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5 Minute Brain Workout for Kids, The by Kim & Jon Chamberlin [803]
5 Worlds #1: The Sand Warrior by Siegel, Bouma, Rockefeller, & Sun [1178]
43 Old Cemetery Road #3: Till Death Do Us Bark by Kate Klise M. Sarah Klise [12]

Adventures of Caramel Cardamom, The Book #2:  Return to Cardamom by Julie Anne Grasso & David Blackwell [368]

Alexis and the Tahoe Tumult by Erica Rodgers [26]
Alibi’s Ghost: The Larger-than-Life, Small World of a Medium’s Daughter by L. S. Hullinger
Alien Dude! #2: Mr. Evil Potato Man and the Food Fight! by E. K. Smith & Peter Grosshauser [676]
All Mixed Up – A Motley Horde Of Funny Poems by Shane D. Williams [159]
All the Wrong Questions, Book 1: “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket [241]
Amazing Adventures of Andy McBean, The, #1: Andy McBean and the War of the Worlds by Dale Kutzera [669]
An Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel:  Hotdogger by Karla Oceanak & Kendra Spanjer [462]
An Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel:  Ignoramus  by Karla Oceanak & Kendra Spanjer [482]
An Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel:  Jackpot  by Karla Oceanak & Kendra Spanjer [637]
An Aldo Zelnick Comic Novel:  Kerfluffle by Karla Oceanak & Kendra Spanjer [757]
Animal Andy by Kathy Sattem Rygg [200]
Any Which Way by Annastaysia Savage [17]
Ariel Bradley, Spy for General Washington By Lynda Durrant
Ariol #1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me by Emmanuel Guibert
Assassination and its Aftermath: How a Photograph Reassured a Shocked Nation by Don Nardo

Belly Laugh Jokes for Kids – Sky Pony Press & Bethany Straker [807]
Belly Laugh Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids – Sky Pony Press & Bethany Straker [808]
Benjamin Franklin’s Wise Words by K. M. Kostyal & Fred Harper [1124]
Benny Breakiron #1: The Red Taxis by Peyo
Benny Breakiron #2: Madame Adolphine by Peyo
Berenson Schemes, The #1:  Jack the Castaway  by Lisa Doan & Ivica Stevanovic
Berenson Schemes, The #2: Jack and the Wild Life by Lisa Doan & Ivica Stevanovic
Big Book of Superheroes, The by Bart King & Greg Paprocki
Black Hawk: A Boy and His Vision by Carol March McLernon
Blue Skies by Anne Bustard [1273] HF
Boogeyman: A Monstrous Fairytale, the by Shane Berryhill [1275]
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman & Sarah Watts [xxxx]
Boon on the Moon by John Huddles [1277] 
Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, The by David Almond
Between Two Ends by David Ward
Bully.com by Joe Lawlor
Burglar Boy by Jackie Martin

Calvert the Raven in the Battle of Baltimore by J. Scott Fuqua

Candy Mafia, The by Lavie Tidhar & Daniel Duncan [1314] MG, GN,
Camps Covered Secrets by K.G. Whitaker
Car Models That Go Zoom: Creativity in Motion by Ed Sobey
Cat Versus Human by Yasmine Surovec
Chained by Lynne Kelly
Changed History Series #2: Fantastic Fugitives: Criminals, Cutthroats, and Rebels Who Changed History (While on the Run!) by Brianna DuMont
Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome by Bill Harley & Adam Gustavson
Charlie Bumper vs the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley & Adam Gustavson
Cheshire Cheese Cat, The: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright
Children of the Fae, Book 1: The Changeling Quest by Maria Moloney
Chronicles of Egg,The #1: Deadweather & Sunrise  by Geoff Rodkey
Chronicles of Egg,The #2: New Lands  by Geoff Rodkey
Chronicle of Egg, The #3: Blue Sea Burning  by Geoff Rodkey
City Spies by John Ponti [1267] MG,
Classics Illustrated Deluxe #9: Scrooge: A Christmas Carol & A Remembrance of Mugby by Charles Dickens
Claude, a Dog of the Sixties by Katherine L. Holmes
Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light by Jaimie M. Engle & Debbie Waldorf Johnson
Color of Bones by Tracy Edward Wymer
Colt Humboldt and the Close of Death by T. A. Anderson
Connect the Thoughts, A Journal: Dot Your Life — Free Your Mind by Eloise Leigh & Taylor Norman
Cooper’s Pack Travel Guides: Alaska by kyle & groot
Cooper’s Pack Travel Guides: New York by kyle & groot
Cooper’s Pack Travel Guides: Seattle by kyle & groot
Cousins and Robbers: Tales of Black Jack Jetty by Michael A. Carestio
Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips
Cryptid Creatures: A Field Guide by Kelly Milner Halls & Rick Spears [1212]
Cryptozoology for Beginners by Euphemia Whitmore, Matt Harry, & Juliane Crump [1242]  *
Custom Confections: Delicious Desserts You Can Create and Enjoy! by Jen Besel

Dance Class #2: Romeo and Juliet by Beka & Crip
Daring Coast Guard Rescue of the Pendleton Crew, The by Theresa Mitchell Barbo & Captain W. Russell Webster (Ret.)
Dark Lord Clementine,The by Sarah Jean Horwitz
Dessert Designer: Creations You Can Make and Eat! By Dana Meachen Rau
Diego’s Dragon #1: Spirits of the Sun by Kevin Gerard
Dirtmeister’s Nitty Gritty Planet Earth by Steve Tomecek & Fred Harper
Dog Chronicles: Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I By Alison Hart
Don’t Check Out This Book by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise [1259]
Don’t Feed The Boy by Irene Latham
Double Reverse by Fred Bowen – Peachtree
Dream Dealer, The by Marita Phillips
Drew and Jot, #1: Dueling Doodles by Art Baltazar [1233]

Ernest & Rebecca #3: Grandpa Bug by Guillaume Bianco
Elliot Stone and the Mystery of the Summer Vacation Sea Monster by LP Chase
Eli the Good by Silas House
Engineering Marvels: Building the Golden Gate Bridge by Blake Hoena
Evil Fairies Love Hair by Mary G. Thompson
Extinct: An Illustrated Exploration of Animals That Have Disappeared by Lucas Riera & Jack Tite [1228]

Fat & Bones: And Other Stories by Larissa Theule and Adam S. Doyle
Field Guide to Little Known & Seldom-Seen Birds of North America, A, 2nd Ed. by Ben, Cathryn & John Sill [438]
Firebird Chronicles, The #1: Rise of the Shadow Stealers by Daniel Ingram-Brown
Flip by Martyn Bedford
Flippin’ Awesome: Water Bottle Flip Games by Sarah Doughty [1062]
Foot in the Mouth, A: Poems to Speak, Sing, and Shout by Paul B. Janeczko
Fowl Play by Travis Nichols
Frankenstein Journals, The #1: Feet First & I for an Eye  by Scott Sonneborn & Timothy Banks
Frankie Dupont Mystery #1: The Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso & David Blackwell and Samantha Yallope
Frankie Dupont Mystery #2: The Lemon Festival Fiasco by Julie Anne Grasso & Alexander Avellino
Frankie Dupont Mystery #3: The Science Fair Sabotage by Julie Anne Grasso & Alexander Avellino
Frankie Dupont Mystery #4: The High Seas Heist by Julie Anne Grasso & Alexander Avellino
Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash by Jacqueline Jules
Freedom Pen by Dionna L. Mann
Funny Thing Happened at the Museum, A . . . by Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud [1120]
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School… by Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud

Garden of My Imaan, The by Farhana Zia
Guardian Herd, The #1: Starfire by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
Guardian Herd #2: Stormbound by Jennifer lynn Alvarez – HarperCollins Children’s Books
Geronimo Stilton #11: We’ll Always Have Paris by Geronimo Stilton
Ghost in Me, The by Shaundra Kennedy Wenger
Girl Called Problem, A by Katie Quirk
Greta and Boris: A Daring Rescue by Siân Norris

Hana’s Suitcase, Anniversary Album by Karen Levin
Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You! By Laurie B. Arnold
Hex Vet #2: The Flying Surgery by Sam Davies [1229]
Hildy by Millie Richmond
Hocus Pocus Hotel #2: The Return of Abracadabra by Michael Dahl & Lisa K. Weber
Hoop Kid from Elmdale Park, The by Teko Bernard & Wayne L. Wilson and Gabriel Diaz Teko Bernard
Hotel Between, The #2: The Key of Lost Things by Sean Easley [1201]
Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans
House of Secrets, #1 by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini
House of Secrets #2: Battle of the Beasts by Chris Columbus & Ned Vizzini
House in Windward Leaves, The by Katherine L. Holmes

I Could Chew on This and Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano
I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…by Davide Cali & Benjamin Chaud – Chronicle Books
Ifs,The by J. D. Pooker
Inside the Olympics by Nick Hunter
Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins & Harry Bliss
Is It the Same for You? by Neha Singh & Priya Sebastian [1241] *
Island Horse, The by Susan Hughes
Island of Beyond, The by Elizabeth Atkinson

Jack Templar #1: Monster Hunter Tour by Jeff Gunhus  
Jack Templar #2: The Monster Academy by Jeff Gunhus
Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein & Kerascoёt
Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach, & Keith Knight [1133]
(Jake Maddox Sports Stories) Caught Stealing by Brandon Terrell & Aburtov
Jonah and the Last Great Dragon: Legend of the Heart Eaters by M.E. Holley
Journey Under the Arctic (Fabien Cousteau Expeditions #2) by James O. Fraioli, Fabien Cousteau, & Joe St. Pierre [1283] GN, *
Jumbie God’s Revenge, The by Tracey Baptiste
Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-El & Kelly Pousette [1309] MG

Kat McGee Adventures #1: Mrs. Claus and the School of Christmas Spirit by Rebecca Munsterer & Georgianna Manderioli
Kat McGee Adventures #2:  Kat McGee and the Halloween Costume Caper by Kristin Riddic
Kid Legends Series #1: Kid Presidents: True tales of Childhood from America’s Presidents by David Stabler & Doogie Horner [697]
Kid Legends Series #2: Kid Athletes:  True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends by David Stabler & Doogie Horner [794]
Kid Legends Series #6: Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change by Robin Stevenson & Allison Steinfeld [1210]
King’s Ransom,The by Cheryl Carpinello & Jodi Carpinello, 2013 – MuseItUpYoung
Klampie Mystery, The by Luis Rodriguez
Know-Nonsense Guide to Grammar, The by Heidi Fiedler & Brendan Kearney [1147]
Krabat & the Sorcerer’s Mill by Otfried Preussler (translated by Anthea Bell)

Lego Ninjago #4: Tomb of the Fangpyre by Greg Farshtey
Leo, Dog of the Sea by Alison Hart & Michael G. Montgomery [1126]
Leonardo’s Secret: Clean Up Your Act! by Clarence & Desta Sheridan
Liberty Frye and the Sails of Fate  (Book 2) by J. L. McCreedy
Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen by J. L. McCreedy
Little Palace, The by Jeffrey Erlacher
Lost in London by Cindy Callahan
Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell [1086]
Luck Uglies #1: The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham & Pétur Antonsson
Luck Uglies #2: Fork-Tongue Charmers by Paul Durham & Pétur Antonsson
Luck Uglies #3: Rise of the Ragged Clover by Paul Durham & Pétur Antonsson [837]
Lucky Bamboo Book of Crafts by Jennifer DeCristoforo
Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp by Suzanne Lieurance
Lucky Phoo by Stacia Deutsch & Rhody Cohon
LUG: Dawn of the Ice Age by David Zeltser & Jan Gerardi

Maddy West and the Tongue Taker by Brian Falkner
Maggie Quick by Robert T. Rhode & Eleanor Y. Stewart
Millicent Marie is NOT My Name by Karen Pokras Toz
Minnie & Moo: Hooves of Fire by Denys Cazet
Misadventures of Phillip Isaac Penn, The by Donna L. Peterson
Mishka by Mike Maroney [1265]MG, *
Mistflower, the Loneliest Mouse by Krystina Kellingle
Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer by Ali Maier & Joanna Robinson
Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley & Kev Hopgood [1263]
Mooseclumps and Other Poems by Ryan T. Bliss – SP
Mo Wren, Lost and Found by Tricia Springstubb
Monster in the Mudball, The: An Artifact Inspector Book by S. P. Gates
My Boyfriend is a Monster Series #1: I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang & Janina Görrissen
My Boyfriend is a Monster Book 2: Made For Each Other by Paul Storre
My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook: 50 Awesome Drawing Activities for Young Inventors by Lisa Regan & Andrew Rae – Lawrence King Publishing

Nate Rocks the City by Karen Pokras Toz – Grand Daisy Press
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2016 by Nat. Geo Society & Nat. Geo Kids Magazine
Ned the Nuclear Submarine by Demetri Capetanopoulos
Nick and Tesla #1:   High-Voltage Danger Lab  by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder & Steve Hockensmith
Night Buddies and the Pineapple Cheesecake Scare by Sands Hetherington
Night the Moon Ate My Room, The by Jesse Wilson

Odd Squad, The #1: Bully Bait by Michael Fry
Oli’s Uncommon Cents by Deborah Allen
OMG . . . Am I a Witch?! by Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Order of Time, the by Scott P. Southall [1257]
Orion Poe and the Lost Explorer by William Summerhouse
Oscar’s Gift: Planting Words With Oscar Micheaux by Lisa Rivero
Other Side of Free, The by Krista Russel
Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary by Oxford University Press {NYJB] MG, NF

Paint It: The Art of Acrylics, Oils, Pastels, and Watercolors by Mari Bolte and D. C. Ice & Pamela Becker [458]
Perfect Game by Fred Bowen
Pet Washer, The by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
Photo Doodles: A Creative Sketchbook by ViiiZ – Quirk Books
PhotoPlay! Doodle. Design. Draw. by M. J. Bronstein – Chronicle Books
Pipper’s Secret Ingredient by Jane Murphy & Allison Fingerhuth
Point Guard by Mike Lupica [1156]
Prince Dustin and Clara #2: Secrets of the Black Forest Pt. 2 by Daniel Lee Nicholson [1237]
Principal’s Son, The by Roderick J. Robison
Pushcart War, The: 50th Anniversary Edition by Jean Merrill & Ronni Solbert – New York Review Children’s Book

Return to Canterbury by Melissa Ann Goodwin
Roll With It by Jamie Sumner [1197]
Ronin Island #1: Together in Strength by Greg Pak & Giannis Milonogiannis [1218] GN
Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt

Saucy and Bubba: A Hansel and Gretel Tale by Darcy Pattison [607]
Scary School by Derek the Ghost
Scrap City by D. S. Thornton – Capstone Young Readers
Secret Lives of Animals, The: 1,001 Tidbits, Oddities, & Amazing Facts by Stacy Tornio, Ken Keffer, & Rachel
Secret Room, The by Antonia Michaelis translated by Mollie Hosmer-Dillard
Secret of the Village Fool, The by Rebecca Upjohn
Shelly Finds Her Dream Pony Chelsea by Michelle Holland
Sherlock Academy by F. C. Shaw – Future House Publishing
Shine – by Lauren Myracle
SHIPWRECKERS! #1: The Curse of the Cursed Temple of Curses or, We Nearly Died. A Lot. by Scott Peterson & Joshua Pruett
Shut Up By Anne Tibbets
Singled Out by Sara Griffiths
Sir Nathan and the Quest for Queen Gobbledeegook: A Somewhat Silly Story by Mark Simon Smith
Smidgen of Sky, A by Dianna Dorisi Winget
Smith: The Story of a Pickpocket by Leon Garfield
Smurfs, The #15: The Smurflings by Peyo
Smurfs Anthology, The #1 by Peyo
Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak, translated by Laura Watkinson
Something is Bugging Samantha Hansen By Nancy Viau & Julia Mills [1187]
Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu
SPANKY, a Soldier’s Son by S. L. LaNeve
Spark and the League of Ursus by Robert Repino [1280]
SPURT by Chris Miles [1112]
Stone Man and the Trail of Tears by Charles Suddeth
Story That Cannot Be Told, The by J. Kasper Kramer [1205]
Swimming to the Moon by Jeff McMahon & Jessica Warrick

Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2: The Slither Sisters by Charles Gilman
Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #3: Teacher’s Pest by Charles Gilman
Tales from the Coins #1: Jake and Alex and the Holy Leap by Marc Zelinsky
Tall: Great American Folktales edited by Donnie Lemke
Tapper Twins, The Go to War (with each other) by Geoff Rodkey – Little, Brown and Company
Templeton Twins, The #1:  Have an Idea By Ellis Weiner
Templeton Twins, The #2:  Make a Scene by Ellis Weiner & Jeremy Holmes
Texting the Underworld by Ellen Booraem
Thea Stilton #1: The Secret of Whale Island by Thea Stilton
Titanic: Disaster at Sea by Philip Wilkinson
(Top Secret Files) Pirates and Buried Treasure  by Stephanie Bearce
Totally Wacky Facts about Space by Emma Carlson Berne
Tribe, The #2: Camp Cannibal by Clay McLeod Chapman
Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians #1: The Shark Whisperer by Ellen Prager & Antonia Javier Caparo
Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians #2: The Shark Rider by Ellen Prager & Antonia Javier Caparo
Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians #3: Stingray City by Prager & Antonia Javier Caparo
Twice Told Tales: Cassie and the Woolf by Olivia Snowe & Michelle Lamoreaux

Ultraviolet by R.J.Anderson
Uncle John’s Kid-Topia: Bathroom Reader for Kids Only by Bathroom Reader’s Institute
Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts, The by Avi [1165]
Universe of Fair, The by Leslie Bulion
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey – National Geographic Kids

Vampire School Casketball Capers by Peter Bently
Very, Very Far North, The: a story for gentle readers and listeners by Dan Bar-El [1188]
Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption by Mark Myers

Wait, What? A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up by Heather Corinna & Isabella Rotman [1223]
War within These Walls, The by Aline Sax & Caryl Strzelrcki [ ]
Warren the 13th and the Thirteen-Year Curse by Tania del Rio & Will Staehle [1261] MG
Water and the Wild, The by K. E. Ormsbee & Elsa Mora
Welcome to Wonderland, #2: Beach Party Surf Monkey by Chris Grabenstein & Brooke Allen
We’re the Center of the Universe!: Science’s Biggest Mistakes About Astronomy and Physics (Science Gets It Wrong) by Christine Zuchora-Walske [665]
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
When I Grow Up I Want to be a . . . Firefighter!  by WIGU
When I Grow Up I Want to be a . . . Teacher by WIGU
When I Grow Up I Want to Be in the . . . U.S. Army by WIGU
When I Grow Up I Want to be in the . . . U. S. Navy! by WIGU
When I Grow Up I Want to be a . . . Veterinarian by WIGU
When Lunch Fights Back: Wickedly Clever Animal Defenses by Rebecca L. Johnson
Why They Fought: World War I by Rebecca Rissman
Wide Awake Loons, The by Katherine L. Holmes
Wind Dancer by Chris Platt
Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw—translation by Laura Watkinson [1245]
Wisdom: The Midnight Albatross by Darcy Pattison
Wizard’s Dog, The by Eric Kahn Gale [1121]
Woody’s World by E. Renee Heiss
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder of Wildflowers, the by Anna Staniszewski [1252] *
Wonder List Adventures, The #1:  Escape Galápagos by Ellen Prager [1198]
World War II Pilots: An Interactive History Adventure by Michael Burgan

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings by Peggy Kruger-Tietz, Ph.D
You Choose Books: The Korean War: An Interactive Modern History Adventure by Michael Burgan – Capstone
Young Knights of the Round Table, #1: The King’s Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello
Young Person’s Guide to the Modern World, A by Richard Daniel Curtis [1148]
Your Time Will Come by Dave Hammer

Zero Tolerance By Claudia Mills


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