The Unicorn in the Barn - Jacqueline Ogburn, Rebecca Green

Staff Pick

Jacqueline K. Ogburn’s debut novel is an enthralling mixture of fantasy, mystery, and family secrets. Eleven-year-old Eric Harper’s sighting of an injured, magical creature leads him to The Unicorn in the Barn (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). Despite the protests of her daughter, Allegra, the veterinarian and new owner of Harper’s Farmhouse invites Eric to help care for a menagerie of enchanting creatures. As Eric navigates this secret job, he reaches an understanding with the forthright Allegra, discovers the limitations of magic, and faces the realities of his grandmother’s illness. Rebecca Green’s expressive illustrations, perfectly placed throughout the text, enhance this gentle tale and its cast of well-crafted characters. Ages 10-12.


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By Jacqueline Ogburn, Rebecca Green (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544761124
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Published: Clarion Books - July 4th, 2017

Windfall - Jennifer E. Smith

Staff Pick

After being orphaned at a young age, Alice has grown up in the loving family of her uncle; her closest friend, Teddy, also experienced loss when his father walked out of his and his mother’s lives. Alice knows—and secretly loves—everything about Teddy; when she gives him a winning lottery ticket for his 18th birthday, however, it has the unexpected effect of throwing their friendship into uncharted waters. With its examination of the challenges that a Windfall (Delacorte, $18.99) brings to a friendship, Jennifer Smith’s latest novel explores how individuals accept or deny aspects of their lives that are beyond their control. This compelling, romantic tale ultimately delivers a hopeful message that is sorely needed in these times. Ages 13-17.


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ISBN: 9780399559372
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 2nd, 2017

Honestly Ben - Bill Konigsberg

Staff Pick

Ben Carver, an outstanding student and star athlete, fits the mold set by his domineering father and valued at his boarding school, but is he Honestly Ben (Arthur A. Levine, $17.99)? Confident that his romantic involvement with best friend Rafe is behind him, he’s started dating a girl named Hannah. Despite this budding relationship and being nominated for a coveted scholarship, Ben feels nothing but emptiness. Brimming with distinctive humor, convincing characters, and heartfelt truth, Bill Konigsburg’s stand-alone companion to Openly Straight explores the “messy business of life” and the importance of being true to oneself. Ages 14-18.


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ISBN: 9780545858267
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - March 28th, 2017