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New Books on the March!

March 3, 2009

Picture Books
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Williams — Don’t you just love Elephant and Piggy? So do I, and, fortunately, so does their creator. Here’s the latest from Mo Willems.

Wabi Sabi by Mark Reibstein with illustrations by Ed Young — Wabi Sabi (not to be confused with wasabi, which is how I first read it) is a Japanese concept about beauty and simplicity. In this book from Reibstein and Young, it’s also the name of a cat who goes on a quest to find the meaning of her name. Wabi Sabi is a gorgeous book and an unusual one — you open and read it from top to bottom rather than from left to right.

Little Panda written and illustrated by Renata Liwska — A grandfather panda tells a story to his grandson about a panda and a tiger that could fly.

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson with illustrations by Beth Krommes — This year’s winner of the Caldecott Medal starts and ends with the key to a house, but in between it takes you all the way to the moon and the sun in back.

The Tale of Two Mice by Ruth Brown — If you’d like to see this book in its full glory, come by soon — it has many little flaps that reveal the perils the two mice face as they search for food in an enormous mansion, and the flaps will not last for long.

Chapter Books
The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones by Helen Hemphill — Loosely based on the story of African American cowboy Nat love, this novel follows Prometheus Jones (born on the day the Emancipation Proclamation was signed) as he wins a horse in a raffle and heads off to seek his fortune in the Wild West.

Young Adult Books
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta — Taylor Markham is a 17-year-old Australian whose mother abandoned her when she was 11. Now she’s a leader at her boarding school, trying to negotiate both the yearly war between youth factions and her relationship to a rival leader who might hold the secret to her past and her mother’s disappearance. Marchetta’s novel is this year’s winner of the Printz Medal.

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi and translated by Cathy Hirano with illustrations by Yuko Shimizu — Ancient Japanese warrior fantasy! Hugely popular elsewhere and just now translated into English.

Nation by Terry Pratchett — In an ocean somewhat like our South Pacific, a tidal wave wipes out the population of an island — except for a boy who was out canoeing — and wrecks a ship, from which a girl from a place somewhat like 19th century Britain, escapes. The boy and girl end up on the island and must learn to communicate and to work together to help the survivors who are washed to shore.

Scat by Carl Hiaasen — Another one-syllable title romp from Hiassen about some kids who solve a mystery deep in the Florida Everglades.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White — This isn’t a new book, but I’ve had people asking for it, and until now we only had the first part, The Sword in the Stone. Now we have the whole thing!

Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley with illustrations by Bernie Wrightson and an introduction by Stephen King — We have other copies of Frankenstein, but, as someone noted recently, most of them aren’t nearly as much of a pleasure to read as this one, which is both a classic tale and a work of art in its own right.

Kin by Holly Black with illustrations by Ted Naifeh — A young adult graphic novel from the author of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Rue thinks of herself as an ordinary student, but when her mother disappears and her father is arrested, she learns there is more to her family and her background — and her powers — than she ever thought.

Nonfiction
Taylor Swift: Country’s Sweetheart by Lexi Ryals — We strive to provide all kinds of books in the library, including those that get requested. Here’s one we got for the kids clamoring for a book about Taylor Swift.

Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You’ll Ever Need to be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to Be by Kathryn Temple — The subtitle may be a bit of an exaggeration, but this is a great drawing book — lots of examples and exercises and demonstrations of techniques.

Elves and Fairies by John Hamilton — Just what it sounds like. Our books on the subject were getting a little tired.

Amazing You: Psychic Powers by Jessica Adams — You never know. You could have psychic powers. Or you could just suspend your disbelief and read about it — I would bet that many of your students will.

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