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by Golareh SafarianIt's Mogi's birthday and he's having a costume party. What is Gogi going to wear? Go on a journey of discovery with Gogi and Mogi as they search for inspiration in a colorful garden.
by Jandra SuttonWhat does it mean to be normal? It's such a loaded word, with about a billion different meanings, and every one of them makes Ava Collins sick. At 17, Ava has been deaf for as long as she can remember. She grew up constantly reminded that she wasn't - and couldn't - be normal, that she needed to be 'fixed', but it wasn't until she met Theo De Vries that she learned the truth. Deaf doesn't mean broken, it means different. And different isn't a bad thing.
by Joel MendoncaIt’s 2008, the post 9/11 internet era. Millennial Ralph arrives in America seeking to obtain a degree and a shot at the American dream. Contrary to expectations he encounters the travails of a country steeped in recession; the economy anemic and opportunity sparse. Deeply committed to a culture of hard work and lofty achievements, Ralph refuses to surrender to the circumstances of fate. His unmitigated quest for success and achievement takes him down a long, dreary path of back-breaking toil, st... more
by Michael & Latarsha Seay
by Lyndon CSid Cooper, a fifth grade history buff, gets the chance of a lifetime to visit the Taj Mahal in the enchanted land of India. After a setback and a change in plans, Sid and his friend Raj are magically transported… 350 years into the past, to when the monument was still being built. Things get crazier when they encounter Emperor Shah Jahan, who is furious because precious gems crucial to the completion of the Taj Mahal are missing. The excitement of actually becoming a part of history fuels th... more
by Siobhan MalanyIn the bustling bazaars of Hyderabad and on the shores of the Arabian Sea, sixteen-year-old Kate McKenna explores the wondrous terrain of India and Pakistan in this colorful and poignant coming-of-age journey in which Kate is immersed in the land’s history and culture as she accompanies her childhood friends, Nasreen, a Muslim-American, and Krishna, a Hindu-American, visiting extended family. Joining the circle of mothers, daughters, and cousins surrounding the rituals of an arranged marriage, K... more
by Jaq HazellRen Miller has died aged seventeen and yet her consciousness lives on, inhabiting her memorial bench by the River Thames in London. Ren longs to be reunited with her boyfriend Gabe, but soon discovers why he has failed to visit. Devastated, she must learn to break through and talk to the living so she can reveal the truth about her untimely end. 'There are so many benches lining the riverside, each and every one tragic in its own way'.
by Sean Fesko
According to the State, Marc Sullivan isn’t well. His panic and constant anxiety keep him from fulfilling his social potential, so he spends his afternoons in prescribed remedial courses designed to help him be more outgoing. Like he hasn’t already tried to live without feeling like throwing up all the time. Sheesh. One day, beautiful, seemingly normal Charis joins Marc’s group. There’s something different about this girl, Marc thinks.
Perhaps he could be more li... more
by Sean Fesko
What do you do when the ones that should save you are the ones that accuse you?
The year is 1692, and sixteen year old Victoria Crowe lives with her mother and sister just north of Salem, Massachusetts. Her father passed away earlier in the year, leaving the duties of tending to the crops to Victoria. It’s hard work, and with winter pressing in, she’s not sure if they’ll be able to survive the winter. The church helps out when they can, but not even Reverend Abernathy ... more
by Sean Fesko
Paige Flynn hasn’t given her alcoholic father much thought since her parents divorced ten years back. She doesn’t remember him as kind and loving, and despite the passing of time, she hasn’t attempted to change this perception one bit. Despite the fact that he has been sober for five years, and her mother’s plea to make peace with him, she has too many other good things going on in her life to really think about forgiveness. A handsome, rock star boyfriend. Senior year... more
by Amma Sharon
In observance of the December sun’s return ascent North, this beautifully rhymed, sumptuously illustrated story, acknowledges an event that has been celebrated dating back thousands of years. A time when families and communities unite in joyful celebration. Snappy and his merry band of Happy Hollow woodland friends celebrate the longest night of the year in this heartwarming story for children of all ages.
by Amma Sharon
'Within the magic of the asking, lives the magic to receive, wonderfully exciting, endless possibility!'
Book one in the Happy Hollow series introduces Snappy, an admirably courageous, lovable gnome who sets out on a quest to find a sizable new home. Snappy longs for something greater. He pauses, feels, asks powerful questions that call forth the next step of his journey. Possibility and insight greet hi... more
by Nick K. AdamsThis true story (Historical Fiction) of endurance and loss during the American Civil War opens with D. Brainard Griffin's farewell to his family, as he heads of to fight to preserve the Union, promising to return to their farm on the Minnesota prairie. His wife and their three young children are left behind to manage the farm on their own. Minnesota's harsh seasons dictate the cycles they must follow, but even with his weekly letters from the battlefield, and with the help of neighbors and famil... more
by Ben JacksonRead along with the caterpillar as it travels around the world trying exciting new activities and having fun! Reading with children is one of the biggest forms of early education, helping to develop young minds. As a young child, it’s important to believe that anything is possible. If I Was A Caterpillar is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that follows a caterpillar on its journey as it discovers new activities. Too often these days, children are being put onto tracks that are una... more
by Heather L. Beal
2018 Bronze Medal Readers' Favorite Children's Social Issues
Mom's Choice Award
Lily and Niko Rabbit's childcare class learns about earthquakes and about the Great ShakeOut. They learn what causes earthquakes and how an earthquake feels like shaking and sounds like a really loud tummy rumble. They practice the three safety steps of drop, cover, and hold on. At the end of the day they know how to be safe during an earthquake.... more
by CHIANNE JOHNSONFrankie is a young boy who loses his leg in a vehicle accident. He then has to stay in the Runch Medical Center. Frankie had to deal with the reality of not being able to instantly walk, run, or be on the track team again. The other children (The Runch Bunch) help Frankie to overcome his insecurities as well as they help him during his physical therapy stages.