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The Bear Must Go On by Dev Petty
The woodland animals plan to put on a show so they start making plans and Bear, who is too shy to be on stage, takes the notes. They get all the details of the show just right, but forget the most important thing - they haven't written the show. Bear musters all the courage he can and finds his voice to save the day. Bear and his friends show the importance of bravery and the necessity of keeping the big picture in mind. It's a book that will charm and amuse young readers.
The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
Bea's parents are divorced, her father is remarrying, and she is going to have a new sister. She is dealing with these big changes and trying to understand all her emotions. The book explores divorce, gay marriage, and forgiveness. It's beautiful and heartfelt. Thanks to the publisher, Random House Kids, for providing by book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in April.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
With its insight into the history of racism and anti-racism, this is a must-read. The conversational writing style makes it an accessible and engaging book. This is an important book for young adults to read, but even as an adult there was much for me to learn. Although I am glad for this book and what it has taught me, reading it does make me wonder why I haven't learned some of the information until now. Hopefully, this book will make its way into lots of classrooms.
Wrong Way Summer by Heidi Lang
Claire's dad has suddenly sold their house and her family is moving into a van. Although her father and brother are excited for this Grand Adventure, Claire is not and she would rather hear true stories about her life, including what happened with her mother, instead of the fictional tales her father tells. Through her family's journey, Claire learns life lessons. This is a heart-warming story about family, the meaning of home, and the power of story. Thanks to Abrams books for an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in April.