Five Minutes (That's a Lot of Time) (No, It's Not) (Yes, It Is) by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick
This is a cute exploration of how five minutes can be an eternity or pass by in the blink of an eye. Kids will be able to relate to the situations, such as having to wait in line for five minutes for an amusement park ride or only having five minutes before bed time, and understand the feelings associated with time either going too slow or too fast. The book ends on a very sweet note. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group with a review copy.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
This book follows the lives of four young adults in Spain during the 1950s while the country was under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. It's a captivating story that gave me insight into a dark period of history and reminded me of the importance of remembering and learning from our past. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for proving my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy. The book publishes in October.
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
Moth has just found out that her mother has been keeping their family history a secret and that she is actually a witch. This is a story of adventure, as Moth tries to understand her magic and her family's past, and also a story of new friendship. I'm looking forward to adding this graphic novel to my collection and hearing what kids think about it.
Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick
This is a thrilling and suspenseful tale of survival about two kids trying to beat a raging wildfire overtaking the forest in Maine. For kids who like stories of survival or extreme adventure this will be one to hand them.