2017-2018 Book List

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Adventures with Waffles Maria Parr 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Candlewick Press ISBN# 978-0763672812 (HB) Copyright 5/12/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.80

Hardly a day passes without Trille and Lena inventing some kind of adventure that often ends in trouble. Whether it’s coaxing a cow onto a boat or sledding down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken, there is always a thrill and sometimes an injury to be had. Trille loves to share everything with Lena, even Auntie Granny’s waffles. But when Lena has to move away and Auntie Granny leaves the world, it sometimes seems like nothing will ever be right again. The warmth of friendship and the support of family suffuse this lightly illustrated novel, proving that when times are tough, a little taste of sweetness can make all the difference.

Angel Tree Daphne Benedis-Grab 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545613781 (HB) Copyright 9/30/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.70

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine River, a tree appears in the town square—the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody’s ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition’s charm. This year, however, four kids who have been helped—Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami—are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town’s guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.

Another Day as Emily Eileen Spinelli 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0449809884 (PB) Copyright 5/13/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.20

Eleven-year-old Suzy just can’t win. Her brother is a local hero for calling 911 after seeing their elderly neighbor collapse, and only her best friend was able to win a role in the play they both auditioned for. Feeling cast aside from all angles, Suzy sees a kindred spirit in Emily Dickinson, the subject of her summer project. Suzy decides to escape from her disappointments by emulating the poet’s life of solitude: no visitors or phone calls (only letters delivered through her window), no friends (except her goldfish, Ottilie), and no outings (except church, but only if she can wear her long white Emily dress). But being a recluse is harder than Suzy predicted. Will she find a way to fold Emily into her life while also remaining true to herself?

Curiosity Gary Blackwood 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Dial Books ISBN# 978-0803739246 (PB) Copyright 4/10/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.30

In 1835, when his father is put in debtors’ prison, 12-yr-old chess prodigy Rufus Goodspeed is relieved to be recruited to secretly operate a chess-playing automaton but soon questions his own safety.

Daniel Finds a Poem Micha Archer
Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0399169137 (HB) Copyright 2/15/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.80

What is poetry? Is it glistening morning dew? Spider thinks so. Is it crisp leaves crunching? That’s what Squirrel says. Could it be a cool pond, sun-warmed sand, or moonlight on the grass? Maybe poetry is all of these things, as it is something special for everyone you just have to take the time to really look and listen. The magical thing is that poetry is in everyone, and Daniel is on his way to discovering a poem of his own after spending time with his animal friends. What is poetry? If you look and listen, it’s all around you!

Dash Kirby Larson 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic, Inc. ISBN# 978-0545416368 (PB) Copyright 5/10/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.90

Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home—or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they’ve lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?

Diana’s White House Garden Elisa Carbone
Illustrated by Jen Hill Publisher Viking Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0670016495 (HB) Copyright 5/3/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

Diana Hopkins lived in a white house. THE White House. World War II is in full force across the seas. It’s 1943, President Roosevelt is in office, and Diana’s father, Harry Hopkins, is his chief advisor. And Diana wants to be part of the war effort. After some well-intentioned missteps (her quarantine sign on her father’s office door was not well-received), the President requests her help with his newest plan for the country’s survival: Victory Gardens! From award-winning author Elisa Carbone comes the true story of how Diana Hopkins started her own Victory Garden on the White House lawn under the tutelage of Eleanor Roosevelt. With dedication and patience, she showed the nation that the war effort started first on the homefront.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Laurie Ann Thompson 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Sean Qualls Publisher Schwartz & Wade ISBN# 978-0449817452 (HB) Copyright 1/5/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.40

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.

Enormous Smallness: The Story of E.E. Cummings Matthew Burgess 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo Publisher Enchanted Lion Books ISBN# 978-1592701711 (HB) Copyright 4/7/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.20

This introduction to the life and work of the twentieth-century American writer highlights key moments in his creative development, shares insights about his beliefs, and introduces some of his signature poems.

Fish in a Tree Lynda Mullaly Hunt 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books ISBN# 978-0399162596 (HB) Copyright 2/4/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.70

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her and to everyone than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

Flags Over America: A Star-Spangled Story Cheryl Harness 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Albert Whitman & Company ISBN# 978-0807524701 (HB) Copyright 9/1/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.60

This history-of-flags picture book focuses on the United States’s revolutionary beginnings, from liberty poles to the legendary “Star-Spangled Banner” that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814.

Fleabrain Loves Franny Joanne Rocklin 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Harry N. Abrams ISBN# 978-1419716768 (PB) Copyright 8/11/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.30

Franny Katzenback, while recovering from polio, reads and falls in love with the brand-new book Charlotte’s Web. Bored and lonely and yearning for a Charlotte of her own, Franny starts up a correspondence with an eloquent flea named Fleabrain who lives on her dog’s tail. While Franny struggles with physical therapy and feeling left out of her formerly active neighborhood life, Fleabrain is there to take her on adventures based on his extensive reading.

Fur, Fins, and Feathers: Abraham Dee Bartlett and the Invention of the Modern Zoo Cassandre Maxwell 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Eerdmans Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0802854322 (HB) Copyright 8/10/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

Abraham Dee Bartlett knew from a young age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals. But in Victorian London, there weren’t many jobs that provided an opportunity to do that. Still, Abraham spent years gaining knowledge and pursuing his dream until he eventually became superintendent in the London Zoo. Driven by his compassion for the animals, Abraham dramatically improved the conditions of the zoo to ensure that the animals could be happy and healthy.

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse Tamera Will Wissinger
Illustrated by Matthew Cordell Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-0544439313 (PB) Copyright 3/24/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.60

Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: “Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / The princess doll does not belong!” All ends well in this winsome book of poems—each labeled with its proper poetic form, from quatrain to tercet. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found—and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.

Lenny & Lucy Philip C. Stead
Illustrated by Erin E. Stead Publisher Roaring Brook Press ISBN# 978-1596439320 (HB) Copyright 10/6/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.30

Peter and his father are moving to a new house beyond the dark unfriendly woods. When they arrive at their new home, Peter wants to turn back. Fortunately, he has Harold for company, but Harold is just a dog and can’t help Peter. Scared of the things hidden in the woods, Peter makes a tall pile of pillows. He stitches and sews. He pushes and pulls. And when he is done, he has Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, to protect him and Harold. Lenny is a good guard but Peter worries that Lenny will get lonely out by the woods all by himself, so he makes Lucy, who is a good friend. Together, Lenny, Lucy, Peter, and Harold discover that this new place isn’t so scary after all.

Mark of the Thief Jennifer A. Nielsen 2017-2018
Lamplighter
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic, Inc. ISBN# 978-0545561556 (PB) Copyright 12/28/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.20

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods—magic some Romans would kill for. Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic’s newfound powers for their own dark purposes. In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire’s most powerful and savage leaders.

Nuts to You Lynne Rae Perkins 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Greenwillow Books ISBN# 978-0060092757 (PB) Copyright 8/26/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.20

Jed, TsTs, and Chai are the very best of friends. So when Jed is snatched up by a hawk and carried away to another realm, TsTs and Chai resolve to go after him. Mysteriously, the hawk has dropped him. They saw it. Jed could be alive. New communities are discovered, new friends are made, huge danger is encountered (both man-made and of the fox and bobcat variety) and the mysteries of squirrel culture are revealed.

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton Don Tate 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Peachtree Publishers ISBN# 978-1561458257 (HB) Copyright 9/1/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

In the nineteenth century, North Carolina slave George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time though not his freedom. Horton became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse.

Spidermania: Friends on the Web Alexandra Siy 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Dennis Kunkel: Photographer Publisher Holiday House ISBN# 978-0823428717 (HB) Copyright 7/20/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.60

Debunking myths about spiders, this book takes an extremely close look at creatures that have both fascinated and terrified humans. An introduction explains what makes spiders unique. Then ten species are highlighted with incredible electron micrograph photographs and surprising facts. From diving bell spiders that live in bubbles underwater, to spitting spiders that shoot venomous wads of spit at their prey, to black widows and wolf spiders, this unusual book will intrigue readers and help dispel arachnophobia.

Such a Little Mouse Alice Schertle
Illustrated by Stephanie Yue Publisher Orchard Books ISBN# 978-0545649292 (HB) Copyright 3/31/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.70

In every season, a little mouse pops out of his hole in the meadow and explores his world, gathering the food and supplies he will need when winter comes.

Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives on the Job Dorothy Hinshaw Patent 2017-2018
Lamplighter
Illustrated by Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens ISBN# 978-0802736185 (HB) Copyright 9/2/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 7.00

A dog’s nose is 300 times more powerful than a human nose, so it’s no wonder that dogs use their incredibly advanced sense of smell to do some very important jobs. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent explores the various ways specific dogs have put their super sniffing ability to use: from bedbug sniffers to explosive detectors to life-saving allergy detectors . . . and more. This dynamic photo-essay includes first-hand accounts from the people who work closely with these amazing dogs.

This is the Earth Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander
Illustrated by Wendell Minor Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0060555269 (HB) Copyright 2/22/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

This Is the Earth explores hundreds of years of changing landscapes and the positive and negative impacts humans have had on the environment. Even the smallest actions can help save the world, and this lyrical, rhyming read-aloud text shows how smart and simple everyday habits can protect the planet.

Tiger Boy Mitali Perkins 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Jamie Hogan Publisher Charlesbridge ISBN# 978-1580896603 (HB) Copyright 4/14/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.10

Passing exams will earn young Neel a much-coveted scholarship for a private boarding school in Kolkata, and the boy’s family has their dreams pinned on him, feeling that a good education will ensure him a better quality of life. But Neel is too attached to the “golpata branches swaying in the monsoon rains…the evening smell of jasmine flowers…mingling with green chilies and fresh ilish fish simmering in mustard-seed oil” to ever consider leaving his home. He studies only halfheartedly for his tests, incurring the wrath of his serious headmaster. When a female tiger cub escapes from a neighboring animal reserve, Neel is determined to find her before she’s snagged by greedy poachers led by Mr. Gupta, a corrupt local businessman. Gupta employs several of the villagers, including Neel’s father, tempting them with additional income if they assist in the illegal effort.

Two Friends Dean Robbins
Illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko Publisher Orchard Books ISBN# 978-0545399968 (HB) Copyright 1/4/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 2.50

Two friends, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. The premise of this particular exchange between the two is based on a statue in their hometown of Rochester, New York, which shows the two friends having tea.

Under Their Skin Margaret Peterson Haddix 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers ISBN# 978-1481418594 (PB) Copyright 1/9/2017 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.40

Nick and Eryn’s mom is getting remarried, and the twelve-year-old twins are skeptical when she tells them their lives won’t change much. Well, yes, they will have to move. And they will have a new stepfather, stepbrother, and stepsister. But Mom tells them not to worry. They won’t ever have to meet their step siblings. This news puzzles Nick and Eryn, so the twins set out on a mission to find out who these kids are and why they’re being kept hidden.

Waiting Kevin Henkes
Illustrated by Publisher Greenwillow Books ISBN# 978-0062368447 (HB) Copyright 9/1/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 1.90

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?

Wilder and Sunny S.J. Dahlstrom 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Paul Dry Books ISBN# 978-1589881006 (PB) Copyright 6/23/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 0.00

In this third installment of “The Adventures of Wilder Good,” Wilder and his “secret” girlfriend, Sunny Parker, set out with Wilder’s mentor, Gale Loving, for a day of fly fishing on the Rio Grande. But in the Colorado wilderness an afternoon of fishing and fun can shift suddenly to a life-and-death challenge. When Gale is injured, Wilder and Sunny must take charge. Together, the two learn what it is to aid and protect a friend. With no one to turn to, they have to make their own decisions and rely on their own skills as darkness falls and they prepare to spend the night in the canyon tending to Gale.

Winter Sky Patricia Reilly Giff 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Wendy Lamb Books ISBN# 978-0375838927 (PB) Copyright 1/6/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.80

Siria loves everyone at Pop’s firehouse. And she loves the stars in the winter sky. Her mother, who died, named her after Sirius—the Dog Star, brightest in January. But starry nights can fill with flames, and Siria sneaks out to chase the fire trucks. If she’s there, everyone will be safe. Still, Siria’s not brave like Pop. Her best friend Douglas used to chase with her, and it wasn’t so scary. But she did something wrong; they’re not friends now. This winter, Siria must learn to be brave. Because she’s got to fix things with Douglas; and when Pop is injured, she needs courage, and her friends, more than ever.

Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats Sandra Markle 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Millbrook Press ISBN# 978-1467714631 (HB) Copyright 8/1/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 6.30

Little brown bats do us a big favor. They eat huge numbers of insects! That helps limit the spread of diseases and the damage that insects do to farm crops. But in recent years, large populations of little brown bats have been dying off each winter. Is a virus killing them? Could climate change or pesticides be the cause? Or is it something else? Follow a team of dedicated scientists working to save the little brown bats in this real-life science mystery.

Dead Bird Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Christian Robinson Publisher HarperCollins ISBN# 978-0060289317 (HB) Copyright 2/29/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.30

One day, the children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.

Desperate Adventure of Zeno & Alya Jane Kelley 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Square FIsh ISBN# 978-1250062826 (PB) Copyright 7/14/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.80

An orphaned African grey parrot who can speak 127 words. A girl so sick, she has forgotten what it means to try. Fate––and a banana nut muffin––bring them together. Will their shared encounter help them journey through storms inside and out? Will they lose their way, or will they find what really matters?

Fine Dessert Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by Sophie Blackall Publisher Schwartz & Wade ISBN# 978-0375968327 (HB) Copyright 1/26/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 3.60

In 1710, a girl and her mother in Lyme, England, prepare a blackberry fool, picking wild blackberries and beating cream from their cow with a bundle of twigs. The same dessert is prepared by an enslaved girl and her mother in 1810 in Charleston, South Carolina; by a mother and daughter in 1910 in Boston; and finally by a boy and his father in present-day San Diego.

First Case Ulf Nilsson 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Gitte Spee Publisher Gecko Press ISBN# 978-1927271490 (HB) Copyright 2/28/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

Someone’s stealing nuts from the forest, and it’s up to Detective Gordon to catch the thief! Unfortunately, solving this crime means standing in the snow and waiting for a long time…. If only he had an assistant—someone small, fast, and clever―to help solve this terrible case. A brilliant detective story by one of Sweden’s top children’s writers and illustrated in full color throughout. A book to read alone or aloud!

Handful of Stars Cynthia Lord 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic, Inc. ISBN# 978-0545700276 (HB) Copyright 5/26/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.40

When Lily’s blind dog, Lucky, slips his collar and runs away across the wide-open blueberry barrens of eastern Maine, it’s Salma Santiago who manages to catch him. Salma, the daughter of migrant workers, is in the small town with her family for the blueberry-picking season. After their initial chance meeting, Salma and Lily bond over painting bee boxes for Lily’s grandfather, and Salma’s friendship transforms Lily’s summer. But when Salma decides to run in the upcoming Blueberry Queen pageant, they’ll have to face some tough truths about friendship and belonging. Should an outsider like Salma really participate in the pageant-and possibly win?

Horse Called Hero Sam Angus 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Square FIsh ISBN# 978-1250062833 (PB) Copyright 6/30/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.80

In 1940, as the war escalates and London becomes a target for German bombs, Dodo and Wolfie are evacuated to the country. After weeks of homesick loneliness, they come across an orphaned foal and name him Hero for surviving against the odds.

House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams Tanya Lee Stone 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Kathryn Brown Publisher Henry Holt and Co. ISBN# 978-0805090499 (HB) Copyright 6/23/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.50

This is the story of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, who transformed a poor neighborhood in Chicago by opening up her house as a community center.

Island of Dr. Libris Chris Grabenstein 2017-2018
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Illustrated by Publisher Yearling ISBN# 978-0385388450 (PB) Copyright 4/5/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.30

What if your favorite characters came to life? Billy’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris. But something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, there’s Dr. Libris’s private bookcase. Whenever Billy opens the books inside, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake. The clash of swords. The twang of arrows. Sometimes he can even feel the ground shaking. It’s almost as if the stories he’s reading are coming to life! But that’s impossible . . . isn’t it?

Lion Who Stole My Arm Nicola Davies 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Annabel Wright Publisher Candlewick Press ISBN# 978-0763666200 (HB) Copyright 2/24/2014 Intl. Setting Reading Level 5.40

Zoologist Nicola Davies presents an illustrated novel for young readers that proves you don’t need two arms to be strong. Pedru has always wanted to be a great hunter like his father, but after a lion takes his arm, he worries that he’ll always be the crippled boy instead. Pedru longs to kill the lion that mauled him and strengthens himself to be ready for the hunt. But when the opportunity arises, will Pedru have the strength to turn his back on revenge? Zoologist Nicola Davies perfectly merges a heart-pounding adventure with an important message about conservation, and Annabel Wright’s gorgeous black-and-white illustrations bring Pedru’s story to life.

Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle Jude Isabella 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Simone Shin Publisher Kids Can Press ISBN# 978-1771380232 (HB) Copyright 2/28/2015 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.00

In this unique nonfiction picture book, the main character is a bicycle that starts its life like so many bicycles in North America, being owned and ridden by a young boy. The boy, Leo, treasures his bicycle so much he gives it a name—- Big Red. But eventually Leo outgrows Big Red, and this is where the bicycle’s story takes a turn from the everyday, because Leo decides to donate it to an organization that ships bicycles to Africa. Big Red is sent to Burkina Faso, in West Africa, where it finds a home with Alisetta, who uses it to gain quicker access to her family’s sorghum field and to the market. Then, over time, it finds its way to a young woman named Haridata, who has a new purpose for the bicycle—- renamed Le Grand Rouge—- delivering medications and bringing sick people to the hospital.

Way to Stay in Destiny Augusta Scattergood 2017-2018
Crown
Illustrated by Publisher Scholastic Press ISBN# 978-0545538251 (PB) Copyright 5/10/2016 Intl. Setting Reading Level 4.10

When Theo gets off a bus in Destiny, Florida, he’s left behind the only life he’s ever known. Now he’s got to live with Uncle Raymond, a Vietnam War vet and a loner who wants nothing to do with this long-lost nephew. Thank goodness for Miss Sister Grandersole’s Rooming House and Dance School. The piano that sits in Miss Sister’s dance hall calls to Theo. He can’t wait to play those ivory keys. When Anabel arrives things get even more enticing. This feisty girl, a baseball fanatic, invites Theo on her quest to uncover the town’s connection to old-time ball players rumored to have lived there years before. A mystery, an adventure, and a musical exploration unfold as this town called Destiny lives up to its Name.