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Growing Up in Santa Cruz

Bookshop Santa Cruz writes a monthly column of book recommendations for young readers in Growing Up in Santa Cruz--a publication for families in Santa Cruz County.

Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal is a journal with a bite that will push your boundaries and your creative spirit each day of the year. With a new instruction on each page—from asking you to hang your journal in a public place and invite people to draw in it or to write about something boring in immense detail—Wreck this Journal is hands-on, surprising, and extraordinarily fun. With over four editions of the journal to use, your kids will never think about daily tasks in the same way. Ages 12+
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ISBN: 9780399162725
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Published: Penguin Books - August 7th, 2012

Treasury for All Seasons by Julie Andrews

Beloved actress Julie Andrews partnered with her daughter to create a treasure trove of poems and songs to celebrate each season and holiday of the year. Accompanied by Andrews own family memories and including poems and music from an eclectic group of contributors such as Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, and Dr. Seuss, Treasury of all Seasons is the perfect book to bring out the anticipation of each month and to help kids get in a festive spirit for holidays ahead. Andrews creates a feeling of togetherness that will make you yearn to read and sing as a family from the book’s beginning through the end. Ages 5+
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ISBN: 9780316040518
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 2nd, 2012

The Quiet Place by Sarah Stewart, Illustrated by David Small

Isabel and her family move from Mexico to Michigan, leaving behind Isabel’s aunt, Lupita. The Quiet Place is told through Isabel’s letters to Lupita, who has been teaching her English in preparation for the move. Isabel’s love for her aunt and her immediate family is captured beautifully through Stewart’s simple text and Small’s wonderful illustrations. A sweet, endearing, and important story of one child’s experience as an immigrant. Kids and parents alike will be captured by Isabel’s love and creativity. Grades 1–3.
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By Sarah Stewart, David Small (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374325657
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - September 18th, 2012

Nightsong by Ari Berk, Illustrated by Loren Long

Chiro, a young bat, learns that he must make his first night trip alone. When he complains that it will be “…darker even than the water before dawn,” his mother explains that there are many ways to see the world. Some parents and educators will have to explain echolocation, but children will delight in this lesson as they see the light pouring from Chiro’s singing mouth. Chiro’s mother is featured as end-caps in this story, but her wisdom and tenderness are undeniable. Grades K–3.

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By Ari Berk, Loren Long (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416978862
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 25th, 2012

Game Changers by Mike Lupica

Mike Lupica is one of the premiere sports writers for youth. His books—covering baseball, football and basketball—are the perfect books to give any kid who wants to continue the passion and fun found on the field. In Game Changers, Lupica pits upcoming star Ben McBain against the football prodigy Shawn O’Brien to become the starting quarterback and leader of the team. Game Changers hits the sports notes just right while also addressing ideas of ambition, confidence, friendship, and team play along the way. Grades 4–8
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ISBN: 9780545381826
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Press - May 8th, 2012

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

If there were ever a rite of passage for kids on the Central Coast it would be to read the fun and fanciful tale of Treasure Island where, in 1883, a daring young boy sets out on a pirate adventure set on our own coastline. Even with familiar characters such as Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins, this illustrated edition is anything but ordinary—Lawrence’s beautiful woodcuts make reading this book a family bedtime treasure the entire year through. Ages 10+

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ISBN: 9780763644451
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Published: Candlewick - October 13th, 2009

Favorite Folktales from Around the World edited by Jane Yolen

A collection of the world’s best folktales compiled by the internationally known storyteller Jane Yolen, this anthology introduces tales, myths and legends from Russia to Japan to favorite Grimm’s classics. This book will inspire families to tackle the genre of fairy and folk tales but with the diversity of style and story that will keep the kids wanting more. “Most of the great human themes, from storytelling itself through love, wisdom, and death, are covered in this dazzling collection of tales…A delight for all readers” says Library Journal. Ages 8+
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ISBN: 9780394751887
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Published: Pantheon - August 12th, 1988

Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Fifteen-year-old Jane Arrowood enjoyed a normal day at the beach with her mom when the unthinkable happened: She lost her arm to a shark attack, quickly becoming “that shark girl” to all her friends. When Jane takes her challenge head on, she learns not only how to be comfortable in her own skin but how to harness that strength to dominate in women’s surfing. “The drama of the shark attack will hook them, and Jane’s inner journey will hold them until the end,” says School Library Journal in a starred review. Grades 6–10
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ISBN: 9780763646271
Availability: Backordered
Published: Candlewick - April 13th, 2010

On the Devil’s Court by Carl Deuker

Joe wants to play basketball so perfectly that he is willing to sell his soul to the devil to get there. But is it worth it to become a star player? On the Devil’s Court is a great basketball book for any tween or young adult who wants to combine their love of basketball with a complex plot filled with mind games, superstition, and interesting characters. Grades 7–12
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ISBN: 9780316067270
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2008

Ball Don’t Lie by Matt De La Pena

Sticky is a foster kid who faces challenges throughout his life. He turns to basketball and the streets to find out who he is and where he belongs. Selected by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults, Matt De La Pena’s gritty, urban novel demonstrates the depth of character found in the passion for a sport. Booklist says, “Teens will be strongly affected by the unforgettable, distinctly male voice; the thrilling, unusually detailed basketball action; and the questions about race, love, self-worth, and what it means to build a life without advantages.” Grades 9–12
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ISBN: 9780385734257
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2007


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