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.
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
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
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
It’s just a normal day for Zita and Joseph, until they come upon a crashed meteor. Zita decides to investigate, discovering a strange button. She presses it, and Joseph is pulled through a portal. At first frightened, Zita becomes determined to save her friend. She presses the button again, finding herself pulled onto an amazing planet, full of alien creatures and alien ways. In her quest, she meets many interesting new friends. This is a wonderful story about friendship. Beautifully drawn, this is hopefully the first of many adventures for the feisty, smart, and resourceful Zita the Spacegirl.
If you like Zita here are some more space adventures full of action and friendship. Missile Mouse is impulsive and takes action, just like Zita. Wondla has a lot of space action too but will make you laugh and cry both. If you like Zita’s robots try Amulet: The Stonekeepr, very cool tranformer-like robots. Smekday is especially funny with a sassy main character who takes on the aliens without flinching a bit.