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Catch that chicken!

Catch that chicken!

Atinuke, author
2020

A little girl, who is the best chicken catcher in her whole Nigerian village, injures her ankle when her chase goes a little too far up a baobab tree, prompting a helpful lesson from Nana about the importance of thinking just as quickly as she runs.

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Cattywampus

Cattywampus

Van Otterloo, Ash, author
2020

Magic is strictly forbidden in the McGill house, but Delpha McGill has found the family book of spells and plans to use it to make things a little easier for herself and her mother; Katybird Hearn comes from a rival family of witches, but her magic has been slow to emerge and she thinks a spell book is just what she needs to help things along--and when a quarrel between the two unleashes a graveyard full of angry zombies the two girls must work together to save Howler's Hollow, and themselves.

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Cone cat

Cone cat

Howden, Sarah, author
2020

"One day Jeremy the cat wakes up at the vet to find a cone has been fastened around his neck. It bends his whiskers and bungles his super-cat sense. After attempting several fruitless escape maneuvers, he dejectedly accepts his new role: he is Cone Cat now. But when by a happy accident he discovers that his cone is perfect for tipping the breakfast bowl so that the milk and cereal pours right into his mouth (and stores leftovers for later), he realizes that the cone just might be a friend after all. And as it turns out, it's useful for lots of things! Like hiding the stuffing he rips out of the couch, trapping spiders on the wall, giving him super hearing so he knows when to hide from the little human, and-best of all-stealing an ice cream scoop at a birthday party when he realizes he can disguise his cone as one of the kids' bowls. It's his very own superpower. The next day, the humans take the cone away and, just like that, he's free! But at a cost-even though Jeremy has the freedom to return to his old tricks, he wonders if it will ever be the same as his glory days with the cone. It doesn't take him too long to find out. While chasing a fly, Jeremy knocks a potted tree in the living room and tumbles down with it, landing himself back in the cone-and in a cast."-- Provided by publisher.

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Do not go in there!

Do not go in there!

Horn, Ariel, author.
2020

Morton and Bogart are best friends, but they don't always see eye to eye. When they encounter a closed door, Bogart thinks there must be something really bad on the other side, while Morton thinks it'll be something amazing! Morton wants to open that door! But Bogart is too scared. Which one is right? Together, these monsters learn that being open to the unknown can lead to new discoveries. And even though your imagination can make it easy to worry, it can also make life more fun.

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Emergency monster squad

Emergency monster squad

Horowitz, Dave, 1970-
2020

"EMS workers driving an "amboolance" come to the aid of injured monsters"-- Provided by publisher.

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Finders creepers

Finders creepers

Fridolfs, Derek, author
2020

"Twins Atticus and Esmeralda Fetch are the best pet finders in Thorns Hollow -- a town where people have a lot of pets, and those pets often get lost. But when a lost dog leads them to an old, Victorian house on the edge of town, the twins find their world turned upside down. This creepy house contains a portal that leads to a whole other world -- a world where mythical creatures like trolls, fairies, and dragons are real. The secrets this mythical world contains are bigger than these kids could ever imagine. Secrets that could threaten to destroy the world as we know it. Now, Minerva, Atticus, and yes, their canine companion will have to work together if they want to save our world, and the world beyond the portal!"--description of Volume 1 from Amazon.com.

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The great pet heist

The great pet heist

Ecton, Emily, author
2020

When their elderly owner goes to the hospital, Butterbean the dachshund, Walt the cat, Oscar the mynah bird, and rats Marco and Polo plan a robbery to support themselves.

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Hello, future me

Hello, future me

Ventrella, Kim, author.
2020

Soon-to-be twelve-year-old June is a planner and a problem-solver, and right now she and her friend Calvin are planning a big welcome home celebration for her mother, only her plan falls apart when she finds out that her parents are getting a divorce; June is convinced that she can find some way to get her parents back together--until she starts getting messages on her "new" laptop (refurbished by a mysterious store called The Shop of Last Resort), messages from JuniePie28 who claims to be her future self, warning her not to interfere in her parent's marriage.

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Isaiah Dunn is my hero

Isaiah Dunn is my hero

Baptist, Kelly J.
2020

Referring to his late father's journal for advice on how to be the man of the house, young Isaiah taps the support and ideas of two school friends who help him navigate rules and manage without superpowers.

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Little green donkey

Little green donkey

Allepuz, Anuska, 1979- author, illustrator
2020

Little Donkey eats so much grass that he turns green, causing his mother to convince him to try new foods. But what happens when he discovers he likes carrots?

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Love by Sophia

Love by Sophia

Averbeck, Jim, author
2020

Encouraged by her teacher to approach her art assignment from new points of view, Sophia produces a piece she is proud of, but can she persuade her hard-to-impress family to take a chance on a different perspective?

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Monsters 101

Monsters 101

Atkinson, Cale.
2020

Monsters! They're so much more than just that scary thing under your bed. Join Professors Vampire, Blob and Werewolf, and their trusty lab assistant--a zombie named Tina--as they reveal eerie and frankly ridiculous monsters facts never uttered outside a crypt!

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Noodle bear

Noodle bear

Gravas, Mark. author, illustrator
2020

Bear loves all kinds of noodles, but finds that he enjoys them most when he can share them with others.

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Once upon a unicorn

Once upon a unicorn

Anders, Lou.
2020

A curious, science-minded unicorn and a fiery horse become unlikely allies as they defend their magical home from a pumpkin-headed menace and a fairy of dubious integrity.

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Paola Santiago and the river of tears

Paola Santiago and the river of tears

Mejia, Tehlor Kay, author
2020

In Silver Springs, Arizona, her mother's stories of the monstrous La Llorona are thrilling but unbelievable to science-loving Paola until she and her best friends Dante and Emma take a walk through a cactus field near the Gila River.

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Rise of Zombert

Rise of Zombert

LaReau, Kara. author
2020

9-year-old Mellie Gore rescues Bert the cat from behind the YummCo Foods factory, and Mellie soon wonders if the mystery surrounding Bert's behavior is connected to the powerful YummCo Foods company or could he truly be a zombie?

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The run

The run

Barroux author, illustrator
2020

A boy dawdling in the bathroom to read is taken by surprise when the characters in his book come to life in this quirky picture book perfect for young readers with a silly sense of humor or beginning potty training! A young boy takes a new book into the bathroom to read. But what a strange story! One by one, all sorts of animals--a cow, a polar bear, a lion, and more--race across the pages. But where are they running to? Then, the boy's reading is interrupted by a loud knock on the bathroom door. The very same creatures are outside, lined up to use the toilet! This story within a story is sure to have kids giggling with its potty humor and shenanigans.

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Runaway pumpkins

Runaway pumpkins

Bateman, Teresa. author
2020

When a poorly secured bus lock turns a school trip back from a pumpkin patch into a disaster, and all but one of the pumpkins end up in people's yards, the neighbors along the road come up with a plan to turn the pumpkins into treats for the school children.

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Sara and the search for normal

Sara and the search for normal

King, Wesley, author
2020

Seventh-grader Sara wants to be normal but her panic attacks and other episodes cause her to isolate herself until, in group therapy, she meets talkative and outgoing Erin, her first friend.

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Simon at the art museum

Simon at the art museum

Soontornvat, Christina, author.
2020

At an art museum with his parents, Simon has trouble controlling his urges to slide on the floor, chase pigeons, and eat cheesecake at the cafe, until something special catches his eye.

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Son of Happy

Son of Happy

Fagan, Cary, author.
2020

"The boy in this story never wants to go to his friends' birthday parties, because Happy the Clown is always there. And Happy is... his dad. He wishes his dad had a regular job, like all the other kids' parents. He didn't mind his dad being a clown when he was a little kid, but now it's just embarrassing. And even worse, since business is slow, his dad is putting a sign on the front lawn advertising his clown services! But one night at dinner Dad announces that he's going back to his old job of being a lawyer. "You were a lawyer?" the boy asks, incredulous. Now his dad wears a suit and tie to work, the family can buy a new car, his mom can take piano lessons, and he can have a skateboard and cellphone. But something feels different. The boy wonders if his dad misses being a clown. Or is he the one who misses Happy? With bittersweet humor, Cary Fagan brings us a story about a boy's growing consciousness and a father's realization that he can be himself."-- Provided by publisher.

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The stepmom shake-up

The stepmom shake-up

Lenz, Niki, author
2020

When her widowed father threatens the integrity of Team Gravy by starting to date again, twelve-year-old Grace decides to sabotage all his romantic endeavors.

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Thirteens

Thirteens

Marshall, Kate Alice, author
2020

Neil Gaiman's Coraline meets Stranger things in a dark and twisted story about a sleepy town with a dark secret-and the three kids brave enough to uncover it.

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Welcome to unicorn school

Welcome to unicorn school

Bird, Pip, author
2020

In Dave the Unicorn: Welcome to Unicorn School, Mira is excited about attending the school--until she's paired with a very un-unicorny unicorn.-- Amazon.

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