Children & Teens Books of the Week

New In Hardcover
Rolling Thunder Cover Image
By Kate Messner, Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545470124
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Published: Scholastic Press - April 25th, 2017

Every Memorial Day in Washington, DC, more than a million veterans and their supporters gather for the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a demonstration that pays tribute to the men and women of the US armed forces. Rolling Thunder (Scholastic, $17.99) by Kate Messner honors this annual event and also — like its namesake — honors veterans and their loved ones. Her sharp, lyrical prose is detailed by Greg Ruth's life-like illustrations. Every page is filled with excitement, action, and spirit — and each line reads like a loud crowd of motorcycles: “Lines of bikes are miles long, shining, half a million strong. Rumbling, grumbling, engines roar. Peace signs. High fives. Spirits soar.” Start your engines, because it is about to get loud! Ages 4-8. Delaney Eubanks

Blast from the Past
The Wall Cover Image
By Eve Bunting, Ronald Himler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395629772
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Published: Clarion Books - August 24th, 1992

A boy and his father have come from afar to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and to find the name of the boy’s grandfather. As they search, the boy watches the other visitors: a wounded veteran, a grieving older couple and a group of girls on a class field trip. All are there to see The Wall (HMH, $7.99), and yet everyone’s reaction is different. Eve Bunting has written a thoughtful and moving narrative that subtly — yet effectively — explores the consequences of war by simply showing the reader what the boy observes, without seeming heavy-handed. Ronald Himler’s impressionistic renderings of a cold and overcast day complement the story by conveying an appropriate sense of quiet reverence and dignity. Ages 6-10. Marc Villa

YA Pick
Fallen Angels Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545055765
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - May 2008

When going to college is no longer possible, a 17-year-old Richie Perry joins the Army. After being deployed to Vietnam, Perry wonders why black soldiers are given the most dangerous jobs. He also learns that survival is more than simply staying alive. Who are the Fallen Angels (Scholastic, $9.99) in this faraway land where everything is so different than Richie’s native Harlem? Richie confronts the reality of war in this realistic, moving, and riveting glimpse of Vietnam in a modern classic by Walter Dean Myers. Ages 14–18. Maria Salvadore