Holiday Picks 2019

Holiday Picks 2019


 

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Peek-a-Who Too? Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9789888341818
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Published: minedition - September 1st, 2019

In this delightful lift-the-flap book, little ones can guess the animal making the noise described on each page and then lift not one but two flaps to reveal the answer. The gorgeous illustrations will delight readers of all ages. Can you guess the animal that says "snap snap" and "tzzzz tzzzz?" Peek inside to find out!

~ Eight Cousins


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Stir Crack Whisk Bake: A Little Book about Little Cakes Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781492677734
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Published: Sourcebooks Explore - September 3rd, 2019

Stir Crack Whisk Bake introduces America’s Test Kitchen to young cooks. Gather ingredients, pour batter, and swirl on frosting in this colorful, introductory board book for the youngest of aspiring chefs. You can almost smell the beautiful cupcakes baking. Amazing!

~ Eight Cousins


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May We Have Enough to Share Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781459816244
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 1st, 2019

May We Have Enough to Share is a beautiful board book that holds a precious message for all generations: to share all that we are with others. Little ones will love looking at the sweet photographs of babies, children, and families taken by Indigenous women. May We Have Enough to Share will be a lovely addition to any home library.

~ Eight Cousins


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Mr. Bear's Colors Cover Image
By Virginie Aracil (Created by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9791027607075
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Published: Twirl - September 3rd, 2019

Mr. Bear’s Colors brings the viewer through an amazing spectrum that expands beyond the typical primary colors. The objects featured on each color's page, such as a silver disco ball and an orange sunset, help a young child view the world in a different light, as well as become more familiar with the world around them.

~ Eight Cousins


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What's Going On Here?: A Tell-Your-Own-Tale Book Cover Image
By Olivier Tallec (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781452173177
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 3rd, 2019

What is going on here? This book has three flaps on each page. The top flap contains a dependent clause, the middle flap contains an independent clause, and the bottom flap contains a question for the reader. Turn all three flaps together or one at a time to mix up the narrative and the picture! Confused? Try playing around with it and you'll figure it out. A fun, interactive, family activity book that will keep everyone talking and laughing.

~ Eight Cousins


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Alphabet Kingdom Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781944903572
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Published: Cameron Kids - March 26th, 2019

Alphabet Kingdom is an oversized picture book composed of beautiful oil paintings. The left page highlights one letter of the alphabet and the opposite page includes an animal that starts with that letter. Both illustrations jump off the page with color. Alphabet Kingdom is possibly one of most gorgeous alphabet books we've seen. Stunning.

~ Eight Cousins


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Oink Cover Image
By David Elliot, David Elliot (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781776572144
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Published: Gecko Press - April 2nd, 2019

Poor Pig just wants to take a nice relaxing bath; is that really too much to ask? But just as Pig settles in for a good soak, company arrives. First, Sheep brings a toy boat, then Cow brings a ball. Finally, Donkey joins the fray. Soon the tub is a riot of activity and it will take a stinky intervention to restore peace for Pig. Oink provides lots of giggles for little readers.

~ Eight Cousins


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Go, Girls, Go! Cover Image
By Frances Gilbert, Allison Black (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534424821
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Published: Beach Lane Books - November 5th, 2019

Go, Girls, Go! written by Frances Gilbert and illustrated by Allison Black is the perfect female empowering picture book, as it features illustrations of female characters on the move in various vehicles, including everything from a firetruck to a tugboat. The story reminds young girls that they always have the power to move forward. With a simple rhyming scheme and sounds such as “Beep!” and “Whoosh!,” this book is sure to capture the attention of young readers.

~ Eight Cousins


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One Dark Bird Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534404434
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Published: Beach Lane Books - July 16th, 2019

Follow the daytime journey of one, two, three, then an entire flock of birds as they swoop and flit across town. Wind down the evening as ten, nine, eight, then finally the very last bird finds a resting perch for the night. One Dark Bird is a gentle bedtime story to lull young listeners into a peaceful sleep.

~ Eight Cousins


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Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse Cover Image
By Jane Godwin, Blanca Gómez (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525553816
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Published: Dial Books - August 27th, 2019

Follow Little Bitty Brown Mouse as she packs her little bitty brown suitcase, leaves her little bitty brown house and makes her way around the world. Search for her on every colorful page full of rhymes, vehicles, numbers, and shapes. Read it over and over to find new things as she traverses the world.

~ Eight Cousins


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Duck and Penguin Are Not Friends Cover Image
By Julia Woolf, Julia Woolf (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781682631324
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - September 1st, 2019

Betty and Maud are best friends, and they think their favorite toys, Duck and Penguin, should be best friends, too. But Duck and Penguin are NOT friends. They do NOT want to swing together, or build sandcastles together, and they certainly do NOT want to play itty-bitty babies together. But when Betty and Maud leave the toys alone for a moment, Duck and Penguin discover, on their own terms and in their own time, that they like doing things together after all – especially finding ways to avoid playing itty-bitty babies!

~ Eight Cousins


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Just In Case You Want to Fly Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823443444
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Published: Neal Porter Books - October 8th, 2019

Author Julie Fogliano and illustrator Christian Robinson (When’s My Birthday?) are back together in this lovely story about possibilities and opportunities. Julie Fogliano’s sweet rhyming text, “just in case you want to fly / here’s some wind / and here’s the sky” is perfectly coupled with Christian Robinson’s whimsical illustrations of clothing flapping on a clothesline (and flying off!) in the breeze. The illustrations in this book provide a cute counter-interpretation to what readers might expect from the text; the page that states, “here’s an umbrella in case it rains,” shows two girls splashing in a tub. Sweet, poignant, and with a surprise joke, Just in Case You Want to Fly will make a lovely gift for expectant parents, new graduates, and best friends, as well as the adorable pre-schooler in your life.

~ Eight Cousins


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A Stone Sat Still: (Environmental and Nature Picture Book for Kids, Perspective Book for Preschool and Kindergarten, Award Winning Illustrator) Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452173184
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 27th, 2019

In this beautifully illustrated companion to They All Saw a Cat, a variety of animals encounter a stone, each experiencing it in their own unique way. To one creature it is a hill, but to another it is a pebble. To one creature it feels rough, but to another it feels smooth. With the passage of time, the environment around the stone transforms, but through it all the stone sits still. In this lovely, rhythmic picture book, author/illustrator Brendan Wenzel presents a reassuring story of permanence in an ever-changing world.

~ Eight Cousins


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A Big Bed for Little Snow Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316478366
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

In A Big Bed for Little Snow, Little Snow loves the new feather bed that his mother makes for him at the beginning of winter. She reminds him that the bed is for sleeping, not jumping. Needless to say, the reminder is ignored. The bed is just so puffy and bouncy. Little Snow has to jump and jump and jump. Sometimes Little Snow jumps softly, sometimes hard, and one time he splits the bed, spilling lots of “feathers” that time. A lovely companion title to Grace Lin’s award-winning A Big Mooncake for Little Star, A Big Bed for Little Snow is a perfect read-aloud book and a delightful winter story.

~ Eight Cousins


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Please Don't Eat Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316315258
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

Please Don’t Eat Me is the hilarious story of how bunny meets bear. When bunny tunnels through bear’s forest home (rude!) and encounters a hungry bear, some quick and outside-the-box thinking is necessary to satisfy bear’s appetite. The two inadvertently create fun memories and genuinely enjoy each other’s company, possibly becoming friends. Too bad bear is starting to get hungry again. The deadpan delivery and laugh-out-loud illustrations will have young and old readers giggling together at each clever page. 

~ Eight Cousins


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Another Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421677
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 5th, 2019

Another is a wordless picture book, illustrated by the incomparable Christian Robinson, and offers opportunities for young readers to participate in story creation by highlighting sequencing, visual cues, and emotional responses. The protagonist chases her cat through a portal and enters another world that is similar, but with subtle differences. Astute readers will figure out that color is significant in this story; look closely at the collars on the two cats to keep track of their respective stories. Furthermore, Another highlights the tactile engagement and fun you can have with physical picture books. To follow the story, you will need to turn the book sideways, upside down, all around. Families will want to read this book over and over, because first you'll find one story, and then another, and another, and another.

~ Eight Cousins


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Pokko and the Drum Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481480390
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 1st, 2019

Sure, Pokko’s parents have made mistakes before, such as giving her that llama – or the slingshot. Their greatest mistake, however, is the drum. They are just a small frog family living in a mushroom, after all, and do not want to draw too much attention to themselves. Pokko’s father urges her out the door and warns her to be quiet and stay close. Pokko finds the outdoors to be too quiet and instead begins drumming as she wanders through the woods. Soon a whole parade of animals joins her impromptu band, and even her parents agree that she is a drummer who should follow her own beat.

~ Eight Cousins


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Truman Cover Image
By Jean Reidy, Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534416642
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 9th, 2019

Truman the tortoise's one desire is to spend every second with his favorite person in the entire universe, Sarah. Truman is perfectly content until one day, Sarah gets on a yellow bus and leaves him on his own. This absolutely adorable tortoise is so cute you'll want to pull him from the book for a hug and a cuddle, or join in the adventures. Sweet illustrations and a touching storyline make Truman an excellent read. 

~ Eight Cousins


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Sofia Valdez, Future Prez (The Questioneers) Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781419737046
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - November 5th, 2019

For fans of Ada Twist, Iggy Peck, and Rosie Revere comes the next great addition to this crew – Sofia Valdez, future prez! Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts follows the journey of the title character and her drive to inspire change in her community. Sofia is always working with her Abuelo – visiting friends of all ages, raking leaves, walking dogs, and more – until her Abuelo is hurt on a mountain of landfill junk. No longer able to walk her to school each day, Sofia gets an idea during one of her now-solo walks: transform the landfill into a park!

With great rhythm that's perfect for reading aloud, Sofia Valdez will inspire kids and adults alike as she faces the daunting question, "How could one girl do so much on her own?" The answer? With courage from within, support from people who care, and perseverance.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family Cover Image
By Ibtihaj Muhammad, Hatem Aly (Illustrator), S. K. Ali (With)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316519007
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

In this beautifully written and illustrated children’s book, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad portrays wearing a hijab in a culture unused to the headdress. A young girl is very proud of her oldest sister going into her first day of school wearing a stunning blue hijab. However, the other kids at school are not as accepting as she would have hoped. Nevertheless, the two sisters learn to be proud of their heritage no matter what others think.

~Eight Cousins


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Hummingbird Cover Image
By Nicola Davies, Jane Ray (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536205381
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Published: Candlewick - May 7th, 2019

Zip and zoom along with ruby-throated hummingbirds as they make their springtime migration – flying up to 2,000 miles! – from Mexico and Central America to the United States and Canada. In Hummingbird, author and zoologist Nicola Davies offers readers a glimpse into the lives of these tiny, busy birds, weaving lots of hummingbird facts into a sweet story, all brought to life by Jane Ray's rich, colorful illustrations. After reading this book, young ones will want to listen for the "tz'unun tz'unun" sound in their own gardens, a sure sign that a hummingbird is near.

~ Eight Cousins


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Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry) Cover Image
By Gary Golio, Ed Young (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763697617
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Published: Candlewick - March 26th, 2019

Smile is a picture book biography about a young Charlie Chaplin and the emergence of his famous film character, “the Tramp.” Smile focuses mostly on Chaplin's childhood, including struggles for food and stability, his stage acting, as well as his early experiences in America until he was discovered and began appearing in silent films. This story emphasizes the paradox between laughter and tears and demonstrates how comedy can simultaneously elicit emotions that are both happy and sad. It is a fitting paradox to frame Chaplin’s life. Author Gary Golio provides a reading and film list for anyone interested in learning more about the actor. Ed Young’s abstract illustrations are wonderfully thought-provoking. Conveying emotions rather than representing historical facts, Young’s illustrations are a compelling example of how art can push boundaries and doesn’t always have to be perfectly realistic to convey reality – much like many of Chaplin’s own films.

~ Eight Cousins


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Where's Rollo? Cover Image
By Reed Duncan, Keith Frawley (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524792466
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Published: Penguin Workshop - September 10th, 2019

Rollo is an affable pooch who loves treats and playtime. He is also a bulldog with a penchant for mischief – digging holes, sneaking biscuits, chasing wildlife, and tracking mud through the house. This pup sure keeps his young human on his toes! The Rollo books – look for companion title, Uh-Oh, Rollo! – will delight beginning readers with the canine’s goofy, lovable antics.

~ Eight Cousins


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Flubby Is Not a Good Pet! Cover Image
By J. E. Morris, J. E. Morris (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524787769
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Published: Penguin Workshop - April 23rd, 2019

Flubby Is Not a Good Pet is a sweet book that teaches the importance of love and companionship – even towards the most untalented of pets. J. E. Morris’s simply adorable illustrations made me wish I could reach into the book and pet Flubby. I would recommend this book to kids with a pet – whether that pet is good or NOT. Look for companion title, Flubby Will Not Play with That.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

Author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Kadir Nelson are a picture book dream team. In The Undefeated they have successfully created a literary and visual testament to Black America's history, present, and future. The Undefeated is strong, emotional, and powerful. The stunning textual poetry is perfectly matched with bold, beautiful visuals. Back matter includes a letter from the author, as well as information on the people and events represented in the illustrations. One of my favorite books from 2019, The Undefeated is a must-have for all libraries – home and school.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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The Very, Very Far North Cover Image
By Dan Bar-el, Kelly Pousette (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781534433410
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

The Very, Very Far North is a sequence of vignettes about a group of anthropomorphic animals that live in the arctic. Narrated by Duane the polar bear, we meet friends C.C. the owl, Magic the fox, Handsome the ox, and others. Duane thinks it is very important for everyone to have a name. The Very, Very Far North is a sweet story for early readers confident enough to read entirely on their own, or will make a lovely bedtime read-aloud, as each chapter can be read independently.

~ Eight Cousins


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Darwin's Voyage of Discovery Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781454937579
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - October 1st, 2019

Darwin’s Voyage of Discovery by Jake Williams is the educational book that any curious child will love to receive this holiday season! Filled with facts about Charles Darwin’s childhood, his voyage throughout the Galápagos, and all of the discoveries he made along the way, this book is perfect for any child who is constantly searching to find answers in the world around them. "The Mystery of the Friendly Wolf," "Land of the Giants" (the Galápagos), and "Megamonsters" (Iguanas, in particular), and are just a few of the sections in this book that will get readers excited to jump into Darwin's adventure. Along with factual information, Darwin’s Voyage of Discovery also includes beautiful drawings and illustrations that will keep children engaged and further their knowledge both visually and textually. Ending with how his legacy lives on, readers will be fascinated to see how Darwin's voyage impacts their lives today.

~ Eight Cousins


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Cog Cover Image
By Greg van Eekhout, Beatrice Blue (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062686077
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Published: HarperCollins - October 1st, 2019

Cog, short for "cognitive development," is the latest iteration of human artificial intelligence. He is designed to learn and develop critical thinking. His companion, scientist Gina Cohen, helps him acquire knowledge and tests his ability to reason in high-stakes exams such as “going to the grocery store.” After a disastrous venture on his own, Cog wakes up at UniMIND – the facility that designed him. Cog is dismayed to learn that Gina is nowhere to be found. He enlists the help of other intelligent prototypes: a girl (ADA), a dog (Proto), a trashbot, and a car (Car). The five journey to another branch of UniMIND looking for Gina. A thought-provoking investigation of how we understand intelligence, Cog will intrigue middle-grade readers and generate interesting conversations about what it means to be human. 

~ Eight Cousins


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Pay Attention, Carter Jones Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544790858
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Published: Clarion Books - February 5th, 2019

Carter is in the sixth grade. Things are rough, with his dad overseas in the military, his mom struggling to hold the family together, and the painful memories of the death of his younger brother. Then Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, a Mr. Belvederetype character, arrives from England, explaining that he is the family butler and is here to help. Carter isn’t interested in playing by Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick's new strict rules etiquette guidelines, although his mom is clearly grateful for the assistance. What Carter obviously needs, according to Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick, is to learn how to play Cricket. Mr. BowlesFitzpatrick's passion for this gentlemanly sport is infectious; Carter, his friend Billy, and even the school's track team start a two-team league. When Carter's dad once again fails the family, thanks to Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick and the Cricket league, Carter knows the rules etiquette of stepping up and being the gentleman that his family needs.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Dark Lord Clementine Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616208943
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Clementine is annoyed. Her father, the Dark Lord Elithor, is clearly the victim of a curse from a powerful witch, but he refuses to admit it or ask for Clementine's help. He’s being whittled away for goodness sake. What’s worse is that he obviously can’t perform dastardly deeds in this condition, and the Council of Evil Overlords is threatening to revoke his dark-lord status. Clementine needs a plan to save her home and her father. She definitely does not want any help from the witches – good or bad – and they don’t seem to want to help her either. She's not overly keen to perform a deed that is too dastardly, just one dastardly enough to keep the council from asking questions. It would be so much better if she could just pull together a community of friends and actually protect the village she’s meant to be tormenting. Surrounded by a delightful cast of characters, Clementine slowly learns that she has more power than she realizes and that the source is neither dark, nor at all what she expects. 

~ Eight Cousins


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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

Other Words for Home is a stunning novel in verse, narrated by Jude, a young girl from Syria. To escape the violence in her country, she and her mother move to America, leaving her father and brother behind. Like many immigrant stories, Jude must find her place somewhere between her old life and her new one. One of the aspects that sets this book apart, besides the beautiful poetry, is Jude's determination to be herself, uncompromised. When she auditions for the school production of Beauty and the Beast, even her friends try to dissuade her from aspiring to a part in the play, insisting that staying behind the scenes is more appropriate, safer. Jude, however, doesn’t want to be backstage. She wants to be on stage, visible, seen.

~ Eight Cousins


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Lalani of the Distant Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747273
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

Lalani of the Distant Sea surprised me. I expected it to be good. After all, Erin Entrada Kelly won the Newbery for Hello, Universe. Nevertheless, Lalani of the Distant Sea is amazing. It is a gorgeous and evocative story, lush with folkloric imagery. Lalani's story is one of gumption against the odds, and it is interspersed with the stories of the creatures that she meets. Each one is fascinating or heart-breaking or chilling. All the stories provide insights, empathy, and understanding. Reminiscent of Grace Lin's Where the Mountain Meets the Moon trilogy, including occasional illustrations and a gorgeous cover, Lalani of the Distant Sea will stay with readers long after the story is over. 

~ Eight Cousins


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The Crossover (Graphic Novel) (The Crossover Series) Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Dawud Anyabwile (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781328575494
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 24th, 2019

The Crossover, Kwame Alexander’s award-winning novel in verse, is now available in a graphic novel edition. The delightful formatting of words and letters that made The Crossover such a compelling read remain intact in this new format. Twins Josh and Jordan are middle schoolers and basketball players, but Jordan is growing up just a little bit faster. Narrated by Josh, The Crossover is about family, illness, and sports, and combines everything you love about The Crossover with everything you love about graphic novels. Score. 

~ Eight Cousins


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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438285
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - October 8th, 2019

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks is as amazing as you would expect a book written by Jason Reynolds to be. It contains ten stories about kids (single and in groups) walking home from school. I cried a little. I laughed. I proudly noted the various connections between the characters and stories, and I really thought I understood what was going on, until I was completely surprised by a key connection that I had definitely missed. Each story contains a poignant twist, and the whole book forces you to, well, to look both ways. 

~ Eight Cousins


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Cheshire Crossing: [A Graphic Novel] Cover Image
By Andy Weir, Sarah Andersen (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780399582073
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Published: Ten Speed Press - July 9th, 2019

From Andrew Weir, author of The Martian, and illustrator Sarah Anderson, Cheshire Crossing brings together the lead females from The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Pan in a fantastic, feminist fairytale. The three girls are reluctant to work together, but as they inadvertently jump in and out of each other’s respective worlds, they create portals not only for themselves but also their foes. When Captain Hook and the Wicked Witch of the West team up, the girls need all the power and support they can find to defeat such a nefarious (and amorous?) pair. What more could you want from a book?!

~ Eight Cousins


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Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328987594
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Who was Joan of Arc? We know her name, but there is so much more. David Elliot poetically weaves various voices to illustrate her life and the forces that compel this strong, young, female warrior. Voices of family, acquaintances, and that of her own are heard in direct quotes from her trial of conviction and later trial of nullification. Creative voices of inanimate objects in her life – a needle, a sword, a flame, and more – give their perspective. Finally, Joan’s imagined voice sheds light on her determined passion to fight for what she believed. A remarkable story of medieval, female valor to inspire today’s strong, young, women warriors. Special nod to the creative typography. 

~ Eight Cousins


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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781335777096
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Published: Inkyard Press - September 3rd, 2019

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine follows Alaine Beauparlant, a witty, passionate high school student who makes a mistake – and a big one at that. To avoid being expelled from her school, Alaine agrees to take part in a spring immersion project and heads to Haiti where she stays with her aunt and her mother, who is also living in Haiti after a gaffe of her own airs on public television.

Through a series of emails, blog posts, postcards, diary entries, and school assignments, Alaine learns about her mother, her family's history, and Haitian history during her time spent there. Furthermore, each of these pieces that make up the whole are written by two sisters whose writings come together as though it were one voice. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine is a great fit for readers of realistic fiction, but with discussions of Haitian vodou and a hint of magical realism, this is a book that can – and should – reach readers of all genres.

~ Eight Cousins


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Gut Check: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374307622
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - August 13th, 2019

Gut Check is a funny, fast read, brimming with football and heart. Wyatt and his brother Brett live in a small fishing town that's bracing itself after a red tide. Following in his father's footsteps, Brett is the town's star quarterback, until he faces a tough break in a game and is forced to take time off the field. Flash forward a year and Brett has recuperated and is ready to rejoin the team – just in time to see that Wyatt has finally made the cut too, hopeful that he will finally prove himself to Brett.

Wyatt, whose body has always been bigger than his brother's and whose passion for football has always lacked in comparison to Brett's, is determined that the sport will bring the two closer together, not to mention put him in better standing with their dad. And while Gut Check takes on a lot – whether it's enemies and crushes or sports and poverty – Kester does a great job making sure Gut Check is a warm, and sometimes wonderfully funny, read.

~ Eight Cousins


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ISBN: 9780399160318
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Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

Ruta Sepetys has already earned her reputation as an experienced historical novelist through her previous books, Salt to the Sea and Out of the Easy. Likewise, The Fountains of Silence is a riveting novel inspired by struggles in postwar Spain. Characters Ana and Daniel demonstrate human resilience as they survive in Madrid under the rule of Generalissimo Franco. Love and fate go hand in hand in this captivating novel.

~ Eight Cousins


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ISBN: 9780525555483
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them is a fascinating genre-crossing novel about two girls, Audre and Mabel. Audre is kicked out of her home in Trinidad when her religious mother finds her kissing her best friend. She is sent to live with her father in Minneapolis, who is good friends with Mabel’s parents. The two girls start a friendship, which leads to a relationship, with the support of family and friends. The tension in this story has more to do with Mabel’s medical condition. She’s losing energy just when life is picking up. As an outlet, she starts to write to Afua, a man who has been unjustly imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, and who wrote a book that inspires Mabel. The realistic story takes a magical turn and will have readers debating and speculating about the end. For fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Nina Lacour’s books, The Stars and the Blackness Between Them is not to be missed!

~ Eight Cousins


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780525554912
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Published: Kokila - June 18th, 2019

Patron Saints of Nothing introduces us to Jason, a teenager who enjoys playing video games, and, like a lot of kids his age, isn't sure what he wants his future to hold. But when his cousin Jun dies, Jay knows one thing he does want: to find out the truth about what happened – even when no one in his family is willing to talk about it. After convincing his parents, Jay heads to the Philippines for a week over spring break where, little by little, he uncovers the truth about Jun.

Patron Saints of Nothing is both an excellent story and, for many, a great entry point to learn about the current administration in the Philippines and President Duterte's drug policies. On one hand, the story will keep you engaged, and you won’t want to stop reading. On the other, you’ll be inspired to stop reading in order to do your own research alongside Jay – and when you do, you'll admire the courage it took to write this story.

~ Eight Cousins


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Like a Love Story Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062839367
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

Set in 1989, Like a Love Story weaves a beautiful story of three high school seniors dealing with homophobia and complicated romance in the midst of the AIDs crisis. Author Abdi Nazemian’s wonderful writing style easily navigates through difficult subjects and sometimes causes the reader to laugh out loud. Written by the right person and published at the perfect time, I found this book to be an incredibly monumental and thoroughly enjoyable read. I would highly recommend Like a Love Story to readers.

~ Eight Cousins


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Red Skies Falling (The Skybound Saga #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374306847
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 3rd, 2019

Red Skies Falling is the second book in the The Skybound Saga. Like many middle books, this one provides more in-depth information about the characters, and the action bridges the first and third book. We're clearly building to an epic battle, but there is enough action and tension in this second book to satisfy the reader. In the first volume, Black Wings Beating, twins Brysen and Kylee are dealing with the death of their (not very nice) father and struggling to survive their brutal town. When Brysen takes on a mission that he can't possibly accomplish independently, Kylee once again has to figure out how to save her brother without compromising his confidence. In Red Skies Falling, the twins are on separate adventures, but their stories reconnect when the approaching army of fanatics puts their home village under siege. The Skybound Saga is a complex – and violent – fantasy series, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Danny and Maeve Conroy’s mother leaves home mysteriously in the middle of the night; their distant father gives no explanation. Danny – only 3 years old at the time – has no true memory of his mother; Maeve is much older, although her memories of her mother have dimmed. When their father remarries, Danny and Maeve’s stepmother forces the siblings out of the only home they have known. Plunged into an unfamiliar poverty, the two cling together for survival – and an already strong relationship strengthens as the two become more and more dependent upon each other. This bond saves them, but also jeopardizes future relationships. Ann Patchett’s bittersweet novel explores family life, with its pleasures, pitfalls, and challenges, as well as our ability to forgive – or not forgive – damages incurred during childhood.

~ Eight Cousins


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Red at the Bone: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525535270
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 17th, 2019

In the opening chapter of Red at the Bone, we meet 16 year-old Melody who is arguing with her mother, Iris, about the music she has chosen for her coming-of-age ceremony. The language in the lyrics upsets Iris. This interaction sounds typical, but we soon learn Iris was a very young teenage mother and their path to this day has not been typical. Told through the voices of the various people close to Iris, we learn about their pasts and how these histories affect their reactions to Melody’s birth. Although Red at the Bone touches on difficulties of teen pregnancy, it primarily illustrates the love, respect, dignity, and raw emotion among the characters.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

Our narrator, Hiram Walker, is born into slavery in the mid-1800’s on a Virginia plantation. Hiram’s mother has been sold away from the plantation, and the trauma of the experience is etched in Hiram’s heart. Hiram also has special powers that allow him to move around the plantation, the county, and the country. Each of these travels has him interacting with people whose motivations take time to uncover – are they going to help or hurt Hiram? Coates weaves the story of Americans and slavery into a thoughtful novel.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

Margaret Atwood brings us back to the Republic of Gilead 15 years after the conclusion of The Handmaid’s Tale, when the republic is beginning to unravel. Three women reveal current events in Gilead as the republic weakens from within; two are residents, the third is a Canadian woman whose ties to Gilead are revealed as the narrative winds down. Very much a cautionary tale, The Testaments rings true for our times. Margaret Atwood has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for The Testaments, a prize she shares with Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other.

~ Eight Cousins


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ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019

This Tender Land begins in Minnesota during the Depression, at a boarding school for Native Americans. The school was established to "educate Indians," who were removed from their families and eventually used for forced labor at local farms. Four orphans trapped in the school – Odie, his brother Albert, Mose (a Native American), and recently orphaned Emmy – manage to escape, steal a canoe, and head down a local river with the goal of reaching St. Louis, where Odie and Albert have relatives who – they hope – will provide shelter. With the school authorities in pursuit, they tackle the challenges of the river. As the four head toward a promising future, it is their past that comes to light in this beautiful and engaging novel.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Starless Sea: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385541213
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Published: Doubleday - November 5th, 2019

Far below the ordinary world, miles beneath the surface of the Earth, stories are woven, collected, and archived in a labyrinth network of rooms and hallways. Some who have found their way to these harbors, as they are called, come only for a visit. Others stay to tend the archives, and some vow to protect it. Others still are called to play their part in the tale.

Zachary Ezra Rawlings finds a peculiar old book misshelved in his college library; no author nor publisher are listed. Just the smudged images of a key, a sword, and a bee are stamped on the back cover. Most vexing, though, is that it contains a story about Zachary – a true story of him as a boy, poised in front of a painted door bearing the same symbols as the book. Now he is drawn into a quest to find the origins of the book while opposing forces seek to stop him. The Starless Sea is an immersive fantasy that incorporates rich folktales with Erin Morgenstern’s signature brand of lush depictions of magic. 

~ Eight Cousins


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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780525537090
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 3rd, 2019

Randall Munroe, author of What If? and The Thing Explainer, continues to create hilarious and scientifically accurate books with his latest book, How To. If you've ever wondered how many tennis serves it would take a professional player to take down a drone, Munroe has the answer. However, he doesn't just do the math, instead he works with Serena Williams, asking her to aim tennis balls at a hovering drone until she hits it. How To is a great gift for the scientifically minded, nerdy, and curious people in your life.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781501168680
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2019

In presenting the story of the pioneers who settled the Northwest Territory of the nascent United States, historian David McCullough had access to a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters describing their experience. Overcoming some formidable obstacles, these pioneers also carried important American ideals into the wilderness, conditions spelled out in the Northwest Ordinance: freedom of religion, free universal education, and the prohibition of slavery. As noted on the book jacket, “The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments. This is a revelatory and quintessentially American story, written with David McCullough’s signature narrative energy.”

~ Eight Cousins


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The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393634747
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2019

Dr. Hockfield has a hopeful outlook for the future. She claims she has looked over “the scientific horizon, and what I’ve seen is breathtaking.” And she is in an excellent position to look over this horizon as a former president and now president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has visited labs and companies, observing “ingenious and powerful biologically based tools [that] are coming our way.” She describes viruses that can self-assemble into batteries, proteins that can clean water, nanoparticles that can detect and knock out cancer, prosthetic limbs that can read minds, and computer systems that increase crop yield. As the earth’s population continues to increase, we need to reevaluate the manner in which we operate and turn toward sustainable measures. Dr. Hockfield’s book presents evidence that some of these sustainable methods are indeed in the works and extremely deserving of our support.

~ Eight Cousins


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Roughhouse Friday: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374251956
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 18th, 2019

Equal parts informative and intimate, Roughhouse Friday brings us to a proud community in southern Alaska as Jaed Coffin begins taking part in barroom boxing. Despite having virtually no experience, he gives his all to the sport from the get-go, and quickly sees progress in his skill. In the ring, Coffin faces his opponents, but he also confronts his past as a child of a white father and Thai mother who met during the Vietnam war. He investigates his experiences living with these cultures simultaneously. Roughhouse Friday explores the relationships between and among families, communities, and cultures, and examines the intricacies of boxing as a sport as well as a channel to tell the stories each boxer carries.

~ Eight Cousins


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A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735225299
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Published: Viking - April 9th, 2019

By the start of World War II, there were very few jobs for women other than the usual clerical and secretarial positions. American Virginia Hall, however, was determined to escape this sentence and make a difference as the world headed in to a second war. Author Sonia Purnell’s thoroughly researched book follows Hall as she worked her way into Churchill’s Special Operations Executive and became one of the most valuable spies behind the lines in France. Hall was fearless and shirked no order, this in spite of having a prosthetic leg. With her face on wanted posters and a bounty on her head, Hall continued to work ferociously throughout the war and led a victorious guerrilla campaign, liberating parts of France from the Nazis after D-Day. Thanks to Purnell, Hall’s “secret life” as a spy and Resistance fighter is revealed in this long-overdue biography.

~ Eight Cousins


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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101947869
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Harper Lee faithfully attended the trial of a rural Alabama preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money. She spent a year reporting on the case and more time afterward working on a manuscript. A book never materialized until now. Contemporary writer Casey Cep, using Lee's notes and through extensive research of her own, sheds light on Harper Lee as well as the politics and culture in the rural South that made this murder trial so sensational.

~ Eight Cousins


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Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?: Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501177767
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Published: 37 Ink - March 5th, 2019

The battle for women’s suffrage was, at times, a violent one. The women who committed their lives to this cause were tenacious and fierce – and they had to be! Tina Cassidy focuses on one particular suffragist, Alice Paul, who was an early leader for women’s suffrage in the United States. Opposing the women was President Woodrow Wilson. Cassidy contrasts the two as she traces the trajectory of their lives. Not only do readers learn about a little-known suffragist, we see President Wilson in a new light, and gain a deeper appreciation of the struggle the suffragists faced against, at times, overwhelming odds.

~ Eight Cousins


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Believe: A Pop-Up Book of Possibilities Cover Image
By Robert Sabuda, Robert Sabuda (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9780763663971
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Published: Candlewick - April 9th, 2019

Believe is more than a stunning example of complex paper-engineering; it is a paper art masterpiece. Not only do entire landscapes unfold before you, often the act of unfolding gives the scene movement. Artist Robert Sabuda is at the height of his craft. Furthermore, Believe contains a heartwarming motivational story that will inspire readers of all ages.

~ Eight Cousins


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What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street?: Recipes for Kids From Around the World Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9783791373973
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Published: Prestel Junior - September 24th, 2019

Everybody is making something delicious at 10 Garden Street! Neighbors from around the world create their favorite recipes for a shared community dinner. Mister Ping stir frying Sesame Broccoli, Mrs. Greenpea baking her Mini Quiches, and Mister Ibrahim mixing up his Baba Ganoush are three examples of the sumptuous dishes being prepared. Foodies of all ages will delight in the fresh, colorful illustrations and simple recipes throughout. What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street? will inspire you to share a dinner with your own neighbors, and learn more about the variety of cuisines within our community.

~ Eight Cousins


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Star Stories: Constellation Tales From Around the World Cover Image
By Anita Ganeri, Andy Wilx (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780762495054
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Published: Running Press Kids - July 2nd, 2019

All around the world and for thousands of years, humans have gazed up at the stars and seen great dramas play out across the night sky. Star Stories is a collection of constellation-centered tales originating from Greece, Egypt, India, and China, from native North Americans and Aboriginal Australians. Mythology enthusiasts of all ages will find these stories engaging, and art lovers will appreciate the stellar illustrations. 

~ Eight Cousins


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National Geographic The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals Cover Image
By Joel Sartore, Elizabeth Kolbert (Foreword by)
$40.00
ISBN: 9781426220593
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Published: National Geographic - September 10th, 2019

The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals by Joel Sartore is a beautiful photography book. Published by National Geographic, this compilation of photographs, facts, and moving anecdotes is incredibly important, reminding us of the importance of keeping every member of our environment alive and healthy. Perfect for animal lovers, the environmentally conscious, and everyone in between, I highly recommend The Photo Ark Vanishing for the whole family.

~ Eight Cousins