Youth Staff Picks 2021-01-18T09:35:38+00:00

Youth Staff Picks

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Our Corner Grocery Store
by Joanne Schwartz — E Sch Picture Book
This book shares the beautiful story of a family-owned neighborhood grocery store, shared from the perspective of the grandchild. Colorful illustrations and descriptive language make the reader feel like they are right there experiencing the arranging and pricing of produce, daily deliveries of milk and bread, a busy lunchtime gathering around fresh sandwiches, the excitement at the candy counter and so much more. At the end of the day, delicious frozen treats are shared with a neighborhood friend before the last customers are cared for and the store is cleaned up and closed for the night and the family settles back into their attached home. An absolute gem of a book which shares the hard work and celebrates the love and sense of community the workers at a grocery store provide. (EK)

Hand-Me-Down Magic: Stoop Sale Treasure
by Corey Ann Haydu — JE Red Hay First Chapter Book
Alma has just moved to the city, where her family will live on the fifth floor of a building filled with relatives. On the first floor is Abuelita’s store, the Curious Cousins Secondhand Shoppe. Alma has always loved visiting, but she isn’t sure she wants to live here. Her cousin Del (third floor) is thrilled to have a new best friend living upstairs and is anxious for Alma to love her new home. This is the first in a series, a gentle family story for slightly younger readers than fans of The Penderwicks. (PS)

Distress Signal
by Mary E. Lambert — j Lam Fiction, Survival
When the sixth grade class goes on a camping trip in a remote area of Arizona, a flash flood separates Lavender, her ex-best friend, her archenemy, and a boy named John from the rest of the group. With no way to call for help, one pack of supplies, and little water, the foursome must overcome their differences and work together if they want to survive. (EM)

The All-Together Quilt
by Lizzy Rockwell — E Roc Picture Book
Hopefully envisioning a post-pandemic life, this book celebrates community and the lasting bonds that form when piecing together a hands-on project. Craft, art, math, friendship, and even the stories behind the fabrics themselves – all bond in a magnificent way! Based on the creation of a real quilt. (AE)

Truth and Honor: The President Ford Story
by Lindsey McDivitt — j 921 Ford Nonfiction, Biography ebook on HOOPLA
President Ford grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. He worked hard to get through school and to be elected to Congress. Little did he know that he would end up being President. He went from playing football at the Big House to President at the White House! (LD)

El Deafo
by Cece Bell — j Graphic Novel Bel Comics, Disabilities, Biography
Cece tells the story of losing her hearing after a case of meningitis and the struggles of being deaf and having to rely on her Phonic Ear to hear. Join the cartoonist as she tells her story of a superpower that no one else has, and her life that is funny, scary, and sometimes embarrassing. (JL)

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