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Cecelia's brother is dead and she has been arrested for his murder. Placed in the Piedmont Juvenile Correction Facility as she awaits trail, we learn her story. Told in the present and in flashbacks, we are given an unflinching view of an addict and the toll addiction takes on an entire family. Powerfully written and based on personal experience, we are drawn into the story and are left wondering if we would have made the same choices as Cecelia. Fourteen and up. Ruth Compton
You can't help but notice the warm, family dynamic emanating from the pages as a young Afro-Latino boy searches his house for a lost toy. The dog, the cat, the grandmother, everyone gets involved in the search! And this is one lucky little boy. In vibrant, exhilarating oils, Velasquez paints a little boy's world encompassing African art, Afro-Caribbean music and enough books to make a bibliophile's head spin. Up to Seven. Anne Womack
Two siblings, completely opposite from each other and not very tolerant of each other encounter "monsters" at the vacation cabin, all because sister Jenny breaks the rules. Barnett leaves lots of room for his illustrator to also tell the story and Myers doesn't miss opportunities for little details that tell us more about these characters. The dialogue between the siblings rings true as does the anger on both faces when they don't get their way. The "monsters" are unique and Ian's transformation will delight all. The lesson to be learned....look on the back cover. Up to Seven. Edie Ching (June agenda)
Auggie, his sister, and classmates offer multiple points of view about the year Auggie, 10, switches from home schooling to a regular classroom. After twenty-seven surgeries to correct his facial deformities, Auggie still looks strange, and both he and his classmates have to learn how to accept, even welcome, differences.
A little boy's questions become more pointed as Mommy's tummy becomes rounder. Retro cartoon illustrations mix with delicate contemporary scenes to highlight what big brother imagines about the new arrival.
Flora longs to rid herself of pesky little brother Crispin, but when she gets the perfect opportunity, will she really want to say goodbye? The swirling, tumbling ink, watercolor, and pastel illustrations skillfully embody the whirlwind of sibling emotions.
Shipped off to spend time with their estranged poet-activist mother in Oakland, California, three young girls encounter the Black Panthers in this funny, wise, and ultimately life-affirming narrative about being young, Black, and proud in the 1960s.