Staff picks by Heather W

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Here Comes Santa Cat

4

Cat fears he won't get a present this year because he's been naughty. Will becoming Santa Cat make things right? Read more...

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El Deafo

5

Able to hear a pin drop (or a teacher in the bathroom) from a mile away-- it's El Deafo! Read more...

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Kinda Like Brothers

4

You don't get to pick your family-- even if you aren't related. Read more...

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The Night Gardener: A Scary Story

4

Just scary enough to make you think twice before turning out the lights. Read more...

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Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere

5

A heart-wrenching tale of a New Orleans girl whose 10th birthday falls the same day Hurricane Katrina destroys the city. Read more...

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Absolutely Almost

5

"I love you, Albie. You are caring and thoughtful and good." And, really, isn't that what matters in the long run? Read more...

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Maybe One Day

4

Did you love "The Fault in Our Stars," but aren't sure what to read next? If so, this is the book for you! Read more...

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This is a Moose

4

This is a book about the mighty and noble moose, or is it? This is also giggle-inducing tale about being what you want to be. Read more...

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Magic Marks the Spot

5

Pirates and magic and gargoyles-- oh my! This is a fantastical pirate tale that will make landlubbers wish for life on the high seas. Read more...

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President Taft is Stuck in the Bath

5

This book is what you get when you mix "King Bidgood's in the Bathtub" with a bit of history! Read more...

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Duck, Duck, Moose!

4

Forget the old game of Duck, Duck, Goose, 'cause "Duck, Duck, Moose" is where it's at! Read more...

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Drizzled with Death

4

When town nasty, Alanza Speedwell, keels over dead in a plate of pancakes and syrup, the town of Sugar Grove finds itself in a sticky murder case. Read more...

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The Truth of Me: About a Boy, his Grandmother, and a Very Good Dog

4

There are all kinds of magic in the world and most of them don't involve spells or wands-- only love. Read more...

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The Gumazing Gum Girl: Chews Your Destiny

4

A sticky new superhero for fans of Captain Awesome, Captain Underpants or the Powerpuff Girls. Read more...

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

5

It's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" meets "The Westing Game" in this action-packed tale for bibliophiles. Read more...

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Crazy Rich Asians

4

Ever wonder what it's like to be rich? And not just rich rich, but crazy rich? Think "The Bold and the Beautiful" or "Dynasty" set in Singapore. Read more...

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Winger

5

Let's see, a 14-year-old junior at boarding school, living in a dorm for troublemakers and rooming with his archenemy. What could go wrong? Read more...

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Doll Bones

5

A creepy tale that seems like it should be told around a campfire. Did you hear the one about the haunted doll made from the bones of a dead girl? Read more...

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Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

4

Fairy tale poems that make sense whether you read them backwards or forwards-- and tell a different story each way. Read more...

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That is NOT a Good Idea!

5

When it's a book by Mo Willems, you know to expect the unexpected! Read more...

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The Boxcar Children

5

The 60th anniversary edition of a classic children's book that still managed to charm my tech-savvy kids. Read more...

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Pies and Prejudice

4

Forget Lucky Charms-- the pies at the Charmed Pie Shoppe are what's really magically delicious. Read more...

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Ungifted

4

Being gifted doesn't mean you know it all. Read more...

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Endangered

4

When you want a teen book to make you think, read this one. Read more...

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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

5

This laugh-out-loud tale is the new bedtime standard at my house. Read more...

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Code Name Verity

4

No matter what I write for my review, I will not be able to do this book justice. Read more...

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Bitterblue

4

When your past is full of pain-- for you and everyone around you-- how far into history do you dig? Read more...

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Pure

4

I read a lot of dystopian and post-apocalyptic books, but this... this was something else. Read more...

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Captain Awesome to the Rescue!

5

If Captain Underpants had a little brother, it would totally be Captain Awesome! Read more...