The Latest In Progress
A journey of the imagination, starting and beginning at home, looking out a window, at a river, wondering where it goes, hither and yon. The language is full and rich, as are the illustrations, reflecting the various landscapes of the River's journey. The river slides and murmurs. A window view expands to lush double page spreads. Lots to see and talk about on every page or just quietly enjoy. Edie Ching (up to 7).
Jonathan spends one miserable night at the Slabhenge Reformatory for Troubled Boys before things go horribly awry and the inmates take run of the island. The massive storm brewing and a monster churning in the depths of the former asylum haunt Jonathan almost as much as the crime that landed him in the stone fortress. Intensity and foreboding drive the pace, while an insightful new friend injects the quick read with humor. Perfect for fans of HOLES. - Kit Ballenger
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
It was a perfect day in Bert's backyard for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and even Squirrel, until Bear came and made it a perfect day for himself. A perfect way to introduce the idea of point of view. This should make you smile. (Up to 7. K. Isaacs)
Macmillan (Flash Point/Roaring Brook)
An introduction to the world and imagination of the young John Ronald Tolkien, focusing especially on his fixation on dragons. Readers will be surprised at some of the details of his life, touched on briefly and enchanted with the illustrations which tend to paint a world of swirls and colors and brimming with life (even the WWI illustration). A brief snapshot into a life of interest and talent. Edie Ching (7-10)
Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel in 1926, only 6 years after women got the right to vote. The difficulties of the swim, how Gertrude sustained herself with food and music and the support of her "chase boat" help to point out just what an accomplishment this was. A sport time line on the end pages points out other major sports accomplishments of her decade. A "lost" story that is happily found. Edie Ching (7-10).
THE MARCH AGAINST FEAR: THE LAST GREAT WALK OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND THE EMERGENCE OF BLACK POWER
A gripping account of the last great Civil Rights march--from Memphis TN to Jackson MS in August, 1966. Bausum tells this well-written and suspenseful story chronologically, and fills with of documented quotations, photographs, and informative details. Timely, too, in her efforts to explain the climate of the time: "Othering breeds a curious loop of fear." (10-14. K. Isaacs)
Pandas Chee-Kee Loo and his parents arrive in Bearland, where some of their customs aren't familiar to the ursine residents. As Chee-Kee tries to fit in, he encounters barriers and misunderstandings typical of the immigrant experience. Child-friendly mixed-media illustrations make this an inviting introduction for young readers to one of the most-discussed issues of the day. Up to Seven. -Todd Krueger