Kids Books Laura Recommends

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The Rambling Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062498786
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - March 26th, 2019

Another knockout from Cajoleas, THE RAMBLINGS takes the reader to a backwater bayou for an epic, eerie journey filled with magic, card games, and tricksters! Absolutely engrossing!


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The Mysterious Benedict Society Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316003957
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 1st, 2008

Four precocious kids take on an evil man with the help of a secret society! Super fun with tons of twists and turns and, of course, lots of mystery!


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The Size of the Truth (Sam Abernathy Books) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534419551
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 26th, 2019

It's a classic tale - boy gets stuck down a well, a talking armadillo becomes his spirit guide, chaos ensues! Funny, clever, and ultimately heartwarming, you won't want to miss this!


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The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780823440078
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Published: Margaret Ferguson Books - June 5th, 2018

This is a rag-tag, cross-country adventure you won't want to miss! Featuring a menagerie of animals, a dastardly thief, and a girl who just can't be stopped - THE ADVENTURES OF A GIRL CALLED BICYCLE is sure to be a favorite!


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The Boy, the Boat, and the Beast Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781534412569
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - June 25th, 2019

Thrilling and exciting - plus one of the most unique Middle Grades I've read in a while! This is a story about growing up and facing your fears!


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The Language of Spells: (Fantasy Middle Grade Novel, Magic and Wizard Book for Middle School Kids) Cover Image
By Garret Weyr, Katie Harnett (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452159584
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Published: Chronicle Books - June 26th, 2018

A stunning book that reads like a fairytale told around a fire! Get lost in a story of friendship and magic - absolutely enchanting!


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Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows (Charlie Hernandez) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534426580
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Published: Aladdin - October 23rd, 2018

Charlie is just your average kid ... except he's growing horns and wings! This is a fun, magical adventure inspired by the myths and folklore of Latin America. Watch out for the sequel, coming November of 2019!


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Other Words for Home Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747808
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 28th, 2019

Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, across the sea in Syria. But with rising tensions threatening to break, Jude and her mother must travel to America to start over. A lyrical and moving novel told in verse, OTHER WORDS FOR HOME is a coming of age story for increasingly difficult times.


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Midsummer's Mayhem Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781499808889
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Published: Yellow Jacket - June 11th, 2019

Can Mimi undo the mayhem caused by her baking in this retelling of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM? LaRocca’s novel is bursting with magic, mystery, and, of course, mayhem! This is the perfect read for fans of Anna Meriano’s LOVE SUGAR MAGIC series.


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Where the Woods End Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229235
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Published: Dial Books - August 14th, 2018

Dark and twisted, poignant and hilarrious, this book is an absolute gem! My favorite character is Pippit, Kestrel's loveably evil ferret!


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Maximillian Fly Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062571168
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - June 11th, 2019

MAXIMILLIAN FLY is the middle-grade METAMORPHOSIS mash up that you didn't know you needed! The Lemony-Snicket-esque prose work perfectly to tell the strange and fascinating tale of Maximillian, a human with the features of a cockroach, whose story becomes entangled with two fugitives of an oppressive government. Wacky, fun, and so satisfying, Maximillian will steal your heart!


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Hurricane Season Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781616209063
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - May 7th, 2019

All Fig wants is to see the world the way her artistic father does. A once-renowned pianist, Fig’s father now has good and bad days. When Fig tries an art class to grow closer to him, she inadvertently brings social services to the door. In her novel about taking risks and facing fears, Melleby shows readers the power of art and love.


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The Spinner of Dreams Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062673954
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Published: HarperCollins - August 27th, 2019

Annalise Meriwether has been cursed from the moment she was born with a too-large hand and mysterious black mark. Shunned by the superstitious townsfolk, even Annalise's loving parents can't shelter her forever. When her hand starts acting up, there's only one thing to do: journey through the Labyrinth of Fate and Dreams and face off against the cunning, devious Fate Spinner. Reynolds' latest book is a love letter to isolated young girls everywhere. With her trademark spark of magic, mystery, and lyrical prose, Reynolds proves that young girls can face their demons - and they can win!


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Lalani of the Distant Sea Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062747273
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 3rd, 2019

Erin Entrada Kelly's debut fantasy is  a lyrical and lush tale of one girl's quest to save her island. Drawing from Filipino folklore, this book weaves an unforgettable, magical tale.


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The Green Children of Woolpit Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534427907
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

This book is perfect for fans of THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON or THE SECRET OF KELLS. Follow Agnes as she journeys under the hill armed with nothing but love for her family and the belief in the life-changing power of stories. Absolutely dazzling!


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Bernard Pepperlin Cover Image
By Cara Hoffman, Olga Demidova (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062865441
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Published: HarperCollins - September 17th, 2019

BERNARD PEPPERLIN is the quirky, adorable story you've been waiting for! Join the Doormouse from ALICE IN WONDERLAND as he journeys to Manhattan - and tries to stay awake long enough to have an adventure!


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Rat Rule 79: An Adventure Cover Image
By Rivka Galchen, Elena Megalos (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9781632060990
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Published: Restless Books - September 24th, 2019

Rat Rule 79 is a labyrinth of beauty, curiosity, and all things strange. When Fred follows her mom through a paper lantern she winds up in the Land of Impossibility, where time is outlawed and her only allies are a depressed elephant and fiercely maternal mongoose. Fred and her cohorts must journey through this strange and twisting land if they're ever to find Fred's mom and bring her home! Galchen effortlessly captures the chaos of being a thirteen-year-old girl; Fred is wild, half feral, both lost and found. I needed this book at thirteen. I need this book now. I will need this book when I am one hundred and thirteen.


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Rose Coffin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338310474
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 15th, 2019

Rose Coffin is the chosen one... chosen to die! This is a fantastical adventure populated by monsters, magical creatures, and dead dreams. Perfect for fans of the magical and weird, especially those who loved WHERE THE WOODS END!


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The Mostly True Story of Pudding Tat, Adventuring Cat Cover Image
By Caroline Adderson, Stacy Innerst (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781554989645
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Published: Groundwood Books - April 2nd, 2019

Pudding Tat the cat has a flea in his ear, and now they're setting off on a cross-country adventure! Historical and fun, this is a fantastic book for transitioning readers, age 6-8!


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Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet Cover Image
By Jacqueline Kelly, Teagan White (Illustrator), Jennifer L. Meyer (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9781250129444
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Published: Square Fish - October 3rd, 2017

Our favorite naturalist is back, this time with an Early Readers series for ages 6-8! This book is perfect for anyone interested in history, science, or both!


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My Heart Is a Compass Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316561761
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - November 6th, 2018

This is a beautiful, heartwarming story for your own little adventurer. With whimsical maps and illustrations, this book is a source of inspiration for anyone with an imagination!


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Maria the Matador Cover Image
By Anne Lambelet, Anne Lambelet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624146565
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Published: Page Street Kids - February 5th, 2019

Anne Lambelet is one of my favorite illustrators in the game right now! Maria is an adorable little girl obsessed with churros, but how can she win a matador competition for a lifetime supply of the sugary snacks when she's not big, or fast, or brave? MARIA THE MATADOR is a celebration of out-of-the-box thinking, unlikely friendships, and tasty treats!


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Nobody Hugs a Cactus Cover Image
By Carter Goodrich, Carter Goodrich (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534400900
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019

Hank is the prickliest cactus in the world. He sits in his pot all day facing a barren desert, which is just the way he likes it … maybe. Perhaps this spiny succulent is really just searching for a friend. The only problem? Nobody hugs a cactus. Done in earth-toned watercolors reminiscent of its desert setting, this book is sweet, droll, and utterly charming.


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Bear Came Along Cover Image
By Richard T. Morris, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316464475
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - June 4th, 2019

This delightful story is filled with cheeky characters, onomatopoeia, and a love of adventure! You won't want to miss it!


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Llama Destroys the World (A Llama Book) Cover Image
By Jonathan Stutzman, Heather Fox (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250303172
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 7th, 2019

We’ve all eaten just a little too much cake at some point in our lives - but none of us have gone on to accidentally tear a hole in the space-time continuum! This fun and silly picture book is full of laughs and lessons on the potential problems of too much cake!


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Turtle and Tortoise Are Not Friends Cover Image
By Mike Reiss, Ashley Spires (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060740313
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Published: HarperCollins - July 23rd, 2019

Turtle and Tortoise are two stubborn creatures who share a habitat, but they are absolutely, positively, NOT friends! Will they hold their grudges for decades, or can they learn to put their differences aside? This hilarious tale is filled with vibrant illustrations and clever Easter eggs that are sure to please adults and kids alike.


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Duckworth, the Difficult Child Cover Image
By Michael Sussman, Júlia Sardà (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534405127
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 18th, 2019

DUCKWORTH is a clever, fun story in the vein of Roald Dahl or Lemony Snicket. Perfect for fans of Anne Lambelet's artwork, Sardà's illustrations absolutely capture the imagination!


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Florette Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544876835
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Published: Clarion Books - February 20th, 2018

Walker stuns and delights with her gorgeous, green watercolor plants! FLORETTE is the perfect book for lazy, sunny afternoons: quiet, beautiful, and magical!


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The Little Rabbit (My Little Animal Friend) Cover Image
By Nicola Killen, Nicola Killen (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781534438286
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - February 5th, 2019

When Ollie's stuffed rabbit is touched on the nose by a magical petal he turns into a real rabbit! Off he goes, taking Ollie on a sweet adventure! The tri-chromatic illustrations are beautifully rendered, and the dicut pages elevate it to the perfect gift book!


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Clever Little Witch Cover Image
By Muon Thi Van, Hyewon Yum (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481481717
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 23rd, 2019

This bright and colorful picture book gives strong Vietnamese KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE vibes and is perfect for imaginative, silly children who are prone to a bit of trouble. 


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The Seekers Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781524701529
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 6th, 2019

Visionary lightbox artists Hari and Deepti bring us an adventuresome fable illustrated with their stunning artwork. This is a picture book to cherish!


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Alma and the Beast Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735263963
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Published: Tundra Books - September 3rd, 2019

What is Alma to do when she encounters a hairless, button-nosed beast who is not like her at all? This visually stunning book (reminiscent of Katie Harnett's work) is a must-have story of an unlikely friendship.


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The Traveler's Gift: A Story of Loss and Hope Cover Image
By Danielle Davison, Anne Lambelet (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624147654
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Published: Page Street Kids - October 8th, 2019

This gorgeous, gentle tale is made all the more beautiful with Anne Lambelet's illustrations. Dive into this whimsical story of loss, hope, and the utter magic of story telling!