I trust you’ve all had a wonderful beginning of the new school year.
September is Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), so here’s a fantastic website on latinx YA, middle grade, and children’s literature:
And here’s the link to the Young People’s Literature National Book Award longlist (scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Also, it’s Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-30).
You can participate by reading books from this list:
Finally, here are five book recommendations:
The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman ****
Twelve-year-old Nick runs away from his unpleasant uncle and ends up an apprentice to the bewildering and powerful Wizard Smallbone. Magical adventures follow!
Quicksand Pond by Janet Taylor Lisle ****
Quicksand Pond has a history of murders and disappearances. That’s where troubled Terri lives with her problem family. When twelve-year-old Jessie comes with her family to spend the summer, the two girls form an unlikely friendship that deeply affects both their lives.
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder ****
Six children live on a mysterious island that provides for all their needs. Once a year, a boat appears, bringing a new child to join them and taking the eldest away. What will happen if one year the eldest refuses to leave?
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk *****
When she was but a newborn baby, twelve-year-old Crow was set adrift in a small boat from one of the tiny Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. She was rescued and raised by Osh, a solitary man living on another one of the islands, with the help of his neighbor, Miss Maggie. An unexpected sighting prompts Crow to investigate the mystery of her birth.
Brilliant by Roddy Doyle and Emily Hughes ****
The Black Dog of Depression has descended over Dublin and only the children can stop it. One night, siblings Raymond and Gloria decide to run after the elusive dog. As they chase the dog, they are joined by dozens, then hundreds, and finally thousands of other children. They have one weapon against the dog’s negative power: the word “brilliant.”
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