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As soon as a little stray dog awakens, she runs through the streets of Bloomville to stand in front of the apartment building where Eleanor and her would-be juggler father, Sam, reside. How that small dog comes to be known as Lucy (Candlewick, $19.99), find a home, forge a lasting friendship with Eleanor, and help Sam gain the confidence to achieve his dream is told in four acts. Author/illustrator Randy Cecil’s detailed, monochromatic art enhances the book’s theatrical format: the circular illustrations surrounded by white space on each page create the illusion of action occurring in a spotlight. Together, text and illustration present a sweet, attractive, and satisfying story. Ages 6-9.

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By Randy Cecil, Randy Cecil (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763668082
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick - August 2nd, 2016

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Purdy and Barker are a cat and a dog who live together in a house atop a hill. Purdy is a lazy feline with an outsized imagination that has him dreaming of Bicycling to the Moon (Gecko, $16.99); Barker is a down-to-earth dog and finds great pleasure in farm work and fishing. Timo Parvela, courtesy of Ruth Urbom’s translation, shows that different personalities can make the best of friends and housemates. Each chapter is a self-contained story, delightfully illustrated by Virpi Talvitie, and together they paint a complete portrait of a beautiful friendship. Ages 7-10.

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By Timo Parvela, Virpi Talvitie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781776570317
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Gecko Press - September 1st, 2016

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In all of India, there is no better lending library than Book Uncle’s. With a panoply of volumes spread out on planks of wood, a small tin can for donations, and a sign that reads: Books. Free. Give one. Take one. Read-Read-Read, Yasmin cannot resist a daily visit. So when the city requires Book Uncle to purchase a permit he cannot afford, Yasmin is determined to find a solution. With the help of her friends and several adults, Yasmin takes up this important cause just in time for the mayoral election. In her most recent book, Book Uncle and Me (Groundwood, $14.95), Uma Krishnaswami shows young readers that they can have a voice and an impact even before they have a vote. Ages 8-11.

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By Uma Krishnaswami, Julianna Swaney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554988082
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Groundwood Books - September 13th, 2016