Staff Picks - Kids

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Pri Das ia an Indian American teen whose mother keeps secrets about her past; Pri wants to learn about India, but her mother refuses to talk. When Pri discovers a magical red pashmina scarf that transports her to India, will her mother's secrets be revealed? - Carol S
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It's the night of the big dance and everyone should be dressed up and ready to party, right? Seven different middle schoolers narrate this tale filled with drama, crushes, frenemies, and one high stakes prank. Will the dance be the best or the worst night ever? - Nico P
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What would you do if you found out there are magical creatures all around and your mom helps them when they're hurt? Zoey can't wait to help out! When mom puts her in charge, will Zoey be able to use the scientific method to figure out what's wrong with a sick dragon? - Nico P
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Front desk volume 1
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Proving that the pen is mightier than the sword, 10-year old Mia writes letters and essays to improve the plight of her immigrant neighbors, friends, and ultimately her parents. - Anne W
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What do you do when all you want is a good night's rest but a troop of monsters just won't leave you alone? That's the question brave, but tired Winifred Schnitzel asks every night. This is a perfect bedtime read aloud for anyone dealing with "Monster Trouble" of their own. - Nico P
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For Ibtihaj Muhammad to become the first Muslim-American woman to medal at the Olympics it took skill & practice--but she also had to fight to find money to pay for her competitions & to find her place in a sometimes unfriendly sports world. Her story's one of perseverance! - Nico P
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Fake news might be a trending topic today, but in 1938 (when radio was a major source for news), a Sunday night drama started a national panic. This look at "The War of the Worlds" is perfect for families, it's exciting, has just enough background & lots to talk about. - Nico P
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After fleeing Kosova, Drita must find her way in an American school, but she is bullied by Maxine, who is acting out because her father is starting to date again. Told in alternating chapters, this moving and humorous story explores an unlikely, but fantastic friendship. - Jennie R
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Through beautiful illustrations, the narrative follows Ebo on his dangerous journey from his home in Ghana across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea to a new life. Ebo encounters many who try to thwart him and others who sacrifice much to assist him on his journey. - Sarah C
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Sunny is the fastest, he can win gold medals no sweat, but the thing is, no one ever asked him if he even wants to run. What if one day, mid-race, he just...stopped? Can he still be on the team if he's not a runner? What if he's a dancer or a discus thrower or just...Sunny? - Nico P
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Yasmin likes to figure things out for herself, whether it's how to make a map or how to turn her art disasters into masterpieces! She does sometimes need help, but luckily her Pakistani-American family is always ready with encouragement or more paint, whichever Yasmin needs! - Nico P
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Shai & Emmie volume 1
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Shai is 100% sure that she is perfect for the leading role in the third grade musical. She's been practicing & dreaming about it forever! Except...the part goes to a new classmate who has arrived straight from Hollywood! Can Emmy & Shai still find a way to be stars? - Nico P
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13) Elmore
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It’s lonely being a prickly little porcupine. Elmore yearns for new friends, but his sharp quills prevent his being close with other animals. Will his innate resourcefulness & his forest neighbors’ goodness help Elmore to win the day? A heartwarming picture book. -Stephen H
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Even the youngest among us can be a victim to SPOILERS! Our hero just wants to finish his book, but every where he goes someone almost ruins it for him. Can he find somewhere peaceful to enjoy those last few pages? - Nico P
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Hopkinson is so good at bringing the Titanic’s passengers to life that you’ll find yourself hoping for a different ending! - Jennie R
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16) Princess Plot
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Painting bright, bold, dazzling designs on a ship may not seem like the best way to hide it, but that's exactly what the British Navy did in WWI. Dazzling designs helped hide ship direction and speed from the German U-Boats below the waves. - Jennie R
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Leo is the youngest member of her family and the only one left out of the Day of the Dead Festival preparations. Why does she have to be 15 to bake for the holiday? When she finds out the magical secret to her family's treats, how can she not try at least one recipe? - Nico P.
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Stephen thought grandma's stories about mythical hotel guests were make-believe. But when he moves in, he finds the building is full of creatures like dragons and vampires! It's fun and exciting until Stephen is accused of a magical burglary. Can he clear his name? - Nico P.
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What starts as a very boring summer turns into an unforgettable and meaningful adventure for Candice Miller as she and her neighbor Brandon team up to solve a mystery that could redeem Candice's grandmother's memory. - Nico P
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