When Jon starts boarding school in Salisbury, England, malicious ghosts haunt him. With new friend Ella, he calls on the trustworthy ghost of Sir Longspee, sworn to help those in need. Elliot Hill’s narration captures the quiet humor that leavens the suspense of this ghost story, a perfect choice for middle-grade fans of knights and castles. (10-14)
Pages folded or halved carry Andrew's lines as he creates simple new shapes that wander through white space. Andrew remains in his red shoes, orange-striped shirt, and blue pants while his drawings become a dinosaur, rabbit, or night monster.
Adventure surrounds a small shorebird’s awe-inspiring 9,000 mile annual migration from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego, a journey completed eighteen times—to the moon and halfway back—while scientists track it. Carefully labeled maps and photographs highlight the text with enhancing source notes and bibliography.
When Pacy and her sisters travel to Taiwan for her grandmother’s birthday, Pacy has difficulty fitting in with her Chinese family. She speaks no Chinese, and traditional Chinese painting class requires a different talent for art than hers. Angela Lin’s narration of this warm-hearted story about the importance of dumplings in a family’s bonding creates a hunger in all listeners. (7-10)
Spare text beneath gouache cartoon illustration of bright primary colors on watercolor paper affectionately creates the unusual friendship of a boy and robot. They meet, play, and learn to accept each other’s differences.
Two best friends--one lithe-bodied and neatly dressed and the other, compact and rumply, reaffirm the power of friendship at the state fair. Line and wash illustrations trace their way from “whack a duck” through the talent show to a medium in three short stories for beginning readers.
Vernon the toad introduces cuckoo bird to Skunk and Porcupine, but Bird says nothing.Concerned that Bird misses home, wherever it is, Vernon determines to help his friend return in this mixed-media balanced with white space creation of unlikely companions on a quest.
As Dr. Martin Luther King aged, he continued his battle for equality, economic justice, and the Vietnam War’s end. His final struggle was the Memphis sanitation workers strike of 1968 after two men died. Elegant text and complementary archival photographs highlight this event with backmatter offering further clarification.
English teenager Cecily, angry at having to move to Caernarvon, Wales, in 1293, treats her Welsh maid, Gwenhwyfar, disdainfully; Gwenhwyfar, in turn, resents Cecily. The girls reveal the opposing Welsh and British views in this increasingly tense tale leading to a shocking conclusion.