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THE SECRET PROJECT by Jonah Winter and Jeanette Winter, Beach Lane/Simon and Schuster, February 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6913-5

NOPE! by Drew Sheneman, Viking, January 2017, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-101-99731-4 

BABY LOVES QUARKS! by Ruth Spiro and Irene Chan, ill., Charlesbridge, October 2016, 20p., ISBN: 978-1-58089-540-8
GARVEY’S CHOICE by Nikki Grimes, Wordsong, October 2016, 120p., ISBN: 978-1-62979740-3 
SCHOOL’S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson, ill., Roaring Brook, June 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-964-1 
UPROOTED: THE JAPANESE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE DURING WORLD WAR II by Albert Marrin, Knopf, October 2016, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-553-50936-6 
PRESENTING BUFFALO BILL: THE MAN WHO INVENTED THE WILD WEST by Candace Fleming, Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, September 2016, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-763-0
JAZZ DAY: THE MAKING OF A FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH by Roxane Orgill and Francis Vallejo, ill., Candlewick, March 2016, 66p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6954-6 
BEFORE MORNING by Joyce Sidman and Beth Krommes, ill., Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2016, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-547-97917-5
OLD DOG BABY BABY by Julie Fogliano and Chris Raschka, ill., Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, October 2016, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-59643-853-8 
DEATH ON THE RIVER OF DOUBT: THEODORE ROOSEVELT’S AMAZON ADVENTURE by Samantha Seiple, Scholastic Press, January 2017, 224p., ISBN: 978-0-545-70916-3
A POEM FOR PETER: THE STORY OF EZRA JACK KEATS AND THE CREATION OF THE SNOWY DAY by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Lou Fancher & Steve Johnson, ills., Viking, November 2016, 60p., ISBN: 978-0-425-28768-2 
MY NAME IS JAMES MADISON HEMINGS by Jonah Winter and Terry Widener, ill., Schwartz and Wade Books, October 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-385-38342-4
THE ALLIGATOR’S SMILE AND OTHER POEMS by Jane Yolen and Jason Stemple, photographer, Millbrook Press, September 2016, 32p., ISBN: 978-1-4677-5575-7
RAIN FISH by Lois Ehlert, Beach Lane Books/Simon and Schuster, April 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6152-8 
GHOST by Jason Reynolds, Caitlyn Dlouhy/Atheneum, August 2016, 192p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-5015-7
I DISSENT: RUTH BADER GINSBURG MAKES HER MARK by Debbie Levy and Elizabeth Badderley, ill., Simon and Schuster BFYR, September 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-1-4814-6559-5
PREACHING TO THE CHICKENS: THE STORY OF YOUNG JOHN LEWIS by Jabari Asim and E.B. Lewis, ill., Nancy Paulsen Books, October 2016, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-399-16856-7
LOVING VS. VIRGINIA: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LANDMARK CIVIL RIGHTS CASE by Patricia Hruby Powell and Shadra Strickland, ill., Chronicle, February 2017, 260p., ISBN: 978-1-4521-2590-9
DOG RULES by Jef Czekaj, Balzer + Bray, September 2016, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-06-228018-3
THE PLOT TO KILL HITLER: DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: PASTOR, SPY, UNLIKELY HERO by Patricia McCormick, Balzer & Bray, September 2016, 192p., ISBN: 978-0-06-241108-2
FULL OF BEANS by Jennifer L. Holm, Random House, August 2016, 208p., ISBN: 978-0-553-51036-2
CIRCLE by Jeannie Baker, Candlewick, May 2016, 48p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7966-8 
OWL SEES OWL by Laura Godwin and Rob Dunlavey, ill., Schwartz & Wade, September 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-553-49782-3
WATCHED by Marina Budhos, Wendy Lamb Books, September 2016, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-553-53418-4 
WONDERFALL by Michael Hall, Greenwillow, September 2016, 40p., ISBN: 978-0-06-238298-6
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

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



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