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      Max and the Midknights

      by Lincoln Peirce

      Jun 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act…and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers—the Midknights—Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits!

      Black-and-white illustrations.

      The Island of Sea Women

      by Lisa See

      Jun 2019

      Adult Crossover High Plus

      Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends that come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility but also danger.

      Author’s note on Korean words used.

      Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive

      by Stephanie Land

      Jun 2019

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      At 28, Stephanie Land's plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the Pacific Northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. She turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, Stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and began to write relentlessly. She wrote the true stories that weren't being told: the stories of overworked and underpaid Americans. Of living on food stamps and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) coupons to eat. Of the government programs that provided her housing, but that doubled as halfway houses. The aloof government employees who called her lucky for receiving assistance while she didn't feel lucky at all. She wrote to remember the fight, to eventually cut through the deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.

      Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich.

      Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)

      by Gary Golio

      Jun 2019

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Once there was a little slip of a boy who roamed the streets of London, hungry for life (and maybe a bit of bread). His dad long gone and his actress mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage one day taking his mum’s place, singing and drawing laughs amid a shower of coins. There were times in the poorhouse and times spent sitting in the window at home with Mum, making up funny stories about passersby. And when Charlie described a wobbly old man he saw in baggy clothes, with turned-out feet and a crooked cane, his mother found it sad, but Charlie knew that funny and sad go hand in hand. With a lyrical text and exquisite collage imagery, Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplin’s path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film. Afterword. Facts about Charlie Chaplin. Resources. Selected books and movies. Full-color collage and ink illustrations.

      The Runaways

      by Ulf Stark

      Jun 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Grandpa hates being in hospital. He thinks only of the place he was happiest—the island where he used to live. He wants to go back, but they won't let him out of the hospital. So Gottfried Junior, his namesake, helps Grandpa make a plan to run away. They think of everything. Their deception is so complete that when Gottfried Junior finally decides to tell the truth, no one believes him.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Lenny's Book of Everything

      by Karen Foxlee

      Jun 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      Lenny Spink is the sister of a giant. Her little brother, Davey, suffers from a rare form of gigantism and is taunted by other kids and turned away from school because of his size. To escape their cruel reality, Lenny and Davey obsess over the entries in their monthly installment of Burrell’s Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia set. Lenny vows to become a beetle expert, while Davey decides he will run away to Canada and build a log cabin. But as Davey’s disease progresses, the siblings’ richly imagined world becomes harder to cling to in this deeply moving and original novel about grief, family, and wonder.

      Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller

      by Doreen Rappaport

      Jun 2019

      Biography Elementary Plus

      As a child in Oklahoma, Wilma Mankiller experienced the Cherokee practice of Gadugi, helping each other, even when times were hard for everyone. But in 1956, the federal government uprooted her family and moved them to California, wrenching them from their home, friends, and traditions. Separated from her community and everything she knew, Wilma felt utterly lost until she found refuge in the Indian Center in San Francisco. There, she worked to build and develop the local Native community and championed Native political activists.

      Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Time line. Pronunciation guide. Selected bibliography. Online resources. Source notes. Full-color illustrations.

      Enemy Child: The Story of Norman Mineta, a Boy Imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp During World War II

      by Andrea Warren

      Jun 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      It’s 1941 and ten-year-old Norman Mineta is a carefree fourth grader in San Jose, California, who loves baseball, hot dogs, and Cub Scouts. But when Japanese forces attack Pearl Harbor, Norm’s world is turned upside down as, one by one, things that he and his Japanese American family took for granted are taken away. In a matter of months, they, along with everyone else of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast, are forced by the government to move to internment camps, leaving everything they have known behind.

      Further information about Japanese American internment and Norman Mineta. Multimedia recommendations. Author’s note on her research process. Bibliography. Source notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs, maps, and reproductions.

      The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly

      by Rebecca K.S. Ansari

      Jun 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High Plus

      Charlie O’Reilly is an only child. Which is why it makes everyone uncomfortable when he talks about his brother. Liam. His eight-year-old kid brother, who, up until a year ago, slept in the bunk above Charlie, took pride in being as annoying as possible, and was the only person who could make Charlie laugh until it hurt. Then came the morning when the bunk, and Liam, disappeared forever. No one even remembers him—not Charlie’s mother, who has been battling depression; and not Charlie’s father, who is gone frequently on business trips. The only person who believes Charlie is his best friend, Ana—even if she has no memory of Liam, she is as determined as Charlie is to figure out what happened to him.

      The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James

      by Ashley Herring Blake

      Jun 2019

      Advanced Readers

      When Sunny St. James receives a new heart, she decides to set off on a New Life Plan: 1) do awesome amazing things she could never do before; 2) find a new best friend; and 3) kiss a boy for the first time. Her "New Life Plan" seems to be racing forward, but when she meets her new best friend Quinn, Sunny questions whether she really wants to kiss a boy at all. With the reemergence of her mother, Sunny begins a journey to becoming the new Sunny St. James.

      Deadly Frogs

      by Meish Goldish

      Jun 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 3-5

      In 2015, scientist Carlos Jared made an amazing discovery while studying frogs in Brazil. After picking up a small frog with his bare hands, Jared immediately felt a sharp pain, which lasted for hours. He didn't know what caused it. At the time, Jared didn't realize he had just made an important scientific discovery. He had found a frog covered with tiny spines that can inject venom! Learn all about deadly frogs in this engrossing new narrative nonfiction book for young readers. It's packed with exciting wildlife encounters, cutting-edge science, and loads of info about venom and its deadly effects.

      Flippers & Fins

      by Miller, Tessa

      Jun 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      Scientists continue to discover new things about ocean animals and the amazing abilities that allow them to thrive deep underwater. Readers will learn about six life-changing pieces of technology that have come from the study of underwater animals - from squid-inspired computer parts to tsunami sensors modeled after dolphin calls. By exploring the stories of inspiration and study that have lead to these innovations, students will explore biology, engineering, and other STEM fields.

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