Summer Picks 2018

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Ocean Motions Cover Image
By Kate Endle (Illustrator), Caspar Babypants
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632171313
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Published: Little Bigfoot - March 13th, 2018

Jiggle, sway, and glide with the creatures in this adorable board book, sure to inspire little ones to act out their own versions of "crabby crabs creeping" and "squids scooting away."

~ Eight Cousins


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Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Dear Zoo & Friends) Cover Image
By Rod Campbell, Rod Campbell (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781416947370
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Published: Little Simon - May 8th, 2007

So much fun! Lift the flaps to reveal the variety of zoo animals that are too "tall," "big," or "grumpy" and therefore rejected -- until the final perfect pet arrives. This timeless classic is fun and interactive for babies, toddlers, and grown ups too!

~ 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

Perfect for summer, Bark Park! narrates a day at the park. The illustrations contain lots of interesting vignettes. There is much to talk about about in this whimsical picture book, but the best part is the refrain, "Dogs at the park. Bark! Bark! Bark!" Perfect for young readers to participate. Have fun practicing your bark!

~ Eight Cousins


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Are Pirates Polite? Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545628747
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Published: Orchard Books - November 29th, 2016

Wonderful rhyming text and fun, colorful pictures show pirates can be rowdy but polite. Will teach manners and keep you laughing.

~ Eight Cousins


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Hello Lighthouse Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316362382
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 10th, 2018

 

This new picture book by Sophie Blackall tells the story of a kind and resourceful lighthouse keeper who lives inside his lighthouse. As the story progresses, the keeper gains a family, and together they weather the seasons at the seaside. With its colorful and detailed illustrations, Hello Lighthouse is perfect for story time on Cape Cod.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Bats at the Beach (A Bat Book) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544668409
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

Take flight with the bats this summer! Brian Lies’ rhyming text keeps the story moving, but readers will want to linger over the details in his delightful illustrations. You can also find the bats at the library, at the ballgame, and in the band!

~ Eight Cousins


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Ocean Meets Sky Cover Image
By Terry Fan, Eric Fan, Terry Fan (Illustrator), Eric Fan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481470377
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 15th, 2018

Through its grandiose illustrations and touching narrative, Ocean Meets Sky paints a vivid image of a child’s imagination and the worlds it can create. The Fan Brothers tell the story of a young boy, Finn, and his desire to find “where ocean meets sky,” as described by his grandfather. Finn goes on a lengthy journey with a trusted traveling companion, and together they travel through a world of incomprehensible wonder.

~ Eight Cousins


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Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin Cover Image
By Michelle Cusolito, Nicole Wong (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580898119
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Published: Charlesbridge - May 22nd, 2018

Take a journey to the ocean floor aboard the ALVIN. Challenging readers to imagine, interrogate, and investigate, Flying Deep is filled with interesting information, gorgeous illustrations, and plenty of further reading to satisfy any budding scientist. Visit WHOI's visitor center in Woods Hole for more information.

~ Eight Cousins


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Mouse Loves Summer Cover Image
By Lauren Thompson, Buket Erdogan (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781534420564
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Published: Simon Spotlight - May 15th, 2018

Mouse and big sister Minka revel in the joys of summer. They fly kites, have picnics, watch fireworks, and more! Ask us for suggestions and assistance with emerging readers.

~ Eight Cousins


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Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780374308346
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 11th, 2017

With her tutu and skinned knees, Jasmine Toguchi captures hearts from the cover. At 8 years old, she is considered too young to help the women in her family with the New Year's tradition of mochi-tsuki. Nevertheless, Jasmine is determined and persistent as she strives to convince her family that some traditions need to be broken. Perfect for fans of Lola Levine and Clementine.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Case of the Stolen Space Suit (Museum Mysteries) Cover Image
By Steve Brezenoff, Lisa K. Weber (Illustrator)
$6.95
ISBN: 9781496525208
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Published: Stone Arch Books - February 1st, 2016

Amal's father works at the Air & Space Museum. One night Amal hears strange noises behind a wall, even though she knows there is nothing on the other side. The next day she discovers that Sally Ride's suit has been stolen from an exhibit at the American History Museum. Are the two mysteries connected? Amal and and her friends are determined to find out. Part of a series and perfect for newly independent readers.

~ Eight Cousins


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Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780735262454
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Published: Tundra Books - March 27th, 2018

Narwhal only likes waffles and NOT peanut butter. Or does he? Best friends Narwhal and Jelly try new things in this adventure. Humorous early reader graphic novel for fans of Elephant & Piggie.

~ Eight Cousins


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Beastly Brains: Exploring How Animals Think, Talk, and Feel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780544633353
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 7th, 2017

A interesting look into the minds of many animals, this book will keep a scientific mind busy for hours!

~ Eight Cousins


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Currents Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781580896481
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 8th, 2015

In 1854 three young girls -- a slave in Virginia, an English lady, and an Irish immigrant in Boston -- share a message in a bottle that will change all their lives. Historical fiction fans will enjoy reading and learning about commonalities between three very different experiences.

~ Eight Cousins


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Ghost Boys Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316262286
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 17th, 2018

Jewell Parker Rhodes consistently demonstrates her incredible ability to handle tough topics in an accessible way. Ghost Boys touches on police killings, racism, and fear. Jerome, killed while playing in the park with a toy gun, narrates the story, starting with his own death. He meets the ghosts of other black boys killed throughout America's history. The only person alive who can see him is the white daughter of the police officer who shot him. Beautifully written. A new favorite with middle schoolers and middle school teachers.

~ Eight Cousins


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Ungifted Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061742675
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Published: Balzer + Bray - February 18th, 2014

Ungifted has one of the funniest opening chapters I have ever read. Donovan is an active kid; when he notices that the statue of Atlas on his middle school campus has a really big butt, he whacks it with a stick. The consequences are much greater than he possibly imagined, but a paperwork mix-up saves him, and he finds himself invited to enroll in the Academy of Scholastic Distinction. A hilarious investigation of what qualifies as "gifted."

~ Eight Cousins


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Princeless Volume 1: Save Yourself Cover Image
By Jeremy Whitley, M. Goodwin (Artist)
$11.99
ISBN: 9781939352545
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Published: Action Lab Entertainment - April 1st, 2014

A tongue-in-cheek rewriting of fairy tales about princesses who need rescuing. Adrienne, like most princesses, is locked in a tower on her sixteenth birthday. She knows she’s expected to play the roles of passive, waiting, demure princess, but she has no intention of following the script. She convinces the dragon, Sparky, to join her on a quest to save all of her sisters. First she needs armor and maybe even a sidekick. Filled with quirky characters and clever jabs at fairy tale tropes, Princeless is a fun read for graphic novel enthusiasts.

~ Eight Cousins


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All Summer Long Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780374310714
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 1st, 2018

When her best friend Austin goes to soccer camp for four weeks,  13 year-old Bina has to entertain herself for the summer. Boredom and binge-watching TV turn to music, family adventures, and maybe new friends. Hope Larson’s latest graphic novel is perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Victoria Jamieson.

~ Eight Cousins


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Wildball Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781684330324
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Published: Black Rose Writing - April 12th, 2018

This Falmouth native's first novel involves a college shortstop who is playing summer ball in a prestigious Cape league. Having been abused by a high school coach who has died before he can be tried, Shane has to navigate his own emotions as well as the ramifications of the abuse. Well-written and thought provoking.

~ Eight Cousins


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We Were Liars Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385741279
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Published: Ember - May 29th, 2018

We Were Liars is one of the greatest contemporary young adult novels. Set off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, this story is gut-punchingly good and a perfect summer read for anyone ages 18-80. Now in paperback.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481498548
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Published: Simon Pulse - February 6th, 2018

Elena is a medically explained miracle baby. For most of her life, she’s heard voices. Who these voices are and what they want is not clear. When a teenage boy shoots the girl Elena has a crush on outside of Starbucks, the voices tell Elena that she has the power to heal. Healing, however, has costs. Every time Elena uses her powers, people disappear. Is she saving lives or destroying them? Who gets to decide whose life has value? The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza raises interesting questions and leaves readers with no easy answers.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Poet X Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662804
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Published: HarperTeen - March 6th, 2018

Xiomara is a poet, and she pours all the words she is forbidden to say out loud into her private, leather-bound journal. Speaking her words, her truth, her poetry gives her power to break free. Reading her words, her truth, her poetry is inspiring. And empowering.

~ Eight Cousins


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Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save  Lives in World War II Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981650
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 14th, 2015

The story of James “Billy” Williams, a WWI veteran, who went to Burma in 1920 to work with a British teak company. Williams was fascinated with the elephants who hauled the logs, and over time he became so familiar with the elephants he was known as an “elephant wallah.” He championed humane care for the animals, and in return they taught him about courage, gratitude and trust. During WW II, Williams’ elephants worked behind enemy lines and carried freight, helped build bridges, and carried soldiers to safety. His Elephant Company was legendary, and helped the Allies win the war in Burma.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Little Fires Everywhere Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780735224292
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Published: Penguin Press - September 12th, 2017

Mia Warren and her daughter Pearl move to Shaker Heights, an orderly, picture-perfect suburb. They rent a house from the Richardson family, and the mother and daughter end up becoming very close to the four Richardson children. Mia, however, harbors secrets that come to light when a custody battle over an adoption divides the town. A wonderful book club selection with much to discuss.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Lying Game: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501156205
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 6th, 2018

Four girls in an English boarding school are involved in a crime and return forty years later when they are summoned back to its scene in this murder mystery.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501175121
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Published: Touchstone - March 6th, 2018

Subtitled “A Novel in Clues,” the reader follows Hazel as she unravels the clues her adoptive grandfather, Isaac Severy, left in a letter, sent days before his apparent suicide. The clues will lead to his final equation, which promises to be earth-shattering. Hazel’s directive from her grandfather is to guard this equation from those who would use it to wrong ends. A fun read with enough plot twists to keep you guessing until the end.

~ Eight Counsins


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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, the daughter of survivalist parents who shunned school, education, medical care, and just about everything associated with modern life. An amazing story of how Tara escapes, attends college, and eventually receives a PhD from Cambridge University. The price of this education, however, is a severing of family ties and a new, outsider’s view of her family, to whom she strives to remain loyal.

~ Eight Cousins


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Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501187599
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Published: Touchstone - April 3rd, 2018

Cecile Richards learned activism from an early age. She grew up in Texas where her father, David Richards, was a civil rights attorney and her mother, Ann Richards, served as the governor. She continues her work today as President of Planned Parenthood. Inspiring and motivating!

~ Eight Cousins


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The Women in the Castle: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062563675
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - January 2nd, 2018

As WWII winds down and Nazi Germany's defeat is imminent, Marianne, the widow of a murdered resister, returns to the family castle determined to protect the widows of other resisters. Dark secrets threaten her commitment, and things are not always as they seem.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780393355871
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

Finn Murphy chronicles life on the road as a long-haul trucker, those who pack up your house, move your “stuff,” and unpack all of it at the end. Finn, however, defies what is often the stereotype of a truck driver: he’s well educated, well read, and quite philosophical. The reader joins Finn on the road, meets his customers and other drivers—and what a ride it is!

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143132097
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Published: Penguin Books - March 6th, 2018

In 1992, Nathaniel Philbrick began writing full-time and served as a stay-at-home dad. Now in his late thirties, he reminisces about his youthful sailing days and the championships he had won. Determined to relive these days, he begins training in the off-season on Nantucket for the national sunfish races. Juggling family, writing and sailing, he explores the hidden ponds on the island, heads to the Midwest for the championship sunfish races, and, in the end, unexpectedly discovers something about himself and his family.

~ Eight Cousins


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An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781616208776
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 6th, 2018

A wrongful conviction based entirely on racial stereotyping and a 12-year jail sentence have a grave impact on Roy and Celestial’s marriage. Roy, a well-educated and successful businessman, has done “all the right things,” yet is still targeted. Celestial, although fiercely independent, struggles to maintain a very promising art career while beginning to depend more and more on her childhood friend Andre. Narrated by each of these three characters, An American Marriage is more than a treatise on marriage; Tayari Jones delves into the issues around race, class, career and the life choices we make.

~ Eight Cousins


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Fresh Fish: A Fearless Guide to Grilling, Shucking, Searing, Poaching, and Roasting Seafood Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781612123370
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 22nd, 2016

Stop by Falmouth's fish market The Clam Man for the ingredients to create amazing meals with this cookbook. The recipes are a mix of classic New England and modern seafood. A must have for any seafood enthusiast.

~ Eight Cousins