Most Dangerous : Daniel Ellsberg and the secret history of the Vietnam War, by Steve Sheinkin

Summary: The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Roaring Brook Press

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Jump Back Paul : The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, by Sally Derby

Summary:  From his childhood in poverty and his early promise as a poet to his immense fame and his untimely death, Dunbar’s story is one of triumph and tragedy. But his legacy remains in his much-beloved poetry—told in both Standard English and in dialect—which continues to delight and inspire readers today. More than two dozen of Dunbar’s poems are woven throughout this volume.


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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


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