April Featured Titles in the Treehouse

Article by liz

April is the coolest month, bringing great books into the Treehouse… Okay, I'll stop butchering Eliot, but I really am excited for this April assortment of features! Take a look at our favorite, most Treehouse-patron-pleasing books this month!


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A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals Cover Image
ISBN: 9781481448895
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 15th, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a hungry lion, and a bunch of other adorable animals. But as the animals start to disappear one by one...hmm…what's going on here? Look, I won't spoil the twists, plural, in A HUNGRY LION, OR A DWINDLING ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS,  but this picture book is complete perfection. The illustrations are hilarious, the language and pacing are spot-on, and the surprise ending(s) will delight clever kids. It's the next favorite story for fans of I WANT MY HAT BACK.

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The Wild Robot Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316381994
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 5th, 2016

We love Peter Brown's picture books (MR TIGER GOES WILD is a store favorite!), so we were super excited to hear he's brought his wit and wisdom to middle grade fiction! THE WILD ROBOT is a beautiful, uplifting story about a robot, lost in a shipwreck, who "wakes up" on an isolated, human-free island. Her only programmed directive: to help. The friendships that build between Roz and the animals, the action-filled ending, and the kid-friendly environmental themes make THE WILD ROBOT a winner in storytelling, heart, and hope.


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The Passion of Dolssa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451469922
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

Parents, read this one with your teens--there's so much wonderful depth and dimension to this historical tale. Dolssa de Stigata is a fervently religious teenage girl in 1200s France--so fervent that she's compelled to preach to her town. Naturally, the Inquisition condemns her as an "unnatural" woman and forces Dolssa to flee. Her flight, and the friendship that grows between her and Botille, the teenage matchmaker who harbors Dolssa in her home, shine a great light on how various labels have affected women who live outside the norm all throughout history. Plus? It's a beautifully written story with incredibly affecting characters. Pick it up.


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