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by Kwame Alexander Year Published: 2014 Novel in Verse, FIC ALE
This book is in verse. I reads just like any book written in typical prose, except it is better. Lively. Shorter.
It is not as much about basketball as it is about life. I don't even really like basketball that much, and I was captured by this book. The title is a pun. Can you figure out why?
Read this book if you think most chapter books are "too long."
We met Kwame Alexander and his friend at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ on April 16. It was the best library-sponsored field trip yet.
by Whitney Gardner Year Published: 2018 Graphic Novel, GN GAR
"A middle schooler comes head-to-head with his vampire slayer crush in this laugh-out-loud funny graphic novel that’s a perfect coming-of-age story for anyone who’s ever felt too young, too small, or too average.
It’s the beginning of the new school year and AJ feels like everyone is changing but him. He hasn’t grown or had any exciting summer adventures like his best friends have. He even has the same crush he’s harbored for years. So AJ decides to take matters into his own hands. But how could a girl like Nia Winters ever like plain vanilla AJ when she only has eyes for vampires?
When AJ and Nia are paired up for a group project on Transylvania, it may be AJ’s chance to win over Nia’s affection by dressing up like the vamp of her dreams. And soon enough he’s got more of Nia’s attention than he bargained for when he learns she’s a slayer.
Now AJ has to worry about self-preservation while also trying to save everyone he cares about from a real-life threat lurking in the shadows of Spoons Middle School."
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by Jason Reynolds Year Published: 2016 Fiction (series), FIC REY
Another book that is more about life than it is about the sport of track. What is it about these metaphors? Not too long of a book. It has 3 others that follow it. Each is about a different kid, but they are all on the same team. Each is also in a different aspect of the sport.
by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville Year Published: 2018 Picture Book, E GRA
Temple Grandin, a woman who is an accomplished scientist and author has another of her stories told in picture book form.
"As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held—but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to enjoy the comfort of a hug?
Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t receive a hug, she would make one…she would build a hug machine!"
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by Christian McKay Heidicker Year Published: 2019 fantasy adventure
If you like furry characters or a coming-of-age story, this one's for you. Two young foxes are exposed to the challenges of growing up after being forced to leave the comfort of their dens. They learn that all they know isn't exactly helpful. Their separate quests to find their mothers lead to a chance meeting and a lasting bond that changes them forever.
by Aaron Philip ; with Tonya Bolden Year Published: 2016 Memoir, 921 PHI
After a seriously premature birth left Philip with cerebral palsy severe enough to affect his motor skills, his family invested not only money but energy and love to provide the best treatment and education available. Born in Antigua and Barbuda, Philip moved to New York City as a toddler, where he now attends high school in between maintaining a popular Tumblr, Aaronverse. Intelligent, creative, and high spirited, Philip has stepped up to both physical and economic challenges, and as his genial, conversational memoir reveals, he's gone well beyond just mainstreaming. He writes not just of therapies and physical challenges but provides insightful observations about how his economic class and immigrant status affect his experience. In outlining his needs as a physically challenged kid, particularly the everyday obstacles most kids take for granted, he offers readers an opportunity to cultivate understanding and empathy. Similar to Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare (2014), for slightly older readers, this inspiring glimpse into the life of a real kid goes beyond disability to celebrate his remarkable ability. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.