|And the Winners Are...|
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We've been gobsmacked by the number of products in the Reach And Teach portfolio that have won prestigious awards and wanted to feature childrens/young-adult fiction this month, in addition to other award-winners we think are worth knowing about.
And now, onto the winners!
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
This John Newberry Award winner is an amazing mystery, science fiction, friendship and family story with twists and turns that will keep kids (and adults) reading until the very last page. No wonder it was chosen as "The Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children." 6th graders Miranda and Sal, know how to navigate their NY neighborhood. They know what's safe, and who to avoid. Like the crazy guy on the corner. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. The apartment key that Miranda's mom keeps hidden for emergencies is stolen. And then mysterious notes arrive and Miranda slowly realizes that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know, bringing her closer to believing only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the final note makes her think she's too late.
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Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
This plethora of awards-winning book is a roller-coaster ride, scary at times, funny at others, and all too close to what might happen if the United States suffered another attack like September 11th. 17 YO Marcus, a.k.a “w1n5t0n,” figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems. But his whole world changes when he and his friends find themselves caught in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew are apprehended by DHS and whisked away to a secret prison where they’re mercilessly interrogated for days. Finally released, with his city a police state, he knows no one will believe his story, which leaves him only one option: to take down the DHS himself.
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The Shepherd's Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter
Amani always wanted to be a shepherd, just like her beloved grandfather, Sido. For generations her family grazed sheep above their olive groves near Hebron. But now Amani's family home is threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. As she struggles to feed her sheep, her uncle and brother are tempted to take a more militant stance. Then she meets Jonathan, an American visiting his father, one of the settlers. Away from their families, and despite their differences, the two discover Sido's secret meadow, the domain of a lone wolf. Amani learns that she must share the meadow, and even her sheep, with the wolf, if she is going to continue to use it.
Winner of many awards, this book has also had its share of criticism. Reach And Teach stood with the author against that criticism and the call for removing the book from Canadian schools was thwarted. It is an incredibly well written book from the perspective of a Palestinian child. Another book we recommend that provides both Israeli and Palestinian children's perspectives is Three Wishes - Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak by Deborah Ellis.
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The Contest by Caroline Stellings
We LOVE this book! It is a great tale of overcoming the differences in race, class, culture, without being sugary sweet or overly dramatic. Quirky, fun, and keeps you reading!
Rosy is half-Mohawk and all Anne of Green Gables… Young readers from all backgrounds will delight in the story of a humorous, spirited, dark-haired, girl who is the first and only Native to enter an Anne of Green Gables contest. Preparing for the contest is an adventure in itself. As Rosy overcomes setbacks with her health as well as financial hardships, readers will experience along with Rosy her discovery of the true value of friendship, family, and community.
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| ||My Baby Rides the Short Bus - The Unabashedly Human Experiences of Raising Kids with Disabilities - Winner of About.com's "Best Memoir" award 2011.|
In lives where there is a new diagnosis or drama every day, the stories in this collection provide parents of “special needs” kids with a welcome chuckle, a rock to stand on, and a moment of reality held far enough from the heart to see clearly. Featuring works by “alternative” parents who have attempted to move away from mainstream thought--or remove its influence altogether--this anthology, taken as a whole, carefully considers the implications of parenting while raising children with disabilities. From professional writers to novice storytellers including Robert Rummel-Hudson, Ayun Halliday, and Kerry Cohen, this assortment of authentic, shared experiences from parents at the fringe of the fringes is a partial antidote to the stories that misrepresent, ridicule, and objectify disabled kids and their parents.
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Tomorrow's Children: Pete Seeger with the Rivertown KidsJustin Bieber may not have won a Grammy this year, but Pete Seeger did! When that happened we decided to add one music CD to our newsletter about award-winners.
Can you imagine a school, where the children have gotten so excited about making the world a better place, that they can't stop singing about it? Between a 4th grade teacher, a local naturalist, and Pete Seeger, one group of kids began to believe they could change the world. And then, the principal issued a commandment: "No singing in the hallways!" How did the kids respond to that order? They wrote a new song called "We Sing Out" and kept on singing. That's the second song in this incredible album which will inspire young and old alike to keep working on building a better world for ourselves and our neighbors. Pete and the kids recorded this album together and we LOVE playing it in our shop. You'll love it too. At 91 years of age, Pete Seeger continues to carry and share the torches of freedom and justice along with a bit of humor.
These are just five of the titles in our Award Winning category. You can view all of the award-winning fiction, non-fiction, DVDs, and music titles by clicking here.
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