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Ultraball #1: Lunar Blitz book
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Ultraball #1: Lunar Blitz
Written by Jeff Chen
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Enter the exhilarating game of Ultraball—fly over pass rushers and explode into slingshot zones—through Jeff Chen’s dazzling future world on the moon. Here Ultraball is life, and survival is all that matters. Perfect for sci-fi and sports fans alike. Strike Sazaki loves defying gravity on the moon in his Ultrabot suit. He’s the best quarterback in the league, but while Strike’s led the Taiko Miners to the Ultrabowl three years in a row, each one has ended in defeat. This year, Strike thinks he’s finally found the missing piece to his championship quest: a mysterious girl who could be his new star rocketback. But Boom comes from the Dark Siders, a mass of people who left the United Moon Colonies to live in exile. And not all his teammates are happy sharing a field with her. When rumors surface of a traitor on the Miners, Strike isn’t sure who he can trust. If Strike can’t get his teammates to cooperate and play together, they’ll lose more than just the Ultrabowl. The stake of the colony’s future is on his shoulders.

Umbrella book
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Umbrella
Written and illustrated by Taro Yashima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Momo eagerly waits for a rainy day so she can use the red boots and umbrella she received on her third birthday.

UnBEElievables book
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UnBEElievables
Written and illustrated by Douglas Florian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The buzz is big for Douglas Florian’s new poetry collection about the unBEElieveably unique lives of honeybees—and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Come inside the honeycomb—a busy, buzzy, bee-filled home—and learn about the unexpected wonders of these tiny insects’ lifestyles, families, and communities. In fourteen funny, fact-filled honeybee poems and paintings, Douglas Florian explores the natural history of these often-unappreciated critters, revealing them to be a totally cool—and totally important—part of our ecosystem. Indeed, these buzzy bugs have been in the spotlight lately as wild bee populations are dwindling, honey prices are rising, and beekeeping has become a popular hobby.

Uncertain Summer book
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Uncertain Summer
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

For decades something has lurked in the swampy lakes of East Texas. Could it be the elusive Bigfoot? Everdil Jackson thinks so. Her whole life she's grown up listening to the stories of the Bigfoot sightings around Uncertain, Texas. When a TV show offers a million dollars to the person that can provide conclusive proof of Bigfoot, Everdil, her brother, and two friends form a team to snap a picture of the beast. With any luck, they'll prove the impossible and win the money Everdil's family badly needs. But tracking a monster, especially one nobody's been able to catch, proves trickier than Everdil expected. With each new adventure, Everdil seems to create more problems with her friends and family than she solves. In the end, she has to hope that her brave, foolish actions will ultimately make things right with everyone, including Bigfoot. This book will remind readers that hope and loyalty are traits that we all share, no matter our size.

Under Alaska's Midnight Sun book
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Under Alaska's Midnight Sun
Written by Deb Vanasse and illustrated by Jeremiah Trammell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

On the longest day of the year, a young Alaskan girl stays up late and enjoys the midnight sun.

  1. Under Construction - Construction zone ahead! With this rough and tumble board book, toddlers will experience the construction of a new building from the ground up. Under Construction lets kids experience construction from the ground up. This little book is packed to the rafters with all of the most recognizable construction equipment. Read along as bulldozers, diggers, and dump trucks all do their part in transforming a dusty pile of rubble into a shiny new toy store, introducing preschoolers to construction signs along the way.

  2. Under Construction - Five construction trucks are hard at work—what are they building? Find out as you move each truck along its track. Kids will love exploring the construction site with a bulldozer, dump truck, and other heavy equipment while learning what each machine does. Storytime is sure to be filled with a variety of beeps, booms, and crashes as kids imagine the busy trucks doing their jobs. On opening day a surprise pop-up is a great reward for all of their hard work!

  3. Undercover BMX - Basketball has always come easily to twelve-year-old Devon Rosario of the Bronx, but it has been a long time since he actually enjoyed playing because Devon's father sees him as the family's second chance at basketball glory, and the pressure of that expectation is ruining the game for Devon; but then he sees Jamal, a Yemeni refugee, doing BMX tricks on his bike and suddenly Devon sees a way to put fun back into sports--provided he can keep his new passion secret from his father.

  4. Under My Hijab - Grandma's hijab clasps under her chin. Auntie pins hers up with a whimsical brooch. Jenna puts a sun hat over hers when she hikes. Iman wears a sports hijab for tae kwon do. As a young girl observes the women in her life and how each covers her hair a different way, she dreams of the possibilities in her own future and how she might express her personality through her hijab. With cheerful rhyming text by acclaimed author Hena Khan, and charming illustrations from talented newcomer Aaliya Jaleel, Under My Hijab provides a friendly introduction to hijabs for all readers, and celebrates the many Muslim women and girls who choose to wear them.

Under Our Clothes book
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Under Our Clothes
Written by Jillian Roberts and illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the topics of bodies, body safety and body image through a conversation-based story that begins with an observation at the community pool. Modesty, privacy and boundaries are discussed, along with how self-image is formed and how some people are more sensitive than others--sometimes at different stages in their lives. Relevant themes around body shaming, body positivity and self-esteem building are explored, with a final call to action empowering children to build their own confidence and speak up when something doesn't feel right. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside the comfort of their homes, in a way that is straightforward and accessible. Sidebars offer further reading for older children who have bigger questions or care providers looking for more information. For younger children, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter. This is the newest title in The World Around Us series, following books that address poverty, tragedy, prejudice and online awarenessand environemental stewardship.

Under Pressure book
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Under Pressure
Written by Alex Morgan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

It’s spring, and school soccer season is back—and so are the Kicks! Devin is excited to be reunited with her teammates, and after they performed so well in the fall, she has high hopes for a championship win this time around. But it was easier for the Kicks when nobody expected them to win. Now there are high expectations, and some of Devin’s teammates are worried about living up to them. As the start of the season approaches, the girls begin to feel the pressure. Will the Kicks get their heads in the game in time to start the season right?

Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome book
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Understanding Sam and Asperger Syndrome
Written by Clarabelle van Niekerk and illustrated by Liezl Venter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When Sam, a young boy who has trouble making friends at school, wanders away from home to the fair alone, his parents take him to the doctor where he is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery book
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Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery
Written by R. A. Spratt and illustrated by Phil Gosier
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Friday Barnes, girl detective, is... under arrest?! Getting arrested was the last thing Friday expected after solving the swamp-yeti mystery at her boarding school. But she better clear her name fast! She’s got new cases to investigate, like a scandalous quiche bake-off, a decades old mystery buried in her school’s backyard, and why the new boy, Christopher, is being so nice to her. More adventures and intrigue ensue in Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery, the second book in the illustrated Friday Barnes mystery series, starring a genius detective with the brains (and social skills) of Sherlock Holmes.

Under the Ashes book
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Under the Ashes
Written by Cindy Rankin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Eleven-year-old Elizabeth "Littlebeth" Morgan would rather race the boys, chase skunks, and read about bandits than act like a lady. So her parents send her to her maiden aunt in San Francisco to be tamed and refined. But when an earthquake hits and she's separated from her aunt, Littlebeth must use her fearless nature and quick-thinking to survive in a city that's broken and burning.

  1. Under the Bottle Bridge - In the tradition of Counting by 7s and Three Times Lucky, critically acclaimed author Jessica Lawson returns with her fourth whimsical, lyrical, and heartfelt middle grade novel about a girl who’s desperately trying to keep her life together, when everything seems to be falling apart. In the weeks leading up to Gilbreth, New York’s annual AutumnFest, twelve-year-old woodcraft legacy Minna Treat is struggling with looming deadlines, an uncle trying to hide Very Bad News, and a secret personal quest. When she discovers mysterious bottle messages under one of the village’s 300-year-old bridges, she can’t help but wonder who’s leaving them, what they mean, and, most importantly…could the messages be for her? Along with best friend Crash and a mystery-loving newcomer full of suspicious theories, Minna is determined to discover whether the bottles are miraculously leading her toward the long-lost answers she’s been looking for, or drawing her into a disaster of historic proportions.

  2. Under the Canopy - Trees have inspired our stories, myths and cultures. Every climate, every nation has its tales of trees, true or legendary, that help us understand ourselves and the beauty of the natural world around us. This book is a collection of lots of those stories across the world.

  3. Under the Christmas Tree - Invites young readers to prepare for Christmas and the arrival of Santa Claus by sliding the panels in the illustrations to turn on lights, put a letter in an envelope, and otherwise get ready for the big day.

  4. Under the Freedom Tree - Tells of the Civil War's first contraband camp that began when three escaped slaves were granted protection at a Union-held fort, prompting runaway slaves to seek freedom there and build the country's first African American community.

Under the Mambo Moon book
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Under the Mambo Moon
Written by Julia Durango and illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

On summer nights Marisol helps out in Papi's music store. As customers come and go, they share memories of the Latin music and dance of their various homelands, expressed in a dazzling array of poetry. The diversity of Latin American music is brought to life in poems that swivel, sway, and sizzle with the rhythms of merengue, vallenatos, salsa, and samba. Back matter includes a map, author's note, and further information about the musical heritage of Latin America.

Under the Snow book
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Under the Snow
Written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Constance R. Bergum
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A cozy look at the amazing ways animals behave and interact with their environments on a snowy day. When snow falls, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests and fields? What do they do when snow blankets the ground? Award-winning science writer Melissa Stewart offers a lyrical tour of a variety of habitats, providing young readers with vivid glimpses of animals as they live out the winter beneath the snow and ice. Constance R. Bergum's glowing watercolors perfectly capture the wonder and magic that can happen under the snow.

Under the Southern Cross book
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Under the Southern Cross
Written and illustrated by Frané Lessac
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-12

Night-time in Australia, animals are waking, people are exploring, discoveries are being made – under the Southern Cross. What makes ribbons of colour swirl in the sky? What are the spooky balls of light that bounce across the outback? What animal lays eggs that look like squishy ping-pong balls? Where can you watch a movie with bats circling overhead? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic picture book tour of Australia after dark.

Under the Water book
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Under the Water
Written and illustrated by Carles Porta
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Summer has finally arrived in the fourth book of Carle's Porta's Tales From The Hidden Valley series! Beloved characters return in the final book of this whimsical series for fans of Tove Jansson's Moomins. Hidden in a remote place surrounded by high mountains, there lies a secret valley. There is an entrance, but you could pass by it a hundred times and still not see it. It's finally summer, and our friends from the hidden valley are gearing up for a dreamy summer afternoon! When a new, watery friend appears, Ticky, Mister Cold and the rest of the pals explore an exciting new undewater world. But a great monster lurks beneath the surface, and our joyous friends sure are causing quite a fuss! Will they be able to escape its terrible jaws?

Under Threat book
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Under Threat
Written by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Tom Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Travel the world in a stunning, informative book about animals under threat of extinction. From the giant panda of China to Fiji's banded iguana, creatures all over the world are imperiled like never before in human history. Visit all inhabited continents via a series of striking graphic stamps by printmaker Tom Frost, depicting more than thirty species -- some familiar, some you may not have known existed -- all of which are in danger of not existing for much longer. Fact files from conservation biologist Martin Jenkins introduce readers to some of the threatened fauna around the globe. A timely call to arms for animal lovers young and old, this oversize nonfiction book discusses the reasons that so many species are in danger of dying out and what we can do to help them.

  1. Underwear! - Bare bear! Stop right there! Underwear! Under where? So begins the dialogue between a tired bear dad and a rambunctious bear cub who would rather play with his tighty whities than get into bed. Underwear makes great hair. It can even turn one into a superber, or a goggle-wearing swimming bear. But beware of a big scare! Rhymes, homonyms, and conjunctions abound in this book that could be used to teach reading, but its primary purpose is to make bedtime fun.

  2. Underworld Clash - Hercules and Theseus each claim to be the best hero truck, so at the suggestion of a MonsterTruck they agree to a race through the Underworld Junkyard, from which no truck has ever returned--but it turns out that the MonsterTruck has his own agenda, and Hercules and Theseus must work together if they are to escape his trap.

  3. Un Elefante - Inspired by one of the most beloved nursery rhymes " Un Elefante Se Balanceaba," this book will introduce little ones to their numbers and their first English and Spanish words.

  4. Une Place Pour Edouard - When Edouard was born everyone was happy. But soon he started to cry, and nobody was happy anymore. Camille, the big sister, doesn't understand what is happening, and her parents don't have time to explain to her why Edouard is different...

Unicorn Academy: Isabel and Cloud (Unicorn Academy: Where Magic Happens) book
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Unicorn Academy: Isabel and Cloud (Unicorn Academy: Where Magic Happens)
Written by Julie Sykes and illustrated by Lucy Truman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Imagine a school where you meet your own unicorn and have amazing adventures together! That’s what happens for the girls at Unicorn Academy on beautiful Unicorn Island. Isabel loves racing around Unicorn Academy with her wonderful unicorn, Cloud. She can’t wait for him to discover his magic power! Someone has cast a bad spell on Sparkle Lake. Isabel and Cloud will have to learn to trust each other as they go on a dangerous adventure to save the school…

Unicorn Crossing book
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Unicorn Crossing
Written by Dana Simpson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Phoebe and Marigold are back for a fifth installment of the award-winning series. Join in on their latest adventures - and experiments - in being themselves! Phoebe and Her Unicorn returns with more sparkles than ever!

Unicorn Day book
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Unicorn Day
Written by Diana Murray and illustrated by Luke Flowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Hooray! Hooray! It's Unicorn Day! When unicorns come out to play. The most important rule of Unicorn Day is to have fun, fun, fun! The unicorns are celebrating their favorite day of the year, complete with rainbows, cupcakes, butterflies, and all sorts of joyful things. But when it's revealed there's an impostor in their midst, the party comes to a screeching halt... Will the unicorns welcome all and continue their fun in all its glittery glory? A clever, colorful, and over-the-top picture book about unicorns, celebrations, and most importantly, friendship.

Unicorn of Many Hats book
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Unicorn of Many Hats
Written by Dana Simpson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

"A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn." --Kirkus Reviews Book seven in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn series! NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR! Marigold Heavenly Nostrils is no ordinary unicorn. She has Wi-Fi-enabled appendages. She's the most enchanted babysitter of all time. She's published numerous scholarly articles on the "shimmering" versus "glimmering" debate. She is, in short, a unicorn of many hats. Phoebe and her exceptional hooved pal are back in this all-new collection of comics! Laugh alongside the lovable duo as they question the idea of "coolness," gain a deeper appreciation for the power of friendship, and put off summer reading assignments for as long as physically possible.

Unicorns 101 book
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Unicorns 101
Written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A laugh-out-loud picture book that finally sets the record straight about unicorns! Unicorns! You love them, but how much do you really know about them? Join Professors Glitter Pants, Sprinkle Steed, Star Hoof, and Sugar Beard, plus their trusty lab assistant, Pete, as they reveal mind-blowing unicorn facts never before available to the public! For example: * Buttercup Sparklecheeks was the first unicorn to trot on Pluto! * At one time in history, there were dino-corns! * One unicorn accidentally made it rain waffles for a week! * Unicorns have giant slides inside their homes! * Rare and exotic unicorns include the mer-corn and the hamster-corn! Full of eye-popping illustrations and nonstop, sidesplitting laughs—plus a removable Unicorn Scientist diploma at the end of the book—Unicorns 101 will have children eager to enroll, time and time again! "effervescent . . . enjoyably off-the-wall"—Publishers Weekly "merits space on every unicorn-lover’s reference shelf."—Booklist "unicorn fans will find plenty to love."—Kirkus

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