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Check out these new books from the Next Reads Newsletters!
Lola's Fandango - by Anna Witte; illustrated by Micha Archer
Lola is a bit jealous of her older sister Clementina, who seems to do everything perfectly. When Lola finds a pair of her mother's old dancing shoes, however, she discovers that Clementina does not know any flamenco dances -- so Lola is determined to learn some herself. With its somewhat lengthy narrative (sprinkled with Spanish words throughout), Lola's Fandango is a book best read to kids ages five and up, but its bright, cheerful collage illustrations may also appeal to littler ones.
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Killer Koalas from Outer Space: And Lots of Other Very Bad Stuff that Will Make Your Brain Explode! - by Andy Griffiths; illustrated by Terry Denton
Graphic Novel. Sensitive readers who aren't fond of random violence or jokes about poop should just skip right to the next book in this list. The rest of you are going to LOVE Killer Koalas from Outer Space! It's a collection of short, ridiculously funny tales in comics form by the best-selling Australian author of The Day My Butt Went Psycho. Yes, there are killer koalas, but there are also killer giraffes -- as well as an abundance of gross-out moments and several fiendishly fractured fairy tales -- and it's all zany, wacky, icky fun.
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Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children - by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Historical Fiction. This gripping novel tells the story of the "secret" that everyone at Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate knew but never dared to talk about: Jefferson -- author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States -- fathered four children with his slave Sally Hemings. Narrated for the most part by Beverly, the eldest, and his brother Madison, Jefferson's Sons is a well-researched and gut-wrenching novel that explores some of the complexities and contradictions in America's history.
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