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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

by Guillermo del Toro

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Other Words for Home

by Jasmine Warga

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Dear America: Young Readers' Edition: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen

by Jose Antonio Vargas

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Benchwarmers

by John Feinstein

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Camp Tiger

by Susan Choi

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My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

by Ibi Zoboi

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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

By: Guillermo del Toro

Cornelia Funke

This book is not for the faint of heart or weak in spirit. It’s not for skeptics who don’t believe in fairy tales and the powerful forces of good. It’s only for brave and intrepid souls like you, who will stare down evil in all its forms.

Inspired by the critically acclaimed film written and directed by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro and reimagined by New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke, this haunting tale takes readers to a darkly magical and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous men, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

Perfect for fans of the movie and readers who are new to del Toro’s visionary work, this atmospheric and absorbing novel is a portal to another universe where there is no wall between the real and the imagined. A daring, unforgettable collaboration between two brilliant storytellers.

ISBN: 9780062414465

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Harsh realities of war, Mild language, Violence, Torture
Topics: Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) , Fantasy , Magic , Mothers and daughters , Fauns , Rebellions , Movie novelizations

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Other Words for Home

By: Jasmine Warga

I am learning how to be

sad

and happy

at the same time.

Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.

At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before. But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself.



Glossary of Arabic words. Author’s note.

ISBN: 9780062747808

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination, Harsh realities of war
Topics: Refugees , Immigration , Syria , English as a second language (ESL) , School plays , Friendship , Islamophobia , Hijab , Family life , Relatives , Stories in verse

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Dear America: Young Readers' Edition: The Story of an Undocumented Citizen

By: Jose Antonio Vargas

In this young readers' adaptation of his adult memoir Dear America, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Vargas tells his story, in light of the 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in America.
 
Jose Antonio Vargas was only twelve years old when he was brought to the United States from the Philippines to live with his grandparents. Unbeknownst to him, he was sent to the U.S. illegally. When he applied for a learner’s permit, he learned the truth, and spent the next almost twenty years keeping his immigration status a secret. Hiding in plain sight, he was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Only after publicly admitting his undocumented status—risking his career and personal safety—was Vargas able to live his truth.
 
This book asks questions like, How do you define who is an American? How do we decide who gets to be a citizen? What happens to those who enter the U.S. without documentation? By telling his personal story, and presenting facts without easy answers, Jose Antonio Vargas sheds light on an issue that couldn’t be more relevant.

ISBN: 9780062914590

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Racism, Racial slur
Topics: Jose Antonio Vargas (1981– ) , US journalists , Biography , Motion picture producers and directors , Illegal aliens , Immigration , Social activism , Undocumented immigrants , Filipino Americans , Memoirs

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Benchwarmers

By: John Feinstein

Twelve-year-old Jeff Michaels, son of a Philadelphia TV sports reporter, is just learning to play soccer on the new sixth-grade team at his middle school. Andrea Carillo has fought her way onto the squad, but the coach doesn’t think girls should play with boys, so she’s riding the bench with Jeff—even though she’s one of the best players. With Jeff’s help, the Philly media gets ahold of the story, and suddenly Andi is all over the news as she shows her worth on the soccer field. But amid bullies, threats, and a media firestorm, will Andi’s skills and Jeff’s perseverance be enough to save the season? From sportswriting powerhouse John Feinstein comes this fast-paced novel about two kids who are only benchwarmers until they prove themselves naturals
when it comes to teamwork, friendship, and finding a path to victory.

ISBN: 9780374312039

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination
Topics: Soccer , Gender roles , Sportsmanship , Middle schools

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Camp Tiger

By: Susan Choi

Illustrator: John Rocco

Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond.
 
Usually, they see things like an eagle fishing for his dinner, a salamander with red spots on its back, and chipmunks that come to steal food while the family sits by the campfire.
 
But this year is different. This year, the boy is going into first grade, and his mother is encouraging him to do things on his own, just like his older brother. And the most different thing of all…this year, a tiger comes to the woods.
 
With lyrical prose and dazzling art, Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi and Caldecott-honor winning artist John Rocco have created a moving and joyful ode to growing up.


Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9780399173295

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Camping , Tigers , Family life

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My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

By: Ibi Zoboi

In the summer of 1984, 12-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet makes the trip from Huntsville, Alabama, to Harlem, where she’ll spend a few weeks with her father while her mother deals with some trouble that’s arisen for Ebony-Grace’s beloved grandfather, Jeremiah. Jeremiah Norfleet is a bit of a celebrity in Huntsville, where he was one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA two decades earlier. And ever since his granddaughter came to live with him when she was little, he’s nurtured her love of all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek, both of which she’s watched dozens of time on Grandaddady’s Betamax machine. So even as Ebony-Grace struggled to make friends among her peers, she could always
rely on her grandfather and the imaginary worlds they created together. In Harlem, however, she faces a whole new challenge. Harlem in 1984 is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and her first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer’s end, Ebony-Grace discovers that gritty and graffitied Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars.


Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780399187353

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination; Mild violence, Mention of drugs, Allusions to prostitution
Topics: Imagination , Interpersonal relations , African Americans , Harlem, New York City , Conduct of life , Friendship , Grandparents and grandchildren , Science-fiction fandom , NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) , Huntsville, Alabama , Family problems

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