Holiday Picks 2017

Alphabet Family Band Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781936669592
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Published: Blue Manatee Press - September 1st, 2017

A musical romp through the alphabet from Aunt to Uncle — with a special shout out to xylophone, of course — this upbeat board book will have everyone in the family singing and dancing.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Let's Find Momo!: A Hide-And-Seek Board Book Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781594749582
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Published: Quirk Books - April 18th, 2017

Who wouldn't love a board book with an adorable dog who hides among other fun items, and is just hard enough to find? Young children and parents alike will enjoy finding Momo in his various hiding places. Colors are bright and the scenes are fun to explore.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Feminist Baby Cover Image
By Loryn Brantz, Loryn Brantz (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781484778586
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 11th, 2017

Feminist baby loves to dance, likes pink and blue, chooses what to wear, makes lots of noise, and plays with dolls and trucks. In short, she marches to her own drumbeat, and, most importantly, knows she can be whatever she dreams! For all baby girls as they make their way in the world.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Massachusetts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936607419
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Published: Wild Iris Publishing - April 1st, 2017

With vibrant photographs and simple text, Curious Critters: Massachusetts offers a close-up look at some of the animals that can be found within our state and encourages outdoor exploration, looking, and listening.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Buildablock Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419725692
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - September 19th, 2017

Calling all young construction vehicle enthusiasts! More than 24 awesome construction machines are depicted with colorful graphics and sturdy die-cut pages. Tons of fun in this chunky board book, and perfect for little hands! 

Buildablock is the latest in the excellent Block series: Alphablock, Cityblock, Dinoblock, and Countablock.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Pizza!: An Interactive Recipe Book Cover Image
By Lotta Nieminen (Artist)
$14.95
ISBN: 9780714874098
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Published: Phaidon Press - May 29th, 2017

Know a pint-sized budding chef? In Pizza, kids can make the perfect pie right inside the book! Stir the ingredients, knead the dough, pour the sauce, and bake it to perfection every time. Each step is brightly illustrated and interactive. No mess, no heat, and no sharp objects! 

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


A Greyhound, a Groundhog Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553498059
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Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 3rd, 2017

The clever use of rhyming and repetition in this picture book makes it an excellent read aloud, although you might need to practice a few times! The text is deceptively simple and emphasizes sounds and patterns. The illustrations perfectly capture the increasing drama as the greyhound and groundhog go “around and around and around” to the climax “Astound!” Astound, indeed!

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


You Must Bring a Hat! Cover Image
By Simon Philip, Kate Hindley (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454926887
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 8th, 2017

Have you ever been invited to a birthday party and been requested to wear something special? Well, this birthday party invitation requests that the party guest wear a hat, but the only hat that can be found is attached to a monkey. As the search progresses, the requests get stranger and stranger and every item comes attached to an animal. Things get a little wild, but don’t worry, the party is a great success!!!!

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


When's My Birthday? Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722934
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 5th, 2017

Birthdays come once a year, but the question, “when is my birthday?” is for every day. With a muted pallet, perfect for un-birthdays, this adorable story by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Christian Robinson captures the anticipation and excitement leading up to birthdays, even when they are months away. Of course, when it comes to having parties, it doesn’t matter whose birthday it is; everyone can celebrate with a great party hat — I particularly love the goldfish who has a cameo on the front cover (under the jacket!). Other great bonus content in this book are the candle endpapers and the calendar grid. Circle everyone’s month/day and be sure to have your birthday party hats ready!

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


71 Sheep Try Soccer Cover Image
By Pablo Albo, Guridi (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780994289599
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Published: Berbay Publishing - October 1st, 2017

Seventy-one sheep want to play soccer, but their knowledge of the game is wooly at best. They give it a shot, but you can count on these sheep to get it all wrong. The ball gets stuck in a tree. Then a sheep gets stuck in a tree. Can they finally get to . . . oh no HERE COMES THE WOLF! 

People may have trouble reading this book through their tears of laughter. 

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Hello Goodbye Dog Cover Image
By Maria Gianferrari, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781626721777
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - July 25th, 2017

In this charming picture book, Zara’s enthusiastic dog, Moose, loves hellos. Good-byes are hard, especially when Zara goes to school. Moose repeatedly finds a way to escape and visit her, “hello!” The teacher, librarian, principal, and Zara’s parents all struggle to send Moose home. Zara has an idea. What does Moose love more than “hello?” Stories! Zara takes Moose to therapy dog school so that he can be the class’s Reading Dog! A lovely story about a girl and her dog, with the added bonus of modeling good problem solving skills, Hello Goodbye Dog is a delightful story with lovely, soft illustrations. Extra content: information about therapy dogs.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


A River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452154237
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 7th, 2017

A young child's wonder takes us on an imaginary journey along a river as it winds its way through forests, farmlands, cities, jungles, and finally to the ocean. Lush illustrations and rich detail along the way will entrance readers of all ages.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


South Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419722998
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

On the deck of his boat, a lonely sailor finds a bird with an injured wing. Tenderly, the sailor cares for the bird. As the bird recovers, a strong friendship grows between the two. The sailor has a companion with whom to share his days. But as the weather grows colder, the sailor knows the bird won’t be able to continue sailing with him. Beautifully illustrated and simply told, young and old will appreciate this story of enduringfriendship.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Professional Crocodile Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781452165066
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 1st, 2017

Mr. Crocodile is just an ordinary guy. Every morning he uses the loo, chooses a tie, and leaves for work. He navigates subway cars and city streets on his long commute, jostled by strangers and enticed by savory smells. It’s fine by him; he loves his job. But what kind of job, exactly, does a professional crocodile have? 

Professional Crocodile is a wordless book that tells a rich story through superb and detailed illustrations. 

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene, and Friendship Cover Image
By David Elliott, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763660741
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 12th, 2017

Baabwaa and Wooliam, a whimsical picture book described as a “hilarious and satisfying tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship,” will make a wonderful read-aloud. The facial expressions on the pair of sheep as well as the memorable wolf are priceless. A terrific story with clever and unexpected twists.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
By Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524741723
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Published: Philomel Books - May 30th, 2017

Chelsea Clinton has selected thirteen amazing women, both historical and contemporary. The illustrations are charming and the message is both important and inspiring. We were privileged to have Chelsea as a guest this summer for a memorable event celebrating this wonderful book and we’re delighted that she has sent us more signed bookplates in time for the holidays.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Dog on a Frog? Cover Image
By Kes Gray, Claire Gray, Jim Field (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338116953
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Published: Scholastic Press - May 30th, 2017

Dogs sit on frogs? No way, not anymore! There’s a new order in town. Frog is making the rules because everyone has to know their place; that’s just the way it is. Now dogs sit on logs, cats sit on gnats, and dragons sit on wagons. And where does the formerly sat-upon Frog get to sit? Read and find out. Emerging readers will enjoy the whirlwind of rhyming on every page. 

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492642046
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - June 6th, 2017

When Eugenie Clark developed an interest in sharks as a young girl, some people told her that women couldn’t be scientists, and that sharks were only killing machines. Despite such opinions, Eugenie dedicated her life to studying sharks, earning the nickname “The Shark Lady.” Her passion and research helped to show both that sharks are intelligent creatures, and that women are capable of anything. Inspiring and educational, Shark Lady offers encouragement to anyone who has ever felt or been told that their dreams are unreachable.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Labyrinth: Find Your Way Through 14 Magical Mazes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781847809988
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - March 7th, 2017

Find your way through fourteen magical mazes — AMAZING!!!! A beach, a dragon's lair complete with a "real" dragon, and under the sea are a few of the scenes for mazes. There are plenty of items to spot along the way. Answers are in the back but most eagle eyes won’t need them.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Malala's Magic Pencil Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316319577
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 17th, 2017

A beautiful rendering of Malala’s story for younger readers. Much of Malala’s personal story hinges on the shooting and in this book, empty black pages and stark text make a powerful statement without being graphic. As readers mature, more of her history can be introduced. This story emphasizes Malala’s aspirations and dedication. Sure to inspire kids to find their passion and persevere against the odds.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Her Right Foot Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (Artist)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

Many people are familiar with the Statue of Liberty. If asked to describe her, they might mention her torch, her crown, or her robe. But what about her right foot? In this humorous telling of the famous statue’s history, author Dave Eggers and artist Shawn Harris remind readers of the significance of this “Mother of Exiles.” She is a symbol of freedom who cannot wait, but who must stride forward to meet those in need in the sea.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Princess Cora and the Crocodile Cover Image
By Laura Amy Schlitz, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763648220
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 28th, 2017

Since her birth, Princess Cora has been in training to be the Queen. Every day her routine includes three baths, endless skipping rope, and reading boring books on how to run the kingdom. Princess Cora is just plain tired of this program! In desperation, she writes to her fairy godmother, whose solution to Cora’s dissatisfaction is to send a crocodile. The crocodile and Cora switch roles, and the princess is blessed with her first free day ever. The crocodile, on the other hand, contends with Cora’s schedule, which pushes him over the edge. What could be the outcome? A delightful story with a satisfactory ending, plus wonderful illustrations by Brian Floca.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! Cover Image
By Quvenzhane Wallis, Nancy Ohlin (With), Sharee Miller (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781481458825
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

Go break a leg? No, go break an egg! On stage?!!! Shai and Emmie are third grade actresses and both want the lead in the class musical. But there can only be one star. Can they still be friends? This story has a few twists and turns, some illustrations and is a perfect first chapter book. As the first of a series, the reader will hardly be able to wait for the next installment.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Book of Bones: 10 Record-Breaking Animals Cover Image
By Gabrielle Balkan, Sam Brewster (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9780714875125
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Published: Phaidon Press - September 18th, 2017

This foray into osteology takes a unique approach. Each mini-section starts with a question. What has the largest skeleton? Who has the shortest or spikiest bones? Information is provided for this guessing game, then readers turn the page for an illustration, more information, and the answer. Each illustration of the animal contains a tactile overlay of the skeleton. Engaging information on multiple developmental levels means that the book will age up with readers for several years.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780008252564
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Published: HarperCollins Children's Books - September 12th, 2017

Papa Toto always began his bedtime story with these words: “I was there.” Those words send shivers down Tiny Toto’s spine, because he knows it will be the Wizard story. Dorothy doesn’t tell this story much anymore because no one—not even Uncle Henry or Aunt Em—believe her; only Papa Toto’s seven puppies know about the Land of Oz and their father’s adventures there with Dorothy. Michael Morpurgo presents a familiar tale in a different light, with a message of friendship and love. Emma Chichester Clark’s fanciful illustrations will delight young readers and listeners.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


One Good Thing about America Cover Image
By Ruth Freeman, Kathrin Honesta (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823436958
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Published: Holiday House - March 21st, 2017

Going to a new school can be a scary experience. Going to a new school where you are different from many of your classmates and struggle with the language can be daunting. Anais, however, manages to hold her own in what she calls “Crazy America.”  Anais writes almost daily to her grandmother, whose instructions to Anais were to write only in English and to tell her one good thing about America in each letter. Although not an immigrant, author Ruth Freeman draws upon her experience as an English Language Learning teacher in Maine to present our country, in all its peculiarities. As Anais learns about America, we too learn more about ourselves and our country — a timely lesson!

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763680336
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 14th, 2017

Pirates, ships and sunken treasure come to life in Martin Sandler’s intriguing account of the sunken pirate ship Whydah, discovered off our local coast of Cape Cod in 1984. The wreckage, along with its cargo of priceless pirated treasures, rested on the ocean floor, undiscovered for almost three hundred years. Sandler recounts the historical journey of this great vessel from its beginnings as a merchant and slave ship to the capture by bold pirates and then to the ship's recovery. The Whydah is a ‘treasure’ to be enjoyed by children and adults.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


A Boy Called Bat Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, Charles Santoso (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780062445827
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 14th, 2017

Bixby Alexander Tam, called Bat, lives with his mother and sister. One day his mother, a veterinarian, comes home late. She has rescued a kit — a baby skunk — and will be taking care of it until the wild animal rescue center has room. Bat doesn’t always understand people and sometimes the world is too loud, but he develops a connection with the skunk kit and does his best to become an expert pet caretaker. A Boy Called Bat is a sweet, quiet story that will appeal to fans of The Lemonade War.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Wishtree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

Katherine Applegate’s Wishtree is simply the most charming book about kindness in this challenging world that I’ve come across this year! The lovely story, told from the point of view of a large oak tree, weaves in some fascinating information about nature – especially trees and animals. The author’s sense of humor, particularly in naming the animals, is full of joyful and clever whimsy!

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Rise of the Jumbies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616206659
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 19th, 2017

Tracey Baptiste delighted us with her chilling tale in The Jumbies – reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. In Baptiste's first volume, Corinne faces sinister forces dressed up in familial clothing. We're excited to be back in Baptiste’s world with this second installment, which includes a malevolent mermaid and weaves threads of fairy tales and mythology from West Africa and the Caribbean with vibrant characters and a palpable atmosphere. The Rise of the Jumbies has that same deliciously chilling edge as The Jumbies, and is perfect for winter nights.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Amina's Voice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481492065
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 14th, 2017

When Amina’s best friend Soojin decides to change her name to something more “American” sounding, Amina starts to struggle with her own identity. She is proud of her Pakistani heritage, proud to be Muslim and American. She wants Soojin to be proud of her own family, culture, and heritage. Although Amina usually stays away from being center stage, she also knows that sometimes you have to use your own voice to inspire others to find theirs.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Hello, Universe Cover Image
By Erin Entrada Kelly, Isabel Roxas (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062414151
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Published: Greenwillow Books - March 14th, 2017

Coincidence? Or destiny? What brings friends together? The choices we make or the circumstances of our lives? Virgil called Turtle by his boisterous family could not muster the courage to speak to Valencia all year at school. Now it’s summer and he feels like a failure. Fortunately, Kaori and her sidekick little sister, Gen are psychics and can help Virgil with his destiny. Coincidentally, Valencia meets Kaori the day that Virgil ends up trapped at the bottom of a well. Bullies, quests, heroes, snakes, and hamsters infuse this touching story of friendship that is — no question — destined to be.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Tumble & Blue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525428442
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Published: Dial Books - August 29th, 2017

Munch, the narrator, is a golden alligator, who has lived in the Okefenokee Swamp for hundreds of years with many tales to tell mostly about tasty tourists. Blue’s madcap family is living under a curse and Tumble is a hero in training but can't seem to save anyone. The friends set off in a search for Munch, seeking answers about creating their own destiny. Will Munch help change their fate or just create more questions?

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Beyond the Bright Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101994856
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 2nd, 2017

Crow lives happily with Osh on Cuttyhunk. She knows he found her in a small boat on the day she was born, but she doesn't think much about her parents and why they put her in that boat. As Crow grows up, however, so does her curiosity. Fortunately her parents left a few clues, if she looks hard enough. Beyond the Bright Sea starts slowly, gentle waves cascading on the rocky shore. It builds to a dramatic storm of high emotion — fear, bravery, love — before subsiding back to the calm. It reads like a perfect Cape Cod storm, with three fascinating characters holding steady throughout. Perfect for middle grade readers, but will also delight teens and adults who love history, Cape Cod, and family.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Flying Lessons & Other Stories Cover Image
By Ellen Oh (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781101934593
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2017

Flying Lessons is a collection of short stories from some of today's best writers of middle grade books. This book is edited by Ellen Oh, president and founder of #WeNeedDiverseBooks. The stories cross genres and cover a wide range of topics, including basketball, family, and community. Librarians and teachers, you definitely want this book for your school and classroom collections.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


The War I Finally Won Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525429203
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Published: Dial Books - October 3rd, 2017

In The War I Finally Won, set in Britain during World War II, Ada and her brother move from London with their guardian Susan to live with Lady Thornton, her daughter, and Ruth, a German girl who is also Jewish. Touching on loss, hardship, and accepting that different is not bad, The War I Finally Won continues Ada's story from the award winning book The War That Saved My Life.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


The Pants Project Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781492638094
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - March 7th, 2017

Liv is annoyed with the school's very traditional and very gendered dress code. Liv feels much more comfortable in pants and is unclear why it is necessary for half the school to wear skirts. Liv begins the campaign because of personal discomfort, but soon learns that other students at the school are equally uncomfortable with the dress code, and each for different reasons. Fans of George will love this pre-transition story. Middle school readers will appreciate the subtleties of gender and sexuality that begin to emerge in middle school.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Piecing Me Together Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781681191058
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 14th, 2017

Jade is a collage artist. She creates art by selecting parts and pieces, putting them together in unique and captivating ways. Her story of discovery and identity is about finding the best pieces of the different parts of her life. She selects from her home, her mother — one of my favorite characters — her school, her mentor, teachers and friends. All of these pieces offer strength. As Jade develops, she recognizes the importance of asking for what she needs. Although Piecing Me Together is Jade’s story, the complexities of the secondary characters and their nuanced relationships with each other provide a robust canvas for Jade’s art.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Miles Morales: Spider-Man Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484787489
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Published: Marvel Comics - August 1st, 2017

Miles Morales is a student at Brooklyn Visions Academy. However, there is more to this student than meets the eye; of course his teachers and even his mother don't know his secret and he continually comes up with creative excuses to get out of class to save victims. After being suspended from school, he questions his real ability to continue as Spider-Man. A fun story full of mystery and suspense.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Pashmina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626720879
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Published: First Second - October 3rd, 2017

With stunning visuals and an intricate narrative, Pashmina will appeal to long-time fans of graphic novels, but is also a great introduction for novices. Linking mythology and family history, Pashmina is lovely, touching, heartbreaking, and inspirational. 

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Words in Deep Blue Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101937648
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 6th, 2017

Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue makes an ideal gift for any teen book lover this year. Set in a bookstore with a very special section where letters can be left between the pages of a book, this story deals with loss and healing, and includes a bit of romance as well as a hopeful transformation.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375815300
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017

Malcolm Polstead is a smart and curious boy, who takes an interest in the patrons of his parents’ inn and the people of his village. His curiosity lands him in a web of spies, shadowy organizations, and dangerous government agencies. Set in the same world as the His Dark Materials trilogy, this book is a prequel to the iconic series.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Warcross Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399547966
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

In this science fiction novel, a down-on-her-luck teenage hacker/bounty hunter hopes to make some fast money by hacking into Warcross, a virtual reality competition and worldwide obsession. Her plan goes awry, however, when she accidentally hacks herself right into the opening game of the Warcross Championships . . . and is then offered a job as a player/spy by the game's billionaire creator, who wants her assistance with a security issue. Thrilling and action-packed, Warcross is sure to keep readers turning the pages and eagerly awaiting the next installment.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


The Hate U Give Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062498533
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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 28th, 2017

The Hate U Give addresses a range of complicated topics: family, education, community, misuse of power, growing up, deciding what's worth fighting for, and learning how to speak up for yourself. The book is filled with complex and nuanced characters, and Thomas does an excellent job of allowing each person a chance to tell their story. Starr's voice is going to stay with us for a long time. She alternates between confident, hesitant, brave, humorous, and serious, with genuine and piercing insight. Perfect for teens and parents, because it will inspire much-needed conversations.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Saints and Misfits Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481499248
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - June 13th, 2017

Janna is a photographer and frames the world with three lenses: saints, misfits, and monsters. Monsters are tricky because they often walk through the world as saints; not everyone sees the evil underneath. Janna sees it. Observant, smart, and thoughtful, Janna sees her friends, her community at her mosque, her family, and herself. What she needs to discover, however, is how to be seen, how to speak, and to speak up. Janna’s narrative voice is fresh and captivating. Saints & Misfits is enlightening and inspiring.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525555360
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

Wow! John Green has an incredible gift for depicting the inner life of teens with challenges. In this beautifully written novel, he tackles anxiety, which can be severely debilitating and hard to treat. The characters are gloriously flawed and the author seems to be able to make the reader love them all the more for their imperfections.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Wild Beauty Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250124555
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - October 3rd, 2017

For generations, the Nomeolvides women are cursed to stay and tend the gardens of La Pradera. The current generation of Nomeolvides women agrees to forgo love completely in order to protect the heiress of La Pradera. Their oath of protection, planted in the soil, grows a boy from the past. Although he has no memory, the Nomeolvides women must uncover his connection to the land. The twist in Wild Beauty dives deeply into the tragedy of buried pasts and the story is a perfect combination of family, love, nature, and justice wrapped in magical realism.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Long Way Down Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438254
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Published: Atheneum Books - October 24th, 2017

When Will’s brother is shot in the streets, Will knows what he has to do. The rules are clear. He grabs a gun and gets in the elevator. What happens next is 100% true, Will explains. At each floor, a visitor from his past enters the elevator. They talk. Reminisce. Swap stories, and fill in gaps that Will never knew about their own gun-related deaths. The entire story takes place in one short elevator ride, but Long Way Down will stay with you for years. Jason Reynolds has a way with words. You’ll want to savor every one. 

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups Cover Image
By Chris Harris, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316266574
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

Silly, witty, wise, whimsical and just so much fun to read out loud! Chris Harris delights children of all ages in this debut collection of clever, hilarious, and sometimes poignant poems, some rhyming – some not!  Lane Smith’s expressive illustrations are a perfect accompaniment and elevate the silliness factor of the poetry.  The combination of these extreme talents is reminiscent of Shel Silverstein’s works. You are sure to find something absurd or outrageous to tickle your funny bone, and to help reconnect with childhood.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780553523225
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Published: Doubleday Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

In 1879, while in Paris with his young daughters, Mark Twain made up a story just for them. The partial notes to this story were found in the Mark Twain archives and Philip Stead has written them into a book as if Mark Twain is telling him the story. The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine is a quirky, funny, unusual story about the travels of Johnny as he sets off with some magic seeds on a quest to rescue a prince. Talking animals, royalty, dragons flying all come to life through the whimsical, watercolor pictures by Erin Stead. A great family book and a necessary addition to any collector of Mark Twain's works.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780393634020
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 19th, 2017

For the map lover, the animal lover, and/or the data lover, here is the book you need for the holidays. The maps demonstrate animal migration patterns: over land, in the sky, and through water. Each section contains a map coupled with background text on the animal as well as how scientists collected the data. Further information is located in vignettes and small paragraphs. Young kids will enjoy the images, school-aged children will learn more about animals and research, parents and grandparents will learn a thing or two as well and might also use the book to teach map-reading skills. A great gift for the whole family. 

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781455563937
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - February 7th, 2017

In 1930s Korea, Sunja is pregnant by a lover who has abandoned her. In order to not disgrace her family, she agrees to a marriage that will take her to Japan, which had annexed Korea in 1910. Koreans, however, were never afforded the privileges of Japanese citizenship—whether at home or in Japan. Thus, Sunja’s descendants, who remain in Japan, suffer discrimination, hardship, and poverty. And yet, as is so often the case with immigrants facing overwhelming challenges, Sunja’s family— through hard work — survives and prospers. Min Jin Lee tells a familiar tale, but depicts her characters with such love and admiration we can’t help but cheer them on. Broad in its sweep of history, Pachinko is a testament to the strength of family, history, and identity.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

In 1930s Korea, Sunja is pregnant by a lover who has abandoned her. In order to not disgrace her family, she agrees to a marriage that will take her to Japan, which had annexed Korea in 1910. Koreans, however, were never afforded the privileges of Japanese citizenship—whether at home or in Japan. Thus, Sunja’s descendants, who remain in Japan, suffer discrimination, hardship, and poverty. And yet, as is so often the case with immigrants facing overwhelming challenges, Sunja’s family— through hard work — survives and prospers. Min Jin Lee tells a familiar tale, but depicts her characters with such love and admiration we can’t help but cheer them on. Broad in its sweep of history, Pachinko is a testament to the strength of family, history, and identity.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


Young Jane Young Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616205041
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Published: Algonquin Books - August 22nd, 2017

Gabrielle Zevin is one of my favorite writers, and this novel, told from the point of view of several different women, is both brilliant and entertaining. It has a timely message and characters that are beautifully textured. In a powerful letter from the author, Zevin says “I believe fiction can change people’s hearts and minds.” This story will make you think and will definitely open conversations.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


The Weight of Ink Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780544866461
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - June 6th, 2017

Two women, centuries apart, work on sacred Jewish scriptures. Helen Watt, an expert historian with a love of Jewish history, is called to verify ancient scrolls that have been discovered hidden below a staircase in an old family house outside London, and Ester Velasquez, a young woman in 1660s London, serves as a scribe for a blind rabbi — a position women were not allowed to assume. Both women are incredibly devoted to their work and the history to which they are indirectly witnesses; however, their choices have come with a cost. In this work of historical fiction, Rachel Kadish has delved into the details of Jewish life in the 17th and 21st centuries, and composed a novel that is testament to the power of the written word.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616207823
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Published: Algonquin Books - November 7th, 2017

Throughout his career, Dan Rather has reported on events that have had a tremendous impact on the United States. In his travels around the world, he has met with numerous movers and shakers—and he has talked with and interviewed “ordinary” citizens, who often inspired him more than their leaders. He notes that, “This book is a product of more than eight decades of living and loving my country . . .” It is a book that follows the trajectory of 20th century American history with its strengths, weaknesses, goodness and evil. Rather sees America now in a time of crisis and hopes that we have the strength to do the necessary work to set us back on high ground; his book serves as inspiration.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017


The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780812998931
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Published: Random House - October 24th, 2017

In this amazing book, Puchner traces 4,000 years of world history through the written word, starting with the Iliad and finishing with Harry Potter and a world book festival in India. Along the way, Puchner also talks about Chinese brush painting, the art of paper making, the invention of moveable type, the dawn of newspapers, typewriters, and of course, computers and the internet. For book and literature lovers, The Written World is a new way to examine and understand world history.

~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017