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2018 Fall Titles

This is a listing of JLG titles for Fall 2018: September 2018 through February 2019. This list is subject to change.

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      Struttin’ with Some Barbecue: Lil Hardien Armstrong Becomes the First Lady of Jazz

      by Patricia Hruby Powell

      Mar 2019

      Biography Elementary Plus

      From the time she was a little girl in early 1900s Memphis, Lil Hardin was drawn to music. Her mother wanted Lil to be a proper lady and study classical music. But that was no life for Lil: music was no fun without the blues!

      Author’s note. Further information on Lil Hardin Armstrong. Note on jazz. Note on segregation. Note on Armstrong’s family and estate. Time line. Glossary. Further resources and selected bibliography. Quotation sources. Index. Black-and-white illustrations created in ink and graphite.

      Saving Winslow

      by Sharon Creech

      Feb 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      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.

      Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

      by Val Emmich

      Feb 2019

      High-Interest High Plus

      In this novelization of the Tony Award–winning musical, Evan grows close to a family after their son, Connor, commits suicide—and they mistakenly believe Evan was his secret best friend. Author's note with resources.

      Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City

      by Phillip Hoose

      Feb 2019

      Sports High

      The 1955 Crispus Attucks Tigers were from an Indianapolis high school meant to be the centerpiece of racially segregated education in Indiana. They shattered the myth of their own inferiority, winning the state basketball boys' championship. Author's note. Biographical notes on the basketball players mentioned in the book. Sources. Endnotes. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      American Dialogue: The Founding Fathers and Us

      by Joseph J. Ellis

      Feb 2019

      Adult Crossover Nonfiction Plus

      “What would the Founding Fathers think?” A consideration of contemporary topics including racism, inequality, and imperialism, paired with in-depth looks at the relevant opinions of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Madison. Endnotes. Index.

      Carmela Full of Wishes

      by Matt de la Peña

      Feb 2019


      When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true—she’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish. If only she can think of just the right wish to make…
      With lyrical, stirring text and stunning, evocative artwork, Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson have crafted a moving ode to family, to dreamers, and to finding hope in the most unexpected places.
      Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paint and collage and then digitally manipulated.

      The Brilliant Death

      by Amy Rose Capetta

      Feb 2019

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus


      Check Out the Library Weenies: And Other Warped and Creepy Tales

      by David Lubar

      Feb 2019

      High Interest Middle Plus

      In this collection of thirty stories, vampires target distracted Black Friday shoppers, a doll-head collection is even creepier in the dark, and a pet frog just keeps growing. Author notes on story ideas and origins. Reading and activity guide.


      by Yuyi Morales

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      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.

      Soñadores (Dreamers)

      by Yuyi Morales

      Feb 2019

      Primary Spanish

      After they leave Mexico for the United States, a migrante mother and her infant son feel lost in their new country—until they find a haven inimaginable: the library. Based on Yuyi Morales’s real-life journey.

      History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You to Know

      by Anita Sarkeesian

      Feb 2019

      History High

      Covering world figures such as Margaret Thatcher and activists such as Fatima Al-Fihri and Lucy Hicks Anderson, this volume presents twenty-five under-recognized but unforgettable women in history. Afterword. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Full-color illustrations.

      The Lotterys More or Less

      by Emma Donaghue

      Feb 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Sumac Lottery is the keeper of her family's traditions -- from Pow Wow to Holi, Carnival to Hogmanay, Sumac's on guard to make sure that no Lottery celebration gets forgotten. But this winter all Sumac's seasonal plans go awry when a Brazilian visitor overstays his welcome. A terrible ice storm grounds all flights, so one of her dads and her favorite brother can't make it home from India. And then the power starts going out across the city...
      Can Sumac hang on to the spirit of the season, even if nothing is going like a Lottery holiday should?
      Black-and-white illustrations.
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