Ever since his older brother T.J. was killed in combat in Iraq, seventeen-year-old Matt Foster has been in a tailspin. He’s failing his classes; his father is by turns furious or distant; and he can’t stop lusting after Shauna, his best friend. But everything changes when an Army officer drops off T.J.’s Personal Effects (Candlewick, $16.99). Suddenly, Matt has two missions: first, to deliver a letter T.J. wrote, but never sent, to a woman living in Wisconsin (even if this means skipping both town and finals); second, to discover the truth about the brother he thought he knew. Debut novelist E.M. Kokie offers a challenging portrait of family, identity, and grief. Ages 15 and up. EMS
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780763655273
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2012

In this prequel to Fourth Grade Rats, Jerry Spinelli continues his sweetly hilarious chronicle of elementary school trials and tribulations. It’s hard work to be Third Grade Angels (Scholastic, $15.99)— especially if you’re George “Suds” Morton. Because Suds doesn’t want to be just any angel: he’s determined to be the best. This leads to an existential dilemma: does being an angel at school mean Suds has to be good at home too? Most worryingly, does he have to be nice to his little sister? Suds’s journey is charming, funny, and classic Spinelli. Ages 7-9. EMS
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By Jerry Spinelli, Jennifer Bell (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780545387729
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 1st, 2012

It’s 1818 and Molly Williams is the cook for New York City’s Fire Company 11. She’s famous for her hasty pudding, chicken roly-poly, and johnnycakes—but the firefighting itself is done by the men. That is, until fire strikes one wintry day when the entire firehouse is in bed with influenza. Who comes to the rescue? It’s Molly, by Golly! (Calkins Creek, $16.95). Molly’s heroics earn her a permanent spot on the squad, making her the nation’s first female firefighter. With rich historical detail and meticulous illustrations, author Dianne Ochiltree and artist Kathleen Kemly highlight a fascinating piece of American history. Ages 7-10. EMS
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By Dianne Ochiltree, Kathleen Kemly (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781590787212
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Published: Calkins Creek - September 1st, 2012

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