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Latest Reviews

Mia Graydon's life looks picket-fence perfect. She has the house, her loving husband and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too --- unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of it, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own --- he's been dreaming of her too. Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question: What if?

Straw into Gold: Fairy Tales Re-spun written by Hilary McKay with illustrations by Sarah Gibb - Fairy Tale

Imagine Hansel and Gretel’s story from their teacher’s point of view, when Gretel submits her report of, “What I Did in the Holidays, and Why Hansel’s Jacket Is So Tight.” Find out what was really underneath all those mattresses the unlucky princess had to sleep on in “The Prince and the Problem.” Award-winning author Hilary McKay brings a modern sensibility and inventive quirkiness to this beautiful collection of 10 classic fairy tales, reimagining them with emotional depth and lighthearted humor.

In this incredible narrative, Erica Armstrong Dunbar reveals a fascinating and heartbreaking behind-the-scenes look at the Washingtons’ when they were the First Family --- and an in-depth look at their slave, Ona Judge, who dared to escape from one of the nation’s Founding Fathers. Born into a life of slavery, Ona Judge eventually grew up to be George and Martha Washington’s “favored” dower slave. When she was told that she was going to be given as a wedding gift to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Ona made the bold and brave decision to flee to the north, where she would be a fugitive.

Josephine has a lot on her plate --- best friend issues, first crush issues, divorced parent issues, twin brother issues...and then her mom hits her with news that shakes her to her core: a breast cancer diagnosis. Josephine doesn’t want anyone to know. Unfortunately for Josephine, her twin brother, Chance, doesn’t feel the same way. And when Chance dyes his hair pink to support his mom, the cat is out of the bag. Suddenly Josephine has to rethink her priorities. Does getting an invite to the party of the year matter when your mom is sick? And what if it does matter? Does that make her a monster?

Ever wonder what the sun has to say about being the closest star to Earth? Or what Pluto has gotten up to since being demoted to a dwarf planet? Listen closely, because maybe, just maybe, your head will explode, too. With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining --- and illustrations that are positively out of this world --- this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds. Space travelers in search of more information will find notes about the poems, a glossary and a list of resources at the end.

Gabi is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany's locker. Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess...except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he's capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken --- including his dead mother --- and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There's only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.

Featuring work from early luminaries such as N. C. Wyeth and Marcia Brown to more contemporary illustrators like David Wiesner, Mary GrandPré, Christian Robinson and Jillian Tamaki, this beautiful collection showcases the conceptual and iconic images that have defined children's books for generations of young readers. While the posters within these pages are linked in their resounding advocacy for young people's literacy, they are distinguished by the styles and mediums of their creators and by the historical, social and cultural influences of their times. Renowned historian Leonard S. Marcus traces these developments in the children's book field with incisive descriptions to accompany each poster.

Jose Antonio Vargas was only 12-years-old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines. He didn’t know it, but he was sent to the U.S. illegally. When he applied for a learner’s permit, he learned the truth. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status --- risking his career and personal safety --- was Vargas able to live his truth. By telling his personal storY, Jose Antonio Vargas sheds light on an issue that couldn’t be more relevant. 

Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale - Graphic Novel

Sid, Axl and Ivan volunteer to make a late-night fast-food run for the high school theater crew, and when they return, they find copies of themselves onstage. As they look closer, they begin to realize that the world around them isn’t quite right. Turns out, when they went to the taco place across town, they actually crossed into an alien dimension that’s eerily similar to their world. Now the group will have to use their wits, their truck and even their windshield scraper to escape! But they may be too late. They may now be copies themselves...

New Kid written and illustrated by Jerry Craft - Graphic Novel

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds --- and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

What’s that terrible smell? It’s the revolting scent of rot. But being rotten isn’t necessarily bad. If nothing ever rotted, nothing new could live. Decomposition may seem like the last stop on the food chain, but it’s just the beginning. When dead plants and animals decay, they give life to a host of other creatures, and each one helps ecosystems thrive. Decomposition happens everywhere --- even in your stomach and between your teeth! From vultures and sharks to bacteria, maggots, mushrooms and more, discover the dirty rotten truth about one of nature’s most fascinating processes.

Click by Kayla Miller - Graphic Novel

Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade --- until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups...without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?

Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry written by Neil deGrasse Tyson with illustrations by Gregory Mone - Science/Astronomy

From the basics of physics to big questions about the nature of space and time, celebrated astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the mysteries of the cosmos into bite-sized pieces. ASTROPHYSICS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN A HURRY describes the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe clearly --- and with Tyson’s characteristic wit, there’s a lot of fun thrown in, too. This adaptation by Gregory Mone includes full-color photos, infographics and extra explanations to make even the trickiest concepts accessible.