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Jackie and the Mona Lisa

Jackie Kennedy loved the arts. And America loved Jackie Kennedy. The first lady knew she had the country's attention--what would she do with it? Encourage Americans to appreciate art, of course! She turned the White House into a historical site filled with some of America's most treasured artifacts and pieces of art. She brought Shakespearean theater to the White House and ballerinas to the South Lawn. And most epically, she brought the Mona Lisa to the states (much to the chagrin of many Parisians) to encourage Americans to visit museums--and it worked! An inspiring story about one of the nation's most influential first ladies.

“Bricking’s soft watercolor illustrations evoke nostalgia and skillfully bring the historical period to life. Murphy succeeds in showing how the new, youthful first lady, schooled in the arts and admired by the American public for her fashion style and French affiliation, exerted a huge influence on U.S. culture.”

- Kirkus Reviews 

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Hither and Nigh

By Ellen Potter

 

Coming September 27, 2022!

Magic and mystery abound when a young girl discovers a secret, parallel New York City that may help her find her missing brother in this dazzling middle grade fantasy adventure for fans of Thirteen Witches and James Riley.

 

Nell Batista has been in trouble one too many times. Now she’s down to her last chance—literally. Join the Last Chance Club or be expelled from school. The kids in the club are an odd group, but when their teacher starts giving lessons in magic, things quickly go completely off the weird scale. Nell doesn’t believe in it at first; after all, she’s a smart city kid, and there has been nothing magical in her life since her brother, River, disappeared three years ago.

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The Sisters of Luna Island

By Stacy Hackney

 

Little Women gets a Nevermoor twist in this bewitching novel about a young girl tasked to break a centuries-old curse or risk losing her beloved sisters.

 

Twelve-year-old Marigold Lafleur is the last of a long line of aromages: witches who blend scents into practical charms using aromagic. But ever since a terrible accident injured her father and damaged Luna Island, Marigold and her sisters, Birdie and Lou, have vowed to abandon their family legacy and mama’s way of life. Shunned by their neighbors and overlooked by their parents, Marigold relies on her big sisters above all else.

But when Marigold discovers a secret curse that threatens her family, her sisters can't stop the impending danger. It’s up to Marigold and her best friend, Sam, to uncover the origins of the curse and break the spell. To do so, she must learn to trust her instincts and believe in her own unique magic or risk losing her beloved sisters forever.

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Born Behind Bars

By Padma Venkatraman

Kabir has been in jail since the day he was born, because his mom is serving time for a crime she didn’t commit. He’s never met his dad, so the only family he’s got are their cellmates, and the only place he feels the least bit free is in the classroom, where his kind teacher regales him with stories of the wonders of the outside world. Then one day a new warden arrives and announces Kabir is too old to stay. He gets handed over to a long-lost “uncle” who unfortunately turns out to be a fraud, and intends to sell Kabir. So Kabir does the only thing he can–run away as fast as his legs will take him. How does a boy with nowhere to go and no connections make his way? Fortunately, he befriends Rani, another street kid, and she takes him under her wing. But plotting their next move is hard–and fraught with danger–in a world that cares little for homeless, low caste children. This is not the world Kabir dreamed of–but he’s discovered he’s not the type to give up. Kabir is ready to show the world that he–and his mother–deserve a place in it.

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Chimpanzee (Jane & Me)

(Jane & Me: Jane Goodall Institute Children's Interactive Lift-A-Flap Board Book)

Follow Jane Goodall's beloved wild chimpanzees, Flo and Fifi, through the rainforest of Gombe, Tanzania, and meet other fascinating great apes in this interactive lift-a-flap board book. Discover their preferred habitat, favorite foods, grooming techniques, common personality traits, and exciting facts about chimpanzees and their babies in this fun and educational sturdy board book designed for your curious little reader. Simple sentences reinforce language structure while grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A lively, educational chimp introduction both babies and toddlers will adore that strengthens one's love for animals and teaches empathy. A must for little animal lovers!

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Chimpanzee (Jane & Me)

(Jane & Me: Jane Goodall Institute Children's Interactive Lift-A-Flap Board Book)

Follow an East-African cheetah and her cubs through the grasslands and savannas of Tanzania in this interactive lift-a-flap board book. Discover their preferred habitat, favorite foods, common personality traits, unique sounds, and exciting facts about cheetahs and their babies in this fun and educational sturdy board book designed for your curious little learner. Simple sentences reinforce language structure while grasping and lifting the sturdy flaps helps develop fine motor skills. A lively, educational cheetah introduction both babies and toddlers will adore that strengthens one's love for animals and teaches empathy. A must for little animal lovers!