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Picture Books

Cabrera, Jane. Rock-a-bye Baby. illus. by Jane Cabrera. 32p. Holiday House. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780823437535. POP
Toddler-PreS –Cabrera updates the nursery rhyme with a cast of animal characters putting their own babies to sleep in various places throughout a tree. While the first page starts with the familiar refrain of “Rock-a-bye Baby/on the treetop,/when the wind blows the cradle will rock,” the illustration is of a full-branched knotty tree, complete with all of the animals and insects that will appear on future page spreads. An orange-hued squirrel cradles her baby in her arms as a watchful robin checks on its chick that is tucked in the nest. Anthropomorphized creatures such as smiling butterflies, spiders, and snakes are located in different parts of the tree with their slumbering tots. Acrylic painted pictures stretch corner to corner across spreads of warm yellows, tawny tans, and mossy greens with plenty of textured brush strokes and strong black outlines. The book ends with a slumbering newborn baby with brown skin being cradled by dad: “Rock-a-bye Baby,/WHAT A BEAUTIFUL TREE!/Sleep now, my darling,/HAPPY as can be.” VERDICT A sweet bedtime selection for libraries where Cabrera’s other titles are routinely checked out.–Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

Curato, Mike. Little Elliot, Fall Friends. illus. by Mike Curato. 40p. Holt. Aug. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627796408. POP

PreS-Gr 1 –Little Elliot, the tiny, polka-dotted elephant of Little Elliot, Big City and Little Elliot, Big Family, and his friend Mouse need a break from the hustle and bustle of New York City. So it’s off to the country to take in the autumnal foliage. Little Elliot panics when Mouse fails to find him during a game of hide-and-go-seek, but the pachyderm smells something sweet and heads to a farmhouse. There, he finds a pie, which Mouse and some new pals baked to lure him out, and the tale ends with a fall feast and a cozy night beneath the stars. Making excellent use of light and shadow, the painterly illustrations are sumptuous, dominated by oranges, reds, and golds. Curato brings to life the fall countryside just as effectively as he does the urban setting. However, compared with other “Little Elliot” installments, which offer rich explorations of friendship and bravery, the plot is a little unfocused. The drama around Elliot being unable to locate Mouse comes relatively late in the game and is resolved fast, and the titular “fall friends” seem to arrive out of nowhere (Mouse meets them off-page). Still, Elliot is a winsome protagonist, and the charming visuals will entice children. The gentle prose makes this book suitable for a quiet storytime or a soothing bedtime read. VERDICT Recommended as an additional purchase or for collections where Little Elliot fans abound.–Mahnaz Dar, School Library Journal

Foster, Travis. Give Me Back My Book! illus. by Ethan Long. 56p. Chronicle. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781452160405. POP

PreS-Gr 2 –Bloo and Redd simply love their book. It has everything—a green cover, a nice spine, and pages that turn from right to left (or left to right if you’re adventurous.) But what they can’t agree upon is who owns it! When their favorite book ends up snatched by a bookworm, Bloo and Redd must work together to write their own book to get it back. Playing with the “meta-picture book” subgenre, Long and Foster have added a funny and fresh story with several teachable moments. On the surface it’s a simple tale about sharing and the joy of reading, but with Redd describing the different components of a book, and the two then using that information to create their own volume, this is a wonderful teaching tool for either a creative writing or an introductory language arts lesson. The two characters play off of each other well, and the large dialogue balloons matched with the cartoonish character design with no background scenery will please the many fans of “Elephant and Piggie.” VERDICT Not to be missed—give me this book!–Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

Garland, Michael. Pizza Mouse. illus. by Michael Garland. 32p. (I Like to Read).Holiday House. Sept. 2017. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9780823437610; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780823438532. POP

PreS-Gr 1 –A simple series entry aimed at emerging readers. A mouse in New York City (referred to here simply as “the city”) tells readers about his life. There are cats and dogs and angry grocers who all chase the poor mouse, and he must also avoid dangerous raptors and crowded streets as he tries to find food. He stumbles upon a slice of pizza and must get it home to his family. The reading level is perfect for kindergarten and first-grade audiences who will appreciate the short easy sentences. They will delight in some of the illustration’s references to the Big Apple. There’s the iconic stone bridge in Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building, and the tiny mouse carrying his slice onto the A train. VERDICT A satisfying treat for beginning readers everywhere.–Matthew Forster, Big Words, Clarkston, MI

Hrab, Naseem. Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend. illus. by Josh Holinaty. 32p. Owlkids. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781771471718. POP

PreS-Gr 2 –What’s worse than starting school again in September? Starting school as the new kid. But Ira Crumb has a plan! He is convinced that he makes a pretty good friend, and comedy ensues as he tries to prove his point over and over again with no success, but his attempts will have young readers chuckling. Ira is so excited to become friends with someone that he starts interacting with readers right on the front cover of the book, shouting out “Hiii!” in a large speech bubble. Ira can also be impatient, as evidenced on the book’s front flap, where he implores readers to “turn the page already, and let’s be besties!” Even though Ira has all the makings of a great best friend, his over-the-top enthusiasm wreaks havoc with his friendship attempts. Turns out the other kids don’t like pickles (Ira loves them), exuberant dance-offs, or feigned indifference. Cartoonish illustrations feature human and nonhuman characters, and the inclusion of speech bubbles and split-page illustrations give a comic-book flair to Ira’s quest. A miscommunication among Ira, Malcolm, and a talking sandwich named Phillip will have young readers giggling as they get the joke before Ira does, leading to satifying tension when, on the first day of school, a gloomy Ira is told to sit next to… Malcolm! Readers will be happy to predict what comes next: the makings of a pretty good friendship indeed. VERDICT A fast-moving text that speaks to the fear children have about being the new kid anywhere in life, this title will be especially welcome on the shelves for back-to-school storytimes and shared readings.–Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

Ohi, Debbie Ridpath. Sam & Eva. illus. by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. 40p. S. & S. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481416283. POP

PreS-Gr 2 –Sam and Eva are friends who a penchant for drawing. Eva drops by one day as Sam is working on a drawing, and mayhem ensues when the girl decides to turn it into a group project. “‘I like your pony,’ Eva said. ‘It’s a velociraptor,’ said Sam.” When she suggests some changes, Sam quickly erases her efforts, so she begins to add something else. “’Who said you could add a cat?’ asked Sam. ‘It’s not a cat.’ Eva said, ‘It’s a marmot.’’’ When it turns out that Sam’s velociraptor is hungry and begins eyeing the marmot, Eva quickly draws a larger creature. Sam retaliates with an even larger creature, and things head south as Sam and Eva both become annoyed. Eva walks off in a huff, declaring “I don’t like this story anymore.’” Sam tries to continue drawing, but the artwork takes on a life of its own as both sides of the creation attempt to outshine the other. Eva realizes that the time has come to start a new story, and she quickly draws an exit strategy for her and Sam: a small door, where they scoot through the cacophony of color to emerge on the other side of a plain white page and begin a new collaboration. “‘I like your unicorn,’ said Sam. ‘It’s a triceratops,’ said Eva.” Clever use of digital art showcases Eva and Sam in grayscale against white pages, which allows their colorful artwork to pop off the page in this homage to creativity and working together. VERDICT Fans of Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon and the more recent trilogy of Journey, Return, and Quest by Aaron Becker will appreciate this tale of artistic identity. Fun to read aloud or share with a small group.–Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

 

Middle Grade

Skye, Obert. Mutant Bunny Island. 224p. HarperCollins. Nov. 2017. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780062399120. POP

Gr 3-6 –Skye concocts another far-fetched, imaginative plot in his latest middle grade novel, the first in a trilogy. To 10-year-old Perry Owens, the “Ocean Blasteroids” comic book series is more real than his actual life. He identifies with the hero, a squid named Admiral Uli, and sees evil newts everywhere. When he receives a comic with a coded message for help from his Uncle Zeke, Perry knows he must spring into action, an uncharacteristic decision since Perry rarely leaves the house. Happy that his son finally wants to experience a summer adventure, his tolerant father allows Perry to travel with two suitcases full of junk food to Bunny Island, where only healthy foods are allowed. Alas, Uncle Zeke is nowhere to be found, but the island is overrun with adorable rabbits. Seeking guidance from the wise words of Admiral Uli and strength from his illegal stash of salty snacks, Perry and two kids from the island figure out why people have been disappearing and how to foil the culprit. Each chapter begins with an excerpt of “Ocean Blasteroids.” VERDICT Kids who enjoy fast-paced books with unlikely, hyperactive heroes, and outlandish adventures will be amused.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

 

YA

Bracken, Alexandra. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding. 368p. Disney-Hyperion. Sept. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781484778173. POP

Gr 5-9 –A long time ago, during the Salem witch trials, Honor Redding promised a fiend named Alastor the eternal servitude of everyone in his line in exchange for unimaginable wealth. Instead, Honor outwitted the fiend and reneged on the deal. Now Prosper Redding, Honor’s modern-day descendant, is possessed by Alastor, and it’s up to the teen and his family to vanquish the demon. With the help of some “black sheep” in the family, Prosper must figure out a way to break the curse. Alastor, however, has other ideas. Can the young man survive his family curse long enough to break it? Unique and humorous, the plot is filled with fantastical mystery and paranormal elements. The main characters, including the villain, are likable and flawed. The author’s smooth transitions and delightful writing style will draw readers into the story with ease. This is a must-read for fans of Bracken and paranormal mysteries. VERDICT A first purchase for middle school audiences.–Kira Moody, Salt Lake County Library Services

redstarKostakis, Will. The Sidekicks. 288p. Harlequin Teen. Oct. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780373212620. POP

Gr 9 Up –When Australian high school student Isaac dies, three fellow students who each considered him his closest friend battle for individual ways forward. While this is Kostakis’s American debut, his literary polish and deep understanding of teen storytelling is compelling and nuanced from the first page. Ryan, Scott, and Miles take turns recounting the months after Isaac’s death. Each viewpoint differs, as does each voice; it is through these distinct perspectives and observations that readers find fully dynamic and authentic characters. Ryan, champion swimmer and faculty son, struggles to admit that he’s gay. Scott, school boarder and affected rebel, finds comfort in comforting Isaac’s bereaved mother and working to correct the news account of Isaac’s death. Miles, possibly on autism spectrum, harbors hours of film outtakes from a school project he shot starring Isaac. The surviving guys don’t like one another—then they find motivation to step beyond their islands and bond. In addition to the credibility of the living protagonists, the plethora of adults in their stories also ring as vivid and genuine. Scott strikes up a friendship with Isaac’s mother, which fills the gap left by the absence of a relationship with his own mom. Miles’s parents handle his rigidity with good humor. Rather than a “problem novel,” the sum of all these successful parts is a memorable experience with teens who grow to absorb tragedy and build a future on its foundation. VERDICT An excellent exploration of grief from a rising talent that belongs in all libraries serving teens.–Francisca Goldsmith, Library Ronin, Worcester, MA

Lo, Malinda. A Line in the Dark. 288p. Dutton. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780735227422. POP

Gr 9 Up –Friendship, romance, obsession, and crime all get tangled up in this complicated mystery about love and lies. Angie Redmond and Jess Wong are best friends, though Jess harbors a desperate and rather obvious crush on Angie. Their relationship becomes complicated when Angie begins to date Margot, a wealthy student at a nearby boarding school. Jess, a talented artist who creates a dark, supernatural comic about a love triangle, has her doubts about Margot, who seems cruel and controlling. Margot drives a wedge between Angie and Jess, but eventually, a murder brings them back together. As the police interview all three girls, the details of the night a student is killed highlight the tension among Angie, Jess, and Margot, but do not clearly point to who may have committed the crime. Just when it seems like the truth is coming to light, the story takes another turn, forcing readers to reassess everything they think they understand. Dark, twisty, and unsettling, this book almost begs to be read in one sitting, and then instantly reread. The pace picks up in the second part, with higher tension and uncertainty propelling the story forward quickly, encouraging teens to race to the whodunit conclusion. Though the final few chapters feel rushed, they provide a satisfying—and shocking—finale to this scandalous examination of jealousy, secrets, and untrustworthy characters. VERDICT A high-interest thriller with wide appeal recommended for all collections.–Amanda MacGregor, formerly at Great River Regional Library, Saint Cloud, MN

redstarOlder, Daniel José. Shadowhouse Fall. 368p. (Shadowshaper Cypher: Bk. 2). Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Bks. Sept. 2017. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780545952828. POP

Gr 7 Up –Sierra and her crew of shadowshapers are back for another adventure in this sequel to Shadowshaper. A mysterious card deck appears and, with it, a conflict between Shadow House and The House of Light arises. Sierra must act quickly to figure out whom she can trust while learning what it means to be a leader. She also begins a relationship with a new love interest. There is a satisfying conclusion, leaving threads of an open-ended mystery involving the Deck of Worlds. It will be exciting to see where this increasingly political urban fantasy will go next. Older has upped the ante with this second installment. This entry adds a layer of social activism that is refreshing and timely. The crew challenges their white AP history teacher about how she is approaching the topic of slavery. Many of the protagonists experience conflicts with the police and are able to resist. For a change of pace, those who enjoyed Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give may want to check out this fantasy title. In addition, it is good to see a sequel include a very realistic changing romantic landscape for the protagonist. VERDICT A worthy follow-up to Shadowshaper that fans will devour.–Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH

Oliver, Lauren. Ringer. 528p. (Replica: Bk. 2). HarperCollins/Harper. Oct. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062394194. POP

Gr 9 Up –Gemma and Lyra’s story comes to an end in this companion novel to Replica. Gemma wants nothing more than to return to her normal life and spend time with her boyfriend, Pete. Instead she finds herself stranded on the side of the road where she and Pete are captured after being mistaken for replicas and taken to the Haven Institute, which was thought to be destroyed. Pete and Gemma have to face the replicas that survived. Lyra and Caelum are finding it difficult to live among the human race as Lyra’s illness worsens. Feeling abandoned, the two head to Philadelphia looking for a promised cure. Instead, they uncover their complicated past and threatened future. Like Replica, this entry is a flip book and can be read in either order or by alternating between Gemma’s and Lyra’s stories—yet the narratives are intertwined, making for an interesting reading experience for teens. They will want to have read the first volume to fully understand the characters’ plight. Sexual situations between Pete and Gemma make this a better selection for older readers. VERDICT Bringing this duology to a close, this sequel will delight fans of the previous entry.–Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

Perkins, Stephanie. There’s Someone Inside Your House. 352p. Dutton. Sept. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525426011. POP

Gr 8 Up –In a small town in Nebraska, a series of grisly murders starts with the high school musical’s star, who is found with a smiley face carved into her throat. The next one targeted is the football running back, whose head is sliced open and brain slashed. Only high school students are targeted, and recent transfer Makani Young and her friends wonder who will be next while trying to find a pattern in the victims. Meanwhile, Makani is enjoying her blossoming romance with loner Ollie, whose loner status has invited suspicion that he could be the murderer. When Makani is attacked, she and Ollie fight off and identify the attacker. The race is on for the town to catch him, and fear is everywhere. Each character is unique, which is no small feat in this large cast of victims, suspects, and other students. Makani has depth and a history that will resonate with readers. While it might seem that the killer should have been easier to stop earlier between his near misses and careless mistakes, the suspense and action make this a difficult book to put down. The plot is engaging to the very end. VERDICT Recommended for all collections where suspense is popular.–Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ

redstarReed, Amy. The Nowhere Girls. 416p. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481481731. POP

Gr 9 Up –This gritty and timely novel examines the culture of sexism and rape through the eyes of three girls and a chorus of the universal “Us.” Grace, the new girl in town, just wants to blend in to the point of invisibility. Having been forced out of their conservative Southern Baptist Church when her preacher mother becomes “too liberal,” Grace is still reeling from the ostracism and is struggling to figure out who she is and what she should believe. Rosina, the daughter of a very conservative Mexican American single mother, spends her days babysitting her younger cousins and working in her family’s restaurant. What she really wants is recognition as a gay punk rocker who needs more from life. Erin, a teen on the high-functioning side of the autism spectrum, consumes herself with marine biology and Star Trek while wrestling with appropriate emotions and reactions and an overly involved mother. “Us” iterates the thoughts, fears, and conflicts of a chorus of unnamed characters. When Grace discovers that her new room was also the room of Lucy, the girl who accused a group of popular boys of gang rape last year, she convinces Erin and Rosina to help her get justice for Lucy. Neither one is particularly enthusiastic about the idea, but slowly an anonymous group of “Nowhere Girls” begin to attack the sexist culture of their school despite negative reactions. The strong characters do not detract from the equally strong plot but move it forward with compassion and strength as they address with frank honesty what it means to be female in today’s world. The empowerment of the girls in this book will resonate with young adults. VERDICT A must-read for every teen.–Janet Hilbun, University of North Texas, Denton

Weingarten, Lynn. Bad Girls with Perfect Faces. 304p. S. & S./Simon Pulse. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481418607. POP

Gr 9 Up –Sasha is sick of watching Ivy break Xavier’s heart again and again, especially because her feelings for him have developed beyond friendship. So when Xavier and Ivy get back together, Sasha decides to take matters into her own hands. She knows that Ivy has cheated on Xavier in the past and she will cheat on him again. Sasha poses as a guy online and starts a flirtation with Ivy to prove to Xavier how bad she is for him. But things do not go as planned; they go horribly, horribly wrong. The story of Xavier, Sasha, and Ivy is told in multiple points of view. Sasha narrates her side of things in first person, while Xavier’s chapters are told in third person. There is a third, mysterious first-person narrator, as well as text conversations between Ivy and Jake (Sasha’s made-up persona). Together these threads weave a dark, twisted tale of betrayal and lies. Readers will be in high suspense as the juicy details of the drama escalate. Weingarten plays with the good girl/bad girl dichotomy in the female main characters, while Xavier is portrayed as helpless pawn between two desperate young women. The ending will have teens going back to reread everything that happened through new eyes. Hand this psychological thriller to fans of unreliable narrators and those looking for Gone Girl for teens. ­VERDICT An intoxicating page-turner, this one is sure to be popular.–Allison McLean, Elkhart Public Library, IN

 

Nonfiction

Eszterhas, Suzi. Baby Animals Playing. photos by Suzi Eszterhas. 24p. (Baby Animals). Owlkids. Oct. 2017. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781771472975. POP

PreS-Gr 1 –Up-close images of baby creatures in their natural habitats are what lend this beautiful photo journal its authentic quality. Eszterhas has captured endearing moments in which the furry (and not so furry) little ones are shown climbing, perching, swinging, racing, and tumbling. The author proposes that these fun activities—familiar to young readers themselves—are not only forms of play in the animal kingdom but also preparation for behaviors that they will need for their future survival. (“She is playing now, but one day this is how she will protect herself in the wild.”) The text is spare but effective—brief statements about each baby’s type of movement. Among the creatures represented are lions, lemurs, raccoons, gorillas, giraffes, orangutans, bison, dolphins, and capybaras. Back matter includes additional photos with an author’s note that details Eszterhas’s travels and her mission as a wildlife photographer and conservationist. VERDICT Best suited for group sharing and also ideal for newly independent readers who delight in nonfiction.–Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

redstarNelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Washington. illus. by Sally Wern Comport. 48p. (Step into Reading: Step 3). Random. Dec. 2017. lib. ed. $12.99. ISBN 9781101936702; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781101936696. POP

K-Gr 3 –The narrative opens with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, then traces the March on Washington back to the 1950s and 60s when “black Americans organized and fought extra hard. Their fight was called the civil rights movement.” Early protests and famous civil rights activists are mentioned, along with more information on King. The narrative eventually returns to the march and provides finer details about the day (“The marchers crowded the Mall’s Reflecting Pool. Some took off their shoes and socks to soothe their feet in the cool water.”). The text is surrounded by partial and occasional full-page illustrations. The artwork, done in muted tones with soft lines and washes of color, conveys the somberness of the mentioned events and depicts famous civil rights moments, protestors, marchers, politicians, and King with sensitivity. The text uses words and terms most emergent readers will know in a thoughtful and descriptive way. The author’s note provides a paragraph on the 1964 signing of the Civil Rights Act. VERDICT A smart narrative and skillfully done illustrations make this introduction to Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement one all libraries will want to consider.–Tamara Saarinen, Pierce County Library, WA

Silverstein, Shel. Runny Babbit Returns. illus. by Shel Silverstein. 96p. index. HarperCollins/Harper. Sept. 2017. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780062479396. POP

Gr 1-4 –Eighteen years after the author’s death and 12 years after the publication of the first collection of Runny Babbit spoonerisms, a new book of 41 “completed but unpublished works” has surfaced from Silverstein’s archive. In this volume, Runny Babbit makes discoveries, enjoys himself, and finds his way out of more than a few scrapes. Each situation becomes wackier and more entertaining with the transposed first parts of words and syllables that create the spoonerisms: “Runny porgot his farachute/And plumped out of a jane./He landed right on Doc Ocrile/Who was randin’ in the stain.” Well-chosen words come together to form lines with natural rhythm and punch as well as endless opportunities for amusement. In one verse, a dragon tells Runny, “If I’m inpited to your varty,/then I’ll fart your stire for you.’” The distinctive line illustrations provide not only more humor but also lovable personalities to wide-eyed Runny and the other characters he interacts with on the page. Readers can choose to dip in and out of this book, or, if they have real stamina for silliness, they can plow straight through. The volume ends as all great days do, with Ramma Mabbit reading stories like “Dumpty Humpty” and “Loldigocks and the Bee Threars” and a final good night poem to Runny Babbit “and all his foodland wriends.” VERDICT A new Silverstein title is a welcome addition to all poetry shelves, and this one offers plenty of joy and laughter to those who read or listen to it read aloud.–Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

 

DVD

Back to School Stories and More. 33 min. Weston Woods. 2016. $59.95. ISBN 9781338091083. POP

PreS-Gr 3 –The Horace B. Smedley School’s football team was in an endless slump, which upset the entire student body. “Even the cafeteria ladies lost their sparkle,” intones narrator Diana Canova in Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, the James Marshall classic. That is, until the dreaded Viola Swamp comes to the rescue. The tune of a coach’s whistle, the pep band, and even spaghetti Western chords bring this riotous story to life. Miriam Cohen’s Will I Have a Friend? has calmed generations of wary new kindergartners and introduced them to the delights awaiting them on their first day of school. Barney Saltzberg’s Crazy Hair Day features a hamster with gelled spikes and colorful rubber bands in his hair. To his horror, he discovers he has worn his wild hairdo on the wrong day! His classmates respond with humor and problem-solving techniques, which will encourage children to do the same. Plus, kids can sing along to Saltzberg’s music video and rock out with the animated antics. In the bonus interview with the author, viewers learn his book was inspired by a young chemotherapy patient whose classmates shaved their heads so the boy would feel welcomed back after his ordeal. Learning guides provide excellent activities, games, and discussion starters on team building and friendship. VERDICT Outstanding music, animation, and classic tales make this collection of rereleased ­videos a must-buy for back-to-school ­purchases.–Lonna Pierce, MacArthur and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School ­Libraries, ­Binghamton, NY

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