Ten to Fourteen, 2012 List
Ostracized and bullied, Ella remains loyal to her best friend Z, another outcast. Will she abandon him to his fantasy world when newcomer Bailey—the only other African American student in middle school—arrives?
Alfred A. Knopf
In moving, accessible prose, this captivating narrative explores the Triangle Fire in the context of larger stories: immigration, factory-produced goods, and the labor rights movement. Carefully selected archival photographs and quotations from first-hand reports help tell the gripping drama.
Balzer + Bray
An African American matriarch ties the story of her people to major incidents in American history, noting the omissions, the hardships, and the few but powerful triumphs. Dramatic full page illustrations feel like a family album filled with courage and dignity.
October 4, 2011
Locked away by her stepmother in a tiny attic bedroom, Liesl is watched nightly by Will, an alchemist's apprentice. One night, after Po arrives from the Other Side to help Liesl, their path crosses with Will's, and a magical adventure ensues. Also available in a splendid audio edition.
In a dystopian future where Niall Strong-Arm’s trip to the moon is folklore, Fever and Arlo work to build an airplane and avoid those who will kill them if they are successful. A creative and suspenseful follow-up to Fever Crumb.
A compelling narrative and colorful design complete with personal photos, early drawings, and museum-quality reproductions portray a beloved American artist and connect her work to the multiple landscapes in which she lived.
Allen Say recreates his early life through words, drawings, cartoons, and photographs. The graphic format presents an authentic, revealing, and engaging look at a young man determined to become an artist.
While missing his dog and trying to protect his secret, Travis avoids other students at his despicable new school. But the flamboyant Velveeta notices and asks many questions. When she discovers Travis’s motives, the two become something each desperately needs--friends.
Doug Swieteck grows up in spite of his dysfunctional family, a war-injured brother, and a town’s suspicion. Humor and pathos in disparate plot elements—the local librarian, Audubon prints, and a green-eyed girl—propel this stand-alone companion to The Wednesday Wars.