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Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel May 2022: Under Lock and Key features the book THE LOCK-EATER by Zack Loran Clark.

Melanie Gate is a foundling with a peculiar talent for opening the unopenable—any lock releases at the touch of her hand. One night, her orphanage is visited by Traveler in need of an apprentice.

When Melanie is selected, her life changes in a flash, and in more ways than she knows—because Traveler is not at all what he seems. But then, neither is Melanie Gate.

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Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this May? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel May 2022: Under Lock and Key features the book 100 CUPBOARDS by N. D. Wilson

Twelve-year-old Henry York arrives in Henry, Kansas to stay with his uncle’s family. Everything seems ordinary in their small farmhouse until something goes bump in the night—literally.

Soon Henry and his cousins are entangled in an adventure that includes strangers in the abandoned bedroom, secret cupboards in the guest room, and officiated messages from impossible places.

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#amreading buggy books

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this April? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family.

It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy—that he thinks he might be gay.

But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private paradise down by the bayou and among the dragonflies.

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Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel April 2022: Bookworms Bugging Out! features the book MAXIMILLIAN FLY by Angie Sage

Maximillian Fly wants no trouble. Yet because he stands at six feet two, with beautiful indigo wings, long antennae, and more arms than you or me, many are frightened of him.

He is a gentle creature who looks like a giant cockroach. This extraordinary human wants to prove his goodness, so he opens his door to two SilverSeed children in search of a place to hide.

Instantly, Maximillian’s quiet, solitary life changes. There are dangerous powers after them and they have eyes everywhere. But in this gray city of Hope trapped under the Orb, is escape even possible?

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After Chester, a cricket, arrives in the Times Square subway station from his native Connecticut via a picnic basket, he takes up residence in the Bellinis’ newsstand. There tiny Chester is lucky enough to find three good friends: a little boy named Mario, whose parents run the unsuccessful newsstand; a fast-talking Broadway mouse called Tucker; and Tucker’s pal, Harry Cat. Between escapades in New York City, the four somehow manage to bring success to the almost bankrupt newsstand.

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#amreading buggy books

Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this April? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

Ledger Kale always dreamed of the awesome magical power he’d get when he turned thirteen. The day when folks in his family inherit an extraordinary talent called a savvy. But Ledge’s dreams are soon in pieces. And so are the toaster, the television, and the wipers on the family minivan.

After the Kales decide it’s safe to head to a family wedding in Wyoming, Ledge’s savvy is witnessed by eagle-eyed reporter, Sarah Jane Cabot. Now Ledge has to stop Sarah Jane from turning savvies into headlines and figure out how to scumble his savvy into control before everything falls apart.

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Looking for books that fit our monthly reading challenge this March? Try one of the favorites from our home shelf!

David can really pack away food. He’s a fan of food-eating contests (he watches them on YouTube), and his best friends have always timed how long it takes him to eat an after-school pizza at Pigorino’s, his favorite Italian restaurant. But circumstances conspire, and David needs the prize money offered by an upcoming contest. His training concerns his parents, but it could be worse. They could find out what he’s done.

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#amreading sunny stories

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Book spotlight for Middle Grade Carousel March 2022: Check the Yellow Pages features the book TURTLE IN PARADISE by Jennifer L. Holm

Life isn’t like the movies. But, then again, 11-year-old Turtle is no Shirley Temple. She’s smart and tough and has seen enough of the world not to expect a Hollywood ending. After all, it’s 1935 and jobs and money and sometimes even dreams are scarce. So when Turtle’s mama gets a job housekeeping for a lady who doesn’t like kids, Turtle says goodbye without a tear and heads off to Key West, Florida to live with relatives she’s never met.

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