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Books as Gifts

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You’re never too young — or too old — to share books with someone special, and there’s something here for everyone. These books may start a conversation, or just cause someone to turn the screen off. There are stories of people real and imagined, fact and fiction, fantasy and romance, poetry and prose.

For Kids in Grades 4-6

Al Capone Shines My Shoes, by Gennifer Choldenko

Moose Flanagan and his family live on Alcatraz, just like the famous gangster Al Capone. Because Moose asked for a favor to help get his developmentally disabled sister into a special school, Prisoner #85 (Al Capone?) asks for a return favor. How it affects Moose’s dad, a guard on the island prison, and Moose’s gang make a fast and funny tale. Calpurnia is the only girl of the six Tate children. Not quite-12-year-old Callie finds it’s tough for a girl to enjoy science and explore her isolated Texas home in 1899. But a special bond with her scientist grandfather allows Callie to question her role in society and lets readers know that she’ll probably grow beyond those expectations. Tyrone Hayes’ interest in frogs started while growing up in South Carolina, an interest later encouraged by a professor at Harvard University. Tyrone Hayes has since become a noted field scientist, studying the health of these sensitive amphibians. Clear writing and stunning, full-color photographs are hallmarks of this fascinating and informative series.

e Evolution Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly

e Frog Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series), by Pamela Turner

Mr. Lincoln’s High-Tech War, by

Changing technology made the Civil War the first modern war and forced Abraham Lincoln and others to view the Industrial Revolution differently. Each chapter in this well documented, abundantly illustrated volume begins with a new advancement and its impact on the Civil War.

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e Tree that Time Built: A Celebration Nature, Science & Imagination, by Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead

Clearly organized with lucid introductions to each section as well as for select poems, this handsome anthology includes a range of poems and poets for an evocative, informative, and often inspiring look at science and nature. Miranda turns to her favorite book, A Wrinkle in Time, for insight into the mysterious notes she’s been receiving. Part mystery, part science fiction, part homage to Madeline L’Engle, this engaging book is likely to keep readers guessing until the riveting conclusion.

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You’re never too young — or too old — to share books with someone special, and there’s something here for everyone. These books may start a conversation, or just cause someone to turn the screen off. There are stories of people real and imagined, fact and fiction, fantasy and romance, poetry and prose.

For Kids in Grades 7-9

e Duel: e Parallel Lives Al ander Hamilton & Aaron Bu , by Judith St. George Everything for a Dog, by Ann Martin

Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr had striking similarities and just as striking differences. They are explored in alternating chapters in this well-researched, readable look at two contributors to a new nation alive though only one man survived their duel.

The lives of three lonely creatures come together; two are human, one is a stray dog. Each has suffered a loss that begins to heal when they intersect in this memorable, sad, but ultimately satisfying and happy companion to A Dog’s Life (2005).

Marching for Freedom, by Elizabeth Partridge M ion Control:

The real-life drama of the 1965 Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery is presented in photographs and words culled from primary sources. The result is a thoughtful, stirring look at the time and place.

Original art combines with photographs to extend some of the electrifying stories of the Apollo missions to the moon. Primary sources such as interviews with astronauts are used to highlight the excitement of the program and chronicle its achievements.

is is Apollo, by Andrew Chaikin and Alan Bean

Homer is known for his tall-tale telling. But it’s a handy skill to have when he strikes out to find his brother who was conscripted into the Union Army. Fast paced and funny, Homer’s voice is reminiscent of the humor of Mark Twain.

e Mostly True Adventures Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick

Season Gi s, by Richard Peck

She’s back and funnier than ever! It’s now 1958, and Grandma Dowdel (A Year Down Under; A Long Way from Chicago) has new neighbors: Bob Barnhart, the middle child of the town’s new minister, and his family. The Barnharts and Mrs. Dowdel share a special year with memorable gifts — including lots of laughs — given throughout.

Continue to books for teens 14-16 years old >

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You’re never too young — or too old — to share books with someone special, and there’s something here for everyone. These books may start a conversation, or just cause someone to turn the screen off. There are stories of people real and imagined, fact and fiction, fantasy and romance, poetry and prose.

For Teens in Grades 9-10

Claud e Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose

Before Rosa Parks became the face of the now famous Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, a 15-year-old refused to give up her seat to a white person and was jailed. The essential role played by Claudette Colvin in the events that were to unfold makes riveting reading for which Hoose (who credits Claudette Colvin) won the National Book Award.

Cro ing Stones, by Helen Frost

The Jorgensen and Norman families have lived across the creek for as long as they can remember. Now they are separated by turbulent times and the impact of World War I. Different voices create a rich backdrop as they share their own piece of the story for a powerful look at these families and the world in which they live.

Leviathan, by Sc

Europe is ready to explode into World War I when Archduke Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in this unique science fiction. The real conflict, however, is between Clankers, who believe in the power of machines, and Darwinists (those who use adapted animals). The result is a plausible, riveting, and unusual novel.

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Maze Runner, by James Dashner Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater

Thomas remembers only his name when he wakes up in a strange place inhabited by other boys in a clearly hierarchical society. The fast-paced survival story is the first in a trilogy and will leave reading anxiously awaiting the next installment. Fans of the ‘Twilight’ series may just enjoy reading about a new romance between Grace and Sam, likeable teens. The only thing keeping them apart is that Sam becomes a werewolf on occasion. This well-told tale is evocative and surprisingly plausible.

Sweethearts Rhythm: e Story the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World , by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Je y Pinkn

The Sweethearts, an integrated ‘all-girl band’ that toured the US during the 1930s and 40s, brought lively swing music to a country experiencing Depression, war and other hardships. Poems, told from the instruments’ perspective, create syncopation and verve — highlighted by luminous portraits of the musicians in action.

Continue to books for teens 16-18 years old >

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16-18 ges

You’re never too young — or too old — to share books with someone special, and there’s something here for everyone. These books may start a conversation, or just cause someone to turn the screen off. There are stories of people real and imagined, fact and fiction, fantasy and romance, poetry and prose.

For Teens in Grades 11-12

Charles and Emma, by Deborah Heiligman

Ever the scientist, Charles Darwin was a list maker. Not surprisingly, when Darwin decided to marry, he made a list of pros and cons. His marriage to Emma, their life and relationship influenced the man and his work in this fascinating, intimate portrait.

Three short stories are presented in three different styles in this collaboration by award-winning comic creators. Each unique tale shares a level of sophistication whether about a knight, a frog, or a woman who receives an email.

e Eternal Smile, by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim

Going Bovine, by Libba Bray

Sixteen-year-old Cameron’s quixotic journey begins as he deteriorates from mad cow disease. On his often witty journey, he meets Balder (the Norse god), an angel, and others – each very 21st century. This offbeat fantasy may surprise Libba Bray readers.

As a photojournalist traveling with Doctors without Borders in Afghanistan during the war with the Soviet Union (in 1986), Lefevre took hundreds of black and white photos. Here they combine with more intimate color drawings to create a moving memoir in an unusual format.

e Ph ographer, by Emmanuel Guibert & Didier Lefevre

Sho ing Star, by Fredrick McK ack

Jomo, a talented but physically small high school football player, makes a poor choice in order to become as big as the team’s running back who is his best friend. Recognizable characters are fully developed in this complex, sometimes gritty, realistic novel.

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