen together. Their story is 76 million-years-old. The action is fast paced. The threatened friendship is unforgettable. Dr …

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Baba's Babushka

Magical Ukrainian Adventures

by Marion Mutala, illustrated by Amber; Siemens, Wendy & Tkachenko, Olha Rees
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 12
  • Grade: p to 7
tagged: time travel, other, religious

Magical adventures in Ukraine! When the wind brings Natalia babushkas just like the ones her baba once wore, she is taken on a series of magical journeys to a time long ago and discovers the traditions of her Ukrainian heritage—the greatest of which is the love of family.

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Off to Class

Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World

by Susan Hughes
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: school & education

Travel around the globe to visit some of the world's most incredible schools, and meet the students who attend them, in this best-selling and award-winning nonfiction pick for ages 9 to 12

When North American kids picture a school, odds are they see rows of desks, stacks of textbooks, and linoleum hallways. They probably don’t picture caves, boat …

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Dragonfly Song

by Wendy Orr
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 10
tagged: fantasy & magic, survival stories, greek & roman, ancient civilizations

A gripping upper-middle-grade fantasy set in Bronze-Age Crete from Nim's Island author Wendy Orr

The girl has had many selves in her short life. The first she remembers is Aissa, the daughter of Mama and Dada, sister to Zufi who watched the goats. Then the Bull King's raiders came, and Mama said, "Don't make a sound till I come back." And when the v …

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Welcome to the Other London

by Erynn Q, illustrated by Catherine Fitzsimmons
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: fantasy & magic

Fifty years ago, the sky tore open.

Don't worry, it's not as bad as it sounds.
Ever since Earth joined the Grand Narrative, a collective of alternate worlds with different types of humans and levels of technology, magic has been a part of life. However, while it's common enough, magical problems sometimes take an expert (or two) to resolve. …

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A Home Away from Home

True Stories of Wild Animal Sanctuaries

by Nicholas Read
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: animal welfare, hippos & rhinos, apes, monkeys, etc.

An informative book for middle-grade readers about sanctuaries across North America that rescue wild animals and provide them with safe places to live.

Years ago, most major cities in North America had zoos full of exotic or wild animals in tiny cages. It was also not uncommon for wild animals to be kept as pets or trained to perform in circuses. To …