Staff picks by Laela T

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Upside-Down Magic

4

Nory is always trying to be normal. If she keeps this up, she will never know how amazing she can be. Read more...

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The Not-A-Pig

4

After reading this book, you are going to want a tapir. It might also be handy to have some banana pancakes at the ready. Read more...

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Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

5

Frank, the boy, and Lucky, the dog, are the two best learning pals you could ever hope for. Read more...

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The Everything Box

5

It's the end of the world as we know it and I laughed my way through it. Read more...

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Front Lines

4

What if, in 1940, Uncle Sam decided women should fight in WWII? Imagine how that would change the most deadly war ever, and the gals who enlist. Read more...

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Soar

5

Welcome to Jeremiah's life. He can never play baseball again. Why, he can't even run! Now what is he going to do? Read more...

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The Making of a Navy SEAL: My Story of Surviving the Toughest Challenge and Training the Best

4

The Navy SEAL's sniper corps is a place where legends are born. Brandon Webb lets us tag along for a look at the inner workings of this elite group. Read more...

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Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

4

As soon as I saw the cover of this book, I knew an adventure was going to happen. Read more...

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13 Days Of Midnight

4

A necromancer, a wannabe witch, eight ghosts and an appearance by the Devil himself make this book a perfectly creepy October read. Read more...

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Billy and Goat at the State Fair

4

A boy, his goat and a trip to the state fair. What could possibly go wrong? Read more...

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The Pirate Pig

5

This is a high seas caper involvin' a skull-and-crossbones-wearin' pig, a stout captain and t' unwanted attention o' Barracuda Bill. Read more...

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The Penderwicks in Spring

5

This story mixes the modern day family with old fashioned charm and values. Read more...

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Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary

4

Typhoid Mary, a.k.a. the woman who refused to wash her hands. Read more...

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Redeployment

4

This is the story of war. Those who have seen war will never stop seeing it. These stories show the consequences of what these men have seen. Read more...

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Leroy Ninker Saddles Up

5

Yippie-i-oh! Leroy, with his horse Maybelline, begins a jaunt that makes me want to wrestle my fate to the ground with a trusty steed by my side. Read more...

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Emma and the Blue Genie

4

This fantasy has a tiny genie, a pesky pup, a spitting dromedary and a blue-patterned grandmother. It is everything I never knew I wanted. Read more...

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Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel: A Graphic Novel

4

Lena Finkle dives right into the world of online dating, and tells it like it is for a single mom in this strange new world. Read more...

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Landline

5

Georgie isn't looking for magic, but she finds it right when she needs it the most. How fortuitous. Read more...

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How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous

4

These funny and irreverent facts are sure to tickle the funny bones of kids and adults alike. If you don't watch out, you might learn something too. Read more...

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Can You Survive in the Special Forces? An Interactive Survival Adventure

4

I wanna be an Airborne Ranger, I'm gonna read about a life of danger. Sound off… Read more...

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Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too

5

Hip, hip, hooray! It's a super-duper daddy and daughter day. The perfect read for little ones and their exceptional dads. Read more...

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Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat

4

There are about 600 military working dogs. They are smart, strong and aggressive. I don't want to meet one. Read more...

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Jane, the Fox, & Me

4

What do "Jane Eyre," foxes and little girls who look like sausages have in common? Surprisingly, a lot. Read more...

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The Sweetheart Bargain

4

This is a sweetheart of a romance about dogs, Coast Guard heroes, girls trying to start over and meddling grandmothers. Read more...

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Boris On the Move

4

Boris is a warthog, and he is just like you. Boris dreams of adventures, and not just the kind you can find in your own backyard, just like you. Read more...

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Journey

5

Can an ordinary red crayon take you on a stunning and incredible journey? This flight of fancy says, "Yes!" Read more...

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Navigating Early

4

If "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" got together with "The Odyssey," their book baby would be "Navigating Early." Read more...

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No Fits, Nilson!

5

I am giving you a gorilla stare. You must read this book. You must read this book. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! I want banana ice cream. Read more...

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Destiny, Rewritten

4

If you're looking for a book that's charming and magical, look no further! Read more...

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Sports Illustrated Kids Full Count: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Baseball

5

Baseball meets Top 10 lists! This book has everything: phenomenal photos, bountiful baseball and fascinating facts. Read more...

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Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives

4

Young widows are those unlucky people who have to make second chances for themselves. This is a story of overcoming the unthinkable. Read more...

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Fake Mustache

4

The Heidelberg Handlebar #7 mustache is ready to take over the world. Be ready to laugh, because this book is 100% ridiculous. Read more...

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Vampirina Ballerina

5

Cute, cute, cute, that's what this book is! And it's full of practical advice for any young vampire looking to become a ballerina. Read more...

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The One and Only Ivan

4

The One and Only Ivan tugs at the heartstrings in a way that only a true story can. Read more...

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The Immortal Rules

4

If Walking Dead were a vampire book, it would be this book. Read more...

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A Diamond in the Desert

4

This book explores the hardships in the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII and the enduring spirit of the people who were held there. Read more...

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Oh no, George!

5

Chris Haughton is quickly becoming one of my favorite children's book writers. Read more...