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Ling & Ting Share A Birthday

ling ting birthdayLing & Ting Share A Birthday

By Grace Lin

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Family Life: Adoption/Multiple Births, Holidays: Birthdays, Personal Development: Individuality, Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies, Family Life: Daily Life and Play

Grades: 1-4

This fascinating, surprising new novel is full of everyday imaginations and truths in the life and future of every teenage girl, as it tells the story of soon-to-be-16 Josie Taylor, who was born on Leap Day.

 

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 PRAISE

★ “The girls’ differing personalities and sisterly affection continue to shine…Once again Lin’s richly colored gouache artwork, based on 1950s children’s textbook illustrations, gives reason enough to celebrate. Tw-inspiring fiction for beginning readers.”– Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “Lin continues to work wonders within the early reader format in twins’ Ling and Ting’s birthday-themed second outing…Despite working with a limited vocabulary, Lin infuses the twins’ every interaction with personality and understated humor, while underscoring the girls’ individuality.”– Publishers Weekly, starred review

“These cheerful stories, with their flat, 50’s-style illustrations, tell an inescapable truth: twins have to negotiate everything.”– New York Times Book Review

“Even though this is a short and simple early chapter book, the characters are fully developed and distinct, and children should be encouraged to infer the protagonists’ traits. An excellent stand-alone purchase or addition for libraries already familiar with these endearing sisters.”– School Library Journal

Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

claraClara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream

By Jenny Han

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: Grandparents and Extended Family, Personal Development: Character Development

Grades: 3 – 7

 

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Clara Lee knows exactly what she likes: her best friends, her grandpa, kimchi, candy necklaces, and her dream of becoming the next Little Miss Apple Pie.

 

Clara Lee knows exactly what she doesn’t like: when her little sister is being annoying, her mom’s fish soup, bad dreams (but Grandpa says they mean good luck), and speaking in front of lots of people (but she’ll have to do it for the pageant).

 

After a bad dream, will Clara Lee’s luck change for the better? Can she overcome her fear of speaking in public and win Little Miss Apple Pie?

 

PRAISE

“Han’s well-crafted first novel captures the aching hurt of exclusion in middle school, and the acute pain of vicious teasing. Shug’s direct, honest narration reveals a wholly believable, endearing, hot-tempered young woman who faces painful truths and survives”— Booklist

 

“Han’s heartfelt first novel persuasively expresses the woes of Annemarie ‘Shug’ Wilcox during her first year of junior high.”— Publishers Weekly

 

“This new author bears watching”— School Library Journal

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel

mood ringAsk My Mood Ring How I Feel

By Diana Lopez

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies, Personal Development: Diversity, Personal Development: Loss, Personal Development: Self-Discovery

Grades: 3 – 7

 

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It’s summer before eighth grade, and Erica “Chia” Montenegro is feeling so many things that she needs a mood ring to keep track of her emotions. She’s happy when she hangs out with her best friends, the Robins. She’s jealous that her genius little sister skipped two grades. And she’s passionate about the crushes on her Boyfriend Wish list. And when Erica’s mom is diagnosed with breast cancer, she feels worried and doesn’t know what she can do to help.

 

When her family visits a cuarto de milagros, a miracle room in a famous church, Erica decides to make a promesa to God in exchange for her mom’s health. As her mom gets sicker, Erica quickly learns that juggling family, friends, school, and fulfilling apromesa is stressful, but with a little bit of hope and a lot of love, she just might be able to figure it out.

 

Confetti Girl author Diana Lopez returns with this sweet, funny, and utterly honest story about being a girl in a world full of good (and bad) surprises.

 

PRAISE & ACCOLADES

“The many characters in Chia’s life are individually and lovingly drawn…Readers will feel like Chia’s family and friends could do anything as long as they stick together-and they may be right.”– Booklist

 

“A funny and heartfelt story…Balancing the heavy subject matter with generous doses of humor and an authentic young teen voice, Lopez crafts a story that blends family and middle school drama successfully.”– Kirkus Reviews

 

“Lopez skillfully balances emotional moments with humorous ones, offering an honest portrait of a family under strain. Chia’s clever, cheeky voice and a strong cast contribute to an inspiring story about developing “a special kind of bravery.”– Publishers Weekly

 

“Chia’s voice shines…A fast-moving, absorbing read about how one person’s illness can affect the whole family in many different ways.”– School Library Journal

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story

By Patrick McDonnell

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Humor: General, Personal Development: Conflict Resolution

Grades: P – 1

In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life’s messes.

Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up, and he’s not happy about it! What’s the point of telling his tale if he can’t tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one–imperfections and all.

 

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PRAISE

 

*”Brilliant…A playful, funny, and friendly treatment of anxiety and life’s unpredictable messes.” –Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*”Louie’s exaggerated reactions…will trigger laughs with every page turn…McDonnell…excels at reminding his characters–and readers–that it’s possible to keep it together even when life has jelly all over it” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Classic McDonnell pen, ink, and watercolor pastels blend with mixed-media and crayon messes to make this untidy tale a victory for unkempt books everywhere. Keep calm, and read on!” –School Library Journal

“This [one] is a fun one-Kiddos who get messy with their books will likely giggle.” –Booklist

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

By Sherman Alexie

Genre: Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Social Studies: Native American; Teen Life: School, Prejudice, family

Grade: 9 & Up

 

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In his first book for young adults, bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

 

 

PRAISE

Winner of the 2007 National Book Award

Winner of the 2008 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction

 

★”Junior’s narration is intensely alive.” – The Horn Book

 

★”Alexie nimbly blends sharp wit with unapologetic emotion in his first foray into young-adult literature.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

★”Alexie bounds into YA with what might be a Native American equivalent of Angela’s Ashes.” – Publishers Weekly

 

★“[Arnold’s] determination to both improve himself and overcome poverty, despite the handicaps of birth, circumstances, and race, delivers a positive message in a low-key manner. Alexie’s tale of self-discovery is a first purchase for all libraries.” – School Library Journal

 

★“Realistic and fantastical and funny and tragic – all at the same time.” – Voice of Youth Advocates

 

“This is a gem of a book…reading becomes more like listening to your smart, funny best friend recount his day while waiting after school for a ride home.” –The New York Times

Rapture Practice

Rapture Practice by Aaron HartlerRapture Practice

By Aaron Hartzler

Genre: Non-fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Teen: Life Religion; Family, Personal Development: Self-Discovery

Grade: 10 & Up

 

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Sometimes salvation is found in the strangest places: a true story.

 

Aaron Hartzler grew up in a home where he was taught that at any moment the Rapture could happen. That Jesus might come down in the twinkling of an eye and scoop Aaron and his family up to heaven. As a kid, Aaron was thrilled by the idea that every moment of every day might be his last one on planet Earth.

 

But as Aaron turned sixteen, he found himself more attached to his earthly life and curious about all the things his family forsakes for the Lord. In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him.

 

PRAISE

 

★ “His story emphasizes discovery more than rebellion, and the narrative is carefully constructed to show and not judge the beliefs of his family and their community… Hartzler’s laugh-out-loud stylings range from the subtle to the ridiculous…A hilarious first-of-its-kind story that will surely inspire more.”  — Kirkus Reviews

 

“Effervescent and moving, evocative and tender.” — The New York Times Book Review

 

“Hartzler writes with a keen eye for detail… he is equally sure-footed describing his inner turmoil… One of the best things, however, is how lovingly Hartzler portrays his parents, even as they anger him.” — Booklist

 

“What rings very true… is the author’s thoughtful search for answers to his heart’s biggest questions, and his pragmatism and sense of humor on the journey.” — Publishers Weekly

 

“[Aaron Hatzler’s] memoir is appealing because of his honesty, and forthrightness… clear and lively.” — School Library Journal

The Earth Book

The Earth Book by Todd ParrThe Earth Book

Written & illustrated by: Todd Parr

Format: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Science: Ecology; Personal Development: Responsibility

Grade: P-1

 

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With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book which features lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good – from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways.

 

 

Courage For Beginners

Courage For Beginners

By Karen Harrington

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Curriculum Subjects: Personal Development: Friendship, Family Life: Transportation and Travel, Guidance/Health: Disease/Sickness, Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies

Grade: 3-7

 

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Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fictional, she’d magically know how to deal with the fact that her best friend, Anibal Gomez, has abandoned her in favor of being a “hipster.” She’d be able to take care of everyone when her dad has to spend time in the hospital. And she’d certainly be able to change her family’s secret.

 

Seventh grade is not turning out the way Mysti had planned. With the help of a hot-air balloon, her new friend Rama Khan, and a bright orange coat, can she find the courage to change?

 

PRAISE

★ “A wrenching and rewarding read.” — Booklist, starred review

 

★ “[Mysti’s] wickedly good schemes to get even with Anibal and her courageous solutions to family crises will make her a compelling protagonist for sophisticated young readers.” — VOYA, starred review

 

“Harrington’s portrait of a resourceful girl weathering transitions and finding creative solutions offers an even balance of humor and painful topics relevant to middle-school readers.” — Publishers Weekly

Knock Knock

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

By Daniel Beaty

Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Personal Development: Responsibility, Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies

Grade: K-1

 

Every morning, I play a game with my father.

He goes knock knock on my door

and I pretend to be asleep

till he gets right next to the bed.

And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”

 

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But what happens when, one day, that “knock knock” doesn’t come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.

 

PRAISE & ACCOLADES

Winner of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor

 

★ “By sharing his experience, explained in an afterword, Beaty lends his voice to children struggling with the absence of a parent and the grief that goes with it.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

 

“The desire for guidance encountering life’s experiences is told from a small child’s point of view with candor, as well as hope….” —Booklist

 

“The text, powerful and spare, is well supported by Collier’s watercolor and collage art…there is a lot going on in the mind of any child who has been denied a parent, for whatever reason. In this book they will find comfort and inspiration.” —The Horn Book

 

“A poignant [and] heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and hope.” —School Library Journal

 

“Challenging but ultimately uplifting, Knock Knock is a thoughtful meditation on grappling with the sometimes uneasy legacy passed down to us by our parents.” —The Huffington Post

The Dark

The Dark

By Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Fears, Emotions

Grade: P-1

 

Laszlo is afraid of the dark.

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn’t come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.

 

PRAISE

 

Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner

 

★ “In its willingness to acknowledge the darkness, and the elegant art of that acknowledgment, The Dark pays profound respect to the immediacy of childhood experiences.” – Booklist

 

★ “Kids comfortable with delicious shivers will find this an enjoyable thrill.” –BCCB

 

★“Fresh, kid-savvy and ultimately reassuring.” –SLJ

 

★“While it might not combat fear of the dark, it’s an ingenious introduction to horror movie-style catharsis, and a memorable ride on the emotional roller coaster that great storytelling creates.” –PW