Spring 2018 edition

Seasonal Spotlight


By Cynthia Kadohata

“A new novel by Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata is a publishing event. Checked is the emotional story of hockey star Conor, his devoted Dad, and their beloved dog Sinbad. It’s for sports fans, dog lovers, and readers who enjoy books that tug at your heartstrings. This spring I invite you to fall in love with Kadohata’s writing all over again.”

Life Inside My Mind

31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles

Edited by Jessica Burkhart

“Stripped of their familiar characters, fictional worlds, and creative inventions, these thirty-one Young Adult authors illuminate a different side of the power of words with the personal experiences they courageously share in Life Inside My Mind. From passionate, hopeful, inspiring, and honest essays that capture every high and low of mental illness to the powerful reminder that no one is alone, this is a book many librarians and educators will wish had been available to them as teens and one they will cherish being able to recommend now to those who need it.”

Nonfiction for the Classroom

The Flying Girl

How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar

By Margarita Engle

Illustrated by Sara Palacios

In this beautiful picture book filled with soaring words and buoyant illustrations, award winners Margarita Engle and Sara Palacios tell the inspiring true story of Aída de Acosta, the first woman to fly a motorized aircraft. Aída was just a teenager—she didn’t let that stop her, though. All she needed was courage and a chance to try.

Kaleidosocope diversity spotlight

Escape from Aleppo

By N.H. Senzai

It is December 17, 2010: Nadia’s twelfth birthday and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Soon anti-government protests erupt across the Middle East and, one by one, countries are thrown into turmoil. As civil war flares in Syria and bombs fall across Nadia’s home city of Aleppo, her family decides to flee to safety. Inspired by current events, award-winning author N.H. Senzai’s novel sheds light on the complicated situation in Syria that has led to an international refugee crisis, and tells the story of one girl’s journey to safety.