Summer Picks 2019


 

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Nerdy Babies: Ocean Cover Image
By Emmy Kastner, Emmy Kastner (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250312167
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 7th, 2019

Join the Nerdy Babies as they explore the ocean, both at the surface and in the depths. Discover which ocean animal has three hearts, which is the loudest animal on earth, and which is related to elephants. Adorable illustrations and simple-yet-informative text will engage little ones. Curious readers can continue the journey with Nerdy Babies: Space.

~ Eight Cousins
 


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A Little Book About ABCs (Leo Lionni's Friends) Cover Image
By Leo Lionni, Leo Lionni (Illustrator), Julie Hamilton (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780525582281
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 15th, 2019

Anyone who enjoys Leo Lionni will love this alphabet board book starring Frederick as he explores the world with his Lionni friends. Chunks of cheese, dainty dragonflies, and joyful jellyfish are part of his X-tra special surprise.

~ Eight Cousins


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My Art Book of Sleep Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780714878652
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Published: Phaidon Press - May 8th, 2019

Tucked inside this chunky board book is an oh so tender tribute to sleep. Simple text, perfectly accompanied by works of fine art, creates this tranquil bedtime family read.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Magic Boat Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781459814325
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - March 19th, 2019

In The Magic Boat, Ellie has little interest in making friends, but when another girl approaches her and asks if she would like to go on an adventure, how could Ellie refuse? This heartwarming tale encapsulates the childlike happiness of being at the beach. 

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Mermaid Dreams Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735264915
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Published: Tundra Books - April 30th, 2019

In this dreamy under-the-sea tale, shy little Maya drifts off to sleep on the beach. She finds herself riding on the back of a turtle, way down to the bottom of the ocean. In the reefs she discovers that she can swim like the other creatures. She is a mermaid! But something even better is waiting for her among the fish and coral -- a new friend.

~ Eight Cousins


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My Island Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616898137
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - April 2nd, 2019

 

The island this little girl inhabits has no name. It has flowers, animals who come to lunch, and a little house with a hanging coffeemaker and strange bric-a-brac. You must know how to live, share, and dream to live on her island. Beautiful, creative, and colorful illustrations make this island a special place.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Lenny the Lobster Can't Stay for Dinner: ...or can he? You decide! Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780714878645
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Published: Phaidon Press - April 1st, 2019

Lenny has been invited for dinner. He is ready with flowers, a chocolate cake and a gift for the kids. Everyone is very excited to see him. Watch the antics unfold as he realizes he may BE dinner. Fortunately, this picture book is a choose-your-own adventure. Does Lenny stay or go? You decide. 

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Super Summer: All Kinds of Summer Facts and Fun (Season Facts and Fun) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250120151
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

This fun, educational picture book is full of facts behind everyone’s favorite parts of summer -- from the different types of plants that grow, to the many exciting activities the season has to offer. Perfect for the curious children who are always questioning, Super Summer even includes directions for crafts that are sure to keep children busy all summer long.

~ Eight Cousins


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When Dinosaurs Came with Everything Cover Image
By Elise Broach, David Small (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534452275
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - June 11th, 2019

Errands are boring, but today dinosaurs come with everything. Going to the bank or the bakery? Here's your dinosaur. This wonderful long-form picture book is now in paperback. Read the pictures as well as the text and enjoy the facial expressions along the way. Parents will particularly appreciate the mom's reactions. Kids, of course, will delight in the possibilities. What would you do with all of your dinosaurs?

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Ocean Emporium: A Compilation of Creatures Cover Image
By Susie Brooks, DAWN COOPER (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781580898287
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Published: Charlesbridge - March 5th, 2019

Dive into the pages of the Ocean Emporium and view the wonders of the ocean world, from the hermit crab scuttling along the shoreline to the gulper eel roaming in the deep. This gorgeous book is a feast for the eyes and perfect for nature enthusiasts.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Float, Flutter (Ready-to-Reads) Cover Image
By Marilyn Singer, Kathryn Durst (Illustrator)
$4.99
ISBN: 9781534421295
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Published: Simon Spotlight - January 1st, 2019

Float, Flutter contains one word per page that summarizes animal movements in a delightful rhyme. There's a story here, though! Where exactly are all these animals going? With a word list and pronunciation guide in the front and delightful illustrations, this book is perfect for readers just beginning to sound out words. 

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants: The Questioneers Book #2 Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781419734229
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Published: Amulet Books - April 16th, 2019

The second book in the Questioneers series, Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants is as wonderful as expected. When Ada’s friend’s uncle floats away in his helium pants, Ada and her friends must use their math skills to save the day by bringing him back to earth. Ada and the other Questioneers, Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere, are an inspiration for 6-year-olds and up who dream about becoming scientists and engineers. Introducing math and science in a hilarious way, this series is great for encouraging young minds to question the world around them. Books like this series are creating a new generation of thinkers!

~ Eight Cousins


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Backpack Explorer: Beach Walk Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781612129020
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - April 2nd, 2019

Backpack Explorer: Beach Walk is a fun book to take with you on a family beach day. It includes information on local critters and plants that kids (or adults) will enjoy searching for along the beach as well as several games and activities. Hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, AND bullseye in the sand? Yes, please! Stickers at the back make it even more enticing.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Midnight Gang Cover Image
By David Walliams, Tony Ross (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062561077
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Published: HarperCollins - February 12th, 2019

The Midnight Gang brings the comedic flair of Roald Dahl back to life. A funny story punctuated by comical illustrations and jazzy text, this book is a great choice for a hesitant reader.

~ Eight Cousins


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Dealing with Dragons: The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780544541221
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2015

Dealing with Dragons is a wild, girl-power story about a princess and her dragon captors/friends. She absolutely does not want to be rescued, but that won’t stop the knights from trying.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Last Last-Day-of-Summer Cover Image
By Lamar Giles, Dapo Adeola (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328460837
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019

For Cousins Otto and Sheed, the wacky, weird, and unusual are normal in their town. However, when a man (well, not exactly a man) appears and takes a picture, things get even weirder and definitely more wacky. Otto and Sheed are the only two people moving about; everyone else seems stuck in time. It gets worse. Apparently this time anomaly doesn't impact people who aren't exactly people. Otto and Sheed need to save the day so that the last day of summer isn't the last day. Furthermore, they need to figure out what the heck happened to grandma.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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A Good Kind of Trouble Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062836687
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 12th, 2019

Shayla and her two best friends are growing up and dealing with all the highs and lows that accompany middle school. Shayla's tactic has always been to follow the rules. Now the rules are changing and she's having a hard time understanding why her friendships seem a bit off, why her classmates have decided she's not "black enough," and why her school seems to care more about the dress code than it does about the students. Shayla never meant to be a leader, but some things are worth fighting for -- even if it means causing trouble.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316515535
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

Sunny St. James is 12 and she has just received a heart transplant. Life is different, because now she can do all the things she couldn't do before. Go swimming. Ride a bike. Be a kid. But how different is different? With a new heart, does that mean she loves differently? When she meets Quinn, Sunny is determined that her feelings for girls are gone, along with her old heart. And when her mom comes back into town, Sunny isn't quite sure how to love the person who abandoned her. Just as confusing are her feelings for the woman who took her in and raised her, the same woman who wants to protect her, even though Sunny is ready to shine.

~ Eight Cousins


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Be Prepared Cover Image
By Vera Brosgol, Vera Brosgol (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781626724457
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Published: First Second - April 24th, 2018

Vera doesn't really fit in and she is sure that going to camp for the summer will help her connect. She convinces her mother to send her to two weeks of Russian Scout camp. Big mistake. Now two weeks have turned into more and Vera has to figure out what she's willing to sacrifice to fit in, which wild animals are friendly, and how to see in the dark. A relatable story to scouts, campers, and misfits everywhere.

~ Eight Cousins


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Genius: The Game Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250115270
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Published: Square Fish - March 21st, 2017

Genius is a gripping sci-fi novel that utilizes a variety of narrative forms both text and image and is perfect for any teen who wants a page-turner and appreciates fictitious tech. The story contains a mystery that can be solved before the end -- if the reader is paying very close attention.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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The Gilded Wolves: A Novel Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250144546
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Published: Wednesday Books - January 15th, 2019

With elements of fantasy, mystery, history, and adventure, The Gilded Wolves is a spectacular read. Set in 1889 Paris a group of skilled characters must solve codes, retrieve artifacts, and stay alive. Chokshi has created an incredible magic system, a complex plot, and diverse characters that make you never want the story to end. Fans of Six of Crows: this is the book for you!

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Tell Me How You Really Feel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250299482
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 11th, 2019

Sana and Rachel hate each other. Actually, Rachel hates Sana. It has something to do with Sana asking her out in 9th grade. She wasn't serious, right? It must have been a prank. It wasn't. Three years later Sana still doesn't understand why Rachel hates her so much. When these two fantastic characters collide, literally, and are subsequently forced to collaborate on a project, three years of pent-up passion (part anger/part love) finally explode. A fiercely feminist love story, complete with romantic tension and cheesy public declarations, along with genuine, insightful commentary on the professional and social challenges women experience.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062862822
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Published: Ecco - May 7th, 2019

Stella Fortuna emigrates from a rural, rugged Italian village to Connecticut when World War II is on the horizon. Life in America is oftentimes a shock to the Fortuna family, but for Stella this new life offers the possibility of the independence she so craves. Independence, however, comes at a cost and threatens to break apart her traditional patriarchal family. In this immigrant story that details the hardships and travails of life in a new and foreign country, readers will find themselves cheering for Stella and hoping for her success.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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CIRCE Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

Circe is the story Odysseus told from the point of view of the witch that turned Odysseus’s men into pigs. I fell in love with Circe and identified with her struggles and her determination. Her story will challenge your perception of the famous Odysseus. If you are looking for a book with Greek mythology or story that will swallow you up and spit you out a god or goddess, this is the one! Circe is one of my favorite books of all time and revitalized my interest in classic literature.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781492670124
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

Aiden Bishop awakens in the body of a stranger, screaming the name of someone he does not remember. Now he is embroiled in a murder mystery at a crumbling manor house -- a mystery that he must solve within eight days. Each morning he starts the same day over, witnessing the events through a different person’s perspective and gathering any fragments of information that will aid his mission. Turton's book is a feverish page turner for anyone with a taste for sci-fi infused mystery. 

~ Eight Cousins

 


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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781492671527
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Published: Sourcebooks Landmark - May 7th, 2019

During the 1930s, FDR initiated the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, under the WPA. In this fictional account, Cussy Mary Carter is one of the librarians who faithfully delivered books to far-flung residents of Appalachia. In spite of the prejudice against her, due to a genetic condition that colored her skin blue, Cussy Mary is beloved by her clients who, because of her infectious love of books, are able to escape their hard-scrabble lives, if only for fleeting moments. A heart-warming story that reveals a little-known Depression-era project.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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The Lost Girls of Paris Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780778330271
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Published: Park Row - January 29th, 2019

In Manhattan in 1946, Grace Healey discovers a suitcase in Grand Central Station that contains a dozen photographs of different women. These twelve unknown female secret agents were deployed to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators but never returned. Grace becomes fascinated by the women as she tries to uncover their stories and their fates. Based on a true story, The Lost Girls of Paris is a World War II novel with a twist.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Darwin Affair: A Novel Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781616206345
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 11th, 2019

Attempts have been made on Queen Victoria’s life, and the London detective charged with finding the culprits, Inspector Charles Field, realizes the plot is much deeper than one mere assassin. His investigation leads to the Queen’s inner circle and is tied to the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. For mystery lovers and historical fiction readers, The Darwin Affair is a Victorian thriller with a most unusual plot.

~ Eight Cousins


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The Guest Book: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250110251
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 7th, 2019

The Guest Book is a multi-generational saga encompassing the lives of the Milton family. When long-buried family secrets come to light, the family faces facts that will threaten the foundation of the Milton family myth. A great summer read with all the elements of a classic page-turner!

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101980286
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Published: Penguin Press - May 14th, 2019

Horwitz returns to the South, the location of his earlier novel Confederates in the Attic. This time, however, he is tracing Frederick Law Olmsted’s trip in the 1850s. Olmstead, a Yankee, found himself in foreign territory, as does Horwitz (also a Yankee). Both men were attempting to find common ground in a country that had become increasingly polarized. The outcomes of both trips are enlightening; Olmstead created Central Park — defined as a democratic space, and Horwitz holds hope for at least the start of a dialog among our diverse population.

~ Eight Cousins

 


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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$26.95
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 — and contemporary writer Casey Cep, through extensive research, 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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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780735220171
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James returns with the sprawling fantasy Black Leopard Red Wolf. This tale steeped in African history and mythology tells the story of the young man Tracker and his search for a mysterious boy who has gone missing. With cutting prose and a stunning juxtaposition of beauty and brutality, James constructs a compelling story that is not only for fans of fantasy. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a great book for fans of Game of Thrones.

~ Eight Cousins


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Fast Cakes: Easy Bakes in Minutes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781635061260
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Published: Quercus - April 2nd, 2019

Whip together some creative desserts in just a few minutes with these inspiring recipes. Perfect for desert after a beach day or for a summer picnic. Recipes vary from 5 minutes to under 1 hour.

~ Eight Cousins