All Staff Picks

How Children Succeed
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How does your child cope with failure? Is their home life stressful? Listen to the surprising findings on factors outside of school that play a major part in a child's success in life.
The Story Of Spanish
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A fascinating study of the development and change in the Spanish language through the centuries.
Big City Otto
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When Otto the elephant’s best friend, Georgie, is chimp-napped by the Man with the Wooden Nose, Otto and his parrot friend, Crackers, travel to America in search of him. Laughter and pandemonium are never far when Otto and Crackers are on the hunt.
W is for Wasted
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Kinsey always wanted a family. Her latest case brings her in touch with previously unknown cousins.
The Map Of Lost Memories
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Set in 1925 Cambodia, Irene Blum, a museum curator, searches for ancient Khmer scrolls. To her surprise, she finds more information about her own history.
The Madonnas of Leningrad
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A family wedding brings back memories of surviving WWII in Leningrad. Marina worked at the Hermitage museum as a docent, and remembers how the art provided a retreat from the horrors of war.
This Is Not My Hat
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In this Caldecott winner, we meet a little fish who has stolen a hat from a very big fish. Completely unrepentant, he is sure he will get away with the crime. And just in case, he heads to where the plants grow close together and he can hide. But the reader knows something the little fish doesn't. Darkly funny, this picture book may not be for everyone.
The Meanest Birthday Girl
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A little girl learns a lesson about selfishness when she receives a special gift from a friend. The book's stylish illustration embellishes the story.
The Heist
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A new series with special agent Kate O’Hare chasing con man Nicolas Fox. Like the Stephanie Plum series, there are terrific secondary characters.
Son Of Hamas
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Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of a founding member of Hamas. This compelling book recounts how Yousef came to reject terror and violence and instead worked as an undercover agent many years in an effort to stop it. His history and perspective from all sides of the conflict make him a unique voice in the discussion of the Middle East.
 The One And Only Ivan
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A delightful story of captivity, hope, and rescue as told by a gentle silverback gorilla named Ivan who has been in captivity for as long as he can remember...and he can't remember much. Until he makes a promise to a friend, and realizes that by remembering he can not only keep his promise, he can help himself as well.
The English Girl
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The story starts in Corsica, moves to France and England and ends up in Russia. Spy and art restorer, Gabriel Allon, must rescue a kidnap victim.
Fly Fishing Made Easy
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Fly fishing is not easy. Packed with photos, illustrations and stories, this manual really delivers. I recommend it for new anglers learning the craft. (It’s also good for quick reference when you’re out in the field!)
Midnight Rising
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This new telling of the raid on Harper's Ferry by John Brown and his motley army lends an interesting perspective on characters, like Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and John Brown himself, that we thought we already knew.
Saving Italy
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In the middle of WWII a new army unit called the monuments men was created to save the art being looted by the Nazis.
Learning To Fly
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A man meets a penguin who tells him that he was flying until some other birds told him he couldn't, and he crashed. The odd couple pair up to in an effort to return the penguin to the skies. Full of deadpan humor, quirky, and with a message that is sweet without being sugary. One of my all-time favorite picture books (and I love picture books).
Binky the Space Cat
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Binky, a house cat, is on a mission to build a rocket ship so that he can go into outer space, explore new worlds and battle aliens. Once his space ship is complete and he is ready to blast off, he realizes that he’s forgotten something very important. This is the first in a series of Binky adventures.
The 500
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The author’s first novel has been nominated for the Anthony and the Edgar, top mystery prizes. Struggling student, Mike Ford, gets his dream job, pays off his student loans and discovers his dream job is a nightmare.

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