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Archer is lucky to have three men to look up to; his grandfather, father and uncle. He navigates elementary school and middle school antics while observing the men in his life and getting gentle guidance. Things get interesting when he discovers his uncle and student teacher Mr. McLeod are a couple. A timely story about growing up and the definition of boundless love. Melisa Bailey. Ten to Fourtenn. (This title will appear on the October agenda.)
Perry has had an unusual childhood, he's grown up in a minimum security prison where his mother is an inmate. The inmates are his friends and family and he loves them. When he enters middle school the local assistant district attorney learns of his unusual living situation and Perry is forced to move into foster care. Tensions mount when an school project is assigned and a momentous parole hearing come up. A well written book about family, prison reform and the powerlessness of children in the judicial system. Melisa Bailey. Ten to Fourteen.
A modern cumulative tale of a boy swallowed by a snake. This clever brown-skinned boy "with a whirly-twirly toy" saves himself by encouraging the snake to eat too much. The lively language is rhythmical and full of internal rhyme and alliteration, a joy to read aloud. An improbable assortment of stuffed animals partially inspired this fanciful tale, and the artist used "everything imaginable" to make his digital art which will show well, too. A natural for story time. K Isaacs. Up to 7.
Dutch teen Hanneke works as a black market delivery girl in Amsterdam, 1943. During one of her routine stops, she is asked by one of her customers to find a missing Jewish teenager who disappeared from her hiding place. Hanneke agrees to help locate the missing teen and enlists the help of a local resistance group. She balances her determination to find the missing teen, her grief over her deceased boyfriend, the lies she tells her family, doing what is right despite the dangers,Nazi brutality, and simply surviving in wartime. An excellent choice for those interested in World War II, European history and/or mysteries. K. Troch. 14 and up.
This is a retelling of a ninth-century, anonymous, Irish Benedictine monk's poem in which he compares his work at book illumination to the focus of his cat when in pursuit of a mouse. This historic gem, combined with the watercolor-and-ink panels in creative compositions, offers an accessible and joyous window into a little-known world. Wendy Lukehart. Seven to Ten.
Strong primary colors, flat shapes, and dynamic designs reminiscent of vintage Soviet graphics present a range of children and animals cavorting through the day as they act out similes. There is a narrative arc and the behaviors will be quite recognizable to young children--from naughty to nice in delectable language. Wendy Lukehart. Up to Seven. (This title will appear on the July agenda.)
The protagonist is a boy who feels braver when dressed like a frog. His friend Camille often speaks in numbers, graphs, and charts. The sophisticated, yet child-friendly, book design and collages reinforces their unique qualities while the first-person narration describes the ups and downs of their relationship. These are people you want to know. Wendy Lukehart. Up to Seven (This title will appear on the September agenda.)