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JUST A LUCKY SO AND SO: The Story of Louis Armstrong
by Lesa Cline-Ransome
illustrated by James E. Ransome


This joyful tribute to Louis Armstrong details his rise from a child surrounded by music in New Orleans to a professional musician in Chicago.

"A solid choice for school libraries and collections looking to freshen up biography collections for school-age readers."—School Library Journal

"Upbeat and celebratory—like Pops himself."—Kirkus Reviews

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E-book available

A Hippo in Our Yard
by Liza Donnelly
Liza Donnelly, Illustrator

A young girl's family is dismissive when she tells them a hippo, tiger, and zebras are in their yard until a telephone call reveals zoo animals are on the loose.
E-book available

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PICTURE BOOK

Scam on the Cam
A Sesame Seade Mystery #3
by Clémentine Beauvais
Sarah Horne, Illustrator

Sesame Seade takes on her third mystery investigating a suspicious treasure chest and an unlikely illness spreading through the Cambridge University rowing team.
E-book available

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MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION

Desert Dark
by Sonja Stone

Nadia Riley has earned a spot at the elite Black-Ops government-funded training school. While struggling to fit in, Nadia learns someone on campus is a double agent, and she is being framed as the traitor.
E-book available

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YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Our Teacher Is a Vampire and Other (Not) True Stories
by Mary Amato
Ethan Long, Illustrator

A notebook that is passed from student to student around a classroom becomes a repository for wild rumors, heartfelt confessions and creative writing.
E-book available

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MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION

Strudel's Forever Home
by Martha Freeman

Strudel, a homeless dachshund, narrates this story of a dog who needed a family, and a struggling family who needed a dog.
E-book available

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MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION

Classroom Picks . . . Awesome Idioms!
You're Pulling My Leg!
400 Human-Body Sayings from Head to Toe
by Pat Street and Eric Brace
Eric Brace, Illustrator

This book of idioms with eye-catching illustrations hits the topic right on the nose for elementary readers and English language learners.
E-book available

CCSS:
RF.4.3, 4, 4a
L.4.1, 3, 3a, 4, 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 6
RL.4.1, 2, 4, 7, 9, 10
SL.4.1, 1c, 1d, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
W.4.4, 7, 8, 9, 10
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These handy volumes allow readers to have hundreds of idioms at their fingertips! Filled with rib-tickling jokes and eye-catching illustrations, these pages will have children smiling from ear to ear. Discover more Classroom Picks here.