by David Wiesner
A Caldecott Medal Winner
Flotsam: Something that floats. If it floats in the ocean, it may wash up on the beach, where someone may find it and be astonished, and share the discovery with someone else–
by Rita Williams-Garcia
A National Book Award Winner
Clayton Byrd feels most alive when he’s playing the blues on his “blues harp,” or harmonica, with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd and the Bluesmen. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother gives away all his instruments and forbids Clayton from playing the blues. For Clayton, that’s no way to live. Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his blues harp, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on his underground journey, Clayton learns about himself, his family, and what it takes to play the blues.
by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
A Canada Council for the Arts Governor General’s Literary Award Winner
An unforgettable summer… Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. Her friend Windy is always there too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and Rose and Windy find themselves tangled up in a tragedy in the making in the small town of Awago Beach. It’s a summer of secrets and heartache, and it’s a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.