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Quiet Power - Susan Cain; Gregory Mone; Erica Moroz; Grant Snider (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803740600
Publication Date: 2016-05-03
The monumental bestseller Quiet has been recast in a new edition that empowers introverted kids and teens  Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation when she published Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. With her inspiring book, she permanently changed the way we see introverts and the way introverts see themselves. The original book focused on the workplace, and Susan realized that a version for and about kids was also badly needed. This book is all about kids' world--school, extracurriculars, family life, and friendship. You'll read about actual kids who have tackled the challenges of not being extroverted and who have made a mark in their own quiet way. You'll hear Susan Cain's own story, and you'll be able to make use of the tips at the end of each chapter. There's even a guide at the end of the book for parents and teachers. This insightful, accessible, and empowering book, illustrated with amusing comic-style art, will be eye-opening to extroverts and introverts alike.

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Preaching to the Chickens - Jabari Asim; E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399168567
Publication Date: 2016-10-11
"John wants to be a preacher when he grows up-a leader whose words stir hearts to change, minds to think, and bodies to take action. But why wait? When John is put in charge of the family farm's flock of chickens, he discovers that they make a wonderful congregation! So he preaches to his flock, and they listen, content under his watchful care, riveted by the rhythm of his voice. Celebrating ingenuity and dreaming big, this inspirational story, featuring Jabari Asim's stirring prose and E. B. Lewis's stunning, light-filled impressionistic watercolor paintings, includes an author's note about John Lewis, who grew up to be a member of the Freedom Riders, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and demonstrator on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. John Lewis is now a Georgia congressman, who is still an activist today, recently holding a sit-in on the House floor of the U.S. Capitol to try to force a vote on gun violence."

 

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What T. Lynn is Reading

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Ice Cream Summer - Peter Sís
ISBN: 9780545731614
Publication Date: 2015-05-26
From Hans Christian Anderson Award winner and three-time Caldecott Honoree Peter Sis comes a delectable picture book that is as breezy, sweet and irresistible as ice cream in summer. Dear Grandpa, Summer is going well. Don't worry, I am not forgetting about my studies. I read every day . . . So begins a young boy's correspondence with his grandfather, assuring him that even though it is summer, he is not slacking off! He is reading (ice cream flavors). He is writing (an ice cream book). He is practicing math (counting scoops and determining how many he will eat before school starts). He is learning about great inventors (such as the creator of the ice cream cone). And he is even studying American, European, and World History (the history of ice cream!). Readers will love the clever interplay of words and pictures as they see what Grandpa can't: All the boy's activities involve ice cream! This funny, affectionate intergenerational story, with pity text and sherbet-coloured artwork, is a delicious celebration of everyone's favourite summertime treat.

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Masterminds - Gordon Korman
ISBN: 9780062299963
Publication Date: 2015-02-03
"A terrific page-turner, full of unexpected twists and revelations. Buckle up."—James Patterson The first book in a new action-packed series from New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman is perfect for young fans of James Patterson and John Grisham.  Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The thirty kids who live there never lie—they know it’s a short leap from that to the awful problems of other, less fortunate places. Eli has never left Serenity . . . why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything. Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate further, and soon it becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. The clues mount to reveal a shocking discovery, connecting their ideal crime-free community to some of the greatest criminal masterminds ever known. The kids realize they can trust no one—least of all their own parents.

 

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What T. Kristin is Reading

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The War That Saved My Life - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN: 9780147510488
Publication Date: 2016-05-31
*2016 Newbery Honor book *Winner of the 2016 Schneider Family Book Award  This New York Times bestseller is an exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2. For fans of Counting by 7s.   Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute--she sneaks out to join him.   So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan--and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?

 

2017 Book Awards

Caldecott Gold Medal Winner and link to other winners

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Radiant Child - Javaka Steptoe
ISBN: 9780316213882
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
A visually stunning picture book biography about modern art phenomenon Jean-Michel Basquiat, written and illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award winner Javaka Steptoe. Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

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