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.
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.
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.
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
What do you do when your best friend moves far away? In this charming picture book, Maine author and illustrator Russ Cox shows readers how to channel sadness and boredom into something out of this world. Sheldon and his dog Jet decide to build a rocket ship. Young readers will delight in their adventures. A fun read-aloud best for children ages 4-8.
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.
By: Sarah Mae
Have you ever wished that you could live a different life? Sarah Mae has a strong desire to be immersed in all of the history, art and food of the Parisian lifestyle. Longing for Paris is about Mae’s struggle to live the life of a Parisian princess, without abandoning the friends, family and life that she already has.
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.
By: Kate Christensen
How to Cook a Moose was inspired by Kate Christensen’s move to Maine and New Hampshire, as well as the slow-food movement that has re-energized sustainable farming. This book sends the reader on a journey into the lives of people who are trying to make do with what they can and still produce delicious and healthy food.