Here's a sampling of our Summer Picks. Stop in for a take-home copy of the full list. Happy Summer Reading!
Kid Critic Yoav S. says, "How would you feel if your mother abandoned you, your sisters, and your father? Delphine's mother has done just that. When Delphine and her sisters visit her in Oakland, California, their mother refuses to spend time with them. How will Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern manage to be with a mother who doesn't want them? If you like reading books about lost relatives, black revolutionary groups, and a bit of poetry, I suggest this book. I enjoyed this book a lot." Reviewer age 9.
Surely a Caldecott contender, this lovely new picture book is a retelling of a classic tale with the special touch of two outstanding children's book creators. The layered story of the friendship between a city dog and country grog is heartbreaking, heartwarming, and memorable. Best for ages 2-6.
Ever wonder what it might be like to step inside the paintings hanging on the wall? In this dark, suspenseful adventure our young heroine does exactly that. Our kid critics say "you'll be staying up late reading this book." This first book in an exciting new series is best for ages 8-11.
The Red Umbrella is an excellent story about the Cuban-American experience of a young teen and her family in the period just after the Cuban revolution. Its value is historical, its appeal is universal, and the story is remarkable. Reading the struggles of Lucia and her family is as vivid as if Gonzalez has drawn this experience rather than written it. Recommended for ages 10-14 and educators.
In a literary landscape awash with paranormal young adult books, Claire de Lune is exceptional. With a feminist take on the lives and culture of werewolves, Johnson has created a contemporary and believable world for her protagonist's internal drama. Here you've got all the elements of a great teen read (including self-discovery) with the in-demand paranormal twist craved by today's teen readers. Best for ages 12 & up.