Ahimsa - Supriya Kelkar

Staff Pick

In 1942, as India struggles for freedom from British rule, Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi asks one family member from each family to join Ahimsa (Tu/Lee & Low, $18.95), the non-violent resistance to British governance. Ten-year old Anjali fears that her father will join, and is blindsided when it’s her mother who becomes an activist. As her mother reaches out to the Dalit community, the caste system’s untouchables, Anjali is initially shocked but soon comes to question her own biases. Inspired by her great-grandmother’s experiences, debut author Supriya Kelkar presents an accessible and eerily timely exploration of what social justice really means. Ages 10-12.


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ISBN: 9781620143568
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Published: Tu Books - October 2nd, 2017

The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole - Michelle Cuevas

Staff Pick

Stella Rodriguez has a serious problem. After trying to set up a meeting with Carl Sagan at NASA headquarters, she attracts the attention of a black hole who follows her home. Larry (short for gravitational singularity, of course) will eat anything: dust bunnies, ugly sweaters, smelly hamsters, and, as Stella finds out, any memory about her father that makes her sad. Perhaps inevitably, Larry’s insatiable appetite eventually leads him to swallow up Stella herself. While learning about The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole (Dial, $16.99) the hard way, Stella must find her way back home and back to happiness. With quick wit and deep empathy, Michelle Cuevas takes readers on an adventure through space and time and shows that sometimes it’s okay to grieve— and, thankfully, that every black hole has a wormhole to the other side. Ages 10-12.


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ISBN: 9780399539138
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Rocky Pond Books - September 12th, 2017

Thornhill - Pam Smy

Staff Pick

In 1982 at an orphanage named Thornhill (Roaring Brook, $19.99), Mary fills the pages of her diary with shocking accounts of her suffering at the hands of another girl who lives downstairs. Mary only feels safe in her attic bedroom, where she spends her time reading and making puppet companions. Decades later, Ella has just moved to a new home that overlooks the abandoned orphanage. No one has lived there since an orphan girl was murdered years ago—so why does Ella keep seeing a figure in the lit attic window and finding puppets in the garden? Author/illustrator Pam Smy cleverly tells Mary and Ella’s stories in alternating journal entries and plot-propelling illustrations until the girls’ worlds finally collide in an unexpected and spine-tingling twist. Ages 10-13.


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By Pam Smy, Pam Smy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626726543
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 29th, 2017