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Staff Recommend – The Next Place

Staff Recommend – The Next Place

The Next Place

An inspirational journey of light and hope to a place where earthly hurts are left behind. Author: Warren Hanson

“This beautifully illustrated, poetic book tackles death with such sensitivity; it is a wonderful book for an adult as well as a child. It’s very comforting after the death of a loved one, person or pet. This 1997 book is timeless in its relevance, in the same manner that The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia is ageless.”

Recommended by: Diane Palguta, College Avenue Library

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Staff Recommend – Soldier Bear

Staff Recommend – Soldier Bear

Soldier Bear

Believe it or not, a bear served in the British Army during WWll. In 1942 five Polish soldiers adopted a bear cub from a boy in the mountains of Iran. They named him Voytek, which means “Smiling Warrior” in Polish. Voytek loved army life and the soldiers loved Voytek. He slept in the tent with them. He drank beer and smoked cigarettes. He took showers. He even caught a spy!

In order to travel with his company to Italy, he was officially enlisted as Private Voytek. During the battle of Monte Cassino he joined the soldiers passing ammunition to the front and never dropped a shell. The officers were so impressed they made a picture of Voytek with a bomb in his paws as the emblem of the Transport Company of the 2nd Polish Corps.

Read about Private Voytek’s amazing adventures in this book based on the true story of Voytek, the bear that went to war. Soldier Bear won the 2012 Batchelder Award for most outstanding book translated to English.

Mary Sullivan – Decatur Library

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If you liked reading about Soldier Bear you might like some of these books about animals at war:
Cracker the Best Dog in Vietnam Faithful Elephants Saving the Baghdad Zoo An Elephant in the Garden
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Staff Recommend – The Mighty Miss Malone

Staff Recommend – The Mighty Miss Malone

The Mighty Miss Malone

Deza Malone is on a journey.  The verbose 12-year old, whom readers first met in Bud, Not Buddy, has lived her entire life in Gary, Indiana, with her mother, father, and 15-year old brother, Jimmie.

A passionate reader, she wants to be just like her teacher, Miss Needham, when she grows up.   But it is 1936 and the Great Depression has forced her father to look for work in Flint, Michigan.  When a month goes by without a letter from him, her mother decides the family should follow him to Flint.

Their trip north takes them through a hobo camp, where Jimmie disappears, bringing even more changes for Deza.  Her mother finds a job in Flint, and Deza faces life in a new city with a new school, new teachers, and new neighbors, all while remaining hopeful that her family will be reunited.
I love Deza’s spunky personality and how she remains true to herself as she dreams of finding that place called Wonderful. Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding – Selection

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If you liked reading about Deza and her family try one of these:
Bud Not Buddy Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Leaving Gee's Bend Zora and Me
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Staff Recommend – Landed

Staff Recommend – Landed

Landed

This story is about a little boy who is from China and will be joining his father and two oldest brothers in America. In order to be “landed”, leaving for the desired state to join their families, immigrants must pass a series of questions to prove that they are who they say they are and that they are a part of the family that they claim. The story tells what the boy does to prepare for the process and how he passes the test. Author: Milly Lee

By: Lauren Freeman – Pike Library

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Here are some more books about kids coming to America and finding their way:
The Dragon's Child Inside Out and Back Again The Day of the Pelican
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Staff Recommend – Hooper Finds a Family: a Hurricane Katrina Dog’s Survival Tale

Staff Recommend – Hooper Finds a Family: a Hurricane Katrina Dog’s Survival Tale

Hooper Finds a Family

Hi, I’m Hooper a yellow Labrador puppy.  I lived with my family in Louisiana before I got lost during Hurricane Katrina. My life before Katrina was the best.  After Katrina I was scared and tired and hungry until someone rescued me.  Now I live in New York City with a new family.  Will I like my new family?  Will I be happy living in a big city?  Read my story and find out. Author: Jane Paley

By: Jackie Hill – Franklin Road Library

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Here are some more books that tell more Hurricane Katrina stories:
Ninth Ward A Storm Called Katrina A Place Where Hurricanes Happen Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
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