In a rich embroidery of visions, musical cadence and deep emotion, Andrea and Brian Pinkney convey the final months of Martin Luther King's life --- and of his assassination --- through metaphor, spirituality and multilayers of meaning. Andrea's stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian's lyrical and colorful artwork, brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality -- and whose courage to make it happen --- changed the course of American history. And even in his death, he continues to transform and inspire all of us who share his dream.
Eleven-year-old Frances is an observer of nature and people, just like her idol, the anthropologist Margaret Mead. She spends most of her time up on the rocks behind her house. It's the one place where Frances can truly be herself, and where she doesn't have to think about her older sister, who is growing up and changing in ways that Frances can't understand. But when the unimaginable happens, Frances discovers that perhaps the world outside her hidden paradise isn't so bad after all, and that maybe she can find connection with the people who have surrounded her all along.
This elegant and insightful biography of Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) was written by her granddaughters, Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Léna Roy. Using never-before-seen archival materials that include photographs, poems, letters and journal entries from when Madeleine was a child until just after the publication of her classic, A WRINKLE IN TIME, her granddaughters weave together an in-depth and unique view of the famous writer. It is a story of overcoming obstacles --- a lonely childhood, financial insecurity, and countless rejections of her writing --- and eventual triumph. BECOMING MADELEINE will speak not only to fans of the icon’s work, but also to anyone interested in writing.
Catwoman is out alone on the prowl one night when KABOOM --- an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs! Star students Batgirl and Lois Lane both know the lab incident is fishy, and they meet later to share clues. But nothing could've prepared Batgirl for what they see next --- Batgirl's dad on a date! And with the school dance coming up, everyone is pairing off. The girls place a personal ad for Commissioner Gordon while they investigate the explosion, but they're about to discover more than who is behind the attack on S.T.A.R. Labs. Could it be that posting an ad looking for dates for the commissioner is like advertising catnip for criminals?
Arlo Finch thought becoming a Ranger meant learning wilderness skills, like camping and knots. But upon arriving in the tiny town of Pine Mountain, Arlo soon learns there's so much more. His new friends Indra and Wu teach him how to harness the wild magic seeping in from the mysterious Long Woods --- a parallel realm of wonder and danger. A dark and ancient force is sending threats into the real world...our world. Through perilous adventures and close calls, Arlo is awakened to his unique destiny --- but the obstacles he faces will test the foundations of the Ranger's Vow: loyalty, bravery, kindness and truth.
Emmeline's gift of controlling shadows has isolated her from the rest of the world, but she's grown to be content, hidden away in her mansion with Dar, her own shadow, as her only company. With the noble's guards on her trail, Emmeline's only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline's not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it's hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.
Leonora’s family owns the best bakery in Rose Hill, spending their days conjuring delicious cookies and cakes for any occasion, including Dia de los Muertos. Leo hopes that she can help out this year, but she is told she’s too young. Sneaking out of school, she discovers that her mother, aunt and four sisters are brujas who pour a little bit of magic into everything they bake. Leo knows that she has magic as well and is more determined than ever to join the business. And when her best friend needs help, Leo has the perfect opportunity to try out her craft. It’s just one little spell, after all…what could possibly go wrong?
Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home --- or even within the walls of church? Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter --- and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.
Life is comfortable for 12-year-old T'Challa in his home of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African nation. When he's not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father, the reigning Black Panther, he's off breaking rules with his best friend, M'Baku. But then his father announces that he's sending T'Challa and M'Baku to South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago. Despite being given a high-tech suit and a Vibranium ring in case of an emergency, T'Challa realizes he might not be equipped to handle life in America, especially when it comes to hiding his identity as the prince of a powerful nation, and avoiding Gemini, a classmate who is rumored to be involved in dark magic.
Right before Wavie's mother died, she gave Wavie a list of instructions to help her find her way in life, including this one: Be brave, Wavie B! You got as much right to a good life as anybody, so find it! Now Wavie's back in the Holler --- and in the clutches of her Aunt Samantha Rose. Life with the devilish Samantha Rose and her revolting cousin Hoyt is no picnic, but there's real pleasure in sleeping in her own mother's old bed, and making friends with the funny, easygoing kids her aunt calls the "neighborhood-no-accounts." With their help, Wavie just might be able to prevent her aunt from becoming her legal guardian, and find her courage and place in the world.