Book # 8 Picture Book
I adore this book about a grandfather and grandson finding common ground through art. No spoilers, but make sure to take the jacket off the book after you finish reading it. I can't wait to share this one with my students.
Book # 9 Middle Grade Fiction
When Amal has to stay home from school to help her mother with her new baby, she thinks it's the worst thing that could happen to her - until she accidentally insults the big man in town and is forced to become an indentured servant. Set in Pakistan, this story takes on issues of forced servitude and the rights of women. It's no wonder it is a Global Read Aloud book of 2018.
Book # 10 Middle Grade Historical Fiction
I was thrilled to get an advanced reader copy of this book at the Scholastic #ReadingSummit last week because I've heard so much about it and love Jennifer A. Nielsen. It didn't disappoint. When Chaya's family is forced to move into a ghetto in Poland, she quickly decides she can't wait around to be killed or taken away like her younger brother and sister. Instead she joins the resistance, risking her life to help Jewish people in ghettos all over Poland. Based on true acts of resistance and heroism during the Nazi occupation. Resistance releases on August 28.
Book # 11 Middle Grade Fiction
This book has been on my TBR list for a long time. GiGi has a recipe for everything left to her in a cookbook from her mom. When she and her sister DiDi move to a new town and GiGi starts to make friends (and enemies) she starts to question what she knows about her mom, which leads her on a path of family and self-discovery. A wonderful coming of age novel.
Book # 12 Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction
I'm a big fan of dragons, so I was surprised to have missed this series. Trinity thinks her biggest problem is making sure her grandfather doesn't spend all their money, especially when he pays for a dragon's egg. Dragons are creatures of myth, or so Trinity thinks until she is visited by two twins from the future. One is there to kill her before she releases dragons into the world. The other to help dragons save it. But neither boy knows the truth about the past, Trinity, and what they've been told. They will both risk it all for the girl and her dragon.