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      Bruce's Big Fun Day

      by Ryan T. Higgins

      Dec 2019

      Emergent Readers Plus

      Nibbs the mouse wants to give Bruce a BIG FUN DAY! But Bruce does not like BIG FUN DAYS. Not one bit.
      This brand new tale captures the humor of the Mother Bruce picturebook series while helping children transition from listening to books read aloud to reading a story themselves!

      Full-color illustrations.

      Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War

      by Duncan Tonatiuh

      Dec 2019

      Biography Elementary Plus

      José de la Luz Sáenz believed in fighting for what was right. Although he was born in the United States, he and his family experienced prejudice because of their Mexican heritage. When World War I broke out, Luz volunteered to join the fight. Because of his ability to quickly learn languages, he became part of the Intelligence Office in Europe. However, despite his hard work and intellect, Luz often didn’t receive credit for his contributions. Upon his return to the US, he joined other Mexican-Americans whom he had met in the army to fight for equality. His contribution, along with others, ultimately led to the creation of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), which is the oldest Latino civil rights organization.

      Author’s note. Source for quotations. Time lines. Select bibliography. Glossary. Photograph of José de la Luz Saenz. Index. Full-color illustrations were hand drawn, then collaged digitally.

      In the Hall with the Knife: A Clue Mystery

      by Diana Peterfreund

      Dec 2019

      PG High Plus

      When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students—including Beth “Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor, Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry—are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory, and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic film will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern reimagining of the brand, its characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden within its walls.

      Hi, I'm Norman: The Story of American Illustrator Norman Rockwell

      by Robert Burleigh

      Dec 2019

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Norman Rockwell is best known for capturing the American spirit as a painter and illustrator in the late twentieth century. This beautifully illustrated, first-person narrative explores Rockwell’s life in episodes based on important moments in American history. Norman Rockwell is not only a great American artist, but he also successfully chronicled two generations of American life, making him one of the most beloved and well-known American artists of all time.

      Further information about Norman Rockwell, with photograph. Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Time line. List of paintings represented in book. Reproductions of five Rockwell paintings with commentary. Suggestions for additional sources. Quotes. Full-color illustrations were rendered in watercolor, gouache, and pencil.

      Diversity in Medicine

      by Cathleen Small

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Social Studies Grades 6-8

      The days when white men filled physician positions and nurses were expected to be only women are far behind us. A far more diverse team of employees populates today's medical facilities. This edifying volume highlights the rocky road traversed by so many to get where we are today, as well as the gaps that continue to exist, supported by eye-opening statistics. Inspiring figures featured throughout emphasize the hard work and perseverance of some of medicine's most brilliant and determined figures, such as revolutionary ophthalmologist Patricia Bath and physician Kumar Bahuleyan. Dr. Bahuleyan used his skills and wealth to bring medical care to his poverty-stricken hometown.

      Super Potato's Mega Time-Travel Adventure

      by Artur Laperla

      Dec 2019

      Graphic Novels Elementary Plus

      For Super Potato's future...he must travel to the past!
      After an evil villain turned the handsome crime fighter Super Max into Super Potato, our hero got used to life as a tiny tuber. He even threw out his expensive shampoos. But when friendly scientists offer Super Potato a trip back in time, he can't resist. It's a chance to stop his transformation from ever happening!
      Super Potato lands in the past, ready to change history. There's just one problem: he runs into another fiendish criminal, Archibald the Scaly. Yikes! What will Super Potato choose―living life as a human or stopping Archibald's sinister plans?

      Full-color illustrations.

      Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters

      by Carlyn Beccia

      Dec 2019

      High-Interest Nonfiction Middle Plus

      An encyclopedia of monsters delves into the history and science behind eight legendary creatures, from Bigfoot and the kraken to zombies and more. Find out each monster's origin story and the real-world history that informed it, and then explore the science of each creature in fun and surprising ways. Tips and infographics—including monster anatomy, how to survive a vampire attack, and real-life giant creatures of the deep sea—make this a highly visual and fun-to-browse book.

      Author’s note. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Glossary. Index. Full-color mixed media illustrations.

      A Light in the Darkness: Janusz Korczak, His Orphans, and the Holocaust

      by Albert Marrin

      Dec 2019

      History High

      Janusz Korczak was more than a good doctor. He was a hero. The Dr. Spock of his day, he established orphanages run on his principle of honoring children and shared his ideas with the public in books and on the radio. He famously said that “children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today.” Korczak was a man ahead of his time, whose work ultimately became the basis for the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Korczak was also a Polish Jew on the eve of World War II. He turned down multiple opportunities for escape, standing by the children in his orphanage as they became confined to the Warsaw Ghetto. Dressing them in their Sabbath finest, he led their march to the trains and ultimately perished with his children in Treblinka.

      But this book is much more than a biography. Filled with black-and-white photographs, this is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose compassion in even the darkest hours reminds us what is possible.

      Notes. Selected sources. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      16 Words: William Carlos Williams and "The Red Wheelbarrow"

      by Lisa Rogers

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      "Look out the window. What do you see? If you are Dr. William Carlos Williams, you see a wheelbarrow. A drizzle of rain. Chickens scratching in the damp earth."

      The wheelbarrow belongs to Thaddeus Marshall, a street vendor, who every day goes to work selling vegetables on the streets of Rutherford, New Jersey. That simple action inspires poet and doctor Williams to pick up some of his own tools—a pen and paper—and write his most famous poem.

      In this lovely picture book, young listeners will see how paying attention to the simplest everyday things can inspire the greatest art, as they learn about a great American poet.

      Author’s note. Selected bibliography. “Some William Carlos Williams Poems to Enjoy.” Full-color illustrations rendered digitally.

      The Beautiful

      by Renée Ahdieh

      Dec 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger.

      She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as Le Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sèbastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of Le Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sèbastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

      Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home

      by Guojing

      Dec 2019

      Graphic Novels Early Elementary Plus

      In this heartwarming, wordless picture book that’s perfect for dog lovers, a woman visits a park and discovers a pup hiding under a bench—scruffy, scared, and alone. With gentle coaxing, the woman tries to befriend the animal, but the dog is too scared to let her near. Day after day, the woman tries—and day after day, the dog runs away. With perseverance and patience—and help from an enticing tennis ball—a tentative friendship begins. But it’s not until a raging storm forces the two together that a joyous and satisfying friendship takes hold. Guojing poignantly explores how trust doesn’t always come easily, but how, over time, and with kindness and determination, forever love can grow.

      Full-color illustrations were rendered in pencil and watercolor and compiled digitally.

      Michigan vs. the Boys

      by Carrie Allen

      Dec 2019

      Sports High

      Michigan Manning lives for hockey, and this is her year to shine. That is, until she gets some crushing news: budget cuts will keep the girls' hockey team off the ice this year. If she wants colleges to notice her, Michigan has to find a way to play. Luckily, there's still one team left in town…

      The boys' team isn't exactly welcoming, but Michigan's prepared to prove herself. She plays some of the best hockey of her life, in fact, all while putting up with changing in the broom closet, constant trash talk and—harmless? —pranks that always seem to target her. But once hazing crosses the line into assault, Michigan must weigh the consequences of speaking up—even if it means putting her future on the line.
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