Fall 2019 edition
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The Okay Witch is the story of Moth Hush, thirteen-year-old “weirdo” until Halloween, when she discovers she is a witch. Her mother reveals the sordid history the town of Founder’s Bluff has with her family and the witches of America, but refuses to teach Moth anything about magic. With the help of a talking cat, a magic diary, and a hidden world of witches, Moth attempts to balance being a witch and being a normal teen, but that gets harder when she suspects the witch hunters of her town’s past might still be lurking. Hilarious and reminiscent of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Emma Steinkellner’s debut graphic novel is a delightful read with expressive characters and a great story. I can’t wait to find out what’s next for Moth.
My favorite part about Roll with It is getting to meet Ellie, a spunky, outspoken girl who bakes pies and writes letters to her favorite celebrity chefs. She also yearns to become more independent, to convince her mom she doesn’t need an aide at school, and that life with cerebral palsy doesn’t leave room for slowing down. When her grandma is no longer able to care for her ailing grandpa herself, Ellie and her mom move in; at first Ellie’s not sure about their small, unfamiliar town, but soon she meets great friends and a fantastic teacher—all who rally to help Ellie convince her mom that this is where they should stay.
From celebrated author and illustrator Ashley Bryan comes a deeply moving picture book memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II, and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him. Filled with never-before-seen artwork and handwritten letters and diary entries, this illuminating and poignant memoir is both a lesson in history and a testament to hope.
Nonfiction for the Classroom
From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and illustrator Vashti Harrison comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.
Kaleidosocope diversity spotlight