Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Crenshaw  by Katherine Applegate

Jackson and his family are homeless again and may be forced to live in their mini-van. Crenshaw is an imaginary friend who helps Jackson deal with the troubles he and his family are facing. Applegate’s treatment of homelessness and its effect on families is sensitive and compassionate. This book will shed light on a serious problem facing many families. While serious, the book manages to find  the humor and joy in life and in friendships both real and imaginary. Grades 4 through 6.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the Sword of Summer

by Rick Riordan

 

Rick Riordan is back with another series sure to delight his young fans. The Sword of Summer is the first book in a new trilogy by this perennial favorite author among middle grade readers. Magnus Chase, orphaned and alone lives on the streets of Boston. When a distant uncle tracks him down to tell him he is the son of a Norse God his adventure begins. Filled with humor, trolls, giants, monsters, villains and heroes this book will have readers wanting more. Grades 4 through 6.

Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hammer by Carole Boston Weatherford

Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hammer by Carole Boston Weatherford

 

Fannie Lou Hammer was the youngest of 20 children born to sharecroppers in Mississippi. She became a champion of the Civil Rights movement and the Freedom Summer of 1964. She even spoke at the Democratic National Convention. This richly illustrated picture book introduces readers to an amazing and unforgettable woman and celebrates the spirit of the Civil Rights movement. All ages.

Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza

Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza

 

When a squirrel finds an acorn in the woods he claims it for himself calling out “‘Finder Keepers!”  He marks the spot with his red hat. When the wind blows the hat away where will it land? Each page in this delightful picture book shows a new woodland animal with the red hat. And the hat has many uses. Will the squirrel find his acorn again?  And his hat? With a twist at the end, this book is sure to become a favorite.  Ages 2-6

Disaster Profiteers

Disaster Profiteers

By: John C. Mutter

In Disaster Profiteers, John C. Mutter writes about a hidden tragedy that accompanies natural disasters.  This tragedy does not happen during the disasters themselves or within the weeks following the disasters.  The tragedy happens after the aid workers leave, and after the hype has died down.  That is when the elite intervene and keep the survivors impoverished.

The Orpheus Clock

The Orpheus Clock

By: Simon Goodman

Simon Goodman’s grandparents came from German-Jewish banking dynasties and perished in concentration camps.  It was only recently, after the death of his father, that Goodman discovered a long-hidden family interest: world-class art.  In The Orpheus Clock, Goodman documents his quest to recover old works of art that the Nazis stole from his family years ago.

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