20 Perfect First Lines of Famous Poems

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Gaby, Lost and Found

Gaby, Lost and Found

Gaby Ramirez Howard is having a rough time.  Since her mom was deported to Honduras, she has had to live with her dad. He means well; but he hasn’t been around for most of her childhood and his parenting skills are rusty, to say the least.  The only bright spot in Gaby’s week is Friday, [...]

Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Zombie Baseball Beatdown

Zombie Baseball Beatdown By Paolo Bacigalupi Little Brown · 2013 · 304 pages Hardcover ($16.99) ISBN: 978-0-316-22078-1 Ages 10 to 13 The boys who read this—and its readers will be mostly boys—will love the frenetic action and high gross-out factor: puke jokes, a lagoon of cow manure, and snapping decapitated zombie cow heads. In these [...]

Under the Mambo Moon

Under the Mambo Moon

Under the Mambo Moon is really two books in one. One book tells a story in words and magnificent black and white illustrations: It’s the story of a young girl named Marisol, who helps her dad at his music store. All day long, people enter the store looking for a special song. Her dad has [...]

PICKLE: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School

PICKLE: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School

Sixth-grader Ben Diaz thinks it’s quite a coup when the local pizza parlor lets him have all the old smelly balls from the ball-pit (more than a dozen bags full!) if he’ll just take them away. But when his father refuses to let him keep them in the family apartment, Ben comes up with what [...]

Whiskers, Tails and Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico

Whiskers, Tails and Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico

In this collection, Judy Goldman retells five folktales from the Tarahumara, Seri, Huichol, Triqui and Tseltal people of Mexico. The introduction shares information about these indigenous peoples, which are far lesser known than the country’s Aztec and Mayan cultures, but have nevertheless played an important role in its history. A map follows the table of [...]

Yes! We Are Latinos

Yes! We Are Latinos

In this boldly illustrated hardcover book, 13 Latino children are introduced with poems about their lives in the United States. Juanita is from Mexico, but her native language is Mixtec. When she is enrolled in a school in New York and placed in a bilingual class, her teacher speaks to her in Spanish and tells [...]

My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood

My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood

My Havana, a poignant and heartwarming biography was inspired by a radio interview of architect Secundino Fernandez, a Cuban immigrant living in New York City. An artist from early on, Fernandez loved drawing the beautiful buildings of “his Havana.” He also loved the island’s warm climate and the pasteles his mother made for him as [...]

The Ugly One

The Ugly One

The Ugly One By Leanne Statland Ellis Clarion/HMH • 2013 • 240 pages Hardcover ($16.99) ISBN: 978-0-547-64023-5 Ages 9 to 12 With this work, author Ellis opens up a long lost culture as extraordinary as any found in a fantasy novel. Young Inca girl Micay (“Beautiful Round Face”) is taunted by the boys of her [...]

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel Book Review

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel Book Review

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel By Diana Lopez Little Brown • 2013 • 324 pages Hardcover ($17.00) ISBN 978-0-22968-5 Ages 8 and up Ten years ago, author Diana Lopez’s aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was detected early, and her aunt has been in remission since. In celebration of her recovery, her [...]

Buried Alive: How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Under the Chilean Desert

Buried Alive: How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Under the Chilean Desert

Buried Alive: How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Under the Chilean Desert By Elaine Scott Clarion Books • 2012 • 80 pages Hardcover ($17.00) ISBN  978-0-547-70778-5 Ages 9-12 Elaine Scott is well known for her scientific books for children. In her latest, she not only explains how thirty-three Chilean miners survived for 69 days [...]