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Children's Book Review
New Books for Young Readers:
Kindergarten to Grade 2
Grades 2 to 6
Grades 4 to 7
Grades 5 to 8
Adult Books Suitable for Older Teens


Kindergarten to Grade 2
Here’s the 411 on new books that aren’t even in Talking Book Topics, yet! You’re sure to find one that you’ll want to read, and even tell a friend about. Some are about real things (non-fiction), and some are stories (fiction) so look for the “NF” or “F” to help you pick the kind of tale you want to hear:

RC051513 Rolling Along: The Story of Taylor and His Wheelchair, by Jamee Riggio Heelan.

What would it be like if you had to use a wheelchair to move around? Jamee has cerebral palsy, and he uses a chair to be more independent. (NF)

RC051509 Dandelion, by Don Freeman.
Dandelion gets his mane curled so that he can look special for Jennifer Giraffe’s party. But the barber gets carried away, and Jennifer doesn’t recognize her guest. (F)

RC051574 Crickwing, by Janell Cannon.
Crickwing, a cockroach with a twisted wing, bullies the leafcutter ants. But they capture him and prepare to sacrifice him to the army ants. When the leafcutter ants take pity on their captive, Crickwing comes up with a plan to save them all. (F)

Grades 2 to 6
RC053541 Dinosaur parents, Dinosaur Young: Uncovering the Mystery of Dinosaur Families, by Patricia McDermott.
Tells how scientists figured out how dinosaurs behaved with their families, and what new fossil discoveries change what we know about dinosaur life. (NF)

RC052334 The International Space station, by Franklyn M. Branley.
Did you ever want to live in outer space? This book tells how the International Space Station is being built, and how astronauts will live and work on it. Also includes a crystal-growing experiment that you can do. (NF)

RC051512 Horrible Harry at Halloween, by Suzy Kline.
Harry has a secret costume for Halloween that is bound to surprise everyone in his third grade class. (F)

Grades 4 to 7
RC053883 Cool Stuff: Things to Make and Do, by Jennifer Traig and Julianne Balmain.
Simple craft projects that you can do in less than a day. Includes lists of materials you need to decorate household items and personalize belongings, and complete instructions for how to do the projects. (NF)

RC052351 A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story of the Colossal Fossil; the World’s Most Complete T-Rex, by Pat Relf.
Tells how a fossil hunter in South Dakota found the most complete T-rex skeleton, to date. Also discusses how fossils are taken to museums for display, and what scientists learn from them. (NF)

RC051577 The Vampire in My Bathtub, by Brenda Seabrooke.
Jeff moves to a new town and finds an out-of-shape vampire sleeping in his closet. Although Eugene is a good vampire who doesn’t drink blood, he is on the run from an evil fiend and Jeff must help him to escape. (F)

Grades 5 to 8
RC052323 Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America, by Jim Murphy.
In March, 1888, most of the East Coast was shut down by a killer snow storm that cut off transportation, food, and coal supplies. It also led to the development of the United States Weather Bureau. (NF)

RC053286 Among the Hidden, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
In a future world, families are limited to two children, so a world of “shadow children” has grown, made up of illegal third children. Luke is a “shadow child” and he accidentally discovers that another “shadow child” lives next door, and she wants to change the system that makes them illegal. (F)

RC053287 Among the Imposters, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Sequel to RC053286. Luke is sent away to school using an assumed identity as Lee grant. He finds that the boarding school that he attends is full of “shadow children,” and he no longer knows who he can trust to keep his secret. (F)

Adult Books Suitable for Older Teens
RC053384 American Muslims: The New Generation, Asma Gull Hasan.
An American-born Muslim woman discusses the beliefs, practices, values, stereotypes, militancy, women’s issues and politics that face Muslim people, today. (NF)

RC053406 A Group of One, by Rachna Gilmore.
When Tara Mehta’s grandmother visits from India, her life is turned upside down because her grandmother does not approve of Tara’s family’s Canadian lifestyle. Tara learns about her heritage and her grandmother’s involvement with Mahatma Gandhi. Some strong language. (F)

RC051340 Other Worlds, by Barbara Michaels.
Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle are among the people gathered to investigate two ghost cases. In Tennessee, a family is harassed by a poltergeist; and in Connecticut, a family is haunted by an unknown spirit. (F)
If you liked reading about these new books, tell us about one (or more) that you’ve read and enjoyed.

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