Flowers for Sarajevo - John McCutcheon, Kristy Caldwell and The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World - Katie Smith Milway, Shane Evans

Staff Pick

Picture books can be for young and old and help us see hope in the midst of chaos. John McCutcheon’s story Flowers for Sarajevo (Peachtree, $19.95), illustrated by Kristy Caldwell, leaves you feeling both the impact of war and the strength of the human spirit; an enclosed CD with music by cellist Vadro Smailovic completes the package. The Banana-Leaf Ball (Kids Can, $18.95) by Katie Smith Milway also tells of all-too-real violence through the eyes of a child. After fleeing his native Burundi, Deo is living alone in a refugee camp in Tanzania when he goes from being bullied to being teammates with his rival. Shane Evans’s illustrations evoke a full range of emotions, from fear when Deo initially has to flee his home, to joy when play and friendship ultimately triumph. Ages 7-10.

 

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By John McCutcheon, Kristy Caldwell (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781561459438
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Published: Peachtree Publishing Company - April 1st, 2017

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World (CitizenKid) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781771383318
Availability: Backordered
Published: Kids Can Press - April 4th, 2017

Amina's Voice - Hena Khan, The Gauntlet - Karuna Riazi, and Lucky Broken Girl - Ruth Behar

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Amina’s Voice (Salaam Reads, $16.99) by Hena Khan is one of the first titles from Salaam Reads, a new imprint from Simon and Schuster focused on publishing books with Muslim protagonists. Tag along with 6th-grader Amina as she struggles to navigate changing friendships and familial cultural traditions and expectations in order to find her inner strength. Need a little action and adventure? Follow Farah and her two best friends into The Gauntlet (Salaam Reads, $16.99) by Karuna Riazi as they try to solve puzzles in order to save her brother and others trapped inside a mechanical board game. Want more emotion? Meet Ruthie in Lucky Broken Girl (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) by Ruth Behar, a truly unique, multicultural coming-of-age story told from the perspective of a young Cuban-American girl confined to her bed after a tragic accident. Ages 9-12.

Amina's Voice Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481492065
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 14th, 2017

The Gauntlet Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481486965
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - March 28th, 2017

Lucky Broken Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399546440
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - April 11th, 2017

The Lines We Cross - Randa Abdel-Fattah and American Street - ByIbi Zoboi

Staff Pick

Travel to Australia and meet a boy with anti-immigrant views who falls for an Afghan refugee girl in The Lines We Cross (Scholastic, $18.99) by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Or follow 16-year-old Fabiola in American Street (Balzer & Bray/Harper Teen, $17.99) by Ibi Zoboi when her family emigrates from Haiti to Detroit and faces the stark realities of one girl’s struggles trying to find her way in a new world. Ages 13-17.

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781338118667
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - May 9th, 2017

American Street Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062473042
Availability: Backordered
Published: Balzer + Bray - February 14th, 2017

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