Children’s Books

Children's Books

Books | Recent audiobooks for teens 
by Emily Whitten & Hayley Schoeppler
Posted 1/22/16, 01:00 am

After 12-year-old Jayson’s mother dies, he manages to survive on his own for a while. But when he steals sneakers for the upcoming basketball season, authorities send him to live with a foster family. Jayson (who is white) must adjust to living with a black family on the rich side of town. He also has to overcome his anger if he’s to earn his teammates’ respect and lead them to the state finals. Lupica’s narrative moves quickly, with enough description to create memorable characters in an uplifting tale that shows the rewards of perseverance. Boys and sports lovers take note.

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Children's Books

Books | Graphic novels for ages 6-14
by Janie B. Cheaney & Betsy Farquhar
Posted 1/08/16, 01:00 am

Nothing exciting ever happens to D.J., until he discovers a child in a crater. The kid, who calls himself Hilo, has superpowers and can process information in seconds but doesn’t remember his origin. Hilo finds charm in everything about Earth until he meets a monster from another world who seems to know everything about him. In the ensuing fracas, D.J. discovers unexpected reserves of courage and ingenuity. The story illustrates valuable themes of human worth and potential, but it’s mostly for fun: Outstanding! as Hilo would say. (Ages 6-10)

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Children's Books

Books | Recent picture books
by Megan Saben & Betsy Farquhar
Posted 12/11/15, 01:00 am

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