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Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823436712
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Published: Holiday House - February 28th, 2017

Praying mantises may be known for their bulging eyes, triangular heads, and long, leaf-like bodies, but does anyone really know what they do all day? Luckily, a young bug named P. Mantis has shared his personal summer diary to walk us through his routine. Paul Meisel’s acrylic ink illustrations vividly display all of the different environments that one praying mantis must navigate over the course of a summer. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis (Holiday House, $16.95) is a witty introduction to the praying mantis lifecycle, offering odd and interesting facts about its feeding habits, shedding patterns, and more! Ages 4-8. Farah Kader

New In Hardcover
Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot Cover Image
By Matthew Clark Smith, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763677329
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

When the first piloted, untethered hot-air balloon flight in history took place over Paris in 1783, Sophie Blanchard was only five years old. Once the news of this revolutionary voyage reached her small hometown, however, the young girl’s heart was seized with a desire to fly that would change her life forever. Despite her fear of carriage rides and large crowds that limited her movements on land, Blanchard would grow up to become the first female professional aeronaut. Matthew Clark Smith’s poetic biography and Matt Tavares’s illustrations featuring evocative, sweeping skies bring emotion and intimacy to the story of a woman who achieved her dream of becoming Lighter than Air (Candlewick, $16.99). Ages 6-9. Janet Minichiello

YA Pick
Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal'd Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763670634
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 1st, 2017

Many know Isaac Newton as the mathematician and astronomer who developed fundamental laws of modern physics. A lesser-known part of his narrative unfolds in Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d (Candlewick, $19.99). This biography focuses on Newton’s early life, and how his childhood experiences in alchemy and agriculture paved the path to his groundbreaking discoveries. Mary Losure’s expressive prose paints a three-dimensional portrait of the man who shaped our understanding of motion, space, and even color. Preserved pages from his own personal notebooks are interspersed throughout the book, giving readers a more intimate look at this unfamiliar side of Isaac Newton. Ages 11-13. Farah Kader.