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Stars of 2018: School-Age

    Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam

    Boots on the Ground: America's War in Vietnam - Elizabeth Partridge

    An exploration of the Vietnam War from many different perspectives including an American soldiers, a nurse, and a Vietnamese refugee.

    CHILDREN 959.70433 P275 2018
    The Cardboard Kingdom

    The Cardboard Kingdom - Chad Sell

    Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who create costumes from cardboard and use their imagination in adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.

    The Journey of Little Charlie

    The Journey of Little Charlie - Christopher Paul Curtis

    When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.

    Louisiana's Way Home

    Louisiana's Way Home - Kate DiCamillo

    Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return.

    Martin Rising: Requiem for a King

    Martin Rising: Requiem for a King - Andrea Davis Pinkney; paintings by Brian Pinkney

    An illustrated tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. celebtrates his commitment to non-violent protest in support of civil rights.

    CHILDREN 811.6 P655 2018
    Merci Suárez Changes Gears

    Merci Suárez Changes Gears - Meg Medina

    Merci Suárez begins the sixth grade and knows things will change, but she did not count on her grandfather acting strangely, not fitting in at her private school, and dealing with Edna Santos' jealousy.


    Spooked! - Gail Jarrow

    Describes the panic induced when listeners believed Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" to be news of an alien invasion, discussing the context in which the broadcast was aired and why it was so convincing.

    CHILDREN 791.4472 W253zj 2018
    Be Prepared

    Be Prepared - Vera Brosgol

    Believing Russian summer camp will be the place she finally fits in, Vera jumps at the chance to sign up, but very quickly discovers that camp is nothing like she imagined.

    Endling: The Last

    Endling: The Last - Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Max Kostenko

    Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true. Along the way, she meets new alliesboth animals and humans alikewho each have their own motivations for joining her quest. And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of familyone that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world.

    CHILDREN FICTION Applegate, K.    
    Finding Langston

    Finding Langston - Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied.

    CHILDREN FICTION Cline-Ransome, L.
    Front Desk

    Front Desk - Kelly Yang

    Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.

    Harbor Me

    Harbor Me - Jacqueline Woodson

    When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.

    CHILDREN FICTION Woodson, J.    
    Knights vs. Dinosaurs

    Knights vs. Dinosaurs - Matt Phelan

    With the realm at peace and few dragons about, the Knights of the Round Table are bored, so Merlin sends them to face the most terrible lizards of all--dinosaurs.

    CHILDREN FICTION Phelan, M.    
    The Parker Inheritance

    The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

    Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.


    Rebound - Kwame Alexander; illustrations by Dawud Anyabwile

    In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.

    CHILDREN FICTION Alexander, K.
    The Season of Styx Malone

    The Season of Styx Malone - Kekla Magoon

    Caleb Franklin and his younger brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer with their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city.

    Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

    Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster - Jonathan Auxier

    In nineteenth-century England, after her father's disappearance Nan Sparrow, ten, works as a "climbing boy," aiding chimney sweeps, but when her most treasured possessions end up in a fireplace, she unwittingly creates a golem.

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