Book of the Month
January's Book of the Month: Graphic Novels
Graphic novels are not glorified comic books; they are novels using images as well as words to tell a story. Graphic novels have many advantages:
- The images give an overview of the story, which encourages the child to read the whole thing.
- They are fast paced.
- The images reinforce not replace the language.
- The language is high quality.
- They can be read over and over…and over.
November's Book of the Month: Wonder
"I won’t describe what I look like.
Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse."
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school.
Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, Auggie wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include the perspectives of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These voices converge to portray a community as it struggles with differences, and challenges readers, both young and old, to wonder about the true nature of empathy, compassion, acceptance, friendship, and—ultimately—kindness. Auggie is a hero for the ages, one who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
October's Book of the Month: Summer of the Mariposas
With the supernatural aid of ghostly La Llorona via a magical earring, Odilia and her little sisters travel a road of tribulation to their long-lost grandmother’s house. Along the way, they must outsmart a witch and her Evil Trinity: a wily warlock, coven of vicious half-human barn owls, and a bloodthirsty livestock-hunting chupacabras. Can these fantastic trials prepare Odilia and her sisters for what happens when they face their final test, returning home to the real world, where goddesses and ghosts can no longer help them?
Summer of the Mariposas is not just a magical Mexican American retelling of The Odyssey, it is a celebration of sisterhood, maternal love, and the true meaning of family and home.