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The Shadow Hero
The Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.37
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow Hero, August 19, 2014
This review is from: The Shadow Hero (Paperback)
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An Asian superhero--who knew? Immigrant teen Hank Chu wants only to work at his parents' grocery store. But his overbearing Chinese mother thinks that's not good enough--he should be not a doctor or an engineer (or go to Harvard) but be a superhero. Based on an actual Asian superhero, the Green Turtle, from the 1940's, Gene Luen Yang has given this character, which had faded into obscurity, a back-story. Something different for fans of superheroes, this is great for teens, particularly reluctant readers.


A Piece of Cake
A Piece of Cake
by LeUyen Pham
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.84
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Piece of Cake, August 19, 2014
This review is from: A Piece of Cake (Hardcover)
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This is a charming picture book that would make a nice birthday present or a good choice for a birthday-themed storytime. It celebrates friendship and sharing and features adorable drawings of cute forest animals that have a vintage feel that reminds me of old Golden Books.


Oliver and the Seawigs (Not-So-Impossible Tales)
Oliver and the Seawigs (Not-So-Impossible Tales)
by Philip Reeve
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.07
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4.0 out of 5 stars Oliver and the Seawigs, August 19, 2014
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Philip Reeve's children's books for older readers feature imaginative worlds with a steampunk emphasis. Here, in a new series aimed at early chapter book readers, perhaps ages 7-10, Reeve's stellar imagination and sense of humor is in full view. Oliver's a regular kid, but his parents are crazy explorers, who are always off on wild adventures. In this book, the much more reasonable Oliver must rescue his parents from--of all things--a living island, who is using his parents as part of an elaborate wig, and is off to compete in a competition. Can Oliver save the day? Witty and funny for beginning chapter book readers.


Alphaprints: 123
Alphaprints: 123
by Roger Priddy
Edition: Board book
Price: $8.52
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alphaprints 123, July 31, 2014
This review is from: Alphaprints: 123 (Board book)
This large format board book with a counting theme features wonderful textured brightly colored illustrations based on finger prints. The finger prints are collaged with photos to create snails with shells made of slices of citrus fruit, caterpillars with thumb print heads, macaroon bodies, and make up brushes for eyes. Wonderfully creative and child friendly, this is a great book for babies and toddlers as well as preschoolers.


Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors
Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors
by Keith Baker
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Green Peas, July 31, 2014
The peas are back! In this new addition to the LMNO Peas series, author/illustrator Keith Baker offers a delightful concept book about colors, starring, once again, his delightful peas, The book features a variety of pictures for each 2-page color spread, including, of course, a variety of peas doing all kinds of activities. Wonderful for all ages, from toddlers just learning their colors to older children who can peer over the tiny peas and get a good laugh at the peas chock-full of personality who populate the book.


My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
My Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.20
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Country, 'Tis of Thee, July 31, 2014
A stunning new picture book illustrated by Bryan Collier traces the history of this iconic song, which has been sung in various versions over the years to express the longings for freedom and equality of different underrepresented groups. Told in a chronological style, the book highlights struggles by women, Native Americans, African Americans and others to achieve liberty for all.


A Boy and a Jaguar
A Boy and a Jaguar
by Catia Chien
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.23
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Boy and his Jaguar, July 31, 2014
This review is from: A Boy and a Jaguar (Hardcover)
Alan loves animals--because of a severe stutter, he can't communicate with other people, but animals always seem to understand him. As a child, he vows to protect them and be their champion. In college, he learns to be a "completely fluent" stutterer, and goes on to a successful career as an animal researcher. In nature, he feels at home; with people, he still feels broken. This real-life story is beautifully told for children, and is inspirational for young people struggling with stuttering or other disabilities to overcome. The illustrations are particularly striking, Very sensitively done.


Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi
by Susan Goldman Rubin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.47
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom Summer, July 31, 2014
In this well researched book, the author takes us back to 1964 Mississippi, when the nation was shocked by the disappearance--and discovery of the murder--of three Freedom Summer workers, courageous young people who travelled to Mississippi, living with black families, trying to register black voters and opening Freedom Schools to educate black children and their parents. Rubin follows the story chronologically, focusing on specific anecdotes which make the story more immediate for young people. The book is handsomely illustrated with archival photographs and drawings. Back matter includes information on the trial of the main organizer of the murders, who did not face trial into 2005. Information is provided on additional resources; there is also a timeline, source notes, reproduction of original documents, a detailed bibliography, and an index. Excellent nonfiction book for the new common core curriculum. Recommended for students in grades 5 and up.


Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa
Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa
by Peter Godwin
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.49
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mukiwa, July 31, 2014
Peter Godwin, born and raised in what was then Rhodesia, tells the story of his boyhood and journey into manhood, which coincided with the civil war that resulted in black Africans taking power from the white Rhodesians who had been there for generations. Required to do military service when finishing high school, Godwin joins an elite unit of the police, and finds himself fighting in a civil war he hates for a dying white government that he doesn't believe in. Eventually he is able to leave the country to attend Cambridge. Returning when the blacks take power, Godwin becomes a human rights lawyer and a journalist covering the atrocities of the new government, which crushes political opposition through terror and murder. The first in a a trilogy of memoirs by Godwin, which together span the period up to the Zimbabwe election of 2008. A moving, highly person story of the transition from white to black rule in Southern Africa.


The Winter Horses
The Winter Horses
by Philip Kerr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.79
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winter Horses, July 31, 2014
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Kalinka, a young Ukrainian girl on the run from the Nazis in 1941, is helped out by unlikely friends--Przewalski horses, rare wild horses that resemble those you see in prehistoric cave paintings, and their caregiver, who runs a nature reserve where the horses live. The horses, like the Jews, are being hunted by the Nazis, and are seen as inferior to the "pure-blooded" horses preferred by the Germans and thus ripe for extermination. Will Kalinka and her friends escape the cruel Nazi officer who's in charge of the area? This is a moving and suspenseful story perfect for animal lovers. A good choice for readers 10-14 years old.


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