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Dani spends her first summer break on an island with her best friend Ella, where their play is so wonderful she almost forgets her worries about her injured father, until he comes to visit with a new girlfriend. Fourth in a stellar series of chapter books perfectly capturing childhood emotions and translated from the Swedish. (Up to 7? K. Isaacs)
Scholastic (Arthur A. Levine)
Though they are good friends, Hector sometimes tires of Hummingbird, but when the bear goes off into the Peruvian jungle on his own he misses the bird's company. The body language in these illustrations is particularly expressive., Hummingbird's constant chatter is even visually annoying. The jungle animals (a seek-and-find key is in the back) are an extra treat. (Up to Seven. K. Isaacs)
Convinced by his research that the moon is not cheese but stone, a mouse sets out to prove it by developing and flying his own space ship there in 1955, setting the stage for a later human journey. Beautifully illustrated with photorealistic paintings, and followed by a similarly illustrated short history of space travel including short bios of other "earthlings" on the moon. A treat! (7-10. K.Isaacs)
Nicholas wants to be brave like his dad but it's hard so he has some secret help; a toy dinosaur that helps him feel brave. Being brave is easy when Nicholas has his dinosaur but when Nicholas loses it he doesn't know what to do. When Dad comes home the truth of Nicholas's bravery comes out. Dad understands and helps him find the dinosaur. A sweet story full of sensitive and tough "guy stuff."
A fifteen-year-old boy is destined to be executed for arson and murder and everyone in town has an opinion. A haunting story, told through multiple perspectives, and based on an actual incident in Svenborg, Denmark, in 1853. A book for discussion. Translated from the Danish by Lindy Falk van Rooyen. (14 and up. K. Isaacs)
Simon & Schuster
This is a unique biography by emphasizing what the main character, a strong woman, has accomplished by disagreeing rather then agreeing, with the status quo, with people's perceptions/expectations/prejudices. It is unusual to take what could be judged as a negative position but the subject, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unusual heroine, strong, independent, way before her time and still an important contributor to her profession and the laws of the land well into her 80s. The writing is insistent and the illustrations pointedly support the major themes. Informative in a creative way, making a strong case for this incredible woman.
When the first apple of the season falls, Faith is confident her Uncle Arthur will arrive to enjoy the "applesauce weather," even though his beloved wife, Lucy, recently passed. While he does show up, that magic twinkle in his eyes that appears before one of his infamous stories is gone. Frost's free verse story delves into the complicated feelings that come with a major loss and how happiness can be found in something as simple as a story. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.