Welcome To the Symphony: A Musical Exploration of the Orchestra Using Beethoven's Symphony No. 5

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By Carolyn Sloan
Illustrated by James Williamson
Workman Publishing, 2015, $24.95
Ages: 0-5
Genre: nonfiction picture book, novelty, symphony, music, instruments
ISBN: 9780761176473
Contact information: Lauren Southard

Elle & Coach: Diabetes, the Fight for My Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything

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By Stefany Shaheen and Mark Dagostino
Hachette Books, 2015, $27.00
Ages: adult
Genre: biography, mothers, nonfiction, diabetes, dogs
ISBN: 978-0-31625-876-0
Contact information: Michelle Aielli


The Shakespeare Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

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By DK and Stanley Wells
DK, 2015, $25.00
Ages: 14+
Genre: Shakespeare, poems, plays, classics, literature, nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1-46542-987-2
Contact information: Julia O’Halloran


Careers: The Graphic Guide to Finding the Perfect Job for You

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by DK Publishing
Edited by Allison Singer
ISBN: 9781465429735
Age: From 13 To 17 years

Gr 6 Up—A typical library's collection of career books can quickly become dated or out of touch. Enter this manual. With simple graphics, bright colors, and a vast compendium of information, this guide will engage teens who are wondering, "What now?" Each page contains a job description, information on related careers and salaries, and a skills guide. The book explains precisely how to go from dipping a toe into the waters of a particular job to the highest positions within the field. The index is well organized, and the entries are nicely cross-referenced. The material can be dry or a bit vague at times, especially for readers who would be interested in discovering real-life applications. However, it should be useful for students, and the wide scope of knowledge will keep it current for longer than many comparable titles. VERDICT This strong addition will be fun for browsers as well as for those selecting college majors and making job decisions.—Erinn Black Salge, Saint Peter's Prep, Jersey City, NJ -School Library Journal

"This is the prettiest, most well-organized, useful and up to date guide to careers that I have ever seen. It is a wonder, and it is a treasure. I haven't said this about any book, in the last twenty years." — Dick Bolles, author, What Color Is Your Parachute?

Pretty in paper

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by Aubre Andrus

American Girl, $24.99 ​

Novelty nonfiction, crafts, ages 8+

Excellent, anytime fun, these brilliant American Girl crafts are all made from paper, and you won't believe the things you can do! Alone or with a friend, you'll want to try every idea in this book. Use the colorful scrapbook papers and the super-cool quilling tool that coils the paper to make "Blooming Barrettes," "Photo Props," "Folded Flowers," and more. With a folder to hold creations and an easy-to-follow guide this also makes a great gift for any occasion.

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Earth and Space: Photographs from the Archives of NASA

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By Nirmala Nataraj, NASA (photographs), and Bill Nye (Preface)
Chronicle Books, 2015, $40.00
Ages: all ages
Genre: nonfiction, earth, space, photographs, astronomy
ISBN: 978-1-4521-3435-2
Contact information: Diane Levinson


Vintage Hairstyles: Simple Steps for Retro Hair with a Modern Twist

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By Emma Sundh and Sarah Wing
Chronicle Books, 2015, $16.95
Ages: middle grade
Genre: nonfiction, vintage hairstyles, fashion, photographs
ISBN: 978-1-4521-4308-8
Contact information: Stephanie Wong


this star won’t go out

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by Esther Earl, with Lori and Wayne Earl 
Dutton, $19.99​
Nonfiction, journal entries, essays, dealing with young adult death issues

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In full color and illustrated with art and photographs, this is a collection of the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Essays by family and friends help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

nick and teslas robot army rampage: a mystery with hoverbots, bristlebots, and other robots you can build yourself

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by "Science Bob" and Steve Hockensmith
Quirk Books, $12.95
Middle-grade fiction with some nonfiction, mystery, science, science experiments, Ages 9-12
Excellent for meeting common core curriculum standards. 

Novelty nonfiction, crafts, ages 8+

Nick and Tesla involve themselves in a mystery surrounding the theft of a valuable comic from their friend's family store. Robots pop up around every corner, and they begin to suspect that the local gadget shop owner is up to something. Using household objects, Nick and Tesla invent robots and work to solve the robbery! Diagrams and instructions guide readers in building robots of their own with everyday items.               -Brianna B.