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Debut novelist Alsaid follows seventeen-year-old Leila cross country in her quest to see the Northern Lights in Alaska. Along the way, she meets four young people who are changed by Leila's presence. At once familiar and time-honored, but with a structural twist, this road trip novel is full of coming of age characters brimming with possibility. Fourteen and Up. -Todd Krueger
Gray squirrel Jed tells of a harrowing time in his youth when he was captured by a hawk, escaped, and discovered that humans were clearing the area around "buzzpaths" (utility wires) and would soon destroy his neighborhood. Jeb and the friends who followed him have to find their way back home and then convince the other squirrels (realistically distractible and parochial) to move in time. This humorous quest adventure, framed by an encounter with a human with a peanut butter sandwich, is an appealing tale of friendship and the power of story, with true to life natural history and environmental concerns. 7-10. K. Isaacs
Finn has epilepsy and a weird scar from when a dead horse fell on him, but he tries not to let that get him down. Over the course of this book he meets a beautiful girl, goes on a fateful road trip with his best friend, and comes to terms with the fact that he shares a name with a character in his father’s best-selling science fiction novel. Hilarious and emotionally satisfying. Fourteen and up. Michelle Miller (This title will appear on the September agenda.)
This succinct triple biography of the famous Wyeths hits all the highlights of their artistic and personal lives. Fascinating portraits of N.C., Andrew, and Jamie are interspersed with vivid reproductions of some of their best-known works. The unconventional educations and painting style variations of each of the men are clearly explained. Ten to Fourteen.
Ellie is trying to navigate middle school when her grandfather shows up on her lawn - as a teenager! Together with her new goth friend, Raj, she learns about how her grandfather has harnessed the power of a jellyfish to create the fountain of youth. Holm embraces the humor of this new family dynamic of caring for a "teenage" parent/grandfather. Scientific ideas are interwoven without bogging down the storyline which is well paced for Ellie's own scientific epiphany. Ten to Fourteen. Julie Dietzel-Glair (This title will appear on the September agenda.)
The magic in his book has a personality and will of its own, and Ned, the "wrong boy" who becomes it's keeper has a hard time controlling it and not being corrupted by it. This is a book about saving both a community and oneself, for the bandit king it comes too late. Even the secondary characters are strong in this book with both a strong male and female "hero." Ten to Fourteen. (This title will appear on the September agenda.)