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Not a Bean by Claudia Guadalupe Martínez
This book explains that a Mexican jumping bean is not a bean at all, but a seedpod into which a caterpillar has burrowed. This is a fun and informative book with Spanish words sprinkled throughout and an Author's Note at the end that provides additional facts about the jumping bean and the moths that emerge from them. I learned something I didn't know, so I'm sure many kids will, also.
Old Rock (is not boring) by Deb Pilutti
Tall Pine, Hummingbird, and Spotted Beetle think Old Rock's life must be pretty boring because he sits in the same spot day after day. Old Rock tells them the tale of his life starting with when he formed under the earth's crust and shot out of a volcano and it turns out he's seen and done a lot more than they thought. Old Rock's story isn't just entertaining, but it also provides insight into the history of the natural world. This clever and humorous story will ignite students' thinking about how planet Earth has evolved. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy of the book.
A High Five for Glenn Burke by Phil Bildner
Silas, a sixth-grader, admires Glenn Burke, a baseball player who invented the high-five. Like Glenn Burke, Silas is a baseball player and also gay. Silas wants to come out to his friends and his teammates, but he also fears that he won't be accepted. This is an important story about identity and acceptance with characters who middle grade readers will be able to relate to. Thanks to Macmillan for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in February.
Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun
This is an engaging story about navigating friendships and the struggle to fit in. Now that Pippa has transferred from her public school to a prestigious private school, she wants to keep the fact that she is a scholarship student a secret. She must also keep her grades up, so she can continue playing basketball, while helping her family with their laundromat business. Managing family and school life presents challenges for Pippa, but she learns the importance of being herself. This is another book that will be relatable for middle grade readers and also appeal to those who are sports fans. Thanks to the publisher and Media Master's Publicity for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in February.