This Thing Called the Future by Powers, J. L.
School Library Journal Gr 9 Up-Khosi, a 14-year-old living in post-apartheid South Africa, is torn between her grandmother's superstitious beliefs in witches and sangomas (healers) and her mother's Western belief in science and medicine. She lives in a shantytown in Pietermaritzburg with Gogo and her younger sister while their mother works in another city and comes home on the weekends. At school, Khosi earns top marks in biology, but she wo...More
I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems
Book list Elephant and Piggie remain in the storytelling mode of We Are in a Book! (2010). After showing up with a bandaged proboscis, Elephant proceeds to tell th. long, crazy stor. of how it happened. Memory bubbles let us follow along: first Elephant lifted Hippo with his trunk (Why. asks Piggie. Because. Elephant answers). But that is not what broke his trunk, and neither is the addition of Rhino and Hippo's sister and Hippo's sister's pia...More
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Library Journal McCullough (John Adams; 1776) effectively blends impeccable writing with historical rigor and strong character definition in his biography of Wright brothers Wilbur, the abstract thinker and introvert; and Orville, the extrovert and hands-on doer. They had limited formal education, with the author instead attributing his subjects' success to industry, imagination, and persistence, as seen in their early enterprises as newspaper publish...More