The top forthcoming books in Canadian libraries

September 2023 Adult List

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  1. The Armor of Light
    by Ken Follett
    Viking
    Sep 26, 2023
    FICTION / Historical / General
    Hardback

    Description

    The long-awaited sequel to A Column of Fire, The Armor of Light, heralds a new dawn for Kingsbridge, England, where progress clashes with tradition, class struggles push into every part of society, and war in Europe engulfs the entire continent and beyond.

    The Spinning Jenny was invented in 1770, and with that, a new era of manufacturing and industry changed lives everywhere within a generation. A world filled with unrest wrestles for control over this new world order: A mother’s husband is killed in a work accident due to negligence; a young woman fights to fund her school for impoverished children; a well-intentioned young man unexpectedly inherits a failing business; one man ruthlessly protects his wealth no matter the cost, all the while war cries are heard from France, as Napoleon sets forth a violent master plan to become emperor of the world. As institutions are challenged and toppled in unprecedented fashion, ripples of change ricochet through our characters’ lives as they are left to reckon with the future and a world they must rebuild from the ashes of war.

    Over thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, with this electrifying addition to the Kingsbridge series we are plunged into the battlefield between compassion and greed, love and hate, progress and tradition. It is through each character that we are given a new perspective to the seismic shifts that shook the world in nineteenth-century Europe.
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  2. The Last Devil to Die
    by Richard Osman
    Pamela Dorman Books
    Sep 19, 2023
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General
    Hardback

    Description

    Instant #1 New York Times bestseller

    A new mystery is afoot in the fourth book in the Thursday Murder Club series from million-copy bestselling author Richard Osman


    It's rarely a quiet day for the Thursday Murder Club.

    Shocking news reaches them—an old friend has been killed, and a dangerous package he was protecting has gone missing.

    The gang's search leads them into the antiques business, where the tricks of the trade are as old as the objects themselves. As they encounter drug dealers, art forgers, and online fraudsters—as well as heartache close to home—Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim have no idea whom to trust.

    With the body count rising, the clock ticking down, and trouble firmly on their tail, has their luck finally run out?

    And who will be the last devil to die?
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  3. Holly
    by Stephen King
    Scribner
    Sep 05, 2023
    FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
    Hardback

    Description

    Holly Gibney, one of Stephen King’s most compelling and ingeniously resourceful characters, returns in this thrilling novel to solve the gruesome truth behind multiple disappearances in a midwestern town.

    “Sometimes the universe throws you a rope.”BILL HODGES

    Stephen King’s Holly marks the triumphant return of beloved King character Holly Gibney. Readers have witnessed Holly’s gradual transformation from a shy (but also brave and ethical) recluse in Mr. Mercedes to Bill Hodges’s partner in Finders Keepers to a full-fledged, smart, and occasionally tough private detective in The Outsider. In King’s new novel, Holly is on her own, and up against a pair of unimaginably depraved and brilliantly disguised adversaries.

    When Penny Dahl calls the Finders Keepers detective agency hoping for help locating her missing daughter, Holly is reluctant to accept the case. Her partner, Pete, has Covid. Her (very complicated) mother has just died. And Holly is meant to be on leave. But something in Penny Dahl’s desperate voice makes it impossible for Holly to turn her down.

    Mere blocks from where Bonnie Dahl disappeared live Professors Rodney and Emily Harris. They are the picture of bourgeois respectability: married octogenarians, devoted to each other, and semi-retired lifelong academics. But they are harboring an unholy secret in the basement of their well-kept, book-lined home, one that may be related to Bonnie’s disappearance. And it will prove nearly impossible to discover what they are up to: they are savvy, they are patient, and they are ruthless.

    Holly must summon all her formidable talents to outthink and outmaneuver the shockingly twisted professors in this chilling new masterwork from Stephen King.

    “I could never let Holly Gibney go. She was supposed to be a walk-on character in Mr. Mercedes and she just kind of stole the book and stole my heart. Holly is all her.” STEPHEN KING
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  4. Traitors Gate (William Warwick Novels)
    by Jeffrey Archer
    HarperCollins
    Sep 26, 2023
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardback

    Description

    ***Pre-order now to secure the special Collector’s Edition – available only while stock lasts! The Collector’s Edition features a gold foiled design underneath the dust jacket and is exclusive to the first print run***


    24 hours to stop the crime of the century

    The race against time is about to begin…

    THE TOWER OF LONDON…

    Impenetrable. Well protected. Secure. Home to the most valuable jewels on earth. But once a year, the Metropolitan Police must execute the most secret operation in their armoury when they transport the Crown Jewels across London.

    SCOTLAND YARD…

    For four years, Chief Superindendent William Warwick – together with his second-in-command Inspector Ross Hogan – has been in charge of the operation. And for four years it’s run like clockwork.

    THE HEIST…

    But this year, everything is about to change. Because master criminal Miles Faulkner has set his heart on pulling off the most outrageous theft in history – and with a man on the inside, the odds are in his favour.

    Unless Warwick and Hogan can stop him before it’s too late…

    An unputdownable new thriller from the master storyteller

    ‘Probably the greatest storyteller of our age’Mail on Sunday

    ‘If there were a Nobel Prize for storytelling, Archer would win’Daily Telegraph

    ‘Peerless master of the page turner’Daily Mail

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  5. Elon Musk
    by Walter Isaacson
    Simon & Schuster
    Sep 12, 2023
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
    Hardback

    Description

    From the author of Steve Jobs and other bestselling biographies, this is the astonishingly intimate story of the most fascinating and controversial innovator of our era—a rule-breaking visionary who helped to lead the world into the era of electric vehicles, private space exploration, and artificial intelligence. Oh, and took over Twitter.

    When Elon Musk was a kid in South Africa, he was regularly beaten by bullies. One day a group pushed him down some concrete steps and kicked him until his face was a swollen ball of flesh. He was in the hospital for a week. But the physical scars were minor compared to the emotional ones inflicted by his father, an engineer, rogue, and charismatic fantasist.

    His father’s impact on his psyche would linger. He developed into a tough yet vulnerable man-child, prone to abrupt Jekyll-and-Hyde mood swings, with an exceedingly high tolerance for risk, a craving for drama, an epic sense of mission, and a maniacal intensity that was callous and at times destructive.

    At the beginning of 2022—after a year marked by SpaceX launching thirty-one rockets into orbit, Tesla selling a million cars, and him becoming the richest man on earth—Musk spoke ruefully about his compulsion to stir up dramas. “I need to shift my mindset away from being in crisis mode, which it has been for about fourteen years now, or arguably most of my life,” he said.

    It was a wistful comment, not a New Year’s resolution. Even as he said it, he was secretly buying up shares of Twitter, the world’s ultimate playground. Over the years, whenever he was in a dark place, his mind went back to being bullied on the playground. Now he had the chance to own the playground.

    For two years, Isaacson shadowed Musk, attended his meetings, walked his factories with him, and spent hours interviewing him, his family, friends, coworkers, and adversaries. The result is the revealing inside story, filled with amazing tales of triumphs and turmoil, that addresses the question: are the demons that drive Musk also what it takes to drive innovation and progress?
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  6. Payback in Death
    by J. D. Robb
    St. Martin's Press
    Sep 05, 2023
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
    Hardback

    Description

    A retired colleague's suspicious death puts Lt. Eve Dallas on the case in Payback in Death, the electrifying new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.

    Lt. Eve Dallas is just home from a long overdue vacation when she responds to a call of an unattended death. The victim is Martin Greenleaf, retired Internal Affairs Captain. At first glance, the scene appears to be suicide, but the closer Eve examines the body, the more suspicious she becomes.

    An unlocked open window, a loving wife and family, a too-perfect suicide note—Eve's gut says it's a homicide. After all, Greenleaf put a lot of dirty cops away during his forty-seven years in Internal Affairs. It could very well be payback—and she will not rest until the case is closed.

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  7. 23 1/2 Lies
    by James Patterson
    Grand Central Publishing
    Sep 12, 2023
    FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
    Hardback

    Description

    Enjoy three heart-racing thrillers from the New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

    23 1/2 LIES: Lindsay Boxer's estranged father is gunned down execution-style, and her investigation uncovers life-altering truths. (with Maxine Paetro)

    FALLEN RANGER: To Rory Yates, being a Texas Ranger means absolute loyalty to the badge. But he’s put through the ultimate test when an armored car robbery suspect might be an ex-Ranger gone rogue. (with Andrew Bourelle)

    WATCH YOUR BACK: When a starving artist is paid to expose his client's cheating wife, can he paint the picture that will save his own life? (with Loren D. Estleman)

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  8. The Running Grave
    by Robert Galbraith
    Mulholland Books
    Sep 26, 2023
    FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
    Hardback

    Description

    In the seventh installment in the "outrageously entertaining" Strike series, detective duo Cormoran and Robin must rescue a man ensnared in the trap of a dangerous cult. (Financial Times)

    Private Detective Cormoran Strike is contacted by a worried father whose son, Will, has gone to join a religious cult in the depths of the Norfolk countryside.

    The Universal Humanitarian Church is, on the surface, a peaceable organization that campaigns for a better world. Yet Strike discovers that beneath the surface there are deeply sinister undertones, and unexplained deaths.

    In order to try to rescue Will, Strike's business partner, Robin Ellacott, decides to infiltrate the cult, and she travels to Norfolk to live incognito among its members. But in doing so, she is unprepared for the dangers that await her there or for the toll it will take on her. . .

    Utterly page-turning, The Running Grave moves Strike's and Robin's story forward in this epic, unforgettable seventh installment of the series.
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  9. 12 Months to Live
    by James Patterson
    Little, Brown and Company
    Sep 25, 2023
    FICTION / Thrillers / Legal
    Hardback

    Description

    “Patterson and Lupica make a great team” (Carl Hiaasen) who get “deep into the lives of strong women” (Louise Penny) and Jane Smith is their greatest creation—a badass lawyer with a year to live.

    “Jane Smith is the best character we’ve ever created. Bar none.”
    —James Patterson and Mike Lupica

    Tough-as-nails criminal defense attorney Jane Smith is hip-deep in the murder trial of the century.

    Actually, her charmless client might’ve committed several murders.

    She’s also fallen in love with a wonderful guy. And an equally wonderful dog, a mutt.

    But Jane doesn’t have much time. She’s just received a terminal diagnosis giving her twelve months.

    Unless she’s murdered before her expiration date.
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  10. The Circle
    by katherena vermette Canada
    Hamish Hamilton
    Sep 05, 2023
    FICTION / Indigenous
    Hardback

    Description

    *INSTANT TORONTO STAR BESTSELLER*

    The Circle is a polyphonic masterpiece.” —Erika T. Wurth, author of White Horse

    From the award-winning and #1 bestselling author of The Break and The Strangers comes a poignant and unwavering epic told from a constellation of Métis voices that consider the fallout when the person who connects them all goes missing


    The concept was simple. You sit a bunch of people in a circle—everyone who hurt, everyone who got hurt, all affected—and let them share. Some people, it helped them heal, for sure. Others went in angry and left a different kind of angry. Learned how the blame belonged on the system, the history, the colonizer, the big things that were harder to change than one bad person.

    The day that Cedar Sage Stranger has been both dreading and longing for has finally come: her sister Phoenix is getting out of prison.

    The effect of Phoenix’s release cascades through the community. M, the young girl whom she assaulted, is triggered by the news. Her mother, Paulina, is worried and her cousin is angry—all feel the threat of Phoenix’s release. When Phoenix is seen lingering outside the school to catch a glimpse of her son, Sparrow, the police get a call to file a report—but the next thing they know, she has disappeared.

    Amid accusations and plots for revenge, past grievances become a poor guide in a moment of danger, and the clumsy armature of law enforcement is no match for the community. Cedar and her and Phoenix’s mother, Elsie, continue down different paths of healing, while everyone in their lives form a circle around the chaos, the calm within the storm, and the beauty in the darkness.

    Fierce, heartbreaking, and profound, Vermette’s The Circle is the third and final companion novel to her bestsellers The Break and The Strangers. Told from various perspectives, with an unforgettable voice for each chapter, the novel is masterfully structured as a Restorative Justice Circle where all gather—both the victimized and the accused—to take account of a crime that has altered the course of their lives. It considers what it means to be abandoned by the very systems that claim to offer support, how it feels to gain a sense of belonging, and the unanticipated cost of protecting those you love most.
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July & August 2023 Juvenile and Young Adult List

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  1. Big Nate: Move It or Lose It!
    by Lincoln Peirce
    Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Aug 29, 2023
    JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Humorous
    Lexile measure GN360L
    Paperback / softback

    Description

    A new comics collection featuring Big Nate, the star of the bestselling book series and the Emmy-nominated animated TV series on Paramount+ and Nickelodeon. With all your favorite characters providing laughs on every page, this all-new collection of Big Nate comics means business!

    What's middle school without a crisis? Sixth-grader Nate Wright would love to find out, but the emergencies are piling up fast. A gang of eighth-graders steals Nate's favorite lunch spot. Alan Chen chooses a new name (hint: it begins with N) in a brazen attack on Nate's uniqueness. And when a post-hypnotic suggestion works a little TOO well, the lovable Chad becomes P.S. 38's unlikeliest bully. Is Nate any match for Bad Chad? Can he fly under the radar of no-nonsense hall monitor Kim Cressly? Will he survive the worst movie date ever with drama queen Dee Dee? Find out in Move It or Lose It! With all your favorite characters providing laughs on every page, this all-new collection of Big Nate comics means business!
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  2. Dawn of the Light Dragon: A Branches Book (Dragon Masters #24)
    by Tracey West
    Scholastic Inc.
    Aug 01, 2023
    JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Chapter Books
    Hardback

    Description

    In the latest action-packed installment of this New York Times bestselling series, Drake must find the brilliant Light Dragon!

    Pick a book. Grow a Reader!

    This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

    To stop the Shadow Dragon from covering the whole world in a sky-shadow, the Dragon Masters must seek out a Light Dragon. So Drake and Darma travel to find a Light Dragon named Lysa. Lysa's Dragon Master, Rune, who is Deaf, explains that the Dragon Masters will need a Star Flute in order to summon a Star Dragon and stop the Shadow Dragon. But the flute is hidden within a dangerous labyrinth! Will they be able to make it out of the tricky maze?

    With engaging black-and-white artwork on every page, kids won't be able to put down this action-packed adventure!

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  3. The Brothers Hawthorne
    by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Aug 29, 2023
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
    Hardback

    Description

    Four brothers. Two missions. One explosive read. Jennifer Lynn Barnes returns to the world of her #1 bestselling, TikTok sensation Inheritance Games trilogy, and the stakes have never been higher.

    Grayson Hawthorne was raised as the heir apparent to his billionaire grandfather, taught from the cradle to put family first. Now the great Tobias Hawthorne is dead and his family disinherited, but some lessons linger. When Grayson’s half-sisters find themselves in trouble, he swoops in to do what he does best: take care of the problem—efficiently, effectively, mercilessly. And without getting bogged down in emotional entanglements.

    Jameson Hawthorne is a risk-taker, a sensation-seeker, a player of games. When his mysterious father appears and asks for a favor, Jameson can’t resist the challenge. Now he must infiltrate London’s most exclusive underground gambling club, which caters to the rich, the powerful, and the aristocratic, and win an impossible game of greatest stakes. Luckily, Jameson Hawthorne lives for impossible.

    Drawn into twisted games on opposite sides of the globe, Grayson and Jameson—with the help of their brothers and the girl who inherited their grandfather’s fortune—must dig deep to decide who they want to be and what each of them will sacrifice to win.

    While you wait for
    The Brothers Hawthorne to come out, try Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s thrilling mystery series, The Naturals.
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  4. One of Us Is Back
    by Karen M. McManus
    Delacorte Press
    Jul 25, 2023
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense / General
    Lexile measure HL780L
    Hardback

    Description

    The global phenomenon returns with the third book in the One of Us Is Lying series, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen M. McManus. When someone from the Bayview Four’s past resurfaces, history begins to repeat itself—and the consequences are deadly.

    The third time’s a charm.

    It’s been almost two years since Simon died in detention, and the aftermath has been hard to shake. First the Bayview Four had to prove they weren’t killers. Then a new generation outwitted a vengeful copycat. Now the entire Bayview Crew is back home for the summer, and everyone is trying to move on.

    Only, this is Bayview, and life is never that simple.

    At first the mysterious billboard seems like a bad joke: Time for a new game, Bayview. But when a member of the Bayview Crew disappears, it’s clear this “game” is serious—and whoever’s in charge isn’t sharing the rules. Or maybe there aren’t any.

    Bronwyn. Cooper. Addy. Nate. Maeve. Phoebe. Knox. Luis. Kris. Everyone’s a target. And now that someone unexpected has returned to Bayview, things could start getting deadly.

    The thing is, Simon was right about secrets—they all come out eventually. And Bayview has a lot it’s still hiding.
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  5. The Lost Library
    by Rebecca Stead
    Feiwel & Friends
    Aug 29, 2023
    JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Cats
    Hardback

    Description

    The New York Times bestselling authors of Bob, Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass, introduce readers to a little free library guarded by a cat and a boy who takes on the mystery it keeps. A #1 Indie Bestseller!

    When a mysterious little free library (guarded by a large orange cat) appears overnight in the small town of Martinville, eleven-year-old Evan plucks two weathered books from its shelves, never suspecting that his life is about to change.

    Evan and his best friend Rafe quickly discover a link between one of the old books and a long-ago event that none of the grown-ups want to talk about. The two boys start asking questions whose answers will transform not only their own futures, but the town itself.

    Told in turn by a ghost librarian named Al, an aging (but beautiful) cat named Mortimer, and Evan himself, The Lost Library is a timeless story from award-winning authors Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass. It’s about owning your truth, choosing the life you want, and the power of a good book (and, of course, the librarian who gave it to you).

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  6. The Maniacal Mischief of the Marauding Monsters (The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants TV)
    by Meredith Rusu
    Scholastic Inc.
    Jul 18, 2023
    JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In
    Lexile measure GN460L
    Paperback / softback

    Description

    Two of Captain Underpants' funniest and most fearsome adventures in one! Includes a full sheet of stickers!

    No one loves Halloween more than George Beard and Harold Hutchins. Join the two best friends and their superhero pal, Captain Underpants, in this terrifying and totally funny two-story collection!

    First, George and Harold go teeth-to-teeth against a ghost dentist when their spooky campfire story comes to life! Then, George and Harold have to face a terrifying T.P. mummy after their most epic prank ever goes down the drain. Can Captain Underpants flush away these vile villains so George and Harold can live to prank another day?

    This two-story collection features retellings of two of the Netflix series' funniest and spookiest episodes, "Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Perilous Misfortune of the T.P. Mummy" and "Captain Underpants and the Ghastly Danger of the Ghost Dentist." Both stories include George and Harold's original comics. Plus, the book comes with a full sheet of stickers!

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  7. The Skull (Canadian Edition)
    by Jon Klassen Canada
    Candlewick
    Jul 11, 2023
    JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
    Hardback

    Description

    A #1 New York Times bestseller!

    Caldecott Medalist and New York Times best-selling author-illustrator Jon Klassen delivers a deliciously macabre treat for folktale fans.


    Jon Klassen's signature wry humor takes a turn for the ghostly in this thrilling retelling of a traditional Tyrolean folktale. In a big abandoned house, on a barren hill, lives a skull. A brave girl named Otilla has escaped from terrible danger and run away, and when she finds herself lost in the dark forest, the lonely house beckons. Her host, the skull, is afraid of something too, something that comes every night. Can brave Otilla save them both? Steeped in shadows and threaded with subtle wit—with rich, monochromatic artwork and an illuminating author’s note—The Skull is as empowering as it is mysterious and foreboding.
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  8. Mine!
    by Candace Fleming
    Anne Schwartz Books
    Aug 01, 2023
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
    Hardback

    Description

    This rhythmic read-aloud about sharing by an award-winning author and a Caldecott medalist features a series of hilariously selfish forest animals.

    In a tall, tall tree, at the tip-tippy top, hangs a single red apple...

    Along skirts Mouse. “An apple!” she squeaks, "How divine! When it tumbles to the ground, it’ll all be mine!”
    And so it goes, for Hare, Fox, Deer, and Bear, who each can't wait to get their hands on the apple.
    Soon the wind huffs and puffs, the branch snips and snaps, and down the apple falls. Only one shiny red apple for five furry creatures? What are they to do?!
    Here is a read-aloud picture book, perfect for storytime, that will have kids repeating the refrain “Mine!”... complete with an ending that celebrates sharing and is sure to surprise!
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  9. Stickler Loves the World
    by Lane Smith
    Random House Studio
    Aug 22, 2023
    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient O, Lexile measure AD400L
    Hardback

    Description

    From award-winning author/illustrator Lane Smith comes Stickler, a woodland creature who reminds us to appreciate the everyday wonders we often ignore. In a picture book that’s both silly and sweet, readers will find Stickler’s enthusiasm irresistible and see the world anew.

    And just think of the wonders we must pass every day without even noticing!

    Stickler, an original character covered in sticks and with multiple ever-changing eyes, loves its little world. With best friend Crow, it shares the wonders of all the amazing things the world has to offer. Stickler is astonished by the ordinary, such as the sun and the stars, as well as fascinated by those things in nature that are often overlooked, such as swirling seed pods falling from the sky. The two pals wander about the world, stopping to appreciate the many marvels along the way, especially its beloved sticks, each one unique.

    Stickler Loves the World encourages awareness and mindfulness with a joyous and lighthearted touch. The award-winning illustrator of bestsellers including Penguin Problems and Giraffe Problems brings imagination and humor to a story that features a delightful and original character.
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  10. Llama Llama's Little Lie
    by Anna Dewdney
    Viking Books for Young Readers
    Aug 15, 2023
    JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry
    Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient J
    Hardback

    Description

    Llama Llama learns a lesson in telling the truth in this new book in the bestselling Llama Llama series.

    When Llama Llama accidentally breaks Mama Llama's favorite picture frame, he decides to tell a little lie about how it happened. In the end, Llama Llama learns a powerful lesson about telling the truth, even if it's hard to say.

    Told with Anna Dewdney's signature sweet rhyme, this newest installment of the Llama Llama series is timeless and can be used as a tool to educate readers in social and emotional learning.
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