I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place and Purpose - Jill Rubalcaba

Jill Rubalcaba opens her newest book with the story of a young boy born in 1917 in Canton, China. Before he turns fourteen, he must deal with his mother’s death, his father’s virtual abandonment, and his relocation to his extended family’s home. A move to America for college takes him one step further along the path that will ultimately lead him to become I.M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place, and Purpose (Marshall Cavendish, $23.99). This in-depth and moving biography does justice to I.M. Pei’s genius with photographs, sketches, and floor plans that combine to make a beautifully designed book. Ages 12 and up. JLM

Wildwood: Book I - Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis

In a magical version of Portland bordered by a dense wood known as the Impassable Wilderness, a girl named Prue witnesses her baby brother Mac being kidnapped by a murder of crows. Prue and her friend Curtis follow the crows into the forbidden forest, known to its denizens as Wildwood (HarperCollins, $17.99). Once there, they discover that Mac’s fate is inextricably linked with that of this strange land, and with their own. Illustrations by Carson Ellis combine with Decemberists singer Colin Meloy’s text to make Wildwood a modern legend. Ages 10-13. JLM
Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1) By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062024688
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Balzer + Bray - August 30th, 2011

The Iron Giant - Laura Carlin and Ted Hughes

A colossus with an insatiable taste for metal mysteriously appears in a small British village and plagues the community’s farmers by devouring every piece of machinery in his path. Despite this inauspicious beginning, The Iron Giant’s (Knopf, $19.99) friendship with a boy named Hogarth inspires him to become a peaceful member of society and ultimately humankind’s last hope when a terrifying alien threatens Earth’s existence. With Laura Carlin’s new and haunting illustrations, this classic tale of fellowship and peace by British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes becomes a thing of unusual beauty – much like the Giant himself. Ages 8 and up. JLM