The Latest In Progress
With stark powerful pictures a tradition Inuit tale comes to life through the tale of the life of a young boy whose harsh treatment by his mother causes him to seek revenge. The ending is not sweet. Up to Seven.
Sara Farizan writes a powerful coming-of-age story where Leila doesn’t struggle with her own feelings towards girls so much as how her family, friends and fellow students will feel. Ms Farizan’s evocative prose pulls us into the high school milieu where the vagaries of students push and pull on Leila’s life, where means girls exist regardless of whether they kiss boys, girls or both, and where one finds true friends by being true to themselves. Luckily for us, Leila grows into her truth and stands up to the bully. It's an excellent read for any teen – gay or straight. Ruth Compton
The call went out in 1893 for a structure that would be built by Americans to outshine France's Eiffel Tower. The Chicago World's Fair was approaching and engineer George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. had a winning idea. Lively, cartoon-like illustrations usher in the tale of a man who would not take no for an answer. Up to Seven. -Anne Womack
Growing up untamed on a Zimbabwean farm, 12-year-old Wilhelmina (Will) loves life and the world around her. But when her father's death leaves her orphaned and the farm owner's new wife sends her to boarding school in England, it will take all her courage to survive. Independent, determined, skilled in all things farm-related but unschooled, Will is wild and wonderful, a character you can't help loving -- even the monkeys do -- and whom you won't forget. But just as memorable is the Zimbabwean farm setting which the author lovingly details. A satisfying survival story you’ll be glad you read. 10-14 K. Isaacs
An oversized album of photographs of hand puppets Bryan has made from found objects and brought to life in his accompanying poems. Each puppet has an African name and a personality. Readers are invited to write more poems and may even be inspired to look at found objects in a new way. A joy for both the poetry and the craft. Seven to Ten. K. Isaacs
Komoko Sakai has captured one girl’s discovery of wakefulness in a sleeping household. Hannah delights in the subversive pleasures—pilfered cherries, unauthorized milk for the cat, playing with sister’s things without permission. Thick streaks of paint—predominantly blue—capture the quiet feel of the night. Up to Seven. Tony Carmack
Goodall invites young readers to spend a day in Gombe National Park observing some of her favorite young chimpanzees and their families through an album of photographs by a photographer who has also spent years in this area. Irresistible. 7-10. K. Isaacs (This title will appear on the December agenda.)