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      Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife

      by Amy Cherrix

      Mar 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      Ages 9-12 Fall 2018
      North Carolin'’s black bears were once a threatened species, but conservation efforts have been so successful that there is a boom in bear population. Now scientists ask: can humans and bears live compatibly in and around Asheville?

      Web resources. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Author’s note. Index. Full-color photographs.

      The Light Between Worlds

      by Laura E. Weymouth

      Feb 2019

      Young Adults Plus

      Top Ten
      Ever since sisters Evie and Philippa returned from the strange kingdom they were transported to six years ago, they have struggled to adjust to life in England. List of poems and paintings mentioned in the novel.

      Dreamers

      by Yuyi Morales

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      Ages 4-8 Fall 2018
      In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed.
      She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.
      Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.
      The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.
      Author’s note. “Books That Have Inspired Me.” Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paints, pen and ink, and scanned photos.

      Saving Winslow

      by Sharon Creech

      Feb 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      Ages 9-12 Fall 2018
      Louie doesn’t have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures—not even lightning bugs, worms, or goldfish. So when his father brings him a sickly, newborn mini donkey, he’s determined to save him and gives him the name Winslow. And somehow, taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army.
      Everyone worries that Winslow won’t survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. But as Louie’s bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined.

      A Very Large Expanse of Sea

      by Tahereh Mafi

      Feb 2019

      Young Adults

      Teen Readers Fall 2018
      2002: Shirin figures everyone at her new school will dislike her for her race, religion, and hijab. Then she meets Ocean James, who actually seems to want to get to know her—and she discovers breakdancing.

      Louisiana's Way Home

      by Kate DiCamillo

      Jan 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      Top Ten
      When Louisiana Elefante’s granny wakes her up in the middle of the night to tell her that the day of reckoning has arrived and they have to leave home immediately, Louisiana isn’t overly worried. After all, Granny has many middle-of-the-night ideas. But this time, things are different. This time, Granny intends for them never to return. Separated from her best friends, Raymie and Beverly, Louisiana struggles to oppose the winds of fate (and Granny) and find a way home. But as Louisiana’s life becomes entwined with the lives of the people of a small Georgia town—including a surly motel owner, a walrus-like minister, and a mysterious boy with a crow on his shoulder—she starts to worry that she is destined only for good-byes. (Which could be due to the curse on Louisiana’s and Granny’s heads. But that is a story for another time.)

      The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Jan 2019

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Top Ten
      Felicity Montague wants to become a doctor. Her drive to overcome prejudice takes her on a cross-continental quest involving heists, pirates, and plenty of lifesaving medical care. Author's note. Map.

      King Alice

      by Matthew Cordell

      Jan 2019

      Primary Plus

      Ages 4-8 Fall 2018
      Matthew Cordell celebrates books and reading in this picture book about a girl and her father who make up an epic adventure in which she is king!
      What is there to do on a snow day when the whole family is stuck indoors? Write a book, that’s what!
      Alice does just that, and makes herself the king of her story. Best of all, the story lasts till the lights go out at bedtime.
      Matthew Cordell, author and illustrator of the Caldecott award-winning book Wolf in the Snow, celebrates reading and the imaginative way one family handles being housebound. Whether it's a snow day, a sick day, or simply a day that no one can organize going out, families with young children will relish and relate to this charming picture book.
      Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

      The War Outside

      by Monica Hesse

      Jan 2019

      History High

      Teen Readers Fall 2018
      Crystal City, Texas, 1944: Haruko and Margot meet at a "family internment camp" during World War II. But in a prison the US government has deemed full of spies, can they trust anyone—even each other? Black-and-white map. Note on historical accuracy.

      Mascot

      by Antony John

      Dec 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Top Ten
      After a car accident takes Noah's father's life and leaves him paralyzed, Noah must use a wheelchair. While his playing days might be over, baseball isn’t done with Noah yet.

      Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse

      by Marcy Campbell

      Dec 2018

      Primary

      Top Ten
      Adrian Simcox tells anyone who will listen that he has a horse—the best and most beautiful horse anywhere.
      But Chloe does NOT believe him. Adrian Simcox lives in a tiny house. Where would he keep a horse? He has holes in his shoes. How would he pay for a horse?
      The more Adrian talks about his horse, the angrier Chloe gets. But when she calls him out at school and even complains about him to her mom, Chloe doesn’t get the vindication she craves. She gets something far more important.
      Written with tenderness and poignancy and gorgeously illustrated, this book will show readers that kindness is always rewarding, understanding is sweeter than judgment, and friendship is the best gift one can give.
      Full-color illustrations were created using black ink, colored pencils, and watercolor.

      Bridge of Clay

      by Markus Zusak

      Dec 2018

      Mature Young Adults Plus

      Teen Readers Fall 2018
      Orphaned by fate and fecklessness, Clay Dunbar and his four brothers have had to raise themselves. When their father finally returns, Clay makes a choice that might heal their broken family.
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