“Field Day for Eugene: Kindness, Acceptance, Inclusion” is a heartwarming story about a boy that sees himself just like everyone else, capable of everything the rest of the kids are, and excited for all the same things. But, while he forgets to see his wheelchair as something that holds him back, it is something the other kids do not live with every day, so they recognize the difference and limitations it may cause.
“Good Pals” by Michael C. Barrett is told in alternating chapters by two high school students: Nick and Rachel. Rachel is from a wealthier family and is still reeling from her father’s marriage to a woman young enough to be her sister. Nick has largely been raised by an uncle after being neglected by parents who were, unfortunately, victims of addiction and substance abuse.
"The Power of Piggie Bear" is a powerful story for readers of all ages. There is good information within the pages of coping skills to be used as a tool for prevention and during the moment of feeling less than great about yourself.
Billy is a young boy who has show and tell to look forward to in his classroom one day. What’s exciting for the students is the fact that the winner of show and tell will receive a prize. Billy’s choice is to bring “monster” Harold to school with him.
Beginning with Owen fishing by the river behind Mom Mom’s house, they pack a lunch and head out to see the forest. Through Owen’s questions about the stunning things he sees along the way (combined with his grandmother’s bright, colorful pictures), readers get to stop, watch and learn all about the mighty bald eagle, the woodpecker and the deer. We get to see pictures of trees that transform with the seasons, changing into those bright red colors of autumn to a whole lot more.
"Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?" is a magical book with whimsical pictures that are calming and empowering at the same time. The message is straight-forward and clear and the authors mention every little thing to do with being a human and figuring out yourself, which can be difficult for some.
“Noah, No!” is a mischievous entertaining adventure of a young toddler. Telling the tale of the exploratory stages of toddlerhood, Kristen Cornell has created an adorable book that will be treasured by all ages.
I love being turned on to a new book series my grandchildren will absolutely love. Thankfully, they do love books and those memorable characters they want to see again and again. This is a series by an award-winning author they refer to as “Nana T” who has published two ahead of this particular title, and I rushed to get those after reading this one to the grandkids!
"Bonez" by Mr. Roses is a book about three skaters: Quigz, Essie, and Bonez. Bonez is the best, though they all have talent. The annual skating race is about to begin and it's Bonez against Sally; the toughest skater around. After the race, Bonez begins to behave badly , and tells his friends to ignore a girl that had been very nice to him, just to protect his image.
“Blue” by L.E. Delano is an intense and completely engrossing YA novel about perspective.
Andy and his brother Zack find themselves in 2009, one hundred years in the future after their quest to destroy the evil CORT corporation. It may be one hundred years since their last adventure, but 2009 is home to Andy and Zack and they cannot wait to see their parents again. The brothers quickly realize this isn’t the 2009 they remember, however. Somehow CORT is back and well on its way to controlling everything again. But how is that possible? Andy and Zack team up with an old friend in an effort to bring the world back to normal again.
In the story, a powerful corporation named CORT controls just about everything in the world. If successful in achieving total domination, human life as we know it will cease to exist. There is a resistance faction working to destroy the totalitarian conglomerate, including 4 teens selected as the “chosen ones.” They have a daunting task ahead of them, especially since CORT’s latest technology, “Spirral” appears to be indestructible. Do these kids have what it takes to save the world?
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