Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender - S. D. Nelson

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S.D. Nelson’s biography of Red Cloud (Abrams, $19.95) chronicles the life of the Lakota chief who worked to unite the Plains Indians in coordinated resistance against the U.S. Army and government’s expansion into the Great Plains. Nelson writes in Red Cloud’s voice to create a narrative that reads like a grand story passed down through the ages. A fascinating mélange of natural and postmodern elements, Nelson’s colorful illustrations add dimension to topics ranging from war to resettlement on reservations while also offering an effective visual contrast to the black-and-white archival photographs seeded throughout this fascinating account. Ages 8-12.


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ISBN: 9781419723131
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 14th, 2017

Pedro, First-Grade Hero - Fran Manushkin, Tammie Lyon

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Pedro is one very busy student: he is collecting bugs for a school project (and hoping that his little brother doesn’t let them all go), trying out for goalie of his soccer team, forming a mystery club with his friends, and even running for class president. If anyone can do it, Pedro, First-Grade Hero (Picture Window, $4.95), can! Fran Manushkin’s latest book has short chapters that act as self-contained vignettes, which are simple enough for young readers to digest but full of fun. Tammie Lyon’s colorful and expressive illustrations help tell the story and bring it to life. Ages 6-8.

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By Fran Manushkin, Tammie Lyon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781515801122
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Published: Picture Window Books - September 1st, 2016

When the Sea Turned to Silver - Grace Lin

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When the brutal Tiger Emperor takes Pinmei’s grandmother Amah from their village, the young girl and her friend Yishan mount a quest to rescue the older woman by bringing a Luminous Stone to the Emperor. Grace Lin has crafted a beautifully illustrated epic, replete with magical creatures including a snow-white dragon horse and mussels that turn into birds. As with previous works Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, the reimagined Chinese legends so seamlessly interwoven into the narrative contain clues to unlocking the greater mysteries of the girls’ adventure. This is an elegant and majestic, yet action-filled and thrilling tale for readers young and old—and it all started When the Sea Turned to Silver (Little, Brown, $18.99). Ages 9-12.

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ISBN: 9780316125925
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2016