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Book of the Week Archive for 2003
2008 Archive
The Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman
Ages 10-13
The Last Invisible Boy by Evan Kuhlman
MY NAME IS FINN GARRETT AND THIS IS MY STORY.

I don't want to give anything away, so I'll tell you what you could probably guess from looking at the cover and flipping through the book.

1. It's about an invisible boy. Obviously. That's me. Actually, I'm not totally invisible. Yet. But I'm getting there.
2. There are a bunch of my drawings.
3. There are some really funny, really happy moments.
4. Just so you know, there are also some sad moments.
5. Everything in here is the truth. So if you like stories about true things, you might like this book.

That's all I'm going to tell you. All the stuff about my dad and my mom and my brother Derek and my friend Meli and whether or not I actually turn invisible or become completely visible again or figure out how to use my invisibility for the good of all mankind or just disappear altogether, you're going to have to read to find out.
--Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2008
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Too Many Toys by David Shannon
Ages 4-8
Too Many Toys by David Shannon
Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can't part with is the box!
--The Blue Sky Press/Scholastic 2008
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The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins
Ages 12 and up
The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. To be continued.
--Scholastic Press 2008
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The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body by David Macaulay
Ages 10 and up
The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body
by David Macaulay
Many of us spend most of our lives oblivious to even basic information about the most amazing thing we'll ever take for granted-our own bodies. In The Way We Work, David Macaulay gives readers an opportunity to discover just how remarkable the human body really is. This comprehensive and entertaining resource reveals the inner workings of the human body and all of its systems and mechanisms, as only David Macaulay could. Page after page of beautifully illustrated spreads detail everything from cells to the bones and organs they build, clearly explaining the function of each, and offering up-close glimpses, unique cross-sections and perspectives, and even a little humor along the way.

This book is for you and everyone you know. It can serve as a reference for children of all ages, families, teachers, and anyone who has questions about how their body works. This informative and engaging guide introduces you to you, and you will come away with a new appreciation of the amazing world inside yourself. When you open the cover you will see how David Macaulay builds a body and explains THE WAY WE WORK. There is no other book like it!
--Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books 2008
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One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale
Ages 4-8
One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale
by Judy Cox
Illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea, the perfect feast for one mouse. Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one plate of mashed potatoes, and one roasted turkey, that should make a very fine feast for Mouse. But can he get it all back to his hidey-hole?

Perfect for Thanksgiving and all during the year, this warm and humorous picture book gently reminds us to give thanks for the little things.
--Holiday House, Inc. 2008
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Recommended for every school library. Great read-aloud with an excellent message.

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes
Ages 5-10
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
by Nikki Grimes
Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.

This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.
--Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2008
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Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
Ages 9-12
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

Room 204—Miss Stretchberry, February 25

This is the story of
Jack
words
sounds
silence
teacher
and cat.
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BURN by by Suzanne Phillips
Ages 12 and up
BURN by Suzanne Phillips

"Are our schools safe?" It's hard to turn on the news without hearing this question, and the answer is typically "no." This novel explores what happens when bullying escalates to violence, and it challenges our definition of victimization.

With thought-provoking prose, Suzanne Phillips explores the psyche of Cameron, a bullied freshman who ultimately does the unthinkable: he kills another student. As she did with Chloe Doe, Suzanne has found a way to make this seemingly dark story ultimately redemptive. But she also dares readers to look at the behavior that provokes violence as having the potential to be as dangerous as the violence itself.
Recommended for parents as well as students.
Little, Brown & Company, November 1, 2008
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Bats at the Library
Ages 4-8
Bats at the Library
by by Brian Lies
Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it's time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies' joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!
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Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie
Ages 3-7 (All)
Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie
by Norton Juster, Chris Raschka, Illustrator
Is it Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie? That's the question whenever Nanna and Poppy are treated to a visit from their granddaughter. Most of the time she's Sweetie Pie, some of the time she's Sourpuss, and then there are those occasions when she's both at once. You can never be sure which it will be. Happy and sad, joyful and furious, delighted and dejected, loving and impossible. She can change in the blink of an eye!
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Also by Juster and Raschka, The Hello, Goodbye Window, a love song devoted to that special relationship between grandparents and grandchild.

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
Ages 4-8
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
Spiders: Little Mouse is afraid of them (arachnophobia).

Shadows: Little Mouse is afraid of those (sciaphobia).

A brillianty crafted encyclopedic self-help scrapbook-like list of fears. Everybody's afraid of something, but mouse is afraid of everything. Clever and fun with a surprise ending.
--Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2008
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Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers
Ages 7-10
Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers
by David McLimans
Another amazing and informative treat by David McLimans.

Dive down to the depths of our planet’s oceans and see the stunning variety of creatures that call this watery environment home. These incredible marine animals and their ocean habitats are among our most precious and endangered resources.

In a dazzling underwater adventure, Caldecott Honor–winning artist David McLimans uses fins, flippers, and tentacles to create numerical masterpieces. From the smallest tiger tail sea horse to the giant humpback whale, this aquatic menagerie will captivate readers of all ages as they count up to ten and back down again. McLimans also explores the powers of ten to showcase amazing ocean facts from one to one billion! Once you wet your feet with this eye-popping visual treat, your view of the ocean will be forever transformed.
--Walker & Company 2008
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March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World
Ages 8-12
MARCH ON!:
The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

by Christine King Farris
On a hot August day in 1963, hundreds of thousands of people made history when they marched into Washington, D.C., in search of equality. Martin Luther King, Jr., the younger brother of Christine King Farris, was one of them.

Martin was scheduled to speak to the crowds of people on that day. But before he could stand up and inspire a nation, he had to get down to business. He first had to figure out what to say and how to say it. So he spent all night working on his "I Have a Dream" speech, a speech that would underscore a landmark moment in civil rights history—the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This would be one of the first events televised all over the globe. The world would be listening as one of the greatest orators of our time shared his vision for a new day.

From the sister of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., comes this moving account of what that day was like for her, and for the man who inspired a crowd—and convinced a nation to let freedom ring.
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The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
Ages 6-9
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg

"One day that little pencil made a move, shivered slightly, quivered somewhat . . . and began to draw."

Welcome back Banjo, the boy from THE RUNAWAY DINNER! Once a pencil draws him, there's no telling what will come next — a dog, a cat, a chase (of course), and a paintbrush to color in an ever-expanding group of family and friends. But it's not long before the complaints begin — "This hat looks silly!" "My ears are too big!" — until the poor pencil has no choice but to draw . . . an eraser. Oh no! In the hands of Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman, can anything but havoc and hilarity ensue?
--Candlewick Press 2008
A clever book and suspenseful read.
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The Diamond of Drury Lane
Ages 11-14
The Diamond of Drury Lane
Book One of A Cat Royal Adventure Series
by Julia Golding
MYSTERY, TREASURE, AND A LIFE ON THE STAGE. The first episode of the adventures of Cat Royal is a big, fat juicy read.

She’s Cat Royal – four foot four, with long red hair, green eyes and not a penny she can call her own. But she does know a secret – where a treasure is hidden in the theater that is her home. The problem is, she isn’t the only one looking for it. One adventure leads into the next, taking Cat – and readers -- through the colorful streets of late 18th Century London. The exciting mystery – filled with fascinating characters, lots of incident, theatrical spectacles, and even a bit of political intrigue – will thrill readers.
--Roaring Brook Press 2008
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The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
Ages 12 and up
The Summoning - Darkest Powers Trilogy - Book One
by Kelley Armstrong
My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore.

It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me. Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems...
HarperCollins Publishers 2008
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Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
Ages 9-12
Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
Novel Debut by Danette Haworth
Violet is happy with things just the way they are in her sleepy, backwoods Florida town. She loves going to the fish fry with her best friend Lottie, and collecting Brain Freeze cups with her good friend Eddie. She loves squeezing into the open trunk of the old cypress tree, looking for alligators in the river, and witnessing lightning storms on a warm summer day. But when Melissa moves to town from big city Detroit, all of a sudden Violet’s supposed to want to wear makeup, and talk about boys, and play Truth or Dare. Violet’s not interested in any of those things . . . but with the help of her friends, her mama, a few run-ins with lightning, and maybe even Melissa, Violet finds that growing up doesn’t have to mean changing who you are. Violet’s story is a classic tale of best friends, budding romance, and bad storms, and her authentic, pitch-perfect voice is sure to stay with readers long after the very last page.
Walker Books 2008
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Outside Beauty by Cynthia Kadohata
12 and Up
Outside Beauty
by Cynthia Kadohata
"My mother had four daughters by four different men."

There's only one way Shelby and her sisters can describe their mother: she's a sexpot. She collects men (and loans, spending money, and gifts of all kinds) from all over the country. Sure, she's atypical, but she's also more than a pretty face and nail polish--she's confident and brave and lives lifeon her own terms. And her daughters adore her, and work together to keep the family grounded in a way their mother can't.

Then a late-night car crash shatters everything, including their mother's arm and face. Suddenly, the family is scattered across the country, each girl being sent to live with her respective father. While Helen undergoes surgery and post-surgery, the sisters try to adjust to a life without each other. The trouble is, they're NOT adjusting, and the youngest, Maddie, is so terrified of her father that she's withdrawing...from her sisters, and from herself. That's when Shelby realizes something must be done--something drastic--to reclaim her family. At turns wickedly funny and unflinchingly haunting, Outside Beauty showcases Cynthia Kadohata's unerring ability to explore the bonds that bind.
--Simon & Schuster 2008
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Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
Ages 10-12
Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics
by Catherine Thimmesh
When Abigail Adams asked her husband to "Remember the Ladies," women could not vote or own property in America. Some seventy years later, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote, "To vote is the most sacred act of citizenship," the government of the United States still did not treat women as equals, having yet to grant them the right to vote. But sixty-four years after that Geraldine Ferraro declared, "We can do anything," and became the first American woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket. Today, surely our country is ready for a leader who, as Elizabeth Dole said, "will call America to her better nature." This captivating book illuminates the bravery and tenacity of the women who have come before us. With an engaging narrative, fascinating quotes, and elegant illustrations, it not only shows how far women have come but also reveals the many unsung roles women have played in political history Step by step, these capable ladies have paved the way for our young leaders of tomorrow.
--Houghton Mifflin Company 2008
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Manolito Four-Eyes by Elvira Lindo
Ages 10 up
Manolito Four-Eyes by Elvira Lindo
"Don't try to be different." That's what Manolito's mother tells him. But Manolito can't help it - he doesn't have to try. He was named for his father's truck, after all! He doesn't even mind being called Four-Eyes, since all the cool kids have nicknames...

Whether he's fighting over the One-and-Only Susana with his best friend, Big Ears; trying not to fight with Ozzy the Bully; telling his entire life story to the school psychologist; sharing a room with his "whole lotta cool" grandpa; or discovering the true meaning of World Peace - ten-year-old Manolito is a real original.

As he would say, in the worldwide world, there's nobody like him!
Refreshingly funny.
--Marshall Cavendish 2008
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moonpowder by john rocco
Ages 5-8
Moonpowder by John Rocco
Dedicated to the children of soldiers everywhere
Young Eli Trebuckle is the “fixer of all things fixable.” He fixes the vacuum cleaner, the fan, and even the radio, hoping to catch some news of his father who is away at war. But there’s one thing that Eli simply can’t fix -- his bad dreams. It’s the same one over and over again: a mountain of junk, a prize just beyond his reach, and a fall.

One night as Eli stays up late to work on his most recent invention and escape another nightmare, a mysterious, luminous, and somewhat bumbling man by the name of Mr. Moon appears at his window. He knows just what the matter with Eli is and promises to help him, if he can fix one more thing…And so Eli Trebuckle makes the journey to the broken Moonpowder factory. If he can get it up and running, he can ensure that the whole world will have sweet dreams! But can Eli face his greatest fears and meet the biggest challenge of his lifetime? With inspiring courage, determination, and a little faith, Eli proves that, happily, the answer is yes.
Hyperion 2008
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The Retired Kid by Jon Agee
Ages 4-8
The Retired Kid by Jon Agee
“It’s been a wonderful eight years, but I need a break.”

At the Happy Sunset Retirement Community, there's Ethel, Myrtle, Harvey, and Tex. And then there's Brian. The retired kid. He's here to escape school, homework, and daily chores.

But retired living has its challenges, especially when you're sixty years younger than everybody else!
A clever book.
--Hyperion Books 2008
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He Forgot to Say Goodbye
Young Adult
He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Alire Saenz
"I mean, it's not as if I want a father. I have a father. It's just that I don't know who he is or where he is. But I have one."

Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don't appear to have much in common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only child, he is a misfit in his mother's shallow and materialistic world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a healing in a world of hurt.
--Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2008
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The Rabbit And The Turtle by Eric Carle
Ages 5-8
The Rabbit And The Turtle

Eric Carle brings to life Aesop's fables with his gorgeous illustrations and charming retelling of the classic stories. Designed to engage and delight readers of all ages, this collection contains some of Aesop's most timeless tales. Beautifully reissued, this new book has all the enchantment of Eric Carle's art plus traditional morals of the fables.
--Scholastic, Inc. 2008
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Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport
Ages 8-12
Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport
A powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her and illustrated in glorious detail.

"Soon America will be one hundred years old. I share my dream of a birthday gift."

It begins in 1865 as a romantic idea, but ten years later Édouard Laboulaye’s dream catches fire and takes shape. Sculptor Auguste Bartholdi gives the dream the form of a lady, holding a torch to "enlighten the world." Engineers, plasterers, carpenters, coppersmiths — many of them immigrants — work together to turn the lady into a monument over 100 feet tall. Joseph Pulitzer calls on readers to help fund a pedestal, and hundreds send in nickels, dimes, and even roosters for the cause. Doreen Rappaport’s historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Matt Tavares’s magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol — and show that it took a lot of people to make the Lady.
--Candlewick Press 2008
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Puddlejumpers by Mark Jean and Christopher C. Carlson
Ages 9-12

Puddlejumpers by Mark Jean and Christopher C. Carlson
Ernie Banks, named for the legendary Chicago Cubs shortstop, is a troubled, thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent. Abandoned on the doorstep of the Lakeside Home for Boys when he was three years old, his only proof that he once belonged to somebody is a vintage Ernie Banks baseball card, a crystal acorn he wears on a string around his neck, and a strange spiral birthmark on the bottom of his right foot.

As a last reprieve before being sent to a juvenile detention facility, Ernie is allowed to spend three weeks on a working farm. When Ernie arrives at the home of Russ Frazier, he learns that the widower’s baby was kidnapped years before. Ernie is determined to solve the case. He teams up with Joey, a local tomboy, to investigate clues that lead them on a dangerous journey into a forbidden world of dark secrets, magic puddles, and the cavernous underground kingdom of the Puddlejumpers–eleven-inch-tall water creatures with whom Ernie has a mysterious connection.
--Hyperion Books for Children 2008
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Steel Town by Jonah Winter; Terry Widener, Illustrator
Ages 6-9
Steel Town by Jonah Winter; Terry Widener, Illustrator
In Steel Town, the mills blaze all day and all night, making steel and even more steel to be shipped over the Magic Mountains, down the Pitch-Black River, and far, far away. The men who work in the mills work as hard as the machines that make the steel, never stopping. But when the men go home at night, a different side of Steel Town emerges -- one filled with music and neighbors, pierogies and spaghetti, churches and front porches.This gritty yet poetic world is brought to life through Jonah Winter's lyrical, rhythmic text and Terry Widener's luscious, nocturnal illustrations, whose massive figures glow with the few lights that shine through this darkness. This is a portrait of an imaginary town derived from the very real American steel towns of the 1930s, when the sky was often black as night all day and the cavernous mills belched out fire and smoke. Here is a journey to a town that time has not forgotten, just misplaced: Steel Town.
--Atheneum 2008
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Highly recommend for every school and library.

One Hen - How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
Ages 6-10
One Hen - How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
by Katie Milway
Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. After his father died, Kojo had to quit school to help his mother collect firewood to sell at the market. When his mother receives a loan from some village families, she gives a little money to her son. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen. A year later, Kojo has built up a flock of 25 hens. With his earnings Kojo is able to return to school. Soon Kojo's farm grows to become the largest in the region. Kojo's story is inspired by the life of Kwabena Darko, who as a boy started a tiny poultry farm just like Kojo's, which later grew to be the largest in Ghana, and one of the largest in west Africa. Kwabena also started a trust that gives out small loans to people who cannot get a loan from a bank. One Hen shows what happens when a little help makes a big difference. This help comes in the form of a microloan, a lending system for people in developing countries who have no collateral and no access to conventional banking. The final pages of One Hen explain the microloan system and include a list of relevant organizations for children to explore.
--Kids Can Press 2008
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The Dirt on Dirt by Paulette Bourgeois
Ages 9-12
The Dirt on Dirt
by Paulette Bourgeois
Dirt. It's in the air, under your bed, on the street and between your toes. Most of the time, you're trying to get rid of it. Does showering make you feel squeaky clean? Sure you are — for now. Read this book to find out why you just can't escape dirt — and why it's important for more reasons than you think.

Earth, mud, grime, soil — whatever you call it, dirt is everywhere, even where you don't expect it. Did you know that without dirt, there would be no rain? Or beautiful sunsets?

The Dirt on Dirt covers not only what you think of as dirt, but also everything on and around the planet relating to dirt, from dirt homes big and small to secrets the dirt hides and much more. Youngsters will also find a bucketful of fun things to do with dirt, including how to build a bike racetrack, create fossil footprints and grow a garden playhouse.
—Kids Can Press 2008
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Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
Ages 5-8
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
by Claire A. Nivola
Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement, grew up in the highlands of Kenya, where fig trees cloaked the hills, fish filled the streams, and the people tended their bountiful gardens. But over many years, as more and more land was cleared, Kenya was transformed. When Wangari returned home from college in America, she found the village gardens dry, the people malnourished, and the trees gone. How could she alone bring back the trees and restore the gardens and the people?

With glowing watercolor illustrations and lyrical prose, Claire Nivola tells the remarkable story of one woman’s effort to change the fate of her land by teaching many to care for it. An author’s note provides further information about Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement. In keeping with the theme of the story, the book is printed on recycled paper.
--Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2008
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How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry
Ages 10-14
How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming
by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch
When the weather changes daily, how do we really know that Earth's climate is changing? A groundbreaking new book for children explains the science behind the headlines, shows how young people are participating in gathering the scientific data, and tells what can be done to avert a crisis. The authors of How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate report on such a groundswell of activity by scientists and concerned people-including many children-that what could be a fearful or depressing book is, instead, an empowering book.

The evidence of climate change comes from observation over many years of the changing behavioral patterns of flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers, and much more. Some of this evidence was gathered by young people as long ago as 1900, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Scientists are making more and more of these observations, and the authors tell how young people in Siberia, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the U.S. are involved in such citizen science programs that support scientists in their climate research.

The authors explain how scientists piece together the Earth's "climate history" from tree rings, mud cores, ice cores, and other sources; how this history compares with recent climate patterns; and how greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide-much of it human-made-are impacting climate. In addition to clearly presenting the underlying science, the authors explain how to take charge of one's "carbon footprint"-also known as a "climate footprint." The book graphically shows "what you-and a million kids"-can do to make a difference.
--Dawn Publications 2008
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The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Ages 12 and up
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
by E. Lockhart
Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:
Debate Club.
Her father's "bunny rabbit."
A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:
A knockout figure.
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Landau-Banks.
No longer the kind of girl to take "no" for an answer.
Especially when "no" means she's excluded from her boyfriend's all-male secret society.
Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew's lying to her.
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done.

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind.

This is the story of how she got that way
--Hyperion 2008
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Eggs by Marilyn Singer
Ages 6-10
Eggs by Marilyn Singer
Eggs is a gorgeously illustrated picture book filled with fascinating facts about eggs. Many creatures, including amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, and even some mammals, lay eggs. Eggs come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and textures, from jelly-covered bullfrog eggs that float to stringy octopus eggs that hang beneath sea ledges. Animals protect their eggs in special ways too. Seahorse eggs are carried in the father's pouch, while Asian cave swiftlet eggs stay safe in a nest made of spit. As different as they are from one another, all eggs contain a special world, a place where a developing embryo can breathe, grow, and be nourished. Extraordinary facts abound in this intriguingly written and intricately illustrated picture book about the varied appearances, development processes, environments, and survival challenges of eggs.
--Holiday House 2008
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Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth
Ages 5-8
Zen Ties by Jon J. Muth
Summer has arrived -- and so has Koo, Stillwater's haiku-speaking young nephew. And when Stillwater encourages Koo, and his friends Addy, Michael, and Karl to help a grouchy old neighbor in need, their efforts are rewarded in unexpected ways. Zen Ties is a disarming story of compassion and friendship that reaffirms the importance of our ties to one another.
Scholastic 2008
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Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Ages 3-5
Little Hoot
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Jen Corace, Illustrator
Reverse psychology? You bet.

"All my other friends get to go to bed so much earlier than me! Why do I always have to stay up and play? It's not fair!"

All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But no . . . Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. "I don't give a hoot what time your friends go to bed. In this family, we stay up late." So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard but he's hooting mad about it ! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.
--Chronicle Books 2008
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What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
Ages 5-8
What To Do About Alice?: How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!
by Barbara Kerley
Theodore Roosevelt had a small problem. Her name was Alice. Alice Lee Roosevelt was hungry to go places, meet people, do things. Father called it running riot. Alice called it eating up the world. Whether she was entertaining important White House visitors with her pet snake or traveling the globe, Alice bucked convention and turned every new experience into an adventure! Brimming with affection and wit, this spirited biography gives readers a peek family life inside the White House. Prose and pictures spring, gambol, and two-step across the pages to celebrate a maverick American heroine.
Scholastic 2008
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She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer
Ages 10-12
She Touched the World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer
by Sally Hobart Alexander and Robert Alexander
When she was just two years old, Laura Bridgman lost her sight, her hearing, and most of her senses of smell and taste. At the time, no one believed a child with such severe disabilities could be taught to communicate, much less lead a full and productive life. But then a progressive doctor, who had just opened the countrys first school for the blind in Boston, took her in. Laura learned to communicate, read, and writeand eventually even to teach. By the age of 12, she was world famous. Audiences flocked to see her, and she was loved and admired by children everywhere. This fascinating and moving biography shows how Laura Bridgman paved the way for future generations of children with disabilities, making possible important advances in the way they would be educated. As a blind person with some hearing loss, Sally Hobart Alexander lends a unique and intimate perspective to this inspiring account. At last, the story of Laura Bridgman can find its long-deserved place alongside those of Louis Braille and Helen Keller. Authors note, source notes, bibliography, index.
--Houghton Mifflin Company 2008
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When the Black Girl Sings
Ages 12 and up
When the Black Girl Sings
by Bil Wright
Lahni Schuler is the only black student at her private prep school. She's also the adopted child of two loving, but white, parents who are on the road to divorce. Struggling to comfort her mother and angry with her dad, Lahni feels more and more alone. But when Lahni and her mother attend a local church one Sunday, Lahni hears the amazing gospel choir, and her life takes an unexpected turn.

It so happens that one of Lahni's teachers, Mr. Faringhelli, has nominated her for a talent competition, and she is expected to perform a song in front of the whole school. Lahni decides to join the church choir to help her become a better singer. But what starts out as a way to practice singing becomes a place of belonging and a means for Lahni to discover her own identity. In this moving book, acclaimed author Bil Wright tells the story of one girl's search to find a home where she truly belongs.
Kids Can Press 2008
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Necks out for Adventure: The True Story of Edwin Wiggleskin
Ages 4-8
Necks out for Adventure: The True Story of Edwin Wiggleskin
by Timothy Basil Ering
What if a tiny wiggleskin dared to leave his shell and stick his neck out? A warm, whimsical tale from the illustrator of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX.

For as long as anyone could remember, the wiggleskins have lived by a simple rule: Necks out to eat, and necks in to hide. But then comes the dreadful day when all the wiggleskins are ripped from their holes and taken away — all but a brave little wiggleskin named Edwin. To save his mom and the rest of the clan, Edwin must shuck his shell and adopt a new rule: Necks out for adventure! Timothy Basil Ering’s boisterous and warmhearted adventure will have you cheering for Edwin — and for plucky souls everywhere who dare stick their necks out.
--Candlewick Press 2008
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Young Adult
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
by Gabrielle Zevin
If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.

But Naomi picked heads.
--Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007
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Freedom Train by Evelyn Coleman
Ages 9-12
Freedom Train
by Evelyn Coleman
Clyde Thomason is proud to have an older brother who guards the Freedom Train. It's 1947, and the train is traveling to all forty-eight states, carrying important documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Clyde is lucky that the train is stopping in Atlanta. In the segregated South the train will only stop at cities that agree to integrate the crowds lining up to glimpse its famous contents. Clyde has been chosen to recite the Freedom Pledge, but he's afraid that he'll chicken out. It doesn't help that he's the favorite target of the class bully. When the bully tries to beat him up, Clyde is shocked that an African-American boy, William, comes to his rescue. He's even more shocked that William's family lives in the rich—and white—part of town. But why is he so surprised? And why can't he be open about his friendship with William? When William's family is threatened, Clyde must make a choice: Will he have the courage to speak out to protect William's freedom?

Evelyn Coleman paints a touching, often humorous picture of the 1940s South. Based on the real journey of the Freedom Train, this is the inspirational story of a young boy's awakening to the injustices around him—and to the idea that things could change.
--Margaret K. McElderry Books 2008
Ages 9-12
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Ages 8-13
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
by Kadir Nelson
The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.
--Hyperion Books for Children 2008
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Heroes for Civil Rights
Ages 6-10
Heroes for Civil Rights
by David Adler
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader. Fannie Lou Hamer, founder of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; The Little Rock Nine, pioneers in social integration, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, Earl Warren, Ralph Abernathy, Medgar Evers, and more. Whether marching, speaking, or simply going to school, these brave men and women fought to advance social justice. David A. Adler's moving biographies and Bill Farnsworth's evocative paintings honor these Americans who risked their own lives so that others could enjoy their rights.
--Holiday House 2007
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A Taste of Colored Water
A Taste of Colored Water
by Matt Faulkner
Ages 6-9
You could blame Abbey Finch. If she hadn't come back from town with tales of a fountain bubbling forth with "colored" water, LuLu and Jelly would not have needed to go see for themselves. But it's not Abbey's fault. It's the early 1960's and colored water isn't the fruit-flavored, Technicolor wonder that LuLu and Jelly are expecint. And having a drink doesn't come without a price. Matt Faulkner has created a thought-provoking account of what happens when the naïve and whimsical imagination of a child is confounded by the reality of intolerance.
--Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2008
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Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist
Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist
by Philip Dray
Middle-school
In 1863, when Ida B. Wells was not yet two years old, the Emancipation Proclamation freed her from the bond of slavery. For her family and others like them, it was a time of renewed faith in America s promise of freedom and justice for all. Blessed with a strong will, an eager mind, and a deep belief in this promise, young Ida never turned away from the challenges she faced.

She insisted on holding her family together after the death of her parents. She defied convention and went to court when a railroad company infringed on her rights. And she used her position as a journalist to speak out about injustice.

But Ida's greatest challenge arose after one of her friends was lynched. How could one headstrong young woman help free America from the shadow of lawlessness that loomed over the country?
Appendix: More about Ida, Time Line, More about lynching, and bibliography
--Peachtree Publishers 2008
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Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
by James Sturm, Rich Tomasso (Illustrator)
Baseball Hall of Famer Leroy "Satchel" Paige (1905-1982) changed the face of the game in a career that spanned five decades. Much has been written about this larger-than-life pitcher, but when it comes to Paige, fact does not easily separate from fiction. He made a point of writing his own history. . . and then re-writing it. A tall, lanky fireballer, he was arguably the Negro League's hardest thrower, most entertaining storyteller and greatest gate attraction. Now the Center for Cartoon Studies turns a graphic novelist's eye to Paige's story. Told from the point of view of a sharecropper, this compelling narrative follows Paige from game to game as he travels throughout the segregated South.
In stark prose and powerful graphics, author and artist share the story of a sports hero, role model, consummate showman, and era-defining American.
--Hyperion Books for Children 2007
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Priscilla and the Hollyhocks
Ages 6 Up
Priscilla and the Hollyhocks
by Anne Broyles
Based on a true story

Priscilla is only four years old when her mother is sold to another master. All Priscilla has to remember her mother by are the hollyhocks she planted by the cow pond. At age ten, Priscilla is sold to a Cherokee famiily and continues her life as a slave. She keeps hope for a better life alive by planting hollyhocks whever she goes. At last, her forced march along the Trail of Tears brings a chance encounter that leads to her freedom. Includes an author's note with more details about this fascinating true story as well as instructions for making hollyhock dolls.
Charlesbridge Publishing 2008
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