Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina

Among the first words that Latina teenager Piddy Sanchez hears at her new school are Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick, $16.99). Forced to switch schools as a result of moving to a less expensive apartment in another part of town, Piddy must deal with questions of identity as she faces a menacing bully. Author Meg Medina has written a powerful novel on the challenges of not fitting in and the strength of character necessary to cope with them. Ages 15-17. KLP

The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook - Shaun Tan

According to Shaun Tan, “drawing is its own form of thinking.” With The Bird King (Arthur A. Levine, $19.99), this Academy Award-winning artist invites the reader to browse his elegant, whimsical and mysterious thought processes.  A deceptively small book, each page of Tan’s collection will capture the reader with its glimpses into the origins of Tan’s art. Opening with a discussion on drawing and the creation of art, the book is separated into four sections: untold stories; sketches from his literary, theatrical, and cinematic endeavors; drawings from life; and his notebooks. This volume is an attractive and obligatory addition to the collections of aspiring artists, writers, and graphic novelists.  Ages 10 and up. KLP

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ISBN: 9780545465137
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - February 1st, 2013

Stronger Than Steel - Bridget Heos, Andy Comins

In the first book in the Scientists in the Field series on genetics, author Bridget Heos describes Dr. Randy Lewis’ investigations of spider silk DNA. He and other scientists are searching for ways to produce ample quantities of spider silk, which is said to be Stronger than Steel (Houghton Mifflin, $18.99). This amazing material could be used to produce improved bulletproof vests, tendon and ligament repair, and sutures. Heos also addresses the ethical concerns attending Lewis’ methods, which include injecting spider genes into goat embryos so that silk can be collecting from the goats’ milk after birth. Andy Comins provides enlightening photographs that help the reader connect with the subject matter. Ages 12-15. KLP
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By Bridget Heos, Andy Comins (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547681269
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Clarion Books - February 26th, 2013