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BookShelf: Local booksellers Katie McGinely and Kristen Kavic recommend great new books by local authors

What's not to like? Books published in 2017 by Minnesota women authors with a strong connection to the outdoors for girls of all ages.

Giant Pumpkin Suite by Melanie Heuiser Hill (Minneapolis). Twelve-year-old Rose's moving coming-of-age tale of prodigy and community, unlikely friendship and growing things, it even includes the Minnesota State Fair! Ages 9-12.

The Clue in the Trees, an Enchantment Lake Mystery by Margi Preus (Duluth). Teenage detective Francie Frye takes on another mystery in this second adventure set in small-town northern Minnesota. Ages 13-17.

Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root (Minneapolis). Almost anything can be turned into a home for green, growing things, and Phyllis Root delivers a modern rhyming mantra for anyone hoping to put their green thumbs to good use. Ages 2-5.

Round by Joyce Sidman (Wayzata). Whimsical and imaginative, this is an ode to all that is round and full of wonder by today's foremost nature poet for children. Ages 4-7. And, this collection of essays by local students:

Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a St. Paul High School. A unique collection of 30 personal essays written by teens who have come to Minnesota from many different countries and share their stories with honesty and clarity. Other books in this series include Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School (2016) and Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Fargo High School (2017).

Thanks to Katie McGinley and Kristen Kavic, booksellers at Wild Rumpus Books in Minneapolis, for their recommendations. wildrumpusbooks.com

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