New releases for the week of 28 August 2016

It’s been a crazy week here in Louisiana. While we were not touched personally by the flooding that hit Baton Rouge, we have been trying to help out. My students gathered many supplies for a teacher to drive down.  Plus there were two back-to-school nights to attend, new students to assist, and late care to cover. So here are the new releases I was able to get to this week.

Publication Date: 1 September 2016


Be Light Like a Bird

By Monika Schröder

Wren’s dad has died. Mom is angry and decides that she and Wren need a new start. After a couple of false starts, they wind up in Michigan. Wren is trying hard to fit which is difficult for a girls whose hobby is bird watching and who never knows when she’ll start crying.

In Michigan, Wren struggles to make friends, to deal with the death of her dad, environmental issues, and her erratic mom.

Good middle grade story. Probably more for girls.


Publication Date: 1 September 2016

Mr. Matisse and His Cut Outs

By Annemarie van Haeringen

Matisse, a painter, gets a stomach illness and has to have an operation. While recuperating, he discovers he is unable to paint. He begins to make cutouts and have people pin them to the wall. In the months it takes him to heal, he makes his room a paradise.

Beautifully illustrated picture book. For ages 4 through 8.


Publication Date: 1 September 2016

Book Uncle and Me

By Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle runs a free lending library on the street near Yasmin’s home in India. He prides himself on finding the right book for the right person on the right day.

Yasmin is in elementary school and has a goal to read a book a day. Book Uncle’s library helps her keep up with this goal.

One day the city tells Book Uncle he must get the correct license to operate a business on the street. But because he operates this as a free service, he makes no money on it and because he is a retired teacher, he has no extra money to devote to this hobby. So he will have to close shop.

Yasmin is very upset. She decides to take, action and with a local election for mayor happening, Yasmin jumps into politics.

Cute story. Seems to be a cross between a picture book and chapter book.

Also out this week:

Publication Date: 30 August 2016


By Sharon Creech

While I haven’t read this, I am really looking forward to it.


Publication Date: 30 August 2016

Little Elliot, Big Fun

By Mike Curato


Publication Date: 1 September 2016

Fuchsia Fierce

by Christianne Jones,

illus. by Kelly Canby


Publication Date: 31 August 2016

Seven Riddles to Nowhere

By A.J. Cattapan

Read Well!


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