“A kindred spirit,” says Vole, “is someone who understands the deepest dream of your heart.” Join Peter as he struggles with the loss of a friend; Cricket as he learns to catch like the great ballplayer Yogi Berra; Vole as he summons the courage to sail the river as his grandfather did years before; and Firefly as she attempts to fulfill her dream of flying to the moon. These four unlikely friends are each striking out on their own, yet also provide strength and encouragement for one another. Author Alison McGhee’s Firefly Hollow (Atheneum, $16.99) takes us on a journey that is sometimes sad, but ultimately uplifting and empowering. Christopher Denise’s illustrations provide a dreamlike setting for this enchanting story of friendship and independence. Ages 8-11

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By Alison McGhee, Christopher Denise (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781442423367
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2015

Forced to leave the only life she’s known when her father commits suicide by setting fire to their family commune, seventeen-year-old Ror moves with her mother and sister to an SRO apartment in New York City. Feeling at times both fearless and fearful, Ror plunges into the underground world of graffiti artists as she struggles to understand herself, develop her art, and be accepted as a member of the Noise Ink crew and as a legitimate figure in the gallery world. Author Julie Chibbaro’s text and Jim Superville Sovak’s illustrations skillfully draw the reader into the passionate and often conflicted mind of the artist. This emotional and insightful story will make readers want to follow Ror Into the Dangerous World (Viking, $17.99). Ages 14-17

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ISBN: 9780803739109
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2015

Born sixteen years apart, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were both inventors. Thomas designed an electric pen, a phonograph to play music, and an incandescent light bulb that burned all night. Henry dreamed of building a motor car: not just any motor car, but the best motor car, one that families could fit in and that wasn’t too expensive. While Thomas kept inventing new things, Henry grew frustrated with his failures. What was Thomas’s secret? With beautifully detailed drawings by Jennifer Black Reinhardt that capture the determination, frustration, jubilation, and curiosity of these two friends, Suzanne Slade’s book is a delightful romp through the lives and inventions of Edison and Ford. But what was The Inventor’s Secret (Charlesbridge, $16.95)? You’ll have to read the story to find out. Ages 8-11

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ISBN: 9781580896672
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 8th, 2015

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