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Juvenile Fiction Selection: Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Dash and his family live on the moon.  They are part of the first group of humans to live on Moon Base Alpha and famous on Earth for it.  Sounds exciting right?  Not according to Dash, who is bored out of his mind.  Dash is trapped inside the tiny moon base since kids are not allowed on the surface, and the only thing to do to occupy his time is play virtual reality games.  When Moon Base Alpha's top scientist turns up dead, Dash believes that it might not have been an accident.  Along with new supplies, the supply ship brings some new residents to the base including a new girl Dash's age who he eventually befriends.  Dash becomes convinced Dr. Holtz's death was foul play and begins an investigation into many suspects to solve the mystery.  Each chapter opens with an excerpt from “The Official Residents' Guide to Moon Base Alpha” NASA's instructional guide to living on the moon.  Dash is very clever and the mystery in this story is not only complex but often funny too.  (Grades 3-7 School Library Journal)

Picture Book Selection: We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

Here's the welcome conclusion to Jon Klassen's “Hat” trilogy.  In this third book, the hat has been found.  The problem is that there are two turtles and only one hat.  It just wouldn't be right if one of them had a hat and the other didn't, so they decide the only thing to do is to forget about the hat.  This turns out to be easier said than done, as you will see when you read this clever book!

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