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Children as Refugees: The Syrian Crisis

“What they left to be here, in the cold country, where winter lasts forever,  haunts them in the dark– golden hue of souk in sunlight, gentle calling through streets that said, brother, sit with me a minute, on the small stool with the steaming glass of tea. Sit with me. We belong together.” by Naomi […]

2015 Newbery Medal Winner: The Crossover

The Crossover 2015 Newbery Medal Winner 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Award Winner Written by Kwame Alexander Published in 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Grades 4-10 ISBN: 0544107713 Book Review “See, when I play ball, I’m on fire. When I shoot, I inspire. The hoop’s for sale, and I’m the buyer.” Twelve-year-old Josh Bell is […]

The Family Romanov

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia Written by Candace Fleming Published by Random House Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-385-86782-8 Grades 7 and Up    Book Review What do we really know and understand about the Romanov family? What really happened to them almost one hundred years ago when they fell from […]

The Port Chicago 50

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights Written by Steve Sheinkin Published by Roaring Brook Press, 2014 ISBN 978-1-59643-796-8 Grades 7 and Up Book Review “[I]t’s important to remember that before Brown v. Board of Education or Truman’s executive order, before Rosa Parks or Jackie Robinson— before any of this, […]

The Griffin and the Dinosaur

The Griffin and the Dinosaur: How Adrienne Mayor Discovered a Fascinating Link Between Myth and Science Written by Marc Aronson, with Adrienne Mayor Published by National Geographic, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4263-1108-6 Grades 5-8 Book Review If your students root for Gryffindor, dream of attending Camp Half Blood, or find themselves reaching into the backs of their […]

Courage has No Color

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Written by Tanya Lee Stone Candlewick, 2013   IBSN: 978-0-7636-5117-6 Grades 6 and Up Book Review The reader drops into Courage has No Color, just as thousands of soldiers dropped out of airplanes and into Europe and the Pacific region during World War II. The author carries us through the jump, from plane to ground, […]

2013 Sibert Medal, YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, Newbery Honor: Bomb

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Bomb: The Race to Build –and Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin 2012, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan ISBN: 978-1-59643-487-5 Grades 6 and Up Book Review “It’s a story with no end in sight. And, like it or not, you’re in it.” What story, you may ask? The story of “how humans created a […]

Skull in the Rock & Their Skeletons Speak

The Skull in the Rock Written by Marc Aronson and Lee Berger National Geographic, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4263-1010-2 Grades 6- 8  Book Review  “For Dr. Berger, it would have been enough to find that one special bone. But the clavicle was just the beginning. It was the rabbit hole beckoning Alice, the wardrobe flung open to […]

Titanic

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson Scholastic Press, 2012 IBSN 978-0-545-11674-9 Grades 5-8 Book Review Rhoda Abbott. Olaus Jorgensen Abelseth. Lawrence Beesley. Frank Goldsmith. Charles Lightoller. Mother of two. Swedish immigrant turned South Dakota farmer. Science teacher. Nine year-old. Second officer on the RMS Titanic. All survivors of the disaster, and some of […]

2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction

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The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery By Stephen Sheinkin Flashpoint/Roaring Brook Press, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-59643-4686-8 Grades 6 and Up Review If you are of a certain generation, you remember when Peter Brady was assigned the role of Benedict Arnold, dashing his hopes of playing George Washington. In American culture, […]