Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Oh, Rats! Cover Image
By Tor Seidler, Gabriel Evans (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534426849
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 27th, 2019

One of the most popular squirrels in the woods of New Jersey, Phoenix is living a comfortable life until a hawk snatches him from a pond and drops him onto the frenetic streets of Manhattan. Injured and depressed, Phoenix finds safety with a group of rats who live on an abandoned pier by the Hudson River. When the rats discover a human plot to demolish their home, Phoenix knows he must join their cause and protect his friends. With Gabriel Evans’ adorable illustrations and Tor Seidler’s quick plotting, Oh, Rats! (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99) is a charmingly strange exploration of what it means to belong. Ages 10-13. Elli Bloomberg


Blast from the Past
Nuts to You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060092771
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016

In the language of squirrels, according to Newbery Medal author Lynn Rae Perkins, Nuts to You (Greenwillow, $6.99) translates to “WOW.” This novel intertwines the adventures of four squirrels in a gleeful, tall tale richly told, with zany, informative asides and footnotes. Jed, a quick-thinking squirrel, talked his way out of the talons of a hawk and is now “realms” away from home in a land of reddish squirrels who speak a regional dialect. While Jed gets a handle on his new surroundings, his friends are preparing to follow the “buzzpaths” and “frozen spiderwebs” to rescue him. Black and white drawings with fascinating details complete this extravagant yarn.  Ages 8-11. Mary Alice Garber

YA Pick
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395776087
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Published: Clarion Books - June 23rd, 2003

Starting in the summer of 1793, Philadelphia found itself in the grip of An American Plague (Clarion, $21.99). People were dying—in sweaty, shrieking agony—of yellow fever. No one knew what caused it, and doctors constantly bickered about its treatment. All anyone knew for certain was that the residents of America’s largest city were in grave danger. Deftly utilizing firsthand accounts and news reports, Jim Murphy paints a fascinatingly visceral portrait of a society in crisis. He highlights the heroism of free Black Philadelphians, who organized a relief effort and tended to thousands of sick patients. Murphy also extends the narrative beyond the 18th century, detailing the long search for the fever’s cause. Extensive, clearly-organized back matter will inspire readers to do their own research. Ages 12-16. Elli Bloomberg