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Ashley is glum when her best friend moves away, but the wish jar she finds in her cluttered basement changes everything. The 7-year old spending the summer with their family gets on her nerves, but also ends up changing everything. These two stories come together in a way that might be predictable to an adult reader but will give joyful pleasures to the intended tween audience. Ten to Fourteen. Jamie Watson
Count from 1 to 20 with colorful and unusual objects, from plants and flowers to cookies and embroidery. The photographs are big and bright. The simple text is carefully placed on each page. An engaging way to practice counting! Up to Seven. Ruth Anne Champion
The events in Mississippi in terms of attempts to get blacks to register to vote and led to the murder of 3 Civil Rights workers, are the focus of this book. There are lots of details about the fear, intimidation and bravery with photographs to bring home the personal nature of the narrative. Recognizable names are paired with unknowns, all in what seemed like an impossible effort. The failures as well as the triumphs are included. I found this a compelling and easily accessible read. Impressive back matter. Ten to Fourteen
As the dragon’s daughter, Marni has been living in exile her entire life. The time has come for her to decide between a human kingdom that will one day be rightfully hers or the magical woods and a father she has never met. Marni is a strong heroine in a quiet fantasy full of unexpected twists. An intriguing cast of characters live, kill, gossip, and love in a well-built world conceived from the fairy tale realm. Ten to Fourteen. Julie Dietzel-Glair (This title will appear on the May agenda.)
Lively illustrations showing mice in action explains the concept of addition, going from simple examples to more complex pictures to reinforce the first 5 steps presented. the illustrations are charming, young readers will want to count, talk about and giggle over them, while also learning a number of ways to add up to 10. Just right for this age group. Up to Seven.
A colorful journey through some of New York City’s most famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and Central Park to name a few. Brown’s watercolor and gouache illustrations fill every page and are filled with details. Each page has just the right amount of text to introduce the different places in this kid friendly guide book. The endpapers are filled with sketches and notes that just make you want to know more. Up to Seven. Ruth Anne Champion
As if middle school isn’t hard enough, Mysti’s father is the hospital, her mother is agoraphobic, and her ex-best friend is busy making her life miserable in the name of “science.” Readers will find themselves laughing out loud as the difficulty of her situation is diffused by unexpected snippets of humor including “dust bunny poop” and a single unshaven leg. This is a story of friendship, family, and perseverance that captures the spirit of a middle school girl. Ten to Fourteen. Julie Dietzel-Glair (This title will appear on the SEPTEMBER agenda.)