The Story That Cannot Be Told
By J. Kasper Kramer
NEW MFIC KRAMER
It is 1989 in Romania and Ileana lives in government housing with her parents. Romania has a communist dictator and the people in Ileana’s city never seem to have enough food or electricity. If people speak out against the leader, they disappear. Ileana likes to tell stories, but some of her stories could get her into trouble with the government. To keep her safe, Ileana’s parents send her on a journey to live with her grandparents who live way out in a small village. Ileana has never met her grandparents before and her parents were not able to let them know she was coming. What will they be like? Will they take her in? Will it truly be safe for Ileana in the village? How long will it be before it is safe for her to see her parents again? Click on the link to learn more about Romania.
See You in the Cosmos
By Jack Cheng
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew. (from Amazon.com)
The author, Jack Cheng, currently lives in Detroit. To see a picture of the author and his dog, go to the author’s website. If you email Jack Cheng, he promises to respond!
Time Castaways: The Mona Lisa Key
By Liesl Shurtliff
This book comes from the author of Rump and Grump. Matt and his siblings live with their parents in New York City. Their parents are very strict and won’t ever let them take the subway. One day, Matt and his siblings are running late for school and decide to take the subway just this once. Little did they know that the subway car they jumped on was actually a time machine! Travel with Matt and his siblings through space and time in this amazing adventure. If you would like to see some unique photos of the author, head to her website.
If you found this book entertaining, you might also enjoy the second book in the series, The Obsidian Compass.
The End of the World and Beyond
Oliver Cromwall Pitts grew up in England in 1724. Through a series of unfortunate events, Oliver was arrested for stealing to survive, tried as a thief, and sentenced to the seven years of slavery in the Americas. Now Oliver is traveling on a slave ship, not knowing if he will live or die. His fellow slaves are dying left and right from hunger, illness, and the horrible conditions aboard the ship. Follow him on his journey to the Americas and (hopefully) out of slavery. To learn more about Avi, head to his website. To learn more about slavery in the 1700’s, head to this website.
The End of the World and Beyond is the companion book to the Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwall Pitts, but you do not have to read the first book to enjoy The End of the World and Beyond.
By Raina Telgemeier
In this graphic novel, Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all. Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado. (from Amazon.com) For photos of the author, interviews, and book trailers, head to https://goraina.com/resources.
If you like this one, you will probably enjoy the rest of Raina’s books, including: