Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and
Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of
the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the
woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest
stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist,
Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and
a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
Samurai Summer by Ake Edwardson
Looked at from the outside, the annual summer camp in the countryside
seems idyllic. But for Kenny, a boy with a Samurai soul, it is no more
than a prison camp, run by a sadistic woman who is sometimes helped by
her salacious son, Christian. To escape the adults, Kenny and his
"samurai" friends sneak out to the forest to build a secret castle. It’s
off-limits to the girls, but a female camper named Kerstin begs Kenny
to show her the castle. But suddenly she disappears, and Kenny realizes
something terrible must have happened to her. Something that points to
the old woman who runs the camp but even more so to her strange, creepy
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. When she was shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive.
Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, and of Malala's parents' fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
It will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.
Knitting Yarns by Ann HoodA collection of poignant essays about the transformative power of knitting by twenty-seven extraordinary writers.
“The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters. . . . These essays will break your heart. They will have you laughing out loud.”—Ann Hood
Time for Bed, Fred! by Yasmeen Ismail
Meet Fred—a mischievous, playful, loving dog. It's time for Fred to go to bed . . . but Fred really, really
doesn’t want to! From hiding up in trees, to splashing in muddy puddles, to hiding behind bookshelves, Fred will do anything
avoid bedtime. He would even rather have a bath than go to bed . . .
but all of this running couldn't possibly have possibly made Fred
sleepy—could it? Bound to strike a chord with parents and children with
their own bedtime distraction techniques, Yasmeen Ismail’s hilarious
text and cheerful, vivid illustrations will have every reader shouting
by the very last page, "Time for Bed, Fred!"
Space Encyclopedia by David A. Aguilar
Presenting the latest exciting findings on space exploration and
research and cutting-edge, spectacular views of the universe that
technology is bringing back to Earth, all in one ultimate reference
book. Authored by David A. Aguilar of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics, the National Geographic Space Encyclopedia
ideal for the family bookshelf, providing both accessible information
for school reports and compelling reading on the mysteries beyond our
Yes Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is
set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is
unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is,
what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three
island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and
family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.
The Sacrifice: An Enemy Novel by Charlie Higson
The Sacrifice picks up after Small Sam and The Kid arrive at the Tower of London at the end of The Dead.
Though Sam finds safety and friendship at the Tower with Jordan
Hordern's crew, he can't settle down. The only thing he wants is to be
reunited with his sister, Ella. Despite Ed's protests, Sam and the Kid
strike out westward, through the no-go zone.
Shadowman is tracking Saint George across north London, watching him
build up his army. Shadowman knows that Saint George is an extremely
dangerous threat, but no one will take his warnings seriously.
answers to the questions we've been wondering about--What is the
Disease? Where did it come from? Is there a cure?--are addressed by an
unexpected source: a diseased adult nicknamed Wormwood who has the
ability to speak, though his ravings are difficult to decipher
Starring Jules (As Herself) by Beth AinThings to Know About Me
by Jules Bloom
1. I am a scrambled-eggs-and-chocolate-milk type person.
2. I have an audition for a TV commercial (which would be great if I were a tall-icy-drink type person.)
3. I am in between best friends right now.
4. I am worried that the audition will be a disaster. (See #1 and #3!)
doesn't want to ruin THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME, and she's willing
to turn to anyone for help--even her know-it-all ex-best friend! If only
that lovely new girl in class would turn out to be the new best friend
of her dreams, maybe, just maybe, Jules will be ready for her
The Lonley Polygamist by Brady UdallGolden Richards, husband to four wives, father to twenty-eight children, is having the mother of all midlife crises. His construction business is failing, his family has grown into an overpopulated mini-dukedom beset with insurrection and rivalry, and he is done in with grief: due to the accidental death of a daughter and the stillbirth of a son, he has come to doubt the capacity of his own heart. Brady Udall, one of our finest American fiction writers, tells a tragicomic story of a deeply faithful man who, crippled by grief and the demands of work and family, becomes entangled in an affair that threatens to destroy his family’s future. Like John Irving and Richard Yates, Udall creates characters that engage us to the fullest as they grapple with the nature of need, love, and belonging.
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch by Anne Isaacs
When Widow Tulip Jones of Bore, England, inherits a ranch in By-Golly
Gully, Texas, and moves in with two trunks of tea, twelve pet tortoises,
and three servants, hilarity ensues. The peaceful life suits the
wealthy widow fine until word gets out and every unmarried man in Texas
lines up to marry her. Widow Tulip and her small staff of three can't
possibly run the farm and manage all the suitors, so she devises a
plan—and it just might work.
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen
In this conclusion to the Ascendance trilogy, the impulsive Jaron,
former orphan thief and now King of Carthya, is facing down multiple
enemies and his country’s invasion with his usual aplomb. There is
always a trick up this royal’s sleeve, though setbacks involving those
closest to him—and a surprise loss—almost push him to give up. (Almost
is the operative word.) Battles, close shaves, daring escapes, and
double crosses will thrill fans who have come to expect this kind of
nonstop action. There is a sobering death toll, but the emphasis is not
on blood and guts. Despite there being a war on, Jaron always keeps his
focus on his true enemy, the King of Avenia, and not on common foot
Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig
Fear the Corn.
Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had
enough of it. It's the only crop the Empyrean government allows the
people of the Heartland to grow—and the genetically modified strain is
so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to
control it. As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail
their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for
valuables. But Cael's tired of surviving life on the ground while the
Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. He's
sick of the mayor's son besting Cael's crew in the scavenging game. And
he's worried about losing Gwennie—his first mate and the love of his
life—forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most
of all, Cael is angry—angry that their lot in life will never get
better and that his father doesn't seem upset about any of it. When Cael
and his crew discover a secret, illegal garden, he knows it’s time to
make his own luck...even if it means bringing down the wrath of the
Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.