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This long anticipated conclusion to Anderson's Seeds of America trilogy was worth the wait. Runaway slave Isabel continues her journey to find her younger sister, whom she believes was sold to a slave master in the South. As pivotal Revolutionary War battles rage around them, and bounty hunters search for runaways she makes her way through Virginia. The tension is high and Isabel's steadfast yearning for family and freedom has never been stronger. Moreso than in the first two novels, Anderson drives home the realities of slave life and the moral dilemma of a young nation fighting for freedom while oppressing an entire race of people. And tons of local history to boot! A compelling conclusion to a masterful trilogy. Ten to Fourteen. - Alicia Blowers
A lion is hanging out with a bunch of prey animals. One by one they begin to disappear. We all know what's happening - or do we? Surprise! Simple bright drawings and text pair together in this delightful picture book with an unexpected ending. Sure to delight children and parents alike. A perfect read aloud for one on one or with a small group. Up to Seven. - Alicia Blowers
A cheerful presentation of the irrepressible Greek god Pan, 10 stories told in first-person, graphic novel style, and providing a lively introduction to other Greek gods and mythological characters. (K. Isaacs. 7-10)
Minimal reverso text accompanies luminous mixed-media illustrations of a young owl's flight from home through the night sky, and back again. Sure to lull the youngest readers in their nests! Anonymous. Up to Seven
Natasha, an undocumented immigrant, about to be deported to Jamaica with her family, makes a last ditch effort to remain in the country she feels is her home. Through a series of circumstances - fate- something Natasha does not believe in, she meets David, the son of Korean immigrants. David is about to interview for Yale, a fulfillment of his parents' dream but far from what he wants. Natasha, with the mind of a scientist and Daniel, with the heart of a poet, spend a day moving through New York City and falling in love, touching the lives of others, and learning about themselves. Yoon's insightful writing and unusual narrative structure makes this an authentically touching story and a meditation on how we become our true selves. Deborah Taylor
Meticulously researched and making excellent use of primary sources ranging from photographs and newspaper clippings to the shocking verdict report of the coroner's jury who ruled her death at the hands of union busting cops "justifiable", despite sixty eyewitnesses who gave sworn statements that their attack was unprovoked, this biography celebrates Fannie Sellins' lasting impact on the history of the labor movement. Sellins' story is shared through short, episodic chapters that each focus on one key moment in labor history or a community she helped organize. The overall design of the book is pleasing and allows the primary sources to do much of the work of telling this important story. Substantial back matter includes a timeline of select events in the American Labor Struggle between 1877-1935. 10-14. Sylvie Shaffer
This tall tale is perfectly knit together from its classic beginning ("One there was an old woman. She lived in a small village in a small house...") to its satisfying ending about a job well done against enormous odds. Thirty grandchildren in need of sweaters and no peace in which to knit? Don't underestimate old women! Everything about this--story and art--is perfectly paced and hilarious. And not a stitch dropped. K. Meizner. Up to Seven.