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An accessible format and a unique focus on contemporary issues of criminal justice and racial bias make this an essential purchase.

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs

A book that can be used in so many ways—a study in biography, science, conservation, and volunteerism. A must for nonfiction collections.

Writing About Addiction for Kids | Opinion


The Exact Location of Home

A gentle but truthful look at poverty and homelessness for fans of realistic middle grade novels, such as Gary Schmidt's Okay for Now and Messner's The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., in which Zig is a secondary character.

Fergus and Zeke

An enjoyable addition to chapter book collections, especially where heavily illustrated works at this level are needed.

Over and Under the Pond

Librarians can confidently purchase this title for elementary schoolers.

Rolling Thunder

A lyrical ode to our nation's fallen heroes and those who keep their memories alive, suitable for one-on-one and small group sharing. A good choice for most collections.

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