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Love and First Sight

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Love and First Sight

By Josh Sundquist

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Love & Romance; Social Issues: Bullying; Social Issues: Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Grades: 7 & up

 

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After a lifetime attending a school for the blind, sixteen-year-old Will Porter’s first day at a mainstream high school went about as well as he expected. He accidentally grazed a girl’s boob when reaching for a handrail on the stairs, he sat on another student in the cafeteria, and he somehow drove a new classmate to tears without saying a word. His high school career can only go up from there, right?

 

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a charming, quiet girl name Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will could have ever imagined, and as he adjusts to his new sense, he finds the sighted world has been keeping more secrets from him than he realized. It turns out that the girl he’s been falling for doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty. In fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance now appears to be a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?

 

Told in Will’s voice as he transitions from blind to sighted, this is a story about the nature of perception, love, trust, and romantic attraction. With moments of breathtaking poignancy, it’s about how we relate to each other and the world around us, and how true friendship is one thing you don’t need to be able to see to believe.

 

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Stef Soto, Taco Queen

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By Jennifer Torres

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Social Issues: Friendship, Family & Parents

Grades: 3-7

 

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Seventh grader Estefania “Stef” Soto is itching to shake off the onion-and-cilantro embrace of Tia Perla, her family’s taco truck. She wants nothing more than for her dad to get a normal job and for Tia Perla to be put out to pasture. It’s no fun being known as the “Taco Queen” at school.

 

But just when it looks like Stef is going to get exactly what she wants, and her family’s livelihood is threatened, she will have to become the truck’s unlikely champion. In this fun and multicultural middle grade novel, Stef will discover what matters the most, and ultimately embrace an identity that even includes old Tia Perla.

The Sweetest Sound

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By Sherri Winston

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Social Issues: Friendship, Family; Religion: Christianity

Grades: 3-7

 

For ten-year-old Cadence Jolly, birthdays are a constant reminder of all that has changed since her mother skipped town with dreams of becoming a star. Cadence inherited that musical soul, she can’t deny it, but otherwise she couldn’t be more different – she’s shy as can be.

 

She did make a promise last year that she would try to break out of her shell, just a little. And she prayed that she’d get the courage to do it. As her eleventh birthday draws near, she realizes time is running out. And when a secret recording of her singing leaks and catches the attention of her whole church, she needs to decide what’s better: deceiving everyone by pretending it belongs to someone else, or finally stepping into the spotlight.

 

In a story filled with whimsy and hope, Sherri Winston inspires readers to embrace the voice within.

 

 

PRAISE

★ “A rich and winning first-person story about a deeply introverted black girl who nearly loses her gift because of her understandable but undermining fear. Readers will be rooting for both Cadence as she claims her gift and the community who supports her.” —Kirkus

 

 

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One Today

One Today

By Richard Blanco

Illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Social Studies: Patriotism, Songs/Poetry/Nursery Rhymes: America

Grades: PreK-1

 

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President Barack Obama invited Richard Blanco to write a poem to share at his second presidential inauguration. That poem is One Today, a lush and lyrical, patriotic commemoration of America from dawn to dusk and from coast to coast. Brought to life here by beloved, award-winning artist Dav Pilkey, One Today is a tribute to a nation where the extraordinary happens every single day.

 

PRAISE

★ “There are themes, motifs, and details that will make this a book to be read and reread, or simply looked at–for the images tell many stories too.” —Booklist

 

★ “When it was read, the poem was instantly acclaimed; Pilkey’s visual interpretation fully—and joyfully—honors it.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

★ “Richard Blanco is a graceful wordsmith, and Pilkey transforms his poem into a story that children can make their own.” — Publishers Weekly

 

“A special historic moment, caught in lyrical words and joyous illustrations.” —School Library Journal

 

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Dave the Potter

Dave The Potter

By Laban Carrick Hill

Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Genre: Non-Fiction Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: African American Heritage, Poetry

Grade: PreK-1st

 2011 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award 

2011 Caldecott Honor Book

Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill’s elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier’s resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave’s story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.

 

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★ “The volume is a visual feast, packed with contemporary photographs, reproductions, magazine covers, and posters, and enhanced by an interesting design. Together, the words and images bring this extraordinary period to life.”
 —School Library Journal

 

 

 

 

 

The Village Of Round And Square Houses

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By Ann Grifalconi

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subject: Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Classics: Africa, Social Studies: Europe/Asia/Africa

Grades: PreK-1st

 

The village of Tos is like no other village in the world, for in this village the women live in round houses and the men live in square ones. The story of how this came to be is told from the point of view of a young girl who grew up there.

Ann Grifalconi’s bold, dynamic art and rhythmic storytelling recreate this world and make The Village of Round and Square Houses a perfect book for reading aloud.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Genre: Fantasy

Curriculum Subjects: Folk/Fairy Tales: Magic, Friendship, Adventure

Grade: 3-7

 

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This Newbery Honor book features magic, adventure, friendship, and even a dragon who can’t fly! 

In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions.

 

Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. 

Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship.

 

A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.

 

PRAISE

A 2010 Newbery Honor Book

 

★ “Children will embrace this accessible, timeless story about the evil of greed and the joy of gratitude.” – Booklist

 

★“The author’s writing is elegant, and her full-color illustrations are stunning … compelling and thoroughly human.” –SLJ

 

★“Minli emerges a stalwart female role model who learns the importance of family, friendship, and faith during her amazing journey.” –Kirkus

 

Maniac Magee

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By Jerry Spinelli

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum subjects: Teen Life: Family, Teen Life: Prejudice, Personal Development: Loss, Personal Development: Self-Discovery

Grade: 3-7

 

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He wasn’t born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; how he hit an inside-the-park “frog” homer and how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. Little girls jumping rope chant, “Ma-niac, Ma-niac, he’s so cool. Ma-niac, Ma-niac, don’t go to school, runs all night, runs all right. Ma-niac, Ma-niac kissed a bull!”


But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side. He was special all right, and this is his story, and it’s a story that is very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the truth. 

 

PRAISE & ACCOLADES

Winner of the 1991 John Newbery Medal

 

“The metaphorical style is a brave change from the realism of Spinelli’s other books, while fans of his earlier, tongue-in-cheek, streetwise tone will find it also an integral part of this story–ballast for the mythic, shifting picture of Maniac’s year on the run.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

“Humorous yet poignant look at the issue of race relations, a rare topic for a work aimed at middle readers…  Full of snappy street-talk cadences, this off-the-wall yarn will give readers of all colors plenty of food for thought.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“The book will stimulate thinking about racism, and it might help educate those readers who, like so many students, have no first-hand knowledge of people of other races. Pathos and compassion inform a short, relatively easy-to-read story with broad appeal, which suggests that to solve problems of racism, people must first know each other as individuals.” – School Library Journal

President Of The Whole Sixth Grade

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By Sherri Winston

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: School, Personal Development: Character Development, Personal Development: Friendship

Grades: 3 – 7

 

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In this sequel to President of the Whole Fifth Grade, Brianna navigates her toughest challenge yet: middle school.

 

Brianna Justice is determined to raise enough money for the big class trip to Washington, D.C., but she’s up against a lot: classmates who all pretend to be something they’re not, a new nemesis determined to run her out of office, and the sinking feeling she’s about to lose her two best friends. But just when she begins to lose hope, she comes to realize that sometimes surprises can turn out even better than the best-laid plans.

President Of The Whole Fifth Grade

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By Sherri Winston

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: School, Personal Development: Character Development, Personal Development: Friendship

Grades: 3rd-7th

 

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Start counting your votes . . . and your friends.

 

When Brianna Justice’s hero, the famous celebrity chef Miss Delicious, speaks at her school and traces her own success back to being president of her fifth grade class, Brianna determines she must do the same. She just knows that becoming president of her class is the first step toward her own cupcake-baking empire!

 

But when new student Jasmine Moon announces she is also running for president, Brianna learns that she may have more competition than she expected. Will Brianna be able to stick to her plan of working with her friends to win the election fairly? Or will she jump at the opportunity to steal votes from Jasmine by revealing an embarrassing secret?

 

This hilarious, heartfelt novel will appeal to any reader with big dreams, and the determination to achieve them.

 

PRAISE

“[This] sweet confection for middle-graders….will be a hit with readers who like Wendy Mass and Lauren Myracle.” – Booklist

 

“There is definite tween appeal in the on-again/off-again friendship dynamics…[readers] will cheer for Brianna’s political and personal victories.”– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

 

“The story will resonate with preteens navigating the ups, downs, and drama that come with the territory of many young girls’ friendships.” –School Library Journal