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Staff Pick: The Happiest Tree

Staff Pick: The Happiest Tree

The Happiest Tree: a Yoga Story

Embarrassed by her clumsiness, eight-year-old Meena, an Asian Indian American girl, is reluctant to appear in the school play until she gains self-confidence by practicing yoga.

Have you ever been afraid?  Have you ever dreaded something that you couldn’t avoid?  Meena is a girl that is dreading the school play because she is a “tree” that can’t stay still…. until, she discovers a yoga class that teaches her that slowly, slowly breathing in and out can help to calm her mind and then her body relaxes and quiets also.  Check out the yoga poses in The Happiest Tree: A Yoga Story.  Which is your favorite pose—the Tree, the Frog, the Lotus, the Cat or the Cobra?  Happy posing!

Recommended by: Tamara Baumgartner – Wayne Library

 

 

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Kid Review: Number the Stars

Kid Review: Number the Stars

In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark, ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis. Newbery Medal Winner, 1990

” amazing book which has a story about the germans and the nazis. i give it 9 stars out of 10 as it some times can get boring.”

Review by: Lucy

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Staff Pick: The Real Boy

Staff Pick: The Real Boy

The Real Boy

Spending his days working in the dark cellar of a powerful magician’s shop, young misfit Oscar worries that the magic that has long protected his city is failing when children begin falling dangerously ill.

Mocked and bullied, Callum Hunt reacted to others with sarcasm and a withering scowl turning away even those who tried to be nice to him.  Yet, he  never stopped hoping that he could belong somewhere and have friends.

Looking for that next read for your fantasy fan?

Asteri is a city kept perfect by magic in the ancient trees of the Barrow forestland. Orphan Oscar is an awkward shop boy for the most powerful magician in the Barrow. He is content in his small, regimented world, surrounded by his cat friends and grinding herbs for potions.

However, city children become sick. The land’s magic no longer seems to protect them and, with a menacing creature in the woods, Oscar must move beyond his comfortable world and struggle to help.

Oscar is an atypical hero with traits that could be placed on the Asperger’s Scale, and author Ursu examines the stigmas both internal and external of what it means to be different in a realistic and heart-felt manner.

Recommended for: readers of the Harry Potter series and Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Recommended by: Nicole Porter, Lawrence Branch Library

 

 

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Mighty Girl eComic: Marta Tienda Champion of the People

Mighty Girl eComic: Marta Tienda Champion of the People

Women’s History Month 2015

Mighty Girl eComic:
Read Right Now! Marta Tienda:Champion of the People
Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.

~National Women’s History Project


Champion of the People
Marta “Something’s got to change. Everyone deserves to go to college. High school drop out rates are too high.” ~ Marta


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Mighty Girl eComic: The Mystery of the Missing Carbon

Mighty Girl eComic: The Mystery of the Missing Carbon

Women’s History Month 2015

Mighty Girl eComic:
Read Right Now! Inez Fung and the Mystery of the Missing Carbon
Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience.

~National Women’s History Project


The Mystery of the Missing Carbon
 Inez
“I have tremendous love and respect for the planet—how the whole system comes together.” ~ Inez

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