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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?

 

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?

 

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.

 

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

Cover image for Tuesdays at the castleI really loved this book.  It is about a royal family who live in a magical castle. This castle is constantly changing based on what it feels is needed.  If it likes you,  your room might grow and get very nice but if it doesn’t like you, get ready for an uncomfortable stay.  This castle even picks who will be king.  When the King and Queen go missing while picking up the eldest son from Wizardry school, a neighboring Prince wants to take over the castle.  Cecilia and her brother Rolf are left to figure things out as the Castle gives them clues. This is the first book of three in this series.