Queen of the Falls - Chris Van Allsburg

In 1901, sixty-three-year-old Annie Edson Taylor came up with a brilliant plan to get rich: she would be the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel and live to tell the tale. Two-time Caldecott medalist Chris Van Allsburg introduces the Queen of the Falls (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99) in this true story of one daring woman and her greatest adventure. Van Allsburg’s signature pencil drawings capture the violence of the Falls and the confidence of Taylor’s character. Ages 6 and up. DMC
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ISBN: 9780547315812
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Published: Clarion Books - April 4th, 2011

Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys

Taken from their home in the middle of the night, Lina and her family are among the thousands of Lithuanians forced into labor camps by Stalin’s army. Over the next year and a half, Lina endures treacherous living conditions as she is shuffled to camps all over Eastern Europe, barely fed enough to survive. Given hope by the deep love she has for her family and her passion for creating art, Lina tries to look Between Shades of Gray (Philomel, $17.99) to find the strength to persevere. Ruta Sepetys has written a moving first novel that brings to light a tragic part of European history. Ages 14-18. AJK
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ISBN: 9780399254123
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Published: Philomel Books - March 22nd, 2011

A Gift from Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood - Baba Wague Diakite

Renowned artist and storyteller Baba Wague Diakité (The Hatseller and the Monkey) shares his unique coming-of-age story in A GIFT FROM CHILDHOOD: MEMORIES OF AN AFRICAN BOYHOOD (Groundwood Books, $18.95). Following family tradition, Diakité’s parents sent him to live with his grandparents in a small Malian village where he learned the secrets and stories of rural life. When Diakite returned to the city for his formal education, he discovered his own talents. Later, he moved to the U.S., where he embarked on a new life as a writer and artist. Diakite’s stunning color and black-and-white illustrations are on earthenware tiles. Ages 9-12. HWP