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Noted author Ann Bausum will receive the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C.'s Non-Fiction Award on Saturday April 29 at a luncheon at Clyde's restaurant. There will be an opportunity to purchase her books and have them signed as well as hear Ann talk about her work. The event is at Clyde's Gallery Place from noon to 3 p.m. . Tickets are $35 and may be ordered through the Guild web site childrensbookguild.org or by mail with a check to the guild c/o Terry Jennings, 1836 Post Oak Trail, Reston, Va. 20191.
Please note that three of our exceptional members are on the ALSC section of the American Library Association Ballot that should have been received by all ALA members. Kathie Meizer is on the ballot for ALSC Board, Theresa Cain is on the ballot for the Caldecott Committee and Sandra Eklund is on the ballot for the Newbery Committee.
Only Jon Klassen, working with the text of Mac Barnett could make a triange look devious, devilish AND purposeful. This beautifully constructed book has a very simple premise, Triangle walks from his house (looking very purposeful) to that of his friend Square, in order to play a sneaky trick. There are no secondary characters here giving hints, there is lots of repetition of simple (and not so simple) words and a HEAVY emphasis on what are triangles, what are squares and those shapes with no names. Could one make the argument that this is a concept book? If one was so inclined, but really this is a book about friends, and tricksters and being purposeful or not. Edie Ching (up to 7)
After plodding through the fall of her freshman year, Marin convinced the college to let her spend winter break in her dorm room, alone. When her best friend, Mabel, flies out to visit, Marin must finally confront the abrupt end to the girls' past summer, and its impact on their relationship. A quiet novel, heavy with loss and loneliness, and beautifully written. (Fourteen and up) ~ Kit Ballenger
This heart-wrenching novel follows the rekindled friendship between Adam, a popular high school senior, and his former foster brother Julian, a quiet and socially anxious freshman trying to navigate the world years after his parents' death. This was an impressive author debut that explores the difficult themes of death and domestic abuse as well as the life-saving power of kindness and friendship. Meaghan McKeron. 14 and up.
Edited by Ellen Oh and dedicated to the memory of Walter Dean Myers, this is a collection of short stories celebrating the diverse stories that everyone needs. Sometimes race is very apparent, see Main Street by Woodson, and sometimes it is just an additional aspect of the character (see Matt da la Pena's first story about friendship and father son relationships. Each character wants to be heard, some shot at us, some whisper. Each story is unique and brings to life a memorable character. Edie Ching (10-14)
In this character- and plot-rich story we meet many unforgettable characters who fill up Salvadore Silvia's world. The adopted son of a Mexican-American father who happens to be gay, he has a best friend Sam, a feisty girl with attitude, a loving grandmother and a friend in need, Fito. But all the characters are in need in this book in the way that we are all in need, of self-understanding, companionship, love, families. This is a book that looks at how to live life, face grief, find self-awareness, understand love. Sounds ambitious, yes......and memorable. Edie Ching (14 and up)
Amina shares with us her shyness, her jealousy when her best friend welcomes the friendship of another, her worries about her brother. She just happens to be Muslim.
When, in the later chapters of the book her mosque is vandalized the emphasis is on the support of the community. I appreciated that the iman was going to participate in the dunking game at the carnival. A story that creates a feeling of inclusiveness. Ten to Fourteen -Edie Ching
Three unusual children and a saintly dog experience prejudice against Muslims, Jews and peasants in this funny and serious set of tales of spiritual and earthly adventure, all wrapped up in the guise of an illuminated manuscript. A great introduction to the Canterbury Tales.
Pen is a female gamer who dresses in loose jeans and men's t-shirts, and lately everyone seems to have an opinion on who she "should" be. In the face of souring relationships with her best friend and parents and a budding romantic relationship, it's time for Pen to "man up" and assert herself.
In this hilarious and heartbreaking story, Solomon’s agoraphobia keeps him happily ensconced in his home, but ambitious Lisa decides to “cure” him in hopes of earning acceptance at a prestigious psychology program. Daymond’s upbeat performance brings Sol to life and pairs perfectly with Whelan’s driven, but earnest portrayal of Lisa.
Ravi, new to the United States from India, has always been the top student in class while Joe has always lived in the same town and has learning problems. Their lives intersect in the first week of 5th grade when they are brought together by a common enemy—the biggest bully in class—and find friendship in their differences.