|Middle Grade Monday|
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm. Illustrated by Matt Holm
It's the summer of 1976 and Sunny Lewin finds herself packed off to stay with her grandfather in Florida for the summer. He lives in a retirement home and there aren't many kids her age around. The mysterious reason behind her unplanned vacation is revealed slowly. It realistically portrays family conflict and how kids can be caught in the middle. A sequel, Swing It Sunny is due in September.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Cinder, book one of The Lunar Chronicles is a Cinderella story with a sci-fi twist. Cinder is a cyborg and thus a second-class citizen in New Bejing. But she is a gifted mechanic and catches the eye of the prince when he brings his malfunctioning droid to Cinder's shop. Author Meyer knows her fairy tale lore and breathes new life into them.
|Waiting on Wednesday|
She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
Earlier this year, Senator Elizabeth Warren's refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired the #shepersisted. Chelsea Clinton celebrates the Senator and twelve other women in history who have "help shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes by speaking out and sometimes by staying seated." It usually takes anywhere from one to tow years for a book to move from an idea to the finished product. This one was fast-tracked thanks to the willingness of the artist, Alexandra Boiger, to work 24/7 on the illustrations. This inspiring collective picture book biography is due late May.
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson.
Paterson won a Newbery Honor for this in 1979, one year after she won Newbery gold for The Bridge to Terabithia. This is the story of feisty foster child Galadrial "Gilly" Hopkins, who is determined to be reunited with her birth mother and determined to hate Trotter, her latest foster mother, who is equally determined to love Gilly unconditionally.
Rad American Women A - Z: trailblazers and visionaries who shaped our history and our future by Kate Schatz
This abecdary (alphabet book) profiles 25 strong women who have made waves and made their voices heard. "X" is for women whose names we do not know." The mini-biographies feature some unusual, lesser known women. The tone is conversational and the illustrations zing with color and energy.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Far Far Away by Rom McNeal
Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandy Menon
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Always and Forever, Lara Jean
by Jenny Han