In Progress List 2017
This title and First Words are the best board books I have seen this year. Simple. Colorful. Beautiful Design. Just what a board book should be. Publisher is little bee books, a division of Bonnier Publishing. -Ruth Anne Champion. Up to Seven.
This title and First Colors are the best board books I have seen this year. Simple. Colorful. Beautiful Design. Just what a board book should be. Publisher is little bee books, a division of Bonnier Publishing.-Ruth Anne Champion. Up to Seven.
Bolshevik Russia, fairy tale style. This enchanting novel takes readers on a journey through the Russian Revolution at the end of the Romanov rule/World War I and into Russia’s new era. Told through the eyes of British journalist and author Arthur Ransome, a real historical figure who retold a collection of Russian fairy tales in English, readers traverse through the world of Russian politics, espionage, and experience Arthur’s love for Russia and its people during this pivotal period in European history. Readers drawn to good storytelling and/or historical fiction will find this novel an intriguing delight. K. Troch Fourteen & Up
As soon as Noah is picked up by both of his parents, he knows something weird is going on. Within the next few hours, his parents tell him they're moving to Berlin, and by the way, his name is now Jonah, not Noah. Won't that be fun? However, it's 1989, and going to East Germany has a lot of rules, as Noah/Jonah quickly learns. Each chapter ends with a "secret file" that adds to the intrigue, while also informing the reader of facts they may not know in a clever way. The reader remains in the dark as long as Jonah does which makes this a real page-turner. (Anonymous)
As a child, Lewis's special responsibility were the chickens on his southern Alabama farm, and he took it seriously, caring for each and every one, and, imitating the preacher like the one in his church, delivering sermons and even baptising them. A joyful insight into an important figure in the Civil Rights movement illustrated with luminous paintings. (7-10. K. Isaacs)
Garvey’s father wants him to be an athlete, but overweight Garvey prefers to read and play chess. A new friendship with an albino boy and a solo in the chorus move Garvey along the path of self-acceptance and help him connect with his father. This lovely novel in verse is told in spare yet potent tanka poetry form. Upper end of Seven to Ten. -Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
A short quiet book told in ththe voice of a dog, left behind by death, who finds two children also left behind. His story evolves in the time they find shelter from a storm. Clearly not a book for every child but a book that celebrates the power of words, especiallynpowtry and the special relationship between a human and a dog. A read aloud that could create lots of opportunity for conversation. (edie Ching, 7-10)
This long anticipated conclusion to Anderson's Seeds of America trilogy was worth the wait. Runaway slave Isabel continues her journey to find her younger sister, whom she believes was sold to a slave master in the South. As pivotal Revolutionary War battles rage around them, and bounty hunters search for runaways she makes her way through Virginia. The tension is high and Isabel's steadfast yearning for family and freedom has never been stronger. Moreso than in the first two novels, Anderson drives home the realities of slave life and the moral dilemma of a young nation fighting for freedom while oppressing an entire race of people. And tons of local history to boot! A compelling conclusion to a masterful trilogy. Ten to Fourteen. - Alicia Blowers
A lion is hanging out with a bunch of prey animals. One by one they begin to disappear. We all know what's happening - or do we? Surprise! Simple bright drawings and text pair together in this delightful picture book with an unexpected ending. Sure to delight children and parents alike. A perfect read aloud for one on one or with a small group. Up to Seven. - Alicia Blowers
A cheerful presentation of the irrepressible Greek god Pan, 10 stories told in first-person, graphic novel style, and providing a lively introduction to other Greek gods and mythological characters. (K. Isaacs. 7-10)