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See You in the Cosmos Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399186387
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Published: Puffin Books - May 15th, 2018

I listened to this with my 9-year-old grandson as an audiobook from Libro.fm. Movingly narrated by a professional cast, this is the tale of a boy who journeys across the country with his dog in pursuit of his dream. He's determined to launch a homemade rocket into space bearing a recording he is making which describes life on earth. In pursuit of this quest, he discovers a lost sibling and learns some important lessons about his life on earth. My grandson was enthralled. So was I. -Bob


The Wild Robot Escapes Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316382045
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 13th, 2018

A man-made robot who has emotions and feels empathy? Yes, ROZZUM Unit 7134 is an amazing robot who adopts a baby gosling, escapes from a farm, evades her captors for days and days and teaches us how important it is to love and be loved. My grandson Hayden loved this and Brown's first book, THE WILD ROBOT. Couldn't wait to go to bed so I could read it to him. -Gayle


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Train I Ride Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062455741
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Published: HarperCollins - April 3rd, 2018

If only this book existed when I was in middle school. This beautiful and surprising novel is packed full of thought provoking and memorable quotes, as well as characters you want to adopt as your own friends and family. Read it as a child, read it as an adult. Regardless of what time you read it, you will undoubtedly find yourself moved as you remember that it is never too late to experience the hope of redemption. -Ryan


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