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Rivers: A Visual History From River To Sea

This oversized encyclopedic book takes readers on a journey along the most important rivers in the world. “Understanding rivers helps us to understand history and the people who have lived alongside them for centuries.” Each detailed illustration includes major events, historical figures, and favorite stories connected with the river. A table of contents guides readers along the journey. mjw
Title: Rivers: A Visual History From River To Sea
Author: Peter Goes
Illustrator
: Peter Goes
Publisher
: Gecko Press Ltd. New Zealand
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: Bill Nagelkerke
Original Title
: Rivieren
Original Publisher
: Lannoo Publishers
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-16-8
Hardcover pages
: 80
Age range
: 7-12
Genre
: Nonfiction, Information Book
Book setting
: World
Author’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Belgian
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
Subjects
: Continents, Exploration, Oceans, Rivers, Sea life, Seas, Water

Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert

Sophie Johnson is a self-confessed unicorn expert.  She has seventeen unicorns that are really all her toys and pets that she has dressed up with unique unicorn horns. But Sophie doesn’t see the real unicorn hiding in plain sight.  Magical illustrations capture the unicorns, rainbows, and fun in Sophie’s world. mjw
Title: Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert
Author: Morag Hood
Illustrator
: Ella Okstad
Publisher
: Aladdin, New York
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Simon and Schuster UK Ltd.
Original Copyright
: 2018
ISBN
: 978-1-534431614
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Fantasy
Author’s ethnicity
: Scotland
Author’s residence
: Edinburgh
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Norway
Illustrator’s residence
: Trondheim 
Subjects
: Make believe, Pets, Toys, Unicorns

When Morning Comes

It is Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1976, and there is a secret movement of students plotting against the apartheid government.  This compelling account is written from the points of view of four young people in Soweto, the black township.  Zanele is the black female student organizer.  She works as a nightclub singer.  Meena is a South Asian girl who works in her father’s shop.  Jack is an affluent white student, who is about to go to Oxford and Thabo is a teen gang member.  The Soweto Uprising was the beginning of the end of apartheid.  A historical note and a glossary are very helpful. mjw
Title: When Morning Comes
Author: Arushi Raina
Publisher
: Tradewind Books, Vancouver
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
Original Publisher
: Tradewind Books
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-926890-14-2
Paperback pages
: 232
Age range
: 14 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Author’s ethnicity
: Grew up in Johannesburg
Author’s residence
: Canada
Awards
: 2018 Children’s Africana Book Award for Older Readers
Subjects
: Ant-apartheid movements, High school students, Race relations, Resistance to government

Dear Professor Whale

In nine short, charming chapters, Professor Whale plans another Whale Point Olympics.  Penguins, whales, and seals come together in the follow-up to Yours Sincerely, Giraffe.  Takabatake’s simple black and white drawings capture the essence of the animals. mjw
Title: Dear Professor Whale
Author: Megumi Iwasa
Illustrator
: Jun Takabatake
Publisher
: Gecko Press, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Cathy Hirano
Original Publisher
: Kaiser-sha Publishing Co.
Original Copyright
: 2003
ISBN
: 978-1-776572-06-9
Hardcover pages
: 104
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Fiction, chapter book
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Tokyo, Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan 
Subjects
: Humor, Marine life, Penguins, Seals, Whales

The Stars At Oktober Bend

Alice is fifteen, but to everyone else, she is forever twelve.  She has acquired brain injury.  She can speak, but her words don’t come out right and her electrics don’t work.  She writes poetry – beautifully and anonymously.  Her first person narration has no capital letters and is very fragile. Manny is a boy who discovers her poetry. He was a boy soldier in Sierra Leone. He suffers from PTSD.  This is an incredible love story of two teens and their pains. mjw
Title: The Stars At October Bend
Author: Glenda Millard
Publisher
: Candlewick
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-9272-8
Hardcover pages
: 288
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Australian
Author’s residence
: Australia
Subjects: Child soldiers, Mute persons, Orphans, People with mental disabilities, Sexual abuse, Sierra Leone, Teenage refugees, Violence, Wounds and injuries

40 Things I Want To Tell You

Amy (a.k.a. Bird) writes an online advice column full of top tips for teens.  She has trouble taking her own advice.  She seems to have the perfect boyfriend, best friend, parents, and future at Oxford University.  But after one mistake, everything falls apart and her life changes forever. The book is beautifully written and hard to put down. mjw
Title: 40 Things I Want To Tell You
Author: Alice Kuipers
Publisher
: Harper Trophy, Canada
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-44340-588-1
Paperback pages
: 304
Age range
: 14 up
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: London, England
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Saskatoon
Awards
: Saskatchewan Book Award for Young Adult Literature 
Subjects
: Blogs, Teenagers, Teen pregnancy

The True Tale Of A Giantess: The Story Of Anna Swan

This historical non-fiction children’s book follows the rich life of acclaimed Nova Scotia Giantess Anna Swan. Anna grows up feeling (figuratively and physically) out-of-place in her hometown and yearns for  a life of travel and adventure. She decides to join P.T. Barnum’s Gallery of Wonders and meets other people who are unique like she is. Being a part of the Gallery opens up doors for Anna and she is able to have all the adventures she dreamed about as a little girl. She meets and befriends Queen Victoria and falls in love with fellow giant Martin Van Buren Bates. Her life story emphasizes the value of individuality and creating one’s own world to fit into if such an environment is not provided. The illustrations in mixed media and Photoshop include a spectrum of shaded grey, blue, and olive-green pastels and feature soft round-faced characters with blush faces.    mm
Title: The True Tale of a Giantess: The Story of Anna Swan
Author: Anne Renaud
Illustrator
: Marie Lafrance
Publisher
: Kids Can Press, Toronto
Copyright
: 2018
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-376-9
Hardcover pages
:  32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Biography, Picture Book
Book setting
: Nova Scotia, New York, England
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Westmount, Quebec
Illustrator’s ethnicity
:  Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal, Quebec
Subjects
: Biography, Circus, Giants, Nova Scotia, Performing arts, Women