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TWO SPECKLED EGGS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Mann
Author's First Name: 
Jennifer K.
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2014

A birthday party leads to an unlikely friendship for two young girls. The simple and sweet illustrations are infused with digital collage elements.

LOST FOR WORDS

Lost For Words
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Russell
Author's First Name: 
Natalie
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Date: 
2014

In a charming ode to creativity and communication, Tapir longs to fill the pages of his notebook with rich stories and songs, like those of his animal friends. After many failed efforts at writing, he finds an ideal way to express himself—not with words, but with pictures.

SOPHIE'S SQUASH

Sophie's Squash
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Miller
Author's First Name: 
Pat Zietlow
Illustrator's First Name: 
Anne
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Wilsdorf
Publisher: 
Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: 
2013

Whimsical watercolor and ink illustrations reveal qualities of Sophie’s best friend, Bernice. A butternut squash adored with magic-marker smile, Bernice shares all of Sophie’s activities until Bernice becomes freckled and squishy. A satisfactory resolution keeps Sophie from losing Bernice’s friendship.

 

FLORA & ULYSSES: THE ILLUMINATED ADVENTURES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
DiCamillo
Author's First Name: 
Kate
Illustrator's First Name: 
K.G.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Campbell
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2013

After a vacuum cleaner almost swallows him, Ulysses, a squirrel, develops superhero powers and types messages while cooperating with comic-book fan Flora to avoid her mother’s efforts to terminate him. Pencil cartoon illustrations help reveal many “holy unanticipated occurrences!”

DOLL BONES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Black
Author's First Name: 
Holly
Publisher: 
Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: 
2013

For years, Zach, Poppy, and Alice have played a fantasy game of imagination and adventure. As they begin middle school, Zach faces pressure to quit the game. To save the game and their friendship, the friends undertake their creepiest adventure yet—to bury a haunted doll and avoid her curse.

THE MILK OF BIRDS

Milk of Birds cover
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Whitman
Author's First Name: 
Sylvia
Publisher: 
Atheneum
Publication Date: 
2013

An unlikely friendship blossoms between Virginia teen K.C. and Darfur refuge Nawra as they exchange letters. K.C. hears the horrors that Nawra has endured and overlooks her own difficulties to try to help Nawra.

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN [AUDIOBOOK]]

The One and Only Ivan
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Applegate
Author's First Name: 
Katherine
Narrator's First Name: 
Adam
Narrator's Last Name: 
Grupper
Publisher: 
Recorded Books
Publication Date: 
2013
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Adam Grupper perfectly captures the voice of Ivan, a silverback gorilla living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. At turns sad and funny, Ivan muses on friendship, art, freedom and responsibility as he struggles to find a better life for himself and Ruby, a baby elephant.

PINNED [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Flake
Author's First Name: 
Sharon
Narrator's First Name: 
Bahni Turpin and
Narrator's Last Name: 
Dominic Hoffman
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2013

Autumn, a struggling reader but star wrestler and only girl on the team, and Adonis, an intellectual and unyielding boy born without legs, make an unlikely pair. The voices in this dual narration capture the initial tensions between the two and deftly relay their increasing emotional angst and deepening attraction.

NAVIGATING EARLY [AUDIOBOOK]

Navigating Early
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Vanderpool
Author's First Name: 
Clare
Narrator's First Name: 
Robbie
Narrator's Last Name: 
Daymond
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2013

Mourning for his mother, Jack Baker enters boarding school and meets math savant Early Auden, obsessed with the number Pi and his brother, supposedly missing in action. Jack joins Early’s search. Daymond’s quiet narration creates the wilderness while Bramhall adds depth to philosophical Pi’s parallel quest.

EXCLAMATION MARK

exclamation mark
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Rosenthal
Author's First Name: 
Amy
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tom
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lichtenheld
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2013

Ink and color create an exclamation point character that wants to join the punctuation crowd but stands out too much. Finally, a chance meeting with a question mark helps it reach full exciting, exclamatory potential! 

 

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