Entries by Emily

The Storyteller

The danger to a culture when its history-keepers are silenced is the foundational motif for this story of a boy who searches his city, in the kingdom of Morocco, for water to fill his cup. He encounters a wizened story-teller who begins to tell a fable to the boy about a family who always had enough water.

No Better Friend: Young Readers Edition: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” This quote by Theodore Roosevelt opens this 38-chapter middle grade edition of Robert Weintraub’s New York Times bestseller about Judy, the purebred Pointer, and her best friend, Frank Williams, a Royal Air Force radar expert.

A Beetle is Shy

by Dianna Hutts Aston; illustrated by Sylvia Long

Some beetles can crawl through the eye of a needle. Some of them measure half a foot in length. Some dig and some hop. Some fly and some swim. All of them have incredible features that dazzle the eyes and ensnare the senses…

Secret Coders

by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes

Moving to a new school is always tough, especially when it looks like it might be haunted. The first day starts out badly for twelve-year-old Hopper, as she encounters a creepy janitor and a bunch of bullies.

I Wish You More

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld 

Simple and sweet, this collection of wishes for a young listener is perfect for sharing in an adult’s lap or poring over with a friend.

Mama Seeton’s Whistle

by Jerry Spinelli; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The enduring bond between a mother and her four children is delightfully demonstrated through a simple act—the mother’s “simple, two-note whistle” to call her children home….

Goodbye Stranger

by Rebecca Stead

Newbery winner Stead masterfully avoids all the pitfalls common in tales of friendships between middle school girls…

Baba Yaga’s Assistant

Marika McCoola

Illustrated by Emily Carroll

Baba Yaga is an iconic figure in Russian folklore, a fearsome witch who intimidates others with various degrees of terrifying magic. Masha, on the other hand, is a modern-day teenager with problems….

George

by Alex Gino

George has a secret and it is time to tell the world. In order to do so, George must play the role of Charlotte in the school’s upcoming play so that everyone will know that, despite the male body she was born into, she is actually a girl….

Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

by Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrated by Ekua Homels

Fannie Lou Townsend was the youngest of twenty children born to sharecropper parents in the Mississippi Delta. Brought up with a clear sense of the indignities she and her family suffered at the hands of the local plantation owner, her family’s white neighbors, and the state government, Fannie Lou determined as an adult that she would stand up for what was right and pursued her right to vote….