The box hummed and a white light came from the edges of it. Ranger couldn’t look at the light but when he finally opened his eyes, he was in a dusty, loud place with big animals, funny smells — and a woman’s frantic voice. Someone was lost, and Ranger heard a familiar word: “FIND!”
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Authenticity tops the list of qualities in the new book “Stella by Starlight” by Sharon M. Draper.
Beginning with his earliest memory and moving forward to young adulthood, Jason Schmidt shares a powerful, emotional coming-of-age tale of an unstable childhood, of the beginning of AIDS and of people living on the edge of society with little to nothing, all told in a voice dripping with sarcasm, irony and anger.
Rags worked hard at keeping rats and mice away from the soldiers. He acted as an early-warning system for incoming shells; when he fell “belly-to-dirt,” so did the soldiers. He sniffed out wires and carried messages across enemy lines, which was very dangerous. Soon, everyone knew about Rags. He was “a giant of a dog.”
Everybody needs a hero in their life. In the new book “Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth” by Joel Christian Gill, your hero just might be a lawman.
Every home, it seems, contains a Gimme Monster at some point or other during the holidays. When that happens, you need “The Lollipop Monster’s Christmas.”
You’re going to love what’s beneath your tree this year … mostly. In the new book “My Puppy Gave to Me” by Cheryl Dannenbring, illustrated by Cynthia Kremsner, there are some presents you can probably live without.
It’s Christmas Eve, a quarter to ten, and Spark Elf is getting antsy. In just two hours, he and his fellow elves Bobbin and Nutshell will help Santa deliver presents. The reindeer are ready, the sleigh is full, and because he feels “so good,” Spark snaps an elfie.
In the new book “Firebird” by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Christopher Myers, a young girl learns to replace the word “can’t” with one that strengthens as she learn the story of a child who wanted to dance among the stars.
Yes, “The Great Thanksgiving Escape” is a kids’ book, but I absolutely loved the imaginations and the naughty glee that author-illustrator Mark Fearing gives his main characters.
In the new book “I Am Jazz” by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, with pictures by Shelagh McNicholas, you’ll read about a girl who’s just like other girls … only different. That’s because Jazz has “a girl brain but a boy body.”
It was 1942, and the Japanese had just bombed Pearl Harbor. America entered World War II soon after, which meant plenty of discrimination for Japanese-Americans like the Itanos. Tomi, Hiro and their older brother Roy had been born in America, but that didn’t seem to matter to many in their California town.
Don’t think that this book is only filled with gratuitous farts-are-funny pages. Yes, there’s that in here, but it also aims to inform. Kids who read this book will learn a thing or two about biology, and they’ll be delighted by the accompanying giggle-making illustrations.
You probably wouldn’t think that an alphabet book could be for older kids but “M is for Monster” by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gerald Kelley definitely is. Small, sensitive children may run, screaming, into a bedtime full of nightmares after they see what’s inside this book. The artwork is incredible but it works its magic entirely too well for little ones.
Could it be true that lifelong readers and lifelong foodies both need to start early in their passions? I’ll bet it is – which is why “How to Bake a Book” could be a good addition to your (pretend) kitchen.
Someday, the planet on which you’re standing will be yours. That means you probably want to take good care of it and of the other people who’ll own it, too. No doubt, you’ve got some awesome (and very unique) ideas on how to do that. And if not — well, why not learn from kids who’ve done something for the Earth?
You’ve looked high and low.
You learned the truth about the Jolly Old Elf years ago. Same with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. So if, in the new book “Skink – No Surrender” by Carl Hiaasen, 14-year-old Richard Sloan said he met a one-eyed, bearded, beak-wearing man-bear on a Florida beach, who’d believe him?
There’s just enough information in “The Fashion Book” to get future clothing designers started on ideas, with bios on famous fashionistas and interviews with experts and students in various roles in the industry.
Robert Ripley was one of those people with “true star quality.” Everybody, it seemed, knew who he was, and they all loved him — maybe because he had a “multitude of dazzling achievements” that he enjoyed sharing with the world. Readers can see some of the items he might have gathered in the book “Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Reality Shock!”
From its beginnings as a poem written from author Shane Koyczan’s experiences, to a song, then to a video created with the help of 86 animators, “To This Day” is filled with some of the most powerful words you may ever read.
Malik didn’t do it. Janae knew that her son was innocent. He was just 15 years old, a good-enough student, her baby. She’d raised him right and Malik wasn’t capable of killing.
Your parents are lucky to have you around.
Want a book with a chunk of controversy between its pages? Of course you do, which is why you want “A Most Imperfect Union.”
You’ll make new friends at school, maybe even a new best friend, but be careful what you ask for. In the new book “First Day at Zoo School” by Sarah Dillard, Alfred’s new BFF is B-A-D.
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