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The Water Bears

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The Water Bears by Kim Baker
Hardcover $16.99
Apr 21, 2020 | ISBN 9781984852205

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★ “Both a whimsy-soaked journey of self-discovery and a successful exploration of the tough reality of recovering from trauma.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Baker contrasts Newt’s everyday life and quiet desperation with his unusual surroundings and quirky neighbors.  . . . [A] subtle, satisfying read.“ —Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“This is a sweet coming-of-age novel about a boy trying to overcome his fear and pain with the help of a loving, supportive family.” —School Library Journal

“Newt’s Latinx heritage is a key part of his identity and woven throughout the story, and the book’s exploration of friendship and loyalty is thoughtful and authentic.“ —The Horn Book

“A captivating story that creatively blends the wonder and excitement of potential magic with the life challenges that each character must face. A joy to read!” —Christina Diaz Gonzalez, author of the award-winning The Red Umbrella and the Moving Target series
“Is there magic on Murphy Island: a monster in the lake, a bear that grants wishes? The Water Bears is a magical story with wonderful characters set in a most unusual place.” —Patricia Reilly Giff, author of the Newbery Honor winners Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods
“Like a lucky charm or a cup of warm cocoa, this book wraps the reader in hope and offers comfort in the face of change. A sincere exploration of recovery and growth.” —Anna Meriano, author of the Love Sugar Magic series
“Kim Baker sees the world I live in clearly: the beauty and the hard things, the complications, and the magic. Most of all, she sees our connections. A magical, honest look at life’s messy wonder. Highly recommended.” —Kelly Jones, author of the Unusual Chickens series and Sauerkraut

The Water Bears brims with enchantment, from the maybe-magic of a wish-granting bear to the tried-and-true, real-world magic of family, friendship, and community.” —Kate Messner, author of Chirp and The Seventh Wish

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