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PAX by Sara Pennypacker, HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, February 2016, 304p, ISBN: 978-0-06-237701-2
RHYTHM RIDE: A ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE MOTOWN SOUND by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Roaring Brook, September 2015, 176p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-973-3 
CODE OF HONOR by Alan Gratz, Scholastic Press, August 2015, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-545-69519-0 
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit, Knopf, January 2016, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-553-51334-9 
WHEN SOPHIE’S FEELINGS ARE REALLY, REALLY HURT by Molly Bang, Blue Sky Press, September 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-545-78831-1 
CATCH YOU LATER, TRAITOR by Avi, Algonquin Young Readers, March 2015, 304p., ISBN: 978-1-61620-359-7
SO COZY by Lerryn Korda, Candlewick, March 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7373-4 
FIRE ENGINE NO. 9 by Mike Austin, Random House, September 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-553-51095-9 
I’M NEW HERE by Anne Sibley O’Brien, Charlesbridge, August 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-58089-612-2 
THE AMAZING AGE OF JOHN ROY LYNCH by Chris Barton and Don Tate, ill., Eerdmans, April 2015, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-8028-5379-0 
THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds, Atheneum, January 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-5950-2 
FAMOUS by Naomi Shihab Nye and Lisa Desimini, Wings Press, September 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-60940-449-9 
FAB FOUR FRIENDS: THE BOYS WHO BECAME THE BEATLES by Susanna Reich and Adam Gustavson, ill, Henry Holt, August 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9458-9 
A HANDFUL OF STARS by Cynthia Lord, Scholastic Press, May 2015, 192p., ISBN: 978-0-545-70027-6 
ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, September 2015, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6333-1
ONE TODAY by Richard Blanco and Dav Pilkey, ill., Little Brown, November 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-316-37144-5
GET OUT OF MY BATH! by Britta Teckentrup, Candlewick/Nosy Crow, August 2015, 24p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-8006-0 
FLOAT by Daniel Miyares, Simon & Schuster, June 2015, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1524-8 
CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert, Hyperion, May 2015, 352p., ISBN: 978-1-4231-9738-6 
CHASING SECRETS by Gennifer Choldenko, Random House/Wendy Lamb Books, August 2015, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-385-74253-5 
BREAKTHROUGH! HOW THREE PEOPLE SAVED “BLUE BABIES” AND CHANGED MEDICINE FOREVER by Jim Murphy, Clarion, December 2015, 144p., ISBN: 978-0-547-82183-2 
TERRIBLE TYPHOID MARY: A TRUE STORY OF THE DEADLIEST COOK IN AMERICA by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, August 2015, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-544-31367-5 
GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead, Random House/Wendy Lamb Books, August 2015, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-385-74317-4 
LENNY & LUCY by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead, ill. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, October 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-932-0 
MOST DANGEROUS: DANIEL ELLSBERG AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR by Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Brook, September 2015, 384p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-952-8 
ORBITING JUPITER by Gary D. Schmidt, Clarion, October 2015, 192p., ISBN: 978-0-544-46222-9 
THE GOODBYE BOOK by Todd Parr, Little Brown/Megan Tingley Books, November 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-316-40497-6
LILLIAN’S RIGHT TO VOTE: A CELEBRATION OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965 by Jonah Winter and Shane W. Evans, ill., Random House/Schwartz & Wade, July 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-385-39028-6 
LOST. FOUND. by Marsha Diane Arnold and Matthew Cordell, ill. Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, November 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-017-6
GEORGE by Alex Gino, Scholastic Press, August 2015, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-545-81254-2
ELVIS: THE STORY OF THE ROCK AND ROLL KING by Bonnie Christensen, Henry Holt, April 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9447-3 
RUBY ON THE OUTSIDE by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Simon & Schuster, June 2015, 164p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-8503-7
MADE YOU UP by Francesca Zappia, Greenwillow, May 2015, 448p., ISBN: 978-0-06-229012-0 
OLD WOLF by Avi, Atheneum/Richard Jackson, August 2015, 160p., ISBN: 978-1-4424-9921-8

TOMMY: THE GUN THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Karen Blumenthal, Roaring Brook, June 2015, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-62672-084-8

OVERTURNING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: SCIENCE SERVING JUSTICE by Elizabeth A. Murray, PhD, Twenty-First Century Books, January 2015, 120p., 978-1-4677-2513-2 
I, FLY: THE BUZZ ABOUT FLIES AND HOW AWESOME THEY ARE by Bridget Heos and Jennifer Plecas, ill., Henry Holt, March 2015, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-8050-9469-5
THE KIDNEY HYPOTHETICAL: OR HOW TO RUIN YOUR LIFE IN SEVEN DAYS by Lisa Yee, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, March 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-545-23094-0 
ENCHANTED AIR: TWO CULTURES, TWO WINGS: A MEMOIR by Margarita Engle, Atheneum, August 2015, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-3522-2 
HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER? by Steve Light, Candlewick, May 2015, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7513-4
THE NEW SMALL PERSON by Lauren Child, Candlewick, February 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7810-4

CHOCOLATE: SWEET SCIENCE AND DARK SECRETS OF THE WORLD’S FAVORITE TREAT by Kay Frydenborg, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 2015, 272 p., ISBN: 978-0-544-17566-2

NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES by Bryan Bliss, Greenwillow, February 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06-227541-7

RED BUTTERFLY by A.L. Sonnichsen, Simon & Schuster, February 2015, 400p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1109-7

PINSTRIPE PRIDE: THE INSIDE STORY OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES by Marty Appel, Simon & Schuster, February 2015, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-1602-3

RAINDROPS ROLL by April Pulley Sayre, Beach Lane, January 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-2064-8

WE ARE ALL MADE OF MOLECULES by Susin Nielsen, Wendy Lamb Books, May 2015, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-553-49686-4 
LITTLE BLUE TRUCK (Lapboard book edition) by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry, HMH, March 2015, 30p., ISBN: 978-0-544-05685-5
NOAH WEBSTER: MAN OF MANY WORDS by Catherine Reef, Clarion, August 2015, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-54412983-2
TALKIN’ GUITAR: A STORY OF YOUNG DOC WATSON by Robbin Gourley, Clarion, March 2015, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-544-12988-7 
SEEDS OF FREEDOM: THE PEACEFUL INTEGRATION OF HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA by Hester Bass and E.B. Lewis, ill., Candlewick, January 2015, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6919-5

BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly, Greenwillow, March 2015, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-223861-0

LISTEN, SLOWLY by Thanhha Lai, Harper, February 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-06--222918-2

THE BULLIES OF WALL STREET by Sheila Bair, Simon & Schuster, April 2015, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-0085-5



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