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Stars of 2017: School-Age

    Beyond the Bright Sea

    Beyond the Bright Sea - Lauren Wolk

    Set adrift on the ocean in a small skiff as a newborn, twelve-year-old Crow embarks on a quest to find the missing pieces of her history.

    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground - Rita Williams-Garcia

    Feeling most alive when he's playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton is devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away and join bluesmen on the road.

    CHILDREN FICTION Williams-Garcia, R.
    Flying Lessons & Other Stories

    Flying Lessons & Other Stories - edited by Ellen Oh

    From basketball dreams and family fiascos to first crushes and new neighborhoods, this anthology, written by award-winning children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

    Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

    Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon - Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

    Biography of legendary artist Cindy Sherman.

    CHILDREN 770.92 S553zj 2017    
    Tumble & Blue

    Tumble & Blue - Cassie Beasley

    In order for Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery to fix their ancestors' mistakes and banish the bad luck that has followed them around for all of their lives, they must face Munch, the mysterious golden alligator who cast the curse centuries ago.

    Fault Lines in the Constitution

    Fault Lines in the Constitution - Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson

    Many of the political issues we struggle with today have their roots in the US Constitution. Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson take readers back to the creation of this historic document and discuss how contemporary problems were first introducedthen they offer possible solutions. Think Electoral College, gerrymandering, even the Senate. Many of us take these features in our system for granted. But they came about through haggling in an overheated room in 1787, and were still experiencing the ramifications. Each chapter in this timely and thoughtful exploration of the Constitutions creation begins with a storyall but one of them truethat connects directly back to a section of the document that forms the basis of our society and government .

    CHILDREN 342.73029 L665 2017
    Hello, Universe

    Hello, Universe - Erin Entrada Kelly

    Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

    It All Comes Down to This

    It All Comes Down to This - Karen English

    In the summer of 1965, Sophie's family becomes the first African Americans to move into their upper middle-class neighborhood in Los Angeles. When riots erupt in nearby Watts, she learns that life and her own place in it are a lot more complicated than they had seemed.

    Louis Undercover

    Louis Undercover - Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault

    During the summer holiday Louis and his younger brother spend two weeks with their dad, who appears to have stopped drinking, but a close call with a bee sting brings their mother and the quartet spend a few days together before everything starts back upagain.

    Martí's Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad

    Martí's Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad - Emma Otheguy with excerpts from Versos sencillos by José Martí; illustrations by Beatriz Vidal

    A bilingual biography of José Martí, who dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty for all men and women, Includes author's note, afterword, and author's sources.


    Nightlights - Lorena Alvarez

    Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy's bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings. When a mysterious new girl appears at school, Sandy's drawings are noticed for the first time, but Morfie's fascination with Sandy's talent soon turns into something far more sinister.

    One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance

    One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance - Nikki Grimes; artwork by Cozbi Cabrera [and 12 others]

    In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking. This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators, who have created pieces of art based on Nikki's original poems. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon.

    CHILDREN 811.6 G862 2017

    Patina - Jason Reynolds

    A newbie to the track team, Patina "Patty" Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons.

    The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine

    The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine - Mark Twain and Philip C. Stead; illustrations by Erin Stead

    Based on a set of unfinished Mark Twain notes for a children's story, this is the tale of Johnny, a young boy with a magical ability to speak to animals who sets off to rescue a stolen prince.

    Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

    Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library - Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Eric Velasquez

    Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg's efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art.

    OVERSIZE CHILDREN 974.700496 W362 2017
    Silent Days, Silent Dreams

    Silent Days, Silent Dreams - Allen Say

    A fictional biography of James Castle, a deaf, autistic artist whose drawings hang in major museums throughout the world.

    CHILDREN BIOGRAPHY Castle, J. 2017
    Speed of Life

    Speed of Life - Carol Weston

    Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on. Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down. Speed of Life is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it's just beginning. It's a novel about love, family, grief, and growing up.

    The Stars Beneath Our Feet

    The Stars Beneath Our Feet - David Barclay Moore

    Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.

    CHILDREN FICTION Moore, D.    
    The War I Finally Won

    The War I Finally Won - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

    As the frightening impact of World War II creeps closer and closer to her door, eleven-year-old Ada learns to manage life on the home front.

    CHILDREN FICTION Bradley, K.    

    Wishtree - Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Charles Santoso

    A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences.

    CHILDREN FICTION Applegate, K.
    York: The Shadow Cipher

    York: The Shadow Cipher - Laura Ruby

    In an alternate history of New York, three kids try to solve a modern-world puzzle and complete a treasure hunt laid into the streets and buildings of the city.

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