You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Cell Phones!

Jim Pipe
Full of facts and humor about cell phones and the history of communication. Did you know that one in ten phones end up in the toilet? Read on! ...

Review by Christopher S. »

We Are Legion: the Story of the Hacktivists

Brian Knappenberger
The film document the evolution of computer hacking to effect social change. ...

Review by Christopher S. »

For everyone who loves the concept Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois’ artisan bread in five minutes a day but can’t or won’t eat gluten, there’s a great new title in the mix: Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. ...

Review by Jill P. »

Pelican Point

Donna Kauffman
FIrst in the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series. Alex McFarland grew up in the family business, restoring lighthouses, and watched her father die in a fall. She's hoping the restoration of the Pelican Point Lighthouse will be a new beginning. Police Chief Logan McRae is not pleased that his Uncle has arranged for the light's restoration...

Review by Katheryn C. »

The Crossover

Kwame Alexander
Two twin boys, 14 years old, a strong mother, and a retired basketball coach father make up this family unit. Their story, both on and off the court, is told in verse. This is on my Newbery possibilities list. ...

Review by Michele R. »

Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson
Author Jacqueline Woodson tells her own story in verse. It is just as wonderful as her other books. This is on my list for a possible Newbery Award. ...

Review by Michele R. »

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

Steve Sheinkin
Port Chicago 50 tells the true story of group of African American sailors who refused to work in dangerous conditions at the port, including a massive explosion that killed many of their co-workers. This is close look at a little examined event in civil rights history. Photos and quotes from the sailors add to the interest. ...

Review by Michele R. »

Rain Reign

Ann M Martin
Rain Reign is the story of Rose (rows), who has Asperger's Syndrome and is fascinated by homonyms. During a storm her beloved dog, Rain (reign) runs away and Rose must find the courage to step outside her self-imposed boundaries to save Rain. ...

Review by Michele R. »

Harlem Hellfighters

J Patrick Lewis
Even if it doesn’t win a Caldecott, you should look at this book…. Harlem Hellfighters With such a fascinating story (based in fact) the temptation is to read through this book quickly. But wait, go back and really enjoy the illustrations! ...

Review by Michele R. »

Flora and the Penguin

Molly Schaar Idle
Another Caldecott possibility…. Flora and the Penguin. Through sparse lines, soft colors and lift-the-flaps, author and illustrator Molly Idle manages to create so much movement. This wordless book relies on the illustrations to tell the story and they do an admirable job of it. ...

Review by Michele R. »