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March 8th, 2013

Brick by Brick
By Charles R. Smith Jr., $17.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 978-0061920820, Release Date: Buy Now

The president of a new country needs a new home, so many hands work together as one. Black hands, white hands, free hands, slave hands.  In this powerful story of the building of the White House, Coretta Scott King Award winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper capture the emotion and toil that created this incredible structure, the home of our president. The White House was created by many hands, several of them slaves’, who will be remembered throughout history for their extraordinary feat. Many slaves were able to purchase their freedom after earning money from learning a trade through this work, which speaks to their unbelievable strength. The title reflects how this towering symbol of America was created by hand, human hands, working toward their freedom, brick by brick. (HarperCollins)


Brave GirlBrave Girl: Clara & the Shirtwaist Makers Strike of 1909
Illustrations by Melissa Sweet, $17.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 9780061804427, Release Date: Buy Now

When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a factory.

Clara never quit. And she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little.

So Clara fought back. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the country’s history.

Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America. She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to. (HarperCollins)


Dirty Gert
By Tedd Arnold, $16.95, Holiday House, ISBN 978-0823424047, Release Date: Buy Now

In a comically offbeat story about acceptance from Arnold (the Fly Guy books), a small girl hungers for one thing alone: “Little Gert loved eating dirt./ The worms all idolized her…. Way back when Gert was just a squirt,/ The earth would tantalize her.” As is the case with too much of anything, there are consequences to Gert’s soil-based diet. After getting soaked in a rainstorm, Gert takes root in her yard and sprouts leaves from her already unruly hair, creating a neighborhood ruckus and media frenzy. Arnold’s bug-eyed characters and squiggly textures are just right for a story about a girl who could give Charles Schulz’s Pig-Pen a run for his money.  (Holiday House)


Hollywood 2Hollywood, Dead Ahead

By Kate Klise, $15.95, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 9780547852836, Release Date: 4/2/13

In this fifth volume from 43 Old Cemetery Road, the trio at Spence Mansion leaves Ghastly for Hollywood, California . . . and for a shot at stardom!

The film producer Moe Block Busters wants to make the 43 Old Cemetery Road story into a movie—and he promises it will be a sure-fire hit! Lured by the lights of Tinseltown, Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence, and Seymour Hope pack their suitcases. But when they arrive in Hollywood, Olive has a sure-fire fit when she discovers how quickly fame changes Iggy and Seymour. Even worse, Olive has been written out of the script! “Little old lady ghosts are so yesterday,” says Moe. “What America wants is a terrifying ghost named Evilo.” Well, if it’s Evilo they want, it’s Evilo they’ll get. And Olive knows just the femme fatale to help her scare Hollywood’s most despicable director half to death. (Houghton)


Fly Guy Presents: Sharks
By Tedd Arnold, $3.99, Scholastic, ISBN 978-0545507714, Release Date:  5/1/2013

Fly Guy is buzzzzing on over to the nonfiction genre! Award-winning author/illustrator Tedd Arnold brings nonfiction to life with the help of his very popular main character, Fly Guy! This engaging nonfiction reader combines the kid-friendly humor of Fly Guy with the high-interest topic of sharks! Fly Guy and Buzz introduce young readers to sharks with straightforward fun facts, humorous asides, and full-bleed photographs throughout. (Scholastic)


FLowerKaty Duck, Flower Girl
By Alyssa Satin Capucilli, $3.99, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 9781442472785, Release Date: 5/7/13

Katy Duck dances her way down the aisle at her aunt’s wedding in this cheerful story for beginning readers.

When Katy Duck’s Aunt Ella decides to get married, she asks Katy to be the flower girl! Katy can hardly wait. She practices her “flower girl” moves: swaying like a daffodil in the wind, stretching like a tulip in the sun. But then Katy learns that instead of dancing as a flower, she will be tossing petals at the wedding. So she decides to turn her supporting act into more of a starring role! (Simon & Schuster)


Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty GreatUnicorn
By Bob Shea, $15.99, HarperCollins, ISBN 9781423159520, Release Date: 5/28/13

Ever since Unicorn moved into the neighborhood, Goat has been feeling out of sorts. Goat thought his bike was cool—until he saw that Unicorn could fly to school! Goat made marshmallow squares that almost came out right, but Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! Unicorn is such a show-off, how can Goat compete? When Goat and Unicorn share a piece of pizza, Goat learns that being a unicorn might not be all it’s cracked up to be. And when Unicorn shows his admiration for Goat, it looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  (HarperCollins)


DaredevilDaredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton
By Meghan McCarthy , $16.99, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 9781442422629, Release Date: 6/4/13

In the 1930s most girls were happy playing with dolls. But one girl, Betty Skelton, liked playing with airplanes, watching them fly around outside, and even flying airplanes herself! She lived for an adventure—in the air, the water, and on land—and nothing could stop her, especially not being a girl.

When Betty Skelton was young there weren’t many women flying airplanes or racing cars, but she wouldn’t let that stop her. She was always ready to take on a challenge, and she loved to have fun. Beetty rode motorcycles, raced cars, jumped out of planes, and flew jets, helicoptors, gliders, and blimps. And by the time she was an adult, Betty was known in the press as the “First Lady of Firsts!” (Simon)


Adventures of Arnie: Bowling Alley Bandit
By Laurie Keller, $12.99, Henry Holt, ISBNG 978-0805090765, Release Date: 6/4/13

As Mr. Bing’s new pet “doughnut dog,” Arnie couldn’t be happier. When Mr. Bing joins a bowling league, Arnie gets to go along to practices and competitions. But then Mr. Bing starts rolling gutter balls. Someone or something is behind the madness. Arnie, together with his team of goofball friends, must sort through the shenanigans and solve the mystery. Get ready for some sleuthing and even some magic. (Macmillan)