Children & Teens Books of the Week

New In Hardcover
Make the Earth Your Companion Cover Image
ISBN: 9781568462691
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Published: Creative Editions - March 7th, 2017

A truly beautiful book, Make the Earth Your Companion (Chronicle, $18.99) is a tale of warning, encouragement, and hope. Using simple verse, famed poet J. Patrick Lewis captures the importance of acceptance when it comes to the world we live in and urges readers to dedicate themselves to the environments surrounding them. Paired with bold and striking illustrations by Anna and Elena Balbusso, Lewis' journey leads those willing to follow to seas and rivers, mountains and deserts. We're reminded to learn and to listen, to find comfort and peace, and ultimately to tread carefully on this Earth that we call home, just "as other creatures do." Ages 4-7. Allison Witten

Blast from the Past
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547328607
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 5th, 2010

In 1990, thousands of shoes washed up on the shores of Seattle, Washington. Oceanographer Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer discovered that they fell off a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean. But how exactly did they get from there to Seattle—and more importantly, what could be learned from this information? With engaging narrative and science clearly explained, Author Loree Griffin Burns explains how Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Houghton Mifflin, $9.99) can be used to save our trash-infested oceans. Through profiles of prominent scientists in the field, the reader gets a fun glimpse into this quirky science, all while learning about ocean currents, ecosystems and the devastating effects of hazards such as "ghost nets.” Exceptional (sometimes heartbreaking) photographs and detailed charts help readers understand the concepts introduced, and are a good reminder that science doesn't just happen in a lab. Ages 10-14. Emi London

YA Pick
Ship Breaker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316056199
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2011

In a grim future, a teenage Ship Breaker (Little, Brown, $10.99) named Nailer survives by scavenging wrecked oil tankers along the American Gulf Coast in search of copper wiring and other parts as a member of a salvage crew. When Nailer happens upon a beached clipper ship after a hurricane and finds its sole survivor — a beautiful and wealthy girl named Nita — he rescues her in the hope of a big reward and a better life. Soon the two find themselves on the run from an alliance of Nailer’s murderous father, Nita’s avaricious uncle, and their posse of genetically-engineered “half-men”. With a sweeping story, a cast of memorable characters, and an author with a penchant for detailed, vividly-rendered settings, Paolo Bacigalupi’s first YA novel will appeal to fans of dystopian fiction, as well as those just looking for a solid action/adventure story. Ages 14-18. Marc Villa