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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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Just outside of New York City, neighbors Peter and Myla team up to solve the disappearance of Peter’s brother, Randall. As they try to discover the connection between Myla’s recently purchased necklace and Randall’s disappearance, the two 12-year-olds forge an unmatchable bond. The plot quickly thickens to include the Fencers, a fierce gang of thieves and parkour enthusiasts who turn out to be after the same thing for which Randall has been searching. With a liberal dose of diamond smuggling and a hefty supply of family secrets to round out the mystery, Peter and Myla are in for much more than they expected. Filled with daring and intrigue, Sheela Chari’s Finding Mighty (Amulet, $16.95) is a swift and compelling read. Ages 10-12.

 

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$16.95
ISBN: 9781419722967
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Published: Amulet Books - May 30th, 2017

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During his senior year of high school, Sal finds himself confronting new and difficult realities. Having lived happily with his adoptive Mexican-American father since the age of three, Sal is accustomed to the consistency of his father’s and his extended family’s love. His sense of security is deeply shaken, however, when he responds to a classmate’s racial and homophobic taunts with violence. Why was Sal’s rage lit that day? How can he help himself, and his two closest friends, work through the sudden and tragic events that seem to be coming one after another? With The Inexplicable Logic of My Life (Clarion, $17.99), Benjamin Alire Saenz offers readers a profound story rooted in family, heritage, grief, and hope. Ages 13-16.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780544586505
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Published: Clarion Books - March 7th, 2017

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