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The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

 

It all started with two garbage bags full of legos. Or no, maybe it started with the two thugs following Lolly down 125th that night. Or maybe it was Jermaine’s dying. Or that fight they had before ‘Maine got shot. Yeah, it probably was that.

Lolly’s having a hard time knowing how to be without his older brother around. Seems like he’s either sad or mad. The thing that helps most is building. His mom’s girlfriend gave him two huge bags of Legos, and Lolly’s working on an epic city—a project so big it outgrows his apartment.

But there are dangers outside. Older guys who harass Lolly and then jump him and his friend Vega. What would Jermaine want him to do? Get with a crew and take revenge? Or build a different kind of world for himself? Lolly’s going to have to figure this one out on his own.

 

 

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Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo: The Road to Epoli by Ben Costa and James Parks

 

Praise for Rickety Stitch and the Gelatinous Goo:

“Dazzling, inventive and fun. Ben Costa and James Parks manage to both spoof and pay homage to the fantasy tradition, while creating characters we care about. A tour de force.” —Jason Shiga, creator of Meanwhile.

Rickety Stitch is full of wonderful characters and pacing…and what surprises! Storytelling stripped down to the bare bones.” —Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo

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Marco Polo: Dangers and Visions by Marco Tabilio

 

Marco Polo, once a traveler, then a soldier, sits inside a prison cell. Battered and feverish, he speaks of his journeys—and takes his first steps into the pages of history.

The son of a traveling merchant, Marco Polo spent his early years among the ports of Venice, Italy. As a young man, he headed eastward with his father and his uncle, toward the lands of the Mongol emperor Kublai Khan.

Their journey from Europe into Asia, marked by risks, setbacks, and discoveries, transformed every person involved. It also led to one of the world’s most studied, most debated travelogues.

Marco Tabilio, an emerging talent of Italian cartooning, creates a graphic novel in the form of a puzzle and finds the coming-of-age tale within the legend of Marco Polo.

 

 

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You Bring the Distant Star by Mitali Perkins

 

Tara’s family has just immigrated to New York from India via London. Her beauty draws everyone’s eyes, but she doesn’t let anyone truly see her.

Her younger sister, Sonia, is falling in love with a boy her mother can’t accept, cutting a deep wound in the Das family.

The daughter of a Bollywood star, Anna is both brilliant and shy, like the Bengal tigers she fights to protect.

Chantal is as fierce a dancer as she is a friend, student, and athlete. But will her wealthy new boyfriend be able to thrive in her shadow?

And Ranee, the center that binds them all together, is beginning to unravel.

As each Das woman decides which Bengali traditions to uphold in America and which to leave behind, one hard truth remains: some scars take generations to heal.

With sparkling humor and incisive feeling, Mitali Perkins  spins a timeless tale of the American dream that will inspire you to bring those who might seem distant, or different, nearer in your heart.

 

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The Night Garden by Polly Horvath

 

Twelve-year-old Franny and her parents, Sina and Old Tom, enjoy a quiet life at their farm on Vancouver Island. Franny writes, Sina sculpts, and Old Tom tends to their many gardens—all but the ancient and mysterious night garden, which he keeps locked up tight because it is so dangerous.

Their peaceful life is turned upside down when their neighbor, Crying Alice, drops off her children while she goes to investigate their father’s strange behavior at the military base where he is stationed. She fears Fixing Bob is planning something terrible. Franny begrudgingly takes Winifred, Wilfred, and Zebediah under her wing until Zebediah starts receiving letters from his father that he won’t share with his siblings.

She and Winifred join forces to try to find where he’s hidden them, hoping to discover what Fixing Bob could be up to. When they do, it is so much worse than they expected—and they must decide whether or not to call upon the magic of the night garden to save the day.

 

 

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The Mosaic by Nina Berkhout

 

Twyla Jane Lee has one goal. To finish senior year so she can get out of her military hometown of Halo, Montana. But to graduate, she needs to complete forty hours of community service, and that means helping out a rude and reclusive former Marine named Gabriel Finch.

A young veteran of the conflicts in the Middle East, Gabriel spends his days holed up in a decommissioned nuclear missile silo on his family farm. Twyla assumes he’s just another doomsday prepper, readying his underground shelter for Armageddon. But soon she finds out the truth, and it takes her breath away.

Gradually the two misfits form a bond, and Twyla begins to unearth the secrets that have left the Marine battling ghosts. Her discoveries force her to question her views on the wars until she realizes that even if she gets out of Halo, she won’t ever be able to leave Gabriel Finch’s story behind her.

A beautifully written and thought-provoking novel about a teen facing the collision of love, ideals and uncertainty about her own future.

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Glow by Megan E. Bryant

 

Separated by the span of a century, two young women are drawn to the same dangerous secret. With her college plans wiped out by her mother’s financial problems, Julie’s stuck in a dead-end job, watching her best friend move on without her. But when she comes across a series of antique paintings in a thrift store and discovers their hidden—and increasingly nightmarish—glowing images, she’s captivated and determined to learn the identity of the artist.

One hundred years earlier, Lydia spends her days in a factory painting luminous watch dials for soldiers; her nights are devoted to writing letters  to her beloved on the front lines of the Great War. Lydia hopes the factory, and its exciting new scientific paint, will provide her whole family with a brighter future.

As Julies’ obsession with the mysterious paintings mounts, truths about the Radium Girls—and her own complicated relationships—are revealed. But will she uncover the secret of the luminous paintings before putting herself and everyone she loves at risk?

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Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis

 

Deborah Ellis, author of the internationally renowned Breadwinner trilogy, interviews young Iraqi refugees–tragic victims of a war in which they played no part. Royalties from this book are being donated to the Children in Crisis Fund of IBBY, the Interantional Board on Books for Young People (www.ibby.org).

 

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Bang by Barry Lyga

 

A heartbreaking novel about living with your worst mistake.

Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.

Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend—Aneesa—to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.

It took a gun to get him into this. Now he needs a gun to get out. Unflinching and honest, Bang is as true and relevant as tomorrow’s headlines, the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed.

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The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

 

Anderson Lake is a Calorie Man for AgriGen, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand. Anderson combs Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories.


Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful engineered being, grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, Emiko and other New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich.

In award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi’s breathtaking debut, the lives of Anderson, Emiko, and many others intersect in a near future where calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bioengineered plagues run rampant across the globe.

What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bioterrorism is used for corporate profit? With The Windup Girl, Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly acclaimed and thought-provoking science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.

Included in this new edition are two works connected to the novel, the Theodore Sturgeon Award-winning “The Calorie Man” and the Hugo Award-nominated “Yellow Card Man,” as well as an exclusive conversation with the author describing his writing process, the inspiration behind his debut novel, and the legacy of dystopian fiction.