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The Pearl Thief

This pre-war, prequel to Elizabeth Wein’s award- winning Code Name Verity tells the story of fifteen-year-old Julie before she becomes Verity. After her grandfather dies, leaving the family in debt, they are forced to sell the estate. Julie returns home to the estate for a last visit, finds herself with a bump on her head, and a mystery to solve. There is a fascinating cast of characters, including two young Scottish Travellers whose family has been camping on her grandfather’s land. This multi-layered coming of age story does stand alone, though it would be valuable for fans of Verity. A map and an author’s note are included. mjw
Title: The Pearl Thief
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Publisher
: Disney Hyperion
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-1484717165
Hardcover pages
: 336
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Historical fiction
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s residence
: Scotland
Subjects
: Investigations, Missing persons, Murder, Mystery, Nomadic people, Prejudices, Scottish Travellers, Scotland – history

Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali

514G9baAZcL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_In this action-packed retelling of Ramayana, a great Indian epic, readers will delight over the triumphs and perils of Prince Rama and Princess Sita. In this culturally accurate Hindu tale, the Prince and Princess battle Ravana, The Demon King of Lanka, with the help of Jatayu, King of the Birds, and Hanuman, the monkey God of the Wind. The bright illustrations show Indian style through intricate details and a vivid palette. At the end of the book there is an author’s note describing the significance of the story in relationship to the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. amo
Title: Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali
Author: Jatinder Verma
Illustrator
: Nilesh Mistry
Publisher
: Barefoot Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English 
Original Copyright
: 2002
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-307-7
Paperback pages
: 56
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Religious Epic
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: London, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Diwali, Gods, Hinduism, Light, Monkeys, Ravana, Vishnu,

How To Be Famous


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Everyone takes a trip to the zoo to see the exotic pigeons- right? At least that is what this boastful main character believes. The confident pigeon comes from generations of fame from his grandpa the sculptor to his mother the gardener. And he, the family model, is the most famous of them all. For, every time he takes a trip to the zoo, onlookers want pictures and autographs, they even show their appreciation by bowing and showering him with food. This grandiose life can not be beat, even by the King of the the Jungle… js


Title: How To Be Famous
Author: Michal Shalev
Illustrator
: Michal Shalev
Publisher
: Gecko Press. Wellington, New Zealand
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 9-781776-570300
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Author’s residence
: Israel
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Israeli
Illustrator’s residence
: Israel
Subjects
: Fame, Pigeon, Vanity, Zoos

Karma

1aawordfestostlere1.jpgFifteen-year-old Maya is traveling with her Sikh father to bring her Hindu mother’s ashes to India. Arriving in 1984 on the eve of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination she is thrust into an India full of fear and chaos. She manages to escape the worst of the riots in Delhi but is separated from her father and must rely on others to help her navigate the dangers of India in 1984. Maya finds a companion in Sandeep a mysterious young man who helps her face an uncertain future. Written in verse, this fast paced historical fiction novel shows the harsh reality of Indian life in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination along with the troubles a young woman could have faced being alone in India. Ostlere shows the danger of the time but also honors the vibrancy of India through realistic details such as, warm chai being sold on the street, that will transport the reader directly into Indian culture. amo
Title: Karma
Author: Cathy Ostlere
Publisher
: Razor Bill 
Copyright
: 2011
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-59514-384-6
Paperback pages
: 534
Age range
: 13 and up
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Canada, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Calgary, Canada
Awards
: R. Ross Annett Children’s Award
Subjects
: Assassination, Family, India, Love, Riots

The Sleeper And The Spindle

the sleeper and the spindleSnow White meets Sleeping Beauty in this dark and definitely different adaptation of several classic tales. On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out with three dwarf companions to rescue a princess. Also, there is a sleeping plague sweeping the land and the queen wants to get to the bottom of the magical curse. They encounter cobweb-covered sleepers on the way to the castle tower, where they find the sleeping princess, who has been there for 70 years, and an old woman. The queen’s kiss wakes the princess. Here, the story veers off course again to a nontraditional, but satisfying ending. Intricate ink drawings with touches of gold bring all the twists and turns in the mash-up fairy tale to life. mjw
Title: The Sleeper And The Spindle
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator
: Chris Riddell
Publisher
: Harper Collins
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Bloomsbury
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-0-06-239824-6
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 13 up
Genre
: Picture book, Fairy tale, Fantasy
Author’s ethnicity
: Originally from England
Author’s residence
: U.S.
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s residence
: Brighton, England
Awards
: 2016 CLIP Kate Greenaway Medal
Subjects
: Adaptations, Fairy tales and folklore, Myths and legends, Princesses, Queens, Quests, Science fiction, Sleep

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

yours-sincerely-giraffeGiraffe is bored, so he writes a letter and asks Pelican to deliver it beyond the horizon. Penguin receives the letter and the two become pen pals. The two animals have no idea what each other looks like. After many hilarious questions and answers, Giraffe creates a picture of what he thinks Penguin looks like. Giraffe trying to dress like a penguin will certainly make readers laugh out loud. The story, which incorporates fun animal facts, is generously illustrated with simple ink drawings and the pair’s letters. mjw
Title: Yours Sincerely, Giraffe
Author: Megumi Iwasa
Illustrator
: Jun Takabatake
Publisher
: Gecko Press.  New Zealand
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: Japanese
Translator
: Cathy Hirano
Original Title
: Boku wa Africa ni Sumu Kirin to Iimasu
Original Publisher
: Kaisei-sha Publishing Co Ltd.  Tokyo
Original Copyright
: 2001
ISBN
: 978-1-927271-88-9
Hardcover pages
: 104
Age range
: 6-9
Genre
: Fiction
Book setting
: Africa and Antarctica
Author’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Author’s residence
: Tokyo, Japan
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Japanese
Illustrator’s residence
: Japan
Subjects
: Birds, Friendship, Giraffes, Humor, Letter writing, Pelicans, Pen pals, Penguins, Whales

Skye The Puffling

Skye the pufflingSkye, a baby puffin, sneaks out of his parents’ burrow, falls off a cliff, and lands on the back of a gannet in flight. Skye’s adventure in Scotland’s Firth of Forth is written in rhyme and is illustrated with cute watercolor paintings. The sweet story is a sequel to the best-selling Harris the Hero by Lynne Rickards.  mjw
Title: Skye The Puffling
Author: Lynne Rickards
Illustrator
: Jon Mitchell
Publisher
: Picture Kelpies, an imprint of Floris Books, Edinburgh
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-78250-255-5
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-6
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Scotland
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in Canada
Author’s residence
: Scotland
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: British
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Birds, Puffins