April 2016 New Releases

Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong - Lesa Cline-Ransome

Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong - Lesa Cline-Ransome
Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Although his New Orleans neighborhood was poor in nearly everything else, it was rich in superb music…Here is a joyful tribute to the virtuoso musician and buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz.

Booked - Kwame Alexander

Booked - Kwame Alexander
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel The Crossover  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. 

You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World - Maya S. Penn

You Got This!: Unleash Your Awesomeness, Find Your Path, and Change Your World - Maya S. Penn
Everyone is talking about the entrepreneur, animator, eco-designer, and girls’ rights activist Maya Penn. Her TEDWomen Talk has been viewed over 1,200,000 million times (and is one of the top 15 TEDWomen Talks of all time). Now this amazing teenager has written an inspirational handbook for teens and young adults to help them discover their passions and maximize their full potential for a creative, successful life.

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero - Rachel Renée Russell

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 1: Locker Hero - Rachel Renée Russell
Max is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been—South Ridge Middle School! He has been home-schooled by his grandmother until now, and he’s begged his parents to finally let him start attending public middle school. He’s starting to question that choice, though…Thomas Silver keeps stuffing Max in his locker. If only Max could be like the hero in all the comics he likes to read—or the ones he draws—and magically escape the locker and defeat Tommy.

Change Up - Derek Jeter

Change Up - Derek Jeter
In the third book in the New York Times bestselling middle grade series inspired by the life of iconic New York Yankee Derek Jeter, Derek’s father keeps his promise to coach his son’s youth baseball team. Derek is sure this will be the best season yet! He has it all planned—his dad will have him start at shortstop, and the team will cruise to a championship. But sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan.

The Return (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts #3) – Varian Johnson

The Return (Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts #3) – Varian Johnson

A new threat faces the world of Erdas in this continuation of the New York Times bestselling series. Split between two worlds, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan are four young heroes who are racing to stop an ancient evil. Even the spirit animal bond, the sacred link between humans and animals, is on the brink of destruction.

The friends face an enemy with the power to enslave others to its will-and to steal spirit animals away from their rightful partners. With their own allies falling to this darkness, the four must look to their bonds to light the way forward.

Little Shaq Takes a Chance - Shaquille O’Neal

Little Shaq Takes a Chance - Shaquille O’Neal
Like most kids, Little Shaq doesn't love trying new things, especially if he might not be very good at them. So when his class is assigned projects for the school's upcoming art show, he's not sure that his skills will transfer from the basketball court to the art studio. Rosa Lindy and Barry have their projects all figured out. Can Little Shaq find the confidence to embrace his own style and create a piece for the show?

Keep Me in Mind - Jaime Reed

Keep Me in Mind - Jaime Reed
Ellia Dawson doesn't recognize the handsome boy who sits in tears by her hospital bed. He claims he's her boyfriend, Liam. But to Ellia, he's a stranger. She remembers her name. Her parents. Her best friend, Stacey. But Liam is a total blank in her life. Liam McPherson is devastated. His girlfriend, Ellia, suffered a terrible accident--maybe because of him--and now she's lost her memory. But the harder Liam tries to reach Ellia, and remind her of what they had, the more she pulls away. As Ellia begins on the slow road to recovery, Liam begins work on a secret project that he hopes will bring back the girl he loved. But can there ever be a future when the past is in pieces?

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