We have some wonderful new books for grades 4-8 that have recently arrived in the library. All have received *star* reviews in School Library Journal and they are all great additions to our library collection. Here are a few of them: It’s hard to be the new kid under any circumstances but Auggie Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from attending a regular school-until now. Despite his appearance, Auggie knows that he is just a normal kid underneath-but can he convince his new classmates of that? This book is heartbreaking, uplifting, funny and warm–a real winner. Yes, Bean Boy. Tucker MacBean has been drawing comic strips as long as he can remember. He enters a contest for kids and invents Bean Boy, the first superhero to harness the power of the bean: strong, powerful and can double in size. Can he win a college scholarship for his mom and fix his family? This hilarious book will definitely appeal to lovers of the Wimpy Kid series. A funny story with plenty of comic book illustrations. This book, promised to be the first in a trilogy, is by Adam Rex, the author of the excellent The True Meaning of Smekday. A humorous, magical adventure story, Cold Cereal includes a unicat, a crabby leprechaun, pink dragons and a plot by an evil cereal company to take over the world. What else can I say? This will be a popular book!
A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice is based on true events that took place over three years in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Tetsu is a California boy who is relocated to a camp in Arizona with his mother and sister while his father is detained by the FBI. While adjusting to the imprisonment, harsh conditions and climate, Tetsu joins in to build a baseball field with great excitement. Later, he blames himself for his sister’s serious illness and abandons baseball. What will happen to Tetsu and his family? What will happen when the team from the internment camp participates in the Arizona State Championship? A beautifully written, lyrical story, A Diamond in the Desert is a brilliant piece of historical fiction and a real home run..