Elephant woke up incredibly grumpy, but a surprise present left on the doorstep changes his attitude. The box contains a most elaborate hat, and Elephant's frown turns upside down. Hooray for Hat!
Uni the Unicorn has a flowing mane, shiny hooves, and sparkly eyes. She can make wishes come true like all her other unicorn friends. Only one thing sets Uni apart from all the others. She believes that little girls are real.
The Midnight Library is a curious little building. A young librarian and her three assistant owls work there all night to provide books and services for the town's animals. Two-legged or four, pawed or winged, all walks of life are welcome. This can lead to some minor issues, such as when squirrels start playing music in the quiet reading room!
Drywater Gulch is about to get gobsmacked by Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads. The Toad brothers are a lying, stealing, chili-insulting trio who have set their sights on the sleepy desert town. Thankfully, a hero is on his way...on the back of a tortoise.
The whistle tweets, and the Roller Derby begins. The skaters weave, crash and roll, wowing twelve-year-old Astrid with their speed and power. In that moment, Astrid realizes that she must become a Roller Girl.
In Snip Snap! What's That?, an alligator crawls out of the city sewers and into an apartment building. The three children inside Room Thirteen hear it creep up the stairs. The book takes a moment to ask the reader, "Were the children scared?"
Science fiction offers a rich history and has gone through many changes since its birth almost 200 years ago. The genre is so much more than mere aliens, robots, and time travel. It allows us to address complex issues in an accessible way.
"Because the day, it was school. It was the bells too loud or rattly in broken speakers that would never get fixed. It was the bad floors squeaky and footprinted, and the bang of lockers. It was writing my name in the upper-right-hand corner of the paper or Mr. Nelson would automatically deduct five points, and in the upper left-hand-corner of the paper or Mr. Peter would deduct three. "—Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
High school is a strange existence. It is a minefield of cliques, relationships, and hopefully schoolwork. There are several authors who have found a sharply accurate voice when writing as teens, John Green being the most successful.
When it does ring true, scenes and exchanges strike with the power to take us back to our most vibrant adolescent memories. These are the books that hold this ability for me. They are great high school narratives dealing with isolation, cliques, peer-pressure, and simply trying to survive.
Boy + Bot are two very different friends who share the same love of discovery. Boy encounters the robot in the woods while collecting pinecones and asks to play. "Affirmative!" the robot answers.