Book of the Month




June 2018

The Three Lucy's

THE THREE LUCYS    by Hayan Charara   A New Voices Award Honor Book      All summer long, Luli likes to sit in the shade of an olive tree with his beloved cats: Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. But when Luli and his parents go to the city to see his aunt and uncle one weekend, the cats must stay at home. After a fun visit with family, Luli is looking forward to seeing the three Lucys again. But as the family nears home, their town comes under attack. Seeking safety back at his aunt and uncle’s, Luli worries about his pets. Who will feed them? Who will keep them safe? And when will he and his family be able to return home?   

A Handful of Stars

A HANDFUL OF STARS  by Cynthia Lord One afternoon, Lily’s blind dog, Lucky, takes off across the blueberry barrens. Before he can run into the road, a girl lures him back with her peanut butter sandwich—and that’s how Lily meets Salma Santiago. Every summer, migrant families like Salma’s flock to this remote corner of Maine to work in the blueberry fields. Lily never gets to know them, since they don’t stay for long. But this summer is different. Lily and Salma share a love of painting and a knowledge of loss. Salma believes in Lily’s plan to save Lucky’s eyesight, even when no one else does. And Salma has a plan of her own: she wants to enter the local Blueberry Queen pageant and win first prize. No migrant worker has ever entered in the history of the pageant, and change is hard. It takes bravery and someone to go first. The girls’ new friendship stretches all the way from the fields to the stars. Can it also give Lily the courage to stand up for herself—and Salma—in front of the entire town?   

The Midnight Garden

THE MIDNIGHT GARDEN    by Philippa Pearce A Chartered Institute of Library & International Professionals Carnegie Medal Award Winner     When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle’s house for the summer, He resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom. As he lies awake in his bed he listens to the grandfather clock chiming in the hall downstairs.   Eleven…Twelve…Thirteen…Thirteen! Tom races down the stairs and finds, outside the back door, a wonderful garden. A garden everyone told him didn’t exist. Tom’s midnight garden is full of magic and adventure, and children too. Are they ghosts? Or is it Tom who is really the ghost…   

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