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The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbet (Harper/HarperCollins, $16.99)

In Paris with her family for a year, Maya meets an elderly relative who is keeper of the mysterious Cabinet of Earths. Maya finds herself in a life-or-death struggle when she becomes the next Keeper. 260 pages.


Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard, by Loree Griffin Burns; photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz (Holt, $12.99)

Four remarkable scientific projects enlist regular people in data collection to better understand ecological issues. Detailed accounts of the projects are followed by ways to get involved. 80 pages.


The Fairy Ring: or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World, by Mary Losure (Candlewick, $16.99)

In WWI England, two young cousins produced photographs many believed proved the existence of fairies. Primary sources and the photographs themselves enhance this narrative of a famous hoax. 180 pages.


Fake Mustache: Or, How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election from a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind, by Tom Angleberger, illustrated by Jen Wang (Amulet/Abrams, $13.95)   

Lenny knows his friend Casper is behind a spree of bank robberies—the robber was wearing Casper’s (fake) handlebar mustache. As Casper’s criminal ambitions grow, the slapstick and jokes amp up accordingly. 201 pages.


Far from Shore: Chronicles of an Open Ocean Voyage, written and illustrated by Sophie Webb (Houghton, $17.99)

This journal combines scientific information, field-guide-like illustrations, and a detailed account of experiences onboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship studying dolphin populations. 80 pages.


First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low, by Ginger Wadsworth (Clarion, $17.99)

In 1912, Low founded the Girl Scouts—a pioneering organization designed to help empower girls of all races and ethnicities. Information is provided about the organization and its continued success after Low's death. 209 pages.


The Midnight Zoo, by Sonya Hartnett, illustrated by Andrea Offermann (Candlewick, $16.99)

Three Romany siblings are overlooked when German soldiers round up the rest of their community. The children end up in an abandoned zoo still inhabited by ten animals—who begin to talk. 217 pages.


Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (Schwartz & Wade/Random, $16.99)

Madeline’s parents have been kidnapped. Capable Madeline engages the services of a couple of (rabbit) detectives—leading to an absurd and breakneck bunny noir plot. 248 pages.


Nerd Camp, by Elissa Brent Weissman (Atheneum, $6.99)

Ten-year-old Gabe is excited to go to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment (a.k.a. “Nerd Camp”) but he worries what his new, cool stepbrother Zack will think. 261 pages.


The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, by Jeanne Birdsall (Knopf, $7.99)

In their third book, the Penderwick sisters—Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty—face their first-ever summer separation. Easing the sting is the company of friend Jeffrey. 296 pages.


Remarkable, by Lizzie K. Foley (Dial, $16.99)

Everyone in the town of Remarkable is brilliant and talented, except for Jane. Ingeniously naughty twins get themselves kicked out of the School for the Remarkably Gifted and join Jane at the public school. 329 pages.


Secrets at Sea, by Richard Peck, illustrated by Kelly Murphy (Dial, $16.99)

The rodent world meets Upstairs, Downstairs in this comedy of manners. When the (human) Cranston family decides to take an ocean voyage to Europe, their (mouse) neighbors tag along. 241 pages.


Sidekicks, written and illustrated by Dan Santat (Levine/Scholastic, $12.99)

In this graphic novel, superhero Captain Amazing holds auditions for a new sidekick; his pets hope to win the role. Meanwhile, Captain Amazing's nemesis has stolen a belt that jeopardizes the entire city. 218 pages.


Summer in the City, by Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood, $15.95)

Instead of taking a summer trip, brothers Charlie and Max must make their own fun at home in Montreal. Each chapter relates adventures that inevitably turn into misadventures. 151 pages.


Summer of the Gypsy Moths, by Sara Pennypacker (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, $16.99) 

Stella is stuck with Great Aunt Louise on Cape Cod, where she works tending vacation cottages. When Louise dies suddenly, Stella and new friend Angel cover it up, taking over management of the cottages. 273 pages.


With a Name like Love, by Tess Hilmo (Ferguson/Farrar, $16.99)  

Thirteen-year-old Ollie, daughter of a traveling preacher, befriends Jimmy. He needs her help: his mother has confessed to murdering her abusive husband, but Jimmy claims she’s innocent. 250 pages.

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