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May 2019 Selections


The Secret Life of Squirrels

by Nancy Rose

You may think you know what squirrels do all day, but Mr. Peanuts is no ordinary squirrel. Instead of climbing trees, he plays the piano. Instead of scurrying through the woods, he reads books. But everything is more fun with company, so Mr. Peanuts writes a letter to Cousin Squirrel and invites him for a visit! Featuring candid photographs of wild squirrels in handcrafted, homemade miniature settings, this irresistible book is sure to delight readers young and old.


Monstruo Rosa

by Olga de Díos

Pink Monster has been different from the day she was born. One day, she decides to look for a new place to live. She finds an area where everyone is different, and from then on, she never stops smiling.


Primary (Kindergarten–Grade 2)

Ferocious Wild Beasts!/¡Fieras feroces!

by Chris Wormell

Jack is lost in the forest — a forest that his mom has told him is full of ferocious wild beasts! But the creatures that Jack meets there seem perfectly friendly to him, even if they are a bit worried about the ferocious wild beasts he's been telling them about.

But then they hear a terrible roar! Who can it be?


The Cave/La cueva

by Rob Hodgson

There is a cave. A cave that is home to a little creature. A little creature that never leaves its cave — because of a wolf. The wolf tries everything to get the creature to leave the cave, to no avail. But what will happen when he's finally successful? This is a laugh-out-loud story with a BIG surprise!


Intermediate (Grades 3–5)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin

In the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters a cast of characters and magical creatures, including a dragon that accompanies her on her quest.


The Dragon Slayer: Folktales from Latin America/La matadragones: cuentos de Latinoamérica

by Jaime Hernandez

How would a kitchen maid fare against a seven-headed dragon? What happens when a woman marries a mouse? And what can a young man learn from a thousand leaf-cutter ants? Famed Love and Rockets  creator Jaime Hernandez transforms beloved myths into bold, stunning, and utterly contemporary comics. Guided by the classic works of F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada, Hernandez's first book for young readers brings the sights and stories of Latin America to a new generation.


Middle School (Grades 6–8)


by Jason Reynolds

Running. That's all Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons — it all started with running away from his father, who chased him and his mother with a loaded gun, aiming to kill. Since then, Ghost has been causing problems — and running away from them — until he meets Coach, an ex-Olympic Medalist who sees something in Ghost: crazy natural talent. If Ghost can stay on track, he could be the best sprinter in the city. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed?


Novio Boy: A Play

by Gary Soto

Rudy anxiously prepares for a first date with an attractive girl who is older than he is. He has to come up with the money, the poise, and the conversation to carry it off. This one-act play follows Rudy from his desperate search for guidance through the hilarious date itself — all the way to its happy conclusion.


High School (Grades 9–12)

How It Went Down

by Kekla Magoon

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

In the aftermath of Tariq's death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Tariq's friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy and cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.


Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

by Sara Saedi

At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number.

Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend.

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K-12 Literacy Learning Manager:

Deborah Kuether
Phone: 414-475-8327

Reading Curriculum Specialist:

Tanya D. Evans
Phone: 414-475-8110

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