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      Merci Suárez Changes Gears
By Meg Medina
Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family and everyone in between in this warmly told coming-of-age story. Full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school – and the steadfast connection
that defines family. Winner
of Newbery Medal, the highest US award in children’s literature.
The Rough Patch
By Brian Lies
Evan and his dog do everything together, from eating ice cream to caring for their award- winning garden, which grows
big and beautiful. One day the unthinkable happens: Evan’s dog dies. Heartbroken, Evan destroys the garden and everything in it. The ground becomes overgrown with prickles and thorns, and Evan embraces the chaos. But beauty grows in the darkest
of places, and when a twisting vine turns into an immense pumpkin, Evan is drawn out
of his misery and back to the county fair, where friendships
– old and new – await. New
York Times–bestselling author- illustrator Brian Lies has created a beautiful, accessible and deeply personal story about friendship, loss and recovery. Named a Caldecott Honor Book.
Ages: 4-8
  Ages: 9-12
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Hello Lighthouse
By Sophie Blackall
Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook. Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse- like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall. Awarded the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Ages: 5-8

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