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AMBUSHED: THE ASSASSINATION PLOT AGAINST PRESIDENT GARFIELD by Gail Jarrow, Calkins Creek, October 2021, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-68437-814-2
WHEN YOU LOOK LIKE US by Pamela N. Harris, HarperCollins/Quill Tree, January 2021, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-294589-1
FALLOUT: SPIES, SUPERBOMBS, AND THE ULTIMATE COLD WAR SHOWDOWN by Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Brook, September 2021, 352p., ISBN: 978-1-250-14901-5
FINDING JUNIE KIM by Ellen Oh, HarperCollins, May 2021, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-298798-3
BLUEBIRD by Sharon Cameron, Scholastic Press, October 2021, 464p., ISBN: 978-1-338-35596-3
MEL FELL by Corey R. Tabor, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, February 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-287801-4
HOME IS… by Hannah Barnaby and Frann Preston-Gannon, ill., Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, August 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-2176-9
YUSUF AZEEM IS NOT A HERO by Saadia Faruqi, HarperCollins/QuillTree, September 2021, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-294325-5
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Dial, March 2021, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-7352-2994-5
IF YOU WERE AN ELEPHANT by Leslie Staub and Richard Jones, ill., Putnam, July 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5247-4134-1
THREADS OF PEACE: HOW MOHANDAS GANDHI AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CHANGED THE WORLD by Uma Krishnaswami, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, August 2021, 336p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1678-8
GOODBYE, OLD HOUSE by Margaret Wild and Ann James, ill., Blue Dot, September 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-7362264-5
THE FOX AND THE FOREST FIRE by Danny Popovici, Chronicle, August 2021, 44p., ISBN: 978-1-7972-0282-2
CHICK AND BRAIN: EGG OR EYEBALL? by Cece Bell, Candlewick, March 2020, 72p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0439-1
PLAYING THE CARDS YOU’RE DEALT by Varian Johnson, Scholastic Press, October 2021, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-338-34853-8
BLACK BIRDS IN THE SKY: THE STORY AND LEGACY OF THE 1921 TULSA RACE MASSACRE by Brandy Colbert, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, October 2021, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-06-305666-4
LISTEN by Gabi Snyder and Stephanie Graegin, ill., Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, July 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6189-5
WHAT IS LOVE? by Mac Barnett and Carson Ellis, ill., Chronicle, October 2021, 44p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-7640-6
BUBBLES...UP! by Jacqueline Davies and Sonia Sanchez, ill., HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, May 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-283661-8
THUNDER AND CLUCK: FRIENDS DO NOT EAT FRIENDS by Jill Esbaum and Miles Thompson, Simon Spotlight/Ready to Read Graphics, Level 1, June 2021, 64p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-8652-2
ON THE HOOK by Francisco X. Stork, Scholastic Press, May 2021, 304p., ISBN: 978-1-338-69215-0
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON: AMERICA. RUSSIA, AND THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE SPACE RACE by Amy Cherrix, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, February 2021, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-06-288875-4
TURTLE WALK by Matt Phelan, HarperCollins/Greenwillow, October 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-293413-0
THE CURSE OF THE MUMMY: UNCOVERING TUTANKHAMUN’S TOMB by Candace Fleming, Scholastic Focus, September 2021, 304p., ISBN: 978-1-338-59661-8
IT TAKES GUTS: HOW YOUR BODY TURNS FOOD INTO FUEL (AND POOP) by Dr. Jennifer Gardy and Belle Wuthrich, ill., Greystone Kids, September 2021, 152p., ISBN: 978-1-77164-501-0
A SOFT PLACE TO LAND by Janae Marks, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan, September 2021, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-06-287587-7
LINKED by Gordon Korman, Scholastic Press, July 2021, 256p., ISBN: 978-1-338-62912-5
WHEN THE WORLD WAS OURS by Liz Kessler, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, May 2021, 352p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-9965-2
OPHIE’S GHOSTS by Justina Ireland, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 2021, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-06-291589-4

SUNSHINE by Marion Dane Bauer, Candlewick, May 2021, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1411-6

MELTDOWN: EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI, AND NUCLEAR DISASTER AT FUKUSHIMA by Deirdre Langeland, Roaring Brook, February 2021, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-700-7
YOUR HEART MY SKY by Margarita Engle, Atheneum, March 2021, 224p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6496-4
STOLEN JUSTICE: THE STRUGGLE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTING RIGHTS by Lawrence Goldstone, Scholastic Focus, January 2020, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-338-32350-4
SEPARATE NO MORE: THE LONG ROAD TO BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATION by Lawrence Goldstone, Scholastic Focus, January 2021, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-338-59283-2
UNSETTLED by Reem Faruqi, HarperCollins, May 2021, 352p., ISBN: 978-0-06-304470-8
IN MY LIFE by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, illustrated by Genevieve Santos, Simon & Schuster/Little Simon, February 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6585-5
HOW TO MAKE A BIRD by Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley, Candlewick, April 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1526-7
ZEE GROWS A TREE by Elizabeth Rusch and Will Hillenbrand, ill., Candlewick, March 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-9754-9

CLUES TO THE UNIVERSE by Christina Li, HarperCollins/Quill Tree, January 2021, 304p., ISBN; 978-0-06-300888-5

A POLAR BEAR IN THE SNOW by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris, ill., Candlewick, October 2020, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-0396-7
TRILLIONS OF TREES: A COUNTING AND PLANTING BOOK by Kurt Cyrus, Henry Holt/Christy Ottaviano, March 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-250-22907-6
MY DAY WITH THE PANYE by Tami Charles and Sara Palacios, ill, Candlewick, March 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-9749-5
THE BUG IN THE BOG by Jonathan Fenske, Simon Spotlight, December 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-7724-7
FRONT DESK by Kelly Yang, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, May 2018, 304p., ISBN: 978-1-338-157796
SOMETHING’S WRONG!: A BEAR, A HARE, AND SOME UNDERWEAR by Jory John and Erin Kraan, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, March 2021, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31388-1
THE SHAPE OF THUNDER by Jasmine Warga, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 2021, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-06-295667-5
OUTSIDE, INSIDE by LeUyen Pham, Roaring Brook, January 2021, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-250-79835-0

GONE TO THE WOODS: SURVIVING A LOST CHILDHOOD by Gary Paulsen, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, January 2021, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31415-6 

UNSPEAKABLE: THE TULSA RACE MASSACRE by Carole Boston Weatherford and Floyd Cooper, ill., Lerner/Carolrhoda, February 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978- 1-5415-8120-3
ALONE by Megan E. Freeman, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, January 2021, 416p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6756-9
JUST LIKE THAT by Gary D. Schmidt, Clarion, January 2021, 400p., ISBN: 978-0-544-08477-3
THE BOY WHO FAILED SHOW AND TELL by Jordan Sonnenbick, Scholastic Press, February 2021, 224p., ISBN: 978-1-338-64723-5
TRY IT! HOW FRIEDA CAPLAN CHANGED THE WAY WE EAT by Mara Rockliff and Giselle Potter, Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, January 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6007-2
CHICKENOLOGY: THE ULTIMATE ENCYCLOPEDIA by Barbara Sandri, Francesco Giubbilini, and Camilla Pintonato, ill., Princeton Architectural Press, February 2021, 80p., ISBN: 978-1-61689-908-0
BEST DAY EVER! by Marilyn Singer and Leah Nixon, ill., Clarion, May 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-328-98783-9
GROUND ZERO by Alan Gratz, Scholastic Press, February 2021, 336p.,ISBN: 978-1-338-24575-2

THE GREAT GATSBY: A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION by K. Woodman-Maynard, Candlewick, January 2021, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1676-9 

A SITTING IN ST. JAMES by Rita Williams-Garcia, HarperCollins/Quill Tree, May 2021, 480p., ISBN: 978-0-06-236729-7
13 WAYS TO EAT A FLY by Sue Heavenrich and David Clark, ill., Charlesbridge, February 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-58089-890-4
ADDY’S CUP OF SUGAR by Jon J. Muth, Scholastic Press, October 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-439-63428-1
CROSSINGS: EXTRAORDINARY STRUCTURES FOR EXTRAORDINARY ANIMALS by Katy S. Duffield and Mike Orodan, ill., Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane Books, October 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-6579-4
AMARI AND THE NIGHT BROTHERS by B.B. Alston, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, January 2021, 416p., ISBN: 978-0-06-297516-4
CHANCE: ESCAPE FROM THE HOLOCAUST by Uri Shulevitz, Farrar, Straus Giroux, October 2020, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31371-5
THE BOY AND THE GORILLA by Jackie Azua Kramer and Cindy Derby, ill. Candlewick, October 2020, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-9832-4
ARLO & PIPS: KING OF THE BIRDS by Elise Gravel, Harper Alley, October 2020, 64p., ISBN: 978-0-06-298221-6
RAIN BEFORE RAINBOWS by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield, ill., Candlewick, October 2020, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-5362-1283-9
FLYING OVER WATER by Shannon Hitchcock and N.H. Senzai, Scholastic Press, October 2020, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-338-61766-5
FLOODED: A REQUIEM FOR JOHNSTOWN by Ann E. Burg, Scholastic Press, October 2020, 352p., ISBN: 978-1-338-54069-7
ANIMORPHS GRAPHIC NOVEL #1: THE INVASION by K.A. Applegate and Michael Grant and Chris Grine, ill., Scholastic Graphix, October 2020, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-3382-22648-5
JUNK BOY by Tony Abbott, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, October 2020, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-249125-1

resources: fish in the sea; trees in the forests; coal and petroleum deposits; and fresh water. In a succinct picture book text, she shows how decisions made today regarding these essential resources will significantly impact the quality of life in the present time as well as the condition of the planet that we will leave for future generations.

COMMON GROUND has been around for 23 years, and I still haven't found a book that does a better job of explaining so clearly what is at stake. 

The author concludes by pointing out that, unlike the long-ago villagers who could just move on, “Now we don’t have anyplace else to go.”

Richie Partington, MLIS

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