Holiday Picks 2018

Holiday Picks 2018


 

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I See, I Touch Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9789888341566
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Published: minedition - May 1st, 2018

In this sweet die-cut board book, animals use their senses to explore the world and experience love. With durable pages and a touch-and-feel element at the end, this charming book is perfect for little hands.  

~ Eight Cousins

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Cockatoo, Too Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781499805796
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Published: little bee books - January 2nd, 2018

Cockatoo? Cockatoo Too? Cockatoos in tutus? Toucans too? Too much!

This bright, small board book will captivate babies, children, and their parents with its silly pictures and prose.

~ Eight Cousins

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How to Count 1 to 5 in Five Languages Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781786030801
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - March 1st, 2018

Starting with Spanish and continuing with Mandarin, English, French, and Japanese, each page features a character who speaks one of these five languages. The introduction text, "Hello! My name is . . . " is also translated in each respective language. Bonus: the book has a sound chip so you can hear counting in all five languages. A fun beginning exploration in language and numbers.

~ Eight Cousins

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We Are Music Cover Image
By Brandon Stosuy, Nick Radford (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781534409415
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Published: Little Simon - August 21st, 2018

We are Music features scores of instruments, from drums and guitar to theremins and lutes. This musical book contains fun scenes and bright colors throughout, as well as the heartwarming message that song is within all of us. Full of catchy rhymes and lines to the beat, it is an exciting board book to read aloud with the whole family. 

~ Eight Cousins

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Dot, Stripe, Squiggle Cover Image
By Sarah Tuttle (Created by), Miriam Nerlove (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781568463254
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Published: Creative Editions - August 21st, 2018

Dot, Stripe, Squiggle is a beautifully illustrated, read-aloud friendly book that teaches babies how to recognize patterns. Miriam Nerlove’s brilliant sea creatures bring simple shapes to life. With just four words total, Sarah Grace Tuttle uses punctuation to make this a real page-turner. This is a wonderful book, made to be read again and again!

~ Eight Cousins

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Llamaphones Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781419728273
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Published: Abrams Appleseed - March 6th, 2018

Llamaphones features a selection of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings – as shown by a llama. For example, on the double page spread of Rose and Rows, Rose shows a llama with a rose in its mouth, while Rows is illustrated by a llama with striped green and white rows. Tactile elements make this an engaging book for little hands, while an older reader might enjoy the subtle humor in the simple illustrations.

~ Eight Cousins

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Bark Park! Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481430753
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Published: Beach Lane Books - April 3rd, 2018

Come along on a trip to the dog park! This fun rhyming “tail” containing sweet illustrations of happy dogs with all of their amusing antics makes this read irresistible for dog lovers of all ages. Along the way, search for the ball, the leash, the bone and more, depicted on the endpapers of the book.

~ Eight Cousins

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Hello Hello Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452150147
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 20th, 2018

Say "hello!" to a fun and colorful array of animals! With all of their differences in colors, shapes, sizes, sounds and more, they make the animal kingdom a vibrant and fascinating place.

~ Eight Cousins

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Pink Is for Boys Cover Image
By Robb Pearlman, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780762462476
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Published: Running Press Kids - June 5th, 2018

Colors are for everyone — all colors, for all people — as this book matter-of-factly states, which is a simple message that reassures children that they are free to enjoy what they like without shame or embarrassment. Yellow is for crowns, blue is for uniforms, orange is for popsicles, and purple is for unicorns. Pink is for boys and girls, and so is this book!    

~ Eight Cousins

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The Thank You Book Cover Image
By Mary Lyn Ray, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780544791367
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

Feast your eyes upon this sentimental picture book that reminds readers of all ages to be thankful. Saying “thank you” is not merely good manners, the narrator notes, but a way to connect with the world we live in. Adorable illustrations feature animal families and bright scenes. Perfect for any time of year!

~ Eight Cousins

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The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

Sometimes we just need someone to listen. Taylor is sad and frustrated. One by one his animal friends try to help him, by talking, shouting, cleaning up, or laughing. Rabbit understands just what Taylor really needs. A good reminder lesson for everyone big and small.

~ Eight Cousins

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Giraffe Problems Cover Image
By Jory John, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524772031
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2018

Edward Giraffe doesn't like his neck. It's too long, too bendy, too narrow - too necky. He tries dressing it up or hiding it until he meets Cyrus, a tortoise who envies Edward because of his neck. Cyrus wants to taste a banana but can't reach one. What can be done? Fortunately, Edward has exactly what it takes to reach that tall tree.

~ Eight Cousins

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I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) Cover Image
By Davide Cali, Anna Pirolli (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781452165950
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 2nd, 2018

Love is complicated — especially when it comes to cats. At its best, there is companionable cuddling under quilts and on the newspaper. At love’s lowest point, there are surprises left next to the litter box. One minute you are their whole world, the next you are nothing compared to the side table, the potted plant, and the next door neighbor’s chicken. 

 

This book perfectly captures life with cats — from muddy paw prints across your desk to fur on your favorite sweater. Anna Pirolli’s illustrations are both accurate and adorable.

~ Eight Cousins

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Julián Is a Mermaid Cover Image
By Jessica Love, Jessica Love (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780763690458
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Published: Candlewick - April 23rd, 2018

Jessica Love’s picture book explores the life of Julián, an Afro-Latinx child who wishes to be a mermaid. Although Julián's hair is short and clothes are simple and boyish, readers can see how Julián imagines life to be: Julián wants long, beautiful hair and lavish, colorful, mermaid-like clothing. It is not clear how Julián identifies. You'd have to ask Julián! Regardless, Julián has a loving grandmother who embraces Julián's identity and takes her grandchild to see more mermaids. Julián is a Mermaid is a heartwarming and beautifully illustrated story that teaches young readers about love, pride, and acceptance.

~ Eight Cousins

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Luna and the Moon Rabbit Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781912233250
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Published: Scribblers - August 7th, 2018

Legend has it that if you leave a rice cake out on the night of a full moon, the moon rabbit may come and visit you! Luna, who remains skeptical but is unable to stifle her curiosity, decides to try. Embark on a moonlit adventure with her and the moon rabbit as they run through a magic forest and make wishes upon stars. Wonderful and imaginative, with mystical scenes throughout. Sure to make a believer out of even the most resolute skeptic! 

~ Eight Cousins

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Mrs Noah's Pockets Cover Image
By James Mayhew (Illustrator), Jackie Morris
$18.99
ISBN: 9781910959091
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Published: Otter-Barry Books - March 1st, 2018

Mrs Noah's Pockets, a gorgeously illustrated book about the value of imagination, is a retelling of Noah's Ark. Mr Noah is busy deciding which animals will have a home on the ark, and the "troublesome creatures" who will be left behind. Mrs Noah sees what the world will lose if he has his way and sews herself a new coat with pockets — lots of pockets. While on the ark, she tells the children stories of unicorns, dragons, centaurs, and all the other "troublesome creatures." May we all learn from Mrs Noah to preserve, protect, cultivate, and value imagination and stories. We need them.

~ Eight Cousins

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They Say Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419728518
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - March 13th, 2018

Wonder about color with a young girl as she explores the four seasons and nature all around her. Beautifully illustrated in vivid watercolors, this exciting and inquisitive picture book encourages readers to be mindful of the world outdoors.

~ Eight Cousins

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Mapping Sam Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062741226
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 2nd, 2018

Every night Sam the cat puts her family to bed, slips out the back door, and goes exploring. There is a map of her route, a map of Sam, of a flower, constellations, and so much more. Her journey is a wonderful introduction to maps and diagrams in fun, brightly colored illustrations. Perfect for map lovers and budding cartographers.

~ Eight Cousins

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Yellow Kayak Cover Image
By Nina Laden, Melissa Castrillon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534401945
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 23rd, 2018

Take a nighttime journey across a magical sea. Sail through storms and paddle over waves. Come along with creatures large and small — octopuses, otters, and a pod of whales — that guide the reader on this charming adventure. With fast-paced rhymes and vivid illustrations, this book is for little dreamers and ocean lovers alike.

~ Eight Cousins

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10 Reasons to Love... a Bear (10 reasons to love a...) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781786030160
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Published: Lincoln Children's Books - March 1st, 2018

With this delightful picture book, readers can discover 10 fascinating facts about bears. The organized layout and labeled illustrations make it easy for young readers to follow along. 10 Reasons to Love a Bear is a wonderful choice for animal lovers and children who enjoy facts. Part of a series: also look for reasons to love a Penguin, Lion, Whale, Turtle, and more. 

~ Eight Cousins

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Lovely Beasts: The Surprising Truth Cover Image
By Kate Gardner, Heidi Smith (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062741615
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 18th, 2018

With this engaging picture book, readers are encouraged to take a closer look at animals that might, at first, seem frightening, such as a shark, a wolf, or a spider. There is always more to a creature than what meets the eye, as author Kate Gardner explains with her simple and accessible text and Heidi Smith illustrates with her soft yet striking images. The suggestion to look beyond first impressions is important not only in regard to the animals featured in this book, but simply in life. Lovely!

~ Eight Cousins

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Kick It, Mo! (Mo Jackson #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780425289815
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Published: Penguin Young Readers - September 18th, 2018

Mo Jackson is back with his fourth sports book. This time Mo is practicing his kicks for the soccer game. He kicks hard and high. During the big game, he's ready, but surprises himself (and the goalie!) when he mostly misses the ball. Read all four of Mo's books: Don't Throw it to Mo!, Get a Hit, Mo!, and Pass the Ball, Mo!, which are just right for newly independent readers who like sports and humor.

~ Eight Cousins

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The Variety of Life Cover Image
By Nicola Davies, Lorna Scobie (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781454931881
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 7th, 2018

Explore the wonders of biodiversity! The Variety of Life is a fascinating and informative depiction of varieties among species of animals, birds and reptiles that will keep elementary to middle school naturalists entertained over and over again.

~ Eight Cousins

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062742469
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Published: HarperCollins - January 16th, 2018

Celebrate black women in STEM with this picture book adaptation of the critically-acclaimed book, Hidden Figures (young reader’s edition also available). This book depicts the true story of how four women in NASA, despite discrimination, solved the groundbreaking equations that launched America into space. Inspiring, with detailed artwork.

~ Eight Cousins

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Meet Yasmin! Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781684360222
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2018

Meet Yasmin, an explorer, painter, builder, and fashionista. The book contains four mini-stories, with three chapters each, and is illustrated in full-color throughout, making this book perfect for emerging readers transitioning from leveled readers to chapter books. Readers will appreciate Yasmin's curiosity, creativity, and resourcefulness in tackling life's second-grade hurdles. 

~ Eight Cousins

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Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin Cover Image
By Michelle Cusolito, Nicole Wong (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781580898119
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Published: Charlesbridge - May 22nd, 2018

Take a dive in the deep-sea submersible ALVIN and explore the ocean floor. Imagining themselves as the ALVIN’s pilot, readers are invited to investigate the world below the water’s surface as they navigate the depths. With engaging and informative text and fantastic illustrations, Flying Deep is great choice for young science enthusiasts.  

~ Eight Cousins

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Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1 Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419733604
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 2nd, 2018

Were you feeling like you needed more Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Iggy Peck? Good news! Their class now has its own early chapter book series. Rosie loves to experiment. She knows that when things go wrong, it just means she learned something important for the next trial. Her great-aunt and friends, aka the "Raucous Riveters" need help engineering a painting machine. They know Rosie is just the engineer for the job. And Rosie knows that when an experiment isn't working, you pull in all the resources you can find, including friends. This book is the start of a new series and will feature different characters, aka "the Questioneers!"

~ Eight Cousins

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If This Were a Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534420618
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 28th, 2018

One of the most innovative, and intricate middle grade books I've read in years, If This Were a Story is simultaneously beautiful and heartbreaking. At school Hannah finds notes written about her. They aren't very nice notes. The teachers, parents, and administration address the problem immediately. Bullying is not acceptable. If this were a story, maybe the resolution would be simple. But life isn't simple. Life has layers. Hannah's problems are much larger than school bullying and the only way she's going to find a resolution is to peel back the layers and examine the part of her own story that she's worked so hard to bury.

~ Eight Cousins

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Harbor Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780399252525
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

In her latest middle-grade novel, Jacqueline Woodson has created a compelling story about the importance of sharing stories. One Friday Ms. Laverne takes her class of six students to the abandoned art room. This room, every Friday afternoon, is for them — just for them — to talk, share, communicate however they want with no adults present. The six students start to trust each other, to share their stories, and discover how powerful talking, and listening, can be.

~ Eight Cousins

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Louisiana's Way Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763694630
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Published: Candlewick - October 2nd, 2018

Louisiana is a brave and spunky twelve-year-old girl. Her world is turned upside down when she finds herself far from home and abandoned by her granny, the only family she has ever known. 

In her quest to return she encounters a cast of quirky characters including a walrus of a minister, a cold-hearted motel owner, and a curious boy with a crow for a friend. Her journey becomes one of self discovery, of accepting what can not change, of choosing what kind of a person to be and of finding a home in the most unexpected places.

~ Eight Cousins

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Merci Suárez Changes Gears Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780763690496
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Published: Candlewick - September 11th, 2018

Merci Suárez lives with her parents and brother in one of three pink houses; her grandparents, aunt, and cousins occupy the other two. Her family is close, celebrates everyone's achievements, and shares in everyone's pain. Keeping secrets violate the family code However, something is not right with Merci's Abuelo "Lolo;" Merci notices that he is changing, but she doesn't understand why and her family knows more than she realizes. Meg Medina's heartfelt novel is mostly about family, but also a little about school and growing up. Highly recommended!

~ Eight Cousins

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Like Vanessa Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781580897778
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Published: Charlesbridge - March 13th, 2018

It is 1983 and thirteen-year-old Vanessa Martin has just witnessed Vanessa Williams crowned as Miss America. Inspired, Vanessa decides to participate in her school's beauty pageant. She knows a beauty pageant won't fix everything; her mom is still gone, her dad is still sad, and she's still being bullied at school. Nevertheless, with her support network gathered around her, including her grandfather, cousin, new teacher, and best friend, Vanessa finds her voice and truly learns what it means to be beautiful.

~ Eight Cousins

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Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338136890
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Published: Scholastic Press - January 30th, 2018

Marley Dias gets it Done (And So Can You!) is not only funny and relatable, it is an important book. Dias’s unique voice draws in readers, and makes you feel like her best friend, while also exploring important topics. She stresses the importance of reading, and discusses the complexities of parent-child relationships. This book is great for tweens and teens because it highlights fun  topics such as fashion and social media, as well as tougher subjects like racism and sexism. It is exciting to see such a great book written by a young person, from a perspective that teens will appreciate. It is also a great book for parents to read, because it will help them see things through their kid’s eyes. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to get informed and inspired!

~ Eight Cousins

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The Storm Runner (A Storm Runner Novel, Book 1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781368016346
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Published: Rick Riordan Presents - September 18th, 2018

Zane Obispo is a thirteen-year-old misfit with one leg shorter than the other. Bullied because of his limp and the cane he uses, Zane takes refuge in his best friend — his three-legged dog Rosie — and in exploring the dormant volcano in his backyard. 

One night he witnesses a plane crashing into the mouth of the volcano, and the very next day a strange girl arrives at his school with a shocking secret for him. Zane learns that he is part of an ancient Mayan prophecy involving powerful gods. Action ensues as he races to save the world from destruction. Fans of Rick Riordan will appreciate this book, part of his new imprint featuring world mythology.

~ Eight Cousins

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Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects Cover Image
By Mike Warren, Jonothan Woodward (Photographs by)
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ISBN: 9781452168623
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 4th, 2018

In Cut in Half: The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects, Warren uses a water jet cutter to cut ordinary household items like a bowling ball, a novelty singing fish, wireless headphones, and a waffle iron in half. We get to see the inner workings and examines ordinary objects from a completely different perspective. Lots of items and fun for the inquisitive mind.

~ Eight Cousins

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Ghost Boys Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

Told in the plain language of a twelve-year-old boy, Jerome Rogers narrates his own gut-wrenching encounter with police brutality and its aftermath. After he is shot and killed by an officer while playing with a toy gun, Jerome remains behind as a ghost. He observes his family’s grief and the preliminary hearing for the man who shot him. 

At the courthouse he realizes that Sarah, the officer’s daughter, is the only person who can see and hear him. The two grapple with Jerome’s shooting, forgiveness, and the meaning of racial privilege and oppression in America with the ghost of Emmitt Till as their guide.

Ghost Boys is a beautiful, powerful novel that helps children engage with a difficult subject.

~ Eight Cousins

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The The Parker Inheritance Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780545946179
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 27th, 2018

Candace isn't expecting to spend her summer trying to solve a decades-old mystery and restore the good name of her deceased grandmother, but that's exactly what happens when she finds a clue that might lead to treasure. The treasure hunt leads Candace, and her neighbor Brandon, to investigate and uncover stories about the town that a lot of people would rather keep buried. Candace and Brandon start to understand that finding a treasure is secondary to learning the truth and exposing an injustice. Westing Game meets historical fiction meets social justice, Varian Johnson's latest book is sure to delight fans (like me!) of The Great Greene Heist.

~ Eight Cousins

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It Wasn't Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524766436
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers - November 13th, 2018

There has been a hate crime at Shipton Middle School. Two actually. First, Theo's self portraits are vandalized. Then, more of his photographs are destroyed. Five kids are suspects, but no one will admit anything. Instead of punishing them, Ms. Lewiston suggests a Justice Circle during the week of school break. Theo only agrees to participate because he is desperate to discover who hates him and understand why. Everyone swears they know nothing, but they are definitely hiding something. Theo is determined to uncover the villain, but his single-mindedness means he's missing important clues about his classmates that are in plain sight. Poignant, insightful, and laugh-out-loud funny, It Wasn’t Me is a fantastic conversation starter about intent versus impact, and how we rarely see the whole picture without taking time to listen.

~ Eight Cousins

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The Prince and the Dressmaker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781626723634
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Published: First Second - February 13th, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker is a fantastic new graphic novel about Frances, a Parisian dressmaker, whose bold designs catch the eye of Prince Sebastian. With Frances's style and skills, Prince Sebastian spends his evenings wowing the aristocracy dressed as the stunning Lady Crystallia. Prince Sebastian's desire to keep his daytime role separate from his evening persona clashes with Frances's desire to become a famous designer. Enjoy Jen Wang's sumptuous tapestry of friendship, identity, love, and ambition.

~ Eight Cousins

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Fresh Ink: An Anthology Cover Image
By Lamar Giles (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781524766283
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 14th, 2018

#WeNeedDiverseBooks has published its second anthology, this one for teens. Fresh Ink is a compilation of stories from several of today's most dynamic writers, including Sara Farizan, Malinda Lo, Eric Gansworth, Jason Reynolds, and more. The short stories (plus one play and one graphic short) encompass first love, school power dynamics, saying good-bye, and superheroes. There is something for everyone in Fresh Ink.

~ Eight Cousins

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Mirage: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250126429
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 28th, 2018

Mirage is a dazzling sci-fi fantasy that kept me hooked until the very last word. In a galactic world dominated by the Vathek Empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is kidnapped and taken to the imperial palace. There she meets princess Miram and is forced to become the hated princess’s body double. Amani must learn to play the part in order to survive and to start a rebellion to defeat the Vatheks. Mirage is filled with adventure, romance, and a spellbinding protagonist.

~ Eight Cousins

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A Very Large Expanse of Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062866561
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Published: HarperCollins - October 16th, 2018

A Very Large Expanse of the Sea is an excellent novel that takes place in 2002 shortly after 9/11. The primary character, Shirin, is a muslim girl who is tired of being stereotyped. She is on her twelfth school and is struggling to make friends, until she meets Ocean James. The characters are polar opposites, but slowly a romance develops. Tahereh Mafi’s story is eye opening, and an important read for both teens and adults. 

~ Eight Cousins

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316310277
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 2nd, 2018

The Cruel Prince is a world within a world. Jude and her sisters, Taryn and Vivienne, are stolen away by the Red-Cap faerie Madoc after he murders their parents. The sisters live a life of intrigue, politics, and disaster in the courts of faerie. Jude dreams of becoming a knight, serving and protecting the King and the land, but she is a human in the faerie world. She possesses cunning, strength, and strategy, but the faerie are ruthless, strong, and calculating. The Cruel Prince will capture you from the very beginning and keep you enchanted until the last word. 

~ Eight Cousins

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Anger Is a Gift: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Tor Teen - May 22nd, 2018

Anger is a Gift is an incredibly powerful book. Moss Jeffries and his circle of friends want to go to school and learn. Their school, however, in the name of safety continues to invest money not in books and equipment, but in security and armed guards. School is no longer a place of learning and it definitely isn't safe. Moss decides to take a stand and finds himself caught between his school and his neighborhood. Fortunately, the people in his neighborhood have experience standing up and fighting for what's right. Oshiro writes a diverse cast of characters, showing their tenderness, their strength. He also illuminates the many different types of heartbreak that exist for a community living in and fighting against systematic oppression.

~ Eight Cousins

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Dread Nation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062570604
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 3rd, 2018

In Dread Nation, Justina Ireland tackles race, colorism, fashion, social justice, gender, class, war, and white supremacy in a post-Civil War zombie story that is part historical fiction, part dystopian, part western, and all adventure. Jane, trained in combat and etiquette to protect wealthy white families, is one of my all-time favorite characters. She's more inclined toward combat than etiquette, and her voice is spectacular. Dread Nation is entertaining to be sure, but it will also keep you thinking, and thinking deeply. Phenomenal.

~ Eight Cousins

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New England Invite: Fresh Feasts to Savor the Seasons Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781493034673
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Published: Globe Pequot Press - October 1st, 2018

Beautiful photos, tasty recipes, and creative menus make this cookbook a standout. Organized by season, New England Invite has everything you need to entertain guests throughout the year. Mason jar apple pies and cheddar scallion hash browns are just two of the recipes that will make your mouth water. 

~ Eight Cousins

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Educated: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590504
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Published: Random House - February 20th, 2018

Tara Westover grew up in rural Idaho entirely off the grid. Her survivalist parents did not believe in public education, hospitals, doctors, or government. In her memoir, Tara describes the uphill battle she waged in order to educate herself; with no prior schooling, she gained entrance to Brigham Young University and eventually earned a doctorate from Harvard. In spite of these accomplishments, Tara Westover was cut off from her family—a severance she deeply regrets. This memoir is an amazing story of survival and the will to succeed in spite of the odds.

~ Eight Cousins

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The Library Book Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781476740188
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 16th, 2018

Susan Orlean's love for public libraries — and the dedicated women and men who staff them — shines through in her latest book, The Library Book. A devastating fire in L.A.'s main library is the catalyst for her book, however she only uses this event as a springboard to chronicle the library's history and the colorful characters who have populated it through the years. As with The Orchid Thief, it's Orlean's characters who hold our attention and drive the narrative. In the case of the L.A. library, what a cast it is. I especially appreciated the later chapters that detail the way in which libraries have adapted to new technology and their role in the lives of their communities.

~ Eight Cousins

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These Truths: A History of the United States Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393635249
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 18th, 2018

Harvard historian Jill Lepore's American history book is divided into four parts, beginning in 1492 and continuing until 2016. Lepore explores the American “experiment” in terms of a radical document: The American Constitution. The questions that drive her history: Can a political society really be governed by reflection and election, by reason and truth, rather than by accident and violence, by prejudice and deceit? Is there any arrangement of government —any constitution — by which it is possible for a people to rule themselves, justly and fairly, and as equals through the exercise of judgment and care? Or are their efforts, no matter their constitutions, fated to be corrupted, their judgment muddled by demagoguery, their reason abandoned by fury? Great questions for all of us at this point in our history.

~ Eight Cousins

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Leadership: In Turbulent Times Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781476795928
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Published: Simon & Schuster - September 18th, 2018

In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership. Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? For each of the four presidents (Lincoln, the two Roosevelts, and Lyndon Johnson), their life histories and the adversities they faced influenced their presidencies. One common trait among the men: empathy for their fellow countrymen that guided their decisions.

~ Eight Cousins

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Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781627798341
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 3rd, 2018

Delve backstage and into the lives behind beloved Broadway musicals such as Cinderella, Oklahoma!, and The Sound of Music. Something Wonderful is an intimate portrait of creators Rodgers and Hammerstein that, in anecdotes and expert reporting, details their relationship and impact on American culture. Engaging and thoroughly researched, this book offers insight on how this duo redefined musical theater.

~ Eight Cousins

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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616208776
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 6th, 2018

Through the voices of three characters, Tayari Jones explores human complexity, not only in marriage, but in love, friendship, and family. Roy has done all the “right” things: he has worked hard, graduated from an excellent college, and has been successful in the business world. Nevertheless, Roy is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, subjected to an unfair trial, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. His incarceration has a profound effect on his marriage. The devastating effects of racism are a force throughout the novel.

With Tayari Jones’s characters, we ponder universal questions: who do we love, and why do we love them? What is marriage, and what are the demands it places on a couple and their children?

~ Eight Cousins

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There There: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

There There is the debut novel of author Tommy Orange, and I cannot wait to see what he writes next! The book is a series of short stories, each from the perspective of a different Native American character. As the story progresses, the characters' lives begin to connect and overlap as they all prepare for the Big Oakland Powwow. The novel is exciting, gripping, and heartfelt. Readers feel connected to each character, learning about their varying difficulties, understanding their racial identities, and grappling with both the joys and struggles that come with being Native American. There There is thought-provoking, insightful, and a definite page-turner. One of the best reads of 2018. 

~ Eight Cousins

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Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year Cover Image
By Nosy Crow, Frann Preston-Gannon (Illustrator), Fiona Waters (Editor)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781536202472
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Published: Nosy Crow - October 9th, 2018

Sing a Song of Seasons is a fantastic treasury of 366 short poems ranging from familiar to new discoveries. Fully illustrated to match the tone of the season and the poems featured, this book is both a great introduction to poetry for young readers as well as a wonderful way to share poetry as a family. Read each day's poem together before work and school or discuss it over dinner. Challenge each other to memorize one poem from each month. The poems that appear on each page contain thematic connections; perhaps the writers in your family will be inspired to offer their own poetry. 

~ Eight Cousins

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The Lost Words Cover Image
By Robert MacFarlane, Jackie Morris (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9781487005382
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Published: Anansi International - October 2nd, 2018

An oversized book with sunning visuals and a poetic homage to the natural world, The Lost Words is phenomenal family book. The lost words refer to nature-focused words that were removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary — such as acorn and fern, to make room for more contemporary, technology-based terminology. The subtitle, a spell book, references both the magic lost when we disconnect from nature as well as dictionaries being tools for spelling. Each word receives three double-page spreads, including illustrations emphasizing letters, a poem utilizing the letters of each word, and then a wordless, illustrated spread. For lovers of nature and words who delight in the magic of both.

~ Eight Cousins

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How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals Cover Image
By Sy Montgomery, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
$20.00
ISBN: 9780544938328
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - September 25th, 2018

Sy Montgomery grew up with one sister — a Scottish Terrier named Molly. As a naturalist and adventurer Montgomery's memoir contains animals from emus to tarantulas that have affected and transformed her life. Ages 8-108 will love this wonderful book about how to be a good creature.

~ Eight Cousins

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Wild Land Cover Image
$65.00
ISBN: 9781760760076
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 6th, 2018

The Pickfords have traveled to the most remote and untouched places on the planet’s seven continents and captured wildlife as never before seen. Both are renowned wildlife photographers determined to preserve and protect these vast expanses of wilderness. After paging through this coffee-table book with more than 200 stunning and breathtaking photographs, you, too, will be on their side!

~ Eight Cousins

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