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      Juana and Lucas: Big Problemas

      by Juana Medina

      Nov 2019

      Independent Readers

      Juana’s life is just about perfect. She lives in the beautiful city of Bogotá with her two most favorite people in the world: her mami and her dog, Lucas. Lately, though, things have become a little less perfect. Mami has a new hairdo and a new amigo named Luis with whom she has been spending a LOT of time. He is kind and teaches Juana about things like photography and jazz music, but sometimes Juana can’t help wishing things would go back to the way they were before. When Mami announces that she and Luis are getting married and that they will all be moving to a new casa, Juana is quite distraught. Lucky for her, though, some things will never change — like how much Mami loves her. Based on author-illustrator Juana Medina’s own childhood in Colombia, this joyful series is sure to resonate with readers of all ages.

      Full-color illustrations created with watercolor and ink.

      Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

      by David Almond

      Nov 2019

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      Joe Quinn has been telling everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one, that is, except Davie. Davie’s felt the inexplicable presence in the Quinns’ house and seen random objects fly through the air. And there’s something else…a memory of Davie’s beloved sister and a feeling deep down that it might just be possible for ghosts to exist. Full of thoughts of hauntings and grief and God, Davie hovers on a precipice of uncertainty and possibility, a space that storyteller David Almond occupies comfortably and returns to again and again — here paired once more with the dynamic, dreamlike mixed-media art of Dave McKean.

      Introduction. Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

      Our Favorite Day

      by Joowon Oh

      Nov 2019

      Pre-Kindergarten Plus

      Every morning, Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there's one day each week that is extra special. That's the day he might visit the craft store, get two orders of dumplings to go, and possibly pick some flowers he sees along the path.
      With its spare text and wonderfully warm watercolor and cut-paper illustrations just begging to be pored over, Joowon Oh's tale of the singular love between a grandfather and granddaughter will nestle within the heart of every reader.

      Full-color illustrations were done in watercolor, gouache, and cut paper.

      Hollow Kingdom

      by Kira Jane Buxton

      Nov 2019

      Adult Crossover Thrillers Plus

      S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle's wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®. Then Big Jim's eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn't quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies—from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim's loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis—fail to cure Big Jim's debilitating malady.

      S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity's extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.

      The Great Shark Rescue: Saving the Whale Sharks

      by Sandra Markle

      Nov 2019

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Top-selling science author Sandra Markle presents the story of whale sharks—the largest fish on the planet. Facing threats from commercial fishing as well as climate change, they were categorized as endangered in 2016. Find out how scientists are working to study and protect these gentle giants of the ocean.

      Author’s note. “Did You Know?” Time line. Source notes. Glossary. Suggestions for further information. Index. Full-color maps, diagrams, illustrations, and photographs.

      More Than a Game: Race, Gender, and Politics in Sports

      by Matt Doeden

      Nov 2019

      Sports Middle Plus

      Sports has never been only about what takes place on the playing field. Matt Doeden explores past and current controversies in a book sure to engage everyone interested in sports, history, and civil rights.

      Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Index. Full-color photographs.

      Gun Violence: Fighting for Our Lives and Our Rights

      by Matt Doeden

      Nov 2019

      Nonfiction High Plus

      In early 2018, teen-led March for Our Lives events across the United States protested gun violence, demanded change to save lives, and registered voters toward that end. This authoritative exploration of guns, gun violence, and gun control explores the Second Amendment, the history of guns and gun laws in the United States, legal restrictions to gun ownership, and the devastation of mass shootings. Through an objective look at individual versus collective rights, readers will be able to offer well-informed answers to questions such as: Should young people own assault rifles? What about terrorists and the mentally ill? Read the book to make an informed argument and support your point of view.

      Time line. Glossary. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Further information. Index. Full-color photographs.

      Becoming Beatriz

      by Tami Charles

      Nov 2019

      Young Adults

      Up until her fifteenth birthday, the most important thing in the world to Beatriz Mendez was her dream of becoming a professional dancer and getting herself and her family far from the gang life that defined their days—that, and meeting her dance idol Debbie Allen on the set of her favorite TV show, Fame. But after the latest battle in a constant turf war leaves her gang leader brother, Junito, dead and her mother grieving, Beatriz has a new set of priorities. How is she supposed to feel the rhythm when her gang needs running, when her mami can’t brush her own teeth, and when the last thing she can remember of her old self is dancing with her brother, followed by running and gunshots? When the class brainiac reminds Beatriz of her love of the dance floor, her banished dreams sneak back in. Now the only question is: will the gang let her go?

      Author’s note. Further information about gangs and drug dealing in 1980s Newark, the ACT-SO contest, and Debbie Allen.

      Ruby's Hope: A Story of How the Famous "Migrant Mother" Photograph Became the Face of the Great Depression

      by Monica Kulling

      Nov 2019

      Independent Readers Plus

      Dust storms and dismal farming conditions force young Ruby’s family to leave their home in Oklahoma and travel to California to find work. As they move from camp to camp, Ruby sometimes finds it hard to hold on to hope. But on one fateful day, Dorothea Lange arrives with her camera and takes six photographs of the young family. When one of the photographs appears in the newspaper, it opens the country’s eyes to the reality of the migrant workers’ plight and inspires an outpouring of much needed support.

      Bleak yet beautiful illustrations depict this fictionalized story of a key piece of history about hope in the face of hardship, and the family that became a symbol of the Great Depression.

      Author’s note. Bibliography. “How the ‘Migrant Mother’ Came to Be.” Black-and-white historical photographs. Full-color illustrations were drawn with graphite and colored digitally.

      Aalfred and Aalbert

      by Morag Hood

      Nov 2019

      Kindergarten Plus

      Aalfred and Aalbert lead solitary lives. Sometimes, Aalfred thinks he might like to be part of a pair, and sometimes Aalbert thinks he might like to be one of two. But Aalfred sleeps all day, and Aalbert sleeps all night &mdashso how will the two ever meet? Luckily, a helpful bystander intervenes, and when Aalfred and Aalbert 's paths cross in the most unexpected way, they find that they go together quite well, just like cheese and broccoli.
      This adorable story about two aardvarks and an unlikely matchmaker will appeal to families with LGBTQ parents and family members as author-illustrator Morag Hood keeps children laughing with funny situations and entertaining teachable moments about relationships.

      Full-color illustrations were created in gouache and colored digitally.

      The Brave Cyclist: The True Story of a Holocaust Hero

      by Amalia Hoffman

      Nov 2019

      Sports Elementary Plus

      Once a skinny and weak child, Gino Bartali rose to become a Tour de France champion and one of cycling's greatest stars. But all that seemed unimportant when his country came under the grip of a brutal dictator and entered World War II on the side of Nazi Germany. Bartali might have appeared a mere bystander to the harassment and hatred directed toward Italy’s Jewish people, but secretly he accepted a role in a dangerous plan to help them. Putting his own life at risk, Bartali used his speed and endurance on a bike to deliver documents Jewish people needed to escape harm. His inspiring story reveals how one person could make a difference against violence and prejudice during the time of the Holocaust.

      Afterword with photograph of Gino Bartali. Select bibliography. Source notes. Full-color illustrations.

      My Winter City

      by James Gladstone

      Nov 2019

      City Elementary

      A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trudge through the snow, their dog bounding along beside them. A slushy, steamy bus ride takes them to the tobogganing hill for some winter fun. That night, the boy lies awake under cozy covers, reflecting on the day.

      Full-color watercolor illustrations.
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