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Bianca Amato does a beautiful job of narrating this stunning story. Her voice evoke the happiness and love as well as the sorrow and despair in Will's life. Listeners are transported from the sunshine of Africa and the plains of Zimbabwe and to a girl's boarding school in a cold rainy England. A wonderful story brought to life in audio. 8+/10+ Ruth Compton
Max tries to be brave & not cute, but he doesn't know the difference between a mouse and a monster. Vere's sparse text and sparse, but bold colors, humorously tells Max's story. Kids, librarians and parents will laugh as Max struggles to find Mouse and to be brave - to find out who he really is. Up to seven. Ruth Compton
The splendor of the animal kingdom and human language (English and Spanish) come together in this collection of poetry that will please children and adults alike. The simple yet descriptive language conveys an understanding of each animal while being accessible to young children. The illustrations unify the English and Spanish versions of the poems. The gouache medium, folk art style, and choice of colors and hues give the book a vibrant, Latin feel. Paschkis cleverly weaves poetic words from both Spanish and English throughout the illustrations--giving the rich sounds of language to blades of grass, leaves, a turtle's shell, water, and more. Poetry permeates the entire book in this way, extending readers' exploration and enjoyment of the book. Up to Seven. -Summer Rosswog
In a "ripped from the headlines" story, black teen Rashad is a victim of police brutality and white classmate Quinn is a witness. In alternating chapters, with Reynolds writing the voice of Rashad and Kiely writing the voice of Quinn, the two teens struggle to face the realities of what happened and how to move forward. As the incident blows up in the press, each grapples with the expectations of members of their respective communities and how they should address (or not avoid) what happened. A powerful, relevant and complicated look at our society and our response to violence. Alicia Blowers. Fourteen and Up.
The audiobook version of this nominated title is an especially wonderful listening experience. Narrator Heather Alicia Simms brings the characters to life with her voice intonations and dramatic timing. What makes this audio stand out is the narrator's singing of religious hymns and other spirituals. Alicia Blowers. Audio