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A Boy Called Bat (Walden Pond, $16.99), formally known as Bixby Alexander Tam, is worried. His veterinarian mom is late coming home from work, and any change from his family’s normal schedule bothers Bat. When his mother does arrive, however, she has an explanation and an accompanying surprise: a baby skunk. Although the kit’s presence is another deviation from the norm, Bat quickly bonds with the defenseless animal. In fact, he decides that his mother’s plan to send the skunk to a wildlife refuge ignores that Bat is the absolute best skunk caretaker available. Written by Elana K. Arnold and peppered with evocative drawings by Charles Santoso, this is a sweet story of an unusually beautiful friendship. Ages 9-12.

 

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By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062445827
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 14th, 2017

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Around his grandpa, Cool Papa Byrd, “Clayton didn’t feel like a kid. He felt like a person.” Clayton idealizes his grandfather and desperately longs to be a great bluesman just like Papa Byrd. Clayton’s mom, however, doesn’t much like her father or his music. When Papa Byrd dies unexpectedly, Clayton is left struggling with his grief while his mother forbids him from playing the blues. He refuses to accept that decree, so Clayton Byrd Goes Underground (Amistad, $16.99) with his harmonica to form his own band. From award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia comes a new journey of loss, family, and the rhythm of the blues. Coupled with illustrations by Frank Morrison, Clayton’s story will captivate readers. Ages 9-12.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062215918
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Published: Amistad Press - May 9th, 2017

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Prez, a young boy living in foster care, is enjoying the relative normalcy of life on a family farm when he receives a not-so-normal visitor. Sputnik is an extraterrestrial who appears as a dog to everyone else, and he tells Prez that the Earth will be destroyed unless the two of them can come up with a list of ten reasons why it should be saved. Thus begins the madcap romp to compile Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth (Walden Pond, $16.99). Both humorous and heartfelt, Frank Cottrell Boyce masterfully channels his inner Douglas Adams to create a fun, quirky adventure that also serves as a witty commentary on human relationships and behavior. Ages 9-12. Marc Villa

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062643629
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Published: Walden Pond Press - June 20th, 2017

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