Ali, a contemporary boy in Baghdad, loves calligraphy and, just as his hero, Yakut, did in the 13th century, finds creating beauty to be a refuge from the trials of war. Stylized collage illustrations evoke the elegance of Arabic art.
Caught in the act of scaling a skyscraper, 14-year-old Peak goes to Thailand with his mountain-climbing father, a man determined to lead the youngest-ever climber to the top of Mount Everest. Nail-biting suspense and terrific climbing details abound.
Alternating sections of words and bold pictures show how orphaned Hugo, hidden above a Paris train station in 1931, discovers the secret of a broken automaton and its surprising connection to the history of early movies.
Nineteen monologues, two dialogues, and six explanatory interludes bring to life the world of young people in a medieval manor in England in 1255. Pen-and-ink drawings reminiscent of manuscript decoration illustrate this useful and engaging read.
“Stuff,” including post-it notes, school assignments, to-do lists, diary entries, and more reveal Ginny’s navigation through a typical bumpy year of seventh grade. This “graphic fiction” will intrigue readers who enjoy piecing together a story.
Elijah, the first child born in a settlement of former slaves in Canada, finds his uneventful life disrupted when he attempts to locate the corrupt preacher who has stolen funds intended to purchase a family’s freedom.
In this novel set during the Chinese Communist Revolution and based on the author's own experiences, a young girl discovers within herself a steely core of self-respect after losing almost everything she ever knew, including her family.
Unlike underdog Ishmael, new student James—quirky and independent—turns the tables on the class bully instead of avoiding him. An intrepid English teacher and some unlikely comrades round out this cheeky but touching Australian tale.
A book about the power of words and the power of teachers. This is similar to Love that Dog in terms of encouraging student writing, but follows the response of 5 students in a fourth grade class as a writing teacher comes into the class to share some special lessons.
A short read about how one visiting teacher helps students to find their "words" and discover more about themselves and their lives. This is a simple story with lots to discuss.