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Revolution by Deborah Wiles. (The Sixties Trilogy book 2) 544p. Scholastic Inc., May 27, 2014. 9780545106078.
Publisher synopsis: It's 1964, and Sunny's town is being invaded. Or at least that's what the adults of Greenwood, Mississippi are saying. All Sunny knows is that people from up north are coming to help people register to vote. They're calling it Freedom Summer.
Fleabrain Loves Frannie by Joanne Rocklin. 280 p. Amulet Books/ Abrams, August 12, 2014. 9781419710681.
Publisher synopsis: This gem of a novel takes place in Pittsburgh in 1952. Franny Katzenback, while recovering from polio, reads and falls in love with the brand-new book Charlotte’s Web. Bored and lonely and yearning for a Charlotte of her own, Franny starts up a correspondence with an eloquent flea named Fleabrain who lives on her dog’s tail. While Franny struggles with physical therapy and feeling left out of her formerly active neighborhood life, Fleabrain is there to take her on adventures based on his extensive reading. It’s a touching, funny story set in the recent past, told with Rocklin’s signature wit and thoughtfulness.
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. 352 p. Candlewick Press, September 9, 2014. 9780763660383.
Publisher synopsis: He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.
The Twyning by Terence Blacker. 432 p. Candlewick Press, September 9, 2014. 9780763669027.
Publisher synopsis: In a harsh and dangerous world, a rat and a boy must each choose their way as their fates become inextricably linked.
Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail. 256 p. October 14, 2014. 9780763664039.
Publisher synopsis: A young Jewish pianist at Auschwitz, desperate to save her family, is chosen to play at the camp commandant’s house. How could she know she would fall in love with the wrong boy?
Eyes Wide Open: going behind environmental headlines by Paul Fleischman. 208 p. Candlewick Press, September 23, 2014. 9780763675455.
Publisher synopsis: We're living in an Ah-Ha moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity. Add abundant fossil fuels. The result: a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren't visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking – suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It's a changed world.
This book explains it. Not with isolated facts, but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century.
Extensive back matter, including a glossary, bibliography, and index, as well as numerous references to websites, provides further resources.
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