Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-707-1950.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.