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The 2018 Collaborative Summer Library Program theme is Libraries Rock!  Here are ROW titles to for reading, listening, singing, dancing and more!

Summer 3
Bird in a Box by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Little, Brown, 2011 Ages 8-12   This novel set primarily in 1937 builds Read more.
Summer 3
Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel.  Amulet, 2010 Age 14 and older   Janis Joplin’s transformation from member of Read more.
Summer 2
Good Enough by Paula Yoo. HarperCollins, 2008 Age 13 and older   Patti Yoon is a first-generation Korean American high school Read more.
Summer 1
Yellow Flag by Robert Lipsyte. HarperCollins, 2007 Age 14 and older   Teens who dream of NASCAR racing will feel as Read more.
Summer 1
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth.  Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic, 2013 Age 11 and older   Read more.
Summer 1
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegacki. Illustrated by Qin Leng. Kids Can Press, 2014 Ages 4-8   Hana’s decision to Read more.
Summer 1
The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. Illustrated by Stacey Innerst. Harcourt, 2013. Ages Read more.
Summer 2
Rock & Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story by Sebastian Robertson. Illustrated by Adam Gustavson. Henry Holt, 2014 Ages 9-13 Read more.
Summer 3
The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. Little, Brown, 2013 Age 13 and older   Eight months ago, Lucy, a classically Read more.
Summer 2
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill. Illustrated by Francis Vallejo. Candlewick Press, 2016 Age 10 Read more.
Summer 1
Alphabet Family Band by Sarah Jones. Blue Manatee Press, 2017 The musical members of a large, multiracial family demonstrate their Read more.
Summer 2
Diez deditos / Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America by José-Luis Orozco. Illustrated by Read more.
Summer 3
Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello. Charlesbridge, 2011. Ages 2-5   Little Pig suffers the fate of Read more.
Summer 2
Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2012. Ages 4-7   Kevin Henkes’s debut titles for beginning Read more.
Summer 3
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney. Simon and Schuster, 1994. Ages 3-7   On a day when Max doesn’t feel Read more.

 

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Summer 1

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Yellow Flag 
by Robert Lipsyte. HarperCollins, 2007

Age 14 and older

 

Teens who dream of NASCAR racing will feel as if they’re in the driver’s seat with Robert Lipsyte’s newest sports novel, brimming with the details and language of the race. Seventeen year old Kyle was born into a family of racers. Starting with his grandfather and continuing through his older brother Kris, the Hildebrands have been a vital dynasty in regional stock car racing. But after a crash injury ended Kyle’s father’s driving career, the family has struggled to maintain the support needed to keep them in contention. Potential sponsorship by a corporate backer could represent a turning point in the Hildebrand’s future as a force in the big leagues of racing. Although he enjoyed competing in the youth circuit, Kyle has turned away from racing and now finds pleasure and satisfaction in the music he makes on his trumpet. When a risky stunt puts Kris out of commission for the short term, Kyle bends to family pressure to step in and take up the driving slack. To his surprise, he rediscovers the joy he used to feel behind the wheel and realizes that he brings his own set of skills to the race. Conflicting expectations and demands from his family and his music teacher mingle with his own mixed emotions, and present a question that Kyle struggles to answer: what will he choose, racing or music? Glimpses of the celebrity culture of stock car racing, and the potential of two very different romantic relationships add layers of interest to Kyle’s compelling story. ©2007 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Summer 2

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Good Enough 
by Paula Yoo. HarperCollins, 2008

Age 13 and older

 

Patti Yoon is a first-generation Korean American high school senior who has worked hard all her life to make her parents happy. Their happiness is directly tied to Patti’s academic success. It’s not enough that she’s destined to be her class valedictorian and is an accomplished violinist, she must also get at least 2300 on her SATs and be accepted by Harvard, Princeton, and Yale (HYP for short). The wheels start to come off of Patti’s success cart when she first lays eyes on Cute Trumpet Guy (a/k/a Ben Wheeler) during tryouts for All-State Orchestra. Patti’s been concertmaster for the past three years, and she’s a shoe-in again this year, but Cute Trumpet Guy distracts her so much during her tryout that she flubs a few notes and ends up as Assistant Concertmaster. Throughout the school year, Ben becomes a major distraction, and Patti struggles with wanting to please her parents and wanting to be master of her own fate. For one thing, she thinks she might actually want to go to Julliard to study music rather than HYP. With Ben’s help and encouragement, she secretly applies. There have been a number of good young adult novels over the past several years about first-generation Asian American teens facing this sort of conflict. What lifts this one above the rest is Yoo’s tongue-in-cheek humor about parents’ expectations. Chapters frequently begin with lists that have titles such as “How to Make Your Korean Parents happy, Part 4” and Yoo manages to share the humor in Patti’s situation without belittling Patti’s parents’ strong aspirations for their daughter’s future. ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Summer 3

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Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing 
by Ann Angel.  Amulet, 2010

Age 14 and older

 

Janis Joplin’s transformation from member of the high school Slide Rule Club to rock star fame is documented with insight into her personal choices and her public persona. From the opening chapter which shows a young Janis attempting and failing to fit the traditional expectations of her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, readers are given a sense of the woman whose interests (African American singers, the Blues), and style (brash, outspoken, unrepentant) set her outside mainstream society, but who always sought attention and approval. Despite occasional enrollment at college and university, Janis couldn’t ignore the pull of her talent and inevitably drifted back to the music scene and the self-destructive behavior to which it was so closely linked. Janis’s risk-taking lifestyle is put within the context of the 1960s, acknowledging the open attitude toward sex and drug use prevalent among her peers and fans in the music world. Janis’s family was also important to her, and she maintained a regular correspondence with her parents and sister despite making choices they didn’t condone. Information about Janis’s bands and her evolving public image is covered both in the narrative and visually through numerous photographs, album and magazine covers, and promotional posters. Detailed source notes, a timeline, and a bibliography are included. ©2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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Bookmarks.

MAY
Lowriders in Space (Lowriders, Book 1) by Cathy Camper. Illustrated by Raul the Third. Chronicle Books, 2014 Lupe Impala, El Read more.
MAY (1)
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super–Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton. Illustrated by Don Tate. Charlesbridge, 2016 Lonnie Johnson once took Read more.
MAY (2)
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea: Unicorn of the Sea. (A Narwhal and Jelly Book) by Ben Clanton. Tundra Books, 2016 Read more.
MAY (1)
Great American Whatever by Tim Federle. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016 Quinn Roberts is a sixteen-year-old smart Read more.
MAY (2)
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. Delacorte, 2016 Over the course of a single day on which Read more.
MAY (1)
Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes. WordSong / Highlights, 2016 Garvey is often teased at school for his weight, while his Read more.
MAY (2)
One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi. HarperCollins, 2016 After Obayda’s family moves from Kabul to the village where Read more.
MAY (1)
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2016 “Before Spring comes, the grass is Read more.
MAY (2)
A Morning with Grandpa by Cynthia Liu. Illustrated by Christina Forshay. Lee & Low, 2016 Mei Mei watches Gong Gong Read more.
MAY (3)
Every Day Birds by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. Illustrated by Dylan Metrano. Orchard / Scholastic, 2016 Lovely cut-paper collage illustrations provide Read more.

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Bookmarks.

APRIL
Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins. Atheneum, 2016 Three girls coming of age in three separate Read more.
APRIL (1)
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2016 Each day leading up to “Poetry in Read more.
APRIL (2)
Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. little bee, 2016 A potent narrative begins, Read more.
APRIL (1)
To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party by Skila Brown. Candlewick Press, 2016 Read more.
APRIL (2)
Scythe (Arc of the Scythe, Book 1) by Neal Shusterman.  Simon & Schuster, 2016 In a future on earth when Read more.
APRIL (1)
Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley. Illustrated by Jessie Hartland. Simon & Schuster, 2016 Read more.
APRIL (2)
Wet Cement: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka. Roaring Brook Press, 2016 “I like to think of poems Read more.
APRIL (1)
Snail & Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends by Tina Kügler. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Three short stories in chapter Read more.
APRIL (2)
Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2016 Alan the alligator has built his jungle reputation on Read more.

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Bookmarks.

MARCH
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. Amulet / Abrams, 2016 When 14-year-old Faith’s scientist father is accused of trying to Read more.
MARCH (1)
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Julie Morstad. A Neal Porter Book / Read more.
MARCH (2)
The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito. Illustrated by Julia Kuo. Little, Brown, 2016 On the busy streets of Tokyo, Read more.
MARCH
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. Viking, 2016 In 13th-century western Europe, the Inquisition is control through terror, as Read more.
MARCH (1)
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2016 A historical fantasy weaves retellings of traditional Chinese Read more.
MARCH (2)
Giant Squid by Candace Fleming. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Giant squids Read more.
MARCH (1)
Babies Don’t Walk, They Ride! Kathy Henderson. Illustrated by Lauren Tobia. U.S. edition: Templar Books / Candlewick Press, 2016 Babies Read more.
MARCH (2)
Rescue Squad No. 9 by Mike Austin. Random House, 2016 “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!” The distress call launches Rescue Squad No. Read more.
MARCH (3)
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Endpapers showing a block of Read more.

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Bookmarks.

FEBRUARY (1)
Ghost (Track, Book 1) by Jason Reynolds. A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Atheneum, 2016 Castle Cranshaw, aka Ghost, stands out Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2016 Chloe Cho’s immigrant parents never talk about Read more.
FEBRUARY (1)
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller.  Illustrated by Frank Morrison. Chronicle, 2016 Alta prides herself on being Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Candlewick Press, 2016 Everybody has a bike but Read more.
FEBRUARY (1)
Radical by E.M. Kokie. Candlewick Press, 2016 Bex, 15, is distrustful of the government and knows that Lucy, in town Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
Watched by Marina Budhos. Wendy Lamb Books / Random House, 2016 When Naeem is caught shoplifting, it further jeopardizes his Read more.
FEBRUARY (1)
Catching a Storyfish by Janice N. Harrington. WordSong / Highlights, 2016 Katheren, called Keet by her family—short for Parakeet, because Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet. Afterword by Martha White. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Elwyn Read more.
FEBRUARY (1)
Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2016 Read more.
FEBRUARY (2)
Looking for Bongo by Eric Velasquez. Holiday House, 2016 A small, pajama-clad boy is on a morning hunt at home Read more.

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Bookmarks.

JANUARY
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan. Putnam, 2016 Like many children in Mali, 15-year-old Amadou and his little Read more.
JANUARY (1)
The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau. Illustrated by Matt Myers. Candlewick Press, 2016 Two rat brothers, Louie and Ralphie, live Read more.
JANUARY (2)
The Cow Who Climbed a Tree by Gemma Merino. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2016 “Tina was a very curious cow. Read more.
JANUARY (1)
On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis. Amulet / Abrams, 2016 It’s 2035 and a comet is headed toward Read more.
JANUARY (2)
Playing for the Devil’s Fire by Phillippe Diederich. Cinco Puntos Press, 2016 In his small town outside of Mexico City, Read more.
JANUARY (1)
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day by Andrea Davis Read more.
JANUARY (2)
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan. A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book / Read more.
JANUARY (1)
Music Is … by Brandon Stosuy. Illustrated by Amy Martin. Little Simon, 2016 This purposefully inclusive board book celebrates music Read more.
JANUARY (2)
Marta! Big & Small by Jen Arena. Illustrated by Angela Dominguez. Roaring Brook Press, 2016 “To a lion, Marta is Read more.
JANUARY (3)
1 Big Salad: A Delicious Counting Book by Juana Medina. Viking, 2016 A playful concept book imagines salad ingredients as Read more.

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DECEMBER
The Inquisitor’s Tale, Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Godwitz.  Illustrated by Hatem Aly. Dutton, Read more.
DECEMBER (1)
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2016 The princess Izta is known for her beauty but rejects Read more.
DECEMBER (2)
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins. Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. Orchard / Read more.
DECEMBER (1)
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins, 2016 Riley feels feminine some days, masculine others, Read more.
DECEMBER (2)
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Griffin, 2016 Miel and Sam have Read more.
DECEMBER (1)
Shadows of Sherwood (A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure) by Kekla Magoon. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2016 The night her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Read more.
DECEMBER (2)
A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy. Groundwood, 2016 Most of the kids in Evelyn’s grade 5 class don’t know Read more.
DECEMBER (1)
Tickle My Ears by Jörg Mühle.  Translated from the German by Catherine Chidgey. U.S. edition: Gecko Press, 2016 In this Read more.
DECEMBER (2)
First Snow by Bomi Park. U.S. edition: Chronicle, 2016 A small girl wakes up in the night to the soft Read more.

 

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NOVEMBER
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman. Clarion, 2016 Read more.
NOVEMBER (1)
The Hole Story of the Doughnut by Pat Miller. Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016 Prior to Read more.
NOVEMBER (2)
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell.  Illustrated by Rafael López. Houghton Read more.
NOVEMBER (1)
Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler’s Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb. Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic, 2016 This riveting Read more.
NOVEMBER (2)
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Philomel, 2016 The sinking of the Nazi passenger ship Wilhelm Gustloff, killing an Read more.
NOVEMBER (1)
The Sound of All Things by Myron Uhlberg. Illustrated by Ted Papoulas. Peachtree, 2016 Both of the young narrator’s parents Read more.
NOVEMBER (2)
Esquivel! Space–Age Sound Artist by Susan Wood. Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh. Charlesbridge, 2016 Juan Garcia Esquivel was an avant garde Read more.
NOVEMBER (1)
Owl Sees Owl by Laura Godwin. Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey. Schwartz & Wade, 2016 A little owl leaves his mama, Read more.
NOVEMBER (2)
Sleep Tight Farm: A Farm Prepares for Winter by Eugenie Doyle. Illustrated by Becca Stadtlander. Chronicle, 2016 The transformation from Read more.
NOVEMBER (3)
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales.  Little, Brown, 2016 Thunder Boy Smith Jr. hates his name. Read more.

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OCTOBER (1)
Riding Chance by Christine Kendall. Scholastic Press, 2016 Since his mom died, it’s been hard for Troy, 13, to stay on an Read more.
OCTOBER (2)
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk. Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2016 Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Read more.
OCTOBER (1)
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson. Illustrated by Julie Flett. Highwater Press, 2016 A young Cree girl gardening Read more.
OCTOBER (2)
Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Simon & Schuster, 2016 A small calico cat, Read more.
OCTOBER
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. Candlewick Press, 2016 Nora López is finishing high school uncertain about the future. Encouraged Read more.
OCTOBER (1)
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall. Amulet/Abrams, 2015 Jimmy McLean is self-conscious about his blue eyes, fair Read more.
OCTOBER (2)
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer. Illustrated by Gillian Newland. Second Story Press, 2016 Read more.
OCTOBER (1)
My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith.  Illustrated by Julie Flett. Orca, 2016 “My heart fills with happiness Read more.
OCTOBER (2)
Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! by Paul Meisel. Boyds Mills Press / Highlights, 2016 When Bat loses his home, Read more.
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