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The Parent Trap gets a modern makeover in this entertaining and endearing middle-grade novel about two 12-year-old girls, one camp, and a summer that will bond them for a lifetime.

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer (February 12, 2019)
"Avery, an aspiring writer from New York, and Bett, a California surfer girl, are the lights of their respective single father’s lives—and each is very much used to it. So the news that their gay dads fell in love at a conference and have been secretly dating for three months does not sit well with either of them. Worse still, the girls are bundled off to a nerd camp where they are expected to bond like family while their dads head off on an eight-week motorcycle adventure in China. Sloan and Wolizter make strategic use of their tale’s epistolary (or rather email) format to create two disparate yet familiar-feeling three-dimensional characters who are from very different worlds. That they will eventually become sisters feels inevitable, but that does not diminish the enjoyment of watching Avery and Bett bond over animals at camp, gradually growing toward each other and then with each other. Their increasing closeness is tracked in the evolution of their correspondence, which becomes littered with nicknames and discussions of everything from periods and pet phobias to boys. " [from Kirkus Reviews]

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards.  The awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.  The awards serve as a guide for parents, librarians and caregivers for the most outstanding books for youth by African American authors and illustrators that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and affirm universal human values.

The Hoover Public Library has compiled a list of all winning titles that are available on our shelves.  The list includes call numbers to make it easy to find the book you want to read.  You can pick up a physical copy on the octagonal display cart in the Kid Zone, or you can access the printable online copy by clicking here.

From the bestselling creators of The Bad Seed, a timely story about not having to be Grade A perfect!

The Good Egg by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald (February 12, 2019)
Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed.  But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten.  As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect.  So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change.

Watch the book trailer!