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Friendship

EACH KINDNESS

Each Kindness
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Woodson
Author's First Name: 
Jacqueline
Illustrator's First Name: 
E.B.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lewis
Publisher: 
Nancy Paulsen
Publication Date: 
2012

Chloe and her friends shun the new girl Maya and call her “Never New” because of her “hand-me-down” clothes. Haunting watercolors, as fluid as the text, support Chloe’s heartbreaking realization of lost opportunity.

LIAR & SPY [AUDIO]

Liar & Spy
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stead
Author's First Name: 
Rebecca
Narrator's First Name: 
Jesse
Narrator's Last Name: 
Bernstein
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

Georges (French pronounciation) meets homeschooled Safer at his new Brooklyn apartment. As the two investigate another tenant, Georges ultimately examines the truths, secrets, lies, and imagination that can either create or destroy a relationship. Jesse Bernstein’s narration effectively conveys Georges’ range of emotions, and like the entertaining text, keeps readers wondering until Georges’ final decision. (7-10)

LIAR & SPY

Liar & Spy
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stead
Author's First Name: 
Rebecca
Publisher: 
Wendy Lamb
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Audio."

BINK & GOLLIE: TWO FOR ONE

Bink & Gollie
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
DiCamillo
Author's First Name: 
Kate
Second Author's First Name: 
Alison
Second Author's Last Name: 
McGhee
Illustrator's First Name: 
Tony
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Fucile
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Date: 
2012

Two best friends--one lithe-bodied and neatly dressed and the other, compact and rumply, reaffirm the power of friendship at the state fair. Line and wash illustrations trace their way from “whack a duck” through the talent show to a medium in three short stories for beginning readers.

A HOME FOR BIRD

A Home for Bird
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stead
Author's First Name: 
Philip C.
Publisher: 
Neal Porter
Publication Date: 
2012

Vernon the toad introduces cuckoo bird to Skunk and Porcupine, but Bird says nothing.  Concerned that Bird misses home, wherever it is, Vernon determines to help his friend return in this mixed-media balanced with white space creation of unlikely companions on a quest.

CODE NAME VERITY [AUDIO]

Code Name Verity (audio)
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Wein
Author's First Name: 
Elizabeth
Narrator's First Name: 
Morven
Narrator's Last Name: 
Christie
Publisher: 
Bolinda Audio
Publication Date: 
2012

See annotation under "Fourteen and Up."

LISTEN TO MY TRUMPET!

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Willems
Author's First Name: 
Mo
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2012

Dynamic cartoon illustrations capture Piggie's eagerness to play his new trumpet for Elephant. Piggie's response to Elephant's honest assessment of both his trumpet and his playing surprises in this easy reader.

THE DROWNED CITIES

The Drowned Cities
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bacigalupi
Author's First Name: 
Paolo
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2012

A boy, girl, and fierce half-man struggle against child soldiers in this companion to Shipbreaker featuring political chaos and the repercussions of global warming. Their hellish war-torn jungle surrounds former Washington, DC.

THE LIONS OF LITTLE ROCK [AUDIO]

Lions of Little Rock
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Levine
Author's First Name: 
Kristin
Narrator's First Name: 
Julia
Narrator's Last Name: 
Whelan
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2012

In 1958, 12-year-old Marlee's forbidden friend, fearless Lizzie, helps her find  her own voice in concert with the adults around her who have been quietly acquiescent to the battle against integration that closed high schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1958. The novel’s verbal power offers a viable alternative for Julia Whelan’s uniquely voiced and perfectly-timed audio narration. (10-14)

SUMMER OF THE GYPSY MOTHS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pennypacker
Author's First Name: 
Sara
Publisher: 
Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: 
4/24/2012

When Great-Aunt Louise dies, antagonists Stella and Angel tell no one because their only real home is the summer rental property where they have lived with her. They continue to clean the cottages and keep their secret while this intense situation fosters unexpected friendship and maturation between them.

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