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Orphan Island
Imagine a beautiful island far out in the sea. Then, imagine 11 children living alone on this island, using their survival skills to hunt food and care for themselves. These orphans are quite happy and have no memory of where they came from. They all just showed up one year, alone on a boat that comes to shore. When the boat comes to bring a new child, the eldest child must leave on the boat.… Continue
The Perfect Score
Told by five members of the 6th grade class at Lakeview Middle School, this story is proof that standardized testing isn’t the most important thing that happens in your first year of middle school. When the teacher they were supposed to have is unexpectedly unable to start the year, ancient Mrs. Wood returns from retirement to be their teacher. She looks old, dresses old, and sounds old,… Continue
Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone
In this beautiful and simple picture book, readers learn about Simone’s childhood as she shares her stories with her daughter. The illustrations throughout the book bring to life Simone’s love for music, as well as her desire to stand up for her beliefs. Recommended for reading aloud with children in preschool-3rd grade, but kids of all ages and adults will fall in love with this… Continue
The Stonekeeper
In this first book in the Amulet series, Emily and Navin lose their father in a tragic car accident and are catapulted to the fantastical land where their great-grandfather’s home is located. When their mother gets absorbed by an “arachnopod,” Emily finds the amulet that will help her. However, Emily will have to take on great responsibilities and defend against a plethora of… Continue