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      Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together

      by Clare Hodgson Meeker

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 6-8

      This heartwarming true story chronicles what happened after a mother gorilla failed to bond with her newborn baby at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. The dedicated staff worked tirelessly to care for the baby and find innovative ways for mother and baby to build a relationship. The efforts were ultimately successful, and baby Yola became part of a family group.

      A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity

      by Nicole Valentine

      Dec 2019

      Mystery Middle Plus

      Twelve-year-old Finn is used to people in his family disappearing. His twin sister, Faith, drowned when they were three years old. A few months ago, his mom abandoned him and his dad with no explanation. Finn clings to the concrete facts in his physics books?and to his best friend, Gabi?to ward off his sadness. But then his grandmother tells him a secret: the women in their family are Travelers, able to move back and forth in time. Finn's mom is trapped somewhere in the timeline, and she's left Finn a portal to find her. But to succeed, he'll have to put his trust in something bigger than logic.

      Author’s note. Questions for discussion.

      The American Dream?: A Journey on Route 66 Discovering Dinosaur Statues, Muffler Men, and the Perfect Breakfast Burrito

      by Shing Yin Khor

      Dec 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      As a child growing up in Malaysia, Shing Yin Khor had two very different ideas of what “America” meant. The first looked a lot like Hollywood, full of beautiful people and sunlight and freeways. The second looked more like The Grapes of Wrath - a nightmare landscape filled with impoverished people, broken-down cars, barren landscapes, and broken dreams. Those contrasting ideas have stuck with Shing ever since, even now that she lives and works in LA. The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 is Shing’s attempt to find what she can of both of these Americas on a solo journey (small adventure-dog included) across the entire expanse of that iconic road, beginning in Santa Monica and ending up Chicago. And what begins as a road trip ends up as something more like a pilgrimage in search of an American landscape that seems forever shifting, forever out of place.

      Full-color illustrations.

      Corals: Secrets of Their Reef-Making Colonies

      by Rebecca Stefoff

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      Science Grades 3-5

      Huge coral reefs can stretch across oceans for miles! But take a closer look, and you'll see that each coral is actually a tiny, simple animal. Discover how both hard and soft corals build colonies. Then learn about the threats to corals and their reefs and how people can protect them.

      Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds: 100 New Ways to See the World

      by Ian Wright

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction High Plus

      Which nations have North Korean embassies? How many countries have bigger economies than California? Who drives on the “wrong” side of the road? And where can you find lions in the wild? In Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds, you’ll learn all this and much more. One hundred visually arresting maps strike a balance between sobering analysis (number of executions by state) and whimsical insight (the countries of the world where there aren’t any McDonald’s).

      Introduction. Sources for data. Full-color maps and infographics.

      The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan

      by Sherry Thomas

      Dec 2019

      Young Adults

      CHINA, 484 A.D.
      All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight. If she prevails, she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier, and avenge her father, who was paralyzed in his own duel. Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulan’s father cannot go. Her brother is just a child. So she ties up her hair, takes up her sword, and joins the army as a man.

      Thanks to her martial arts skills, Mulan is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling—the royal duke’s son, who is also the handsomest man she’s ever seen. But the princeling has secrets of his own, which explode into Mulan’s life and shake up everything she knows. As they cross the Great Wall to face the enemy beyond, Mulan and the princeling must find a way to unwind their past, unmask a traitor, and uncover the plans for the Rouran invasion…before it’s too late.

      Author’s note. Further information on China in the 400s and on Chinese words used.

      Fats Domino

      by Michael DeMocker

      Dec 2019

      Series Nonfiction
      History Grades 6-8

       While he would become very popular later in his life, Fats Domino had a simple beginning. He was raised by parents who loved music. He had seven siblings, many of which loved to play music too. Fats Domino spent his childhood chopping wood, boxing, and collecting scrap metal. When Domino was ten years old, his family got a piano. After that, every Saturday was a party at his house. There was music, dancing, and friends. Fats Domino fell in love with the piano and in doing so, set himself on a musical path that would shape the rest of his life. Step into this book to see how Fats Domino went from playing for his neighbors in his backyard to playing for all of New Orleans!

      Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America

      by Steve Sheinkin

      Dec 2019

      Biography Middle Plus

      Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first official women-only air race across the US. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations of young women; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane with her own hands before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who bravely shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who made headlines at age seventeen when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.

      Source notes. Works cited. Index. Black-and-white illustrations and photographs.

      Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship"

      by Deborah Heiligman

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benaresset out in a convoy of nineteen ships sailing for Canada. On board were ninety CORB children, chaperones, and crew, along with paying passengers. When the war ships escorting the Benares to safe waters peeled off, and the way forward seemed certain, a German submarine attacked and torpedoed the Benares. What followed is an amazing example of all that people are capable of—the worst, and the best.

      Author’s note. List of people in the book. “After the Voyage.” Select bibliography. Endnotes. Index. Black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and reproductions.

      Soccerverse: Poems About Soccer

      by Elizabeth Steinglass

      Dec 2019

      Sports Elementary Plus

      From the coach who inspires players to fly like the wind, to the shin guard that begs to be donned, to soccer dreams that fill the night, Soccerverse celebrates soccer. Featuring a diverse cast of girls and boys, the poems in this collection cover winning, losing, teamwork, friendships, skills, good sportsmanship, and, most of all, love for the game. Elizabeth Steinglass cleverly incorporates thirteen different poetic forms throughout the book, defining each in a note at the end, and Edson Ikê’s bold artwork is as creative as the poems are surprising.

      “A Note About Poem Forms.” Answer key. Full-color digital illustrations.

      The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs

      by Gail Jarrow

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction Middle

      Formaldehyde, borax, salicylic acid. Today, these chemicals are used in embalming fluids, cleaning supplies, and acne medications. But in 1900, they were routinely added to food that Americans ate from cans and jars. Often products weren’t safe because unregulated, unethical companies added these and other chemicals to trick consumers into buying spoiled food or harmful medicines. Chemist Harvey Washington Wiley recognized these dangers and began a relentless thirty-year campaign to ensure that consumers could purchase safe food and drugs, eventually leading to the creation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA.

      Acclaimed nonfiction and Sibert Honor-winning author Gail Jarrow uncovers this intriguing history in her trademark style that makes the past enthrallingly relevant for today’s young readers.

      It's a Round, Round World!

      by Ellie Peterson

      Dec 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      Intrepid young scientist-adventurer Joulia Copernicus takes readers on a journey through space and time, explaining with humor and wit how we know the earth is round.

      “How to Be a Scientist.” Full-color illustrations.
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