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The Ethan I was Before

Ali Standish

Ethan had been many things: Adventurer. Boston Red Sox fan. Sidekick to his big brother, Roddie. Coconsipirator with his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident and the great loss that filled his life. Before his family moved from Boston to the small beachside town of Palm Knot, Georgia. Palm Knot may be tiny, but it’s home to possibility and second chances. It’s also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. A girl who may be just the friend Ethan needs. But Ethan isn’t the only one with secrets, and Coralee’s are catching up with her. Ethan must decide if he can trust Coralee, or if what she’s hiding might be putting both their lives at risk. Ages 8 to 12.

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I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

Laurie Hernandez

At sixteen years old, Laurie Hernandez has already made many of her dreams come true—and yet it’s only the beginning for this highly accomplished athlete. A Latina Jersey girl, Laurie saw her life take a dramatic turn last summer when she was chosen to be a part of the 2016 US Olympic gymnastics team. After winning gold in Rio as part of the Final Five, Laurie also earned an individual silver medal for her performance on the balance beam. Nicknamed "the Human Emoji" for her wide-eyed and animated expressions, Laurie continues to dance her way into everyone’s hearts while competing on—and winning!—the hit reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. Ages 8 to 12.

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The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Carole Boston Weatherford

Lena Horne was born into the freedom struggle, to a family of teachers and activists. Her mother dreamed of being an actress, so Lena followed in her footsteps as she chased small parts in vaudeville, living out of a suitcase until MGM offered Lena something more—the first ever studio contract for a black actress. But the roles she was considered for were maids and mammies, stereotypes that Lena refused to play. Still, she never gave up. “Stormy Weather” became her theme song, and when she sang “This Little Light of Mine” at a civil rights rally, she found not only her voice, but her calling. Ages 4 to 8.

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Play With Me!

Michelle Lee

Pip likes to play. Actually, he LOVES to play. Especially with his best friend, Nico. Pip has lots of ideas: they can play ball, play hopscotch, play explorers—the possibilities are endless. Nico likes to play too—his cello, that is. Nico’s more interested in his cello than in Pip’s other games. If Pip could only get Nico to! Pip is in the middle of a hilarious meltdown by the time Nico finally looks up from his instrument. And that’s when he realizes Pip is right about something—and he comes up with the perfect way for them to play together. Ages 3 to 5.

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