Gary Paulsen, the prolific and beloved author of children’s adventure and survival stories that hold a special place in many readers’ hearts, passed away earlier this year at the age of 82. What would be his final novel was still in production at the time, and will soon be making its way to library shelves:
Northwind by Gary Paulsen
When a deadly plague reaches the small fish camp where he lives, an orphan named Leif is forced to take to the water in a cedar canoe. He flees northward, following a wild, fjord-riven shore, navigating from one danger to the next, unsure of his destination. But the deeper into his journey he paddles, the closer he comes to his truest self as he connects to “the heartbeat of the ocean… the pulse of the sea.”
Looking for a good book to give to a young reader? Take a look at this selection of gorgeous picture books, fun graphic novels, and popular middle-grade novels that could make for an excellent gift this year.
What’s New This Month
New Wings of Fire, Star Wars, Minecraft, and Magic Tree House books are all on the way to library shelves, along with new releases by Gordon Korman, Bryan Collier, Jacqueline Woodson, Mac Barnett, and more.
What We’re Reading
Library staff recommend a number of fantastic kids’ graphic novels this month, along with picture books both new and classic, among other great picks.
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