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JULY 2017

A Time to ACtA Time to Act : John F. Kennedy's Big Speech
by Shana Corey; Illustrated by Gregory Christie 

Young readers who enjoy biographies will enjoy this stellar picture book biography which focuses on former president Kennedy’s evolution on civil rights while in office. The book begins by detailing Kennedy’s childhood, service in the U.S. military, and how he got his start in politics. Though the president was hesitant initially to strongly support civil rights, the story eventually exhibits how he ends up changing his mind and delivering his historic antidiscrimination speech. This important speech helped set the stage for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Complete with beautiful and expressive illustrations from Christie, and an empowering message for children to speak out and “make history”, this is a wonderful choice for readers ages 8 and up.

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POSTED: July 24, 2017

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Wolf Hollow Wolf Hollow
by Lauren Wolk

Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this serious and complex middle grade novel which serves as both a coming of age story for our narrator, twelve- year- old Annabelle, and also a look at morality and lying. Set in rural Pennsylvania during World War II, the story begins with Annabelle navigating how to deal with Betty, a bully, who hassles her and threatens her younger brothers on their way to school.  Bullying escalates to violence and the blame is placed not on Betty but on a hermit-like, gun-toting, World War I veteran named Toby. Annabelle finds herself caught in the middle of this drama as both Annabelle and Toby go missing. A great story for tween readers in search of a challenging read. Recommended for ages 10 and up .

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POSTED: July 17, 2017

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Fish Girl
Fish Girlby David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli

Thanks to an awesome team up of two stand-outs from the world of children’s literature, readers have this thoughtful and captivating graphic novel. Beautifully illustrated by Wiesner with his classic artwork, the story follows a young mermaid who stars in a boardwalk attraction and is kept in a large tank by Neptune, the owner of the aquarium and apparently our mermaid.  The mermaid accidentally meets a human girl one day, who names her Mira, and the two quickly form a secret friendship. Although there are some dark elements to this tale, it ends happily with Mira escaping the controlling Neptune and setting free all of the other marine animals he has held captive for profit.  Recommended for tween readers ages 10-12.

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POSTED: July 10, 2017

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A Cat Named Swan ACat Named Swan
by Holly Hobbie

“Then he was alone.” Readers will find this striking sentence beginning Hobbie’s beautiful picture book story about a lonely, homeless kitten. The tiny kitten has somehow lost his family, and manages to survive on the streets, but is eventually taken to an animal shelter and adopted by a loving family. Dubbed Swan by his new owners, he enjoys the luxuries of being a house cat, such as sleeping wherever and whenever he wants. This lovely story of animal rescue and adoption will surely touch the hearts of animal lovers young and old. Recommended for readers ages 3-7.

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POSTED: July 3, 2017

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