Everyone’s family is a bit strange, but the Gadsby family has been even further from normal After Iris (Dial, $16.99), twelve-year-old Blue’s twin sister, passed away. Natasha Farrant’s debut novel delves into this English family’s eccentric lifestyle, featuring everything from pet rats on racecars to siblings with no shortage of hysterics. Told from Blue’s point of view through film transcripts and diary entries, this is the story of a dysfunctional family that somehow finds its way back together after tragedy. Ages 10-12. KLG
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ISBN: 9780803739826
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Published: Dial Books - July 11th, 2013

For most people, going to the Laundromat is a daunting task filled with sorting and inconvenience, but not for Francis, the Little Fox (Kids Can, $17.95). Laundry Saturday is his favorite day of the week. It is a day that he gets to spend alone with his father, tossing socks onto caribou antlers, coloring pictures, and enjoying a nice frozen yogurt. However, all goes awry when pesky Lily, the daughter of the Laundromat owner Mr. Li, plays tricks on all the customers. Suddenly, it’s up to Francis to put things right. Veronique Boisjoly’s humorous tale couples perfectly with Katty Maurey’s illustrations, which offer something to discover on every page. Ages 4-8. KLG
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By Véronique Boisjoly, Katty Maurey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781894786409
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Published: Kids Can Press - September 1st, 2013

Young Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, or Tula as her loved ones call her, has no interest in following the path that has been chosen for her. Margarita Engle, in powerful prose and intertwining points of view, details Tula’s upbringing in patriarchal Cuba during a time of slavery. Struggling to do what is right and refusing to be silenced, The Lightning Dreamer (Harcourt, $16.99) does whatever it takes to follow her heart, even if it means betraying her family’s wishes and facing prejudice in the process. Ages 13-17. KLG
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ISBN: 9780547807430
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2013