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Who guides a lost soul? In Hello, Universe (Greenwillow, $16.99), guidance comes in many forms: a wise elder, a mystical friend, an imaginary spirit, a heroic inner strength. Through the eyes of four middle schoolers, Erin Entrada Kelly recounts a mysterious disappearance and the subsequent mission to solve the case. The four children come together using all of the magic, bravery, and intuition at their disposal. Nail-biting suspense is occasionally relieved by the book’s many tender, funny moments. Before the story ends, dreams will come true and unlikely friendships will form. Ages 9-12.

 

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By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062414151
Availability: In Stock—Click for Available Locations
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 14th, 2017

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” So the saying goes, and so it goes for Lem, a young girl suffering from an unspeakable loss. In Lemons (Crown, $16.99), Lem must adjust to a new life with her grandfather in an unfamiliar town. Adventure awaits her when she meets Tobin and they set out to capture Bigfoot on camera. Whether or not they find their quarry, Lem and Tobin will discover multitudes about themselves and each other. Equal parts funny and sad, child psychologist Melissa Savage’s novel simultaneously explores grief and celebrates life. Ages 9-12.

 

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781524700126
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

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 “A physical sensation of what it had been like to be little. It had been nice. So why did she feel sad, remembering?” On Orphan Island (Walden Pond, $16.99), nine children live in peace and prosperity. Once a year, a new child is delivered and the eldest is ferried away, never to be seen again. This year, Jinny is the eldest; she must teach Ess everything she knows before the boat arrives for her. Laurel Snyder’s novel is steeped in the quiet contemplation of children at once strong and vulnerable, poised on the brink of change. When the boat calls, Jinny must go… or else. Ages 10-12.

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062443410
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Published: Walden Pond Press - May 30th, 2017

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