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WELL DONE, MOMMY PENGUIN by Chris Haughton, Candlewick, October 2022, 40p., ISBN: 987-1-5362-2865-6
A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING by Dan Santat, FirstSecond, February 2023, 320p., ISBN: 978--1-62672-415-6
THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF by Mac Barnett and John Klassen, ill,, Orchard, October 2022, 48p., ISBN: 978-1-338-67384-5


WILDOAK by C.C. Harrington, Scholastic Press, September 2022, 336p., ISBN: 978-1-338-80386-0
YOU ARE MY PRIDE: A LOVE LETTER FROM YOUR MOTHERLAND by Carole Boston Weatherford and E.B. Lewis, ill., Astra Young Readers, January 2023, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-63592-387-2
WILD BIRD by Diane Zahler, Roaring Brook, March 2023, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-250-83340-2
TWO DEGREES by Alan Gratz, Scholastic Press, October 2022, 384p., ISBN: 978-1-338-73567-3
PLAYING THROUGH THE TURNAROUND by Mylisa Larsen, Clarion, October 2022, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-35-864549-8
MY SELMA: STORIES OF A SOUTHERN CHILDHOOD AT THE HEIGHT OF  THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT by Willie Mae Brown, Farrar Straus & Giroux, January 2023, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-374-39023-1
FARMHOUSE by Sophie Blackall, Little Brown, September 2022, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-316-52894-8
THE SECRET BATTLE OF EVAN PAO by Wendy Wan-Long Shang, Scholastic Press, June 2022, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-338-67885-7
A ROVER’S STORY by Jasmine Warga, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, October 2022, 320p., ISBN: 978-0-06-311392-1
MOONWALKING by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Farrar Straus & Giroux, April 2022, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31437-8
LIKE by Annie Barrows and Leo Espinosa, ill., Chronicle, September 2022, 44p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-6337-6
CALL HIM JACK: THE STORY OF JACKIE ROBINSON, BLACK FREEDOM FIGHTER by Yohuru Williams and Michael G. Long, Farrar Straus & Giroux, September 2022, 240p., 978-0-3743-8995-6
VIOLET AND JOBIE IN THE WILD by Lynne Rae Perkins, HarperCollins/Greenwillow, September 2022, 240p., ISBN: 978-0-06-249969-1
AMERICAN CARTEL: INSIDE THE BATTLE TO BRING DOWN THE OPIOID INDUSTRY by Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz, Grand Central Publishing/Twelve, July 2022, 416p., ISBN: 978-1-5387-3720-0
THIS PLACE IS STILL BEAUTIFUL by XiXi Tian, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, June 2022, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-308602-9
ATTACK OF THE BLACK RECTANGLES by Amy Sarig King, Scholastic Press, September 2022, 272p., ISBN: 978-1-338-68052-2
WE OWN THE SKY by Rodman Philbrick, Scholastic Press, September 2022, 208p., ISBN: 978-1-338-73629-8
TWO DOGS by Ian Falconer, HarperCollins/Michael Di Capua, June 2022, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-295447-3
AMERICAN MURDERER: THE PARASITE THAT HAUNTED THE SOUTH by Gail Jarrow, Caukins Creek, September 2022, 160p., ISBN: 978-1-68437-815-9
HOW TO BUILD A HUMAN IN SEVEN EVOLUTIONARY STEPS by Pamela S. Turner and John Gurche, ill. Charlesbridge, April 2022, 176p., ISBN: 978-1-62354-250-4
TEN OWIES by Tony Johnston and Annabel Tempest, ill., HarperCollins/Greenwillow, June 2022, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-264460-2
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Lita Judge, Simon and Schuster/Atheneum, June 2022, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-8513-6
THE FORT by Gordon Korman, Scholastic Press, June 2022, 256p., ISBN: 978-1-338-62914-9
MURDER AMONG FRIENDS: HOW LEOPOLD AND LOEB TRIED  TO COMMIT THE PERFECT CRIME by Candace Fleming, Random House/Anne Schwartz, March 2022, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-593-17742-6
UNEQUAL: A STORY OF AMERICA by Michael Eric Dyson & Marc Favreau, Little Brown, May 2022, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-7595-5701-7
WHEN THE SKY FALLS by Phil Earle, Bloomsbury, April 2022, 320p., ISBN: 978-1-5476-0930-7 
I RISE by Marie Arnold, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Versify, August 2022, 320p., ISBN: 978-0-358-44904-1
HARRIET'S RUFFLED FEATHERS: THE WOMAN WHO SAVED MILLIONS OF BIRDS by Joy McCullough and Romina Galotta, ill. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, March 2022, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-8676-8
YONDER by Ali Standish, HarperCollins, May 2022, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-298568-2
OMAR RISING by Aisha Saeed, Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen, February 2022, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-593-10868-1
WHEN WINTER ROBESON CAME by Brenda Woods, Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen Books, January 2022, 176p, ISBN: 978-1-5247-4158-7
THOSE KIDS FROM FAWN CREEK by Erin Entrada Kelly, HarperCollins/Greenwillow, March 2022, 336p., ISBN: 98-0-06-297035-0
PRESERVATION WITH ALDO LEOPOLD (Board Book) by Maureen McQuerry and Robin Rosenthal, Putnam, March 2022, 20p., ISBN: 978-0-593-32372-4
THE PEACH REBELLION by Wendelin Van Draanen, Random House/Knopf, May 2022, 416p., ISBN: 978-0-593-37856-4
SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT! THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF FIGHTING SHIRLEY CHISHOLM by Tonya Bolden, National Geographic, January 2022, 144p., ISBN: 978-1-4263-7236-0

ANYBODY HERE SEEN FRENCHIE? by Leslie Connor, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, February 2022, 336p., ISBN: 978-0-06-299936-8 

OPERATION DO-OVER by Gordon Korman, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, January 2022, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-303274-3
A SONG CALLED HOME by Sara Zarr, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, March 2022, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-304492-0
NORTHWIND by Gary Paulsen, Farrar Straus Giroux, January 2022, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-374-31420-0
AMBUSHED: THE ASSASSINATION PLOT AGAINST PRESIDENT GARFIELD by Gail Jarrow, Calkins Creek, October 2021, 240p., ISBN: 978-1-68437-814-2
BLUEBIRD by Sharon Cameron, Scholastic Press, October 2021, 464p., ISBN: 978-1-338-35596-3
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
WHAT IS LOVE? by Mac Barnett and Carson Ellis, ill., Chronicle, October 2021, 44p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-7640-6

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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BEST DAY EVER! by Marilyn Singer and Leah Nixon, ill., Clarion, May 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-328-98783-9


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