Children & Teens Books of the Week

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The Polio Pioneer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525646518
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2020

What is a virus and how are they cured? These questions swirled around Dr. Jonas Salk's head in the 1950's when he created a vaccine for Polio. He didn't start out as an inventor or scientist though; he was a young Jewish immigrant in New York City who really loved books. It was because of this love of reading that he went to college where he learned about science and chemistry. The Polio Pioneer (Alfred A. Knopf, $17.99), written by Linda Elovitz Marshall, and depicted in sweet and simple illustrations by Lisa Anchin reminds us that help can come from ordinary people with hearts set on helping others. Ages 4-8. Hannah Manwiller

Blast from the Past
The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524737115
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Published: Puffin Books - January 7th, 2020

After nearly being run down by a car while riding his new birthday bike, 12-year old Gabriel strikes up a friendship with Meriwether, the man who pushed him out of harm’s way. When they both start helping out at Gabriel’s dad’s garage, Gabriel learns about Meriwether’s honorable but hidden past. Why does a WWII hero have to hide his story in a small town in 1946? Because Meriwether is Black and postwar America is segregated and openly hostile to the men who sacrificed so much for their country. In Brenda Wood’s excellent book, The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA (Puffin Books, $8.99) Meriwether and his brothers in arms are given their due respect in a story often left out of our history books. For ages 10 and up. Heidi Ashton Yoon

YA Pick
Displacement Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250193537
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Published: First Second - August 18th, 2020

The first time sixteen-year-old Kiku experiences Displacement (First Second, $17.99), she’s visiting her mother’s childhood home in San Francisco. A strange fog transports her to the 1940s, where she is forced into a Japanese internment camp along with her maternal grandmother. The fog finds her again in her Seattle home during the Trump Muslim ban, trapping her in Utah’s Topaz Relocation Center. As Kiku experiences the trauma of internment firsthand, she harbors the same questions as her incarcerated neighbors—how can she resist, and will she ever be able to go back home? Drawing on historical research and family memory, Kiku Hughes’ stunning graphic novel explores generational trauma, the dangers of xenophobia, and the ways history repeats itself in a society that refuses to confront its bigotries. Ages 12 and up. Elli Bloomberg