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aru_shah-1.pngANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS

BY RAINBOW ROWELL

In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong. In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward.

For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages – and if he doesn't, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile, Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she's smuggled an American Normal into London, and now she isn't sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.

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BAD SISTER

BY CHARISE MERICLE HARPER; ILLUSTRATED BY RORY LUCEY

Meet Charise. She’s energetic, helpful, a model pet owner and full of inventions. But she’s also a bad sister. When she goes too far and breaks her little brother Daniel’s tooth, can she redeem herself? Is an accident really an accident if you could have stopped it?

But most importantly … what does it mean to be a good sister?

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do-you-know-me.pngTHE BIG, FUN KIDS BAKING BOOK: 150+ RECIPES FOR YOUNG BAKERS

  This collection is packed with 150+ recipes for everyone’s favorite sweets and treats, all designed with young cooks in mind and triple tested by the chefs in Food Network Kitchen. Kids will learn how to make all their favorite desserts, including cookies, brownies, cupcakes and sheet cakes. Each recipe is easy to follow and totally foolproof, with color photos and pro tips to help junior chefs get started, plus fun food trivia that they can share with their friends. A visual recipe index at the beginning of the book includes a picture of every recipe so kids can pick their next project.
 
This cookbook comes with more than just recipes: Each chapter ends with a fun food craft, like how to make a daisy out of mini marshmallows or how to bake a message into a muffin. It also has a whole chapter of food-themed activities like word scrambles and spot-the-difference photo games.

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lucas-makes-a-comeback.pngCHILL, CHOMP, CHILL!

BY CHRIS AYALA-KRONOS; ILLUSTRATED BY PACO SORDO

Going through tough and relatable preschool experiences, Chomp the T. rex learns how to use mindfulness as a tool to better understand his emotions. This picture book helps children manage their feelings in sticky situations.

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merci_suarez_cant_dance.pngTHE DIRE DAYS OF WILLOWWEEP MANOR

BY SHAENON K. GARRITY; ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTOPHER JOHN BALDWIN

One dark and stormy night, Haley sees a stranger drowning in the river. Since her greatest passion is Gothic romance novels, she knows her moment has come. But when Haley leaps into the water to rescue the stranger, she awakens in Willowweep. It certainly looks like the setting of one of her favorite books: A stately manor. A sinister housekeeper. Three brooding brothers. There’s even a ghost.

Except Willowweep is not what it seems. Its romantic exterior hides the workings of a pocket universe – the only protection our world has against a great force of penultimate evil – and its defenses are crumbling. Could cruel fate make Haley the heroine that Willowweep needs?

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pride-and-premeditation.pngDJELIYA

BY JUNI BA

Inspired by West African folklore and stories handed over centuries, this unique graphic novel follows the adventures of Mansour Keita, the last prince of a dying kingdom, and Awa Kouyat, his loyal Djeliya (or royal storyteller), as they journey to meet the great wizard who destroyed their world and then withdrew into his tower, never to be seen again.
 
On their journey they’ll cross paths with friend and foe, from myth and legend alike, and revisit the traditions, tales and stories that gave birth to their people and nurture them still. But what dark secret lies at the heart of these stories, and what purpose do their tellers truly serve?

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regina-is-not-a-little-dinosaur.pngFRANKENSLIME

BY JOY KELLER; ILLUSTRATED BY ASHLEY BELOTE

Victoria Franken is a slime scientist. Her experiments lead to amazing slimes. But one dark and stormy night, her latest experiment goes awry and her newest creation comes to life!

This is a fun picture book twist on horror movies like Frankenstein and The Blob that also explores the scientific method and the importance of recording observations and results. The author has also included a couple of Victoria’s best slime recipes, although you'll notice the secret formula that brought her slime to life is missing.

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rock-from-the-sky.pngI CAN MAKE A TRAIN NOISE

BY MICHAEL EMBERLEY; ILLUSTRATED BY MARIE-LOUISE FITZPATRICK

Using her imagination, a young girl transforms a coffee shop into a zooming train in this rhythmic read-aloud story that mimics train sounds.


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spring-cakes.pngMAYA AND THE ROBOT

BY EVE L. EWING; ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE ALMEDA

In desperate need of a friend – and a science project – Maya finds a robot named Ralph in Mr. Mac’s convenience store. Once she gets him up and running, a new world of connection opens up.

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PARANORTHERN AND THE CHAOS BUNNY A-HOP-CALYPSEspring-cakes.png

BY STEPHANIE COOKE; ILLUSTRATED BY MARI COSTA

It’s fall break in the supernatural town of North Haven, and young witch Abby’s plans include pitching in at her mom’s magical coffee shop, practicing her potion making and playing board games with her best friends – a pumpkinhead, a wolf-girl and a ghost.

But when Abby finds her younger sister being picked on by some speed demons, she lets out a burst of magic so strong that it opens a portal to a realm of chaos bunnies. And while these bunnies may look cute, they’re about to bring the a-hop-ocalypse (and get Abby in a cauldronful of trouble) unless she figures out a way to reverse the powerful magic she unwittingly released. What’s a witch to do?

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spring-cakes.pngRISE TO THE SUN

BY LEAH JOHNSON

Olivia is an expert at falling in love … and at being dumped. But after the fallout from her last breakup has left her an outcast at school and at home, she’s determined to turn over a new leaf. A crush-free weekend at Farmland Music and Arts Festival with her best friend is just what she needs to get her mind off the senior year that awaits her.
 
Toni is one week away from starting college, and it’s the last place she wants to be. Unsure about who she wants to become and still reeling in the wake of the loss of her musician turned roadie father, she’s heading back to the music festival that changed his life in hopes that following in his footsteps will help her find her own way forward.
 
When the two arrive at Farmland, the last thing they expect is to realize that they’ll need to join forces to get what they’re searching for out of the weekend. As they work together, the festival becomes so much more complicated than they bargained for. Olivia and Toni will find that they need each other – and music – more than they ever could have imagined.

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spring-cakes.pngROCKET HAS A SLEEPOVER

BY TAD HILLS

Having so much fun at a sleepover, Rocket refuses to go to bed until a bedtime story soothes him to sleep. This delightful picture book has simple words, lots of repetition and vibrant illustrations.

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