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Great Reading

For the week of July 17 to July 24, 2019 


Jacob’s Room to Choose
By Sarah Hoffman
When Jacob goes to the bathroom he is chased out because the boys think he looks like a girl because of how he’s dressed. Sophie, has the same experience when she tries to go to the girls' bathroom. Jacob and Sophie, with the support of their teacher, help everyone discover the many forms of gender expression and how to treat each other with respect.

The Great Indoors
By Julie Falatko
When the humans go camping, the animals settle in for a relaxing holiday of their own! Bear takes over the bathroom, the beavers prepare their fanciest food, and the deer kick up their feet for a dance party. What starts as a little party soon escalates to a big mess, just in time for everyone to head home.


Game Changer
By Tommy Greenwald
Teddy is fighting for his life after a football injury left him in a coma. Was this an inevitable result of playing the sport, or was something more sinister happening on the field that day? Told in an innovative, multimedia format combining dialogue, texts, newspaper articles, and Teddy's inner thoughts.

Lost in the Jungle
By Bill Nye
Inventor Henry Witherspoon has gone missing, and it's up to Jack and his siblings, Ava and Matt, to find him. The siblings discover clues to the project he's been working on – a new way to generate and store electricity, inspired by the electric eels of the Amazon. Now the kids must travel deep into the Amazon jungle, and follow the clues left behind.


Paul Writes (a letter)
By Chris Raschka
Paul the Apostle, one of the most beloved biblical figures, changed the world through the written word. Chris Raschka, a Caldecott Medal winner, expertly depicts Paul’s sincerity and compassion, giving readers a true sense of who Paul really was. Beautiful illustrations and calligraphy!

Dive In! Exploring Our Connection With the Ocean
By Ann Eriksson
Humans haven’t been kind to the ocean. In this world everything is connected, and this includes land, air, and ocean. Contamination on land will affect the ocean, so if humans pollute the land it will surely affect the health of the oceans. That is why your choices affect the health of the ocean.


Rani Patel in Full Effect
By Sonia Patel
Rani feels like a total outsider in her town. When she takes her passion for rap to the next level and starts performing as MC Sutra, she connects to her identity and voice. Rani’s journey of self discovery involves dealing with predatory men and past trauma.

Like a Love Story
By Abdi Nazemian
Set in New York City during the AIDS crisis, Like a Love Story follows Reza, who has just moved to the city and is trying to find his place. He is dating Judy, but is secretly in love with her best friend, Art, who is openly gay. Judy’s uncle, who is living with AIDS, provides a model for self acceptance that guides all three teens as they learn who they are.


By Nicole Dennis-Benn
When Patsy finally gets a visa to visit her best friend and secret romantic interest, Cicely, in America, she is filled with hope for her future, even though she has to leave her young daughter, Tru, behind in Jamaica. When she arrives, her hopes quickly disintegrate and she must face the dispiriting reality of being an undocumented worker. Her mother’s abandonment deeply impacts Tru, who is facing her own struggles.

The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future
By Jon Gertner
Greenland has long attracted intrepid scientists and explorers. Gertner balances exciting stories of discovery and exploration with a straightforward discussion of the impact of Greenland’s rapidly melting ice sheet, which is both a time capsule, and a disturbing portent of the future. The far-reaching consequences of the global climate change crisis are conveyed with an eye towards spurring readers to action.