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A Handful of Stars

Cynthia Lord

When Lily's blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it's Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season. After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather, and Salma's friendship transforms Lily's summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they'll have to face some tough truths about friendship, prejudice, migrant life, and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant--and possibly win? Ages 8 to 12.

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Lost in the Sun

Lisa Graff

Trent knows that sometimes one tiny action can change the world forever. He knows it because last winter, in fifth grade, he was playing hockey and hit Jared Roberts with a puck. And Jared died. It turned out Jared had a heart defect, and all it took was that one puck to make his heart stop forever. But Trent hates himself for what he did and is pretty certain that everyone else hates him too. In fact, Jared’s so sure of this that he pushes people away before they can reject him, and finds himself alone and angry, with only his Book of Thoughts for company. Then he meets Fallon Little, and his ideas about the world start to change. Trent realizes that while one tiny action can change the world forever, there are also plenty of second chances to be found. Ages 9 to 12.

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The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk

Sy Montgomery

With three hearts and blue blood, its gelatinous body unconstrained by jointed limbs or gravity, the octopus seems to be an alien, an inhabitant of another world. The latest entry in the award-winning Scientists in the Field series takes readers to the waters off of Moorea, Tahiti, to study these amazing creatures, following scientists as they uncover the secrets of the octopus's advanced intelligence to learn what these thinking, feeling animals have to teach us about the oceans and ourselves. Ages 9 to 11.

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Touch the Brightest Star

Christie Matheson

What happens while you’re asleep? In this companion to Tap the Magic Tree, readers are invited to touch, tap, blink, whisper, and more to make magic happen in the nighttime sky, from sunset to sunrise. Wave good-bye to the sun, pat the deer, gently press the firefly, make a wish on a star, rub the owls on their heads, and...shhhh. No two readings of the book will be the same. A page of facts about the stars, the moon, and the nocturnal animals and plants from the book is included at the end. Ages 2 to 6.

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Unicorn on a Roll: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure

Dana Simpson

Phoebe and her best friend, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, are back and navigating the difficulties of grade school. Join in the fun, as Phoebe competes against her frenemy, Dakota, for the leading role of "Lisa Ladybug" in their fourth-grade play or as she struggles to manage the PR debacle related to her nose-picking scandal. Witness a band of unicorns staging an intervention and learn the details of Marigold's secret crush on a mysterious creature she has never seen. Perhaps most important, watch as this surprising friendship between a charming, nine-year-old dreamer and a vain, mythical beast forever changes both of them for the better. Ages 8 to 12.

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