Friday, June 15, 2018

Nelson, S.D. RED CLOUD : A LAKOTA STORY OF WAR AND SURRENDER

Nelson, S.D.
RED CLOUD  : A LAKOTA STORY OF WAR AND SURRENDER
New York : Abrams Books, 2017
IL 3-6, RL 6.2
ISBN  
978-1-41972-313-1


Long before Europeans came to America, Indians lived all through the land.  As more and more people immigrated, there was more need for land and the Indians were pushed further west. This is the story of Red Cloud, a Lakota Indian who would not be pushed anymore. As the soldiers moved further west into the land where the Lakota lived, Red Cloud made a stand. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Engle, Margarita. JAZZ OWLS : A NOVEL OF THE ZOOT SUIT RIOTS

Engle, Margarita. 
JAZZ OWLS : A NOVEL OF THE ZOOT SUIT RIOTS
New York : Atheneum Books, 2018
IL YA
ISBN 
978-1-53440-943-9

It's the 1940s in LA and the United States is at war. But that doesn't stop some teens from wanting to have fun. There is a dance club that they love to go to. Two Mexican American sisters work at a peach cannery during the day and go to the dance club at night. They are escorted by their brother who loves the club also. He loves getting dressed up in his zoot suit and dancing the night away. Jazz music plays and salsa rhythms entice the teens to dance. They welcome the sailors from the local port and the Jazz Owl girls are always happy to dance with the sailors. But as the summer goes on, things get tense. The young white sailors start beating the Mexican Americans. They begin targeting anyone wearing a zoot suit as do the police. It has become know as the zoot suit riots and Engle tells the story of racial riots in 1943.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Charbonneau, Joelle. TIME BOMB

Charbonneau, Joelle.
TIME BOMB
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
IL YA
ISBN 
978-0-544-41670-3

Another school year starts tomorrow. This may be a time when many students are looking forward to the new year. But not all of them. Diana is tired of being the perfect daughter of a politician. Cas knows that this school is no different from the other and she knows this year will not any better. Rashid who is so sick of people looking at him and judging him for being Muslim. Frankie, the star football player who made a mistake this past summer with Tad, who is biracial and gay. Then there is Z, the angry young man who has just lost his mother and everything he had. They each have a plan to change things up in the school today. But only one of them is planning to bomb the school. And now they are trapped together trying to survive. All but one of them.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Lane, Tamsin. YAEL AND THE PARTY OF THE YEAR

Lane, Tamsin.
YAEL AND THE PARTY OF THE YEAR
New York : Simon & Schuster,  2018
IL 3-6
ISBN 978-1-50117-612-8

Yael is getting ready for her bat mitzvah but she isn't looking forward to it the way the other kids have.  Her friend Eli had his at the start of the summer and the party was a disaster. There was a problem with the invitations so instead of a hundred people showing up, only about 20 did. And the weather changed drastically so all the food was ruined by a hail storm.  Yael doesn't want any of that. She only wants a few friends to celebrate with her. Her mother is having none of that. She is demanding a big party. As a compromise, the party will be held at an amusement park! Will this be the best party ever? Well, you get to help decide. This is a plot your own adventure book.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Rylant, Cynthia. ROSETOWN

Rylant, Cynthia.
ROSETOWN
New York : Beach Lane Books, 2018
IL 3-6, RL 5.6
ISBN 
978-1-53441-277-4

Nine year old Flora Smallwood lives in a small town in Rosewood, Indiana.  Her parents have recently separated and now live in different houses. Flora has two good friends. Nessy and she have been friends since before school started. Yuri is a new kid at school and he is from Ukraine.  They all love reading and have the perfect place to hang out. Flora's mother works at a used book store and it is filled with wonderful stories.  As the school year moves on, the children experience changes and adventures.

Friday, May 25, 2018

McGhee, Alison. WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND

McGhee, Alison.
WHAT I LEAVE BEHIND
New York : Atheneum, 2018
IL YA
ISBN 
978-1-48147-656-0
Walking helps Will cope with his life. His father died and Will is coping. That is when he started walking. He works at the Dollar One store and then walks around LA.  He meets people along the way and forms a type of relationship with them. There is Butterfly boy and others along his route. He has real friends too. Playa has been a good friend since they were little. When bad things keep happening, Will knows he has to get out of his funk and start making a difference in his world. Is that even possible?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wolk, Lauren. BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA

Wolk, Lauren.  
BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2017
IL 5-8, RL 4.0
ISBN 
9781101994856

Crow has only known life on the island with Osh. She was a newborn when she was placed in a basket and set adrift and landed on the shores of the Elizabeth Islands. Osh found her and has raised her as his own. It has just been the two of them. And Maggie, a neighbor who has helped. People believe Crow came from Penikese Island, a leper colony.  No one wants Crow around. They are afraid that she is also a leper even though it has been years and she has shown no signs of the illness. The leper colony was moved years ago and now the island has been opened to the public. A conservation scientist is scheduled to move to the island to keep track of the wildlife. But something is strange about him. He seems to be spending more time digging holes than counting birds. This leads to a mystery that involves Crow and her origins. Come long with her as she searches for her roots.