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Books for Young Readers from the 2013 Summer Newsletter

<a href=""><img src=" align="right" width="100" height="129" hspace="5"></a>These recommendations were published in our <a href="">2013 Summer Newsletter</a>. <br><br> These pages are just a sampling of this year’s many wonderful new books. Visit our children’s and young adults’ sections and we will help you choose just the right book.

Dreaming Up by Christy Hale

On left-hand pages, young children build with blocks, cups, pillows, sand—whatever’s available—as simple concrete poems describe the constructions. Right-hand pages are photographs of architectural marvels (the Guggenheim, Fallingwater) that echo the kids’ structures; endnotes provide additional information. This celebration of play, creation, and imagination is visually appealing and wholly original. —Horn Book. Grades K–2
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building Cover Image
By Christy Hale, Christy Hale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781600606519
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2012

April and Esme, Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham

Graham’s carelessly cozy, unfussily domestic art brings Borrowers-esque charm to this tale of a young girl and her sister who follow in the tooth fairy tradition of their parents by going on their very first commission. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Ages 5–8.
April and Esme Tooth Fairies Cover Image
By Bob Graham, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763663476
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - April 9th, 2013

The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden

Author-illustrator H. A. Rey (1898–1977)…grew up in Hamburg, Germany, as did his wife Margret (1906–1996). After World War I, Hans emigrated to Brazil; the two were married there in 1935. Carrying Brazilian passports, they honeymooned in Paris. Their intended two-week stay was extended until 1940 when, in the book’s central event, the Jewish Reys barely managed to escape the invading Germans—on bicycles. Meanwhile, they’d begun making children’s books; an early draft of Curious George was one of the very few items they carried as they fled occupied France.…Borden’s simple, quietly dramatic text (“The train slowly pulled out of the Orleans station, / then swayed and clattered along the tracks / as it gathered speed. / To Hans and Margret, / after three days of pedaling, / the sound was wonderful”) is marvelously enhanced by perfectly integrated historical and family photos and documents.…More than a first biography of picture book icons, this is a fine introduction to the period for young children, a model of documentation, and an exceptionally inviting and well-designed book. —Horn Book. Grades 3–6.
The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey Cover Image
By Allan Drummond (Illustrator), Louise Borden
ISBN: 9780547417462
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Clarion Books - August 16th, 2010

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

Little mouse-girl Penny has a song in her heart. Well, it’s not just in her heart, because she likes to belt it out. Henkes understands the way families make memories in his first easy reader, an adorable opener to the Penny series. —Booklist. Grades K–2.

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Penny and Her Song (I Can Read Level 1) Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062081971
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012

Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes

This memorable second easy reader about mouse Penny explores the universal childhood experience of naming things, with Penny pondering what to call the new doll Gram has sent her. Henkes skillfully develops his

characters and story using three brief chapters,

accessible language, intentional repetition, subtle clues, and expressive illustrations to great effect. —Horn Book. Grades K–2.

Penny and Her Doll Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062081995
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay

Lulu’s teacher doesn’t want any more animals in class, but when an unhatched egg winds up in Lulu’s pocket, she finds an unexpected ally. Lulu, a biracial girl in a multicultural classroom, stars in a story great for moving transitional readers to chapter books. —Booklist. Grades 1–3.
Lulu and the Duck in the Park Cover Image
By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807548080
Availability: Backordered
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2012

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea by Hilary McKay

Cousins Lulu and Mellie are best friends. In this modern-day, seaside adventure, the girls are vacationing with Lulu’s parents and their beloved old dog, Sam. Having rented a cottage from a persnickety owner, the family hopes for the perfect week full of reading, kite-building, and marathon-training. However, a wayward stray bounds into their lives and turns their plans upside down (along with a few trash cans along the way). McKay hits the nail on the head in this beginning chapter book. Children will delight in the story of how this thieving menace turns into a brave hero and loyal friend, wiggling its way into the hearts of the characters and readers alike. This book is just right for youngsters ready for chapters, with cheerful black-and-white illustrations on almost every other page. Younger children will also enjoy this story as a read-aloud. The plot is universal and the vocabulary hints of a European setting. Family members sticking together to overcome obstacles is the prevalent theme and the happy ending is hoped for, if not expected. This title should be a staple in any early-chapter-book

collection. —School Library Journal. Grades 1–3.

Lulu and the Dog from the Sea Cover Image
By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780807548202
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2013

Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael Beil

Summer is indeed a time for mystery and adventure. Instead of spending the summer with his divorced father, 12-year-old Nicholas Mettleson and his younger, identical twin sisters leave New York City to head to rural Ohio to live along Forsaken Lake with their great-uncle Nick, an arm amputee who never misses a beat. It’s not long before Nicholas teams up with local star baseball player Charlotte “Charlie” Brennan, and the pair discovers a series of mysteries. Ultimately focusing on what’s right rather than the truth, the appealing story leaves one big mystery unsolved, promising a sequel and more summer magic. —Kirkus. Grades 4–6.
Summer at Forsaken Lake Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375867422
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 12th, 2012

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Marlee only speaks to a tiny handful of people. She’s terrified of giving a presentation in class, of standing up to her bullying best friend, and of talking to strangers. But she’s also terrified of being voiceless in a family pulling itself apart. When a new girl moves to town, Marlee takes a chance and speaks to her. What unfolds is a friendship that challenges the social fabric of the town of Little Rock in the year 1958, just after the Little Rock Nine have desegregated the schools. Against this tumultuous backdrop, Marlee discovers that finding her voice will mean speaking up about what she knows is right. Grades 5–8.“This is my absolute favorite book of the year.” —Eileen

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The Lions of Little Rock Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142424353
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Puffin Books - January 10th, 2013

Three Times Lucky Audiobook CD

A 2013 Newbery Honor Book. The American Library Association writes: “In the rich tradition of Southern storytelling, rising sixth-grader Mo LoBeau leads eccentric residents of Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, on a rollicking journey of mystery and adventure as she investigates a murder and searches for her long-lost mother.” Booklist, in naming this one of its Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 2013, says, “Friedman bathes listeners in a rich drawl that imbues this family-friendly story with warmth and a strong sense of place.” Grades 4–7.
Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mysteries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611761368
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Listening Library - August 2nd, 2012


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