This booklist by the New York City School Library System contains links to free e-books in multiple languages about the Coronavirus and COVID-19.
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E-book- Restart by Gordon Korman
Have you ever wished you could have a “do over” for one day? How about a “do over” for your entire life?
This is what happens to Chase. He survives a fall from his roof, but he has loses all his memory. He doesn’t even recognize his mother or dad! And he doesn’t understand why some of the kids at school are afraid of him, and others just plain hate him.
Read this book to find out what he learns about himself- the good and the bad. This is Gordon Korman at his best!
Book reviewed by Loreen S., Youth Services Assistant
Restart is available as an e-book on Libby/Overdrive.
E-book-How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
Can dogs learn how to read? In How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills Rocket, a lovable dog, happens upon a tree that little bird has chosen for her school. Since Rocket is sleeping under the sign that says, “Class Starts Today,” the little bird figures he is there to learn how to read. Rocket is not interested in the least until the bird starts to read him a story, and he can’t wait to hear how it ends. Read this book and find out if Rocket learns to read!
How Rocket Learned to Read and other books in the Rocket series are available from Libby/Overdrive.
E-Book & E-Audiobook – Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
Eighth grade is hard. When you’re 180 pounds and six feet tall, it can be even harder. Most of the kids in Marcus Vega’s school are terrified of him. Marcus uses his intimidating size to help protect smaller kids from the real school bully, Stephen. He uses the money he earns at school to help his mom and his brother. When Stephen says something horrible about Marcus’ brother, Marcus gets into a fight with Stephen and finds himself suspended. Their family decides to take a break and visit Puerto Rico. On this trip, Marcus discovers new things about himself and his family. He realizes that things around him are not always what they seem. If you enjoy realistic fiction, I would highly recommend this for fifth and sixth graders.
This book is available as an ebook and e-audio in OverDrive’s Digital Library.
Book reviewed by Katie D., Youth Outreach Liaison
E-Book & E-Audiobook – Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt
Nicki Demere is an orphan, a great pickpocket, and about to be adopted by the U.S. Marshalls, sort of. See, the Marshalls are in charge of protecting and hiding people in Witness Protection, which is not always easy. So, to make it even harder for the Trevor family to be found, they decide to add a daughter to the family. Now, a family of three becomes a family four. This means that Nicki needs to learn how to be a normal B-minus grade point average daughter and sister while also protecting the family from hitmen and more. However, the Trevor family are not the only ones that have a past that needs to stay hidden. Nicki does too and that past may unravel everything she’s worked for since being adopted by the U.S. Marshalls and gaining a new family.
This book is also available as an ebook and e-audiobook in Overdrive’s Digital Library.
Book reviewed by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian