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Skylark and Wallcreeper

Skylark and Wallcreeper.jpgI loved Skylark and Wallcreeper (Little Bee/Yellow Jacket Books, 2018) by Anne O'Brien Carelli so much!

Two historical events (at least to children) in one book. Two twelve-year-olds: Collette in France in 1944; Lily in Queens in 2012. One is helping the resistance against the Nazis and the collaborators. The other is helping her grandmother and others in the nursing home deal with Hurricane Sandy and the aftermath. But the best part is that Lily is Collette's granddaughter and neither Lily, nor her mother, know about Collette's past. That changes through a circumstances of events and Lily's own determination.

The book is a CYBILS (Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary) AWARD Finalist and a Mighty Girl's 2018 Best Book of the Year.

Read about Anne here. Follow her on Twitter here.

I'm hoping we hear about more books from her soon.

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

MercySuarez.jpgMerci Suárez Changes Gears (Candlewick Press, 2018) by Meg Medina is the 2019 Newbery Winner (in case you missed the news). Here's a video of what it was like for Meg getting "the call."

Sixth grade isn't easy for any kid, but Merci Suárez, a scholarship kid at Seward Pines Academy is struggling with some additional issues--her left eye that doesn't always track, her unusual living situation, and being stuck in Sunshine Buddies. But when she comes home from school to find a police cruiser outside Abuela's house, she doesn't know it's the beginning of everything changing.

This is a lovely story of a girl negotiating changes in her family, new responsibilities, and having to grow up.

This is Meg Medina's first middle grade novel. She also writes young adult novels and picture books. See her books here. Read about her and her many awards here.

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Hippy-Hoppy Toad.jpgA Hippy-Hoppy Toad (Schwartz & Wade, 2018) by Peggy Archer and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf is a delightful picture book that makes me smile.

Toad is on a teeter-totter twig in the middle of the road, when SNAP he goes flying and lands in a tree. Along his journey he meets a bird, a bee, a cricket, a dog, a lizard, the wind, and a shoe, then ends up back where he started.

The rhyme and rhythm work well. That and the alliteration make for a great read-aloud.

The illustrations are so much fun. I love the toad's expressions and the leaves are beautiful. Watch for the additional creatures only in the images.

The book won the 2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award, and is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Author Peggy Archer writes picture books and board books. Read about her here. Take note of her poetry journey. You can follow Peggy on Twitter here.

Illustrator Anne Wilsdorf has illustrated many books in both English and French. See all her books here. Anne lives in Switzerland.

Business Pig

Perfect Picture Book Friday

BusinessPig.jpgBusiness Pig (Sterling Children's Books, 2018) by Andrea Zuill is a darling book.

Everyone notices their something different about Jasper when he is born. Not only doesn't he fit in with the rest of the pigs, he continues on a different path. Therefore, when Jasper wants to be adopted he goes about it in a unique way.

I love the humor in the artwork that adds to the humorous text. The book has something for both kids and adults to enjoy.

This is author/illlustrator Andrea Zuill's fourth book.

Sweety.jpgHer newest book, Sweety, about a naked mole rat, comes out from Schwartz & Wade this month.

Read about Andrea here or follow her on Twitter here.

Dear Martin

DearMartin.JPGDear Martin (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017) by Nic Stone is one of those oft recommended books that didn't disappoint. It's compelling, moving, sad, and hopeful.

Justyce McAllister is a senior at Braselton Prep and despite what his friend Manny thinks, he's not treated equally. He found that out the hard way when helping his former girlfriend who is too drunk to drive and he gets arrested. He's released, but the experience wakes him up to the reality of what he's been reading in the news. And that's just the beginning. Things are going to get worse. Much worse.

This book made me sad and mad on behalf of Justyce and young men like him. I wish everyone would read it.

Amazingly enough, this book is Nic Stone's debut. Her newest book is Odd One Out. Read more on her website. Follow her on Twitter here.

Skylark and Wallcreeper

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

A Hippy-Hoppy Toad

Business Pig

Dear Martin

The Belles

The Wicked Deep

No More Noisy Nights

Hammer and Nails

The Turning

Inkling

Mouseling's Words

Wordy Birdy

Just Under the Clouds

Squirm

The Fandom

Don't Get Caught

Amal Unbound

Front Desk

You Must Bring a Hat!

A Unicorn Named Sparkle

Button and Bundle Cover Release

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Your Amazing Skin from Outside In

Somewhere Among

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Steelheart

Grace and Fury

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

we don't eat our CLASSMATES

Be Quiet!

Natsumi!

The Lying Planet

Sanctuary

The Wizard's Dog

The Someday Birds

Roller Girl

Warcross

One of Us Is Lying

Hello, Universe

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

A Death-Struck Year

The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse

Bernice Gets Carried Away

The Traitor's Kiss

Chasing Secrets

Is It Night or Day?

Tempests and Slaughter

Infinity

To Catch a Killer

The One Memory of Flora Banks

My Lady Jane

Shadow Magic

Lucky Broken Girl

Grandma's Purse

Dad and the Dinosaur

Strange the Dreamer

Wonderling

What Goes Up - a picture book

Insignia

The Sun Is Also a Star

Who Killed Christopher Goodman?

Six of Crows

Foxheart

A Face Like Glass

What Goes Up

Daughter of the Burning City

Before She Ignites

The Lost Girl of Astor Street

The Black Witch

The Someday Suitcase

The First Last Day

The Seventh Bride

The PROBLEM with FOREVER

Red Queen

The Reader (Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold)

Hoot & Honk Just Can't Sleep

Cloud and Wallfish

Rules for Thieves

Heartless

Prisoner of Ice and Snow

Just a Normal Tuesday

Defy the Stars

Given to the Sea

Monster, Human, Other

Carrying Mason

Holding Up the Universe

The Passion of Dolssa

Bob and Joss Get Lost!

Night Animals

The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan

The Diabolic

Jelly Bean Summer

Leave Me Alone!

Wolfie the Bunny

The Only Road

The Wolf's Boy

The Water Princess

Who Wants a Tortoise?

The Secret of a Heart Note

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Mrs. McBee Leaves Room 3

Pug Meets Pig

Normal Norman

Mother Bruce

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Handbook for Dragon Slayers

Enchantress Sacrifice

Shadows

One for the Murphys

A Time to Dance

Dying to Meet You

Iron Hearted Violet

Let Me Finish!

Scythe

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Scourge

Written in the Stars

Dead Boy

Poppy

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Towers Falling

Echo

The Seventh Wish

All Four Stars

the impossible knife of memory

Just My Luck

The Thief of Mirrors

Snoring Beauty

The Inn Between

Bottled

Booked

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

Counting Thyme

In the time of the Dragon Moon

The Chance You Won't Return

The Fire Sermon

The Crossover

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Sweet Home Alaska

Mouseheart

How to Capture an Invisible Cat

The Year We Sailed the Sun

The Wrinkled Crown

Ship Breaker

Uprooted

Circus Mirandus

Dragon Slippers

Mr. Pusskins: a Love Story

Prisoner 88

Tuesdays at the Castle

Not in the Script

All the Bright Places

Fuzzy Mud

Rhyme Schemer

Switch

El Deafo

Nightsong

On My Way to Buy Eggs

The Last Child of Hamelin

The Cabinet of Earths

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Castle Hangnail

Moonpenny Island

Waiting for Unicorns

This Girl Is Different

An Ember in the Ashes

Tunnel Vision

How It Went Down

Loved It! - Fish in a Tree

Not Easy - The Truth about Twinkie Pie

Argh, Mateys - Hook's Revenge

Thrills and Chills - The Third Twin

Payback - Nickel Bay Nick

Eerie - Sorrow's Knot

Quick and Cute - Number One Sam

Saved by the Milk - Fortunately, The Milk

Dory Fantasmagory

Born to Succeed - Every Day After

Captured by the Title - Also Known as Elvis

MG Adventure in Verse - May B.

Absolutely Almost

Out-of-this-World Adventure - Space Case

Discoveries and Escapes - Rooftoppers

A Wow Adventure

Dangerous Adventure - Badger Knight

Draw or Die - The Rithmatist

An Eggstraordinary Story - Under the Egg

Looking for Magic? - A Snicker of Magic

MG Mystery - Three Times Lucky

Not just a Mystery Weekend - Suspect

Dangerous Impersonation - The False Prince

A Boy and an Elephant - Chained

Charming, Literally - Rose

Girl in Trouble - The Rules for Disappearing

Shaping Her Own Fate - Passion Blue

Fated to be Useless? - Firstborn

Secrets! - The Pledge

Ultimate Fractured Fairytale - Enchanted

Deliciously Funny - Monsters Eat Whiny Children

Hilariously Creepy - Creepy Carrots

Moving Story - The Stamp Collector

Cute Grandma Story - Silly Frilly Grandma Tilly

A Cat Lover's Novel - Cat Girl's Day Off

Secret Agents - Junior Style - Double Vision

A Dark Story - Wooden Bones

Contemporary Fantasy or Magical Realism - Drizzle

Heartbreaker - The One and Only Ivan

Fantasy AND Humor - The Last Dragon Slayer

The amazing Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Eye-opening Historical - Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Amazing Story - Wonder

Unexpected - The Hop

Anything But Typical

Words in the Dust, an amazing story

Historical MG in Verse - Inside Out and Back Again

Hysterically Funny - Fetching

Light-hearted Story - The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Not Your Average Greek Myth - King of Ithaca

Amazing Historical - The Year We Were Famous

Fascinating Premise - Wake

Good and Creepy - The Cabinet of Wonders

Fascinating problem - Flip

Whose life? - How to save a life

Historical YA Giveaway - Second Fiddle

Another time and now - Blessing's Bead

Another place - Island's End

Just love this kid! - Okay for Now

Powerful Story - After

Memorable Story - Tell Me A Secret

Twist after twist - White Cat

A book with heart - Heart of a Shepherd

Really good story - Grounded

Family Story with Photographs - Finding Family

Halley's Comet and Hope - Selling Hope

One Strong Girl! - One Crazy Summer

Distinct voices - Blink & Caution

Great first line - Split

Phew - almost missed this goodie - Schooled

Very Very Good! - Crunch

Very Interesting - The Everafter

Real or not real? - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Sympathetic Character - Windblowne

Humorous sheep and more - The Quest of the Warrior Sheep

Funny pet story - Guinea Dog

Hard to put down! - Divergent

Murder in Space? - Across the Universe

What Happened?! - No Passengers Beyond This Point

More History - The Fences Between Us

Historical for Boys - The Walls of Cartagena

Grown-upness is truly wasted on grown-ups - Cosmic

Something a bit different - Ashes

Fearful stuff - Countdown

Humor and Heart - How to Survive Middle School

Love the opening - Ratfink

More Humor Mixed with Mystery - Belly Up

What a sweet winner! - Moon Over Manifest

All that jazz - The Little Piano Girl

Sweet Sibling Rivalry - Flora's Very Windy Day

Another great heroine - Girl, Stolen

Incredible Story - out of my mind

Funny! - Fiona Finkelstein Meets Her Match

Another Very Good Book - Absolutely Maybe

Bedtime Bible and more - Read and Share Bible

Unputdownable Fantasy - The Demon King

Humorous SciFi - The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

Shortlisted? - Mockingbird

Historical Fantasy - Plain Kate

Facts just slip into your mind - The Red Umbrella

How could you not care?

Novel in Verse . . . for boys - Hate That Cat

Must Read Book - Escaping the Tiger

7th Grade - no laughing matter - Mackenzie Blue

Focus, shoot! - Flash Burnout & hold still

Book just came out - God's promises...for boys...

Aren't they cute? - Poodle and Hound

Book Felt SO Real - memoirs of a teenage amnesiac

Great First Line - How to Steal a Dog

Book Plus - Invisible i - The Amanda Project

Fantasy Sequel - yea! - The Timekeeper's Moon

Book 1 - glad more is coming - Shiver

Steampunk and Darwin - Leviathan

Newbery honor book - The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Emotional Book - Rubber Houses

Modern Fantasy - The Demon's Lexicon

Coming Out This Month! - Boys without Names

Great opening scene - The Middle of Somewhere

You thought you had it tough? - Sweetgrass Basket

Powerful Book - Hate List

Please let me slap the father! - Candor

Unforgettable - Unwind

Parental Discretion Advised - Jumping Off Swings

Companion Book - Eternal

Character Growth - Red Glass & Mexican WhiteBoy

Modern-day Retelling - Beastly

Powerful story - Right Behind You

Must read - The Hunger Games

More Author Interviews

Got voice? - Penny from Heaven & Elijah of Buxton

Sympathetic character - Ethan, Suspended

2009 Newbery Winner - The Graveyard Book

Fantasy to Love - Graceling

"we become what we have to be" - Nation

Calling Baseball Fans and others! - Keeping Score

Memorable story - Ways to Live Forever

Mystery to Solve - The Postcard

Wow! Really moving story! - The Mailbox

A 2009 Newbery honor book - Savvy

Don't miss this award winner! - Home of the Brave

Catching Up on Reading - Book of a Thousand Days

Makes me smile - A Crooked Kind of Perfect

Puns galore - Punished!

Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time by Lisa Yee

Love this character! - Beka Cooper, Terrier

Murder Mystery, yet so much more - Perfect Shot

Couldn't Stop Reading - Elsewhere

Prepare for fun - Once Upon a Marigold

Make me laugh! Thor's Wedding Day & Queen Sophie Hartley

Arriving in March - Reaching for the Sun

Science Fantasy - Enchantress from the Stars

Twist, twist, twist - Carmine, A Little More Red

Graphic Novel - Here Be Monsters

Novels in Verse - Seeing Emily

prepare to be amused - The Wee Free Men

Limits not reached - Downsiders

Hooked by Voice - Stuck in Neutral

Delightful book - Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen

The Sea of Trolls

The Schwa Was Here

LOL - Ruby Holler