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A gritty looking book about a gritty woman who became the outstanding female athlete of her time and a role model for future girls. Babe was not necessarily likable and this book is not necessarily "pretty", the pages are dark, some of the pictures (of which there are lots) are not crispy, the text is jumpy but the story is compelling, how she was obsessed with winning and did the hard work to develop those skills and then promoted herself. A story that needs to be told. Ten to Fourteen.
A companion to the book Under a War-Torn Sky, this looks at WW II on the home front through the experience of two "brothers" send to tide-water Virginia to be "safe". The younger brother, traumatized by an on-sea experience, has a hard time adjusting while his older brother tries to become Americanized......Hostility within the host family, issues of being black in Virginia and also being a German POW add more historical appeal to this heart-felt story. Ten to Fourteen. (This title will appear on the April agenda.)
While this is a sequel to Three Times Lucky it stands alone as a warm story about family secrets and unlikely friendships. Mo and Dale have such a natural friendship, and into eases Harm, the new boy with problems of his own. Even if you don't believe in ghosts, you'll enjoy this one and the impact that she has, providing a puzzle waiting to be solved. Ten to Fourteen.
A story about the power of words, strange ice cream flavors and friendship. While Felicity's best friend is in a wheel chair we almost forget about it given his attitude and hers, a nice touch. There's a curse involved that is lifted in a creative way and a warm, caring community. Ten to Fourteen.
An interpretation of Shakespeare's most famous love story from the point of view of Benvolio and Rosalind, relatives of the "star crossed lovers" that is full of romance, family dynamics and curses. This is exciting, fresh, cleverly intertwining the story we know with a new way of looking at it. And it may encourage readers to go back to the original story. Ten to Fourteen.
Astri is sold to a cruel goat herder and must find a way to rescue herself, her sister, and the mysterious girl in the storage shed so they can all travel to America to find Astri's father. Norwegian folk and fairy tales are successfully interwoven throughout the adventurous story. A fascinating author's note gives readers more information about 19th century beliefs and history. Ten to Fourteen. Julie Dietzel-Glair (This title will appear on the April agenda.)
When Lucy's family moves to a lake house in New Hampshire, she has a summer filled with new friends, a photography contest, loon tracking, and the opportunity to create a lasting memory for an elderly neighbor. The heart-warming story is well-paced and realistically portrays how a twelve-year-old girl navigates relationships with her peers in a new place. Ten to Fourteen. Julie Dietzel-Glair