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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.

The Turning

TheTurning.jpgThe Turning (Greenwillow Books, 2018) by Emily Whitman is SO good! It's compelling from the first line to the end. I had so much sympathy for the main character. And his family.

Aran is a selkie. He lives at sea with the clan. But unlike the others he is always in longlimbs as he has no selkie skin to transform him into a seal. He prays to the moon to give him one so he can dive without needing to surface for breath, so he can swim long distances and keep up with the others. Then he finds out his mother has kept a secret from him and he may never get a pelt. Aran will risk everything to be a full selkie--even living on land.

What a magical story of a convincing world! (The book has a cool cover too.) You really don't want to miss reading this book that has been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Read Emily's About Me to learn some of the inspiration for this book. The author has also written YA books--you can read about them here.

Inkling

Inkling.jpgInkling (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018) by Kenneth Oppel is a book I'm not quite sure how to describe. We've got a nonhuman, but likable main character, who is an inkblot. Seriously! He's discovered by a boy named Ethan, who names him Inkling. Ethan's sister Sarah who has Down's Syndrome meets Inkling too although she calls him Lucy. We've got lots of drawing, both good and bad. We've got problems, kid-sized and adult. It's funny. It's sad. It's touching.There's a bad guy. But with some help Ethan and Inkling win in the end. And so do some other people.

This is a fun and satisfying story. Looking at it several weeks after I finished it, I find it hard not to pick the book up and read it again.

Kenneth Oppel is an award winning author. You can read about him here. See his awards here and check out his books here.

The illustrations (inside and out) are done by Sydney Smith. You can see a bunch of the illustrator's covers here.

Just Under the Clouds

JustUndertheClouds.jpgI loved Just Under the Clouds (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018) by Melissa Sarno. It's such a good book. And has a gorgeous cover.

Twelve-year-old Cora and her family, consisting of her mother and her sister Adare, have been moving from place to place for six years since Daddy died. Now they're homeless. Cora gets comfort from knowing and climbing trees in Brooklyn, just like her father taught her. But with watching her "different" sister while Mom works, and struggling with algebra in school, Cora worries they'll never belong anywhere.

Just Under the Clouds is the author's debut novel. Read about the birth of the story here. Her next book, A Swirl of Ocean, comes out in late summer and I'm really looking forward to it. Read more about Melissa here.

Skylark and Wallcreeper

Merci Suárez Changes Gears

The Turning

Inkling

Just Under the Clouds

Squirm

Amal Unbound

Front Desk

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle

Somewhere Among

The Wizard's Dog

The Someday Birds

Roller Girl

Hello, Universe

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Chasing Secrets

Is It Night or Day?

Shadow Magic

Lucky Broken Girl

Wonderling

Foxheart

A Face Like Glass

The Someday Suitcase

The First Last Day

Cloud and Wallfish

Rules for Thieves

Prisoner of Ice and Snow

Monster, Human, Other

Carrying Mason

The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan

Jelly Bean Summer

The Only Road

The Wolf's Boy

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook

Handbook for Dragon Slayers

Dying to Meet You

Iron Hearted Violet

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Dead Boy

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Towers Falling

Echo

The Seventh Wish

All Four Stars

Just My Luck

The Thief of Mirrors

The Inn Between

Booked

The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary

Counting Thyme

The Crossover

Sweet Home Alaska

Mouseheart

How to Capture an Invisible Cat

The Year We Sailed the Sun

The Wrinkled Crown

Circus Mirandus

Dragon Slippers

Prisoner 88

Tuesdays at the Castle

Fuzzy Mud

Rhyme Schemer

Switch

The Last Child of Hamelin

The Cabinet of Earths

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

Castle Hangnail

Moonpenny Island

Waiting for Unicorns

Loved It! - Fish in a Tree

Not Easy - The Truth about Twinkie Pie

Argh, Mateys - Hook's Revenge

Payback - Nickel Bay Nick

Saved by the Milk - Fortunately, The Milk

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

A Butt-kicking Novel - 33 Minutes

Looking for Magic? - A Snicker of Magic

MG Mystery - Three Times Lucky

A Boy and an Elephant - Chained

Charming, Literally - Rose

Secret Agents - Junior Style - Double Vision

A Dark Story - Wooden Bones

Contemporary Fantasy or Magical Realism - Drizzle

Heartbreaker - The One and Only Ivan

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

Good and Creepy - The Cabinet of Wonders

Another time and now - Blessing's Bead

Just love this kid! - Okay for Now

A book with heart - Heart of a Shepherd

Really good story - Grounded

Wild Things

Family Story with Photographs - Finding Family

Halley's Comet and Hope - Selling Hope

One Strong Girl! - One Crazy Summer

Phew - almost missed this goodie - Schooled

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

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

Incredible Story - out of my mind

Funny! - Fiona Finkelstein Meets Her Match

Shortlisted? - Mockingbird

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

Must Read Book - Escaping the Tiger

7th Grade - no laughing matter - Mackenzie Blue

Great First Line - How to Steal a Dog

Fantasy Sequel - yea! - The Timekeeper's Moon

Newbery honor book - The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Coming Out This Month! - Boys without Names

Great opening scene - The Middle of Somewhere

You thought you had it tough? - Sweetgrass Basket

Got voice? - Penny from Heaven & Elijah of Buxton

Sympathetic character - Ethan, Suspended

2009 Newbery Winner - The Graveyard Book

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

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

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

Arriving in March - Reaching for the Sun

Graphic Novel - Here Be Monsters

Novels in Verse - Seeing Emily

prepare to be amused - The Wee Free Men

The Sea of Trolls

The Schwa Was Here

LOL - Ruby Holler