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Robin is our children's book specialist.

Robin Gross has been working at Books on the Square for 16 years.  She started as an adult bookseller, moved up to buying for the YA section, and when Karen retired, gleefully took over the children's buying in 2009.  I am from Providence, graduated from Mary C. Wheeler and URI.  I love to hike, and ski, and was a competitive rower.

5 Most Recent Books:

Hello Door The Digger and the Flower Jabari Jumps The Giant Jumperee Small Great Things

5 Favorite Children's Books:

Daniel Finds a Poem A Greyhound, A Groundhog A Tower of Giraffes The Fault in Our Stars Bomb
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Hello, Door Cover Image
By Alastair Heim, Alisa Coburn (Illustrator)
$15.29
ISBN: 9781499805369
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Bee Books - January 2nd, 2018

"With stylized illustrations, this funny book joins a fox as he sneaks into a town house. He says hello to all the objects as he rampages through the house and enjoys a snack, the art, the clothes, and jewels. On his way out, who does he encounter but the homeowner, THE BEARS?!? This is truly a fun read aloud, good for language ages 3-5."--Reviewed by Robin


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The Digger and the Flower Cover Image
By Joseph Kuefler, Joseph Kuefler (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062424334
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer + Bray - January 23rd, 2018

"Digger is one of the many trucks that help to build a small city. One day he comes upon a small blue flower, and feels protective of its simple beauty.  During the business of building, the flower gets destroyed leaving Digger very sad, only to discover its seeds. Can you guess what happens? This dear book, with its textural blocky illustrations, is an ode to the natural world for the young set!"--Reviewed by Robin


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Jabari Jumps Cover Image
By Gaia Cornwall, Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763678388
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - May 9th, 2017

"Local author Gaia Cornwall has written a fabulous book on conquering your fears. I immediately fell in love with her beautiful art! Jabari is unsure of the diving platform and you can see how he works through this with a little help from his Papa. True story: a customer came in and told us her daughter was taking swimming lessons with PODS, and she conquered her fear of jumping in the water through reading Jabari night after night!  A great read and signed copies available!"--Reviewed by Robin


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The Giant Jumperee Cover Image
By Julia Donaldson, Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227972
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

"A more perfect book does not exist!  A favorite of mine for spring 2017, this book is ideal for ages 3-6 years old.  All the animals try their hand (paw) at getting the Giant Jumperee to come out of the burrow, with no results until Mama Frog comes along.  Scary (but not too scary), pitch perfect and oh so fun, this is sure to be a well loved classic."--Reviewed by Robin

 


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A Greyhound, a Groundhog Cover Image
By Emily Jenkins, Chris Appelhans (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9780553498059
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - January 3rd, 2017

One of Robin's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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History of Wolves Cover Image
$22.50
ISBN: 9780802125873
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 3rd, 2017

This is an atmospheric, haunting novel of Linda, who is raised in the last vestiges of a hippy commune in northern Minnesota. From her cold barren home Linda trains her binoculars on a home in the distance, and becomes obsessed with a family that lives on the lake. What follows is a story of choices and consequences. Written beautifully with so much tension, I couldn’t put it down.


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Faithful Cover Image
$23.40
ISBN: 9781476799209
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 1st, 2016

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Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink (Lost #1) Cover Image
$11.69
ISBN: 9780545928113
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Published: Scholastic - October 25th, 2016

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Small Great Things Cover Image
$26.09
ISBN: 9780345544957
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Published: Ballantine Books - October 11th, 2016

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The Secret Keepers Cover Image
By Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka (Illustrator)
$17.09
ISBN: 9780316389556
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781616205676
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 9th, 2016

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Everyone Brave Is Forgiven Cover Image
$24.29
ISBN: 9781501124372
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 3rd, 2016

Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a historical fiction drama, set during the first years of World War 2, that follows Mary North and Alistair Heath from 1939 to 1942.  Alistair enlists, while Mary wants to become a spy, but is instead appointed as a teacher by the government, much to her dismay.  They attempt to maintain a long-distance relationship through Alistair’s deployment and Mary’s job.  The story alternates between the well-known Battle of Britain and the heroic defense of Malta, a lesser-known stand against the Nazis that earned the island’s whole population the George Cross.  The transitions between the subplots were smooth and I never had trouble keeping on top of the action.  The novel presents fleshed-out and engaging characters, even if it sticks to the tried-and-true side of historical fiction.  Even the most ardent World War II buff can find plenty to enjoy here, especially with the focus on one of the less publicized battles of the war.


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Wolf Hollow Cover Image
$15.29
ISBN: 9781101994825
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

An historical coming-of-age story of Annabell, a precocious twelve year old who may remind you a bit of Scout. With her quiet sense of decency, Annabell is at the center of this compelling book that examines bullies and bigotry. A “hauntingly” original story good for middle grade boys and girls-I would definitely consider this a keeper! This is Lauren Wolk’s first book for young adults and hopefully the first of many.


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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307408877
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - March 22nd, 2016

Now out in paperback:

"Erik Larson tells a story like no other, and this book is no exception! We all know the story of the Lusitania, the luxury ocean liner that was torpedoed by a German U-Boat, and of the 1,198 passengers only 764 survived. Erik Larson confesses, “As I began reading into the subject, and digging into archives, both American and British, I found myself intrigued, charmed, and moved.” And so begins the non-fiction story of this compelling subject that is brought full circle by this talented and comprehensive author."


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Daniel Finds a Poem Cover Image
By Micha Archer (Illustrator), Micha Archer
$15.29
ISBN: 9780399169137
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - February 16th, 2016

One of Robin's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Bloom Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, David Small (Illustrator)
$16.19
ISBN: 9781442406209
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Published: Atheneum Books - February 9th, 2016

"Bloom is a fairy, who lives in the castle and keeps it up and running with her magic. Because she is a rather unorthodox fairy, she clomps about with mud on her feet and vines trailing. The castle people are tired of her mess and she is tired of their complaints. So, she leaves without a glance. Without her magic, soon the castle is in disrepair. With 
whimsical water color illustrations, Bloom shows that the power of being humble and kind with a bit of mud and joy thrown in can show what a perfectly ordinary girl can do!"


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A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups Cover Image
By Anna Wright, Anna Wright (Illustrator)
$16.16
ISBN: 9781580897075
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - September 8th, 2015

One of Robin's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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The Promise of Amazing Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062279491
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 24th, 2015

Now out in paperback:

"Although a somewhat predictable love story, girl meets boy, girl saves boy’s life, boy falls in love with girl, the beauty of this book is in its writing. Told in alternating voices, the characters Wren and Grayson are so well drawn you find yourself rooting them on in their complicated teenage life. It is not often an author can write both male and female voices well. This is a love story at its best."


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The Fault in Our Stars Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142424179
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - April 8th, 2014

One of Robin's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm Cover Image
$22.46
ISBN: 9780307596918
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 11th, 2013

Mardi Jo is as fierce and stubborn as they come! This is a story of a mother who is determined to take care of her home and sons on her own terms, after a divorce from “Mr. Wonderful”. By turns brave, funny and inspiring, she pulls herself up and delivers a memoir impressively readable.


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We Go Together!: A Curious Selection of Affectionate Verse Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780547721286
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - January 15th, 2013

This curious collection of verses to friendship and love is charming and playful with its playful rhyme and sweet illustrations. Calef has a way of seeing affection in all its moments. He is the award-winning author and illustrator of Polkabats and Octopus Slacks:14 Stories, among other books. Using engaging and nonsensical characters, Brown crafts narrative story-poems with a jazzy beat. Give this book to a cherished friend!


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Bomb: The Race to Build--And Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596434875
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Published: Flash Point - September 4th, 2012

One of Robin's 5 Favorite Children's Books


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