An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, bestselling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Aerin, the king's daughter, can't seem to perform magic and isn’t
suited to court and castle life. So she takes her father's old war
horse and some fireproof ointment, and decides to become a
dragon-slayer. The way her personal story effortlessly unfolds
alongside that of the kingdom's greater struggle against evil is a
mark of McKinley's divine storytelling.
As a child with an unusual name, I was very lucky that I was never teased about it and that all of my teachers could pronounce it—though substitutes struggled terribly with it. Chrysanthemum loves her name, until the girls in class start teasing her about it. Luckily, her teacher comes to the rescue, and reminds Chrysanthemum that there’s nothing wrong with having a special name, or being named after a flower, for that matter. Whether your child has a unique name or not, this book reminds you to embrace what makes you special and to tolerate differences. Plus, Kevin Henkes draws the cutest mice!
When people ask for books on how to write a story, I often suggest they read Vera B. Williams’ enchanting Cherries and Cherry Pits. A young girl, Bidemmi, draws colorful pictures and “as she draws she tells the story of what she is drawing. She always starts with the word THIS. THIS is the door to the…” and she’s off and running. Each new story emerges from the last, each plump and joyous and delicious as the cherries that Bidemmi writes about. Grades K–3.
“Extraordinary and wonderful.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Long ago in Africa, it is said, some of the people knew magic that enabled them to fly. But when they were brought to America as slaves, they forgot the magic. All but one old man. When he could tolerate no longer the suffering of his people, he whispered the magic words and one by one and then in flocks, the slaves rose up and flew to freedom.”
A New York Times Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year.
An American Library Association–ALSC Notable Children’s Book.
An NCTE Teacher’s Choice. Grades 3–8.
“Jamieson captures this snapshot of preteen angst with a keenly decisive eye, brilliantly juxtaposing the nuances of roller derby with the twists and turns of adolescent girls’ friendships…. Full of charm and moxie—don’t let this one roll past.” —Kirkus, starred review.
"A clever, wry fantasy with one of the more reluctant heroines of children’s literature. Grades 4–6." —Tera
"Foxlee inventively weaves familiar folkloric elements—an evil snow queen, a magic sword, a quest, a chosen one—into her modern setting, all the while evoking a mood of dreamlike foreboding." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review.
"Suspense and adventure race alongside Will through the Canadian wilderness on the Boundless, the largest and fastest train ever built. Middle-grade steampunk filled with intrigue." —Booklist. Grades 4–7.
When warships appear in the harbor of her Chilean town, 11-year-old Celeste’s idyllic life is shattered. When she returns home from exile, she works to move her country forward. A refreshing perspective on resiliency. The 2015 Pura Belpré Author Award winner. Grades 5–8.