New releases for the week of 11 September 2016

 

After Harry Potter came out there were many books capitalizing on that theme. A young hero who didn’t know his background but had some sort of magical ability.

After Wonder by R.J. Palacio (which was a fantastic story) which came out in 2012, there have been a number of books that tell of a young person who has some sort of physical disease or deformity that makes him or her very different from others. Usually these stories are told with the chapters being narrated by various characters in the book. Some are more successful than others.

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Born with: Erika and Gianni

By Lorna Schultz Nicholson

Born With: Erika and Gianni by Lorna Schultz Nicholson is one of the successful ones. Erika was born with Down Syndrome, and Gianni is her Best Buddy (a volunteer program called BestBuddies pairs a student with another student who has intellectual or developmental disabilities). Gianni suspects he may be gay.

The story is told in alternating chapters from Erika’s and Gianni’s points of view. Gianni and Erika have a common bond – they both like musical theater and are trying out for the high school production of Grease. Erika is also dealing with the fact her dad has ALS and is declining.

The book centers on the pair’s relationship and how they deal with their lives, but both come under fire by a group of boys who are targeting kids for their differences (others targeted because of race and  religion).

The story is a good one and if you are a Wonder fan, this one’s for you.

Publication Date: 13 September 2016

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Bad Girls of Fashion

By Jennifer Croll

Full disclosure: I didn’t finish this one before publication, but I intend to. Really good for middle school girls so young YA. The book tells of different historical figures and how they way they saw the world differently also made them the fashion icons or the innovators that they were (and not just in fashion).

Publication Date: 13 September 2016

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Mack’s World of Wonder: All About Forests

Translated from Dutch by Clavis Publishing

This picture book shows the different types of forests around the world with a mix of photographs and drawings. It tells about plants, animals, insects, and the seasons. There are quick questions for discussion points on each page. It would make a good read aloud for the classroom or home and offer things to talk about.

For ages 5 and up.

Publication Date: 15 September 2016

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Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers

By Anna Humphrey

Clara  suspects she may have super powers. She thinks her super powers may be that she can make things move, that she saps energy from batteries and lights, and, the not so amazing one, that she always wakes up at 7:14 every morning. Whatever day it was!

Her best friend Bradley thinks she may be right. They get the chance to experiment with this when their school is invaded by a rival school because the school had to be repaired due to mold and because Clara’s neighbor who is like a grandmother to her is going to move to a nursing home.

For grade three and up.

Also this week:

Publication Date: 13 September 2016

The Poet’s Dog

By Patricia MacLachland

Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea

By Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland

The Mighty Odds (The Odds Series #1)

By Amy Ignatow

The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart

By Lauren DeStefano

This Book Is Not About Dragons

By Shelley Moore Thomas and Fred Koehler

The Light Fantastic

By Sarah Combs

The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes

By Wade Albert White

The Evil Wizard Smallbone

By Delia Sherman

 

Read Well!

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