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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
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
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
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
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

UNSETTLED by Reem Faruqi, HarperCollins, May 2021, 352p., ISBN: 978-0-06-304470-8
THE SHAPE OF THUNDER by Jasmine Warga, HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, May 2021, 288p., ISBN: 978-0-06-295667-5
BEST DAY EVER! by Marilyn Singer and Leah Nixon, ill., Clarion, May 2021, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-328-98783-9

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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