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Somewhere There is Still a Sun, by Michael Gruenbaum

Summary:  When the Nazis invade Czechoslovakia in 1941, twelve-year-old Michael and his family are deported from Prague to the Terezin concentration camp, where his mother’s will and ingenuity keep them from being transported to Auschwitz and certain death.


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This Side of Wild, by Gary Paulsen

Summary: Author Gary Paulsen shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.


Webster: Tale of an Outlaw, by Ellen Emerson White

Summary: When Webster the dog arrives at Green Meadows Farm he has already been adopted, mistreated, and given away three times and is done with people, but the other animals of the shelter will not let him give up on the possibility of a special family.


Wonder at the Edge of the World, by Nicole Helget

Summary: Lu Wonder, a bright, curious girl who hopes to be a scientist, sets out from her Kansas home in 1855 with her best friend Eustace, a slave, on a journey to Antarctica to protect a mysterious artifact and hide it from the man responsible for her father’s death.

Little, Brown

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End of July Meeting

It was great to see most of our group this week!  We welcomed Ms. Linda, our new Teen Librarian, as well.
Our favorite continues to be The War That Saved My Life, and we updated our cart by taking off 14 titles!  During our ‘Speed Reading’ session, we shared a LOT of great books with each other.  We are looking forward to more reading each week.  What is your favorite so far this year?

Mid-July Meeting

It was wonderful to see all the kids who attended this meeting!  Our discussion was on the Newbery criteria “Presentation of Information” and we shared more non-fiction titles.  It seems that so far our front runner for non-fiction is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.  What is YOUR favorite non-fiction published this year?

After the Ashes, by Sara Joiner

Summary: In 1883 thirteen-year-old Katrien Courtlandt is more interested in science and exploring the Javanese jungle for beetles with her native friend, than in becoming a young lady like her despised cousin Brigitta–but when Krakatoa erupts, the tsunami hits, and their families are swept away the two cousins must struggle to survive together.

Holiday House

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