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28 Days Later Black History Month Featured Author Octavia Spencer

28 Days Later Black History Month Featured Author Octavia Spencer

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Today’s honoree in the seventh annual 28 Days Later campaign, a Black History Month celebration of children’s book creators of color, is Octavia Spencer.

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The campaign will run February 1-28, 2014.

  • The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later Feature Article: Octavia Spencer
  •  Amazon Look Inside: The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit
  • GoodReads: The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit
  • More Featured Authors & Illustrators

Twelve-year-old Randi, unhappy about moving from Brooklyn to Deer Creek, Tennessee, after her mother’s death, soon finds new friends and a case to solve surrounding a stolen time capsule and rumors of a centuries-old treasure.

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The Brown Bookshelf blog is designed to push awareness of African American voices writing for young readers. A major program of theirs is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult. Read more about the founders of The Brown Bookshelf here.

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2014 Newbery Medal Winner: Flora & Ulysses

2014 Newbery Medal Winner: Flora & Ulysses

FloraRescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

Author: Kate DiCamillo

 

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The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero

LostHero2I really like the new characters: Jason and Piper and Leo. (Especially Leo!)  I lovedEspanolIcon the mechanical dragon Festus. Personally, I’d rather ride a mechanical dragon than a hippogrif, I mean, if anybody ever gives me the choice.

This one opens with Jason, Piper and Leo on a bus on a field trip. Jason has amnesia and doesn’t even know who Leo and Piper are. Monsters attack (of course!) and hey, don’t you know, these three are demi-gods and their teacher is their satyr/guardian. If you don’t have the book yet look inside at the first few chapters and then take a look at what other kids have to say about it. (Although beware spoilers!) Author: Rick Riordan

 

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Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Warriors #1: Into the Wild

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For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.

Jaheim says:

Its about cats that talk, become leaders, fight, love, and other cool things. If you read just one you’ll be amazed by the emotion put into every character THANKS!!!!!!!

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Carbonel the King of the Cats

Carbonel the King of the Cats

Carbonel King of the Cats

Rosemary’s plan to clean houses during her summer break and surprise her mother with the money she earns hits a snag when an old lady at the market talks her into buying a second-rate broom and a cat she can’t even afford to keep.

Inquisitive and adventurous children, talking cats, and flying rocking chairs and brooms = an endearing jFiction comfort series, which also includes The Kingdom of Carbonel (2009); and Carbonel and Calidor (2009). Yes, magic and witchcraft are involved. Author Barbara Sleigh (1906-1982) worked for the BBC Children’s Hour, so it’s not surprising that meanness is vanquished in this New York Review Children’s Collection trio. The illustrations are charming in this 1955 book that was reissued in 2004 and in the sequels that the New York Review Collection added five years later.

Recommended by: Diane Palguta, College Avenue Branch

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