Garvey's Choice - Nikki Grimes

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Garvey is a thoughtful and sensitive young man who’s interested in space exploration, music, and math. It hurts that he’s a disappointment to his dad, who’s constantly on him to play sports, and it doesn’t help that Garvey is overweight and a bit awkward. When Garvey’s best friend Joe encourages him to audition for chorus, a new club at school, Garvey has to decide whether to take a risk regardless of what others might think. What will Garvey’s Choice (WordSong, $16.95) be? Nikki Grimes’s beautifully crafted novel in verse is a tribute to the kids who march to the beat of a different drummer and the parents who finally accept them. Ages 9-13.

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ISBN: 9781629797403
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Published: Wordsong - October 4th, 2016

Snow White: A Graphic Novel - Matt Phelan

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A beautiful young woman. An evil, jealous stepmother. Seven…boys? Matt Phelan’s brilliantly original graphic rendition of Snow White (Candlewick, $19.99) is not for the faint-hearted. Set in 1920s New York City, Snow’s father is a stockbroker and her stepmother a Broadway star known as Queen of the Follies; a stock ticker replaces the omniscient mirror; and a Macy’s holiday window becomes the glass coffin. The Art Deco font used for the title and chapter headings reflects the era, and Phelan’s primarily black-and-gray pencil, ink, and watercolor illustrations provide a stark contrast to the occasional burst of red and the full-color, happily-ever-after ending. Ages 10-14.

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By Matt Phelan, Matt Phelan (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763672331
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Published: Candlewick - September 13th, 2016

Lion Island: Cuba's Warrior of Words - Margarita Engle

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In Lion Island (Atheneum, $16.99), the final volume in what award-winning author and poet Margarita Engle describes as a “loosely linked group of historical verse novels about the struggle against forced labor in nineteenth-century Cuba,” we meet historical figure Antonio Chuffat. This young, freeborn courier of African and Chinese descent becomes known as Cuba’s “warrior of words” thanks to his recording and collecting of laborers’ personal testimonies. Engle mirrors this accomplishment in her story, interweaving the fictional Chinese-American refugee twins Wing and Fan’s perspectives with Chuffat’s. As African slaves, Chinese indentured laborers, and Chinese Californians struggle to find freedom during Cuba’s own fight for independence from Spain, Engle once again demonstrates the power of words—not only those of Chuffat, but of her own as well. Ages 11-14.

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ISBN: 9781481461122
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 30th, 2016