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New and Upcoming Children’s Books: October 2017

These great books include picture books, fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction titles that are forthcoming or new to the library.

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The Bad Seed by Jory John

A naughty seed with a bad attitude, bad temper, and bad manners vows to change his life for the better, but his efforts are met with skepticism by his friends.

Grades: Kindergarten-2, Picture book

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If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song by Luke Reynolds

A father's love for his son is imaginatively compared to the zooming of a racing car, a rocket ship's blast-off space mission, a giant whale splashing in the ocean and colorful fireworks lighting up the night sky.

Grades: Preschool-1, Picture book

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Who Broke the Vase? by Jeffrey Turner

A little dog struggles with fibbing in this pitch perfect picture book that simply, humorously, and honestly tells the truth about lying.

Grades: Kindergarten-1, Picture book

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The Getaway by Jeff Kinney

Accompanying his family to a tropical island resort to escape the cold and stress of an approaching holiday season, Greg is dismayed when sun poisoning, stomach bugs and venomous critters cast a shadow over their much-needed vacation.

Grades: 5-8, Fiction

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Tales from a Not-So-Secret Crush Catastrophe by Rachel Renee Russell

In Nikki Maxwell’s newest diary, it’s the countdown to the end of the school year, and Nikki’s juggling some big questions about how she’ll spend her summer. She’s also facing an unexpected crush catastrophe—there’s a new kid interested in Nikki, but the last thing she wants to do is accidentally hurt Brandon! It all comes down to a big decision Nikki has to make, and drama like she’s never faced before!

Grades: 5-8, Fiction

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The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

A cursed child destined to die on her eleventh birthday is rescued and whisked away to a secret realm called Nevermoor and given the chance to compete for a place in a prestigious organization called the Wundrous Society.

Grades: 5 and up, Fiction

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How to be an elephant: growing up in the African wild by Katherine Roy

Award-winning author-illustrator Katherine Roy'sHow to Be an Elephantdelves into the intricate family dynamics at play in a typical African herd. Drawing upon the latest scientific research and Roy's own expedition to Kenya, and brimming with lush watercolor illustrations and detailed diagrams, this book vividly portrays the life and development of an elephant from an uncertain newborn into a majestic adult. As informative as it is beautiful, Roy's unique portrait of an elephant's life will captivate young explorers and animal lovers alike.

Grades: 3 - 6, Nonfiction

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Women who dared by Linda Skeers

Women have been doing amazing, daring, and dangerous things for years, but they're rarely mentioned in our history books as adventurers, daredevils, or rebels. This new compilation of brief biographies features women throughout history who have risked their lives for adventure--many of whom you may not know, but all of whom you'll WANT to know.

Grades: 5 and up, Nonfiction

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Malala's magic pencil by Malala Yousafzai

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.

Grades: Kindergarten - 3, Nonfiction

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Dinosaur empire!  by Abby Howard

Ronnie is just a normal fifth-grader trying to pass her science class's impossible quiz on the history of dinosaurs . . . until she happens upon her neighbor--Ms. Lernin--a retired paleontologist. With the assistance of Science Magic, Ronnie and Ms. Lernin travel back through time and space to experience the Mesozoic Era firsthand. They visit three important time periods in the development of the Mesozoic Era: the Triassic, the Jurassic, and the Cretaceous. 

Grades: 3 - 5, Nonfiction

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Mummy dogs and other horrifying snacks by Ali Vega

Learn how to create a variety of snack foods that are both repulsive and tasty. Cook up dishes like dripping zombie skin, booger sticks, and bulging cake eyeballs. Creating snacks has never been so much fun--or so gross!

Grades: 2 - 5, Nonfiction

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The magician and the spirits : Harry Houdini and the curious pastime of communicating with the dead by Deborah Noyes

Famed illusionist Harry Houdini embarks on a quest to investigate spiritual phenomena and the possibility of communication with those on the "other side

Grades 6 - 9, Nonfiction