The National Book Festival will be held at the Convention Center on Saturday, September 5. More volunteers are needed than are currently available. If you are free to take a shift, please contact Karen Jaffee, firstname.lastname@example.org. She will connect you with the appropriate persons to assure that you have an assignment.
This is Sheinkin at his best, well researched, totally engrossing, with facts to support a steering look at Presiental policies from Truman on that kept the U.S. involved in Vietnam in ways that did not promote the well being of the country or its people and became. war that was clear we could not win but in which we continued to engage to save face. the connection to Snowden at the conclusion paves the way for lots of discussion in the classroom, at home, between friends.
Carson’s mom, a school counselor who addresses her son with clinical distance, drags him from NYC to Montana to spend the summer caring for his dying, alcoholic dad, whom he hasn’t seen in fourteen years. Almost right away, he meets a beautiful, snarky girl with her own set of challenges to overcome. After uncovering some letters offering clues about Carson’s grandfather who left Carson’s dad and grandmother under mysterious circumstances decades earlier, the pair sets out on an epic road trip where they are introduced to individuals, concepts, and multiple cultural histories that force them to grapple with religion, identity and the families they have waiting for them upon their return. Teens will laugh, may cry, and most definitely will ponder their place in the universe. Sylvie Shaffer.
Friends, J.Lo the alien and 12 year old Gratuity 'Tip' Tucci return for an interplanetary romp in an effort to repair J.Lo's reputation as Public Enemy Number One (aka "The Squealer"). Narrator Bahni Turpin also returns for this production. Her alien Boov voices and Tip's tween attitude are what makes this audio a laugh out loud adventure (Ages 7 to 10). Jenny Carroll
An ambitious book about a young farm girl who reinvents herself when she flees her unloving father to go to Baltimore and become a hired girl to a Jewish family. Her journal entries reflect her innocence, a 14 year old masquerading as an 18 year old. a would be Catholic who doesn't understand where she fits in her relationship to God, a girl who believes that one kiss means an engagement, a romantic with almost no knowledge of romance except for the few novel she has had a chance to read. Her voice is honest, her self judgement often harsh. the characters around her are well realized, especially the feisty Malka, the head housekeeper.
With subtle cutouts that highlight one aspect of the fear a child describes, and expressive eyes (even when hidden), the author/illustrator presents fearful things from a child's point of view, and how the child finds understanding in the beauty of some of the things created by the objects of fear (like a spider's web, the moon at night, the joy of settling in with a stuffed animal. And there is a surprise that seems very fitting and nicely wraps the whole experience up. Just about perfect. Edie Ching
When Sunny's family vacation is cancelled she gets to fly to Florida to visit her grandfather. Who needs the beach when you can have the post office, grocery store, early bird dinners, and solo marco polo in the old folks pool? Lucky for Sunny, she meets Buzz and is introduced to the superhero world of comic books. She also learns the truth about her older brother and the reason she was sent away. This is an upbeat graphic novel about dealing with the sensitive issue of drug and alcohol abuse. Sunny is a likeable character and kids will relate to her while learning a bit about the "culture" of the 1970s. There is also a nod to the fact that comic books are so much than just fluff. (ten to fourteen) Julie Dietzel-Glair
Facts about states of water and the water cycle become the story of a year from summer to the following late summer and kids enjoying water in all its forms. Extraordinarily well done for an informational picture book, with well-crafted rhyming text, pleasing examples and appealing kid activities. Chin's luminous paintings show a mixed race family and kids of all sorts in groups that don't look like they were constructed with a checklist. Important water words are bolded in the back matter, making this useful for learning as well as entertaining. K.Isaacs. 7-10