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In the Key of Us

by Mariama Lockington JF LOCKINGTON, M. Harmony Music Camp is a big deal. You have to apply and be accepted for camp, and each week you audition for your seat in the band.   This is Andi’s first year at camp, and it kind of feels like her aunt and uncle are trying to get rid…

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Jennifer Chan is not Alone

by Tae Keller JF KELLER, T. Do you believe in aliens? The new girl, Jennifer, does, but Mallory knows admitting that would make Jennifer an outcast. Mallory decides to help Jennifer to fit in, but when Jennifer goes missing, she has to admit that maybe her “help” was actually bullying.   Mallory wants to find Jennifer,…

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Ophie’s Ghosts

by Justina Ireland JF IRELAND, J. Ophelia, or Ophie, wakes up one night to her father telling her she needs to get out of the house. Moments later, some men from town come and set it on fire. It is only later that Ophie discovers her father was killed the night before, and that his…

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Newbery Winner: The Last Cuentista book cover with photo of author Donna Barba Higuera

The Last Cuentista

"Once upon a time..." In a couple of hours, life on earth will end. It is the year 2061 and a comet is heading towards earth. Only a few hundred scientists, politicians, and their children are escaping. Petra Peña and her family are some of the lucky ones who will be put into a sort…

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Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade book cover

Book review: Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi Cabrera   J B BROOKS, G.  Discover the life and legacy of this famous Chicagoan in a biography that is beautiful to read and look at.  Gwendolyn Brooks grew up on the South Side of Chicago in a family that didn’t have much money, but was rich…

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Be proud of who you are!

Pride Reads for Families

Read the Rainbow! To celebrate Pride Month this June, Youth Services staff have curated a collection of books that feature diverse families, identities, and ways of living. Everyone needs to see themselves reflected in books (and the world around them), and we also grow when we learn about people who are different from us!  Ms…

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El Deafo book cover

E-bookEl Deafo by Cece Bell

When Cece was young, she lost her hearing because of an illness and her whole life changes. She starts wearing a bulky hearing aid around her neck, and has to learn not only how to use that, but how to read people’s lips. There are all sorts of adjustments she has to make. Worst of…

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