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Suzy Swanson fixates on jellyfish after the drowning death of her former best friend, Franny. Suzy retreats into near silence as she learns more and more about jellyfish and devises a plan to prove Franny died from a sting. Organized using the scientific method, the story is full of amazing (and scary) facts about jellyfish, the ache of loneliness when a friendship dies, the wonder of science, and the possibility of healing. September 22 release date. For October agenda. 10-14. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
An owl, a pig, a bear, a puppy and a rabbit waiting on a windowsill are joined by a cat with patches who turns out to be waiting, too! Rich with possibilities for interpretation, this is a beautiful, understated celebration of an important and often difficult part of childhood. Each toy has a distinctive character. Each waits for something different. They look through the window to see seasonal changes and other interesting things including themselves in the clouds. Best of all is the nesting cat who “didn’t seem to be waiting for anything in particular” but provides a lovely surprise. K. Isaacs. Up to seven.
Alex Kirtridge, sixteen-years-old is a superb baseball player. She is also adopted. She is African-American and her parents and brother are white. She is loved by her parents but after meeting Reggie who is African-American she wants to know more about her roots. She discovers letters that her biological father sent her through the years which her parents had kept hidden from her. alex decides that it is timeto find her father and to change some things in her life. A debut novel that entertains and enlightens. 10-14, Maria E. Gentle (This title will appear on the November agenda.)
Elizabeth Davis and Emily Delgado are two very different high school girls. Elizabeth has just lost her father, her mother doesn’t pay attention to her and money is tight. She is a goth and has bouts with anger. Emily is the preppy type and part of a little click. Her Latino father has political aspirations so a lot is demanded of her. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’ English class studying Emily Dickinson. One day a suicide note is slipped under Ms. Diaz’s door. This is a most creative debut novel dealing with family relationships, friendships, Latino culture, and suicide. 14+ Maria E. Gentle
In this debut graphic memoir, Maggie Thrash reminisces on the summer of her fifteenth year when she discovered her first love. She had attended Camp Bellflower for years but that particular year she encountered Erin, one of the camp counselors and she was smitten. The novel doesn’t only deal with the awakening of lesbian love, but also the everyday camp dealings, those of clicks, friendship, gossip, sports, weather, etc. Because it is a graphic novel it will make the topic easier to grasp for the younger crowd. It is a novel that lingers long after you finish the book. 14+ Maria E. Gentle
When Laia’s brother is taken captive she makes the decision to do all she can to save him. She knows that the Martials will ultimately torture and kill him. She makes alliances in order to get the job done. Meanwhile Elias who is being groomed to be a ruthless killer becomes romantically involved with Laia. What will be their fate? In her debut novel Tahir has created a very intricate and complex world based somewhat on the Roman Empire which teens will gravitate to. This narration really comes to life in the voices of Hardingham and West who imbue their British accents with life. Ages 14+ Audiobook. María E. Gentle
Growing up in North Carolina, the slave child George loved words and taught himself to read, composed poetry, and eventually learned to write his poems down, finding supplemental employment writing love poems. He published books and, after the war, when free, went west with the army, still writing poetry. A fine picture book biography of a relatively unknown poet and a positive look at an individual slave, that still makes clear the harsh conditions of his slavery and his wish to be free. Tate's mixed media illustrations include hand-lettering of some short quotations from his poetry. K.Isaacs. 7-10