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Lucy, a young ghost hunter, has just joined the small, independent psychical detective agency, Lockwood and Co. They, along with the larger agencies in England, fight "The Problem" -- a growing plague of ghosts that terrorize and kill the living. After a disastrous job involving the ghost of a murdered girl, the firm's future is at risk. They must take a high-risk job that could save the company, but could also kill them. Excellent world-building and narration helps build suspense and keep the story moving. It's clear that this is the first of a series, but the plot stands alone and it is only the final chapter that hints at a second story. -C. Beaupre.
Imprisoned takes an in-depth look at not only the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II, but also the early anti-Japanese sentiment during the 1910s through the anti-Muslim sentiment after 9/11. The book details what was done to the Japanese Americans, what the Japanese Americans did for the US during World War II, the lack of evidence that Japanese Americans were colluding with the Japanese government, the effort towards redress after the war and the people and organizations that worked for the Japanese Americans regardless of laws passed. Ten to Fourteen. Ruth Compton
Lion is a bully and he has been downright mean to the other animals. None of them are brave enough to make Lion stop so they put an ad in the paper for someone who will. Bear, Moose, and Tiger all try to make Lion stop but each, in turn, fails. The last applicant is rabbit and everyone thinks his attempt will be ludicrous. But is it brains or brawn (or a little trick!) that will settle this once and for all? The bully gets his comeuppance and readers have a laugh at his expense. Great fun! Seven to Ten. Joan Kindig
Like many artists, George E. Ohr gained little fame during his lifetime and could not support himself doing what he loved—creating artistic pots. He had to support his family by also making souvenirs and practical pieces. In 1968, antiques dealer Jim Carpenter was searching for items around Biloxi, Mississippi. Ohr’s sons remembered their father’s pots, thrown before 1910 and stowed away in boxes. When Carpenter saw them, he recognized something special. Ohr had declared that someday people would realize his value and that his work would be “prized . . . and cherished.” He was right. Photographs and text trace Ohr’s life forming clay into things unique and beautiful. Backmatter augments the text. Ten to Fourteen. Lynda Adamson
Clive Campbell, the soon to be DJ Kool Herc, was a Jamaican boy living in a desolate neighborhood in the South Bronx who dreamed of rocking the party. Eventually Herc's creativity and innovation would lay the groundwork for the new art form of hip hop. Hill and Taylor's book is a vibrant mix of playful language, rich illustration, and legendary lyrics that befits a trailblazer's biography from the lively mashup culture that is hip hop. Extensive back matter that includes a timeline round out this positive and hopeful story on the power of art. Seven to Ten. Lizzie Nolan.
Flora, a pig with a heart born for adventure, gets more than her share as part of a shipwrecked expedition to Antarctica where her loyalty and determination to be part of a team turn out to be more important than her food potential. Charming, humorous fantasy about making your dreams come true, just right for readers who still have a place in their hearts for talking animals. This would be a great read-aloud. Seven to Ten. K. Isaacs