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Poop Cover Image
By Poppy Champignon, Mark Hoffmann (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781944903749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Cameron Kids - August 20th, 2019

Between the rhymes and the illustrations, this book has become one of my favorites!  

The Panda Problem Cover Image
By Deborah Underwood, Hannah Marks (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735228504
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Published: Dial Books - April 2nd, 2019

Need help finding a problem?  Just ask a panda!  A great read for all ages.

The Arrival Cover Image
By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439895293
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - October 1st, 2007

Visually stunning, The Arrival is a wordless graphic novel with layers of meaning.  Shaun Tan's gift as an artist is enough of a reason to carve out some quiet time with this book.  But what Tan does so well through his images is to convey the sense of "otherness" familiar to everyone, not just the immigrant at the heart of this story.  Having to figure out how to make one's way in a new environment, learn "a new language," hope that strangers will reach out with warmth and support, all while bearing up under the pressures of life and shadows that come and go is the kind of heroic story for which no cape is required.

Tales of the City: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061358302
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 29th, 2007

If you haven't met the residents of 28 Barbary Lane, you're in for a treat!  Mid-west girl moves to San Francisco in 1976 to change her life and finds a home in the family created under the watchful guidance of housemother/landlady Mrs. Madrigal. Perfect for your summer reading list.

Gateway to the Moon: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525434993
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Published: Anchor - March 12th, 2019

Spanning 1492 to 1992, this page-turner will teach you about the many waves of Jewish immigration from Spain to New Mexico while entertaining you with the story of one teenager trying to answer the timeless question "Who am I?"

Just Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060936228
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

If you've managed to miss reading this amazing, award-winning memoir about two future icons in their very early days, now's your chance!  You won't be disappointed.

The Man Who Saw Everything Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632869845
Availability: Available from Warehouse
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - October 15th, 2019

Deborah Levy has a facility for language and depth that resonates far beyond the 200 pages of this novel.  If you've never read her, you're in for an unforgettable time.