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Sing It Like Celia By Mónica Mancillas Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593659304
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Published: Penguin Workshop - April 2nd, 2024

Reading Sing It Like Celia is like opening Russian Nesting Dolls, each doll revealing a new person who helps Salva find her own voice and discover a community in which she can shine. From her estranged investigative reporter dad to Maj, a new best friend who stands by Salva through it all, to a mysterious new campground resident with a beautiful voice and wisdom to share, to a family struggling against their mother’s incarceration for being undocumented, and even her own mami whose secrets endanger Salva’s sense of stability. Through it all, Salva has Celia Cruz who her mami says, “sang big so life wouldn’t make her small.” This is an incredible story of creating community through love and kindness.


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The Dog Knight By Jeremy Whitley, Melissa Capriglione (Contributions by), Bre Indigo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jeremy Whitley, Melissa Capriglione (Contributions by), Bre Indigo (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250756725
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 16th, 2023

Many of us understand the powerful bond between dogs and humans, but few of us are aware of the protection that the dog heroes of the Pawtheon provide against chaos.  They have, however, been without the human component, the Dog Knight, for too long. Until Platinum, a member of the Pawtheon, finds Frankie. Frankie knows a few things: they are non-binary, they’re a drummer, and they’re having a really difficult time figuring out what to wear for the upcoming band concert, but once they discover the dangers lurking outside of human sight, they decide to undergo the Pawtheon’s challenges. Does Frankie have the dog virtues necessary to do the job? Tiago hopes you’ll read this and find out! He loves this book and hopes to grow up to be one of the Pawtheon!


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The Agathas (An Agathas Mystery #1) By Kathleen Glasgow, Liz Lawson Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593431146
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Published: Ember - May 2nd, 2023

Agatha Christie’s long reach comes to Castle Cove, a mostly wealthy town in modern day California. Alice Ogilvie’s not been having a good year. Dumped by her boyfriend, she goes to Paris thinking her absence will make his heart grow fonder, which it does, but for her best friend, Brooke. When that best friend is found dead and her ex is accused of her murder, Alice and her new friend Iris begin their own investigation, and what they find will throw this little town into turmoil. Funny and very modern in their methods while also using the wisdom of the grand dame of crime solving, Alice and Iris discover much about friendship, family, and the motivation of killers.


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Lightningborn: (Storm Dragons, Book 1) By Julie Kagawa Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368090308
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Published: Disney Hyperion - April 2nd, 2024

Most dragons in this floating kingdom bear the tattoo of their owners, but not Storm. Remy, an orphan struggling to survive on Cutthroat Wedge, an island on the Fringe of the kingdom, finds the baby dragon and is immediately bonded to him, but when a notoriously vicious pirate mage puts out a huge reward for the “return of his dragon,” the entire island begins a search, and Remy finds a friend in the old drunken storyteller of the island, but Bart has his story too. When Gem, the princess of the Kingdom discovers that the islands are in grave danger, she seeks to discover the secret of the Ancient Ones, and Bart may hold the key. Dragons, pirates, magic and two kids who couldn’t be more different except in their love of dragons make this adventure unputdownable!


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Max in the House of Spies: A Tale of World War II (Operation Kinderspion) By Adam Gidwitz Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593112083
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - February 27th, 2024

A spy novel, an adventure story in which a child is tested both physically and mentally, a story of myth and utter madness, a story of refugees and the world’s willingness to turn a blind eye because of their own prejudices and self-preservation. This is the story of Europe in the late 1930s and is just as relevant to our world today. Max is a brilliant child growing up in Nazi Germany, he is a Jew, and he has two hilarious immortal creatures living on his shoulders. Kristallnacht convinces his parents to send him on the Kindertransport to England, separated from them because they believe it may be his only chance to survive, but Max is certain that his parents need him back in Berlin to help them survive. A little Stuart Gibbs with a touch of Rick Riordan and signature Adam Gidwitz, this is a powerful, hilarious, historical fiction filled with love.