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Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Cover image for Each kindnessMaya is new to school and Chloe notices she doesn’t dress as nicely as the rest of the kids and stays away from her even though Maya tries to be her friend. The teacher brings in a bowl of water and some small stones and gives each student one. She tells them to watch as she tosses a stone in the water and the water ripples out. She goes on to remind the student that each kindness, each little nice thing done, goes out like a ripple. Chloe wants to talk to Maya and be kind to her but she hasn’t been to school. Will she ever get the chance?

 

Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman

Cover image for Astronaut Academy : zero gravityHakata Soy is an intergalactic hero. However, that all changes when his parents send him to Astronaut Academy, a space school. Now, instead of saving worlds he has to take classes like Science, which by the way is taught by an elf, and anti-gravity gymnastics. With new friends and a new school, will Hakata ever be happy? This goofy graphic novel is fun to read. It’s not only told from Hakata’s point of view, but also his school friends. It is also broken down into small chapters and the illustrations are great. Check out this graphic novel if you are interested in reading about a crazy school with some very weird students.

Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Cover image for Bill the boy wonder : the secret co-creator of BatmanBatman the superhero was a pretty secretive guy. If you’re a Batman fan, you probably already know this. But did you know that Batman’s creators had their own secrets? The story of Bill the Boy Wonder begins in the 1930s with a man named Bill Finger. Even though his parents wanted him to become a doctor, Bill’s true passion was in literature. One night Bill shared his story ideas with a Bob Kane, a cartoonist. Bob sketched the character of Batman and then went to Bill for suggestions. Bob took these new ideas to his boss, who agreed to publish Batman—but no credit was given to Bill, the person who had contributed the most to the story.

Batman grew in popularity, and Bill continued to write Batman stories in secret without being recognized. He worked long hours and earned the respect of his colleagues, but his name still was absent as a Batman writer. Did Bill ever get any credit—or money—for his role in Batman’s creation?

Bill the Boy Wonder is an interesting story even if you’re not a big Batman fan because it presents a viewpoint different from one many people have known. Maybe you can even relate to Bill’s story: Have you had someone take credit for work you’ve done or ideas you’ve shared? Did you stand up for yourself? What would you have done if you were Bill?

 

Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson

Cover image for Hilda and the black houndI read a lot of graphic novels, and the Hilda series is one of my all-time favorites! First of all, just look at her—she’s got blue hair and cute red boots. The setting of each of the Hilda books is sort of a realistic world but with some mythical, magical, and fantastical elements, such as little elves that live in your house (who are mostly invisible to you). Hilda is very curious and a little mischievous; she does not always do what she is told, but she does always have noble and kind intentions. In Hilda and the Black Hound, Hilda is trying to earn patches for the Sparrow Scouts, but gets distracted by a creature she meets in the woods after wandering away from camp. Meanwhile, the whole town is terrified because of multiple sightings of an enormous wolf-like creature.

Book reviewed by Erin E., Youth Services Programming Coordinator

Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Cover image for Dogs on duty : soldiers' best friends on the battlefield and beyondThis book is very interesting as it talks about dogs who have been used by different parts of the military to protect soldiers. It gives information on specific dogs as well as in general. The book also talks about how the dogs and handlers are trained. There are lots of pictures! I had no idea how much dogs were used in the military before reading this book.