Sometimes We Were Brave by Pat Brisson
“Bravery has many meanings. Jerome’s mom is a sailor. When her ship is in home port, she and Jerome bake cookies, read books together, and take their dog, Duffy, for walks. When his mom’s ship goes to sea, she gives Jerome a hug and says, “Be brave, Jerome. I’ll be back as soon as I can.” Jerome doesn’t feel brave at all. But he does what he needs to do every day — goes to school, helps his dad with chores, and takes care of Duffy. Then one day he learns that bravery means something very different than he thought it did.” [JPB BRISSON]
I am Going! by Mo Willems [An Elephant and Piggie Book]
“Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.
In I Am Going! Piggie ruins a perfectly good day by telling Gerald he is going. But if Piggie goes, who will
Gerald play ping-pong and wear silly hats with?” [JE WILLEMS]
Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass Book One by Erica Kirov
“Nick Rostov’s life is borderline embarrassing.
“His dad is well known as the worst magician in Las Vegas. Nick hasn’t had a real friend in years. And his report card is not good at all. One F. Two Cs. One B-minus. And an A. In Health. But on Nick’s thirteenth birthday his life changes forever. Awaking on the top floor of the world famous Winter Palace Hotel and Casino, he meets, for the fi rst time, his extended family. A family gifted with the power of magic, real magic, exiled from their native Russia, they now hide in plain sight among the neon lights of the Casino.” [J KIROV]
Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
“LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKE THE EXPERTS, FROM THE EXPERTS.
“Practical advice in a perfect package for young aspiring writers.
“After receiving letters from fans asking for writing advice, accomplished authors Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter joined together to create this guidebook for young writers. The authors mix inspirational anecdotes with practical guidance on how to find a voice, develop characters and plot, make revisions, and overcome writer’s block. Fun writing prompts will help young writers jump-start their own projects, and encouragement throughout will keep them at work.” [J808.3 MAZER]