Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse Cover Image
By Marcy Campbell, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735230378
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Published: Dial Books - August 14th, 2018

Adrian Simcox lives in a small, ramshackle house with his grandfather. His shoes have holes in them, and his desk at school is somewhat disheveled. Despite his repeated claims that he has a horse “with a white coat and golden mane and the biggest, brownest eyes of any horse, anywhere,” Chloe insists that Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse (Dial, $17.99). That is, until a visit to his house forces her to reconsider! Marcy Campbell’s debut picture book is a thoughtful and pleasantly surprising story about preconceived notions that—in conjunction with Corinna Luyken’s lush, colorful and smartly-textured illustrations—proves that a vivid imagination can be worth more than all the money in the world. Ages 4-7. Marc Villa.

Blast from the Past
The Hundred Dresses Cover Image
By Eleanor Estes, Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152052607
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2004

Eleanor Estes helps young readers grasp the concepts of compassion and empathy in her tale of understanding, friendship, and regret, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin. Wanda is from Poland. She’s uncomfortable in her new American environment and desperate to be liked. The only dress she owns, Wanda wears the same faded blue article every day. Upon teasing and taunting, she claims that she has one hundred beautiful dresses at home, “all lined up,” but she can’t wear them for fear of ruining them. Made fun of for her accent and name, shabby clothing, and presumed lie, Wanda ultimately moves away during the school year, leaving some students feeling remorse and regret for the way that they treated a misunderstood classmate. Originally penned in 1944 and based on Estes’ own experience, The Hundred Dresses (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7.99) is a timeless choice for helping students step into the shoes of others. Ages 6-9. Allison Witten.


YA Pick
Windfall Cover Image
ISBN: 9780399559402
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Published: Ember - July 31st, 2018

A Windfall ($10.99, Ember), or a sudden and unexpected influx of wealth, begins Jennifer E. Smith's young adult novel of the same name. When Alice buys her best friend Teddy a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday, she never expects he'll actually win, nor does she think that a tiny piece of paper will change everything. But when the winners are announced and Teddy is one of them, their lives are catapulted down a path neither expected. As Teddy struggles to adjust to his newfound millionaire status, Alice worries that their friendship will never be the same. To make matters worse, she never got the chance to tell Teddy how she really feels, and now it looks like she never will. Told with lush prose and perfect pacing, Smith's novel, newly out in paperback, packs the whimsy, heartache and romance in equal measure. Ages 14 and up. Colette Whitney.