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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.
Poni, one of the Lost Girls of the Sudan, flees her bombed out village for a refugee camp as others die around her, then must flee the camp or face a forced marriage. She finds shelter and a chance for education in a Nairobi convent. All royalties from this title donated to Africare.org.
This two-volume graphic novel tells the parallel stories of young people on opposite sides of China’s Boxer Rebellion. Masterfully illustrated, Little Bao and Viviana’s struggles to find their identity in this trying time challenge stereotypical thinking about victors and victims in conflict.
When first-grader Suzy’s father faces deployment to Viet Nam, Suzy (the author herself) imagines friendly jungles. After his postcards stop and neighbors suddenly reassure that he will return soon, the digital illustrations highlighted with paint change animals to nightmarish ogres.
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.
A reporter provides vivid descriptions of his experiences covering Black September and the Yom Kippur War in 1973 for a U.S. wire service. His timely insights guide readers through the continuing conflicts in the Middle East.
Two teens find themselves in the heat of battle as World War I is recreated as a struggle between the Clankers, an army relying on incredible war machines, and the Darwinists, who employ fantastic creatures. This exciting, adventure story is brought vividly to life by Thompson’s illustrations.