The Remarkable Rescue at Milkweed Meadow

by Elaine Dimpoulos

Butternut is a young rabbit who loves storytelling, is prone to adventures, yet troubled by dark fears that she refers to as her “brambles.” Despite her mother’s advice to stick to her own kind, when Butternut befriends an exuberant young robin named Piper, the two companions soon find themselves growing ever more ready to help creatures in trouble.

Reminiscent of the beloved classics WATERSHIP DOWN and RABBIT HILL, but utterly unique in its vision, this tough and tender novel is illuminated by a love for the natural world as seen through a rabbit’s eyes. Audie Award winning narrator Tavia Gilbert provides a warm and joyful performance for this charming tale of courage, compassion, and community

 

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Left Out

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by Tim Green

Landon Dorch longs to play football, and he is definitely built for the game. Unfortunately two things stand in his way: his mother’s worries and the fact that he is deaf. Landon hopes that the family’s move to a new town will offer him a fresh start and that he can leave behind the teasing and taunts that marred life at his former school. But his speech problems and his cochlear implants seem to invite bullying.Continue reading

Almost Zero
  Dyamonde Daniel: Book 3

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by Nikki Grimes

Dyamonde Daniel has her eye on a new pair of red high-top sneakers. Following some bad advice from a classmate, she thinks she has the right idea to go about getting them – by demanding her mother buy them! Unfortunately for Dyamonde, Mrs. Daniel doesn’t appreciate being told what to do and decides to teach her daughter a lesson. Soon Dyamonde finds herself in a clothing crisis, with almost zero to wear! Dyamonde is furious. But she begins to realize that some people have troubles much greater than hers…including her friend, Isabel Martinez, whose family has suffered a real crisis. Deciding she must she must help the Martinez family, Dyamonde enlists the aid of everyone she knows to do so. Witty and endearing, this heart-warming tale – told by Nikki Grimes herself – beautifully displays the difference between “wanting” and “needing.”Continue reading

Rich
  Dyamonde Daniel: Book 2

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by Nikki Grimes

Dyamonde Daniel’s best friend, Free, thinks he’s poor because he can’t buy a new video game. So when their teacher announces a poetry contest with a $100 prize, Free decides he’ll try to win it. But Free is not the only poet in the class. Before the contest is over everyone will know a little more about what being rich and being poor are really all about.
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You

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by Charles Benoit

Charles Benoit has created a stunner of a debut novel, one of the most anticipated titles of the fall season. Told entirely in the second person, the story quickly immerses us in the world of bright, disaffected Kyle Chase, who once showed great potential but by tenth grade has become a genuine slacker. With uncanny insight, crafting what can only be called YA Noir, Benoit takes us deep inside the mind of a young man on a collision course with catastrophe.

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Space Station Rat

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by Michael J. Daley

There’s not much true science fiction available for the intermediate grades, so we were delighted to find this terrific outer space adventure. Though it is humorous and exciting, it takes its science quite seriously, as any good SF novel should.

This is a solo read, provided by our own Dan Bostick, who was named one of the five best voices in Children’s Audio last year by AudioFile Magazine.

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