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2014

NO MONKEYS, NO CHOCOLATE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stewart
Author's First Name: 
Melissa
Second Author's First Name: 
Allen
Second Author's Last Name: 
Young
Illustrator's First Name: 
Nicole
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Wong
Publisher: 
Charlesbridge
Publication Date: 
2013

What do midges, maggots, lizards, fungi, and monkeys have to do with a favorite chocolate bar? Ink and warm watercolor images featuring bookworms watching and commenting on the action reveal that without them, chocolate could not exist.

 

HE SAID, SHE SAID

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Alexander
Author's First Name: 
Kwame
Publisher: 
Amistad
Publication Date: 
2013

Omar arrives from Brooklyn and declares Claudia will succumb to his charms. Interested only in protesting the loss of arts and library funding, she ignores him. Alternate chapters expose their slowly changing opinions of each other.

 

LOCKWOOD & CO. : THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE [AUDIO]

Lockwood & Co. : The Screaming Staircase
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Stroud
Author's First Name: 
Jonathan
Narrator's First Name: 
Miranda
Narrator's Last Name: 
Raison
Publisher: 
Listening Library
Publication Date: 
2013

Ghosts invisible to adults plague England. Young Lucy is the newest member of Lockwood & Co, a ghost-hunting agency desperate for clients after a disastrous job involving the ghost of a murdered girl. Now, they must take on a high-risk job that could save their firm but also take their lives. Excellent world-building and narration help build suspense and keep the story moving.

IMPRISONED: THE BETRAYAL OF JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WORLD WAR II

Imprisoned
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sandler
Author's First Name: 
Martin W.
Publisher: 
Walker
Publication Date: 
2013

Photographs and first-person accounts accompany this compelling narrative about the unjust internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Additional stories depict the ways Japanese Americans helped win the war and the enduring effects of internment on contemporary society.

 

THE MAD POTTER GEORGE E. OHR: ECCENTRIC GENIUS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Greenberg
Author's First Name: 
Jan
Second Author's First Name: 
Sandra
Second Author's Last Name: 
Jordan
Publisher: 
Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 
2013

The value of George Ohr’s “art pottery,” as unconventional as he, became recognized fifty years after his death. Vivid narration, photographs, and quotes form Potter’s autobiographical article (1901) present an engaging, well-researched look at an artist and his legacy.

WHEN THE BEAT WAS BORN: DJ KOOL HERC AND THE CREATION OF HIP HOP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hill
Author's First Name: 
Laban Carrick
Illustrator's First Name: 
Theodore
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Taylor III
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2013

Bright, stylized illustrations show young Jamaican Clive’s passion for music. He moved to New York’s Bronx and transformed into DJ Kool Herc by using two turntables to play hip-hop breaks for adoring street dancers, thereby creating a new American music form.

CONSTABLE & TOOP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Jones
Author's First Name: 
Gareth P.
Publisher: 
Amulet
Publication Date: 
2013

Ghosts know Sam Toop as a “Talker,” and since he hears them, they ask his help with Unfinished Business. Toop discovers terrible wrongs in some of London’s haunted houses, and the ghosts themselves have to help him help them.

WORDS WITH WINGS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Grimes
Author's First Name: 
Nikki
Publisher: 
Wordsong
Publication Date: 
2013

Short free-verse chapters capture Gabby’s anguish with her parents’ separation, her new school, and wanting an understanding friend. Her daydreaming damages study, but a thoughtful teacher’s guidance reveals to her the beauty of words and wonders in writing. 

DEEP IN THE SAHARA

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cunnane
Author's First Name: 
Kelly
Illustrator's First Name: 
Hoda
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Hadadi
Publisher: 
Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: 
2013

Vividly-colored collages show graceful Mauritanian women wearing the lovely malafas that Laila desperately wants.

THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER [AUDIOBOOK]

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Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Emberley
Author's First Name: 
Rebecca
Second Author's First Name: 
Emberley
Second Author's Last Name: 
Ed
Narrator's First Name: 
Chris Thomas
Narrator's Last Name: 
King
Publisher: 
Weston Woods
Publication Date: 
2013

Musician Chris Thomas King’s jazzy music and lively narration enhance this twist on the traditional fable of a hardworking ant who learns to take a break and have some fun.

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