In picture books this month, we have LOOKING FOR BONGO by Eric Velasquez, in which a little boy searches high and low for his stuffed animal; SUPER HAPPY MAGIC FOREST by Matty Long, in which five heroes embark on a colorful, zany adventure to retrieve The Magical Crystals of Life; and THE NIGHT GARDENER by Terry Fan with illustrations by Eric Fan, a beautiful ode to the jaw-dropping, mysterious topiaries that transform a town in the middle of the night.
This month’s Cool and New roundup includes ECHO ECHO by Marilyn Singer with illustrations by Josee Masse, a unique book of reversible poems inspired by the Greek myths; PAX by Sara Pennypacker with illustrations by Jon Klassen, a powerful story about the friendship between a boy and his box; and THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY by Natalie Lloyd, a colorful, heartfelt tale in which Emma will do anything to save her family’s coffee shop and fulfill her special destiny.in his life.
In paperback titles this month, we have TOM GATES: Excellent Excuses (and Other Good Stuff) by Liz Pichon, in which two weeks off of school doesn’t prevent Tom from getting into some hilarious mischief; PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GODS by Rick Riordan and John Rocco, where readers can learn about the classic myths in Percy’s signature sarcastic tone; and HENRY DAVID THOREAU FOR KIDS: His Life and Ideas, with 21 Activities by Corinne Hosfeld Smith, where kids can discover the contributions of this great American thinker, writer and naturalist in an interactive way.
Mighty Apollo is known by all as the god of the sun, but there's more to this Olympian than a bright smile and a shining chariot. In the latest volume of Olympians, New York Times bestselling author George O'Connor continues to turn his extensive knowledge of the original Greek myths into rip-roaring graphic novel storytelling.
Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother, Joshua, are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua's latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He's taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name --- Friday --- and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel's journey from freedom, to captivity and back again.
Cheryl Blackford's debut novel is set in England during WWII and told from the dual perspectives of 10-year old Lizzie, a homesick girl evacuated from bomb-blitzed Hull to the remote Yorkshire valley, and Elijah, a local gypsy boy. When Lizzie discovers an abandoned baby, she goes in search of the child's parents. But Lizzie's quest to reunite the baby with her family leads her to a forbidden friendship with Elijah, and both of them must come to terms with a world clouded by prejudice and fear.
Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her and her grandfather's dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat and gets as far as the mainland before she is caught and forced to abandon Yujiin. She and her grandfather are devastated, but Manami clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again.