Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote Cover Image
ISBN: 9781561458561
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - October 1st, 2017

With her signature blend of biographical details, history, and verse, Youth Poet Laureate and award-winning author Margarita Engle brings famed novelist Miguel de Cervantes to life. In Miguel’s Brave Knight (Peachtree, $17.95), Engle transforms the man who wrote Don Quixote into a boy who dreams of the fantastic. When his father loses everything to pay his gambling debts, Miguel crafts the story of a brave knight who never loses hope. After years of entertaining his family and classmates with tales of his daydreamed knight, Miguel finally shares his story with the world. Illustrator Raúl Colón creates a visual bridge between reality and the imaginary with ink and watercolors. While those familiar with Cervantes’ novel will certainly enjoy Engle’s nods to Don Quixote, all readers will find themselves on a journey to discover the strength of imagination and the power of hope in turbulent times. Ages 7-10. Cristina Strunk.

Blast from the Past
Tia ISA Wants a Car Cover Image
By Meg Medina, Claudio Munoz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763657529
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 23rd, 2016

Tía Isa Wants a Car (Candlewick, $6.99), as green as the water that lapped outside “that breezy house by the sea” on her island homeland. Meg Medina’s irrepressible heroine knows how much it would mean to be able to drive the whole family—including her parents, who will join them in America soon—to the beach. To surprise her tía, she does odd jobs around the city, collecting enough money to help pay for the perfect car. The book’s touching, hopeful ending conveys the power of memory, the importance of family, and the joy of reunion. Medina’s evocative prose and Claudio Muñoz’s beautiful illustrations place readers firmly in Tía Isa’s apartment or by the ocean. Ages 3-7. Elli Bloomberg.

YA Pick
The Dreamer Cover Image
By Pam Munoz Ryan, Peter Sis (Illustrator), Pam Mu Ryan
ISBN: 9780439269988
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - March 1st, 2012

Neftalí finds himself distracted by everything. The drumbeat of rain across the rooftop, the road map of cracks in the ceiling calling him to distant lands, all make it impossible for him to focus on his studies and his health, despite his father’s harsh commands. Neftalí imagines a life for himself very different from the businessman his father demands him to become, and must find a way to break free. Pam Muñoz Ryan and Peter Sís bring story, poetry, and illustrations together to create a captivating tale of world-renowned poet Pablo Neruda in The Dreamer (Scholastic $8.99). Echoes of Neruda appear across this story, from Neftalí’s collections to the green-tinted illustrations, the same color Neruda himself preferred to write in. Both readers and artists alike will find themselves inspired by this enchanting story. Ages 9-13. Cristina Strunk.