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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.


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?

The Boys who Challenged Hitler, by Phillip Hoose

Summary: The true story of a group of boy resistance fighters in Denmark after the Nazi invasion.

Farrar Straus Giroux

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Wild at Heart, by Terri Farley

Summary: Mustangs have thrived for thousands of generations. But now they are under attack from people who see them as pests. Courageous young people are trying to stop the round-ups and the senseless killings. They are standing up to the government and big business to save these American icons. With eye witness accounts, cutting-edge science, and full-color photographs, Terri Farley and Melissa Farlow invite readers into the world of mustangs in all its beauty, and profile the young people leading the charge to keep horses wild and free.

Houghton Mifflin

Fatal Fever: tracking down Typhoid Mary, by Gail Jarrow

Summary: Chronicles the story of the early 1900s typhoid fever epidemic in New York, providing details as to how its infamous carrier was ultimately tracked down and stopped.

Calkins Creek

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Flying Cars: the True Story, by Andrew Glass

Summary: Flying cars are real! This book for young readers combines history, biography, technology, and humor in a breezy survey of hybrid vehicles and the dream of flight that kept inventors at work despite many failures and the dictates of common sense.


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