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“Love in the Time of Global Warming” by Francesca Lia Block

Do I really want to read a book about the apocalypse? I’ve dreamt too many times about being the last person left on earth searching through stopped cars for survivors. But Francesca Lia Block’s devastated post-apocalypse world is oddly beautiful

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“The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi” by Neal Bascomb

“The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured The World’s Most Notorious Nazi” by Neal Bascomb (Arthur A. Levine 2013) starts on a dark street corner in Buenos Aires, May 1960. A man steps off a bus.

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“The Weight of Water” by Sarah Crossan

In “The Weight of Water” (Bloomsbury 2012), Sarah Crossan tells us only what we need to know in her spare verse. We can fill in the rest ourselves. She must think her readers are intelligent, which makes us feel good.

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“Fallout” by Todd Strasser (Candlewick 2013)

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 was averted—just barely. But in Todd Strasser’s “Fallout” (Candlewick 2013) the attack takes place. The story opens before dawn with Scott’s family climbing down into their bomb shelter. There’s a struggle when desperate neighbors

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“Josephine” gets starred reviews from SLJ and Shelf Awareness

Josephine By Patricia Hruby Powell Illustrated by Christian Robinson School Library Journal March 2014 “Captivating… a fun, enriching, and holistic reading experience.”—School Library Journal, starred review This charming biography invites readers to step inside the vibrant and spirited world of

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“March” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

“March” (Top Shelf 2013) by John Lewis is an important book by an important person about an important event. But more importantly, it’s a great read. Lewis collaborates with congressional aide and writer Andrew Aydin and illustrator Nate Powell in

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“Winger” by Andrew Smith

Ryan Dean—or Winger—is a fourteen year old junior who plays wing on the rugby team in Andrew Smith’s “Winger” (Simon & Schuster 2013). That’s right. He’s precocious. Thank heavens his horniness is charmingly creative. That’s because he’s so vulnerable and

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“The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp” by Kathi Appelt

The Bayou Tourterelle is sanctuary for a pair of adolescent raccoons, various endangered birds including the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, rattle snakes, a boy named Chap, his mother, and the Sugar Man–all in Kathi Appelt’s “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar

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“Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War” by Helen Frost

War looks imminent and tensions are mounting. In 1812, at what is now Fort Wayne, Indiana, James’ family runs the trading post. Anikwa, a Miami Indian, helps reinforce his family’s reed house. The twelve year old friends fight to survive

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“Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World” by Sy Montgomery

“Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World” (Houghton 2012) by Sy Montgomery is a book for anyone who is weird or knows someone who is odd. That’s all of us, right? Montgomery assures

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