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All Summer Long

Hope Larson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

With humor and warmth, graphic novelist Larson captures the growing tension between two friends, one away at soccer camp and the other stuck at home, over the course of one summer.

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Bob

Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, illus. by Nicholas Gannon (Feiwel and Friends)

In this collaborative tale, filled with magic and mystery, Libby returns to her grandmother’s home in Australia after five years to discover that she’s left something—or rather someone—very important behind.

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Endling: The Last

Katherine Applegate (HarperCollins)

The Newbery Medalist kicks off a gripping fantasy trilogy starring Byx, the sole survivor of a near-extinct species. The massacre of Byx’s pack leaves the 11-year-old runt on a life-or-death quest, drawing on her extraordinary powers.

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The Penderwicks at Last

Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf)

Birdsall draws the curtain on her beloved Penderwicks series as the family comes together for a joyous occasion: a wedding at Arundel, the grand estate in the Berkshires where their story began.

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Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea

Lynne Rae Perkins (Greenwillow)

In this evocative snapshot of summer, Newbery Medalist Perkins conjures all the sensory and emotional detail of a girl’s beach vacation with her parents and her older sister.

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She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)

Ann Hood (Penguin Workshop)

Bestselling novelist Hood makes her children’s debut with this nostalgic coming-of-age tale, set at the height of Beatlemania, in which sixth grader Trudy struggles to navigate the social minefield of middle school.

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